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Renton Municipal Arts Commission presents Local Oil Painter John Smither at Carco Theatre

January 4, 2012

Jennifer Davis Hayes, Community Development Project Manager 425-430-6589
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569
Carco Theatre, 

SmitherJ_RMACThe Renton Municipal Arts Commission proudly presents local oil painter John Smither. The exhibit will be on display January 9 through February 17.

John Smither’s latest series revolves around a rough interpretation of the interplay between the cedar and blackberry plant forms. He sees the blackberries as “a quick growing alien interloper of the Seattle area, while the cedars are the long lived, older established norms which have been here a very long time." He has taken fairly simple subjects and injected them with a visual rhythm, gesture and emotional interpretation. In Smither’s work, season, place, time of day and visceral experience all come into play.

John Smither is originally from the Chicago area and grew up in the midwest, earning a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Washington University in St. Louis. After showing in Chicago for many years, he moved to Seattle and is a founding member of Core in Pioneer Square.

To view more of his work, visit

Carco Theatre, adjacent to the Renton Community Center, is located at 1717 Maple Valley Highway at the intersection of I-405 and Maple Valley Highway. Viewing hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with additional viewing on show nights.

For more information about the Renton Municipal Arts Commission, visit