Thursday, April 23, 2009

Kissing (George) in the park

Now playing in Seattle at the 5th Avenue Theater: Sunday in the Park with George (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine), the musical inspired by George Seurat's great painting, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte".

Sunday in the Park with George
April 21-June 10
5th Avenue Theatre

Student and friend, Diane Schebel, passed the word:
"Mike heard about an upcoming musical called
Sunday in the Park with George as a colleague has a small role. He says it is the best production he's ever been involved with.

The show will be at the 5th Ave Theater beginning April 21st for about 3 weeks. If anyone puts the word
Facebook in the discount code section when checking out, you'll get $25.00 off each ticket! We managed to get great seats for the first night and the discount code made it very reasonable.

Here is the link...

Back from her night at the 5th Avenue, Diane raved about the show, particularly the visuals involving computer graphics.

(Leonard Bernstein called his friend Sondheim's show "brilliant, deeply conceived, canny, magisterial, and by far the most personal statement I've heard from you thus far. Bravo.").*

Hugh Panera as Georges Seurat with Billie Wildrick as Dot

"unless your picture goes wrong, it will be no good" - Picasso

Going to New York in the next month or so? Catch Picasso's late Mosqueteros series  at Gagosian Gallery - it sounds like a great, museum-caliber show with less fanfare. Here's the New York Times review.



MARCH 26 - JUNE 6, 2009

Gagosian Gallery
522 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel 212.741.1717 
Fax 212.741.0006
Mon-Sat 10-6

Installation View
Gagosian Gallery

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

4th Annual Flying House Art & Craft Sale

This flower ring by Gillian Theis is one of many lovely pieces to be found at the sale of art and crafts that Becky Brooks hosts next weekend. 

In addition to Gillian and Becky (mixed-media collage), friends, students and artists, Kathy Brazeau (felted bowls), Sue Danielson (paintings and prints), and Terry Peart (paintings) will all be displaying work. Sounds like a great place to enjoy an afternoon, spend a few dollars and come away with something unique and wonderful.
4th Annual
Flying House Art & Craft Sale
270 NE Birch Street, Issaquah, WA

Saturday, April 25, 11am to 5pm
Sunday, April 26, 11am to 5pm

Featuring over 12 talented local artists
with original artwork:

Mixed media -- Textiles -- Jewelry
Paper-cuttings -- Handmade soaps and lotions
Cards -- Pottery -- Felted wares -- And more!
Come to the sale you’ve been hearing about and experience a feast for your senses! The nooks and crannies of Flying House will be filled with another extraordinary assortment of quality items. Find unique gifts for the special people in your life or for yourself. We hope to see you! - Becky

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sally Shintaffer has a show

Faith Hanna sent this review of classmate Sally's show of photographs in West Seattle. The show sounds well worth a trip across the way, and Sally's Mixed Greens blog is inspiring and well-written. 

Sally's small show is delightful. Sally and her colleague Poppy have arranged their very nice photos around the walls of a comfy coffee house. The arrangements are done with intention similar to Julia throwing down her postcards. I enjoyed picking out themes of color, line, and light.

For opening night, the food was great, proving that these artistic foodies can really cook. For those of you interested in further info, here's the description from their blog:

What Feeds Us

In our show, we have single images and collage-like groupings exploring the sensual character of food and offering perspective beyond the plate. While there’s an emphasis on whole foods in season, through this collaboration we’re taking a more personal look at what sustains us.

Our photos are printed on environmentally-friendly art paper made with mulberry fiber and printed with archival inks.
The show will be up for the month of April at:

C & P Coffee Company
5612 California Ave SW 
in West Seattle

They’re open 
M-F 6:30AM - 8:00PM
Sat & Sun 7AM - 8PM

more birthday fun

And, since it's still my birthday, I am posting my painting inspired by the Matisse. Henri's painting is a view from his studio on the Quai Saint Michel. Mine is a view up Lake City Way.

Julia Hensley
Consolidated Carpet
Oil on Canvas; 30" x 48"
Collection of Michael, Gretchen, and Simon Matisse 

Happy birthday to me...

Since it's my birthday and this is my blog, I get to post one of my favorite paintings. It makes my heart sing. Enjoy.

For a high-resolution image (showing entirely different color than the one above), and a full catalog of Matisse's work, visit the Henri Matisse official website.
View of Notre Dame
Henri Matisse
Paris, quai Saint-Michel, spring 1914
Oil on canvas, 58 x 37 1/8" (147.3 x 94.3 cm)
Museum of Modern Art, NYC