Francine Seders Gallery – Maysey Craddock, Pat DeCaro, Gail Grinnell

I’ve been by the Francine Seders Gallery a million times but it has never been open. Today, for the first time, it was, as a part of the annual Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk! Yay.

The first image I saw at the gallery, and already, we’re off to a good start. This new body of work by Maysey Craddock features silhouettes of gouache trees, painted on paper bags sewn together with silk thread. Trees are certainly not a new theme but this is beautiful.

Same as above, but it’s much more obvious in this one that the canvas is nothing but a paper bag. Look forward to seeing more by Craddock, a painter and sculptor from Memphis (who is currently living and working in Munich).

“The Memory of a Tree” – A slight departure from the above pieces, this piece was embroidered on a found textile piece. $2,000.

Silhouetted figures in various positions. Ink on semi-transparent paper. By Pat DeCaro.

Mixed media collage by Gail Grinnell. Acrylic on polyester, silk, and paper.

More to come from the Greenwood/Phinney Art Walk.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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