Artists Reception - Public is invited to an opening reception & panel discussion on Friday August 16th, 6:30-8pm at Kenmore City Hall. Light entertainment & refreshments
ARTS OF KENMORE GALLERY is excited to curate works by two local artisits: watercolorist Charlene collins Freeman and photographer Mukul Soman, in a series of wildlife and nature compostions connected in a mutual reverence for conservation.
Inspired is a culmination of what can happen when artists are elevated by another's medium, another's perspective, and both get to experience a greater impact in their own work by experimenting through the eyes (and lens) of the other within the context of similar subject matter. This is the case for Freeman and Soman.
Freeman is one of our regions most prolific watercolorists, instructor and owner of Cloud 9 Art School in Bothell. Soman is a Kirkland based Wildlife/Nature photographer whose works have been published by National Geographic Society, The Huffington Post, and The Daily Mirror International.
For the past two years, the artists have been sharing ideas and challenging applications in their own work that expand the very concept of inspiration more profoundly. Through these exercises Soman found that Freeman's watercolors spoke to a quality that reawakened in him a desire to learn to paint and explore his 'lens' from a different medium. Freeman found Soman's passion for nature and conservation infectious and began to dive deeper into her love for painting birds and botanicals. Thus began a joint effort to collaborate the series of works in this exhibit.
Swan - Charlene
Below Zero - Mukul
Welcome to my art world - I have loved to create things with my hands as far back as I can remember. I have been a full time artist ever since I realized that I could actually create a life doing what I love. That took some time to learn.
After teaching for years at several art schools and local colleges, I opened up my own art school, CLOUD 9, in Bothell, Washington. I offer watercolor, drawing, and sketchbook classes for adults, children and teens and yearly international sketching workshops. Best. Gig. Ever. An amazing group of teaching artists have joined me at Cloud 9 to teach classes, workshops, and camps to kids, teens and adults. I am thrilled!
For more information on the courses I am teaching please visit my workships page, click on the workshop you are interested in and you will see all the details and registration options. And do feel free to email me formore information.
If you would like to learn more about Cloud 9 Art School and all the classes offered there, please visit www.cloud9artschool.com
I am a Kirkland based Wildlife/Nature Photographer and CGI Lighting Artist.
I striveto blend together elements of documentary and fine art photography to bring compelling and evocative images to life. A delicate sensitivity towards the emotions of light and a great love for the wilderness and all creatures that inhabit those places are the foundations of my journey in photography. While not out in the wildernes, I venture into the virtual worlds to create and light epic vistas and landscapes in the video game industry. With whatever time I have left, I build awareness about conservation and give talks about my photography work at various events locally to inspire change and foster conservation of wildlife.
I am always willing to share the knowledge that I have gained over many years of diving into photography, lighting and post processing workflows to any one interested. I have taught workshops at the Kirkland Arts Center andhave given lectures at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, and University of Washington, Seattle. I am also a member of the University of Washington Continuum College Advisory board for their photography program. I am available for personal one-on-one mentorships.
Projects: On the photography front, I am currently working on a book about the wildlife of Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland. This book is aimed to showcase the rich diversity of the animal life in the bay, which I hope will inspire the residents of this area to care for the local environment and its wildlife with utmost dedication.
On the digital art front, I am the lead lighting artist at Amazon Game Studios, Seattle, where I lead and art direct my team of artists, to set the mood and tone for video game environments using my eye for photography, lighting and atmospherics, while also working with the technical art team to develop new lighting technology for the studio. We are currently working on "The Grand Tour Game", an episodic car racing game based on the hit Prime Original series, "The Grand Tour."
The Kenmore City Hall Gallery works along side of The Arts of Kenmore organization to promote local artists and promote local art events. With their continued support we have had successful local events and an amazing annual Kenmore Art Show. The Arts of Kenmore has a curator, Sara Hayashi, who works many hours to put out exhibits.
We are always looking to our Kenmore community for volunteers to help with gallery events. If this is something that interests you, please click the link and fill out our volunteer form.
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