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Renton Municipal Arts Commission Presents

March 28, 2011

Jennifer Davis Hayes
, Community Development Project Manager 425-430-6589
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569 Fine Art Sculptor Cass Nevada at Carco Theatre

The Renton Municipal Arts Commission proudly presents multi-media artist Cass Nevada. The exhibit will be on display at Carco Theatre April 4 through May 13. Members of the public are welcome to attend the artist reception on Saturday, April 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. to view the art and meet the artist.

RMAC Cass NevadaIn 2008, Cass Nevada was given a bundle of maps from a 1930s Works Progress Administration (WPA) project, a massive project that resulted in the first systematic property records of King County. The maps, recorded on linen and cotton sheets, were drawn up by teams of unemployed workers during the Great Depression and beyond. After the maps were transferred to microfiche in the 1970s, they were discarded and, in some cases, retrieved from dumpsters by ceramicists and artists for the quality of the fabric.

Those maps formed the basis of Cass Nevada’s 10-piece “Maps: the Nature of Change” project using natural and local plant pigments to create a narrative of sorts that complements the WPA project. The narrative involves change over time, disruption, continuity and a meditation on how we as humans organize and conceptualize space. The many birds depicted in the pieces suggest a perspective that is curious, detached and aware.

Cass is an artist and writer who channels her passion for nature through the use of natural plant pigments, found objects and recycled materials. The themes of change, history, disillusion and humor figure prominently in her work. She shows in multiple venues in the Seattle area, facilitates mixed media workshops and is part of Shift Studio Gallery in Pioneer Square.

For more information about the artist, visit her website at

Carco Theatre is located at 1717 Maple Valley Highway at the intersection of I-405 and Maple Valley Highway, adjacent to the Renton Community Center. Theatre hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with additional viewings on show nights. Please contact the theatre for show times at 425-430-6706.

For more information about the Renton Municipal Arts Commission, visit