The Bainbridge Public Library is dedicated to spreading the joy of reading and the discovery of ideas with not just our local community, but with visitors from near and afar. In addition, the library is fortunate to house beautiful local works of art both inside and outside the building. Each month the library celebrates a local artist (or artists) with an exhibit, which opens monthly on the Island’s First Friday Art Walk tour, and includes a reception hosted by the featured artist.
Fatima Young will host a reception opening her exhibit, “Capturing the Moment: A Plein Air Passion” on Friday, October 4th, 5-7pm for First Friday Art Walk.
Having been born in Europe of Russian heritage, Fatima came to the United States with her parents as a toddler, and has called Bainbridge Island her home for almost thirty years—in her youth, it was that heritage, specifically the Russian Impressionists, that inspired her artistic interests. She went on to receive degrees from F.I.T. and C.W. Post University in New York, raised her son, and had a long and successful career in magazine publishing.
Although she enjoyed studying art and painting during high school and college, it was twenty-five years before she could return to it. When she began painting again, her late husband was her greatest advocate, encouraging her to showcase her work publicly, inspiring her first official exhibit at the Russian Cultural Center in Seattle. When he passed, she found solace in hiking and painting outdoors, which solidified her love of Plein Air painting.
“The oil paintings of Fatima Young reflect the essence of her world, one which is based on the joy of living life to the fullest. It’s all about the journey…distinctively Russian Impressionism with a twist of the sublime.”
Fatima continues to hone her craft, taking workshops and finding inspiration through her travels of the Pacific Northwest, other parts of the United States, and Europe. Her preferred medium is oil on board as opposed to canvas—in the tradition of the Russian Impressionists, she uses a palette knife and bold colors to add contrast of light and dark to her work, creating magical and vivid movement as well as serene tranquility to her pieces. Although the majority of her work is done outdoors, she also enjoys painting still lifes and portraits in her studio.
Fatima’s work has been exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest, her work is available for purchase or rent, please click here to visit her “Gallery”. In addition, her pieces will be available for sale at the Bainbridge Public Library throughout the exhibit.
You can view Fatima’s exhibit throughout the month of October in the meeting room during regular library hours and on the library website, www.bainbridgepubliclibrary.org. A podcast interview is also available at https://www.bestofbcb.org/artist-fatima-young-brings-russian-impressionism-to-the-library/
As always, thank you for supporting your Bainbridge Public Library and local artists. If you have interest in exhibiting your work, feel free to contact Linda Meier, art coordinator, at email@example.com
***Library content and images provided by Linda Meier, Bainbridge Public Library and Fatima Young