Mini Mart City Park 6525 Ellis Avenue South, Georgetown, Seattle

Fence Project

Shortly after acquiring the property a temporary construction fence was erected in an effort to foster the neighborhood’s safety and cleanliness.  In our many meetings with the Georgetown Community Council we discussed ways to create a more visually appealing border around MCCP while continuing to develop the project.  We primed eight 4 x 8 foot panels with the intention of finding local artists to transform them into works of art for the community and approached Georgetown Community Council Directors, Amanda Michele Dellinger and James Caudle, aka Double Nasty (their non-profit org), to coordinate the artist selection.

Double Nasty is a Seattle-based art team. They are self proclaimed arts enablers whose passion is to build bridges between communities and create a stronger, more communicative and collaborative Northwest arts scene. Amanda Michele Dellinger is the Directors Assistant at Lisa Harris Gallery and James share’s the same title at NW Woodworkers Gallery. Together they curate outside exhibitions and art happenings city wide, but share a special focus in Georgetown, their home. Ongoing projects include Heart of the Attack a guided walking tour of Georgetown’s art walk, Art Attack, Georgetown’sCarnival, Cross Pollinate at the Georgetown Garden Walk and Spectacle in association with the Georgetown Haunted History Tour.

When deciding on which artists to select for the “Fence Project” they focused on variety of style, medium and artistic experience. They are proud to be featuring beautiful panels by local artists implementing photography, italian plaster, rust, copper, house paint, organic grass, acrylics, graphite and watercolor. Most of the artists do not regularly work at this scale and found the time constraint equally perplexing, but upon taking on the challenge they found the experience to be exciting and liberating. Many of the paintings were executed in Double Nasty’s back yard. The “Fence Project” has been a really fun experience for all involved.

 

We are excited to mount these in time for the 18th annual Georgetown Garden Walk.

 

The artists are as follows from left to right: David Simpson, Gary L. Hill, Tamara Olsen, Jim Pirie, Caudled Milk, Amy Pleasant, Patty & Jesse, Caroline Roosevelt and Angelina Tolentino.

 

Special Thanks to Amanda Michelle Dellinger and James Caudle for helping to bring together a great group of artists to create works for the temporary construction fence.

 

Artworks by:

 

David Simpson

Beach Structure (Cyanotypes)

David Simpson has always been intrigued with the many varieties and inherent nature of wood. As a two-dimensional artist, David’s work is derived from the wood that frequently floats ashore near his home along the Puget Sound. He walks the beach daily searching for new and unique pieces of aged wood. The shape of the driftwood is transferred to paper with sunlight to make a cyanotype photogram. The variety of layers and time exposures create a body of work that looks to be derived from numerous pieces of wood, when in fact it is based on few. David was a one-time student of architecture, who ultimately earned a BA in graphic design
from Iowa State University.

 

Gary L. Hill

acrylic on panel

My paintings pull together from many different directions and sources of inspiration; I do not always define what they are, preferring them abstracted, what is more important is that they feel balanced and complete. The creative process for me is allowing the piece to help dictate what it will become. The landscape and light of our area are a deep part of me.

 

Tamara Olsen

plaster, rust, copper and grass on panel

 

Jim Pirie

acrylic on panel

 

Jim Pirie is a native of Seattle, educated in art, architecture and construction. Favoring the abstract arts he expresses himself through color, bold strokes and purposeful pattern. Pirie currently shows throughout Seattle, namely CORE Gallery in Pioneer Square. His work has been collected in Atlanta, Miami, New York and Finland.
“Community Art makes us step outside our daily schedules to appreciate beauty.  Community Art engages us, invites us to stop, look around and appreciate the beauty around us (both made by our hands and in nature).  Community Art also provides a way to communicate and connect as a neighborhood and a city.” -Jim Pirie

 

Amy Pleasant

Amy Pleasant

acrylic on panel

 

Amy is a Seattle area mixed media artist whose work reflects a vibrancy of color and a juxtaposition of volumed shape and line. Her work has been juried into national exhibitions at the WomanMade Gallery in Chicago and Gallery Ten in Washington DC. A solo exhibition at Revalidatiecentrum Reade in Amsterdam and a Billboard Project: Chicago featured by the Woman’s Caucus for the Arts, NY, NY.Participation in the fence project reflects Amy’s strong belief that the integration of the arts into neighborhoods provides access for all to the arts and ultimately helps build stronger neighborhoods. Having had a studio in Georgetown, Amy has seen first hand the importance of the arts in creating a strong and vibrant community.The panel, “Twilight in Georgetown” is a “thank you” to the community of Georgetown for all the support and commitment shown to artists and personally for the important role this place has played in her career.

 

Caudled Milk

acrylic on panel

Caudled Mild’s paintings combine historic and graphic images in color field environments. The figure become heroic with their new space on canvas.

“I often feel as if I have happened upon a scene that is elusive or impenetrable and I try to make sense of the melancholic rituals which I observe coming together. Often, a random phrase read or lyric of a song overheard while deep in the process sheds light on the work I have been creating.” – Caudled Milk

 

Patty Foley & Jesse Moore

acrylic on panel

Jesse Moore and Patty Foley moved to Georgetown in 2005 and bought their first home together. The following year they had a Hat & Boots wedding at Oxbow Park which sealed the deal on their love affair with Georgetown. Patty & Jesse are community advocates with a creative flair. They are currently focusing their combined talents on transforming their 1902 home on Flora Ave  South into an expression of their comfy, playful and colorful personalities.

 

Caroline Roosevelt

charcoal and watercolor on panel

Caroline Roosevelt uses primarily ink, watercolor, acrylic, gouache on paper, canvas or found material to create minimalist figurative works. Roosevelt has completed works as a storyboard artist and illustrator in addition to focusing on her original artwork. As a new resident of Seattle, Roosevelt looks forward to bringing her art to the community through contribution to the public art sphere. Previous education includes a post baccalaureate certificate at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2011, and a B.A. in Art History from Connecticut College in 2008. She received nomination this past year for City Arts Magazine’s Arts Walk Awards.

 

Angelina Tolentino

acrylic on panel

As a kid I was always drawing, playing dress-up or swimming. In 1st grade, I got busted for doing someone’s art project in exchange for lunch money. I set up art classes in my backyard for the neighborhood kids during the summer and made homemade Christmas cards every year. I learned to sew. My parents totally supported my interest in art. I liked school, but tended to daydream. My favorite weekends were spent in San Francisco and the beach at Point Reyes.

Posted July 9th, 2013