All artists listed below have a special connection to the Ballard neighborhood.
Anne Livingston is a Ballard painter, community builder, and art teacher with a special interest in color. She recently wrote the book Slow Color Project as part of her MFA thesis. She continues to investigate all the ways color benefits us in and out of the studio. She sees color as a powerful tool for the growing Slow Movement, and as an enjoyable disruption to our accelerating culture driven by consumerism and the attention economy. She works both representationally and abstractly to convey ideas, with colors playing a strong supporting or central role in her artwork’s narratives.
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"Hi there! My name's Carly, I am a So-Cal born and raised, but fell under the spell of the PNW during my time at UW. Though I studied biology, creation of art is my life passion. I began crochet back in elementary, when I attended a Waldorf school. This education gave me an outlet for creativity that I haven’t stopped craving. When the pandemic rolled around, I started crocheting again, and quickly fell in love. Fast forward a few years, and now I want to make wearable art and turn it into a career."
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Charly Sawyers Charly
"My friends call me Char! I'm newly relocated to Seattle, and I've been painting with acrylics, oils, mixed media for over three years! (Basically my whole life tho!) Born artist and people person, just happy to be here. Thankful for any possibly opportunities in the new year. Happy 2023!"
"I go by Chris Black when it comes to my art. I Grew up all along the east coast of the US. Born In New York but lived in Maine, Florida, and Minnesota. I currently reside in Seattle WA, working with individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities for my day job. Once I'm home you can find me gaming, writing short stories and poetry, or of course painting. I love to leave my art up for interpretation. I enjoy seeing what people's minds come up with when they view or read my work."
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Danielle Mapes is a multidisciplinary artist who works and resides in Seattle, Washington. She studied sculpture at Metropolitan University of Denver in Colorado and ceramics at Shoreline Community College in Washington. In recent years, she has added watercolor painting and fiber/textile arts to her repertoire. In all mediums, Danielle explores the entwined relationships between trauma and evolution, on both a personal and cultural level, and is a passionate advocate for raising awareness about women's issues from an intersectional perspective. She is currently Assistant Director at Push/Pull, an education-focused art collective and gallery in Seattle.
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Erica Hefnawy is a local Ballard artist who has recently gotten into making resin artwork. Her family is originally from Egypt, but was born and raised on the East Coast. Erica has always had a creative side to her through painting, drawing, singing, and making arts and crafts. In her spare time she enjoys running, cycling, doing yoga, and going on long walks in nature!
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Homegrown in Washington state, Gwen's been able to carve an artsy space of friends and fans while living in Seattle proper. They thoroughly enjoy exploring high fantasy tropes, designer fashion trends, and the darker depths of occult themes. Through mediums such as old-fashioned ink and paper, acrylic paints on canvas, and some digital tech, Gwen's able to provide commissions and inspiration back into the community. The best advice they've ever received, and like to pass along, is to always carry around a sketchbook and pen wherever you may go.
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"I am a historical and landscape photographer based in Lichton Springs, I primarily shoot large format film and print in my darkroom, I also craft my own frames from hardwood and reclaimed flooring using hand tools.
I have two ongoing bodies of work, the shooting I contribute to Vanishing Seattle and my collection Foggy Waters. I have been working with Vanishing Seattle over the past two years to document the history and soul of Seattle. I use my 4x5 field camera to correct the perspective as I capture buildings and signs. This both documents the architectural forms in an accurate manner but it also adds a sort of plainness that combined with B&W film captures the melancholy nature of disappearing businesses. I frame these prints in reclaimed flooring from Ballard Reuse and Second Use.
My collection 'Foggy Waters' is an expression of my own sense of peace I feel when exploring the pacific northwest. They are long exposures, often 30 minutes to an hour, in places where there is little or no cell signal. This is the meditative place where my anxiety disappears, I just enjoy the view. When you spend a significant amount of time in a place you notice small details, hear new sounds in between gusts of wind, observe insects and plants going about their existence. When you take a long exposure, it masks these details in a fog for a later memory to fill in, the exact details are not important, but the peacefulness is."
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Jen Vickers is a Seattle-based muralist. When she is not painting from dizzying heights, she is experimenting with new techniques in her studio, shuttling her kids to various activities, snuggling her border collie, or plotting adventures with friends and family.
Parenting in a pandemic developed clarity that she needed to return to art as a profession. Having spent the last 15 years as a graphic designer, branding expert, and building a successful Etsy business, the burnout was real. She was drawn to murals because of their ability to create a shared experience with others, even when we weren't allowed to gather. They also gave her the freedom to be more creative while still leaning on her graphic design background. Her mural work is colorful and whimsical, often incorporating botanicals and landscapes with a pop art influence.
Recently, she attended an abstract painting workshop in Santa Fe, and spent 3 days exploring painting with emotion, rather than a concept. This is apparent in her current fine art work: the processing of the last couple of years in her various roles, utilizing textures, positive and negative shapes, and rhythms. All of her work incorporates bold colors and geometric shapes to allow the viewer to imbue each piece with their own meaning.
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Jessica is a Ballard-based painter working in Pacific Northwest nature themes, primarily in watercolor and acrylic. She loves painting on wood — especially found or reclaimed. Each piece of wood is unique and often changes the direction of the painting from its original intention. She enjoys giving discarded wood a chance to be used in a new, beautiful way.
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Jessica has always felt at home in the mountains, forests and beaches of the region. She hikes and creates art to center herself, and to establish a connection to both the natural world and to her audience. Her hope is that her work elicits the same sense of serenity and wonder that she feels when she’s out in our region’s wild places.
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"I create art using a unique three-dimensional mixed-media process combining collaged fabric, acrylic paint, embroidery floss, and nails. The finished pieces are highly stylized interpretations of reality, full of luminous colors and textural depth. I am frequently inspired by astrology, geometry, folklore, herbalism, zoology, and science."
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"Ancestral healer. SoulStroller. Artist of being alive. Maker. Hierophant. Hermit. Time Bender. Mystic in Residence. Human Being. Author. Ponderer extraordinaire. Thread follower. Tarot reader. Life coach. Spiritual director. I also have a whole bunch of degrees and certificates to back up the woo."
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"I have been making art in one form or another since 2010 when I decided that I would spend my hard earned cold cash to go to a fancy private art school to "learn how to make art". Much poorer and not much wiser, I have picked up the habit of trying to prove to myself that I did not waste all of that time and effort and have been unable to put the pencil down since. I usually take my art aggression out in the form of comics and illustrations, but have more recently been dabbling in classic print making, which is fun because carving is very close to stabbing, and to make it in this world as an artist I feel like you have to figure out how to stab something that isn't a person at some point in your career or you might go mad."
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Kiri is a Chinese-American, Seattle artist, writer, and nerd. Their work encompasses a variety of subject matters, but much of it centers on animals, nature, and surrealism, with a touch of the macabre, usually rendered in traditional ink, watercolor, and marker.
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Kyle Shaffer is a Seattle artist working mostly in digital collage. Originally a Midwesterner, he has lived in Ballard for the past 7 years with his wife Ally and their greyhound Miles (you can catch the three of them most Friday nights at a local brewery). Kyle's work blends old engraving illustrations with detailed illustrations of flora and fauna to create surrealist compositions. His work has ended up in posters for music events around Seattle.
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Leah is a Detroit-born contemporary fine artist living in the Seattle Metropolitan area. Nadeau’s vibrant artworks combine geometric abstraction, energetic color stories, loose brushstrokes, and clean linework. Her work is inspired by travel, architecture, her film studies, and time periods in culture and design such as the German Expressionist Movement, the Art Deco Movement, and the Mid-Century Modern Era.
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Lisa Kurt is an artist, illustrator, and single mother living and working in the beautiful Pacific Northwest city of Seattle, WA. She creates meaningful, playful, and quirky illustrations and paintings that evoke mood, nostalgia, adventure, and wonder. Originally from Massachusetts, Lisa received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an MA in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. She has shown her work in galleries nationwide including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, and Reno and she has worked with some wonderful clients including Edible Reno-Tahoe, The Nevada Museum of Art, Bharat Babies, The Reno News and Review, and Reno Magazine.
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"I’m an artist born and raised in Seattle with a BA in studio art from Western Washington University. I mostly work in Pen & Ink and acrylic to create illustrative portrayals.
In the past my work has often been a tool to understand and process psychological habits and drives.
More recently I have sought to simply create works that viewers can get lost in as a momentary rest from the increasing strains of our current volatile period; and furthermore as a vehicle to connect with artists, viewers, and other collaborators."
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Maurice Noisette, who goes by the moniker Mo Noise, is a self-taught artist from Charleston, SC. He has always had an affinity for visual arts as it called to his talents for hand drawing and painting. Mo Noise’s passion for drawing transformed into a career in architecture. After completing his Masters degree, he moved to Seattle to pursue his professional career as an architectural designer and most recently an environmental graphic designer. During his journey, he was inspired to start creating again after the passing of a close family member. Art has always been a grounding factor in Maurice’s life that continues to provide a means of expression.
Mo Noise’s work has been shown in galleries, offices and retail spaces throughout Seattle. He has also been recognized by Seattle Refined, as part of their “Artist of the Week” series, as well as Art Practical. He has also conducted live painting sessions at numerous events.
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Mx. Morgan G Robles (they/them) is a freelance artist and illustrator from Seattle, Washington. Their work is best known for utilizing animals and nature with a macabre theme. Morgan’s work has been featured in various indie games and local bands. Morgan has also been featured in The Stranger’s Artist of the Week.
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Maxx is a Seattle interdisciplinary artist, illustrator, curator, event planner, community organizer, and designer. Her work is rooted in intersectional feminism and community. She is the Director of Push/Pull, an artist cooperative gallery and community space in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle supporting the work of over 200 artists per year. Additionally, she is the Founder of Bal-Art and Third Thursdays. Maxx is a teaching artist and helping others express themselves creatively is a fundamental part of her own artistic process.
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Nalisha is a self-taught, meditative ink illustrator and muralist. As an avid nature-wanderer, their work spotlights a reverence for plants, flowers, moon phases and sacred geometry. They work primarily with Micron pens illustrating textures found in nature and expand upon them with a psychedelic, sacred-geometrical lens.
Nalisha is also a contemporary ballet dancer so their work is heavily influenced by the liberating energy they feel from the flow-state of dance. There’s a sense of movement in all their compositions.
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"I create cute original and fan-based artwork for myself and others reconnect with childhood and thrive as an adult. I dabble in character design, game development, and branding assets. You'll find me streaming art and games on Twitch and uploading videos and plush pictures to other social medias."
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"Pottery has been a part of my world since I first touched clay in high school. It was always my dream to make this art form my main focus and in 2021 I finally made the leap. I opened my ADU as a small teaching studio, holding Intro classes, series classes, and private classes. I sometimes sell my own work at local Seattle markets. I am very excited to join the Ballard business community when I expand my studio and fill one of the Market St. store fronts! I will soon have membership, expanded classes, workshops, and events available at my space."
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Renee is a nationally renowned portrait artist and educator with over 40 years of experience painting many well-known personalities, special families, and well-loved pets. Her work has been in over 65 galleries, museums, and juried shows.
She won acclaim as “Artist of the Year” as well as numerous awards for her paintings and philanthropy. Renee is a graduate of SVA, Boston University, and the Art Students League. In addition to portrait commissions, Renee has been teaching Painting and Portraiture in NYC at SVA as well as The Boca Raton Museum Art School, and many other venues. Renee created a Palm Beach charity luncheon centered around honoring women community leaders. Painting and unveiling 21 Honorees portraits at 4 Luncheons, Renee raised over $157,000 for Quantum House (a Ronald McDonald type facility). Currently, she is the Seattle Area Chairwoman for a $12,000 national scholarship from NSAL (National Society of Arts and Letters) for young 2-D artists 16-22 years old.
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"I am an elementary art teacher who has taught in Seattle, Korea, and Mexico. Painting with acrylic, I like to create whimsical, weird paintings based on photos of my life. I see Art as a universal form of expression that puts the creator and the viewer in the moment; can help us through hard times; or just make life more interesting. I am currently working on an exhibition in August of 20 large acrylic paintings."
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Savitri is drawn to proportion, symmetry, structure and balance. The images explore vibrancy and light to create dynamic contrast. Using flowers, beets, carrots, leaves and other natural elements with a contrasted background, her goal is to present these everyday objects so that people see them in a new way.
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T. Lilja is a mixed media artist working in the realms of romanticism. They’ve shown and published in variety of space and medium, including a one-time Time Travel Museum in Seattle’s Central District (curated by Hollow Earth Radio). ‘Time’ as a method of connecting disparate themes and relating to family stories of immigration and historical conflict. Hip hop, another passion, for its power of association and ethos of making art with what you have.
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Teresa Stern is a NW artist who explores the human connection to nature, as community, shelter, teacher, and provider. Her impressionistic landscape paintings highlight the beauty of local wild places, with the goal of inspiring conservation and climate action. She is the creator of the 'Connect to Nature with Art' project & zine. She brings her background in sustainable architecture to her art practice, through eco art materials, curation, and advocacy.
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"Hello! I am a Loyal Heights mom who loves our Ballard neighborhood and trying new crafts. I strive to create fun, festive, + quality giftable goods across various categories and interests. Glassware, Tote Bags, Party Favors, + personalized gifts turned keepsakes are just a few of my current products available."
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"I combine mixed media of watercolors and microscope glass slides to make my own version of stained glass panels, displayed alongside pictures of the microscopic features. I use a camera mount to take pictures through my microscope of the sample but also of the painting to highlight hidden details and life. The sample on the slide itself is typically taken from bodies of water throughout the greater Seattle area, but can range from dissection specimens to shards of a pressed flower. It can be anything. For now my art focuses on hidden life in urban nature and trails, symbols encoding memories, and looking inward to see better outward.”
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