Past Gallery Exhibitions

Seeking the Spirit of Nature

Nov 15 – Dec 23 2018

Join us on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6pm for West Seattle Art Walk! Enjoy light refreshments, meet the artist, and see this beautiful exhibit up close. Free and open to the public.

Artists: Jolyn Wells-Moran

Artist Statement

Jolyn Wells-Moran uses her sense of nature (the art) and medium (impasto oils) to paint what she considers, “the spirit of nature.” She explains that she aims for a spontaneous, textural and emotionally expressive translation in paint.

Artist Bio

Jolyn originally painted in and taught watercolor, but that was interrupted by higher education, a career in mental health and parenthood. She returned to painting, although in oils, twenty years ago and became a full-time oil painter six years ago. She studied Art throughout school and college; at the School of Drawing and Painting, Institute for American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France; and with numerous master oil painters. Jolyn’s instructors included Slava Koralenkov, Katherine Stats, Michael Situ, Camille Przewodek, Charles Emerson (Gage Academy of Art), Erik Jacobsen, Kathryn Townsend, Mitch Albala and others. Much of her work is done en plein air (outdoors, from nature). She is a member of Plein Air Washington Artists (PAWA), Women Artists of the West (WAOW) and the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists (PSGNA).

 

Jolyn shows her work in galleries, juried shows and other venues, including as a guest with Women Painters of Washington Gallery; in the PAWA 2017 juried show at Tacoma Art Company Gallery, Tacoma; in the PSGNA’s “Maritime Motifs: Master Marine Artworks by NW Artists,” Seattle; at the Gardens at Bellevue Square, the “Little Gems” 2016 juried show, Scott Milo Gallery/Plein Air Artists of Washington (PAWA), Anacortes, WA; solo shows; many more. Jolyn has won honors from both international and local competitions, and enjoys teaching all ages. She teaches art to children in Baja California Sur for five to six months of the year. See an article about this at; https://www.outdoorpainter.com/outdoor-painter-teaching-children-art-in-mexico/ . She lives in both the Puget Sound and Baja California Sur, Mexico areas and is represented on an ongoing basis by a gallery in Mexico. Check her web site at http://jwellsmoran.com for current shows. She also welcomes visitors by appointment at her Shoreline and Baja Sur studios.

Learn more: jwellsmoran.com

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Liberation

Sep 20 – Oct 14 2018

Artist: ARAMIS HAMER

Join us Thursday, October 11 at 6pm for an Artist Reception with Aramis Hamer! Enjoy light refreshments & see the exhibit up close. Free and open to all in celebration of West Seattle Art Walk.

Artist Biography

Aramis O. Hamer is a visual artist and muralist living in Seattle, WA. Her subject matter is inspired by the cosmos, music, nature, divine femininity, and the complexities throughout the Black culture. From a very young age she always loved to create, but at the age of fifteen she discovered her love for acrylic paints. With the supportive art community in the Pacific Northwest, Aramis has been able to exhibit her colorful creations at many different exhibitions in the greater Seattle area- including the EMP Museum, Paramount Theater, Martyr Sauce Gallery, Columbia City Gallery, and more. Aramis created the iconic purple goddess in 2016 for KEXP radio station at Seattle Center which became a catalyst to her art career. You can find many of her designs all over the city including Jimi Hendrix Park. As a self-taught artist, Aramis lets the pull of her imagination be her guide. Her adventure is just beginning, and she invites others to join her on this journey. Learn more about Aramis’ work at www.aohamer.com

Artist Statement

I am a splash acrylic painter and muralist who loves making a mess. As an emerging artist, I spend majority of my days in the studio creating the colorful images that are slowly becoming my signature style. The basic themes found in my work are strong color contrasts, exaggerated subject matter and drip techniques where I try to stretch the boundaries of surreal, pop, and abstract art. Integrating imagery of my people and urban landscapes reflects the environment in which I was raised. I love to incorporate spray paint related to my admiration of street art. Music is definitely one of my main inspirations. Songs are like stories that continue to inspire my all of my work.

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THE HERE AND AFTER

Jun 07 – Jul 08 2018

Join us Thursday, 6/14 at 7:30pm for a free Artist Reception with Robin Jones, the artist behind the newest exhibit in our Gallery, ‘The Here and After’. Enjoy light refreshments and hear insights into the work from the artist herself.

Artists: ROBIN JONES

ARTIST STATEMENT

Drawing from my love of figurative painting and of animals and the natural world, my most recent work focuses on specific animals that are endangered, accompanied by the next generation of humans. As we humans continue to expand our presence on the planet, we are displacing, endangering, and threatening other species with extinction. They are endangered due to habitat loss, trophy hunting, palm oil deforestation, climate change – the planet we will hand to future generations could be vastly different from the one we now know, devoid of many of the animals that currently make up the Endangered Species List. Most of these works I would categorize as ‘activist art’. Some I have chosen to gild with gold or silver leaf, which adds dimension and a dynamic shifting of light and shadow. Other figurative pieces are inspired by my many years working as a professional actor in the theatre – these are characters from plays and actors in the process of working. And several are of, or based upon, women I admire. As both painter and actor, I’m drawn to female characters who are warriors, leaders, rebels, misfits, and eccentrics, some of whom are represented here. With all of my paintings, I strive to capture spirit- whether animal or human – inner life, emotion, the soul of the being that I’m painting. This, to me, is perhaps the most important thing of all.

ARTIST BIO

Robin began painting in earnest 10 years ago, the day after Hurricane Ike hit Houston, Texas, where she had been living while working at the Alley Theatre. For two weeks after the storm, with no electricity throughout most of the city, Robin began making abstract paintings which then evolved, over time, into more realistic figurative work. Robin is completely self-taught, which has been both a trial of patience and extremely rewarding. In addition to painting, she serves as Co-Artistic Director of Civic Rep, which produces plays in Seattle and on Vashon Island, where she lives with her wife, 4 dogs, and a horse.

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Who We Are

Apr 19 – May 13 2018

Artists: Michael Dinning

Join us Thursday, May 10 at 6pm for a free reception with artist Michael Dinning to see the work up close and learn more from the artist himself. Enjoy light refreshments and learn more about ‘Who We Are’, artist Michael Dinning, and more.

Bio

My name is Michael Dinning and I am an artist in Spokane, Washington. I am a graduate of Washington State University, where I studied sculpture, lithography and art history. Upon graduation in 1987 I pursued an artistic career in Seattle, working primarily as a painter. I was fortunate to work with a group of artists in the 90s at the West Seattle Artist Warehouse, where we staged group shows and worked in a creative and collaborative environment. About 14 years ago I moved to Spokane, changed careers, got married, and started a family, and largely shelved my artistic pursuits. A couple of years ago I shifted gears again and restarted my artistic career, returning to my sculptural roots by incorporating found objects with painted canvas, creating mixed media wall pieces and sculptures. Although these last few years have easily been the most fruitful of my artistic life, the past always informs the present, and everything that I have create now is built upon a unique foundation of work from deep in my past and the full span of my life.

Statement

A love of history and a sense of place, the joy of family, the intrigue of music and a sense of social awareness all combine and recombine as central threads in my artwork. There is a beating rhythm in life, an unseen central beat, that compels us to return, again and again, to those people and things that intrigue us and bring us joy. These people and things, ideas and affections, build and overlap, creating personal layers within us that define who we are. There is an essence and mystery of life that is defined by the interplay of these layers, and the artistic process is a way for me to give form to those unseen rhythms and intriguing themes that I find compelling. My creative process embraces this idea, as a way to give form to this complexity that lies under our common skin, through the use of artistic layering, targeted lighting and physical depth in each piece. I create primarily large scale narrative sculptures and wall pieces, employing painted canvasses combined with a wide variety of found objects. My goal when creating artwork is to present something that is immediately engaging, consistently compelling, and leaves a lasting impression beyond the initial encounter, and I feel that this mixed media approach gives me the best set of tools to achieve this end. Furthermore, each of my pieces tells a story, or has a central theme, and this use of a variety of elements and perspectives gives focus to the artistic expression of each piece. I believe that art should bring a sense of wonder and delight, and reflect the joy of creation experienced by the artist. I also feel that painting and sculpture are, along with the creative vision, something to be built, and the joy of that constructive process is as important to me as realizing a coherent, complex and compelling artistic expression. I love what I do, and I hope this love is clearly present to everybody who views my artwork.

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