At the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham last weekend, I was delighted to watch this woman come across my friend Marita Dingus' installation in the current exhibition Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists 1880-2010.
The woman was chattering quietly with a friend when she stopped in front of Marita's piece and was immediately silenced: she remained there for a very long time, solitarily engaged with this wonderful creation titled 200 Women of African Descent. The whole exhibition is certainly worth a visit.
Marita is represented by Francine Seders Gallery, in Seattle. Another delight was to see the work of Diem Chau ( with whom I had taken a class at Pratt some years ago ... "before" she was famous!) in three of her beautifully detailed pieces.
and the effects are stunning. But not done yet, said Alicia! Looking at the images later I found myself intrigued by the process images as much as the "almost completed" works. Alicia's work can been seen currently in a show at the Alexis Hotel in Seattle, Pacini Lubel Gallery - Seattle, and Gillman Contemporary in Ketchum, Idaho.
Each month my friend Colleen Maloney and I volunteer in the Open Art Studio at the Tacoma Art Museum. When the chores of maintaining the studio are completed ... we "play". One of Colleen's many talents ( she first identifies as a graphic designer) is as a paper/book artist and yesterday I watched her assemble a book from the stunning pile of paste papers she had created. Her sense of color always amazed me and when a book is completed, the manner in which those colorful papers are assembled - is simply stunning. How does she do that? Surrounded by so many talented people, one just hopes some of it rubs off!