KPC's ArtStage Gallery allows local, regional and national visual artists to share their work with KPC's audience and the eastside community. ArtStage Gallery is a partnership with Kirkland Arts Center and local artists. KPC's Lobby Gallery is open during box office hours, Tuesday – Saturday from 12 PM to 6 PM and during scheduled performances.
2013-2014 ARTSTAGE EXHIBITS
February / march / april ARTSTAGE EXHIBIT
YAVANIKA: VEILED PERSPECTIVES
Opening Reception: Friday, March 14, 2014 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm (Before HAPA performance)
About the Exhbit: The Yavanika exhibit is paired with a performance of the same name by Arpan, a performing arts organization that is dedicated to the promotion of the Classical & Folk traditions of India. Yavanika is a contemporary dance work about human perspectives, conveyed through the story of two women. “Two women. Two lives. Two perspectives molding into a world view created by society, friends, family. Two women navigating the maze of life. Colored glasses or self-drawn veils? Veil of choice or veil imposed? Life’s challenges explored through live, vibrant, pulsating maze.” Visit Yavanika's page to learn more about the project's concept, synopsis, and the main characters. Visit the event page for Arpan's Yavanika Performance at KPC March 22nd at 8pm.
About the Artist: Shahana Dattagupta uses brush and color to tell stories, move energy and inspire herself and the world. She also uses writing, music and theater to do the same things. She coaches creativity in individuals, groups and organizations with the knowing that creativity is the physical expression of our original nature of Love.
About the Artist: My artwork is a visual mystical evocation of my inner feminine spirit. Each piece has a unique, intricate and special story to tell. These creations birth through an intuitive meditative process. The images, colors and messages that emerge through this process create a visual story that is a deeply empowering piece of artistic and insightful energetic signature.
About the Artist: Melissa Dyanne Bartlett is an American artist who lives and works in Seattle, Washington. She received her BFA from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Melissa has exhibited in multiple venues across the United States.
About the Artist: I like to render subjects in their element to capture a gamut of qualities, from grace to ferocity, from peace to passion. Whether abstract or otherwise, each of my works tells a story. As a humanist, my goal is always to find release for human emotions, and cerebral as well as spiritual energies through art.
About the Artist: I feel texture, subject and context are essential to my development. Creating a sense of place is paramount to our connection to the living community. I currently find my home on Camano Island, where my livelihood has provided vast opportunities to expand my knowledge of local flora and fauna and has created a deeper sense of place- a sense of home.
About the Artist: I am a third generation artist - born and educated in England, and I now live on the Eastside of Seattle. I court contrast and contradiction in my work and I am excited by the application of the paint, the texture, raw materials, the surface, thick to thin, line, hard edge, dry brush, pallet knife, scrapping and scratching, embedded materials, awkward mark making, gesture and tension.
NOVEMBER / DECEMBER / january ARTSTAGE EXHIBIT
WORKS BY BARBARA SOLOMON
Opening Reception: Friday, November 15, 2013 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm
About the Artist: My work is about escaping and vanishing. I illustrate these ideas through exploring the relationship of birds and cages. The birds are outlines, shadows or silhouettes without features that may identify them to the earthbound viewer. I use monoprint techniques with an emphasis on layering the backgrounds with dyes and modified inks.
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER ARTSTAGE EXHIBIT
WORKS BY ANDY MUSSER
About the Artist: Andy Musser is an illustrator/animator who loves to write stories and draw silly pictures. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, having studied both illustration and animation. Andy lives near Seattle where he works with a variety of companies as a freelancer. When not making art, Andy enjoys good books, ukuleles, coffee shops, Cosby sweaters, and the beach.
AUGUST ARTSTAGE EXHIBIT
WORKS BY NIKI SHEREY
About the Artist: I am a landscape painter working in acrylic and photograph collage. My fascination with altering landscapes started at a young age growing up in Texas. Gazing at expansive horizons and big skies, I imagined mountains not yet seen in person. Paintings in my Seattle studio spring from snapshots and conjure my wishes with things imagined on the horizon. My work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions including the Be A Saint group show at the Sylvia White (California) gallery in 2013. I am published in Washington Trails and Independent Rowing News magazines. I graduated from the University of Oregon Summa Cum-Laude with a B.A. in Studio Art and a B.F.A. in Painting in 2003. I can be found spending most mornings rowing on Lake Washington in Seattle witnessing sunrises over the Cascades.
JULY ARTSTAGE EXHIBIT
WORKS BY SUMITHRA BHAKTHAVATSALAM
About the Artist: I am a painter based in Seattle, WA. Being a very visual person, I view art as a means of giving ideas and events a physical form, a form that lives and speaks, long after the ideas are transformed and the events forgotten, through life's many meanderings. I also enjoy capturing subjects in various moods, through pastels and paint, and this has added some photo-realistic works to my repertoire, a collection of portraits done from photographs, and modified somewhat to produce my rendition of the personae. As a painter, I consider my job to be to help people connect with truths within and without through art. Rather than art being for its own sake, I take the position that art's purpose and value are realized in the universe of the creator and the engaged patron.