Odyssey Below the Tides ~ Review

Jellyfish by Steven Miljavac (left), Mechanical Merkittens by Braden Duncan (right)

Odyssey Below the Tides is the 2nd group exhibition to go up at Tidal Artist Haven (which opened in January), and features nearly a dozen artists from around the Seattle area. The work on display ranges from depicting literal sea creatures like the graceful jellyfish of Steven Miljavac’s photography; to the terror possible in interacting with the wrong creatures, as in Angela Williams’ (Morbid Heart Design) work. All of which is balanced out by the vibrant colors of Larry Parker’s “Octopus for Lynn”.

Octopus for Lynn by Larry Parker (Left), Catch by Morbid Heart Design (Top Right), Kelp by Jessica Havens (Bottom Right)

Several of the pieces in this show include commentary on how poorly we treat our oceans, such as “10 Jihadi Dolphins” by RebelDog Studio which includes a placard next to it inviting viewers to search the piece for all the bits and bobs that are “in the ocean, but shouldn’t be”, according to painter Kree Arvanitas. Even with the seriousness of the subject depicted, Kree’s work maintains a sense of surreal playfulness at the same time.

10 Jihadi Dolphins by RebelDog Studio (Left), Octopi Hazmat Team by RebelDog Studio (Right)

Embrace of the surreal is a common theme among the pieces in this show. There are several merpeople in different situations, displaying the full range of merperson emotion from gracefully enjoying lunch with a guest in Jessica Havens’ painting “High Tea” (those who frequent Tidal Artist Haven may recognize this piece from the live-painting Jessica did at the Grand Opening); to the desire to do nothing more than scroll through her shellphone (looking at pictures of her dogfish) in Rachel Setzer’s “Ugh Merlennials”. The fantastical portion of the show also includes Braden Duncan’s “Mechanical Merkittens”, which capture reality with her photorealistic style and combines it with perfected surreality to demonstrate why Braden is one of the PNW’s favorite artists.

Amy Muse’s gourd purses (large dried gourds, painstakingly painted, decorated, and varnished), are unmistakably original for their use of materials and design aesthetic. “The Navigator” references the history of sea voyages, decorated with sea serpents, an astrolabe (a navigational tool), and embedded with the star-points of the constellation Orion. Amy’s work is well-complimented by the other sculpture entrants. “Oceans in Retrograde” from Washington artist Julie Yasny is a delicate felted wool piece embellished with thread and mother of pearl; and “Octy” by upcycling genius Amanda Drewniak, is an octopus made from recycled plastics, continuing the sub-theme of environmental stewardship in the show.

Odyssey Below the Tides will be open through mid-March with a closing reception on March 11th from 5-7pm*. Tidal Artist Haven’s gallery hours are Wednesday and Thursday 11AM-7PM, Friday and Saturday 12PM-8PM, and Sunday 1PM-5PM**.

*Due to health concerns gallery show closings/openings have been postponed, please check out FaceBook page for updates
**Due to health concerns our gallery hours are currently off-schedule. Please check our FaceBook page for daily updates or contact us for a private gallery viewing

Call for Art: Spring Dreams

If you wish to submit art to this show, complete this webform: https://forms.gle/2WyWQJgPaWN8oENP8

The Vernal Equinox is on March 19th, and our art community will celebrate by imagining all the wonders Spring can bring from the tiny mushroom homes of our fae friends to majestic fluffiness of clouds unburdened by rain. Our bird friends have returned to the neighborhood, and bees are once again buzzing in the early spring flowers, but what might they get up to when humans aren’t observing them? Allow yourself a trip into the surreality of the natural world and all its possibilities within and beyond our capitalist hellscape. Including light refreshments.

This show will be open to the public during our regular gallery hours (posted on our website), and there will be a closing reception on April 15th from 5-7pm.

January Art Theory Book Club: Catching the Big Fish

I’ve been wanting to put together something like this for a while (if for no other reason than to force myself to read more art theory books), and this seemed like the best time. Let’s read Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity by David Lynch and discuss the weird and interesting ideas therein. The Amazon reviews say it’s a fairly easy read, (and I already owned it), so that seems like a good place to start a book club about art books.

Suggested donation $10, and whatever you want to tip the facilitator.

Discussion facilitated by Rachel Setzer of Setzer Studio Arts

Date: January 29, 2020
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Tidal Artist Haven

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/675100289691974/

January Open Arts Social

Come join us for a night of community and creativity! Work on your current project or start a new one, while socializing with other artists. Bring your own supplies and snacks, and don’t forget to invite your friends!

The Open Arts Social will be a monthly gathering that isn’t limited to visual arts–feel free to bring your fabric arts, music, jewelry making and any other craft projects.

Date: January 20, 2020
Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm
Location: 1533 NE 145th St (In the qfc shopping center)

This is an all-ages, dry event.

Accessibility notes: the gallery is on a first floor, a curb-step up from the parking lot. The current public space floorplan is open and maneuverable, and the lights are full-spectrum florescent. There are a variety of seating options, including padded seating & seats with back support. There is one restroom (that is slightly too narrow for full wheelchair access) with a grab bar.

Please be conscientious with fragrance and scent.

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/3346424328765612/

Making Time Opening Reception

Time is a fundamental aspect of human existence, but it is so amorphous and mysterious that everyone relates to it differently. How we relate to it changes every second of every day from the point we are aware of time, until the point where it stops being relevant. The means by which it is measured and what it means has changed so much throughout human existence, that just about every culture relates to time differently. Much of the industrialized world is driven by strict linear time, but cultures less dependent on industry have a more cyclical understanding of time.

This exhibition will remain up until the closing reception on February 13th. See our main fb page or website for gallery times.

Date: January 19, 2020
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Tidal Artist Haven, 1533 NE 145th St. Seattle, WA 98125

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1504075896424589/

Intro to Hand Puppetry (4 Sessions)

Join acclaimed Seattle puppeteer Jason Mondine for a fun, interactive workshop learning the basics of hand puppetry for stage and screen. Tickets are sliding scale. If you cannot pay the full amount talk to us and we will work with your budget.

Session 1, Jan.11: The Basics, Lip Sync and Focus

Session 2, Jan.18: Live Hand and Rod Puppet Basics

Session 3, Jan. 25: Working with Monitors

Session 4, Feb. 1: Creating a Full Character Scene

Location: Tidal Artist Haven, 1533 NE 145th St. Seattle, WA 98125

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2961820433849032/

Therapeutic Art Practice

Join us as we learn some therapeutic art methods. All materials will be provided but please feel free to bring whatever you are comfortable drawing with.

**Please note that the Teacher, Jessica is not a Licensed Therapist, and that these methods are in no way an alternative form of therapy**

Date: January 11, 2020
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Tidal Artist Haven, 1533 NE 145th St. Seattle, WA 98125

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/410329146345430/

January Call for Art: Making Time

This is the call for art, for information about the opening reception go here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1504075896424589/

Time is a fundamental aspect of human existence, but it is so amorphous and mysterious that everyone relates to it differently. How we relate to it changes every second of every day from the point we are aware of time, until the point where it stops being relevant. The means by which it is measured and what it means has changed so much throughout human existence, that just about every culture relates to time differently. Much of the industrialized world is driven by strict linear time, but cultures less dependent on industry have a more cyclical understanding of time.

In choosing or composing your submissions for this show, please consider the following ideas: How do you relate to time as an artist? What do you think time is? What is it about? How do you measure and experience time? Is time Real? What will happen to your art over time? What is the best way for art to communicate across long stretches of time?

Fees: $10 per accepted piece. If you cannot afford the Showing Fee, it may be possible to have it waived. (Showing Fee does not apply to Tidal Artist Haven members and resident artists.) If a piece sells, TAH will collect a 30% commission.

Submission guidelines:
*2D and 3D works accepted (it may also be possible to screen video artwork)
*2D art MUST BE WALL READY. We will not be attaching wires or brackets to your work, and dislike hanging canvases that have no hanging hardware. If you need help making your pieces wall ready, special arrangements can be made. We will do our best to accommodate display requirements of 3D works that cannot be hung on a wall.
*Accepted works must be delivered to Tidal Artist Haven by January 15th at 10pm. If you cannot deliver your work, special arrangements can be made. Any unsold works may be picked up from Tidal Artist Haven after the closing reception on February 14th. If you cannot pick up your work by February 16th, special arrangements can be made, but we will not store work.
*Submit up to 5 pieces thru this webform: https://forms.gle/W8mZ7pcjg757M6dk7
*We will begin going thru submissions on January 6th

facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2489253501346659/

Grand Opening Celebration

Please join us in celebrating our Grand Opening! We will have live painting, community painting, live music, giveaways, a silent auction and a raffle; you won’t want to miss this!

Date: January 3, 2020
Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Tidal Artist Haven, 1533 NE 145th St. Seattle, WA 98125

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/550133469115220/

December Open Arts Social

Come join us for a night of community and creativity! Work on your current project or start a new one, while socializing with other artists. Bring your own supplies and snacks, and don’t forget to invite your friends!

The Open Arts Social will be a monthly gathering that isn’t limited to visual arts–feel free to bring your fabric arts, music, jewelry making and any other craft projects.

This is an All Ages, Dry event!

When: December 20, 2019 6:30pm-9:00pm
Where: Tidal Artist Haven, 1533 NE 145th St. Seattle, WA 98125

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/746629479151090/