Treasure Valley watercolor artist Laurie Yonan Asahara is the featured artist currently on display in Meridian City Hall’s Initial Point Gallery. The exhibit, which includes 39 paintings, will remain on public display until September 10, 2010.


Well-known for her striking portraits and bold florals, Asahara attributes her passion for the bold interplay of colors in her paintings to her childhood experience of living on the tropically lush Big Island of Hawaii where she believes she was imprinted with what she calls her “Kodachrome view of the world.”


An Artist Reception is scheduled for Wednesday, August 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the Initial Point Gallery where Laurie Asahara will also be on hand to greet gallery visitors and discuss her work.


Initial Point Gallery, administered by the Meridian Arts Commission, is located on the third floor of Meridian City Hall, located at 33 E. Broadway Avenue in downtown Meridian. The gallery is free and open to the public during City Hall’s regular business hours -- Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding major holidays.


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded as a farming community in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing cities whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community that has garnered national recognition being selected in 2010 to Money/CNN’s 2010 list of “Top 100 Places to Live in the U.S” and  Family Circle Magazine as one the nation’s  “Ten Best Towns for Families.” For more information about Meridian, visit