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West Seattle Art Walk and Expressions of Time

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Well, this has been a great week for art in the valley and beyond.

Thursday of this week Martha Flores and I had occasion to head over to Seattle to the Artist Trust office for a meeting (for more on this see the Rod Daut and Martha Flores Art Blog) and to attend the West Seattle Second Thursday Art Walk. On the way over the mountains, we caught site if this elk herd, so we made a short stop so I could get a few photos of these magnificent looking animals. Then on again to Seattle.

Prior to the meeting we stumbled upon Volunteer Park and the Asian Art Museum. We had a little time before the meeting to explore the grounds and I hiked up to the top of the Water Tower for some fine views of Seattle, but not enough to do justice to the Asian Art Museum… so another trip will be required to do really take in the fine cultural exhibits there.

Of course while we were at the Artist Trust, I couldn’t help but snap a quick pic or two of the art there. After the meeting as we traversed the city I just had to pull over and get up close and personal with the lively looking sculpture of Jimmy Hendrix which sits in front of Blick Art Supply on Broadway. I was really glad we stumbled upon that.

After the Jimmy H. stop we headed over to West Seattle for the Second Thursday Art Walk. But, first we had to locate the Nature Consortium for another brief meeting. Then on to Alki Arts where we have visited previously and nearby where I took the photos of the scaled down Statue of Liberty with the Space Needle in the background. Diane Venti the owner was very gracious and allowed me to take more than a few photos of the art. I really liked these large black and white paintings of some very recognizable American cultural icons as well as the very colorful and sometimes whimsical art in the main salon.

After visiting with Diane and directing her to the Youtube videos of Martha Dancing and Painting we headed on up to California Street where a lot of the action would be happening for the art walk. We had time for some great catfish and crab cakes at a place called Shadow Land right below the Nature Consortium where we went to see the art of Stasia Burrington. We got a chance to visit with Stasia and we really enjoyed her subtle mixed media pencil, charcoal, ink drawings with fabric collage, of figures with a very Asian style. The pieces seem very intimate and personal, sensual but not erotic. Her work is well worth seeing in person. Oleana Perry the volunteer coordinator whose job it is among other things to schedule the artists for the art walk at their venue was there. She’s doing a great job and is always sure to hire live music for the Second Thursday. This time it was Ricky Gene Powell who provided the acoustic stringed music described as uplifting, inspirational and just plain groovy.

Also, on our list of places to visit was a gallery called Mind Unwind. There we met Krystal Kelly and thoroughly enjoyed the precision stencils of Wesley Mayer. His ‘Nowhere: Monuments and Portraits series many on various repurposed doors were impressive and gave me some thoughts about the collection of old doors I have in one of my storage buildings. The complimentary wine tastings were provided by Wildridge Winery. There I learned a bit about Bio-dynamic farming which is practiced by Widridge. I think I will try to learn a bit more about that as the day/year approaches when I might have enough grapes to make some wine from.

Our next stop was to the Windermere Real Estate Office where they were featuring the art of artist / architect Matt Hutchins. We visited with Matt a bit enjoyed some wine and the cool jazz music from the band (sorry I didn’t the band’s name).

As much as we would have liked to have stopped at every venue we had to keep the time it would take to drive home over the mountains in mind, so our last visit for the evening was to Twilight Artist Collective. This as some readers may recall is the gallery which we visited last year which was at the time for sale. When we arrived there and saw the lively crowd and the new look to the place, we momentarily thought… “we should’ve bought this place”. But alas, it is way too far away to think about trying to do from here and we aren’t moving from Wenatchee any time soon. The show was titled “What’s Old is New… Twilight Artist Past and Present.” We enjoyed the show and the music by DJ Seth Damm. After visiting with Seth and enjoying the show, we had to say goodbye to Seattle as we both had things to do first thing on Friday here in town.

Come Saturday and a bit closer to home just up the river in Leavenworth was another art happening. Alicia McKee, the new director of Icicle Arts, was taking in the art for the ‘Expressions of Time’ show which will have it’s opening reception this Friday. So, while I was dropping off my piece for the show, I took a few moments to look at and photograph some of the works that had come in thus far. I couldn’t help but notice the work there by Ginger Reddington and Cate Luna. In the high school artist collection I spied this piece by Claire Seaman which really got my attention. The show looks to be really taking shape and I for one can’t wait till the opening reception this Friday.

Well, enough for now and have a very artful day. And, if you are struggling with getting to your creative action, think on the words of Francisco Goya who said, “When I work, I work very fast, but preparing to work can take any length of time.”