Explore some of the expressive artwork that came out of Winter 2022’s Mixed Media class, led by Teaching Artist Garima Naredi!
Combining drawing and color, this class aimed to push the boundaries of traditional media like charcoal, and incorporate mediums like pencils, pastels and watercolors. Referencing inspirational imagery from photography, newspapers, and magazines, participants created pieces with a solid overall structure while expressing emotions through lines and color.
Pre-pandemic, more buses rolled through Seattle’s Third Avenue than any other street in North America. The busy transit corridor has deteriorated greatly during the pandemic. There has been a spike in violence dramatic enough to shut down the Third and Pike bus stop. The city recently launched “Operation New Day” to crack down on crime and boost public safety. Can the mayor’s plan restore vibrancy to downtown? What do you think?
(Please note that this information has been compiled from Seattle Channel sources.)
I invite you to take a look at some of the artwork created by the talented staff of one of our amazing Social Service Partners, Harborview Medical Center. Click here for more inspiration for our upcoming Spring quarter photography and portraiture classes, as well as wood, fiber, jewelry, and much more!
“Structured in Seattle”
I took up film photography last year – it’s been a great way to explore both the city and my creativity.
Rebekah Zaharia, Academic HR Manager, General Internal Medicine
“Portrait of Sheryl Feldman”
Andrea Gahl, RN, Trauma Nurse Coordinator, Department of Surgery
This is a portrait of my friend Sheryl Feldman. She is a writer, filmmaker, climate change activist, and co-founder of Hedgebrook, a women’s writers retreat on Whidbey Island. 32×32, oil on canvas.
“Diamonds are MMs BFF”
Jamie Leeds, Program Operations Specialist Supply Chain Management
“Gladys A. Bentley”
Nikki Harris – Dones, Medical Assistant Sleep Clinic
Gladys A. Bentley (Aug. 12, 1907 – Jan 18, 1960) “was a Gender-bending American Blues Singer, Pianist, and Entertainer during the Harlem Renaissance. She was a pioneer in pushing the envelope of gender, sexuality, class and race. ” She played a major roll early on the Black Queer community. This piece is mixed media of painting with pens, marker and paper.
Something I try to do in hopes of promoting my artwork is entering exhibitions. I’ve fallen behind in this practice, but now that my living situation is stable once again, I am returning to doing this. Finding exhibitions that are affordable can be difficult, as I have little money to spare. Despite that, I had prior knowledge of one that occurs annually and doesn’t have an entry fee that will break the bank: RoCo 6×6.
RoCo 6×6 is an exhibit that the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center has every year. Anyone can submit up to four entries, which are each to have surfaces that measure six inches by six inches. By “anyone,” I mean artists of all ages and skill levels, and from anywhere in the world. While there is no registration fee, most artists will have to pay shipping costs.
Why does this arts center have this exhibition? This event serves as their only fundraiser, as the center sells each piece of artwork for $20.00, both on site and online. Unfortunately, artists do not get a cut of these proceeds nor do they have any unsold artwork returned to them, as unsold pieces will continue to be for sale online at a discounted price.
To give you an idea of work that might be submitted, below are the four pieces I created.
Despite that, a week ago, I had learned from another Path with Art artist that there is a similar exhibition held by an organization in Shoreline, Washington, 6X6NW. This show allows for you to enter ten pieces of artwork, each on a six inch by six inch surface. Or if you are someone whose forte is in the realm of photography, you may enter ten photos that are to be displayed at eight inches by eight inches. While there is a $6.00 flat entry fee for registering if you are not a pre-K to twelfth grade student (and from what I interpret from the guidelines, you can submit both photos and artwork, yet you would pay $12.00, as the artwork and photos seem to be managed as two separate entities—contact the organization for clarification), I know that a portion of this blog’s intended audience can bypass shipping fees by dropping off pieces in person. Also, photo entries can be submitted electronically, each file needing to be at least 800 pixels by 800 pixels.
While 6X6NW is similar to RoCo 6×6 in that you will not be returned any unsold artwork, a huge plus is that you can earn forty percent commission for your art that sells. Each piece is going to be sold at $36.00 during the time of exhibition, so you can earn $14.40 for each sold work. There also are awards given for People’s Choice, Sponsor’s Choice and Director’s Choice.
There is still time to enter the 2022 iteration of this show—for that matter, registration hasn’t even opened yet! Registration will occur in June 2022, so keep your eyes on their website!
“You have to understand something about surviving violence. It is always with you. It is something you will never get over. And just as you are never going to get over it you incorporate the experience into the fabric of your life. It becomes a part of you.”
This resonated with me. Trauma has always been difficult for me to explain to people, particularly when the perpetrators are family, what society calls loved ones.
Want to get your artwork out there? Check out these opportunities!
INTERSECTIONS @ GRAPHITE GALLERY
AN OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS AFFECTED BY ONE OR MORE ASPECTS OF INTERSECTIONALITY: RACE, RELIGION, GENDER, ETHNICITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, CLASS, CITIZENSHIP, ABILITY, AND MORE
This juried show seeks to feature under-represented artists whose visibility and unique voices are integral to the body of arts and culture in the Salish Sea region (Pacific Northwest). They are currently accepting submissions Feb 1st through March 31st, 2022.