Our February Ballard Night Out is tonight, the 16th. Most venues are open 6pm - 9pm, with select venues open earlier or staying open later. Please check out our Venues/Map page for details.
Can't make it everywhere? We know, there's a lot of ground to cover to see the whole thing. Our map also notes the venues that are open every day. You can take your time and enjoy art throughout the month in Ballard.
Artist: Gwen Worthy www.absurditiesink.com
Venue: Ballard Landmark / 5433 Leary Ave NW
Event: February 16th, 6pm - 9pm
Join Ballard Landmark as they welcome the art of Gwen Worth for February's art opening.
*Artist will be attendance for event.
Artist: Mischa Estrada
Venue: Shakti Vinyasa Yoga / 2238 NW Market St
Opening: February 16th 5pm - 9pm
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/1257553794291680/
Showing: February 16th - March 15th
I was born in Santa Monica, CA. Many weekends we spent time at our cousins in Malibu or up in Topanga Canyon hills. When I was 7 yrs old we moved onto a farm in Snohomish, WA and had a powerful experience with Nature. My mother lived on a farm when she was a child and I really believe she wanted that natural experience for us. It had a huge impact on me. How I connected with and related to nature throughout my life was definitely nourished from this time. We moved to Bellevue when I was 10 and from then on I lived in the “civilized” world. I also lived overseas in London, England for 8 years from which I traveled extensively to places I dreamt about for years. After London I was based in Miami for 3 years and was exposed to an intense aspect of weather and Nature’s true force. Travel is an important part of my life. Interacting with people from different cultures and locations around the world has impacted greatly how I see the world and that translates into my art.
For the last 5 years I have been collecting bits of nature from around the world. While I was collecting it I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I squirreled it away for the one day I would be inspired. That day came May of 2014. You see, I always believed that Nature is in me. That I am a part of Nature. Whenever an aspect of nature caught my eye, an overwhelming impulse to collect it came over me. I had to stop whatever I was doing and get down on my hands and knees to gently harvest Nature’s offering to me. It wasn’t until much later I reflect on why was I so attracted to that Eucalyptus pod, or that helicopter wing of a maple seed circling through the air, or the delicate twigs I collected from outside a little Cuban coffee shack. One day in May I was in the woods by Greenlake and this idea came to me to create universal symbols using the bits of nature I’d harvested. This inspiration came with such clarity and force that I credit Nature as having whispered it into the ears of my spirit. It was powerful. Itfelt divine.
With each painting I began with the symbol. I chose metallic gold and/or silver as it felt regal, that which should adorn a Queen. Then I moved onto the canvas and felt inspired to have the base of each painting feel vital, like a POP of energy. Whether it be a subtle nurturing of the Robin’s Egg blue or the shocking energy of the Sunburst orange, all colors were hand mixed to create a specific vibe to anchor the symbol. From there I created a circle collage of images, either ripped or delicately cut to provide further inspiration to seat the symbol into. The Circle of Life is undeniable. It’s the Alpha and the Omega. Denotes the beginning and the end. We are born, we live a span of years and we die. Just as the leaves on the trees. The process is a humbling one as well as undeniable. It cannot be escaped. The power of life is contained within this embrace. To me that makes the circle a sacred symbol. If we as a race, regardless of ancestry, stand side by side looking into the center of one large circle, each person is neither in front of or behind the other. We are all intrinsically EQUAL. And it’s through this equality that I believe these symbols become relevant.
*The artist will be in attendance for the event.
Artist: Karen Klee-Atlin
Venue: Barrel Room Gallery at Domanico Cellars / 825 NW 49th St
Opening: February 16th 5pm - 9pm
Showing: January 19th - March 14th
*Back for the February 16th Ballard Night Out!
Local Artist Karen Klee-Atlin will be displaying her painting and illistrations in our Barrel Room Gallery. Come down Thursday February 16th and join our opening.
Artist: Cordila Jochim
Venue: Venue / 5408 22nd Ave NW
Event: Feburary 16th 6pm - 9pm
Loving well is an art and a science and local artist Cordila Jochim has created a tool-kit for those who want to love well, heal from heartache, or simply start over. In a fun collision with Valentine's Day and Februarius, the ancient Roman season of healing, purification, and love, Cordila has pulled together a tool-kit for those who want to heal with grace, anchor in self-love, or wash the decks and start over. The kit includes:
- a white leather moleskin journal with a custom botanical pattern perfect for coloring
- a custom designed pencil pouch with metallic colored pencils
- a rose quartz heart
- Persian rose water
- a 52-week flip calendar of quotes Cordila gathered from friends who spoke into her life during this time
- a 52-week blank flip calendar for you to fill with your own favorite quotes
- a custom blended unscented soy candle
- and custom blended bath salts for healing, rejuvenation and calling in love
You can purchase the elements singularly or as a set - only at Venue.
You'll also want to be on hand on February 16th when Cordila is in-house with a special talk about her journey of learning to let go, love well, and not only start over - but thrive. She'll also walk you through the reason behind each element of the Bloom Box kit and share with you special insights from her friends and family captured in the 36 journals she collected during her own year of healing. Come prepared to laugh a little, cry a little, and leave inspired to love well and rise, strong.
Artist: Lara Kaminoff larakaminoff.com/
Venue: Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop / 5445 Ballard Ave NW
Event: February 16th 6pm - 9pm www.facebook.com/events/375769956134746/
Show Dates: February 16th - March 14th
Welcome to the bright and beautiful world of master goache slinger Lara Kaminoff.
Lara is displaying selected original works February 16th - March 14th.
Please join us on February 16th 6pm - 9pm for an opening reception and celebration at Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop.
Lara is a 4Culture Art Project Grant recipient and her work has appeared in CityArts Magazine, Seattle Weekly, Real Change, SELFISH, Encore Arts, Bloody Pussy, Intruder and the 2015 Short Run Anthology.
Show: Vintage Posters from the collection of Joan Stuart Ross
Venue: BallardWorks / 2856 NW Market St
Event: February 16th 6pm - 9pm www.facebook.com/events/1779545098965144/
BallardWorks will present an exhibition and sale of a large variety of Art posters from Joan Stuart Ross's collection: 1970s to the present. Affordable prices: $25.00-$100.00. Colorful and historic posters will be installed on both the second and third floors of the BallardWorks building, 2856 NW Market Street, corner of NW Market and 30th Ave. NW in Ballard. The posters range from Bumbershoot over the years to Artists' Gallery Exhibitions, and other art-related events.
It's Open House at the BallardWorks building--several of its artists' studios will be open that evening.
BallardWorks artists feature painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture and quilting.
Featured Artist: Megan Bent meganbent.com
Venue: COUCH Seattle / 5423 Ballard Ave NW
Opening: February 16th 6pm - 9pm
I think of my images as an ongoing visual diary, where I photograph my everyday experiences. I make images using a Holga camera, which is a low-tech camera made of plastic. Some of the characteristics of this camera are that it is prone to imperfections that appear on the images such as light leaks, dust, and scratches. This is due to the fact that the camera body is made of plastic and doesn’t fit together perfectly. So as a photographer I can have control over what I put in the frame, but I can never be sure of the results due to the lack of control over what happens inside the camera body. This became a profound and poetic way to make work after I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and the uncertainty of my own body and it’s perceived imperfections became a vocal presence in my life.
Many of my images are often of everyday mundane moments, but they become elevated through the characteristics of the camera. This reflects the way that I have come to appreciate the everyday through my own experiences of limitation.
My most recent work involves etching onto photographs. Through this process I embrace the visceral action of loss, and finding beauty through patterns of loss.
Megan Bent is a Seattle based artist, photographer, and teaching artist. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NY in 2004 and her MFA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2012. Megan’s work focuses on using photographic techniques that embrace uncertainty, imperfections, and slowing down. Her work has been exhibited widely across the United States in exhibitions at the Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, CO, The Arts at Marks Garage in Honolulu, HI, The Mighty Tieton Warehouse in Tieton, WA, and the Piedmont Council for the Arts, Charlottesville, VA.
Megan has been an artist in residence at the Honolulu Museum of Art and McGuffey Art Center in Virginia, and she has been a featured community exhibitor in the Look3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, VA.
*The artist will be attendance at the event.
Featured Artist: Danny Mansmith dannymansmith.com/
Venue: Monster Art, Clothing & Gifts / 5000 20th Ave NW
Event: February 16th 6pm - 9pm www.facebook.com/events/436897953367154/
Dates: Showing February 16th - March 13th
Our featured artist: Danny Mansmith will be showing his intricately stitched work and providing a demonstration of his process.
Sublime Stitching is providing iron-on embroidery patterns and we'll help our guests get started stitching with a basic hand embroidery lesson.
The first 25 people to arrive will receive a gift bag full of goodies.
Snacks and drinks will be provided.
A Few Words From Danny Mansmith
I grew up an only child in the suburbs of Chicago and was very close to my mom and my grandma.
My grandma was a tough polish lady with a big heart who was also an artist, but would never have said that. She nurtured me with love and exposed me to art, giving me the ability to see possibilities in things around us. As I grew up I always said, "I'm going to be an artist", so I tried art school for a year but realized that wasn't for me. I became inspired to sew and memories of my grandma sewing my clothes growing up, filled my head. I moved to Chicago in the 90's and began to teach myself how to use the sewing machine.
I have never felt a part of the group and so the idea of making my own clothes became very important to me; discovering my own ways of sewing, finishing seams and not being taught how to do it the "right way" seemed right to me. Over the years, aside from my hand made clothing I have taught myself how to draw with the sewing machine, construct dolls and figures out of found objects, covering them in stitches and have been finding joy in creating installations that combine all of those things that make me happy.
I now live in Burien Washington under a few big pine trees, I wish the same for everybody to find that one thing that makes life worth living.
*The artist will be in attendance at the opening & the venue has specials during the event.
Artist: Perry Porter www.perryporter.com/
Venue: (Lux) Pot Shop / 4912 17th Ave NW
Event: February 16th 6pm - 9pm www.facebook.com/events/1289463964445095/
Showing through February
We're extremely excited to host Perry Paints, for the month of February.
Perry is a surrealist, watercolor artist from Tacoma, WA. His work revolves centers around the celebration of women of color, and is infused with magical realism. Historically, much surrealist work has minimized the presence of women of color, and Perry's work aims to rectify that.
His paintings are vivid, full of color, and playful, a perfect treat to accompany any visit to Lux Pot Shop.
Show: Yes, No, Maybe?
Artists: Featuring the work of Dillon Lacey, Marty Gordon, Alex Murd, Savannah Horrocks, Emry Kirsch & MORE
Venue: Push/Pull / 5484 Shilshole Ave NW
Event: February 16th 6pm - 10pm www.facebook.com/events/325839327790239/
Show Dates: February 16th - March 14th
Join us for the opening of Yes, No, Maybe?
an art show for hopeless romantics, idyllic lovers, mushy crushers, and amorous dreamers
Your gawky tortured teenage heart will swoon for our visual stories of infatuation at Yes, No, Maybe?
We celebrate the proverbial durability of first loves with featured pieces by Dillon Lacey and ♥ art by selected artists.
We will have a few select pieces from Dillon Lacey. Other artists were all given the same heart canvases and a description of the theme. What art will romance inspire?
Artist: Kyle Perry www.kpapparel.net
Venue: Annie's Art & Frame / 2212 NW Market St
Event: Opening February 16th, 6pm - 9pm www.facebook.com/events/1826093930979965/
Dates: Showing February 16th - March 14th
"Paint smeared on canvas, And ink scratched into paper to create the illusion that something is what it's not. Art is just getting people to believe something is more than what it is."
*Artist will be in attendance for the opening reception.
Show: Illumination: Capturing Light Without a Camera
Artists: Jan Cook & Ross Sonnenberg
Venue: Gallery 1/1 / 2856 NW Market St Studio #2G
Dates: February 16th - April 15th
Opening Reception: February 16th 6pm - 9pm www.facebook.com/events/373151156383292/
The essence of photography is the capture of light to create a visible image. A camera is, by design, a light capturing device but what if you don't use a camera to capture the light? For our exhibition, Illumination - Capturing Light Without a Camera, we feature two artists who make photographic prints with the cameraless alternative process know as a photogram. Each artist in this exhibition has a unique method to create their visual illuminations on photographic paper.
Jan Cook uses a process called “chromoskedasic painting” on her silver-gelatin photograms during the black and white development process by applying photo chemistry that manipulates the paper’s emulsion to scatter the silver particles. This allows Jan to work with several elements that are interesting to her, making marks on paper, altering a photographic image and integrating another medium into the surface of the print. Visually, she is interested in pushing the boundary between where the photographic image begins and ends. Such a hands-on effect gives her photograms a unique radiance that belies the black and white nature of the paper. The light bulbs in her series Bright Ideas seem to glow as if they were electrified. This process is not commonly used and it is a rare treat to see these kind of print in person.
Ross Sonnenberg has embraced a very physical photographic process that could be described as “controlled chaos” which reflects his on going chaotic battle with Lupus. The imagery of distant galaxies from the Hubble telescope inspired him to create a series of unique solar system photogram prints with a “big bang” of his own – fireworks. Ross exposes both chromogenic color paper and silver-gelatin black & white paper to the flashes of exploding fireworks crafting his other worldly visions of an alternate universe. He gives may of his prints a final celestial touch by using a hand-held magnifying glass and the Southern California sun to burn a radiant halo into them. With these one-of-a-kind photograms, Ross harnesses the power of light in a very unconventional and exciting way.
Venue: Blowing Sands Glass Studio / 5805 14th Ave NW
Show Dates: 2/16-3/15/17
Opening: February 16th, 6pm - 9pm
Our annual show of experiments, beautiful almosts, and interesting extras. Lots of glass work from David Smith and the Blowing Sands hot shop glass blowers.
Walter's Exhibits "Oil on Copper" by Rosemary Antel
February 1st to February 28th, 2017
Walter's, 6408 32nd Ave NW, Seattle 98107
I love painting on copper. The brush slides along effortlessly and every tiny mark survives on the smooth surface. I also love the color of clean, raw copper. It is very similar to the orange tone that I use to prepare canvas for landscapes. So lively and warm.
Meet the artist at her studio in the BallardWorks building, Studio 2D, 2856 NW Market Street. She has studio open house every third Thursday of the month, 6:00-9:00 pm. This includes February 16th.
Artist's website, OilColorsOnCopper.com.
Ballard Night Out is presented by Greater Ballard Arts - supporting arts and cultural events in Ballard's 98107 & 98117 zip codes.