Past Gallery Exhibitions

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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LOADED HEADS

Feb 28 – Mar 25 2018

Artists: ERIKA NICOLE

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

BIO

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.

STATEMENT

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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Visual Narratives

Jan 18 – Feb 11 2018

Artists: students from chief sealth international and west seattle high schools

Visual Narratives: High school students speak is a brand-new exhibition of work by students at Chief Sealth International and West Seattle high schools. Join us on Thursday, February 8 at 6pm for a free reception with the artists, as part of the West Seattle Art Walk, with light refreshments.

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Twenty Five Years

Dec 01 – Jan 02 2018

Artist: HARRY GOLDSTROM

Twenty Five Years: A Photographic Landscape Retrospective

Join us for a free Artist Reception with the artist, Harry Goldstrom, on Thursday December 14 at 6:30pm. Enjoy light refreshments, explore the exhibit, and meet the artist in person!


Artist Statement

Photographically I believe there is a symbiotic relationship between the landscape and music, particularly my favorites of Celtic, Classical, and Jazz.  I first became aware of this during my college years as geology major when my interest in photography became serious.  In photographing the landscape, I find the elements of form and symmetry to be omnipresent and as a result continually make the comparison between a symphony of the landscape and a musical score.

The inter-twining of these two art forms evokes similar feelings within me.  Photographing a stand of trees at dusk brings to mind a Loreena McKennitt composition, a Niamh Parsons piece, a haunting Enya score, or a Ralph Vaughn Williams orchestral composition in a quiet and reflective moment. Conversely, photographing a scene created by dynamic geologic forces or manmade abandoned structures evokes works of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis.  Musicians create emotion with scores and instruments.  My attempts to convey emotion consist of capturing the ubiquitous form and light which comprise both the natural and abandoned landscapes.

Although traditional in the sense that my work follows in time only the classic masters of Weston and Adams, I find great individuality and freedom of expression in completing any given photograph.  While I enjoy immensely the mechanics of the process, of greater significance is the fact that I revel in spending time at the places where I choose to photograph.  My photographs represents not only how I envisioned a given scene but also my attempt to convey the emotion felt while I was viewing one symphony and simultaneously listening to another.

By sharing this collection of photographs then, the intent is that emotion will be evoked within and pondered by the viewer.  Perhaps then the work will have served some purpose other than merely for my own enjoyment.

So much the better…..


Harry Goldstrom – Artist Bio

From my earliest recollections as a child I’ve had an interest in photography.  As a 7 year old I used a Kodak brownie in the Grand Tetons to capture my first photos.  During my high school years I was continually asking my Dad to borrow his Argus C3 for my exploits as my fascination with photography grew. Toward the end of my college days in Madison, Wisconsin I had bought my first SLR camera and was using a fellow student’s closet darkroom (with no running water) to process my first black and white prints.  The experience was exhilarating.

Many years passed before I had access to another darkroom, and I had become interested in progressing to using larger film formats.  Then in 1989 I was fortunate enough to encounter one of those life changing events……I walked into a Seattle camera store and met a photographer who would forever impact my life.  He offered advanced classes in black and white photography, encouraged me to progress to large format view cameras, allowed me use of his darkroom, and assisted installing one in my home.  The ensuing years were filled with attending and teaching workshops while continually working to improve my photography.

My format of choice is 4×5, although I also work in 6×6 cm and some occasional 5×7.  In today’s increasingly digital world, I much prefer continuing to work with traditional film and chemical processing.  I become just as excited today as I first did over 40 years ago watching a print come up in the developing tray or looking at a negative as I take it from the fixer.  The process continues to be a source of great enjoyment – as much if not more than the field experience of taking the photograph.

And as for the Argus C-3 that I started with all those years ago, I’m happy to report it now lives in my camera collection-albeit with a broken shutter.  

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