Archive for January, 2016

Two artists at Phinney this month!

Valerie Rosen:

“I earned her BA in Art History from Bard College and an AA in Visual Communications.

I currently work as a graphic designer and work on monotypes, collages and mixed media projects as much as time will allow.

The mixed media pieces currently showing at Fresh Flours are called Spirit Totems. Each illustration is my  interpretation of different spirit animals. For lasting protection, each design has been reproduced as a giclee print and sealed with a protective spray. I use leftover bamboo wood from my husband’s shop and as many found objects as possible.”

-Valerie Rosen


Elizabeth Blanton:

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Elizabeth Blanton is a graphic designer, fiber artist, and communications professional based in Seattle, WA.

She fell in love with felting during college, and has been creating art and accessories using felt for over six years. Each of Elizabeth’s fiber art pieces begins with a natural material called wool roving. The process of wet felting dates back thousands of years and transforms the roving into finished felt. The fibers of the roving are torn apart and arranged in a crisscross pattern. Then, the roving endures a boiling bath and rough scrub, but it’s all for the best—the fibers interlock and begin to dry and shrink. The felt forms, ready to be made into a piece of art.

Elizabeth has a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. She enjoys photography and blogging about life in Seattle, as well as hiking and traveling with her husband Ben and dog Kai. Elizabeth grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Instagram & Twitter: @yellowelm

Facebook: www.facebook.com/YellowElm

Blog: http://yellowelm.com/blog/


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I moved a year ago with my family from the Midwest to Seattle. We luckily fell into place meeting new friends and neighbors, and exploring our environment. My new home quickly felt like home. One thing that still amazes me, however, and feels like I am living in a dream is visiting the coast. Taking a ferry, or in some cases a plane, to the coast to walk the beach and play football with my boys is amazing and rejuvenating. This is a collection of those new horizon lines.

Most of these horizon lines, these vast and beautiful new landscapes, are a study of strong vertical shapes straight to the viewer. That line and the radiating shapes created by the converging of land, sky and water is dynamic and exciting. It welcomes you, the viewer, into the landscape.

I love this pattern and walking on a beach, watching everything change around you with every step. It’s awe-inspiring, but hopefully you don’t feel lost. This vertical invites you in; grounds you into the space. Through every new adventure and walk through life I try to feel welcome in my environment and participate taking it in quickly, then slowly. I hope you fall in love with these landscapes as I have.

If you have an interest in purchasing a painting or pastel,  contact me through my website, http://www.catherinehmurovich.wix.com/cate or email, cpshmurovich@gmail.com. Paintings make excellent gifts. I offer complementary shipping and/or delivery. Thank you.

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