Centennial Center Gallery

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Blue_Earth_installationGallery Hours: 
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
closed weekends and holidays

400 West Gowe Street, Kent, WA 98032

(253) 856-5050, artscommission@kentwa.gov

Exhibition Opportunities:

Artists are selected by a panel during the annual Kent Summer Art Exhibit. Applications are due in March each year.

Current Exhibit

Artists: Vikram Madan and Barbara Noonan    

Exhibit Dates: Monday, November 6 – Friday, December 29, 2017

Vikram Madan


Whimsical, humorous, quirky, fun, light-hearted, thought-provoking, philosophical … these are words often used to describe Vikram’s paintings, often all at the same time! Spanning a diverse range of subjects, styles, and media, Vikram creates invented narrative art that, by being rooted in a universal human experience, engages viewers across cultural and demographic boundaries and invites them to expand on the imagery with their own personal interpretations. In the process, he hopes to generate some positive feelings and rekindle our lost sense of innocence.

Vikram grew up in India, studied engineering, and worked in tech, until he finally came to his senses and followed his heart into the visual and literary arts. He has studied at the Gage Academy in Seattle, completed the ArtistTrust Edge Program for Visual Artists, and received a 4Culture artist grant. When not painting in his Bellevue studio, he creates public art, publishes art books, and writes and illustrates humorous poetry. Vikram's debut book of funny poems, 'The Bubble Collector' was nominated (by invitation) for the 2014 WA State Book Awards, won a Moonbeam Award for Children's Poetry, and is frequently compared to the works of Shel Silverstein.

Image credit: “Deluge (Detail)”, Oil on Canvas, 36”x36”, 2017, Vikram Madan

Barbara Noonan

BNoonan DvorakBarn PastelFamiliar scenes and some forgotten…When was the last time you took a lunch break to walk a park in Kent Valley or re-discovered a backroad on your commute just to find a better view of a planted field, the mountains, a historic barn?  It’s time! Over the summer, Barbara explored and painted on location a few views of the Kent Valley that are fading into history as urban sprawl continues.   The Dvorak Barn, Walla House, and Soos Creek Botanical Gardens are included in this exhibition.  Portions of her sales will be donated to the historic preservation projects.


Barbara’s soft pastel paintings achieve light, depth and emotion through confident mark making in saturated pure pigment. En plein aire painting allows careful observation of color shifts. A Member of the Women Painters of Washington, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Northwest Pastel Society, Barbara has received numerous national and international awards for her art. In addition to teaching private lessons and workshops, she is a King Country 4Culture Grant recipient and her artwork is included in the City of Kent Art Collection.

Image credit: “Dvorak Barn,” pastel, 20 x 16”, ©2017, Barbara Noonan

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