My friends Mikal Donnelly and Britt McKenzie are like-minded, fiercely curious women who see art as a necessary playground to promote joy and peace. They joined me in creating this show of smaller scale work to light up the imagination. My acrylic paintings feature seasonal studies of snow, trees, bugs, birds and fungi. Whidbey Island artist Britt McKenzie creates new designs while brazenly teaching herself the process of reduction block printing. And West Seattle artist Mikal Donnelly daringly explores the use of color, pattern and meditative repetition in fabric and mixed media.
a theatrical staged reading of the novel
MINK RIVER by Brian Doyle
adapted for the stage by Myra Platt
directed by Jane Unger
Ellen Bye Studio / Portland Center Stage
128 NW 11th Avenue
Monday, March 11, 2024
Part One - 7:00pm
Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Part Two - 7:00pm
~Brian James Patrick Doyle~
Recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature and three Pushcart Prizes.
The fantastical blends with the natural elements in this original, postmodern, shimmering tapestry of smalltown life that profits from the oral traditions of the town's population of Native Americans and Irish immigrants. Those intrigued by the cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest will treasure every lyrical sentence.—Publisher’s Weekly
A series of paintings featuring the critical relationship of trees with humans, mother/tree explores how we seek intentional connection and communication with our environment in the same ways we do with one another. When we walk through a forest we silently share our burdens, shed our inhibitions, and outwardly express our joys to the trees around us. In turn, they inspire our sense of wonder and awe.
mother / tree asks that we see trees in a more personal way by admiring their individual and collective character and acknowledging their ancient wisdom. The show urges us to reflect about the health of our own local, natural forests, share in educational resources and discussion addressing how we can better protect, respect, and support trees for the sake of all our survival.
Myra is an artist, writer, director, actor, and arts educator based in the Pacific Northwest. She is primarily known for her work as the Founding Co-Artistic Director of Book-It Repertory Theatre. Since retiring from Book-It in 2020, she began pursuing her lifelong dream of opening a studio where she could realize her artistic passions through art, story and play.
Born and raised in Colorado, Myra learned early on to appreciate and value the beauty of the natural environment, world cultures, and the fine arts. Her father, Walter Blakelock Wilson, was a professional artist and taught her to paint. She studied painting, music, literature and theater performance at Northwestern University where she earned her degree in Performance Studies - the Art of Interpretation of Literature. She continued to explore working and studying art and theater in NYC, Santa Fe and back home in Colorado Springs before moving to Seattle in 1988 where she built a career in theater and arts education. She is currently focused on painting trees, writing a novel about her ancestors, developing a new play, and teaching Youth and Theater as part-time lecturer at the University of Washington's School of Drama.
Myra lives on Whidbey Island with her husband singer-songwriter Dave Ellis and their dog Luna.