Category: Artists

Pecha-Kucha Night at See Sound Lounge 4/10

Make Magazine

I wrote an article for this months issue of MAKE Magazine ( about folk artist Martin Sanchez and the environment he created out of found objects (including a beer-bottle chapel) and I’m going to be featuring some of those photos with commentary this Thursday 4/10 at See Sound Lounge on 1st and Blanchard in Belltown at 6pm.

Pecha Kucha Night was conceived in 2003 as a place for designers, architects and artists to meet, network, and show their work in public, and it has spread virally to over 100 cities across the world.

Give a mic to an architect or an artist and you may be trapped for hours. The key to Pecha Kucha Night is its patented system for avoiding this fate. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.


Pecha Kucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor.


Artists and presenters for the evening are Marlow Harris, Alex Steffen, Cameron Hall, Sage Saskill, Elizabeth Buschmann, Karen Lorene, Jesse Harris, Dawn Clark, Ross Leventhal and Michael Franz Horner

Intuition Kitchen

A lot of people have inquired about our holiday card this year, wondering how we did it. No Photoshop, these are claymation characters created by artist Mike Leavitt. He owns Intuition Kitchen, a small art studio in South Seattle.

My husband took photos of each of us for reference and sent to Mike. To see how close to reality he got with his characters, you can view the reference Flickr photos.

If you have a favorite client who deserves their very own action figure, he can make fully-articulated characters or also smaller “wedding cake topper” size. My friend Bradford Bohonus did a cool virtual reality 360 tour of Mike’s studio.

For a view of some of our past holiday cards, you can view JoDavid’s Flickr set online.

Live, from Baby Tattooville

Martin Sanchez Chapel

When I was at Inman Connect, Brad Inman was asking questions of the audience and to the winner with the answers he liked the best, giving away Mark Frauenfelder’s “Rule the Web: How to Do Anything and Everything on the Internet—Better, Faster, Easier”. Frauenfelder’s an artist and one of the co-creators of BoingBoing. I met him briefly at a show he had at Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle. Brad said he loves BoingBoing and admonished everyone who wasn’t a fan to become one immediately. For lovers of the internet, tech news, art and popular culture, it’s a regular read and getting something mentioned there is equivalent to having your new invention mentioned on engadget.

I’ve had several posts meet with their approval and get a link. One was a photo essay on artist Lisa Petrucci and another just a little link that documented collector Steve Bard. Yesterday, they mentioned this one on Riverside folk artist Martin Sanchez.

I met Martin through Hanan Levin of Grow-a-Brain. He knew I’d enjoy the naive folk artist-created environment, and arranged a lunch meeting there. Hanan and I were both so touched by Martin’s story, that we promised to help him if we could. Hanan is the Blog Father, to whom we all owe so much and, incidentally, the owner of The Great Team of “The Champion Company”, a real estate firm in Riverside. Hanan had visited Martin too and taken some great photos and posted them on Grow-a-Brain.

Though I took the photos in April, I waited until Baby Tattooville, taking place this weekend in Riverside, to post and spread the love, thinking that the timing would be much better, as the town would be crawling with artists and art afficianados.

Sanchez was the eighth child in a family with 16 children — 13 boys and three girls and he came to the United States in 1984. He struggled at first, selling oranges in East Los Angeles, working in factories and making extra money by selling tacos. He became a legal resident during the 1986 federal amnesty.

In 1992, Sanchez quit factory work and persuaded the owner of a Mexican seafood restaurant to let him sell tacos out of a corner of the establishment. Eventually, he raised enough money to buy the restaurant and the Spanish Colonial home next door where he lives with his family. (And, Marlow adds, becoming yet another person to successfully combine art with real estate!)

This is the first Baby Tattooville event and if successful, will probably happen again. It’s like Woodstock for low-brow art lovers. If you ever attend or have another reason to take the drive between LA and Palm Springs, then Martin Sanchez’s incredible art installation should be a definite stop on your itinerary.

Riverside California Folk Artist Martin Sanchez on Unusual Life.

Offbeat America

Marlow and JoDavid in the Paint-By-Number Salon

Photo Credit: Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

I’ve reviewed this past week’s posts and I note that each one is about, well, me.

So, as not to break a run, I’ll make this one about me too.

This Sunday, January 28th at 6pm, we will be appearing on HGTV’s “Offbeat America“, exhibiting our large paint-by-number collection. (And you thought I was just a silly dilletante!) If you have Comcast Cable, that’s Channel 68.

Also, more in the vein of me, take a look at Dustin Luthers interview of moi, on Rain City Guide.

Next week, real estate. I promise.

This and that

McLeod Residence

Always interested in modern art, especially in unusual places, I attended the grand opening of the “McLeod Residence” an art gallery/performance space located in an old apartment building in downtown Seattle. Like galleries in San Francisco and elsewhere, they’re offering “private membership” to augment their income to keep the place running. It feels like an old bordello with it’s velvet wallpaper and vintage chandeliers, and I look forward to more events there.

I was pleased to see Galen Ward in attendance, founder of Shack Prices. He and his cute girlfriend Eve were hobnobbing and chatting it up with other gallery attendees, and he was a good sport when I insisted that he bend his 6’+ frame down for a photo, so I wouldn’t look so short petite.

Galen Ward at McLeod Residence

Galen had a piece in the show entitled “Ice Field – No Dumping” that was presented as a transparency in a light box. Very cool.


I missed the big Inman debate of “High Touch V.S. High Tech” (you can view the videos from the debate on Sellsius blog) but I do remember seeing this NAR survey from a few months ago that that shows Buyers and Sellers use technology but they want personal service too. Of 7,500 respondents, 83% used full-service tradtional brokers, 9% limited service and 8 % used really limited service. 50% of those using limited-service brokers were unhappy with their experience.

NAR Survey


Beer cans in rental

Ryan Froerer, a property manager with Century 21 Gage Froerer & Associates had quite a surprise when he entered a Provo, Utah townhome and discovered 70,000 beer cans inside a townhouse he was managing. He and the owner thought they had a dream renter because the guy never complained and always paid his rent on time.

When discovered, the 70,000 beer cans fetched over $800 from a recycler.

At least he was a healthy tenant. He appeared to favor “Light” beer.

More “Beer Houses” on Unusual Life.

Glass Artist = Realtor?

Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly is the recipient of this years First Citizen Award, sponsored by the Seattle King County Association of Realtors.

This has not been a banner year for Dale Chihuly, nor for the National Association of Realtors.

Beleaguered, sued, and harassed, both face lawsuits this year. Realtors from the Department of Justice and Chihuly from an artist accusing him of fraud.

Coincidence? Conspiracy? Or Prophesy of a New World Order? YOU DECIDE!

First Citizens Ticket Info (May 10th)

Glassblower challenges integrity of Chihuly art

Chihuly Screwed Me

Painter of Blight

Painter of Blight, Thomas Kinkade

A California builder established a “Thomas Kinkade themed community” near San Francisco called The Village at Hiddenbrooke. This housing development was conceived in an attempt to make the nostalgic, soft-focus world of the paintings a reality for fans. I pictured thatched cottages, soft-focus towns glowing like Jack-o-lanterns, ivy-covered arbors, dells and fields of flowers. What it was, however, was just a standard tract-home housing development as described by Janelle Brown in her story -Ticky-Tacky Houses from “The Painter of Lightâ„¢” In it, Brown points out that it ain’t exactly Olde Quainte Village….

Boing Boing notes the LA Times just printed a character-assassinating cover story on Thomas Kinkade, self-professed “Painter of Light”.

Kinkade is one of the most successful “artists” painting today, selling millions of dollars worth of kitschy cottages and lighthouses to unsophisticated buyers. He’s sold his soul to marketing and his paintings now grace potholders, calendars and tissue covers. He has a “factory” where giclee’s and prints are touched-up by hand to add highlights to his thatched cottages, arbors, and flower-laden gardens.

To read the story in the LA Times, you have to register, but it’s worth it.

When RoqlaRue had it’s parody show “Painters of Blight” , curated by Kipling West, Erin Norlin and David Miller, they documented it on the blog, Painters of Blight. It’s hilarious.

Thomas Kinkade and The Future of Architecture

The Future of Branded Living Space : Megachurch as Minitown

Jesus Has a Summer Cottage? Inside Thomas Kinkade’s Blinding Gazebo

Reuben Kinkade — Painter of Stuff

Prada Marfa

Artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset present their newest sculpture, entitled Prada Marfa. The work is located on the outskirts of Valentine, Texas near Marfa on desolate ranching land with no other visible trace of civilization. As one drives toward the artwork it appears to be a large minimalist sculpture; as one gets closer it looks like a luxury boutique where a display of Fall 2005 high-heel Prada shoes and bags can be seen through the store front windows. Yet, one cannot open the door, it is a sealed time capsule and will never function as a place of commerce. Prada Marfa


Prada Marfa/El Paso Times

Mark Mothersbaugh opens at Roq la Rue

Mark “Devo” Mothersbaugh’s 2005 gallery tour of his new Beautiful Mutants collection stops next at Seattle’s Roq La Rue gallery. The exhibition of these hand- and digitally-“corrected” vintage photographs opens this Friday, September 9, but all of the works can also be seen online at Roq la Rue. Here’s a quote from the artist’s statement: “Symmetry – Rorschach’s patterns, though abstract, suggest different visual images to each person who views them, and each interpretation is correct. Objects in this world are what they are to you because of how you happen to see them.”

Since Christmas is just around the corner, you may want to consider getting his holiday CD, Joyeux Mutato, written, performed and produced by Mothersbaugh. It began life as a series of compositions to accompany an art installation but blossomed into a collection of Mark’s interpretations of traditional Yuletide standards. Though primarily instrumental, several recordings feature sampled voices; one track even has Mothersbaugh singing a unique version of “Silent Night.” It’s out of print, but you may be able to score a used copy on Ebay or Amazon.