ArtWalk Venues for February 2012

5408 22nd Avenue NW

Jewelry artist Britta Ambauen was originally trained as a print maker specializing in copper etching, but she fell in love with jewelry-making when she did an apprenticeship in Boulder, Colorado. Britta approaches each piece of jewelry as if she were making a tiny sculpture - reveling in the endless possibilities in choices of color, texture, form, materials and movement. She enjoys integrating traditional jewelry styles with new and unconventional components. Each design is hand crafted from sterling silver, 14k gold fill and natural gemstones. Britta strives to create jewelry that brings to mind meaningful ideas and images. It's jewelry made to inspire.

Great Harvest Bread Company
2218 NW Market Street

Award-winning nature photographer Marc Hoffman resides in Kirkland, Washington and his work has been featured in books on the Pacific Northwest, as well as appearing in numerous online publications. In addition to taking photos in the Pacific Northwest, Hoffman makes regular trips to photograph wildlife in Costa Rica.

Kiss Cafe
2817 NW Market Street

Marci paints with oil on wood.... "I paint what I see and feel and I cannot possibly portray in words what my art is about. I'm a visual person. This is visual. See and feel what you can from what I have given you."

Source Salon
5400 Leary Avenue NW

Natali Kolker, who's lived in Moscow, Israel and the US, has been creating and exhibiting art for over 20 years. "Harmony" is the key word for her art, as she is searching for harmony throughout her life. Kolker's earliest works were executed in black and white, but Seattle's vivid landscapes which contrast with the grey sky made her appreciate colors. Now she uses expressive and bright colors in her paintings.

Annie's Art & Frame
2212 Northwest Market Street

Barry Sean Little's current work is concerned with commonly held belief systems, their hierarchical nature, and their contextual validity. These topics are explored through a teleological blend of science, religion, mythology, pop culture, folklore and personal genealogy. All of these belief systems fall under one umbrella of importance and their former status is vanquished. Mediocrity is transformed into the sublime and each life experience contains the potential for epiphany. A dialogue between the viewer and each piece is of paramount importance. The language and wordplay of this dialogue is equally critical. The black and white pen and ink drawings focus on balance, precision of mark making, flow, connective layering, and well ordered stream-of-consciousness. Little lovingly refers to the technique as penance in ink. The mounted and inked drawings deal with saturation of color, symmetry, allegory, and colloquial autobiography. The varnished, cut, gessoed, and float-mounted qualities of these pieces are born from a reliquary aesthetic.

Featured Artists for February 11 ArtWalk

La Tienda Folk Art Gallery
2050 Northwest Market Street

With Valentine's day just around the corner, it's the perfect time for La Tienda to introduce a new line of boxes from Colombia. Hand made from reforested pine and hand painted with bright colors, these boxes are a fun way to store your goodies or just to display on a table. Here's a hint--fill one of these boxes with a piece of jewelry from their new collection of earrings and bracelets made in Snoqualmie, Washington from repurposed silver flatware. It's a special gift inside a special box!

Root. Integrative Health
2026 NW Market Street, Suite 201

All her life, color has served as an emotional guide for Jennie Brott. In fact, it is critical in keeping her outlook of the world fresh, healthy and always grounded. Color and light inspire her, and often are important elements in her work. Whether using rich or vibrant color, or its absence, it always plays a part. Sometimes working in oil, most often Brott likes acrylics and finds more joy abstraction.

Experiencing lots of life changes in 2011 has caused Brott's art to transform with each new series of paintings.
Today she is often am inspired by real life events in the world, such as the Katrina aftermath. Most recently, the disasters in Japan are her inspirations. Brott is excited to see what develops over this next new year!

Umpqua Bank

2032 NW Market Street

Chuck Moses, photographic supervisor for Yuen Lui Portrait Studios, is presenting photographs in diptych and triptych format. This placement of two or more images within the same frame creates an associative diaglogue much like a poetic juxtapositon of words within a poem. Titled Dream Sequence, this selection asks the viewer to ponder the relationship of varied images together.

February 2012 ArtWalk Venues

5449 Ballard Avenue NW

Seattle native Arnel Ramac, who studied art at the University of Washington, has been a professional artist for over 13 years. His subject matter comes from a combination of everyday life, graphic design and pop culture. Arnel uses a combination of traditional painting techniques along with graphic software to capture those moments of inspiration on paper.

Ballard Metal Arts Studios & X-Ray Auto
1122 NW 46th Street

Join them for a multi-artist show including metal sculptures and paintings by local artist Brandon Bowman; acrylic paintings by Aaron Larson; sculpture and drawings by resident blacksmith Pat Maher; enamel work by resident artist Julia Garrels-Borgeson; and encaustic paintings by resident artist Corianna Garrels. Studios will be open for viewing, along with forging demonstrations and refreshments.

2801 NW Market Street

No matter her age or where she's been, painting has always been in Kate Protage's blood. A wanderer, she and her family lived in more than 18 different places of suburban sprawl and she has a love/hate relationship with these cities. Depending on the time of day, two worlds exist in the same physical space: streets that appear gritty, dirty and depressing by day turn into an environment infused with a strange kind of lush, dark beauty and romance at night. These are the moments that remind her to take a breath, look closer, and recognize that there is still beauty in the world despite all of the chaos that surrounds us. While her work is rooted in the real, it’s the junction between sensation and fact that interests Protage. Her paintings and drawings are meant to exist in that grey area between representation and abstraction, where light and solid form are given equal consideration and are almost interchangeable. The streets, the buildings, the sky, the cars – they’re almost incidental as recognizable objects. It’s the detail of an individual shape, an expressive brush stroke, and the way that everything coalesces into a series of value changes and textural rhythms that excites Protage.

Blowing Sands Glass Studio
5805 14th Avenue NW

Annual Seconds Sale! This year they’re letting go of some of David Smith’s wonderful glass light fixturesthe red glass used in them is no longer available, so they can’t be used as samples. If you’ve been thinking about a new light fixture, this is a great time to come by and find something unique and appealing. They’re beautiful pieces! Also find vases, card holders, and assorted glass one-of-a-kinds.

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