In an absolute first, in so many ways, the West Seattle Art Walk pivoted to an online, virtual experience starting on April 9, 2020, in response to the State’s Stay Home order. We invited all artists interested in showing to participate, not just those artists who previously had arranged a show with a business that was closed. Our blog posts became the full gallery, with each artist invited to present up to 10 images. Like all other second Thursdays, the art was for sale. As a special bonus, we created a YouTube video playlist with a curated “movie” of all artists showing each month, and then a large selection of short videos of their work or process that artists provided.
Each month, the Art Walk launched with fanfare at 5pm on the second Thursday, and attracted attention both in our online community and even Q13 Television who did a segment about our April Virtual Art Walk! We had record numbers of artists participating – up to 46, more than double our regular numbers – and terrific analytics across all our platforms.
Our gratitude goes to the artists and Art Lovers among us for making the spring be creatively invigorating, the best tonic to the distressing times we were, and still are, experiencing. If you’d like to see more of what we shared in Q2, please visit:
Our blog posts here for the same months
And scroll below to see all the no-host artists who joined us, some for the first time! We were so glad to see them all.
(Featured image by Sandy Nelson)
Brought to you by the West Seattle Art Walk Coordinators
With these pieces I invite you wander a golden moonscape, count tree rings, follow a stranger through a forest, and remember the strength of your roots.
I strive to make art that balances beauty and unease. I delight in imagining what may be hidden below the ground or lurking under the water’s surface. My work is inspired by a childhood spent wandering the beaches and woods of nearby Vashon Island and I have a deep love of nature that leaks into all my art. I currently live in West Seattle with my family and our aloof cat.
I am a resin artist inspired by crystals, the moon, ebb and flow, relationships, and the cycle of life. I am drawn to clean, vibrant color and organic form. My work allows me to live in the moment. When I’m creating I feel whole. When I’m not creating I’m dreaming about my future pieces.
Everything about working with resin intrigues me. There is a certain stress because of the minimal work time before the resin begins to cure. But this stress leads to a hopeful anticipation and excitement to see how the resin heats up and reacts before settling down. Resin does what it does and that may be why I am so obsessed. Even the most well thought out plans change as the resin does its “resin thing”. It is because of this that I love working with this magical medium. The unpredictability mirrors life but it all works out in the end.
Kimberly is originally from Greater New Orleans and has been residing in the Pacific Northwest for the past 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from LSU. Her studio is located in the Lake City Neighborhood of Seattle.
Alexis LaFlamme is an abstract artist based in West Seattle. She creates in many different mediums, but her favorites are acrylics and inks because of their rich colors. Her work is inspired by her emotions and the natural world.
Babs explores collage art combined with how much we all love our pets in her show she is calling “Wardrobe Thief”
It’s spring and you see so many dogs wearing high fashion via jackets and more.
Soooo what if dogs, and cats raided our closets and accessories when we were not home. Here is their fashion show result!
Babs has been an artist her entire life which includes Painting, Photography, collage and Writing.
I’m also a geek and proud of it.
Programming and writing code is an art form in my eyes.
My acrylic paintings display a love of modern/pop combined with science, Seattle architecture, math, high tech, english slang, and of course my personal outlook applied to the subject at hand. Each painting name is also part of the art.
Hi, West Seattle Art Walk! I am a new artist to the WS Art Walk (though a native West Seattle-ite!), returning home after living on the east coast, Chile, Barcelona, San Francisco and Portland. I am thrilled to have a studio in the Othello Street studios with some gorgeously talented studio mates. My art is about COLOR and being bold, feeling the emotion in nature as well as the ups and downs of life. I create abstract commission paintings which tell and celebrate a family or individual’s lives and sacred stories. I also paint live at events capturing the essence of an evening and have painted for World Central Kitchen in New York, the French Embassy in DC, and wineries all events all over the west coast. While social gatherings are on hold for now, I have begun teaching virtual art classes over Zoom (as well as art birthday parties for kids!). It is pure joy!! You can visit my website to find out more as well as sign up for classes, or play along with me on Instagram.
“The Magnolias bloomed and we stayed inside”
The paintings reflect recent musings on spring during solitary morning walks. Slower pace and earnest reflection brought notice to the same magnolia tree; observing the consistent passage of time with or without an audience. Fleeting moments and fragile structures revisited on the same tree, call out small moments. The ceramic pieces bring contrast to surface in the “Touch, Don’t Touch” body of work. The attraction to things beautiful often result from imperfections, struggle, or contrast. These vase pieces reflect simple forms, altered as though speaking to the effects of time and growth on their surface, and call to mind the contrast of our current season.
A line can depict a shape, a wiggle, a horizon, a mountain top, a wrinkle, a wave, a hair and what else? Add to it some color, and a whole world is born out of an empty space.
My work explores exactly that: the intricate dance of lines with colors to the music of inspiration. Every work of art is a birth of a new world with its own story, tension, drama and beauty. It’s a privilege to be an artist and witness the birth of these worlds, and experience first hand the stories they tell.
Heinz grew up in the Seattle area and has been a lifelong artist working in various mediums including painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture. He has formal training ranging from public school courses to University studies in art. A major theme running through his work is recycling or upcycling in that he changes existing and or discarded materials into something of greater value. His work has been shown in public exhibitions and is held in private collections nationally.
Please contact Heinz for details about his work: email@example.com
Abbie B. Berry
Northwest Artist, mixed-media, photography, printmaking, charcoal, digital media, and outdoor installations.
Marianne is a local Seattle artist working in three dimensional canvas, formed steel, and large format embroidery. Her vivid hues combined with textural and sculptural elements ensure that the paintings appear differently throughout the day, always providing a new perspective.
I am a West Seattle artist painting in oils…figurative, beach scenes, portraits, etc. Much of what I do is on a commission basis. Nothing gives me more pleasure than working with you in creating a piece of art that celebrates an occasion or person/people that you would like to see preserved in the form of a painting on your wall. As you look at the paintings displayed here, or happen to see on my web site, please realize that I can create something like those for you, in order to create just what you desire.
Show Title: Mouvalong
West Seattle native, mixed media artist and visual story teller. My inspirations come from my surroundings, my city, my relationships and life.
Show Title: RMN
Seattle-born baker with a passion for acrylic paintings. I strive to caption emotion and dynamic on my paintings, and want my art to uplift.
Wai Wong Photo and Art
I am a late bloomer. I started to paint in June 2018 and I discovered that I love painting. Adding on to my interest in photography, my life has been enriched significantly. My inspirations come from my constant awareness of beauty wherever I am. A good day is taking my camera and go on an adventure, or spending unrestricted time on a painting. I believe that I am a dream-maker because whatever I had truly wanted in life I can manifest it, somehow, somewhere, and someday. I thrive on living meaningfully, creating art, inspiring others, and giving to my community.
Dive: When light falls to darkness
“Dive” is a collection of paintings representing the descent from light into darkness. Dive into your heart, your inner most feelings and fears. Explore the depths of the endless seas of chaos, free from worry or care. Or perhaps you wish to return to the light? Just remember, the closer you get to light, the greater your shadow becomes.
Betty Zou is a Seattle artist who paints in watercolor, gouache, and dabbles in illustration. Her work is often inspired by the natural landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. She created these four pieces in the early weeks leading up to the COVID 19 stay home orders, at a time when she was experiencing a deep sense of loss and anger. The paintings in this series show our interconnectedness, our need for touch, and the rapidity of transmission.
Art Notes: The three large pieces are done on hot press watercolor paper, 12″ x 18″. The one smaller piece is on cold press water color paper, 9″ x 12″. All are painted with watercolor and charcoal.
Onion Hands emerged out of Lizz Slabaugh’s frustration with the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and our nation’s response. When Seattle businesses first started getting hit financially in March, Lizz was asked to create an advertisement for Swanson’s Shoe Repair using Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” art as inspiration. Unfortunately, the shop closed due to the stay-at-home order, and the ad creation halted. Regardless, the ideas continued to brew until Lizz could hold them in no longer. Lizz is just getting started and plans to continue Onion Hands as a fun and cathartic outlet.
Daniel Voelker is a Ballard based abstract artist. He is drawn to the process of collage and the way lines intersect across layers to add depth. He tends to explore the depth of a medium in his work using charcoal, ink, and monoprints in their own series. Original works as well as giclee prints on canvas, paper, and metal are available to purchase through his website.
Early Virtual On The Junction
I enjoy taking pictures that can take a person on a journey either by showcasing a foreign city’s highlights that peaks the individual’s curiosity, an unusual landscape that begs the observer to want to know more or through a nature shot of a flower in bloom that brings a wonderful calmness and serenity for the viewer.
Creating under the conceptual moniker Department M, Daniel Marin’s paintings bring together elements of pop, abstraction, street art, carpentry and décollage, depicting colorful and surreal moments in time. Marin sources imagery from magazines, comic books, newspapers and many other forms of media, blending features from each to craft the images in his work. Each piece is created using a layering approach made up of steps of silk-screening, freehand painting, hand cut stenciling and collage work, producing impactful compositions built on the artist’s patience and pleasure. A self-taught artist from Miami, FL, Marin’s work portrays engaging scenes with underlying stories and hints of both humor and tension, all left for the viewer to piece together.
Alayna Danner is a professional fantasy artist based in West Seattle, Washington. She mainly focuses on fantastical landscapes and scenery, while occasionally painting creatures and figures. She freelances currently for Wizards of the Coast working on Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons. Her work has been featured worldwide on board games, card games, books, art annuals, video games and more.
Barbara’s art has been called eclectic, evocative and powerful. Energy resonates her canvases and the colors vibrate among the shapes which hint of her work as an automotive designer. She embraces the world, as the world embraces her, and is influenced by culture, its struggles and its beauty.
Having called herself an artist since she was 5 years old, not until she moved into abstract art, after a career in the more realistic disciplines, did she feel her heart sing as she painted.
Vicki Basta is a Seattle based artist and photographer. Through close-up photography, she exposes the viewer to magnified details that are often missed in casual observation. Zooming in and capturing a section of a leaf or or an industrial object showes the viewer intricate veins, textures and colors. She is also intrigued by the similarities of natural and industrial objects when set by side, such as rusted red metal and red mossy tree bark. Her photography is recognized by textures, patterns and colors through themes of decay, new life and transformation in urban and natural settings, mirroring our own process of life and death. While out photographing, she gathers natural and found objects and blend them with paint or to stand alone to create mixed media shadow boxes and paintings. Vicki has been experimenting painting on tea bags and experimenting with textures through watercolor and eco-friendly paints.
A native of New Delhi, India, Rohini Mathur is a self-taught oil painting artist who now lives and works in Bothell, Washington. She creates vibrant paintings of colorful florals, botanicals and gardens that pay homage to the immense wonders of Mother Nature.
About her purpose as an artist she explains, “I believe there is no better way to appreciate and be in reverence of the magnificent beauty of Mother Nature than capturing those through my playful brushstrokes on the canvas”. Inspired by this desire to express the beauty of the natural world, Rohini brings to life her paintings using her own distinctive style and interpretations rather than literal renderings.
Rohini’s style of painting is loose, abstract impressionistic as she attempts to capture the essence and mood of her subjects rather than a complete detailed mirror image. Bright and bold colors are her go-to palette and she paints in her favorite medium, Oils.
Rohini is an award-winning artist whose art has been juried into several art exhibitions and shows in Washington and Oregon. In 2019, her paintings were honored with City of Kent Purchase Awards in the City of Kent Summer Art Exhibition and included in the City’s Public Art Collection. Rohini’s painting also won an award at the City of Kent Look Up exhibition organized by Kent Creates community program.
In 2018, she was selected as one of the winner Apprentices for the 2018-2019 Washington State Heritage Arts Apprenticeship Program. Also, Rohini was selected and invited as one of the two Emerging Artists from Washington and Oregon to showcase her artwork at the 2017 Salem Art Fair & Festival in Salem, Oregon.
Her art has been juried into several art exhibitions and shows at several local galleries such Kirkland Art Center, Parklane Gallery, artEAST Gallery, Schack Art Center and Gallery North. Over the years, Rohini’s paintings have also been selected for various juried art shows such as City of Kent Summer Art Exhibit, Edmonds Juried Art Show, Annual Kenmore Art Show, Shoreline Arts Festival and many others.
Rohini’s artwork can be found in numerous private and public collections worldwide including the public art collection at City of Kent, WA.
For a complete biography and list of juried shows, please check out her website.
In 2019 I began weekly treks to the wild places in Washington state. Every Saturday I would search out solitude looking for and finding out of the way trails. The more remote the better. In these weekly adventures, I would take hundreds of images on my digital camera, so small and lightweight compared to my normal 5-pound film camera. I went snap-happy, taking tons of photos of details and vistas, things that gave me joy and delight. I began sharing my experiences online and was overwhelmed with how much they resonated with people. Everyone loves the outdoors, though not everyone has the ability to do so, due to time, commitments, or ability. At the end of the year I had an idea for making art out of the treasure trove of images I had compiled. These pieces are the result.
These are prints from my cellphone camera, mounted to circular panels, with encaustic and india ink applied. Razor blades provide a way to scrape and make marks for the ink, drawing if you will, and steel wool is used to burnish the surface and remove excess amounts of ink. I call these portals because they provide a glimpse into what I love most about nature.
Artist Note! I’m a photographic-based artist that lives in Alki. Quite a few of my artworks include images taken in West Seattle. If you’ve ever seen a woman walking around the neighborhood with a weird looking camera dangling from her wrist, that was probably me!
A pediatric nurse by day, Brigitte trades syringes and needles for alcohol inks and resin to create abstract fluid art in her spare time. Brigitte uses her art as a type of therapy, channeling life’s energies and experiences into vivid colors and soft shapes. Brigitte invites her audience to use their imagination when viewing her art and welcomes all interpretations of her pieces. Her hope is to brighten your space, lift your mood and evoke inspiration!
Kelli Eggers, painter/Mosaic artist
I create art of things I love. I especially enjoy making pet portraits.
I am an Award winning, emerging abstract/realist painter and designer in practice for 10 years. My techniques are self-taught and uniquely executed using an number of mediums. My paintings can be seen trickled throughout King country with subject matter ranging from action sports to landscapes. Vivid and purposeful brushstrokes are signature elements within my creations. As an artist my objective is to use unconventional techniques and unprecedented ideas to reshape reality and enrich the community through the arts.
• Sundiata Arts Festival • Art Exhibits • Public Paint Events • Logo Design
Kent Summer Exhibit artist purchase award https://vimeo.com/221670314
City of Seattle Cultural Arts King Street Station exhibit purchase award.
Education: Lindbergh High School 2000-2004 High school diploma, Bellevue College 2011-2013 Digital Media Arts