30th Anniversary in Photos

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Here’s the invitation wall, showing some of the invitations from the past 30 years.

wpid-wp-1431841607287.jpegMy Fabulous, Shop Girl #2, Carla, but unfortunately Shop Girl #1, Julie was unable to attend. She was missed.

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Wonderful to see both new friends and old friends, and wonderful and supportive clients.

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Was having so much fun, chatting, drinking and eating that I forgot to take photos.          Silly me. And the chocolate cake was amazing and it was from Bakery San Juan.

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Best

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Inspiration

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Anelecia Hannah Brooks & Ruth Offen

Keeping Time opened on Saturday with lots of excitement. Family, friends, and fellow artists showed up to see Anelecia ‘ s long awaited show in the Pacific Northwest.

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People came from far away places , to see this talented artists work. Using the theme of everyday objects transformed into artwork  these paintings are the marks of time and place.
A key, a peg, a bar of soap… The artist herself marks her time and place by always wear her sneakers.

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And others enjoyed the catalog the gallery helped published about the body of paintings created over the past year.

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But ultimately what was the most exciting was feeling and seeing all the artists connecting. The creative sparks were flying. The ideas, and the vocabulary were a wonderful addition to the nights festivites.

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Another wonderful event at WaterWorks Gallery. Thanks to all for showing up.

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AND Here we go…

Seattle Opera

Seattle Opera

Ahhh. Recently a friend of mine asked,  “Why do I like Opera?”  I was in Seattle to see Seattle Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss.  And the answer came to me. The idea of listening to something a hundred years old, and still being able to enjoy the story, the music, and that something still sounds fresh and alive with energy. That something is remarkable. Especially with the passage of time. History.

Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato, Mexico

Speaking of time, this past winter I traveled a bit, Florida for family, Caribbean for the warmth, [think dancing], and a month in Mexico. Beautiful sunny warm country. Spent time in Mexico City, amazing depth of Museums from Archaeological to Frida Kahlo’s home; to Guanajuato, a hill town that mined silver for years, now a university town; to San Miguel D’Allende, where gringos roam the streets. What fun and soaked up lots of sun and culture.

Don Quixote Musuem

Don Quixote Museum

With those thoughts, in mind, it brings me to write about another remarkable fact. WaterWorks Gallery celebrates it’s 30th Anniversary. Who would have thought a contemporary gallery on an island? I did, first out of necessity, a job, then out of a passion for the arts and now I am an art’s advocate. But I could not do it without you, the artists I have represented, the clients to all past, present and future. Thank YOU. So welcome this year of amazing shows, started last month with the amazing Debbie Daniels, and now this week open Anelecia Hannah Brooks.  There is a serendipity in opening a show at a 30 year old gallery with a 30 year old artist. Timing is everything!

Anelecia Hannah Brooks - Lifespan

Anelecia Hannah Brooks – Lifespan

Best, Ruth

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# Social Media at the Frye Museum

One of my favorite museums in Seattle is the Frye Museum, located up on Terry Ave near Cherry Ave. This museum has free parking, a fabulous little restaurant and free admission.

A bit of history to share to appreciate the Social exhibition. The art collection was gifted to the people of Seattle and opened as a Museum in 1952. As avid collectors of their day, the collection from 1893 thru 1940 is a wonderful collection of German art including such periods Symbolism and Secession artworks with both landscape and portrait paintings.

The concept for the #SocialMedium show was to publicly curate an exhibition using the holdings of the museum and then present the works on the walls of the museum…good out of the box thinking…with surprising results.

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This painting of received over 3000 votes,  followed by

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Then these two marvelous portraits. Sin being one of the most beloved painting in this museum’s holding.

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To me, what was surprising was the predominance of portraits.

Perhaps the digital generation viewed these portraits  as Selfies.

The Frye is truly doing its job inovating the past into the future, and evolving it’s role.

The show is on display until January 4, 2015
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Installation: Tom Small

Walking by the gallery these past months, perhaps you noticed a steel plate pinned to the concrete.

Yesterday, before the rains showed up,  Tom Small crained onto this spot, Mystery 800 pounds of carved basalt sculpture.

Here’s a few images.

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And Mystery installed in morning light.

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Great new carved basalt sculpture

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Think RED…Holiday Show

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Wow, the weather is so bloody cold out, and the sun shines with a high of 32…Do not feel any warmth from the sun.

With power outages and the whipping wind, the best attended show of the gallery was a quieter affair.

Thank you to the 40 or so souls who ventured into the gallery to drink champagne and eat holiday chocolates.

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And so begins the Holiday Season at the gallery, with lots of fabulous artworks, sculpture, glass and jewelry, stop by and warm up for a while.
Great gift wrapping.

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Front window filled with lampworked glass ornaments from Janis Miltenberger and Karen Buhler.

BRRRRRRRRRRR

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Studio

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Stopped in at NK Build to pick up some  new work for the Holiday Show, and wow. The work of these men are awesome in design and construction.
Pictured on the photo, left is Noah and right is Conan.
We tried to get all this amazing work into my car and, well it just did not fit.

So a road trip for the duo will  get the new work up in time for the show this Saturday.

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This detail is if the live edge of a 4foot Elm wood and steel bench. Additional images of the new benches and a tall narrow table posted when installed.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving.  Cheers.

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Meet Doug McIntosh

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Always looking for something new to share. Recently met Doug McIntosh, based outside Portland, who photographs the maritime detritus (stuff) the docks and the boats. Wherever the image is.

In his studio, he manipulates the imagery somewhat getting more painterly in his aproach. After carefully printing the images, the surface is painted with a type of resin used on boats.. How appropriate.

The gallery received 8 images, ranging in size from 24 x 24 to 24 x 55.

AHH the luxury of large.

His works will be on display for this month and he’s featured on the gallery’s website.http://www.waterworksgallery.com

The surface being glossy is different from other artist works at the gallery. I do believe the surface alludes to a different interaction between the  viewer and the work.
Stop by and let me know your thoughts.

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Seattle Metals Symposium

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This past Saturday, I attended the Seattle 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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