September Artwalk Friday night offers plenty of art and other specials

by | Sep 9, 2010

The monthly Greenwood-Phinney Art Up Artwalk is from 6-9 p.m. Friday night with plenty of artist openings at local galleries and specials at businesses (some of the galleries and businesses are open past 9 p.m.) Here are a few highlights, but you can check out the full list of participating businesses and artists here.
Palermo Art Gallery, which held its grand opening inside the Greenwood Collective at 8537 Greenwood Ave. N. last month, has its first group show, with gallery owner Yvonne Palermo and featured guest artist Nick Beery.

Yvonne Palermo’s paintings promote social awareness of chronic pain as a legitimate health condition through emotionally charged portrayals of haggard female figures paired with twisted spinal imagery and layers of abstract strokes of paint. Palermo works in a series layers incorporating her training in surface design, medical diagrams and words to create patchwork-quilt-like paintings that parallel her experiences on the operating table and in American medical environment. Her innovative paintings convey the horrors of our current healthcare system from the perspective of a woman who is well acquainted with the negative attitude towards chronic physical pain in American hospitals.

Black & Blue by Nick Beery.

Nick Beery’s work has been described as edgy-pop-surrealism. The body of work included is a mash up of various styles and media that has earned the handle ‘pop-fiction’. Screen-printed zombie rappers bring a darkly decayed appeal to hip-hop related art. Oil paintings of melting landscapes with metal/steam-punk infused animals and creatures vibrantly stand out amongst smaller pieces of original artwork. Twisted muppets and sexy female illustrations are also featured as part of the ‘tri-fect’ ménage of mayhem which are exceedingly familiar cult parodies and odes to the bad-ass, chic women who bleed mythologies of today.

Assemble Gallery & Studio at 7406 Greenwood Ave. N. features avant-garde quilter Boo Davis, who is releasing her first book, “Dare to be Square.” (See today’s Seattle Times’ article about Davis.)

Davis reinterprets traditional quilt patterns with bold pictorial representations, limiting her designs to simple-to-sew squares and rectangles. A deviation from her heavy metal-inspired quilts under the studio name Quiltsrÿche, Dare to Be Square features images of owls, robots and wiener dogs. The show runs through October 6, 2010.

Tasty art gallery at 7513 Greenwood Ave. N. opens its surrealist “Dreams & Visions” on Friday.

Tasty is thrilled to be showing new works by artists Don DeLeva and Dara Harvey.
Don works in an intuitive style using “free flowing ideas that crystallize over time into image”. He starts by painting a texture into the primer and adds lines or shapes that he’s visualized in his head. Reading between the abstract lines, he brings out imagery using elements of traditional painting.
In her own words, Dara’s art is “largely a process of inspired scribbling, deliberate interpretations of bizarre mark making and intuition of form to create deconstructed characters that are then stitched back together, often in ambiguous or fanciful environments.”

At Balderdash Books & Art at 8536 Greenwood Ave. N., see the urban contemporary artwork of John Lodholz (below).

Bherd Studios, inside the Greenwood Collective, 8537 Greenwood Ave. N., presents “You’re So Vain (you probably think this art is about you),” featuring 10 different artists’ interpretations of portraiture in the modern art world: Daniel Carrillo, Jonathan Collis, Chris Crites, Troy Gua, Lucien Knuteson, Wyatt Landis, Mary McIntyre, John Osgood, Brian Thies, Joey Veltkamp, Redd Walitzki, Daniel John Williams.

(Fashion Monster Chanel by Redd Walitzki.)
A number of restaurants, bars and other businesses run specials during the Artwalk, including Carmelita, Bleacher’s Pub, Emma Jean’s Consignments, and Gaspare Ristorante and Bar. See the artwalk website for the full list.
The Olive and Grape – a new Mediterranean restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Olive You at 8516 Greenwood Ave. N. – officially opens its doors at 4 p.m. Friday with olive oil tastings and other specials. Check out the wall murals by local artist Chrystine Westphal.

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