The City of Covington opened its City Hall Art Gallery in 2004. Since that time, over 100 local artists and groups have displayed their artwork in the gallery. The City of Covington Art Gallery is located in City Hall at 16720 SE 271st Street, Suite 100. Artwork may be viewed Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. There is a 26' wall designated for art in the City Council Chambers. In addition, there are two track systems behind the Permit Center counter in the Covington City Hall lobby. One is 13 feet long and the other is 4.5 feet long, for a total of 17.5 feet. Please note that the City Council Chambers is a public meeting space and may not always be available for viewing artwork during the hours indicated. Please call (253) 480-2400 for a current viewing schedule.
November Display Artist
Virginia Cook - Colored Pencil & Ink
Covington resident Gini Nordyke Cook has been creating art for as long as she can remember. With an artistic mother, supportive family, and a succession of accommodating teachers, Gini was encouraged to draw, paint and craft as soon as she could wield a pencil. Her first “showing” was a tempura painting of two girls created in kindergarten or 1st grade and selected as the first work visitors saw at a exhibition at her hometown’s public library.
This exhibit features 16 illustrations of Mother Goose Rhymes, created over the span of about 20 years. “The idea for the first drawing, Four and Twenty Blackbirds, came to me shortly after a move to Yakima. My husband was working, our son was in kindergarten, and I didn’t yet have any employment on the horizon. That block of free time fairly begged to be filled with an art project.” Pen and ink were already Gini’s signature medium; adding the vibrancy of the saturated color was an experiment with good results.
While working in a variety of administrative positions, Gini has satisfied her artistic side by creating custom Christmas cards for family and friends, notecards and a few commercial graphic design projects. Now retired, she’s happy to have more time for creating.
This is Gini’s first solo exhibit. She participated as a “friend and family” exhibitor in several shows at Covington City Hall, and in the Art Show when it was part of Covington Days. She was Commissioner on the Covington Arts Commission from 2011 to 2018.