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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Larson Gallery is opening the 2017-18 season with the works of Heidi Lewis Coleman in an exhibition titled “Transitions.” A Yakima native now living in Connecticut, Coleman illustrates the possibilities for a local artist to show work nationally.

Her artwork reflects an ongoing exploration into the aesthetics of using language in art. The artist creates mixed-media pieces that incorporate her own stylized abstract writing.

For many years, Coleman has developed variations of her abstract languages that she incorporated into symmetrical designs printed on Asian kozo tissue and applied onto stretched canvas.

As her artwork has grown and transitioned, she has created mixed-media collages, combining fragments of printed tissue onto painted watercolor paper or canvas. Coleman still utilizes her abstract languages, but in ways that are often nearly hidden and unexpected.

This new approach has allowed Coleman to infuse what she’s learned about color, symmetry and composition into artwork that is asymmetrical, less formally designed and more expressive.

Though very different, these two bodies of work relate to and inform one another. This allows viewers to observe how an artist, after many years of working in one format, can combine her experience with personal growth to impact and inspire the ways she creates. A viewer can see and understand how an artist can make important transitions while retaining a vision that runs throughout all her artwork.

Coleman studied art at Parsons and the New York School of Design in New York City. She is a juried member of the National Association of Women Artists, the Women’s Caucus for Art and the Silvermine Guild of Artists. She is an award-winning artist who has exhibited widely in galleries and museums across the country.

“Transitions” opens Saturday from 3-5 p.m. The Larson Gallery is at Yakima Valley College on the corner of 16th Avenue and Nob Hill Boulevard. Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the public; the exhibit will run through Oct. 21.

• David Lynx is the executive director of the Larson Gallery on the campus of Yakima Valley College. Learn more at

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