Friday, March 26, 2010

Artist Roster for April 17th Drum of the Draw!

Drum of the Draw is a live drawing event held bi-monthly at Grey Gallery and Lounge. The events are a lot of fun and a great way to connect with local artists and collect their work. Original artwork can be purchased directly from the artists for $20 to $200! Artists participating in the April Drum of the Draw are:

Joey Bates -
Tim Marsden -
Jeff Mihalyo -
Erin Shafkind -
Carol d'Inverno -
Amy Harris -
David Kane -
Robert Hardgrave -

Friday, March 19, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Manifold Motion - Art You: Celebrating 5 Years

We are happy to support local artist group Manifold Motion by hosting their benefit show Art You: Celebrating 5 Years.

When: April 3, 2010, 6-9pm

Where: Grey Gallery and Lounge, 1512 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122,

Price: $10 Suggested Donation

Seattle performance group Manifold Motion celebrates five years of bringing collaborators together to create innovative productions with Art You, an evening overflowing with performance, visual art, and revelry. Hosted by Grey Gallery and Lounge, the event kicks off at 6pm on Saturday April 3. The evening features themed drink specials, music by DJ Randy Jones, an affordable art sale with works from local artists ranging from $30-$200, and guest performances by ticktock, The Asterisk Project and Titanium Sporkestra. A $10 suggested donation and all other proceeds from the event will benefit Manifold Motion’s future projects.

Manifold Motion is an interdisciplinary performance company whose mission is to cross barriers between artistic disciplines, encourage collaboration between artists, and provide opportunities for the public to experience new modes of expression. Based in Seattle, WA the company has been producing its experimental blend of multidisciplinary performance since 2005. To date, Manifold Motion has collaborated with over 30 dancers, musicians, writers, technologists and visual artists.

Manifold Motion is an associated program of Shunpike. Shunpike is a 501(c)(3) non-profit art service organization whose mission is to strengthen the Seattle arts community by partnering with small and mid-size arts groups to develop the business tools they need to succeed. Working in close partnership with these groups, Shunpike helps solve problems quickly and impart vital skills in finance, organizational management and arts administration.

Grey Gallery and Lounge is dedicated to supporting the innovation and experimentation of local and emerging artists and arts organizations. It is open everyday from 4pm to 2am, by appointment or by chance. For appointments call 206.325.5209 or email

For more information about Manifold Motion and Art You, please visit

5 x 5 Decisions

As of today, all of the artists have been selected for 5 x 5!

Congratulations to:
Sean Alexander
Julie Alpert
Anna Garner
Claire Jauregui
Sara Owens

Grey Gallery and Lounge would like to thank all of the participating artists who submitted to this show. We were thrilled with the caliber of work you all shared with us and are eternally grateful for your patience in this process. We hope this experience has been fruitful for you and that our connection continues. It has been an honor to make your acquaintance and we wish you all the best in your art careers.

Please join us at the opening for 5 x 5 on Thursday, April 8 between 5pm and 9pm. It would be great to put faces to names.

All the best,
Erik Guttridge and Luara Moore
Grey Gallery and Lounge

5 x 5 Decision 5

The artist selected by curator Sheila Elias is:

There is a subtlety to Anna Garner's work that has an emotional pull of beauty until you realize what the subject matter is. The tragic content in this body of work transforms the mind to be aware of all of the holocausts in the world. There is a stillness to the photographic imagery, and the subjects themselves. If feels as though it is an isolated moment in time. The railroad tracks
piece that shows the tracks disappearing into the horizon line has a tremendous mysterious quality about it. Her use of light and texture is quite arresting. I share Garner's religious views, and have studied the Holocaust in depth, so her series is quite meaningful to me.

Congratulations Anna!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

5 x 5 Decision 4

The artist choice by curator Ford Crull is:

I found Julie’s work to be utterly delightful in that her use of space, light, and materials is both whimsical yet very thoughtful. There is obviously a very serious process that appears both complicated and yet very poetic. There are no easy answers here, yet a series of perceptions and possibilities as to the meaning ascribed to the environments. The symbolists of the late 19th century espoused the notion of ambiguity in their images so as to amplify the varied interpretations and meaning of their work. I think in Alperts work the same is true: that their are multiple ideas and truths in the environments, and it is up to us to decipher what those meanings are based on our own sensibilities and culture. The end result is a fascinating world of discovery and illusion.

Congratulations Julie!

Monday, March 8, 2010

5 x 5 Decision 3

The artist choice from curator Steve Kursh is:
She seems to be extremely thoughtful and focused about her style and intent.
The printmaking medium is so deftly handled here it almost feels like she's cheating. Unencumbered alacrity in form and function, thoughtful balance in use of painterliness and repetitive shapes, and color that makes you go mmmmmmm. What's wrong with having a little freewheelin' fun?

Congratulations Claire!

5 x 5 Decision 2

The artist chosen by curator Bob Nugent is
I found the sculpture and installation work to be the most interesting. I look for work that grabs me first and then pulls me in for closer inspection. Once there I want to be rewarded with additional information. Strong work should require repeated viewing. With three dimensional work this is a harder thing to do on line. But for me these pieces show the most promise for the exhibit.

Sara's work asks questions of me and the answers are not a for-gone conclusion. It asks me to participate in a conversation, to think about what I see, not simply read its visual image. The use of contrasting materials heightens this experience and I am forced to come back and ask questions myself.

There were many good individual pieces among the submissions; but her body of work stood out from the rest as thoughtful, beautifully crafted and engaging.

Congratulations Sara!

5 x 5 Decision 1

The artist choice for curator Edward Goldman is
What made me select the works by Sean Alexander is the undeniable sense of confidence with which he handles the medium. His highly stylized drawings both inform us about the world he inhabits and entertain with a lovely sense of humor.

Congratulations Sean!