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Bicycles & Beer, and a sunny afternoon


"Bikes & Brew" Poster by Kelly Affleck

“Bikes & Brew” Poster by Kelly Affleck

So I’m a couple weeks late on the post here. I’ve been vacationing in Ocean Shores with my family, not that that’s any excuse. The Bicycle & Beer Show was a smashing success! The live music was incredible, the art spoke for itself, the giveaways from GHY were great, the weather was beaming, and everyone was having a ball. Thank you everyone who came out and helped make this a fantastic event. These are just some of the photo’s from the event. Enjoy!


Evan plays his version of the Saved by the Bell theme song

Evan plays his version of the Saved by the Bell theme song

"Pedal for your Pints" My own embroidered contribution to the show

“Pedal for your Pints” My own embroidered contribution to the show

"My Old Bike" by Dave Cohen, Pen and Ink

“My Old Bike” by Dave Cohen, Pen and Ink

Mossy Tree

On our way to see “Snowpiercer” at the SIFF Uptown theatre in lower Queen Anne last week, we wondered into Caffe Ladro. So glad we did! Not only did we get a excellent cup of joe, but we got to experience these wonderful pieces of art.

wa-stateMossy Tree Mercantile by Lashem Anderson are wonderful photographs of nature like I’ve never seen. Sweet, soft, welcoming, simple, and complex.

This young photographer studies at Bellevue College and her work shines with a love of nature. As a young girl she wanted to be a postcard photographer, and I can’t wait to see these on a postcard. You do your thang Lashem Mossy Tree Anderson, I am excited to see how this work grows and develops.


illustration on wood

My Etsy find of the day. Almost all of the info about this shop is written  in German, so I can only know that these are adorable, and all you should visit the shop. il_570xN.578534991_j4nlleschiwelt.

“Bicycles and Beer”, A Poster Art Show








“Bicycles and Beer”, A Poster Art Show
Exhibiting Saturday, August 2nd thru Monday November 3rd 2014
At The Whistle Stop Ale House
809 S. 4th St.
Renton, WA. 98057
Show description:

What would be better than an art show based around Bicycles and Beer? That’s right, absolutely nothing. So whatever plans you had for June can wait, because this is your chance to be a part of just such a show. The Whistle Stop Ale House in downtown Renton is hosting the first, Bicycles and Beer Poster Art Show. Art will be framed in either an 11×17 or 18×24 frame, and hang in the Whistle Stop from August – October 2014. Original Poster Art will be for sale at the price set by you, the artist. A Limited edition of 5 posters will be made and sold at $20 a poster. The house will take 25% of all sales.

Open to all artists 18 years and older. Submit only work completed in the last two years. 2-D, painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, and photography and 11×17 or 18×24 in poster size (may submit two images).
All work must be suitably framed/mounted or wired for installation. The juror reserves the right to disqualify any work not suitably presented, or any work appearing not to correspond to the entry image.
Entry Procedure:
Two images may be submitted and all work must be in jpg form. The file name should be as follows: Artist’s name-title of work. Example: JohnSmith.BigPainting.jpg. File sizes should be less than 2MB in size and a maximum of 1,500 pixels width or height (which ever is largest).Your work does not need to be narrative but should reflect the theme. Please nothing overtly sexual or violent, tasteful artistic nudity is acceptable. Only one entry per person. The sale commission is 25%. This is a juried show.

Submissions must be sent via email.

Submissions are due by Friday, July 11th at midnight

Email jpegs

File names must be saved in this format: LastNameTitle.jpg

In the body of the email please include this information:

Your Name

Title of Piece


Dimensions Width”xHeight”

Retail Price $ (all submissions must be available for sale)

Also include your complete contact information:

Your Name

Mailing address

Email and website address

Accepted artists will be notified Tuesday, July 15th. You will receive an email back if your work is accepted and a list of exhibiting artists will be posted on our Face book page: happy delusions, and on the happy delusions blog:

if accepted you’re work will need to be displayed / hang ready when dropped off at The Whistle Stop. Opening reception is Saturday, August 2nd 6 – 10pm. Live Music, Special Bicycle parking, Food and drink deals, Give-aways, raffles, Bike tune-ups, beer girls, and a darn good time.

Gratitude at the Steinbrueck



A while back I was meandering through Pike Place Market and found myself at the Steinbrueck Gallery. In my opinion, one of Seattle’s best galleries, featuring Pacific Northwest Art. Two of my favorite things in one, galleries, and PNW Art. I felt so fortunate to stumble upon the current show, Gratitude by native artist Steve Smith, native name, Dla’kwagila Oweekeno. His work immediately drew me in and bright bold color does, and the detail, fine lines, and symbols helped to create a feeling of love. This man’s work spoke to me. It spoke peace, it spoke love, and it left me wanting more. There is no art I’ve found that has more meaning in it’s detail as the Pacific Northwest Indian Art. Please, if your in the Seattle area, treat yourself to this wonderful Gallery and expose yourself to something real.lwlm_img_0800_370lwlm_sng102914_14_3986

Jolene Lai

Image“Night Market” by Jolene Lai. Found this gem on Sweet Station and fell for it. Perhaps the irony, perhaps the whimsy, perhaps the rich color choice, whatever it is, I’m drawn in and immediately the story of the painting forms in my imagination. Jolene was born and raised in Singapore, and is now based out of Los Angeles. Primarily she’s working with oil on canvas.


Empty Cage

“I know a cat named Easter, He says will you ever learn? You’re just an empty cage girl, if you kill the bird.” -Crucify from Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos. The inspiration for my latest Etsy Treasury.


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