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Alfredo Arreguin: Patterns of Dreams and Nature


The Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA) will exhibit Alfredo Arreguin: Patterns of Dreams and Nature from January 11, 2003 to April 6, 2003. Tess Gallagher, poet, story teller, and friend of the artist will present Art, Poetry and Stories: Their Gifts to Friendship at 1:30pm on Saturday January 11 followed by the artist's reception from 2-5 pm.

Using images from dreams, images from nature, Arreguin paints the patterns that arise from the fusion of the real and the imaginary. The exhibition includes key paintings from the four major areas of Arreguin's work for the past thirty years: Patterns, Icons, Jungles, and the Northwest. The exhibition highlights the deep connection in Arreguin's paintings between pattern and image and also reveals the tension in these paintings between pure painting and the representation of ideas.

Born in Mexico in 1935, Alfredo Arreguin developed as an artist in Seattle, where he has resided since 1958. The volume and quality of his artistic output, and the stature he has attained over the past three decades, assure him an important place in the history of art of the Pacific Northwest, and of the U.S. as a whole. This exhibition is part of a long overdue recognition of Arreguin's creative genius. (right: Nuestra Senora de la Poseia, 1994, 44 x 36 inches, private collection)

Special programming for the Arreguin exhibit includes Spanish language tours (call MoNA to arrange) and on February 9, Una Tarde con Arreguin, a conversation in Spanish for the Skagit Latino(a) community. Poetry and Painting on March 29, 7:30pm, will feature Mexican music and Spanish poetry.

Alfredo Arreguin: Patterns of Dreams and Nature, a major book documenting the artist's life and work published by the University of Washington Press is available in the Museum Store.

Over forty paintings are on view in this traveling exhibition organized by the Bellevue Art Museum and curated by Brian Wallace. Support for the exhibition is provided by The Paul G. Allen Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation, and University of Washington Press Jacob Lawrence Endowed Series on American Art and Artists. Its venue at MoNA is made possible in part with funds from the national Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Arts Commission.

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