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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Greg Plumis Photography: Opening at Gainsbourg, Fri. July 8th

"Maya" by Greg Plumis

We're excited to announce that we have, Greg Plumis showing his fabulous photography at Gainsbourg in Greenwood (right across the street from Bherd Gallery) for our July showing. The art opening is Friday, July 8th from 6-9pm (during the Phinneywood artwalk) and will be on display through August 5th.

About the Artist:

Greg Plumis is a long-time photographer with a newly found focus: portraits. Raised by a large family – practically a Greek and Serbian village – in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood, Plumis has always valued company. This affinity for people naturally translates into his photography practice and allows him to capture subjects when they are comfortable, or naturally interacting with their environment. His love of socializing, of course, is only matched by his obsession with shooting film on old or toy cameras. If Greg had it his way, we’d never have progressed past the 4X5 camera – and our iPhones would only work with tripods. Be that as it may, for practical purposes, he splits his time between digital and film formats—sometimes even shooting Super 8, exercising his skill in both fine art and commercial projects. A soon to be graduate of the Commercial Photography program at Seattle Central’s Creative Academy, Plumis has experience shooting for editorial, corporate and nonprofit clients.

For more information, or to contact Greg, visit: gregplumisphotography.com

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Arts|West Gallery presents the Unplugged Challenge: June 28 - July 24

"Unhappy Unplugged" by Susan Melrath

eXHIBITION RUNs june 28th – july 24th

aRTISTS’ RECEPTION on tHURSDAY, July 14, 6-7:30pm

One week: no news, no internet, no social network or texting. Featuring artists from the Arts|West’s Artists Association (AWAA) in the new gallery exhibition, Unplugged Challenge, this is a fascinating insight into America’s dependence on technology and telecommunication.

“Unplug yourself!” was the request and challenge of Arts|West Gallery Director Nichole DeMent and co-curator Michele Osgood of Bherd Studios. Participating AWAA members had to unplug from TV, Internet, and text messaging for 1 full week. The result of this isolation experiment can be seen in the Unplugged Challenge in ArtsWest’s gallery from June 28 – July 24, 2011.

In this age of rapidly expanding technology and telecommunications, we rely heavily on cell phones, computers, and television for pretty much everything. This is no exception for artists. While there are clear advantages to utilizing social media and websites to promote artwork, there are downfalls as well. Artists have obviously been creating and selling artwork well before the onset of current technology. But has technology changed us as a society so much that it’s now nearly impossible to create art without it?

This generation’s contemporary artists have more technological tools at their disposal than any previous generation before them. The Unplugged Challenge shows the various interpretations from the artists’ experience and unveils intriguing insights on the plight of technology dependency. Unplugged Seattle artists include Ben Brackin, Tracy Cilona & Crystal Fosnaugh as DameBuilder, Sarah Froyland, Marty Gordon, Ada McAllister, Susan Melrath, Cass Nevada, Patri O’Connor, John Osgood, Ken Paige, Patricia Ridenour, Stephen Rock, Chris Sheridan, Siolo Thompson, Marilyn VanCleave Ullin, Glenda Weibel, Dori Westphal, and Audrey Zemke. The range of mediums varies from classic oil paintings to collage and mixed media to aerosol, and each artist brings their individual perspective on technology in the art world.

The AWAA Unplugged Challenge will be on display at Arts|West Playhouse and Gallery from June 28 through July 24, 2011. Meet the artists on Thursday, July 14th for the opening reception from 6-7:30PM. This event is free and open to the public. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12-7 PM

Friday, June 17, 2011

Chris Sheridan takes on the Other Washington!

"Shadows, Persona, and Trickery"
The Solo Show of Chris Sheridan

We are sending Chris our best wishes and much success for his Solo Show at Art Whino in WA DC. We have already heard he has sold a triptych before the show opens. So he's off to a great start.

About the Show:
Chris Sheridan's show Shadows, Persona, and Trickery takes an in-depth look at magic and religion, their symbolism and ritual, how they played a role in building our early societies, and the disconnect between these theories and beliefs and contemporary modes of thinking. Deeply psychological, laced with multiple layers of meaning and references to the trickster archetype, the work also explores the manipulative quality found in us all. Also hidden in the work is the artist's search for the soul, which he believes is the construct that holds all of these ideas together in our collective unconscious.

Saturday, June 18th, from 6pm – Midnight
Showing through July 11

Art Whino Gallery
120 American Way
National Harbor, MD 20745

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Double Vision exhibit up through July 1st

Thank you to everyone who came out on Friday. If you missed it, you should definitely stop by before July 1st to take a look in person. Here EGO and Sara put together a video overview of the show...

Presenting 8 Seattle urban contemporary artists doing a unique interpretation of another artists piece. All will be hung side by side with the initial work. Featuring work by 179, Amy Huddleston, *EGO, John Osgood, NKO, Parskid, Solace, and Wade Liostro.

*Double Vision is curated by EGO.

Bherd Studios Gallery is open Wed - Friday from noon-6pm and upon request by calling (206) 234-8348.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Upfest 2011 in Bristol, England: Urban Art Festival Osgood & Bohnenkamp Mural Installation

Because it is after 1am over on this side of the pond, you're not going to get much narrative yet. But we wanted to share some of the photos of the mural installation from Upfest 2011...

More extensive photo recap to follow.

See you on the other side soon!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Showroom Artist, Siolo Thompson: Artist Opening June 7 at TPN Gallery

What: TPN Gallery Walls artist showcase
Where: The Production Network, 1000 N. Northlake Way
When: Exhibit runs June 1st - September 1st
Artist reception Tues,June 7th, 2011 5:30 - 7:30