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Land Ho: Ken Kelly 6.2.18


May 25th-July 14th, 2018

Opening – June 2nd from 6-9 pm

Ken Kelly, who has been exhibiting work since 1983, is stepping to the fore with a new body of work, boldly painting abstract shapes and patterns extended on a vast scale – in dimensions of 144” or more. His surprising color combinations set off interacting regions of space, chunks of color that reverberate among themselves and with the environment beyond the canvas.  Accompanying these are smaller pieces thickly painted and layered, contrasting static shapes with streaks of movement.

Photo credit: James Arzente


Warren Dykeman & Damien Hoar de Galvan

Volta NY Art Fair

March 7-11th 2018

Pier 90 (711 12th Ave, New York)

Booth #D 16


Come visit us next week at Volta NY Art Fair, a show of galleries from all over the world, each one showcasing a selected solo artist. A special exception has been made for studie e: because of the unique way their works play off one another, we’ve been allowed to show not just one, but TWO artists, Warren Dykeman (update site) and Damien Hoar de Galvan. I’ll be manning our booth with Seattle-based Dykeman and Boston-based Hoar de Galvan, both available to discuss their work.   Helping out will be artist Michael Doyle, an emerging Seattle painter.  We’ll all be at Pier 90 (address), booth # D16, March 7-11.

Damien Hoar de Galvan

Warren Dykeman


21st Annual Neddy Artist Awards

New Art from the Pacific Northwest: The 21st Annual Neddy Artist Awards Exhibition

Curated by Melissa Feldman

January 27th- February 24th, 2018

a group exhibition of work by the 2017  Neddy Award Artists

Christopher Jordan    * 2017 Neddy Artist Award winner in Painting

Che Sehyun                  * 2017 Neddy Artist Award winner in Open Medium

Gretchen Bennett
Marita Dingus
Dakota Gearhart
Tuan Nguyen
Barbara Sternberger
Gillian Theobald


21st Annual Neddy Artist Awards opening night: (right to left) Gretchen Bennett, Melissa Feldman, Barbara Sternberger, Gillian Theobald, Christopher Paul Jordan, Che Sehyun (holding Suh Joon Che), Renee and Carl Behnke, Star Hang Nga Rush and Tuan Nguyen | Missing from photo: Marita Dingus and Dakota Gearhart (photo credit: Winifred Westergard)


“For the public, this show provides the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of the Pacific Northwest arts community. “This year’s group of Neddy finalists and winners is the most diverse we’ve ever had in so many ways–ethnically, geographically (with artists hailing from Tacoma, Bellingham, and Auburn), stylistically, and even age-wise,” said Feldman. “It’s a new glimpse of art from the Pacific NW, with only one of the artists having been shortlisted before for the Neddy.  Most will be new discoveries for our audiences. I’m also excited about the performative element that is part of many of the artists’ work, painters included.  The video program will show how, for some of the artists, the performative takes the form of public address via songs, music, dancing, teaching and mural painting.”

National Juror Claire Tancons has selected local artists Christopher Paul Jordan and Che Sehyun as the recipients of this year’s Neddy Artist Awards, each of whom will receive an unrestricted grant of $25,000. In her summary of her selections, Tancons pointed that Jordan in painting and Sehyun in open medium bring a “multicultural savvy” to their work through a deep connection to their heritage and the youth in their communities.

“As it turns out, community engagement, always at the heart of the Neddy in relation to its namesake the late Ned Behnke’s life as an artist, is central to the work of both Neddy winners this year, Christopher Paul Jordan (painting) and Che Seyhun (open medium),” noted Feldman.

Special Programming: 

February 10, 5:00 – 5:45 PM  – Artist Reading- Followed by Reception

“Passenger,” a reading by Gretchen Bennett (2017 Neddy finalist), followed by a “Meet & Greet” (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) with all the exhibiting artists.

February 17, 4:00 – 5:00 PM – Theorizing Generosity as a Creative Practice

A conversation between Christopher Paul Jordan (2017 Neddy winner) and C. Davida Ingram (2016 Neddy finalist).

 February 24, 3:00 – 4:00 PM – Connecting the Future to the Ancient

A live multimedia performance of hip-hop infused songs and stories by Che Seyhun (2017 Neddy winner)

A featured program of the Neddy Artist Awards, this exhibition of the 2017 finalists and award winners is funded by the Behnke Foundation and stewarded by Cornish College of the Arts as a tribute to Seattle painter and teacher Ned Behnke (1948-1989).

Cornish College of the Arts prepares its students to contribute to society as artists, citizens and innovators. The Neddy Artist Awards are a beacon of this mission. The Neddy Artist Awards are among the largest artist awards in the State of Washington, providing two annual gifts of $25,000, and six awards of $1,500, to artists living and working in the Puget Sound region. Any artist who is a U.S. citizen living and working in Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Skagit, San Juan, Snohomish, Thurston, or Whatcom counties in Washington state is welcome to apply.

Please check with Cornish in April 2018 for an update on the 2018 call for applications.


rot: Brian A Beck 12.9.17

December 1st – January 13th 2018

hours: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 1-6 pm, or by appointment 206-762-3322

Opening reception: December 9th 6-9 pm

Artist talk with Gabriel Stromberg of Civilization: January 6th 3 pm

Beck’s latest work questions the stability of a single meaning conventionally granted to a familiar object. Departing from what appear to be wooden children’s toys, the art pieces are composed from carefully handcrafted and tenuously related elements, abstracted to their basic shapes and color. Beck’s category-defying display of three-dimensional collages mounted on white walls breaks the boundaries between daily objects, sculpture, painting, and conceptual art.

the vatican space

Our 24 hour view-able miniature gallery curated by Kate Murphy

current & past vatican exhibits  #studioevatican

11.1.16 Now Here: Gabriel Stromberg
10.16.17 Will You Still Love Me When I’m Gone: Agusta Sparks
9.1.17 Walking Through The Woods: Chloe Hopeg and Meghin Jean
8.1.17 Filaments (or the memory of a mountain): Mya Kerner
6.1.17 First Day of Summer: Carolina Silva
5.13.17 Test Set: Electric Coffin
3.11.17 Island: Kathy Shannon
2.3.17 Green Head: Damien Hoar de Galvan


12.10.16  Tag, like, Follow: Emily Burns
10.21.16  Note 2 Stranger: Kate Murphy
9.10.17  Late July 2016: Colleen Hayward
6.11.16  Worth: Nikki Mazzei
4.9.16  Flexoplast, After Elizabeth Turrell: Melissa Cameron
3.12.16  Ordinary Language: Jesi Asagi
2.13.16  My father was a very lucky fellow: Christian French
1.9.16  Alignment: Sallyann Corn


11.14.15  Reclining: Curtis Steiner
10.9.15  The Bee Keeper: Cappy Thompson
9.11.15  Sweet Dreams: Louise Wackerman
8.8.15  Curtain Call: Eve Cohen
7.11.15  Sabbatical: Jon B Dove
6.13.15  Hold: Erin Shafkind
5.9.15  Bleistift: Brian Beck
4.11.15  Admirer: Catherine Grisez
3.14.15  Fraction: Robert Hardgrave
2.14.15  Mixt: Netra Nei

Gillian Theobald 10.13.17

When You Were There You Knew The Language: Gillian Theobald

October 13th – November 18th, 2017

Artist Talk with Nancy Guppy | Saturday October 28th 3-4 pm

For this exhibition, her first solo exhibit at studio e, following several group exhibitions here, Seattle painter Gillian Theobald is showing paintings, drawings and bas relief collages.

The paintings come from a new body of work developed over the last few years, using the language of landscape painting in the context of abstraction.

The collages made from found packaging & acrylic manipulated into a shallow bas relief space, are a return to a medium she used extensively in the 70s & 80s. The history inherent in these repurposed elements adds to their intrigue. In both the paintings & collages the strength of Theobald’s use of color is apparent.

The drawings are plein air in graphite from nature, some in large format. Theobald has throughout her career pursued more than one body of work, contemporaneously; as she finds they co-inform each other. The drawings are a means of exploring literal non fictive space.

More images of Gillian Theobald’s work


Everybody Knows 9.9.17











Everybody Knows – an exciting show of new work by Brian Cypher and Damien Hoar de Galvan – will open at studio e September 9 during Georgetown “Art Attack.”  Viewing the work of these two artists in one gallery is akin to watching expeditioners who have stopped at the same vista to take in the view before heading off on their independent ventures.

Both artists come from a strong expressive background in painting, both frequently focus on humble geometry centered on one main form or the relationship of the chosen form to its field, both choose to leave exposed the construction — drips of glue, individual strokes or cuts, and torn edges — of their works.  Both artist tackle complex ideas but offer them to us in simple terms.

Cypher: In this show we discover the artist’s most recent work, a nod at nature, rendered using paint stick, crayon, pencil, and cut swatches of fabric.  For example, we may see a tree, but, rather than an actual tree, the feeling of TREEness.  Cypher generates an intentional awkwardness, a refusal to edit out the immediacy and genuineness of creating a line, a shape, or a surface, thus compelling the viewer to face and accept her own awkwardness and uncertainty about being in the moment.  Nothing works out “officially”; nothing is clean or easy.  The monochromatic palette seems to remove distractions or “fun” variation to leave the viewer fewer “outs,” as if forcing us to look at the humble embarrassments of being conscious physical  entities in the world.  With the monochrome limitation, “shapeness” comes to the fore, as does the simplicity of Cypher’s binary choices – light grey / darker grey; shaded / not shaded; foreground / background; figurative (tree) / abstraction.

In de Galvan’s (continued) use of bright, energized, tightly packed chunks of wood, we sense a similar painful sincerity. Typically built from the bottom up, these pieces take their form as they are built, with one chunk influencing the next – though some are contained within an outer band that defines their outward shape. With this newest work, de Galvan breaks his former abstention from altering the found materials of his pieces to incorporate the added dimension of drawing and painting directly on the sculptures post-construction.  Although de Galvan approaches his work from the front, the back exposes the raw construction, telling the story of the work’s creation in a way that takes on a life of its own.  The contrast of front and back resonates with many duo issues of public versus private, displayed versus hidden, etc.  Like Cypher, de Galvan celebrates rather than shying away from the tenuous and haphazard nature of creation.