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Art on Friday Artists and musicians spice up Café Luna

Debbie Numoto’s paintings are inspired by her childhood. - Courtesy photo
Debbie Numoto’s paintings are inspired by her childhood.
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Debbie Dawn Numoto will exhibit watercolor paintings at Café Luna, with an opening reception slated for 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

Numoto lives in West Seattle but spends weekends on the Island with her husband Phil.

“I love this little cottage that we visit every weekend. We work in the garden, unwind and get away from it all. I often feel inspired to paint here,” she said.

Numoto was born in Yakima and spent much of her youth playing in her grandfather’s orchard, where she said she learned a great respect for nature.

Numoto recently took on the task of continuing her art education. After a year of drawing classes and a summer of pastel lessons, she went back to Yakima with a desire to paint the hills.

“The dry snake- and spider-infested hills that surrounded me and I feared as a child are now like beautiful curvy open spaces that are essential habitat to the nature I love,” she said.

Her painting of a West Seattle Junction scene, which features plantings, a bench and a street lamp, was selected as a marketing piece for the West Seattle Art Walk in fall 2002.

Numoto has served as a juror for the West Seattle Arts and Crafts Market and is a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and Artswest Artist Association.

Her show at Café Luna will include new original pastel and watercolor paintings of the Yakima River and flowers, beach sceneand paintings inspired by

time spent on Vashon Island. Additionally, she will include some of her most frequently requested prints.

The show will hang at Café Luna through the month of September.

Music on Saturday

Colby Stead will play a free concert at Café Luna at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.

Stead, who is from Provo, Utah, is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player.

He will be joined at Café Luna by Steven Gertsch, who plays the cello, and Amy Robinson, who sings harmony and plays the accordion.

Organizers said that Stead’s performances are “filled with humor, emotion, reality and compassion.”

To sample Stead’s music, visit

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