ARTIST: Sandy Nelson
MEDIUM: silkscreen ink on paper (hand-pulled silkscreen print, four colors)
SIZE: 24” h x 18” w
PRICE: $200 (to purchase contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Inspired by the civilized cultures of the Nordic countries, specifically Sweden, whose policies and programs are designed for the flourishing of all people, my vision is for a world where all people have a place to live, all have enough to eat, and all have fresh air, clean and safe water, and the beauty of the natural world around them in daily life. Basic needs are met collectively so that individuals can flourish and life is peaceful.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Sandy Nelson is a visual artist and graphic designer living in Seattle, Washington. While she has been a painter primarily, she has recently started a new series of artwork, designing and producing hand-pulled silkscreen prints. Each piece is comprised of several layers, each color printed one at a time. The images are created using masks: either hand-cut stencils or painted directly on the screen with a brush and masking fluid. The ink is then pulled across the screen to create one layer of the print at a time. While each piece starts with a pencil sketch to plan each layer and how the layers and colors will overlap and relate to each other, the result produces some unexpected shapes and textures. Sandy recently completed a nine-month artist residency with Brehm Cascadia Artist Residency in Seattle during which she created this new body of work in silkscreen printing, both on paper and on found textiles.
Title: "Puutarhakaupunki" (Garden City in Finnish)
Artist: Karin Bolstad
Medium: Egg Tempera on Claybord
Size: 8" X 10"
Price: $600 original (to purchase contact email@example.com);
$85 Giclee Prints
About the vision:
This work is inspired by the work of Ebenezer Howard and the Garden City Movement, as well as New Urbanism, which are both methods of urban planning that focuses on community, walkability, and environmentalism (the "map" in the background shows a bit of the Garden City). The title of "Puutarhakaupunki" is in Finnish, because they are the #1 rated country in terms of environmentalism. The houses are powered by solar tiles and "wind trees" (wind turbines designed to look like trees). The land surrounding homes is designed and cultivated with the principles of permaculture.
About the artist:
Karin Bolstad is a figurative painter with a background in illustration and design. Her work utilizes and is inspired by the techniques of Traditional Icon Writing (which she has been trained in) and Byzantine and Medieval Artwork, created with acrylic paint, mixed media, and most recently egg tempera + gold leaf. Her work explores the themes of the Feminine Experience and Psyche.
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Artist: Cathy Fields
Title: A Life Of Our Choosing
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20" X 48"
Price: $1,100 (to purchase contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vision: During the 2020’s mankind focused on reforestation of the world to stabilize our leaky atmosphere. Public transportation switched to non-polluting magnetic trains and solar powered hover cars and transport ships. Once the trend began and environmental success grabbed the international community’s attention, a combined world effort moved quickly to pull up cement roadways, pulverize and reconstitute them in combination with plastics removed and recycled from the ocean. By 2030 this concoction was used to build housing in small to medium-sized communities, surrounded by forests and connected to other communities with trains or AI operated hover-taxis.
Many communities opted for large silicone composite domes that collect solar power to operate community needs and are also capable of altering opacity for cooling during intense summer heat and retention of heat in the winter. Pyramid power, once thought to be a myth, was proven to aid communication devices to avoid dropped calls, and hence “rediscovered” in architecture.
By late century the population has ample leisure time to enjoy the life of their choosing. The arts and intellectual pursuits become popular social activities and new forms of expression are discovered. For instance, musicians find that by using carbon fiber fabrics they can create unique instruments that are played through pressure against the instrument skin rather than keys or valve buttons.
Earth responds to the world effort to save it, and near extinct species have returned. By 2089 children find it hard to believe that the world was once so polluted, although stories and songs of that era are there to remind them.
About the Artist:
TITLE - Tool Library
ARTIST - Lindsay Briedenthal
MEDIUM - oil on paper, mounted on board
SIZE 16" x 29" ,
PRICE: $300 (to purchase, contact email@example.com)
VISION: Painting a new economy through wealth redistribution is a daunting task, so I decided to focus on a neighborhood tool library. The tool library is not a new idea but it’s one that needs to multiply and grow wings. My town does not have one yet, but I know they exist - I’ve seen them. It may seem like a harmless enterprise but consider the consequences: Connecting with your neighbor, buying less stuff, learning new skills, and sharing knowledge - these are revolutionary acts these days!
I picture a flowering tree, in it’s limbs is the tool share, co-workshop space for projects, a bike repair shop, and a learning center for classes and reference materials. The flowers (tool-share resources) provide nectar and pollen (knowledge, confidence, and useful items) to the birds and bees (us) who then nourish our homes and communities. I use the metaphor of pollination for the exchange of ideas in a collective context. Birds, bees, and flowers focus on the specifics of the tool share plan and it’s effects.
Maybe if we’re not spending so much money on new things, we wouldn’t have to work so much, if we didn’t have to work so much we could spend more time together, and when we connect, we learn how to build OURtopia one piece at a time.
About the artist:
I am a painter, mother, wife, and teacher living and working in Wenatchee, WA. I am attracted to the sublime in art and paint humans and animals in settings that feel both dangerous and beautiful.
You can find me at:
lindsaybroadvalley.com , @lindsaybroadvalley