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Seattle – National Film Festival for Talented Youth

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Problems with teenagers fill our newspapers and magazines, but what about the teens who are leading constructive lives? How often do we see long-term public support for the talented and gifted teens among us, and validation at such an important time in their lives?

Today, and this week-end, Seattle will hold the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). This is the largest and most influential film festival for young filmmakers.

NFFTY happens in Seattle each spring and includes 100+ film screenings. There are also filmmaking panels and opportunities for young filmmakers to network with industry professionals and, importantly, with each other.

See the programs which also include concerts by talented young musicians, as well.

The 2010 event will also be held in Cinerama, EMP-SFM and Seattle Center House.

Timing Varies by Event
04/29/2010 through 05/02/2010
Admission: $10-$50
Presented at: SIFF Cinema Theatre (as well as the venues above)
321 3rd Avenue, Seattle
(206) 324-9996

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Seattle – Asian Pacific Islander Heritage

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

There’s a large Pacific Islander contingent in the populations of San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. and this month Seattle celebrates Pacific Islander heritage and culture.

One or more days each month, Seattle Center holds a cultural festival reflective of the diverse cultural groups in Seattle’s population, so you can see something unique whenever you come to the City.

This month’s sponsoring group casts a wide net and includes South-East Asia, too. Experience the diverse cultures that includes China, the Philippines, Samoa, Japan, the South Pacific Islands and Cambodia.

The Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration happens Saturday, May 2 this year.

There, you can delve into the cultures of Asia with:
___ spectacular lion dances
___ youth drill teams
___ martial arts
___ taiko drums
___ and other incredible artists

Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage
Asian Pacific Directors Coalition
Event: 05/02/2010
Admission: Free
Presented at: Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street, Seattle
(206) 684-7200
Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage.

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Seattle Art Museum – 2 More Exhibits!

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The amazing natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and especially the area around Puget Sound, has inspired and nourished many artists, for millennia.

So, while you are in Seattle, over the next few weeks, especially, attend 2 more art exhibitions at the same time, in addition to the Imogen Cunningham Exhibition of work (from one of America’s original female master photographers).

Order and Border at the Seattle Art Museum:

Stripes are a fundamental visual element and they appear naturally in vertical lines (as trees, especially), so they are a part of how we view and conceptualize “space”.

The stripe is so basic it is rarely given its own isolated attention, but this opportunity examines how stripes decorate and structure objects, bodies and spaces. It also follows the many ways that stripes are formulated. Catalog them in your mind as you see them – sometimes swirling, rigid, ragged, skinny or bold and any other imaginative form we can dream of. This exhibition also offers how stripes appear in a wide range of media, from a multitude of cultures, and the exhibition will be closing soon (see below).

Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm, Thursday-Friday 10:00am-9:00pm
03/06/2010 through 05/08/2011
Admission to the Museum:
$13/Adults, $10/Seniors, $7/Students (with ID) and Youth (13-19)
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue, Seattle
(206) 654-3100
Seattle Art Museum

And, the second exhibition described in this posting is
“The End of the Ancestors: The Narrative Art of Bruce subiyay Miller”.

Bruce subiyay Miller was a local Skokomish Native American. His artworks were completed in several media – carving, basketry and weaving. These are rooted in his tribe’s ancient traditions.

As a young man, he was drafted into the Army in 1967 and Bruce served in Vietnam. Miller gave two tours of Vietnam and was awarded the Army Medal of Commendation.

He worked later as an actor in New York City. Although he spent most of his life on the Skokomish reservation, he left to attend school at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M.

But Bruce finally returned to the Skokomish reservation and re-awakened interest there in the arts of traditional basketry and wool weaving, winter dancing and first food ceremonies.

You can see videos of Bruce sharing Twana: Story and Video
“Teachings of the Tree People”.

Bruce became a master of many art forms, including Twana basket weaving, specializing in the T’kayas style. He began to weave at age ten, learning from the last two Twana basket weavers: his mother, Emily Miller, and Louisa Pulsifer. He was also a respected ceremonial and spiritual leader of the Twana people.

T’kayas is a form of Twana basketry; used to create soft, twine baskets with overlay patterns; the baskets are made out of cattail, bear grass, cedar bark, and sweetgrass. Decorative animal borders are also typical of the T’kayas basket weaving style.

At the time when he was the last living Twana to still weave in the T’kayas style, Bruce and the Skokomish tribe realized the critical necessity that the traditional art be passed on to future generations.

So, as a 1994 recipient of an Apprenticeship grant, Bruce taught four apprentices the art of Twana T’kayas basket weaving.

His apprentices were Leona Miller, Anne Pavel, Jeanne Evernden and Nikki Burfiend. These four women were dedicated to learning and preserving the traditional art of Twana basketry; Miller’s apprentice, Nikki Burfiend, has already begun to teach her daughter Twana basketry weaving techniques.

With the enthusiasm of these original four, and that of many of his subsequent apprentices, Twana basketry will continue to be remembered as a traditional Skokomish Tribal art form.

So, by attending this exhibition you can share in some of the longtime life of this area as you view these works.

His tribe recognized Bruce’s talents and love of the arts and this led to his appointment as the tribe’s cultural and educational director in 1971. Three years later, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded him a National Heritage Fellowship.

Bruce relates that “Einstein said there are two kinds of knowledge, stored knowledge and living knowledge. Stored knowledge can be put in a book and set aside, and looked at later. But living knowledge has to be expressed, felt, spoken and demonstrated. There is no replacement for living knowledge. ” … “For many years these cultural ways were forbidden but someone remembered them and shared them. So the flame is fanned once again. We can now breathe again because our traditions live and they survive. I never expected any acknowledgement for what I do in life. I merely look upon the things that I do as a personal responsibility to keep what I have alive for future generations.”

Bruce also received: a National Endowment for the Arts National Folk Arts Fellowship (2006), a Washington Folk Arts Fellowship, and the Washington Governor’s Art and Heritage Award in 1992.

In 2005, Gerald Bruce subiyay Miller joined his ancestors, but his work lives on.

Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm, Thursday-Friday 10:00am-9:00pm
12/02/2009 through 08/01/2010
Seattle Art Museum


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Imogen Cunningham – Seattle Art Museum

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Seattle Art Museum is currently presenting “Everything Under the Sun: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham” one of America’s original, talented female photographers, who forged ahead to open this new art form to women.

“Everything Under the Sun” features sixty photographs spanning the artist’s career from 1915 to 1973. The exhibit goes from July 2009 until August 29, 2010 and it is drawn entirely from the Seattle Art Museum’s permanent collection.

Imogen Cunningham (1883–1976) dedicated her life to her art, becoming one of the world’s most well-known photographers from the Northwest.

She was born in Portland, Oregon and began her career as a photographer in Seattle, after finishing a chemistry degree at the University of Washington, in 1907. Cunningham worked at a time when there were very few female photographers. She purchased her first camera as a teenager, and pursued her interest in the medium throughout college. Her undergraduate thesis focused on “Modern Processes of Photography.”

From 1907-09, she worked in the Seattle portrait studio of famed photographer Edward Curtis, and a year later opened her own portrait studio on First Hill in Seattle. She kept that studio from 1910-1917.

It may seem hard to contemplate now, but as a professional photographer, she encouraged other women to join the field and in 1913 even published an article “Photography as a Profession for Women.”

During this period, she photographed her husband, Roi Partridge on the lands of Mt. Rainier National Park, and in 1916 produced images which are among the first of a female photographer displaying work of nude male forms.

In 1920 she and her family moved to San Francisco, where she remained until her death. I was also living in San Francisco for the last 16 years of her life, so this was where my fascination for her work started. I especially love her flowers.

In San Francisco, her work began to also include studies of botanical and other natural subjects, and there she cofounded Group f/64, which sought a modernist aesthetic through photography of natural and found objects.

Curator by Marisa C. Sánchez, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at SAM, says the exhibition reveals Cunningham’s inquisitive eye – from portraits of Frida Kahlo, Alfred Stieglitz, and other well-known artists of her time, to views of a male nude and much more. The photographs on view demonstrate the breadth and range of Cunningham’s artistic vision.

Exhibition dates: 07/11/2009 through 08/29/2010
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue, Seattle
(206) 654-3100
Imogen Cunningham – Seattle Art Museum
Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm, Thursday-Friday 10:00am-9:00pm

Please also enjoy the 3-part series on Seattle’s current master photographer, Art Wolfe. See the archive below for links.

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Art Wolfe – Seattle’s Master Photographer – 3

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Art Wolfe was born in Seattle and is the son of 2 commercial artists . He graduated from the University of Washington with Bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and art education. You can read more about Art in Part 1 and 2 at the links below.

Additionally, Wolfe now spends nearly nine months a year traveling. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and Art also serves on the advisory boards for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Nature’s Best Foundation, Bridges to Understanding and the North American Nature Photographers Association. He frequently donates performances and work to dozens of environmental and educational groups every year.

In his 30-year photography career, Art Wolfe has produced over a million photographic images and published 70 books. Art’s stunning pictures interpret and record the world’s wildlife, landscapes and native cultures, and his photos inspire people to celebrate and protect these precious assets.

“ART WOLFE’S TRAVELS TO THE EDGE” is underwritten by Public Broadcasting station in Portland, Oregon and is sent throughout the nation. Nearly half of all Americans have seen at least one episode.

This summer, in addition to the exhibition already mentioned in Part 2, Art Wolfe will also have an exhibition at the Burke Museum in Seattle.

You can begin by attending:
Art Wolfe: Between Heaven and Earth
Thursday, May 27, 2010
7:30 pm

Art Wolfe is the founder (and guiding force) behind the International Conservation Photographers Award exhibit showing at the Burke Museum this summer. Art will speak at Benaroya Hall, Seattle on May 27 in a presentation focusing on his Himalayan region of Central Asia photographs.

They reflect one of his most personal statements to date. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Art. Learn how he sees his development as a photographer and of his passion for his work. You will spend an evening enchanted by his stories, videos and stunning photographs.

NOTE: “Between Heaven and Earth” is presented by Kenmore Camera, who has graciously offered $10 tickets for the first 200 Burke Museum Members to respond to this offer.

If you are not a Burke member but wish to purchase tickets directly from Benaroya Hall, please access their web ticket office Art Wolfe – “Between Heaven and Earth”.

Online, in addition to Art’s own site at, you can see a slideshow of Art’s work at: Fifty Crows Gallery, San Franscisco and if you are visiting SF, then go see more:
FiftyCrows Gallery
49 Geary St – Suite 225
San Francisco, CA 94108

A list of galleries in other cities where Art exhibits is on his website.

See Parts 1 and 2:
Art Wolfe – Seattle Master Photographer Part 1
Seattle – Art Wolfe, Master Photographer Part 2

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