This year’s Bellevue Festival of the Arts artist participants include acclaimed local names from across the Pacific Northwest, many of whom are also acclaimed artists on the national scale
Bellevue, WA. As part of Bellevue’s annual, much-anticipated “Arts Fair Weekend” at the last full weekend every July, The Bellevue Festival of the Arts takes place July 29-31, 2016. This year, the BFoA features 49 talented top local Northwest artists among its 160-plus participants from across the country!
2016 Local Eastside Bellevue Festival of the Arts Artist Participants Include:
Jesse Link (Kirkland), Painter, www.jesselink.com. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Jesse is formally educated in sculpting and rendering, but is self-taught as a painter. He helped with rebuilding New Orleans after Katrina, then relocated to Seattle in 2007, gaining wide acclaim on the local and regional art scenes. He also donates art to local charities.
Ashmita Gulati (Bellevue), Painter, www.ashmitagulati.com. The Bellevue Festival of the Arts was Ashmita’s very first show in 2011, and her artistic talent has continued to garner rave reviews and critical acclaim worldwide. Driven by her passion to interpret and bring out the unique beauty of various natural elements around us, Ashmita’s works are vivid and multifaceted.
Justin Hillgrove (Snohomish), Painter, www.impsandmonsters.com, Acclaimed artist Justin Hillgrove grew up in Snohomish, and has been enjoying artistic expression since he was old enough to color on the walls. Mostly self-taught, he spent years in the design industry before setting out on his own to spend his days paintings monsters, robots, and more. In the last 15 years, Justin has worked on everything from books and magazines to collectible card games and toys, and his new book Imps and Monsters, celebrating 10 years of his art, is due for release in July 2016.
Michael Osburn (Issaquah), Wood, www.woodshedproduction.com. Michael Osburn, founder of Wood Shed Production, has over 40 years of experience in the architectural and design industry. Both a Commercial and Major Events Architect, he has won 8 major awards for his building designs, and has successfully led teams in the programming and operational planning for five Olympic games. He now finds working with wood to create functional art not only therapeutic but also his passion.
Michelle Aitken (Mercer Island), Ceramics, www.makingpottery.co.uk. Originally from Seattle, Michelle Aitken recently returned after 15 years in London and Edinburgh, where she developed her own ceramics practice at the Adam Pottery Studio & Gallery. She draws inspiration from a lifelong connection with coastlines, beaches and tidal pools.
Additional Local-Area Artists:
Oluf Nielsen (Issaquah), Painter, www.olufnielsen.com.
Philip McCrain (Kirkland), Photography, www.mccrain.com.
Jing Shi (Bellevue), Painter, www.jingasianart.com.
Briston Trapp (Puyallup), Metal, www.btsculpture.com.
2016 Local Peninsula & San Juan Islands BFOA Artist Participants and Beyond
Gunter Reimnitz (Port Townsend), Sculpture, http://www.abraxascrow.com. Born and raised on Kodiak Island, Alaska, Gunter Reimnitz spent his childhood fishing for salmon on a 42’ fishing boat with his family. As a young adult, he received a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute, where he earned a BFA in sculpture. He now resides in Port Townsend, Washington, working full-time as a sculptor, and showing his work throughout the Northwest.
Michele Raney (Port Townsend), Jewelry, www.enanimals.com. Michele specializes in hand-carving and the art of painting with glass on precious metals, in an innovative version of the centuries-old, French method of enameling called Basse-taille. She learned the fine (and nearly lost) arts of engraving and enameling at Sir John Cass Polytechnic in London. With designs inspired by the beauty of nature, she combines these techniques to create her exquisite line of wearable art.
Bob Wilfong (Clarkston), Sculpture, http://bobwilfongsculpture.com. Bob Wilfong’s original goal for making his art was simply his desire to create bronze penguins for his wife’s collection. Today, he is now a nationally recognized and popular sculptor who believes the primary element is good art is its ability to stimulate emotional responses in the viewer.
Kate Larsson (Gig Harbor), Painter, www.KateLarssonStudio.com. Born and raised in Tacoma, Kate moved to Sweden in her early twenties, studying at Gothenburg University and traveling throughout Europe. Her technique is unique – by using layered transparent watercolors, she maintains the “white of the paper,” achieving especially vibrant, intense colorations. Her artistic goal is to create art that reflects the marvelous colors and beauty of everyday objects, with a touch of whimsy.
Jason Napier (Friday Harbor), Sculpture, www.jasonnapier.com. As a sculptor who lives and works in the San Juan Islands, Jason Napier’s bronze sculptures are collected & revered around the globe, expressing a distinctive style that exudes motion. He takes great pride in his patina finishes that help to bring each animal subject to vibrant life.
Tim Wistrom (Anacortes), Painting, www.timwistrom.com. Known for his striking, dreamlike and surrealistic seascapes, Tim has been painting for over 40 years and has always used acrylic paint on canvas.
Local Seattle-Area BFOA Artist Participants, 2016
Juli Adams (Seattle), Painter, www.juliadams.com. A nationally acclaimed artist who grew up in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Juli Adams has always made art, with the goal of practicing and seeking out art that draws her in, and early inspirations included Maurice Sendak, Charles Schultz, and Tove Jansson. Driven to create, she has built a thriving career by creating unmistakable works that express beauty, emotion and whimsy, and she can always be seen painting in her booth each Festival.
Hung Nguyen, Painter, http://www.wacolor.com. Born in Vietnam, Hung is the talented artist behind last year’s 2015 Bellevue Festival of the Arts posters and materials. He spent over 20 years working for Boeing, KIRO TV, KING TV, and Walt Disney Internet Group in Seattle as a designer and illustrator.
Jesse Kelly (Seattle), Glass, http://www.jessekellyglass.com, Glass artist Jesse Kelly has worked with a number of inspiring glass artists, locally and abroad, and has been a member of Italian master glass artist Lino Tagliapietra’s team for the last ten years, also teaching glassblowing at the Pratt Fine Arts Center. In 2004, he worked as a guest designer and gaffer in the Czech Republic, in an exchange of Western and traditional Czech glassblowing techniques. He draws inspiration from the icons of his childhood and from meaningful life experiences, and his popular body of work includes a variety of glass landscape installations and glass sculptures, vessels, and more.
Charan Sachar (Federal Way), Ceramics, http://www.creativewithclay.com. Charan creates unique, one-of-a-kind handmade pottery inspired by Indian designs, fabrics, embroidery, colors and Bollywood. The colors, fabrics, embroidery and designs he experienced while living in India strongly impact his work now. His goal is to continue to work to create art which is cherished for life.
Sharrey Dore (Seattle), Jewelry, www.sharreydore.com. Construction, problem solving and ultimately creating a piece of art is what inspires jewelry artist Sharrey Dore. Her love of texture and form is visible in her work, with patterns, layering of metals, colors, and the beauty of precious and semi-precious stones the driving elements to her designs.
Additional Local-Area Artists (Seattle & Beyond):
Beth Nielsen (Seattle), Textiles/Fiber, www.vintagecreation.com.
Kim McCarthy (Seattle), Painting, http://urbansoule.com.
Marc Matsui (Woodinville), Ceramics.
Kris Vermeer (Tacoma), 3D Mixed Media, www.kvermeer.com.
Marcus Harper (Browns Point), Glass, www.marcusharperglassworks.com.
Briston Trapp (Puyallup), Metal, www.btsculpture.com.
Ivonne Jurado (Mountlake Terrace), Textiles/Fiber.
Jennifer Gavlin (Seattle), Ceramics, www.flux-ceramics.com.
Barbara Dollahite (Friday Harbor), Painting, www.bjdollahite.com.
Sydni Sterling (Indianola), 2D Mixed Media.
Dan and Joi LaChaussee (Langley), Glass, www.lachausseeglass.com.
Sandy Tweed (Port Townsend), Painting, www.sandytweed.com.
Dan Patch (Gig Harbor), Photography, www.danpatchphotography.com.
Jean-Claude Louis (Bainbridge Island), Photography. http://www.jeanclaudelouis.com.
Julia Garrels (Edmonds), Enamel Art & Jewelry, www.metalwingstudios.com,
Shannon Buckner (Vashon Island), Sculpture. http://www.bentproductions.com/.
Founded by artists, and for artists, for 32 years now, the Bellevue Festival of the Arts remains a loyal supporter of the community around it, and continues its tradition of distributing its net proceeds back to several vital local causes and organizations in Seattle, the Eastside, and beyond. The BFOA has been able to donate on the artists’ behalf to everything from local shelters, food banks, and health clinics, to international beneficiaries, including such causes as Fare Start, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, New Beginnings, Seattle Emergency Housing, The American Indian College Fund, Education at Elevation, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Solar Cookers International, Potters for Peace, the Pike Market Downtown Food Bank, Heart and Soul, and many others.
About the BFoA
Taking place each year during the last full weekend in July as part of “Bellevue Arts Fair Weekend,” the Bellevue Festival of the Arts attracts a wide range of tourists, arts collectors and aficionados, festival-goers, and media from across the Northwest and beyond each year. Thanks to its skilled artists and loyal, enthusiastic crowds, the Bellevue Festival of the Arts is one of Bellevue’s leading and most eagerly anticipated annual cultural events, and has become a leading fine art and craft fair in its own right.
The Bellevue Festival of the Arts takes place 4 miles East of Seattle in downtown Bellevue, Washington (north of I-90 and South of 520). The Festival is easy to find, as the one taking place out-of-doors at the Cost Plus World Market, at the intersection of Bellevue Way NE and NE 8th Street (10300 Northeast 8th Street), North of (and across from) Bellevue Square.