Globally renowned for his work, local artist Michael Tolleson wants to be more recognized in Kent.
Looking for a storefront gallery and the opportunity to become closer to the community, Tolleson found it in historic downtown Kent.
Tolleson, a self-taught autistic savant artist, moved his Seattle gallery to the Kent Business Center a year ago. But Tolleson wanted something more accessible and centrally located.
With help from the Kent Downtown Partnership and mayor's office, the artist found it.
The Michael Tolleson Savant Art Center, at 205 First Ave. S., recently opened to the public. City and business leaders joined Tolleson and his partner, Jack Carl Anderson, also an autistic artist, for a launch party Dec. 22.
"We're trying to bring more art into Kent," Tolleson said. "We want to bring more interactive art to Kent. We want to revitalize the feeling of the street. ... We need art to touch lives."
Tolleson's career has blossomed in such a short time,...