Exhibit: Domestic Patterns at ArtsWest

March 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hey everyone! My newest exhibit, Domestic Patterns, will be on view at ArtsWest from March 28th – April 23rd.  The show features artists Sue Danielson, Diane Culhane, in addition to video artist and animator Tess Martin.

Sue Danielson’s work explores the dynamic tension that exists between reality and the monolithic concepts that encompass “home.”  Her definitively emotional representations of houses exemplify the chasm between chaos and simplicity.  Danielson’s artwork has been exhibited nationally including the 2011 West Coast Biennial and the 2010 Denver Biennial.  Locally her work is shown at SAM Gallery and CORE Gallery.

Diane Culhane is an award-winning artist and educator that creates art using both paint and clay.  Featured in Domestic Patterns are her vibrant scenes of suburban-like landscapes with floating people, their pets and cars painted with an informed rawness.  She is represented by galleries throughout the US including Zeek Gallery in Salem, Oregon and Art on 5th in Austin, Texas.

There will be an opening during the West Seattle Art Walk on Thursday, April 14th, 2011 6-7:30pm.  ArtsWest is located at 4711 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 (Alaska and California) (map). Hope to see you there!

Website: www.artswest.org

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12-7 PM

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Inspiration: Friends and Fiber Artists

March 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

There are some really awesome shows in and around Seattle right now.

Rachel Rader: Her Majesty

Her Majesty is a softly colored exhibit of all new work from friend Rachel Rader.  The show is a collection of artifacts from an underwater Utopian  kingdom ruled by a reverse mermaid (fish on top lady on the bottom).  Not to be missed are the coronation jewels – scepter, orb, wedding rings and crown in delicate pink glass lavishly decorated in coral, pearls, and hand made beads.  Delicately displayed on strawberry cream colored pillows, these pieces make me want to be a princess! On view until April 2nd.

Material Content of Softness

The Bellevue Arts Museum never disappoints. Through June 26th, check out the newest fiber art show bringing together 11 national/international artists. Worked in embroidery, knitting, crochet, and various other fiber techniques all pieces focus on the human body.

Featured artists include: Diem Chau, Lauren DiCioccio, Angela Ellsworth, James Gobel, Angela Hennessy, Rock Hushka, Lisa Kellner, Miller & Shellabarger, Lacey Jane Roberts, Jeremy Sanders and Nathan Vincent.

It’s a truly fantastic to experience hand work in person, to get very close and really admire every stitch.  I certainly did that with Rock Hushka’s meditative herbal embroideries.  Worked in seed and bullion stitch on cloth that contained his own blood these works had the stoic appearance of medieval embroidery with out the anonymity.

I always enjoy seeing local artist Diem Chau’s work – in person you can see the faint shimmer from the rayon/silk cloth and  can really appreciate the intimate scale of the cups, bowls, and saucers.  If you are unfamiliar with her art, please do check out her website. In addition to being an embroideress she also makes wonderful carvings from crayons.

Artistic Merit

While you are at BAM, head down stairs to the new community room gallery located next to the gift shop.  Artists featured in this exhibit are recent scholarship recipients of Pratt Fine Arts Center – friends that I see just about everyday.  It’s an  incredibly well curated show of glass, prints, and small sculpture.

Not to be missed are Armelle Bouchet O’Neill microcosmic inspired pieces!

Featured artists include: Granite Calimpong, Isabella Leary, Jenny Wittlinger, Julia Harrison and Armelle Bouchet O’Neill On view until April 23rd.

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First Look at the Microcosm

March 4, 2011 § 4 Comments

This is an unidentified moss from outside my door way…

A magnified view of the same moss.

The little lichen that I based my newest piece on (in greater magnification obviously)

My lovely friend from London sent me an original Klaus Kemp microscopy slide. This is only a part of the arrangement – its made out of the tiny scales of butterfly wings.

These photos were made possible by the wonderful and generous folks who pledged to my Kick Starter project -THANK YOU!

 

New Work: Out of the Ordinary

March 3, 2011 § 1 Comment

 

Here in rainy Seattle the lichens,moss, and ferns have never looked better. The constant drizzle and cold temperatures make everything so lush and verdant.  This piece started on a lovely walk to the Washington Arboretum. I tiny broken stick along the pathway held the most curious little specimen barely visible to the naked eye…

At home I put the tiny twig under my dissecting microscope to discover the most gorgeous little structure!

I recently donated this piece to Pratt Fine Art Center (where I work and have been taking a fabulous bead making course). More tiny discoveries are soon to follow!

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Opening: Kindred Spirits

March 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

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A big thanks to everyone who came out to the Greenwood/Phinney Art Walk.  Special thanks to co-exhibitor Christopher Allman, Urban Light Studios owner/lead photographer Kevin Law, and artist Sarah Miles!

If you didn’t get a chance to see the exhibit I’ll be showing more work next month at a group show at ArtsWest called Domestic Patterns.

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