Welcome to the September edition of the West Seattle Art Walk! Thursday, September 13th 5pm to late (hours vary by location; see below).
Our participating artists, businesses, and restaurants are excited to welcome the community to stop by and join in celebrating our vibrant art scene. See the listing below for all businesses hosting art in September. For restaurant specials, click here.
(featured image by Kate Petty)
Summer 2018 Walking Map (July 12th, August 9, September 13th)
Congratulations to Lorrie Brogan, whose painting is featured in our Q3 print materials. She will have a solo show at Windermere this Thursday!
Pick up a hard copy of our printed postcards at any of our participating Art Walk businesses or click here to view the Google map.
In the Junction:
John L Scott Real Estate: Kate Petty with music by Hannah Williams, 5-9pm
Capers: Cheryl Zahniser, 5pm-late
Ever since Cheryl Zahniser started drawing, the process of “creating” has been one of her greatest sources of joy and pleasure. Many of her paintings/drawings are large in size, as she enjoys the sheer physical involvement it takes to move paint on a large canvas. Although she works primarily with oils she likes using a range of other mediums.
Come. Enjoy her work. Support the arts.
Wild Rose’s: Joan Whitley, 6:30-8:30pm
Joan’s first venture in college was an art major with a special interest in painting. She married and had children and completed her college education at Central Washington University in Early Childhood Education.
After thirty-six working in that field she retired and decided to investigate art again.
Through all the years she has always loved to draw and to paint. About seven years ago she decided to embrace that interest through watercolor. She took many workshops and classes attempting to find a teacher that she could truly admire and learn from. She discovered Catherine Gill, an exceptional watercolorist and local Seattle painter. She also paints at South Seattle College under Mary Lindquist and an amazing cohort of artists.
After trying oils again, Joan decided to find another teacher to study under. This time it was Valerie Collymore, a local impressionist painter. Both Gill and Collymore are colorists who teach color mixing. Joan enjoys mixing her pallet from only four colors and mixing as many as she needs for each individual work.
Her inspiration is in the landscapes of Seattle parks and Washington State. The rich greens of the west-side and the amazing oranges and browns of the east-side always give her joy and stimulation to begin another work. Our landscapes are truly her muses.
Joan has shared with a friend, painting is hard work; Frustrating, scary, and down-right mind-boggling. There is nothing like a blank canvas to create panic. These paintings are a few of the ones she has enjoyed painting and enjoyed the results.
She hopes you enjoy them as well.
Virago Gallery: Elisheba Johnson, 6-9pm
You Wouldn’t Have This Problem If You Lost Weight – Elisheba Johnson
Artist Reception – Thursday, September 13th 6 to 9pm
Runs – September 9th to October 5th, 2018
Society tells women from birth that their body is not their own. Because of this, family to strangers feel they have the right to discuss and rate the female body. This work is my documentation through artworks of the most salient moments of my life where I knew that my body was a commodity and my being fat meant I was worthless. Being fat in the western world comes with stigma and assumptions and I attempt to unpack some of the many values around that in this show.
– Elisheba Johnson
Elisheba is a multi-media artist and poet who has dedicated her career in the arts to creating space for emerging and POC artists to create and showcase their work. Johnson, who has a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, was the owner of Faire Gallery Café, a multi-use art space that held art exhibitions, music shows, poetry readings ancreative gatherings.
Since 2013 Johnson has been at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture where she is a public art project manager and works on capacity building initiatives including Seattle Arts Leaderships Team (SALT), Public Art Boot Camp.
In 2013, Elisheba co-wrote and published “The Adventures of Emery Jones: Boy Science Wonder” with her father Charles Johnson. The series now has two titles; “Bending Time” and “The Hard Problem.”
Elisheba is also a founding member of COLLECT, a monthly curated art tour to inspire a new generation of art collectors.
Elisheba is currently a member of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Network advisory council. When Elisheba isn’t visiting an art exhibition with her son, she is a parenting advocate, travel enthusiast and fancies herself an amateur sommelier.
RE/Max Junction: Ravi Sekhon
Ravi Sekhon bridges the gap between what everyone knows, but never sees, and what they see, but don’t allow themselves to know. His degrees in Physics and Material Science (and studying the world on the nano-scale) have only increased his awe of light, its control, and the influence it can have on our senses. His love of adventure has fueled his passion for photography, and allowed him access to areas that we only visit in our dreams. He has been trying to immortalize beauty in the simple things around us for more than half his life. A citizen of the world, Ravi is currently based out of Seattle.
Artswest Playhouse and Gallery: (NO ARTIST THIS MONTH)
From the artist: “My love for the fabric Chita was born together with Northeast Brazilian identity. I grew up seeing Chita all over the place, in houses, schools, streets and especially at Saint Johns’s Festival (a huge festival that happens in June in Northeast Brasil). When I decided to learn sewing, I also decided to bring my culture into my art. It was not difficult to choose to work with Chita, a fabric that tells us about the simple and beautiful life in the Brazilian Sertao( Backlands). This fabric has strong and happy colors and makes my pieces of art delicate and comfy to use, as accessories or as home decor. My hope is that my crafts with Chita will collaborate with and add to the expressions of Brazilian art here in the USA.”
Kim Tingley & Jacey Frangos, realtors with Windermere are proud to host West Seattle artist, Lorrie Brogan, for the September 13th West Seattle Art Walk this Thursday night. If you’ve seen our posters and postcards this quarter, then you’ve seen Lorrie’s work! She’ll have her original paintings on display at the Windermere office from 6-8:30pm. Enjoy light bites, some wine, art, and meet the artist.
Artist Statement: Lorrie lives and creates her art in beautiful West Seattle, Washington. When she is not painting in her home studio or attending an art event, she is likely traveling with her husband. They enjoy sailing to the San Juan Islands and Canadian Gulf Islands, as well as RV road trips to San Diego and Arizona.
Lorrie is an abstract painter that enjoys experimenting with color, textures, and mark making. She is always on the lookout for organic textures found in nature and unconventional items she can use as painting tools.
Lorrie’s current work is intuitive abstract paintings that start with random marks and shapes. She has no preconceived ideas about what she is going to paint. She adds and removes marks and shapes to build up interesting layers and relationships. The process is then repeated multiple times to give the painting some history.
Lorrie likes the challenge of creative problem-solving. Most intuitive paintings go through a difficult phase and it is within these phases that creative magic happens for her. Figuring out how to resolve a painting so it feels honest and authentic and ultimately completed is a richly satisfying part of her process.
Click! Design That Fits: Erik Railton, 5-8pm
Erik grew up on the Oregon coast, spending time outside in nature. He continues to find himself drawn to the color, texture and shapes of plants and other natural objects that first attracted him. His paintings are constructed of both abstract and realistic values, leaving the viewer to contemplate how the painting relates to the “real” world.
Meet Erik at Click! on Thursday September 13th, from 5 – 8p, during West Seattle Art Walk. Read more about Erik on Click’s blog.
Cupcake Royale: Riley Doyle and Sarah Green, 6-9pm
Our Secret Garden: Alonzo Fernandez, open till late
Fantasy and Zen Gardens by talented florist, Alonzo Fernandez.
Show: Last Dance
“Remembering the past, and a look at what was left behind.”
Graystone Mortgage: Esther Loopstra, 5-8pm
4726 42nd Ave SW (in Jefferson Square)
“My paintings seem to evolve in their own time and in their own way, each one has a unique voice. I use painting as a way to get out of my head, freely exploring color, pattern, texture and subject matter. We spend so much time each day within constraints and working with acrylic paint lets me flow with my instincts, developing layers, working back into them and allowing each piece to change and grow along the way.
I think of it as a celebration of the ever-changing process that is life itself. I’m inspired not only by the beauty in nature, but also by the contrast of it’s dark side that surrounds us and is inside of us. Woven into my work are symbols that span cultures as well as images of portals and other worldly places inspired by my travels and curiosity about culture and myth. My hope is that these messages will resonate with each viewer in their own personal, unique way.”
Esther Loopstra is an artist, illustrator and teacher who’s work is an extension of her perpetual curiosity. She grew up in southern California, received her BFA in Illustration at Minneapolis College of Art and design and now lives in Seattle.
Her paintings and illustrations radiate whimsy, dreaminess, and fluidity. Her work has been shown in galleries, used for print ads, editorials, books, stationery products, & textiles. She also helps others find and express the creativity that resides inside of them in her workshops as well as through teaching at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
In Greater West Seattle:
QSpace Gallery & Studio: Michael Jardine
Now showing: Saigon Streets: 10 Years of Hoofin’ It in Ho Chi Minh City
An intimate look at the Streets of Saigon.
Stop by for a free Photo bookmark!
(New Art Walk Business) Glow Natural Health Center: works by Fine Artist, Jen Brown, 5-9pm
Portland-based artist Jen Brown will be showing her work including some beautiful saris fabric studies. From the artist, “I work with archetypal narratives and ideals such as Beauty, Truth, or Goodness, so that we may learn something of ourselves and ultimately, become better people.”
Stop by and see the new space, meet the practitioners and have a snack or a glass of wine.
Canna West Seattle (NO ARTIST THIS MONTH)
VISCON CELLARS: Debbie Bianchi, 6-9pm
From the artist: “I am proud to say I was born and raised in West Seattle and now have the opportunity to share my perspective of what is beautiful with my fellow lovers of art and creativity. Free birds dance across the canvas among fanciful, fairy tale inspired blossoms, trees and landscapes. Freedom of motion speaks to me and I try to capture this sense of magic and indulgence in my work. These creations grow from acrylic paint, paper, charcoal and pastel.”
Remember, tasting fees are waived for Art Walk visitors on Art Walk night.
(New Art Walk Business) Renee Walden – Edward Jones: Jenna Howell, 5-8pm
Office of Rebecca Mitsui: Amy Stone, 5-8pm (artist unable to attend)
Amy Stone was born and raised in NY. She has a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Art Education from Hofstra University. In 2014 she relocated to Seattle where she now lives with her husband and two sons.
In 2016, after years of only drawing, she began painting again and has a new energy and love for her craft. Her abstract works captures movement, color, energy and the essence of the paint itself.
Inner Alchemy, Treasures & Transformations: The Cosmos Art Walk, 6-9pm
Inner Alchemy will be hosting an Artist Collective from 5-6pm. All who are interested are welcome to come and join us for this new community group. The Inner Alchemy Art Walk Community party will include free mini sessions with Inner Alchemy Practitioners. Sips and nibbles…always! Art Walk from 6-9pm.
“I believe there are deep spiritual reasons why beauty stimulates the pleasure circuits hard-wired into our brains. It’s a clue there must be reasons why the Universe exists at all; it reminds us that “dominion over” means to be responsible stewards of the planet. My intent is to refresh a sense of connection beyond our increasingly urbanized human-centered worldview. My photography is guided by Spirit to be in the right place at the right time; to visualize an elegantly composed image; and to use the latest tools to make a print that will inspire and delight.” Bill Ray
(New Art Walk Business) The Kenney: Chuck McInturff with music by Gary Benson, 5-7pm
The Kenney will be showcasing the works of West Seattle artist Chuck McInturff and have guitar entertainment by Gary Benson. Complimentary wine and hors-d’oeuvres will be provided as well.