Past Gallery Exhibitions
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.