Phinney Center Gallery

The Phinney Center Gallery supports local emerging artists, with rotating shows throughout the year. The art gallery is located upstairs in the Phinney Center. Our gallery shows are advertised to 20,000 local community members and thousands of people visit the Phinney Center each month.

Open hours:

Monday-Friday: 9 am-9 pm
Saturday: 9 am-2 pm

Current show

The Healing Power of Art

SEPTEMBER 12- OCTOBER 18

Opening Reception: Friday, September 13, 7-9 pm  

“Art is a wound turned into light.”
-Georges Braque, French Cubist/Fauvist Painter, 1882-1963

Art can have a tremendous healing impact on artist and audience alike. Come view more than 40 works reflecting the perspectives and experiences of a wide variety of artists on the healing power of art.

Pieces were selected by a local community jury made up of Steph Tichenor, Dani Gray, and Esther Loopstra.

The show will include a special (non-juried) section featuring collages by the Greenwood Senior Center’s Early Stage Memory Loss group and work by participants from Path with Art.

Path with Art transforms the lives of people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and other trauma by harnessing the power of creative engagement as a bridge to community and a path to stability.

Join us for the opening reception on Sept. 13, during the monthly PhinneyWood Art Walk. View the work, meet the artists, and enjoy music and refreshments.

Featured Artists

 

Rosemary Read, Feeling Blue, Casein & Acrylic, 18" x 24"
Rosemary Read, Feeling Blue,
Casein & Acrylic, 18″ x 24″

Abstract Painting of lanscape

Linda James, Inner Landscape
Watercolor on paper, 10.5″ x 7″

Christmas Lights, watercolor, 16x20 inches
Zoee Xiao, Christmas Lights,
Watercolor, 16″x 20″

 

Meet the Jury

Thanks to our amazing volunteer jury for their thoughtful hours curating our show!

Dani Gray is a Phinney-based animal lover and artist focusing on deep-toned, impasto abstracts.  While she enjoys working in several mediums (watercolor, encaustic, and acrylic) she prefers to work with oil and cold wax medium. Dani is influenced by the stunning Pacific Northwest; its craggy beaches, the watercolor skies, and its crisp cool climate.

Esther Loopstra is an artist, commercial illustrator, and educator whose work is an extension of her perpetual curiosity. She grew up in southern California and received her BFA at Minneapolis College of Art and design. Her paintings and illustrations radiate whimsy, dreaminess, and fluidity. Her work has been shown in galleries, used for print ads, editorials, books, stationery products, textiles and more.

Helping others find and express the creativity that resides inside of them is at the core of what brings Esther joy. She has been teaching art and design for eight years, most recently at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. For the past three years, she has also been speaking and facilitating creative workshops for individuals and businesses in Seattle and beyond. You can find her work at estherloopstra.com/paintings.

Stephanie Tichenor. Throughout her career as an artist and art educator Stephanie has chosen to work with children. Stephanie finds children infinitely inspirational. Their energy, thirst for knowledge and insights are gleeful. She is not unlike a child; her aesthetic is childlike and messy, obsessive and sweet. Stephanie’s inspirations for works in fiber and paint are found in books and travel and in the backyard. She attempts to softly and gently capture the world. She explores the world and its inhabitants with a sincere curiosity and believes in good clean fun and being nice.

Stephanie’s other influences include plants, animals, topography, cartoons, video games, plastic bits, toys, games, fruit, candy, sweets and treats. Previous works include sewn thread paintings of stuffed animals and acrylic painted color studies of licorice. Learn more at stephanietichenor.com

 

 

Recent shows

PNA Member and Volunteer Show

JULY 11-AUGUST 16


Celebrate the creativity in the PNA family! View 27 works, anonymously selected by a community jury.

Join us for the opening reception during the ArtUp PhinneyWood Art Walk to meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, take in the tunes of the Bellvue UKE’sters, and maybe even purchase your favorite piece!

Featured Artists

Nancy Angello
Jennifer Covington
Mary Lou Dickerson
Margaret Fitzgerald
Lee Harper
Bella Hettrick (Citizen Rosebud)
Nico Inzerella
JM King
Betsy Kruse
S.R. Lane

 

painting of man stooping carrying a stack of crates
Nico Inzerella, Crates. Chicha wheat paste on wood with gold leaf, oil, acrylic, and latex,  24″ x 24″

painting of a bay with clouds
Mary Lou Dickerson, Magic at English Bay, Oil on wood panel, 16″ x 20″

abstract painting with dark human figure in foreground
Bella Hettrick (Citizen Rosebud), St George, Hero. Acrylic on cardstock paper, 12″ x 14″

Meet the Jury

Thanks to our amazing volunteer jury for their thoughtful hours curating our show!

Jenna Boitano is the Co-Founder/Executive Director of Seattle ReCreative – a creative reuse and art center that promotes creativity, community, and environmental stewardship. Since its inception in 2014, Seattle ReCreative has diverted more than 237 tons of material from the landfill and provided tens of thousands of community members with art-making experiences. She has a deep knowledge of the non-profit sector and has worked with populations ranging from adult literacy learners to youth in the juvenile justice system. Jenna is actively involved in the Seattle community. She is a member and Past President of the Junior League of Seattle and currently serves as the Artist in Residence Coordinator for her children’s school.

Robynne Raye is the Co-founder of Modern Dog Design Co. and an Associate Professor of Design at Cornish College of the Arts. Robynne co-founded Seattle-based Modern Dog Design Co. in 1987, an internationally acclaimed design and illustration studio. Her posters have been exhibited internationally, are in the archives of major libraries, and are collected by museums worldwide. Robynne has lectured extensively about design and design issues, as well as led workshops around the world. She is the co-author of “Modern Dog, 20 Years of Poster Art” and “Inside the World of Board Graphics: Skate, Surf, Snow” and author of “1000 Dog Portraits.” Robynne also creates the PhinneyWood BIG One Art Walk posters every year.

Walter Share is a Seattle artist.  In his words: “All my paintings in my cards and calendars are watercolors, oils or digital paintings. I have studied and painted since childhood: in Michigan, where I was born, Ann Arbor and Boston where I went to school and in Alaska and Seattle where I’ve lived the last 35 years. I am very fortunate to make my living painting in this beautiful place. In addition to all the paintings, I do all my own printing and binding of cards or calendars in my Seattle studio, with the help of my wonderful wife, June, to ensure that I get the colors and quality I want. I print on acid-free paper with fade-resistant inks.”

Northwest Fine Arts Competition

MAY 8-JUNE 14

Featured 46 pieces from 27 local artists, anonymously selected by a jury. The Juror’s Choice Winner was Kelly Johnston. The People’s Choice Award was Highland Light 2 by Ellen Hamm.

Featured Artists

Quiver | water soluble oil on canvas | Kelly Johnston

Highland Light 2|Acrylic on canvas|30" x 40"

Quiver | water soluble oil on canvas | Kelly Johnston

Highland Light 2 | Acrylic on canvas | Ellen Hamm

Heraldry Hierarchy | acrylic on panel | Paul McKee


Merging Water | Digital Art | Laurie Radin

Heraldry Hierarchy | acrylic on panel | Paul McKee

Merging Water | Digital Art | Laurie Radin

 

Meet the Jury

Megan Smith is a painter, illustrator, textile and mixed media artist working in the Northwest. Her favorite media are watercolor and pen and ink. Her paintings and illustrations range from dreamy and surreal to delicate and whimsical. She seeks not to create masterpieces to grace the walls of museums, but rather to create smaller, more intimate works to fit into the lives of readers and writers, poets and dreamers, mother, fathers, and everyday folk.  Megan has shown her artwork locally and nationally in various galleries and other venues, including: The Greenwood Artist Collective, Push / Pull Gallery, Ghost Gallery, Mesolini & Amici , Turtle Press, The Artist’s Tree, BKB & Company, The Artifactory, Gallery Ten, The International Bead and Button Show, the National Button Convention, North Seattle Community College and Beads and Behind.

Virginia Paquette, an MFA graduate in Painting from the University of Washington, has worked and exhibited internationally. A long-time resident of the Northwest, her art frequently depicts a sense of movement and growth, and is inspired by natural forms and the environment. Both symbolic and narrative, it sometimes uses industrial materials to tell an organic story. Winner of numerous public art commissions, Paquette has created site-responsive sculpture installations throughout the area, and continues to explore a variety of processes and media in studio work. Every year she also introduces the community to the joys of contemporary art through active studio classes in painting, drawing, design, and collage at two local colleges.

Michelle Zeidman is a wildlife conservation artist, aspiring silversmith, and avid traveler. Based in Seattle’s Greenlake neighborhood, she creates art inspired by nature and all that is wild and free. Michelle’s line of paper goods can be found in small, independent shops across the state.

 

Get involved! Join our Arts Committee

Are you an artist? Do you love art of all kinds? We need community members with a knowledge and love of art to help plan and execute quarterly art shows. This would involve occasional evening meetings to plan shows, hanging quarterly art shows, staffing art show openings, and more.

We are also looking for artists to serve as jurors for our 2019 art shows. Interested in either (or both!) opportunities? Contact Polly Freeman at [email protected] to learn more.

 

Previous Gallery Shows

 

The Phinney Center Gallery and arts program is funded in part by 4Culture.

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