The Art Walk is happening, no matter what!!! Spring is in the air and the sun sets later which makes Art Walk strolling even more delightful. We invite all who would like a diversion from current events to join us this Thursday, March 12, for an evening of mindful mingling, art appreciation and support of our West Seattle businesses.
Don’t forget: Admiral Junction is our newest district of businesses exhibiting art and offering food and drink specials, with the Admiral Neighborhood Association as Art Walk coordination partners.
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 January. For restaurant specials, click here and be sure to ask about “the Art Walk Special” at participating bars and restaurants. Make an evening of it!
(featured image by Janet Manuta)
Winter 2020 Walking Map: January 9, February 13, March 12
Congratulations to Marianne Maksirisombat, whose painting, “Paeonia Lactiflora (Deconstructed Peony)¨ is our featured art for Q1. Her work will be on display, and for sale, at Verity Credit Union West Seattle in March, 2020.
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.
Brought to you by the Admiral Neighborhood Association
Oscar Mwaba, 5-8pm
I’m the creative behind the camera!
In a nutshell, I enjoy capturing that real and raw moments with the intent of creating the most beautiful and meaningful images for you. I look forward to connecting at West Seattle Grounds!
A note from West Seattle Grounds: We are going to also be hosting live music featuring a local up and coming musician, Cippy at SEA. Our featured artist for the Art Walk will also be creating a photo booth for everyone who stops by to get a picture of them at our event.
Happy Hour as usual with select $5 wine and $4 beers.
We are so excited to be a part of the Art Walk!
Heather Allen, 5-8pm
Right brain flexing is my restorative action
Check back in April for a new artist!
Check back in April for a new artist!
Brought to you by the West Seattle Junction Association
Art Nest Community Artists, 5-8pm
Join us Thursday the 12th to view our community splatter art, tour the studio, and splatter some paint as well!
We will be providing works of art from our splatter art community. We have splatter panels that have been created over the years by artists of all ages and abilities that have graced our studio. We invite Art Walk goers to join in some splattering of their own as they view the pieces. We are huge supporters of process art, and hope that many of you will join us in adding even more beautiful art mess to our beloved splatter room.
Learn more about West Seattle Art Nest at their website.
John L. Scott West Seattle (Art Walk Partner)
Lori Vonderhorst, 5-8pm
I grew up in a house of stone in rural New Jersey. I landed in the Pacific Northwest in 1979 and was immediately drawn to the the Northwest’s mystic landscape, with its lush forests and stormy tides. Although influenced by my surroundings, my drawings and paintings focus in on the immediate and intimate: feathers, stones and nests; narrative compositions that invite the viewer to imagine the before and after; the moment a feather falls, a stone tumbles or a flower turns to seed.
I also draw inspiration from childhood memories—a pet baby blue jay found by my grandfather; roaming the woods and watershed that surrounded my home; or closely examining the delicate bleeding hearts, lily of the valley and mountain laurel in my grandmother’s garden. Bringing the past into the present, each work is an observation on life’s fleeting moments and the passage of time.
A self-taught artist, most of my life has been spent working as a graphic designer and raising my two sons. As I migrate from graphic design to full-time fine artist, I look forward to approaching each new day with creative intention, observation, and a studio filled with paper, paint and ink.
Verity Credit Union (Art Walk Partner)
PLEASE NOTE: Verity only open until 6pm on Art Walk / Marianne Maksirisombat will not be able to attend.
Verity is hosting the art walk’s Q1 featured artist Marianne Maksirisombat during March. You’ll be able to see her large format acrylic on canvas with large-scale embroidery paintings that you have seen on the posters and marketing materials for the West Seattle art walk.
Check back in April for a new artist!
Genna Draper, 5-8pm
Calming neutrals…Serenity…Emerging light.
We are among Genna Draper’s biggest, most enthusiastic fans. She is a CAPERS FAVORITE. Come see why.
Learn more about Genna’s work at her website.
The show must go on! Come in for beverage, bites, and elbow bumps…See you Thursday!
Dale Schlotzhauer, 5-8:30pm
About the Artist: First came spray paint – on vases, lamps, and bottles. But that wasn’t enough. Next came furniture painting with spray paint and Unicorn Spit (a gel stain and paint). But that wasn’t enough either. On to painting vases with Unicorn Spit, and acrylic paint. That was super fun, but there had to be more. So on to canvas and wood with acrylics and Unicorn Spit. In the meantime, painting old fashioned glassware with acrylic and/or Unicorn Spit has started happening. So far I’m holding steady with the canvas, wood, vases and glassware. Whew.
All this painting stared in my garage a few summers ago. When the summer melded into Fall, I moved my spare bedroom furniture out and my painting table and paints inside where it was warm. I think it’s safe to say that my inner artist is not so inner any more.
When I’m not covered in paint, I’m singing in the Seattle Symphony Chorale and the Westside Presbyterian Church choir. I also play a bit of piano, Celtic harp and ukulele. Oh, and somewhere in there I retired.
Learn more about Dale and her works at her website.
Janet Manuta, 5-8pm
Janet Manuta is a local artist and art educator in West Seattle. She has been teaching art for over 40 years, first in the Washington, D.C. area, and then in Upstate New York. Since relocating to Seattle nearly 5 years ago, Janet has been teaching art at the Hope Lutheran School and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
She expresses her love of the outdoors with hand-painted cut paper collages, inspired by the artist, Henri Matisse. She works to create an energetic balance of positive and negative space with organic shapes derived from nature. Her intention is for each piece to evoke a feeling of rhythm and balance where patterns of color and shapes invite the viewer to experience a personal connection.
Janet has recently been experimenting with tea leaf stained papers in her series of teapots and tea cups.
Janet earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from the University of Maryland and her Masters in Education from Empire State College. She created an entire art curriculum for middle school special needs students as her Masters thesis. Janet emphasizes the opportunity for all students to express themselves in the visual arts and how this translates into success in core curriculum subjects. Many of her students have gone on to receive recognition at prestigious competitions and have pursued careers in the visual arts.
Janet’s original art appears in the Fogue Studios and Gallery in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle and was featured in an exhibit in Petaluma, CA.
Max Marlett, 5-9pm
Marlett is driven to investigate the thread that connects the symbols and archetypes of classic stories to generate a new perspective for his subject matter. By looking at life through a lens outside of time, he can get to the heart of what remains the same throughout human history. Despite the new era of technology we are living in, we are faced with the same desire to live with a life of purpose. Through these juxtapositions, he hopes to express the dominance of nature over human innovation, and remind people of our ephemeral relationship with the natural world.
Row House West Seattle
Kate Wolf, 5-8pm
I stumbled into making altered Polaroid pictures in 1999. I had a Polaroid 600 and a pair of scissors. Right after snapping a shot, I cut around the edges of the image, peeled off the top layer and interrupted the development. The final hue and texture of every photo was random, impacted by maritime elements and Polaroid film chemistry.
Through this process, the image continued to develop, but without the trademark Polaroid saturation. It was as if the picture was transported backwards in time: the colors remained muted, crackles appeared, and a fiery seal wrapped the border — the image became roughed up and fixed in the past. Other variables came into play. Some images cracked, others stayed smooth. The peeling could snag in hot humid air, forcing a crop on the spot. Done immediately, the chemical reaction stayed intact, and the fiery seal surrounded a smaller image — even composition, then, had to be flexible.
It was exciting to compose an image but also be able to manipulate it on the spot to accomplish something that really wasn’t within the capabilities of the old Polaroid. Then in 2008, Polaroid folded and stopped making the film. The altered Polaroids literally became sealed in the past. This happened right at the rise of digital filters – which could generate similar effects – and other instant film and cameras which didn’t respond to the guerrilla method with the scissors. It was disappointing, but there was also something poetic about the medium itself becoming something that could not be recreated.
Adult beverages and tasty bites will be served!
Join Susi Musi & Co at the West Seattle “Up House” for an evening of heartwarming art and inspired conversation.
Artist info to Come!
Check back in April for new artist!
Rick Moreno, 5-8pm
Rick has channeled his love of color and nostalgic vibes into a collection of original paintings and prints titled “1973” and “The 70’s”.
For 20 years Rick has been painting professionally throughout the greater Seattle area and loving it! Murals and canvases are what he enjoys most. His art is well represented in nearly every city in and around Seattle and Puget Sound. His series “1973” represents Rick’s childhood as a 9 year old kid growing up in Corvallis, Oregon. He was inspired from an old photo he found in an album his mom kept. He was instantly transported into some sort of “Way-Back” time capsule. And, for those of us of a certain age, before computers, cell phones and video games, our childhood looked a little bit different.
MORGAN JUNCTION, FAUNTLEROY & ARBOR HEIGHTS
Canna West Seattle (Art Walk Partner)
Cait Blackinton, 5-8pm
I am a self-taught artist from Washington state. Hometown Roslyn, WA. I’ve been showing art throughout the state for over 15 years, and now live just north of Bellingham, where I paint from home. My main medium is acrylic paint but I also incorporate many mixed materials such as toilet paper, tissue, clay, cooking ingredients and found objects. I like to paint on repurposed materials such as used fabrics, old doors, and found objects. I make it a point not to buy new materials whenever possible because turning trash into art makes more sense. I think that creating works of art is a form of spell-casting and this is why it can be so powerful.
Dot Cherch, 5-9pm
No tasting fee for Art Walk participants! This is Dot’s last month at Viscon Cellars so be sure to come see her work!
Artist Statement: I’m a Seattle-area illustrator who focuses on the details of ordinary objects that might otherwise be overlooked. Most of my pieces tell a story, whether from my own life, or from someone else’s; and those stories encourage viewers to make an emotional connection to each piece. My most recent collection does this through stories of food and the key role that food has in life’s every day and significant moments.
I paint with gouache, and love experimenting on all different types of canvases. For my most recent collection, I especially enjoyed rendering on reclaimed Pacific Northwest wood. A wood canvas, with its grains and impurities, cannot help but become part of the art.
I have a degree in performance and scenic design, and a B.A. (Hons.) in Illustration. I live on Vashon, where my work is included regularly in gallery shows. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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. Come visit each month for open studios and artist receptions! Thank you to PRDG Architects for hosting each month.
Featured March Artist: Artist to be announced!
Check back for the April artist!
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 March Artists: Debbie Bianchi, Coco Spadoni, Hayley Reed, Sarah Kaye, 5-8pm
Note from Loren: Along with great art, we will be serving Prosecco and dessert bites and have live music in the background by the talented Rick Fogel. What a night – Please join us!
Hayley Bella Reed I am inspired by architecture, structure, and how we interact with the objects that populate the spaces we occupy. 3D-Printing and slip casting have been the best methods for me to explore the themes of structure, shape, patterns and multiples – the core themes within my ceramic practice. I am drawn to and create forms featuring sharp angles, twisting, layering, and stacking. These elements, when combined, create a sense of movement in a static object.
Coco Spadoni I make ceramic work because it calls for the owner to have a deep intimacy with an art object- needing you to lick, taste off of, wash, and tuck back into your kitchen cabinet over and over. They use a library of abstracted symbols that reference the bodily to embrace dreams, the human experience of embarrassment and our own personal shortcomings, tributes to failed love, and re-imaginings of queerness.
Sarah Kaye I use the nature of the materials I work with as my guide. The natural weight of plaster swells & deepens to shape my forms when I’m making a model. The delectable drips of glaze on the outside of a form are kept as the glaze was applied and the splats, splatters and the drips in my work come from letting go, not directing or dictating the material’s course by painting it on, but playing with different ways of leading the slip to land in the mold. Funny wording perhaps – but I try and let the slip decide.
Debbie Bianchi I am proud to say I was born and raised in West Seattle and now have the opportunity to share my perspective of what is beautiful with my fellow lovers of art and creativity. Free birds dance across the canvas among fanciful, fairy tale inspired blossoms, trees and landscapes. Freedom of motion speaks to me and I try to capture this sense of magic and indulgence in my work. These creations grow from acrylic paint, paper, charcoal and pastel.
As a child my mother and I used to buy old party dresses at thrift stores and make clothes and accessories for stuffed animals, dolls and new clothes for ourselves and loved ones. This was one of the most fond memories that I have, it was truly the flame that lit my desire to create! After creating these outfits, I wanted to become a fashion designer, but life got in the way for a little while. It was truly inspiring to see something old fashioned and obsolete become new and exciting again.