Sunday, October 14, 2012

Open Studio and Thunder and Lightning Press

Barbara Bruch with our Thunder
and Lightning Press, Summer
2012, during a storm
Planet Art has acquired a press created by the late Glen Alps especially for collagraph. Thunder and Lightning Press will create print editions and offer workshops with artists Barbara Bruch and Alice Dubiel.

To acquaint you with the press and our recent activity, we invite you to an open studio, November 11, 2-6pm. Barbara and Alice will offer demonstrations on the press and small works will be for sale, including Alice's stencil, below. It's also an opportunity to hear about Alice's recent exhibition in Gwangju, Korea and visit to the city's Biennale.

Barbara Bruch studied with the late Glen Alps at UW and authenticated the legacy of his studio. For over 40 years, she has offered workshops in collagraph and other printmaking techniques. She is also available for private lessons. Alice studied printmaking with Barbara and other NW instructors, working primarily in collagraph and mixed techniques including polyester lithograph and digital media.

For more information, contact Alice Dubiel

To view the artists' work, see Alice Dubiel at
                                         see Barbara Bruch

Planet Art and its printing division, Thunder and Lightning Press, are located in North Beach, Ballard, near North Beach creek, north of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

2811 NW 93rd Street
Seattle WA 98117-2936

Due to numerous conflicts in Portland and a few in Seattle, Barbara Bruch will not offer a collagraph workshop in Portland this fall. Thunder and Lightening Press plans to offer workshop opportunities in Seattle and Portland in the new year. We acquired the Alps Press as a result of the closure of Sev Shoon Arts Center in Ballard.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Lights of Women: an international exhibition in Gwangju, Korea Fall 2012

As part of a delegation of women from the Pacific Northwest, I was invited to exhibit work in Gwangju Korea. Lights of Women featured work by over 140 women artists from around the world, was sponsored by the Geumnamro Gallery of the Gwangju Art Museum and opened during the opening week of the Gwangju Biennale.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Notes for Domestic Violence/The War on Terror: Military Archeology 2 (JBLM)

Here are notes I made in preparation for
a new work to be exhibited in Gwangju this month (see catalog of work I took there from the Pacific Northwest, North America)
Notes for Domestic Violence/The War on Terror: Military Archeology 2 (JBLM)
dimensions: 52 x 183 cm
Media: acrylic, digital print, watercolor pencil, ink on paper
date: 2012
other titles in the series:
The Destruction of Cultural Heritage Disrupts Daily Life (Iraq)
Collateral Damage: Civilian Casualties at Fort Bragg
The Destruction of Cultural Heritage  . . . (Afghanistan)
When will you be all you can?
An issue of public health
State of Siege
thinking about real estate values, mental health, part militarization resistance
Where have all the Flowers gone?  (song by Marina Reynolds)
soldiers' tales
Port militarization resistance
anti-war organization May 2006
organized protests at Port of Olympia to block military transports from JBLM
2004 to May 2006- shipments made with protests
May 2006  3rd brigade 2nd infantry division US Army conveyed equipment including Strikers vehicles from Ft Lewis to Port of Olympia for loading on USS  Pomeroy
protests met with arrest, pepper spray, rubber bullets, Laser
March 2007
Port of Tacoma,  YouTube covered
4th brigade, 2nd infantry division US army from Ft Lewis
convoyed  Strikers vehicles and other equipment to Tacoma for loading on USS Soderman
protests March 3,4 through 15, mostly at night
protesters arrested, rubber bullets shot, Taser
people arrested for asking questions, videotapes, backpack confiscated
speaking at Tacoma council, people then brought backpacks stuffed with copies of the Constitution
ref: You Tube "Film is Not a Crime"
rates of the incidents in crime and violence escalate near the base
Methamphetamine use has increased in Lakewood and surrounding municipalities. Allegations of war stress treatment disparities at the base arose when we learned that the alleged perpetrator of the Khandahar massacre had been based at Ft Lewis. Sixteen Afghani people were killed, 6 wounded and 9 casualties were children. Concerns increased that the costs of trading Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are the cause of downgrading diagnoses. Since 2003, 68 base service members have suicided. Two soldiers were charged were charged with waterboarding their own children. In July 2009, John Lowery was outed for spying on anti-war activists for at least 2 years. He was contracted as a US Army informant for a protection unit. In 2007 Lt. Ehren Watada was court martialed for his refusal to deploy to Iraq. The first officer to refuse in this war, he was discharged in 2009. Lt. Watada served in Korea before he was stationed at Ft. Lewis. His parents are anti-war activists. JBLM deploys massive amounts of matériel, now a major export of the US. Items include Stryker vehicles and large transport airplanes, C-17 Globemaster III, made by a division of Boeing, which makes commercial planes in metropolitan Seattle. Beginning in 2004, people protested Ft. Lewis weapon shipments through the civilian Port of Olympia, south of base. By 2006 Port Militarization Resistance organized to block JBLM military transports through the Ports of Olympia and Tacoma, . . . including Stryker vehicles to load on USNS Pomeroy and Soderman inspired by the massive area dominated by the US and Korean military bases in South Korea and the bid to build a nuclear submarine base in Jeju. Dedicated to activists in Western Washington, at Coffee Strong, Okinawa, Jeju-do, Subic Bay who reclaim the land for peace.
In July 2012, the FBI raided activists' homes for black clothes, literature and computers. Currently the activists are under grand jury investigation and some are in jail.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Discussion around Gallery Censorship

I'd forgotten about this mention in City Arts (at the bottom of the review) of my private comments after a discussion at the Henry Art Gallery informed by the censorship at the Smithsonian portrait gallery in 2010. Here's the link. It's still a problem and I'm preparing a visit to DC in May with Jim (he has a meeting). We're planning to meet our senator, Patty Murray, for "coffee" (friends don't let friends go to Starbucks...). I was going to talk about arts funding WPA style and the issues of real estate for artists, but I might just include this link, too. What do you think? What kind of digital device, like a business card with a couple of links, should I leave? Flash drive? or something else?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

WCA and CAA national conferences

Amazing to being in LA at such a time of great change and not as much in evidence in panels. Lots going on in galleries and private discussions. Advise you to check out some of my links, to be posted later.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Moss Norway Twitter exhibition

I'm submitting a card to David Sandum who's holding a Twitter exhibition to benefit Women's Crisis Center in Moss, Norway. You can submit, too by checking out David's call

Here's a description of the work I'm sending:
stencil study Trust Women ©2011 Alice Dubiel @odaraia, Seattle USA
Trust women is a meme adopted by supporters of women’s reproductive health care after a motto of George Tiller, MD a family practice physician in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Tiller performed abortions, especially those required due to complications in late pregnancy, and was assassinated on May 31, 2009 for his work. This work is a study for a limited edition stencil and spray paint graffiti artist’s kit.

for information about Dr. Tiller

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cultural Sensibilities: Back from Daegu, Korea

join me for a talk at Sev Shoon Arts Center, Ballard Art Works
2862 NW Market Street, Third Floor, Seattle 98107
Thursday, January 26, 2012
for information: 206.782.7455 or
National 5.18 Memorial to Democracy Gwangju
Traveling with members of the Oregon chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art, and members of IRIDA from Moscow, Russia, we were graciously hosted by colleagues in Daegu and Gwangju, Korea. Our work was exhibited in three Korean cities and we toured numerous cultural treasures, ancient and contemporary. I will share images in a talk, and have catalogues for perusal. Cultural Sensibilities has been the title of a series of exhibitions in Portland, Daegu and Moscow offering opportunities for cultural exchanges in friendship. Community artists from Korea and Russia are inspiring and share perspectives on our work environments, education and political contexts.