Art By Jose Orantes

 If you are in Seattle, you know the town is buzzing with excitement under clear blue skies as we approach August, our best chance at weather for the year. That being said, we are excited to be a part of another month of the First Thursday Art Walk! (More information here: http://www.firstthursdayseattle.com/). During the summer time, this part of town is usually filled with life on the first Thursday of every month and we are proud to take part in it! Our first experience with these art walks consisted of Martin Selig's art, Seattle's best known developer and a lesser known, but just as intriguing, painter. This time we have changed it up a little bit...

Naturally, with our electric bikes that give people a chance to "ride like a kid again" as President of Seatte E-Bike, Brian Nordwall, would say, we wanted the art we debuted on our 18 foot high walls to represent that same concept. Something that is contrary than what most people would consider Seattle being, e.g. dull, gloomy, rainy. We happened to find someone who has lived here in Seattle for over thirty years who is one of the few that feels the same way as we do and his name is Jose Orantes. 


A Guatemalan artist, his early encounters with bridges, cars, and ferries of the Northwest gave him much to observe with his “ojos do extranjero” (eyes of a stranger). Bringing his love of color to bear on the Seattle landscape has resulted in a playful uplifting style he describes as “Urban Naïve.” A favorite theme is that magical moment, the union of day and night that he attempts to capture in his work.

 

For the past 11 years, Jose has worked with the artist in residency program of the Washington State arts commission, creating colorful murals in schools, community groups, and correctional institutions throughout the state. He enjoys sharing his love of color, teaching different painting, drawing techniques, and encouraging students’ feeling of self confidence so they can find their own style and become artists of tomorrow. Check out more of his art here: http://orantesgallery.com/jose/prints/

So come join us for the First Thursday Art Walk where you can enjoy some of Jose's art and check out some pretty neat electric bikes while you are enjoying some wine and aged cheese as our guests for the evening! We'd love to have you.

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