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Press Release: Work of three-in-one artist on display at City Hall through May 14

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March 19, 2009

Mary Faber
Recreation and Cultural Services Superintendent

Work of three-in-one artist on display at City Hall through May 14

Pottery? Painting? Photography? Longtime Federal Way resident Jeanie Campbell didn’t have to choose one art form over another to express her creativity — she’s developed a singular way to use all three. She paints the inside of bowls with pottery glaze, fires them, then captures the brilliantly colored results in pictures.

Her work is on display inside Federal Way City Hall through May 14 as part of a rotating art exhibit sponsored by the Federal Way Arts Commission. Many of her pieces also are displayed online at

“I used to be a potter and a painter, and I always liked glazes and the way they look,” Campbell said. “When you make things to sell, you photograph them, and the photos of my bowls were stunning. So now I paint pottery specifically for the photo.”

Much of Campbell’s work reflects her awe at the beauty of NASA’s images of stars and galaxies. She sometimes draws on another love — gardening — and employs a floral theme.

Campbell, who has lived in Federal Way 15 years, earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of South Florida where she studied pottery and paintings. Although busy afterward with marriage and raising a family, Campbell found ways to work art into her everyday life, whether it was painting murals on her children’s walls, creating sculptures for the garden or making wall tiles for her home’s art studio.

“But I was always drawn back to the depth and movement in glazes,” she said. “What happens in the process of the kiln is magic.”

The Federal Way Arts Commission is a nine-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 quarterly.

City Hall is located at 33325 8th Ave. S. The gallery is on the second floor and is open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, contact Mary Faber, parks, recreation and cultural services superintendent,, or 253-835-6920.



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