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

The “Lighting Up the Dark” exhibit asked the community to gain inspiration from longer days, shorter nights, and the juxtaposition of darkness and light. The exhibit was open January through March and received 37 submission, including paintings, photographs, drawings, and more.

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 “Lighting Up the Dark” Exhibit are: John Clark Gleasen “Southwest Chiaroscuro” (painting), Erica Peto “Light and Dark Flower” (photograph) and “Cathedral Tree” (colored pencil drawing), Liz Ruest “Bramble” (digital collage), and Ken Morris “Good Morning!” (photograph). The entire exhibit, as well as the five winning pieces, can be viewed at

John Clark Gleasen is a Seattle native and a painter. He was formerly a glass and metals artist, and has been painting for several years now.

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.

Digital collage, 25 layers

Liz Ruest creates digital collage with a warm color palette and a sense of place and history. She has been soaking up the landscape in the Puget Sound region since 1989.

Ken Morris loves simplicity with color. He works with different mediums, including mixed media, collage, wood, sumi, and photography, as well as Public art projects in greater Seattle area.

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.

Scott Schaefer

Founder/Publisher/Editor. Three-time National Emmy Award winning Writer (“Bill Nye the Science Guy”), Director, Producer, Journalist and more...