Sisko Gallery, Seattle Washington

Re-View

November 7 - January 2 | View Work

Re-View is composed of re-sale works from collectors. Many of the artists you will recognize as Northwest Masters. The group includes rare works by artists John Cole, Thomas Wood, Gaylen Hansen, Kenneth Callahan, Richard Morehous, Michael Spafford, Imogene Cunningham, and Jay Steensma among others.

Included in this show are a collection of hand-made Christmas cards by various Northwest artist. The works were done from the late 1940’s through the 70’s by artists such as Alden Mason, Guy Anderson, George Tsutakawa, Robert Sperry, Glen Alps, Paul Horiuchi, and Philip McCracken among others. All cards were made in small editions or are unique, created to send to family and friends.

Re-View, Seattle Art Galleries

The Dark Arts

October 27 - November 7

Showing work that reflects upon darker themes.

The Dark Arts, Seattle Art Galleries

Bill Evans: Heroes

September 16 - October 23 | View Work

Showing sculptures of inspiring figures from history.

Bill Evans: Heroes, Sculpture, Seattle Art Galleries

Sunday Club

August 26 - September 12

Sunday Club consists of a dozen diversely experienced artists that meet at Sisko Gallery on Sunday evenings to work from the figure. Working in a variety of mediums, members create artwork while enjoying each other’s conversation, company and talents. This August, we are exhibiting work from the group as well as paintings and sculpture members created individually. We are excited to display these drawings from members in the space they were originally created and to show that despite the variety of approaches used, there is still an intriguing commonality.

To coincide, the gallery will also feature a small show of Mercer Island Sculpture Group founder Everett DuPen. Founded more than 20 years ago, many Sunday Club members are also members of this historic group. To honor this relationship, we will be including DuPen’s work in a side gallery, including a new posthumous casting of an authentic deco piece, “Lotus” – never cast for sale during his lifetime.

Sunday Club, Drawing, Seattle Art Galleries

Bird Matters

July 7 - August 22 | View Work

The BP oil spill is now the largest spill ever in the Gulf of Mexico according to the highest federal estimates. Even after the oil is stopped, the Gulf ecosystem will be impacted for years to come. While it is expected that BP will be ‘paying the bill’, we still feel the need to do our part.

Rand Jack is a founding board member of Whatcom Land Trust and has helped preserve over 10,500 acres. A lawyer by trade, specializing in environmental issues, Rand taught at Fairhaven College and Western Washington University for 33 years. Now retired, Rand has the time to fully pursue his sculptural passion. As Rand describes, “bird carving is a perfect marriage of two things I love – birds and wood. It is an opportunity to harmonize the grace and smooth curves of birds with the figure, grain, color and texture of wood.”

Having traveled extensively through diverse locations such as Borneo, Tierra del Fuego, Trinidad/Tobago, Madagascar, the Queen Charlotte Islands and the Peruvian Upper Amazon Basin, Rand still only brings back images – making his sculptures out of native Whatcom County woods.

Rand Jack, Carved Birds, Seattle Art Galleries

Wings

May 27 - July 4 | View Work

Featuring new gallery sculptor Roger Waterhouse.

Gravity has a grip on us; that is an inescapable fact. Because of this, things with wings tug at our imaginations. As a gateway to fantasy, wings give us perspective of our terrestrial confines. We watch birds with envy and fascinate over our rich history of winged humans, from Icarus to angels. Within this tradition, Sisko Gallery presents eight artists that engage the subject of things with wings.

Wings, Roger Waterhouse, Seattle Art Galleries

Charles Emerson: Color Passages

April 22 - May 23 | View Work

Charles Emerson’s paintings are often composed of impossible combinations of vibrant colors that ease into a reverberating harmony. Color most simply is light of a specific wavelength, but commonly we understand color as a signifying attribute of a thing—a red shirt worn by an actor. In Emerson’s paintings, color is the actor and the shirt, the hero and the protagonist, the plot and the subplot, the set and the footlights.

For Emerson, color is also metaphorical. He draws inspiration from the Northwest landscape, which he understands as being animated with life, spirit or soul; rocks have life as well as trees. The dynamic use of color becomes a metaphor for that spirit or soul.

Charles Emerson: Color Passages, Painting, Seattle Art Galleries

Roma: The Profound & The Profain

March 18 - April 18 | View Work

Mel Curtis is an accomplished Seattle photographer with a deep reservoir of past explorations and expressions. His images of buildings and cityscapes, both sacred and secular, are portrayed each with a compassionate eye. Over the last several years, he has taught photography to design students in the early fall Design in Rome Program in Rome for the University of Washington, and in that time has poured over the hallways and alleyways of Rome soaking up the mixed tributaries of influences.

Part of Curtis's recent photographic images capture words inscribed on buildings; some of the words are carefully crafted from ancient sacred texts and other words are crafted with a fluid spontaneity, and have more earthy sources. In expressing either the profound or the profane, the script conveys an underlying and insuppressible will to communicate which is a spring of creativity shared by all artists as well as a collaboration of artists. There is a sedimentary layering of expression in the photographs; there is the art of the building, then the art of the scribe, then the art of Curtis; it is a palimpsest of meaning and art reflective of the organic nature of culture and individual expression.

Curtis, is a worthy namesake to the first great photographer from the Puget Sound region, Edward Curtis, and Mel also shares some of the same sensitivities about culture, meanings and surfaces as E. Curtis’ protégée, Imogene Cunningham.

Roma: The Profound and The Profain, Photography, Mel Curtis, Seattle Art Galleries

Dogs in the Window

January 8 - March 15 | Louise Peterson | Bill Weaver

Showing works by Louise Peterson and Bill Weaver.

Dogs in the Window, Louise Peterson, Seattle Art Galleries