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Monday, November 29, 2010

Kate Protage Featured Seattle Artist at the Alexis Hotel

One of Kate Protage's most recently finished paintings that will be hanging at the Alexis Hotel.

Stop by the Alexis Hotel this Thursday, December 2nd from 5-6pm and kick-off the 1st Thursday artwalk with our new "Meet the Artist" event. The Alexis is within easy walking distance from a majority of 1st Thursday galleries and venues. Artist, Kate Protage will be in the lobby speaking with guests and artwalk attendees about her work and will have a selection of her paintings on display through the SAM rental gallery and the Bherd Gallery "Meet the Artist" program.

For non-guests, cocktails & other beverages are available at the Bistro & Bookstore Bar and can be brought into the lobby during the event. For hotel guests, this event is held in conjunction with the guest wine reception. This is a great chance to speak with Kate about how she creates her paintings from beginning to end. You'll definitely want to ask her about her evening photo shoots while driving!

Above are pieces from our "Take 5" exhibit that will be showing through December 24th at Bherd Studios Gallery. We will be taking a few of them along to show at the Alexis on Dec 2nd.

Artist Statement
I have a love/hate relationship with the cities in which I’ve lived. Everywhere I look, evidence of planning and structure exists simultaneously with chaos and unpredictability. Depending on the time of day, there are two worlds that exist in the same physical space: streets that appear gritty, dirty and depressing by day turn into an environment infused with a strange kind of lush, dark beauty and romance at night. Taking it all in can be both stressful and exciting, and I feel compelled to capture these moments and remember them.

What interests me most is the junction between sensation and fact—the way different objects come together, a combination of colors, lines and geometric shapes working together in a lyrical fashion to form intensely vivid, sometimes quite abstracted compositions. The origin of individual shapes becomes unimportant as color and texture take over, and different emotions emerge.

My paintings are the beginning of a story—a space that is somewhat recognizable and familiar, but leaves room for the story of the viewer’s choosing. Whether it feels magical and beautiful, or oppressive and ominous, that’s up to the viewer; but the plan is to take people to another place, one that’s part memory and part imagination, and provide them with a momentary escape.

I seek visual harmony, order and polish—in a tumultuous world, these are the things that keep me balanced, and they are the tools for my escape. I choose to pursue beauty.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Calling All Artists: Studio Now Available at The Greenwood Collective

We want you to be our new neighbor! Come join The Greenwood Collective Underground located in the heart of Greenwood. The Greenwood Collective underground area includes Bherd Studios, Echo Echo, Better Friends x Band Vibes, Palermo Gallery and Urban Light Studios. These galleries are always open during the second Friday of each month (6-9pm) for Art Up artwalk.

This space was most recently used as a web & graphic design office...

The space is approximately 270 sq/ft + additional closet space under the stairs. The space has a mini reception area/art gallery (see 1st photo above).

Studio is $475 a month + $50/mo utilities that includes water, sewer, garbage, electricity & internet. Twelve month lease + $350 security deposit (includes $100 non-refundable)
-secure building
-24/7 access
-easy street parking & some alley parking.

Here is our entryway/main floor to "The Underground"

About The Greenwood Collective:
The Greenwood Collective is a creative event and work space located in the heart of Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. This group of independent creative professionals exchange knowledge, resources, and inspiration in an effort to strengthen their overlapping communities. In addition to the 3500 square foot architectural masterpiece on the main floor, you will find five unique studios and galleries in The Greenwood Collective underground. These galleries are always open during the second Friday of each month (6-9pm) for Art Up Greenwood-Phinney.

For a tour of the space, please email us at: gallery@bherdstudios.com

Monday, November 22, 2010

"Protection #6": John Osgood Time Lapse Video

"Protection #6" by John Osgood
6.5ft x 4ft
Aerosol on Wood


This piece was created over the weekend and is part of a series called "Protection" that was started in 2001...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

John Osgood paints the "Teacher's Pet" at Meadowdale High School

I bet you thought we were talking about a student! This morning, John did a live painting at Meadowdale High School for Ms. Van Berkom's photography class. John painted while the class documented the progress via time-lapse photography. Everyone enjoyed the project and Eddie is very pleased with his new portrait.

Above is a photo by professional photographer, Tom Kirkendall.

Above is the finished painting of "Eddie" who is Ms. Van Berkom's pet dog.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Take 5", Echo Echo, "Happy Little Trees" and more at The GC: Fri. Nov 12 from 6-10pm

Bherd Studios Gallery presents "Take 5": An exhibit celebrating the power of 5 for the gift giving season. 15 artists have created a series of 5, 10 or 15 pieces sized at 5” x 5”, 5” x 10” or 10” x 10”. Anyone who buys 5 or more pieces are entered-to-win a free custom designed board from Signal Snowboards. As a bonus, buy 2 or more pieces and receive a 5% discount on your purchase. Featuring original artwork by Pacific NW urban contemporary artists: Zak Alexander, Zach Bohnenkamp, CASH, dear earthling, Marty Gordon, Jeremy Gregory, Ninjagrl, John Osgood, Kate Protage, Brian Ripp, Sensei 23, Chris Sheridan, Kellie Talbot, Siolo Thompson and Urban Soule. Exhibit stays up through Friday, December 24th.

Here's some sweet examples you'll find at the show...

"Naptime" by Ninjagrl
10" x 10"
Acrylic on Canvas

"Heart Girl" by Brian Ripp
10" x 10"
Acrylic, Ink & Stitching

"Red Bird Branch #7" by John Osgood
10" x 10"
Acrylic & Aerosol on Canvas

Showing at our neighboring galleries...

Jeremiah Hammer (dear earthling), Chris Olson, and Andy Kline are beyond pleased to announce the grand opening of Echo Echo, their brand new art gallery in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

Featuring new works by each resident artist as well as brand new giclee prints and a few other surprises. DJs Awggie (Booty Resin) and Manos (Innerflight) will be providing the beats for your groovin' entertainment. This event will also be fully catered and a keg is on hand, at no cost. :)

In conjunction with the rest of the Greenwood Arts Collective, this artwalk is focused on bringing you affordable artwork with the upcoming holiday season in mind. Everything is marked down for this event only. This is a great opportunity to pick up something extra special for yourself or for someone you love.

Experience the "Joy of Painting" like you've never seen it before! A slew of very talented artists will be sharing their interpretations of the man, the myth, the legend....BOB ROSS!!!

Every artist, when asked to participate, got that special glimmer in their eye that can only happen when truly inspired! If you're down with Bob Ross even slightly, you won't want to miss this!

participants include:
Joe "2h" McSween
Augie Pagan
Kali Meadows
Keith Noordzy
Joe Vollan
Jeffrey Taylor
Carlos Aguilar
J.P. Farquar
Jeremy Gregory
Jose Rodriguez III
Sly Cooley
Quincy Quigg
Xavier Lopez Jr.
Mat Savage
...and more!

Featuring a collection of photographs by Joel Fraser.

All Galleries are located inside:
The Greenwood Collective
8537 Greenwood Ave N Suite 1
Seattle, WA 98103

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Siolo Thompson at Gainsbourg: Fri, Nov 12 from 6pm - late

"Saturn" by Siolo Thompson

Stop by Gainsbourg this Friday during the Art Up monthly artwalk. We're featuring new work by Seattle artist Siolo Thompson, who recently returned from a painting stint in London. Her show will be up until December 8th at Gainsbourg and she is also a part of our "Take 5" show in our gallery also opening Friday, Nov 12th.

8550 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Artist Bio:
Thompson is a visual artist, writer and animator based in Seattle, WA. As an artist she focuses primarily on the human form and always tries to incorporate a strong sense of narrative to her work. She wants each image she creates to have a story book feel to it, that draws the viewer into a different world. She often uses animals and magical elements in her paintings and tries to explore the relationships that we have to nature and the sublime. She consideres herself a bit promiscuous as an artist and often ventures into film, animation and creative writing.

For this series of new work showing at Gainsbourg, she is focusing on mechanical and robotic imagery. She utilizes a beautiful pallete of vibrant colors which heightens the fantasy-esque realms that entices viewers to escape within.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Health Resources for Artists: Free Seminar on Nov 8th

Not sure how to get health insurance?
Think you can’t afford insurance?
Confused about how health care reform affects you?

Plan to attend …

Getting and Keeping Health Insurance
Finding Health Care Resources
When You’re Uninsured
with Daniel Kitowski, M.S.W.,
Manager, Artists Health Insurance Resource Center
The Actors Fund

Monday, November 8
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Gibson Guitar Showroom
87 Wall Street, Floor One
Seattle, WA 98121

Topics include:

· Finding affordable health insurance
· Getting health care when you’re uninsured
· Government-subsidized programs
· Understanding health care reform


* Door prizes for attendees!!! (While they last…)

Space is limited! Register today by calling 1-800-687-4227 or e-mail brettb@grammy.com (be sure to include your name and contact info)

Getting and Keeping Health Insurance is offered by the Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (www.ahirc.org), a program of The Actors Fund which assists visual and performing artists in understanding their options for finding affordable health insurance