Welcome to the special Summer Fest Eve edition of the West Seattle Art Walk! Thursday, July 11, 5pm to late (hours vary by location; see below), while the the Junction sets up for Summer Fest running from Friday, July 12, to Sunday, July 14. Plan your approach for West Seattle’s biggest event of the year while you stroll from business to business, enjoying a wide range of artistic styles and media. You won’t want to miss the amazing Dance Flash Mob by DancePowered at 7pm!
We are also hosting Highline Medical Center at a table by the Key Bank for their The Heart of our Community Campaign! Local businesses donated $500 for each heart which they decorated with staff, friends or family. The purpose of this campaign is to bring our community together in support of the hospital and to raise awareness of the Highline Medical Center Foundation’s important mission to ensure everyone has access to exceptional healthcare close to home.
Here is just a small sampling of the hearts you might see – or visit the campaign’s Facebook page!
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 July. For restaurant specials, click here.
(featured image by Sandy Nelson)
Summer 2019 Walking Map: July 11, August 8, September 12
Congratulations to Whitney LaRene, whose painting is featured in our Q3 print materials. Her work will be on display – and for sale – at RE/MAX Junction in July, Flying Apron in August, and Hotwire in September, 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.
New to Art Walk: Alki Satellite!
Welcome our newest participating business to Art Walk! Visit this post as we get closer to Thursday evening to see what artist is exhibiting.
In the Junction:
John L. Scott Real Estate (Art Walk Partner)
Sandy Nelson, 5-9pm
I am a graphic designer and artist living in Seattle, Washington. I enjoy sharing my work in local art exhibits and online on Instagram. While I traditionally have been a painter, I have recently started a new series of artwork, producing hand-pulled silkscreen prints. Each piece is comprised of several layers, each color being printed one at a time. The images are created using masks: either hand-cut stencils or painted directly on the screen with a brush and masking fluid. The ink is then pulled across the screen to create one layer of the print at a time. I enjoy the process of planning each layer and composing the design with color, shape, and composition of elements. There’s a freshness inherent in the flat shapes and bold colors.
Verity Credit Union (Art Walk Partner)
Artist info coming soon!
Alexandra Penglis, 5-8pm
Originally from the Bay Area, Alexandra Penglis premiered “Landscapes” at her Seattle University BFA Exhibition. This series explores the aesthetic relationships of nature’s seasonal variations through digitally manipulated double exposures. These illusory photographs were created by blending single images, moments of time, forms, and landscapes together to construct beautiful, surreal worlds.
Steffanie Lorig, 5pm till late
Steffanie Lorig has explored many different aspects of the creative arts; she is as comfortable creating an abstract painting for a Napa Valley winery as she is writing books for children, designing a brand for a national movement, or illustrating a mural for a high-end shopping area. She is an award-winning designer and founded social enterprise, Art with Heart, an organization dedicated to helping children in crisis through the power of creativity. After serving as CEO and creative lead for Art with Heart’s portfolio of healing books and trainings that helped over 155,000 children worldwide, she left the organization in the hands of new leadership in order to concentrate on other creative endeavors. She is the author of 11 books, is a painter, consultant, and workshop facilitator that believes in the power of art to heal.
Betty Laughlin, 5-8:30pm
Paris with a Little Seattle on the Side
I discovered photography a few years ago. In addition to being a photographer, I am also a felter, knitter, and quilter. Most of these photos were shot during a whirlwind three day trip to Paris with my sister.
Learn more about Betty’s work at her website.
Jessica Ry’cheal, 5-9pm
Altar Call: Opens Saturday, July 13, 5-9pm, with Artist Reception. Show runs July 9–28.
In “Altar Call,” Southern Multidisciplinary Storyteller Jessica Ry’cheal explores themes of grief, mental illness, and generational trauma. Embracing the influence of her vivid Pentecostal upbringing, the artist uses self-portraiture to usher the viewer into a sanctuary of healing and self-reconciliation. For Ry’cheal, the departure from organized religion was the genesis of the artist’s journey home to self. However, the tension between traditional faith practices and the shift from holiness to wholeness creates an emotional dialogue about forgiveness and self-discovery. In this body of work, we are invited to hold the complexities of past and present influences in harmony as we experience a stained-glass mosaic of vulnerability, resilience and freedom.
Also featured at July Art Walk: Jewelry pop-up by Ursula Stewart. Ursula is a student at North Seattle College in the Jewelry Department. She is also a KILLER bass player.
Check back in the Fall for new exhibits!
Whitney LaRene, 5-9pm
Featured Q3 Artist! Whitney LaRene is a drip painter. Drip painting is a technique that involves dripping paint onto a surface from a pallet knife from a distance, letting the paint land where it lands giving the painting a unique texture and boldness. She compliments this technique with either thick playful strokes of colorful acrylic on canvas or with splashes of watercolor on wood surfaces which she then seals with a glossy finish. Most of her work is inspired by the fluid shapes commonly found in nature and her surroundings. Whitney LaRene has been active in the art community in Seattle (selling and participating in art walks) since 2013. She participates in one night pop-up art exhibitions where she demos her drip painting in front of an audience and other art venues in the Seattle area. She won RAW’s Artist of the Year award for visual artist for 2014.
Megan Simmons, 5-8pm
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.
Jim Gerlitz, 5-9pm
We’re excited to be featuring local artist Jim Gerlitz! Refreshments will be served from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
From the Artist
I paint people, places, and things…mostly in oil on canvas. If you have an idea for a painting, much of what I do is on a commission basis, so let’s talk about it! You might want to look at the gallery of sold paintings as well…I can paint something similar for you if you like.
Check back in July for a new exhibit!
Ginger Goldman, 5-8pm
Ginger is a life long artist, and art is her true passion. She is a local artist and student. Her artwork has been displayed at SAM, and she is sure to build on an already impressive catalogue of work.
Check back in the Fall for new exhibits!
Pam Rehm, 5-8pm
From the Artist
My name is name is Pam Rehm. I am a native West Seattleite. My mediums include stained glass, mosaics, cement leaf vessels, and photography. I also enjoy landscape design, and making soap. Photography is a natural extension of my love of color, texture and composition. When something captures my eye – a rain drop on a flower petal, the sparkle of the sun, movement of the tides, and the beauty of a setting sun – I grab whatever camera is available and record what I see. I hope these images convey a memory, curiosity, and delight in your eyes. If you would like to purchase a piece of my art, please see the barista. If you want to comment or talk about art, you can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at: 206 941 3325.
Check back in July for a new artist!
Brooke Westlund, 5-8pm
Our July featured artist Brooke Westlund is a master of color and complexity, depth and texture. A native Seattleite, her style is warm and modern with a familiarity that is refreshing and honest. Her Pike Place Market gallery and studio is home base for her artistic empire which includes paintings, mixed media, workshops and commissioned work for clients such as Kimpton Hotels, the Hyatt Regency, Expedia and so many more.
In Greater West Seattle:
Canna West Seattle (Art Walk Partner)
Michelle Johnson, 5-8pm
Join us at the Culture Shop for the West Seattle Art Walk as we showcase the art of Michelle Johnson. Complimentary refreshments.
From the artist:
“Hi, I’m Michelle Johnson and have been delving into the artistic realms since my early 20’s. I’ve recently branched out to acrylic pouring. When I pour the acrylics, I do so in the high vibrational energy of love! This was a life changing endeavor for me as I feel each painting is special and a pure delight to create! They are designed to be viewed from different angles and I’ve combined colors to produce dynamic pieces of art. Depending on which way it’s turned, it changes what you see in the painting.”
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.
Katie Dean, 6-8pm
Katie is a letterpress artist who is known for her vibrant color palette and botanical themes. Her multi-layer linoleum block prints are influenced by her passion for exploring the Northwest and getting lost in its beauty, which helps spark curiosity and cultivates quiet reflection to continually refresh her studio practice. Many of her original prints are utilized for greeting cards and fabric reproductions.
Office of Rebecca Mitsui (Art Walk Partner)
Check back this Fall for more exhibits!
Sunshine & Twine, 6-9pm
Fiber Arts Show & Community Party
Inner Alchemy is proud to present our first fiber artist, Elise Powers!
Elise enjoys art as an exploration of texture using traditional hand techniques like knotting and weaving, utilizing materials from nature such as cotton, wool, leather, copper, crystals, and wood to create wall art, artisan goods, and fiber jewelry.
Working with materials from the earth is, by nature, extremely grounding. Ellise loves gathering up all the materials forager-style, and later stepping back and seeing her creation, just as she envisioned it when it was nothing more than a pile of sticks and rocks and string.
From painting and writing to knotting and weaving, creating has always been a return back to herself. Elise finds that working with fiber, more than any other medium, allows her to create in a way that is mindful and deliberate, using intuition and muscle memory to guide her from one knot to the next.
Join us for a lovely evening, enjoying Elise’s beautiful creations including a unique piece she made for this that includes chakra stones.
Our community party includes sip & nibbles, complimentary mini sessions with our wonderful Specialists, and great shopping with high quality procured retail.