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Art Destination: Perry and Carlson

Posted on December 3rd, by David in Art Shows, Inspiration, News. Comments Off on Art Destination: Perry and Carlson

Just an hour north of Seattle is a wonderful destination: Perry and Carlson. The combined gallery and shop are an inspirational art spot in Mount Vernon, WA.

Trina Perry Carlson and Christian Carlson bought an old building in the center of downtown Mount Vernon, WA, and have created a beautiful live-work-gallery-shop space. The shop features carefully curated home decor and art elements, and the gallery is home to the couple’s work as well as select guest artists. For the month of December 2017, the gallery is chock full of small works by both artists.

Trina Perry Carlson creates engaging mixed media pieces that evoke memory and nature. She cleverly uses the backs of stretched canvas panels as the basis for her works that incorporate weaving, stitching, fiber and found objects. Each piece suggests a story of some sort, or a specimen in … Read More »

modern touch: artwork with a decidedly modern twist

Posted on August 19th, by David in Art Shows, Inspiration, News, Uncategorized. No Comments

On Thursday, September 21st, 2017, eight Washington State artists will come together at BallardWorks for modern touch: artwork with a decidedly modern twist.

Each artist in this show creates work that is modernist in feeling, but is also created using unconventional and decidedly modern techniques… or traditional techniques used in new ways. The opening is Thursday, Sept. 21st, 2017, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. BallardWorks is located at 2856 NW Market St, Seattle WA 98107. Access to the building beyond the opening may be arranged by appointment, through Oct. 10, 2017.

Here is a preview of the artists featured in modern touch:


Michelle Crowe

Michelle Crowe is a ceramic artist based in Bellingham, WA. Her functional pieces are made for the home, and play with the relationships between form and building layers of line. Her shapes and patterns are reminiscent of 1950’s and 1960’s … Read More »

Domanico Cellars — Barrel Room Gallery

Posted on May 10th, by David in Art Shows, Inspiration, News. Comments Off on Domanico Cellars — Barrel Room Gallery

Show runs through July 15th, 2017



Domanico Cellars
Barrel Room Gallery
825 NW 49th St
Seattle WA 98107

I’m happy to introduce a new body of work in the Barrel Room Gallery of Domanico Cellars. The show runs through July 15th, 2017. Domanico Cellars has a tasting room for their fine wines, located between Ballard and Fremont in Seattle, and nestled inside the tasting room is a wonderful gallery. Wine tastings, glass pours, and bottles of Domanico Cellars’ wine are available for purchase. There are often food trucks in the neighborhood. Visit the Domanico Cellars website for more information, hours and directions.

Odori (Dancing) No. 3, monotype, collage, and stitching on panel, 20″ x 24″ x 1.5″, $1,050

My new monotype prints and collages blend organic shapes, rich textures and of course, stitching. I have been exploring the concept of “paper quilts” more, and you will see that reflected in … Read More »

Revitalize Your Brand

Posted on June 17th, by David in Inspiration, News. No Comments

Revitalize Your Brand

On June 17, 2016, I participated in a branding presentation at the Forum on Strategic Fundraising. My co-presenters were Teresa Moore of Moore Ink. PR and Fundraising Communications, and Andrea Solomon of Washington Access for Better Schools (WABS).

The Forum on Strategic Fundraising is presented annually by AFP Advancement Northwest, our regional chapter (and one of the largest in the world) of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. AFP Advancement Northwest transforms the relationship between donors and fundraisers, building a more vital culture of philanthropy and stronger communities. They believe the fundraising profession must rise to meet the highest standards of innovation and find creative solutions to help philanthropists make an even bigger impact in advancing the ever-growing needs that nonprofit organizations serve.

In our presentation, Revitalize Your Brand, we talked what a brand really is, how to convey your brand in effective messages, … Read More »

A (Short) Passage to India

Posted on June 17th, by David in Inspiration. No Comments

 My friend and quilt expert Patricia Belyea invited me to be a guest blogger on her site, I decided to write about my recent trip to India, and how the beautiful marble inlay work inspired me to think differently about my artwork and quilt-making, which I’m getting into. Please read the entire blog post here.

Work Selected for Collective Visions Gallery Show

Posted on January 5th, by David in Art Shows, News. No Comments

Nazo (Enigma)


I’m happy to announce that my artwork, Nazo (Enigma), has been chosen for inclusion in the 2014 Collective Visions Gallery (CVG) Show in Bremerton.

The Seventh Annual CVG Show is one of the largest and most prestigious art competitions in the Northwest. Over 280 artists from 70 Washington cities submitted 771 artworks for consideration. Of these only 116 pieces were selected for inclusion in the show. The exhibition juror is Jamie Walker, a noted Seattle-based ceramic artist and sculptor. Walker is a Professor of Art and Associate Director University of Washington’s School of Art. Walker will choose the recipients of $7,000 in prizes going to 11 artists in multiple categories. Additional prizes include a $2,000 purchase award by the Kitsap County Arts Board, a $300 People’s Choice Award and a $1,000 Best of Kitsap Award sponsored by the … Read More »

Urban Skin: A New Artwork Series

Posted on October 31st, by David in Art Shows, News. Comments Off on Urban Skin: A New Artwork Series

Over the past year, I’ve been working on a new body of work called the Urban Skin series.

Northwest Fine Arts Competition

Posted on September 30th, by David in Art Shows. No Comments

Two of my large pieces were selected for the annual Northwest Fine Arts Competition in Seattle at the Phinney Center Gallery.

Opening/Artist Reception

Join us to see the art and meet the artists on Friday, October 11 from 7-9 pm at the Phinney Center Gallery. The show continues through October 30th, 2013.

Local jurors and art experts Jason Huff and Jonathan Wood selected a wide variety of works for this show. The winning work is “The Topography of Fire,” by my friend Suze Woolf. She receives the jurors prize and a solo show in the Phinney Center Gallery in 2014.

The artists included in the show are: Sandi Bransford, Kristen Chick, Cynthia Esselman, Karen Hackenberg, David Owen Hastings, Irena Jablonski, Deborah Kapoor, Anita H. Lehmann, Ann Maki, Paul E. McKee, Mytchell J. Mead, Sandy Nelson, Angie Prince, Cheryl A. Richey, Kristen Scott, Tracy Simpson, … Read More »

Solo Show: Gary Manuel Salon

Posted on May 14th, by David in Art Shows. No Comments

David Owen Hastings at Gary Manuel Salon

This show features over 70 works, large and small, inspired by earth, water, and urban textures. David’s richly layered pieces invite you to pause and reflect, drawing you in with delicate stitching, organic forms, and vivid colors.

Seibutsu (Life) No. 1, 12″ x 12″ x 1.5″, artwork on panel by David Owen Hastings

Please stop by this exciting and creative salon to take a look at my artwork, and perhaps to pamper yourself with one of their many fine salon services.

Gary Manuel Salon
2127 1st Ave (at Blanchard)
Seattle, WA 98121


Mondays: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tues. – Sat.: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Sun.: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

SAM Gallery 40th Anniversary Celebration

Posted on April 26th, by David in Art Shows, News. No Comments

To celebrate SAM Gallery’s 40th Anniversary, the gallery will show the work of five of their regular artists along with five artists the regulars have invited to show. The artist pairs are:

Linda Davidson/Fiona McGuigan
Melinda Hannigan/Gail Howard
Dan Hawkins/NKO
Curt Labitzke/Kim Van Someren
Junko Yamamoto/Rumi Koshino

In connection with this show, Celeste Cooning will present Seattle Tower 1928, a site specific installation in the gallery’s University Street window that references the architecture and embellishments of Seattle Tower, the art deco high-rise where SAM Gallery is located.

Seattle Magazine writer Brangien Davis has written a terrific article about SAM Gallery and their 40 years of making art accessible to all.

Artist’s Choice

SAM Gallery’s 40th Anniversary Celebration
May 9 – June 8, 2013
Hours: Tues. – Sat. 10:30am – 5:00pm
Opening reception: May 9, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
SAM Gallery, Seattle Tower Building, 1220 Third Ave, Seattle


Bradford Bohonus: taking photography to a new dimension

Posted on April 25th, by David in Inspiration. No Comments

A few years ago, I met Bradford Bohonus through some artist friends of mine. He’s an excellent photographer, and shoots the most amazing 360-degree photos. He specializes in high resolution interactive Panoramic VR Photography for businesses, organizations, individuals and the arts. Besides Bradford’s commercial work, he’s been photographing artists in their studios for a number of years. It’s a personal project of his, and luckily, I was included in his project. You can find the 360 panorama he shot of me in my former Ballard studio here. Looking at this sure makes me miss that great space. (I now have a great studio at home, which is super convenient.) Here’s a page of all the artists’ studios that Bradford has photographed.

Me in my former Ballard studio, photographed by Bradford Bononus

I asked Bradford a few questions about his work… … Read More »

Patricia Belyea: getting passionate about fabric

Posted on April 17th, by David in Inspiration. No Comments

My friend Patricia Belyea has it all figured out. She retired recently from a brilliant career as a design and marketing expert to follow her passion: quilting.

Patricia and I recently got together to share a cup of tea, and to chat about our mutual love of fabric. We both are graphic designers who are also artists. My “quilts” are created from paper, and hers are made with more traditional materials, but her art goes far beyond fabric, stitches and batting.

Floating World, 40″ x 40″, 2011 © Patricia Belyea

Patricia has traveled to Japan numerous times, and imports a particular kind of vintage Japanese fabric, called yukata cotton. She sells her yukata fabric to other quilters, and also transforms it into her own art quilts.

Healing Garden, 52″ x 55″, 2011 © Patricia Belyea

One of the things that inspires … Read More »

Spring is coming, along with lots of color inspiration!

Posted on March 11th, by David in Inspiration. No Comments

The days are getting longer, finally! And with the longer days, come buds and blooms.

Art Show – Painters Under Pressure at Phinney Center Gallery

Posted on March 6th, by David in Art Shows. No Comments

The art salon group I belong to, called Painters Under Pressure, is having a group show at the Phinney Center Gallery. The artists are: Ruth Hesse, Stephen MacFarlane, Tracy Simpson, Jon Taylor, Iskra Johnson, and David Owen Hastings.

The EDGE Program for Artists

Posted on March 5th, by David in Fine Art, News. No Comments

In 2006, I participated in the EDGE Professional Development Program for artists. This is where I finally learned to stand up an say, “I Am an Artist.”

SAM Gallery — a great place to see local art, and also to rent it

Posted on February 22nd, by David in Art Shows. No Comments

There’s a terrific article on by Rachel Belle called, Commitment Phobes Can Rent Art Through SAM Gallery. She explains how and why it’s a great idea to rent artwork from SAM Gallery.

I have a number of pieces available through SAM Gallery. All of the work there is by Northwest artists, and is available for rent. You can apply a portion of your rental fee to the purchase price, if you decide you want to keep it. Try out a piece of original artwork in your home: rent it for a few months and see how you feel about it! This piece called “Suna (Sand) 1” is one of the pieces available for purchase or rent at SAM Gallery.

Suna (Sand) 1

See my artwork at R E Welch Gallery in Seattle

Posted on December 13th, by David in Art Shows. No Comments

My artwork at the R E Welch Gallery

Posing with some of my artwork at R E Welch Gallery, just a half block south of SAM. Original art makes a great present!