(photo from my first solo show at A/NT in 1994…
girl in red dress in the center is me.)
This funky artist run gallery gave me my start in the art world. It was the first place I showed my work and the first place I sold work, even my first solo show. It continues to amaze me that it is still running. I know if I lived closer I would still participate. I was treasurer and even president of the board for a few years. I was also the gallery zine editor and publisher for a few years. It was and is still a great community that is eclectic and supportive of newcomers. It rarely gets any press so I was excited to hear that it got some nice props from the Seattle PI this week.. even if it is just in their blog. (after all blogs really are where the real news is these days.)
Artist communities are a great way to get support. These days there are many online communities (like EBSQ) but they can never completely take the place of face to face communities. My friend Amy participates in one closer to me… one in which I keep telling myself that I need to get involved.
In what artist communities do you participate? Online or face to face, which do you prefer?
February 7, 2008
First Thursday Art Walk
Canvas Gallery will be featuring many artists including Nicola Carpi/Nelli, William DeBilzan (Santa Fe), Lynn Shirmer, Chis Sheridan, Greg Boudreau, June Sekiguchi, Nichole DeMent, Stephen Rock, Cynthia Gaub, Jenny Simon (Pasadena), Ryan Molenkamp and Friese Undine (Chicago). Along with these wonderful artists we will also be showing these New Artists: Ryan Molenkamp (Seattle) and Alan Van Natta (Norway)
located @ 617 Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98104
What a great way to start the new year! I was amazed at how packed the gallery was and how many people we doing gallery walk. It was pouring down rain and traffic getting there was pretty scary with many violent accidents on the side of the road. But Josh and I arrived in one piece, found some free parking only 5 blocks away and headed over to the gallery.
Arriving damp but excited, I found the owner and let him know I was there, then search for my art and someone that I might know. Found the art. He select 4 great pieces including GREED my all time favorite. We tried to eavesdrop on people talking about my art, but I wasn’t brave enough to introduce myself to these interested strangers. People were interested and interesting!
We checked out all the artist loft studios above the gallery. Six floors of great little hidden spaces, many with interesting, beautiful, weird, and some ugly art. Josh was amazed at all of it. He was wearing his cool new top hat and fitting in well with the funky artist look.
Josh had a good time looking at and critiquing the art. I think he was also inspired. Overall, I was very impressed with the gallery and had fun! But I wish the owner had introduced me to some people… or had run into some people that I know!
Now I need to make some new art for the February show and cross my fingers that some thing sell!
Art Walk and our grand opening. Doors will be open at noon and we will be featuring many artists including Cynthia Gaub, Nicola Carpi/Nelli, William Debilzan and Friese Undine. Canvas will also be presenting a live art show with Nicola Carpi/Nelli painting a 4’x8′ painting thoughout the night. You have to see this! It starts at 7pm. Proceeds from the sales of the live art piece go toward the canvas scholarship fund.
We are also starting our first “social @ canvas” which is monthly party for the gathering of art collectors and enthusiasts. This event runs from 6pm to 2am. We will have a full bar available and a champagne toast to our new opening at 8pm. Please come and enjoy the art, the show and the refreshments.
located @ 917 Western Ave. Seattle, WA 98104
Well I finally got the gallery embedded. YIPPIEE! but having problems with the thumbnail creation feature so new images are showing a black thumbnail on my end. Trying to add new images, but frustrated with the black thumbnails 🙁
EDIT: well looks like I figured out a work around for the thumbnail issue…but it will require some editing work, which I was doing anyway. I am knee deep in editing the postage section. Then I really should make some NEW Stamps!