The Kent Arts Commission announced winners of the most recent exhibit on Kent Creates, the web platform for sharing art, culture, and creative endeavors.

The “Holiday Traditions” exhibit asked the community to share fall and winter holiday traditions. The exhibit was open October through December and received 33 submission, including paintings, photographs, drawings, and a song.

The Kent Arts Commission voted on submissions and – in keeping with the Commission’s commitment to pay artists for their work – the top five pieces receive $200 honorariums. The winners’ work also appears on the featured carousel on the Kent Creates homepage.

The five winners from the “Holiday Traditions” Exhibit are: Rob Kneisler “Homeless for the Holidays” (song), Michael Eggers “Snow Berries” (photograph), Joan Stuart Ross “Oysters for New Year’s” (encaustic on wood and panel), Erica Peto “Angels” (photograph), and Sheldon Ickes “Winter Night” (acrylic painting). The entire exhibit, as well as the five winning pieces, can be viewed at

Rob Kneisler is a Kent-based songwriter. He performs solo and as a member of The Whateverly Brothers, a maritime trio with a wide range of musical styles.

Michael Eggers is a visual artist that uses photography, sculpture, and painting to express himself:

Seattle-based artist Joan Stuart Ross studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Connecticut College, and Yale. After earning MA and MFA degrees at the University of Iowa, Joan moved to Seattle in 1968. She has exhibited her art at Seattle Art Museum and many regional galleries, as well as nationally and internationally:

Kent teacher by day, artist by night (and weekends and holidays), Erica Peto loves to paint, draw, draw digitally into her computer, do scratchboard, and sew quilts:

Sheldon Ickes is another Kent-based artist. He is known for both drawing and painting:

Kent Creates is a community of imagination and inspiration for anyone who creates or seeks to be inspired by creativity. Creative work of all kinds may be shared on Kent Creates is free to use and anyone can sign up; there is no requirement to live in Kent.

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