Bemis Arts is a community of 50 local artists who live and work in the studios of the historic Bemis building. The event, occurring this weekend (October 27/28) is free and hosted at the Bemis building on Atlantic Street, right near the stadiums. The artist commune’s fall art show offers a peek into the creative environment of the studios as well as a chance to engage with the artists. The Fall Art Show also provides lesser known Seattle artists with an opportunity to publicize their works. A community like Bemis breaks the stereotype of artist communes as these studios are well established and quite modern. The masquerade themed event will be held from noon to ten on Saturday and again from noon to six on Sunday. It offers a great chance to combine Halloween festivities with a bit of culture.
Our Top Picks at the Fall Art Show
Alex Lim’s photography brings high fashion to Seattle. His photography weaves interesting landscapes with the complexities of the female form. The set up of the Fall Art Show allows for visitors to experience the artist’s studio space, and Lim’s is creative and multilayered.
Karen Chenkovich’s mixed media works are an advanced artistic take on collaging. The pieces have an interesting aesthetic quality and the interest in the medical aspect of the human body combine to create something that would fit beautifully into anyone’s home. The artist’s space featured live music as well as the works of other artists.
Kelly Douglas’ oil paintings are vividly realistic yet so focused on the moment, that they bring the viewer into the surreal. The rendering of skin and facial features is beautiful. It’s truly a shame that she only has two pieces available for display at the event.
Amy Oates has an obvious fascination with the people around her. Her pieces resemble quick sketches that have progressed into complete works. Her main work takes those sketches and transforms them into a paper installation with an illumination behind, creating shadows.
Claire Reiner is a writer, artist and recent graduate from the University of Washington’s School of Art with a major in Art History. She is interested in recent art movements and subcultures (1950s, 60s, 70s) and how they have shaped present perceptions and practices of art. She grew up in Southern California and moved to Seattle in 2010. She is quite influenced by the unique geography of both places and enjoys hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Reiner covers visual art exhibits in Seattle and seeks to contribute to a profound and positive artistic community, as well as encourage people to come out and experience art moments for themselves. Reiner is also the Executive Assistant for VanguardSeattle and handles any press related needs.