Welcome to the February Valentines Day edition of the West Seattle Art Walk! Thursday, February 14, 5pm to late (hours vary by location; see below).
Special for February: Play “Passport to Love” for local prizes! Grab a passport at a participating Art Walk Businesses any time this week. On Valentines Day during the Art Walk, visit at least five (5) businesses and gather stickers from one (1) bar or restaurant (no purchase necessary); one (1) North or South venue (see map); and three (3) or more exhibiting businesses. Add your contact info and put your completed passport in one of our special drop boxes to be entered to win from among locally-donated prizes valued at over $700! See blog post for more details.
FYI: not every participating bar and restaurant has passports and stickers — be sure to visit one of these to get you bar/restaurant sticker:
- Northwest Art & Frame closes 9 PM
- Canna West Seattle closes 11:30 PM
- Great American Diner closes 11 PM
- Welcome Road Winery closes 8 PM
To be entered to win, drop your passport either the night of Art Walk, or before Saturday, February 16, 3pm, to be eligible for the drawing on Monday, February 18. Winners will be notified by the contact information provided. See blog post for more specifics.
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 February. For restaurant specials, click here.
(featured image by Dulcinea Moran)
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 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)
Sarah Ghanooni, 5-9pm
Artist’s Statement: Art has always been a passion of mine whether it’s painting, drawing, designing, music. I grew up from a diverse background of Middle-Eastern and Mexican heritage. From an early age I learned about artists like Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso and they definitely played a part in me wanting to be an artist and influenced my impressionist style. I use very big brushstrokes and try not to get caught up in all the little details, which can be more freeing. I take my inspiration from nature, dance, and music. Through the brushstrokes I can express what I cannot always say.
Explore more of Sarah’s work at her website.
Verity Credit Union (Art Walk Partner)
Sandrina Reyes, 5-8pm
Verity will be featuring artwork 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, A Collection of Neutrals–Dark and Moody, 5pm to Late
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.
Group Show: Tom Costantini, Ellen Zrimsek and Linda McClamrock, 5-8pm
Tom Costantini is an interior designer who has been drawing and sketching his whole life. He began painting with watercolors in 2017, and uses them to illustrate favorite subjects including vintage cars and trucks, landscapes and local historic buildings and boats. In addition to the watercolor originals, high-quality giclee prints of his paintings are also available. View more of Tom’s artwork at www.instagram.com/tomcostantiniart.
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.
Linda McClamrock creates intricate mixed media collages where each piece is hand cut using only recycled found paper.
RE/Max Junction – Cancelled this month
May Kytonen, 5-6pm
May Kytonen is a visual artist based in Seattle, Washington, creating work sourced from her mixed Taiwanese heritage. She earned a degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington in 2012, and has exhibited her work throughout the Pacific Northwest. She has won several awards, including a smART Ventures Mini Grant through the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and an Artist Trust GAP Award in 2017. May’s work is an exploration of Asian-American identity and connection.
I transform paper into sculptural forms sourced from my life and culture. My process began with a longing for connection, wondering where I belonged between cultures as a biracial, Taiwanese-American. Wanting to bridge that gap, I became curious how Chinese and English, the languages of my family, might interact in a joined, physical form. As I took newspaper, spun yarn and began knitting, new questions and curiosities arose for me. What did it mean for paper to break, disintegrate, or be left undone? How was something as fragile as paper able to transcend its original form? What visible and invisible forces caused connection within the work?
As I continue to create this work, my thoughts about identity have shifted. My work begins a map of how one can stretch out and let the folds of self breathe easy, even in the midst of dissonance.
Explore more of May’s work at her Instagram page.
Mia Day + Friends, at 7pm
Album Debut: GOLD
Cara Chamberlin, 5 to 8pm
Cara Chamberlin has been drawn to art her entire life, focusing at different times on photography, mixed media collage and papermaking. In 2018, she picked up watercolor painting and was immediately hooked. Growing up in Seattle, clouds and the water have been major influences, which you can see in her work today, both in a literal representation of our coastlines and in abstract form using color, shape and line.
She is thrilled to be showing her paintings for the first time and at the Art Nest – a business she and her young daughters have spent many hours enjoying.
Ryan McAbery, modern terrain, 5-8pm
We were smitten from the moment we saw Ryan (*girl) McAbery’s work. Of all the art we’ve seen and loved over the years – we’ve never seen anything like the multi-dimensional pieces that she creates in her Portland studio. Layers of acrylic, backed with original photography, topped with map based drawings of some of our favorite subjects….they’re captivating, detailed and approachable.
Kelly Jackson, 5-8pm
Once upon a time in the 70’s, Kelly picked up a pencil and started drawing. When she was old enough to understand that she could make a living drawing pictures, she devoted her life planning to do just that. Salaciously sassy and sometimes racy and retro, Kelly creates greeting cards, jewelry, and prints of her original illustrations inspired by burlesque, pin-ups, and food.
In Greater West Seattle:
Michael Jardine, 5-9pm
Canna West Seattle (Art Walk Partner)
Canna Collective, 5-7pm, with complimentary refreshments.
Group show featuring a variety of art from local artists, cannabis-themed educational art prints and select artist signed pieces.
Valentines Day Art Walk Festivities! Come by to try and buy wines, and support and meet our featured artist! We are also pairing 3 of our wines with the Intrigue Chocolate Co. truffle samples to celebrate February. As always, wine tasting fees are waived for Art Walk participants.
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.
You can explore more of Amy’s 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, spontaneously exploring color, pattern, texture and subject matter. I do not start out with an intention in mind for what the outcome will be but allow them to reveal themselves through play. In this way, my process is “aim less”. 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.
This series “Journey” especially reminds us that the journey is not about the destination, but about being present, allowing the depths and heights to teach us, and finding inspiration in the path.
I think of painting 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)
Dulcinea Moran, 5-8pm
Dulcinea Rosalie Moran boldly blends abstract and classic styles of painting, illustration, and design, creating images deeply rooted in the dynamic and incendiary emotion of color. She is an avid practitioner of yoga and her resting heart rate is positivity. Both grounded and a beacon, her art represents the vibrant authenticity she carries with her every day. Dulcinea lives, breathes, and creates in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, and her cat, Friday.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Dulcinea’s most recent body of work is an ever-evolving series titled For My Love of Flowers. Creating these paintings has become a sacred, beloved act as Dulcinea continues to explore and embrace more of her Feminine Self. FLORA is a showcase of selected pieces from this series.
For My Love of Flowers Statement:
I seek joy as I render bright, colorful, painterly images of seemingly-floating plant matter and patterning; almost chasing this air-like lightness while simultaneously feeling ruled by my root systems. I have always craved this lightweight innocence: to be totally immersed in the simple, completely satisfying enjoyment of nuanced color awareness.
Visit Dulcinea’s website to explore more of her work.
Robin Maynard Dobbs, 6-9pm
What if you simply devoted this year to loving yourself more?
During the month of February, Inner Alchemy invites you to explore the idea of Self Love. This month we are featuring the delightful paintings of Robin Maynard-Dobbs. Join us for a wonderful evening that begins with Robin sharing her inspiration around Self Love and how it manifests in her art. The Inner Alchemy Tribe will be offering complimentary mini sessions of reiki, hypnosis, aroma touch, tarot card readings, and more.
With sips and nibbles and great shopping for unique gifts, treat yourself on Valentine’s Day to some self love!
Artist Statement from Robin Maynard Dobbs: How can we possibly give to another what we do not posses for ourselves? This is why self-love is so important. I paint images of women expressing their own self-love though dancing and celebrating the connection to their bodies. Whether curled up inside a flower, leaping into a new world, or skipping through a meadow, I paint self-expression in movement that feels joyful, alive and free! We create a shift in consciousness as we dance in honor of the earth and celebrate our uniqueness. These paintings serve as a visual reminder of our inherent magnificence and our essential connection to the divine feminine within.