Watercolors, pottery featured in Allied Arts Gallery's new exhibit

By Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldMarch 5, 2014 

Deanne Lemley brings impressionist-era watercolors to life at the Allied Arts Gallery in Richland this month.

Lemley will share the exhibition with pottery artist Alan Higinbotham. A reception for the artists is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. March 9 at the gallery, 89 Lee Blvd., Richland. Admission is free.

Lemley recently moved from Redmond to the Tri-Cities and her work has not yet been exposed to Tri-City art enthusiasts, said Kennewick artist Laura Gable.

"She has only lived here a short time, and is not well known on this side of the mountains," Gable said.

Gable refers to Lemley's watercolors as hidden treasures and a must see.

Lemley, who studied with Russian master painter Sergei Bongart, describes her art as therapeutic.

"There is nothing that can replace the joy, frustration and awe of painting from life," Lemley says on her website. "The influence of color in my work began to flower after studying with Sergi."

Lemley makes her living by teaching in her private studio, holding workshops, as well as selling her paintings.

"I have been fortunate to make a living teaching," she said. "Looking back, this is amazing to me now as I am a single mom with four children."

Higenbotham is from Albany, Ore. He spent a year in Japan studying under a master potter, said Bob Allen, an Allied Arts spokesman.

"Much of his work, especially the larger pieces, were inspired by his experiences as a competitive athlete and convey a sense of physicality," Allen said.

All his pieces are made from a porcelain clay body, wheelthrown with celadon, copper red and other glaze themes, then fired to 2,350 degrees, he said on his website.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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