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Artist in Residence

The City of Auburn and the Auburn Arts Commission are pleased to welcome artist Michelle Lassalinelinks to external site, who has been selected to participate as the first-annual Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence. 

Lassaline’s art practice includes both painting and papier-mâché mask making. Often working from photographs taken at outdoor sites across the country, the artist’s imagery focuses on “the systems that shape the natural world,” hoping to “capture the details of each stone, leaf, or sliver of light in order to show the sublime moments I find in nature.”  The Mary Olson Farm’s seven historic buildings and 67 beautiful acres will be an ideal setting at which the artist can create a body of work inspired by “places where wilderness intersects with architecture.” 

The Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence is a new City of Auburn program offering the opportunity for an artist to pursue their work in, and to be inspired by, the unique and beautiful setting of the Mary Olson Farm in Auburn, Washington. The residency will last two months during June and July, providing the artist with a large indoor barn studio and a stipend, and will include a variety of public programming that will be free and open to the public.

Michelle Lassaline



FREE Artist in Residence Public Programming includes:

  • Open studio days: June 23 and July 29, 12:00 to 5:00 PM.
    Your chance to meet the artist, learn about her process and inspiration, and see her works in progress!

  • Auburn Studio Tour: June 30, 1:30 – 6:45 PM.
    Spend a fun summer afternoon out enjoying private in-person tours at the art studios of four talented Auburn artists. Featured artists include: ceramicists Susan Lochner and John Harris, award-winning sculptor Marita Dingus, welder and sculptors Greg Bartol and Studio B, as well as Michelle Lassaline, the 2018 Mary Olson Farm Artist in Residence. Visit the website for more information and to sign up for free online!links to external site

  • Watercolor on the Farm with Michelle Lassaline: Thursday, July 26 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. 
    A free workshop class with our very own Artist in Residence, but only for the first 20 people registered, so preregister online to save your spot now! Find more information register online!
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Michelle Lassaline, Coyote Mask, Papier-mache mask.

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Michelle Lassaline, State Capitol Conservatory, Watercolor on paper.

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Michelle Lassaline, The Lost Coast Trail, Watercolor on paper. 


For more information on the artist Michelle Lassaline, please visit her websitelinks to external site.

For more information about the Mary Olson Farm, please visit the White River Valley Museum websitelinks to external site

Location information:
Mary Olson Farm
28728 Green River Rd, Kent, WA 98030
Open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5:00 PM, June 23 – August 26, 2018.


This art program is coordinated in partnership between the City of Auburn, Parks, Arts & Recreation Department and the White River Valley Museum, with the support of the Auburn Arts Commission.