Mary Lou Dickerson: Art Exhibit and Reception

Landscape painting of wetlands and mountains

Sunday, January 8

“Celebrating Spirit in Nature,” an art exhibit by Mary Lou Dickerson, will open in the chapel on Sunday, January 8, with an artist reception from 1:30–3 p.m. All are invited to attend. The exhibit showcases many large landscape oil paintings, primarily focusing on Northwest locations.

Dickerson explains, “I chose the title for the exhibit because I so often feel the presence of Spirit while out in nature here. Like so many northwesterners I am awed by our natural surroundings. Yes, I attend church, but being with nature and its quiet beauty and power has led to a deep way to connect with Spirit.”

As a teen and young adult, Dickerson experimented with art, including participating in classes in Florence, Italy. She set aside her work in art for a long career in public service. She also became an author and a leader of organizations focused on helping children and families. After retirement from the Washington State House of Representatives, she again picked up her paint brush and has been painting in her home studio ever since. You can see more of her work on her Instagram page at

“Celebrating Spirit in Nature” includes colorful scenes from Seattle, Mt. Rainier and the North Cascades as well as from locations farther away. Artist Suzanne Brooker, who has taught Dickerson in her Seattle studio says, “Mary Lou Dickerson is a landscape painter with heart. Her work contains a visual richness of color and light that invites the viewer to explore the natural world.”

Most of the paintings are for sale. For more information or to purchase a painting, visit the Art Learning Station during coffee hour on January 8, come to the reception, or contact Art Committee co-chair Rhona Jack. The exhibit will hang through February 17.