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CoCA March Stars!

Posted by Shirene on March 31, 2017

By Shirene Soleiman

These superbly talented, hard working and inspirational people have contributed so much to CoCA, helping the organization continue to thrive the way it does today as a vital part of the Seattle arts community. We couldn’t thank these outgoing board members enough for the time and energy they have devoted to CoCA. Whether these faces are familiar or fresh to you, we would like to highlight these CoCA stars as they take on new chapters ...


Talia Silveri Wright

For the past ten years, Talia has served as an ambassador for nonprofits and arts organizations, conceptualizing fundraising and large scale public events as well as providing development and marketing support.

Her work ranges from 12×12 inches to .2x.2 centimeters in scale, incorporating handmade miniature sculpture. She uses materials such as sculpey clay, acrylic paint and resin, plastic and found objects.

Fun fact: Talia grew up working in her family's Italian restaurant, which they named after her!

Miguel Edwards

Miguel Edwards is a sculptor and public artist in Seattle. Currently the President of CoCA, he has been a culture maker in the region for over 20 years and a part of the organization since the early 2000s. Edwards just finished Perseus II, a monumental scale kinetic sculpture and Seattle landmark in the Greenwood neighborhood.  

Fun fact: His favorite day of the year is June 20th, which is not only the solstice but also the day he married his lovely bride!

Lorrie Cardoso

Photo taken at the 2015 CoCA Lab Artist in Residence at CoCA UN[contained] Nat Evans performance Sit With the Hum.

Lorrie is an advocate for the arts. She was on the Board of Directors of CoCA from 2015-2017 and is currently on the Board of the Whim W'Him contemporary dance company. In addition, she is the founder of Seattle Arts and Cultural Events, a Meetup group with more than 5,000 members. She has also worked for the Starbucks Corporation for 13 years as a paralegal specializing in real estate.

Lorrie’s favorite thing about CoCA is its willingness to take risks in curation. An example is the 2016 show American Power which included Ku Klux Klan robes made of non-traditional fabrics by artist Paul Rucker.

Her proudest moment with CoCA was chairing the 2015 24-Hour Art Marathon and Auction, which achieved record results.

Fun Fact: Her favorite day of the year is any day that is spent with friends and loved ones sharing good food and wine!

Dan Hawkins

Dan Hawkins is a Seattle-based photographer who uses a wide variety of obsolete and invented imaging processes to create his work. The processing of film inside the development chamber is a sensitive and extremely refined process. By incorporating the waters or other materials from the site in order to disturb the refined development process, his work allows the site to further influence the photograph.

Dan’s favorite thing about CoCA has been giving new artists a platform to present their work as he found this extremely satisfying.

David Ruggiero


David Ruggiero brought big contributions to CoCA during his two years on the Board. He served as Interim Treasurer as well as resident (and pro bono) Tech Guru during some of the past year’s messy technology challenges.

As with all our outgoing Board of Directors, David is looking forward to helping CoCA thrive moving forward so this is a transition to “super volunteer” as he devotes more time to family, travel and other lucky nonprofits in our region. 

Even though we are sad to see them depart from the board, we are thrilled to see what they have up their sleeves in the art world!

February Blog: Kin-der-gar-ten of Light

Posted by Shirene on February 24, 2017

Image courtesy of Josh Larsen.

Something magical happens when you gaze at fiber optic lighting. It takes you to a different world where life no longer exists in the boring shapes, volumes or shadows we instantly recognize in day-to-day life, but in the form of glowing strings or sticks of light that entrance us and make us actively interpret what’s in front of our eyes.


If you were at this month’s CoCA Lab event in Georgetown, you will likely have had such an out-of-this-world experience! Thanks to talented duo Josh and Liz Larsen of the GlowFi team, fellow artists and art lovers were able to explore Kin-der-gar-ten of Light, an eclectic collection of new and experiential light art. This CoCA UN[contained] exhibit included “side glow fiber optics” that looked a bit like neon, a majestic Throne of Light you could sit on and interactive projection art. The effect of this colorful, flashing haze of lights was amplified by catchy tunes that played from the speakers. If a person stood in the space and closed their eyes, it wouldn’t have been difficult to feel transported to a dance club -- at least, the relaxed version of a dance club where people can have a conversation without having to yell over any loud music. In other words, the exhibit had a very laid-back aura where people could easily enjoy each other’s company while admiring the artwork.


With Kin-der-gar-ten of Light, Josh and Liz Larsen reminded us that not only can light be magical; it can also be just plain fun! From the Throne of Light that allowed people to feel like royalty (without letting the power go to their heads of course!) to the projection that was set up using an Xbox to make people look like colorful, ever-changing blobs, you were able to get in touch with your inner child.


In the same way kids want to watch, see and touch everything, the GlowFi team created an opportunity for us to do the same with their light art collection.

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