Join us at Wallflower in the Shooting Gallery, where we feature an artist’s show in coordination with the West Seattle Artwalk each month on the second Thursday, 5-8 p.m.
July: BethAnn Lawson
Taking much inspiration from a life-long career as a graphic designer and illustrator, these bold paintings from BethAnn Lawson explore the fine edge between abstraction and realism. In her modern-impressionist style, she’s creating striking and unexpected portraits of people, architecture and nature, presenting engaging looks at daily life.
June: Rodolfo Rios Garza
Rodolfo Rios Garza
May: Heidi Bruns Shank
Heidi Bruns Shank
April: Kelly Rae Cunningham
Kelly Rae Cunningham
“My paintings began with ceramics as slabs of clay, ceramic glazes, and the same tools that I use today to apply, layer, and scrape away paint. Late in college I fell in love with mixing colors and the smell of oil paint and turpentine, so I turned from clay to canvas. I am mostly a self taught painter, and my work is a lot of experimentation and exploration.”
March: Lupe Carlos III
Lupe Carlos III
Lupe Carlos III points his camera at his woodland friends who gladly pose for photos. The magic and mystery of these recent images reflect Lupe’s intimate relationship with all things great and small. These wee-people tell their own stories. The photos tell their stories, and Lupe tells the stories of how these pictures were made.
February: Lori Vonderhorst
Lori Vonderhorst’s thoughtful compositions draw you into a world intimate with nature and abundant with personal symbolism. This award-winning artist’s paintings and mixed-media pieces are treasured by collectors across the country.
“Vonderhorst’s paintings are especially haunting” writes critic Ron Glowen. Her paintings are dreamy and rich: delicate bird eggs hover above flowers not quite settled in the vase; twigs and vines twist together as if embracing; words float in the background, alluding to a story, a memory, a moment. Her collages and constructions — incorporating estate sale and junk store ephemera collected throughout the years — invite you to imagine the lives of another: souvenirs collected and discarded; mementos of another place and time.
January: 9th Annual Puny Picture Show & Benefit HELD OVER!
December: 9th Annual Puny Picture Show & Benefit
We will be celebrating our annual Puny Picture Show & Benefit with Pasado’s Safe Haven, an organization dedicated to fighting animal cruelty.
We will be featuring tiny works made by talented artists:
Proceeds will support Pasado’s Safe Haven! Join us in celebrating this wonderful event!
November: Taylor Reed
As an Artist, I am always evolving, I strive to become a better artist and person every day. I try to paint what I feel and see, over the years my paintings have become more free and loose, as I worry less about the rules and what people think and more about how each painting makes me feel. My newest pieces, I believe, reflect the most growth. The birth of my first child has changed me and the way I look at the world and the result in my work has been exciting for me to see. As I paint I have always had a vision of what the final piece will look like in my head, but with parenthood there is simply less time and that vision doesn’t always have the time to become so clear in my head, as a result things are becoming more spontaneous and surprising to me, which really has been a new wonderful experience.
October: Heidi Ehrenberg
Subtle tones and bold colors bring these landscapes into focus. Using dramatic lines, layers, and textures, Ehrenberg’s work is gradually shifting to greater abstraction. Through this transition, Ehrenberg continues with a landscape theme.
September: Michelle Smith-Lewis
An intimate view of dancers in the Pacific Northwest and how identity is reflected through movement.
IDENTITY is an ongoing project that focuses on capturing the signature style of an individual dancer. It is not about the traditional or perfect pose. It’s a closer look on how a dancer’s body moves in space to tell a story as well as revealing the key elements in their movement that form their identity.
It is that moment, when seen, that will prompt observers to sat, “That’s so…”
August: David Atkinson
Travel through Iceland in the breathtaking images of local photographer David Atkinson.
July: Erica Keeling
See into Erica Keeling’s visceral world through her photographs. She explores the complexities of her experiences through a series of vignettes influenced by dreams, politics, personal history, and social critique. Prepare for a world steeped in photographic traditions of past while skewing contemporary life in America.
Check out some more of Keeling’s work at her website!
June: Jeanne Waters
Desperate Dogs in Desperate Times
From the Artist:
Jeanne Waters’ residency in Mexico for twenty three years deeply influenced her art. Everything she saw was a confirmation of what she loved. She integrated her perceptions of Mexico into her paintings and sculptures and her work still reflects the beauty of that magical place.
Waters presently maintains a studio at Powerspace in SODO.
Check out some more of Waters’ work at her website!
May: Julia Rapinoe
From the Artist:
“Small scale woven works inspired by patterns in the landscape and the various influences that forces of nature have on those patterns.”
Come check out Rapinoe’s work at this May’s West Seattle Artwalk celebration.
April: Lupe Carlos
Wing and a Prayer
From the Artist:
“The images in this exhibit are illustrations of stories from my life. However, I prefer not to relay exactly what these images mean to me. I prefer having the images trigger stories the viewer creates out of these pictures.
These images are lucid dreams, journeys to the subconscious where thoughts and memories are made of pictures. My hope it that you’ll find you’re own symbolism in these images and allow them to lead you through our universal experiences of, love, loss, redemption, and peace.”
Come join us on April 13th and experience Carlos’ work at The Shooting Gallery!
March: Michelle Salazar
From the Artist:
Borrowing from the Cowboy archetype, she explores how humans cultivate a veneer of toughness to hide vulnerabilities. A close examination of her figurative work reveals a repetition of symbols and hidden text scratched directly into the canvas, giving each piece depth and complexity.
Her paintings are boldly honest and intimate never wavering from the artists pursuit of truth. Salazar has developed a repertoire of respected works. Much of the appeal is attributed to her ability to convey not only the tender and passionate sides of the heart, but also the concealed and flawed sides.
See & enjoy more of Salazar’s works on her website.
February: Lena Eivy
The Little School on the Top of the Hill
From the Artist:
At the top of a hill, in the village of Ntoma, in the country of Rwanda is a school where children laugh and joy is contagious.
A school started by one amazing woman, Mama Naomi, who survived the Rwandan genocide and sees it as her mission in life to help as many people as she can.
But the school is small and many of the village children cannot attend. They watch through the windows as their siblings and friends learn writing, English and Math. Mama Naomi wants to expand the school and has even started building a new classroom, but the progress is slow and the village is poor.
I had the honor to capture a small part of the village life last summer when I was invited to tell the story of the little school on the top of the hill.
Courtney, from Wallflower Framing, suggested we turn these images into a fundraiser for the school and even offered to donate the frames for the images.
Because I have such a personal connection with the school and Mama Naomi, 100% of the money raised will go directly into her hands to finish building the classroom.
Absolutely nothing will be held back for things like administrative costs.
All of the money will go to help these children. Once the the new classroom is built, the school will officially qualify for international aid from organizations such as CARE International. This will increase the prosperity of the entire village by providing them jobs and educating even more children.
January: Puny Picture Show Held Over
Because it’s AWESOME!
December: 8th Annual Puny Picture Show & Benefit
This exhibit is dedicated to works supporting the fight against animal cruelty. These fun and tiny works will be on display until January 10th.
Proceeds will go to Pasado’s Safe Haven, so they may continue their efforts to help animals in need.
Get in the holiday spirit and give your loved ones a gift that keeps on giving!
November: Tim McGuire
ABOUT THE SHOW “TREES”
This exhibit is a tribute to the beauty, line, form, complexity, and simplicity of these amazing works of nature. Tim looks at them in their many states of season, life, struggle, and death. We are often surrounded by trees and tend to take them for granted.
Consider taking, or making, some time.
Perhaps you’ll see or feel what Tim did… perhaps something else?
For more work by Tim McGuire and contact information go to his website at www.timmcguireimages.com
About the Artist’s New Works:
This month we’re featuring brand new works by Christopher Balder. View his exploration as he used pigment and water, like warp and weft of fabric.
His work is at once painterly and textural. His brushstrokes create the visual grain of the fabric.
Art, paint and fiber lovers of all kinds will enjoy this exhibit. Join us at the opening on Oct 13!
A short bio from the Artist:
I began considering myself a professional artist after I joined the Women Artists Group of the Northwest, in the mid-1970s. This was an organization created by Seattle women to show our work, support each others’ creative development, and to strengthen our identities as women artists.
I had been hanging out in lesbian bars, and, having a long-established habit of carrying a sketchbook, I drew the women in the bars. Those sketches became paintings at a time when I was experimenting with different media.
I turned to brushing ink and Japanese sumi color onto paper when I felt an urge to paint large figures with my calligraphy brushes.
I wanted to paint in the manner of calligraphy, where you set your ink down, and the confidence and accuracy of your line make the beauty or failure of the work.
So I acquired an easel, hired models to sit for me, and began painting.
I have taken several paths since then, but the ink and sumi materials have sustained my interest and pleasure, and resulted in my best work, for many years. -Kate Anthony
Come for light snacks, sips & darn good company.
Kate’s show runs from September 8 – October 11.
From the Artist:
Change is interesting.
It challenges and questions us. Finding clarity in the midst of change can seem incredibly slow or elusive. These works represent change, a transition, as I move from my Totem series to new subject matter, palette, and format.
Structural and style changes are essential to me in growing as an artist. But more importantly, I recognize and embrace a greater awareness of my creative process, as I move toward a new body of work! – H.E.
Don’t miss Heidi’s new works here at the Shooting Gallery.
Her show runs from August 11 – September 13.
From the Artist:
“Art, in any medium, is a crapshoot, isn’t it? You like it or you don’t. Subjective.
Does it make you think? Of course it does.
That’s why people create, and anyone that creates deserves the good and bad, that we as people, offer. Opinions. My Father told me many years ago, if you can’t handle what people have to say about what you create, STOP.
Don’t even try and proceed past the square on the Monopoly board called GO.
People create for a reaction, good or bad, and either way, you have proceeded along the board of Monopoly. Think about it.
I decided to hit that GO square running many years ago, and I have not looked back.”
Rodolfo Rios Garza
Dreams of Love and Passion
Exploring both loves found and loves lost.
Your summer stroll through the neighborhood are sure to delight on June 9.
Mixed media works and good company, plus a few light refreshments are in store.
On display through June 7.
Experience the intensity of [Muse], a body of new works by Cariña Booyens.
Join us for the opening Thursday 5/12 and raise a refreshing glass in good company while viewing amazing art.
About the Show: [Muse]
[Muse] is an exploration of new and old for Cariña Booyens. She has been studying classical painting with Holly White-Gehrt at Georgetown Atelier for the last two years in the Part Time program.
With the Atelier approach, Cariña has had a deepening understanding of color and the human form, specifically modeling the object being rendered by the manipulation (and subtle allowing) of light emerging out of dark.
For Cariña, [Muse] wasn’t a choice. During her studies with Holly – which the muses insisted upon – they have visited her constantly…in the car while driving, in quiet moments while reading at home and bizarrely in clubs, coffee shops and while practicing Kung Fu forms. They insisted that she paint, new things – things she had no idea would be painted by her hand.
In [Muse] we find an experimentation of placing figurative next to abstraction, light next to dark, wildness with control, ecstasy with agony, joy with pain.
We also see the muses reveal themselves to the artist, to the world.. and through this insistent requirement of work Cariña makes sense of the order of things – sorting through what Deepak Chopra refers to as “cosmic soup” AND she also spends some transformative time with her beloved Totem animals: the butterfly, lioness, snake and hummingbird.
On display through May 10.
Tarsha Rockowitz is a Seattle transplant, originally from Maine.
She is a freelance graphic designer and a bit of a workaholic but when she’s not working she can be found painting, metalsmithing, and dabbling in whatever hands-on creative endeavor that strikes her at the moment. She lives in West Seattle with her husband, stepson and furry kids.
FROM THE ARTIST:
“After taking a bit of a hiatus from painting to focus on my house and my design business, I had a bit of an epiphany of the influence that Matisse has subconsciously had on me.
I reluctantly studied him long ago as an art student and while I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time, with some space I’ve come to realize how much of an effect he had on me. I love playing with shape, color and pattern and thought a great way to celebrate that and get myself back in the creative spirit would be to pay tribute to the master of shape and color.
With that, I bring you a small collection of Matisse inspired imagery and techniques – An Homage to Matisse: From Paint to Paper.”
Join us for the Opening of Tarsha’s works on Thursday, April 14.
On display through April 5.
While continuing to explore and build on her obsession for the human form in her latest work Michelle dives into the deep end presenting a swim series of new work.
Those familiar with her past work will notice the continued theme of strength and resilience which is portrayed in the treatment of the subjects; isolated, alone, bare and exposed for the viewer to examine.
Plan to attend to see incredible pieces in person here at the Shooting Gallery.
On display through March 8.
Experience an array of painting styles at the Shooting Gallery this month! Our featured local artist is prolific and takes inspiration from myriad subjects.
(from Mari Jalbing’s website)
Swedish-born and Midwest-grown artist, Mari Jalbing now lives and works in Seattle, Washington.
In the years before beginning to paint, her inner artist manifested as florist, gardner/landscaper, interior designer, and in the fiber arts and tailoring.
In later life, Mari was introduced to paint and paper through a workshop/class at Pratt. The experience uncorked an outpouring of work that continues to this day.
An autodidact, Mari is very prolific, and often works on 4 to 5 paintings simultaneously. “I get to break the rules before even knowing what they are. Having no formal training allows me incredible freedom to play.”
Through Their Eyes
This month we have something a little different…and very special.
A student showing of photography from local pro photography Lena Eivy‘s recent Advanced Photography Course.
Join us: January 14 from 6-9pm.
Come early to meet the artists...it’s a school night!
December: Now Showing
Puny Picture Show
Opening December 10, our biggest show (!) of the year, plus it’s a benefit for Pasado’s Safe Haven out of Sultan, WA. Join us from 6-9pm, Thursday December 10.
It’s an evening of great art, local artists and good cheer. Noteably our largest opening of the year – and you are warmly invited!
It’s indeed a special show that artists create new, if a bit smaller in scale than usual, works. Local artists are often at the opening and contribute a few new & punies to the show.
The 7th Annual Puny Picture Show
& Benefit for Pasado’s Safe Haven
The Image (above);
from Pasado’s Safe Haven Facebook page- thank you!
About the Show:
The Puny Picture Show features a few light refreshments and delicious sippables. All that’s needed is your good company to be here to share. Won’t you join us?
She has since taken part in many group exhibitions, including Nature In The Balance: Artists Interpreting Climate Change at the Whatcom Museum, 2014 CVG Show at Collective Visions Gallery, and Undertones at Addison Gallery. She’s also curated two international EAFA Gallery exhibitions, and won awards from EAFA and Heart Gallery.
October’s Group Show
Aron Hart, an award-winning artist living in the Seattle area, specializes in oil paintings and drawings of the Portrait and Figure. He is a graduate from the Gage Academy of Art’s Atelier Program -and now teaches there as well.
Christine Olson Gedye is a contemporary representational landscape painter living in Seattle, next to Green Lake, the muse that inspires so many of her paintings. Gedye received her traditionally-based training at Gage Academy in Seattle & Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney.
A graduate of Gage Academy of Art’s Drawing & Painting Atelier, and the EDGE program, her background includes self-directed art studies at various institutions before and throughout an exciting career as photography & graphics editor, web designer & department head for several local media sources.
She trained at Gage Academy, completing their Landscape Atelier in 2009. She continues art history studies through Oxford, where she’s been focusing on the Northern Renaissance. She loves botany, art history, and visual analysis, and indulges all these interests simultaneously throug painting with oils.
Suze has been drawing all her life. She pursued fifth-year studies in ceramics and printmaking at the University of Washington after her undergrad degree from McGill University. She has completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Banff Centre and been Artist-in-Residence at Zion National Park, North Cascades National Park and the Grand Canyon Trust.
Tamara Stephas is a Pacific Northwest landscape painter and sculptor whose work explores the relationship between humans and our environment. A graduate of Willamette University, Gage Academy of Art, and Artist Trust’s EDGE professional development program. Recent honors include a 2013 CityArts Artwalk award and 2013 Artist Trust grant.