Happy Spring to you all! I'm busy getting ready for a bunch of upcoming events, making new art, and exploring new designs. I'm working a lot with metallic accents, and currently obsessed with metal leaf (metal beaten to gossamer-thin sheets of just a few microns). I'm enjoying being productive and have been spending a lot of time in the studio, doing photo walks, stocking up on art supplies, and experimenting with rice papers and cured fruit wood to use as my canvas, rather than pre-made manufactured rectangular panels. Fingers crossed! I hope to have some ready in time for Open Studios in 2 weeks!
Saturday, June 9, 11am - 5pm
Inscape Arts Building
815 Seattle Blvd South
Seattle, WA 98134
Mark your calendars! Join me and more than 30 other artists for our semiannual Open Studios on June 9! Visit dozens of artists throughout the 5 stories of the historic Inscape Arts. It's a beautiful building and I'm lucky that my studio has a beautifully ornate curved window looking out on the city. I'll have new work to show, including several photo encaustic mixed media works in smaller sizes, in addition to landscape and botanical photography. My studio mate, Susan Cole, will be showing some of her newest Household series, of which I am totally in love. In the rest of the building you'll find painting, encaustic, neon drawing, photography, and clothing design. We'll have a variety of snacks (homemade!!) and drinks, both alcoholic and non, and there will be a food truck on site. As always, there is ample parking available behind the building.
This is a one-day only event, Saturday, June 9, from 11 am to 5 pm. I hope to see you there! And if you can't make it, feel free to ask about setting up a personal visit - I love visitors, and 'm happy to arrange an alternate time and show you what I've been up to.
To whet your appetite, Laura Walton Allen of Two Ponies Press is producing a podcast with several artists participating in the open studios, including yours truly! While not available quite yet, it will be live by June 1st. You can look for it on her website Two Ponies Press (here's a shortcut to her podcasts).
Through June 28
'Flourish' is a group photography show combining the separate work of Melinda Hurst Frye, Tara McDermott, and Meggan Joy; three female photographers from Seattle, Washington, whose work revolves around the narrative of the natural world. This photographic exhibition runs April 2 - June 28 at Chase Gallery, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., located in Spokane's City Hall.
'Home' Group Exhibit in Mt. Baker
Through June 29
I have a new series of photographs on strange suburban plant life up at the Mt. Baker Windermere office. They host regular art exhibits and my work is on display along with 8 other artists. Work will be up through the end of June at 4919 S Genesee St, Seattle, WA 98118.
Windermere Mt. Baker - Solo Show
4919 S Genesee St
Seattle WA 98118
Reception: Friday, July 13, 5:30-8pm
July - September
Save the date! I'll be showing a large selection of work at the Mt. Baker Windermere office July through September. They have a beautiful location with lots of room to show off art throughout their spacious offices. It is open to the public and they welcome people to come in - they are a very friendly neighborhood business nestled between Mt. Baker and Seward Park. Come visit and grab some food across the street - Both Ways Cafe is a great brunch spot and Flying Squirrel Pizza is great for dinner. Of course my favorite is Raconteur and Third Place Books just down the street. A great neighborhood gem to check out before seeing art and taking a scenic walk along Lake Washington.
I'll be showing a variety of work including my minimal botanical photographs, a selection of landscapes, and my colorful mixed media photo encaustics. There will be a big reception on Friday, July 13, from 5:30 - 8 and I can promise you a lovely spread of drinks and food (I've been incredibly impressed by it in the past).
City of Kent
Kent Summer Art Exhibit
June 6 - August 22
Two of my Coenosium series of botanical images have been selected for the City of Kent's Summer Art Exhibition. This will be on display June 6 - August 22 at the Centennial Center Gallery at Kent City Hall at 400 W. Gwe St., Kent, WA 98032. There will be a reception on June 6 evening, and exhibition hours are 8am - 5pm M-F. I've been really impressed by the City of Kent's art collection and looking forward to seeing my work in the same location, even temporarily.
Anacortes Arts Festival
Arts at the Port Juried Fine Art Show
July 28 - Aug 5
I'm thrilled to have an additional 2 works from the Coenosium series selected for inclusion of the Anacortes Arts Festival. Juror Michael Monroe, Director Emeritus for the Bellevue Art Museum, selected 70 artists out of 222 applicants. I'm sure it will be a killer show and I can't wait to see what other works were selected.
Spring is barreling along. I've taken a few trips out to Eastern Washington so far this past month, for a reception and artist talk in Spokane, and for a wine-tasting trip out to Walla Walla (all I can say is "Wow!"). Every time I visit I am continually amazed how majestic and incredible Washington State is. Wandering through back roads away from the crowds and traffic of the urban centers are good for the soul. I'm planning a few more dedicated trips to fully take advantage of the region, weather, and recharge.
I encourage you to spend more time outdoors. Breathe fresh air. Listen to the birds. Disconnect from technology, and look out at the horizon!
Wishing you all beauty and happiness,