Venues for April ArtWalk

La Tienda Folk Art Gallery
2050 Northwest Market Street

Spring has sprung and the sun is shinning on Seattle. Time to adorn yourself with a new scarf and a sun hat. Choose from a wonderful collection of floral scarves from India. Plus new spf+50 hats from Wallaroo and palm fiber hats from Tula.

Umpqua Bank
2032 NW Market Street

Hosting the photographic works of Curt Bartkowski, which document a trip to Poland during the summer of 2008. Bartkowski brings his own perspective on the underestimated beauty and culture of Warsaw, Krakow, and Gdansk.


2856 Market Street NW

Empowerment Cloth: Cells is one element in Karla Freiheit's MFA thesis exhibition Artifacts of Experience. Using layered cloth, devoré, bleach discharge, hand and machine embroidery the layers of fabric hide and reveal information such as text, idiosyncratic mark-making and recurring visual motifs. Cotton, silk, rayon, nylon and polyester are some of the materials that create expressions of the lived experiences of the maker. Sometimes these are emotional responses to daily living; sometimes the expressions function as cognitive therapy that serve to calm and focus the artist's mind. Ultimately, the textiles are a celebration of life and the world around us.

Karla is one of 40 artists presenting their work at BallardWorks as part of Surface Matters, an exhibition organized in conjunction with the Surface Design Association symposium held on March 3rd. The work crosses many boundaries, incorporating tapestry weaving, embroidery, felt, basket weaving, applique, dyeing and discharge. The works are sometimes graphic, abstract, representational and conceptual in design and execution. Stretching the definition of fiber art, this collection is not be missed.

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