White Bird Gallery will host an artist reception for Christopher Mathie during the Stormy Weather Arts Festival.

Mathie, whose mixed media paintings will be on exhibit through Jan. 5, will be the focus of the reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, at the gallery, 251 N. Hemlock St.

Music will be performed by Anne-Marie Sanderson, a Portland-based British musician and singer.

Mathie is a regional painter known for his abstractions that reference coastal landscapes. His style is a result of allowing pure color, texture, line and form to be distilled into essential elements. Mathie’s mixed media paintings are filled with energetic movement, fluid emotion and bold, confident brushwork, as the artist builds up layer after layer of textural paint, achieving complicated coloration and lively, inviting textural surfaces.

The exhibit will feature many large canvases of coastal-inspired renderings, as well as moody and spirited abstractions. For this new exhibit, Mathie also approaches animal and figurative subjects.

His artwork conveys a realm that exists somewhere between reality and imagination, as the artist deconstructs images to their most important lines and organic forms, allowing viewers to engage personally with his paintings.

The Washington artist has over two decades of exhibition history. His paintings have been exhibited nationally and are included in private and corporate collections nationally and internationally.

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