ArtsWest Gallery

ArtsWest’s gallery is a generously-sized, C-shaped exhibition space [the open space in the “C” is ArtsWest’s theatre] that features work by contemporary artists from the Pacific Northwest region.The exhibitions, usually including two to four artists, run concurrently with our mainstage productions.

Informal, conversational artist talks are featured at each show’s reception. Each artist in the exhibition speaks briefly about their work and visitors have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation. Both lively and informational, the talks give visitors a chance to meet the artists and consider the intersection of the work with contemporary issues.

A call for art will be held sometime in 2018. Information will be posted here.



Now in the Gallery


Feb 28 – Mar 25 2018


Join us at 6pm on Thursday, March 8 for a free reception – meet Erika Nicole, learn more about Loaded Heads, and enjoy light refreshments.


Erika Nicole is a figurative artist, native to the South Seattle region of the PNW.  As a child, she spent the majority of her time exploring the lush outdoors and drawing.  Art always felt a very natural way to communicate, express and understand not only herself, but the world around her. The human figures, animal and plant forms that preoccupied Erika’s early art explorations can be found in her work today.  Erika attended the University of Washington’s Fine Art School, majoring in Fine Art – with an emphasis in traditional drawing and painting.  It was here she first experienced live models and discovered her interest in the human form.  Exploring what it means to be human, Erika’s artworks stem from a desire to communicate love for living and a passionate curiosity to better understand the human spirit.  After obtaining her BFA, she relocated to Eastern Washington, where she currently works in a variety of media from mural works, to mixed media oil portraits from her home studio.


I am on a mission to create works of art that will positively impact our complicated world for the better through personal connection.  Hinging on the human experience, my work is a raw and responsive interpretation of bold personalities, experiences and truths. In many ways, my art is an extension of my identity.  My work explores what it is to be human with the intent of sharing my love for living and passionate curiosity to better understand our experience of spiritual and physical existence.

Throughout my life, I have been drawn to the complexity, beauty, and individuality of the human figure.  The female form is my main communicator, exploring themes of metamorphosis, transformation, memory, nature, nostalgia, vibrant color, expressive gesture, exaggeration of form, femininity, and identity.  I believe we each have a social responsibility to use our gifts to the best of our abilities, consistently challenging ourselves to dig deeper into our inner core to push beyond limitations.   This exhibition centers on the the idea that each of us has something invaluable to contribute to our world; we need only the courage and persistence to realize it.  We not only do a disservice to our own humanity but to our fellow man if we keep hidden the love and truth within us.  Ultimately motivated by love; I seek to unearth the messy beauty within my soul and that which I find in others.

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