Karen Heistand-Astro Photographer

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Our August 2017 Featured Artist is Karen Heistand.

 

The Art of K

Astro Photography

Shortly after the sun sets, throughout the night and into the morning of the sun’s new light

Stars and planets twinkle, colors brought in radiant splendor unto the eye that has sought

Through scope and cell, tracing patterns of star’s divine time to tell

Today and tomorrow their presence is known, in dark or light their guidance is shone

Seeing skies curving arc as we and they progress in our lives constant march

Stars and planets like a vast community as they reflect our own social unity

Some of us seem cold, each of us is warm, with tranquil waters or with a raging storm

Even though some are close and some are distant, whispers from the skies are persistent

 

Each of Karen’s photographs are of planetary bodies that she records using her cell phone and telescope. She enjoys watching the rotations of the moons by Jupiter, the tilt of Saturn’s rings and the changing curve of our moon’s phases. Often, her husband, Justin joins her for star gazing and they delight in heaven’s celestial splendor. Many of Karen’s photographs and drawings have songs from artists that she feels compliments and resonates with her experiences.

 

Karen would like to thank everyone that has contributed to this wonderful journey through life’s twists and turns. Holly Mattie for opening doors, her Mom & Dad for supporting her every day and the beauty of Snohomish County’s many gifts. There are so many ways of enriching one’s world in inspiring places with wonderful people. Perhaps everyone is looking for a happy purpose in life and we can unify under a sky of guiding lights.

~the hunting party – until it’s gone~

 

Vibrant art livens up Everett funeral home and crematory

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Read the Everett Herald Cover Story Here:

Holly Mattie, operations manager for Solie, sees pairing a mortuary with the arts as a match made in heaven. Nobody wants to think about death or funerals. Half of our challenge is to help break down that barrier so people can feel comfortable talking about it.”

 

 

June 14th Art Walk

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The Art Walk that we had on June 15, 2017 was a great success!  We had the pleasure of having a live painting demonstration in front of the building done by Bill Ball “Fireball”.
The weather cooperated and he shared his unique techniques in creating abstract art. Some of his paintings hanging are a part a new series of endangered species, in which he is donating part of the proceeds to https://m.facebook.com/AfricanWildlifeFoundation

Artist Bio for Bill Ball~Fireball

With no formal training in art, I only discovered that I was an artist when I found myself at Burning Man, a week long art and music festival in the Nevada desert. Artists were constructing and painting walls and sharing spaces. I was given a wall. I was tentative at first but threw myself into painting. “Psychedelic Cross” was the result, a large, vibrant, multicolored work… but a temporary one. I slept for a few hours and awoke to find it had been painted over. With this loss I began to revisit the recent loss of my entire family. Could I heal myself with my creativity? I picked up a one-inch brush and for hours threw paint with pain and anger, using color to process it and heal. I finished painting, stepped back and turned to see what I had created. I smiled, laughed, and cried all at once realizing I had unlocked a hidden artist. I came home and converted my living room into my new art studio. Read more about the event at Live In Everett;  http://www.liveineverett.com/blog//everett-art-walk-a-stroll-with-fireball-bill

 

 

Bill Ball “Fireball” will be performing live art again at the July Art Walk.

We are also excited to have Meghan McSwain join us again in July in the downstairs chapel, sharing her beautiful black light art. (Please insert her contact page) Patrons were also treated to a couple of relaxing and rejuvenating Qigong demonstration by Suzanna McCarthy. Thank you Suzanna! We hope you will join us again for future Art Walks. Suzannamccarthy.com

We hope to see you at the next Art Walk from 6pm-10 pm on July 21, 2017.

Corianne Jensen
Art Curator

NOTE: Artists interested in having their work showcased at Solie Funeral Home please send photos or videos to Holly at Holly@SolieFunerals.com or 425-252-5159.

Testimonials

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A Personal and Thoughtful Gesture

When we get a handwritten thank you letter, we’re excited to open it. The art of the postage stamp, the feel of the paper, the personal handwriting: There is simply nothing as personal as a handwritten note. In a stack of bills and flyers, it’s a treasure in a sealed packet, full of promise and potential. It is a visceral reminder of why we do what we do at Solie Funeral Home and Crematory.

Everett Art Walk June 2017

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Solie Funeral Home was excited to once again participate in the Everett Art Walk on May 18, 2017. We featured the amazing, beautiful works of Janie Whited and Evelyn G. Sheffer.  Next month, on June 15,2017 from 6pm-10pm we will feature different artists, including Meghan McSwain. She wrote the following biography.

 

“My passion for art started when I was a little. I was surrounded by many different forms of art. My father and aunt helped me see through a camera lens. I was taken to the museums to appreciate what other’s created. I started with writing, it seemed the easiest way to create. When I became a teenager, with an old soul, I dived deep into music and the psychedelic era. Even though it was the time of Soundgarden and Nirvana. There was just something about black lights and neon paint that screamed to me to be created. My mother allowed me to paint on the walls, so I painted my mural to drive away the blues of being a teenager. I took a long break after that from painting. I figured it was just the sign of the times for me. A few years ago, I came under some health issues that laid me up for a bit. Not doing what I wanted was driving me crazy. I would find myself walking through the art section of the stores. Finally, I just dove into the idea of picking up the paint brush. Knowing I would have to play around with the colors and the glow paint, I set off to just create whatever came to me. I’m grateful that I did pick up painting again, it really helped me through that rough patch.

 

When I am about to start a painting, I call on my muse for inspiration and put on some groovy tunes. Flip the switch on the black light and it’s time to play. Some come forth with just an idea and for me to follow through to get the juices flowing. Others will take time to incubate, coming together in pieces. I do not believe that I have a certain genre that I portray or a certain influence. I let whatever comes forth – come to fruition. I get really excited whatever I create. The most time consuming point in my process is the depth of color and to make sure it glows right. I am working on a new process of invoking my intuition before I start painting. I’m excited to see what comes of these new creations of mine.” Meghan McSwain

 

Check back for more information on additional artists that will be featured here next month. Hope to see you here on June 15, 2017 from 6pm-10pm for the June Everett Art Walk!  If you are interested in showcasing your art or music at Solie Funeral Home llc for Everett Artwalk please contact us.  Curator/Author: Corianne Jensen

 

 

In your service,
Holly Mattie

Funeral Director

Our Second Ikebana Sr. Class

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Free Class for Seniors! Learn to create a one of a kind floral design using the Ikebana Japanese floral design style. Ikebana, one of the traditional arts of Japan, has been practiced for more than 600 years. It developed from the Buddhist ritual of offering flowers to the spirits of the dead. Join us to chat, snack, and create! Free to all seniors. Presented by the staff and In-house Floral Designers at Solie Funeral Home in Everett. Serving our community, Solie Funeral Flowersfriends and families for over 70 years.

Eldernet Networking Luncheon

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Hosted by Solie Funeral Home and Crematory

Thursday, May 11 at 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Eldernet is a networking community for people working with senior citizens in the North King and Snohomish county area of Washington State. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. Networking begins at 11:30 with lunch and speaker at noon. For returning friends, lunch is $10. For newbies, your first lunch is on us! Happy Bucks is a chance to give a dollar for a shout out of your company and proceeds benefit a local charity at the end of the year.

Visit their facebook page for meeting dates, speakers & topics or contact: Laura Williams, Harold Cole, or Nancy Werner

Everett Art Walk

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Solie Funeral Home and Crematory is happy to announce that we are participating in the Everett Art Walk every 3rd Thursday.

At our first Art Walk, on April 20,2017 we are featuring art by Evelyn Sheffer and Janie Whited.

Artist Janie Whited says in her biography “As long as I can remember, I’ve been an artist. Growing up in a microscopic Missouri town, for lack of anything to do, I spent a lot of time in the trees. I didn’t recognize my connection to trees until I moved to the Denver area. On the Eastern side of the Rockies, the horizon often disappears into the snow. One gray day I noticed the striking silhouette of a dormant tree. It had taken the form of a jet black dancing woman. From that point on, I was inspired and trees have been a reoccurring image in my work. I admit it, I love them, and I am a tree-hugger.

Birds have become a regular feature of my work as a result of sailing in the Florida Everglades and Keys in the 80’s. Being at anchor was my favorite part of sailing. I was blessed to see thousands of migrating birds; egrets, herons, anhinga, and more. Once during a guided meditation on the bow of the ship, I saw a white bird, wing outstretched, and she said, “Always keep your wings ready. You never know where the winds will take you.” My acrylic work is an attempt to express my homesickness for Florida, missing blue when winter’s grey lingers.

A few years ago I had a near death experience that totally derailed me creatively. Finally, one of my friends, tired of hearing me whine, said, “Just draw.” Best advice ever. I put pen to paper and images naturally began to flow. This group of pen and ink drawings is very close to my heart. It represents a jumpstart to re-ignite my creative expression and begin anew. I hope you enjoy the show!” Janie

For more information on the artists, or to purchase art, please contact Black Lab Gallery at 1618 Hewitt Ave Everett, WA

The next Art Walk will be May 18,2017 6pm-10pm and every Third Thursday after from 6pm-10pm. Hope you can come join us for cookies and coffee and appreciate amazing local art with us!

 

Corianne Jensen

Art Curator

Third Thursday – Everett Art Walk April 20th

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