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One Medium, Many Interpretations: The Meaning of Wood

Perhaps no single substance, save for water, has had the vital impact on humanity that wood has. From the very trees that provide this resource, to myriad man-made uses, we interact with wood on some level every day of our lives. Now, a range of artists interprets the significance of one of nature’s most abundant organic materials in The Meaning of Wood, this spring at The Gallery at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts.

The Meaning of Wood considers the fate of trees beyond their lifespan. Employing a variety of media, invited artists provide thought-provoking work that will challenge the viewer to ponder the significance of trees as wood in our community. The exhibition will feature a number of artists from around the Pacific Northwest, including Olympia artists Susan Aurand, MalPina Chan, Kathy Gore Fuss and Jeffree Stewart.

The Meaning of Wood runs from Monday, April 7 through Friday May 2 in The Gallery. A special opening reception will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m., except holidays. For more information about The Gallery, visit


About the Minnaert Center Gallery

The Gallery at the The Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts offers a diverse range of visual arts exhibits and programs to enrich the educational experiences of students and the community.

The Gallery is 1000-square feet. The walls are white and made of drywall backed with 3/4-inch plywood. There is a 15-foot high Unistrut grid system with track lighting throughout, and the gallery is wired for media art.

The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact the gallery via e-mail at  or call (360) 596-5527.


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