Follow the bloody footprints, lit by lumenaria light, and join us for the West Seattle Art Walk! This is a special Halloween edition, Thursday, October 10, 5pm to late (hours vary by location; see below), made even more special by the 7pm unveiling of the new Mural Alley next to Northwest Art & Frame, and the third in the Art of Music series, Roz McCommon performing at John L. Scott.
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 Lezlie Jane)
Fall 2019 Walking Map: October 10, November 14, December 12
Congratulations to SIEGE, whose painting “Time Lapse” is featured in our Q4 print materials. His work will be on display – and for sale – at Canna West Culture Shop in October, Locust Cider & Taproom in November, and West Seattle Art Nest in December.
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: Arbor Heights Satellite!
Welcome one of our newest participating Art Walk businesses! Brace Point Pottery & Gallery is a showcase not only for the beautiful ceramic art of Loren Lukens, long-time West Seattle artist and resident, but other ceramicists, painters, fiber artists, mixed media, musicians and more!
Featured October Artist: Lezlie Jane
Artist Statement: At the core of my art making is my love of discovery. As an abstract painter I approach each work of art as an adventure with a mystery to be revealed. The finished piece often surprises me yet contains a deep familiarity. My hope is to share this adventure. I invite the viewer to discover what message the painting holds for them.
Learn more about Alki Arts at their website.
In the Junction:
John L. Scott Real Estate (Art Walk Partner)
Dustin Wong, 5-9pm
Often times it feels like we go out into nature, but really nature isn’t something we can ever escape from. Our environment can be made artificial (and often is) but at our core being we are all part of nature. My desire to make a photograph comes from cultivating experiences with nature on an emotional, spiritual, and mysterious metaphysical level.
Our senses allow us to perceive the environment. We take in information–sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell–and process it. Additionally there is feeling—which is similar to touch but different from emotion.
Becoming present, aware, and sensitive to the feeling of a place reveals a secret about the thriving life around me. I feel nature speaking and by photographing it, I am listening – we are in conversation. Through this, I am able to discover something deeply personal, unique and meaningful.
I’m taking in the experience through all my senses, opening the doors of perception, and navigating the esoteric landscape within. I seek out wild places with majestic scenery, or unusual geological formations—places where curious forms of nature have established a foothold. I search for land where nature is thriving. It is at these places where I can feel nature’s energy the strongest.
Verity Credit Union (Art Walk Partner)
Ian Hameroff, 5-8pm
Ian Hameroff is a Seattle-based photographer. A 15-year resident of the PNW, Ian originally developed his photographic eye as a short-lived filmmaker, serving as director of photography on two independent film productions. Since relocating to Seattle from New York in 2004, he has continued to hone both his technique and style on shoots around Seattle, and during his travels around the world. His work has been featured in places like the travel section of The Guardian, Seattle area galleries, and as part of the Microsoft Art Collection.
Rose is a self taught Pacific Northwest artist/farmer inspired by fertility, nature, cycles, tides, and the planets. Her pieces are cross hatched meditations imbued with deep feeling and symbology.
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.
Linda McClamrock, 5-8:30pm
Linda is a local gem, creating works of beauty with nothing more than scissors, glue, and stacks of upcycled paper.
Dawndra Budd, 5-9pm
Tales of the Night
Beloved West Seattle Portrait and Conceptual Photographer, Dawndra Budd returns to Virago Gallery after almost 7 years.
Exhibit Runs – Oct 9th – Nov 17th, 2019 Opening Reception and Costume Party – HALLOWEEN Oct 31st
***Fun fact, Budd was the first artist to exhibit at the gallery!!!!! From the artist: I’ve always thought of animals and nature to be magic. As a young girl, my favorite memories were created when I escaped into the forest to become lost in another world, to create an alternate reality. Finding beauty in darkness. I loved the idea of humans and animals morphing into one creature. Many of my photographs are made from the desire to create that story, to capture that feeling like a song. My love for travel, nature, animals and empowering woman are the heart of my photographs. There is often a metamorphosis that happens with my subjects often taking place somewhere between worlds.
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.
Sydney Davis Fine Art, 5-8pm
The Places Series
Artist Statement: Lately I’ve been making a bigger effort to paint and draw when I travel. I find that my artistic side is nurtured and free when I’m relaxed and taking time away from work and other stresses. Landscapes, flowers and other fauna are my typical muses. It has been fun to explore my surroundings with watercolors and chalk pastels as they’re immediate, colorful, and easy to work with. Watercolors are also a great medium for painting en plein air. I’m a Pacific Northwest artist who works in a variety of media, including watercolor and acrylic paintings on paper, pastel drawings on paper, paper collages, and other mixed media. When studios space allows, I am interested printmaking and ceramic sculpture. I have shown my work in various locations in Washington and California. I also have a piece on permanent display at UC Davis. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Instagram (sydneydavis_fineart) if you are interested in purchasing a piece of art from this collection.
Dimitriy Gritsenko, 5-8pm
Dimitriy Gritsenko was born in Seattle and grew up in Everett, the home town of one of Washington’s most famous artists, Chuck Close. After finishing public school, Dimitriy moved to San Francisco to study at the well-known Art Academy University of San Francisco. It was in San Francisco that he developed his interest in the medium of oil and painting on canvas and linen. While he loves to paint the beauty of God’s creation and his genres vary, he is currently focusing on the subject matter on cityscapes. San Francisco was a fantastic location to embrace his interest in cityscapes and the 24/7 life that keeps that city so electric. Seattle now provides a great backdrop for his newest works. Working with a variety of tools to apply the paint, Dimitriy paints with passion, energy and confidence easily visible in his work and all the while finding the gritty life of the city as the perfect subject. A local Seattle favorite subject is Pike Place Market with its often wet and reflective pavement, neon lights burning through the mist and bustling shoppers hustling to avoid the rain that embraces the Seattle lifestyle and upbeat culture.
Check back later this fall!
Rae Akino, 6pm
“Telling stories that are unheard, or undervalued gives greater meaning to any work.” – @rae_akino
Come visit the ArtsWest gallery to view works by the Seattle based, self-taught visual artist, Rae Akino. Now up through October 20th!
P.S. Rae is holding an artist reception on Thursday, October 10 at 6pm during the #WestSeattleArtWalk! You heard it here first, don’t miss out!
Mariah Ordonez, 5-8pm
Unveiling a new series this Thursday for the @wsartwalk at the @westseattleartnest .
Breaking things down, slowing things down, and moving with more intention. .
I’d love to share my process with you and will have a tiny free art activity prepared for my first several guests!
Doug Early, 5-8pm
Short Bio: I enjoy taking pictures of nature, landscapes and architecture. The Pacific Northwest offers so much remarkable imagery for a photographer. I hope my photography can connect in some way with the viewer, either by triggering a memory of a past trip that they’ve taken or by an image that just puts a smile on their face.
Frances Smersh, 5-8pm
Our October featured artist is none other than our own Frances Smersh! A lifelong artist, Frances opened Click! 15 years ago alongside her husband John to showcase their line of handmade jewelry and the work of other designers they admired. Both her jewelry and her paintings have long been defined by organic forms and color. While we still carry a collection of Frances’ jewelry in-store, painting and drawing have become her primary creative outlet. As her young-onset Alzheimer’s Disease has progressed her paintings have become increasingly abstract. This show includes acrylic works on wood panels, ink on paper, and watercolor, which she has recently discovered a fondness for.
Learn more about Frances’ work at her Instagram page.
In Greater West Seattle:
Canna West Seattle (Art Walk Partner)
Join us during the West Seattle Art Walk with complimentary refreshments and viewing of the works of local artist SIEGE, the featured Q4 Art Walk artist. Free to attend.
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.
As a young man, I was nicknamed “CJ” which got shortened to “Siege,” and the name stuck. It seems appropriate given the way I work; my process can be intense, and I am told my technique of applying and manipulating paint is unorthodox. I work on a distressed paper surface layered over the canvas, and I incorporating text in the composition’s background as well as graphic elements its foreground. 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. I seem to have a penchant lately for bridges, birds, and boats. I have also created images of mechanical parts, engines, industrial tools, food, and occasionally the human form. My passion is motorcycle and automobile racing, and some of my work reflects this obsession. I was honored to he asked to provide works to the American Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Cleveland; a show which has been extended from one year to seven. My work graces the collections of eminent linguist David Crystal in Wales, as well as the Adidas corporate headquarters in Oregon.
Whitney LaRene, 5-8pm
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.
Check back next year for more exhibits!
Office of Rebecca Mitsui (Art Walk Partner)
Check back next year for more exhibits!
Check back in November for more exhibits!
“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 October 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 this evening. Architecture, an art form that has endured for millennia, is only one of the many arts you can see at The Building open houses – fiber arts, encaustic, painting and more. Children are welcome – PRDG will have Dia de los Muertos crafts to work on! – we will have nibbles and refreshments available for you to enjoy as you peruse our space, and there is plenty of street parking available.
This is a great chance to ask an architect questions without any obligation to secure their services! PRDG is a local resource, knows West Seattle intimately, and is a big supporter of the arts through their partnership with Art Walk on behalf of The Building.
New to Art Walk: Alki Satellite!
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.