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He/Art—think art opening + house party

April Pride Allison is an interior designer and the Creative Director of eastern goods & innovative kaarskoker who has combined the idea of an art opening and a house party into one. On Saturday, May 12, April & Jim Allison’s home located in Madison Park will be transformed to showcase the astonishing work of renowned Seattle artists. For one night, we are all invited to come marvel at the works of Jean-Pierre Canlis, Jen Ament, Jules Frazier, and Irene Wood. Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 5pm-9pm

Location: April & Jim Allison’s home located at:

1214 42nd Ave. East

Seattle, WA 98112

J.P. Canlis is a strong name the glass art world and his work is pushing the boundaries of glass art as we know it. His artwork is currently making an impact worldwide from large-scale installations gracing hotel lobbies to individual works on collectors’ yachts. Rather than drawing inspiration from the works of others, he chooses to gain inspiration from nature, most often the ocean. He/Art will feature Canlis’ popular glass Wheat Installations that have been comprised of hundreds of pieces of glass to create a beautiful art installation for both a resident or public setting. The application is virtually endless and the end result is a delicate balance of texture and depth.

Photo by: Aaron Leitz. Artwork by: J.P. Canlis. This Wheat Installation makes a dramatic, yet subtle statement. It is comprised of approximately 300 stalks of hand pulled glass with lampworked detail.

Jen Ament encompasses everything from flora to fauna, to French pop art, to park avenue chic. This encaustic and ink-on-paper artist begins her creative process by illustrating an image to a nearly finished state and proceeds to deconstruct and rework the illustration by creating a highly, labor-intensive linoleum cut print, each of which is usually a 2-3 day process. Jen imagines a scene in her head then uses color accordingly—when she comes to an abstract image she likes, she uses a blowtorch to melt the colors away from or into each other depending on how she is feeling.

Jennifer’s encaustic work

Jules Frazier is a fine art and advertising photographer, an artist, and a creative director who splits her time between Seattle and her ranch in eastern Washington. While her advertising assignments have emphasized people & lifestyle photography, her fine art has lead to several collections of work including The American Rodeo Queen, Faded Icons of the West, Seattle Botanicals, and Sugar Fine Art. Her fine prints have been collected internationally by commercial and private collectors as well as having been featured in magazines and advertising campaigns.

Photograph of the Specialty Act Girls from Salinas Rodeo

Irene Wood is a Seattle-based jeweler and painter who has been inspired by the world’s antiquities from an early age. Her semi-abstract paintings explore themes of growth, displacement, and decay through impressionistic explorations of distorted scale and familiar motifs of the natural landscape. Irene’s paintings are tense, yet harmonious, elaborations of visceral memories and heavily embellished illusions of dream-like environments. They include multiple layers of abstract form, color, and nature imagery that create visions of ecological utopias that live on the edge between reality and fiction.

Irene’s Flora’s Wasteland is painted with oil, acrylic, sumi ink and sealed with polyurethane to create a glossy finish

Please help spread the word about He/Art and stop by to view the amazing works of these talented artists! Curated and organized by April Pride Allison, a collaboration of these four local artists will be displaying their artwork in one great home. For more information, you can reach April at april@aprilpride.com or call 206.300.0760 before, during, or after He/Art.

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