Art Walk Edmonds
Every third Thursday from 5-8 pm galleries, businesses, and restaurants join in celebrating the arts & cultivating local vitality within Edmonds. Cascadia Art Museum has been participating since our opening in September 2015, providing the community with live music, artist demonstrations and exclusive screenings of Northwest artist videos. We are also excited to offer free admission during the Art Walk Edmonds evenings. Art Walk Edmonds is a FREE community event held monthly throughout the year, rain or shine. We invite you to come enjoy all types of art including fine art, music, performance art, culinary art, and the written word. With a growing assortment of fun events and activities, you will always find something new to engage your creative mind. Come do something AWEsome with us! For more information on Art Walk Edmonds, check out their website: artwalkedmonds.com
This Month at Cascadia Art Museum:
Heidi Barnett – Organic Pointillism
Inspired by the gorgeous natural scenery of the PNW, Heidi employs innovative techniques that captivate audiences. Her vibrant paintings draw on many influences including those of nineteenth- and twentieth-century artists as diverse as Monet, Seurat, Van Gogh, Klimt, and Pollock.
While finding inspiration from her artistic forbearers, her compositions forge a distinctly new path in the art world.
Heidi’s work ranges from canvases to expansive murals and can be found in private homes, café’s, galleries, hospitals, and schools. Her murals grace the downtown corridors of Seattle, Washington, and Reno, Nevada, and have received critical acclaim in regional media outlets, both in print and on television.
Color represents Heidi’s first and most fundamental inspiration, and her vibrant paintings have earned her a devoted following. Largely self-taught, the past five years represent a time of great experimentation, liberation, and personal growth in terms of her technique and style.
Affectionately dubbed the “Q-tip Artist” by her fans, Heidi experiments with palette knives, fingers, and a variety of eclectic tools – including Q-tips – to apply paint to her canvases. Raw, dynamic, and vibrant, her work hints at the fundamentals of Pointillism while pushing the style in new, captivating directions.
Unlike Seurat – who approached painting methodically and scientifically, often, at the cost of expressivity and movement – Heidi’s compositions are heady, organic, exuberant, and bursting with raw emotion. Whimsical and dream-like, her subjects appear improvised, as if the onlooker has stumbled upon a secret world of surrealism and symbolism.
She describes her work this way: “I am not a fan of straight lines or picture perfect realism, although that has its place in art. I like to take chances, focusing on color – not the object – and breaking up the restriction of lines. Straying from the confines of a paint brush, I have moved on to objects such as pallet knives, forks, my fingers, and Q-tips, which prevent me from getting too tight, too bound. I love the circular shape which I get from various items.”
When not experimenting with new painting techniques or working on an expansive mural, Heidi teaches art classes to seniors. “Art is therapeutic. It is life, and I want to help others express their emotions and life stories without worrying about staying in the lines. I will continue to work to share my love of life, color and texture on canvas. It is my passion and my voice in the world.”
For more information about Heidi, visit her website https://heidibarnettart.com/
Admission is free from 5:00 – 8:00pm on Thursday evening, June 15th for Art Walk Edmonds. All the museum galleries will be open so you can enjoy all of our exhibitions: First Impressions: Women Printmakers of Washington, Annah Wright Rogers Remembered, and Paul Morgan Gustin as well as the ongoing Urban Scenes of Seattle and Mid-Century Figurative Sculpture exhibitions.