EXHIBITION HISTORY FOR SAMMI 7
2007 ~ Issaquah Train Depot
2008 ~ Collective Works Gallery ~ Folktales & Fairytales
2009 ~ Collective Works Gallery ~ Animal Crackers!
Sammi 7 in 2009:
Top Row L to R: Ann Elizabeth Scott, Joaney Elliott, Jamie McKay, Carol Ross
Bttom Row L to R: Carol Paschal, Kurt Rodenhiser, Katya Palladina
Come One Come All to see the beautiful and the bestial in artEAST’s newest Collective Works show called Animal Crackers! The show features a group of Eastside artists known as the Sammi 7 who have shown together for the past three years. From the miniature to the mammoth, this group has interpreted this fantastic and ferocious theme through many different mediums such as encaustics, metal, fiber, glass, oil, mixed media, & photography. The show’s Opening Reception is Friday August 7th, 5 – 8pm at Up Front Gallery, 48 Front Street North in historic downtown Issaquah in conjunction with Issaquah’s Art Walk nights. The show runs August 7 – 29th, so there’s no excuse to miss the crazy fun of artists gone wild!
1. Favorite Artist? Marc Chagall, love his expressionistic paintings and the emotions they uproot!
2. Piece working on right now? Encaustic piece w/ another sacred feminine form and have started a glass casting of a similar form as well.
3. What’s your medium? Glass & Encaustics.
4. What’s on your playlist right now? A huge range of World Music, also Playing for Change’s, Stand by Me & Don’t Worry.
5. Favorite beverage? DDP as in diet Dr. Pepper (love diet cherry coke for a break)
6. Favorite Place to unwind? Anywhere on the island of Kauai.
7. What made you decide to be an artist? As a little kid my grandma saved cards and wrapping paper and all sorts of little “pretties”. When we would come to visit, she would hand us kids a pair of little scissors and the sears catalog or the Sunday “funny papers” and let us go nuts cutting out pictures to paste onto the backs of scrap paper. We also dug thru her box of old cards and baubles to glue collages onto old shingles that we varnished and gave as handmade presents to our parents. My brother and I progressed to making pinch pots and animals from the red mud in our back yard that we decorated with colored noodles or rice and old beads. After our creations dried in that blazing Oklahoma sun we glazed them with melted crayons or old house paint. You might say my grandma taught me to love the act of creating something from the things you had at hand. I know she was ahead of her time in recycled art, and I still have some of those early artworks!