Art for the animals in Ballard
By Lindsay Peyton
Ballard artist Lisa Snow Lady is curating a show, centered on one of her favorite subject, animals.
She has invited 12 artists to join in the fun, which will double as a fundraiser for the Humane Society. The line-up includes works by Karrie Baas, Julie Devine, Marcia Douglas, Janet Fagan, Garth Hammond, Kathleen Kemly, S. Jordan Lee, Barbara Noonan, Nancy Reithaar, Karen Lee Schmidt, Phil Stoiber, Anita West, Christie West, D. Lisa West and Elana Winsberg.
The “For Love of Animals” show reception will be held on the third Thursday in February, as part of Ballard Night Out. The event is slated for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15 at BallardWorks Studios, 2856 NW Market St.
The inspiration for the show struck Snow Lady after she completed a series of collages of cats. “It’s something I was thinking about for a year, and I finally decided to do it,” she said.
Then Snow Lady approached other artists in her studio building, and they were all on board. “We had never done an animal-themed show before,” she said. “We thought it would be fun.”
Fellow artist Janet Fagan signed up right away. “Lisa and I have been crossing paths as artists for years,” Fagan said. “We both want to use our work for the greater good, and we’re attracted to the same themes and motifs.”
Fagan has portrayed wildlife in her paintings and woodblock prints, inspired by the fauna she sees on her long-distance runs. She’s also an advocate for animal rights.
“It all came together for this show,” she said. “It’s important to support animal shelters. It’s a service that’s often forgotten about; it’s something we take for granted. Animals lose their lives because of decisions we as humans make.”
Snow Lady agrees. “Any little thing we can do to help would be great,” she said.
She added that the show will feature a range of techniques, from collage and paintings to prints and mixed media. “It’s unified by the animal theme, but there’s a variety of media with the artists we chose,” she said. “So, come out, buy some art and support the artists and the animals.”
Fagan considers Snow Lady to have a unique talent as a curator. “Lisa is attracted to a certain quality of work that holds passion and expertise simultaneously,” she said. “She has a good eye for people who combine heart and skill.”
For more information about events planned as part of Ballard Night Out, visit www.ballardnightout.com.