Earth inspires July exhibit’s featured artists

Gallery North welcomes potter O’Malley, painter Welch
Jun 28, 2017
Courtesy of: Gallery North This piece is a functional dragon teapot by potter Melinda O'Malley.

Whether as a material or a subject, the earth is integral to the work of potter Melinda O’Malley and painter Leah Rene Welch.

O’Malley’s ceramic work and Welch’s paintings are featured in Gallery North’s July exhibit, “From the Earth, Of the Earth,” which will be open to the public daily through July 31.

Gallery North is located at 401 Main Street in downtown Edmonds.

O’Malley’s pottery ranges from whimsical dragons to functional serving trays. She enjoys color in her ceramics and often glazes her work in greens and blues. Over the years, her dragons have become familiar to many Gallery North visitors. She tries to keep her art fresh and interesting by trying new techniques. The artist has also started featuring her original photographs fired as decals onto her pieces.

“I’m always learning and trying new ideas in my work,” she said. “I was very inspired by Bernadette Crider’s carved pottery in her recent Gallery North show. Next, I’ll be experimenting with drawing and carving my own designs into my pots.”

Edmonds artist Leah Rene Welch is known for her vibrant, heavily-textured finger paintings and use of alternative painting tools. Recently she has wiped off her fingers and picked up her brush. Inspired by the landscape of the Pacific Northwest, Leah has softened her palette, selecting more soothing subjects and colors in an ethereal style.

“With this new series of paintings, I am inspired by the magnificence of the natural world,” Welch said. “My interpretations are offered as reminders to others to be aware of the blessings and beauty of this planet we all share.”

During the month of July, there will be a silent auction for one of Leah’s paintings with the full amount going to the Sierra Club or an environmental organization of the highest bidder’s choice.

All are welcome to attend the artists’ reception 3-6 p.m. July 8, as well as Art Walk Edmonds 5-8 p.m. July 20. At these receptions, you can enjoy refreshments and meet the artists as you view or purchase their work.

For more information, visit or call 425-774-0946.

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