Atittude is everything

What a fabulous group of jewelers the gallery represents:
From left, Micki Lippe, Gina Pankowski, Terri Rau and Jennifer Howard-Kicinski.

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All the new pretties… earrings, necklaces, bracelets and brooches are on display till the end of the month.

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And the opening was …

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The Changing

wpid-20150709_132957.jpgThursday was  the day the gallery got rehung. Opening a new show this weekend The Horse  with Jaime Ellsworth, paintings and Barbara Duzan, bronze. The gallery is transformed from one look to another, thought it might be fun to share a before and after.wpid-20150709_132939.jpg

Even after 30 years of hanging shows, I still need to think, stew and even dream about how these shows will look. So here are the paintings, kinda in place on the floor.

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Now you ask, Where are the bronzes ? Thankfully the gallery has spaces down the hall, to store artworks, sculptures, glass and other items necessary for running a gallery.

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And now this is what the gallery looks like, with the show all hung just waiting for you !

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The Argyle Avenue window looks great with Barbara’s large bronze Ponies, Zeus looking out the window  as the beaded deer looks on!

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Hope to see you at the show, Best

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After the show

Whew, yesterday’s opening was an amazing and wonderful experience.

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Thank you to everyone who traveled from near and far in the success of the day for Melinda and the gallery.
Xoxox

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OntheWalls: Melinda Hannigan – Boxing the Compass- Recent Paintings

The  invitations are out, the listing are done and now the paintings are hung. The work is amazing and the gallery looks great. These photos were shot on Friday, for those of you unable to make the opening,  more show photos will post after the  Saturday afternoon opening. Best

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Melinda and Pat Hannigan

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A New Place for Sculpture

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Last night, I went to Bellingham,  to attend the preview party at the newest  gallery space dedicated to showing regional sculpture.

Located a few doors down, from the red brick building housing the Whatcom Museum, this simple, clean and airy light filled space with soaring ceilings is now home to Sculpture Northwest Gallery. This space, located in old town Bellingham on Prospect Street, is a gorgeous space to view the many forms and shapes of sculpture presented in this exhibition.

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This inaugural exhibition Regional Stone, Regional Sculptors opens on June 5 and runs until August 16, 2015.
This exhibition shows a variety of both stone and techniques from typical stones as basalt, limestone, marble and alabaster to the more unusual named stones as Rhyyolite, Mudstone and Chlorite. There was a bit of steel and even glass used as parts of a melange of media in a few works.

This show, well worth the drive to Bellingham, has a few familiar artists, Tom Small, Bruce Haslett, Bill Wessinger, Tracy Powell and Al Sieradski. Many unknown to me, but on the whole, the quality of the work is fabulous.

Enjoy the work and visit their site Sculpturenorthwest.org

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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.

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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!

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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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