Bill Reiswig & Andy McConnell @ Windermere

December 11, 2014

Windermere is excited this December to welcome two West Seattle artists onto its walls, featuring the sumi-e ink and watercolor paintings of Bill Reiswig and framed wood sculpture of Andy McConnell. 


Our December Artwalk also features a Pop-Up Holiday Sale featuring the work of 6 other artists: Photography from Holli Margell, fire-etched wood scultpures and ornaments from Toni Wells, sculpture, drawings and jewelry from Noelle Congdon, paintings from Jennifer Carrasco.

All this, and we will feature wines from highly-regarded Charles Smith Winery!

Bill Reiswig’s sumi-e ink and watercolor paintings on wood panels are a departure from the printwork he usually focuses on. They are of northwest landscapes and animal-life and use ink and sparing color on handmade paper that has been attached to wood panels.



Bill’s statement:


My use of sumi-e ink and watercolor this winter is an desire to get away from the very planned work of wood-block printmaking. In these paintings I am focused on the wet-in-wet movement of ink on the paper in the mist, clouds, waters, landscapes and vegetation of Washington. I am interested in the connection in Japanese art between sumi painting and woodblock prints and in the next year I aim to use sumi-e ink paintings as the basis of new woodblock work. 



Andy McConnell’s series of painted wood sculptures was inspired by the desire to create something beautiful from the interesting scrap lumber he intercepts as a carpenter.




Andy’s statement:


(One) summer, I took a week off from work to incorporate my trove of scrap into my art (usually egg tempera on flat Masonite). After a week, I had several wine boxes filled with small, painted wood and had hit a creative dead end. Frustrated, I started messing around with a piece of wood I had rejected because it had split apart..... and then I was on to something! So typical of life and art; the value and beauty hides in places we reject or don't notice.


This series was heavily influenced by my friend, the Northwest poet, Robert Sund's "Blanket Paintings." ​


Kim Tingley with Windermere is located at 4526 California Ave. SW

The Puny Picture Show @ Wallflower Custom Framing

December 11, 2014



It's that time of year again, where several artists create tiny masterpieces. Proceeds from this year's Puny Show will benefit Pasado's Safe Haven.

A beverage buffet thanks to The Admiral Bird, puny nibbles by Kitchen Klaus.

Wallflower Custom Framing is located at 4735 42nd Ave SW

Denise Parrish @ Denise's Treasure Box

December 11, 2014

Denise's Treasure Box will be featuring art by Denise Parrish.

Beautiful handmade jewelry and greeting cards are available to you for holiday gifts.  Hundreds of items under $20 as well as Christmas cards for your children to color and send to grandparents and friends.  Come and visit.  We would love to see you. 

Denise's Treasure Box is located at 4401 42nd Ave SW (cross street Genesee)

Karin Bolstad and Clare Johnson @ The Gatewood Bed & Breakfast

December 11, 2014

The Gatewood Bed & Breakfast is excited to feature the artwork of Karin Bolstad and Clare Johnson for December Art Walk. 


Statement from Karin:
 
My artwork is primarily figurative, and my current favorite mediums are acrylic painting, icon writing and mixed media. My process is to find a vintage photo or postcard to use as a model, and then embellish the painting with antique papers, fabrics, jewelry, bits of nature: anything that catches my fancy. Some of my favorite artists (and influences) are Gustav Klimt, Amedeo Modigliani, Kay Nielson, Michael Sowa, Mercer Mayer, and Edward Gorey.




Clare Johnson is from Seattle in the Pacific Northwest of the US. Her creative work is much influenced by a sense of longing for the landscapes and moods of home. She is the eldest of three daughters and close to her family. She likes to walk and swim, thrives on exploring old buildings and is happiest when in the rain or underwater.

Statement from Clare:


The fact that we can only exist in one time and place is both an ordinary truth and a tragic one. We inevitably lose loved ones, have to live away from friends, see landscapes change, wish we could relive some great day.


My work is a futile yet sincere attempt to locate and recover these lost things. It tries to let us exist again with what has slipped away, hovering between now and then. Persistent themes include memory, absence, growing up, fragmentation, nostalgia, and in-betweenness.


I am inspired by the experience of reading a book, whereby one can be alone but feel the presence of other people's thoughts and experiences - and can even, in a limited way, transcend physical location. I also look to the idea of a band-aid or plaster, a profoundly ordinary object that both identifies a wound and acts as a healing attention to it.


My art should operate like both of these things - vividly depicting an absent time, place or person without ever fully recovering it, soothing our perpetual losses by mourning them.


The Gatewood Bed & Breakfast is located at 7446 Gatewood Rd SW

Hannah Diamond @ Cupcake Royale

December 11, 2014

Hannah Diamond grew up in an artistic environment with her father being a florist and sketch artist, and her grandmother being a painter. From an early age, she loved to draw and paint. If she had a paper and pen or pencil in her hand, she was drawing! As she grew older she developed a talent for pen and ink drawings, which is her favorite form of artistic expression. The variety of artwork that is on display is all done with pen and ink.

Hannah is a native of Seattle, Washington and finds great inspiration in the Pacific Northwest. She will be doing live art work in store during the December Art Walk.

Cupcake Royale is located at 4556 California Ave SW

Fritz Rud and George Perrou @ Click! Design That Fits

December 14, 2014

Click! is pleased to present a full collection of passive iPhone amplifiers by West Seattle artist Fritz Rud. Fritz combines vintage gramophone and other audio components with his mad woodworking skills to create objects that acoustically amplify the sound from your iPhone's speaker without power. Fritz will be on hand to talk about his creations.


 George Perrou's mod stylings look like backdrops from The Jetsons cartoon. Most of his pieces are painted on birch boards and are surprisingly accessible. 


Click! Design That Fits is located at 4540 California Ave SW

Deck the Walls @ Hotwire Online Coffeehouse

December 11, 2014


It's the 4th Annual Deck the Walls this December

The Hotwire Deck the Walls is a month-long event where customers can purchase art (priced $50 or under) right off the walls. It’s a great way to buy original pieces of art from local (and very talented artists).


This year, we're pleased to present art by:

  • Wyn Bielaska
  • Todd D. Martin Lifestyle Designer
  • Babs Fulton
  • Linda Goddard McClamrock
  • Tina Routt
We’ll have a group artist reception on Thursday, December 11th (6pm-9pm) as part of the December West Seattle Art Walk. We hope you can join us! Food, beverages, and original art. Perfect for the holidays.

Hotwire Online Coffeehouse is located at 4410 California Ave SW

Tim Cross & Mugi Takei @ ArtsWest

December 11, 2014

“My little self can only make artworks to resolve the distance between my imagination and what I can never touch.”
Tim Cross

“I longed for intimacy with and within everything and anything. I wanted to see each and every microscopic structure of being. I wanted to see through my lover’s eyes into his soul. I wanted to see cells breathing in plants. Ultimately, I wanted to see something I couldn’t see. Slowly within me those kinds of urges disappeared and something lighter took over.”
Mugi Takei


Tim Cross’s large scale (in the range of 5 – 8 feet) works are created by transferring Laser and Xerox prints to silk using matte medium. Imagery suggestive of 1970’s sci-fi rocket ship parts, water, the surface of the moon, and abstract shapes and patterns reverberate off each other in compositions that function more as paintings than collages. 

Mugi Takei’s watercolor paintings, too, seem to transcend their materials; the bodies of color read more like earth, blood, and water than they do pigments from a tube. Girls with swollen bellies lie submerged under oceans and commune with human-sized plant beings covered in thousands of quivering hairs. Both artists make work from a place of acknowledging and questioning the size and shape of their own selves in the face of what they perceive is possible.

Exhibition runs through January 10th


ArtsWest is located at 4711 California Ave SW

Holiday Mini Art Show @ Twilight Gallery & Boutique

December 11, 2014

Holiday Mini Art Show!

All work under 250!

December 11th - February 1st



Ahh the holidays. ……
‘Tis the season for shopping insanity, specialty Starbucks mugs, and carols on unending loop. Running from sometime
mid-September through the first week of January, the end of the year is a time many live in anticipation for year round.

Here at Twilight Gallery we are celebrating the season of jolliness with a small works show!

Over 100 works of art priced under 250.00! Cash and Carry!

Co-Curated by our spectacular intern

Ana Luiza Douthwaite 2014 BA Art History
University of Washington (Bye Bye Ana Luiza, we'll miss you!)
  • Joseph Brooks (Seattle)
  • Sarah Midkiff (North Carolina)
  • Meghan Kukull (Seattle)
  • Rhodora Jacob (Seattle)
  • Stasia Burrington (Seattle)
  • Brooke Borcherding (Seattle)
  • Angelina Tolentino (Seattle)
  • Sarah Barrick (Seattle)
  • La Macón by Shari Noble (Seattle)
  • Idle Hands Designs (Seattle)
  • Mary Enslow (Seattle)
  • Kristina Cullen (Seattle)
  • Braden Duncan (Seattle)
  • The Kiln Witch (Seattle)
  • Swing (Seattle)
  • Kate Protage (Seattle)
  • Elijah Evenson (Seattle)
  • Idle Hands (Seattle)
Music by Willow and Kevin Wood of Willow & the Embers
Trunk show by Swing and Idle Hands

Over 100 works of art. Take it right off the wall!


Twilight Gallery & Boutique is located at 4306 SW Alaska St.

Cariña Booyens @ The Office Junction

December 11, 2014


 
Cariña Booyens, born 1977, studied at University of Tshwane, South Africa where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2000. She later worked as Project Manager, Project Assistant and Curriculum and Logistics Assistant to the Director of the Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg until she immigrated to the United States. 


Negotiating the enigmatic pleasures of the ‘new world’ brought her to an accidental exploration of acrylic paint and the act of losing herself in time and space. The birth of Sparkly/Shiny was quite serendipitous.

Since discovering the amazing reflective qualities of sparkly paint Cariña has become captivated with iridescence and shifting luminescence within a painting. The constant surprises of how the paintings become more than just her creation, it becomes its own being. The new owner of the painting will learn much more of the paintings personality than the maker.

Her current work focuses on the expression of the internal landscape which finds its vocabulary in Nature. In this body of abstract paintings she develops a visual language which describes a world which is seen with the emotional eye. The work springs forth as a spontaneous flow of movement that dances against a neutral but rich background that both anchors and frees the shapes that appear on it. The images are uninhibited expressions of what the artists has come to know as “flow”.

The Office Junction is a Coworking/shared office space in West Seattle. Coworking is about making the personal choice to work along side other people instead of isolation. It's a powerful and exciting way to work. We offer access for a day per week to a full time, fixed desk, host social events and meetups for freelancers, small business owners and entrepreneurs and are located just one block north of Morgan Junction on California Ave.

The Office Junction is located at 6040 B California Ave SW

Janet Ramble @ Wild Rose's

December 11, 2014


Janet is a local oil painter who loves painting landscapes, gardens, animals, birds and during the holidays -- seasonal themes. 


Please join us for a festive Artwalk evening with wine, good music, and lots of treasures for your home. Browse unusual and original gifts for friends, family, and....you too.

Wild Rose's is located at 4529 California Ave SW

Jeanne Waters @ West Seattle Cellars

December 11, 2014



Jeanne Waters studied art at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles
where folk art was the style that permeated the art department. She traveled to Mexico on a trip with her painting class and eventually made Mexico her home where she lived and worked for 23 years.

She studied ceramics at the Institute of Design and Visual Art and textiles at the National Institute of Fine Art, both located in Mexico City, then moved to Xalapa, Veracruz where she worked in ceramic workshops and continued to paint in acrylics and mixed media. Waters showed her work in one-person shows and also national juried shows in different cities in Mexico, and also in Cuba, Korea, and the USA during that time. The Carillo Gil Museum in Mexico City, one of Mexico City’s leading museums, has pieces of hers in their collection, and she will be showing at the prestigious Museum of Anthropology in Xalapa. She illustrated four children’s books in Mexico, two of which she wrote.

Waters returned to the USA in 1992 and established J&J Studios with her husband Jim Halvorson. They invite musicians and other artists to show with them each year at their studio and actively participate with shows in Seattle.

Waters combines airbrushing with acrylics in her paintings. She did a 14-foot mural, I Go through the Night with Tiburi in this style, and also five 7-foot panels, Suenos de Amor, for her daughter Sara Robledo's band, Roble de Agua.

This month’s Art Walk night just happens to be the night of our annual Port tasting. Just in time for the holidays! Come by and sample our tasty and varied line-up of Ports this Thursday, from 5:30 to 9:00, while you enjoy the artwork of Jeanne Waters. 

West Seattle Cellars is located at 6026 California Ave SW

Carina Booyens @ The Office Junction

November 13, 2014



Born in 1977, Cariña Booyens lives and works in Seattle. Formerly from Johannesburg, South Africa she attained her Bachelors in Fine Arts from Technikon Pretoria (now know as University of Tshwane) and trained in Photography at the Market Photo Workshop where she also worked as a Project Manager and most recently as Curriculum and Logistics assistant.

The Office Junction is West Seattle's 1st Coworking space. Coworking is about making the personal choice to work along side other people instead of in isolation. It's a powerful and exciting way to work. We offer memberships, host events and meetups for freelancers, small business owners and entrepreneurs just one block north of Morgan Junction.


This month will play some quick and fun games (like Apples to Apples) and offer a drink for everyone, who stops by to admire Carina's work. We hope to see you!

The Office Junction is located at 6040 California Ave SW

Kate Endle & Chris Ballew @ Capers

November 13, 2014

Capers presents "Eclectic Whimsey" featuring art from Kate Endle and Chris Ballew


Kate Endle has been illustrating professionally for over 20 years. Her illustrations can be found in picture books, home decor, and paper products. Subject matter includes whimsical flora and fauna and is influenced by Japanese and Intuit folk art. 



Chris Ballew is the twice nominated Grammy nominated singer/songwriter of The Presidents of The United States of America. He is also known as children's singer/songwriter Caspar Babypants. Chris studied art t SUNY Purchase in New York, but has been making music for over 25 years. His collection of art is his first in over two decades. Inspired by meditations on sound and nature, Chris's images are also influenced by Intuit folk art. 

Kate and Chris are married and call West Seattle and Vashon Island home. Their joint art show was created in both locations as they sat side by side.

Capers is located at 4525 California Ave SW

Susan Cole @ Windermere

November 13, 2014

​​Kim Tingley Realtor with Windermere is proud to present Susan Cole as the featured artist for November.



Susan Cole bio:

I had a dear friend once tell me if I ever had the chance I should visit Seattle. He thought I’d really like it. He really underestimated me!

Seattle and the Pacific Northwest have so much to offer for the nature lover as well as the urban city dweller. This series of images, Standing Still: Moments in the Pacific Northwest, are captured moments where I felt moved to bring not only what I saw but also what I felt to an image.

With each photo or pairing there is a short description of the circumstances surrounding the creation of the image(s).
Windermere Real Estate is located at 4526 California Ave. SW

George Perrou @ Click! Design That Fits

November 13, 2014

Inspired by mid-century animation, George Perrou's 'Mod-Culture' art gives nods to Miro, Kandinsky and Calder. Channeling the the Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. cartoons of his youth, Perrou's is a style all his own, painting colorful abstractions of reality onto the canvas using retro and modern colors in acrylic.


In addition to hosting George Perrou and his paintings, Click! is introducing new pieces by Tacoma artist Jon Almeda. Almeda reworks classic radios and other vintage curios retrofitted with modern electronics, speakers, and a jack for your phone or iPod: music that sounds as good as it looks!


Click! Design That Fits is located at 4540 California Ave SW

Karin Bolstad & Clare Johnson @ The Gatewood Bed & Breakfast

November 13, 2014

The Gatewood B&B is presenting the work of Karin Bolstad and Clare Johnson for November Art Walk.


Karin received a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration and Design from Western Washington University in 1994, and since then has worked both as a freelance illustrator and designer and as an in-house illustrator and designer (among other things including, but not limited to: waitress, childcare provider, saucier, assistant manager of a spa, assistant manager of an herbal remedy retail store, oh and so many more random jobs). These days she has abandoned the world of illustration and design and spends her time being a mom, but when she has a free moment, you’ll find her in her studio on Whidbey Island WA, pursuing fine art.

The series featured at The Gatewood this month is based on her high school obsession with Zebra Gothic Romance Novels, all which had a cover depicting a woman running in terror from some sort of foreboding structure that had one light on. It's her own fun take on that. But her ladies are not so much terrified as kind of terrifying in their own right


Clare Johnson is from Seattle in the Pacific Northwest of the US. Her creative work is much influenced by a sense of longing for the landscapes and moods of home. She is the eldest of three daughters and close to her family. She likes to walk and swim, thrives on exploring old buildings and is happiest when in the rain or underwater.

The influence that children and children's books have on her work can be seen in her exploration of childhood memory and playfulness. Music also impacts her art and writing. Johnson listens to music whilst she paints and has hosted eclectic radio-shows. After dividing her time between Seattle, USA and Cambridgeshire, England for several years she now lives full-time in Seattle.

The Gatewood Bed & Breakfast is located at 7446 Gatewood Rd SW

Jake Millett @ Happy Family Health & Wellness

November 13, 2014

 
Jake is 26 years old and born and raised in the Columbia City neighborhood of South Seattle. He currently works as the assistant to the artist Peter Millett. Duties include the fabrication of steel and wood sculptures. He loves the great outdoors, sailing and swimming in Lake Washington, playing soccer and basketball, surfing, eating good food with his family and friends, and the Seahawks.

Artist Statement: 
I approach painting as an experience. Each line depends on the one that was laid down before it, improvisation is a part of the process. The finished product is a result of how and what I was feeling while creating the piece. From a distance they appear precise and possibly even computer generated, but when studied closely one can see that they are human after all, and it is the imperfections that make them beautiful.
Happy Family Health & Wellness is located at 5400 California Ave SW., Suite F


Our Daily Armor - Group Show @ Twilight Gallery & Boutique

November 13, 2014

Our Daily Armor: Woman as Warrior in Contemporary Art and Adornment 


Evidence in history, anthropology, art, and mythology of women as warriors, knights, soldiers, heroes, protectors also exist as stories, remembered by those who want to remember. Women fight as soldiers in battles around the globe, further, the characteristics of a warrior are manifest in several roles women fulfill in daily living, historically and in the present, to whit, not only can women be warriors, women sometimes also identify as warriors in many ways for many reasons.


This is a group show featuring wearable art, painting and photography.
  • Kim Merritt (Seattle)
  • Rebecca Rose (Florida)
  • Neva Balnikova (Bulgaria)
  • Stasia Burrington (Seattle)
  • Caitlin Brookins (Seattle)
  • Jason Foster (Seattle)
  • Stone Crow Designs (Seattle)
  • Adia Bobo (Seattle)
  • Flannery Good (Kansas CIty)
  • Rosary Solimanto (New York)
  • Shannon Koszyk (Seattle)
  • Seb Barnett (Seattle)
  • Chris Sheridan (Seattle)
  • Kemba Opio (Seattle)
  • Kwanchai Moriya (Los Angeles)
  • Rhodora Jacob (Seattle)
  • Elizabeth Hull (Texas)
  • Daniel Ogden (Sammamish)
  • Zel Margaretes (Seattle)
  • Chloe Allred (Seattle)
  • Joana Stillwell (Silverdale)
  • Raven Kwinn (Arkansas)
In addition we will have:

Trunk show by Stone Crow Designs

Seattle based choreographer Maya Soto will perform an excerpt of her piece “Gathering Bones”. 7:30 and 8:30pm

(Gathering Bones will be performed in it’s entirety on NOV 21 as a part of Our Daily Armor programming, stay tuned for details.)


Twilight Gallery & Boutique is located at 4306 SW Alaska St. 

Janet Ramble @ Wild Rose's

November 13, 2014



Janet lives in West Seattle and loves to paint local landscapes, gardens and at this time of year ....original Christmas oils. You may remember her original paintings of snowmen and Christmas trees, and this year she has added snowpeople trivets and coasters.

It's time to "Deck the Halls"! Please join us for an evening previewing original holiday art and ornaments and lots of new ideas for the Season.

Wild Rose's is located at 4529 California Ave SW

Jeanne Keckler @ West Seattle Cellars

November 13, 2014

Artist Bio:
Originally from Michigan, I have lived in Seattle for the past 16 years. I have studied art at the University of Michigan, Kalamazoo College and from local Seattle Artists. 
Mixed media has been my creative choice over the past decade. I use texture in combination with contradicting patterns to create a captivating visual tension. Using a layering technique with paints and papers allows me to create both depth and whimsy.
I have been influenced by Expressionism and Cubism. I am also drawn to the honesty in ethnic art and the intensity of German Expressionism. I love the colors in Mexican folk art and the complexity of pattern represented in the art of the Middle East and Asia.

On this month’s Art Walk night, our free weekly tasting features Croatian wines. Although Croatia has been producing wine for thousands of years, it is only recently that they have begun garnering international attention and recognition. Come and see what the excitement is about this Thursday, from 5:30 to 9:00, while you enjoy the artwork of Jeanne Keckler.

West Seattle Cellars is located at 6026 California Ave. SW

Jennifer Oltyan @ Wallflower Custom Framing

November 13, 2014


Jennifer Oltyan experimented with many different pen styles, inks, and blending, which led her to create original pieces with many layers, textures, and incredible detailing. Each of her pieces is completely hand-drawn, starting with an initial concept, adding layers of shades, and then adding an extreme amount of detail.

Wallflower Custom Framing is located at 4735 42nd Avenue Southwest

Gatewood B&B on Seattle Refined

October 23, 2014

Earlier this month Seattle Refined had a great article about the The Gatewood: A Hidden B&B In West Seattle, which mentioned a little love for Art Walk.  


Be sure to visit the Gatewood B&B (and all the other wonderful businesses) during Art Walk next month - Thursday November 13th.


Leo Smith at Windermere Gallery

October 9, 2014

Leo Smith featured artist hosted by Kim Tingley at Windermere Gallery



Leo Smith is a West Seattle artist and architect. His recent studies include drawing, painting, mixed media, and sculpture at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle.

Artist Statement:

Monuments: This series of mixed media drawings represent studies for large scale sculpture installations to be located in public spaces.

Please join Kim monthly for the West Seattle Art Walk hosted in the Windermere Gallery. Stop by for a sip & a treat, pick up an Art Walk map & enjoy!


Windermere Gallery is located at 4526 California Ave. SW

Don DeLeva at West Seattle Office Junction

October 9, 2014

The Office Junction is West Seattle's first Coworking space, offering a professional work space and enjoying the community of coworkers. We are very happy to be part of Art Walk and always have some beverages and snacks to share, so stop by. We are just 2 buildings down from Wine Tasting at West Seattle Cellars and 1 block North of Morgan Junction. We look forward to your visit. Enjoy some incredible art by Don DeLeva.



Artist Bio

Currently, I am showing a body of work at WSOfficeJunction.com in West Seattle. I am also in the process of rebuilding my website, 2011 through 2006. Some of my work is available for silent auction benefiting the Mind Unwind Art Foundation.




Education
MFA- Bradley University, Peoria Il. Masters, Print and Drawing
BFA- University of the Pacific, Stockton Ca. Bachelor Printing

Exhibitions
2014 CVG show, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA. (Untitled Self sold)
2014 Constructivist Soul, Savy Jane Gallery, Seattle, WA.
MindUnwind Gallery, West Seattle, Seattle WA.
Office Junction Gallery, West Seattle, Seattle WA.
2013 "The Machine", 3231 Creative gallery, Everett Wa.
2012 A Retrospective 1998-2011, Gallery 3231, Everett WA.
Chocolat Vital, Phinny Ridge, Seattle WA.
2010 Tasty Gallery, Seattle, WA., Art Attack, Seattle, WA., CVG, Bremerton WA.
2009 Corridor Gallery, Tashiro Kaplan Building, Seattle, WA.

West Seattle Office Junction is located at 6040 B California Ave SW

Michael F. Warlum at The Discovery Shop

October 9, 2014

The Discovery Shop will feature the work of local West Seattle artist Michael F. Warlum. He has been painting in acrylic for the last fifteen years and has shown his work at ArtsWest, Capitol Hill Hair, Emeritus, and South Seattle College.


Before retiring, Dr. Warlum set up the development department for Seattle Repertory Theatre and taught arts administration at Shoreline Community College. He also worked as a manager at The Boeing Company and later, formed his own company doing technical training at a national level.




He holds bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and was a National Endowment for the Arts fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Arts Administration. He is the author of numerous published books and articles.



The Discovery Shop is located at 4535 California Ave. SW

Students from West Seattle High School at Junction Plaza Park

October 9, 2014

West Seattle a Rotary Club - Interact Club presents Students from West Seattle High School at Junction Plaza Park


Students and members of a youth Rotary International organization, Interact Club, will be sharing their art creation and their support for Shelter Box USA, an international disaster relief charity that provides temporary shelter and life saving supplies to displaced families. The attached art work is one of the work that will be exhibited this Thirsday night. Artist is Alexus Peterson from West Seattle High School.

Junction Plaza Park is located at SW 42nd Ave and SW Alaska Street

Karin Bolstad & Clare Johnson at The Gatewood Bed & Breakfast

October 9, 2014

The Gatewood Bed & Breakfast is excited to feature the artwork of Karin Bolstad and Clare Johnson for October Art Walk.

Karin Bolstad
I received a Bachelor’s Degree in illustration in Design from Western Washington University in 1994, and since then I have worked both as a freelance illustrator and designer and as an in-house illustrator and designer (among other things). These days I have abandoned the world of illustration and design and spend my time being a mom, but when I have a free moment, you’ll find me in my studio on Whidbey Island WA, pursuing fine art (get back here, fine art! I’ll get you!). Since 2006, I have shown both in a myriad of establishments in Seattle as well as had the honor to show at the Rob Schouten Gallery, Brakenwood Gallery, The Handsome Framer, and Prima Bistro on Whidbey Island.



This series in entitled “Gothic Romance” and is inspired by my teenage years addiction to this genre. Every cover was illustrated with a variation on the theme; terrified woman/girl running away from foreboding structure that has one window with the light on. I thought it would be fun to play with woman/house/window…however, none of my gals are particularly terrified- they tend to be as mysterious as the houses they share the painting with! It was incredibly fun to paint, and the other technique was heavily inspired by the class I took in writing Greek Orthodox Icons.

In general, my artwork is primarily figurative, and I find my inspiration from vintage photos and postcards. My current favorite mediums are acrylic painting and mixed media. Some of my favorite artists (and influences) are Gustav Klimt, Amedeo Modigliani, Kay Nielson, Michael Sowa, Mercer Mayer, and Edward Gorey.

Clare Johnson has had several selections of her artwork displayed here at the Gatewood throughout the past year. Right now, we are featuring several of her drawings that were inspired by literature.



Clare Johnson is from Seattle in the Pacific Northwest of the US. Her creative work is much influenced by a sense of longing for the landscapes and moods of home. She is the eldest of three daughters and close to her family. She likes to walk and swim, thrives on exploring old buildings and is happiest when in the rain or underwater.

The influence that children and children's books have on her work can be seen in her exploration of childhood memory and playfulness. Music also impacts her art and writing. Johnson listens to music whilst she paints and has hosted eclectic radio-shows. Film is another influential medium, particularly the work of Wong Kar-Wai. After dividing her time between Seattle, USA and Cambridgeshire, England for several years she now lives full-time in Seattle.

The Gatewood Bed & Breakfast is located at 7446 Gatewood Rd SW