ArtsWest March Show Child’s Play


From March 1st through March 26th ArtsWest Gallery proudly presents the new gallery exhibition, Child’s Play alongside the concurrent theater production, Distracted. Michael Lowe, Jessica Dodge, and Wanda Pelayo interpret excessive stimuli in a contemporary life with Tess Martin in AMP at ArtsWest through April 23rd.
Michael Lowe’s paintings of large expanses of color and organized lines are an exploration of place, dimensionality, and ambiguity of story. His recurring plastic white chairs sit empty in fields of green also evoke a sense of longing. Stylistically, his minimalist paintings investigate value, color, composition, and space. Lowe has taught art privately, in college, high school, middle school, and at the elementary school level. He received his BA and MFA from Boston University.
Jessica Dodge’s hedgehogs on unicycles and roller skating foxes provide a whimsical tone to the exhibition. Dodge paints in reverse on glass creating a wonderful depth and richness to her contemporary allegorical paintings, which cleverly employ humor, and lush colors, drawing in the viewer. Many of her pieces are displayed in notable galleries including the Jadite Gallery in New York City. The SAM Gallery will include Dodge in an upcoming exhibition featuring artists that work with glass and paint.
Wanda Pelayo’s energetic mixed media prints of everyday objects impart a joyful uproar of texture and color. Pelayo uses a range of tools to create her work: painting and drawing with watercolor, acrylics, and black chalk, while also incorporating scanned photos, cyanotypes, solar plate etchings, cardboard, dirt, and sawdust. A native Argentinean, Pelayo resides in Seattle and continues to show her distinctive works internationally.


Animator and director Tess Martin is the featured artist in AMP at ArtsWest during Child’s Play and Domestic Patterns. Martin will screen five looped cut-out stop frame animations in AMP at ArtsWest including a selection from Plain Face, her new ten minute short. Plain Face is about the arrival of an outsider into a fantastical land where people are puppets and buses can fly. Martin’s films are developed through a laborious process. First, she carefully cuts out pieces of paper and plastic and paints them. Next, Martin places the pieces on a light-box for an illuminated and animated effect, and then she begins the film editing process. An accomplished arts instructor, Martin has traveled abroad to Ghana to teach children in need. She currently teaches for the local youth organization, Reel Grrls. Grants from the City of Seattle, Artist Trust, 4Culture, and the Puffin Foundation provide support for her artwork. Martin along with other arts professionals dealing and collecting video and film will dive into the challenges and benefits of this new medium during a panel discussion moderated by Gallery Director, Nichole DeMent on Thursday, April 14th. All are welcome to this free special OnStage event which begins at 7:30pm in ArtsWest’s theater during West Seattle’s April ArtWalk.

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