Baas Framing Studio will be holding its 21st Annual Winter Group Show from November 16 – December 31, 2017.
An artist reception will be held on Thursday November 16th, 6 pm to 8 pm. Come meet the Artists and enjoy cider, wine, and snacks!
Sculptures by Sandi Bransford
We're pleased to feature Sandi's newest body of work "Journeys." Animals, birds, and figurative references abound, and each piece has a compelling presence animated by color and texture. Kiln-fired clay is hand painted in acrylic paint with intricate textures that enhance these beautifully hand-built characters.
"Annabelle," hand-painted ceramic and wood, 16" x 7" x 6"
Jewelry by Twyla Dill
Twyla Dill jewelry combines hand fabricated and cast metals with hand crocheted lace. She uses a lace technique called 'oya', traditionally crocheted on Turkish headscarves. Each piece is crocheted in her signature patterns and style. Lightweight and easy to wear every day or as a signature piece to enhance an outfit.
Holiday Gifts and Small Works!
Also on view: Small works by Carla Dimitriou, prints by Judy Talley, and Venetian plaster paintings by Miguel Lee-Leon. We also have a great gift selection of locally made and fair-trade items! Felted sculptures by Snooter Doots, candles by Big Dipper, and cards & bath items by Shannon Martin make fun presents!
Hand-carved birds from Brazil and ceramic mask by Barbara Clark, $70 – $145
Baas Framing Studio
2703 EAST MADISON STREET
SEATTLE, WA, 98112
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:
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