We’ve got some superb local art in all three of our retail cafes! Keep reading to find out more about what’s on the walls in January and February.
Illustrations by Robb Hamilton
“Robb Hamilton is an illustrator and a fourth generation Seattleite. He graduated from UW with a degree in history and currently resides in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood. “I am attracted to old signs from the mid 20th century whether they be small hand painted store signs or large neon signs for roadside motels. Although they were commercial endeavors that advertised a store or a place to stay, they were all designed and manufactured by hand. I try to document the signs from Seattle that are no longer with us or ones that are still here and worthy of saving.””www.simcoeindustries.com
Paintings by Amy Stone
“Amy Stone was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. She has a BA in Fine Arts and Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado, and a Masters in Art Education from Hofstra University. Since relocating to Seattle in 2014 with her family, she has shifted her focus to painting with a focus on abstract expressionism and abstract women. A mom of two young boys, she draws inspiration from even the most mundane tasks in her daily life. Stone says that her work relates to the idea of Wabi-Sabi; the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. A beauty of things unconventional. This is often how her paintings are described. Her current series, titled “Pundering Impeachment” is a response to the absurdity of the current political state of the U.S. By combining the use of the abstracted female form and face along with peach tones she plays on the idea of female power and strength in direct response to the impeachment of the 45th president of the United States.”www.amystoneart.com
Paintings by Sophia Trinh
“Sophia Trinh is an American Vietnamese watercolor artist from Seattle, Washington. She started painting at the age of four while attending Seattle Waldorf School. In kindergarten, Sophia was introduced to the primary colors through wet-on-wet painting which focuses on the experience of colors rather than form. It was through these early experiences of painting that Sophia developed a love for watercolors. In high school Sophia was selected to attend a rigorous interdisciplinary arts program at The Oxbow School in Napa, California. It was at Oxbow that Sophia was inspired to use art as a tool to engage others, and communicate ideas. Sophia’s work is a synthesis of creativity and imagination, science and geometry. Many of her paintings use white space to draw the viewer’s focus towards the image. In 2015, Sophia began sharing her artwork with the public. Since then, her paintings have been a part of weddings, marriage proposals, birthday gifts, and artwork hanging in people’s homes. Sophia’s hope in sharing her art with the world is that others will be encouraged to find space in their lives for art and creativity.”www.sophiatrinh.com