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. 

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!