Last night, we felt a subtle shift, a gentle groundswell that tells us that things are starting to come back for the Art Walk. One new participating business. Another business having its first reception in six months. It feels….hopeful. In spite of all that conspires against us!
One nice change is more art to view while you go about your daily life in West Seattle. Mailbox West is newly hosting Alexis La Flamme of Meditative Arts – you can enjoy her ethereal colorplay compositions while you ship your packages or pick up your mail. Bakery Nouveau is using the upper wall expanse to showcase Sheila Lengle‘s whimsical garden flora and fauna – the perfect ambiance in which to peruse their breads and treats. Flying Apron features Maya Kay‘s evocative, vibrant digital portraits and social justice messages.
“Connection” as a theme underpinned many of the shows and how they came to be. Verity Credit Union, an Art Walk Partner, was impressed by 19-year-old Saiyana Suzumura‘s work on the BLM street mural back created in July and invited her to exhibit. Stop by Verity this month to see Saiyana’s artwork blending Anime, fashion, and her unique expression of black beauty, love and social awareness. Broker/Realtor Rich Puffert helped artist Terry Morton buy a condominium, then recently encountered her and her art at The Kenney. Terry’s show at John L. Scott is a fascinating, personal take on the abstract masters who inspire her work. West Seattle Grounds hosted Jenna Roby, watercolor painter and teacher, to showcase her recent work and also a live painting demonstration. There’s nothing more compelling than watching an artist at their craft real-time. Brookdale West Seattle featured artist Betty Davis is also a three-year resident of the community. Her watercolors of the beauty of nature and life around us is mounted within the building for residents, but can be viewed virtually for all others. Odette Allen wants to connect and drive change by sparking conversations around her landscapes inspired by her investigation into the intersections between slavery, agriculture and southern food history. You can see her work virtually thanks to Canna West Culture Shop.
Fun facts of the night:
Linda McClamrock has more than enough vintage sheet music to work with for her recycled paper collage art! Once people saw her inventive use of song titles, dynamics and note textures in her floral works, the donations flowed.
Ginny Conrow uses Zinc in her glazes which, when cooling after firing, creates unexpected crystalline formations in her stunning ceramic pieces. While she mounted a full exhibit at Brace Point Pottery’s Art on the Bricks for Art Walk night, it was gone by nightfall. If you missed it, you will need to see photos below then follow her online.
Flóra Carlile-Kovács creates her textured, nuanced pieces at Capers with felted wool!
The graphic iconography in Shaun Doll‘s encaustic pieces at Capers is the visual language Hobos would use to identify safe or unsafe places to camp, resources like clean water or threats like barking dogs.
There’s always time to see the virtual Art Walk online! Visit our YouTube playlist for a curated gallery movie and short videos provided by several of our artists.
We want to thank all our generous partners for the support they bring the West Seattle Art Walk – Verity Credit Union, Canna West Seattle, Brookdale Senior Living and our media partner West Seattle Blog. 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 September by volunteer photographers Dan J., Jacquie S. and Reeve W. Most of the artwork featured will be up all month long, so do find time to visit the above venues.