Tuesday, November 10, 2020

2020 Winter Show of Small Works and Miniatures - Parklane Gallery Kirkland WA - I have 5 Pieced of Art accepted!

Five of my pieces, four Miniatures and one Small Work are in this year's 2020 Winter Show of Small Works and Miniatures at Parklane Gallery in Kirkland WA (map). This year their Annual Winter Show will be a 2-month event, November and December. The show will combine the Small Works show and the Miniature show, which is usually held in the spring but had been cancelled due to COVID 19.  Accepted artwork will be shown online and in the gallery in two collections: Miniatures, which meet international miniature standards, and Small Works.  You can read more about international standards at the Miniature Artist of America, AMA site.  This special exhibit of 250 small works and miniatures were selected from over 600 artworks entered from artists across the country!  All accepted works can be viewed online and the Gallery will have a limited number of the work on the gallery walls.  As space becomes available, more work will be hung.  If you see what you like online, give them a call at 425.827.1462.  All work will be for sale and these little treasures make the perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer!

The Conversation © Barbara A. Freeman
 4" x 4" Graphite on Claybord - Miniature
 
The Conversation © Barbara A. Freeman
4" x 4" Graphite on Claybord - Framed 5 3/8" x 5 3/8"
 
The Mermaid © Barbara A. Freeman
4" x 4" Acrylic on Claybord - Miniature
 
The Mermaid © Barbara A. Freeman
4" x 4" Acrylic on Claybord - Framed 5 3/4" x 5 3/4"
 
You`re Welcome Here © Barbara A. Freeman
3 1/2" x 2 1/2" Ink on Scratchbord - Miniature
 
You`re Welcome Here © Barbara A. Freeman
3 1/2" x 2 1/2" Ink on Scratchbord - Framed 6 3/8" 5 3/8"
 
The show will feature a wide variety of small and miniature artwork sure to please anyone on your Holiday gift list.  Parklane Gallery will be observing WA state's current safety requirements.  Parklane Gallery is located in the heart of beautiful downtown Kirkland at 130 Park Lane, Kirkland WA. 425.827.1462.  Free parking is located below the Kirkland Public Library.  You can view the artwork on the Parklane Gallery 2020 Winter Show website and from there by clicking on Miniatures, Small Works, or by Artists to search or browse.  You'll want them all!
 
November 5th to January 2nd, 2021
Open:  Thursday 1 to 5 
Friday and Saturday 10 to 6
Sunday 1 - 5
  
They Come at Night © Barbara A. Freeman
4" x 4" Ink on Scratchbord - Miniature

They Come at Night © Barbara A. Freeman
4" x 4" Ink on Scratchbord - Framed 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
 
Under Scrutiny © Barbara A. Freeman
6" x 6" Ink on Scratchbord - Small Works

Under Scrutiny © Barbara A. Freeman
6" x 6" Ink on Scratchbord - Framed 9 1/8"x 9 1/8"
 
 Thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  These times are very stressful and art may be the best gift to give yourself.  Keep joy in your life and love in your heart with art, music, and your loved ones, both human and animal.  Stay safe and be well.     

Friday, September 4, 2020

ICON 2020 "Harmony" and "Under Scrutiny" selected for show

Harmony and Under Scrutiny have been selected to be in this year's 7th Annual Juried ICON Show!  This year the show will be both a physical show as well as a virtual show on the Lynn Hanson Gallery Website.   It's a really exciting show this year and I am honored to have my two works included.  The show runs from September 3 through September 26, 2020, in the gallery and online.  

Harmony© Barbara A. Freeman
  Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord  12" x 9" 
 
Under Scrutiny  © Barbara A. Freeman
6" x 6" Small Work  Ink on Scratchbord 

Virtual Art Walk, Thursday September 3, 5:30 *video on website
Virtual Artist Reception Saturday September 12, 2:00 - details coming

Artist Reception and Awards:
Strong Voice in Art
Innovative Use of Materials
and People's Choice Award *
*given to the artist who receives the most votes for their piece.
 
Please vote in person at the gallery or by email at: rrrragggg@yahoo.com. Use the subject line to put the artist name and the name of the piece that you are voting for, nothing else is needed. The votes will be added up and the award will be given Saturday September 12. Voting ends at midnight Friday, September 11.

You are welcome to visit the Lynn Hanson Gallery in person during regular gallery hours of Friday and Saturday, noon until 5 pm. Please call first, (206) 960-2118, to confirm. If you are interested in purchasing a piece, you can make an appointment to see the piece in the gallery, or arrange to have the piece brought to your home or place of business for viewing. To set up an appointment call Lynn at 206-960-2118 or email at lynnhansongallery@gmail.com.

I am very pleased to be a part of this show, there are always interesting interpretations of ICON.  Lynn asked that we each send a statement why our work "says ICON" for us. Here's what I answered for my two works.  Harmony depicts the female spirit that dwells in the forest and sustains all that inhabits it. The feminine spirit is an ICON. Under Scrutiny is the feminine watching over the forest which is her domain. The forest as feminine is an ICON.  Please consider voting for my work for the people's Choice Award! 
 
As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.   Art can keep your spirits up and put a smile on your face.  Stay well and support your local artist! 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

"Harmony" Juried and Awarded in Shoreline Virtual Juried Art Show 2020

It's always nice to get an email like this, "Congratulations! Your artwork has been selected to be in the 2020 Shoreline Arts Festival Virtual Juried Art Show"!   Even better when the next email is this, "Congratulations! You have won an award (3rd Place!) in the 2020 Shoreline Virtual Juried Art Show"!  This wonderful annual arts festival is usually held at the Shoreline Community College.  This year due to COVID-19, that was not possible.  However, they are pleased to be able to present 261 pieces of 2D and 3D Art and Photography in a Virtual Show online, rather than cancel it all together!  I am honored to have my work, Harmony,  juried into this show!   Here is the link for the show: Shoreline Art Show Link

  Harmony© Barbara A. Freeman
  Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord  12" x 9"


Harmony© Barbara A. Freeman
  Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord  12" x 9"  Framed


SHORELINE VIRTUAL JURIED ART SHOW
June 8th - July 31st
  Virtual Gallery Link

People's Choice Award Voting
June 27th starting 10AM to Sunday June 28th ending 4PM

Awards Ceremony Live Streamed
via Facebook Link:  Sunday June 28th 6PM


Explore the virtual gallery of works by local artists. The artwork will be featured online June 8th - July 31st, 2020. People's Choice Award voting will take place on the planned festival weekend of Saturday, June 27th starting at 10am and Sunday, June 28th ending at 4pm. There will be a live stream broadcast of the Awards Ceremony on the  Shoreline Arts Council's Facebook Page page at 6pm on Sunday June 28, 2020.  Please share the above webpage and help us get the word out about the show and voting. The link for People's Choice Award voting will be up on the main Juried Art webpage starting on Saturday, June 27th at 10am.  Check it out and please vote for my work Harmony! Thank you!

All artwork online will be for sale.  Interested buyers can contact Lisa Palmatier, Gallery Director at gallery@shorelinearts.net to purchase the work.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Stay safe and enjoy the summer of change!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Two New Works Accepted in Gallery North Small Works Show 2020! Edmonds WA

Two new works that I submitted to this year's Gallery North - Small Works Show 2020, have been accepted!  They Come at Night is a Fine Art Miniature and Under Scrutiny is a Small Work.  I'm honored to be in the show!
They Come at Night  © Barbara A. Freeman
4" x 4" Fine Art Miniature  Ink on Scratchbord 

Under Scrutiny  © Barbara A. Freeman
6" x 6" Small Work  Ink on Scratchbord

Sixty-nine accomplished and emerging artists from across the US have submitted nearly three hundred original works of art in a variety of media and technique to be juried for this show. Of these, one hundred and sixty-two pieces, the best of the best, will adorn the walls of Gallery North for the entire month of March.  Oils, watercolors, acrylics, ink, block prints, and mixed media pieces, all  curated to complement each other, were juried by award winning artist and author Sue Coccia.  
I'll be attending the reception on Saturday, March 7th, so stop by, say hello and check out the show!

401 Main Street, Edmonds, WA 98020  (map)
March 1st - March 30th

Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony
 Saturday March 7th, 1- 4pm.
Edmonds monthly Art Walk
Thursday, March 19th,  5 – 8 pm
Hours of operation
Sunday – Friday 11am – 5pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
 For further information please call us at (425) 774-0946

Scratchbord is a new way of working for me and I'm still not sure what I think about it!  I really love the detail and the fine lines I can get using a sharp point scratching away the ink.  It works in reverse so instead of adding dark like you would with graphite, you create light by stippling or scratching away the ink.  It's done on panels, I usually work on the claybord or scratchbord from Ampersand.  I used ink for color and scratch that to create subtle shades and shapes.  So working back and forth by adding and removing color and line, I get to where I want with the image.  You can find many way of working in this medium by googling scratchboard or on the Ampersand Art Supplies website where you can find their Scratchbords.


Under Scrutiny  © Barbara A. Freeman
6" x 6" Small Work  Ink on Scratchbord  Framed

They Come at Night  © Barbara A. Freeman
4" x 4" Fine Art Miniature  Ink on Scratchbord  Framed

As always, thank you for taking time to read about my work.  Spring is starting to show herself, so hope you can get out to enjoy the beauty of our great outdoors!  Remember to support your local artists!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

New Work, Please Remove Shoes Before Entering at Ghost Gallery's 13th Annual Holiday Mini Art Show!

One of my latest fine art miniatures,  Please Remove Shoes Before Entering, will be available at this year's 13th Annual Holiday Mini Art Exhibit! at Ghost Gallery in Seattle!  This is my first year showing at this venue.  It's such a fun and interesting place located in Capitol Hill.  The show opens December 12th during the Capitol Hill Art Walk.  I hope to see you there!

Please Remove Shoes Before Entering  © Barbara A. Freeman
4" x 4" Fine Art Miniature  Acrylic on Claybord

13th Annual Holiday Mini Art Exhibit
Online pre-sale will launch on December 5th at 12pm PST!
Stay posted for the website password & for more sneak peeks!

Online preview on Ghost Gallery's Website
PASSWORD will be "tinygems" (all lowercase)
*Please note, this password will activate at 12PM PST on
Thur, Dec. 5th. It will not work before that time*

The show runs from December 12th thru February 9th 2020
Ghost Gallery  1111 E. Pike Street  Seattle WA  (map)
*Enter on E. Pike through the shared entrance
 with Cupcake Royale (ADA accessible),
or up the stairs via Chophouse Row courtyard.

Please Remove Shoes Before Entering  © Barbara A. Freeman
4" x 4" Fine Art Miniature  Acrylic on Claybord  Framed

The13th Annual Holiday Mini Art Exhibit opens on Thursday, Dec. 12th 5-9pm during the Capitol Hill Art Walk. The Exhibit will remain on view through Sunday, Feb. 10th, 2020. There will be 100's of small works from local & global artists and designers, 95 in total, from Seattle & beyond (including Italy, Berlin and Ukraine)! A list of the artists can be found here.  All work is 10" x 10" and smaller including framing, affordably priced for gifting, collecting and coveting.  The best part is buyers will be able to take home their purchases right away starting Friday, Dec. 13th.  This is the perfect time to buy that special art loving someone an original work that is affordable and fits in even the smallest spaces.

A great place to find something for those difficult to gift folks in your life and you can support the arts and artists! The show extends into February, so hope you get to see this exciting show!

As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Remember to support your local artists!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

"Harmony" Juried in the 41st Annual Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show and was Awarded Second Place!

I can smell the rain! Autumn is almost here and it's time for the 41st Annual Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show at the Mountlake Terrace Library Complex! This year my new graphite drawing, Harmony, was selected in the Drawing, Painting and Prints category!  Also excited to learn that Harmony was awarded Second Place! 

Harmony© Barbara A. Freeman
  Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord  12" x 9"

The show runs from September 21st through October 5th, at the Mountlake Terrace Library Complex, 23300 58th Avenue West in Mountlake Terrace. (map)  The show will be open to the public starting September 21st through October 5th, 2019.  The show will be up for two weeks, hope you get a chance to see it.  I'll be at the show on Sunday, September 22 from 3 to 5 so stop in and say Hi!  I'd love to meet you!  Otherwise, you can catch the show during library hours...

Mountlake Terrace Library Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Arts of the Terrace is one of the major juried art shows held in the Pacific Northwest and attracts top artists from throughout the region.  Always a great show!

Harmony© Barbara A. Freeman
  Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord  12" x 9" - Framed

Harmony has been slow in coming together.  I've had this image in my head for quite sometime as one in a new series.  My first attempt went really well until I was ready to spray varnish on it.  I really hate that part as I  am not the best at spraying anything!  I don't know if it was too humid or the varnish was old, or what?  Somehow I managed to spray it unevenly and a large area too heavily which ran.  After much screaming (to myself), I waited a few days to be sure it couldn't be saved. It couldn't!  So, I decided to start it over and just enjoy the process.  I ended up expanding the trees and adding darker values which I think made it stronger than the first go round.  However, I was a wreck when it was finished and time to seal it.  This time I used the gloss varnish even though I prefer the satin finish and after a few coats, it proved acceptable!  Relief!

As always, thank you for reading about my new work and I hope you like Harmony as much as I enjoyed creating it! 


Saturday, June 29, 2019

29th Annual Shoreline Arts Festival - "The Exchange" Juried in the Show!

Today is the opening of the 29th Annual Shoreline Arts Festival!  This year the festival will be in a new location at Shoreline Community College.  I'm happy that my work, The Exchange has been accepted in their Jurried Show!

The show takes place all weekend with lots of fun filled things to do and see.  Check out their website to read about the schedules for all the many events they have!   The new location is at Shoreline Community College, which has plentiful parking. Check out their map and schedule to help plan out your day. http://www.shorelineartsfestival.org/map/ 

The Exchange © Barbara A. Freeman
 Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord  9" x 12"

The Exchange  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord  9" x 12" - Framed

Sorry this blog is so short and late being posted. I ended up going to the walk-in clinic on Friday to get treatment and chest x-ray for what turned out to be acute bronchitis.  Not sure of the cause since I didn't have a cold or flu but could be allergies?  Anyway,  the good news is I didn't have pneumonia!  Feeling better now except for the cough and being very tired.  Thankfully, I'm on the mend and hope to be showing some new work soon!

As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Enjoy your summer!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Edmonds Arts Festival 2019 - The Exchange Juried in Edmonds Show

Coming up this weekend is the Edmonds Arts Festival 2019, in beautiful downtown Edmonds WA.  I'm excited that my work, The Exchange was juried in this year's show!  If you would like to see this work as it was created, click on the link to read the blog post for The Exchange, Work in Progress.

The Exchange © Barbara A. Freeman
9" x 12" Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord

The Exchange  © Barbara A. Freeman
9" x 12" Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord - Framed

The Edmonds Arts Festival 2019 is a fun filled event held every year over Father's Day Weekend.  The annual benefit that supports the arts in the Edmonds community starts on Wednesday, June 12, 6 pm.  This is a a kick off Art + Cocktails Benefit Party where you can be among the first to view and purchase jury-selected and award-winning art!  Proceeds go to scholarships for art education, and grants for art programs and public art.

This is such a fun festival with artists' booths outside, and three juried galleries inside.  There is food, music, dance and activities for the kids!  In the galleries inside the Frances Anderson Center you'll find paintings, drawings and miniature art, photography, computer art and three dimensional work. This year the work is mixed together in all three of the rooms, so don't miss the work located in the two rooms a few steps up.  Also, you can find the excellent student art show downstairs.

The Edmonds Arts Festival is one of the longest running in the Northwest, attracting artists from across the nation. Profits from the Edmonds Arts Festival are returned to the community through the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation.

If you get a chance to go, don't forget to visit the inside galleries.  Check out my work, The Exchange in the upstairs gallery!  All artwork is for sale.  Remember, art makes a fine Fathers' Day Gift!  Happy Fathers' Day to all you Fathers out there! As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Enjoy your summer!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Pets on Parade - Schack Art Center

Two of my miniature paintings will be in the Pets on Parade show at the Schack Art Center in downtown Everett!  This is the first time I've participated in the Pets on Parade Show and from what I've heard it's always a fun time, with well behaved pets attending!  Also during the exhibit, food and pet accessories will be collected to benefit N.O.A.H and the Everett Animal Shelter.  How cool is that!

My two pet works are Afghan Kitty and Gaze into My Eyes, both Fine Art Miniatures.  I also have other animal work in the show, several more miniatures and a small work, so many other animals are represented that are not pets.  There are over forty artists included in this mixed media show! It will be a real treat!

Pets on Parade - Main Gallery
March 7th to April 13th
Opening reception: March 7, 5 - 8pm
The Schack Art Center
2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA(map)

Afghan Kitty © Barbara A. Freeman M.A.A.
Acrylic on Illustration Board 2" x 2 "

Gaze Into My Eyes  © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.
Acrylic on Illustration Board 2" x 2 "

These two brothers are my Mom's cats, Sid (top) and Sam (bottom).  My Mom and Dad lived in Florida and have had them since they were small kittens.  A year after my Dad passed, my Mom agreed to come out to Washington to live, but needed to bring her boys along.  Wayne and I discussed the hows and what it might mean to travel with two senior house cats and my Mom across country.  After discussing several ideas, we ended up buying a Ford Flex which seemed the roomiest to fit all five of us with all our stuff.  We only had time for a few practice runs with the boys to get them used to the idea of a car ride in a cage that didn't end up at the vet!  In the end, though, the trip turned out to be an adventure full of surprises for all of us.  From putting them in a large cage carrier that we had to carry into our hotel room every night, them wearing a harness for the first time and strange new rooms to explore, they actually were good traveling companions!  We were all surprised!  They are now living in their new home here in Everett and seem to enjoy watching the birds out the window and seeing snow for the first time!  Now that they are closer, perhaps I'll have to get them to pose for more paintings!

 Sid (right) first time with a harness and leash.  Stretch break in Richmond Hill, GA

 Sam thinking about a nap and Sid in back wondering if we are there yet!  The large sized cage had a second perch, blue pillow.  They sometimes went up to the second level, but mostly they stayed close to each other.  We carried this cage with the cats inside down hallways and even up a few stairs each morning and evening to and from our hotel rooms.  We had disposable litter boxes and water and food bowls handy and of course treats.  We were there to serve!

 Sam (left) first time in a harness and leash.  Boys are doing great!

I'm really looking forward to seeing the Pets on Parade show with all the wonderful work from over forty artists exhibiting photography, oils, acrylics, ceramics, prints, recycled sculpture, and much more in celebration of the pets they love!

In addition, upstairs in the Mezzanine Gallery will be the Celebration of my friend, Janie Olsen,  2019 Artists of the Year with her show, Animal Kingdom! It will be fantastic to see all of Janie's magical animals in their enchanting environments! If you love animals, this is a MUST SEE SHOW! Upstairs and down, don't miss it!

Thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Remember to support your local artist!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Serving Masterpieces: Art at The Sisters Restaurant - Autumn 2018


Lyussy Hyder has done it again!  Lyussy Hyder, curator for The Sisters Restaurant has put together a new group exhibit for Fall.  The show, Fantastic! features works of the imagination, including less traditional art, in a variety of media.   The show is now open at The Sisters Restaurant2804 Grand Ave in Everett, WA, and runs from September 8th to November 3rd 2018.  Thank you, Lyussy Hyder for including my work in this Fantastic!show!

My three works in the show are, The Exchange, Time Passages, and Outside In.  I think these three works are perfect for a show with a title of Fantastic! and works of the imagination. 

The Exchange  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 9" x 12"

Time Passages © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media   10" x 8"

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

The bad news is that this is the last show that Lyussy Hyder is curating at The Sisters Restaurant.  The good news, she is retiring from curating but will be in her studio painting as well as sharing her talents at Schack Art Center teaching!  More good news, Nikki Gardner will be taking over the curator's job at The Sisters starting in 2019.  Looking forward to seeing the shows Nikki Gardner, who is also a wonderful painter,  puts together! 

 Group Show - Fantastic!  
Serving Masterpieces : Art at The Sisters Restaurant 
2804 Grand Ave in Everett, WA (map)
9/8/18 to 11/3/18

On a personal note... I know it's been a very long time since I have been in any shows or blogged about them.  Last year, after losing my Dad and then a few months later, my Mother-law, our lives changed in many ways.  I was so happy when my Mom agreed to move out here! Wayne and I went to Florida to sell her home and prepare for the long move to Washington.  I started the process of selling her home before we even left Washington! With the assistance of our daughter, we bought a home here for her and Gina to share.  Much of that was conducted remotely from Florida!  Then we packed and shipped all she was taking from Florida, giving away or selling the rest.  Wayne drove the three of us, including Mom's two senior cats across country from Central Florida to Everett WA, including a side trip to Pennsylvania to visit family!  We arrived in Florida on April 18th and back home in Everett on June 21st!  I'm still not sure if we've recovered yet!  But I am so happy to have my Mom near!  Slowly, I will be getting caught up and working in my studio again. Wish me luck!  Until then, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Remember to support your local artist!