Artist: Natalie Heiser www.cottonwoodcanopy.com
Venue: COUCH / 5423 Ballard Ave NW
Event: April 20th 6pm - 9pm
Natalia Heiser was born in the Midwest with a heart for the west. She remembers the first time she saw the mountains on a road trip from IL to CO and knew she wanted them to be a part of her daily life. She received her BA of Science with a Fine Art emphasis from Illinois State University in 2006. In 2007 she moved to CO to fulfill her desire to be closer to the mountains. She put her creativity to work at a kitchen and bath showroom where she worked closely with interior designers, builders and architects. Natalia worked on projects of all design styles but quickly fell in love with the clean, simple, and timeless lines of modern design. After 7 years in CO she and her family found themselves making the trek to the Pacific Northwest. It was here that her inspiration was ignited as she started making art using reclaimed wood for the Chevron Series. After looking at quilt patterns and different geometric designs for inspiration she realized she needed to combine all the elements that she loved so much. She started seeing the complexity of mountain ranges and trees in a new light with simplified geometric shapes. Her sketches and experiments with lines also revealed another body of work more nonrepresentational containing abstract fractal patterns with mesmerizing movement. It may have taken almost 10 years for her heart to lead her west and find her inspiration but it is coming together now and she couldn't be more excited to share it with you.
Show: WTF is WTFeREE?
Venue: Ballard-Alki Odd Fellows / 1706 NW Market St
Event: April 20th 6pm - 9pm www.facebook.com/events/1728897687440732/
Welcome to the first of a series of nights exploring mysterious, curious and magical things. The WTFeREE! Society invites you to WTFeREE! Show N Tell Night.
Each evening will feature eight exhibits and presenters who will show and tell stories about their quirky wonders. This is a fun, participatory audience event and inquiring questions are encouraged.
Our first night focuses on “WTF is WTFeREE!?”
Light refreshments will be available. A suggested donation of $5 is requested to cover costs and net proceeds will be donated to a local nonprofit organization.
These evenings are presented by the WTFeREE! Society and are hosted by the Ballard Alki Odd Fellows Lodge #170, at 1706 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107. Learn more about Ballard Alki Odd Fellows Lodge #170 @Ballard Alki Odd Fellows Lodge.
For more information, or to make a proposal to be a presenter, please visit our Facebook page @wtferee or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show: Photo Biologique: Light + Life, featuring Brianna Tadeo & DM Witman
Venue: Gallery 1/1 / 2856 NW Market St #2G
Opening: April 20th 6pm - 9pm www.facebook.com/events/1348633991896020/
Showing: April 20th - June 10th
Join us on Thursday, April 20th from 6-9 pm for the Opening of our latest exhibiton of unique photographic prints, Photo Biologique: Light + Life. We are featuring two artists, Brianna Tadeo and DM Witman, who could be considered biological alchemists in the darkroom. They are exploiting the chemical properties of the photographic medium by harnessing the power of blood and slugs to make their photographic prints.
Photography is usually defined by its classical meaning “drawing with light” but with our latest exhibition, Photo Biologique: Light + Life, we are showcasing two artists, Brianna Tadeo and DM Witman, who each have added a unique biological twist to their traditional darkroom print making methods.
Brianna Tadeo is a fine art photographer based in Oakland, CA. Her vibrant abstract prints are created with an experimental cameraless darkroom process developed by Brianna that combines photo-chemistry, blood and animal organs from the butcher to show a singular moment of the gradual process of cellular decay. She is compressing time into a single instance with these unique one-of-a-kind chromogenic Blood Prints.
DM Witman is an award-winning artist-educator based in Maine. With her series Supercluster Arion and Other Phenomena, Deanna continues to explore her themes of obsession – ephemerality, biology, synergy, and finding a way to make the intangible tangible. Over the course of two years, she worked with common slugs directly on silver- gelatin photographic paper. The process involved nightly slug hunting trips into the woods, followed by late night darkroom sessions. An introduction to these one-of-a-kind prints was written by the esteemed scientist and best-selling author, Alan Lightman, who wrote, “In discerning a resemblance of Witman’s slug tracings to the majestic display of the galaxies, we find some union between the very small and the very large, between the fleeting and the long lived, between the animate and the inanimate. And if we can also find in these images a touch of beauty, a sense of imagination, and a flight of whimsy and provocation, then we have fully experienced the voyage that all art attempts to create.”
Show: Stanza : art & poetry group show
Venue: Push/Pull / 5484 Shilshole Ave NW
Opening: April 20th 6pm - 10pm www.facebook.com/events/1376051019092205/
Showing: April 20th - May 16th
Stanza - poetry inspiring art.
We asked poets to submit their works and then matched them with visual artists. Stop by to see the art they inspired, as well as to read their poetry. Selected poets will be reading their works. 8PM musical performance.
We will also have limited copies of a book of the show - all art and poetry - available for purchase.
Opening night will feature cartoon band or "bande dessinee" Spooky Action, headed by Andrew Olmstead and Elk Paauw. Their live-drawing performance art is like Bob Ross scored to synth jams, but tackles heavier themes including issues of personal identity, depression, and the Sublime in nature. For Stanza, they will perform some of their poetry-based songs, including hits by Rainer Maria Rilke and William Blake as well as original poems written and composed by Andrew Olmstead.
Artists: Alex Gotay & J Cost
Venue: Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop / 5445 Ballard Ave NW
Opening: April 20th 6pm - 9pm www.facebook.com/events/1296166087103342/
Showing: April 20th - May 16th
Come see visual artists J Cost and Alex Gotay's premiere at Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop. J Cost explores elements of human sexuality and recreation. Alex Gotay's work challenges the viewer to see organs as beautiful, cute and whimsical - instead of gross - by combining them with natural and decorative elements.
April 20th 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: KAVU / 5419 Ballard Ave NW
Come enjoy art, new spring products and artfully craft brews from Peddler Brewing during KAVU's Happy Hour.
Curated by the Printmakers' Group 'Escape Into Colors'
Venue: BallardWorks / 2856 NW Market St
Curated by the Printmakers’ Group, BallardWorks will host “Escape into Colors,” five concurrent shows on all three levels.
On the 3rd floor, unified by their interest in the play of colors both on buildings and in nature, David Barnes, Daniel Santjer, Alsia Soiset and Garett Sweany are showing photographs, paintings and encaustic paintings.
The atrium and stairwell will feature an installation by Helen Curtis, constructed of Washi paper and bamboo … kites that just might fly!
On the 2nd floor, an exhibit of drawings by Sebastian Voorhees inspired by collisions of impressions as well as “Old & New” which highlights the progression in three artists’ works: Diane Davis, Dionne Haroutunian and Vicki Platt-Brown.
In the 1st floor print studio, Anna Savoie will show her intaglio prints that integrate imagery from her world travels.
Artist: Lynda Sabin oregonlynda.smugmug.com/
Venue: Walter's / 6408 32nd Ave NW
Showing: Through April 2017
Stop in on Ballard Night Out to see the work of Portland's Lynda Sabin. She is displaying photographs from a 5 month roadtrip last year - featuring interesting doors and urban decay. There's nearly 60 photos!
Artist: Shana Hampton www.etsy.com/shop/cookoorikoo
Venue: Monster Art, Clothing & Gifts / 5000 20th Ave NW
Event: April 20th, 6pm - 9pm www.facebook.com/events/1651913858450312/
Showing: April 20th - May 15th
Join us for our April Ballard Night Out event featuring some the coolest hand embroidery you've ever seen by Shana Hampton! We'll be providing the most interesting snacks and beverages your enjoyment!
Shanalee Hampton learned to embroider as a child but never took the skill very seriously until she realized she could use her powers for good. She has spent the last three years stitching art inspired by pop culture, literature, and sometimes spirituality. Her current series is inspired by her love for Japanese horror and mythology. She wants her embroidery hoops to provide you with a good laugh or maybe the pep talk you need. She lives in SE Portland with her husband, Shampton, where they make things every single day.
Ballard Night Out is presented by Greater Ballard Arts - supporting arts and cultural events in Ballard's 98107 & 98117 zip codes.