Archive for the ‘General News’ Category
The December 2013 – November 2014 issue of Art Guide Northwest was just delivered to our distribution center at Certified Folder and will be distributed during the next few days. If you can’t wait for your hard copy, go to our web site and check it out. Our cover features a gorgeous piece by Jenny Anderson compliments of the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Inside, the incomparable Matthew Kangas has written an article titled Bainbridge Island Museum of Art: The Little Museum that Could all about our state’s newest museum and the movers and shakers who made it all possible.
Well, today’s my birthday, and I’m feeling sorry for myself because my husband forgot. I want you all to know this site is a total labor of love. You can’t begin to image the hours I spend rewriting press releases, calling for clarifications, etc. If you don’t have an image, it’s probably because you don’t advertise with Art Guide Northwest. (hint, hint) However, I do write up, as time allows, all new shows whether you advertise or not. So, dear art community, this is my present to you.
“Printmakers: the art of the hand-pulled print” is showing at Childhood’s End Gallery, 222 4th. Avenue W. in Olympia. Featured are monotypes by Susan Aurand, silkscreens by Sherry Buckner, woodblocks by Kristen Etmund, aquatints by Stephen McMillan, etchings by Lisa Sweet, linoleum blocks by Mimi Williams and Yoshiko Yamamoto’s linoleum blocks. Live music by the Gypsy Jazz Trio will be provided during the Friday night art walk on April 26 from 6-9pm.
I love reading about the movers and shakers in the international art world and thought you might like to read an article written by Randy Kennedy in T, The New York Times Style Magazine about New York gallery owner David Zwirner. Follow this link for the read about a colorful character who owns one of the top New York galleries: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/21/the-art-of-the-dealer/?ref=t-magazine
That’s right, I absolutely know where you can find the perfect thing for the pickiest person on your list – an art museum store. All art museums have great stores where you can buy some really unique items you simply will not find anywhere else. Art books, jewelry, children’s games, cards, textiles, prints, and all kinds of gifts the art collector will appreciate. Or, kick your gift purchases up a notch and buy that very special person on your list a painting or piece of sculpture from an art gallery. Believe me when I tell you that nearly every gallery I know has reasonably priced pieces as well as the more expensive ones. A gift of art lasts a lifetime. Shown are just a few items from the Frye Art Museum Gift Store.
Just got an email from Jena Scott at Seattle Art Resource, 626 1st. Avenue #200:
“Last week, our glass display case in the back of the gallery was broken into and a small Morris Graves painting was stolen. In hindsight, the details of the crime lead me to believe this was premeditated.
Please, if you have been or are contacted about reselling this piece OR happen to see this piece during your daily activity, please call the Seattle Police Department (Main line: 206.625.5011 or Officer Lee Fiedler at 206.684.8917 / Incident #12-239485).”
If someone contacts you regarding this piece, please behave as if you don’t know about the theft and try to get all of the pertinent information about this caller/visitor for the police. You can also call Jena at 206.838.2695.
Shown is the stolen piece. MEXICAN FRUIT, 1973, Gouache on paper, Signed and dated lower right 7.75 x 10.25 inches; 14 x 18 inches framed (floated with an aluminum/silver thin-profile metal frame) $16,500.”
My heart is aching, so forgive me for not writing about art right now. Our beautiful, sweet, joy-filled Golden Retriever, Maxi, died last night. She was only seven years old and in perfect health up until four days ago.
I came home from Petsmart the other day with two new balls and went out to the yard to throw them for the dogs. We have one other Golden, Suzi, Maxi’s sister. They were best friends and slept cuddled up together at night from the time they were tiny. Maxi is on the left and Suzi on the right in this picture. We bought both of them when they were three months old from a breeder up in Everett. Anyway, back to the balls. They had so much fun running like crazy to catch the balls and bring them back for another throw. Maxi was such a good girl, always bringing the ball back and dropping it at my feet. Suzi, on the other hand, was more possessive.
Maxi was the smarter of the two from the very beginning, with one exception — squirrels. She never saw a squirrel she could ignore and scared me to death on more than one occasion bolting to the chase while I was left with a sore arm, watching helplessly as she flew down the street with her leash and me dragging behind. She never did catch a squirrel.
Back to the ball. On Monday afternoon she threw up and started eating grass. By Wednesday I knew she had to go to the vet when I found half of one of the tennis balls. The vet, a kindly lady, took x-rays and showed me the results with four large pieces of something in her stomach. She operated that night and called to tell us the happy results as she had removed the four pieces of a bright pink ball. Maxi was doing well, and she said we could take her home on Saturday.
Yesterday her prognosis steadily worsened. She had a bad case of aspiration pneumonia. Pneumonia in a dog? We visited her yesterday afternoon and found a very sick girl with labored breathing. I knew then she wasn’t going to make it, but the vet said she was giving her antibiotics and there was still hope.
Last night about nine, the call came. She was gone. We took Suzi over to see Maxi’s body to help her understand where Maxi was. It was one of the saddest and most emotionally wrenching things I’ve ever been through. Believe me when I tell you dogs have deep feelings. Suzi did not want to leave her.
Thank you for reading.
The other day I got an email from someone asking me to make the images smaller as it took a long time to load the pages on her computer. I try, really I do, to make sure each image I get is no larger than 72-100 dpi which is pretty much the internet standard for web page graphics. During the course of our emails, she revealed that she was still using a telephone line to get on the internet. Telephone line? There are much, much better options out there including DSL from the phone company and cable from cable tv providers, not to mention 3G and 4G access from cell phone companies. DSL is probably the least expensive and also frees up your land line. Please, folks, do yourself a favor and switch to a more efficient method to get online. If you are still using a telephone line, you are living in the dark ages.
You can pretty much forget going to a museum today. According to the Seattle Times, there’s a lengthly list of art closures:
Eastside Jazz Club: A concert scheduled for Tuesday is being postponed until Friday, Jan. 20. Details are on EJC’s website.
Pacific Science Center: All exhibits are closed today; all planetarium, live science and laser dome shows are canceled. IMAX screenings of "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," "Tornado Alley 3D," "Adventures of Tintin," and "Sea Rex 3D" will take place, but will start late. See the center’s website for more details.
Pierce County Library. It’s closed Wednesday, Jan. 18. Library card holders may still use the online library.
PNB School: Classes are canceled at the Phelps Center in Seattle and Francia Russell Center in Bellevue on Wednesday. Check the website for updates.
Seattle Public Library. The library’s site says "Due to weather conditions, all locations will be open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today [Wednesday, Jan. 18]. Please call before attending an event."
Town Hall. Author Andrew Ross’ talk on "the world’s least sustainable city," Phoenix, scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed to an unspecified date. Town Hall says ticketholders will be contacted.
UW World Series. The UW campus has shut down, so Trio con Brio’s planned performance at Meany Hall has been canceled. Ticketholders are encouraged to call the UW ticket office at 206-543-4880 beginning at 11 a.m. Friday to request refunds or exchanges. You must make your request by Feb. 15.
WICA (Whidbey Island Center for the Arts): The first session of the center’s Glee Club for young people is postponed from Wednesday to Saturday. Details on WICA’s website.
"Cavalia" is due to open at 8 p.m. Wednesday night, but presenters are monitoring the weather and will make a final call about the premiere between noon and 4 p.m. Wednesday. Visit "Cavalia’s" website at or after 4 p.m. Wednesday to find out if the opening is postponed to Thursday.
Snow days are tough on businesses. Scheduled openings have to be cancelled, few, if any, people walk through the doors, and some employees or owners can’t make it to work. When my kids were small, I loved snow days. They would have a ball outside with their sleds and snowball fights while I would make a big pot of nice hot chili to be hungrily consumed by the fireplace when they came inside. Another great thing about snow is the quiet it brings since the few cars that are on the roads drive very slowly. But the most wonderful benefit of snow is the beauty of the winter wonderland outside the window while you’re all cozy and warm inside the house.
Just got this email in from the Traver Gallery that they are donating part of the proceeds this month.
“Throughout the month of December, the Traver Gallery will donate 10% of the profit on any art sales to the purchaser’s choice of the following organizations: Artist Trust , Pilchuck Glass School, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Glass Art Society, Museum of Glass, or Corning Museum of Glass. If there is a piece you’ve been considering from the gallery, we hope you’ll take this opportunity to do something good for yourself – and for the arts community.”
See the 26th floor of Bellevue Towers transformed into a collection of mini boutiques.
Clarke & Clarke Art + Artifacts will be in #2609. Come up for a drink and some treasure hunting. Valet Parking available. Log onto this site for details.
One more thing I’ve never told you as I stay to a pretty disciplined schedule of posting strictly about the art scene in the Pacific Northwest: I’m a nerd. I love computers and all kinds of technology. One of the greatest inventions, in my opinion, is the smart phone. I can’t imagine going back to a day and time without one. I type in my grocery list on my phone, keep all my appointments on it, use it for the latest news of the day and have even read books on it with my Kindle App. Last summer I discovered the wonderful world of the IPad and it’s incredible capabilities to take the world of the internet one step further. Actually, I could go on and on about the amazing world of tablets and phones, but I have loads of work to do right now.
I hope you don’t mind indulging me in a bit of a vanity post as this is about an app that was produced by my daughter Stacey. I’m posting more as a proud mama than an art blogger. I’m sure many of you have discovered the wonderful world of Apple and Android tablets and phones. I’m discovering more and more just how many interesting art apps there are, and hope to bring you a review soon of apps for the Pacific Northwest Art scene. For those of you with children or grandchildren, my daughter’s Dress Up Donkey application is a delightful storyboard type of app, where children can place a donkey in a variety of different backgrounds, and add all kinds of cute elements to the donkey. This is part of a larger app she has been developing called the InstaSpanish Kids App, which beat out hundreds of other apps to be selected as one of the top “Select Apps” by Sony in the Adobe/Sony App Challenge. She is also featured on the Ematic Funtab tablet for kids, as one of the pre-installed apps on over 30,000 units they produced for Christmas. Not bad for her first endeavor into the app business!
You can check out the Dress Up Donkey app in the various stores below:
I’ve just been looking at my stats page for the Seattle Art Blog and was pleasantly surprised to see 382 visitors from Russia in the past two days! If you have any questions about our galleries or are looking for a particular kind of art, just email me or leave a comment. Welcome to all of you.