‘Raw, powerful’ art on display in show opening today in Port Townsend
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Linda Ferris, left, and Pippa Mills inspect a painting by Port Townsend artist Rachel Canover, that is part of the No Boundaries 2014 art show. — Charlie Bermant/Peninsula Daily News

By Charlie Bermant
Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — A gallery showing of art by people with disabilities that begins today provides an active creative outlet for people who may have no other way to express themselves, organizers say.

The show, No Boundaries 2014, is on display until March 14 at Pippa’s Real Tea, 636 Water St.

“This is very raw and powerful art,” said Shariana Mundi, a Seattle-based art instructor who serves as curator for the traveling exhibit.

“It’s not processed. It’s vibrant.”

This is the 22nd annual version of No Boundaries but the first time it has appeared in Port Townsend, Mundi said.

“Everyone knows someone with a disability, whether it’s physical, mental or emotional,” said store owner Pippa Mills.

“I’m glad that I can provide some support for this show, which includes some very good work.”

Of the 28 participating artists, two of them — Rachel Canover and Craig Rogers — live in Port Townsend.

“A lot of the artists are nonverbal, and this is how they express themselves,” Mundi said.

Mundi said the artists don’t have the internal filters that can discourage creativity.

“There is not a lot of self-criticism,” she said. “There is nothing inside them telling them they can’t do this.

“They are not critical of themselves. They find an expressive voice for their skill and talent.”

The pieces are for sale and will be delivered to the buyer at the conclusion of the exhibition tour in November.

Mills said she wished the art could stay in place after March 12, but it is scheduled for another gallery at that time.

It will be featured at the next Art Walk on March 1.

Pippa’s Real Tea is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

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Jefferson County Editor Charlie Bermant can be reached at 360-385-2335 or cbermant@peninsula
dailynews.com.

Last modified: February 11. 2014 7:27PM
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