Gorgeous weather brought West Seattle out to last night’s Art Walk! It really felt like summer, and the strolling was lovely. The beauty of nature was on display at a number of venues, starting with the West Seattle Garden Tour art competition award ceremony at Capers Home. Winning artist Sheila Lengle was honored, as were the finalist artists. Rachel Austin gave us a live demo of her shadowy watercolor plant compositions, and Seelie Dreams displayed charming fairy gardens at Cupcake Royale. Madison Holland’s abstract landscapes were enhanced by a wave-like backdrop created by paper-tape segments, a first-ever-seen for us! And George Nugent showed us a glowing view of our region in his works at Renee Walden, Edward Jones.
Abstract art was punctuation from North to South. Cara Chamberlin, teacher at West Seattle Art Nest, toured us her mixed media works with daughters in tow. Jon Driver’s vibrant acrylics were the perfect backdrop to a live DJ and club lighting at John L. Scott. Debra Stewart at The Office of Rebecca Mitsui described her luminous works that featured pigments and metals encased in clear acrylic, manipulated by hand – or a blow torch! And Q2-featured artist Megan Simmons’s new work was the perfect pop-up at Next to Nature.
Our evening closed at Inner Alchemy, with a show of the Divine Feminine as portrayed by Deborah Milton of Bainbridge Island. Her richly rendered images were like illuminated manuscripts, telling stories that rise from deep within us and nature. Her favorite was a beautiful portrayal of how we humans can provide the safety that animals need to live and flourish.
We want to thank all our generous partners for the support they bring the West Seattle Art Walk – The Office of Rebecca Mitsui, Verity Credit Union, Northwest Art & Frame, Canna West Seattle, John L. Scott Real Estate and Sound Credit Union,. Thank you, too, to the all artists, merchants, and restaurants/bars/cafes for making this monthly event happen. To you, art-seeker, thanks for being part of this community.
Here’s a small photo recap of Art Walk night for the month of May by volunteer photographers Todd M. and Reeve W. Most of the artwork featured will be up all month long, so do find time to visit these venues.