"The American Dream: An Indelicate Balance" at Arts West

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Arts West presents "The American Dream: An Indelicate Balance"!
An exhibition by the artists of ArtsWest Artist Association (AWAA), juried by Jane Place.

July 10 – August 25, 2012
Artists: Ben Brackin, Tatyana Brown, Mark Daughhetee, Nichole DeMent, Edward Lee, James Lopresti, Ada McAllister, Patri O’Connor, Patricia Ridenour, Stephen Rock, Brenda Scallon, Donna Stewart, Siolo Thompson, Marilyn Ullin, Glenda Weibel, and Dori Westphal.

Seattle Real Estate presents Pamela Durga Robinson & Anita West

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Pamela Durga Robinson is a Seattle artist whose paintings explore the interplay between societal rolls and our basic humanity.  Her training in the classical tradition is fundamental to her work.  She is a graduate of the Drawing and Painting Atelier and the Drawing Foundation certificate program at Gage Academy of Art.  She also studied at Pratt Fine Arts Center and is a graduate of the University of Washington.  Her work was awarded first place in portraiture by Derrick Cartwright, Director of the Seattle Art Museum, in the 2010 Best of Gage Exhibit. She has exhibited her work throughout the greater Seattle area.

"PARADE" Statement:
On any summer Saturday morning somewhere in small-town America people are gathering along Main Street to watch a parade.  Strangers talk to each other, children play in the suddenly quiet street and everyone is in a party mood.  At last the parade begins and the street is filled with veterans carrying flags, marching bands, drill teams, clowns, and beauty queens on floats.
Perhaps due to my background in sociology the entire phenomenon of the parade interests me.  The individuals in the audience are as fascinating as the participants.  I have a foundation in figurative drawing and painting from Gage Academy.  For this series, I isolated figures in ambiguous space and used color to convey a feeling of being at a parade rather than a realistic scene.  Separately, each painting tells its own story.   Viewed together as a group, I hope they make you want some cotton candy and a balloon.

Anita West is an artist and art educator based in Seattle.  Ms. West’s paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and cultural centers in the United States and abroad.  She has exhibited in private galleries and with the Auburn, Lynnwood, and Edmonds Arts Commissions here in Washington, at the Dar El Cid in Jabriya, Kuwait; and the Jakobstad Museum in Finland.  In addition, her work is in private and public collections, including those of the King County Arts Commission and the City of Sinait, The Philippines.
Anita West has taught art to students of all ages and skill levels from early childhood through adults.  She has worked as a visiting artist in the Everett school district and in after school programs at schools form Seattle to Mukilteo.  Ms. West spent most of her time from 2004 through 2011teaching art in the Arabian Gulf region.  

"GROUNDCOVER" Statement:
These works are a closer look at the ground beneath us and the small, often overlooked objects we walk upon or hurry past.  I use pattern to put some order to the chaos of the busy and tangled the world at our feet.  The patterns are different and distinct to each piece, supporting the main image while inviting closer study over time.  

WS Podcast & Billy Bob Brockali at Sound Advertising Group

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Sound Advertising Group presents Billy Bob Brockali!

We’ll be serving snacks, drinks and there will be a live West Seattle podcast!

bin 41 presents Mike Russell

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

bin 41 wine presents photography from local artist, Mike Russell! 

Mike's beautiful pieces on our walls include shots from the Big Island in Hawaii to inspiring photos captured right here in West Seattle. We're excited to have his art featured through the month of July at the bin! For a glimpse of his work, visit Mike's blog page: 
We'll be featuring a medley of wines to celebrate the start of sunshine including a Pinot Noir rose from Germany, a local white from COR Cellars, Italian Pinot Grigio from Friuli, a Dolcetto from one of our favorite Italian winemakers and the much asked about Due Anni from John Patterson in Woodinville. Pop into the bin for art walk and sip on some wines from 6-8:30 pm. 

The weather is perfect for mingling about the Junction and while you're here, grab a sneak peak of the Summerfest participants as they set up for our annual event that begins on Friday!

Linda McClamrock at Shanti Salon

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Shanti Salon & Spa presents Linda McClamrock!

Artist Statement:   
Linda McClamrock is a West Seattle resident, musician and artist.  She creates collage scenes using recycled paper, acrylic paint, and a sense of humor.  She frequently finishes these collages with second-hand frames, to further the notion of creating beauty from cast-off materials.  Linda's artwork includes a variety of themes, including musicians, gardens, beautiful beaches, and the variety of life she observes at Alki.  She works in systems development for Nordstrom and plays with art in her spare time. 

Dawndra Budd at Brent Amacher State Farm

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Brent Amacher State Farm is proud to present Dawndra Budd! 

Artist Statement:
"I'm Dawndra. I've been taking photographs for over 13 years now, specializing in portrait work. I've lived in West Seattle for 9 years. Some of  my portraits are of puppies and babies and families. For my own artwork, I create portraits of made up characters in made up worlds. I like to tell a story with my photography. Often this story turns out to be some kind of a diary of my life."
Website: photographsbydawndra.com 
Face book: photographybydawndra 

Come by for Brent's homemade cake and box wine!

Heartland Cafe presents Samantha Mancini

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Heartland Cafe presents Samantha Mancini!

Artist’s Statement:

"In my work, I am exploring ways in which patriarchal Western culture has systematically alienated women from their own bodies, robbed them of autonomy, and rendered them voiceless, and the ways in which women have internalized--or alternatively, combated--this marginalization.  Seen through the male gaze, women have historically been represented as either passive vessels, inert and receptive, or profane monsters and temptresses, but never human beings.  I’ve married these oppositions in my work, thereby equating them with each-other as equally destructive and thereby creating catharsis.
I am more interested in the tension between diametrically opposed images of women in myth, folklore, and early 20th century art movements, such as Surrealism and Existentialism, than in the resolution of these depictions; more interested in the problems of images of women than in solutions to them, but every time a woman creates, this is a step in the right direction: the direction of finding our own voices, singing our own songs, and maintaining ownership of our bodies."
Samantha Mancini is currently studying Literature and Visual Art at The Evergreen State College.  She lives in Seattle.

Mylen Huggins at Click! Design That Fits

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012
Click! Design That Fits welcomes artist Mylen HugginsMylen’s Ovals & Lines collection is deeply inspired by an intersection near her home in Seattle's Greenlake neighborhood.  Her paintings juxtapose thin lines that loop in and out of her paintings with ellipses and fields of overlapping colors.

"After taking a long hiatus when my children were young, I have recently reconnected to what it is I love about art—both creating it and teaching it to children.  In the winter of 2009, I carved out a space in the basement of my home—wedging my ‘studio’ between the furnace and the water heater, and I began to paint. The process and the discipline required has rekindled my longtime curiosity, as well as help me rediscover my natural skills."

Click! will be kicking off "Summerfest Eve" by starting all Summerfest sales and specials at 6pm Thursday night. The streets will be closed and the fun will just be getting started!


Live Music & RobRoy Chalmers at Windermere

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Kim Tingley is proud to present Robroy Chalmers, a local West Seattle resident to the July artwalk in the Windermere Gallery!

Artist Statement: 
“Art is important! It makes us feel, it makes us see, it makes think in ways we never thought we could. If art and its artists truly want to affect society and viewers it must transcend the decorative and become more than its face value. It must draw its viewers in and sequester them inside the artists mind for a time to fully penetrate the psyche.”
Learn more about Robroy, his art, his vision, his passion at www.robroychalmers.com

While you enjoy the art, Kim is also hosting local West Seattle musicians...
"Servants of the Rich" will perform Irish, Celtic and Americana Folk Music!
Sean Kauffman: Viola
Joel Robinson: Bass Guitar
Wayne Johnson: Mandolin & Guitar
Jeffrey Baird: Lead Vocals and Guitar

Summer is here! Let’s celebrate!

Dallas Rupnick at Shoofly Pie

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Shoofly Pie Company is pleased to feature the work of Dallas Rupnick for July Art Walk!  
Dallas is a lifelong resident of West Seattle.  She developed an interest in photography in high school where she was managing editor of the school paper. She prefers to shoot natural subjects experimenting with focus and context. In her pictures of artifacts she attempts to reveal the patterns in discontinuity. 

Shoofly Pie Company will offer our "Sweet Slices Special" during the Art Walk - buy 1 sweet slice, get the 2nd half off!

"Abstracts & Insects" at Mind Unwind

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

"Abstracts In Insects"
Mind Unwind has decided to bring art and science together this July during West Seattle's Art Walk on July 12th from 6-9pm! Collector, Don Ehlen with Insect Safari is displaying over 2,000 insect specimens from all over the world while onlookers can enjoy the insect art.

Artist, Walter Scheirer has rendered the natural abstracts in insects using mis-tinted latex house paint on salvaged hollow-core doors.  With a background in architectural salvage, Walter thought this would be a good way to repurpose things that might otherwise be slighted for the landfill.

Don Ehlen and Walter Scheirer will both be in attendance to discuss the actual specimens and nature's artwork. 

Cheryl Zahniser & Wine Tasting at Alki Arts

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Alki Arts presents the art of local W.S. artist Cheryl Zahniser!

Many of our customers having been asking us for the last two years to get Cheryl's art in the gallery and we've finally made it happen! You will want to see why she has such devoted fans-big bold over-sized still lifes and portraits that really make an impression.

Our visiting photographer will be Yasmine Rafii with her photo impressionism styled Seattle scenes and images from her travels!

Singer-songwriter Sue Quigley will entertaining us from 6-9pm with her enchanting voice and soulful songs.

Wine tasting provided by the generosity of our friends at House Wine- see you there!

"Summer Lovin" at Twilight Artist Collective

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Summer Lovin' is a group show inspired by the life and work of John Travolta! 
"John Travolta's career as an actor and a figure in popular culture is rich with colorful characters as well as an equally colorful personal history. His popularity has spanned several generations conjuring different images to almost all of those generations. How old you are has an almost direct link to the movies, characters and personal history that you impulsively think of when you think of this man. With this show I was hoping to pay homage to the impressive reach that is the life and work of John Travolta." - Curator, Cheryl Robinson 

Featured Artists:  Karl Addison, Joseph Brooks, Lyndsay Brown, Mike Capp, Gavin Carrol, Marty Gordon, Annie Huntley, Kim McCarthy, Lou Pimentel, Sensei23 and Solace Wonder.

Opening Party: Thursday, July 12th, 6-9pm during West Seattle Art Walk
Show Closes: Friday, August 3rd

"Sexy Species" at Nature Consortium

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Nature Consortium presents Ryan Applegate, Sexy Species!

Inspired by a fascination with the unfamiliar and the environment, these pieces reflect my passion for (or obsession with) detail and realism.   Sexy Species focuses on keystone and flagship species.  I want to explore relationships and develop an untold story.  There’s a connection, beyond “animals”, that characterizes the works.  It’s about ecosystems, conservation and awareness.

Save The Date: Nature Consortium invites you to our Handmade Beer and Film Festival at Gasworks Park July 27th 8pm, stop by and hear the details plus volunteer opportunities. The July Art Walk is very special we are hosting all staff work, Graphic Designer Ryan Applegate will be showing his impressive paintings and Grant Manger Stacey Sowers will have her illustrations for her new children’s book.  The Rabbit Strew String band will play from 7-8pm, so if you are looking for great art and toe tapping goodness we got it covered!

NW Encaustic & Kevin Piepel at The Building

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

The Building & NW Encaustic present Kevin Piepel!

Artist Statement:
I’m interested in expressing the feelings and emotions associated with change.  I reference both personal experience, and the experiences of those with whom I am intimate.  I define my intention through meditation, conversation, and journaling.  Meditation has provided me with the ability to silence my internal dialogue and/or mindfully observe my thoughts.  This skill allows me the clarity necessary to see the impact of my mark making.  If something is in need of alteration, I feel it in varying shades of discontentment.  I allow these feelings to guide my hand as I silence that which visually offends.  When I have achieved a harmony in keeping with my intention, my mind is able to rest and reflect.  It is now that I view my work as if for the first time with my analytical mind.  The complexity and power of silent decision making never fails to amaze me.

To make my encaustic paintings, I apply molten beeswax based encaustic paint to 1 1/4” inch thick wooden panels.  I allow the paint to drip off the edges which results in an organic undulating edge that reveals the evolution of each painting in layers of color.  I work with 5 types of blow torches.  Each torch is tipped with a unique quality of flame.  I use my torches as an oil painter uses paintbrushes.  My torches allow me to persuade the paint to move and take form, or blend together like cream swirling in black coffee until the wax cools and captures that moment in time.  I use wood working, pottery, and engraving tools to sculpt and draw into my wax surfaces which are up to 1/4” thick.  The aforementioned are the most basic and vital techniques I employ.  The bulk of my techniques are of my own creation.  I take great pleasure in their discovery and refinement. 

Steve Klinkel at Locöl

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Our artist this month is Steve Klinkel from West Seattle, a freelance artist operating out of Inscape artist studios.

Artist Statement:
"I tend to think of Art as an exploratory process and as a result you will see allot of diversity in my work, I will typically work on a theme/style for a number of months all the while kinda thinking about the next thing. I will revisit my old processes and further refine them, this has allowed me to see an evolution in my work that has been extremely gratifying." www.vonklink.com

Locöl will be offering wine specials all night long! Food served till 1am.

Chloe Cho at Merrill Gardens

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Merrill Gardens Admiral Heights presents Chloe Cho!

Artist Statement:
"I’ve been collecting beach-glass on Alki for over three years.  Being out in nature near the sounds of the ocean makes me feel at peace and happy and I hope to inspire these feelings for others with my beautiful beach-glass creations."
Every piece of beach-glass is thoroughly washed, drilled and wire-wrapped in my unique designs.  Like each one of us, each is unique in shape and beauty and is waiting to be transformed into something wonderful.

Come by for art, wine, beer and appetizers!

"Bird Watching" at Wild Rose's

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Wild Rose's presents Bird Watchingexplorations in bird art by Cody Blomberg!

If you took an x-ray machine to this work you would see other paintings lurking underneath. To mix up his process, Cody hung 40 previously painted canvases on his studio wall and proceeded to wipe the canvases free of content. Building up layers of color and shapes to create new paintings. 

Pet Photography at Mud Bay

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Admiral Mud Bay presents Julie Clegg - Bailey & Banjo Pet Photography!

Julie Clegg is an award winning photographer, most recently voted Best of Western Washington. Julie's efforts to raise money and awareness for canine cancer research led her to start another company called Lick. Slobber. Drool, a dog lifestyle company that sells canine cancer related products with a portion of the proceeds going back to canine cancer research. Julie's work has been featured on several covers of CityDog Magazine where she is a regular contributor, in addition to Dog Fancy, The Bark and Pup Culture. She currently resides in Issaquah, WA with here family which includes Bailey & Banjo, her two lovable yellow labs. 


Karen Ussery at Capers

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Capers presents photographer Karen Ussery!

Artist Bio:
Fine art photographer Karen Ussery will be presenting new work at Capers this month. Her images focus on the simplicity and elegance of nature's details, and she uses oil pastel on her photographic canvases to enhance and deepen the experience of serenity. This is the first time she's presenting these new pieces. 

Please join Karen at approximately 7:00 for a conversation about slowing down, seeing the details, and moving into simplicity. She will share about her journey from being a very busy, nationally-known Professional Organizer to a being someone who sold 95% of her possessions to live in Central Mexico, and consequently, rediscover her love of art photography. 

3rd quarter walking map

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012
Happy summer, art walkers! Here is the walking map, as found on the back of the 3rd quarter post card. If you're looking for the handy-dandy google map version, click here!

3rd quarter post card

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012
The third quarter Art Walk post card features "And My Squishy", a piece by Josh Pemberton. Josh's work was featured on the West Seattle Art Walk at Seattle Real Estate Associates in November 2011.

Jessica Creager & Fundraiser at Wallflower Framing

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Wallflower is proud to present the latest work, Mementos, by Jessica Creager!

Wallflower is raising money for Gilda's Club Seattle- all of the gallery's proceeds, and a generous portion of the artist's, will be donated.

We'll have live Irish music by Loch Dhu, and tasty tidbits catered by Kitchen Klaus.

Get out and enjoy the sun, enjoy the art, music, and food, and support a very worthy cause!

Sarah Ghanooni at Bakery Nouveau

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Bakery Nouveau presents Sarah Ghanooni!

Artist statement:
“From an early age I would look through the art books, and be captivated by the colors and movement within the pictures. Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso were artists who inspired me and influenced my impressionistic style.

I come from a diverse background of Mexican and Middle Eastern heritage, and that is part of the reason my art and style has so much variety.

I have always been drawn to bold colors and bright lights, which is evident within my work. I use very broad brushstrokes and try not to get caught up in all the little details. Through the brushstrokes of paint I can express what I cannot always say. “

For specials, we’ll have our Art Walk Happy Hour: 10% off coffee, and individual 3” desserts from 7pm until close!

Spira Power Yoga presents Katalin Radics

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Spira Power Yoga presents artist Katalin Radics!
Artist Statement:
"On a sunny November afternoon in 2006, we had coffee in the campus cafeteria of UCLA. My friend started talking about the drawing class she took at the Los Angeles County Museum, and turned to me: would you want to join me? I did. This was the beginning of a new passion I developed. I took a number of drawing and painting classes since then, first in LACMA and later as part of the arts program of the Los Angeles Valley College; one class at a time, since I have had a full time job at the Research Library of UCLA.

I bring a series of cultures into my artistic works. I was born in Hungary and spent more than four decades of my life there. Bartók, Liszt, Vasarely, Moholy-Nagy, Pál Erdős, the Rubik cube, George Cukor – this is the first layer of my culture. I was fortunate to spend enough time in France, Austria, Italy, and Germany and study their culture. I experienced the best of European culture and feel as mine. My husband and I made a wild but wonderful decision to move into the US in 1990 together with our daughter, Dora. We immersed ourselves in American culture and found it fascinating.

I am a linguist by training, have a PhD in linguistics, and did research in this field. Retrained myself to become a bibliographer at the Research Library of UCLA. Drawing and painting became my hobby, escape, and pleasure. Painting is a successful and tasteful integration of colors and shapes. I don’t try to follow trends; paint abstract, figurative, collage – whatever I find appropriate to the topic I want to express."
Spira Power Yoga will be providing fresh fruit and chocolate tasters! Also new customers to Spira are welcome to take their first yoga class for free. They can also buy a 5 class pass for 50% off – New student special 5 classes for 30 dollars!

Chance Williams at Atomic Boys

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Atomic Boys introduce Chance Williams!

Artist statement:
"My name is Chance Williams; I am a 15 year old artist from Seattle.  I started drawing a year ago, one day I started doodling and it became a habit. I love art and I have always had a passion for it. I mainly use marker and ink but I also make photo collages from National Geographic magazines.

I love drawing because it puts my mind in a certain focus where I don’t have to worry about any real life situations; all I think about is lines on paper.  I do mainly abstract/pattern work but I do illustration/cartoons as well. My favorite colors to work with are ones that are unordinary and not seen often soothing colors not too saturated.

I usually begin a decent piece with just a small doodle in the middle of the paper. Then I gradually increase the doodle all around until the whole page is filled. Or if I don’t want to fill the page I will stop as so.

My favorite artist/inspiration would be MC Escher. I loved MC Escher since I was a small child. My parents had a book filled with all of his work and I would always be fascinated by the patterns and the colors. I hope one day I can be as big as MC Escher was.

Tim Marsden at West Seattle Cellars

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

West Seattle Cellars July Artist: Tim Marsden
Up for another month by popular demand, we bring you Tim Marden! While he couldn't make it to last month's opening, he will be able to join us this Thursday; so come and meet our long-time customer and good friend, Tim, and check out his latest batch of work, which he describes as...

A Bit of a Hodge Podge Really. New(ish) work by Tim Marsden:
"This work explores a few different directions that I hope to delve into further in the coming months. It is nice to see things up on the wall while still somewhat in progress as it gives an indication of the way one's mind works. Let's hope it is as entertaining for the viewer as it is helpful to me." 
Some of Tim's art has been permanently on display in our windows, in his wine-themed, 'stained glass' panels. 
Check out Tim's website to see even more of his art: http://www.etmarsden.com/art

As always Art Walk Thursday is also free wine tasting night here in the shop and this week we've got Italian wines from Small Vineyards Imports, based right here in Alki. We'll be pouring reds and whites from some of our favorite small, family producers. Come by and meet Tim, check out his art, and sample some great Italian wines!

Hotwire presents Art By E

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Hotwire Coffee presents Art by E!

Artist Statement:
"I was raised in Tucson Arizona and still have a mad mad love for that place, I now call Seattle WA home and I have lived and worked here for over the past 11 years. The Pacific Northwest can be pretty awesome! With the love and respect of my beautiful wife and daughter, I take an open and free approach to my work, sometimes sweet, sometimes raw, but always truthful and real. I hope you enjoy." - Eric Osborne, Art by E

Hotwire will also be serving up a downtempo house from Marcel Marias and Lunaglow!

Student Art & Fundraiser at Carmilia's

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

During July's Art Walk Carmilia's will be featuring posters of prints done by students from Center High School, a public school with a focus on arts integration! Check out the website to see more about the project: http://pebblesinthejar.org/the-flatstock-project-products
There will also be prints and tees for sale and the money goes to the Center School PTSA.

We will also have live music by Sid Law, an amazingly cool one-man band and will be kicking off our annual spring/summer sale!

Henna & Ceramics at Zats A Better Bagel

July 12th WSAW, Summer Fest Eve 2012

Danitra Hunter is a West Seattle resident and artist. She creates unique gifts and hand painted signs using recycled materials. Danitra is also a Mehndi henna tattoo artist, and will be doing beautiful henna tattoos at ArtWalk. Henna tattoos are non-toxic, non-permanent, and pain free.

"A Murder of Crows"
West Seattle artist Jaki Reed exhibits her ceramic crows in flight. These are individual tiles created in black clay and arranged on the wall. Art, Crow, and Bagel enthusiasts are invited to see the art, meet the artist, and sample bagel treats as they share their stories of crow encounters.