Welcome to the January edition of the West Seattle Art Walk! Thursday, January 10, 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 January. For restaurant specials, click here.
(featured image by Esther Loopstra)
Winter 2019 Walking Map (January 10, February 14, March 14)
Congratulations to Genna Draper, whose painting is featured in our Q1 print materials. See her work at CAPERS in January and February.
Pick up a hard copy of our printed walking maps at any of our participating Art Walk businesses or click here to view the Google map.
In the Junction:
John L. Scott Real Estate (Art Walk Partner)
Ivo Janeba, 5-9pm
Already in early childhood, Ivo had enjoyed arts, especially drawing, painting and ceramics. However, he rediscovered arts with a different intensity and passion in his early thirties. What started as relaxing and enjoyable activity in his free time became a necessity for Ivo’s self-realization. Growing up and living in the Czech Republic, Ivo was surrounded by a wide spectrum of art his entire life which influenced his artistic development.
Today, Ivo feels his art is a process which allows him to express his inner feelings evoked when observing the World around him. On his canvas, Ivo captures the moments seen through his eyes in colors and textures he sees and feels in his mind. The final composition of his art pieces contains a special lightness and beauty which coexist in harmony. Occasionally, elements of contradiction and conflict can be found in Ivo’s art pieces.
The artist’s goal, even in these seemingly contradictory paintings, is to bring out a feeling of satisfaction and pleasant inspiration in those viewing his art. Ivo’s favorite media is oil and acrylic and in recent years he has been using water colors for more and more of his sketches. He most often selects nature scenes, city streets, compositions and people as his objects for expression but he does not shy away from abstracts and nudes.
During his artistic career Ivo experimented with many different techniques and styles. He is a great admirer of impressionism and paints mostly with a pallet knife. Ivo has held a number of exhibitions in the Czech Republic over the years. The Czech Premier, Mirek Topolanek opened his Vernisaz exhibition in 2009 and selected a painting for his personal art collection. In the same year, during the pope Benedict XVI visit in the Czech Republic, one of Ivo Janeba’s local scene pieces was gifted to the Pope by one of his entourage members. Besides many art collectors in the Czech Republic and Europe, Ivo Janeba’s paintings can be found in personal collections of art lovers in South Africa, United States, Canada and Australia.
Verity Credit Union (Art Walk Partner)
Sandrina Reyes, 5:30-8pm
Verity will be featuring a live painting demonstration by Sandrina Reyes, local West Seattle transplant from Fort Bragg, California. Sandrina is a self taught artist, with a background in Jewelry Design, Monoprint, Watercolor, Figure Drawing, Multimedia and Graphic Design. Sandrina is excited to be part of the West Seattle Art Walk Community and is looking forward to connecting with more artists.
Genna Draper, Neutrals, 5-8pm
In the words of Caper’s Kassie Hennessey, “It wouldn’t be January without her; what a great way to ring in 2019!”
With a method that is overtly physical, and her extensive understanding and use of diverse materials, Genna Draper creates mixed media paintings with varying degrees of representation, provoking curiosity and deeper exploration between the layers. Striking for their intriguing textures and desirable palettes, Draper presents work that is dynamic and cohesive on conclusion yet leaves room for the viewer to explore the decisions and emotional responses of every mark made. “I paint because I love it, pure and simple. I love the chaos and the physical demands of executing my ideas into tangible works. Above all else, I love the connections I am able to create with people through my work.”
Ellen Zrimsek, 5-8:30pm
Join us to see Ellen Zrimsek’s new encaustic collection.
Ellen Zrimsek is an emerging encaustic artist who delights in the mystery of melting beeswax and pigment included with a variety of mixed media. She had studied at Northwest Encaustic in West Seattle and shown professionally at the Fremont art Walk, 2017 (group show), West Seattle Cellars, 2016 and 2017, and Inscape Open Studios 2017.
Explore more of Ellen’s work on her Facebook page.
Virago Gallery – Cancelled this month
Jay McClure Samuelson, 5-8:30pm
Former jazz sax musician and aspiring vocalist who takes pride in his ability to make life come alive through a lens. Partial to symmetry and architecture but can be known to throw landscapes and portraits together during PNW road trips in the 4Runner all year around. West Seattle born and raised. Midwest state of mind. Learn to live.
Come see Jay’s Amazing Artwork and meet RE/MAX Junction top broker: Candice Oftebro. Enter our raffle to win $50 to THE WESTY and enjoy cheese/crackers, homemade, delectable cookies, wine, beer & 10% off coupons to The Westy for every visitor.
ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery – Cancelled this month
Richard Gold: Reconstruction, 5pm to closing
Richard Gold is the founder of Pongo Teen Writing Project, a 23-year-old nonprofit that provides therapeutic poetry to incarcerated and homeless youth. These youth have all suffered abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence, in the context of historic social injustice. Richard began creating art six months ago at West Seattle Art Nest, a children’s art studio, as a joyful but purposeful way of processing trauma. He creates cardboard constructions that include acrylics, glitter, beads, tissue paper, yarn, feathers, etc.
Explore more of Richard’s work with the Pongo Teen Writing Project at his Facebook page.
Windermere Real Estate Hosted by Kim Tingley & Jacey Frangos – Cancelled this month
Click! Design That Fits – Cancelled this month (on Winter Break)
From the Artist:
“I have been an artist for 40 years. I create in many mediums, but the main body of my work is acrylic paint on canvas. I am self taught. I term my work transmographicational surrealism. Images derived from the layering of Phi ratio based designs into (usually landscape formatted) paintings of realistic depth and light.”
In Greater West Seattle:
Michael Jardine, 5-9pm
Who hasn’t taken a ferry? Washington State has the largest ferry system in the country. This exhibit celebrates our favorite and most adventurous form of transport – including the ferries of West Seattle!
In addition to the Gallery, we will be selling Post Cards and Art Cards with Envelopes featuring photos from the exhibit. This is our fourth exhibit following “Our Afghanistan,” “China Kodachrome,” and “Saigon Streets.”
Canna West Seattle (Art Walk Partner)
As partners of the West Seattle Art Walk we are featuring artists monthly at our Culture Shop. This month we are featuring the works of Erika Rimmer and Sydney Busskohl. Join us at The Culture Shop for complimentary refreshments and mingling from 5-8pm, this Thursday during the West Seattle Art Walk.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Erika Rimmer is a self-taught Seattle-based visual artist known for her work with fluid acrylic paint. Her abstract paintings are inspired by forms and motions found in nature. For her work she uses “paint-pouring” techniques that are difficult to control and result in unpredictable patterns, reflecting the chaos and randomness inherent in the structure of the universe on a macro and micro level. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and currently works as a graphic designer when she isn’t painting.
Sydney Busskohl is a self-taught, Seattle-based artist focused on figurative pop-surrealism. As a teenager growing up in California, she found inspiration in the non-traditionalism of pop art & the rebellious lowbrow art movement. Her acrylic paintings feature a combination of highly rendered expressive portraiture, orbs of light, birds & beating hearts, all swirled together in vibrant colors. With her main focus being on people and emotions, her art shines a bright & vividly colorful light on the dark turmoil of the human experience. You can explore more of Sydney’s work at her website.
Amy Stone Art, 5-9pm
Artist Statement: I have been painting and drawing my entire life. I have a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Art Education from Hofstra University, but it wasn’t until my family and I relocated from New York to Seattle that I began to create art daily.
I am drawn to the idea of balance and imperfection and how that translates to the paper or canvas. Without knowing this was my goal, someone recently told me that my work reminds them of the Japanese term Wabi-Sabi. Wabi-sabi represents Japanese aesthetics and a Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. We are forever growing, changing, learning, transitioning and it is difficult to find a balance of wife, mom, artist, friend, daughter, niece, cousin, aunt, and me. This idea is translated to my work as I strive to create a balance of color, texture, movement, and energy. One can say that an artist’s work is never done, and mine is certainly never perfect, but we should all seek to find beauty in life’s imperfections.
As always, wine tasting fees are waived for Art Walk participants!
Amy Stone is unable to attend on January 10, but you can explore more of her art on her Instagram.
Esther Loopstra, 5-8pm
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 its 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.
Office of Rebecca Mitsui (Art Walk Partner)
Morgan Padgett, 5-8pm
As a native of the Pacific Northwest, I’ve spent my life exploring the forests and wild lands of Washington and Oregon. These places greatly influence the themes of my artwork which range from animals to botanical life to human form. At times, I’m drawn to use loose brushstrokes and Japanese sumi ink to create expressive owls; creatures I’ve always been drawn to and find to be mysteriously noble and protective. Other times, my ideas follow the precise movements and lines of a fine-tipped pen. Sometimes, I’m called to use color; to bring elements of a piece to life. Recently, some of my pieces have focused on the internal human form. Out of bones, the structure of our bodies grow vibrant flowers and vines. These pairings explore the relationship between death and rebirth; how something must die to create space for something new to grow.
The collection displayed here represents a mix of themes and styles. Many more pieces are available on my website as well as my Etsy site. I also have prints of most originals for sale in a variety of sizes as well as cards.
I am always curious about custom projects. If you have something in mind, don’t hesitate to reach out!
NOURISH, Culinary Edible Art Walk and Community Party, 6-9pm
Inner Alchemy’s 2nd Annual Culinary Edible Art Walk “NOURISH” features 3 chefs offering a unique work of art that is edible!
This is an evening you won’t want to miss….fabulous food, free mini sessions of reiki, hypnosis, tarot, and aroma touch hand massage, community conversations and gorgeous retail! We recommend guests RSVP through Eventbrite.