Artist talk at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art


The Alchemy Art Center 2022 Artists in Community program features three free art events this month.

ARTIST’S WORD – friday july 224-5 p.m. at The Dome, located at 1255 Wold Rd on San Juan Island.

Alchemy Hosts Artist Talk by Local and International Collaborators Nikyta Palmisani, Juniper Blomberg, Anya Gleizer, and Pablo Fernandez Velasco, all visiting from Lopez Island. This group will discuss their projects dealing with ecological boundaries, sense of place and local food systems. Nikyta and Juniper are local Lopez artists, Anya is an artist and researcher at Oxford University and Pablo is a researcher at Trinity College Dublin. This presentation is the culmination of their collaboration.

POP-UP ART SHOWThursday July 28 6-8 p.m. at The Dome, located at 1255 Wold Rd on San Juan Island.

Come to Alchemy for this climactic pop-up art exhibition showcasing the work of June and July interns and residents Ananya Bernardo, Vince Cuadra, Maya Djiji, and Sulli Yost. These young/emerging artists will feature prints, pottery, ceramic sculptures, soft sculptures, textile arts, jewelry, t-shirts/wearables, and more. Bring your wallet and hang some original artwork for your collection. Also featured will be artwork from young mentees who have worked with this incredible team this summer. Light refreshments will be served.

ARTIST’S WORDS – Sunday July 31 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, SJIMA, located at 540 Spring St. in Friday Harbor.

This third installment of Alchemy’s Summer Artist Talk Series (in partnership with SJIMA), will feature guest artists/interns Ananya Bernardo and Vince Cuadraand local artist and founder/co-director of Alchemy Maria Michaelson.

Ananya Bernardo is a visual artist from Silver Spring, Maryland currently exploring different mediums. She mainly works with serigraphs but learns mediums like textiles, collage, ceramics and digital art. Her work uses vibrant colors to delve into personal growing pains as a medium for expression.

Vince Cuadra is a Costa Rican-Argentinian queer-trans multimedia artist born and raised in the magical city of Miami. He creates playful and colorful work that focuses primarily on identity, queer joy, nostalgia, social issues, and documentation. He makes art using a variety of media including clay, collage, painting, photography, video, and soft sculpture.

Maria Michaelson is a San Juan Islander and founder of the Alchemy Art Center. After growing up here on the island, she attended California College of the Arts. During her 20s, she practiced interactive community art and spent two years in Africa learning bronze casting, before returning to the island to focus on ceramic figurative sculpture. Hear his story, as well as the origin and inspiration behind Alchemy at his artist talk.

These events are part of Alchemy’s Artists in Community program, which is supported by the NEA, ArtsWA, San Juan Island Community Foundation, Tulalip Charitable Fund, and generous donations from members of our community. Artists in Community brings young and emerging artists from across the country to live and work on San Juan Island, and offers enriching and inspiring arts programming for free to Islanders.

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Alchemy Art Center, founded by Maria Michaelson and Eben Shay in 2017, is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to building a thriving art community on San Juan Island.

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