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Press Release: Bruce Lee art exhibit on display at Dumas Bay through January 7

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September 29, 2008

Mary Faber
Parks Superintendent

Bruce Lee art exhibit on display at Dumas Bay through January 7

As artist, teacher, volunteer and City of Federal Way Arts Commissioner, Bruce Lee’s passion for art is evident in all that he does. Lee’s collection of water color, acrylic and pastel paintings will be on display at the Dumas Bay Centre Oct. 9, 2008, through Jan. 7, 2009.

Lee has lived in Federal Way for 32 years and has been on the arts commission for the last two years. This exhibit is his first official art show.

Lee has always been interested in the arts, but it wasn’t until an early retirement from the airline industry that Lee had the opportunity to really pursue it. After years of doing very detailed ink drawings he took his first watercolor class in 2001 through the City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. It was in this class that Lee realized he needed to “loosen up a bit” when it came to his art and he found that he really loved working with watercolors.

He now teaches the same City watercolor class that hooked him in the beginning, along with also teaching a watercolor class for Village Green Retirement Campus. At the City’s Fourth of July celebration, Lee volunteers in the Arts Commission booth teaching children how to paint with watercolors.

Lee paints a variety of scenes – sometimes landscapes, sometimes free form and often times, scenes from his dreams. He doesn’t like too much detail and enjoys painting that is a bit on the surreal side.

Lee is exhibiting at the Knutzen Family Theatre, located in the City-run Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Rd. (map) Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and whenever a show is running at the theater.

The Federal Way Arts Commission is a 12-member group that advises the City Council on all areas of the arts, including the fine arts, literary, performing, visual and cultural. The commission also oversees two public art galleries (City Hall and Dumas Bay Centre), and juries new shows there quarterly.



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