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EX LIBRIS: 100 Artists, 100 Books

AXIS Pioneer Square: 308 1st Avenue S | Seattle, WA 98104

Ex Libris: 100 Artists, 100 Books

March 6, 2014 – April 1, 2014. Opening reception March 6.

The AXIS gallery and event venue in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle, will be hosting an exhibition of literature themed artwork from 100 distinct, contemporary artists.  Ex Libris: 100 Artists, 100 Books, presents a collection of newly realized works that are drawn from the pages of favorite books individually selected by the participating artists.

This collection of artwork was created to celebrate the presence of The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Seattle, February 2014. Each year AWP holds its Annual Conference & Bookfair in a different city to celebrate the authors, teachers, students, writing programs, literary centers, and publishers of that region. AWP is the largest literary conference in North America. The presence of AWP in Seattle gave rise to the idea of Ex Libris: 100 Artists, 100 Books, an opportunity for the visual arts community to participate in this literary tradition and to celebrate the many ways in which literature has enriched our lives and informed our practice as art makers. A selection of works from the Ex Libris collection will be on display at the convention center during the conference. All 100 works of art will be on exhibit at AXIS beginning March 6th, 2014.

In this body of work, many genres of literature are represented from non-fiction to sci-fi, romance to biography. Some artists chose to depict specific characters from favorite books, for example artist Amy Huddleston’s interpretation of the Charles Dickens’s novel Great Expectations centers on the eccentric character Ms. Havisham. In Huddleston’s painting a sloe eyed Ms. Havisham holds court bedecked in feathers and fur. Other artists interpreted this challenge by re-imagining the covers of their favorite books. Artist Joey Veltkamp used the title of his inspiration book, Life After God, to bring Douglas Coupeland’s work to life in a drawing based on a textile creation.

Life After God – Joey Veltkamp
Life After God – Joey Veltkamp

Through painting, drawing, and sculpture, these 100 Artists pay beautiful homage to the books and authors that have entertained, edified, and informed them. Join us at AXIS in Pioneer square during the month of March to see this whole collection.

The opening reception for Ex Libris: 100 Artists, 100 Books, will take place on March 6th, 2014 from 5 to 9 PM.

The artists will be in attendance at the opening reception and readings from local authors will take place. Among other activities, a costume contest with prizes for best author and librarian will occur.

For more details about the exhibition and a complete gallery of all the work, please visit the exhibition website.


FACE OFF: Part Deux

Naked City Brewery
8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Wednesday, January 29 from 7 – 9:30pm

Artist will be battling artist in the second edition of “Face Off” presented by Bherd Studios Gallery and hosted by Naked City Brewery! Artists will have 15 minutes to create work in each battle. Larkin, Face Off Champion 2013, is battling to hold on to his title with upstart challenger Braden Duncan nipping at his heels. Sensei 23 & Zach Bohnenkamp of Matamuros go head to head in “Float Like butterfly, Sting Like A Bee” match, Angelina Villalobos, AKA: 179, takes on John Osgood in the “Battle of Signs” and then Joseph Brooks in the “Face Melter” match vs. Charms Won. Winner of each match will be determined by who generated the most for their piece in the live auction which happens after each match. All proceeds go directly to the artist. Be sure to come out to root for and to bid on your favorite artist and your favorite pieces. (Bidders should bring cash, no credit card machine available for this event).

Photos from the inaugural event:

Battle of the Birds
“Battle of the Birds”  Braden Duncan vs. John Osgood


“Flora vs. Fauna” team event, Solace & Cash vs. Michelle Anderst & Adam V


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Crowd shot at Naked City Brewery


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Larkin (R) and Braden Duncan (R) pieces from “Free for all Warm-Up”

CURATOR’S PANEL: Jannausch, Thompson & Vedada at Vermillion

Thurs, Sept 19, 2013
Venue: Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

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John Osgood, Bherd Studios gallery owner moderates a panel discussion with Seattle curators, Todd Jannausch, Siolo Thompson & Vedada Sirovica. Jannaush has produced and curated installation projects such as Gallery 40, Gallery (206) and most recently his traveling exhibit, Small Voids. Thompson has guest curated in Seattle galleries, created fundraising and promotional events, as well as co-created The Better Bombshell project. Sirovica is a new up & coming curator who has experience curating for Home Suite Home which was in the Greenwood Collective and is also a curator for the new venue Axis|Pioneer Square. In addition to a moderated discussion, we will end with a Q&A session. The panel discussion will include artistic vision, concept development, artist selection, building relationships in the art community and more.

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W3AVE Live Collab & Launch Party

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Redd Walitzki in action during W3AVE Live

27 Seattle urban and contemporary artists had been brought together for a live collaboration during a 3.5 hour event. The artist line-up includes nine teams of three: Ego, Megon Shore & Amy Huddleston; Aaron Jasinski, Augie Pagan & Redd Walitzki; Chris Sheridan, Kathy Liao & Carl Faulkner; Solace, Joe Vollan & Weirdo; Levi Hastings, dear earthling & Cash; Carlos Aguilar, KSera & 179; Siolo Thompson, Braden Duncan & Vedada Sirovica;  Zach Bohnenkamp, Sensei23 & John Osgood; And the Collagemonauts, Marty Gordon, Craig van den Bosch and Tim Manthey.

Each artist arrived to the live event with a canvas that they already started to work on. During the event, they will swapped their canvas with each of their team members and contributed to their canvases while the audience watched. By the end of the live event, each team had three completed collaborative pieces for the exhibition on September 13th at Bherd Studios Gallery.

In addition to the live event, AXIS | Pioneer Square gallery will feature the works of Seattle artists, Troy Gua, Greg Boudreau, Daniel Voelker and John Osgood.

Here’s a photo recap:


W3AVE Live & Launch Party

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W3AVE Live & Launch Party: Redd Walitzki & Augie Pagan collaborating


W3AVE Live & Launch Party AXIS Gallery


W3AVE Exhibition Opening at Bherd Gallery (Sensei 23 & Solace with Biff)


W3AVE Exhibition Opening at Bherd Gallery


W3AVE Exhibition Opening at Bherd Gallery