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I’m very honored to be in this group exhibition curated by Romson Regarde Bustillo and featuring these amazing local artists: Jite Agbro, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Marita Dingus, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Kamla Kakaria, Rusty Oliver, David Roberts and Meghan Trainor. The show opens at M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery (in Seattle Central Community College), Monday, April 2nd, with a reception from 5-7 pm, and runs through April 26th. Please check the gallery website for regular hours.

Friday, April 6 at noon, at Asian Counseling and Referral Service (3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. S., Seattle)
I’ll be giving a slideshow presentation and talk about my series from the Philippines, Balik/Ibalik. Bring a lunch or get some yummy Filipino food at ACRS’ Club Bamboo.

Other Exhibitions

Balik/Ibalik until March 31st: The print exhibition for Balik/Ibalik will be up for just a few more days at IDEA Odyssey Gallery. We just switched to our spring/summer hours, so we invite you to stop by Thursdays, 2-8 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays, 12-6 pm.

Shadows and Reflections until July 16th: Curated by June Sekiguchi, this group show is at Ida Culver House, 12505 Greenwood Ave. N., which is open seven days a week, 8 am to 8 pm.

Shadows and Reflections

Shadows and Reflections — they are welcome reminders of the sun during these lingering days of winter here in Seattle, where snow is drifting down outside my window right now. Three of my photographs from sunnier places (Mexico, New Mexico and Spain) will be featured in this upcoming show, curated by artist June Sekiguchi, at Ida Culver House – Broadview, March 21st to July 16th. If you’re in town and want to attend the opening reception on March 21st, 4:30-6:30 pm, please RSVP by March 19th at 206-204-5408.

I’m honored that June selected one of my favorite photographs to promote the show. I remember practicing this technique, over and over again as I wandered the streets of Guanajuato, until I finally got it right with this one.

Other artists featured in this show are former classmates Laura Brodax and Stan Raucher, as well as Aaron Asis, Deanne Belinoff, Lori Bellamy, Sharon Birzer, Kamella Boulle, Betty Bowes, Conrad Chavez, Milton Clark, Sarah Dalton, Lori Duckstein, Kim Farrell, Karen Frank, Joy Hagen, Mary Hales, Jacqueline Hall, Jenna James, Anastasia Kiryanova, David Ko, Melissa Koch, Jim Kurihara, Thane McCulloh, Paul McKee, Robert Letsinger, Carol Milne, Bill Montgomery, Carol Montgomery, Marion Norberg, Doug Rosenoff, Liz Ruest, Bruce Savadow, Ann Elizabeth Scott, John Smither, Naomi Steele, Jennifer Sumner, Rob Tilley and Jessamyn Tuttle.

Supporting the Arts

My piece “Ciao!” went home with the highest bidder at Artist Trust’s 25th Anniversary Benefit Auction, and I’m glad the proceeds will go towards supporting artists in Washington state. Artist Trust has helped me gain skills, confidence and connections as a professional artist, and it truly makes an impact on the arts community, so I was happy to add to that impact.

Next up: The Wing Luke Asian Museum’s auction, Saturday, March 17th at the Westin. “Tree Reflections” will be up for auction to help support the museum’s many wonderful programs that highlight Asian Pacific American experiences. I’ve had a long relationship with the WLAM, going back to my days as a writer when I directed its exhibition and edited its book, A Different Battle: Stories of Asian Pacific American Veterans. I was also a teaching artist and mentor for its Youth CAN program, which First Lady Michelle Obama presented with the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2010. I hope to see you at the auction! (And remember, you can bid by proxy if you can’t make it.)