Thursday, December 10, 2009

December Freeze at Joyce Gehl's studio

It's cold at the studio, but painting large-scale helps warm things up. Stop by during the West Seattle Art Walk tonight between 6pm-9pm.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Holiday Sale Open Studios - Sat-Sun Dec 5-6

You are invited to visit us this weekend, December 5-6 from noon to 5pm.

We're open for our holiday sale. If you've been intending to visit us, but can't make it to our second Thursday open studios, this is your chance to drop by during daylight hours on the weekend.

Many of our artists have created smaller artworks which are perfect for gift giving. Of course, if you feel comfortable giving a six foot painting, by all means, we have those too!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Randy McCoy Show at Fetherston Gallery January 2010

Randy McCoy is honored to announce a two-person show with St. Louis Painter Michael Hoffman at Fetherston Gallery in Seattle.

The show will open Friday January the 8th, 2010.
The exhibition will run through the month of January.

Fetherston Gallery
818 E Pike
Seattle WA 98122
(206) 322-9440

Please join us for a very special opening and an exhibition not to be missed!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Joyce Gehl Studio

A growing collection of encaustic work for the February solo show at Patricia Rovzar Gallery will be on view at Joyce's studio during the Building Art Walk this Thursday evening, November 12th. 6-9pm

Monday, November 9, 2009

Northwest Encaustic will be hosting a reception for the November Art Walk with photo encaustic by Kirsten Wilhelm and prints by Christina Malm.

Thursday, November 12th from 6-9 pm.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Little 'ens and Big ones too

Work in progress in Lad's studio. Check out deckerFoundry for more images.

Stay in touch by joining the new Facebook group for deckerFoundry Art.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Randy McCoy Studio Open for Winter Artwalk Events!

As many of you know my studio is often not open in the summertime for the artwalk events...but the winter is the best time for an artwalk in my opinion! So please be sure to stop by and see what is new in my studio for the winter!

Randy McCoy has a NEW Website!

Please visit the new website and look around.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Winterizing The Building

Thank you to everyone who visited our October Open Studio. Each month seems to bring a good mix of new and returning visitors. We appreciate those who make the trek to West Seattle. It's not as far as it looks, only 15 minutes from downtown Seattle. Plus we've got free parking. With our mix of artists it's a trip worth making.

Please plan on coming to visit us again Thursday November 12, 6-9p. In December, rumors say we'll be open for a holiday sale over a weekend. We'll keep you posted.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Filling up the walls at Joyce Gehl's studio

This month Joyce Gehl continues painting for her February solo show at Patricia Rovzar Gallery. Stop by October 8th from 6pm-9pm during our open house and see the new work-in-progress.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

October Open Studios, of course we're open!

The hallways linger with the smell of wax and plaster. The whirring of woodworking tools overlaps with muffled NPR jazz.

Come visit us on Thursday October 8 from 6-9pm to see what we've been doing over the summer.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Watching Paint Dry at Joyce Gehl's studio

Joyce's studio this month is full of large-scale work in progress. Stop by for a glass of wine and to watch paint dry at the Sept 10th studio open house.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New Guitar

2009 Myka Hollow Dragon

The last several weeks have been very busy in the guitar shop. Since moving into the building many new projects have been underway with a few of them finishing up recently and shipping out their happy new owners. Check out the gallery for the latest updates:

See you next Art Walk!~


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

August at the studio

Summer at Joyce Gehl's studio. Four tulip encaustic paintings complete. Almost. And beginnings of the Invasive Beauty series.

Friday, July 24, 2009


Public murals and public sculpture are exciting, just don't fall off the scaffolding!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What's the difference between an Easy Bake Oven and my studio?

"For Atticus" by Lad

I'm blessed with a great western view of the sound and the Olympic mountains. So I shouldn't complain when things heat up in my studio on sunny summer afternoons. After a multi-day photo shoot during some very hot Seattle weather, (with photo flood lights ablaze), I now have paintings from the first half of 2009 posted to

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper garlands hang around and a few art fans check out the details on the szopka being restored by Alisa while they make their rounds on the Art Walk.
Thanks to Erik Bell for the photos.


Portraits this week. Susan White, life size sculpture has found a home in the lobby of THE building.
Photo courtesy of Paul Vosper.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Green Furniture, 2009 Lad

Detail of painting finished July 6, 2009
Acrylic, graphite and oil pastel on canvas
(Viewable during July 9 open studio.)

View other recent paintings by Lad on

Sunday, July 5, 2009

encaustic work

This month we are featuring the encaustic paintings of Mark Rudis Please stop on by for the opening reception.

Mark Rudis Paintings
Opening Reception Thursday July 9th, 6-9 pm
alternate viewing hours through August 9th--

We are continuing to offer classes and work on our own art work. Please stop on by and visit.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A fresh take on an old tradition...

Getting ready for upcoming events with these paper and paint posies.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mutablefire Ceramic Studio

Finally, our ceramic studio is fully functional after the completion of our first kiln firing. This first firing has been highly successful. We look forward to more creative productions and more success down the road.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Lazy Susan

Working like a dog on finishing the Ambitious Susan sculpture. She will be upright, off the lazy Susan for the art walk, then she will travel up to Gage Academy for the "best of Gage" show.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Paintings are piling up in Craig Kosak's studio

I am working like mad to finish work for a solo show at Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art in Santa Fe this August. The show opens the same day as Indian Market - Santa Fe's big annual event - so the pressure is on to show up with a gallery full of great work. Most of the work you'll see in my studio is for the Santa Fe show, though I've started working on a few pieces for a solo show at Howard/Mandville Gallery in Kirkland in October - more about that later... My dog Tucker has been a huge help - I couldn't do this without him.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Almost there, still settin' up shop

The new space is mostly complete with just a few more tweaks to go (who am I kidding, that will go on for months!) but after only a month of building, painting, and remodeling I am finally ready to start working again!~ The next several weeks will be very productive as there are quite a few projects that are close to finishing up and even more to start. I will update the blog with some progress photos as I go along.

To see more of the work done at Myka Guitars please visit my online gallery:

I am looking forward to working in this new creative space. See you at the next Art Walk!~


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mixin' it up in Lad's studio

Freshly mixed jars of blues and yellows on the Fly Away cart for new paintings. See more by Lad at

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Spring chaos at Joyce Gehl studio

View some of Joyce's May artwork on her new blog . Additional art can be seen on the Web at

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Shout out to our newest tenants and guitar lovers

Earlier this month David and Kim moved into The Building. If you haven't checked out their space during our Art Walk, please come by and welcome them soon.

David is a luthier who designs and builds custom guitars. Check out his beautiful work at In only a few weeks he's already built new walls and a huge wrap-around work bench.

Kim says she does a little of everything including encaustic and pottery. We're glad to have a confessed dilettante amongst all of us who are secret dabblers by nature. :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

May 14th Art Walk at The Building

West Seattle’s best kept secret is The Building, a former private school turned into 12 artist studios in 2008. At the south end of California turn west on Othello. You’ll see The Building, a green-grey tribute to 1960’s architecture on your right: 4316 SW Othello. Plenty of street parking.

Lad: In May Lad will be showing her latest paintings and drawings. She builds up the surface of each painting as one would weave materials together to form cloth. See more of her paintings and male figure drawings at

Joyce Gehl Studio: Spring brings an abundance of opportunity for Joyce's encaustic studies. Her layers of textured wax, photography, drawing, oil paint and deep carving reveal things both unseen and indefinable, creating links among seemingly unrelated subjects and events.

Craig Kosak: Craig is preparing for a large solo show in Santa Fe later this year and many of the show’s larger paintings are complete. Stop by for a preview of the newly finished work and many other paintings in progress. For more information about Craig and his work visit

Randy McCoy has abstract paintings, prints and other works in his studio available for purchase which are constructed from cast paint and recycled copper, his new work is a terrific compliment to today's modern home interiors and specifically West Seattle's prevalent mid-century modern aesthetic.

Pre-K Atelier: Visit our traditional, figurative sculpture studio and see works from Roberta Browne, Shawn Mclean, Paul Vosper and Matt Buckner. See plaster casting in various stages as well.

Kerrie Howell will be hosting an ongoing installation project.

Alisa Lahti: From traditional motif to modern adaptation, Alisa's inspiration comes from the folk art form of papercutting from her Polish heritage. Her latest project is the restoration of a large "szopka", a creche made primarily from paint, paper and cardboard following a long tradition from the city of Krakow.