Wednesday, June 24, 2015

25th Annual Shoreline Arts Festival - Awarded 2nd Place!

I will have two drawings in the  25th Annual Shoreline Arts Festival held on June 27 - 28th at the Shoreline Center.  The Shoreline Arts Festival provides two extraordinary days of music, dance, theatre, literary arts, visual arts, and food, plus the Shoreline Philippine Festival. This creative community event, sponsored by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council, is FREE! 

My two works in the juried gallery are She Weeps and Outside In.  The Juried Art Exhibit is one of the highlights of the Arts Festival. It features over 300 artworks from regional artists in 2D, 3D, and photography.  More great news, I was awarded 2nd Place for the work, Outside In!

She Weeps  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord  8" x 10"

Outside In © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Metal Leaf on Claybord 10" x 8"

I have submitted to this show only once before and really liked the multicultural make up of this festival.  Last time we arrived later in the evening and didn't have enough time to see all that we wanted to.  This year, we'll make a point to go early enough!  It's supposed to be a very warm day so hope you can come on out to the Shoreline Arts Festival and see all it has to offer!  Be sure to have a look at the work in the juried gallery as well as the artist marketplace, music, theatre and food.  There is so much to see and do for the whole family!  Hope to see you there!

June 27 - 28
Sat 10am-6pm  Sun 10am-5pm
Shoreline Center
18560 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 098155 (map)

Pursue paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and pretty much every other kind of art as you saunter through the sunshine and decide which of the masterpieces on offer will grace your mantelpiece. Enrich your home with hand-made art, support local artists, and show the world where you stand as a curator of great taste. With over 80 participating artists, you’re sure to find something you’ll love.

Sit back, relax, and let us entertain you with an array of musical and dance performances spanning a wide range of styles, or if you’re adventurous take the Festival into your own hands during our Open Mic hour. The world is your oyster. Check out the full line up here.

Try your hand at a Festival favorite with one or all of our Hands-On Art stations! This art is for kids and adults alike. We’ve got all the supplies for the making. All you need to bring is your imagination. The famous Fish Prints are back for a sea of colorful aquatic productions. We’ll have several other Hands-on Art stations for your to explore this year. Come create with us!

Explore the four cultural rooms that offer many fun hands-on activities and displays. Experience different cultures, sample foods, see art, listen to music, learn to dance. This year’s highlights include:
Explore Korean! (Korean Cultural Room) presented by the Korean American Historical Society
Philippine Cultural Room hosted by Filipiniana Arts and Culture, Arab Cultural Room hosted by Arab Center of Washington and Chinese Cultural Room hosted by Chinese Artist Group.

Get lunch, dinner, or just a sweet treat at this year’s Arts Festival Food Court. Conveniently located by the Showmobile Outdoor Stage the food court is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the festival atmosphere.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work and the shows I'm participating in.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2015 17th Annual Juried Kenmore Art Show

I'm happy to announce that my two works, First Encounter and Special Delivery were accepted into the 17th Annual Juried Kenmore Art Show, sponsored by and held on the lovely campus of Bastyr University, located on the north shore of Lake Washington and surrounded by the 316-acre St. Edward State Park.  The show theme is, "Inspired by Nature."   Entries exemplifying the show theme will be considered for the special Theme Award!

The show opens to the public on
Wednesday,  June 24th, through June 28th, 2015
 Bastyr University 
145000 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore WA.  (map

Preview, Awards Ceremony & Reception
Wednesday, June 24th 5:30 - 6:30pm
Reception &  Awards 6:30 - 8:00pm

Show hours
Thursday - Saturday, June 25th - June 27th  10am to 8pm
Sunday, June 28th 10am to 7pm

 All art on exhibit is available for purchase. The show will also feature nightly entertainment and guest speaker programs that will be held in the Bastyr University Auditorium. For more information of all the fun things to do, please click on this link.  Hope to see you there!

 First Encounter  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 8 1/2" x 8"

Special Delivery  © Barbara A. Freeman
 Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 9 3/4" x 7 5/8"

There is a WIP (work in progress) of the above drawing, Special Delivery , on my blog if you wish to read more about the process of this piece.  Both pieces were inspired by the lovely landscapes we have here in the Pacific Northwest.  I particularly love the trees and rocks that I see everywhere!  There are so many magical places to encounter, how can you not be inspired!

Special Delivery  © Barbara A. Freeman
 Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 9 3/4" x 7 5/8"

I am hoping now to be back in the studio on a regular basis, creating new work.  After nearly two and a half weeks of a fun filled road trip adventure, we are home with our daughter who will become a new WA resident!  It makes us happy to have her near and to enjoy her company.  As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Hope you have a great adventure filled summer!

Friday, June 12, 2015

2015 58th Annual Edmonds Arts Festival

This weekend I'll be delivering my work for the 58th Annual Edmonds Arts Festival! My selected entry, Transformations is a new mixed media piece from my Fantasy Trees Series

The Edmonds Arts Festival is a three day fun filled event that takes place over Fathers' Day Weekend, June 19th - 21st, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Frances Anderson Cultural Center, 700 Main Street in beautiful downtown Edmonds, WA. (map)  The Edmonds Arts Festival is one of the longest running in the Northwest, attracting artists from across the nation.  There are artists booths outside along with performing arts and children's activities and yummy food.  My work will be in the Juried Gallery Show which is INSIDE the Frances Anderson Center.  There are different rooms exhibiting the juried work, the main gallery where my work is located, you'll find, paintings, drawings and miniature art.  Don't miss the photography and artisan work which is located in rooms a few steps up.  Also, you can find the excellent student art show downstairs. Don't miss out on a fun weekend!  Bring Dad along, too!  All artwork is for sale.  Remember, art makes a fine Fathers' Day Gift!  Happy Fathers' Day to all you Fathers out there!

Transformations  © Barbara A. Freeman
 Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord  10"x 8"

Transformations was done on an Ampersand Claybord Art Panel which is a very smooth, hard surface that is great for the fine detail and texture that I love doing.  The tree was drawn in graphite.  I used metal leaf for the sparkly bits and acrylic for the color.  I used a mix of adding and subtracting marks and paint to achieve the background to give it some depth and mystery. The sparkly bits could be fireflies or moths or anything you want them to be.  I love the things that take place underground, the metamorphosis of all the life that goes on below us.

Transformations © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 10"x 8"

As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  I have been going through many life challenges and changes in the last few years.  I have not been able to spend as much time in my studio as I would like but when I do, it is a sanity saver.  I am so grateful when I put pencil or brush to a surface.  It takes me to a quiet place to be transformed.