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Opening Reception:
“Mayfly” – Claire Mack and Barbie Stattman

Opening on January 13th, 2016, Urban Light Studios presents “Mayfly”, featuring Barbie Stattman and Claire Mack. Their bodies of work create wonder, whimsy, and a sense of the ephemeral through the use of magical realism.

Barbie Stattman is a freelance artist from Colorado Springs, CO. She attended the College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia and earned a BFA in Illustration in 2016. She expresses her love for visual storytelling by incorporating her fascination with history, folklore, and surrealism into organic, decorative compositions.

Claire Mack is a native Californian, though spent most of her life in the cool, rainy, moss-covered NW. She earned a BFA from the California College of the Arts in Painting. Viewing artmaking as a source of transcendence, she believes that art has a profound healing influence on artist and viewer alike. Her work portrays figurative images, symbolic beings that represent inner experiences. She often uses imagery from nature hoping to provide a common visual language that is both soothing and provocative.

Opening night features live music by Justin Chan.

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Closing Reception:

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Opening on December 9th, “Sentient” brings together the newest body of work from Veronica Mortellaro. Using ink and watercolor, Veronica explores what it means to be fully human. Each of her works feels familiar and intimate, haunting yet sensual. Veronica’s medium forces serendipitous moments, casting figures that represent both strength and frailty.

Veronica grew up in Fort Collins, earning her BFA at Colorado State University. Prior to relocating to Seattle, she developed chronic pain that would change her life. The figures in her work represent not only the sorrow and fear she has experienced, but the sensuality, power, and human connection that emerged.

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In late February we had the crew of DList Magazine back at ULS for a photo shoot geared towards finding their next cover girl.  There was a bevy of beauties in every room gettin their hair and make-up did and multiple sets going on all at the same time.  What could appear as quite the frenzy was a very impressively organized photo shoot.  Our hats off to DList for making our space look so damn good!  Here are a couple behind the scenes photos as well as a behind the scenes video courtesy of DList Magazine and the issue featuring the images captured that day.

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The month of December is synonymous with glad tidings festival lights and holiday mayhem.  Come celebrate the season at Urban Light Studios on Friday December 13th as we pay an artistic tribute to the history of National Lampoon featuring the work of over 40 of Seattle’s finest artists and performers.  We will be screening Christmas Vacation throughout the evening and serving up some tasty refreshments!

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