The Art Inventory

December 1, 2016

An Evening Of Beautiful Bellefleur Lingerie On Dec 10th

Kirby Lindsay Laney

BellefleurLingerieShowDec16Beautiful and fashionable lingerie is on-display once again, with poetry, music, movement, at the Annual Bellefleur Lingerie Fashion Show on December 10th.  The fit and fantastic ladies of Hike Pretty will model this season’s sexiest designs.  Inspired by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, Bellefleur will showcase the collection in a way never seen before.

Bellefleur will host two shows on December 10th, one at 7:30p and another at 10p.  Both will feature a cash bar, tended by The Backdoor and serving up their signature cocktails and spirits.  The models will be given hair designs by stylists from Ooh La’s Salon, and makeup artistry by Armani Cosmetics.

Tickets cost $35, and sell out quickly.  Purchase tickets through the Bellefleur website, today, and consider taking friends!


November 30, 2016

Celebrate The Season, And The Art Of Fremont, On First Friday

Kirby Lindsay Laney
Original art by Tara Flores, on display now at Frame Up Studio

Original art by Tara Flores, on display now at Frame Up Studio

This Friday, December 2nd, from 6p – 9p, the Fremont First Friday Art Walk showcases the artists and art and holiday-themed gifts at several small retailers and restaurants around the Center of the Universe.  After lighting up Lenin, and celebrating traditional Fremont Festivus events (including dancing ‘round the Festivus pole to the music of Project RFK,) at Red Triangle, stroll out into the neighborhood and see the incredible art (and opportunities) that abound.

One of the best examples of the special art shows going on during this December Art Walk is at Portage Bay Goods.  On Dec 2nd, Fremont’s favorite gift shop will display art by women who have worked in the store – Shalene Lundgren, Lauren Rathburn, Jasmine Gil, Veronica Margarito Lopez, Katherine Sultan, and Rachel Sandoffsky.  Come see the creative sides of your favorite shopgirls, alongside an always outrageous selection of holiday items, plus jam-packed goodie bags for the first few dozen customers in the doors.  Those 21 and over can also enjoy a glass of wine while exploring the store.

Find treats and beverages as well when visiting Frame-Up Studios and seeing the art Tara Flores.  In this series, Flores has explored the topics of energy and movement on a cellular scale in beautiful abstraction.  After checking out the art, talk to Frame-Up clerks about framing and printing options for gifts and recording holiday memories.

Enjoy the traditional games and good times of a Fremont Festivus celebration, on Friday, Dec 2nd at 5p in Red Triangle.

Enjoy the traditional games and good times of a Fremont Festivus celebration, on Friday, Dec 2nd at 5p in Red Triangle.

This month, find a special show of handicrafts and original photography at Ancient Arts in West Fremont.  Explore the multi-media art of Darla Rewers, including pottery, soaps and jewelry, all made with healing, loving, and compassionate intentions.  Also view the travel photography of Brent Osborne, and learn more about the clinic and what they can do for any pets you have in your life!

During the December Art Walk, find more art at Fremont Jewelry Design, Art F/X, Outsider Comics & Geek Boutique, and other venues listed on the Fremont First Friday Art Walk website.  This is the best Art Walk of the year for finding new art and artisanal items, and meeting the artists that make them!

Plus, you can start off this exploration of art at Red Triangle, with live music, Santa, giveaways, and holiday lights atop our bronze sculpture of Lenin.  Come celebrate Fremont Festivus starting at 5p on December 2nd.


November 29, 2016

Learn To Photograph Your Artwork Workshop With Michelle Bates

Kirby Lindsay Laney
Learn about capturing quality images at West of Lenin.

Learn about capturing quality images at West of Lenin.

On Tuesday, December 6th from 1p – 5p, at West of Lenin, artists can learn more about how to get quality photos of their art works from local photographer Michelle Bates.  This thorough introduction will give all the information necessary for documenting and sharing images of all kinds of art.

This afternoon workshop will give those with a camera and a need to capture their sculpture, painting, and other forms of 2D and 3D visual art an education in the terminology and the proper settings for displaying pieces.  Learn about pixels, resolution and file sizes, as well as lens, lights, backgrounds and getting everything to look right.  Bates can help with instruction on types of cameras, shooting, color balance, software, preparation and file management.  She can also advise on when and how to work with professional photographers.

Reserve a spot now at this limited-space workshop through Brown Paper Tickets.  Bates has been photographing art, performance and people since 1991.  Bates has also worked as an educator and author, and has developed this course with Artist Trust.

Whether looking for images for submissions, a website, reproduction, sales or archiving, come join Michelle Bates at West of Lenin for an afternoon of education on capturing your art.


November 28, 2016

Fremont Festivus Arrives This Weekend With Plenty To Do & See!

Kirby Lindsay Laney
Nothing says Happy Holidays like lighting up a bronze dead dictator for Fremont Festivus.  Photo by Adrian Laney, Dec '15

Nothing says Happy Holidays like lighting up a bronze dead dictator for Fremont Festivus. Photo by Adrian Laney, Dec ’15

Friday, December 2nd to Sunday, December 4th, Fremont Festivus will be celebrated at the Center of the Universe.  Come stroll the ‘hood, and its great collection of shops and restaurants, while we see in the season of cookies, community and crass commercialism!  Whatever you mark at this time of the year (Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, or National Chocolate Brownie Day) make part of your party one of the great opportunities going on in Fremont during Festivus!

See a list of all the activities, including a great handicraft sale at Ancient Arts, free workouts at Fremont Health Club and Anytime Fitness, on the Fremont Festivus website on

The big events start on Friday, Dec 2nd at 5p, when we honor Festivus with the annual lighting of the bronze statue of the dead dictator in Red Triangle, before spreading out for the First Friday Art Walk.  The big events continue on Saturday, Dec 3rd, at 4:30p with caroling by Seatown Sound, and at 5p, the Re-Installation of a long-lost Fremont art piece near the Fremont Rocket.  Come be the first to see this incredible addition to the Fremont art collection, and meet its artist!

Find out about all the great ways to celebrate Fremont Festivus by visiting the website, or check out the Facebook event page.  Whatever you decide to do, make sure you celebrate, and shop, locally, for some of it!


November 26, 2016

Support Fremont Artist Roger Wheeler During Retrospective In Pioneer Square

Kirby Lindsay Laney
Some of the masks made by Roger Wheeler, now on-display at TK Lofts.

Some of the masks made by Roger Wheeler, now on-display at TK Lofts.

On Thursday, December 1st, at the TK Lofts in Pioneer Square find a very special, and serious, retrospective show and sale of the art of Roger Wheeler.

Fremont’s official historian, Wheeler created much of his fantastical and charming art works here at the Center of the Universe, many of those while living in the legendary Fremont Foundry.  Nearly 50 of these unique and creative pieces of sculpture, painting and mask will be on-display in the gallery at TK Lofts.

Currently, Wheeler is in the midst of a major health crisis that could require long-time assisted medical care.  This retrospective show and sale will raise money to help defer some of his expenses.  Consider stopping by during the First Thursday Art Walk on Dec 1st and seeing what kinds of gifts and collectibles you could use for your own decorating!

If you can’t make it to TK Lofts during First Thursday, stop by the Vandenbrink Community Room there on Saturday, Dec 3rd or Sunday, Dec 4th from Noon – 5p.

And please, if you know some of the hundreds of people who Wheeler inspired during his decades in Fremont, at the Fremont Arts Council, the Fremont Sunday Market, and around the ‘hood, could you help spread the word?


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