The Eclectic Collection: Artwork by former Artists-in-Residence at the James and Janie Washington Foundation

On view at the Seattle City Hall Gallery
September 9 – October 28, 2016
Artist Reception on Thursday, October 20, 4-6 p.m.

SEATTLE, (Sept. 27, 2016) —The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture presents The Eclectic Collection: Artworks by former Artists-in-Residence at the James and Janie Washington Foundation, an exhibition featuring 51 works celebrating the artists whose work has been inspired by sculptor James Washington Jr. The exhibition will be on view in the Seattle City Hall Gallery, September 9 through October 28, 2016, with an artist reception on Thursday, October 20th from 4 – 6 p.m. in the gallery.

The exhibition features artists who served as artists-in-residence at the James and Janie Washington Foundation from 2009 to 2015. The artworks represent a range of mediums including metal, mixed media, found materials, ceramics, wood, photography, printmaking, paper and paint. Artist included in the exhibition work with a variety of different media and come from different backgrounds, but they all exemplify commitment to prolonged acts of creation, as did Washington.

The James and Janie Washington Foundation was established in 1997 as a nonprofit organization to preserve the art, writing, and lifetime works of Dr. James W. Washington Jr. The Foundation’s artist-in-residence program offers artists the freedom, space and time to explore their creative process in new ways.

Washington (1909-2000) was an eminent African American sculptor and painter and was a leading member of the Northwest School. He was born and grew up in rural Mississippi in the segregated South and spent the majority of his career working from his Seattle studio. His work is represented in more than 600 private and public collections, including The Smithsonian, the Whitney, SFMOMA and the Seattle Art Museum.

Photo credit: MalPina Chan, Red Envelope, 2015. Infused dye on aluminum, 13 x 22 x 1. Courtesy MalPina Chan

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The James and Janie Washington Foundation is hosting a special Friday Sit and Sip for Central Area Art Interruptions

Friday, September 18 from 6 – 8 p.m.
1816 26th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

The James and Janie Washington Foundation hosts Sit and Sips on the third Friday of the month at the former home of Mr. and Mrs. Washington in the Central Area. On Friday, September 18 from 6 – 8 p.m. the foundation will host several artists including Naoko Morisawa, Carina Del Rosario, Hanako O’Leary and Esther Ervin who were selected to create temporary artworks for the Central Area Art Interruptions 2015. Morisawa, Del Rosario, O’Leary and Ervin will share sketches and slides of their installations and answer questions about their project inspiration and the process leading to being selected.

In the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway between E. Columbia St. and S. Judkins St. from September 4, 2015 – January 3, 2016, seven artists including Bayu Angermeyer, Carina Del Rosario, Esther Ervin, Alison Roshee, Naoko Morisawa, Hanako O’Leary and Sonya Stockton created small scale temporary art works that respond to their environments and communities. Artworks range from community portraits installed on the back of Greenway signs to whimsical figures perched in trees and larger than life whimsical birds’ nests.

Administered in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Art Interruptions is funded by SDOT 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture. For information and to RSVP for all events, contact Esther Ervin, Arts Program Director, James and Janie Washington Foundation.

Image courtesy Marcia Iwasaki