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I embrace storytelling

Narrative is a powerful and positive part of our lives. We long for an unfolding of the ordinary into the myth, helping us create an understanding of ourselves and others in this world we live in and our connection to the past.

I consider my works “Paw Prints"  of my life’s journey. the creation of myth from the ordinary.

One and Two Person Shows

2017: ‘The Yin and Yang of Kay O’Rourke, ( Nov.) Kolva Sullivan Gallery

2014: Kay O’Rourke and Wayne Chabre January , The Art Spirit Gallery

2013: “Points of Departure” Kay O’Rourke and friends.  The Art Spirit Gallery

2012: New Work Kay O’Rourke Jan. Feb.  The Art Spirit Gallery

2011: Kay O’Rourke and Gina Freuen “A painter and a Potter who happen to be sisters” January The Art Spirit Gallery

2010: "Waiting for Spring” Tinman Gallery , Spokane

2009: ‘Shuttered Consciousness”  Lorinda Knight Gallery

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018:

EMERGE, “Go Home” -A collaboration on the concept of home.
Alexandra Iosub, Gina Freuen, Tiffany Patterson and Kay O’Rourke   Coeur D’ Alene Idaho.  July

Object Space, “Connect The Dots”, (Politically charged work). Spokane Wa.   Curated by Jennifer La Rue, September.

2014

“Un/conscious Bent” : a survey of Regional Surrealism. Yellowstone Art Museum March thru August

2012

“Territory”, Generational Triptychs. The Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane Wa. October thru January  2012

2011

“Ravens” Confluence Gallery, Twisp Wa.

2010

The Annual Wa. State Juried Arts Competition, Bremerton Wa. Collective Visions Gallery

Awards

2012 and 2010, Spokane, Couer D ‘Alene Living Magazine Voted “Best Artist"

2009 Best of Show: All media Juried Show, Chase Gallery, Spokane, Wa.

2008 Silver Award, Allied Arts Assoc. Annual Juried Show, Richland Wa.

1999 Best of Show, Dogwood Festival Invitational, Lewiston Id.

1997 Award of excellence, Bellevue Arts Fair Bellevue Wa.

1993 “Best of Show” Jurors Choice Award Artfest. Cheney Cowles Museum of Art, Spokane Wa.

1988 Jurors Award, 18th Northwest International Competition. Whatcom Museum and Allied Arts of Whatcom County.

1989 “Best of Show” Women in Washington: The First Century, Pacific Lutheran Univ. , Tacoma Wa.

1988  Award winner, Women Artists “88” Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, Cal.

1986 The Daniel V. Hoyt Memorial Award and the Hoyt Institute of Arts Purchase Award, New Castle Penn.

1985  Purchase Award El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Texas.

1982  Purchase Award, Open Competition, Spokane City Hall, Spokane

Comissions

River Park Square, Spokane Wa.   Large mural in food court.  “River Dance”

St. Marks Lutheran Church, Spokane Wa. Large Mural, “Tree of Life”, Ceremonial  Cross and a painting of St. Frances in memory of a deceased church member.

Kendall Yards Commission by Jim Frank. 30 small paintings representing the history of the Spokane Gorge from the beginning of time up to Expo 74.  2015

’Ro Collections:

Spark Central....in Kendall Yards.   Commissioned by Jim Frank (30 paintings telling the story “The River Remembers” ---from the beginning of recorded time to Expo 74)   2015

North Kitsap school District, Wa. State

Spokane City Hall, Spokane Wa.

Olympia Wa. School District

Cheney Cowles Museum of Art , (Frederick Wiseman Purchase Fund ) Spokane, Wa.

El Paso Museum of Art, private collection  (Two paintings) El Paso Texas.

Sunnyside School District , Sunnyside Wa.

Holy Family Hospital, Spokane Wa.

Safeco

Sunset Elemtary school, Spokane Wa.

Child treatment and Study Center, Dept. of Social and Health Services. Tacoma Wa.

Hoyt Instititute of Fine Arts, New Castle Pa.

Spokane Club, Spokane Wa. .

Jundt Art Museum, Gonzaga Univ. Spokane Wa.

Publications

International Contemporary Artists: Art Book VIII

Reflex Magazine. Volume10 1996, “Embracing the Aesthetic of Their Choice” by Lucy Wilmer.

Garden Design Magazine May/June 1993 “For the Birds”

Modern Review of Art and life 1970, Paris France

Documentary, Northwest Profiles: “It’s All in Their Genes”

Modernism and Beyond: Woman Artists of The Pacific Northwest. by Laura Brunsman and Ruth Askey

Ms Magazine. January 1975, “  Women Painters of The Palouse” by Allegra Askman

Spokane Inlander Annual Manual 2005- 2006, Cover art

Chicago International New Art Forms 1989 (20th Century Decorative and Applied Arts)

“Whirligigs and Weathervanes --Contemporary Sculpture. Visual Art Resourses, Eugene Ore.

“No Starling “ poems by Nance Van Winckel. Cover Art