Friday, April 18, 2014

U DISTRICT: Stencils, Snails & Mystics

It's the U District art walk, and the weather is mostly holding! My first stop is Trabant Coffee & Chai, and "Stencil, Pop, Vinyl" my curatorial debut in the space with artist Dave Ryan (Manticore Art), the mastermind behind the fun pop culture stencil art on records that have taken over the walls!

Dave Ryan (Manticore Art) at Trabant Coffee
You can find Dave's work in a number of communities in and around Seattle, and now the U District gets to host some of its very own. The artist is in attendance with some new pieces that might not be on display, but if you're not able to swing by this eve, you still have 2 more months to see the show! Dave will be switching out pieces as they sell, so stop back in to see new and exciting work every week!

My next stop is BC Surf + Sport and the open themed group show "Forget Me Not" featuring myself (Braden Duncan) and a few other lovely ladies: Charlie Girl, Chi, Luong, Grace Rajendran, Megon Shore, Sophie Ibarra, & Shelby Lloyd. If you're in the area, stop in and see a brand new series of Wind-Up Mini fat birds by me, a beautiful sepia-toned black bear composition by Charlie Girl, an adorably greedy snail by Megon Shore, and more! 
"Forget Me Not" at BC Surf + Sport

Continuing up the Ave, I duck into Moksha, a retail clothing space that recently converted the entire rear third of their store into an art space. They call it the Geddis Gallery, and this month they're featuring Larry and Kristina Cyr, a local duo specialising in book design, illustration, murals, stencil, and wheat pastes. Their work is bold and graphic, and is a colourful complement to Moksha's nouveau bohemian vibe.

Larry & Kristina Cyr, The Geddis Gallery at Moksha

Last, but certainly not least on my art walk list this eve (it's usually the main reason I come to the U District), is Gargoyles Statuary. Gayle, the proprietor and art walk coordinator extraordinaire, always puts on fantastic exhibits, and tonight is no exception!
Gargoyles is featuring "Spirits of Earth & Ether" the paintings of Jessica Geiger and the sculptures of K Amarak Waters, a collection of mystical creatures that hover on the cusp between twilight and starlight, this world and the next.

"Spirits of Earth & Ether" at Gargoyles

Be sure to come back next month for the U District Street Fair! All of the art spaces, and most of the retail joints will be turning out for an epic shindig! Support your local art scene!

~ BCDuncan

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