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Small Business Saturday

Posted by caroline on November 23, 2016



Saturday, November 26 is Small Business Saturday, an initiative encouraging the support of small businesses nationwide. This Saturday, #shopsmall and #supportlocal by visiting your local small businesses and art organizations. To help you on your way, we have rounded up a list of our neighboring small businesses in Pioneer Square (ourselves included), that will be open on Saturday.


Art Galleries/Studios

Tashiro Kaplan Artist Studios & Galleries: home to 13 galleries, 15 artist's studios, and 50 resident artists

CoCA: 114 3rd Ave S, 98104

Robert Marx V.jpgRobert Ernst Marx, "Nationalism is Tragic," (detail) 2001, etching/letterpress, 19" x 13" 

Final day of Robert Ernst Marx: "Considering the Voluntary Absence of God"

Exhibition Statement: Intolerance, violence and war in the name of a deity, church, tribe or state have dogged civilization from time immemorial. Robert Marx -as historian, journalist and prophet- comments on the arrogance of power; the exclusivity of the institutions of church and state; the abuse of and by both spouse and child; our own and others' personal fears and insecurities; and on the conventions we have chosen to impose upon ourselves. In light of global affairs today, and particularly in advance of the US presidential election, this work is timely. Viewers are invited not to abandon their beliefs, but for a sober moment at least to consider the voluntary absence of God. 

You may also find some of Robert Ernst Marx's broadsides from  "Considering the Voluntary Absence of God," on view at Davidson Galleries, part of their current exhibition, "Pick Your Poison | Politics in Print."


METHOD Gallery: 106 3rd Avenue South

On view through December 31: "Katie Miller: Vantage"

Exhibition statement: In Vantage, Katie Miller, explores the rapidly changing urban landscape and its impact on our sense of place. As the built environment transforms, can the past be reinterpreted from the vantage point of the present? Inspired by the pedestrian experience within the altered city, the work contemplates the tension that is created between the permanence and the temporality of a built environment. 
Fascinated by how people are affected by change in the places around them, the installation will create a space for engagement that challenges our relationship with our surroundings. Miller will create an immersive installation in which sculptural forms, light and shadow reference architectural silhouettes and the juxtaposition of historic and contemporary remnants. Read more...


Gallery 110: 110 3rd Ave. S

On view through November 26: Water is Everything: Work by Nancy Coleman and Darrel Rhea

Exhibition Statements: 

Nancy Coleman and Darrel Rhea have both been sailors since childhood, spending much of their adult lives sailing. They met when both worked in Design, finding romance and adventure on the water together navigating the San Francisco Bay and California Delta, living for years on a wooden Norwegian trawler in Sausalito. In 2001, Nancy and Darrel married and in 2011 moved to Seattle partly to explore the enticing Pacific Northwest’s waterways.


Over the years, both artists have developed a unique style to express their shared experiences and views of the water. Darrel’s romantic realism is painted digitally; Nancy’s Visionary works are in acrylic and encaustic. Water Is Everything is their first show together, and Darrel’s public debut as an artist. Read more...


CORE Gallery: 117 Prefontaine Pl S

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On view through November 26: "There Are Too Many Endangered Animals," and "Immediately After," paintings by Sara Everett, and paintings by Žanetka K. Gawronski

"There Are Too Many Endangered Animals" Sara Everett: Torn canvas artworks combined with animal portraiture depicts endangered species. Just as species represented are disappearing from our world, these portraits are hanging by a thread and fading into non-representation.

"Immediately After" Žanetka K. Gawronski: Paintings begun after a long decline and demise of a parent-- these are the first explorations in starting to understand.

ZINC Contemporary119 Prefontaine Pl S

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On view through November 26: Harold Hollingsworth

Juan Alonso Studio

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Holiday Hours: Shop Small Saturday, November 26, noon-5 pm.

The gift idea table is full of art related merchandise and will be set up this coming Shop Small Saturday, November 26, noon - 5 pm.

Some available items:

One-of-a-kind, hand-painted wine/liquor canvas carry bags - $35 each.
Pattern Coffee Mugs (available in 3 colors) - $15 each.
Set of 3 Pattern shot glasses with gold rim (3 colors per set) in burlap bag - $35/set of 3
Set of 4 Dessert Pattern ceramic coasters (4 designs each set) - $35/set of 4
One-of-a-kind, small paintings suitable for framing or sending as a card - $20 each (with envelope)
Assorted sets of printed Holiday & Greeting Cards with envelopes - $10 sets of 5 each
8 Days in Havana book - $90 each
Series of 10 small Pattern Paintings, acrylic on canvas, 12" x 12" - $650 each


Coming up soon:
Thursday, December 1, 5-8 pm with guest artist Gabriel Marquez
Saturday, December 3, noon - 5 pm.
Saturday, December 10, noon - 5 pm. with guest artists Nia Michaels & Gabriel Marquez
And of course, by appointment 206-390-4882


Juan Alonso Studio
306 S Washington St., Studio 104
Seattle, WA 98104


Smith & Vallee Gallery: 5742 Gilkey Ave
Artist Talk with Karen Hackenberg

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 Karen Hackenberg, ''Shades of Green: Amphorae ca. 2012, oil on canvas, 25.5"x49.5"

Visit Smith & Vallee Gallery today for an artist talk by CoCA Member Artist, Karen Hackenberg, about her current exhibition of environmental paintings, "Oil and Water." The talk will be from 4-5pm, and refreshments will be provided.

Exhibition Statement: "Smith & Vallee is excited to showcase Karen Hackenberg's most recent body of work. In her ongoing painting series, Hackenberg takes a light-hearted, yet subversive approach to the serious subject of ocean degradation, presenting a tongue-in-cheek taxonomy of imaginary post-consumer sea creatures, and mimicking archeological artifact drawings and traditional history paintings.
Painting traditionally with oil and gouache, Karen lovingly and meticulously crafts images of post-consumer beach trash, aiming to create a provocative visual juxtaposition of form and idea..." Read more

Smith & Vallee Gallery is open daily from 11am-5pm, located at 5742 Gilkey Ave. in historic Edison, Washington.

Shops / Refreshment

Gallery Frames LLC: 311 3rd Ave S

Clementine's: 310 Occidental Ave S

Zeitgeist: 171 S Jackson St

October CoCA Habit: Erika Rier

Posted by caroline on October 24, 2016


Erika Rier, "Ritus Panel," ink, gouache, watercolor, and graphite on paper.

We are very pleased to announce that our October CoCA Habit feature is Erika Rier, one of the immensely talented artists participating in next month's 24-hour art marathon. If you are in Seattle be sure to join us on Thursday, November 10th during the Capitol Hill Art Walk, and see Erika along with 22 other artists, busily working to create artistic masterpieces in 24 hours straight! There will be an art party from 6-9pm that evening, and all are welcome to come and cheer on our lovely artists. The marathon is followed by an art auction and gala on Saturday, November 12, where guests will have a chance to bid on the freshly made art from the marathon. So be sure to buy your auction tickets before they sell out so that you can snag one of Erika's intricate and whimsical drawings on auction night. Tickets are available here


Without further ado, we give you Erika Rier:

I'm Erika Rier and I'm an artist currently living in Portland, OR. As an artist, I feel like my work is stuck between worlds, never fitting neatly into the boxes of fine art or illustration. I create work everyday, and each day I create many different sorts of things. 
I create large works on paper using ink, gouache, watercolor, and graphite. Works usually depicting violent struggles or strange rituals in a style I call Folk Surrealism. I use bright colors and detailed patterns that feel all cheeriness and stardust until you look closer and the story of the work starts to unfold.
Erika Rier, "Power Struggle" Mixed media illustration, part of Monsters and Women series, 2015
In addition to creating works on paper I create illustrated zines and comic-like things, again these publications don't fit neatly into a category. I've always loved books and magazines and feel drawn to creating little publications of my own. Each explores different topics such as my early attempts to learn Norwegian, an imagined initiation ritual, or most recently, Inanna's descent into the Underworld.
Recently, I've added screen printing into my creative practice. I've been making colorful prints on rag paper and also experimenting with little screen printed textile scarves and patches. As I develop this skill I plan on making some screen printed books and larger textiles as well.
In November, in addition to being an artist at the CoCA Art Marathon, I'll be an exhibitor at Short Run Seattle. This is my second year attending this event and I'm really excited to have 10 new publications and 2 new screen printed prints to sell at this show since I attended last year. This show happens November 5th at Fisher Pavilion in Seattle Center.
You can follow my work on instagram ( ), view my full portfolio (, or check out my shop for hand made and illustrated goods I make (

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