Seattle Metals Symposium

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This past Saturday, I attended the Seayyle Metals Symposium held at the Museum of History in Tacoma. This organization promoting metals usage in jewelry, art and furniture, provides hands on workshops and educational syposiums. My interest in metals stems from being a wearer of jewelry, an art gallery owner and wanting to know how things are made.
At the Symposium, there is a book sale, a silent auction of donated services, art items and the Bijou Board of unusual jewelry pieces. I almost got amazing broche. The woman who won it is the President of SMG…so it was good for her. So glad.

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Another fabulous event in conjunction with the Symposium was getting to go to the newly finished Tacoma Art Museum, to see the traveling metals exhibition entitled Protective Ornaments: Amulets to Armor. The curator of this show was a featured speaker. Her talk was insightful into ornamentation created for love or war.

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Very intriguing work, that haunts and repels, depending on the usage.

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If you have any interest in metal works, I would suggest a visit to the museum.

And while there, check out the Museum of Glass, and the Museum  of History.

Tacoma is a wonderful town to explore and enjoy the arts.

Cheers

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Studio Visit: Micki Lippe

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Monday, I found myself at the studio of jeweler, Micki Lippe, where we were awaiting the arrival of a locksmith. Key troubles. Loved sitting around chatting, when Micki realized, there was a way in.

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After tea and lots of art conversations it was time to depart with some fabulous new work for the gallery.

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These bits are part of Micki’s works in progress..so uniquely Micki  Lippe..inspired by nature. 

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ARTSTOCK – Stephen McMillan

All hung up

All hung up

Last weekend, the gallery hosted Stephen McMillan, printmaker extraordinaire.  He has been creating these amazing landscape scenes for over 30 years, using a technique for printmaking that was invented in 1768.. and it is still used today, as it creates a soft watercolor effect.

Chatting with the artist

Chatting with the artist

Stephen shared stories of his technique and travels with all that attended the 2 day event. He brought to share, a copper plate, the tools he uses and a few prints in various states of the process. 

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Stop on by to see the work on display until October 29. Best to all

 

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FARMLANDS: David Ridgway & Art Hansen

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David on the left and Art on the right, a lovely opening with lots of dialogue amongst the collectors and artists. What fun..
A few more Shots of the nights activities.

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These openings are an intimate experience for all, with conversations and s bit of Proseco. A good time is had by all.  Kind regards

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The Changing of the Light Bulb

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Perhaps you think about Light as I do… In the gallery’s space there are 79  fixtures illuminating the artwork on the walls.  Spending much time in this space, I have noticed how uneven the lighting is. [ I'm sure you've never noticed this as the walls are filled with work that draws your attention!]

I spent this last Friday night up on a ladder swapping out all 79 bulbs and installing new LED bulbs. Won’t go to all the details of how or why, but managed to find a company, named Kaydas [http://www.kaydas.com] located in Portland. Akshay Gupta, one of the founders of the company was wonderful to work with. He helped me thru the dilemma of Kelvin color and beam width.. so important for the gallery.
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So stop by and see the difference. I think you will be as impressed as I am with the new LED bulbs.

And yes it took us almost 4 hours to change out 79 bulbs.

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Perhaps next time I spend that much time up on a ladder, I will remember not to wear heels!

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Patterns Show: Schoenberg, Rierden and Gumaelius

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What fun, tonight at the gallery we were lucky enough to host the artists,  Cathy Schoenberg, from Guemes Island, Tom Rierden from Orcas Island,  and Robin and John Gumaelius and family from Brooklyn,  Wa.

Such amazing color, texture and patterns on the walls and on the sculpture s.

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Dana Roberts at Taste Restaurant, SAM

Dana Roberts at Taste Restaurant, Seattle Art Musuem

Dana Roberts at Taste Restaurant, Seattle Art Musuem

Another View

Another View

Have tried to get to Taste Restaurant at SAM for the last month, as one of my favorite artists/people Dana Roberts is the featured artist.

It was Sunday, and I arrived at 4.03Pm and yep they close at 4pm… The staff was great and let me wonder around taking photos…

The gallery has worked with Dana, on and off for 29 years. Love the way the adventures of her dress paintings continue to evolve both as objects and emotional subjects. The gallery has some great work,  and seeing a few of these paintings was like visiting an old adored friend.  Link to http://www.waterworksgallery.com/artists/17-dana-roberts?html=&medium=Painting.

This restaurant, Taste Restaurant is wonderful, great location downtown on First Ave and their have an artistic Happy Hour… Good food and ART what could be better.

Well perhaps next time in Seattle.

Ahh  It's Moth Girl

Ahh It’s Moth Girl

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