Ballard Art Walk
Andrew L. Parker with RE/MAX Metro Realty hosts artists each month as part of the Ballard Art Walk. Join him for an open reception on the second Saturday from 6 and 9 PM at the Ballard Station Public House.
Reception: Saturday, May 10th, 2014 from 6 to 9 PM
After a career of Interior Design Focused on Drapery and Home Fashions Manufacturing, including advancing through the ranks of workrooms and eventually building and running a successful wholesale manufacturing business, providing services to Interior Designers, furniture stores, and builders; I find myself directed by THE WORLD ECONOMY, away from that field. At this point I am thinking outside the box but still taking a chance that I can use my skill sets.
The last 10 years has afforded me the time and freedom to focus on my creative passion. I have accumulated a large collection of work . I have evolved and grown and am ready to seriously persue opportunities to share this future work.
The act of painting has many layers for me. Some pieces are reactionary, some kind of personal way to improve how events make me feel, a therapy of healing. I have a tendency to create a peaceful atmosphere when we have a violent or destructive event. Or when I see ugliness I want to paint something beautiful. Some of my work is a flash of memory from a vacation or trip weíve taken. A snippet of beauty that stuck in my memory, or part of a photograph if I remember to use my camera. I use research to learn the correct composition of a species of tree or animal then I paint my interpretation. Recently I have attempted a collection of abstract work. These pieces use large canvases that I have to move away from to really see what has evolved, total immersion in texture and color. I also really enjoy the figurative work that I have accomplished in the last couple years. These pieces never make it to my collection as I have sold all of them from the window of the studio. I also have been totally drawn to architectural work. It was easier when I was doing watercolor because I could get out pencil and ruler to aid in the rendition parts but in oil and acrylic work makes my structures more general and not so refined. My painting work habits are a direct reflection of my manufacturing career. I feel it helps me because I can keep working on challenges and I donít feel I get too hung up or stuck. It also sets me free because I never have to do a painting over and over like some of the manufacturing contracts. Itís wonderful to be released to create only what I want.
For more information visit: N.W. Artist Connection
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Reception: Saturday, March 8th, 2014 from 6 to 9 PM
MANTISART is the art of Andrew Miller. Born and raised from the eight of October 1977 in the suburbs of Seattle, Washington, he attended high school in the city and several years and countless classes at various local colleges later, he committed himself as a full time working artist. He has spent the past 12 years developing a unique concept in photography, hand painting and ink coloring each of his black and white images. By applying oil paint directly onto his prints, Miller adds vibrant colors and layers with the existing imagery, creating an imaginary perception in each of his works. The theme flows through each of his paintings, films, illustrations, sculptures, murals and other abstracts. Additionally, Miller has undertaken rolls as curator for local art and gallery events while teaching elementary school art programs for the Seattle Schools and playing a lead roll in the steering committee for the Graffiti Defense Coalition.
For more information visit: MANTISART
Reception: Saturday, February 8th, 2014 from 6 to 9 PM
Penny Laine is an emerging artist with an innovative style all her own. Her designs, wrought from industrial scrap metal, are shaped into evocative pieces that bridge strength and delicacy through modern shapes and rustic finishes.
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Penny has lived in Texas, Colorado, California, Montana and Sydney, Australia. The strength and beauty of these varied landscapes is where she has drawn her inspiration that is reflected in her work. Penny now resides in Seattle, Washington, a befitting city that plays into the very essence of her designs: modern yet influenced by natural beauty.
Having received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design from the University of North Texas, Penny launched a successful career in graphic design. While the work was engaging she found herself dreaming of a more tactile expression for her art. As a result, in 2002 she taught herself to cut, weld, bend, distress and polish various types of metal. Just two years later with a functional studio space and gallery representation in Seattle, her dreams began to take shape.
Pennyís iron creations combine both masculine and feminine energies in their expression of light, shadow and texture. Her free-standing sculptures and innovative wall pieces are inspired by the human form as well as figures from nature. The pieces have been described as bold yet soft, stunningly raw and compelling. In short, her art pieces are the perfect complement to any modern interior space.
See more of her work online:
Penny Laine design, creative design, marketing and advertising: pennylainedesign.com
Studio Penny Laine metal sculpture: Studiopennylaine.com
Reception: Saturday, January 11th, 2014 from 6 to 9 PM
"I am inspired by bright colors and strong emotions. Painting grows my hope and expands my joy. It keeps me sane when I feel crazy and ignites my passion when I feel plain. I am so grateful to it for waking me up and making me dance to the music that plays everywhere in my life. The journey of painting has helped me explore and create who I am today. Not to over do it but the act of painting completes me. p>
The multiple heads represent all of the different faces that we must have within the world. We are all more than one person and while maintaining our everyday lives there is a hidden wildness that lies not far underneath the surface. This wildness is what I try to explore because it is a key element to the passions of human nature. This exploration makes me feel both renewed and excited while bringing me peace. ”
About the Artist: Rebecca Pinecones is native to the NW and has shown her work in Olympia Art Walk, Fremont Art Walk, Seattle's Pancakes and Booze Art show as well having her art displayed in various coffee shops, book stores and other venues across the greater Seattle Area. She is also part of the NW Artist Connection.
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Reception: Saturday, December 13th, 2013 from 6 to 9 PM
"I am a Seattle based designer/artist who grew up in Portland, Maine. My work is inspired by the well rounded culture of Seattle and the nautical presence of Maine. Each piece is made from hand cut stencils that are spray painted on canvas.”
Website: courtney2k design