April 14 ArtWalk Venues

Market Street Shoes
2232 NW Market Street

Washington pyrographer Rachelle Wirfs looks to the rich plant and animal life found in the cold waters and surrounding green forests of Puget Sound for her primary source of inspiration. Celtic, Japanese and Mexican Folk Art influences have crept into some of her work as well. Pyrography--literally "fire writing"--can be done on a variety of surfaces, but Wirfs prefers to burn her designs onto cherry, pine and basswood. The individual character and grain of the wood determines the design best matched to that piece. Her goal is to create art with a pleasing tactile quality."

Artwork by Mike Zehnder

Blowing Sands Glass Studio
5805 14th Avenue NW

What can be done with a little wood, screws, nails, metal parts, and acrylic paint? Mike Zehnder made “igh+ugh.” Get a good look at his inventive sculptures and a whole host of recycled art and domestic design wares at this year’s 11th Annual RE-Store Annual Recycled Art Show.

Amber Den
1556 Northwest 56th Street

Syn├Žsthesia means "together sensation" and syn├Žsthesia is how Tony Scauzillo-Golden perceives the world. Born in Oxford, UK, growing up in Colorado and moving the Seattle in 1996, the artist graduated from UW in 2001 studying art, architecture and all things creative. He has traveled all over Europe and North America making art all along the way. Nearly all his work is produced while listening to music, visualizing the sounds, or soaking in the full sensory experience on location. Art is a multi-sensory engagement, so enjoy some food or fine beverages while viewing TSG's fine art.

Shakti Vinyasa Yoga
2238 Northwest Market Street

“It’s interesting how as people we change so much as the years go by, but deep down we retain a strong sense of self and that core of who we are tends to stay the same. This is evident in the subjects I choose to photograph – from the first roll of film I ever shot to my most recent.” Born in the Seattle area, Jacob Smithers unleashed his creativity as a child—photography was an early love. He is drawn to our natural surroundings and how time causes change to all things. A photograph is a moment in time, but a photograph can also express a myriad of events within that glimpse. And Smithers has taken his search for discovered beauty one step beyond the photo to the manner in which they are framed. When he first began using conventional frames, he felt they detracted from the photographs rather than complimenting them. Smithers recognized this imperfection in his process and longed for a solution. An old glass cooler top found in a pile of junk sparked the solution. “I bet I could frame a photo in there.” So began a love for reusing old building materials and finding beauty in things otherwise overlooked. While Smithers always felt he had control of the photographs he composed, there was always an element of unknown, a lack of control, in the beauty he discovered. “Continuing this process in which I both harness and relinquish control, finding the perfect frame to complete my pieces was the final step to my work.” As the years have gone by, Smithers couldn’t imagine framing his photographs in anything other than original antique frames. At times the frames need slight repairs and refurbishing, but it’s his preference to keep them as original as possible.

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