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Kristina Hagman: Open Studio at Sidereal Press showing “36 Views of Mt Rainier”

Kristina Hagman with her "36 Views of Mt Rainier" woodblock prints at Sideral Press

Kristina Hagman with her "36 Views of Mt Rainier" woodblock prints at Sideral Press

 
Yesterday I stopped by an Open Studio reception for Artist Kristina Hagman at Sideral Press in Tukwila.  I have written about Kristina and her Art several times on the DANIEL SMITH Blog and her "36 Views of Mt Rainier".  I was excited to see her work again, and for the first time, ALL 36 prints were hanging on a single wall.  It is striking to see the prints all together...just awesome like Mt Rainier itself as you look up to see the prints laid out 3 high and 12 across.
 
Sidereal Press is in a renovated "barn" and is a gorgeous space where owner Sheila Coppola works with artists hand printing the artwork on some amazing presses.  Sheila and Kristina showed me the cool old press (I think I was told it was a newspaper letterpress) that they pulled Kristina's' prints from.  They gave me a little demo to show me how it worked, which was fascinating.  Thank you Kristina and Sheila!
Sheila, Kristina and Rick at Sideral Press for an Open Studio Reception for Kristina Hagman

Sheila, Kristina and Rick at Sideral Press for an Open Studio Reception for Kristina Hagman

 
Kristina is also currently showing some of her work at the Kirkland Arts Center as part of the Seattle Print Arts' ten-year anniversary celebration.  The show: "TEN: Seattle Print Arts 2010 Anniversary Exhibition"  is on now through June 5th.
 
TEN: Seattle Print Arts 2010 Anniversary Exhibition
Juried by Michael Darling
 May 14 - June 5, 2010 
Kirkland Arts Center 620 Market Street, Kirkland WA 98033 (425) 822-7161
 
~Deborah

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First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square – March 2009

Artforte Gallery in Pioneer Square

Artforte Gallery in Pioneer Square

It's a new month and here it is again, First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square and it was a fine evening to be out enjoying the Art in the Galleries with a couple of friends.  I met a friend at her office and we to Pioneer Square and met up with another friend in one of the Galleries.  So, every month I allow myself to pick which artists' whose work catches my eye and appeals to my "would I want to see that artwork in my home" criteria and this month I found my favorite Artists for the evening in this order at Artforte, Linda Hodges and Marni Muir Galleries. 
Flora S. Bowley beside her paintings at Artforte Gallery in Seattle's Pioneer Square

Flora S. Bowley beside her paintings at Artforte Gallery in Seattle's Pioneer Square

My favorite artist for the evening was Flora S. Bowley at Artfort Gallery.  I noticed her paintings last spring and was happy to see more of her gorgeous surreal/abstract landscapes.  These color drenched, organic natural abstracted shapes are beguiling....  Yes, I think Flora's paintings are candy yummy and would love to see them in my home or yours!  Linda Hodges Gallery was showing mixed media collage and oil paintings by Patrick LoCiero .  These paintings quietly draw you in as you begin to notice the details of the background collage (which almost begin to tell a story) and realize the paintings are not a flat as they first appear.  The paintings have almost quilted, rich burnished surface from the collage and set against that surface are the painted (and collaged) floral subjects.  At first glance the paintings are quiet, then as you look deeper, you are drawn into seeing stories in the images of the collage backgrounds.  Marni Muir Gallery was showing the dreamlike, surreal  paintings of Scott Goodwillie .  Technically amazing paintings in oil with dream-like  images (and dreams often have disturbing imagery) that first catch your eye, then as you settle your gaze on the subject you realize *oh* and wonder at what you are seeing, you are perhaps a little unsettled at that point.  The painting that appealed to me in the show was a large painting of a life-sized woman surrounded by writhing ferrets that reminded me of a few favorite Frieda Kahlo self portrait paintings. It was an engaging evening of Art!

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Update:  Flora S. Bowley emailed me April 3rd, to let me know that she has been asked to make, "5 or more really large paintings to go in the lobby and restaurant of the new Escala condo building up in Seattle." Congratulations Flora!  I will check them out.

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White Center For The Arts Building and Open Studio Tour (plus a tiny bit of Seattle real estate!)

White Center For The Arts Studio Tours Feb. 21, 2009

White Center For The Arts Studio Tours Feb. 21, 2009

Last week, I was invited by Kim McCarthy to the launching of White Center For The Arts Building with their first Open Studio Art Tour in White Center (fondly nicknamed Rat City ) on Saturday, Feb. 21.  I came with a friend (after showing houses for sale until it was too dark to see) to tour the studios.  
 
The White Center For The Arts Building is on the main street of White Center and it actually has a skate rink in the building where the Rat City Roller Girls first started skating.  The building is now in the process of becoming a focal point for the White Center Art community as artists' have been priced out of other Seattle neighborhoods. 
 
Kim McCarthy in her studio for the White Center Open Studio Tour

Kim McCarthy in her studio for the White Center Open Studio Tour

The progression for urban neighborhood renewal is for artists to begin to move into an affordable, usually a bit rundown, neighborhood close in to the city.  The artists' support the local restaurants, cafes and bars, and a buzz begins to build.  This brings hip/edgy younger people who start hanging out, then buying the affordable housing and fixing them up.  The builders now come building condos helping to further transform the neighborhood, causing prices to move up and pricing out the younger artists who then seek out another affordable neighborhood and the cycle begins again.
 
Ken Torres in his studio at the White Center For The Arts Open Studio Tour

Ken Torres in his studio at the White Center For The Arts Open Studio Tour

Close by Georgetown has recently undergone this transformation and the housing in Georgetown  has priced out many first time home buyers.  Currently White Center has 11 homes for sale on the market median price $299,950, and Georgetown has 13 homes for sale at a median price of $350,000.
 
My friend and I were there to say "Hi" to Kim McCarthy and Ken Torres (both work at DANIEL SMITH Artists' Materials - fyi, I write the blog for DANIEL SMITH) and it was fun to see their artwork.  Kim is a very active artist, and I am always running into her at various art venues!

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Art Walk in Seattle’s Pioneer Square for July’s First Thursday

This month's First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square in Downtown Seattle was on a gorgeous evening and many people were out enjoying themselves while looking at Art , listening to live music and taking in the general atmosphere.  It's a great way to spend an evening and perhaps purchase some original art to add to your home.

This time I was going with a friend who wanted to see an Artist customer of hers, Fred Lisaius, (she is the manager of the Daniel Smith Artists' Materials Store in Bellevue) who was showing at the Linda Hodges Gallery.  It was really cool to meet Fred Lisaius, and see his beautiful paintings in person, of course I checked out his website before hand! We also met up with two others and took our Art Walk around Pioneer Square

Fred Lisaius at Linda Hodges GalleryDeborah Butterfield at Greg Kucera GalleryMy Favorite Deborah Butterfield Sculpture at Greg Kucera GalleryJoy Gonyea-Roberts’ Art Booth “Jewelry by Joy”Ariel Bradys’ StudioKerrie Carbary’s Studio and “The Horse”

We started at Occidental Park to visit the Art Booths, and I bought a beautiful necklace from Joy Gonyea-Robertson (Jewelry by Joy ) and I wore it the rest of the evening!  We also stopped by to talk with Kim McCarthy at her booth (who works at Daniel Smith ) and see her work.  The Art Booths have lots of very affordable art pieces...great place for gifts too!

Some of the Galleries we went to were: Grover/Thurston Gallery (Julie Paschkis' art was beautiful), and both Davidson Galleries.  At the Davidson Contemporary I was looking forward to seeing an artist, Francesca Sundsten , whose paintings I had enjoyed seeing at a Madrona Broker's Open House in May, but she was not part of the July group show after all.  A wonderful surprise for me was to discover a favorite artist/sculptor of mine at the Greg Kucera Gallery... Deborah Butterfield !  Being in the presence of Deborah's huge, graceful horses was a wonderful experience.

We also went to see Artist Studios at theTashiro Kaplan Building. Some artists' there who caught my eye were:  Ariel Brady [ Foo 5 (Japan, 1942) ], Michael Brady, and Kerrie Carbary ( "The Horse" )

It was a fun evening and there was lots of great art out on display.  Seattle has a very vibrant Art Community , and it's important to support our local artists...how much more wonderful would your home be with some original art?

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It’s Time to Take a Walk on Seattle’s Wilder Side at the 13th Annual Georgetown Art & Garden Walk!

Georgetown Art & Garden Walk 2008 poster This Sunday, July 13th, is the 13th annual Georgetown Art & Garden Walk .  Just 5 minuets south of SeattleGeorgetown  is welcoming one and all to see their gardens, art studios and have some fun! 

I went to Georgetown earlier in the week to get a photo of the poster, I can usually get really interesting photos of a poster nailed to a telephone pole, but not this year.  I finally found one in the window of Fruit Cocktail Collectibles where I took the above photos.  Fruit Cocktail Collectibles even has it's own little garden area!  Be sure to take a peek inside when you are in the Georgetown neighborhood they have some cool mid-century (and more!) collectibles.

Fruit Cocktail Collectibles in Georgetown - Seattle Washington

Okay, back to the Georgetown Art & Garden Walk....

The Georgetown Neighborhood website says this about the Georgetown Art & Garden Walk:

"So much to see! Colorful gardens, artist studios, food and drink, plus tours of the Georgetown Powerplant Museum and the Museum of Communication. Free and no registration required. Maps available on the day of the walk at the Bank of America parking lot, 1112 South Bailey Street."

Last year I was working with some clients showing a house, and afterwards,  I had an open house scheduled at my Montlake listing so I missed the Georgetown Art & Garden Walk.  But I have happy memories of my 2006 visit and here are some photos....

Orange retreat at the Georgetown Art & Garden Walk 2006 Art House at the Georgetown Art & Garden Walk 2006 Rustic archway to a garden at the Georgetown Art & Garden Walk 2006 Cool retreat at the Georgetown Art & Garden Walk 2006 Back yard get-away at the Georgetown Art & Garden Walk 2006

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My Other Blog…Art…and…Real Estate!

Camano Island Studio Tour May 10th 2008One of the reasons I moved to Seattle was that there seemed to be a very active Art Community in Seattle and the Puget Sound. Unfortunately I was too busy with my earlier career and later getting established in Seattle real estate which has taken a lot of time, dedication and energy, to make time for Art. I studied Art (BS) and Painting (MA) at S.D.S.U. and always planned to get back to my Painting.

Recently I have been writing a blog for a friend of mine's business, Daniel Smith Art Supplies , at DanielSmithArt.Blogspot.com , and it's been helping me get back into the Art Community...a wonderful benefit!

Two weekends ago (Mother's Day weekend) I went on the Camano Island Studio Tour with my friend and some others from Daniel Smith for an all day tour of some amazing art studios and saw some great art. I bought a beautiful raku vase by Roger Cocke and a print by Betty Dorotik on the tour, and a few others also helped to support the Artists with their purchases. I had never been to Camano Island before, it is a stunning place, and some of the studios had glorious views of the Puget Sound. Of course the real estate agent in me was constantly noticing the real estate "For Sale" signs alongside the roads!

The next day, Mother's Day, I went on the 5th Annual Kirkland Artist Studio Tour in Kirkland with my friend which was both interesting and fun. I got to meet a few of the artists at their studios, see some of their work in progress and finished art before fatigue from the Camano Island Studio Tour the day before set in and we decided to shorten our planned tour. ,

While I have not yet started Painting again, I have been thinking more and more about Painting since I have been blogging about it. Just yesterday while previewing homes at some Madrona Broker's Open Houses I enjoyed seeing original paintings hanging at one of the houses I toured. I talked with the Open House agent (who was also the homeowner) about one of the paintings and he showed me another more recent small painting by the same artist, Francesca Sundsten. He told me that she will be showing at Davidson Contemporary Gallery this July. I will have to be sure to go there for the First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square in July, and then blog all about it.

Funny how my other Blog, Art and Real Estate are converging!

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