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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 »

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.

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


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.”