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artEAST Debuts Artist-in-Residence Program Lindsay Peyton presents installation “Life, Examined” Monday, July 11 to Sunday, Sept. 18

artEAST is debuting a new program to nurture artists who are embarking on an expansion of their usual creative practices. The non-profit fine art gallery and art center, located at 95 Front St. North in Issaquah, is presenting its first Artist-in-Residence program this summer.  The goal of the program is to provide a supportive environment for an artist go above and beyond their normal way of working,” executive director Carla Villar said. “This is a unique opportunity for an artist to make, play and explore while pushing the boundaries of their artist practice.”

Lindsay Peyton, an oil painter in Seattle, was selected to build an interactive installation – and becomes the first nominee to hold a residence at the gallery from Monday, July 11 to Sunday, Sept. 18. Peyton is originally from Houston, where she still maintains a studio, and her oil paintings have been exhibited throughout Texas. She has been selected for artist residencies in Kentucky and Nebraska in the past.

Peyton currently has a studio in Ballard and West Seattle – and her paintings may be viewed by appointment. Her piece for artEAST, entitled “Life, Examined,” will be an homage to a science lab – with a bit of magic and whimsy mixed in. “Science and art have a lot in common,” Peyton said. “Both methods are used for probing deeper into mystery. They both involve hypothesis and process, questioning and experimenting. And, you have to repeat the process over and over in the search for greater truth."

The installation will be created as if one of Peyton’s paintings of interior spaces has come to life – and in this laboratory, experiments will be conducted to mirror the artistic and scientific process of examining life.  Peyton describes herself as a hoarder of memories. She will use the lab to examine love letters, photos, and pieces of nostalgia using paraphernalia such as microscopes, test tubes and dissection trays. Guests are invited to enter the lab and start their own explorations into memory and emotion. Peyton will keep regular artist hours – wearing her lab coat and performing experiments – from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The artist will also be onsite for the Downtown Issaquah Art Walk, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5 and for a closing reception for the exhibit from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. Peyton will also lead an altered books workshop at the gallery on a date to be announced. She will keep a journal and display the various ART-i-facts she produces as she creates an atmosphere of work in process.  

For more information about artEAST, including upcoming exhibits, workshops and classes, visit arteast.org or call (425) 392-3191For more information about artist Lindsay Peyton, visit www.lindsaypeytonart.com or call 281-636-1361. Follow her blog atamongtheartists.net. To help fund the project, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/life-examined-building-a-lab-for-art-s-sake/x/14438376#/.