ArtWalk Venues for February 2012

5408 22nd Avenue NW

Jewelry artist Britta Ambauen was originally trained as a print maker specializing in copper etching, but she fell in love with jewelry-making when she did an apprenticeship in Boulder, Colorado. Britta approaches each piece of jewelry as if she were making a tiny sculpture - reveling in the endless possibilities in choices of color, texture, form, materials and movement. She enjoys integrating traditional jewelry styles with new and unconventional components. Each design is hand crafted from sterling silver, 14k gold fill and natural gemstones. Britta strives to create jewelry that brings to mind meaningful ideas and images. It's jewelry made to inspire.

Great Harvest Bread Company
2218 NW Market Street

Award-winning nature photographer Marc Hoffman resides in Kirkland, Washington and his work has been featured in books on the Pacific Northwest, as well as appearing in numerous online publications. In addition to taking photos in the Pacific Northwest, Hoffman makes regular trips to photograph wildlife in Costa Rica.

Kiss Cafe
2817 NW Market Street

Marci paints with oil on wood.... "I paint what I see and feel and I cannot possibly portray in words what my art is about. I'm a visual person. This is visual. See and feel what you can from what I have given you."

Source Salon
5400 Leary Avenue NW

Natali Kolker, who's lived in Moscow, Israel and the US, has been creating and exhibiting art for over 20 years. "Harmony" is the key word for her art, as she is searching for harmony throughout her life. Kolker's earliest works were executed in black and white, but Seattle's vivid landscapes which contrast with the grey sky made her appreciate colors. Now she uses expressive and bright colors in her paintings.

Annie's Art & Frame
2212 Northwest Market Street

Barry Sean Little's current work is concerned with commonly held belief systems, their hierarchical nature, and their contextual validity. These topics are explored through a teleological blend of science, religion, mythology, pop culture, folklore and personal genealogy. All of these belief systems fall under one umbrella of importance and their former status is vanquished. Mediocrity is transformed into the sublime and each life experience contains the potential for epiphany. A dialogue between the viewer and each piece is of paramount importance. The language and wordplay of this dialogue is equally critical. The black and white pen and ink drawings focus on balance, precision of mark making, flow, connective layering, and well ordered stream-of-consciousness. Little lovingly refers to the technique as penance in ink. The mounted and inked drawings deal with saturation of color, symmetry, allegory, and colloquial autobiography. The varnished, cut, gessoed, and float-mounted qualities of these pieces are born from a reliquary aesthetic.

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