Shunpike Proudly Presents Two New Storefronts Installations in Bellevue

Two new Storefront installations – Soft Cities by Madisen Schorno and Kaylee Jacobson, and Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State, by Deborah Espinosa – are now on view at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA, now to March 2018.  Presented by Shunpike as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program, the installations have been sponsored by the City of Bellevue and Meydenbauer Center.

“Sculptural installation by artist team Kayle Jacobson and Madisen Schorno paired with photography of Deborah Espinosa create an opportunity for us to contemplate the soft beauty and powerful resilience of humanity in today’s rapidly changing world,” says Hanako O’Leary, Storefronts Coordinator.

ARTIST: Madisen Schorno and Kaylee Jacobson

WORK: Soft Cities


ARTIST STATEMENT: “In a city that is in a current state of fluctuation and growth it is the goal of the artist to consider and interpertate the changes that surround our community. With the hope of discovering a place of belonging and community through softer surroundings, to find a voice for natural growth in an industrial environment. Our mission for this project was to model a soft cityscape. Through the use of fabricated shapes made up of fibers, paper, and plants we created a veil into this organic view of the city.”


ARTIST: Deborah Espinosa

WORK:Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State

ARTIST STATEMENT: “Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State” is about how the State of Washington sentences people to a lifetime of debt. The project is a collection of portraits and personal narratives of formerly incarcerated individuals who are trying to survive and thrive under court-imposed costs, fees, fines, and victim restitution (aka “legal financial obligations” (LFOs), which accrue interest at a rate of 12% from the date of sentencing. That means that by the time a person gets out of prison, the sum has increased substantially. Failure to make one monthly payment may result in arrest. For more information, see:”

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Eight New Storefronts Now on Display in South Lake Union

Shunpike proudly presents eight new installations in South Lake Union as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program, on display through November 2017. The theme of the current exhibition is “Honoring life and humanity in the urban wilderness.”

All SLU Storefronts Locations are at the corner of Terry or Boren on given cross streets:

South Lake Union Storefronts Locations

ARTIST: Mimi Sturman

WORK: The Transmigration of Stinging Souls Returning To Roost In Halcyon

LOCATION: Mercer East Storefront


The Transmigration of Stinging Souls Returning To Roost In Halcyon is my version of reincarnation. Each one of these portraits and sculptures represent a human that had heartbreak and difficulty in life, health, and circumstances. Some were not liked and some did not like themselves. All return in the form of things they loved or had a passion for, but all returning transformed and healed. Each portrait has a biography – their life as a human and how they returned as a new being in afterlife.”

ARTIST: Sofia Babaeva

WORK: We Go Wandering Forth

LOCATION: Mercer West Storefront


“We Go Wandering Forth” is my love letter to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. As a Washingtonian watching our region change and grow rapidly in recent years, I wanted to explore my relationship with the natural beauty of my home. I am interested how my identity was shaped by my natural surroundings, and how it can continue to shape the lives of people for generations to come.
With this installation, I wanted to remind viewers to appreciate and protect the unique environment that surrounds us, which is threatened by urban sprawl, overpopulation, and corporate interest. I was inspired by my research of microscopic cell patterns in plants such as fiddlehead fern and yellow cedar, and marine organisms like sea urchins, anemones, and algae. I wanted to create a visual representation of our flora and fauna on a macro-scale, in sumptuous materials like hand-felted wool, fabric, and other found materials that urged the viewer to want to touch them. By mimicking microscopic details in such a large scale and in unexpected materials, I hope to inspire the viewer to take a closer look at the natural world around them and to pay attention to our effect on our environment.

ARTIST: John Smither

WORK: Wilderness Peak- Fall Equinox

LOCATION: Republican Storefront


Over many years my work has evolved into installations which incorporate video, and various 2D media. These installations pay tribute, as altar pieces, to a memory of time and place. The videos serve as the first layer of memory or mind’s eye, while the traditional 2D images become further abstracted recollections. Overlaid on the memories are even further abstracted post-event thoughts which appear as negative space within the 2D imagery. Finally, I overlay a continually changing collection of stencils from the 2D imagery back over the video to tie all the work into a single unit with its source. This installation, “Wilderness Peak Trail – Fall Equinox”, is based on a trail on the back side of Cougar Mountain in Issaquah. In this piece, you can also pick out the abstracted versions of herons (which nest in the area) and hear them in the sound track.

ARTIST: Karey Kessler

WORK: Primeval Waters

LOCATION: Harrison East Storefront


My Storefronts installation includes recent works on paper that concern the rapid development in Seattle and the effects of climate change on our planet.

“Primeval Waters” contains the iconic image of a sky scraper as the symbol of capitalism, but also, the invisible scaffolding that holds up the universe.

“Vanishing Places” concerns the rapid development of South Lake Union, about the geological terrain it is built upon (fault lines and unstable ground), and about the people who have been displaced.

“Climate Change is Real” depicts the world map, re-envisioned in light of climate change. I wrote true facts about the effects of climate change and also poetic reactions to the changing landscape and ecosystems of the world.

ARTIST: Shannon Tipple-Leen

WORK: Begin, Show, Fade

LOCATION: Harrison West Storefront


This installation, “Begin, Show, Fade” is a first for me. As a traditional matte and frame photographer, I have found it so exciting to break out of my comfort zone and work with my imagery in a completely different way.

The work is made by transferring the printed imagery with an acrylic medium onto fabric panels. By doing this, I can use one botanical form over and over to create a larger form. It is a very freeing process. Where my traditional images need to be very crisp and clear, these are loose and imperfections are welcome.

The three panels represent the three cycles of a plant (or living being) – the bud or youth, the bloom or midlife and the fade or end of life and death. There is beauty in all of it and I hope to represent that in the work and have the viewer take a few minutes to reflect on their own place in the cycle.

ARTIST: Tara Tamaribuchi

WORK: Craft Abstracts

LOCATION: Thomas East Storefront


My art practice draws from the uncomplicated act of being and living, while contemplating the past, present and future. The past brings connection to my ancestors by studying traditional visual language, to fill a cultural void in my western art training. In the present, as a mother, I choose not to separate my artist life from my parenting life, and thus my concepts spring from simply being with my daughter. This past year, my work has been interested in political activism, with concerns for social justice in the future. Over the last several years, I have shifted media from painting to its outermost parameters into installation, so that media choices are rooted in the concepts of my work.

ARTIST: Colin Curry

WORK: Thrive

LOCATION: Thomas West Storefront


In images, a lone being is a portrait. Two beings begin a visual dialogue, and three, a story. However, with each addition after, a mere feeling eventually overwhelms any clear narrative of meaning. Attempts to count or identify individuals fail. In Thrive, a typically alarming vision of vileness becomes instead a soothing pattern. Our relationship to rodents is unique, as our very efforts to vilify and eliminate them from our spaces has left only survivors best equipped to evade us. If there is a narrative in Thrive, it is an endless story in which life flourishes despite oppression, not in the colorful open air, but in the grey hidden spaces between gleaming buildings, colorful walls, or the more comforting thoughts in one’s one mind. The creatures above may have the privilege of clear meaning illuminated in the sun, but the creatures below have the strength of being impossible to truly count.

ARTIST: Melissa Koch

WORK: Winged Migrations

LOCATION: John Storefront


“WINGED MIGRATIONS,” is a mixed media art installation created from found and up-cycled paper, handmade paint. The imagery is inspired by butterfly wing patterns as seen under a microscope. The work is intended to be uplifting and to bring us back into an awareness of our connection with nature, its beauty, its ability to adapt, transform and for rebirth that is also a part of the natural cycles of destruction and recreation. The process of creating this work comes from my fascination with this adaptability of nature to transform external influences including using what it has found in creative ways.

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Shunpike Announces New Artist-in-Residency Program

Colleagues at work, ESTEC, ESA

Shunpike introduces a new Artist-in-Residence program in Seattle, WA. Artists selected for this exciting opportunity will work in a Seattle-area corporate campus in an on-site art studio. This studio is located in the bustling South Lake Union neighborhood. The residency is open to visual artists based in the Greater Pacific Northwest and was created to provide regional artists with a unique, temporary work environment and exposure to a new audience. The program will provide space for engaging dialogue and inspiring creative expression with employees and visitors.

There is a total of 4 residencies available in three-month increments, with the first residency starting November 1, 2017. Artists selected for the 2017-18 residency program will receive $10,000 in project support. Participants are expected to commit a minimum of 8 hours per week in studio over a three-month period, as well as hold an in-house master class and lecture during their residency. Artists are also asked to exhibit current work on site, and contribute a current piece to the Seattle-area corporate collection.

The Request for Proposals opens today, August 8, 2017. The call for artists will close on September 24, 2017. 

Artists can apply at

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Eight new installations now on display in South Lake Union

Shunpike proudly presents eight new installations in South Lake Union as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program, on display until July 2017. Examining the exchanges between teachers and pupils, the collaboration between artist and nature, the origin of dragons, the installations span from an accumulation of marks, of ribbon miles, and unifying markers.

All SLU Storefronts Locations are at the corner of Terry or Boren on given cross streets:

South Lake Union Storefronts Locations

ARTIST: Amanda Manitach

WORK: Frances Farmer Defends Herself

LOCATION: Harrison Storefront

In Manitach’s large-scale wallpaper drawings, text melts into vibrating, hallucinatory design sourced from a 1885 French wallpaper sample. The pieces harken to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper.” In creating them, she invokes a similar physicality to the story’s protagonist, generating drawings up to 30 feet long made with a 0.5 mm mechanical pencil. The pieces are smudged, worn and covered with fingerprints where the artist’s body has been. “Frances Farmer Defends Herself” (graphite on paper, 52 x 360 inches) contains a quote by Seattle-born film star Frances Farmer following a 1943 arrest for drunk driving: “Listen, I get liquor in my milk, I get liquor in my coffee and in my orange juice, what do you expect me to do, starve to death?” The piece took 44 days to complete.

ARTIST: Hanako O’Leary

WORK: Kokoro no Koi

LOCATION: Mercer Storefront

In Buddhist lore, there is a river called Dragon’s Gate. At the top of this river is a waterfall. According to legend, when a koi fish swims up the river and over the waterfall, they are rewarded with immortality and transformed into a dragon. Many fish visit this river, chasing after the dream of eternal life. A select few make it, but are then faced with an unexpected challenge. At the top of this waterfall, they are met with a mischievous oni, who makes sport out of swatting the fish away. Being thrown back down to the bottom of the river, the koi have to start from the beginning. In Japanese there is a term, “Kokoro no Oni”. This means, “demon of the heart”. In our lifetime we will strive to achieve, working against all odds to transform ourselves into something greater. Upon arrival, we linger at the gate of greatness, spending time and energy, swatting away the hopes and dreams we work towards. The koi and the oni are one in the same. We all have a “kokoro no oni” and greatness can only be achieved once we manage to swim passed them. This piece is a totem to our potential and the fear of fulfilling it.

ARTIST: Carmi Weingrod

WORK: Tough Love

LOCATION: Republican Storefront

“Tough Love” is a collaboration between artist and nature. It shows what can happen when an obsessive printmaker discovers that plywood, like wine and cheese, improves with age. Especially plywood that has languished in a Central WA meadow exposed to extremes of heat, sun, cold, and moisture. Each element chiseled away at the plywood sheets, delaminating the horizontal and vertical plies unevenly to create strangely beautiful objects with dramatic textures and irregular edges. I took over where nature left off. With a love of wood and a respect for toughness, I noted that the plywood had succumbed to time but refused to die. To accentuate the wacky beauty of nature’s work, I incorporated color and collage to inject new life into the irrepressible plywood. All the materials used in this installation are repurposed and come from both sides of the Cascade crest.


ARTIST: Amanda Amsel + Elizabeth Arzani

WORK: Tiny Human Moments

LOCATION: Harrison Storefront

Tiny Human Moments is a collaborative installation created by Amanda Amsel and Elizabeth Arzani; which investigates the psychological process and energy of exchanges between teachers and pupils. This piece explores the aspect of art education that is a study about stages of artistic development. Observations of young makers’ explorations of line formation and symbol making inspired both Amanda and Elizabeth’s own reactions to a “schema” or way of portraying an object. Phases of learning and the creative process are represented in repetition and reproduction; the art of practicing and transcribing. In recollecting and repeating a mark by means of reprinting a photographed copy, it becomes altered and faded. An implied texture is created of an actual texture. The mark becomes a memory of the original. These memories layered on top and in between the surfaces are making a world of our imagination visible, inspired through the eyes of children.

ARTIST: Ilysia Van Deren

WORK: Wider than you thought possible

LOCATION: Thomas Storefront

Wider than you thought possible is an exploration of the elusiveness, enigma, and navigation of the unknown. Using hand embroidery, original text addressing these themes is stitched on strips of paper that are constructed into a large, intertwined form. This text is sourced from personal writing meditations which parallels this exploration involving patience, trust, and faith in encountering the unknown in our lives.

ARTIST: Juliana Kang Robinson

WORK: Pojagi Unity Flags

LOCATION: Mercer Storefront

My recent works are contemplations on the manifestations of territoriality in our world. Often times the human instinct for survival goes awry and manifests as the hoarding of resources, contrived boundaries and unnecessary segregation. My work draws from the visual language of territorial markers and reinterprets them as signals of transformation and unity. In Pogjagi Unity Flags, territorial markers such as flags and banners are misused. They lose their nationalistic or political functions and rely on the unifying elements of shape, color and pattern to convey harmony, diversity and interconnectedness.

ARTIST: Lady Firm

WORK: Las Fronteras

LOCATION: John Storefront

Representing the border of the US and Mexico in fabric, Lady Firm will be sewing 1,954 pieces of golden fabric together with blue thread. Each piece of fabric will represent 1 mile of border. We will suspend the fabric from the ceiling and it will cascade it a pile on the floor. Lady Firm is a collaborative firm created by Priscilla Dobler, a textile sculptor, radiant genius Regina Ruff, an abstract painter and colorful crafty Maureen McCourt, a textile artist.

ARTIST: Jo David

WORK: Portraits of Friends

LOCATION: Thomas Storefront

The focus of my current art series is portraiture of friends and artists I know, capturing their likeness and an essence of their character in my studies of them in oil on canvas.


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Shunpike proudly presents two new installations in Bellevue

Two new Storefront installations – A Window Treatment for the New Regime by Catherine Cross Uehera, and Looking forward, Looking back, by Eva Funderburgh – is on view at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA, now to July 2017.  Presented by Shunpike as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program, the installations have been sponsored by the City of Bellevue and Meydenbauer Center.

These two artists are tackling the power of humans during transitional times. Eva’s use of natural materials complements Catherine’s use of bright and synthetic items. Their installations play off each other while asking the audience to consider deep themes. Funderburgh’s ‘Looking forward, Looking back’ addresses parenthood, and Uehara’s ‘A Window Treatment for the New Regime’ inspires positive change amidst injustice.





Uehara // A Window Treatment for the New Regime

Born in Berkeley California, Catherine Cross Uehera attended Malcolm X elementary school, Berkeley High and the University of California at Davis. She received her MFA in painting from Hunter College in 2000, has exhibited nationally, and is a proud member of SOIL Artist-Run Gallery in Seattle. Catherine is a Seattle based artist who believes strongly in the power that each person has to recognize injustice and effect positive change in the world. “Much like people, things are also so imbued. In a just society there must be order but no hierarchy.”






Funderburgh // Looking forward, Looking backward

Eva Funderburgh Eva Funderburgh is a Seattle-based sculptor.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science and Art from Carnegie Mellon University and was one of the founding members of Florentia Clayworks, a local cooperative studio. In 2010, she was an artist in residence in Denmark at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center. In 2015, she took part in the Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture award-winning Public Art Boot Camp. She now works in public art, installation, ceramics, and cast bronze.

Describing Looking forward, Looking back, Funderburgh says: “My work deals with the overlap of humanity and the natural world. I use my simple, emotive animal forms to examine human motives and emotions. Storytelling and the idea of myth plays a very large role in my work, but equally so the notion of biology.  By removing the humans from humanity, we are left with our universal animal needs – food, companionship, survival – and a new framework for examining ourselves.”




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Shunpike Presents Eight New Storefronts in South Lake Union

Shunpike is proud to present the work of eight Washington State artists in South Lake Union as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program. Examining the built landscape, the interplay of wilderness and civilization, and reflecting on our environment (literally and figuratively), the installations evoke curiosity and new perspectives. These works are now on display until March 2017.

ARTIST: Libby L. Gerber

WORK: Mapping Decay

LOCATION: Thomas Storefronts 



Libby L. Gerber explores the intersections between urban life, the environment, and people in her multi-disciplinary practice. Gerber exhibits her work in both traditional and unconventional public spaces as well as in formal galleries. “Mapping Decay” is a site-specific drawing of a crack in a sidewalk in South Lake Union. Brightly-colored lines surrounding the crack look like contour lines on a topographical map. It documents the complex connection between people and the natural environment. The map-like quality of the installation points to the back-and-forth nature of this relationship.


ARTIST: Pat Wickline

WORK: Living Drawings

LOCATION: Republican Storefront


Pat Wickline is a sculptor and installation artist. He creates kinetic portraits using the shadow of rotating wire sculptures. He has worked in this medium since 1999 and has developed his own free-standing shadow display system. In the “Living Drawings” kinetic installation, shadows of slowly rotating wire portrait sculptures are projected onto back-lit paper screens, creating the effect of bringing line drawings to life. Distortion resulting from the projection alters the features and expression of the portraits as they rotate.

ARTIST: Jay Lazerwitz

WORK: Conjugated I

LOCATION: Harrison Storefront 

IMG_0088.JPGJay is an architect and visual artist and has worked in encaustic medium for many years, and more recently translating his painting into cedar log sculptures. The work is very much influenced by a passion for architecture, ecology, and the built environment. He is interested in the dynamic nature of being, seeing, moving through the built environment; bringing together visual references from his own memory of places that he has been, desire to explore, and those imagined pasts and futures.

ARTIST: Roxanne Sticks

WORK: All You Can See Is the Light

LOCATION: Harrison Storefront 

img_0077Roxanne Sticks lets their imagination use them. Roxy hopes to create habitat for the numinous and blasphemous. This work arose from an obsession with Mt. Rainier, a deep awe for our ability to see anything at all, and a desire to know everything.








ARTIST: Thendara Kida-gee

WORK: ‘Through the Trees’

LOCATION: South Lake Union

IMG_0112.JPGThendara is a multi disciplinary artist whose artistic digestion begins with a taste of the world through photography, from that point the directions are limitless. Her work at South Lake Union fills the space between – becoming its own – the edge of the forest unto itself vs just a portal between two places where one contemplates one own instinctive desires and allegiances to the human world or that of our original nature. Each individual image is reflective of a digital distortion artifact, a bigger picture splintered by poor reception or transmission.                                                                                                                                                                          

ARTIST: Stephanie Hsie  and Clay Anderson

WORK: Foil(ed) Vitrine

LOCATION: Harrison Storefront 

IMG_0084.JPGStephanie and Clary  spend their days exploring the built environment, designing spaces that activate streetscapes, and encourage new forms of interaction. They believe creating installations provides an opportunity to explore spaces at a different scale, test new fabrication techniques and study new materials. They wanted to re-activate the vitrine by installing a floating storefront sized patterned foil mirror. The Foil reflects the its community as well as the rapid development that has transformed this neighborhood. It’s patterning and texture are inspired by the spirit of technological innovation that happen everyday inside the building!


ARTIST: Andie DeRoux

WORK: Transforming Within

LOCATION: Mercer Storefront

IMG_0075.JPGAndie DeRoux was born in Seattle Washington and attended Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. She received her B.F.A. with an emphasis in portrait painting, ceramic sculpture and photography. She has been  able to have a deeper discussion with herself and the world through the process of making art. She creates work that continues this intimate conversation with the viewer, growing deeper over time.

ARTIST: Wyly Astley

WORK: The Apothecary

LOCATION: John Street

IMG_0121.JPGWyly Astley is a self-taught, multimedia artist. “The Apothecary” is a temporary social experiment in love and healing. The aim of this work is to create a trusting and loving, albeit brief, deep connection between two anonymous people for the sake of lightening, or possibly quelling, a spiritual ailment which will then radiate outward for the benefit of still more people.

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Call for Artists for 2017


We are calling for artists to submit proposals for our 2017 Storefronts Program.  Submit your proposal by November 27 to have the application fee waived!

Deadline: December 4, 2016

Learn More & Submit

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