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Solstice at the Equinox

Last night I attended the Annual Open House event at the Equinox Studios  located in the south Seattle industrial area known as Georgetown. Even the torrential rains did not keep art enthusiasts away and the place was packed. The studios here are filled with some very talented folks in a wide range of creative disciplines. One of my favorite aspects of the evening was the poetry readings. The first took place on an improvised platform appropriately called the Fork Lift Stage

FORKLIFT POETRY included poems read by: Kim Ionesco, Deborah Henry, Richard Lemmert, Greg Bem, M. Anne Sweet, emcee - NIGHTSHIFT POETRY included poems read by Sasha Goodwin, Alex O. Bleecker, Paul Nelson, Jack Remick, M. Anne Sweet, emcee

Because the Equinox building is located in a heavy industrial area it's studios are well suited to artisans working in more rugged art forms such as blacksmiths, sculptors and custom fabricators.  One metal worker caught my eye because who could resist picking up…


A flash caught my eye as I was getting out of my car a few days ago. Something stood out against the grays of the urban landscape and as I bent down to inspect it I discovered this amazing red leaf. The spotting and discoloration reminds me of a ribcage or spinal column. “Such beautiful decay.” I thought to myself as I scooped it up and brought it into the studio. This leaf has stirred something but I am not sure what the results will be yet. Right now it’s just a feeling, that flutter of inspiration mixed with intuition that comes before the act of creating. The next step is to translate all of that into an image. Perhaps it will just manifest as a color pallet in reds, golds, tobacco…or as a simple composition. It’s quite possible that by the time the work is completed the leaf's influence will be so far removed that it will be imperceptible. Still, it represents a wonderful jumping off point and I am feeling the pull of this tiny red leaf as it waits for me in the studio.


Intense Encaustic

Encaustic Workshops are starting soon and I have structured a special program specifically for the passionate beginner. Classes are held in my working studio with full access to all of my equipment and materials. This also means the number of students per session is limited. Smaller class size will result in lots of individualized attention for each participant. The classes are set up as  2-day immersive workshops designed to get you started and build your confidence or simply regain your enthusiasm for working with wax.
Day-1 We will cover all the basics and get you familiar with using the materials. This includes safe studio practices, demonstrations and supplier resources.
Day- 2 The second day will feature demos of specialized techniques and some of my secrets for creating unusual effects.

Space is limited so contact me if you wish to participate. First workshop takes place Dec 4 & 5 , 2010. The next workshop will be held on Feb 12 & 13 with additional classes slated for…

INScape Highlights

I don’t know where to begin… Last weekend’s opening event at the INScape Arts Building was an overwhelming success. Nearly 3000 visitors walked through the art studios, installations and corridors of the historic INS building. The Seattle Times featured a front page article highlighting the event and public radio station KPLU interviewed many of the participants (including me). This project has attracted some amazing and talented artists and performers who are making their own history and breathing new life into this 80 year old landmark. Too many to list them all but here are just a few worth mentioning:
The image above features dancers from Manifold Motion. The dancers are moving in a room filled with fresh soil. They occupy three spaces on the main floor where they will be performing until the end of November. For performance times and ticket information check out Scroll down to see more of the art and installations on display.

Artist Jen Mills filled an empty of…

Open Studio

OPENING EVENT  - this weekend!

Sat OCT 16TH - & Sun OCT 17TH , 2010
Art in the former INS building: sculpture, painting, dance, installation, video, sound, light, apocalyptic golf, live music
Saturday: Noon - Midnight
Sunday: Noon - 6pm
Free Admission
815 Airport Way S.
For the first time since its opening in 1930, you can tour the entire building, exploring the Passages installations as well as visiting the studios of more than 30 artists working in the building and breathing new life into these spaces.

Amineh Ayyad, Barbara Robertson, Chris Buening, Christian French, Danse Perdue, Demi Raven, Evan Shauss, Gail Howard, Helen Gamble, Jacob Fennell, Ju-Pong Lin, Katy Krantz, Ladan Yalzadeh, Manifold Motion, Meg Hartwig, Meghan Trainor, Michael Lyons, Nickolus Meisel, Romson Bustillo, Sidney Ji, Smash Putt, Sol Hashemi, Tim Marsden and more...

Alicia Tormey, Anthony Weathers, Bonnie Foster, Caroline Kapp, David Robinson, Dept. of Cu…

Art In Motion

My artwork makes a surprise cameo appearance in the latest promotional video from the Sun Valley / Ketchum Chamber and Visitors Bureau. Scroll down to watch the video and look for images of my work about 25 seconds into the commercial.  I hope it entices you to visit this amazing and magical valley in the Northern Rockies.

 More big studio announcements...I am moving into a new art studio space in Seattle’s International District. My studio is being renovated right now but I hope to be settled in and working there in a few more days.The building will be hosting an open house and community outreach event on October 16th & 17th so mark your calenders. There will be art installations, performance art and studio tours. I will post all the details next week.

Video featuring my artwork!

Cool Pool

In the lobby of the Henry Art Gallery sits an inflatable plastic pool filled with water that’s being circulated by an electric pump. Floating on the water’s surface are dozens of porcelain bowls in varying sizes. As the bowls are caught up in the swirling current generated by the pump, they gently collide into one another creating random chimes as they clank their way around the pool. The effect is like being in a Tibetan monastery during some kind of sacred bell ritual. This temporary yet ingenious installation is the work of French sound artist, CĂ©leste Boursier- Mougenot. If you hurry you can still experience this for yourself. The pool will be on display until September 26th and you can find more information at Below is a video clip of a similar installation created in 2009.

Another big stand out for me from this month's gallery walk is the John Grade installation at Davidson Galleries. He first caught my attention at a Bumbershoot exhibition a few years ago. Th…

August Art

August Arts:If you have an  opportunity I recommend stopping by the TK arts building and walking through the warren of art studios there. One that stands out this month is the Shift Studio where you’ll find the quiet yet compelling ceramic work of Yun Hong Chang as part of a two-person exhibition with photographer, Kim Sciarrone. Using strands of her own hair, Chang weaves delicate crisscrossing webs and hand stitched seams onto her slumping ceramic vessels and forms. (see detail above)
While we’re on the subject of ceramics… the continuing show at Pacini Lubel features an eclectic and compelling group of ceramic artists and sculptors. The ethereal and narrative work of Debra Fritts always catches my eye. I like how she incorporates gauzy materials into her ceramic works. Her figurative pieces look as though they are waiting to share some tragic and beautiful story.

A few works by Adelaide Paul are also on display at Pacini Lubel. Her sculptural pieces are a  form of "faux" t…

July Jade

A sampling of summer jade...  Jade Thicket Detail

Jade Thicket on display this month at the Gilman

Jadite Streams detail 1

Jadite Streams detail 2

Jadite Streams  - Triptych - 24" x 64"

Sun Valley Summer

Opening Night - July 2, 2010
Just returned from ten magical days in Sun Valley and the opening of my Forces of Nature show. Opening night was a huge success complete with celebrity sightings and some possible commissions in the works. My gratitude goes out to all my dear friends and family for making this such a special and memorable evening. A heartfelt thank you also goes out to L'Anne and Casey of the Gilman Contemporary for providing such a beautiful gallery and the opportunity to exhibit my work in such a stunning space. I am still processing the many wonderful moments and will post more details later.

Gallery Installation - Gilman Contemporary
Gallery owner, L'Anne Gilman and gallery director, Casey Hanrahan (that's me in the middle)
East gallery wall installation.

Jadeite Streams - I'll post some detail images of this piece later.
Me standing in front of Carnelian Vista.
West gallery installation view.
A special collector with her favorite piece.
Gallery entry wall.