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I met Claire Giordano late last September on a hike to Melakwa Lake led by Nikki Frumkin. Not just a hike, but a hike with a group drawing event once we reached the lake. I have not drawn or painted since elementary school, and the thought of doing it with a bunch of other people for the first time in many years was a little nerve-racking. On a boulder at the edge of Melakwa Lake I gamely (albeit somewhat halfheartedly) painted for a few minutes before I gave up and returned to the safety of my camera. My rendering of the clear alpine lake couldn’t have been worse if I was upside down, blindfolded, missing opposable thumbs, and using my left hand. Claire meanwhile swiftly painted the jagged slopes of the mountains before us with an ease that amazed me.

I am so delighted with the painting Claire did for April’s postcard. It’s exactly how the forests feel to me right now. I’ve been grumbling about the long string of misty, grey days we’ve had here in the Pacific Northwest recently. But there is magic in these kinds of days too, and I know that by the time August rolls around I will be sorely missing them. Besides, that delicious shade of green in those delicately furled young ferns is only possible because of all this rain.

Post Art Northwest | Claire Giordano & Emily McCann | April 2017

SIX QUESTIONS FOR CLAIRE

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a child I wanted to be a botanist who created beautiful pictures of flowers that would inspire the conservation of nature. In some ways I am closer to this childhood dream than I thought, as I now share my paintings online in the hopes that they will inspire people to get outside and forge their own connection to nature. I also still love plants. When I am old, I will likely be the crazy plant lady.

Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?

I believe I land somewhere in the middle. I am energized by working in groups and helping people, but also need time alone to recharge and re-center. In many cases creating art is my go-to solo activity, as it keeps me grounded in the present moment.

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

Oh man, this is a hard one for me because I rarely eat out! I know I am probably missing out, but with a long commute to work I usually just want to get home before traffic gets horrible. That being said, the only restaurant I have been to more than once in the last six months is Square Lotus in Bellevue. Their yellow curry is delicious.

And this may be cheating, but my other favorite places to eat are in the middle of a hike up one of our local forested mountains, and on a chairlift on a powder day.

Do you have a favorite book?

Oh my, this is probably the hardest question you could have asked, as I have always loved reading. Aside from art, it is my favorite solo activity to recharge. I love fantasy and science fiction, but read and enjoy pretty much anything I come across. If I had to choose one, based on lasting impact, it would be Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. I first read Walden in high school for a philosophy class, and the book immediately resonated with me. Thoreau articulated many of the reasons I love being in nature, and the impact I believe nature has on us when we open ourselves to it. Since that first reading, I returned to Walden many times during college, and it was a big influence on my decision to pursue dual degrees, one of which was in Environmental Philosophy.

What was the last book you read? Did you like it?

The last book I read was a collection of the final short stories written by Isaac Asimov. As a child I read anything I could get my hands on, and Asimov’s books were my introduction to science fiction. As I got older I read and re-read most of his stories, and was delighted to find a collection I had never seen. I not only love Asimov’s creativity, but also his ability to make me think.

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Thank you so much Claire, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!

Find Claire: Website, Instagram, Facebook

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Spring! Fields of daffodils will soon be upon us, and though my wish for Seattle to be engulfed in a fierce snowstorm (the kind that doesn’t knock out a single power line) for a couple of days remains unfulfilled, I am ready. I took the photograph on the front of this month’s postcard in the Skagit Valley on March 9th of 2015. Unfortunately (or fortunately, for you skiers out there), spring is not coming so early this year, but there are signs of it’s approach all over the city.

Ashley Martin was one of the first artists that came to my mind during the early days of this project. I’ve know her since our first year back in Seattle, when we both had children in the same kindergarten class. Children who are now in the last few months of elementary school (how did that happen?). Ashley’s creative endeavors are unfailingly delightful, and I love how art seeps into every nook and cranny of her life, from pumpkins to stamps to toys to paintings. That’s how art should be, don’t you think?

Post Art Northwest | March 2017 | Ashley Martin & Emily McCann

SIX QUESTIONS FOR ASHLEY

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An artist and a mother.

Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?

Mostly I am an extrovert. I enjoy time alone to relax and recharge but being with people is nourishing for me.

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

The Monkey Bridge in Ballard (Vietnamese), Revel in Fremont (Korean fusion), and Billy Beach Sushi & Bar in Ballard.

Do you have a favorite book?

I LOVE this little memoir called A Girl Named Zippy by Havel Kimmel. Its very funny & entertaining and she wrote a sequel. Also, I have always loved Les Miserables, which I have read in English and in French (when my French used to be really good, ages ago).

What was the last book you read? Did you like it?

I just finished two books last week over midwinter break; The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym) It’s the second in a series of three and I couldn’t put it down! The other is Plant-Strong by Rip Esselstyn, it’s highly informative on health, nutrition & food facts and sort of a guide for embracing a plant-based lifestyle. It’s fascinating!

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Thank you so much Ashley, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!

Find Ashley: Instagram

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Having Iranian-American artist Misha Zadeh as the February PANW artist, one week after this heartbreaking executive order, is sheer coincidence. We arranged it months ago. However, I am only human and the temptation to attach a bigger meaning to this small event is great. Remember those ridiculous Where the Hell is Matt videos (that make me cry every single time) from a few years ago? They’ve been on my mind, as have this Facebook post from Rick Steves and the St. Louis Manifest twitter feed.

Misha and I live just a few blocks away from each other and our children attend the same schools. The first time her work caught my eye was during our school’s PTA auction, with the neighborhood map she designed for it and had kids from one of the fourth grade classes illustrate. All my favorite books as a kid had illustrated maps, making these maps of my own neighborhood completely irresistible. I didn’t realize until later that Misha’s work goes far beyond the PTA realm, and I am honored that she so enthusiastically agreed to do a postcard for this project. Here’s to adding a little more light and love and art to our world.

February 2017 Postcard | Misha Zadeh and Emily McCann

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SIX QUESTIONS FOR MISHA

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An actress or artist. I gave up the actress bit in middle school. In high school I had NO IDEA what I wanted to be, but rejected art as a career because I didn’t think it was serious (or lucrative) enough. Then I found graphic design in college, and it seemed like business + art, so I was sold.

Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?

Mostly an extrovert — or maybe just an ambivert who is really outgoing and enjoys performing/being in the spotlight. I do love (and get) a lot of alone, retrospective time and would be lost without it.

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

The Whale Wins, Sitka & Spruce, and Stoneburner

Do you have a favorite book?

I really love Persepolis 1 & 2 by Marjane Satrapi. It is a compelling, emotional, beautiful read and a very easy primer on the Iranian Revolution. Plus, amazing drawings. Everyone should read this. It was the “Seattle Reads” book for 2006 and I got to meet Marjane briefly at the Ballard Library. My mom and I expected a few other Iranian Americans to be there. The line was hours long and wrapped around the block — we may have been the only Iranian Americans there. It actually made me a bit weepy with joy.

What was the last book you read? Did you like it?

Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me? Good, but not quite as LOL as her first, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? I LOVE memoirs.

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Thank you so much Misha, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!

Find Misha: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Etsy

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*This month I have two postcards to mail out, both with original art by Misha on the back.

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Portland illustrator, maker, and educator Meg Hunt is the January artist for Post Art Northwest. To my untrained eye her work is retro Googie style meets 21st century meets sheer awesomeness. Let me be completely honest: The 3-5 introductory sentences I write at the start of each PANW post is quite possibly the most challenging situation I encounter each month. I spend far too many hours staring at the computer screen during the last week of the month, struggling to translate the nebulous feelings inside my head into a few actual words. I don’t know a lot about art, which makes the right words all the more elusive. The more I like an artist, the harder it is. I like Meg and her work a lot, so you can imagine that this has not been easy. All that to say, I’m fairly confident that retro Googie style meets 21st century meets sheer awesomeness is not the best description. Regardless, I am a huge fan, and I’m so delighted to have Meg as a part of PANW.

p.s.
It took me at least 20 minutes on Google to stumble upon Googie, which I had never heard of before. Now I am completely smitten with the term.

post art northwest | january 2017 | emily mccann & meg hunt

SIX QUESTIONS FOR MEG

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to make things– I figured art would be in there somewhere. I kind of wanted to be a puppeteer to follow in Jim Henson”s footsteps! But I wound up illustrating and making things for a living.

Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?

I’m pretty introverted, although I’m fiercely loyal to the people I know and curious about meeting new people.

What are your top three Portland area restaurants?

Oh this is tough! I’d say Tasty n Alder, Teote Areperia, and Marukin Ramen. We have too much good food though.

Do you have a favorite book?

I really love Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost— I read at an important moment in life and think back to it often!

What was the last book you read? Did you like it?

I bounce back between fiction and nonfiction, but the last book I read was Dan Jurafsky’s The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu. I really enjoy reading about linguistics and etymology, and so this was a really fun read!

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Thank you so much Meg, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!

Find Meg: website | Instagram | Facebook

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The photograph for December’s postcard was taken on film last December, behind a noisy, completely un-picturesque gas station on I-5. But the golden light of dawn and the hoar frost on the tangle of blackberry brambles managed to turn the ugly beautiful. I’m so happy I had my camera with me.

Seattle artist Nikki Frumkin is an avid climber and hiker, who often carries along paint supplies as she explores the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. I came across Nikki many months ago on the Washington Trails Association’s Instagram feed. The exact piece slips my mind, but I’m guessing it was a starry night painting, possibly of Mt. Rainier or Mt. St. Helens. Take a quick moment to follow that link over to Nikki’s website and you’ll see why I’ve fallen so in love with her work. Gorgeous, right? Her enchanting paintings embody the love I feel for this small corner of the world.

post art northwest | december | nikki frumkin & emily mccann

 

SIX QUESTIONS FOR NIKKI

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be an artist, even as a little kid. I remember hoping I would be covered in paint all the time, which has turned out to be fairly true! For a while I didn’t think it would work out. I had a professor in college who told me I should give up on art because it would never happen. I am really glad I didn’t listen to him!

Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?

That’s a tough one, I’m not sure. I love being with people, but I bring a quieter energy in groups. On the flip side, I have a really hard time hiking and climbing alone. I need people around me!

What are your top three Seattle restaurants?

My favorite place to eat in Seattle is Araya’s Place, which is vegan Thai food! I live a few blocks away from it, so I go way too often. Although usually we cook at home. My favorite Backcountry dinner is MaryJane’s dehydrated NW Garden Couscous. Or for lunch, crackers, cheese, hummus and avocados (eaten by an alpine lake or on a summit). Yum.

Do you have a favorite book?

My favorite book… That’s so tough! I love reading about outdoor adventures and expeditions, but I think my favorite book is about something different. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Or any of Junot Diaz’s books like his collection of short stories, Drown.

What was the last book you read? Did you like it?

I recently read Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun, who is a friend of mine. It is a really engaging and funny book even if you don’t plan on doing any public speaking. I loved it! (Plus now I am a better public Speaker:))

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Thank you so much Nikki, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!

Find Nikki: website | Instagram | Facebook

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