One of Seattle Art Post’s main missions is to support the local emerging artists through varying venues of exposure. We do this through monthly exhibitions for artists in local businesses via our Art in Shops program, but we wanted to put on an exhibition at an elevated level.
In 2018, we put on our first ever Seattle Emerging Arts Fair, a juried group art exhibition held on July 28, 2018 at Canvas Event Space in SoDo, Seattle. This event was put on by Jessica Ghyvoronsky (founder of Seattle Art Post) and Judith Rinehart, Gallery Manager at Winston Wachter Fine Art. Hundreds of artists applied to be included in the fair, and 30 were selected.
The event was a one night popup exhibition that featured these 30 artists as well as a panel discussion on the topic of “Cultivating a Creative Lifestyle”. Our panelists were Judith Rinehart, Curt Labtizke, Patrick “Duffy” De Armas, and Kari-Lise Alexander. Over 500 guests attended the event, and many pieces sold, with all sales going directly to artists. Exhibiting artists were contacted by visiting galleries who wanted to show their work or visit their studios to learn more about their creative processes. Aspire, a local young professionals group, hosted a creativity workshop geared towards unlocking creativity in those who don’t consider themselves artists.
It was a successful event because the community came out to support the local arts and emerging artists were able to exhibit their work in a gallery setting (some for the first time ever) while making valuable professional connections.
This fair was a representation of the heart of Seattle Art Post - bridging the gap between local Seattle artists and the community and providing opportunities for our artists to shine.