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Exhibit unveils a cosmic fusion of art, science

| January 27, 2024 1:00 AM

Pend Oreille Arts Council is hosting renowned artist Lucy West in February at the POAC Gallery.

Art enthusiasts and space aficionados are invited to attend the opening reception Friday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 313 N Second Ave., Suite B. The exclusive exhibition, titled "Artistry in Orbit," will showcase the intersection of art and science in West's captivating paintings.

Lucy West employs experimental techniques in what she terms "art exploration." Her creative journey spans diverse realms, including nature, human nature, science, quantum sciences, physics, astronomy, space exploration, and the rich tapestry of our planet's life and cultures. With a profound commitment to storytelling, West's work weaves narratives that transcend time, connecting the past, present, and future.

"Artifacts provide evidence that storytelling is an integral part of our human experience," West said. "My goal is to continue this ancient tradition in modern ways, fostering dialogues and reflective moments that might not occur in our daily routines."

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore a collection of West's diverse works, each a testament to her curiosity and mastery. Her paintings, commissioned and exhibited at prestigious venues like NASA's Launch Control Center, the House of Representatives in Washington D.C., and Lowell Observatory, showcase West's unique fusion of art and science.

West's space and science compositions have garnered attention in aerospace and science communities, earning a place in the collections of astronauts, astronomers, and scientists. Published in books, magazines, documentaries, and websites, her works are celebrated for their ability to inspire and captivate.

The opening reception offers an exclusive opportunity to meet Lucy West in person, gain insights into her creative process, and explore the stories in each painting. Original artworks will be available for purchase as well as prints, allowing attendees to take home a piece of the cosmic narrative.

West and her husband, Brent, find inspiration for their art in the serenity of their home studio gallery, surrounded by the majestic views of mountains and lakes. Lucy West's works reflect the awe-inspiring beauty of the night skies, free from light pollution, providing a canvas for the ancient light of the Milky Way and stars.

For more information, call the POAC office at 208-263-6139 or visit

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