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Monday, December 29, 2008

Found Urban Art by JOAB

JOAB was up to his old tricks tonight and this time I thought I would document his shenanigans.

He told me the other night that he had left another piece out on the street for someone to find and I told him then, he should let me at least document the pieces he's leaving out. He's been setting them out in our neighborhood on Greenwood Ave N. We saw a guy from our condo window walking down the street with one of JOAB's pieces under his arm yesterday. I think I could see the smile on the guys face from my 4th story view.

The found art leaving our new home...

Down the Ave...

And to the sweet spot.

I'm free, someone take me home please!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Eagle Has Landed

"Eagle 1"
29" x 36"
Acrylic & Spray on Canvas

If you have ever said to yourself, "I wonder what it would look like if John painted a bald eagle on a 2ft x 3ft canvas using only acrylic and spray paint.", look no further. Because that is exactly what I have done! This painting was a gift for my parents for Christmas.

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and has a good new year. Don't forget to come to Bherd Studios next show on January 9th.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

"C Squared": Urban works by CASH & Chris Olson

If you missed the grand re-opening of Bherd Studios in December, you won't want to miss out on checking out our new digs! "C Squared" features the urban art work of Seattle artists CASH & Chris Olson. Influenced by street artists, CASH uses spray paint, acrylic, and watercolor to create his works on canvas, paper, and wood. Using metaphor and symbolism, Olson illustrates his cultural commentary of a world turned upside down. Surreal, dark and scary; unknown events lurk around every corner.

Artist Reception for the Greenwood-Phinney art walk is on Friday, January 9th from 6-9pm. The show will run through January 30th.


Friday, December 19, 2008

New Paintings By John Osgood

These are all new paintings that I have been working on over the last two weeks. I finally have my work area back and it is great. Whenever I move to a new place or my painting situation changes, that moment I get back in there, I attack. I take any painting that I have been waffling on, any painting that I don't think is going to work, and I start over or adjust. It's funny how some of these paintings come about. I mean I can start a painting and then let it sit for months. Then pick it up and adjust it by splatting some paint on it and then boom! It begins to work again. Please tell me what you think. I love feedback.

"Read Letter"
4' x 2.5'
Acrylic & Spray on Masonite

"Blue Face no.10"
5' x 4'
Acrylic & Spray on Masonite

"Spray Face"
21" x 28.5"
Acrylic & Spray Paint on Masonite

"Tester Of Wind"
10" x 16"
Acrylic & Spray on Canvas

"Theses Are My Dukes"
10" x 8"
Acrylic and Spray on Canvas

I hope everyone is doing well. And for everyone who is dealing with this snow, please stay and warm.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Art Up Greenwood-Phinney December Art Walk

By Seattle Artist Karen Birchfield

Well, it's almost here and the final art walk map and descriptions have been posted over at the Art Up Greenwood-Phinney Blog. You won't want to miss out on the new monthly Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk kick-off because not only will you have a chance to get out and see some art and do a little holiday shopping for unique gifts, but you'll have a chance to support the N. Seattle Boys & Girls Club.

The one on the left & middle are by Greenwood Artist, John Osgood and the one on the right is by Ballard Artist Mark Persinger

Not only has Bherd been hard at work getting our space ready for the December 12th artwalk and re-Grand Opening of our gallery, but we've also been working with the Chamber and Boys & Girls Club along with super awesome local artists who have donated their time to paint 4 foot tall snowmen that will be sold by silent auction the night of the art walk.

Here are some that the kids at the Boys & Girls Club decorated

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Snowmen ( and Snow Woman) Are Coming!

First off, Happy holidays to everyone! Doesn't it feel like just a little bit ago we were outside playing in the summer sun and now it's the winter breeze. Isn't it funny how that happens? But now it's December, Christmas time, the time of giving and what a better way to give than to help out the Boys and Girls Club. The photo above is snowmen/women in progress. As part of the Art Up Greenwood-Phinney monthly artwalk kick-off on December 12th from 6-9pm 15 snowmen will be auctioned off at various participating art walk stops. All proceeds will be given to the N. Seattle Boys & Girls Club to support annual memberships for families who are not able to afford the annual fee.

There are still a couple left needing an artist to paint them, so please email us right away if you are able to help out: speakandbherd@hotmail.com

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Filthy Nice Friday - Live Graffiti Black Light Painting

John was hired to do a live painting for Filthy Nice Friday at the Baltic room last night (Fri. Nov 7). The one new rule for this painting was to do it under UV Blacklight and to find specialty blacklight paint for the project. John was a little nervous not having worked with this type of paint before, but in the end, the painting turned out pretty f'in cool under black light.

Here's a photo of John's beginning...

John was off to a rough start when he realized that the UV paint was pretty thin, so he really slapped on the paint, which then we found out took a lot of fanning with a folder to get it to dry. This is a photo using the flash...

Without flash under UV light...

Finishing Up with flash...

Without flash under black light...

Overall, it was a great night and fun experience and John is ready to do it all over again :-)


Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Event gets kicked off on December 12th with Art Up/Open Up

SEATTLE – November 4, 2008 – The Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood is the latest Seattle community to get a monthly art walk, and the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce is kicking it off on Friday, December 12, from 6-9 p.m. with Art Up/Open Up – a celebration combining the new art walk with a holiday shopping event.

The new art walk will occur on the 2nd Friday of each month and will include everything from visual art, music and performance art to special discounts and promotions. For the kick-off on December 12, all neighborhood retailers are encouraged to stay open from 6-9 p.m. for the holiday shopping season. This evening will be a great chance for people to shop locally and support their community as well as lay the groundwork for educating them about how Greenwood-Phinney can be a great place to explore great food, cool stores and interesting arts and entertainment.

In addition to the art walk, the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber is partnering with the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club to create a Snowmen on Parade fundraiser. The Snowmen will be decorated by local artists and Boys & Girls Club members, then will be displayed along Greenwood Avenue North and auctioned off the night of the December 12 art walk. All proceeds from the sale of the Snowmen will go to the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club to purchase memberships for kids whose families are unable to afford the annual fee.

For more details on the event, please visit: www.greenwood-phinney.com

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bherd Studios is Moving "Underground"

As of October 31st, Bherd Studios will be leaving our current space located at 315 NW 85th St in Greenwood. We loved our first space and we are a little sad at moving because we shared many exciting moments and met many new friends & artists and artist friends :-)

We're excited to announce that we will soon be a part of the Greenwood Collective located on Greenwood Ave N, mid-block North of 85th. So the location is much better and we will be surrounded by amazing designers, architects and other artists. We will still have a gallery and will have bigger and better art exhibits in 2009. This new space is a great venue for art and art lovers alike. Our mission will stay the same: "to feature emerging and established urban contemporary artists from the Pacific NW".

Main level at Greenwood Collective

Yes, it's big enough to breakdance! This is a photo from the Tiny Toones fundraiser earlier this year at the Greenwood Collective.

"The Underground" is a new part of the Greenwood Collective which is located underground in 5700 square feet of space. We will be among 5-7 other artists located there and we are hoping to re-open for the 1st Monthly Art Walk kick-off for Greenwood-Phinney on December 12th. We'll keep you all posted!

NEW ADDRESS: 8537 Greenwood Ave. N, Suite 1 | Studio D, Seattle 98103

Michele & John
Bherd Studios

Friday, October 10, 2008

2008 CoCA Annual: Hybrid | Call for Artists

From December 8 – January 30, CoCA will present the 2008 CoCA Annual, a juried exhibition, asking artist to respond to “hybrid”:

The elements of the world we live in are increasingly becoming synthesized, mixed and reorganized. New ideas are being combined with existing ones. From cars to food, politics and religion, biochemistry, new technologies and art, we are all experiencing the “hybrid”.

CoCA has presented the Annual since 1989, each time bringing in an independent juror to select the work from among the entries received. This year’s juror is Riko Nakasone.

Riko Nakasone has been the director and curator of the Bau-Xi Gallery (http://www.bau-xi.com) in Vancouver, British Columbia for over 8 years. The Bau-Xi Gallery represents a broad range of emerging and senior artists creating both representational and abstract work in diverse media.

There will be a reception for the artists, the work, and the juror on Thursday December 11, from 6-9pm, at CoCA’s Ballard Gallery inside the Shilshole Bay Beach Club at 6413 Seaview Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107. Free entry and parking provided.

A $500 first prize and a $250 second prize will be awarded by the juror.

Submissions are by email with the following requirements:
Minimum three, maximum five digital images of the work, jpg file format, maximum dimension of 800 pixels in either direction.
A description of the images (artwork title, dimensions, medium and year of creation)
Artist’s statement (Send as an attachment not in the body of your email).
Resume/CV (Send as an attachment not in the body of your email)
Contact info (address, phone, email)
Artist web site link (if available)
$25 entry fee for first item, $10 each additional piece
Entry deadline is October 23, and winners will be notified by November 20. Selected work must be shipped to the gallery by December 1. Artists are responsible for packing, shipping & transit insurance costs to & from CoCA.

Call (206) 728-1980 or visit http://www.cocaseattle.org/2008annual.html for more information.

Send proposals to: submissions@cocaseattle.org

Check may be made out to Center on Contemporary Art, and sent to:
Center on Contemporary Art
6413 Seaview Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107

Note: Two-dimensional, three-dimensional and multi-media work will be considered. If there are special requirements associated with the display of your work (including budgetary and/or time constraints), please indicate these in your email submission.


CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of contemporary art

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

S3A - Seattle Urban Art Events


Founded in 2007, s3a is a group of artists and galleries committed to raising awareness of the alternative art scene in Seattle and the Northwest by chronicling and promoting events, artists and venues.

Michelle Smith Lewis and Debbie Bianchi
West Seattle Twilight Artist Collective
4306 SW Alaksa ST, Seattle 98116
Opening Party: Thurday October 9th, 6-9 PM during the West Seattle Art Walk
Come meet the artists, buy some art, enjoy some bubbly, sweets & live entertainment on us!

Suite 100 Gallery (Belltown)
October 10th thru November 7th
Opening reception October, 10th, 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Featuring Ben Collison aka ob1, Bryan Mandronico, Dear Earthling, Efflux Creations, J.Shea, Justin Hillgrove, K.E. Alexander Jr., Little Red Girl, Matt Linares, Max Kauffman, phoneticontrol, Si Clark

Jukebox Juke
Saturday October 11th
during the Georgetown Art Attack from 6 to 9pm.
W. Scott Trimble, Mary Enslow (of Twilight Artist Collective), and Adrian van Dooren invite you the Stables for a one night only sound experiment.

Come and participate and or watch. This little trio met in art school at the UW CMA. There they spent their days and nights eating hot dogs and ramen, talking, rubbing each-others backs,stroking each-others egos, drinking whiskey, doing hand stands, braiding each-others hair, banging on things, and making sweet ass art. Come see them re-united in an experiment that involves, black lights, white suits, 3 jukeboxes, several instruments, dozens of speakers,
elysian brew, tape, butcher paper and alien inspiration.

The Stables are located behind
Full Throttle Bottles (enter from the back parking lot) 5909 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108

Monday, October 6, 2008

Seattle Graffiti Mural - Video

Aaron Last a friend of John's created this documentation of the mural on 23rd and Dearborn in Seattle (next to Parnell's mini mart).

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"Saving Face" Seattle Contemporay Art Show!

"Saving Face" A Master Carver, A Sculptor, A Ceramicist and A Contemporary Urban Painter "save face" in their respective crafts.

Artist Reception: Saturday, October 4 from 6-9pm at Bherd Studios.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Don't miss out on dreXel's limited edition Urban Art Tshirt!

dreXeL, one of Bherd's featured artists, has come out with her very first limited edition print tshirt and it's available starting TONIGHT for two weeks. These shirts are really soft and have her artwork on the front, limited edition print number, her logo and a quote from her on the back. On September 30th you'll no longer be able to get the "Smack is a Vampire" shirt. So go get yourself lots of them! Go to tastytshirt.com to see the designs, tshirt styles and all the details.

To see more of her work visit: iamdrexel.com

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Seattle Urban Art Mural on 23rd & Dearborn

So this is the mural that I did for Pb Elemental on 23rd & Dearborn. It is right next to Parnells Mini Mart. Last week I put the final clear coat on and today I stenciled in my signature. Also in the works is a documentary about the project. I was fortunate to find Aaron Last at a time when he wasn't busy and was able to help out in creating this documentary.

Here is front side of the foundation that faces the street.

This mural was a real eye opener for me. This is the biggest project that I have worked on and it taught me a handful of things. The biggest thing that it taught me, or should I say it showed me, was that art creates dialogue and that dialogue creates communication. And that is what I was hoping to catch with the theme of this painting.

Title: Communication of Ideas
Size: 12' x 20'
Medium: Spray paint and acrylics on cement


Saturday, September 13, 2008

New Work by John Osgood: Seattle Urban Contemporary Artist

I've been on a tear lately with new work. Below are some pieces that are at currently at LoFi for the 2nd Anniversary Show for Artifakt.

"Waiting" by John Osgood
23" x 48" dye cut
acrylic & spray on wood

"The Meet & Greet" by John Osgood
(2) 23" x 46" dye cut
acrylic & spray on wood

"Fine Print" by John Osgood
24" x 30"
acrylic & spray on canvas

"Um, Excuse Me" by John Osgood
30" x 24"
acrylic & spray on canvas

"A Little Bit of Tank With My Coffee" by John Osgood
30" x 24"
acrylic & spray on canvas

"Exposed Heart #1" by John Osgood
12" x 12" framed
acrylic on canvas

"Exposed Heart #2" by John Osgood
14" x 14" framed
acrylic on wood

Bherd Studios

Friday, September 12, 2008

Call to Artists: Red White & Pie at Blank Space Gallery

Red White & Pie
All are Welcome opening October 2nd
exhibition closes on October 16th

Red White and Pie will be the political art event of the season. This exhibit will feature a wide range of graphic political art. There will be prints on display by Shepard Fairey, the designer known for the Obey campaign. Red White and Pie embodies the philosophy that designers have a responsibility to create meaningful communication. It also features a whopping amount of fresh baked pie— because not everyone likes politics. Everyone loves pie.

To encourage participation, free slices of pie will be awarded to individuals who show their voter registration card, register to vote, or give a 30 second sound bite as to why they do not intend on voting in the election this November 4th. Ritee Parikh, a representative from American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU), will be assisting with online voter registration at the opening event. October 4th is the last day for Washington voters to register to vote in November.

We are very pleased to have the ACLU of Washington take part in this event, helping people register to vote during the opening reception. This mix of the provocative and the delicious is just what the electorate craves during the race to the White House. In addition, the ACLU of Washington's Voting Rights Restoration project (http://www.aclu-wa.org/issues/index.cfm?issue_id=12) will provide information and encourage people to take action at the opening event. The ACLU opposes efforts that unfairly take away voting rights, and is focusing on reforming laws that deny people the right to vote in Washington state simply because they owe money on legal-system debts. The American Civil Liberties Union is the foremost defender of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

We welcome all pie donations, pie drop-off is from September 30th until October 2nd.

Blank Space is accepting political graphic submissions of all mediums until September 19th.

Special thanks to the ACLU of Washington!

Please contact blankspace.seattle@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New Diptych Painting

This is my newest painting which I have titled, "The Meet & Greet". (2) 24" x 46", Acrylic & Spray on Wood. The black in the background is whatever the wall behind would look like. I invite you, on Sept. 12th, 9pm, to come and take a look at this new painting and the rest of my new paintings at the LoFi for Artifakts 2 year anniversary. Also that night I will be doing a live painting. There will be a couple of other people painting as well. The LoFi is located a couple blocks North of REI on Eastlake, right off of I-5. It should be a pretty cool night and I hope everyone can make it. I'll see you there.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Suite 100 Gallery - Urban Contemporary Exhibit for September

artifacts by pioneers of american steampunk

Showing from September 12th thru October 3rd
Opening reception September, 12th, 6:00PM - 10:00PM

Featuring Datamancer, David S. Dowling, Eliza Gauger, Jake von Slatt, Libby Bulloff, Magpie Killjoy, missmonster, Molly "Porkshanks" Friedrich, Molly Mitchell, Quentin Ziplash, Rachel "Ratchet" Olson, Steven Archer, Suzanne Rachel Forbes

Marrying narrative and nostalgia to design and technology, these aritsts imagine the triumphs of the past overriding the failures of the present to create from the ruins and detritus a dazzling future-perfect.

For more info go to Suite 100 Gallery.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Cash - Seattle Urban Graffiti Artist

"Heartless" by Cash
10" X 8"
acrylic on canvas

Cash is 20 year old artist currently living in Bonney Lake, WA. He has been painting since his junior year in high school, and hasn't put down the brush since. In late 2006, Cash started to experiment with spray paint, and almost immediately began practicing in tunnels and under bridges. The subject of the series for the "Spray It, Don't Say It" show at Bherd Studios is vintage spray paint cans produced from the 1960's - 1980's. This collection of paintings is a tribute to the founding fathers of graffiti and the spray paint companies that have made street art possible.

Bherd Studios

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Kim McCarthy a.k.a Soule: Seattle Urban Stencil Artist

"Gliterati" by Soule
36" x 36"
acrylic, spray, ink & gel on canvas

We can't say enough good things about this woman. Soule not only curated the "Spray It, Don't Say It" show, but she is also a fabulous urban contemporary/stencil artist and one to be on the lookout for. She has been featured in the recent "Stencil Nation" book highlighting the best of the best stencil/street artists nationwide. She has been in shows across the US including New York and we at Bherd Studios feel fortunate to have met her and worked with her the last year and a half. On top of all her accomplishments, she is a kick-ass person with lots of integrity and what apprears to be endless energy.

Bherd Studios
Wed-Fri: 12pm - 6pm or by appointment by calling (206) 234-8348.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Greg Boudreau - Urban Contemporary Stencil Artist

"Erika, Stencil and Blue" by Greg Boudreau
34" x 42"
spray paint on wood

Greg creates artwork with multi-layered spray stencils on frames constructed of salvaged wood. The images are based on photographs, collected in a variety of means, digitally adjusted and separated to layers. The layers are then printed as architecture blue print plots and cut by hand with an X-acto blade. The process mixes together photography, graphic design, industrial manufacturing, and traditional 'hands-oriented’ artistic approaches. His projects aspire to work against his own constraints of time and resources, emphasizing quantity, size, and increasing detail and difficulty, culminating in exhibits and installations of startling visual impact and ambition.

He was born in Redmond, WA and grew up in North County San Diego in a town called Fallbrook. He moved back to Seattle seven years ago for college, graduated three years ago with a degree in Business Administration, Marketing and began working on an art career. A year ago he was able to switch to working on art full time and currently lives and works in Pioneer Square in Seattle.

Greg was also a part of our current exhibit, "Spray It, Don't Say It".

Bherd Studios

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ceramic work with Dean

This is Dean. He is the one that I have been working with for the the last 6 months. I caught him in action working on piece that he was just finishing up on.

This is one of a few pieces that we are collaborating on for the mask show that we are having on October 4th called "Saving Face". This is a portion of the chandelier that we are putting together. It has six different faces along with twelve arms and hands that are going to be holding a glass bowl. The colors are going to be black and a light blue.

Detail shot.