Next step for my "Evolution"

When a Good Thing happens in my life, sometimes I like to hug it close for a day or two before I share it. That's why I took a day to savor this news: one of my collages is going to live in a Seattle city art collection!

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"Waterfront Evolution" was purchased for the Seattle Public Utilities Collection, through a program of the city's Office of Arts & Culture. The collage joins a collection that includes work by emerging and established artists like Mary Ann Peters, Kara Walker, Barbara Earl Thomas and Dale Chihuly.

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Artworks in this collection are portable so they can rotate throughout municipal buildings. So there's a good chance you'll see my giraffes in a waiting room, or while you're paying a bill, or in a meeting room. Not sure yet where the collage will go first, but I figure there must be a calendar or tracking system that'll tell me. And that bit of info I'll share right away!

The serious business of play (dates)

I call them "play dates" but I'm serious about experiencing art with my artist friends.

  Artist Rachel Setzer, shown in profile with "Naida, the Proud Princess" by Edward S. Curtis

Artist Rachel Setzer, shown in profile with "Naida, the Proud Princess" by Edward S. Curtis

Rachel Setzer and I took in "Double Exposure" at the Seattle Art Museum recently. She understands my love of tintypes, daguerreotypes and other old-fashioned photo technology, so Will Wilson's prints were a big draw for both of us.

You can see the cooperation between photographer and portrait sitter, which has a different vibe compared to Edward S. Curtis' documents of a 'vanishing' people. However, the Curtis photos far outnumber the contemporary work.

  Will Wilson, "Talking Tintype, Andy Everson, Artist, Citizen of the K'  ómoks   First Nation"

Will Wilson, "Talking Tintype, Andy Everson, Artist, Citizen of the K'ómoks First Nation"

The exhibit is more of a Curtis survey with a few living, Northwest Native artists added for local color (pun intended). I think Rachel and I found the exhibit aesthetically pleasing, but still a let-down. Fortunately, Amy Sherald's work is just around the corner.

  Amy Sherald, "Saint Woman"

Amy Sherald, "Saint Woman"

It's on view as part of "In This Imperfect Present Moment," an exhibit of 15 contemporary artists whose work local art collectors are lending to SAM. Valencia Carroll and I visited the show for some in-person inspiration. After gawping over Amy Sherald's painting, I also found another favorite by Lawrence Lemoana. His banner prompted me to see a disturbingly familiar parallel between Dave Meinert in Seattle and Jacob Zuma of South Africa.


Bottom line: if I'm going to venture out of the studio...

  Genevieve Gaignard, "Trailblazer (A Dream Deferred)"

Genevieve Gaignard, "Trailblazer (A Dream Deferred)"

geeking out over Genevieve Gaignard's photography with friends makes it worth the effort.

Wish you were here: postcards as art

Just for kicks, I've started sending out postcards to my friends every so often. I've finally gotten around to framing a few for myself.

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The Husband gave me a set of these postcards as a gift; they're reproductions of classic Penguin paperback book covers. When I rearranged some of them, they made me laugh out loud.

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But I couldn't fill in the center space for the second trio until a few days ago, when I rediscovered this postcard: "Portrait of a Black Woman" by Marie-Guillemine Benoist.

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I love this image for many reasons, but most of all because of this woman's pro-level side-eye. Apparently her very existence, like that of so many black women, gets people all riled up. So now she's the demigoddess of my nightstand.

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Put together with the other postcards, it makes for a lovely vignette that also warns people to Let Me SLEEP.

The time to collect art is NOW

Here's what I imagine happens in an art collector's brain when they decide they NEED to have that art in their lives:

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When I delivered a collage to this new collector, I was privileged to see her reaction in real time. She and her husband had seen "Rare & Exquisite" in the show I curated at Columbia City Gallery...


... and the collage stopped them in their tracks. The husband loves maps, and he'd mentioned he would like "something more 3D" for this spot on the wall. 

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If you've been itching to take home original art, you're in good company. This weekend, the Seattle Art Fair returns for its fourth summer, drawing collectors and art galleries from around the world.

  Inaugural Seattle Art Fair, 2015

Inaugural Seattle Art Fair, 2015

A few things to remember:

  • Buy what you love (of course) and buy local if you can
  • Your support makes it possible for the artist to make MORE art (and pay their bills)
  • You can always pay for the work in installments -- just ask

One last thing: Wear comfortable shoes if you're going to the art fair. Wouldn't it be a shame if you had to leave your favorite new artwork at the booth/artist studio just because your poor feet couldn't support you for one more minute?