Liberty Bank Building: when worlds converge

My art planets must be aligned this weekend: two pieces of Seattle history are converging, and I’ve made art inspired by both!

When the Liberty Bank Building apartments open for Saturday afternoon’s grand opening party, you’ll get the chance to see the collage portraits I made of the bank’s founders. Those pieces are permanently installed in the Residents’ Lounge… and I just found out Miriam Pratt will be one of the people living here!

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We met a few months ago at the exhibit opening of “Living the Dream, Dreaming the Life” which honored Miriam’s father Edwin Pratt. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination., and honors his civil rights activism. At Shoreline City Hall, you can see artwork inspired by images from the Pratt family archives (now held by the Black Heritage Society of Washington) .

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In a Seattle Medium interview , Miriam said her new home at Liberty Bank is just a few blocks away from where her parents lived before they moved to Shoreline. Talk about coming full-circle… this move sounds positively cinematic in its resolution.

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Come help her (and us artists) celebrate!

Saying goodbye to North Light Books

I’ve met some of my favorite people through books: real, live people who wrote the books that introduced me to collage and mixed media art. So I’m a little sad to hear a specialty publishing empire is crumbling. F+W Media, which owns North Light Books and several other imprints, declared bankruptcy recently. North Light published many art technique books, including Destination Creativity: The Life-Altering Journey of the Art Retreat.

Ric ë  Freeman-Zachery and Earl Zachery in 2010, collecting material for the book Destination: Creativity

Ricë Freeman-Zachery and Earl Zachery in 2010, collecting material for the book Destination: Creativity

I was lucky enough to watch Earl Zachery collect photos while Ricë Freeman-Zachery collected the words. And then Ricë turned around and included a comment from me in the book. (I still get a little thrill out of seeing the pull quote.) I’ve also become friends with her editor Tonia Jenny, who edited two books by another artist/author pal, Michael de Meng.

Michael de Meng mugging for the camera during Artfest 2011

Michael de Meng mugging for the camera during Artfest 2011

Fortunately, none of these people rely on F+W to pay their bills anymore. But I still have their books in my collection, and I still keep up with some of their authors on social media, including MaryBeth Shaw, Crystal Neubauer and Gina Rossi Armfield.

Making silly faces with Michael de Meng at Artfest 2011. Photo by Lana Guerra.

Making silly faces with Michael de Meng at Artfest 2011. Photo by Lana Guerra.

If these artists keep writing, I hope Quarry Books scoops them up. (Quarry published three of the five books in which my art and commentary appear). I want them to help my artist/author friends keep blowing people’s minds. In the meantime… g’night, North Light.

Art exhibit: "One Nation..." heads to Texas

East Texans (and west Louisianans): I’m headed your way, y’all!

Ledbetter Gallery, Cole Art Center. Photo credit: SFASU School of Art

Ledbetter Gallery, Cole Art Center. Photo credit: SFASU School of Art

More specifically, one of my collages will represent me at the Texas National 2019 art exhibit, in the Cole Art Center. They’ve accepted “One Nation, Under Reconstruction” into the show, which opens April 13th.

“One Nation, Under Reconstruction,” 2017, by Lisa Myers Bulmash

“One Nation, Under Reconstruction,” 2017, by Lisa Myers Bulmash

Juror Michelle White, senior curator at The Menil Collection, chose only 51 works out of a thousand entries, so I’m immensely grateful to be included in this show. Looks like my “Made You Look” tactic won me a spot on the wall!

Reavley Gallery at Cole Art Center. Photo credit: SFASU School of Art

Reavley Gallery at Cole Art Center. Photo credit: SFASU School of Art

If you’re within shouting distance of Nacogdoches, Texas — say, Houston or Shreveport — this is your chance to soak up the art in person. Be sure to take photos and post them to your social so I can see you with the art!