Welcome to the West Seattle Art Walk! Thursday, May 9, 5pm to late (hours vary by location; see below). We will have a fascinating mix of photography, acrylic art, encaustic, printmaking and painting – come see what appeals to you!
Our participating artists, businesses, and restaurants invite the community to stop by and join in celebrating our vibrant art scene. See the listing below for all businesses hosting art in May. For restaurant specials, click here.
(featured image by Rachel Austin)
Spring 2019 Walking Map: April 11, May 9, June 13
Congratulations to Megan Simmons, whose painting is featured in our Q2 print materials. Her work will be on display – and for sale – at Next to Nature as a Pop-Up for the May 9 Art Walk, Wild Rose’s in May, and Virago Gallery in June, 2019
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)
Jon Driver, 5-9pm
Seattle self-taught artist and musician, Driver says “My work has been featured at many art walks throughout Seattle and my work has been included in group show at Gage Academy of Art. It is my intention to bring the experience of music – rhythm, melody, harmony, lyrics and emotion – to visual art.”
Verity Credit Union (Art Walk Partner)
Check back in June for a new artist!
Mari Shibuya, 5-8pm
Mari Shibuya recently completed a mural at Rosefit. Come see the completed wall and some select works by Mari. Mari is a local Seattle Artist, Muralist, and Facilitator. In addition to their personal art practice, they lead creative empowerment for young people through organizations such as Young Women Empowered (Y-WE) Urban Artworks, Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE), and Gage Academy.
West Seattle Garden Tour Artists & Landscapes, 5pm ’til late
It’s an evening of beautiful art, inspired by nature! Join the WSGT to celebrate their 25th anniversary and the winning piece of garden-inspired artwork from their annual art competition! Garden Girl in Red Shades, by West Seattle resident Shiela Lengle, will be on display, as well as works by finalists Louise Hones, Linda McClamrock, N. Naoj, Anne Strandoo, and Suzanne Uschold. Her piece will be sold by a silent auction that begins at Art Walk and will close at the West Seattle Garden Show on June 23, 2019. Read the Art Walk’s latest Business Spotlight for more details about the tour, art and auction!
Complementing these winning pieces are landscapes by artist Diana Grant of Everett, who exhibits around the region with her beautiful renderings of the natural environment.
Megan Simmons, 4-8:30pm
Featured Q2 Art Walk Artist! A West Seattle resident for nearly 20 years, Megan Simmons is a freelance graphic designer by day and an abstract artist at heart. Inspired by raw textures, street art, nature, lots of color and the space between objects, Megan’s art is bold and colorful. Mixed media art typically using acrylic paint, charcoal, water soluble crayons and collage on paper, wood panel or canvas.
Opening Thursday, May 9th, 5-9pm
Exhibit Runs May 8th – May 31st
The show will feature a collection of numbered and signed pieces, like a 3-karat gray sapphire, gray moonstone, purple/gray spinel and a yellow sapphire for some spice. So why so much gray?
“Gray like Seattle, gray like the space in which I live. I spend a lot of time in the gray area; that’s the place my mind dwells. It makes a perfect backdrop, and when a little color sneaks in it’s so intense.”
New Extended Pop-Up at Virago!
WELCOME Viridescence Plan Shop!! Viridescence means “becoming green.” They do this in two ways. First, they try to use as much up-cycled and repurposed material in their plant creations as possible to be eco-friendly. Second, they help people transform their homes, offices, dorms and other spaces into a plant oasis with shades of green all around them. I mean, look what they did in here!!!
NEXT TO NATURE (New to Art Walk!)
Megan Simmons, 5-8pm
New Work Pop-Up Exhibit! See the latest work from featured Q2 Art Walk artist Megan Simmons. A West Seattle resident for nearly 20 years, Megan Simmons is a freelance graphic designer by day and an abstract artist at heart. Inspired by raw textures, street art, nature, lots of color and the space between objects, Megan’s art is bold and colorful. Mixed media art typically using acrylic paint, charcoal, water soluble crayons and collage on paper, wood panel or canvas.
Check back in June for a new artist!
Madison Holland, 5-8pm
Madison Holland is an artist living and working in Seattle, Washington. She graduated with a BFA in printmaking from The San Francisco Art Institute where she honed her usage of intricate repetitive patterns. Most of her work deals with organizing chaos and creating her own renditions of imagined landscapes. She is inspired by the natural world around her and the small parts of the larger whole.
Madison is available for commissions and murals. She’s worked with agencies in the area, developing branding motifs and illustrations for clients. Contact her with an idea – she loves to explore new projects.
Check back in June for a new artist!
Cara Chamberlin, 5-8pm
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, nature has been her major influence, 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.
Learn more about Cara’s art on her Instagram page.
Katie Barnheart, 5-8pm
Artist Statement: “I’m interested in making paintings that evoke a sense of inhabiting a landscape that’s earthy, but doesn’t have gravity.”
Learn more about Katie at her Instagram page.
Kate Dean, 5-8pm (closes at 8pm sharp!)
About the Artist: Katie Dean is a Tacoma, WA-based printmaker who is best known for her vibrant color palette and botanical themes. Her multi-layer linoleum block prints are influenced by her passion for exploring the Pacific Northwest and getting lost in its beauty. These excursions are a exercise in cultivating quiet reflection and sparking a curiosity which continually refreshes her studio practice. While early pieces have been experiments in style, technique and color study, Katieʼs recent work stems from a desire to tell stories. With a renewed interest in figure drawing, she has started experimenting with block printing techniques as a way to depict the complex human form, in order to compliment these potential stories. As living is both beautiful and challenging, she believes sharing ideas and cultivating passion is a wonderful way to create joy.
Check back in June for a new artist!
Rachel Austin, 5-8pm
Rachel Austin is inspired by the quiet beauty of gardens and the soft shadows of plants. Nature tends to ground us when feeling anxious or overwhelmed and these paintings attempt to capture the tranquility felt when among plants. Gardens are thoughtful works of living art, a slow moving sculpture that changes in different light and seasons. Rachel’s paintings show an abstracted view of some of the plants that make up a peaceful garden.
Erica Keeling, 5-8pm
Erica’s hand-colored photographs and collages invite us to examine the psychological landscape as it reflects her experience, the experiences of those close to her, and that in which she witnesses on a larger social scale.
Note from Tracy at Wallflower: This is the second-to-last ArtWalk at Wallflower, we are closing our doors at the end of June. Please come and help us celebrate our last few weeks here with our closing sale! All custom framing is 15% off and all of our retail frames, mirrors, and framed art are 50% off through June.
In Greater West Seattle:
Canna West Seattle (Art Walk Partner)
Ira Feenstra, 5-8pm
Canna West Culture Shop will be hosting an artist reception with complimentary refreshments from 5-8pm.
About the Artist
“I’m a local artist specializing in many forms of photography. While I still do traditional photography shows parentheses metal prints, resin, gel coating in parentheses my passion is encaustic photography. Encaustic photography is the art of coating your Photography in many thin layers of beeswax. The result not only is archival, but creates a unique expression with every piece. Many of my pieces are old 35 mm film prints of some of my past favorite work.
All my encaustic work is of my own photography. I try to capture things that time has forgotten. I’m drawn towards the rundown, the Aged lost beauty’s that once had purpose.”
Jenna Howell, 5-9pm
Jenna Howell is a watercolor enthusiast. She has been painting with watercolor for nine years and finds inspiration from all types of subject matter. She has been teaching watercolor classes for over four years and and is passionate about encouraging others to learn to create with this medium as well.
Art Walk Special! No tasting fee for Art Walk participants.
George Nugent, 5-8pm
George Nugent is a lifelong amateur musician who has played guitar, sang and recorded with rock bands since his 20s. After a 22-year career on five continents as an energy and environment consultant and infrastructure analyst, a serious health scare, and subsequent work as a videographer and cinematographer, he relocated to the Seattle from the Washington DC area in 2013, and started painting and continued playing music.
He connected quickly with the West Seattle arts and music scene making friends and collaborating with many artists and musicians in the community.
The May 9th West Seattle Art Walk exhibit is the artist’s first public exhibition of work, and is comprised primarily of nine new paintings which highlight the his love of the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest in the Seattle area. Most of the paintings are based on photographs taken by the artist. All of the paintings are done in oil, and all but one are painted in a direct or Alla Prima style.
Mr. Nugent also represents other artists as agent and seller; New, available work can be seen on at his Facebook page.
Office of Rebecca Mitsui (Art Walk Partner)
Debra Stewart, 5-8pm
Luminous Resin Art
I make my art as a way to communicate my passion and joy of nature with others. By mixing epoxy with pigments, then heating, curing and making subsequent layers, slowly I can build a window into a tiny slice of nature.
I hope to convey through my art my passion for water, geology, amorphous shape and form, and my visions of the infinite- the lifeforms in a drop of water, the fire in a cup of lava, the millions of years in a small layered rock- and for the viewer to have an emotional tug linking my art to a memory in their natural world.
Gaia, a Goddess from Greek mythology, birthed Earth with her creative exuberance and found beauty reflected everywhere, even in chaos. Gaia knew everything to be connected in a single web of vitality and thus it was no surprise that in the 1970’s, scientist James Lovelock began calling Earth, Gaia, to highlight his discovery that Earth is a living, self-regulating being. Gaia, for me, is synonymous with Creator, GODdess, the Great Mystery, the ineffable Source, the divine masculine and the sacred feminine. Since I believe all of the above to be true, I paint – and I write – to express my vision of humanity humbled before the immensity of the universe, recognizing our dependence on our galaxy and planetary home. I create to articulate my soul’s longing to belong to a species who lives in awe and gratitude for the miracle of being alive on a thriving Earth, to belong to a species who restores our home, rather than one who destroys it.. May you find inspiration and solace here…
Join us for incredible art, time with the artist, great shopping, complimentary mini sessions with our Inner Alchemy Practitioners and sips & nibbles.