Solie Everett Artwalk February 15th, 6pm-10pm – refreshments, free parking, wheelchair access and meet the artists! Everett Art Walk/ Solie Funeral homeFebruary featured artist Jason GrimJason Grim is a self-taught artist living in Everett, WA. Originally from southern California, Jason moved to the PNW in 2013 and has become very active in Everett’s art community over the past year. Although Jason enjoys using a variety of mediums, the majority of his current work is a combination of spray paint and paint pen. He also regularly creates scratch board pieces and one-of-a-kind melded artwork using copper pipe, wood, wire, computer parts and other odds and ends.Jason considers himself to be “color obsessed”, and uses bold and bright color to add a unique element to much of his work. In his ‘Other World’ series, simple cityscapes are turned on edge with colored skies and brilliant buildings, showing what appear to be alien cities on far away planets. The newest series Jason has created, ‘Vivid Savagery’ uses color in an unexpected juxaposition to familiar images of military figures engaged in conflict, letting the viewer take away their own meaning. I expect Jason to become an integral part of the Everett art scene as he continues to push boundaries with the content and delivery of his pieces.Also, please be sure to check out his new art supply store set to open in March 2018.JAG Artworks1806 B Hewitt Ave Unit 5Everett, WA 98201
Works by these artists will also be on view February 15th from 6pm to 10pm.
Jason Grim – https://www.facebook.com/jagartworks
Jason Otto – ottoartwork.com
Lisa Bull – firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Barnes – email@example.com
Clayton Redpath – Live painting
Jessica Brooks – Visual Art
Rocks and gems – www.NWstonetrader.com
Aldrick Jensen – Visual art
SPIRIT DOLLS-By Lisa Bull
Lisa began making jewelry in 1991. Her creative endeavor led to a form of Transformational Artwork, which was birthed from facing her inner pain caused by the abuse she endured as a child. Through her healing journey she was able to transform the emotional wounds into something magnificently beautiful. Concerning her visions she has said, “When I created something so beautiful with my hands and heart, I finally felt like I could see beauty from inside of myself, where I had felt so ugly before.”
The Inner Child Dolls were inspired from working with people dealing with their issues of sexual abuse recovery, which is sometimes a very long and painful process. Inner Child Dolls are created for Individuals working towards their own hopes, visions and dreams.
Each Doll is a one of a kind, made one-knot and one bead at a time. When she conducts classes, her students are taught to create their own dolls, through a guided process. In the course, they are inspired to make their dolls while focusing on love and tranquility as they learn to face the pain of their past. A blessing is said over each bead to ensure the wearer of a peaceful heart and an open mind. The sinew cord is braided by hand with three-strands to represent one mind, one body and one spirit, inspiring rational thinking during emotional trauma. The shield signifies creating safe boundaries and not letting people cross them, knowing when to protect. The hole in the center represent your hopes, dreams and visions, reminding you that they’re never lost and are ready to manifest when you are ready to bring them forth. The hands and feet are handmade from molten glass. This signifies, that out of the fire, beauty arises and moves forward with a new dynamic creativity.
When completed in a class, the doll is a powerful symbol to the person who made it, as they are now carrying the awareness of their own inner process of healing as they made it with love and kindness, while they faced their past and it becomes a tangible reminder to encourage and inspire them whenever they face life situations that trigger the painful memories of the past.
The dolls are also available for sale for those who want that same symbolism for themselves or to gift their loved ones. They can be a powerfully inspirational gift helping those seeking healing for their own inner journey of sexual abuse recovery.
Note: The true power of these dolls and the beads that are used in creating them, are the symbolism behind what the dolls represent. The story behind the creation is what inspires the owner of the dolls to set in motion their own healing recovery process.
-Solie Funeral Home – 3301 Colby Ave – Everett, WA 98201 – Thursday, January 18th, 6pm-10pm – Live Artists, Live music, Refreshments,
Free parking, Wheelchair access.
- Lisa bull – Spirit Dolls featured – Paintings – Lisa Bull: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lucas Victor – Guitar performing Artist live – 7pm and 9pm – tips accepted- http://www.domopod.com/guitar/
- Jason Grim- Visual Artist – https://www.facebook.com/jagartworks/
- Clayton Redpath – Live painting
- Matthew Barnes – Nature photography – Live photography – Matt@MattBarnes.ca
- Hajera Ahmed – Henna body art –https://hajeraahmed.crevado.com/henna-body-painting
December 21st From 6pm-10pm.
-Matthew Barnes- (photography) email: matt@Mattbarnes.ca
-Lisa Anna Bull- (paintings) downstairs chapel show.
-Clayton Redpath- (paintings) fireside room show.
-John McAlpine-(paintings) www.johnmcalpineart.com. Featured artist for January 2018.
-Jason Grim- (paintings) –https://www.jagartworks.com/artwork – where needed – Front of chapel upstairs show.
It was part of my culture to do henna since childhood for special occasions, and I always applied it for
myself and others since a young age. It is an Indian and Eastern tradition to put it on during weddings as
a festive ornamentation and also for protection and blessings. Henna is a plant traditionally used to
temporarily stain the skin, hair, and nails. It is also known to contain Baraka or blessings for the
wearer. It is believed to ward off negative influence and energy as well as the evil eye. Brides are
adorned with henna for protection and blessings before entering into marriage. It is used to mark
I have been doing henna professionally for 6 years. I spent 5 years working for Mehndi Madness in
Seattle, doing henna all over Washington state at various fairs and events. I went through Krysteens
intensive apprenticeship to refine my skills, where we did henna for many hours a day a few days a week
for 4 months learning how to draw designs on paper before beginning to apply it on people
professionally. I also worked at the Seattle Waterfront Park Henna booth and right under the Space
Needle at Seattle Center, and at many Seattle Center festivals doing henna for the mass public. This was
a very interesting learning opportunity for me- during this time, It became very obvious that henna was
much more than just an art form, but a form of energetic healing. It took me a while to understand how
to move and deal with the energy of touching sometimes 70+ people a day. The symbolism used in the
drawing is not the only factor of the healing, but it is the application itself which is a transmutation of
energy, an alchemical art form which grounds the energy of the wearer. It is something that literally
brings a person into their body by making them feel their own skin and sense of touch. It makes the
applier and the receiver very present. The plant itself is soothing to cuts, scrapes, and wounds. It is a
salve and a sunblock. Because henna is a temporary art form with long term results, it teaches us the
beauty of transience and the present moment. Each moment is unique and beautiful in its own way.
After working for several years many times 7 days a week in the summer applying henna on tourists and
just anyone on the street, I realized that I really wanted to focus in and offer henna in a healthier way
that was not detrimental to my health. I wanted to be able to have more time to be present with the
people I am applying it on, in an environment that could nourish that. I needed to offer it as a method
of healing, even if the wearer was just getting a beautiful design and that was the point of it for them. I
created my own henna company which went through several name changes and now is called Mystic
Mehndi, which I think appropriately describes what Mehndi [henna] is. It is a magical medicine!
Other than henna, my favorite type of art is geometric, the real, the whimsical, and the absurd. I am a
ritual fire dancer which is also a form of energy work through balancing elements. Fire, being the
element of purification. I work with a company Smart with Art which provides Art Classes to schools
across Washington where I teach visual arts, including painting, cartooning, drawing.
I am so grateful to share my art with the people at Soleil Funeral home & Crematory. I think its
wonderful to be a part of the Everett Art Walk and offer henna for upliftment and joy. The temporary
can also be beautiful. Just as all forms, that also will subside- but what endures is the soul of the work.
I can’t wait to share fire dance with all of you. I have been fire dancing for many years. It is a profound
meditation and makes my heart shine, heals my soul. I hope that you will find joy and comfort in the
warmth and love that the light of fire can provide.
I am also a yoga/movement instructor and Thai body worker.
You can see some of my art at www.instagram.com/mehndimystic
https://hajeraahmed.crevado.com – Art Website
www.hajeraahmed.com – Sol Resonance Healing Arts
www.embodyshenyogaandbodywork.com – yoga and bodywork
Everett Artwalk | November Artists at Solie Funeral Home and Crematory
Opening Night– Thursday, November 16th 6pm-10pm with refreshments:
Special Speaker: Renee Roman Nose – (Poetry Event) with open mic conclusion. 6pm-10pm – donations accepted.
Featured Artist: Lisa Bull – (Painting and Spirit Dolls)
Guest Artists: Matthew Barnes (Wildlife photography) – Karen Heistand (Astro Photography)
My story begins with my brother passing away at 32 years young. Around that time, my mother in law gave me a box of beads and my first beading tools. I began creating beaded necklaces for people who special ordered them. While creating them, I would visualize raising & strengthening their vibration. I would also meditate on choosing a special outfit or the right look. I found great joy in the creation of beauty from the raw organic stone of our mother earth.
The Earth Mother Dolls, & Hands Healing the Spirit Dolls were created from those special jewelry designs.
I revealed my creations for the first time at the Women’s Art Show at Skagit Valley College. The gallery helped facilitate path-making for people to travel out of the fog in their lives and into recovery. I utilized the facility to go out and do small workshops making the dolls. They became therapeutic art tools.
In the beginning of May of 2005, I went through the process to volunteer at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital. As I was gearing up to teach the doll classes, I had the unfortunate experience of being severely injured working as a CNA.
I had to have several procedures and operations, both shoulders have been operated on 4 times each, and my neck has had the nerve opening on the left side of my neck drilled out at 3 levels. I was in such agonizing pain. I truly felt suicidal. I sought counseling. I had always felt like Wonder Woman and now here I was a shell of the woman I once was. Feeling such deep pain, I had nowhere to go but up.
My doctor had me make one of my dolls and It took me 3 months to do it. I did it. Each day has been like that one step at a time.
A long 13 years healing from such a devastating accident. I have had lots of time to heal on so many levels.
I have so much gratitude for my life being given back to me. I want to get back out in to the world and help others on their healing paths. I want to help others struggling with pain issues to be able to embrace and express their feelings. I have truly embraced my emotions and intentionally sought guidance all along the way.
I feel that the depths of my journey, in my recovery process, has given me deeper insights in how to reach people who are wounded and have difficulty accessing their feelings. I feel that my art therapy really helps people to find ways to express their feelings where words have difficulty. I would like to share with you the paintings of the Healing Journey I have been on.
Lisa Anna Bull
Renée Roman Nose, MAIS,is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, is an activist, artist, actor, poet, photographer, photojournalist, and cultural anthropologist. She is President of Fierce Courage, providing team building, wellness facilitation, diversity training, motivational speaking and poetry workshops.
She is a published poet, and her book, Sweet Grass Talking, has just been published by Uttered Chaos Press. Her art was featured earlier this year at the Kallet Theater in Oneida, NY. She is a mother, grandmother and a newlywed, married to Brian Patterson, Oneida Nation, Bear Clan Representative.
Renée Roman Nose, MAIS, began her lifelong love of photography at eight years old, having been gifted an old Brownie camera from her Mother. Instantly captivated by this wondrous art form she has been avidly photographing her adventures, family, and friends, since then. She invites you to enjoy the beauty that she endeavors to capture through her lens.
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
Our August 2017 Featured Artist is Karen Heistand.
The Art of K
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~
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.”
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,
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, friends and families for over 70 years.
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!