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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Art call to Seattle Area Artists

Want to display some of your art and cool handmade/crafty goods Nov 15th thru Dec 24th in Belltown?
Be part of the 123 Bell Street local Holiday Show!

If you'd like to be a participant at this Art event please email (123 Bell Street) your website and contact info and 3-6 jpg images of what you'd like to sell at the show. Email to: kim@123bell.com(this is a juried show,no application fee)

If accepted, you will receive an email with additional information about the show and confirmation no later than Nov 6th 2010. Space is open to local (Seattle and outlying areas) handmade arts and crafts which will be displayed Boutique/Bazaar style, November 15th through December 24th.

*Additional info to know: 30% Commission is taken on final sales. Location will be the 2nd floor of 123 Bell Street (above Bedlam Coffee) in the beautiful Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. Merchandise drop off will be November 8th -12th, 10am-8pm. Once accepted, have tags with prices, your name and info on all items along with your application and inventory sheet.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

POW featuring Michelle Anderst

Our featured Piece of the Week (POW) is a beautiful and strange amalgamation of the cochlea and orchid.

"Auricular Apparatus"
by Michelle Anderst
12" X 16"
Oil on Canvas

This piece is currently being exhibited in our gallery as part of the "Inside Out" show that will be up through Friday, November 5th. Auricular Apparatus is a perfect blending of the organic and mechanical that Anderst is so well known for. I am particularly drawn to this piece by the spiral shape of the cochlea backdropped behind the blooming orchid. Both the orchid and the cochlea bring about a delicate look with the mechanical apparatus and circuitry balancing out the piece with an industrial feel. Maybe this is a machine that is meant to hear the beauty of nature. Perhaps it's needed in this world, as many of us have lost our sense of union with nature? Or could this simply be a reminder of how nature and human anatomy reflecting each other.

Artist Statement:

I am currently exploring the relationships between organic structure, such as bones and beetles, to man-made structures that achieve the same functions using similar structural elements. One example is the end point of a circuit, called a lead, located on a computer board looks very similar to a nerve cell ending called a bouton. Both structures serve the purpose of communicating electronic signals but one is built by man and the other occurs naturally. I use wallpaper in my compositions to enhance and compare the elegance that I see in bones, veins and nerves. I want viewers of my artwork to think about the patterns and beauty in these parts of our bodies instead of seeing them as a reference to death.

I have learned thus far that my paintings are a direct result of my experiences as an only child. My childhood was spent in an environment free of unnecessary stimulation with many afternoons of solitude and quiet. Instead of watching television I poured over my father's anatomy books. At the age of 9, I took it upon myself to memorize all the bones in the body because they intrigued me. I spent much of my time preoccupying myself through observation which led to the depiction of scenes filled with solitude, self reflection and nostalgia.

Bherd Studios Gallery
@ The Greenwood Collective
8537 Greenwood Ave N Suite 1
Seattle, WA 98103

Hours: Wed - Fri from 12pm - 6pm + private tours by prior arrangement.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

November: DIY Screen-Printing Class on Sat, Nov 6 from 11:30am-2pm

We're happy to say that we're putting together an upcoming Do-It-Yourself screen-printing class on Saturday, November 6th from 11:30am - 2pm at our studio.

We will teach you the basics of Do-It-Yourself screen printing, including how to create a successful image, screen prep, screen exposure, and proper techniques on transferring your image onto a t-shirt. By the end of this class you will have all the information you'll need to screen-print from your home. The class fee is $30 per person and if you'd like to buy a blank shirt, we have adult sizes in men's and women's for $5 extra. If you'd like to sign up, email us at gallery@bherdstudios.com to make a reservation – you’ll be sent a link to paypal to reserve your spot –or- we can make other payment arrangements if you call us (206) 234-8348.

If this class date doesn't work for you, we will offer another class towards the beginning of next year. Also, the minimum class size is 6 and max is 8, so if you have a group that is interested in making this into an event, we can plan a date together tailored to your group (pricing is the same).

Bherd Studios Gallery
@ The Greenwood Collective
8537 Greenwood Ave N Suite 1
Seattle, WA 98103

Gallery Hours: Wed - Fri from noon-6pm

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

You're Invited to Attend the New Aurora Mural Celebration: Sat, Oct 16

New Mural Supports Aurora Businesses and Relays a Safety Message

(SEATTLE) A new mural at 10217 Aurora Avenue N has come to life on the side of North Park Grocery. Community members and businesses along with the city and state envision Aurora as a street full of thriving businesses and shoppers – one with a vibrant, safe business center that attracts local residents to walk and bike to stores and restaurants for their weekly shopping and entertainment. To encourage this, artwork is being added along the corridor.

The 10 x 50 foot mural represents growth through sunflowers, businesses and a future RapidRide bus. Safe travel behavior is modeled by a woman on a scooter wearing a helmet waiting for a people to cross the street and the Aurora Traffic Safety Project logo in the upper right hand corner. If one looks closely they will also find familiar landmarks such as the recently restored elephant at Aurora Rents. Behind it all is the sun rising, capturing the spirit of Aurora which means “dawn.”

“My customers come in all shapes and sizes and many are working hard to improve their lives,” said Chaesun Osaka, the owner of North Park Grocery. “This mural represents how Aurora and the people who live and work here are growing and changing.”

The public is invited to come, meet the artists and fellow neighbors, learn more about the Aurora Traffic Safety Project and enjoy free coffee and light snacks.

When: Saturday, October 16
Where: 10217 Aurora Street at North Park Grocery
Time: 10 a.m.

This is the second of two murals. The first mural was a temporary installation in the windows of an empty storefront. Within three weeks of the installation being placed, the property was rented. A new location for the mural is now being sought. Zach Bohnenkamp, John Osgood and Kevin Sullivan from Bherd Studios and Matamuros were commissioned for both jobs.

Sustainable Green Lake, Greenwood Aurora Involved Neighbors (GAIN), Epic Life Church, the city of Seattle and Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WSTC) made this mural possible through grants and volunteer hours. This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and through the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and Aurora Traffic Safety Project. The project was created to help Aurora gain a competitive edge in tough economic times by making improvements along Aurora Avenue; to attract attention to the business district; to improve public perceptions of Aurora; to encourage consumers to come to Aurora for their shopping needs; and to improve the sustainability and safety of the neighborhood by contributing to the walkability and bikability of the neighborhood business district.

Friday, October 8, 2010

"Inside Out" Artist Reception, Oct 8 from 6-10pm featuring Anderst, Sheridan & Vollan

Come by tonight from 6-10pm and meet the artists for this months art exhibit "Inside Out".

Presenting the urban contemporary work of Seattle artists: Michelle Anderst, Chris Sheridan and Joe Vollan. Each artists work is themed around the inner workings of the mechanical, human anatomy and the soul.

The opening reception is held in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Monthly Artwalk in Greenwood-Phinney as well as with October’s Arts Crush festival.

Anderst explores the relationships between organic structure such as bones, veins & nerves to man-made structures such as circuitry and computer boards. She’s known for pairing “the insides” with old fashioned vintage wallpaper which creates an unusual feminine elegance to her compositions.

Sheridan’s work explores the essence of humanity and the soul. His work depicts scenes from myths and folklore that teach about morality, as well as delving into the insights of human nature. His strong illustrative background provides beautifully crafted imagery on oil and canvas.

Vollan uses his signature style of surreal and macabre scenes that are inhabited by skeletal animals and robots to evoke a sense of wonderment, relevant to the fantastic and bizarre worlds he creates.

Bherd Studios Gallery
@ The Greenwood Collective
8537 Greenwood Ave N | Suite 1
Seattle, WA 98103

Hours of operation: Wed - Fri from 12pm - 6pm

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Meet Seattle Stencil Artist Urban Soule at Victrola on Thurs, Oct 14th

Come meet Seattle Stencil artist Soule at her Solo show at:
Victrola on Pike
310 East Pike St

Artist Reception October 14th 5-8pm
(Opening during BLITZ! Capitol Hill Arts Walk)

The show will hang the full month of October so don't miss out!