Sunday, November 29, 2009

The 2009 CoCA Art Marathon and Auction

CoCA will hold its 17th annual Art Marathon and Auction December 4 and 5 at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center, on 4272 Fremont Ave N. CoCA pioneered the concept of the 'endurance' art event beginning in 1992 and has gradually opened the Marathon to include a variety of media in addition to the usual painting. The event remains the region's only 24-hour extravaganza, a spectacle that over the years has come to define CoCA's edgy mix of emerging and established artists.

For 24 hours, from 9am Friday to 9am Saturday, 20 artists are locked in a room with nothing but their art supplies. Sure, we bring in a trough of gruel and a barrel of grog every so often, but the art is what it's all about. Drawing, Painting, Sculpting, Hot Waxing (Encaustic), Photographing, Video-Taping, Versifying, Editing, and who knows what for sure. Over 100 works of art will be spontaneously created, with some of the artists engaging in impromptu collaborations and improvisations with each other's materials. Proceeds are split between the artists and CoCA.

The 2009 lineup features artists...

Marc Lindsay, mixed-media, Patti Bowman, encaustic, Seb Barnett, mixed-media, Geoff Garza, mixed media collage, Lorna Nakell, painting, Wesley Wozniak, painting, Irene Wood, painting, Pedro Valdivia, painting, Aaron Haba, sculpture, Thomas Hurley III, painting, Miguel Edwards, painting, Waldo Vega, painting, Zak Alexander, painting, David Francis, mixed media, Craig Vandenbosch, Adam Spencer, Derin Smith, Jill Levine, and William Brody.

You, too, can be a part of this pandemonium. Come down to the Fremont Abbey on Friday and watch the artists make art. Then come back at 6pm on Saturday night and buy it at three silent auctions followed by a live auction.. It's that simple. We'll give you some gruel too, although you'll have to buy the grog from us (it IS a fund-raiser, after all). Tickets are $10 for the Saturday portion; Friday’s 24 hour insanity is, of course, free of charge; for more information, see

Preparing to enter its 30th year, CoCA serves as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development and understanding of contemporary art.

UW Photographers Group/UW Medical Centre Exhibit and Artist's Reception

Mark your calendars and please join the UW Photographers Group for an artist's Reception on Tuesday, 12 January - right on in to the new Year, 2010! Artist reception is located in the University of Washington Medical Center's Skylight Gallery

Deborah Conger Hughes
University of Washington Photographers Group

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Anne-Marie Cosgrove: the grammar of painting @ Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts


Opening Reception: NOVEMBER 26 6-9 PM
November 25 to December 6
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts 984 Queen West, Toronto, Ontario Canada M6J 1H1

“Words are integral to what I do. I come to my visual perceptions through language; the subject of my work loosely framed within an ongoing dialogue between the articulation of surface and the politics of existence in which I find myself. These are experiments in painting; manifestations of grapplings between the conscious (ego and desire) and the unconscious or the meditative (serendipity and chance). The moment reassessed through the language of painting; the element of the poetic and the lyrical reaffirmed by the gesture and the line.”

-Anne-Marie Cosgrove

Anne-Marie Cosgrove holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and an MFA from York University in Toronto. Her work can be seen at the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) 2009 Annual in Seattle, Washington from November 19, 2009 to January 9, 2010. She has exhibited her paintings in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington, DC and has received numerous awards from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council. Her work is represented in many private and corporate collections including York University and the Clarica Corporation.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Get busy time...

Designer Florian Schafer has produced sheets with a built in radio alarm clock. The clock is not in the bed but actually on the sheets, featuring a haptic touch sensitive alarm with built in speakers and controls all embedded in the fabric.

Full details available at:

2009 CoCA Annual

CoCA presents the 2009 Annual, a juried exhibition exhibiting work from emerging as well as established artists in a wide variety of visual media. Artists in any region and any country were welcome to submit, and entries were received from 7 countries and 35 states. The exhibit will showcase the ways in which contemporary artists, regardless of their location, share similar aesthetic concerns and conceptual approaches in a world of increasingly dramatic flux.

CoCA has presented the Annual since 1989, each time inviting an independent juror to select the work from among the entries received. For this year's 20th anniversary of the show, CoCA is proud to have Jess Van Nostrand as juror.

Jess Van Nostrand is Exhibitions Curator at Cornish College of the Arts and author of numerous essays and articles about the arts including the popular "Artists' Guide to Seattle" published by the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau. She holds a BA in Art History from The George Washington University and an MA in Art History from Richmond University, London. Van Nostrand is a portfolio instructor for the Artist Trust EDGE program, and founder of the art program at Joe Bar for emerging artists. She currently serves as Chair of the Seattle alliance of ArtTable, the national organization for women leaders. Curating in Seattle since 2003, she has developed an emphasis on dialogue between artists from the Northwest and other cities.

There will be a reception for the artists, the work, and the juror on Thursday November 19 2009, at CoCA's Ballard Gallery inside the Shilshole Bay Beach Club at 6413 Seaview Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107 (Free entry and parking provided). A $500 first prize and a $250 second prize will be awarded by the juror at the reception. A catalog of the show will feature artists' statements, biographies, and images from participating artists, as well as an introductory essay by the juror.

The following finalists will display their work at our Ballard Gallery:

Robyn Base (Melbourne, Australia)
Nelson Bradley (Buffalo, New York)
Anne-Marie Cosgrove (Tornonto, Ontario)
Derek Coté (Nashville, Tennessee)
Thea Augustina Eck (Pittsburg, Pennsylvania)
Sally Finch (Portland, Oregon)
Valerie George (San Francisco, California)
Klaus Knoll and Cella (Manoa, Hawai'i)
Zane Lancaster (Midvale, Utah)
Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman (Baltimore, Maryland and Rochester, New York)
Mario Marzan (Carrboro, North Carolina)
Leigh Merrill (Denton, Texas)
Patrick Moser (St. Augustine, Florida)
Yvonne Petkus (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

The follwing finalists will install their work at our Belltown Gallery:

Derek Coté (Nashville, Tennessee)
Kim Hennessey (Arlington, Massachusetts)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

GrooveDrive: November 21st

Buddhaful's GrooveDrive, a benefit for Family Works, is happening November 21st!

the goal of our 3rd annual food drive + fashion show is to raise 3000lbs of food for Family Works and have an incredible night of art, music, and community!

Saturday, November 21 / 8pm-8am / rooftop 3100 Airport Way S / South Seattle WA 98134

$10 with food donation [non-perishable; non-expired; baby food encouraged] $25 without food
21+ ONLY / Full Cash Bar / No Guest List

LIVE performances by Marmalade featuring MC Lyte, Surrealized, Lynx & Janover, Anahata Sound

ELECTRONIC artists Random Rab, An-ten-ae, Heyoka, Ill Gates, Siren, Matty Sun, DJ Million, Shapeshifter

LIVE ART by Ryan Johnson, George Atherton, David Heskin, Erika Ray, Burgundy Viscosi

with help from Planet Illogica, Ballard Outdoor: Banners for the People, Bear Flag Wine