Wabi Sabi exhibit opens at The Turnage on Friday

Published 2:45 pm Thursday, May 2, 2024

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Wabi Sabi is more than a fun phrase to say. It’s an artistic style that finds beauty in things that are impermanent, imperfect and incomplete. 

On Friday, May 3, Beth Huss and Yvonne Curtis will host a Wabi Sabi art exhibit at the Turnage, starting at 5:30 p.m. They will display paintings, drawings in addition to several pottery pieces by Huss. The exhibit will remain at the Turnage through the month of May. Carryout by Chrislyn is catering the art show. 

Huss and Curtis met more than a year ago while taking a pottery class with Heather Summers of Mud in Motion in Washington and became friends. They learned, among many things in class, that their art styles blend well together and would produce a wonderful art showing. 

Huss grew up having parents both interested in different art forms. Later in life, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in studio art. She didn’t use her degree for a long time, but has recently discovered art therapy. She returned to school to become an art therapist and conducts telehealth appointments for patients at a private practice in Louisville, Kentucky. 

“I truly believe that creating art is a healing process,” Huss said. 

This will be Huss’ first professional art showing. Years ago, she displayed her pieces in a student art show and showed her pieces at coffee shops. 

Curtis is a full-time artist who began taking drawing lessons when she was 40. Throughout the years and two other careers, Curtis was continually drawn to being an artist. It wasn’t until she and her husband moved to Washington that she took the plunge to become an artist full-time. 

This will be Curtis’ second, formal art showing. Her last showing, she estimates, was 30 years ago. She previously displayed pieces in a coffee shop, but this will be the first time in a long time that her work is meant to be viewed with intention and admiration.  “I am both nervous and excited,” Curtis said. 

Curtis’ goal with her art is to stir emotion in viewers. “My goal, when I think about painting, I want to create a feeling in each painting…My whole goal [for the exhibit] was that there would be something for everyone to appreciate; that every single person who walked in would find something that spoke to them.”

The Turnage Theater is located at 150 W. Main Street in Washington.