Stop in to Ballard Night In on Thursday, April 29th 6pm to meet local artist D. Lisa West.
D. Lisa explores the intersection between meditation and art through her “Doodle Like an Artist” courses (and recent online guided meditations). D. Lisa teaches doodling classes out of her studio, inviting in the public to learn and understand her process. She shows work around the Seattle area and was a recent recipient of the 2020 Shunpike Storefronts project award, And that can be seen until June 2021 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.
Since the Covid came to Seattle, D.Lisa has been developing a large-scale series Covid Angels, in her home. Making art that is both socially engaged in this historical moment and reflective of beauty and spiritual growth has become extremely significant to D. Lisa during this time of global shift.
Find more of D. Lisa's work online at: dlisa.com
Meet Joan Stuart Ross this week for Ballard Night In.
Thursday 6pm - 7pm
My work is inspired by exploratory imagery and inventions of color within relationships, connections, juxtapositions and dynamic arrangements. My art’s search for life force, energy, and meaning is to engage color and shape as value and depth. Metaphorical form, complementary and analogous colors, symbols and glyphs suggest a vital undercurrent.
The forms in my paintings, prints, and drawings are inspired by growth--the poplar tree, hydrangea blossom, oyster shell, the grid, and implied text. Color, mark, rhythm, repetition, pattern and diversion reveal my visual reach and extension.
See more of Joan's work at: www.joanstuartross.com/index.html
Meet on of the artists behind BallardWorks, John Clark Gleason, this week for Ballard Night In. (4/8 6pm - 7pm https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83324180473?pwd=Tkg2UlFKR0Y2TElLb3BQOXdjSjBYdz09)
Artist Statement from John Clark Gleason:
As a youth, I spent time on the Washington coast, swam in its frigid waters and dug for clams. Later, I worked in the woods for a lumber company and felt the “high lonesome” of wind and weather. I want to impart the mind-set of those experiences to those who view my work. I paint the mountains, waterways, and verdant landscapes that surround us in the Northwest, and also in the Southwest. I think about their relationships to urban experience and to the research that supports our knowledge that the mountains, woods and waters aid our mental health.
I have been melding the experience of that Northwest expansiveness with corresponding colors and shapes evident in the Southwest--a landscape of space, mountains, rushing water, red rock, and green rivers’ edges. These terrains combine in my work as necessary components of our inner/outer natural landscape. My paintings are inspired by the world as a setting for the evolution of the seasons and of nature’s elements as felt by personal experience and imagination. I am fascinated by the monumentality of open spaces.
I use oil and acrylic paint on canvas. I combine a furry brush stroke with the definitive mark of simple tools to create soft and hard areas in my landscapes—visual places of activity, contemplation, and rest. I want to give the viewer an idea of the sky’s etherealness, earth’s durable, linear elements, river water’s flow, and mountains’ majesty.
My work is colorful and celebratory. I see it as a journey with an imaginary map that leads the viewer into a shared, yet mysterious story. My paintings are portable, intimate, inclusive. They embody references to experiences felt in nature and in the mind’s eye, illusions and yearnings for connections with Nature that belong to people from all walks of life, every country, race, age, gender, and philosophy.
Check out more of John's work at : http://www.johnclarkgleason.com/gallery.html
Meet local artist Kelly Dean Verity during Ballard Night In on April 8th, 6pm -7pm.
Kelly Dean Verity is a queer trans artist living in Seattle. He has been creating visual art since childhood. Currently his work is inspired by concepts of life and death, color and perception, nature and animals, and queer theory.
Follow Kelly on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @kverityart
Ballard Night Out is presented by Push/Pull - supporting arts and cultural events in Ballard's 98107 & 98117 zip codes.