UpCycled Tables from EverGirl Art, Cynthia Freese

Just in case you have yet to see the latest functional sculptures from EverGirl Art, here is a small taste.

These will be on view during our 3rd Thursday Open Galleries at Seattle Design Center this coming August 15th. 6-9pm.

Unless of course someone else picks them up first (lots of interest as you may imagine, they are perfect for that “Man Cave” fortress or in the garage while working on your latest project. Hopefully Cynthia Freese will make more, although currently she is looking more at works in copper and glass), in either case, enjoy the photos!

All good things,


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Melanie Reed at Gallery [context]

Melanie Reed makes wonderful abstractions that explore beautiful contours, arabesque, tones and textures with vivid colors in the mix.

Surprisingly, these images are made from collage. I know, right? Amazing.

As an artist, I am often deconstructing works in my minds eye. One of my favorite things about good craft is this sense of intention, the sense that things are where they are in an artwork because the artist created the condition on purpose, towards a specific result.

It was a surprise to learn how these were constructed. Check out the near seamless use of line, the placement of objects and then remember that these images are created out of other images… Super Fun, huh?

Here are a few of our favorites from Melanie Reed, currently on view at Gallery [context]. Enjoy!

Melanie Reed "Premonition," 8" x 22 1/4" mixed paper on board, 2012, $450.00


Melanie Reed “Premonition,” 8″ x 22 1/4″ mixed paper on board, 2012, $450.00 (framed)

Melanie Reed "Aperture," 10 1/2" x 13 3/4" mixed paper on board, 2012, $375.00

Melanie Reed “Aperture,” 10 1/2″ x 13 3/4″ mixed paper on board, 2012, $375.00 (framed)

Melanie Reed "Promise," 8 3/4" x 20 1/4" mixed paper on board, 2012, $450

Melanie Reed “Promise,” 8 3/4″ x 20 1/4″ mixed paper on board, 2012, $450.00 (framed)


Gallery [context] summer hours:

12pm – 5pm

Tuesday – Friday

and by appointment.

See you soon!


Direct Experience at Gallery [context]

Direct Experience

Featured Artist

Anna-Maria Vag

Anna-Maria’s wall sculptures are appropriately titled.

There is a unique quality to this work, which can only be fully appreciated by experiencing the work in person.

This highly collected work is limited to a series of 8 and produced on dye-sublimated aluminum, which adds remarkable depth and responsiveness to the light as it changes in the room throughout the day.

“Brocatto” shines with a golden brilliance in low-light that creates an atmosphere, a reflected radiance reminiscent of sunsets. These works are constantly changing, and each viewing angle offers a slightly different experience.

Come and see them for yourself !

Gallery [context] Summer Hours are 12-5pm Tuesday – Friday and by appointment.

View more of Anna’s works on her excellent website

Anna-Maria Vag "Pramaste"

Anna-Mária Vág, “Pramaste”, 24”x24”x1.32″, dye-infused aluminum, 2011, $1700.00
(please note that the light grey in the digital image is actually silver in person)


Anna-Mária Vág, “Brocatto”, 24”x24”x1.32″, dye-infused aluminum, 2011, $1700.00


Anna-Mária Vág, “Étain”, 36”x24”x1.32″, dye-infused aluminum, 2011, $2600.00


Anna-Mária Vág, “Kin O’Mann”, 36”x24”x1.32″, dye-infused aluminum, 2011, $2600.00

Look forward to more from Participating Artists in Direct Experience:

Anette Lusher

Christine Devine

Cynthia Freese

Don Haggerty

Endearment Israel

Kate Vrijmoet

Ken Vensel

Kerry Smith

Melanie Reed

R.J. Rogers

Robin Stacy Richardson

Zalman Berkowitz

****************** Scene And Herd ***********************

So wonderful to see many of you out during 3rd Thursday’s Open Galleries at Seattle Design Center this past week. We had about 1500 visitors to the building and about 300 in the Gallery [context]. Thank you all for coming out and enjoying the live music and refreshments from our Sponsor, Blue Flame Spirits. More on that in the next Section. Here are a few Action Shots from Ken Vensel. Enjoy!

***** Next Reception is August 15th from 5-9pm *********

Photo: Ken Vensel for Gallery [context]

Photo: Ken Vensel for Gallery [context]

***** Next Reception is August 15th from 5-9pm *********

**************** Blue Flame Spirits ***************************

Special Thanks to Blue Flame Spirits for supporting our reception, and letting us taste their brand new “Wheat Whiskey” !! More about that here:

Washington Wheat Whiskey! This whiskey starts off with soft white winter wheat, grown specially for us by our personal private farm!  Neff Ranches grows Central Washington’s finest Wheat and Rye (shhh don’t tell anyone about the Rye) Varietals. These handmade whiskies are small batch made and barrel aged to perfection. After aging is complete we start a charcoal mellowing and filtering process that is completely unique to Blue Flame Spirits! This insures that we can showcase the mouthwatering flavor profile that comes from handmade Washington Whiskey inspired by the worlds most select grains!

Blue Flame Spirits Wheat Whiskey

And Where can one find such a delicious refreshment?


Here is the shortlist:

Bevmo- Ballard

Bevmo- Bellingham

Bevmo- Northgate

Bevmo- Silverdale

Bevmo- Southcenter

Bevmo- Vancouver

Bevmo!- Tacoma

Central Market Mill Creek

Central Market Poulsbo

Central Market Shoreline

Emerald City Spirits


Four Seasons Hotel

IGA Snoqualmie Ridge Superstore

Lombardi’s Mill Creek

Metropolitan Market – Admiral

Metropolitan Market – Kirkland

Metropolitan Market – Tacoma

Metropolitan Market – Uptown

Northwest Liquor & Wine Seattle

Premium Bainbridge

QFC Broadway Market #887

Shelton Liquor and Wine

Thriftway Shoreline

Thriftway West Seattle

Tommy C’s

Total Wine & More – Southcenter #1402

Whole Foods Bellevue

Wine World

10 Obvious Things

10 Obvious Things

10 Obvious Things

10 Obvious Things

Fine Art Exhibition June 17th – July 1st

Opening Reception June 20th 6-9pm

Upcoming “10 Obvious Things” exhibition presents a contemporary art show about nothing, but something.

Gallery [context] is pleased to announce “10 Obvious Things” an exhibition of objects inspired by conversations at Art Klatsch, the wednesday morning gathering of artists, collectors and gallerists started by Scott Lawrimore.

Klatsch participants include Anita Grant, Ben Berres,, Francisco Guerrero, Jeremey Buben, Jon Kvistad, Lance Boil, Queen Shmooquan, Sounds Fresh, Tom Mattausch, Vanessa Dewolf, Zalman Berkowitz and surprising drop-ins each week. Klatsch meets Wednesday mornings from 8ish to 10ish at Cafe Presse on 12th avenue, Capitol Hill, Seattle.

June 20th is 3rd Thursday, this month the Gallery [context] features the opening reception of “10 Obvious Things” as well as a taste of beautiful things to come, with a preview of invited artists participating in the “Direct Experience” exhibition July 7th – September 6th.

Tea Specialist and Founder of Experience Tea Studio Roberta Fuhr will be on hand to share her vast knowledge of the world of Tea, as well as offering delicious tea experiences.

…. on view …
“10 Obvious Things”
Anita Grant
Ben Berres
Francisco Guerrero
Lance Boil
Queen Shmooquan
Sounds Fresh
Tom Mattausch
Zalman Berkowitz

[[[[[[ Direct Experience ]]]]]]] {invitational preview}
featuring artWorks of beauty and grace by:
Alison Grimm
Anette Lusher
Christine Devine
Cynthia Freese
Don Haggerty
Endearment Israel
Kate Vrijmoet
Ken Vensel
Kerry Smith
Michael Brinker
….. coming soon …..

[[[[[[ Direct Experience ]]]]]
exhibition: July 7th – September 6th
opening reception: July 18th 6-9pm
closing reception: August 15th 6-9pm

Survival of the Interesting at Gallery [context]

Survival of the Interesting:

Evergirl Art brought in these wonderful series of birds titled a “Flock of Rocks”, and we have enjoyed following the birds as they travel throughout the Exhibition, making new friends and discovering artWorks.

Keeping with the theme of “Flock of Rocks”, Cynthia Freese, the artist that creates Evergirl had her attention captured by an abandoned nest near her home. The nest came up in conversation multiple times, so we thought it would be fun to feature it in the Gallery [context]. Evergirl created this beautiful steel table for the nest to rest on, and it looked pretty good, we thought.


My experience of the Gc is that each theme for every exhibition we have offered thus far has manifested in a spontaneous, literal sense… so I was initially apprehensive at using the title “Survival of the Interesting”.

During the “Mother” show it seemed for a while that everyone had some challenge or needed reassurance or nurturing of some sort (including me!) and the Exhibition eventually birthed the next generation of opportunities, titled “Human Nature”.

The “Human Nature” show involved lots of politics, and at the last minute the participants spontaneously worked together to create a successful showing (and some younger kids stole something from the Gc!). Ah, Human Nature.

I was surprised on Monday morning when I arrived to the Gc to find that even though we had preserved and (we thought) sterilized the Nest before placing it in the Gallery:

A small explosion of tiny spiders had erupted from the Nest.


What would you do?

As I pondered whether or not to “clean” up the spiders and how to do that without destroying the nest, the little creatures set to work. By the end of the day they had constructed this layered, geometric confluence of webs around the Nest. Way too cool looking to destroy!

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What is more of a mystery to me is that somehow, these tiny creatures created a single strand straight-up to the ceiling (about 11 ft.!!). this strand became a ladder, allowing all of the creatures to leave the nest.

The Spiders are Gone.

Art perhaps is the amazing, complex architecture created and left behind.

Darwin, I think, would have approved.

What do you think?


“Survival of the Interesting” runs through June 7th, and we are not quite sure how it will change next. Stay tuned 😉


Salon Anon Anon is April 18th, 5-9pm

-with an activated installation by Kiymbah, performances from M-Bibe, chocolates by Infinite Confections.


I am looking forward to sharing the experience of art with you in the Gallery [context]!!!


All good things,