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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 textiles.



Mona T. Smiley-Fairbanks

Mona T. Smiley-Fairbanks is an Edmonds, WA monotype print maker who also is currently stretching into sculpture and installation art. In her monotype work she uses native plants from her garden with bold graphic accents. Threatened and endangered species are also important to her and are used in her work as much as possible.



Ruth Hesse

Ruth Hesse is a Bellingham, WA artist who specializes in simple ceramic forms and patterns combined with complex surface treatments influenced by her two decades of monotype printmaking.




Claudia Meyer-Newman

Claudia Meyer-Newman is a Seattle-based artist who seeks to make art that captures the spirit of place, and celebrates the wonder of the journey. Her love of travel and observation inspires her work. She hopes to create metaphors for visual stories that inspire the imagination and illuminate the moment.



Leslie Newman

Leslie Newman lives and works in Indianola, WA. She brings a fresh approach to her expressive, abstract iPad paintings and modernist shape prints. Recently she completed an Instagram 100 day art challenge, creating and posting an original abstract daily.




Karin Schminke

Kenmore, WA artist Karin Schminke has shown extensively both nationally and internationally, and her work appears in dozens of corporate and public spaces. Co-author of “Digital Art Studio: Techniques for Combining Inkjet Printing with Traditional Art Materials” (Watson-Guptill), she has given numerous workshops and presentations across the country.


Tracy Simpson

Tracy Simpson, a Seattle artist, approaches print making much as a draftsperson approaches laying out plans for a building. She draws a precisely penciled grid and uses the smooth face of cut russet potatoes to print acrylic paint on paper, typically after making an impression from textured fabric or a dried leaf or flower so that a ghost image is transferred to the paper.


David Owen Hastings

Seattle-area artist David Owen Hastings combines his monotype prints with collage and stitching to create unique compositions that are often reminiscent of textiles, but all the materials used are paper. David loves the idea of “paper quilts” and in many of his pieces you will see a tie to traditional quilt-making, using paper instead of fabric. His goal is to encourage the viewer to pause and get lost in the colors, textures and patterns of his pieces, creating a sense of peace.



Please join all eight artists in Ballard for Third Thursday Night Out:

Sept, 21, 2017
6:00 – 9:00 pm

By appointment: Sept. 22 – Oct.10, 2017

2856 NW Market St
Seattle WA 98107

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