Saturday, November 29, 2008

Up Coming Holiday Shows

Enterprise for Equity Business Showcase
Date & Time : Dec 4 from 5:30-7 PM
Location: Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way, Olympia
Come shop for gifts and be inspired by E4E graduates

who are starting businesses doing what they love.

2008 Fine Arts & Crafts Sale
Date & Time: Saturday Dec 13th from 10 am to 5 pm &
Sunday Dec 14th from 10 am to 4 pm
Location: State Capital Museum Coach House
211 West 21st Avenue, Olympia, WA

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Environmentantal Art Exhibition Acceptance and more

Episode Four Art Exhibit "Haste Management" has been extended through December 2008 @ Visage1046 NW Johnson, Portland, OR
Think ahead, leave no plastic behind!

Also check the Eco Fashions from Portland's recent Junk to Funk runway show:
highlights, including PDX mayor-elect in a bubble wrap suit:

Two of my pieces have been accepted into Tacoma Community College's "Environmental Art Exhibition - January 9- February 27, 2009

Ensoul Gold Rush

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Closing Reception - Banned Books - Kirkland Library

I reworked M. C. Escher's book - The Graphic Work of M. C. Escher which was almost banned due to its demonic images and nudity. I collaged various image onto of some of the images, covered up others, and added little stickers demanding the book be banned that were quotes from the group that tried to ban the book from an elementary library.

Announcement from Kirkland Library:
There will be a closing reception at the Kirkland library banned books show. Artworks include FAC artist Sarah Lovett, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath... Please come see these refigured books. It is a hands on exhibit.Sunday December 7th 5-7 pm. Kirkland Library, on Kirkalnd Avenue, downtown Kirkalnd.

Also I have agreed to donate my "banned" book to The King County Library System Foundation to offer the art pieces at auction at the 2009 fundraiser. Last year their director, Jeanne Thorsen, arranged for all donated pieces to be beautifully displayed, with contact information about each participating artist.
I was quoted in the Kirkland Reporter article "An artistic take on banned books"
Oct 29 2008 · By Brittni Reinertsen [ entertainment 10/29/08]
Artist Ellen Miffitt also recognized the political tone of this year’s exhibit.
“In this current political climate, it is very important to make sure that even more rights are not restricted by the federal government,” Miffitt said. “I don't think people realize how closely we are all monitored in the name of safety.”

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Shop the Frontier - Big Recycled Basket Art Contest

I won the Contest!!!! Here's my wining recycled bag:

We’re so excited about our latest recycling idea and hope you’ll join us in a contest to create wonderful, artistic gift bags made from recycled materials!At Shop The Frontier, we support recycling and re-using. We also support local artists. So when we knew it was time to order bags and baskets for the holidays, we decided to ask out arts community to join us in our efforts to promote local artists and arts by sponsoring the Big Recycled Basket Art Contest! We would like to see everyone join us in creating some wonderful, artistic gift bags and baskets for our use during the holiday season. Your signed basket will be used as a gift basket filled with wonderful handcrafted local goods.. It’s good for the environment, it promotes Shop The Frontier and it promotes your work as an artist.
AUBURN, Wash. - November 17, 2008 - White River Valley Museum and City of Auburn Arts Commission has announced the artists selected to participate in Small Works, Big Presents exhibition, which will be on view from Nov. 19 through Dec. 14. The judges Sheila Farr, Jim McDonald, and Paul Metivier selected 78 artworks submitted from the 369 entries of 141 participating artists.

Artist registration was open to all artists, and saw 32 Auburn based artists, 35 from the Greater King County, 18 from Seattle, and 40 from Pierce County and 16 from other Washington State Counties. Farr, McDonald and Metivier reviewed original works submitted for consideration and selected the following 49 artists for the exhibition:
Mike Ferguson, Jan Wieser, Gail Yampol, Mary McInnis, Donna Jean Perry, Harry Uhorechak, Jesse Schwartz, Wendy Ray, Alfred Harmon, Sonja Sheppard, Mark Jacobs, Doug Sims, Larry Ferguson, John Wise, Tis Huberth, Iris Stripling, Bill Ritchie, DeAnna Foran, Mary Zaffuto, Matthew Johnson, Iris Marshall, Marilyn Van Cleave Ullin, Paul Glasoe, Lydia Strange, Ken Strange, Ellen Miffitt, Kelly Loney, Lea Bishop, Debra Rexroat, Debra Cepeda, Marianne Harlor, Sue Jackson-Andre, Susan Apple, Helena Poortuliet, Fran Holt, George Nomura, Cole Adams, Samantha Kocsis, Lydia Sutton, Mary Johnson, Zachary Kolden, Jacqueline Argueta, Frances Buckmaster, Kathleen Fruge-Brown, Kenneth Watson, Amanda DeSilver, Scott Manthey and Barbara Christensen

The inspiration for this exhibition is to provide a unique opportunity for regional artists, while being able to offer fine art at affordable prices during the holiday season. Artists working in a wide variety of media are represented, including photography, painting, printing, and collage. All entries were limited by size in either the small (20” x 24”) or mini (6”x 6”) categories.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: The City of Auburn Arts Commission and the White River Valley Museum are partnering to present the first Small Works Juried Art Show and Sale. The show celebrates the diversity and creativity in the regional arts scene and showcases the work of emerging and established Pacific Northwest artists while the community is offered an opportunity to purchase fine artwork. There are two categories that artists were able to enter: Small Works & Mini Works. This is a juried show.
Cash awards for Best in Show, 1st and 2nd place, voting for the People’s Choice Award, and Preview Sales will all occur at the Preview Opening and Awards Ceremony on November 18, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sale of the artwork will be available throughout the exhibition of which 25% of the proceeds benefit the White River Valley Museum.

ABOUT THE JUDGES: Sheila Farr is the art critic for the Seattle Times and author of books on Northwest artists Leo Kenney, Fay Jones and James Martin. Jim McDonald is an independent art curator and owner of Jim McDonald Fine Arts Services, LLC, based in Seattle. Paul Metivier teaches ceramics at Green River Community College and is a graduate of the University of Washington.

City of Auburn Arts Commission910 Ninth St SEAuburn, WA

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Art Slam in Tacoma WA

Art Slam November 21, 20087 - 9 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th Avenue Free to the public
In celebration of the 7th anniversary of Tacoma’s Art at Work month, the Tacoma Arts Commission is hosting an Art Slam on Friday, November 21st. Doors open at 6:30 and the event runs from 7 to 9 pm at the Rialto Theater in downtown Tacoma.
What is an Art Slam? In a fast-paced format, a selection of work by local artists will be projected on the big screen. Spoken word artists will also perform as part of this year’s show. An accompanying description of artists’ work and contact information will be included in a program. Artists of all mediums and genres will show their work, ranging from the very accomplished to the up and coming. Everyone presents their work in the same format. The Art Slam is a place for artists and art enthusiasts to gather and share their work in a non-competitive atmosphere. The event is meant to be a fun, relaxed and inspiring evening, reminding us why we create art in the first place.
Join us for a reception in the Rialto lobby following the event, allowing community members an opportunity to mingle.
Read the Tacoma News Tribune article "Wham-Bam Art Sampler" here (PDF).
Participating spoken word artists:Antonio Edwards, Jr.David FewsterFarrand Green, JrElijah H. MuiedLucas Smiraldo
Participating visual and performing artists: RR Anderson, Anita Beninger, Shirley Benton, Nancy Bourne Haley, Nick Butler, Brett Carlson , E. Cheney, Heather Cornelius, Becky Frehse, T. Fuller, Kristin Giordano, Marsha Glazière, Carrie Goller, Carrie Goodnight, Justin Gorman, Deborah Greenwood, Chad Hagedorn, Ronald Hall, Connie Hardy, Cara J. Jennings, Jan Karroll, Laurie J. Kidd, Dayton K. Knipher, Mark Larson, Joyce Loveland, Andrea Lowen, Kate Lynch, Dorothy McCuistion, John McCuistion, Nancy Merkle, Ellen Miffitt, Patsy Surh O'Connell, Chandler O'Leary, Jim Oliver, Joanne Osband, Claudia Riedener, Mauricio Robalino, Jesse Ross, Holly A. Senn, Alexis St. John, Heidi Stephens, Janette Stiles, Sharon Styer, Nina Tabare, Kathy Thurston, Elliot Trotter, William Turner, Adrian Urbina, Kathyryn Cecelia "KaCe" Whitacre, Karin Williams

Naomi Strom-Avila
Cultural Arts Specialist
City of Tacoma
747 Market Street, Room 900
Tacoma, WA 98402

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The following link will bring you to the Enso Center's website.
For this year's annual exibit they have listed the bios of the participating artists:

Declines are part of the art world:
Decline from the Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon Island
Decline from the Artist Trust Annual Auction call for art

"Now What Do I Do?" Accepted for the Small Works, Big Presents @ the White River Valley Museum in Auburn. 11/14-12/14/2008

My updated website is now up and running through the host This service has very easy to use templates, within 5 hours I had loaded all the copy, images, and tweaked until satisfied with the results - same domain name -

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New Collages

I'm under stress due to a health issue and as a result caught a terrible cold... however I did manage to make some new collages, frame & ship art to the Enso Center in Redmond for their annual exhibit, and submit pieces to "Small Works, Big Presents" juried show at the Auburn White River Valley Musuem. The jury results will be announced soon as the show opens next week.
These mini collages have many pieces of recycled jewelry, plastic, shells or beads...

Moon Whisper (C)2008

Imperturbable (C)2008 Arygra (C)2008

New Website Host

An artist friend suggested for setting up a website.
I found the whole process easy and within a few hours had a temp site
set up. The fee of $100.oo per year seems reasonable, they will transfer/renew
your domain name and are quick to respond to questions/problems.
I have realized the importance of not bartering for something as important
as a website. The templates are easy to understand and I copied & pasted
things like my resume, artist statements, etc... will be up and running within a few days when the transfer of the domain name should be completed.
My Winter classes are listed as well as up-coming exhibits and my new art.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Exhibits for the Holidays

Beside the exhibits listed below I will have art at the following locations:
Box Heart Expressions
4523 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224 Phone 412-687-8858

Mystic Mocha Café Exhibit, 402 E 26th Street, Tacoma, WA
Open seven days a week, Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (253) 272-2421.

Rhapsody in Bloom Florist & Cafe Latte
3709 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406 (253) 761-7673

Shop the Frontier - A non-profit rural marketplace

The Gallery – Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
151 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 Phone: 206-842-3132

White Dove Gallery
5934 88th Street SW, Lakewood, WA 98499-2905 Phone: 253-582-7859
Listed below are my exhibits - current and upcoming:

"Hypothesis "
Oct 20-Nov 14/2008 - Auburn Arts Commission, Auburn City Hall Gallery, Auburn, WA

10/11-11/7 “One More Time!” Recycled Art Show, 5205 South 2nd Avenue, Everett, WA 98203

"Crobh Dearg "- Irish Goddess of the Harvest
October 30th to Nov 30th - 21st Annual Miniatures Show Cannon Beach Gallery

"Entelechy" - Nov1-28th Episode 4: “Haste Management”, Visage, 1046 NW Johnson, Portland, OR 97209

"Homage to Eve"
Nov 5 – 16 Holiday Small Works Show and Sale, C Gallery, 855 Hiawatha Place South, Seattle, WA

Nov 14-22 Enso Center's Family Art Exhibit, Enso Center for International Arts, 8708 196th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98053

Nov-April 2009, Whimsical Sumi-e , Pediatric Ward, Harrison Hospital, BAC Rental Program, Bremerton, WA
Nov 21 - The Art Slam – Tacoma Rialto theater , Tacoma, WA