Mercer Island galleries to feature contemporary pieces at First Friday Art and Wine event

Receptions will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 7.

Clarke and Clarke Art and Artifacts will premiere “Infused Abstract” by Chris Baumgartner on Sept. 7. Contributed photo

Clarke and Clarke Art and Artifacts will premiere “Infused Abstract” by Chris Baumgartner on Sept. 7. Contributed photo

Clarke and Clarke Art and Artifacts will premiere “Infused Abstract” by Chris Baumgartner, Suzanne Zahr’s SZ Gallery will continue showing Deborah Kapoor’s “Tenacious” and the Mercer Island Visual Arts League (MIVAL) will reveal winners of its recent photo contest at this month’s First Friday art and wine walk from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 7.

Baumgartner’s show will be on display from Sept. 1 to Oct. 1 at the Clarke and Clarke gallery, at 7605 SE 27th St. #105. It “presents new works in collage compositions,” according to a press release, with mixed media works that ebb and flow in black liquid onto and into various white plant fibers.

This texture-rich collection of 12 pieces represents a “state of controlled accident.” The ink is allowed to follow its own nature, which provides the background upon which to build the collage constructions. The layers of color and textures give depth to the complex compositions.

The works are predominately constructed with sumi ink layers and acrylic. Baumgartner said what she is “striving to achieve in the work is a balance between dark and light, pattern repeat and composition and a strength of image.” She draws on her background in surface design, drawing, painting, color consulting and clothing design.

“Tenacious,” which was curated by Kapoor and displayed at SZ Gallery at 2441 76th Ave. SE this summer, is a group show of contemporary 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 MIVAL Gallery at 2836 78th Ave. SE will be open for First Friday, where it will name the “Photos for Fido” contest winners.

Two MIVAL photographers, Judith Roan and Gerry Johnson, took photos of 32 neighborhood dogs during Summer Celebration. The photos were printed and put on display at the gallery for people to enjoy and view, and MIVAL members voted for three winners, who will be awarded gorgeous hand painted portraits of their dogs painted by three MIVAL artists: Claudia Zimmerman, Suriya Gaertner and Marietta Modl.

It is bound to be an artful evening. The work of 21 artists will be on display at Mercer Island’s Art Uncorked event, also on Sept. 7. MIVAL will have a tent at Art Uncorked, as it is a partial sponsor of the event. It won’t be showing any work in the tent, but will display photos of the events it puts on all year long.

Art Uncorked will be held from 4:30 -9 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden. See mercerislandartuncorked.com for more, and see ethnoarts.com, suzannezahr.com and mival.org for more on First Friday.

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