Monday, November 30, 2009

Adornment - Cygnus Gallery

I'll have work in "Adornment", at Cygnus Gallery in LaConner, Washington. The exhibition opens on Friday, December 4, with an opening from 6 to 9 pm. Cygnus is located at the end of the main street in town, across from Maple Hall.

My work, 'The Re-education of Smedley Butler' was accpted for the "Materials: Hard and Soft" craft exhibition at the Denton Council for the Arts in Denton, Texas. This exhibition is one of main annual craft competitions in North America. The juror this year was Jo Lauria, currently the chief curator of the exhibition 'CRAFT IN AMERICA: Expanding Traditions', the companion exhibition to the PBS documentary, "CRAFT IN AMERICA: Memory, Landscape, and Community". The exhibition runs - February 6 - April 1, 2010

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pharmacologist - an exhibition - Opens November 5

Five artists explore medicine, religion, politics and the uneasy places in between.
Rick Araluce - Anne Blackburn - Scott Schuldt - ilvs strauss - Craig Vandenbosch

Where: The Canoe Social Club and Gallery at Theatre Off Jackson
409 7th Ave. Seattle - in the heart of the International District

When: Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 10:00pm to Novemember 29
Note the late evening opening. Canoe club openings start where the other galleries close.

What: The Canoe Club is a social art supporting group. Come to the opening, hang out, listen to
some music, talk about art, meet artists, actors, patrons... mingle
*with DJ Slightly Metal*

The Canoe Social Club is a program of Theatre Off Jackson, a 501 (c)3 non-profit corporation.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Where to see some of my work -

"Something Different", a very fine craft exhibition of 18 artists, organized by Kathleen Faulkner
Edison Eye in Edison, Washington
Edison has 3 excellent art galleries, don't worry about the address, Edison is only two blocks long.
Open Tuesday-Sunday: Oct 3-16
11am-5pm or by appointment
(360) 766-6276 *
Closes October 16, 2009

Hand to Hand Project
The Corridor Gallery, Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green

This is Cecelia Kane's impressive project on the Iraq war. Artists made a 6 gloves per week, each based on a headline from the day's news. The quantity and what it represents is overwhelming. I have six kevlar and copper gloves in the show (and I'm on the list to make 6 more). SEE IT if you can. There is a link on this blog...

Friday, September 11, 2009

What's up

Just finished a new piece, 'The Re-education of Smedley Butler'. It's my second flag piece, and it is the same size as "The Death of Po-Han". Smedley was one of the real people involved in the real story that inspired the novel that inspired "The Death of Po-Han". So, with that, I am back to honing my skills in the technique of traverse mapping. Traverse mapping is how explorers made maps prior to aerial and satellite photography. Now, explorers just go to places that are on maps. I used the technique in my Cultural Laminae piece for Seattle, but there is definitely some skill involved, especially in selecting points and in thinking ahead.

A better image and close up of this piece is on my website,
Wikipedia has a good bio on Smedley Butler. It's worth a read and you'll probably wonder, like I did, how such a person disappears from history.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Cultural Laminae

Yesterday, I installed my first public art commission, 'Cultural Laminae'. The work is a four panel set for an entrance lobby to offices at Seattle Public Utilities. Three of the panels are beadwork and the fourth is a 30x50 inch map made of hand-stamped copper. Details on this work are on my website -

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Website Update

I'm updating my website... It should be prettier and a bit less of a jumble (in the gallery). Most of the changes are already up and working. A few more will occur... but it's too damn hot in here right now.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Map Making

I have a full head of steam going with my map project for Seattle. The title of the work (it also includes 3 beaded panels) is Cultural Laminae and the map addresses the overlaying of cultures in a geographical area. The map is an irregular shaped copper panel, about 30 x 50 inches centered on Union Bay. All of the details are hand stamped with letter dies and a variety of punches. While the map is fairly accurate, it floats in time - certain modern features are omitted and some ancient features are added in. I used my own hand surveyed map of Union Bay (so, my own personal "culture" is present) and merged it with modern and antique topographic maps and Seattle Public Utility maps. My most recent additions to the map were the portage that I use to get to the lake and tracing of Ravenna Creek and features that are found near it. Work goes on...

Saturday, June 13, 2009

What's up

"Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate", is at the Paris Gibson Square Art Museum in Great Falls, Montana. I have one work in exhibition on racism and hatred.

"Hand to Hand" (see links) is scheduled for Bowling Green, Kentucky this fall. I've also signed up to make six more gloves for this large and growing collaborative exhibition on the Iraq War.

I'm working away on my Seattle commission piece and on by-product art coming out of that effort. During research canoe trips in the area I began removing trash (mostly plastic) from the lake shore and much of the smaller plastic debris is being turned into a sculpture. You can read more on that process in my other blog, "View from the Canoe".

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Fragile Existence

Fragile Existence, a group show with my friends from Northwest Designer Craftsmen opens April 20 in the beautiful Bellevue Community College Art Gallery in Bellevue, Washington. The show features work based broadly on the central theme of the "Martian Chronicles" - inhumanity between cultures/species etc. I'll have a few of my politcal/violence themed works in this show.

Artist Reception is April 22 from 5:30 to 6:30.
The exhibition is up from April 20 to May 21. Gallery hours are 12-6 M-Th and Sat.
Bellevue Community College Gallery

Monday, February 23, 2009

City of Seattle Commission

Today I received the final approval for an art commission for a Seattle Public Utilities space in the Seattle Municipal Tower. I'll be creating several pieces of work with a theme connecting public utilities and archaeology based on the premise that Seattle Public Utilities is in the side-business of creating archaeology.