10 Artists Revisit a Sense of Place at City Hall Galleries

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Anticipation, by Kathy Liao


A Sense of Place II examines themes of home and the familiar as imagined by a collective of 10 local artists working in photography, painting, printmaking and mixed media. The exhibition, opening on Nov. 5, was juried by Juan Alonso and features artists of the IDEA Odyssey Collective. IDEA is a visual arts collective dedicated to supporting artists of color and artists who explore culture, identity and diversity in their work. The exhibition will be installed in City Hall until Jan. 3. There will be a public reception from 4 to 6 pm on Nov. 7.

Juan Alonso says the works he ultimately selected, “reflect a specific time or place that triggers a universal longing for the idea of home and each artist provides us with their unique sense of the familiar.”

A Sense of Place II includes work by co-founders Minh Carrico, SuJ’n Chon and Carina A. del Rosarioas well as Michele Domingo, Victor Fuentes, Kathy Liao, Jo Moniz, Darius Morrison, Gregory Schaffer and Robert Wade.

The City Hall Lobby Gallery, 600 4th Ave., is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.  For more information, call (206) 684-7171 or visit


One More Week for History X, Contemporary Y

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cadelrosario_-1070133-180x140IDEA Odyssey Collective current exhibition, History X, Contemporary Y features work from 13 artists who approach our notions of past and present in very diverse ways. Artists include Daniel Carrillo, SuJ’n Chon, Carina A. del Rosario, Victor Fuentes, Naoko Morisawa, Joe Park, Karen Portzer, Roy Powell, Christina Reed, Liz Ruest, Star Rush, Phil Stoiber and Robert Wade.

The exhibit runs through July 31st at Tougo Coffee in Seattle’s Central District, 1410 18th Avenue.



IDEA Odyssey is back, on the move, and wants your art

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The IDEA Odyssey Collective is back in action and, now, on the move. Rather than maintaining a regular gallery space, we will be organizing exhibitions in various locations.
Be a part of our next show, History X, Contemporary Y, at Tougo Coffee in the Central District, by submitting your artwork for consideration by April 22, 2013. Seattle-based artist and teacher Mark Takamichi Miller is the guest juror. The exhibition’s title plays off of the collective’s slogan, “historic neighborhood, contemporary art,” and asks contributing artists and viewers to explore how our histories shape our contemporary understanding of representation and identity. Selected work will be exhibited June 20 through July 31, 2013. Funding for this exhibition is provided, in part, by the Washington State Arts Commission.

Click on History X, Contemporary Y Prospectus for PDF with more information and submission form.

For more information, email us at


IDEA Odyssey in Canton Alley

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cadelrosario_-0055-300x201Just in time for the holiday season, IDEA Odyssey is back! This time, behind the green door in Canton Alley. Collective members SuJ’n Chon, Carina A. del Rosario, Victor Fuentes and Darius Morrison are featured artists in the SCIDpda‘s Canton Alley Pop-Up Shop, right next to the Wing Luke Asian Museum. Along with original art and notecards, you can find great t-shirts and other design gift items. Part of your purchase helps the SCIDpdacontinue to assist low-income elders, small business owners and community development in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District! Holiday shopping hours are through this Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm. Cash and checks are accepted.


Opportunities for Artists

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Our friends at the Wing Luke Asian Museum (WLAM) and Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) have two opportunities for artists.
SCIDpda presents its annual EXPOSED: Little Saigon Photo Contest. Explore Seattle’s Little Saigon and capture it in one of four categories for the contest: culture (images that represent the Vietnamese culture, people or heritage of the area), spaces and places (buildings and streetscapes that define Little Saigon), food (food enjoyed and bought in Little Saigon), and the marketplace (a local Little Saigon business in action). Deadline for images is Wed., Oct. 31st, at 4 pm. Check out Exposed: Little Saigon for entry details.

Also, start working on new art now or looking through your past works for WLAM’s Beyond Race 2013 exhibition. According to the exhibition prospectus, “Potential themes for artwork include but are not limited to:

The intersection of race with gender, age, class, sexual orientation, immigration status, and other identities.

The rise of multi-racial individuals and families in the U.S.—does this change the meaning of race?

Immigrant/refugee perspectives on race in the U.S.

How art can express pain, grief, rage—and still inspire healing

Historic roots of race and racism—resulting realities today and visions for the future.

Different forms of racism: personal prejudice, structural inequity, overt and “hidden” racism

Is white still the American “norm”? Is there a new American norm?

Talking about race: subversive or patriotic?

Cultural appropriation versus cross-cultural exploration/inspiration.”

If that has stirred up some ideas for you, get to work! Deadline for submissions is Feb. 1, 2013.Contact Mikala Woodward for more submission details.