Davis Freeman’s Looking Forward exhibit celebrates the super heroes of our time

You may have come across a striking photography exhibit at the Seattle Center late last year, featuring large portraits of young entrepreneurs that are making a difference.

Looking Forward: the new heroes installation included 15 life-size portraits of young, local entrepreneurs and was commissioned as part of The Next Fifty celebration of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. If you missed it, the installation is now on view at the Washington State Convention Center through April 2nd – you have another chance to see the work of Davis Freeman, an internationally known, Queen Anne-based artist.

Davis Freeman’s work highlights 15 young social entrepreneurs from around the world via life-size portraits on brushed aluminum that celebrate their lives and work. Through these portraits, Davis’ exhibit tells the story of how these people are the “super heroes of our time”, who identify a problem, make it right, and leave a lasting positive impact. Among the images, you can also spot his signature portrait style, a triptych alongside 12 individual portraits.

The project began in July 2011 with the selection of the subjects – Davis read dozens of bios to identify the final subjects who have received recognition for their work.

“I had to work with a limited exhibition space and had less than nine months to pull together the project. I was very interested in a balance of diversity and people who had the right kind of energy. A subject’s energy, personality, and spirit always show in a good portrait. These are interesting, well rounded young adults with great heart, individual style, and a strong sense of responsibility.”

The subjects in Davis’ installation include some Queen Anne connections as well – Brad Gillis and Ben Friedman are the co-owners of HomeGrown, located on the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N; Lauren Burman owns Material Good, a Queen Anne-based business that sells Little Shirley ceramic vases, with proceeds supporting cancer research.

Brad Gillis and Ben Friedman
Courtesy of Davis Freeman

Lauren Burman
Courtesy of Davis Freeman

The exhibition is on display now through April 2, 2013 at the Washington State Convention Center (view Level 2, North Gallery, 800 Convention Place).

Photography Exhibition Opens at Stacya Silverman Art and Beauty this Sunday with Artist Reception

Jay DeFehr
Untitled Juliet Portrait
Silver gelatin print, 6-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

Starting Sunday, November 18, Stacya Silverman Art and Beauty will host Portraits and Landscapes, a photography exhibition with works by Thomas Schworer and Jay DeFehr. The show kicks off with an opening reception for the artists held Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

Although his work has been shown internationally, the exhibition will be local artist Jay DeFehr’s first show in Seattle. DeFehr processes his film in a conventional darkroom with his own archival chemistry formulation. The show will feature four of DeFehr’s works.

Thomas Schworer
Cove in Evening Light, Southern Oregon Coast
Encaustic over archival pigment photograph

Landscape photographer Thomas Schworer lives and works in the Pacific Northwest, but his photographs have been exhibited on both coasts. His works featured in the show will be encaustic over archival pigment prints mounted on hardwood. The show will feature ten of Schworer’s landscapes.

The exhibition opens Sunday November 18 and runs through the holidays. The gallery is located across from Macrina Bakery at 514 W McGraw St, Suite 101. For more information, contact Stacya Silverman at 206.270.9465 or stacyasilverman@gmail.com.

Pottery Northwest presents exhibition of alumnae

Pottery Northwest will hold an exhibition of new works by several recent artists-in-residence alumnae beginning Saturday, April 9 in their studio just south of the KeyArena. The exhibition, called Flashback, will feature work by John Ellefson, Bill Evans, Jamie Kirkpatrick, Julie Lindell, Stephen Sullivan and Tami Rubin.

The show will run until April 29 in the South Gallery of Pottery Northwest at 226 First Ave. N. A public opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.

From Pottery Northwest:

Founded in 1966 as a non-profits arts organization, Pottery Northwest is a long time and vibrant source of programming in the Seattle arts community. World class professional artist residencies,  exhibitions featuring traditional and contemporary work, community classes and an engaging lecture series spanning many years are all features of this fixture at Seattle Center. Artists from around the world come to Pottery Northwest in the spirit of artistic dialog and as a formative step in their professional career.