This past Thursday, August 19th saw me hitting the road yet again. I was traveling north for the SHINE exhibition, my second art show opening at the Seattle Design Center this year.
Armed with a stack of CDs, a few beverages and a great attitude, I made the three hour trek up I-5 North. Of course I made a few short stops along the way to get gas and to change clothes when I was closer to my destination, but mainly focused on getting there in a timely manner – singing loudly most of the way. 🙂
When I arrived, there weren’t many people – a very quiet moment during the five hour Open House. Two of the artists were there – Dayton Knipher (one of the main organizers) and Maxine Mattson. The food table looked inviting … veggies, cheese and crackers, some sausage, wine and beverages. And of course the exhibition looked terrific in the 7,000 square feet of beautiful exhibition space!
Though I was a bit disappointed there weren’t more people when I arrived, it was a terrific time to speak with Dayton and get better acquainted with Maxine. Though all of the people in the exhibition are graduates of Artist Trust‘s EDGE Professional Development Program, Maxine wasn’t in my EDGE group. We chatted, we nibbled, and we talked about art. It was lovely!
While we talked, more people began arriving. Artists in the show, friends of said artists, and interior designers alike filed in. They chatted, ate and enjoyed some wine while perusing the exhibition.
Though no one I knew personally showed up to see the show (not a big surprise on a Thursday afternoon up in Seattle), I had a wonderful time speaking with the artists and guests who were there. It was terrific having the opportunity to get to know Joy Hagen a bit more, and I had a wonderful chance to catch up with my EDGE-mate Zalman Berkowitz. Nothing more stimulating to me than to have a lively discussion about art and life with people who are passionate about both!
I hadn’t seen the show since it was officially hung, so I took the time to view the exhibition myself. There is some amazing variety in the work and great quality overall. This is an exhibition of professional, committed artists and it shows. I’m pleased to have my work amongst such great company! (You can find a list of all participating artists and links to their websites below.)
The SHINE Exhibition remains open through October 1st at the RISE Gallery on the second floor of the Seattle Design Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Do stop by! Stay tuned for additional events before the close of the show.
SHINE Exhibition Participating Artists
- Zalman Berkowitz (show organizer)
- Amy Buchheit (me)!
- Mary Coss
- Terra Fine
- Susan Gans
- Joy Hagen
- Craig Alan Huber
- Dayton Kniper (show organizer)
- Andrea Lawson
- Holly Martz
- Christine Mattix
- Maxine Mattson
- Dorothy McGuiness
- Lisa Mei Ling Fong
- Stan Raucher
- Juli Sipe Cumming
- Laura C. Thorne
- Amy-Ellen Trefsger
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