Mini Confabs and
MAC Speaks Series

The Robert B. McMillen Foundation in collaboration with Gallery One and Allied Arts of Whatcom County are hosting conversation, skillbuilding and networking opportunities for artists by artists.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Gallery One Mini Confab: Your Art Legacy Life After Death

5-6:30pm – ZOOM
FREE – Call Gallery One to register & receive a link

Join other artists in this round table discussion about how to prepare your art legacy. In this focused conversation, we’ll create a plan for your legacy. Artists at all levels of preparedness are welcome to join.

Pricing Your Artwork

Eliaichi Kimaro

Shalene Valenzuela

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Pricing Your Artwork

6-7pm – ZOOM
FREE with Advance Registration

(registration closes at 4pm the day of the event)

Do you struggle with pricing your work? Set the price too low and you could leave money on the table, set the price too high and your artwork could start stacking up in your studio. How do you find the sweet spot that ensures you are getting paid fairly for your work? How do you deal with gallery commissions vs direct sales out of your studio, and what about reproductions? It looks different for each artist. Join us for a conversation and hear how two artists tackle this topic!

Eliaichi Kimaro makes art to locate where she stands in the flow of cultural inheritance and legacy. A self-taught artist, Eliaichi will learn whatever medium it takes to tell the story that is emerging. Over the past 40 years, she has used writing, music, photography, film, storytelling, and now visual art to explore her personal/family narrative. Her feature film A LOT LIKE YOU (2011) won six Best Documentary Awards on the film festival circuit before being broadcast nationally on PBS. After nine years on the campus/conference lecture circuit, Eliaichi distilled her keynotes in her 2016 TEDxSeattle talk “Why the World Needs Your Story.” For the past 8 years, painting has been her chosen method for exploring the stories she’s inherited and the stories she’s passing down.
www.elikimaro.com

Shalene Valenzuela was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She received a BA in Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts. In 2007, she moved from her longtime home of Oakland, CA to participate in a long-term residency at The Clay Studio of Missoula. She currently maintains a studio in the historic Brunswick Building and serves as the executive director at The Clay Studio of Missoula.

Shalene has participated in short term artist residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation (2006), Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (2004, 2011), and the LH Project (2016). She has taught a variety of classes at Flathead Valley Community College, University of Montana, Oregon College of Art and Craft, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula Art Museum, Richmond Art Center, ASUC Studios at UC Berkeley, and CCA Extended Education. Shalene has been a guest artist and speaker at a number of art centers, colleges, and universities. Her work has been featured in several group and solo exhibitions nationally and is in a number of private and public collections.
www.shalene.com

Mask by Jennifer Angaiak Wood

Jennifer Angaiak Wood

Friday, March 25, 2022

Mask Making with Jennifer Angaiak Wood

6-8:30pm – ZOOM
FREE with Advance Registration

(registration closes at 4pm the day of the event)

Learn more about the historic context and modern revival of mask making in Yup’ik culture. We’ll talk about the design and symbolic meanings of this art tradition, and then work on making our own masks using air dry clay!

For participants to have on-hand & ready:

  • Air dry clay – approx. ¼ of a 2.2 lb package (example here)
  • Raffia
  • Small, sharp knife or Xacto knife
  • Scissors
  • Clay tools or anything that can be used to manipulate the clay
    Small bendable sticks (fresh willow, red cedar, ivy vine)
  • Toothpicks or small, straight sticks
  • Natural found items to decorate masks (optional): beads, feathers, small pieces of driftwood, etc.

Jennifer Angaiak Wood an artist of Yup’ik, Irish and Italian descent, and was born and raised in Fairbanks, AK. The Yup’ik side of her family comes from Tununak, AK, on the coast of the Bering Sea. Jennifer started carving masks when she took an Alaska Native Art class in high school and has been mostly self-taught after the unexpected passing of her teacher, Ron Manook. Since moving to the Seattle area in 2015, she has met and worked with other artists, who are helping her learn to use more traditional tools such as bent knives and adzes. Jennifer’s inspirations include historic masks, stories, and her time spent in Tununak growing up. She usually adds modern materials and concepts to her work, and she uses her art as a way to connect with her Yup’ik heritage and bring a little bit of Yup’ik history into the modern world. She has recently expanded her art practice to include printmaking, though masks are her primary means of artistic expression.

Timea Tihanyi, Object Permanence (detail) 2022. 3D printed porcelain, digital wallpaper, dead plant, utility paint 36″x24″x24″

Timea Tihanyi

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Teatime with Timea Tihanyi
Object Permanence: Craft in the Digital Age

7-8:30pm – ZOOM
FREE with Advance Registration

(registration closes at 5pm the day of the event)

Brew your favorite cup of tea or bring a beverage of your choice and join us! Interdisciplinary Artist and Ceramicist Timea Tihanyi will introduce her current exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum and contemplate, in discussion with the audience, what craft is and what it could be in the digital age.

Attendees, please bring an heirloom object with you to the event; something special you would like to share with the group about.

Timea Tihanyi is a Hungarian born interdisciplinary visual artist and ceramist living and working in Seattle, Washington. Tihanyi holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary; a BFA in Ceramics from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston; and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Washington.

Timea Tihanyi’s artworks probe conditions of subjectivity and objectivity. They explore the connection, and sometimes conflict, between intuition and logic, emotion and rationalism, the physical experience of the body and the cognitive experience of the mind. Her work invites direct participation and desires interaction.

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