10 Artists Revisit a Sense of Place at City Hall Galleries

Kathy Liao "Anticipation"

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 www.seattle.gov/arts.

One More Week for History X, Contemporary Y

Artists and guests enjoy the opening reception at Tougo Coffee on July 24th. (photo by Carina A. del Rosario)

Artists and guests enjoy the opening reception at Tougo Coffee on July 24th. (photo by Carina A. del Rosario)

IDEA 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.

Guest juror Mark Takamichi Miller and Mayumi Tsutakawa of the Washington State Arts Commission, which funded the exhibition (photo by Carina A. del Rosario

Guest juror Mark Takamichi Miller and Mayumi Tsutakawa of the Washington State Arts Commission, which funded the exhibition (photo by Carina A. del Rosario

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

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 ideaodysseygallery@gmail.com

IDEA Odyssey in Canton Alley

Maneki Sunset

Just 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 SCIDpda continue 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

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.

Thanks for a Great Run at 666!

It’s been one year since IDEA Odyssey Gallery opened its doors with our inaugural exhibition “A Sense of Place.” At the end of this month, we’ll be closing the gallery at 666 S. Jackson to see what place is next in our journey.

It had been our hope to stay in the Storefronts Seattle space awarded to us last year, but we were not able to negotiate an agreement with our landlord. We are extremely grateful to Storefronts Seattle and the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) for allowing us to stay in the space well beyond our original temporary residency award.

We are also grateful for the many supporters, volunteers, donors and funders who helped us keep the doors open and accomplish so much in such a short time. Since last July, IDEA Odyssey Gallery  opened eight shows, and featured 30 local and national artists whose work centers around identity, diversity, and culture –  including at least four artists who had not previously exhibited. This little collective gallery that could, did and we, the members, are glad to have contributed to Seattle’s arts community and to the International District.

All this work took a lot of energy and devotion, and we view this space development as an opportunity not a challenge. Our plans right now are simple: to rest (and make art!) for at least six months.

We hope that the time off over the fall and winter will reinvigorate us, create new connections to artists and partners, and tug at our hearts and minds to reimagine our future as a collective. Until then, please stay in touch with us on Facebook and through our website’s blog.

Please drop in and visit our excellent current exhibit, “One,” featuring painter Victor Fuentes, photographer Wanda Benvenutti, and multimedia artist Jacque Larrainzar.  The exhibit, along with the gallery in its current iteration, closes on August 24th. Our gallery hours are Thursday, 3-7 p.m., Friday, 2-6 p.m., and Saturday 11-3 p.m.

Again, thanks for embracing IDEA Odyssey Gallery’s mission and the visions of all the artists whose work graced our humble walls.

Co-founder Carina del Rosario

Co-founder SuJ’n Chon

Co-founder Minh  Carrico

Artist Member Darius Morrison

Artist Member Victor Fuentes

What does art have to do with social change?

This is something that hundreds of artists, arts administrators, community leaders and youth will attempt to answer this October in Seattle. SuJ’n, one of our co-founders, is helping coordinate our first ever regional symposium on how arts can and is a tool for social justice and change. Given our community’s changing demographics, closing the equity gap in and through the arts is more important than ever! We hope you can join this important dialogue and call to action this autumn!

Click here to find out more and to sign up for updates.

This two-day event is being sponsored and planned by Washington State Arts Commission, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Center, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and The Association of American Cultures.

IDxID: New Identities Closing Reception June 28

Closing Reception with Geoff Snow
5-7 p.m.,Thursday, June 28, 2012
Free and open to the public 

We are hosting a Closing Reception for IDxID: New Identities with a live performance by local composer and musician, Geoff Snow. The reception is Thursday, June 28, 2012, 5 to 7 p.m. at 666 S. Jackson Street. The event is open and free to the public.

The exhibit brought together more than 12 artists by guest juror, C. Davida Ingram, to explore identities and how they shape our worlds. It has featured work by Zel Brook, Adrain Chesser, Mihai Coman, Kat Larson, Kathy Liao, Frederic Moffet, Rafael Soldi, ilvs strauss, Zorn B. Taylor, Robert Terry II, and Timothy White Eagle. Featured mediums are photography, video, painting, and sculpture.

View the exhibit statement. Contact Geoff Snow  by email: snow_songs@yahoo.com.

Member Exhibits in Group Show: Autography

Our artist member, Star Rush, will have 10 of her photographers featured in the upcoming group show, ”Autography,” an exhibit of mobile photography in Seattle produced by Juxt and Diva Espresso. The exhibit runs June 23 – July 23, 2012. Reception is June 30, 2012, during the Annual Greenwood Car Show 20th Anniversary.

Rush’s 10 photos (for sale) are culled from her book project, Dream Car,  available as blurb.com book.

Contacts: Greg Thorton at Diva Expresso (206) 781-1213 and Jeff Ocampo with We Are Juxt at jeff@wearjuxt.com. Diva Espresso is located at 7916 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle.

Full details are in the press release.

Kent Connections

The Kent Summer Art Exhibit kicks off today, with lots on connections with IDEA Odyssey. Co-founder Minh Carrico juried the show with Molly Magai. Among the 21 Puget Sound artists featured, co-founder Carina A. del Rosario and the guest juror for IDEA Odyssey’s inaugural exhibition, Juan Alonso, are represented. The exhibition runs through August 31st, Mondays to Fridays from 8 am to 5 pm (closed holidays) at the Centennial Center Gallery, 400 W. Gowe St. Join us for the exhibition reception Wed., July 11th, 5-7:30 pm.

This Week’s Gallery Hours

Because of limited volunteer availability for the holiday weekend, we will have shorter hours this week.
Thursday, May 24, 2 – 5 pm
Friday, May 25, 3 – 6 pm
Saturday, May 26, 12 – 3 pm
We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

E-mail Hacked May 16, 2012

Friends and supporters, our gallery’s email was hacked on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

The incident was immediately identified as suspicious and is being investigated. Consequently, our email has been locked to prevent any further tampering. We hope to have everything restored soon. We apologize for any confusion and inconvenience this causes.

IDEA Odyssey Gallery & Collective