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Greenwood Lit Crawl back for a third round

January 7th, 2013 by Doree

The third Greenwood Lit Crawl is set for Saturday, Jan. 26, and will hit Chocolati Cafe, Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe, Bherd Studios, and Naked City Brewery & Taphouse.

Besides writers and poets, organizers (calling themselves Five Alarms) have added music and film for a multimedia experience. The whole event is free; you just purchase your beverages and food.

Greenwood Lit Crawl III-flyer

It all starts at 5 p.m. at Chocolati Café, at 8319 Greenwood Ave. N., with performances by Aaron Kokorowski, Amy Billharz and Morris Stegosaurus from 5:20-6:10 p.m.

From 6:20-7:10 p.m., Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts Aaron Kemply, Arlene Kim and Theo Dzielak.

On your way to the next venue, check out an outdoor performance by Molly Mac from 7:20-7:30.

At Bherd Studios, 312 N. 85th St. Suite 101 (upstairs), hear Emily Wittenhagen, Queequeg, and Doug Nufer from 7:35-8:30 p.m.

Then from 8:40-9:30 it’s off to Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., for performances by Tessa Hulls, John Burgess, David Lasky, and Karen Finneyfrock.

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Bherd Studios Gallery moving one block south

August 22nd, 2012 by Doree

Bherd Studios Gallery is moving from its three-year home at the Greenwood Collective to a second-floor space just a block away.

Bherd’s new gallery will be above Chase Bank, at 312 N. 85th St., Suite 101 (enter from the southeast corner of the building). Co-owner Michele Osgood says the bigger space will allow her and husband John to host larger exhibitions, as well as performance pieces.

Bherd Studios will move into the new space on Sept. 1. Renovation will take until Sept. 13. On Sept. 14, the Osgoods will celebrate the new space during the monthly Art Up Artwalk with an exhibition called “By the Yard.”

There is a fine line between art and retail in the gallery business and By The Yard pushes it right over the edge. Each artist was challenged to create a piece of work that is 1 yard long by 1 foot high and will be sold by the inch. Gallery attendee’s will be encouraged to use tape measures and rulers to divvy up their favorite parts of the artwork, daring both artist and art buyer to discover how they truly feel about the production of art for sale. Carve out your favorite piece of Troy Gua, Ryan Molenkamp, Crystal Barbre, Kellie Talbot, Tessa Hulls, 12 Midnite, Zach Bohnenkamp, Greg Boudreau, Jenny Dayton, Dan Voelker and John Osgood. Exhibition showing through Friday, October 5th.

Bherd Studios Gallery is an urban and contemporary art gallery featuring emerging and mid-career artists from the Pacific NW. Our mission is to provide these artists with a voice to “Bherd” & Be seen.

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Art exhibits to focus on feminine sexuality

February 8th, 2012 by Doree

By Breanna Lai, UW News Lab

Sorry guys, this month’s art walk is all about the ladies.

Bherd Studios and Tasty Gallery, two local art galleries, have teamed up once again to promote two all-female artist exhibits that will open during Phinney-Greenwood’s monthly Art Up Artwalk this Friday, from 6-9 p.m.

“This is our fourth annual all-female art show,” said Michele Osgood, co-owner of Bherd (pronounced “be heard”) Studios. “It is the second year we have co-promoted an all-female show with Tasty Gallery. Each year we theme the art around feminine issues and things that deal with women artists in this field.”

Bherd Studios’ show, “Pretty, Sexy, Dirty Girly,” is the brainchild of Seattle artist Siolo Thompson. It is a multimedia exhibit featuring a dozen female artists exploring the topic of feminine sexuality.

Up the street at Tasty Gallery, owner and curator Sheri Hauser said they will introduce “Girls Gone Wild,” a figure-driven show featuring 11 female artists’ work.

“When we cross-promoted our events we realized that we generated more interest and attention, so we did it again this year,” Hauser said. “We are even looking to extend to other gallery owners in the neighborhood and make it even bigger in the future.”

Hauser played with show titles and settled on “Girls Gone Wild,” named after the infamous videos that show girls exposing themselves on camera, because she wanted to give the phrase a new, more positive, meaning.

A lot of the artists have different interpretations of what is “wild,” but Hauser said the group of women who are exhibiting are all strong, independent, talented, tenacious artists from various cities in the Northwest. She is particularly excited to include three artists from Vancouver, British Columbia, the city where she first started working in art promotion.

“I am excited about this shift being Canadian; Vancouver is only two and a half hours from Seattle so it would be crazy not to expose more artists to the market here,” Hauser explained.

Thompson, the curator of “Pretty, Sexy, Dirty Girly,” chose these four words when thinking about the different ways women are sexual or are sexualized by others. Thompson’s artists are local residents and represent a broad range of ages and backgrounds. (Check out her blog on the project.)

“We have a woman who is in her 50s, and our youngest exhibitor is 16. We’re bringing all these people together who have completely different backgrounds and ages and different politics,” Thompson explained. “There are lesbians, straight people, a transgendered woman, a woman who comes from a Midwestern background, and a photographer that works within the drag community.”

Along with the medley of women is their variation in mediums. There are photographers, painters, resin artists, burlesque dancers and a poet.

Because of the sexually charged nature of the content, some pieces may be considered controversial and adult content. Bherd Studios will be posting signage on their door as a warning.

“This might not be a show that a lot of venues would want to put on because maybe they’re not able to because of their audience,” Osgood said. “It’s a good chance to have an area for people to voice something that might be controversial. Some venues can’t just shut off families from coming in, but we have the ability to put a sign up and give a warning.”

Thompson hopes these shows will change the way people participate in art walks. She wants to spark dialogue.

“Generally what happens is you go to art walks and everyone is walking around with a little plastic cup of wine and they are nodding their heads and saying, ‘Oh I like that,’ but there is never really any discussion of things in the community,” she said.

Bherd’s curator said she purposefully included controversial pieces because she wants people to walk away thinking about the content artwork, not just if it would match nicely with their couch.

“What I wanted to do was use the gallery space to do more than entertain,” Thompson said. “I want it to be an engaging experience rather than just a display of craft.”

Because many of the artists are sexually empowered women, their work is a reflection and exploration of how they reached empowerment.

“This is not just girl power. It’s all about trying to get as many voices as possible to talk about the idea of what is feminine sexuality,” said Thompson. “It’s very difficult for us to look at art where the woman is in charge, or is the sexual subject and has agency over her sexuality. So the work of the women is all about that.”

(Breanna Lai is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.)

“Girls Gone Wild,” at Tasty Gallery, 7513 Greenwood Ave. N., opens on Friday and runs through March 6.

“Pretty, Sexy, Dirty Girly,” at Bherd Studios, 8537 Greenwood Ave. N., opens Friday with an artists’ reception from 6-10 p.m.; the show runs through March 2. On Friday night, Bherd is holding a raffle to raise money for the Urban Rest Stop in downtown Seattle, a free service that provides needy individuals and families with clean laundry and bathing facilities. Bherd is encouraging people to bring laundry soap, toothbrushes and other hygiene items to donate.

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Greenwood artist contributes to CNN’s ‘Ripple’ project for 9/11 anniversary

September 8th, 2011 by Doree

Greenwood artist John Osgood, co-owner of Bherd Studios, 8537 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 1, is featured on CNN.com’s “Ripple” project, which asked about 20 artists across the country for their interpretation of the ripple effects of 9/11.

Osgood’s artwork is called “Here Comes Trouble,” and is listed under the project’s “Absurdity” aspect.

Artist’s statement: This 18-by-30-inch acrylic and aerosol-on-canvas painting is my idea about how the world of transportation changed since the 9/11 tragedy. From the excellent work conducted by the TSA to the absurd work by the TSA, travel has changed. My painting is loosely inspired by a recent story about an elderly lady who had to remove her adult diaper in order to pass through security. Terrorists exploited flaws in the system of travel, and now the U.S. has to raise the level of security to make sure this tragic moment in time never happens again. But where do we draw the line?

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Greenwood studio artist selected as finalist for City Arts award

April 26th, 2011 by Doree

Kate Protage, who has shown her work at Greenwood’s Bherd Studios, is one of six finalists for the City Arts “Best of Artwalk Awards.” Protage’s “Exhibit A” from her March show at Bherd was selected as one of the winning entries.

Protage is now up against five other Seattle artists for a chance to win $1,000 and a spotlight in City Arts Magazine.
The winner will be announced on Thursday at the awards party at Fred Wildlife Refuge, 127 E. Boylston. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the 21-and-over event. Admission is free when you RSVP to promos@cityartsmagazine.com with ART WALK in the subject line.

In 2011, four winners will each receive $1,000 and a profile of their artwork in City Arts magazine. Together with our 2011 partners, the Art Walk Consortium, businesses and galleries that participate in neighborhood art walks can nominate a favorite piece of art for each month. Each spring, summer, winter and fall, we narrow dozens of submissions down to six finalists, and then throw a party in their honor (with delicious and free Blue Moon seasonal beers, music, food and more). Anyone attending the event gets to vote for the winner and we’ll hand out the award that night.

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7-year-old boy curates latest art show at Bherd Studios

March 26th, 2011 by Doree

Greenwood’s Bherd Studios is preparing its latest show, “Monsters & Aliens,” opening on April 8. But much of the work is being done by 7-year-old Zinn Bellevie, an art lover and, now, curator.

Zinn Bellevie looks at some of the art he chose for the latest show at Bherd Studios.

“Monsters & Aliens” features the urban contemporary work of Seattle artists Kevin Gosselin, Justin Hillgrove, Solace, and John Osgood (co-owner of Bherd Studios).

From Bherd Studios:

Bellevie is a 7 year old art enthusiast who has been attending art shows for over 2 years now. His inspiration for this exhibit “Monsters & Aliens” is based on his attraction to these characters and the freedom it gives artists to create them. He said that there is really no wrong way to make them look. He hand-picked the artists due to his familiarity of their work and knowing that they would be the right fit for this theme.

His parents were surprised at first when Bellevie started recognizing work by different artists, remembering their names, and having no compunction whatsoever about walking up to them and introducing himself. He wanted to know more about their art and how they came up with their ideas. One of the artists he befriended in this way was John Osgood, co-owner of Bherd Studios, who was impressed by Zinn’s inquiries and maturity for his age. Bherd Gallery’s approach to art is meant to be accessible at all levels, and what better way to illustrate this than to invite Bellevie to curate a show for the gallery.

Bellevie’s parents said that Seattle art and artists have been a really important part of growing his confidence and sense of belonging, as Bellevie has struggled with Asperger’s Syndrome. It has been difficult for him to socialize with his peers and a lot of sensory input that most people take for granted, totally overwhelms him. However, he enjoys looking at art and has found a talent in networking with adults in the art community.

“Monsters & Aliens” has its opening night reception from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, April 8, during the monthly Phinney-Greenwood Art Walk. It will remain on display through May 6. Bherd Studios is inside the Greenwood Collective, 8537 Greenwood Ave. N. Suite 1.

“Migration” by Justin Hillgrove.

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