Gabriel Mark Has Traveled The World, And It Shows.

Last year, I stumbled across Gabriel Mark‘s work in a Portland art gallery and was extremely shocked that he was in the back of the gallery, working on a piece for all to see. Furthermore, despite the fact that his price point is probably higher than the average REDEFINE reader is used to, Mark is a genuinely nice guy; he was more than ready to field questions and more than gracious to answer them.

What stuck out in my head instantly is that Mark has traveled the world gathering arts training, whether it be in the form of a more formal education or simply living and learning. And with his diverse variations on oil paintings, he seems to be absolutely at home in the medium. Below are just some of Mark’s works, and I suggest you visit his website to see much more.

Balance Of Power from his National Cowboy series (giclee print available).

Suzy And Badda from his Cookietown series.

Mark also teaches painting workshops in Oregon certain parts of the year, and his work is currently on display in Jacksonville, Oregon, Ashland, Oregon, and Nashville, Tennessee. See his website for details.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) 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.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

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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