On Tuesday, January 17th, the Madison Valley Community Council was honored to loan their Bill Cumming painting Two Figures Running to the Meredith Matthews YMCA. Everyone involved with the project was thrilled.
Jerry Sussman with the painting.
Many years ago, the famous iconic northwest artist, Bill Cumming, gifted one of his favorite works to the Council. Bill had a close relationship with the founding members of the council, most notably Pearl Castle and Jerry Sussman. He donated the painting with the stipulation that it be exhibited in a public space for the enjoyment of the community.
For many years, the painting was hung at the MLK Jr Elementary School. When the school closed, a MVCC committee was formed to oversee the painting’s future. Lead member, Jerry Sussman took the painting to the artist for consultation. Bill was astonished by his work. “I’m a much better painter now!” he said. “I will retouch the painting”. He reworked the canvas, bringing the image of two running children to life with the brilliant color for which he is famous. Again he entreated Jerry that the painting be displayed for the enjoyment of the community and not be sold to a private collector.
Happily, the African-American Museum had recently opened and they were more than delighted to receive the work for their permanent exhibit. Many visitors enjoyed the painting for several years.
Last year the museum closed its permanent exhibit in favor of rotating art. The painting was put into storage. Although it was safely stored, this was not in keeping with the artist’s intention. The committee began to search for a new home.
The local neighborhood YMCA was identified as an appropriate recipient and from then on, all moved quickly. The painting was retrieved from the museum and taken to Baas Gallery for refurbishing. The frame and mat were restored and a new Plexiglas cover was installed. Owner Karrie Baas was able to give the committee a generous discount on the work since the committee’s members paid for the work privately.
Thank you, Karrie Baas!
On January 17th, the painting was officially loaned to the YMCA. We had a little cookie reception with a brief historical talk by Jerry Sussman. Both the staff and Y members enjoyed the celebration.
Bill Cumming was a member of the Northwest School of artists who were engaged in the modern art movement of the mid-twentieth century. He eventually developed a style of vibrant color depicting everyday life of ordinary people in a somewhat abstract attitude. He made his home in Seattle’s Central District and the African-American community greatly inspired his work. The MVCC painting depicts two children running toward the viewer, their faces in shadow, with brilliant color and movement. It is considered one of his best works.
Bill’s personal life was somewhat chaotic. He had ongoing health issues due to tuberculosis and spent years at the Firland Sanatorium here in Seattle. As a member of the Communist party, he experienced the blacklist along with so many other artists. Although he was always an activist for civil rights, he broke off all relations with organized politics to focus on his art.
He eventually achieved great success and enjoyed solo shows at both the Seattle Art Museum and Frye Museum. Both private individuals and institutions have collected his work. He was a teacher at the Burnley School of Professional Art (now, Art Institute of Seattle) and at Cornish. He taught into his 90s, including private workshops in his home. At his death, a special tribute was published in our local Real Change publication.
The MVCC is truly humbled and proud to be the guardian of such an extraordinary work of art by an extraordinary artist.
Bill Cumming Painting Committee:
New paintings by Rebecca Allan will be showing at the Baas Framing Studio & Madison Art Collective from November 10 – December 31, 2016.
The opening Reception is Thursday November 10, 5 to 8 p.m.
“Port Miou, Cassis II,” acrylic on canvas
Rebecca Allan’s richly chromatic paintings are inspired by her interests in ecology, botany, and geology. Watershed and coastal landscapes are favorite subjects, drawn from the artist’s travels in the US and Europe and from her current home in New York. Allan has exhibited her work in over twenty solo exhibitions across the US during a career spanning 25 years. She was a visiting artist at the Lebanese American University in Beirut in 2015. To learn more about the artist, visit her web site.
Also new at the gallery: ceramics by Curtis Yu
Opening Reception: Thursday November 10, 5 to 8 p.m.
“Vessel with Horsehair #8,” raku-fired stoneware
We are pleased to introduce our clients to the artwork of Seattle ceramic artist Curtis Yu. Yu began creating in clay at a young age and has pursued his study of ceramics with a rare passion. Yu creates one-of-a-kind pieces with unique and subtle surfaces. The Gallery will feature a generous selection of his raku-fired vessels in clear crackle glazes and horsehair designs.
Join us at the opening reception to meet this talented young artist!
Baas Framing Studio & Madison Art Collective
2703 E. Madison
The 7th annual Madison Park Art Walk begins on the 9th of September and runs through the 25th. Works from local artists will be displayed in Madison Park businesses. Opening night reception is at Starbucks from 5 to 9.
Poppies by Kimberly Burroughs
Sculpted Rug by Liz Gamberg
Robert Perlman entered the Art Life at a tumultuous, strident point and place. Born in 1942 in New York City, he came of age as the post-war boom made Manhattan the capitol of the western world concerning painting and sculpture. Although Jackson Pollock had driven into a tree in 1956, others of his generation — DeKooning, Rothko, Still, Guston, Newman — were blue chips in the art market. Second-generation abstractionists like Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, and Frank Stella, and brash upstarts such as Rauschenberg, Johns, and the emerging Pop artists were available to Perlman just as he emerged into adulthood, and the impressions that were left upon him were to be deep and lasting.
Robert Perlman. Number 6, 2003; Number 3, 2003
He took his education in graphic design at City College of New York. His fastidious and elegant nature was well suited to design, and an innate sensitivity to the vertical, geometric, urban environment in which he lived gave his natural facility the necessary depth to excel at his chosen vocation.
Robert Perlman. Number 1, 2007
After gaining his BA, Perlman studied at the School of Visual Arts with Milton Glaser, one of the most significant designers and teachers of post-war America. Perlman recalls that time, “I remember an exchange with Milton about who would be more significant to art history, Pablo Picasso or Marcel Duchamp. I believe he was leaning toward Duchamp; I know I was enthusiastically in the Picasso camp.”
Robert Perlman. Number 6, 2012
In 1963, Midtown Manhattan was an enormous hothouse of abstraction; one could bumble from one space to another and bask in fields of color and tone. The young Perlman studied and worked here, strolling to the Whitney Museum during his lunch breaks, or to the leading galleries.
Robert Perlman. Number 3, 2014
Saturdays found midtown crawling with artists and scenesters out to keep up with the new work on view. Perlman was doing so one afternoon, when he was hit up for a match. Unfortunately, he had none to offer; and so Mark Rothko had to turn elsewhere to have his cigarette lit.
Perlman had already encountered Rothko in a much more poignant way, “I first saw one of his very large maroon paintings at the Museum of Modern Art some time earlier. That moment has etched itself into my memory as one of the early, unforgettable museum experiences. I really didn't know what I was looking at, I just knew it was thrilling standing in front of that enigmatic, dark painting. As a lot of people are likely to tell you, it felt awesome … perhaps even a bit religious.”
Robert Perlman. Number 4, 2016
Today, Perlman’s Madison Park home is filled with his art. His paintings hang in agreeable conversation with one another, while the horizontal surfaces of the room are covered, sometimes three-deep, with his sculptures. He constructs these from urban debris, implements, tools and fragments, mostly iron and steel, always decayed. His sculpture is fundamentally closer in nature to his graphic work: tight, elegant, perfectly solved problems.
Robert Perlman. Fork Figure, 2004; Flute Player, 1969
Robert Perlman. Thunder Head, 2009; Arrow Head, 2007
On the other hand, Perlman’s paintings are clean and his palette tranquil, colors bright, even when their subtlety occasionally renders them difficult to place on the color wheel. Coupled with the brilliant responsiveness of his drawing hand, Perlman’s color sense is an ongoing dialogue that is as rich as a fifty-plus year conversation ought to be.
Robert Perlman. Number 4, 2008
Robert Perlman is a genius of painted color. He uses matte acrylic paint on paper. Rectangles are subdivided into evocative geometric shapes; some of the paintings suggest landscapes, others figures, occasionally figures in landscapes seem to appear; the ogee curve of a grand piano is a regular presence. The drawings from which his paintings emerge are as delightful in their modesty as the finished pieces are. But his use of color adds a depth of immersion, making the pieces into well solved, beautifully proportioned puzzles of his own invention.
Robert Perlman. Number 1, 2006; Number 1, 2014
Perlman’s palette is distinctly New York in flavor, and the forms he chooses are ones of well-digested modernism. His compositions have evolved into a syntax distinctly his own. Over time the colors have become more saturated, the compositions more dynamic. They look like work done by an artist at the height of his powers, one who deserves to emerge from the decades-long isolation of his studio. Robert Perlman has dedicated himself for a half-century to the Art Life, and now he is beginning to enjoy a place in the art world.
Robert Perlman. Number 1, 2016
Perlman in his studio; Number 3, 2015
Robert Perlman’s paintings and sculptures are for sale, and can be seen at his website: http://robertperlman.com. Mr. Perlman is represented by ProGraphica KDR, and you can read an interview with him on their site.
Editor’s Note: This has been adapted from Mr. Hurley’s original profile. The full article can be read here.
Artist Sandy Haight is a resident of Madison Valley. In addition to having her design being selected for the Tulip Festival poster in 2016, she designed the banners that were previously hung along East Madison Street in Madison Valley.
“Last year I was chosen to create the artwork for the 2016 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival poster,” Sandy said. “They honored me in a big way, as this painting creates the identity for next spring’s festival. This kind of attention is an unusual occurrence for artists and illustrators who usually hide quietly and invisibly behind their work hoping someone notices the 6-point byline credit on a painting’s border. I was interviewed by the Skagit Valley Herald before the ceremony. Here’s the story they published the next morning about the event.”
The original painting, a 20″ x 24″ watercolor, is on display at the Tulip Festival offices in Mt. Vernon, WA.
Opens Thursday night.
Baas Framing Studio is celebrating the opening of their annual Winter Group Show. The 19th Annual Winter Group Show features original paintings, sculpture, and mixed media work by Karrie Baas, Pat Clayton, Jeanne Edwards, Julia Ricketts, Lene Sangster, Claudia Schlosser and Louise Warner. Featured jeweler Jamie Rawding will be showing works in sterling, pearls, and resin.
“Street View” Jeanne Edwards, oil on panel, 14" x 11"
Ukelele virtuoso Arden Fujiwara will add musical ambience to the festivities.
November 20 – December 31, 2014
Opening Reception & Holiday Party:
Thursday, November 20, 5 – 8 p.m.
Baas Framing Studio & Madison Art Collective
2703 E. Madison
Tomorrow, Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m. the Madison Art Collective will be holding a reception for Ruth Hesse at the Baas Framing Studio.
Interstitial, 24" x 36" Monotype by Ruth Hesse
The artist will be showing her monotypes, a type of print created by transferring a painted image from a smooth plate to paper. The ink may be transferred by hand, applying pressure to the back of the paper as it rests on the inked plate, or with an etching press. Ruth Hesse uses both techniques, building layer upon layer of colored inks to create rich, textural, one-of-a-kind prints.
Light refreshments provided.
Baas Framing Studio
2703 East Madison
Seattle, WA 98112
The 5th annual Madison Park Art Walk opens at 6–9 PM Fri, Sep 12th, 2014 with a public reception at Starbucks in Madison Park with hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and live music.
The juried show features more than 40 local artists in 30 Madison Park businesses. Art will be displayed at businesses during regular business hours from Sep 12–28th. This is a unique community event bringing together local businesses, local artists and the community and its residents. www.madisonparkartwalk.com
Baas Framing Studio and the Madison Art Collective are holding an opening reception for their new show, “Reading the Fine Print: Artist-Made Prints.”
"Red Barn I" 10" x 10" Woodblock with Stencil and Gouache by Judy Talley
“Reading the Fine Print” presents artist-made prints and a display of the tools, plates, and blocks used in the traditional printing processes. The exhibition features mezzotints, etchings, lithographs, monotypes, block prints, and mixed media prints by six leading Northwest artists.
"Second Chances" 33" x 33" Mounted Monotype by Ruth Hesse
Featured artists include:
The show runs from June 12 – July 26, 2014.
Opening Reception: Thursday June 12 from 5 to 8 p.m.
River Song Jewelry invites you to attend its annual “Uno de Mayo” Fiesta on Thursday, May 1st (¡no el cinco!). Located on E. Madison St, River Song is a specialty boutique that supports small artists and fair-trade businesses.
2816 E Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112
Now showing at Baas Framing Studio, Carla Dimitriou's recent work in encaustic painting and mixed media on tar paper features a cast of animal, human, and mythological creatures. The raw, visceral textures create give these characters a strong visual presence that is at times both dark and humorous. Carla Dimitriou is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts and the Vermont College of Norwich University. She is also co-owner of Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, a landmark Seattle jazz venue.
An artist of rare intelligence, Dimitrious mixes empathy, ethics, and wit to create sumptuous images that provide ample food for thought. Her work can be found in numerous private collections throughout the Northwest and on her website.
Happy Hour at the Crowbar
Bird on Brain
“Grid on Madison” at Baas Framing Studio presents new works by nine affiliated artists on the theme of grids. Rendered in paint, paper, wax, and fiber, the grid becomes a format for imagery, a system of organization, and a dynamic visual structure. Visitors are invited to explore and consider anew this ubiquitous feature of the modern world.
The opening reception is Thursday, March 14, 5–8 p.m. The exhibit runs from March 14–April 30, 2013. http://bitly.com/16kvlR1
February Framing Promotion
Baas Framing is offering a 15% discount on all custom framing (some exclusions apply). Baas carries an extensive selection of frames, assembled with expert workmanship. Sale dates: February 14-28.
Valentine’s Day Jewelry Sale
Members of the Madison Art Collective are offering a 10% discount on all jewelry, now through Feb 14th. The sale features four local jewelers, including glass beads by Hava Edery and vintage china jewelry by Material + Motion.
Hava Edery has recently joined their growing roster of local jewelers. She creates beautiful one-of-a-kind glass beads, and her colorful necklaces and purse charms add an artistic touch to any outfit. http://bitly.com/Xf57LA
A new photographic show from the Madison Art Collective has opened at the Baas Framing Studio. Exploring artistic themes in nature and the industrial world, “Eye On Photography” features four up-and-coming photographers with strong perspectives and high artistic quality. Works from Satya Curcio, Tony Ise, Karen Messick, and Bob Venezia are currently on display, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
November 15 - December 31, 2012
Thursday, November 15 from 5 - 8 p.m.
Four of our favorite Northwest artists train their eye on the world around us to create new perspectives that expand our view of the landscape genre. "Expansive Views" features new works on canvas and panel by Pat Clayton, Jeanne Edwards, Janice Webb Kirstein, and Julia Ricketts.
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In honor of the impending elections, longtime valley resident Jerry Sussman has submitted some witty poems for our readers.
The Rain it Raineth
The rain it raineth on the just
And also on the unjust fella;
But chiefly on the just, because
The unjust steals the justs umbrella.
Each day into the upper air
Ascends the politician's prayer -
"Grant me the gift of swift retort
And keep the public memory short"
– by M. K. Jones
Workers earn it,
Spendthrifts burn it,
Bankers lend it,
Yachtsmen spend it,
Forgers fake it,
Taxes take it,
Dying leave it,
Heirs receive it,
Thrifty save it,
Misers crave it,
Robbers seize it,
Rich increase it,
Gamblers lose it,
I sure could use it.
– by Richard Armour