J.R. has come a long way since his humble beginnings growing up in California. He was one of 17 children raised primarily by his grandmother.
After an inspiring conversation with a neighbor when he was 13 years old, J.R had his first epiphany: he could forge his own path to success. He vowed to focus on his studies and excel at basketball, and eventually landed an athletic scholarship.
He first visited the Emerald City in 1981 while competing in a game against Seattle Pacific University. He instantly fell in love with the city and vowed to one day make it his home.
Meg Holgate sees our natural landscape as universal perfection. Her paintings are moments of beauty simply rendered on canvas with thin veils of muted color and quiet line-form. The framework for her system of visual storytelling is constructed through a lens that continually explores light and dark, stillness and movement, and soft focus and bolder shapes. It is in the physical act of painting and that she finds serenity and the space for infinite potential.
April started working with glass in 1997, at open access hot shop studios in her hometown of Seattle, WA. She went on to study at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia where she graduated with honors in 2004. In 2003, she changed her focus from blown to engraved glass after studying under Czech master engraver, Jiri Harcuba. Surgent exhibits, teaches and lectures internationally and has received many accolades for her work, including the Neddy Fellowship through the Behnke Foundation and a 2016 USA Ford Fellowship.
Nhatt Nichols grew up on top of a mountain in north-central Washington State. Raised by survivalist
parents, she grew up with the ability to watch and observe the world around her as a permanent outsider.
Sabah Al-Dhaher was born in Nasriyah, Iraq. At the age of fifteen he was accepted to The Fine Arts Institute-Basra in Iraq, where he lived and received his training in classical art. Sabah fled Iraq in 1991 due to his involvement in a failed uprising against the regime of Saddam Hussein at the end of the first Gulf war.
Steve Klein’s kilnforming processes provide control of a piece during construction that must be relinquished as the glass is fired in the kiln, then regained through coldworking to bring together both forces in a resolved work. His glass sculptures, readily recognized by their shapes and geometric patterns, find their inspiration in natural landscapes, masterworks of modern art, or remembered events and states of mind.
Tom was compelled to paint in 2008, having had a visionary and transformative experience. He emerged from that incident able to feel the emotion and energy of the world. His paintings convey that energy. The canvas is a platform for the energy to surface.
Tom creates artisan paints from raw oils, resins, pigments, and powders. The viscosity of the paint affects the tools Tom uses. The paint is scraped, rolled, sprayed, pulled, and dropped on the canvas. Tom’s technique is very experimental and fluid.