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Past Exhibit

Vibrant Matter

Artist of the Year: James Arrabito

August 13 – September 19

Main Gallery

Fine Lace, James Arrabito, 1977, Iwakuni, Japan

Schack Art Center is thrilled to honor photographer James Arrabito as an Artist of the Year for 2015. James shares this honor with sculptor Verena Schwippert.

Their combined exhibit is called "Vibrant Matter" and is on view in the Schack's main gallery through September 19, 2015. The 2015 Art Advocate of the Year, Lloyd Weller, and the 2014, Volunteer of the Year, Susie Howell, are also being honored during this exhibit.

Exhibit co-sponsored by the City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission

About James Arrabito

James Arrabito started a commercial photography business at 19, while enrolled at Ft. Lewis College in his hometown of Durango, Colorado. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Combat Photographer where he honed both "shooting on your feet" and darkroom skills while stationed in Pensacola, Florida, southern California and Iwakuni, Japan for Pacific Stars and Stripes.

Using the GI Bill, Arrabito graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA in 1983. Jim joined a community very receptive to artists when he opened his studio in Snohomish County that same year. Clients have included Weyerhaeuser, Seattle Opera, Jansport, Pay-n-Save, Snohomish County Superior Court, Washington CEO magazine, Tulalip Tribes and the infamous Sir Mix-A-Lot. He has embraced digital photography, although he preferred being the first to see the magic in either the view finder or the darkroom.

Arrabito served two terms on the board of the Schack Art Center (formerly the Arts Council of Snohomish County) and considers himself lucky to have been a part of the founding teams that have brought the H'Arts Art Auction, Fresh Paint: Festival of Artists at Work, and the Artists' Garage Sale to Snohomish County.

A fervent supporter of art education, he is always willing to teach, jury and provide art supplies wherever he sees an opportunity. To those who know him, his commitment to create art every day is obvious: from his copper "Lucky Truck" figurines to napkin drawings, he is always flexing his creative muscle.