Bemis Spring Art Show next weekend

Posted: 15th March 2014 by JTLazenby in Art Loft Shows

Seattle Art Loft #305 will be showing the work of Troy Lazenby, Valerie ‘Lulu’ Roberts, Bob Antone, Laura Williams, Carla SanMartin, Abrahm Moil, Christine Varnedore, Jessica Martin, and Julia Fuentes.

If you’re planning on attending, don’t miss out on the special parking deal.

Over 40 artists will be exhibiting and selling their work on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Bemis Building over the course of the two-day show. Musical performances are scheduled throughout each day in various Lofts. 15 or more lofts will be open and exhibiting resident artists and their special guests including: Beverly Gimlin, Karen Chenkovich, Emma Tupper, Johnathan Houser, Erik Hermansen, Stepanie Parker, Malachi Wolf, Eric Paguio, Fiona Pepe, Ziko Tzolos, Kara Higgins, Donald Rissler, Jeremy Mackie, Bronwen Serna, Troy Lazenby and the Art Posse, Vic DeLeon, Alex Lim, Sean O’Heir, Erica Sciaretta, Kait Rhoads, David Huchthausen, and Richard Royal.


Mary P. Traverse, Stella Christoforou, Orion Misciagna, Ti Locke & Judith Warren, William Hook, Elizabeth Arzani, Karen Mahardy, Edwin Lebel, Maria Teresa Miro Martin, Rebecca Woodhouse, Caitlin Ross, Torrence Gustafson, Joseph Lavely, Kirsten Hixson, Janice Tayler, Tim Beckstrom, Justin Ryan Wilson, Hynju Kim, Christan Leonard, Kelly Douglass, Ben Mc Collum, Wendi Chen, Ken Taya, Junkyu Lee, John Avendano, Jason Tentor, Alan Rushing, Antoaneta Koleva, and 15 open live/work studios by resident artists.


Dates: March 22nd & 23rd
Time: Saturday 12pm – 8pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Venue: The Bemis Building
55 S. Atlantic Street
Seattle, WA 98134


Saturday – March 22nd
1PM “Eden Hana” performs in Loft #405
2PM “Echore” performs in Loft #408
3PM “Cynthia Alexander” performs in Loft #406
4PM “Strong Sun Moon” performs in Loft #305
5PM “Antone Family” performs in Loft #313
6PM “The Winterlings” perform in Loft #314
7PM “Dunava” performs in Loft #307

Sunday – March 23rd
1PM “Secret Lee” performs in Loft #305
2PM “Circle of Sound” performs in Loft #414
3PM “Hot Lands Trio” performs in Loft #312
4PM “Gyre” performs in Loft #309

Save the date for the Bemis Spring Art Show

Posted: 15th February 2014 by JTLazenby in Art Loft Shows, Studio Activity

The Bemis Art Committee will be jurying for the Spring Show in just a few days. The show dates are set:

Day One: Saturday, March 22nd from 12-8 pm.

Day Two: Sunday, March 23rd from 12-6 pm.

Studio 305 will be open and we’ve arranged to host two acoustic music performances as studio activities. We’ll do an update once we have the schedule. Our own Camelia Jade is once again the music curator, and she is scheduling individual performances in select studios throughout the building.

Bemis Fall Open House 2013

Posted: 26th October 2013 by JTLazenby in Art Loft Shows


 This fall show was a different style than most of the previous shows. Due to the availability of some key Art Committee members the show was conducted with an invitational process rather than a juried one.  The past participants of juried shows were contacted on an individual basis and invited to show along with the residents in a more laid back show.  In studio #305 we mounted the walls with our familiar group, and extended it out into the hallway for the two-day exhibit on October 26th and 27th.

Bob Antone also created another in-studio activity with wood carving demos and more drum-making. It made for an interesting and very engaged conversation during the show.

Seattle Art Loft is pleased to host a drum making class taught by Robert Antone and Laura Williams whose artwork is on display in the loft. You can learn how to make either of the 16 inch drums shown in the images below. Materials are elk and deer skin with maple and cedar rings.

The day of class will be on September 21, 2013, 1PM to 5PM at the Bemis building, suite #305. The cost is for material $ 50.00 and can be sent via paypal to either of the addresses  below.
Robert Antone Address:
43324 SE North Bend Way
North Bend, Wa   98045

Spring Salon – Fish Bowl Drawing

Posted: 1st May 2013 by JTLazenby in Fish Bowl

Spring Salon 2013 runs through Saturday, June 1st. 

Our regular hours are Saturday 12-6pm, and First Thursdays 6-9pm.

The Spring Salon Fish Bowl Drawing (on or before 6/6/13) will be for a free print titled ‘The Chieftains Gathered‘ by J. Troy Lazenby. This print is a signed limited edition Original Print. Valued at $150, this framed print is included in the Spring Salon 2013. You can read more about it on the artist’s website or read the details regarding our contest on the Fish Bowl Subscribers Page.

Yes it’s true…. after a year and a half of hard work with Felix Solomon in Bellingham, our river canoe has been steamed!

What is a canoe steaming, you may ask? A canoe log that has been hollowed and carved to shape is filled with water and by using fire and steam the mid section is stretched open to the shape of a traditional canoe.  The water and heat also cures the canoe creating a natural oil sealant on the inside of the wood.  This process takes from 12 to 18 hours and involves ceremony, food, music and people working together.

The style is considered a Salish shovel-nose river canoe.  It is no longer in common use.  80 to 100 years ago this type of vessel was in common usage by Seattle area tribes. Even though Salish in form, our canoe will carry the name “Christina” named after a village in the UKRAINE that my ancestors once lived. (and by the way…ancient Europeans carved similar dug out canoes as well!!)

Laura and I started carving a coast salish shovel nosed river canoe in Nov of 2011.  the log is 25 feet in length and 28 inches wide in diameter.  after steaming the middle stretches out to 28 inches wide in the middle.   Felix Solomon lummi carver and teacher directed the project.

A recent Herald article indicates the regard held for Felix as a traditional Lumi woodcarver in the interview conducted by the Smithsonian Institution.

We also found a nice video of the interview on Vimeo:
Fish Bowl Winner -Thomas Mattausch

Fish Bowl Winner -Thomas Mattausch

At long last, our first Fish Bowl Winner has claimed his prize. Thomas Mattausch received an Original Limited Edition Print “After Life” by J. Troy Lazenby.

This contest was conducted from existing and new subscribers in the database from the Bemis Fall Art Show 2012. To participate in contests and drawings for new art, subscribe via the form in the navigation column. For rules, contests and a preview of art in the drawing, read the Fish Bowl Page.

Dancing Rongorongo Characters - J. Troy Lazenby

Dancing Rongorongo Characters - J. Troy Lazenby

Sunday art shows are a viewing pleasure, for artists and patrons alike. The second day of the Bemis Spring Show saw over 300 more visitors, bringing attendance to the 900 mark.

Troy and Marly Lazenby are pictured above, with a painting of alphabetical characters from the small santiago artifact. Rongorongo is among the rarest of written languages, with only 26 documented artifacts. All of the remaining examples are carved into wood, and one  of these recently visited the Seattle area with the fabulous paintings of Paul Gauguin, “Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise” which was shown at the Seattle Art Museum. This painting, as well as a series of original limited edition prints, were inspired by a recent trip to Easter Island.


Bemis Spring Art Show – Day One

Posted: 20th April 2013 by JTLazenby in Art Loft Shows

We had an excellent First Day of the Bemis Spring Art Show, over 500 attended. Many more to be here Today for Day Two, so don’t forget to drop by and view the 26 visiting visual artists, 15 open studios, 5 musicians scheduled for performances today, and the Malaysian Street Food fundraiser.

J. Troy Lazenby, Ken 'Enfu' Taya and Mary P. Traverse

Bemis Spring Art Show 2013

Jack Straw Stage at Bemis Spring Art Show - Camelia Jade and Mike Antone performing

Bob Antone and Laura Williams with new installation

Installation is underway for this weekend’s Grand Opening of Seattle Art Loft’s Regular Summer hours. Come down to the Bemis Spring Art Show April 20th and 21st from Noon to 8pm to see exhibitions by 26 visiting artists in the halls, and nearly that many more resident artists. There is a music lineup both days. See for full details.

Seattle Art Loft #305 will be showing the Spring Salon on First Thursday May 2nd from 6-9pm, and Saturdays through the rest of May from noon to 6pm.

The Summer Salon will open on First Thursday June 6th and be open Saturdays through the rest of June from noon to 6pm.