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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Artopia 2009 - Georgetown on Saturday, June 27th

It's that time of year again, and we are getting prepped for John's booth at Artopia in Georgetown. You can stop by and see us in the "Participatory Zone" where John will be doing some live painting and have a whole new slew of affordable original artwork for sale. Original work starts at $35. For more info on Artopia please visit their website. Or you can pick up a Seattle Weekly that was published today and grab the pull-out section which lists all of the artists, activities, etc + map of where they are located.

Check out some examples below of what he's been working on:

For more info on John Osgood please visit his website.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Gallery Stimulus Package: How to Win a Free Piece of Artwork

Yes, you heard that right -- with everyone complaining about the economy, we put our heads together to come up with our own Art Stimulus Package! Three Seattle Galleries: Halogen Gallery, Twilight Artist Collective, and us, Bherd Studios Gallery are giving away 3 free pieces of artwork at the end of our "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" 3 Gallery Exhibition.

How do I win, you ask?
Just follow these 4 simple steps:
1) Go to anyone of the 3 galleries and pick up a punch card (size of a business card).
2) Ask to get your card validated (either stamped, signed or punched) before you leave
3) Visit all 3 galleries before the end of their exhibition and make sure to get the card validated
4) Fill out your name and contact info on the card and drop it at the last of the 3 galleries you visited.

Your name will then be entered into a drawing. After the exhibition is closed, the 3 galleries will get together, combine their validated cards and draw 3 winners. The winners will then be contacted and winning names will be posted on our blog.

We just got a sneak peek of some works for the Bherd Gallery "The Bad" show:

"Moral Hazard" by Zachary Bohnenkamp of Matamuros

"Buck Em Down" by Zachary Bohnenkamp of Matamuros

Monday, June 15, 2009

Fresh Ink to Artist Trust BBQ

Whoa! Where did the time go? It always seems like time zips by so quick when you are getting ready for a show. With the tasks of getting the artwork together, prepping the walls, labeling everything correctly, and setting up the gallery, Michele and I didn't want anything to slip by.

Darin Shuler bringing the thunder as usual.

The show went very well! With artwork up stairs, four different galleries open down stairs, and a great vibe throughout the night, things went off with out a hitch.

Here is a round of close ups that I got that night. Nothing better than some one shoving a camera in your face and saying "This better be good."

Greg, John, Darin. 2008 EDGE Members

Brand Vibes with their group show.

Kate AKA Killa Bee's AKA KB's new place. I can't wait to see all the things that she has planned for her space.

Some drawing was going on outside. It's alway nice to see what people have up their sleave.

A couple days later I went to the Artist trust Annual BBQ. Hamburgers, Sausages, beans, watermelon, oh and the free beer didn't hurt either. But all in all it was a fun time. Seeing some friends I had not seen in a while, making some new contacts, and seeing these two perform their art. They had some crazy instruments and the women was belting out some amazing sounds.

Here was the crowd of Artist Trust Board memebrs, GAP Grant recipients, and past and present EDGE class members. (The Artist Trust)

After the BBQ it was off to the nearby Grey Gallery. This is where the visiting Greg Boudreau has his current show in the Capitol Hill area. The show is going to be up until the end of July. And as I was looking there was a handful of red dots (oh you got to love the red dots!). If you are interested in his work I'd go sooner rather than later.

Nick Brown & Greg Boudreau exiting Grey Gallery.

And just a heads up, if you are looking for some bling teeth, the Safeway on Greenwood and 87th is the place to go.

All in all it has been a crazy couple of weeks. I feel like so much has happened and what I am showing you is only a snippet of what really happened. Next up is Artopia which is happening on the 27th of June in Georgetown. If you haven't been to this event, this is the year you should go. Last year there where exhibits, power tool races, boothes of art, live painting, graffiti pieces being done, music being played, and more. I can't wait for that event to happen.

And our muse, our cat, was complaining that someone was trying to steal her thoughts so we had to create a little tin foil hat to put a stop to that.

Until next time.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Art Up at The Greenwood Collective - June 12th 6-9pm

The Greenwood Collective is off the heezay this Friday with great art AND a lot of affordable art. In fact, our neighboring studio gallery "Brand Vibes" has named their show: Wall to Wall - an extremely affordable art show. At Bherd Gallery artwork starts at $65 for an original piece.

It's all happening in conjunction with the Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk (every 2nd Friday) this Friday, June 12th from 6pm - 9pm.

At Bherd Studios Gallery:

"Sour Grapes" by Bobbi Jo Epperson

"Chaos Sauce #3" by Darin Shuler

"Eighty-Seven" by John Osgood

At Brand Vibes Gallery:

At Urban Light Studios:

Art by Laura Chamberlin

Art by Megan Marie Meyers

Plus Currents will be open showing art by owner, Carole Puri and a brand new studio has opened by urban contemporary artist, Kate Barnett.

Monday, June 8, 2009

San Francisco Gallery Highlights: Recap Part II

The long promised part deux of our California road trip...

This piece is quite a bit longer, and can be found a few blocks from Fecal Face Dot Gallery.

Woodcut piece by Tom Huck and a close up shot (in the close up you can see John taking the photo)

We found a new gallery on this visit that we have added to our SF favorites list called Baer Ridgway Exhibitions. It's located at 172 Minna St. and is next door to another one of our favorites, Catherine Clark Gallery.

At the time that we visited there were two exhibitions in progress. The area when you first walk in had "Tom Huck: The Transformation of Brandy Baghead". This was a jaw-dropper! Tom Huck creates incredibly detailed wood cuts that depict gory, twisted and devilish images. Huck is from St. Louis, MO and his work can be found at Evil Prints.

Another exhibition in progress at Baer was "Dark Americana: a group exhibitions featuring works that point to sinister aspects of American culture - excess, violence, fear, racism, torture, nuclear proliferation, Reaganomics, AIDS, homophobia, homelessness, and the art world, but do so with a certain sense of humor, while employing a form, style or material with traditional American roots." Above are a couple of photos of Seattle artists representing in the SF scene. To the left is a piece by Chris Crites and to the right in the foreground is a piece by Scott Fife.

Our next highlight was the Catherine Clark Gallery which is next door to Baer Ridgway. While we were in town the exhibitions featured were Jim Barsness: Dharma Bums and Philip Knol: Paradise Found.

The above picture is "Adam & Eve" by Jim Barseness

(Varnish Gallery)

One of our favorite galleries and one that we were very much looking forward to seeing again was Varnish. We were not disappointed - they of course had a beautiful exhibition called "Treacherous Gardens by Jennybird Alcantara"

Above are two pieces by Jennybird Alcantara. I absolutely loved seeing her work, the colors she uses are vivid and the detailing of her paintings and use of frames is brilliant.

We were saddened to find out that Varnish will be vacating their space due to Eminent Domain. If you're not familiar with what that means. Basically a San Francisco agency, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA), is eliminating 33 small, local businesses, including Varnish Fine Art, and numerous residences in order to demolish all properties and later resell the land. The TJPA is forcing Varnish, among the first tenants and years before the end of the lease, to vacate this September for an October 2009 demolition of its nearly 100 year old building.

On top of having to vacate a space that they have lovingly built their business, they also do not get any compensation for this as they are not the owners of the building. As anyone who's in the gallery business knows that exhibitions are planned a couple years in advanced - it's a devastating blow to find out that your building has been scheduled for demo. Our thoughts are with Varnish and hope that they are able to find another space and continue on.

Our last highlight of this trip was Fecal Face Dot Gallery. We were lucky enough to see the tail end of the Jeremy Fish exhibit. The last time we were in San Francisco, we didn't get a chance to go into the gallery because we missed their operating hours. This time we checked ahead to make sure we'd get a chance to step inside. Not that you really have to go inside to be able to see the work, as it is a pretty small space that can be seen clearly from the outside. But we were wanting a close up of Fish's work as John is a big fan of his.

Here's John standing in front of the Jeremy Fish mural installation.

And the award for Softest Furr goes to this little cutie that we
fell in love with at the Lincart Gallery.
Ah yes, she knows how cute she is!