October Artist-Matthew Barnes

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Everett Artwalk | Opening Thursday Oct 19th 6PM

Matthew Barnes recently moved to Seattle from Ontario Canada where he grew up.  He describes the Seattle area as, “Cottage like, with many trees and mountains.”  Working in the IT industry is what brought him to Washington however, the easy access to hiking and scenery just might keep him here for awhile.  “This year my goal is to hike all the trails around the Mountain Loop Highway.  I find myself revisiting favorite hikes I like.”

When he isn’t working as a software programmer or hiking with his dachshund, Matt will spend time rally racing.  Many of his action shots are of the races.  For the Everett Artwalk he has selected a handful of nature photographs.  Island foxes and stoic wolves are among the animals on display through November.  All prints on display are available for previewing MondayFriday 9am to 5pm at Solie Funeral Home lobby.

Additional guest artists include: Debbie McCoy, Meghan McSwain and Karen Heistand

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In your service,
Holly Mattie

Funeral Director
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425-252-5159

 

Everett Artwalk | Sept Artist | Debbie McCoy

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Debbie McCoy, our Featured Everett Art Walk Artist for September.
A Potter, Teacher and Painter.

“Clay connects me to the earth and makes me feel centered. Clay is a gift the earth gives us that allows us unlimited free expression. Being creative is a very necessary human trait, which can free our spirit and connect us to generations of humans who have found clay to be just as inspiring. Almost every day, clay is a part of my life. I am either seeing shapes, lines or textures in nature to be used in my future pieces, or actively constructing clay vessels by hand or on the wheel. Many of the techniques I use are similar to peoples in our ancient cultures. I prefer the irregular hand modeled pieces, or will alter in some way the wheel thrown pieces so they are less perfect and a bit irregular in shape. Textures are the jewelry on the piece. I fire my pottery in a variety of ways, but prefer the ancient methods such as Japanese Raku or Saggar firing. Both of these methods employ direct interaction of the potter with fire. With Raku, the pieces are lifted from the fire at about 1800 degrees F and placed in combustible material such as straw or sawdust. The glazed pieces react pieces react with the carbon produced from the burning materials as the pot quickly cools, making wonderful iridescent effects.

Saggar firing uses fire to affect the clay surface directly in the firing. There are no glazes, just the natural colors the polished clay picks up from the carbon in the firing.

Both these methods of firing can be very unpredictable but the effects are highly varied and therefore makes them unique. My ladies’ masks are my most recent exploration. I’m having great fun with facial expressions and various added decorations to make each one unique.

Teaching is my second love. I taught high school ceramics and sculpture for 28 years in the public schools of Washington State, as well as small workshops for teachers. I have exhibited my work, pottery, paintings, and block prints at various galleries around the northwest and at private showings. I also painted stage sets for live theater for 10 seasons. My block prints were the featured artwork for the posters for the Everett Women’s Film Festival for ten years, 1998 to 2008. I do not strive to be a mass producer of art. I instead choose to live an artful life,allowing my artistic endeavors to fuel my desire to create. I am a vessel myself, filled with inspiration from nature, making my own one-of-a-kind pieces. I hope you will enjoy them.

Pottery lesson from Debbie McCoy: What is sagger firing?

Firing pottery using the sagger process involves surrounding the pottery with a variety of burnable materials which cause interesting effects on the clay wall. The pottery can be encased in another pot (which is the sagger pot)and filled with burnable materials, or simply wrapped with combustibles in foil. Experimentation allows the artist to achieve a variety of results on each piece. These pieces are fired to about 1800 degrees in a gas kiln. Though fired very hot, the clay does not become water tight, or vitreous. These pieces are more for ornamentation, though they have been waxed so that they can be cleaned with a quick rinse. All pieces are safe for dry foods such as nuts. Pottery of this nature should be enjoyed for a lifetime.”

Thank you so much for the art lesson Mrs. McCoy!

Debbie’s beautiful pottery, along with the amazing astrophotograpy of Karen Heistand will be on display here at Solie all month. Please stop by and check out their incredible works Join us at our next Art Walk on Thursday September 21,2017 from 6pm-10pm and meet the artists. We also will be featuring the black light art of Meghan McSwain. Refreshments and beautiful art await you! Hope to see you then!

If you are interested in showcasing your art or music at Solie Funeral Home for Everett Artwalk please contact us at: Holly@soliefunerals.com
Art Curator/Author: Corianne Jensen

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

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