Discussion: 9 Comments »| 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. 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!
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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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 .
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.
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?
Discussion: 2 Comments »| This Sunday, July 13th, is the 13th annual Georgetown Art & Garden Walk . Just 5 minuets south of Seattle, Georgetown 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.
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....
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One 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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