Phinney Center Gallery
The Phinney Center Gallery supports local emerging artists, with rotating shows throughout the year. The Gallery is located upstairs in the Phinney Center.
Monday-Friday: 9 am-9 pm
Saturday: 9 am-2 pm
Northwest Fine Arts Competitition
Show dates: March 7-April 6
Opening Reception: Friday, March 9, 7-9 pm [see on calendar]
The 2018 Northwest Fine Arts Competition (NWFAC) is organized by the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA). Jurors selected art in 2D media to be displayed in the Phinney Center Gallery from March 7 to April 6.
Sarah Banks was the artist selected as Jurors’ Choice. She will have all of her submitted works displayed in the show, her work featured on show promotional materials, and a feature article in the next edition of The Review, the PNA’s quarterly community newspaper.
There will also be a People’s Choice award to be voted on throughout the show.
We will be showing work from the following artists:
Jurors’ Choice Winner: Sarah Banks
Raqqa Girl, Intaglio, by Sarah Banks
2017 witnessed the largest migration of people since the end of World War II–people displaced by climate change, war, brutal dictatorship. The submitted images include a portrait of the Yemeni Nobel Peace laureate and Pope Francis’ people on the move–my bearing witness to the
men, women and children who have been forced from home. My intent in making these prints and collage was to engender sympathy in the viewer and to remind us all that we could be the people on the move in need of asylum. Artist website
About the Jurors
Aaliyah Gupta makes art and works towards social change, and is happiest when she can do both of these concurrently. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including in Copenhagen, New York, Portland, Tieton and Seattle. Her recent shows include Storefronts Project in Seattle, Intersections at Redline in Denver, Ley Lines at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Crave at Columbia City Gallery in Seattle, West Coast Biennial at Turtle Bay in Redding and from here to there, a solo show at Core Gallery, Seattle. Born in Kolkata, India, Gupta lives in Seattle with her husband, twins and two cats.
My family and I immigrated to the United States from Slovakia when I was very young; this dramatic change influenced my perception of the world and led me to pursue a life dedicated to the arts. I have been painting, sculpting and printmaking from more than thirty years and received my formal training from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. My involvement in the arts has spanned a broad spectrum: theatrical set designs, children’s museum exhibit designs, book cover illustrations, public murals, fabrication team for Nickelodeon Network, Blues Clues, T.V. Land and The Big Help Mobile, as well as, both gallery and museum exhibitions. When I’m not in my studio, I can be found in the classroom as a Fine Arts instructor, in both private lessons and at the college level.
My concerns lie more with the capturing of a feeling of time and place rather than an accurate physical rendering. I take fairly simple subjects and inject them with a visual rhythm and emotional interpretation. Season, place, time of day, and visceral experience all come into play. I intentionally give hooks of the recognizable which allow the viewer to be drawn in and participate with their own feelings and experiences of the subject. Most of my recent work involves plant forms which are interspersed with abstracted animal forms in the negative space. The intent is not to hide critters, but to allow the viewer to get the feeling that the fauna is there even if it isn’t seen. This is how I think we experience nature in most circumstances – a constant play between what you see is around you and what you think is around you.
Winner of the 2017 2017 PNA Member and Volunteer Show People’s Choice Award
Duck Island and Ducks in Winter, photograph by Conrad Chavez
The Phinney Center Gallery and arts program is funded in part by 4Culture.