Kent Arts Commission presents Jim Matthew: People and Places, an exhibition of realistic oil painting, at the Centennial Center Gallery beginning in December, 2005. The public is invited to a reception for the artist from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 2 at the Centennial Center Gallery, 400 West Gowe Street, Kent. This event is free to the public.

Jim Matthew is a member and secretary of Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters and has a degree in Fine Art from Washington State University. His work has been shown and received awards from important exhibitions throughout the region and is represented by Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Seattle and Arterra, Bellevue.

Jim Matthew: People and Places highlights the themes prevalent in the current work Matthew creates. His focus is people, and how we interact with one another and our environment. His interest extents to the clothes we wear, the things we carry and the way we interact with one another in public settings such as festivals, events, street fairs and markets.

“Emotions and the drama of our lives are played out bit by bit all around us. All of these I try to capture as a celebration of life around me. I try to capture the fleeting moment where all the elements of emotion, color, and the surroundings seem to interact and play out together.” -- Jim Matthew

Matthew’s realistic oil paintings have a tendency to include the color palette and vigorous brushstroke of the Impressionists rather than a photographic representation of a scene. The gathering of the subject matter is an art and adventure for the artist. In visiting places, he searches for the elusive moment in time where there is the perfect flickering of color, along with the perfect facial expression that represents the brief moment he looks to capture. Finding and living these moments, for him, is as important as creating the painting itself.

The Kent Arts Commission is proud to present Jim Matthew: People and Places at the Centennial Center Gallery (400 West Gowe Street) in Kent. Enjoy refreshments, view the exhibit and meet the artist on Friday, December 2, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The exhibition is on display from December 1, 2005 – February 3, 2006, 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, except national holidays. For information or directions to the gallery, contact, call (253) 856-5050 or visit