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Monday, February 21, 2011

Electric Coffin Presents "Boxes of Death 2", Thurs. March 3rd

Our friend Duffy at Electric Coffin is presenting the 2nd annual "Boxes of Death" featuring over 50 urban artists on March 3rd from 6-10pm during the 1st Thursday artwalk.

He has outdone himself with a stellar line-up of Seattle urban art faves including: Barry Sevig, Billy Duong, W3 Collective, Brennan Coyle, Carlos Aguilar, Cris Cook, Chris Hunter, Christina Burtner, Corey Urlacher, David Enriquez, Davin Spridgen, Duffy, Dorik Downing, Faustein, Ian Duca, Japhy Witte, Xavier Lopez, Weirdo, Jen Vertz, Jesse Link, Akak, Joey Nix, John Osgood, Jordan Kay, Jose Rodriguez III, Kenji, Kevin Walsh, Paper Marbles, Lawrence Ruelos, Lem Bartley, Mat Savage, Matt Spinney, Nick Beery, Nick Russian, Nikolas Bryant, Parskid, Quincy Quigg, Ryan Davis, Solace, Scott Fuller, Shawn Bishop, Stacey Rozich, Stefan Hofmann, Tim Karpinski, Urban Soule, and Jamie Lynn, Eric Purdy, Carolina Enriquez, and Joe McSween, Michael Chandler and Molly Haas.

You won't want to miss out on this darkly fun show!!

Boxes of Death 2
March 3rd, 2011
6-10 PM
Electric Coffin//The Piranha Shop
1022 1st Ave
Seattle, WA

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Call for Artists: "Unplugged" challenge at ArtsWest in July

ArtsWest Artists Association Member Exhibition
June 26 - July 24, 2011

About the AWAA Member Exhibit:
Society heavily depends on technology to get news, promote business, socialize, organize and research. While there are clear advantages to utilizing social media for promoting artwork and connecting to buyers, the downfall can be that it wastes precious art producing hours. Artists have obviously been creating and selling artwork well before the onset of current technology, it’s not as if it is a requirement to function in the art world… or is it?

If you’ve ever been at work or school when the servers go down for more than an hour, had a bad internet connection or experienced the government turning off the internet, it may have led you to wonder what would happen if there was a world-wide interruption or what if Y2K really happened? Would you experience a euphoric feeling of freedom from the unfettering of social network bondage, or would you panic and go into a hyperventilated state of withdrawal?

It is with these ideas that we propose you take the “Unplugged Challenge.” This is a 1-week break from TV, internet, social media, and texting (i.e. cell phones will be used only as phones). Being unplugged also includes no news media. You may choose to take a complete vacation and get out of town. Or you may decide that it is imperative that you stay in town because of job related responsibilities, which you can use internet and technology for, just not for social networking and personal “plugging in.” During this week, artists will create new work that will result from the trials and tribulations of being “Unplugged.”

Details and submission info:
In order to participate in this year’s annual AWAA exhibition, Unplugged Challenge, please submit 3 – 5 images of your current work along with your artist resume and bio/statement. Images must be jpegs sized to 1000 pixels for the longest length and no more than 2 MB in size and saved to a CD.

Free to Apply, but you must be a member of AWAA to exhibit.
In order to participate in the exhibition you must be a member of AWAA. Once you are notified of your selection for the exhibition, the cost for membership is $45. A portion of the membership dues is a tax deductible donation to ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery, a non-profit theater and gallery in West Seattle, and $10 is allocated to AWAA to assist in funding monthly events, demos and lectures.

Important dates for July 2011 Exhibition, Unplugged Challenge:

Monday, March 14th - Deadline for delivered submissions (not a postmark deadline)
Friday, March 18th - Artists will be notified of acceptance into the exhibit
Monday, April 11th – Monthly AWAA meeting / artwork critique & exhibition discussion
Friday, May 13th - Deadline for accepted artist members to complete the 1 week “Unplugged Challenge.” The artwork created during this time will be curated into the AWAA member exhibition at ArtsWest, given available space. The ArtsWest Gallery Director will have final approval of all artworks displayed.
Friday, May 27th - Images due for curating and exhibition catalogue prep.
Sunday, June 26th - Deadline for delivery of artwork to ArtsWest
Thursday, July 14th - ArtWalk Artists’ Reception, 6pm

About AWAA (ArtsWest Artist Association):
The ArtsWest Artists Association provides a visual artists' network in West Seattle. Artist members meet monthly at ArtsWest, unless otherwise noted, where they network and exchange ideas; participate in critiques, demos and workshops; and learn about professional opportunities.

Membership is open to persons who are actively involved in the visual arts and are supporters of the ArtsWest organization.

Benefits of becoming a member include:
Monthly meetings where artists network, participate in and learn about a wide range of art topics, mediums and activities
Opportunity to participate in the annual members’ exhibition
Inclusion in exhibition catalog for exhibiting members
Online representation of your artwork at http://www.artswestartists.org/
Member discounts to select ArtsWest theatre productions
Opportunity to apply for grants under ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery 501c3 status. (Must have approval of ArtsWest liaison / ArtsWest Development Dir.)
Access to ArtsWest Gallery Director, also the liaison for the group

Download your entry form online today to apply for the show and learn more about ArtsWest Artists Association, at: http://www.artswestartists.org/ .

Deadline for your free submission is March 14th!

Friday, February 11, 2011

XX + DJW + Kindred Spirits + Tickled Pink = Art Up in the Hood Tonight!

Here's a little sample platter of the offerings for tonights artwalk in Greenwood-Phinney. Stop by between 6-9pm to take in the festivities.

"Tree Heart" by Devon Urquhart

Showing at Bherd Studios as part of "XX" a tribute to the female chromosomes. This is our 3rd Annual Ladies Show at Bherd and we're featuring: 179, Jenn Brisson, Sly Cooley, Tessa Hulls, Devon Urquhart and Redd Walitzki. All artists will be in attendance for the opening including Jenn Brisson who's coming down from Vancouver BC for the show!

"Marionette Girl" by Daniel John Williams

Hit up the Gainsbourg for a delicious cocktail and appetizer and meet Seattle artist Daniel John Williams. The Gainsbourg is a charming French Bistro and bar right across the street from our space. Daniel takes the classic expressionist style and updates it with his own modern aesthetics.

As always, Urban Light Studios, our neighbors and friends, are putting on a fabulous exhibit called "Kindred Spirits". Colorful, cute creatures, woodland sculptures and intricate papier mache framed pieces - by one of their favorite artists, Sarah Miles, as well as, two new artists, Chris Allman and Grace Willard

And of course, if you come out to our hood, you can't miss stopping at Tasty! As their name implies, they offer up yummy eye candy focused on urban art, indie crafts and jewelry from local artists and artisans. This month they featuring an all ladies show of Pacific NW artists(which if you picked up one of our postcards you would see that we co-marketed our ladies show together!).

For all the details on the artwalk, go to: Art Up Phinneywood

Bherd Studios Gallery
@ The Greenwood Collective
8537 Greenwood Ave N Suite 1
Seattle, WA 98103
Gallery Hours: Wed - Fri from noon - 6pm
and every 2nd Friday from 6-10pm

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Kicking off our 2011 "Meet the Artist" Series at Alexis Hotel: Thur, Feb 3rd

Meet The Artist Series
Featuring live painting by Seattle artist, John Osgood
Thursday, February 3 from 5 - 6pm

Alexis Hotel
1007 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

Stop by the lobby of the Alexis Hotel this Thursday and enjoy a glass of wine and a chocolate covered fortune cookie in celebration of the Lunar New Year! This is a perfect opportunity to kick-off the 1st Thursday artwalk in style and you're within easy walking distance of other great venues like the 619 Western & TK Buildings. Alexis also showcases Seattle artists works in their corridors curated by SAM rental gallery. This bi-monthly "Meet the Artist" series is brought to you by Bherd. (Mark your calendar for 1st Thursday in April for the next one, artist TBA).

About the artists work:

Osgood paints idiosyncratic characters with a bold palette in an urban art style. His collection of colorful and odd characters are inspired by life and the uncomfortable, forlorn and many times humorous circumstances that happen within it. He is a processed oriented painter and uses vibrant contrasting color palettes to illicit a “pop” factor. He often juxtaposes bright vivid color with depressing emotions to provide a balance to surprise the viewer. Viewers will find something of themselves or people that they know in many of his portraitures, as his focus is on conveying a certain emotion. Whether it’s a guy overloaded with information in “Processed Thoughts” or the proudly over-bronzed guy in a “Perfect Tan”, Osgood likes to find the humor in each situation. http://www.johnosgood.com/