Inspiration · Nature

Etching — what an art form!

An etching by Sheryl Steiger Young.

I came across this beautiful etching today. The artist is named Sheryl Steiger Young. The detail is amazing. “Fine line drawing and attention to minute detail characterize Young’s artwork.” Her animal etchings will be on display at a gallery in Vermont during the month of May. “The nature and animal studies are the root of her work, expressing all the perfection and beauty one could possibly be privileged to enjoy in the world.” I have done a few etchings myself, but nothing this intricate.

Community · Partners

The Art of Harborview Medical Center

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!

Photography

“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

Portraiture

“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.

Poetry

Where love leads

3/1/2022
WHERE LOVE LEADS 

Love for the way it feels when your love is shared. 

Love gives us all possibilities  

Love is to choose our better instinct 

Writing stimulates the imagination  

Unconsciousness so I can dream about what I don’t know 

Love is to choose one’s better instinct 

My car brings me joy and comfort 

All the live rings because they are alive in ys. 

Love is to choose our better instinct 

My cellphone is how I interact with the world. 

Love brings our focus to one another’s dignity  

Love is to choose our better instinct! 

Community · Visual Art

Exhibitions in 6×6 Format

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.

“Union” by Angela Michaelina, March 2022

“Structure” by Angela Michaelina, March 2022

“Autonomy” by Angela Michaelina, March 2022

“Harmony” by Angela Michaelina, March 2022

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!

Short Story

Boots

A short story by George Beavis.

From the author:

I have been trying, emphasis on trying, to write about my experiences in Vietnam in a way that I hoped would be more understandable to other people. I think, or hope, I have learned some ways to do that. 

If I have it has only been the result of each of my classmates and the way they have approached each of the tasks and the creativity each has shown plus the encouragement of Michael January, Samuel and the other CM people.

Without their encouragement I would have just left it hanging and not put the effort into it.  It is by no means a work of art, but I feel good that I rewrote it, reworked it and the ideas. The encouragement helped me to keep going on it and I feel very good about that. Who cares about the story. Not me. I do care that I was encouraged and “finished” it!!!!

Boots 

by George Beavis

Watching the news and the camera panned over a dead body covered by a tarp. A foot with a brand new boot sticking out. 

I remember my laces were being pulled tight and wrapped around my ankle twice and knotted. 

After that, we knocked about for a while and then went for a walk. I got pretty wet and muddy. By night time we were back where we started. I was taken off the foot and set on the ground. That didn’t always happen. Sometimes we were so tired we were never taken off and set on the floor. 

Days marched by like that in an endless line until one day when we were out walking and a big explosion knocked us down. 

I woke up in a dark closet. When the door was left open I could look around. My partner, who I considered “Left” wasn’t near me. It got dark again and I was scared. After a while, my eyes began to adjust to the dark in the closet. I looked around and saw other boots lined up. Some singles. Some pairs. 

I just sat there all day for maybe months, so I was able to study the other boots even in the darkish light in the closet. Some were brand new and never really got a chance to even have their soles broken in. Some were badly worn, their toes all scuffed and scared, with their soles worn thin. 

A few boots away was a pair that were all spit-shined and regulation-like. Probably never worked a day in his life, you know the type. I bet he was fragged. 

Mostly we just sat in here and no one paid any attention to us like we had outlived our usefulness. One time someone came and got one of the singles, threw it in the trash then slammed the door. 

** 

I hated that locker. It gave me the willies. If I saw a boot belonging to someone I knew had died, I would throw it out. I didn’t throw out pairs ‘cause it seemed a shame when there was still life in them. When I got ready to rotate back to the states I snagged a pair that looked pretty new and stuffed them in my bag. 

I didn’t try them on until I got back home. I thought they might be good for camping or hiking. I wasn’t trying to be a poser or anything. When I put them on I knew I had made a bad mistake. All the lumps and bumps of the original owner’s feet were still there on the inside. Just walking around in them they reminded me with every step that they weren’t mine. I took them off and set them in the garage for a few years. Every time I saw them they would remind me of that bloody closet and all the dead boots. I eventually threw them out. They were just like an albatross hung around a sailor’s neck to punish.

Mixed Media

Felted Spring

Felted Spring

by Jessica Peterson

I was sent a needle felting art kit last Spring quarter for the Bunny in the top right corner and I had never needle felted before but because of this art kit I have fallen in love with the needle felting art form and wanted to share a few of the projects I’ve done since my bunny. Thank you Path with Art for inspiring me and teaching me new skills and creative outlets.