Archive for October, 2007

The Center on Contemporary Art will host the 15th Annual Painting Marathon and auction starting at 9:00am on Thursday, Nov. 8th. Painters will begin their 24 hour painting session at that time and will work through the night without sleep. The resulting works will be auctioned off starting at 5:30pm on Friday, Nov. 9th.

The event will be held at The Shilshole Bay Beach Club,
6413 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Tickets start at $20 and will be required for the auction. They are available online through Brown Paper Tickets.

The public is welcome to come and observe the artists prior to the auction for free!

To see the list of participating artists please visit CoCA’s website.

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Save the Date for One Hot Night! Pratt’s Annual Open House

On Saturday, November 10th, Pratt Fine Arts Center opens its doors to the public for One Hot Night!, a free open house providing an exciting and welcoming environment for everyone to experience Pratt!

Watch as dozens of artists pour bronze, blow glass, pull prints, paint, carve stone, fabricate jewelry, and forge hot steel! Enjoy tours of the studios, activities for kids, and a chance to meet instructors, students, and staff. Bring some bucks for Rolling Fire wood-fired pizza and our no-host bar. Sponsored by KPLU.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 6-9pm
1902 South Main Street, Seattle
More info at http://www.pratt.org
Or call 206.328.2200

Free Admission – Free Parking – Everyone is welcome
Bring your friends and family!

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Through the Window II
Ball Point Pen on Paper
30 x 50 inches

Through the Window II (in progress)

Through the Window II (in progress)

Through the Window II (in progress)

The Alexis Hotel, a 121-room boutique, luxury hotel in downtown Seattle maintains strong ties to the local art community. Aside from featuring quarterly rotating exhibits in their lobby and Gallery Room, their guest rooms and public spaces incorporate original artwork by local artists.

The Alexis just finished a much anticipated remodel and commissioned me to create a 30 x 50 inch drawing for their art collection. The artwork is being framed and will be hung in the hotel shortly. I snapped a few photos as I worked to post on the blog. The image comes from a series of small drypoint prints that I made a few years back. I still have a couple of the original prints, which are 3.5 x 5.5 inches.

This is a big drawing, 30 x 50 inches. It was done on heavy Arches watercolor paper entirely in Bic Ballpoint Pen. When I was in Rome in 2001 I was working on ideas for some drypoint prints and created some beautiful little studies in the churches near my apartment. They were very intimate little drawings of the side chapels inside Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and a couple other churches. Because I intended to make drypoint prints of my drawing and did not have access to printmaking facilities over in Rome I tried to draw in such a way as to mimic a drypoint print. I choose to use black ball point pen on paper and the effect was great. I still have some of the finished drawings from this series hanging in my home.

The Rome drawings are much smaller (15 x 11 inches) than the recently completed commission. I did not realize how long the large drawing would take me to complete. Because of the big section of heavy shading in the drawing I literally sat for hours and hours building up the marks with my ball point pen. Let’s just say I had a heck of a neck kink by the time all was said and done.

I even had three pens give up the ghost along the way.

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Note: I no longer have my studio in the Tashiro Kaplan building, so I will not be exhibiting here, but if I were you I’d come check out the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts Annual Auction and Open House.


Because once a year and only once a year the upstairs residences are open to the public. These are the lofts where some seriously talented Seattle artists live and work, people who have won high accolades for their work like Gretchen Bennett, Alicia Berger, Jaq Chartier, Steven Miller and Brian Murphy, just to name a few.

Mark your calendars and check it out.

Saturday, October 20, 2007, 5-11PM, FREE

The TK Artist Lofts, home to over 50 artists, their families and 26 art venues, has become the heart of the Pioneer Square art scene. A once a year event, the artists will open their lofts to the public. Residents will feature jewelry, painting, drawing, photography, glass, fabric art, performing arts and music.

There will be a Silent Art Auction 5-8pm. Performances will begin at 8pm.

The Tashiro Kaplan Building is now widely known for its very successful Art Walk every First Thursday of each month, which mostly presents visual arts in gallery and studio settings. The importance of developing the community room to more fully support the performing arts is less known. There is need for rehearsal and performance throughout the city and for the residents of the TK. This means not just space but space with proper flooring so performers do not incur injuries.

The Vandenbrink Community Room (VCR) has been upgraded for performance with better lighting options and sound improvements but the cement floor is still a concern. Though other fundraising efforts have raised a portion of money required, the residents are hoping to raise the last $3000 needed to install a sprung floor.

115 Prefontaine Place South, Pioneer Square, Seattle.

For more information:

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