Greenwood/Phinney Art Walk 2008

Bunches and bunches of art from the Greenwood/Phinney Art Walk yesterday! Enjoy!

Let’s begin with my personal favorites from the entire walk… intricately painted and deeply thoughtful pieces by Seattle artist Don Farrell. This acrylic piece, on wood panel, is called “Metamorphosis of the Mad God.” Artist statement is as follows:

“This somewhat abstract image is inspired by the Greek god Dionysos, who is well known as the god of wine. His dominion is ecstatic, but it is also of fermentation, vitality from decomposition. Appropriately, he is often associated not only with wine grapes, but also with ivy, or any number of vine plants that consume and spread voraciously. He is brilliant madness within a benign order – the destruction and decay of matter that facilitates the emergence of the new and glorious.”

“Deities Obsolete” by the same artist. Here are two of the five paragraphs from his explanation of this piece:

“This painting is a somewhat whimsical commentary of the pomp of organized religion (not to be confused with spirituality), the futile quest it encourages (for vitality already found within), and the candy-coating of its savagery that would otherwise expose its hypocrisy.

A scene repeated symmetrically (loose structural mimicry of a playing card) depicts clergymen conferring. Of course, there is a hierarchy, and enthroned, looking papal, with sacred items held aloft, the high priest casts his spell. The niches behind his head house symbols from the dollar, including the Illimuminati pyramid, and above is the crown-jewel of his opulent throne. This church is one of many built right on top of the ruined remains of sacred places by conquerors with different gods…”

Fabric “vessels” by Cameron Anne Mason. These are simply beautiful and involve hours of work. The process involved designing the pattern of each piece, hand-dying the fabric, sewing it, and quilting it.A brightly-colored piece by Paisley O’Farrell.

Due to glare, this is not the best photograph, but this is a piece by Mimi Williams, an artist from Olympia. She does linoleum prints on various pieces of paper and then collages them into one cohesive product. All of the colors in her image come from colored papers, and all the inks are black.

Cute acrylic pieces by Megan Marie Myers that could be perfect for children’s books.

Riding an alligator!!!!!

Riding an elephant!!!!!!!!!

Beautiful painted panels by Jim Stoccardo, on display at Herkimer Coffee.

And more! 🙂

“De-Mask” series by Kathy Liao. This is a huge self-portrait, which studies the different “masks” she wears in life.

Same as above, although this one explores – in particular – a stereotype by her Asian grandmother that pale is beautiful.

A cool mural by P. Darrington (details, anyone?) in Greenwood/Phinney. Beautiful.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

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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