Category Archives: Visual Art

It’s an art exhibit! No, it’s a newsstand! Hey, it’s BOTH !!

Call to Artists
Proposals are now being accepted for “The First and Next 75 Years with News in Art,” a celebration of the Kitsap Sun’s 75th anniversary. The mission of prospective artists is to transform a Kitsap Sun newsstand vending machine into a functioning piece of art; 12 proposals will be selected, and the finished newsstands will be on display from July 15 to Aug. 1 at Collective Visions Art Gallery in Bremerton, then be placed into service throughout the Sun’s service area. Portion of sales from these newsstands will benefit designated nonprofit organizations through 2010. Selected artists will receive $100 each to offset material expense, and $1,200 prize money will be awarded. Send statement of interest, with contact information, rough sketch of concept and brief description, to Celebrating/News in Art, Kitsap Sun, 545 Fifth St., Bremerton, WA. 98337. Information: Mike Stevens, (360) 792-3350, mstevens@kitsapsun.com.

Yours (“I don’t know art but I know what I like!”) truly will serve as juror. All bribes accepted ’round back (just kidding) …

More later …  — MM

CVG Show Names 2010 Award Winners

This from our friends at the Collective Visions Art Gallery, where the 2010 CVG Show statewide juried exhibition is on display through Feb. 27:

Carla Grahn’s metal-and-moss construction titled “Girl Army” won the Mayor’s Award for Best of Show in the third CVG Show statewide juried art competition, according to a list announced during an awards ceremony Feb. 6.
The Seattle artist’s piece was selected by juror Jake Seniuk, director and curator of the Port Angeles Fine Art Gallery. Grahn received $1,500 from the competition’s $7,800 total purse.
Port Ludlow’s Michael Berman took the top prize, worth $1,000, in photography, with his entry titled “Open Ocean 2.” “Little Boston Welcome,” a painting by Priscilla Preus of Kingston, was selected by the Kitsap County Arts Board to receive an $1,800 “Purchase Award” for the Kitsap County Public Art Collection.
Other Kitsap award recipients include Roy Peratrovich (Bainbridge Island, second place, 3-D art) and Susan Sweetwater (Bremerton, third place, 3-D art.
The CVG Show consists of 128 selections in 2- and 3-dimensional art and photography by artists from around the state. Seniuk selected the show from more than 800 entries. It runs through Feb. 27 at the Collective Visions Art Gallery, 331 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton.
Information: (360) 377-8327, collectivevisions.com.”

CVG Show Selects 120 From 800 Entries

This from our friends at Collective Visions Art Gallery, home of the statewide CVG Show juried art exhibition:

THIRD ANNUAL CVG SHOW to feature over 100 artworks

Over one hundred and twenty artworks by artists from across the state of Washington will be on view at the Collective Visions Gallery in the 2010  CVG Show during the month of February. The exhibition juror, Jake Seniuk, Director of the Port Angles Fine Art Center, selected the show from nearly 800 pieces in all art media that were entered into the competition.  In addition, he will choose the recipients of nearly $6,000 in prize money that will go to the winners of the1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes that will be awarded in each of three categories plus the $1500 “Mayor’s Award” for best of show.   The viewing public is invited to cast votes for the $300 “People’s Choice Award” during the first week of the 2010 CVG Show, which opens Tuesday, February 2.  Voting will continue through the evening “First Friday Art Walk” opening reception February 5, and conclude at 5 pm on Saturday, February 6.  Due to space limitations, the awards ceremony the evening of February 6 is by invitation only.  Award winners will be posted when the show opens at noon Sunday, February 7th.  The gallery will be open Sundays in February from 12 to 5 for the CVG Show.

The gallery will host a series of gallery talks and music designed to enhance the public’s appreciation and understanding of the broad array of art and ideas that is represented in this exhibition.   The following is a schedule of events.  All of these events, except the concert, are free to the public.

February 2 – 10 am – The 2010 CVG Show opens
February 2, 3, & 4, 10 – 5, Peoples’ Choice voting
February 5, 5 – 9 pm – First Friday Art Walk Opening Event
February 12, 7 pm – Lecture by O.C. Art Professor Marie Weichman, MFA
February 19, 7 pm – Gallery concert: Jami Sieber—Electric Cello, $15 -$18 February 26 at 7 pm – Panel Discussion:  Appreciating Contemporary Art
Susan Jackson, Director, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts
Shanna Neims, Interior Designer, Elandan Interiors
Alan Newberg, MFA, CVG Artist, moderator.
February 27, 5 pm – 2010 CVG Show closes

Collective Visions Gallery wishes to thank the generous support of our sponsors:  Kitsap Credit Union, Wet Apple Publishing Co,, Kitsap County Arts Board, The Doctors Clinic, The City of Bremerton,  KPS Health Plans, Third Place Company, Kitsap Eye Physicians,  Windermere Real Estate,  Soriano Brothers Investment Co.,  Printing Services Co. and West Sound Arts Council

NOTE:  the Collective Visions Gallery will be closed to the public from January 18 through January 31 to facilitate preparations for this exhibit.  Opportunities for press photographers might include shots of artists as they deliver their  artwork to the gallery on January 23 and 24, and  shots of the gallery members as they install the show during the week of January 26 though January 30th.

For details call the gallery at 360 377 8327 or Alan Newberg at 360 551 7526.

Collective Visions Gallery is located at 331 Pacific Avenue in downtown Bremerton.   Hours are 10 to 5 Tuesdays through Saturdays and during February, from 12 to 5 on Sundays.

More later …  — MM

As If There Wasn’t Already Enough Going on at The Puyallup

This from our friends at the Puyallup Fair:

MONSTER TRUCK SHOWDOWN
Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

TICKETS
Adults: $22; Students (6-18): $12; Kids (3-5): $5

Meet the “Big Boys of Racing” at the FREE Pit Party starting at 6 pm.

General seating, is first-come, first-seated. Gates open at 6 p.m. Enter through Grandstand gates 2-12.

More later …  — MM

CVG Show Announces Award Winners

Collective Visions Gallery announces that the following artworks have been selected by the 2009 CVG Show juror, Gary Faigin to receive awards in three categories plus a best of show and peoples choice award.

Photographic Art:

1st place – “Kirby Mayview Road” – Kay Walsh, Bainbridge Island
2nd place – “Mirror Mirror OFF the Wall” – Beverly Hanson, Bremerton
3rd place – “Picnic Gazebo Soledad Mission”- Malcolm Edwards, Seattle

2 Dimensional Art:

1st place – “Demolition # 6” – Tom Hall, Seattle
2nd place – “Bay Bowl” – Kellie Talbot, Seattle
3rd place – “Page’s Baked Beans” – Susan Price, Seattle

3 Dimensional Art:

1st place – “Last Stand” – Karen Rudd, Seattle
2nd place – “Comparative Portraiture: The Hoagie Suite 1” – Margaret Murch,
3rd place – “The Pecking Order” – Bernadette Vielbig, Spokane

Best of Show (Mayor’s Award)

“In My Element” – Kathy Liao, Seattle

People’s Choice Award will be announced during the Bremerton First Friday Art Walk on Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Also to be announced are $2,000 in purchase awards by the Kitsap County Arts Board.

More later … — MM

Kingston Artist Up for NICHE Award

Jennifer Umphress , a Kingston-based glass artist, has been announced as a finalist for the prestigious NICHE Awards for her lamp-worked piece "Coral Octopus."

Winners will be announced Feb. 15 at an awards ceremony in Philadelphia, and winners will be featured in the Spring 2009 issue of NICHE magazine .

Umphress’ signature octopus has been purchased by several Hollywood celebrities and was highlighted as one of House Beautiful magazine’s "Best Things" in its May 2007 issue. She relocated to Kingston in 2006 and recently opened the 2 Birds Gallery glass shop on Main Street.

Information: 2birdsgallery.com, AmericanCraft.com

More later … — MM

First Friday Gathering to Remember Chuck Smart

This from M. Anne Sweet and Dawn Smart :

Still on the Path
Gathering for Chuck Smart
and
Final First Friday at Studio 608

Dawn Smart and Anne Sweet invite you to
an informal gathering to remember and celebrate Chuck
and his passion for life, art and music.
In addition we will be honoring the productive collaboration
that has been Studio 608 for the past four years.

Please join us at Studio 608 for First Friday Artwalk,
on Friday, February 6, 2009, from 5 to 9 p.m.
608 Fourth St., Bremerton
(about a five block walk from the ferry dock)

While the spirit of Studio 608 will continue with Anne as Studio 68,
our working studio at 608 Fourth St. will be closing at the end of February.
Please stay tuned for future developments.

Also, please be sure to stop by Collective Visions Gallery to visit the 2009 CVG Show. Collective Visions is located at the corner of Fourth Street and Pacific Avenue in Bremerton. It is just a half block down the street from Studio 608; or if you come by ferry, you will pass by it on your way to or from the ferry dock.

As you may remember Chuck won Best in Show for his piece entitled "Garden of Eve" at last year’s CVG Show. His piece entitled "Life and Death" was accepted for this year’s show. Chuck’s piece was one of 131 pieces selected from over 800 entries from across the state. It promises to be an excellent show again this year, and we hope you might consider voting for Chuck’s piece for the People’s Choice award while you’re there. Votes for the People’s Choice award will be accepted up until 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, with the winner to be announced that evening at 7:30 p.m. The show opens on Feb. 1, noon to 5 p.m., and will then be open to the public during the gallery’s normal business hours for the entire month of February.

For those who will not be able to join us in person due to distance or for other reasons, we hope you will raise a glass to Chuck wherever you are.

We do hope that many of you will be able to join us for this evening of remembrance and celebration of a life that was lived to the fullest extent in art and music, a life lived completely in the style of one of Chuck’s favorite lines: "Creativity starts for me when my foot touches the floor in the morning." — Miles Davis

With love from, Dawn and Anne

More later … — MM

We’re Closing In on CVG Show Time … er, Showtime

This from the folks at Collective Visions Art Gallery:

SECOND ANNUAL CVG SHOW to feature over 100 artworks

One hundred and thirty one artworks by 122 artists from across the state of Washington will be on view at the Collective Visions Gallery in the 2009 CVG Show during February. The exhibition juror, noted painter, art critic, author and co-founder of Seattle’s Gage Academy of Art, Gary Faigin, selected the show from over 800 pieces submitted. He also will choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes of $1,000, $300, and $100 respectively will be awarded each of three categories of Art: 2 Dimensional Art, 3 Dimensional Art and Photographic Arts, and the $1500 “Mayor’s Award” for best of show. In addition, the Kitsap County Arts Board will select artworks to receive an $2,000 in purchase awards for the Kitsap County Public Art Collection. All award winners will be posted when the show opens at noon Sunday, February 1st. except for the $300 People’s Choice Award. The viewing public will cast votes for this award during the first week of the show.

The gallery will host a series of gallery talks and music designed to enhance the public’s appreciation and understanding of the broad array of art and ideas that is represented in this exhibition. The following is a schedule of these events all of which are free to the public:

February 1 at 3p.m.—“Visual Arts in Washington-an overview”—
Ken Van der Does, Painter
February 6, 5- 9 p.m.—First Friday Gallery Walk Opening Event—
7:30 p.m.—“Announcement of the People’s Choice Award” –
Alan Newberg, CVG exhibition coordinator
February 12 at 7 pm.—“Photography: Vision and Technology”—
Kit Sims-Taylor, photographer.
February 15 at 3:00 pm, —“Expression and Idea in 3 dimensions”—
Michael Kilgore, Sculptor
February 20 at 7p.m. —Piano & Violin Gallery Concert —
Patrick and Sophia Stoyanovich ($15 in advance, $17 at door)
February 26 at 7:pm., —“Invention and Innovation in Art”—
Ron Harper, Research Artist

The exhibition closes on February 27 at 5 p.m.

Collective Visions Gallery is located at 331 Pacific Avenue in downtown Bremerton. Hours are 10 to 5 Tuesdays through Saturdays and during February, from 12 to 5 on Sundays.

NOTE: the Collective Visions Gallery will be closed to the public from January 18 through January 31 to facilitate preparations for this exhibit. Opportunities for press photographers might include shots of artists as they deliver their artwork to the gallery on January 23 and 24, and shots of the gallery members as they install the show during the week of January 26 though January 30th.

For details call the gallery at (360) 377-8327 or Alan Newberg at (360) 692-3981.

More later … — MM

Info on Chuck Smart Memorial

This today from Chuck’s studiomate, M. Anne Sweet; thanks, Anne:

Hello All –

Many of you asked to be informed about a memorial/service for Chuck if it was planned. Dawn has decided wait until spring or perhaps early to mid-February to have a memorial for Chuck and/or celebration of his life. We will keep you all posted as plans are made.

On behalf of Dawn and also myself, thank you for the many heartfelt thoughts, good wishes and condolences you have sent. Every one of them is deeply appreciated. Chuck touched an incredible number of people – artists, musicians, comrades, peers, collaborators, students and teachers of all ages and walks of life. He will be truly missed, but some part of him will remain with all of us.

If you live in the Bremerton (or surrounding) area, I will be at the studio on Friday, January 2, 5-8pm, for Bremerton’s First Friday artwalk. You are invited to stop by and say hello. The studio is located at 608 Fourth Street.

If you are further afield and/or are unable to stop by, I invite you to visit Chuck’s website at www.chucksmart.com <http://www.chucksmart.com> .

Wishing you peace and all the best in the New Year,
anne
M. Anne Sweet

More later …  — MM

Second CVG Show Draws 800 Submissions

If you’re reading this in the Kitsap Sun ‘s Kitsap A&E magazine on Dec. 5, you could’ve been reading it several days earlier in Michael C. Moore ‘s blog thingie at kitsapsun.com/entertainment.

If you are indeed reading it on the blog … never mind.

This from the second edition of the statewide CVG Show juried art competition and exhibition:

Two artists from Tehran, Iran are among the 260 entrants from 67 cities across Washington who submitted 800 artworks in to Collective Visions Gallery ’s competitive juried arts show.
The state-wide competition, known as the CVG Show , is the largest juried art show in Kitsap County and one of the largest in the state. The deadline for submissions was Nov. 20 via a state-of-the-art web based entry system called “CaFE” (Call for Entry), operated by the Denver-based Western States Arts Foundation.
Once the gallery staff has reviewed the list for general eligibility, (the two from Tehran are not eligible), the entire collection of electronic slides will be sent to this year’s exhibition juror for consideration. The juror will select approximately 120 pieces to be included in the final show.
Accepted artworks will be delivered to the gallery in late January, and the CVG Show exhibition will run during February. The entire 2,400-square-foot space will be devoted to this show.
The exhibition juror will be Gary Faigin , noted painter, art critic, author and co-founder of the Gage Academy of Art. In addition to selecting the art to be included into the CVG Show, he will choose the works to receive nearly $6,000 in prizes after the exhibit is installed. First, second and third prizes of $1,000, $300, and $100 will be awarded in each of three categories — 2-Dimensional Art, 3-D Art and Photographic Arts — plus the $1,500 Best of Show award. Added to these prizes will be a $300 People’s Choice award.
The show will open for the first time from noon to 5 p.m. on Feb. 1. Votes for the “Peoples Choice” award can be cast on February 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6, including from 5 to 7 p.m. during the First Friday art walk. The winner of the People’s Choice award will be announced at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 6. All other award winners will be officially posted when the show opens Feb. 1.
Collective Visions Gallery is at 331 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays during February.
Information: (360) 373-8327, collectivevisions.com.

More later … — MM