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Liz St. Andre Art


October 14-15, 10am-4pm, 3109 E Union, Seattle (Madrona neighborhood)

Please join me at the studio of Artist Jacqui Beck along with Margaret Fitzgerald, Amanda Sargent and Christian Gollub for fabulous art, jewelry, and gifts as well as warm apple cider, lively conversation and lots of fun!

I’ll have new work to share, older work marked down so I can make room for new ideas and fresh beginnings, plus I’ll be showing pieces that I don’t normally take to the gallery for one reason or another. I'll also have a spot set up to demo my gel plate printmaking.

But if you’re out of town or simply can’t make it, don’t feel bad. You can still get 25% off my limited edition cyanotype prints through October 31st, or if you're interested, I’d be happy to schedule a private studio visit for you another time.

More About the Open Studio Artists

Jacqui Beck

I met Artist, Jacqui Beck in person when I joined Columbia City Gallery in spring of 2023, but had admired her work long before then. Jacqui is a prolific mixed media artist working primarily in acrylic and collage. Her work has a dreamlike quality, rich in symbolism often featuring cats and/and chickens, which she loves. She is also a creative coach, a generous teacher and is hired regularly to speak on the topic of art and creativity. Her website is where you can see more of her work and check to see if she has classes coming up.

Christian Gollub

Christian is the jeweler in our group and he has been busy making one-of-a-kind, gorgeous pieces for our Open Studio. Crystal, ametyhyst, citrine, pearls, turquoise, hematite, czech glass… you name it, he puts precious and semi-precious stones and metals together in stunning combinations. You can get a wonderful sneak peek on his instagram page.

Margaret Fitzgerald

Half the fun of doing these events is making new friends and Margaret immediately felt like a kindred spirit. I love the ethereal quality of her abstract artwork that is often accented with botanical imagery, the female form or animals. Whatever she blends into her creative scenes, the outcome is inviting and soulful. You can see more on her website

Amanda Sargent

Another artist whose work is rich with animal imagery, birds in particular, I think you'll also enjoy the diversity of Amanda's work. I especially enjoy her incredible use of deep, vibrant color combinations and bold shapes. Take a look at Amanda's instagram page for an idea of her talent but in person will be even more compelling.

Liz St. Andre

That's me! If you've read this far there's a good chance you already know me… but if not, you can learn more about me on my About page. Better yet, please come meet me and the other artists on the weekend of October 14-15, 2023.

You can find us at 3109 E Union, Seattle WA

What a night!

The January Belltown Art Walk was an incredible success. By "success," I mean that an amazing crowd showed up and man, did we have FUN! Special thanks to everyone who bought original cyanotypes and acrylic monotypes, limited-edition cyanotype prints and cards but mostly, the evening was all about the opportunity to connect and it felt wonderful. A few photos are below but there are more on Instagram (sound off if you don't feel like "Levitating" LOL).

Please join me Friday, February 10th between 6-9 at Vann Studio, 2030 First Avenue (between Lenora and Virginia), Seattle, for another festive night and a completely refreshed show. I'm re-hanging everything and adding a considerable amount of new art. There will be acrylic monotypes mounted on wood panels and mixed media pieces featuring gold leaf that I've never shown before.

There is so much art of all kinds to be seen and appreciated throughout the whole neighborhood during the Belltown Art Walk, February 10, 2023, 6-9pm. I hope to see you there!

I recently experimented with making seaweed cyanotypes.

Collecting specimens up on Whidbey Island was half the fun. After some time playing in the tidal quicksand, my kids helped.

Seaweed is quite challenging to work with. Out of the water, some varieties become slippery blobs that are difficult to lay flat on a surface without damaging them or the paper.

I'm certainly not the first person to do this. In fact, I was inspired by Anna Atkins who made the first photographic book, "Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions," in 1843. The cyanotype process had only been invented a year earlier, by her neighbor Sir John Herschel, but she was the first to use it for making botanical photograms.

Anna Atkins didn't keep diaries or take notes so her process isn't well documented but around 17 of her original books still exist. In them, there are pin holes where she secured dry algae specimens in place atop her treated paper. She was also very careful to keep her paper dry, indicated by the smooth dark blue background in her work. I love imagining her rushing in and out of the sun in long dresses and petticoats.

Using Atkins as my inspiration but not wanting to even attempt to copy her iconic work, I used a different approach: the wet cyanotype method. Water, vinegar and soap bubbles created a sensation of movement, as if the seaweed was swaying in the waves.

The process was colorful (and only slightly stinky!) after carrying home some seaweed. The results were fascinating with the seaweed filtering the light in interesting ways and also depositing a good bit of their tannins to create detailed shapes on the paper. More abstract than my floral pieces but definitely interesting with an underwater feeling. You can see the all of my seaweed cyanotypes (now available as a set of Salish Sea Intertidal cards) HERE.

I encourage you to take a closer look at the work of the pioneering artist/biologist Anna Atkins. Her entire book can be viewed online at the New York Public Library Digital Collections. More information about her life and process can be found HERE.

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