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Search for Meaning Festival

2017 Search for Meaning Art

Search for Meaning 2017 Artists

Search for Meaning 2017 featured a special art exhibition that highlighted work of existential reflection in the Vachon Gallery. The art showcase theme featured over 30 artists and their works exploring the following questions: What does it mean to be a human being? Who am I? What am I? What is my place in this world? What is this world about? How do our actions and creative activities make our lives meaningful?

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Salma Aratsu

Aratsu’s work with continuous and lyrical line is influenced by her native culture and her residence after marriage in Iran and Kuwait before coming to the US in 1987.

Born into the Sindhi, Hindu tradition in her native India, she later embraced Islam through her marriage. At birth, Ms. Arastu was given the life-defining challenge of a left hand without fingers. Seeing the unity of an all-encompassing God, she was able to transcend the barriers often set-forth in the traditions of religion, culture and the cultural perceptions of handicap.

She has almost 40 solo shows to her credit, several awards including East Bay Community’s fund for artists in 2012, three works in public places, and three published books of her poems and paintings.  Aratsu has been invited to Germany twice, first on artist residency in 2000 and In 2011, Westphalia Wilhelm University in Münster, Germany invited to publish her paper, ”Art Informed by Spirituality,” in the publication on the International Symposium: God Loves Beauty: Post Modern Views on Religion and Art.

Susan Arens

Arens moved to the northwest in 2004 after 20 years in the Boston area and a childhood spent hopscotching around the U.S. She studied English and Communications in college with a minor in Studio Art. Following college, she took classes at several Boston area fine art institutions and continued this practice in the northwest. She is married, with three grown children and lives on Bainbridge Island.

Her work has evolved from traditional oil painting and drawing to include encaustics and mixed media. Her subject matter varies but figure drawing has remained a constant since her college days. More recently, she has experimented with charcoal, oil stick, collage, thread and paper in encaustic figures and abstract paintings. The challenge of working in wax and the amazing luminosity of the pigments keeps her happily busy in her studio most afternoons.

Arturo Arujo

Arturo Arujo was born in the Caribbean city of Barranquilla, Colombia in 1967. He joined the Jesuits in 1986 and was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1999. Arujo moved to the United States in 2001 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Seattle University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cornish College of the Arts, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico. Currently he is a professor of arts at University of San Francisco and continues producing his artwork in his own studio, “Inside River Studio,” located on the University of San Francisco Campus.

Araujo’s artwork can be seen in different venues at the Library of the Congress, the Library of Seattle University, the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court House in Albuquerque and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Araujo combines ceramics and printmaking media creating a complex alliance of art; each is one of the most demanding craft oriented types of media. Araujo’s intent is to create a deep work made on multiple layers to express the complexity of life and contemporary spirituality. His work is a visual meditation that seeks reconciliation and identity, a fundamental aspect of his own spirituality as a Jesuit Catholic priest and artist. His work has been shown in Colombia, USA, Mexico, Italy and Canada.

Nathan Barnes

Nathan Barnes was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Though a non-believer, his Mormon upbringing in an overwhelmingly Mormon community occupies a substantial chunk of his personal experience. Barnes received a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Utah, where he was a Carmen Christensen Award recipient and a finalist for the Anne Cannon Scholarship. He received an MFA in studio art from Idaho State University.  Barnes is currently an adjunct member of the art faculty at Pierce College and program coordinator for The Gallery at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College. He lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife and three children.

Conrad Bishop

Conrad Bishop currently resides in the Seattle area. Born in Oklahoma, he grew up in various regions of the U.S.  and in Canada.  Bishop began working with glass early in high school and honed his skills further at the Alberta College of Art and Design where he received a BFA in 2012 with a focus on glass. That year he was the recipient of the college’s Large Glass Award as well as the Board of Governors Award.

 Bishop has since continued to share his enthusiasm for the glass medium and the creative process in general through demonstrations, instruction, and volunteer youth programming. Bishop has spent the last four years living in the Yukon Territory of Canada where he was a founding member of Lu Mel Studios. He has since served as visiting artist for the Tulsa Glassblowing School in Tulsa, Oklahoma and at Fire Studio in Denver, Colorado. Bishop’s work is exhibited in galleries in Oklahoma, Colorado, and Washington.

Nellien Brewer

Nellien Brewer is a South African artist. She was born in Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal, in 1961. She qualified as a Landscape Architect from the University of Pretoria in 1982, and spent the next 20 years in this profession. Fine arts, however, always remained her first love, and she enrolled for the BVA degree at Unisa (University of South Africa) which she completed in 2011.

Brewer has participated in a number of local and international exhibitions such as the Ekurhuleni National Fine Arts Awards/ Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards where she was one of the ”Top 15” artists in 2008 and 2014, and received the ”Art on Paper” merit award in 2009. Her work was selected for the national Sasol New Signatures competition in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2011 one of her works was selected for the CIVA Biennial Conference Juried Exhibition at Biola University, Los Angeles.

In 2013 her work was selected for the Me.Ek exhibition, which was curated by Prof Elfriede Dreyer for the ABSA KKNK in Oudtshoorn, and in 2015 she was invited to participate in the Vera World Fine Arts Festival in Lisbon. In 2016 Brewer’s work was selected as one of the “Curator’s Choice” works in the Vision: An Artist’s Perspective exhibition at Kaleid Gallery, San Jose, California. Her work was also included in the 2016 Search for Meaning Book Fair Art Exhibition at Seattle University.

Brewer is interested in man’s search for meaning against a background of natural complexity, and started working extensively with text during 2007. She is currently working on a series of works which each contain an entire book of the Bible. She employs a variety of media in her art making, and her work has become increasingly computer-based as digital drawing facilitates a level of detail impossible to achieve by hand.

Her work is represented in the permanent exhibitions of UNISA and the WWB Foundation, as well as numerous private collections both local and international.

Trevor J. Brown

Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, Trevor Brown moved to Seattle in 2008 to pursue studies at Seattle University. After realizing the broadness of his interests, he declared psychology as his major as it offered a middle ground that bridges philosophical pursuits with biology. As a foundation though, he is deeply interested in the human person and has spent the last four years working in mental health.  He currently works as a specialist in dialectical behavior therapy in the Department of Psychiatry at Harborview Medical Center. In addition, he has become involved in tutoring students in chemistry, biology and mathematics at Seattle Central College. Brown pursues an artistic process that seeks to meld, synthesize, and process his experiences gathered in mental health work, tutoring, and academic studies.

Rachel Brumer

Rachel Brumer was born in Oakland, California. She graduated from Mills College with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, and worked as a professional dancer in Oakland, Seattle and New York, including a short stint with Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Upon retirement from dance, she went back to school and studied American Sign Language and holds a degree from Seattle Central Community College in Interpreting.

Her artwork is in public collections around the country including the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, Harborview Hospital, Swedish Hospital, Legacy Emanuel Hospital, the University of Washington Special Collections, the King County Art Collection and the Seattle Arts Commission, as well as others. Exhibitions include, Fiberart International, Quilt National, Visions, Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Gregg Museum, Ross Art Museum, Whatcom Museum, Texas National, Bellevue Arts Museum and solo exhibitions at Grover/Thurston Gallery and Friesen Gallery, Seattle, Washington, among numerous others.

Awards include, Fiberart International, Quilt Visions, Artist Trust Fellowship and Gap Awards and Quilt National. She was also awarded a residency at Jentel, Banner, Wyoming. Teaching experience includes three residencies at Mission Creek Correctional Facility in Belfair, Washington and the Seattle Public Schools. Currently she is an artist in residence with the Pat Graney Co at Yeller Terrace.

Kalina Chung

Kalina Chung received her BFA from the Three Dimensional Forum Program (3D4M) at the University of Washington in June 2016. During her time at UW, she was involved with the Glass Art Society (GAS) as a student liaison and is featured in the 2015 GAS International Student Online Exhibition. In 2016, Chung participated in multiple student shows and presented her solo exhibition. She also showed in the King Street Station, Seattle, Washington, and was an Emerge 2016 finalist for Bullseye Glass’s biennial international juried show in Portland, Oregon. She was a lead intern for the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, giving her the opportunity to curate and install multiple shows. At “The Jake,” along with interning at the Henry Art Gallery, Chung worked on exhibitions for the Trisha Brown Dance Company and artist Ann Hamilton.

Randy Dixon

Randy Dixon has always had a strong interest in both art and architecture, and he pursued both careers in tandem; teaching, working, and studying both subjects simultaneously. In his 30+ years as an artist and architect, Dixon has earned multiple degrees in both art and architecture from the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, and the California College of Arts and Crafts. He worked for noted architectural firms, traveled through Europe for architectural research with the Plym Traveling Fellowship and obtained his architect license in both Illinois and California. His ideas and developments in one of his two fields have always strongly influenced his work in the other. While Dixon’s art is based on one's metaphorical experiences with the building and its elements, his architecture strives for an aesthetic with poetic meaning for the user beyond fulfilling basic environmental concerns.

In 1994, Dixon established Randy Dixon, Art + Architecture to develop his conceptual art in more depth and practice architecture in a more artful and unique way. In his art, Dixon explores common architectural elements and interprets them metaphorically, expressing the deeper meanings through thought provoking archiSculptures. One of his architectural focuses has been on the design of religious buildings, worship spaces, liturgical furniture and religious art as a consultant with the Oakland Diocesan Committee for the Environment and Art for Catholic Worship.

Amy Ferron

Amy Ferron is a painter and fabric artist whose hard-edged shapes create their own fantastic worlds. Decades spent as a master quilter inform her painting style, translating from fabric into paint and collage the artful play of geometries that she uses to define space with light and dark.  Ferron’s paintings have been exhibited at the Washington State Convention Center, CoCA, Kirkland Arts Center, Ryan James Fine Arts and numerous other local galleries and juried shows.

In her recent series, Ferron upcycles old atlases and charts to create abstract landscapes. These pieces reflect the beauty of the planet and the climatic changes that are occurring.

Randi Ganulin

Randi Ganulin grew up in Los Angeles, concentrating on drawing and photography while still in high school. Ganulin worked as a designer and illustrator for nearly a decade before returning to school for her graduate studies in photo-based media. She was awarded the Javits Fellowship in the Visual Arts in 1994, and received her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 1996. Her work has been shown in numerous venues across the US and is included in several public collections, including the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado. She lives just outside of Seattle with her husband and two children and is an associate professor in the Department of Fine Art at DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, WA.

Anyuta Gusakova

Growing up in Vladivostok, Russia, Anyuta Gusakova gravitated to art early on. At age 10, she was hand-selected to attend the prestigious Young Talents program, a four-year extensive art curriculum focused on classical forms. From 1992 to 1995, Gusakova freelanced with the Vladivostok Porcelain Factory as a sculptor, learning porcelain and plaster techniques. This work would lead to her first solo show of porcelain sculptures at the Sukhanov Historical Museum in 1995.

In 2000, she began her studies at Stroganov University of Art and Design in Moscow, one of Russia's oldest classical art schools. Here Gusakova completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture. From 2001 on, she freelanced as lead-sculptor for privately commissioned sculptural projects across Russia and Europe. In 2007, she was a finalist on the fifth international sculpture competition, Oeuvre de Faience, held at the musée départemental Breton at Quimper in Brittany, France.

In 2009, Gusakova decided to relocate to Vancouver, Canada in order to pursue a career focused on developing her craft. Since then, she has been focusing on refining her own vision in diverse mediums including painting, sculpture, drawing and various combinations of those. In 2010 she was chosen among other artists to represent Vancouver at the Vancouver Winter Olympics Urban Art Exhibition at Cypress Mountain. In 2013 she became a finalist of city of Vancouver’s IRONCLAD ART manhole cover design challenge. Recently she launched her first-ever porcelain collection, ANYUTA, which focuses on high-end design objects and coveted replicas of her original sculptures in fine porcelain.

Gusakova and her art were featured in The Westender, The Vancouver Sun, MonteCristo Magazine, The Source, The Province, Canadian Immigrant, Vancouver Courier, Georgia Straight and Global TV News.

Christopher Hartshorne

Christopher Hartshorne received his BFA in Illustration from the Columbus College of Art & Design (1996) and his MFA in Printmaking from the Tyler School of Art (2009). His work is included in several public and private collections including the Woodmere Art Museum, Hudson County Community College and Brooklyn Art Library. Recent exhibitions include Pressure Points (2015) at Savery Gallery in Philadelphia and Graphic Coordinates (2014) at Griffith University, Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia. His woodcuts have also been exhibited at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Delaware Art Museum, The Romanian Academy in Rome, and The Fleisher Art Memorial Wind Challenge series. Christopher has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, and with many public schools connected art programs throughout Philadelphia. Christopher currently lives in Bellingham, Washington and teaches at Western Washington University.

Evan Horback

Evan Horback uses found or rejected print material to visually express stories of identity and the complexity of cultural membership. He attempts to draw the viewer into a dialogue between overlapping modes of expression - the photographic excerpt and the gestural pattern - exploring cultural equivalence and visual mutability.

Horback centers himself, clears his mind, and gets into a creative space by gleaning through damaged books or discarded imagery. He searches for an archetypal image or a guttural response to an advertisement or text fragment. Horback’s work is personal and political as the process of cutting, tearing, adding or subtracting complicates the fragments to change their history and invites the viewer to find their our own narrative meaning in them.

Patrick Howe

Patrick Howe was born into a family of nine children in Portland, Oregon in 1951. He showed promise as an artist early on with an obsession for drawing. He got his first set of oil paints at eight-years-old when walking past a frame shop with his father. Howe begged his father to go into the frame shop to look at a reproduction of Van Gogh’s “Wheatfield With Crows” that was visible through the window.  He stared at it in wonder. Next to the print was a set of oil paints and brushes and Howe immediately knew they were meant for him. The floor of his bedroom became his studio.

Howe went on to receive awards in high school for outstanding achievements in art, mechanical drafting and architecture. Part of his high school schedule was to spend some days at a professional architecture firm doing manual mechanical drafting and to learn more about architecture. When he was 15 years old, Howe had his first one person art exhibition in the lobby of US Bank, in Portland. In the show he displayed portraits, square-rigger sailing ships and imaginative abstracts. The show was reviewed favorably in the Oregonian by columnist Doug Baker.

In 1970 Howe entered Pacific Northwest College of Art, where he received two fellowships. During this time he also developed an interest is philosophy, theology, eastern religion, and psychology, which remain themes that he continues to work with in his artwork today. After graduating from art school, Howe became the Head Preparator at the Portland Art Museum, which involved installing exhibitions in over 20 galleries and gave him an intimate knowledge of many of the world’s most famous works of art. In 1975 he completed a sculpture project for the Oregon Arts Commission.

In 1976 Howe moved to Colorado and continued painting. In 1980 he was selected by the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities (CCAH) to conduct workshops and classes throughout the state. He was also selected to be a member of the CCAH Chautauqua Tour, which included 40 artists of every discipline (musicians from the Denver Symphony Orchestra, actors from the Denver Theatre, and dancers from the Denver Opera) and he was the only painter that year to be chosen out of thousands of visual artist applicants. He also lectured on the topic of art and the evolution of human consciousness at Colorado State University.

Howe has exhibited his work in many galleries and has participated in two juried exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, and had a one person show at the Loveland Art Museum in Colorado.  He was also an award winning graphic designer, and produced branding, logos, calligraphy and illustrations for many Fortune 500 companies.

In 2004 Howe opened Patrick Howe Gallery in Seattle, where he showed his artwork, curated exhibitions and held painting classes. In 2014 the gallery was closed due to gentrification. During his time at the gallery he wrote, “The Awakening Artist: Madness and Spiritual Awakening in Art.” The book was nominated for the Robert Motherwell Book Award in 2014 for outstanding and original thinking on the topic of Modernism in Art. The book was written for students of art and it reflects Howe’s life- long interest in philosophy, theology, eastern religion, and psychology and art history. Since the close of Patrick Howe Gallery in 2014, Howe has dedicated his creativity exclusively to the development of the post personal project. Today he lives and works in Tangletown, in Seattle, Washington.

Mira Lane

As an artist and technologist, Mira Lane finds it hard to draw where one line begins and the other ends. As a creative, she did not foresee herself working in the corporate environment. Yet, she is currently employed as a UX Architect at Microsoft. Whether asked or not, she cannot resist the temptation to bring her creativity to certain aspects of technology, from the way we interact with computers and software to how we go about building user experiences to ultimately, how our products contribute to users in meaningful ways. Lane loves the craft, visual beauty, simplicity and artisanship that come with building something new in art and technology.

She believes that corporations need the power and insights of creative individuals in order to weave soul and humanness into form and matter. In this way, there exists a natural tension, for corporations spend enormous amounts of energy in creating systems and processes so that each one of us continues to operate as a cog in the big mechanical wheel. The natural instinct of the creative soul is to resist this movement, to resist the attempt to place one in a specific mold, and to instead break through to question and nurture the creative process, reveling in the possibilities of what one can do with technology. There is meaningful dialogue to be had between the machine and the soul.

Lane considers herself a polymath and lifelong student. She explores ideas and emotion through her video art and printmaking. She has a background in mathematics and computer science. She believes in the intangible contributions of nature to the soul and it serves as the source of her artistic inspiration.

Carolyn Peck Luark

Carolyn Peck Luark was born in 1959 in Aberdeen, Washington. Her childhood passions included art, books, the ocean and the natural beauty of coastal Washington. During high school, Luark worked for four years at the local library as well as the summer arts programs sponsored by the city. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art degree from Central Washington University, focusing on drawing and oil painting. Prior to embarking on an MFA, she moved back to Aberdeen, got married and worked at a local forestry office to save and finance an advanced degree.

Luark eventually received her Masters of Fine Arts from Washington State University with a focus on drawing, painting and printmaking. She taught beginning design and drawing courses to entry level art students while attending graduate school and creating her master’s thesis.

After finishing up at WSU, Luark and her husband moved back to western Washington, in Issaquah. She started her teaching career at Bellevue Community College as an Oil Painting instructor in their Continuing Education program. She later worked as an Adjunct Instructor in the Academic program, teaching a variety of entry level art courses. In 1993, Luark was hired with a full-time teaching appointment, a position she held for 22 years and 12 of those as Chair of the Art Department.

In 2015, Luark decided to embark on her own “Artist Search for Meaning” by stepping down from her academic position and focusing on studio work. Teaching full time as well as administrative responsibilities left little opportunity for Luark to develop her own art work. This past year, 2016, she has created two main bodies of work– one being the “Suspended Still-Life Series.”

Fiona McCargo

Fiona McCargo has a BFA in Fiber Arts from the University of Washington and an MPL in Urban Design from the University of Southern California. She uses fibers, paints, makes jewelry and soaps, illustrates and writes books for children, and is handy with power tools. In her work, she enjoys creating narratives through words and images and likes to link art with social, historical, and political issues. She enjoys relaxing by large bodies of water, preferably oceans.  McCargo is both playful and practical. More recently she has challenged herself athletically to meet certain fitness set points including slowing her workout down with yoga and trying to see and honor the light in others.

Hanako O’ Leary

Hanako O'Leary (aka HannyaGrrrl) is an artist, half breed and warrior queen. She lives and works in Seattle, Washington. Using a combination of social media communications, comic book-style illustration and ceramic sculpture, her work explores the modern feminist agenda from a millennial lifestyle and biracial perspective.

O’Leary received an extensive arts education within institutional walls and beyond. Starting in the Midwest, she received her BFA in painting and ceramic sculpture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. O’Leary holds an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University, where she concentrated her studies on city funded and socially engaged public art.

Currently, O’Leary’s special areas of study are in Edo period Japan, comic illustration, intersectional feminism and, of course, smashing the patriarchy.

Michael Pritchett

Michael Pritchett is an oil painter born in Denton, Texas in 1967. Drawing at an early age, he began painting around 1990 when he studied Art History at The University of North Texas. After college. There he began to travel and has since lived in Germany, Prague, Los Angeles, New York. He now lives in Seattle where he attended the Gage Academy of Art.

Kathleen Rabel

Kathleen Rabel’s painting, sculpture, and prints are shown throughout the United States and internationally. Rabel was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholars grant to go to Portugal where she created iron sculpture using traditional Portuguese methods. These methods were documented in Recent Sculpture: A Portuguese Voice. She was invited to be one of 25 artists representing the United States in an exhibition with the Contemporary Print Artists of Paris. She is an artist-in-residence at the Abbey of San Vincenzo in southern Italy, and a co-founder and artist-in-residence at Seattle’s experimental workshop + = studio blu = +, which is focused on art on paper.

Rabel’s international exhibitions include Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Japan, China, Korea, Portugal, Italy, Israel, Russia, France, Mexico, and Canada. National exhibitions include Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Walker Art Center, Rhode Island School of Design, Carnegie Institute, Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and The Henry Gallery at the University of Washington. Rabel’s intaglio work ”Paraclete,” was acquired by The British Museum for their Collection of 20th Century Prints and Drawings and the publication, Kathleen Rabel: Selected Prints, was accepted into the archives of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France.

Kathleen Rabel has a Bachelor of Arts degree (painting) and a Master of Fine Arts degree (print art) from the University of Washington.

Andrew Robinson

Robinson’s work begins with a preliminary sketch, which evolves as a discussion between himself and the work. The artist reacts to it throughout its process until finally it reaches what Robinson describes as a soul. Although maintaining some formalism, the series expressively uses multimedia and collage. Processes symbolic of chance and control, expressive gesture and precise intent, interact as and with illusionistic form, the life and history of each piece mapped out in its image. Assumptions made out of general perception, such as perspective and weight, are denied belief, suspending the viewer in a tense yet saturated psycho-emotional state. These paintings vie to be viewed as both an object and an image. This is metaphoric of not only the tidal relationship between our own perceived and physical identities, but expressing the desire of the art itself to manifest and interact with us and our world. Recently, Robinson has been organizing these visually expressed ideas in a series as poems.

Mikhail Roque

Mikhail Roque's abstract portraits create a dialogue surrounding projected identity through the use of found imagery and monotype prints. Roque is fascinated with the idea of interpersonal cultural exchange, primarily how an individual molds their identity from external influences (i.e. institutions, different forms of media, and society at large.) This interest stems from internalizations of his youth in Manila, Philippines. During the 1990’s to early 2000’s, globalization and western pop-culture influence peaked in Southeast Asia through new platforms.  These served to refashion his generation, redefining and shaping what it means to be a 21st century Filipino. Roque’s portraits are his method through which he strives to achieve the balance between his cultural heritage and western influence, to find where he truly belongs in our world.

Miha Sarani

Visual artistMiha Sarani, born and raised in Ljubljana, Slovenia, received a BFA from the University of Washington. His work has been displayed at fine art museums and galleries, featured in art journals and on music album covers.  Sarani’s Koncentrik Painting series and several other works are on permanent display at the University of Washington. He is also very passionate about music and is currently working on compositions for a project. Sarani lives and works in Seattle, and his work can be seen at


Shyun Song

Born and educated in South Korea, Song moved to the United States in 1989. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Education from Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea. Her work experience includes 15 years as a banker in Korea and three years teaching in Los Angeles. After moving to New York in 2000, Song studied at the Art Students League of New York with William Scharf. She is currently painting full-time at her home studio.

It took Song several decades to return to her first love: art. In grade school, she was a self-motivated young artist. During her adolescent years, however, the scope of her curiosity about life widened and art seemed too narrow a path for her. In college, the motto of Song’s major, self-realization, inspired her and became an enduring theme in her life. While she was writing a critical analysis on children's biography for her Master's degree, Song was convinced of the fullness of the human potential.

She enjoyed her banking career for its constantly challenging situations, which required her to develop the wide spectrum of her potential. Teaching, however, was not for Song, though she found it rewarding. When she began drawing at the League, she found herself feeling immediately at home. Resuming art meant a homecoming after a long excursion. “Art satisfies me fully, since it demands all of my being and that of the viewer, too. I believe that a total rapport through art can expand our souls,” Song says.

Her work has been exhibited at The Katonah Museum of Art in New York, Porch Gallery Ojai in California, The Hyde Bridge Gallery at The Yeats Society in Sligo, Ireland, Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Maryland, and more recently at ARC Gallery in Chicago.

Kathryn V. White

Kathryn White is an artist, published author, and mystical cosmonaut. Her art has been described as bright, bold, dynamic, potent, playful and expressive. People often tell her that her art makes them feel happy.

Her book, Rumble Tumble Joy: A Journey for Healing, Inspiration, and Wholeness, was a 2014 Wishing Shelf Book Award finalist. She also writes life-affirming short stories for adults and children.

White has a love for variety, color and the frosting-like consistency of acrylics as well as the infinitude of papers to create collages and mixed media pieces. She uses watercolor, ink, and other materials. She has a passion for the cosmos and is continually drawn to its mystery and expansiveness. As such, circles frequently find a home in her art. While she is inspired by all kinds of art, she is particularly drawn to contemporary Australian Aboriginal art and Expressionism.

Art provides her with structure for continual learning and is an important part of her spiritual practice. It gifts her with wonder, expands her perspectives, challenges her to master new skills, and brings her to a state of focused awareness. It sometimes acts as an avenue for meditation. White’s art brings her joy and helps move her through dark days. Her overall intent behind her creations is to help transform our world to be a healthier, wiser, and more joyful place to live.

Matthew Whitney

Matthew Whitney is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and pedestrian. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington, and enjoys going for walks with his family. His work can be viewed at

Ashba Zulfiqar

Born in 1991, Ashba Zulfiqar is an aspiring watercolor artist residing in Seattle, Washington. Originally born in Lahore Pakistan in a household filled with artistic and creative people, she was exposed to drawing at an early age.

Zulfiqar’s true dedication to creating art began at the end of her high school education, during which she had taken every advantage to involve herself in art classes and projects.. After mastering her technical skills, she began to explore ideas regarding surreal concepts and started creating pieces from her imagination with little to no reference..

Zulfiqar’s artistic process usually begins with a single emotion or a figure of speech. She uses a strong and vibrant color palette along with symbolic images to portray abstract concepts in a meaningful visual representation. Her medium of choice is watercolor, which she uses in both a tight detailed manner and in a much looser style. Both styles used in a single composition create a focal point and leave areas for the organic nature of the medium to express its own beauty. Along with her watercolor pieces, her sketchbook illustrations utilize a wider array of mediums including watercolors, ink, pen, markers and pencil.

The inspiration comes from her own experiences as well as the common emotions that link all humans, thus making her goal to create artwork that presents not only a glimpse into her personal life, but also something with which the viewer can connect.