Over the past five years, John and Michele Osgood, owners/directors of Bherd, have made it their mission to promote the talents of emerging and locally established artists from the Pacific Northwest by providing a space for them to be seen and 'bherd'. "Look Up Here: 5 Years of Urban & Contemporary Art" features work by 33 artists who have curated shows and participated in past Bherd Studios exhibits and events. Each of these artists have created unique and inspiring bodies of work and consistently go out of their way to support other artists in the Seattle art community.
|Redd Walitzki @ Bherd Studios|
Siolo Thompson recently curated the "Pretty Sexy Dirty Girly" show at Bherd Studios, a selection of provocative works by talented women artists. She has been invited to curate a show for True Love Gallery in July, and she frequently exhibits at Bherd and other Seattle art spaces. She participates in live painting events around the city, and her illustration and animation work have been featured locally and internationally.
Chris Sheridan has shown his paintings in Seattle, L.A., San Francisco, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, and other cities up and down the coasts. He also created a room for the City Hostel Seattle project, regularly participates in Bherd events, and builds hand-crafted and custom painted skateboards featuring his unique imagery.
Kate Protage has had exhibits in Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Princeton and New York. She shows regularly at Bherd Studios, and her Seattle art affiliations include the SAM Gallery, CORE Gallery, and the Twilight Artist Collective. Her work has also been featured in multiple magazines.
These are just a few examples of the efforts of the artists recognised in Bherd Studio's 5th anniversary show. Without their dedication and vision, Seattle's urban art scene would be a very different place.
|EGO & Siolo Thompson @ Bherd Studios|
Justin Kane Elder
Jeremiah Hammer (dear earthling)
"Look Up Here" will be up through Friday, 27 April. The encore opening on Friday, 13 April will feature the 5-year anniversary art book (contact Bherd Studios to pre-order your copy) and artist signings. Bherd Studios is a part of the Greenwood Collective, an historic building home to six other art galleries that open every 2nd Friday for the Art Walk in the Greenwood-Phinney Ridge neighbourhood.
|Chris Sheridan, Kate Protage and more! @ Bherd Studios|
UrbanLight Studios, part of the Greenwood Collective and just down the hall from Bherd, is hosting an owl-themed extravaganza! Tiny owl cake pops in a fluffy tissue nest are going so fast they're practically flying out the door, but I manage to snag a picture before they all disappear. These unique and edible bite-size treats are courtesy of Julie and Jessica at the Ballard-based bakery, So Mini Sweets.
|So Mini Sweets @ UrbanLight Studios|
|Zelot @ UrbanLight Studios|
|Andrew Miller @ UrbanLight Studios|
|Eva Funderburgh @ UrbanLight Studios|
|"Art Wall" @ Home Suite Home|