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Press Release courtesy of the Harbor History Museum
Gig Harbor, WA; March 9, 2011
The Harbor History Museum (HHM) is featuring a live painting performance by Christopher Mathie accompanied by twelve string guitarist and song writer Sam Weiss at our first 2011 art event Splash!. Splash will also feature an exhibition of prominent Northwest artists in the lobby gallery and an exclusive silent auction. The event is on April 9, 2011 at 5:30 at the museum.


“We’re thrilled to be hosting this event.  Christopher Mathie’s painting performance is very high energy and dynamic. We are excited to have Christopher’s work featured again at Splash along with some of the area’s most impressive artists. We’re looking forward to welcoming the community to view their amazing contributions.” said HHM Executive Director, Jennifer Kilmer. 


The Artists

The SPLASH! Art at the Museum is a collection of some of the most accomplished Northwest artists whose works encompass a wide range of visual, sculptural and glass art.  From the conservative to the cutting-edge,  this outstanding group of artists boasts an impressive bevy of credentials, including national awards and honors, advanced degrees in fine arts, and participation in both national an international exhibitions. 

The participating painters include Jacqueline Barnett, well known in Seattle as both a painter and printmaker. Her work has been featured in solo and thematic group exhibitions in the area since the mid 1980s.  Color and gesture drive Barnett’s expressive abstractions. They have enormous energy and a liveliness that comes from the artist’s willingness to take risks.

Kurt Solmssen’s plein air paintings portray poetic images of waterside life. He is a realist in the tradition of Edward Hopper and Fairfield Porter, emphasizing clear design, strong light and striking color. Kurt’s work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions in the Northwest and New York and solo exhibitions in New York and along the West Coast. The museum is pleased to include him as a returning artists to Splash!

Chuck Gumpert is known for his abstract expressionist and offbeat figurative mixed media paintings. He uses a mixture of figures and other recognizable natural forms with his organic abstract shapes. Gumpert’s colors are magnificent - especially on the glowing awnings in his street scenes - and his dramatic use of strong light and cast shadows. His work has been shown in various galleries in the Northwest.

For over 30 years Anne Hirondelle has been a full-time artist, making sculptural vessels, sculpture, and drawings.  She has exhibited nationally, including one-person and group shows in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Chicago, Scottsdale, and Seattle.  Her pieces are in myriad private and public collections, including the White House Collection at the Clinton Presidential Library-Arkansas, The Museum of Arts and Design-New York, the L.A. County Art Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum.


Creating glass as art is a thousand year old tradition, which is why today’s glass artists such as Oliver Doriss relish the challenge of creating innovative pieces.  Doriss’ impressive credentials include a BFA with department honors from Massachusetts College of the Arts as well as five years working for Chihuly Studios.


Anyone who has visited Seattle’s Pike Street Market will recognize Georgia Gerber’s artwork.  The Pike Street Market Pig and the Husky Mascot displayed outside of the Hec Edmondson Pavilion at the University of Washington are Seattle icons. Georgia is also a returning artist to Splash!


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The Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society was founded in 1963, and opened a museum in 1973.  The mission of the Harbor History Museum is to create opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor communities.  We do this by collecting, preserving, and sharing this area’s history.  The museum provides a variety of public programs, exhibits, and educational outreach programs. 






Sue Loiland