Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Commissioned Work

This scene was captured via I-phone and emailed to me from a house-warming party in Washington DC, thus giving birth to my first commissioned piece!

So if anyone is looking to capture a moment, or a scene of toys doing something mischievous in my style of oil painting, just email me a jpg of your vision. I'll sketch something up and give you a quote: christinaburtner@gmail.com

Friday, December 4, 2009

Gimme Baby Robots - SEATTLE 12/16/09

Gimme Baby Robots is returning to Seattle! This is an amazing experience. I've been able to buy some of my favorite original artwork at these shows, the artists involved are top-notch, the bidding is super fun, and the starting bids are as low as $1. If you have any Christmas shopping left to do, this is a great time to do it. Some of the artists participating in this show are: Kellie Talbot, Stefan Hofmann, Ryan Davis, David Olsen, Kathleen Asmann, and I'll be putting some of my art in too.

Gimme Baby Robots is one night only! The bidding starts at 7pm and will end at 9pm. Spacecraft is hosting the show this year at their headquarters at 227 9th Ave. N, across from Jones Soda and next to Banya 5 Spa.

Wednesday, December 16th from 7-9pm
Spacecraft Headquarters
227 9th Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cool Story Seattle Premiere Friday 9/25

Cool Story is out in stores already, but this is going to be the only chance to see it in Seattle on the BIG screen! We will be showing it at the King Cat Theater in Beltown tomorrow night.
This is an all-ages event, but for those party animals who want to celebrate the beginning of a season of snow with a cocktail there is a bar for 21+.

We are super excited about how this video turned out, it was a challenge and a joy to make and everyone involved should be darn proud of themselves. We've got nothing but rave reviews from the media moguls and peanut galleries alike.

So come out and enjoy the show, we'll have lots of prizes, and opportunities to meet the riders, filmers, photographers, and producers of Think Thank!

Think Thank's Cool Story
Video premiere sponsored by: LIB TECH, Snowboy, and Sno-Con
King Cat Theater
2130 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

Doors open at 7pm
Advanced tickets can be purchased at Sno-Con for $7 or $10 at the door

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Gimme Baby Robots 2009!!!!!

GIMME BABY ROBOTS, a one-night event features an affordable silent auction of small works (10x10 or smaller) by hundreds of artists nationwide, and it's on on its way to Seattle! This is the second year I've participated in these shows, both as an exhibitor and as a bidder, and let me tell you it's crazy fun. For the patrons, I like to think of it as a "gateway" opportunity to buy art, to see firsthand how inclusive, affordable and accessible it can be. For the artists selling art for uber-cheap, it's a great opportunity to get work out to the far reaches of the nation that would otherwise be inaccessible. I mean, I had a piece in Memphis, Tennessee last year for crying out loud! Also, I have a lot of art in a box right now, what good is it doing in a box? I'd rather have it go to a good home.

I'd also like to add that there is serious high quality original art shown at these auctions. From art professors like John Hitchcock from U of Wisconsin to my very own brother Dave Teng Olsen's work who teaches art at Wellesley College, and one of my all time favorite Seattle artists, Kellie Talbot we're talking art that you buy and love forever.

Here's the line-up thus far:
Igloo Gallery, Portland OR 7/30/09
Empty Bottle Gallery, Chicago IL 8/31/09
Seattle, WA sometime in December location T.B.A

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Conor Byrne Show Up now until 7/10/09

"Nothing in Common Bonds"
Oil on canvas

"The Friend"
Oil on canvas

"Cold Shoulder to the Cold Blooded"
Oil on Canvas

Here are the three new pieces on exhibit at Conor Byrne in Ballard. My show will be up through July 10th. Conor Byrne is a great Irish Pub in Historical Ballard. It's one of those last few places in Ballard where you can relax with a pint of cider on tap and not get poked by raucous frat boys. There's great live music too! I have to say, it's really a great setting for this group of paintings too. I've sold four pieces so far, but there are still some left. I won't be having another show for awhile so if you're interested in buying your own this is the time to do it. 50% of all sales will go to the Larry Sommers Art Fellowship too.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Larry Sommers Memorial

Today is the Memorial to celebrate the life of friend, teacher, union leader and colleague Larry Sommers who died on April 2, 2009. Since August of 1985 Larry was the Printmaking Tech and Health and Safety Coordinator for the UW School of Art. He was also active in SEIU 925, the Seattle Print Arts, the Book Arts Guild and taught Papermaking during the summer. His contribution to artists, both emerging and established was profound. He was much more than a teacher to his students; he was a guiding light who's passion for Teaching, knowledge of Art and wisdom of Life was immeasurable. He will be sorely missed.

The Memorial for Larry Sommers is Today, May 29th from 6-9pm at: The Tashiro Kaplan Building in Pioneer Square
310 South Washington St.
Seattle, WA
A collection of Larry's artwork will be on display and for sale.

A Fellowship has also been created in Larry's name sponsored by the Seattle Print Arts. To donate to the Larry Sommers Art Fellowship and to help sustain the legacy of support to artists that Larry gave to generations of artists while he was alive you can contribute by visiting the Seattle Print Arts website: www.seattleprintarts.org and clicking the donate/join tab.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Spacecraft Art Show

The new Spacecraft Gallery Sticker sheets come out Friday!
The release party will be this Friday, May 22nd at Spacecraft Headquarters from 5-10pm:
227 9th Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

One of my paintings was chosen for the sheet, but I don't know which one, so I'm going to find out.

Also, this year, there will be a silent auction of framed gallery-sheet art (I'm not sure if they're originals, or prints). All proceeds will go towards The Bali School Fund For Kids.

Hope to see you tomorrow night, there will be live music, photo booth action, drinks and lots of art!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

June Ballard Art Walk Show

"The Near Impossibility of Getting it Right the First Time"
Oil on canvas

A selection of my oil paintings, including 2 new pieces will be featured in the June Ballard Art Walk at Coner Byrne Pub.  The opening reception is Saturday, June 13th from 6-9pm and will run until July 10th.
Coner Byrne Pub
5140 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Curated by Kellie Talbot.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

In Loving Memory of Larry Sommers

In loving memory of Larry Sommers August 17th, 1953 - to April 2, 2009

It is with a very heavy heart to say goodbye to one of the best people I've ever known, Larry Sommers.  I'm still having a hard time accepting that this has happened.  Larry passed away Thursday night after complications from a heart attack that he had while in Chicago for a Printmaking conference.  This is shocking and devastating.  It comes as a surprise to us all who knew Larry as the free spirit, selfless, optimistically cynical, easy to laugh,  solid as rock, uniting force, thoughtful and inspiring person that we all loved.  He was so full of life and always up for an adventure.  I feel so lucky to have had Larry in my life and will always cherish the memories we made and the influence he's had on me.

Larry has been apart of my life for close to 13 years.  He has been my teacher, my confidante, my friend, and family.  Every time I see a white mini van, Joan of Arc monument, a Canadian flag, a SEIU sticker, hear French techno or Avril Lavigne, go to the Moon Temple, see the big Cherry tree in my backyard that he always said I should cut down because "cherry tress shouldn't get that big!" or even writing in this Blog, which he always argued "is not the same as a website!" I will smile and remember Larry and his sense of humor.  Larry, Larry Larry.  I'll miss you forever!  This is a time to celebrate his life though, I know Larry wouldn't want us to all be moping around with long faces.  He'd want us to act!  To join the Union and fight the good fight!  It will be hard to face the day without someone like Larry on your team though.  He made everything lighter and easier to bare.  His presence was comforting.  He was the glue that held things together!  His memory will never be lost though, and I take comfort in knowing that he knew how much he was loved, and how much his friendship was cherished to so many people.