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Horizon House Resident Phyllis Lamphere Brings Community Art Gallery to Downtown Seattle

Phyllis Lamphere, a Horizon House resident, has always been an advocate for art – art appreciation, art education, art opportunity. She has now made it possible to have art in another central location in downtown Seattle: the Washington State Convention Center. Phyllis set up an art advisory committee that included curators and private collectors, who helped create the new Phyllis Lamphere Gallery located on the second floor of the Convention Center. The gallery rotates every ninety days.

In a video produced by the Convention Center, Phyllis says, “The gallery connects us to the community. It’s a place where art associations can offer their members an exhibit space for their works.”

During her time at Horizon House, Phyllis has served as President of the Residents’ Council, Chair of the Philanthropy Committee and as a member of the Board of Trustees. Phyllis created a program called Spotlight on Seattle, whose purpose is, in her own words, “to acquaint residents new and old with the wonders of this magical city of ours.”

Phyllis has been deeply involved in the city’s civic life for more than 50 years. She is often referred to as the “best mayor Seattle never had.” In an age when women were inclined to be stay-at-home mothers and homemakers, Phyllis made a name for herself as a prominent civic leader, lobbyist and history creator not only in Seattle but in our nation.

Thank you, Phyllis, for sharing your appreciation of art with the many of us at Horizon House who travel through the Convention Center daily. We know the public shares our appreciation for the community-tied art now adorning the walls in the Convention Center!


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