Welcome to the West Seattle Art Walk! Thursday, September 12, 5pm to late (hours vary by location; see below). The weather report is for partly sunny and 71 degrees, so we are still calling it summer! Come on out for some great art, a last glass of rose, and the second in the Art of Music series, with covers of Blues, Soul, Rock and Indie favorites from My Real Job, starting at 6pm by KeyBank. See our post for more details.
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 August. For restaurant specials, click here.
(featured image by Jen Zcans)
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 Hotwire in throughout September.
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: Gatewood Satellite!
Welcome one of our newest participating Art Walk businesses! “The Building” is an exciting collective of tenants that practice a wide variety of the creative arts, from architecture to fiber art, encaustics to lighting design.
Featured September Artist: Gustavo Penengo, PRDG Architecture + Design
PRDG in partnership with the other artists that call “The Building” home, will open their studios to the public that evening.
You can enjoy architecture, painting, photography, fiber arts, music and much more. We will have nibbles and refreshments available for you to enjoy as you peruse our space as well as the other creative studios in The Building (4316 SW Othello St, Seattle, 98136).
Meet our staff, ask us your most challenging design questions, check out our architectural models, or just come by and hang out. Children are welcomed, too. Plenty of street parking available.
New to Art Walk: Alki Satellite!
September artist info to come!
In the Junction:
John L. Scott Real Estate (Art Walk Partner)
Byron Stewart, 5-9pm
In more ways than one my art is like one of those electrons in quantum physics that keep popping in and out of time and space. Born addicted to shapes and lines I tend to Value variety over anything else . I am still in awe of the movement of the female form and her profound Cosmic responsibility, as a motif she is the undercurrent of much of my work. I would like for my artwork to be portals to other worlds other ideas full of positive intention where entangled energies together in a moment of observation.
Bryon Stewart is a completely self tough artiest so his Bio will appear lacking but he has been painting and drawing and creating for over 30 years. Don’t let his years of experience mislead you he still sees him self as an emerging artiest because he has flown under the radar for the most part. The bulk of his formal training took place in high school . He feels fortunate to have attend Vashon Island High school on the beautifully isolated island of Vashon in the Puget Sound. Creativity is valued in this close knit artistic community. Exposure to profoundly independent and creative instructors and the natural beauty of the island was a grate incubator for his artistic vision.
Verity Credit Union (Art Walk Partner)
September artist info to come!
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.
Mary Parkes, 5-8pm
Mary Parkes is inspired by all the wonderful objects that mother nature gives to us: flowers, fruit and grasses. She was raised on a Southern farm and nature was her playmate. Mary imagined clouds turning into animals and she created her own world. She says she is still doing that!
Recently something quite wonderful has happened to Mary. She has started painting in abstract or non-objective form and it has allowed her a freedom that she has never know before. Her mind has been challenged in another dimension which she finds utterly fantastic. We are thrilled to have her at Capers…
Learn more about Mary’s work at her website.
Ellen Zrimsek, 5-8pm
Ellen Zrimsek has been creating with encaustic and mixed media for the past 8 years. Her works tend toward dreamy landscapes, mesas, rivers and mountains. Working with wax and heat allow for the element of surprise to inform each piece. Co-creating with Mystery allows her to let go of expectations and make beauty out of melting and re-melting the waxy colors.
Special note from Ellen: I will be donating 10% of all proceeds to a carbon offset project in Malawi, Africa through Evergreen Carbon, a West Seattle company.
Learn more about Ellen’s work at her Instagram page.
BAIT is a series exploring feminine danger, power and joy. BAIT aims to track and name the things that stall, distract and freeze us. BAIT is what entices with false promises and makes us look away long enough to be trapped.
Opening Party- September 14th, 5 to 9pm. Exhibit runs September 3rd through October 5th.
Established in 2013, Virago is a one of kind concept boutique in the Seattle area to champion the work of WOMEN and LGBTQ artists exclusively – featuring original art, unique jewelry collections and handmade gifts for the home and body.
Check back in the Fall for new exhibits!
LA based, New Jersey native singer/songwriter Erin Bowman is on the threshold of something incredibly exciting. The release of her debut EP Apartment 101 arrives with an impressive list of achievements in place. Her first song, Problem, was added to Sirius XM 20 on 20, and in 2 weeks it was a Top 5 requested song. Her second song, King Boy, quickly became a Top 5 most played song on the 20 on 20 channel.
Erin has performed live on Good Morning America and Radio Disney Music Awards, and now she’s ready to release Apartment 101, a lyrically driven, heart on her sleeve, completely open and honest debut 8 track EP.
Apartment 101 is out this November but you can get your hands on it early at the show! Learn more about Erin at her website.
If you are enjoying the West Seattle Art Walk stop by for a free, all-ages show!
Sarah Teasdale, 5-8pm
I started a series of geometric abstract paintings in 2014. I pulled visual imagery from our modern world- the digital age. Computers were ubiquitous. Pixels and code-like shapes began to appear in my paintings. My geometric abstract series is meant to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye and it is also meant to chronicle the digital age.
Jen Zcans, 5-8pm
Graffiti art to the highest degree of class!
Learn more about Jen’s work at their Instagram page.
September artist info to come!
Check back in the fall for a new artist!
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.
What is art? I believe it is a critical balance between the intent of the artist and the perception of the viewer. These two – image and interpretation – balance against one another, and create a different experience for each person who views a piece of art. For that reason, I won’t explain what my art is – what it’s supposed to say – that negates interpretation and ruins the viewer’s experience. My work fails if the viewer simply feels nothing.
A native of the Northwest; I was born in Seattle and grew up on Bainbridge Island. I have been involved with both graphic design and printmaking since the ‘80s, and I obtained a BFA from the Cornish College of the Arts in 1991. I’ve been making my living as a professional artist ever since. Unofficially, I like to describe my style as “industrial figurative” because I often use imagery from architecture, typography, and graphs or maps, as well as from nature. The surface is built up as I paint, push, pull, scratch, scrape, and “attack” these layers – occasionally with an industrial belt sander – to build up the images and colors in my paintings. I build all my own frames from recycled cedar and I stretch my own canvases.
Jeni Lee, 5-8pm
Dreamy landscapes with a wash of rain (yep, actual rain) – possibly the most PNW thing ever.
Portland artist Jeni Lee’s ethereal pieces are reminiscent of a rainy day on your favorite rocky beach, gazing out toward where the Sound meets any one of our local islands, peninsulas or mountain ranges. We love our sunshine but there’s something about a good rain that feels like home.
Community Canvas, 6-8pm
Meet YOUR Inner Artist!
PoP In Thursday Evening Bring Your Friends & Family to collAbeRaTe on a Community Canvas.
Follow the Aroma of Fresh Popped Popcorn & Grab a sharpie, paint brush, crayon, glue and glitter to Contribute to a Community Canvas.
A one of a KIND art piece created and layered upon by neighborly strangers.
Creating is delightful, fun and calming. It is spiritual, healing and transformative. Finding your creativity will help your physical health as well as make you a kinder, more generous person. – Finding Your Inner Artist, By Tara Sophia Mohr, Contributor, HuffPost
In Greater West Seattle:
Canna West Seattle (Art Walk Partner)
Photographer Tim McKulka and The Roots Project, Artist Reception from 5-8pm
Culture and Identity in South Sudan: Photographs by Tim McKulka and beadwork by the Roots Project
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Tim McKulka is an American photographer, editor and multimedia storyteller. Born in Michigan and raised in New Jersey, Tim received a B.F.A. in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He covered Northern Ireland, Haiti, Liberia, Cambodia, Mexico and the US from his New York base before moving to Sudan in 2006.
Tim spent five years covering the political and societal transformations taking place in Sudan. The culmination of this work was the publication of the book, We’ll Make Our Homes Here: Sudan at the Referendum. He then spent two years working with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in the Government of South Sudan producing A Shared Struggle: The People and Cultures of South Sudan, a project designed to help build national unity and promote respect for diversity. Throughout his career, Tim has been fascinated by issues of identity and how external factors and influences can shape and reshape a person’s relationship with themselves and the wider world. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Foreign Policy and a host of other publications as well as at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a number of galleries.
You can learn more about Tim’s work at his website and Facebook
THE ROOTS PROJECT
The Roots Project was founded in 2009 by Anyieth D’Awol, a South Sudanese human rights lawyer, with the vision of providing dignified economic opportunity to vulnerable women through a supportive community while preserving and celebrating the diverse communities and craft of South Sudan. The organization has steadily grown and now supports over 120 women and their families through the sales of beadwork while providing childcare, numeracy, literacy and other educational and healing support. More than 20 ethnic groups are represented in the membership of the Roots and the women break down barriers and build peace by sharing their traditions and experiences under one roof.
The work of the Roots Project is in the permanent collection of the Museum of International Folk Art and has been selected to participate in the annual juried Santa Fe International Folk Art Market seven times and was the inaugural winner of the community impact award in 2016. The Roots Project is also a platform to advocate for peace and justice in South Sudan and beyond and has been featured in numerous media outlets including Time Magazine, BBC, Marie Claire and Anyieth spoke about the organization and its impact at the TEDWomen conference in San Francisco. The Roots of South Sudan is Washington State based 501(c)3 that was founded in 2011 to support the work of the Roots Project by raising funds, publicizing and marketing the work of the women. 100% of all jewelry sales goes directly to support the women and their families.
ROOTS of South Sudan is a 501c3 founded in 2011 to empower South Sudanese women and youth through the preservation of traditional Sudanese arts & crafts.
ROOTS of South Sudan raises funds and facilitates grant applications on behalf of The ROOTS PROJECT, a Sudanese NGO founded by Anyieth D’Awol. The funds are used to support its facility (located in Juba), the project’s craft activities, equipment and learning materials and provide members with job skills, literacy and math training; and a safe environment for mothers and their young children to work and learn.
In addition, ROOTS of South Sudan promotes, publicizes and markets the arts and crafts created by the women at The ROOTS PROJECT.
Nikki Hobensack, 5-8pm
Nikki Hobensack is a south Seattle based visual artist and freelance fashion designer originally from Southern California. Color has always evoked a visceral experience for her and she loves to capture that in her work. She is endlessly inspired by nature and the color palettes found not only right outside but also from more exotic regions around the world. Her work blends natural, geometric and design elements taking inspiration from her background in fashion and textile design.
Nikki is a self-taught artist who started exploring with acrylic paints in her basement apartment in Washington, D.C. ten years ago. Since then, she has created her art with acrylics, watercolor, ink and pencil on canvas, paper or wood.
Art Walk Special! No tasting fee for Art Walk participants.
September Artist Info to come!
Office of Rebecca Mitsui (Art Walk Partner)
Check back this Fall for more exhibits!
“Transformations” with Jolene Hagin, 6-9pm
“The Transformation of the World is brought about by the Transformation of Oneself.”
Inner Alchemy welcomes Jolene Hagin as our featured artist for September! Jolene’s mediums are oils, encaustic and acrylic.
Here is her Artist Statement:
“Transformation is defined as transmuting, a metamorphosis, a major change in form, nature or function. It is something we all do throughout our lifetimes, unpeeling the layers of that proverbial onion to discover our true self and our deepest calling.
I recently left a 27-year career in corporate sales and am letting myself return to my creative and healing nature, qualities not revered in the corporate world. Coming home again, to my souls calling, a peacefulness and freedom has appeared.
The body of work explores the transformative nature of the various chapters of our lives- the joys, the anguish, the triumphs and revelations.”
Join us for the fun evening with beautiful art, complimentary mini sessions and sips and nibbles.