Reflections: September 2016

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An interview with Bellevue Club member and artist Jen Chambers p. 48

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“Art is the stored honey of the human soul.” - Theodore Dreiser

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Unearthing the nutritional benefits of artful verdue.

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Gallery owner Gunnar Nordstrom talks about how men approach art.

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An interview with member and artist Jen Chambers.

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A monthly spotlight on a BC sister club.


Uncork the Night with Bellevue LifeSpring and Leslie Chihuly.


Shop for a good cause at this unique Eastside boutique.


FRONT ROW SEATS The Bellevue Club has your ticket to world-class entertainment.


RAISE YOUR HEART RATE Follow personal trainer Jessica Hintz-Strom’s plan for a lasting burn.


THE ART OF COCKTAIL PRESENTATION Advice from a local bar consultant about how to shake, stir and serve like a pro.


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ew people know that the art director of Reflections, Bonnie Tankovich, and I have worked together for almost seven years, a timeframe that spans two different publications in two states. During our time together, we’ve produced hundreds of magazines, conducted probably close to five times that number of photo shoots and interviews, and somewhere along the way created an unparalleled friendship. It’s pretty common for coworkers to become friends, but I do think there’s a special quality to our relationship in that we work together to produce a piece of art each month. Together we experience our ideas being transformed into something tangible that’s hopefully beautiful and useful to our readers. And at its best, I think that’s the highest purpose of art—to bring people together. But it’s not just artists that get connected through arts. Another example is the community that surrounds local painter Jen Chambers, our cover girl and member profile on page 48. When I was searching for the perfect artist for this month’s issue, Bellevue Club’s community spoke loud and clear. With just a brief mention on social media, we got several nominations for Jen. It’s apparent her art has touched many members’ lives, and in return, they support her back in a really wonderful way. On an even greater scale, this issue contains interviews with artists featured in the 2016 BAM ARTSfair, a beloved community event that saw its 70th year. That’s a remarkable number of years for the Eastside community to support working artists like those on page 40. It speaks volumes about the region’s affection for the arts. So whether it’s finger-painting with your little one or enjoying a night at the museum with a significant other, I challenge you to get connected through the arts.

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Mindful Connection


rowing up, I was always an anxious kid, and my anxiety would manifest itself through a variety of different sources. For example, I was a very picky eater and therefore became worried about the source of my next meal and if I would (or more importantly) would not enjoy it. If my family was going to a movie, I would always be very anxious about getting to the theater early to make sure we got the best seats. My mother often told me that I was too worried about tomorrow to enjoy today. The only time I was able to calm down and really engage in an activity was when I was tasked with a challenge to create art. It didn’t matter the medium, it could have been a finger painting, a drawing, a dance or even a story. But once my imagination was captured, I was so focused and intent on creating the final project that worrying about the next day (or meal) didn’t seem to matter anymore. My sister and I would spend hours planning dance recitals to perform for friends and family. And I was always working on a handful of projects, whether it was a painting, a handmade gift, or next year’s Halloween costume. As an adult I find that I still encounter the same anxiety, although the sources are a bit different: sitting in rush-hour traffic on Interstate 405, or sifting through an inbox full of hundreds of emails. And again, my method to overcome this anxiety mirrors what it was as a child: to create something. Taking the time to be creative is not only a practice in mindfulness but also a cathartic experience that can change both your physical and mental state. Nowadays, the methods and resources for creativity and mindfulness are widespread. There are trendy activities, such as adult coloring books, or more classic options like putting pen to paper, cooking a new meal, taking a dance or fitness class, or starting a renovation or design project at home. Whichever outlet you choose, just create something. The end result will be the same: a state of improved health and happiness.

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CITY SCENE september 2016

UNCORK THE NIGHT with Leslie Jackson Chihuly B

ellevue LifeSpring announced its 13th annual wine tasting and auction with a new name, honorary chair and winery partnership. Leslie Jackson Chihuly, president and CEO of Chihuly Studio, was recently named the honorary chair. Both Leslie Chihuly and her husband Dale are lifetime philanthropists, and Chihuly Studio has donated pieces to Bellevue LifeSpring fundraising auctions in the past. The original Uncork the Night was held at the Chihuly Boathouse. “Chihuly Studio has supported this event for many years. Bellevue LifeSpring’s history of work in the community is ensuring a brighter future for so many children. The thing that’s so unique about this event is that it is a true celebration, combining fine wine with giving back to the community. I'm excited to join this great organization as Honorary Chair of this year's Uncork the Night,” says Leslie. Uncork the Night will also feature Quilceda Creek Vintners and their award-winning wines. Quilceda Creek Vintners specializes in premium Cabernet Sauvignon wine and has earned some of the highest ratings and reviews in the United States. Uncork the Night Patron VIP guests will be treated to an exclusive experience including Quilceda Creek Vintners wines, access to winemakers and early entrance to the event. Formerly called Wine at its Best: Wine Tasting and Auction, the newly renamed Uncork the Night benefits Bellevue LifeSpring, serving the 3,700 children and their families living in poverty in Bellevue. ➔ For more information about Uncork the Night on October 8, visit

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YOUR TICKET TO World-Class ENTERTAINMENT The Bellevue Club’s membership office now offers two opportunities for members to experience the Seattle theater scene. “We are delighted to provide an opportunity for our members to explore and expand their passion for arts and entertainment,” says Carissa Ritter, Bellevue Club’s membership director. From discounts to members-only perks, you can enjoy the theater season in style. 5TH AVENUE THEATRE New this year, the Bellevue Club offers discounted tickets to individual shows at the 5th Avenue Theatre. The exclusive seats are in row C, just a few rows from the stage. Sink into the seats and admire the theater’s Chinese-inspired design, with paintings of orange blossoms and lotus flowers decorating the walls, the center dome, a replica of that in the Forbidden City and the elaborate “Pearl of Perfection” chandelier. With classic musicals The Little Mermaid (Nov. 23–Dec. 31) and The Secret Garden (Apr. 14–May 6), a night at the 5th is an experience the whole family can enjoy. ➔ For a full list of shows and to purchase tickets, visit Be sure to use the code: BELLEVUECLUB when checking out. PARAMOUNT THEATRE When you book your Broadway at the Paramount tickets through the Bellevue Club, you can reap the benefits of a season membership while only having to commit to one show. Park in a validated lot just two blocks from the theater, then avoid the lines by entering through an exclusive theater entrance. Descend the stairs into the private lounge and enjoy complimentary Tom Douglas appetizers. Once the show starts, enjoy the best seats in the house with exclusive loge seating, the first three rows of the balcony, which is otherwise only available to season members. Don’t forget to return to the lounge during intermission for dessert. The show season kicks off October 19 with Beautiful, The Carole King Musical and includes favorites such as Finding Neverland, Mamma Mia! and Rent. ➔ For a full list of shows, visit Email to book your seats.

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RAISE YOUR HEART RATE For a lasting burn, Bellevue Club personal trainer Jessica Hintz-Strom recommends the following five exercises, which add an element of functional power to strength training. Because of the anaerobic effects of these exercises, she says the body will burn more calories after the training session is over than it would after a steady state cardio or traditional strength training session of the same duration. This is because the body is attempting to restore oxygen and return the body to a resting state (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption-EPOC for short). 24 | september 2016 reflections

A realistic goal for this circuit is to repeat each exercise for 20 seconds with 20 seconds rest, increasing working time to 30 seconds and eventually one minute while maintaining 20 seconds or less rest between exercises. Work up to three sets in a row with minimum rest.



Crouch on one side of a low bench and place your hands on both sides. Hop both feet over the top to the other side. Spend as little time with your feet touching the floor as possible. Modify this exercise by moving your hands to the back of the bench and simply jump side to side (not over the bench).


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Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Hinge forward at the waist as you raise your left foot. Push off your right foot and explode toward the left, landing on your left foot with knees slightly bent. Touch the right toes to the ground behind your left foot. Then, push off your left foot and explode back toward the right, landing on your right foot with left toes touching behind it. Repeat.



Balance in a v-sit position with your feet off the floor and a medicine ball in your hands. Rotate the torso touching the ball to the floor on each side. To modify, take away the medicine ball or place your feet on the floor.



Standing on your left foot, lift a slam ball overhead, and then use the momentum of your entire body weight to slam the ball to the ground. Without touching the right foot to the ground, bend down and pick up the ball. Repeat on the same side for an entire set before switching sides. 26 | september 2016 reflections



Stand with feet hip-width apart. Step your left foot forward and lower into a lunge, keeping the knee over the ankle. Explode off the ground, switching the position of your feet mid-air and landing back in a lunge position with your right foot forward. Repeat, alternating sides.

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COCKTAIL PRESENTATION A cocktail can be so much more than an oddly-colored liquid topped with an umbrella. A great cocktail is poised, balanced and beautiful to behold— like music for your mouth. We sat down with bar consultant Dan Yeisley, who has helped open more than a dozen bars throughout the United States and six here in the PNW, to find out how to shake, stir and serve like a pro.

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BOTTLE TALK BASICS To be a true cocktail, a beverage should contain four parts: • base spirit (e.g. rum) • acid (e.g. citrus or vinegar) • bitters (e.g. Angostura, Peychaud’s) – use sparingly, 2-3 drops only • sweet (e.g. sugar, syrup, liqueur)

TIP 2: THE STRAINER A simple way to up your cocktail game is to double strain the liquid. The holes on a cocktail shaker are quite large and allow all manner of items through like citrus pulp, herbs and ice chips. A fine mesh strainer is an inexpensive way to even out the texture of the cocktail, resulting in something you can be proud of in one easy step.

Stock the following spirits for use in dozens of different cocktails: vodka, rum, tequila, gin, Triple Sec, rye and bourbon whiskeys, and sweet and dry vermouths.

TIP 3: THE ICE Not all ice is created equally. Air bubbles and impurities can affect the overall flavor and concentration of a cocktail, so find a better ice source than the stock machine in the freezer. Better yet, make some yourself. Pour boiling water into a round metal (not glass, water expands when frozen) mixing bowl and stash in the freezer until frozen solid. Then, allow it to melt completely on the counter and refreeze it. Use an ice pick to break off pieces for beverages as you go. Or, if the idea of an ice pick is a little too Basic Instinct for you, replace the metal mixing bowl with sma ll silicon ice molds available ever y where from Ikea to Metropolitan Market.

TIP 1: THE INGREDIENTS “It’s all about seasonal ingredients,” says Yeisley. Keep it lighter in the summer; reserve warm spices like cinnamon for fall and winter. This goes for base spirits, too. For a refreshing summer cocktail, Yeisley suggests using Pisco, an underutilized but impactful spirit. Fall and winter are the perfect time to break out the whiskey and bourbon. Rye is an especially warming spirit and can have significant cinnamon tones.

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TIP 4: THE GLASSWARE As a bar consultant, Yeisley has seen establishments go way overboard on the glassware. Some have stocked 15-20 different categories of glasses. He says that many options are unnecessary. Yeisley advises a vintage perspective. The coupe glass harkens back to the golden age of the cocktail when The Great Gatsby was throwing extravagant soirees at his mansion. It used to be the only cocktail glass and was also used for champagne. In addition to a nice set of coupe glasses, the only other glassware you might really need is a 12-ounce rocks glass. If you can’t help yourself, a tall Collins glass is great for fizzes, and if you must purchase a copper mug for Seattle’s favorite cocktail, the Moscow Mule, Yeisley warns to make sure it is a stainless steellined mug to avoid copper leaching into the beverage.

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TIP 5: THE SYRUP Buying premade simple syrup is like a PNWesterner paying money for blackberries— completely unnecessary. Simple syrup is exactly that: simple. Merely dissolve equal parts granulated sugar into water by bringing it to a boil (e.g. one cup of sugar and one cup of water). Allow it to cool before using and store any extra in a glass jar with a lid for up to three weeks. Now that you’re an expert syrup wizard, start thinking outside the box. Add ginger slices after the sugar dissolves and simmer; remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes; strain with a fine mesh sieve and—voila!—a syrup perfect for a winter beverage. Yeisley suggests going herbal with a parsley-infused syrup for summer drinks. Celery makes an interesting infusion for a savory summer tonic.

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TIP 6: THE GARNISH Less is more when it comes to garnishes. “Garnishes should not be just for pretty looks. They should be part of the drink,” says Yeisley. Think of the garnish as one of the four components—perhaps some citrus peel to brighten the cocktail (the original 1778 garnish to an Old Fashioned was not an orange peel and a cherry, but rather a lemon peel). Yeisley dehydrates ginger, grinds it to a powder using a spice grinder (aka coffee grinder that you no longer grind coffee in), and uses it to make a rim coating somewhat like how margarita glasses are often dipped in salt.

FINAL WORDS OF WISDOM “If you really want to learn,” says Yeisley, “you’re just going to have to drink more.” Go to a reputable bar and start trying things to get a handle on all of the options. Ask your friendly bartender for suggestions. And, Yeisley advises, if you want serious answers, please refrain from calling said bartender a “mixologist” (especially the bearded variety).

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Load up your shopping basket with carrots, beets, potatoes and squash, and you will see that the colors of root vegetables are as vibrant and varied as the leaves of autumn. But the beauty of root vegetables isn’t just skin-deep: these veggies are loaded with a multitude of vitamins, minerals and good chemicals that benefit overall health.

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Wendy Caamano, M.S., R.D., C.D., a nutrition and fitness specialist and the Bellevue Club’s registered dietitian, enumerates the health benefits of root vegetables: “Root vegetables are awesome and have a lot of great properties for your health. They are definitely considered a whole food because they come straight from the ground and they are packed with fiber, which is good for your health and for satiety.” It’s no coincidence these foods come in a rainbow of colors. “The different colors all offer different beneficial proprieties,” Caamano says. The varied hues are caused by naturally occurring phytochemicals, which give plants their color. While the specific benefits of these good chemicals have yet to be fully explored, experts know phytochemicals to work in synergy with vitamins, minerals and fiber to boost overall health and prevent disease. “The more variety of root vegetables you eat, the more variety of color you will consume, which leads to a diet high in a variety of different antioxidants, all working together to help keep you healthy,” Caamano says.

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A REVIEW OF THE 70TH ANNUAL BAM ARTSFAIR AND A FEW OF THE ARTISTS IN 1947 the Bellevue Art Museum held its first ARTSfair, attracting 30,000 people to the then-

small town of Bellevue. Over the years, the likes of Chuck Close, Patti Warashina and Dale Chihuly have showed their chefs d’oeuvre at the event. Fast-forward to the last weekend of July 2016: thousands of people flocked to the fair to see the work of over 300 independent artists. Here’s a look at a few of the artists, what inspires them and why they love BAM ARTSfair.

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STEVE PELL Steve Pell, a first-time participant in the BAM ARTSfair, would more readily describe himself as a creative technician than an artist—“Am I am artist? Not sure. More of a technician who likes to do things very well, in a creative manner.” As a past student of geology and minerology, he brings a unique appreciation for nature and respect for the earth to the sharp, modern furniture pieces he crafts for his company Pellican Design, Inc. in Bellingham, Wash. ARTIST COMMUNITY “I do have friends that indeed inspire one another. Felix M. Solomon is a local Lummi Nation/Coast Salish master carver who brings a unique cultural and traditional element to his work. We have collaborated on numerous projects. David Scherrer is a local photographer who shoots many of my pieces, but his own artwork is stunning.” INSPIRATION “My inspiration has evolved over the years. Almost everything done now is based on some loose form of geologic or scientific origin—predominantly atomic structures and crystal forms of some sort. During a graduate course in optical mineralogy, I was fascinated by how light refracted in various minerals; the resulting images were nature’s pure art.” PACIFIC NORTHWEST “The landscape in Washington is by all means a huge source [of inspiration], from basalt columns in the Columbia Plateau to the weathered sandstone found along the coast.” MENTOR “I grew up next to a furniture designer-slash-builder [Ken Emerson] who studied with [Danish woodworker] Tage Frid at the Rhode Island School of Design. That was a major turning point: working under [Emerson] was like having a personal instructor in technique and design. What he produced opened my eyes to the limitless possibilities of almost any material. His mantra was ‘Anyone can learn technique. It takes a great deal more to create something useful, well engineered and interesting to look at.’” SUSTAINABILITY “In my eyes it’s the design [that’s important], not an exotic wood from the rain forest which may never grow back. To be able to use something like bamboo—which is essentially a grass—to create an object with a simple shape but a complex structure is very satisfying from a consumer perspective . . . There is a finite limit to everything in the earth’s crust, so it makes sense to use it wisely.” ADVICE FOR ASPIRING ARTISTS “Find a mentor or business that will provide you with the necessary knowledge to push yourself to unknown limits. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Most importantly realize we all learn differently, and your creative side may not come until after you gain experience in some entirely different pursuit.” ➔ To view Pell’s art, visit

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A longtime veteran of the BAM ARTSfair, Vicki Fish enjoys traveling the “relatively short” distance from her home in Bozeman, Montana, to Bellevue each year to display her 3-D mixed-media art. Inspired by the nature and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest, Fish creates wall art out of various materials including wood, metal and objects she finds at antique stores. BAM ARTSFAIR “It has a significant reputation; it’s well juried. I keep coming back because I get a lot of repeat customers there and there’s a lot of interest. It’s a pretty savvy crowd there—that’s not the case at all art festivals. Bellevue is a good market for me, and the people seem pretty well-educated [about art].” “I keep coming back because I do see a lot of people there who keep coming back to visit and that’s pretty nice. And that’s not just customers but also other artists. So that makes my job much more enjoyable.” PACIFIC NORTHWEST “I think [my art] resonates with people in the Northwest . . . It seems like people in the Northwest get what I’m doing and they relate to my work.” ARTIST COMMUNITY “There’s an awesome community of people out there doing [art festivals], not necessarily in your area. You get like family with these people even though you don’t see them very often. It’s a unique thing to do for a living, and it’s a pretty tight community.” “There’s a lot of shoptalk that goes around for sure [laughs]. We check out each other’s artwork and we offer suggestions. [The feedback] is meaningful.” INSPIRATION “I find inspiration mostly in nature. I do a lot of animal stuff, human nature and animals. And also I get a lot of inspiration from the stuff that I find. I do a lot mixed media and found objects . . . I’m very often inspired by the story behind the things that I find.” “Let’s say I go into an antique store and find this photograph. I look at the people and I just think about the history. I think about their life, maybe what they did, why they look how they look. It could be even a coin or something well used, or you can tell it was well loved, I just wonder about who [used] it. I’ll center a piece around that, around the history of that object.” PURSUING ART FULL-TIME “When my son was in high school, I decided I really wanted to make a change and make my living as an artist. In the summer I would load him up and drag him all over to shows, since in the summertime he wasn’t in school. And then when he graduated from high school, I started doing [my art] full-time.” ADVICE FOR ASPIRING ARTISTS “Keep making [your art], and if you want to make a living as an art festival artist, I would say go to some festivals, talk to some artists and see what you’re in for.” ➔ To view Fish’s art, visit 42 | september 2016 reflections

Though she is relatively new to the BAM ARTSfair, Amy Fields is no stranger to ceramics. She discovered her love for pottery at 8 years old and studied ceramics at Alfred University in western New York. After a few years spent wishing for someday, she quit her day job to pursue her art full-time. A resident of Portland, Ore., Fields values the natural textures of the Pacific Northwest and loves the chance to get out on the road to attend fairs and meet customers. This year at the fair, Fields was awarded one of 10 Carol Duke Artist Awards of Excellence, earning her a cash prize and a guaranteed spot in next year’s ARTSfair. BAM ARTSFAIR “It’s very well organized. The people who put it on just really know how to cater to the artists.” ARTIST COMMUNITY “Most artists work pretty solitarily, so it’s really nice to get out and meet other artists that are working in different media, because I don’t think I would get the opportunity to really meet them [otherwise].” CONNECTING WITH CUSTOMERS “It’s really nice to meet the customers who buy my work. There’s pluses and minuses of both: I do like to show work in galleries, but when I actually get to meet the customer who will take home my piece, there’s a little deeper connection there.” PACIFIC NORTHWEST “I think it’s just stunningly beautiful out here. Mostly [what inspires me] is nature, but it’s a little bit more than that. It’s kind of the repetition and the textures that happen. Sometimes you get a little bogged down with work and it gets a little bit stale, and then I go out for a hike and I get all these new ideas. I look specifically at the texture of those barnacles on a rock—they’re just so amazing. Or the way bones fit together. I collect a lot of bones out in the woods, or rocks that have really interesting patterns and textures.” BARNACLE-INSPIRED PIECES “[Smooth] pottery tends to be a little bit friendlier to the hand. I’m just always amazed by people who come up to my [barnacleinspired] spiky pieces and want to touch them. I think, well it will hurt, but you know, it’s wonderful that people want to touch even the spiky things.” WHY SHE CHOSE CERAMICS “It comes back to the tactile nature of it. It just feels very wonderful in the hand. You know, that wet clay is very smooth and sensuous, and you can manipulate it directly with your hands. I’ve never enjoyed drawing very much, but drawing in clay or carving in clay, you can have a little more direct way of going about it.” DECIDING TO PURSUE ART FULL-TIME “I had one job for 10 years in which I just kept thinking: soon I’ll be able to make my own work. And then I finally just realized that soon needed to be now. I just kind of took a leap. I just never thought that [I could figure out] how to make it financially worthwhile . . . Life’s too short, you know? You have to do what you want to do. I just think if it’s really something important to you, you make it work.”


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Reflections magazine: In your experience, do men and women have different approaches when collecting art? If so, what are those differences? Gunnar Nordstrom: “In my experience, collecting art can be very similar for men and woman, but just buying art can be very different.” “Men and women who seriously collect have specific interests, directions and a methodology toward building their collection, and while their art choices might differ, the format is similar. Both are thoughtful and knowledgeable in their purchases, and both possess a sense of direction.” “I find that men tend to be more eclectic in their choices of artists, while women tend to support one artist a little more. Not that men don’t. I just see women being more selective.” “When simply buying art for a decorative reason over collecting, women are far more particular than men. Women buy works they like regardless of the cost and overlook any decorative style and want to enjoy what they see daily. Men who aren’t necessarily collectors just seem to want it to look good to others and aren’t totally invested in what the works are.” >>>

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RM: What are some styles, mediums or artists in your gallery that often to appeal to men? GN: “For over 20 years, my gallery has had a direction of a playful and whimsical style that seemed to appeal to both men and women, and it hasn’t been until the past eight years that my gallery’s style has broadened to include a much greater variety. With this newer selection, I find that both men and women have gravitated toward an abstract style much more.” “Acrylics and oils still tend to be popular mediums; however, one artist that I carry that spans both gender’s interest paints with an oil resin on aluminum, giving the surface a shiny and reflective look that seems to have a great appeal.” RM: What are some of the biggest mistakes men make when choosing art? GN: “Mistakes men make are from making a decision too fast and off the cuff. We offer an approval service that helps eliminate anything coming back after a quick decision where it isn’t enjoyed once they get it home. This is just the inexperience of looking at art and having a foundation of what they really like.”

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“Buying work for the home spans a bit of both office approaches. You will find works that are reflective of their personal interest as well as combining a nice decorative feel.” RM: Do you have any advice for men who want to start collecting art? GN: “Collecting art takes time and isn’t to be rushed. Find a dealer you trust and someone who can guide you without regard to price, someone who can give you a sense of real value between different works and artists.” “A good collector has the ability to seek out specific works from the abundance of work out there and assemble them into a collection, where the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Not all men look at their purchases as a collection; however, many do.” “Becoming familiar with the artist, whether local or international, can help create a more sincere approach to buying art for a collection. Attending gallery openings and meeting artists is a great way to wade into the collecting world as well as expanding a social sphere. Experiencing a wide selection of art and artists helps build a direction of interest, and as in anything, the more knowledge you have the better decisions you can make.”

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Reflections magazine: Have you always been interested in fine arts? Was it a childhood passion? Jen Chambers: I did take an art class as a child, but I wouldn’t say I was passionate about art by any means. I was too busy playing outside most of the time to want to come indoors to draw or paint. I would say I’ve always been more of a creative type, though. Growing up, I was aware of the beauty of art as my mom had many of her own paintings hung on the walls of our home. Although she chose a career in finance, painting is a passion of hers as well, so I like to say it runs in my blood.


RM: What drew you to interior design before painting, and where did you get your degree? JC: After receiving my bachelor’s of art in psychology from University of San Diego, I found it quite difficult to separate my career (which was working at an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility) from my home life. I knew that wouldn’t be fair to my future family, or good for my soul, so I decided to move home and go to Bellevue College for my AA in interior design. I’ve always loved interior design, and the ability it has to completely transform a space and create a mood. I worked for a high-end residential interior designer for about five years, but once I had my first son in 2008, I started working just one day a week for her and began taking on a few jobs of my own. By 2011 and the addition of our second son, I was only taking on a select job or two and had realized that painting was the creative outlet I found more joy in. Although I absolutely love interior design and am still obsessed with all things interior, I’ve put that professional chapter to rest, in favor of my art. Painting for me is an outlet; it’s a deeper expression of myself. I begin to feel almost antsy inside if I don’t paint on a regular basis. It’s truly become a part of me now.

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member and artist Jen Chambers has a bit of a following at the Bellevue Club. With paintings now hanging in at least 10 other BC households, her large-scale works continue to catch on like wild fire. Read the following interview with her to find why.

painting process itself is an incredibly fun and emotionally freeing time for me. I have to let go of everything in my world and just be with the canvas; it’s very therapeutic. I turn up the music, dance, smile and have fun letting it all go...”

RM: What was the first painting you sold? JC: In 2007 I was hosting a party for a friend at my home, and a guest was complimenting a few pieces of my artwork. When she found out I had painted them, she asked if they were for sale. I gave her a number, and I sold my first two paintings that day! I continued to paint when time allowed, and then in 2009 I was hired by a designer to do my first commissioned pieces. RM: What is your process like? JC: The majority of my work is commissioned, and I typically meet with the client and/or their designer in their home so I can get a feel for the space. We’ll discuss what style they’d like the painting to be, colors they’d like to incorporate and measure for the correct size of the piece. With a background in interior design, I am also able to help assist, if asked, in suggesting what type of piece would best enhance the space. I’ll oftentimes ask clients to have pulled pictures from magazines to give me more of an idea of other pieces they’re drawn to. Once we have all the details nailed down, I usually estimate around three to four weeks for the painting to be completed. I always try to clear my mind before I start painting. I say a prayer and attempt to go to a completely emotionally open place. I let the painting create itself and go where it needs to go. I’ve learned you can’t force a painting to be 50 | september 2016 reflections

something it isn’t intended to be. The painting process itself is an incredibly fun and emotionally freeing time for me. I have to let go of everything in my world and just be with the canvas; it’s very therapeutic. I turn up the music, dance, smile and have fun letting it all go. I get into a vibe with each painting, and I try to maintain that same emotional state throughout painting that particular piece. I even listen to the same album on repeat to maintain that same feeling. As odd as it sounds, I’ve tried switching artists mid-painting and it always alters the painting in an odd way. I like to take a few days in between painting sessions to get away from the painting emotionally and try to see it through a fresh pair of eyes. Once the painting is complete, it’s extremely rewarding to see the painting installed in the client’s home. Somehow the paintings just seem to come to life in their intended space. RM: You have a distinct style and aesthetic. How do you develop and further that personal style? Is it hard to always maintain your style when taking commissions? JC: I’ve learned over the years how important it is to stay true to yourself. I’ve had to turn down jobs because I wasn’t comfortable with the direction they wanted the painting to go. It can be a balancing act, taking clients’ ideas and visions for a piece and interpreting them into my own style.

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I’m constantly playing around with new tools, ideas, textures and processes in my studio to grow as an artist. I love to follow other artists, interior designers and creative people online to continually inspire me and promote growth. I don’t like to name my paintings as I feel it leads the client to interpret my art in a particular way. My paintings, especially my landscape series, seem to evoke an actual emotional response, which many relate to a certain place that’s special to clients. My intention is that my art becomes almost a personal escape to that place for them. A glance at it brings them that sigh of relief or that moment of joy, which we could all use a little more of in our chaotic world. RM: What inspires you most? JC: The joy my paintings bring a client is what inspires me the most. To see their emotional reaction from something I created that will continue to bring them that same feeling on a daily basis is a powerful gift. It’s an honor to be given the opportunity to create something a person wants in their home. What inspires me personally is nature. Everything from the textures of bark, moss and rocks to abstract forms found in everyday living. A rusty item, a shadow, the natural gradation of mountain landscapes at sunset. Designs made in the sand by waves, sounds, architecture. There can be beauty and inspiration found in anything if you choose to see it. (425) 455-2204 10575 N.E. 12th St Bellevue, WA 98004 Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm Sat: 10am - 4pm 52 | september 2016 reflections

RM: What would be your ultimate dream as an artist? JC: For now I am living my dream. I have an incredibly supportive and encouraging husband, and I get to stay at home with my three children while continuing to paint consistently for wonderful clients and designers. When my children are older and in school full-time, I would love to focus more time and energy into growing my business into a full-time endeavor. My goal in the future is to have an exhibition at a well-respected gallery and to have my paintings hung in various commercial spaces, such as in hotels and restaurants. I want people to see one of my paintings and know it’s mine. I want my art to be recognized. RM: What is the biggest misconception about fine artists/painters? JC: That all artists are unorganized. I run into this a lot. People are often surprised that I always meet my deadlines and run my business in a professional and organized manner. RM: Who are some of your favorite artists/painters? JC: Jared Rue, Betsy Eby, Tracy Rocco, Franz Kline RM: Where can people see your art? JC: As the large majority of my art is commissioned, I do not stockpile many pieces. However, I do have a collection showcased at C. Michele on Mercer Island. Additionally, if a potential client wants to view my art in person, I have numerous pieces hanging in my home, and in the homes of many clients. My art can also be seen on my Instagram account, my website and my Facebook page at: bellevue club september 2016 | 53

Robert Indiana, Love, (1966-99) © 2016 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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A FRESH START FOR ART: NEW MUSEUMS You no doubt have some tried-and-true favorite museums, but consider visiting a new one in the coming year—these museums making their debut have plenty to offer art enthusiasts.

MUSEUM MACAN LOCATION: JAKARTA, INDONESIA ANTICIPATED OPENING: 2017 Businessman Haryanto Adikoesoemo saw the art scene in Indonesia flourishing, but he noticed that it was lacking something: nice museums open to the public. That led him to found the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, known as Museum MACAN, to display the work of both famous names and emerging artists. The first exhibit will feature pieces from Adikoesoemo’s collection, by everyone from pop-art icon Andy Warhol to Indonesian expressionist painter Affandi to German visual artist Gerhard Richter. The 43,000-square-foot museum will also feature an indoor sculpture garden and space for education, and there will be an emphasis on art history and research. “We want to create a platform for cultural exchanges—for Indonesian art to be brought to the world, and for world art to be brought to Indonesia,” Adikoesoemo told Agency France-Press. “I believe that by appreciating and understanding art, we can improve our quality of life.” ••• bellevue club september 2016 | 55

REMAI MODERN LOCATION: SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA ANTICIPATED OPENING: 2017 With a goal to deliver thought-provoking art and expansive learning experiences, the Remai Modern in downtown Saskatoon will feature 11 gallery spaces, along with a learning center, a restaurant, and indoor and outdoor lounges. The museum won’t be a place to passively gaze at art— here, the creators envision a space where people can actively participate in the creative process. The permanent collection features more than 8,000 works, notably including 405 linocut prints from Pablo Picasso— the most comprehensive such collection in the world—donated by museum namesake Ellen Remai. “Through the Picasso linocuts, Ellen Remai brought something of great significance to Saskatchewan,” said the gallery’s executive director and CEO, Gregory Burke. “This gift was foundational to the development of Remai Modern’s vision: to be a stage on which globally circulating knowledge is infused with a locally relevant perspective.” Philanthropist Frederick Mulder added an additional linocut, plus 23 ceramic pieces by the iconic modern artist.

MORE MUSEUMS OPENING SOON Focused on everything from history to music, these museums will be debuting in the coming year:

••• >> The Bass Location: Miami Beach, Florida Anticipated Reopening: December 1, 2016 Although not a completely new museum, The Bass will be getting a whole new look. With an almost 50 percent increase in programmable space, the international contemporary art museum will reopen with three solo exhibitions from Swiss-born Ugo Rondinone, Argentinean-born Mika Rottenberg and Cameroonian-born Pascale Marthine Tayou. >> Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Anticipated Opening: 2017 Designed by Frank Gehry, this museum is part of a planned complex of arts and cultural institutions on Saadiyat Island, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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>> National Museum of African American History & Culture Location: Washington, D.C. Anticipated Opening: September 24, 2016 President Barack Obama helped break ground on this museum in 2012, which has nearly 100,000 charter members. >> Museum of Modern Electronic Music Location: Frankfurt, Germany Anticipated Opening: 2017 This museum will cover all things electronic music, from wardrobe and graphic design to historic influences and instrument technology. >> Museum of the American Revolution Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Anticipated Opening: April 19, 2017 George Washington’s camp cups, the first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence, and a wooden cookie board from the Superintendent of Bakers in the Continental Army are just a few of the artifacts you’ll find here.

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CLUB REFLECTIONS your community. your club.



Pick up the Fall Youth Newsletter to get more information about upcoming session classes and camps.

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This gorgeous Bellevue home was listed for 468 Days with 3 other agents. The Deol Group sold it in 11 Days for $3,625,000.


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BRAIN TRAINING september 2016

Working out your brain is just as important as working out your biceps, so consider this your monthly dose of cognitive strength training.

SUDOKU INSTRUCTIONS: Fill the grid so that every column, every row and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1-9.



*SOLVED PUZZLES: Flip the magazine upside down to view the solved puzzles.

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