Mary J. McInnis’s painting, “Canopy,” is part of the artist’s “Intimate Forest” series of creations. It is on display at the Kent Centennial Center Gallery. (Courtesy image)

Mary J. McInnis’s painting, “Canopy,” is part of the artist’s “Intimate Forest” series of creations. It is on display at the Kent Centennial Center Gallery. (Courtesy image)

Port Orchard artist is featured at Kent gallery

Mary McInnis’s ‘Intimate Forest’ series on display through May

PORT ORCHARD — Port Orchard artist Mary J. McInnis and Seattle artist Ray Fernandez are being featured in a two-person art show at the Kent Centennial Center Gallery, 400 W. Gowe St. in Kent.

The art show runs Feb. 27 through May at the gallery.

The oil paintings by McInnis are those from her “Intimate Forest” series — scenes of hiking trails and light-filled woods of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. She has been creating these scenes for several years and initially grew out of her work with soft pastels.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to bring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest to those who, for various reasons, are not able to enjoy the outdoors,” the Port Orchard artist said.

“My paintings put you right in the midst of the forest and beckons exploration.”

Following the show, the paintings will head to the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor, 4121 Harborview Drive, for a solo exhibit that runs from Feb. 28 through May.

The acrylic paintings by Fernandez represent 11 years of experimentation in a variety of subjects and formats, lately focusing on musical themes.

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