Welcome to the June edition of the West Seattle Art Walk! Thursday, June 14th 5pm to late.
Spend the evening exploring multiple venues in West Seattle, each hosting unique local art and music. Our participating artists, businesses, and restaurants are excited to welcome the community to stop by and join in celebrating our vibrant art scene. Get out there and enjoy art walk, have a glass of wine, enjoy extended happy hours and Art Walk only dining and experience local art direct from the source!
Spring (April/May/June) 2018 Walking Map
MORE ABOUT ART WALK:
This free art event encourages you to visit venues across greater West Seattle, both in The Junction and beyond. Many venues will be hosting receptions for their featured artist(s) to meet the public and answer questions. The following businesses, organizations, and artists will be participating:
IN THE JUNCTION:
John L. Scott: Steve Gilbert 5pm-late
Capers: Magdalena Cooney 5pm-late
Despite being born into a repressive communist regime, Magdalena Cooney was destined to become a painter. Growing up in a children’s puppet theatre, her parents provided a magical cocoon, creating an alternate world marked by whimsy, fantasy and larger-than-life characters. Self-taught Cooney credits her parents and their cadre of artist friends as her first and most important teachers.
Her father, a set designer and puppet maker, and her mother, a graphic designer, influenced Cooney’s ability to create amidst a culture of censorship. The theatre was always her “happy place,” and she believes it is the reason her paintings lean towards the evocative, non-objective rather than specific. From an early age, Cooney was acutely aware of the competing forces of dark and light at play in her life. These contrasts are apparent in the opposing hues seen in many of her paintings. Her choice of color palettes also reflects her two homes: one echoes the famous red and orange rooftops of her birthplace, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), and the other is inspired by the cool grey and blue tones of her current home in Seattle, Washington.
Windermere Real Estate: West Seattle Garden Tour 2018 Art Competition Group Show 5pm-late
Wild Rose’s: Janet Ramble 5pm-late
Janet Ramble’s original oil paintings will be featured all month at Wild Rose’s.
Click! Design that Fits: Watercolor Artist Group Show featuring Brigida Swanson, Elizabeth Person, and Jenna Howell 5-8pm
Click! will launch a Watercolor Artist group show featuring Elizabeth Person, Brigida Swanson, and Jenna Howell for the months of June and July. Read more about all the artists on Click’s blog.
Re/Max Junction: Cariña Booyens 5pm-late
Cariña Booyens, born 1977 in South Africa, studied at the University of Tshwane, where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2000. She majored in Printmaking and while completing her Bachelor’s degree enrolled in a Photography Course at the Market Photo Workshop. Here she learned how to use her very first camera purchased with funds from gifts she received for her 21st birthday.
She later worked as Project Manager, Project Assistant and Curriculum and Logistics Assistant to the Director of the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg until she immigrated to the United States.
After a short stint in banking she realized that her first love, creative expression, was indeed what she wanted to do with her life and enrolled in a drawing intensive at the Georgetown Atelier under the tutelage of Holly White-Gehrt.
Her current work focuses on the expression of the internal landscape which finds its vocabulary in Nature. In this current body of abstract paintings she develops a visual language which describes a world which is seen with the emotional eye. The works are uninhibited expressions of what the artist has come to know as “flow”.
Cariña has worked as an event photographer, Summer Camp Arts & Crafts Director, muralist, published and exhibited photographic images while managing projects that teaches/facilitates visual literacy to underserved and under-storied communities. Cariña loves to help individuals discover and tell their own stories through facilitating creativity workshops.
Cariña occasionally writes poetry, sings classical repertoire and can be found driving a bus for King County Metro which she does for money while she figures out the mysteries of running an art business.
ArtsWest: Robin Jones 7:30pm-late
“The Here and After”
Artist Statement: “Drawing from my love of figurative painting and of animals and the natural world, my most recent work focuses on specific animals that are endangered, accompanied by the next generation of humans. As we humans continue to expand our presence on the planet, we are displacing, endangering, and threatening other species with extinction. They are endangered due to habitat loss, trophy hunting, palm oil deforestation, climate change – the planet we will hand to future generations could be vastly different from the one we now know, devoid of many of the animals that currently make up the Endangered Species List. Most of these works I would categorize as ‘activist art’. Some I have chosen to gild with gold or silver leaf, which adds dimension and a dynamic shifting of light and shadow. Other figurative pieces are inspired by my many years working as a professional actor in the theatre – these are characters from plays and actors in the process of working. And several are of, or based upon, women I admire. As both painter and actor, I’m drawn to female characters who are warriors, leaders, rebels, misfits, and eccentrics, some of whom are represented here. With all of my paintings, I strive to capture spirit- whether animal or human – inner life, emotion, the soul of the being that I’m painting. This, to me, is perhaps the most important thing of all.”
Our Secret Garden: Alonzo Fernandez of Our Secret Garden 5pm-late
“Fantasy Gardens” green wall art
Alonzo will have a variety of green wall art, flower casting art, resin cast flower products like coasters and jewelry and much more.
Virago Gallery: Lauren Iida 5pm-late
4537 California Ave SW *new location*
Wallflower Custom Framing: Rodolfo Rios Garza 5-8pm
Artist: Rodolfo Rios Garza
“Rising as a mosaic from the table top where all his artistic creativity begins, “Genesis” opens to an eclectic exhibit of new work, some old favorites revisited and prints on canvas and metal.”
Graystone Mortgage: Astrid Daley 5-8pm
Astrid Daley is a West Seattle artist exploring realms of the surreal. A seeker from a young age, she remembers early daydreams of the universe being powered by a bearded man in a bubble peddling a bicycle. Her favorite medium is collage, both traditional and digital, and she enjoys transforming her original photography and those from found sources, into imaginative pieces that reflect what inspires her. She finds the most inspiration in the intersections between nighttime dreams and waking reality, the candy-colored world of 1960s pop art, and the mirroring she notices in her life and within the greater world. A graduate of law school, Astrid decided to follow a different path, instead creating two art and accessory businesses that allow her to be employed full-time as an artist and designer. FringePop is a forum for quirky, whimsical, pop-culture influenced works. Thoughtopian showcases more surreal and imaginative works. After growing up in a tiny Minnesota town of 370 people, she lived in Atlanta for eight years before moving to Seattle almost two years ago. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the natural beauty of the PNW, volunteering with a domestic violence non-profit, spending time with friends in the ecstatic dance community, and taking workshops on everything from authentic communication to Jungian psychology.
Viscon Cellars: Jessie Summa Russo 5-9pm
From the artist:
“This is my third and final West Seattle Art Walk event at Viscon Cellars, the exhibit will be up through June.
If you attended an earlier event, there’s a LOT of new work on display now — due to replacing sold (5!) pieces and also adding pieces from another show closing — so it’s almost a new show.
If you didn’t make it out in April or May, don’t miss the opportunity to try Ben Viscon’s exceptional wines while browsing the artwork. Hint: he does free tastings on Art Walk nights (normally $8). We’ll have homemade snacks as usual. 🙂
Just for this one event, I’m going to bring a crate of unframed vintage prints I have ‘rescued’ from disintegrating books over the years too. They are from 1860s-1940s and priced from $8-14 each. I will also have other old etchings and recent collages available unframed in the back room.”
QSpace: Michael Jardine 12noon-late
“Saigon Streets: Ten Years of Hoofin’ It in Ho Chi Minh City” a series by photographer Michael Jardine. They will be releasing special postcards and a photo book soon after Art Walk. Stop by for refreshments, from noon till late this Thursday!
Inner Alchemy, Treasures and Transformation: 6-9pm
“Honoring the Divine Masculine”
During the month of June, Inner Alchemy honors Fathers and celebrates the Divine Masculine. Five men from the Inner Alchemy community have contemplated, created and share what Divine Masculine means to them. Featuring Christian Skoorsmith, Mag Secretario, Robert Burns, Rick Gage, Steve Scheurich.
Join us for this community event with sips and nibbles, beautiful art, tarot card readings and complimentary sessions with our amazing Inner Alchemy Tribe!