Marvel has been churning out movies since 2008 with the release of Iron Man. But, Black Panther made a huge splash last year as the third highest grossing film in North American cinematic history, dethroning Titanic. Not only did its success blow minds at the box office, but Black Panther has re-energized a cultural movement – AfroFuturism.Read More
“To make peace in the world” - the motto of artist couple Mehdi and Monir Ghanbeigy. This is the second year their work has been showcased at the SZ Gallery, and I feel honored they make time to be an artistic part with the Mercer Island community.
The work of Mehdi and Monir is unique. If you caught the Persian Garden last year, then you saw the impact their artistry had on the community: vibrant sculptures, decorative plates, and traditional Persian form (miniature), with a modern bent, enraptured the audience. This year was no different.Read More
The latest art premiere at SZ Gallery is TENACIOUS, a group show curated by Deborah Kapoor, showcasing 19 different contemporary women artists featuring interpretations of perseverance related to the feminine. Works encompass a range of materiality including painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, glass, fiber, cut paper, drawing, collage, embroidery, mixed media, bronze casting, and video installation.
The first artists’ reception on August 3rd from 5 – 8 pm will give viewers a chance to interact with the exhibit, the curator, and the artists in attendance.Read More
Since opening almost two years ago, SZ has donated proceeds of our art sales to Art with Heart, a non-profit organization in Seattle that uses creativity and art to support the emotional well-being of children affected by trauma and hardship. During the Art with Heart Founder's Celebration last February, Steffanie Lorig, the Founder of Art with Heart, handed over the reins to Heidi Durham to lead their growing team -- and now Art with Heart is going through a brand refreshment!
After over twenty years of helping children overcome trauma through creative expression, Art with Heart is redesigning the brand with a new visual look and online platform. This brand redesign represents the evolution that comes with new technology and the desire to impact an evolving, global audience. To aid to even more children, they will be providing training models and educational tools on their website based on the curricula they have personally developed over the years. Through a new website design and online resources, their goal is to reach practitioners who work with children all over the world.
I had the opportunity to chat with Heidi Durham, CEO of Art with Heart, and ask questions about the brand redesign, set to launch in late December. Read on for more details about Art with Heart's identity as they evolve and grow.Read More