PLUMAGE Artists reception was magnificant!

Thanks everyone for a fantastic opening reception at Plumage! In spite of a rainy night, lots of folks came out to celebrate. (You know who you are!)
Big thanks especially goes to Mary Peterson and Kim Brayman who curated and organized the show, hung the art, etc, etc, etc. It’s a ton of work putting together a show like this, and Mary’s energy in connecting all of us artists and lining up multiple showings for this group is so inspiring. Here are Mary’s reflections on the event and photos from the show.

Funky Fibers

Curating this show of 10 artists has proven to be one of the highlights of my art career thus far! Planning the reception was equally exhilarating. We were honored to have 3 high school student from Roosevelt High for our musical pleasure, Omari, Nan and Alix . The art spoke to those who came and people engaged with one another over lovely food and wine! Once again a reminder of how art does allow us to “commune” with one another and connect . An aspect that too often is missing from our screen watching world. Here are a few highlights from the show! ENJOY!

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garden of light

A thing of wonder at West Woodland Elementary.  Can you tell what it’s made of?*WP_000864

The artist at West Woodland had this piece installed high above the entry, in a bright window.  It catches sunbeams and casts coloful shadow patterns like Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures.


(*Plastic water bottles!)  What a beautiful use of recycled materials.

Riders on the Wind Series

Check out Mary Peterson’s super fun “Riders on the Wind” series! See this and more at Plumage, a group show of local Seattle artists at Gallery 4500.  Come to the University Artwalk on Friday and check it out!


Funky Fibers

These bird Avengers are back from  fighting the war on waste! Battle worn they have lost limbs but not courage!  Made from recycled plastics that friends have passed onto me rather than the earth! I call this series ‘Riders on the wind’. They are defenders of the earth!

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I call this painting doghair

artworkphotoshoot It’s the deadline for submitting my titles for the upcoming Plumage show.  I’ve been trying out different titles on post-it notes and putting them up by the paintings.  Sometimes I have to keep changing them out until I find the right title.  I think I may have. (see below)

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Now that the varnish is dry, and the titles have been sent off (no changing it now!), it’s time for the portfolio photo shoot.

Artwork documentation is not my favorite part of working as an artist.  Thank goodness the art world has finally entered the digital age, but even so, it’s hard to take portfolio-quality pictures of artworks.  It’s quite a technical skill, compared to my artistic process which is loose, free, and spontaneous.  I’d be brilliant at it if it could be blurry, in-motion, extreme glare, out-of-frame, etc.  Unfortunately, artwork photography has to be precise, in-focus, centered, no weird shadows, neutral backdrop, accurate colors, etc.  It has to be exactly right.

But, no matter how great the photos are, it’s always better to see mixed media artworks in person.  This series, inspired by trips last summer to Yosemite and the Enchanted Circle in Northern New Mexico, is soon to debut at Plumage, a group show celebrating birds.  If you’re in the Seattle area, the opening reception is part of the University District Art walk, April 19 at Gallery 4500. 6-9 pm.  Hope to see you there!

followingwideFollowing Wide, mixed media on clayboard, 14″ x 18″

Any Number of ThingsAny number of things, mixed media on clayboard, 14″ x 18″

tuolumnemeadows Above Tuolumne Meadows, mixed media on clayboard, 14″ x 18″

Carry On Carry On, mixed media on clayboard, 14″ x 18″

abovetiogapass Finding Tioga Pass, mixed media on canvas, 24″ x 36″