Monday, September 6, 2010

A Visit to the PUNCH Gallery

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit Seattle and attend meet with some artist members at Punch Gallery. PUNCH is an artist run gallery in the heart of the gallery district in downtown Seattle. Visiting the gallery helped me see the space to prepare for the show. Artist members were busy setting up the show for the gallery opening and I was able to ask Howard Barlow some questions.

The featured artist for September is Patricia Hagen with a solo show entitled, "Spill". This exhibition features new oil paintings and watercolors by Patricia Hagen. In these works, Hagen continues her investigation into the representation of inter-dependant organic systems.

Here's the official statement from Punch Gallery: "PUNCH was founded in March 2006 by a group of artists eager to participate in the dynamic cultural exchange resulting from the emergence of other artist-run galleries in Seattle. P seeks to exhibit work that is honest, thoughtful, vocal, fearless, and fresh. Applauding individual expression, the gallery’s primary mission is to provide support and encouragement for artists to create and exhibit their work in an atmosphere free from the constraints of commercialism. Committed to excellence on every level, PUNCH promotes the visual arts as a necessary, valid, and worthwhile contribution to Seattle’s cultural growth."

Patricia Hagen, Tower, oil on canvas, 62 x 48 inches, 2010

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