Ari Glass is the artist born in Seattle on September 7, 1988. In his artwork, he tells a story about his ideas of “The King” and “The Kingdom”. He deals with concepts of historical and fictional kings, queens and deities that he feels a personal connection with. His work aims to vitalize the idea that everyone is a sovereign ruler in their own kingdom, empowering the artist and the viewer. Ari uses gold as his primary medium, the element that has represented royalty and divinity since time immemorial.
As a self-taught artist, Ari wishes to share how art can have a positive effect on people in Seattle and the world. Exhibitions include “The Sun is Made of Gold” solo show at Gallery 2312, “Re:Definition” at the Paramount Theater, “Out of Sight” at the King Street Station and more. Recently Ari has evolved to become an acclaimed muralist and worked on several public projects including the permanent painting installation at the Pacific Tower north entrance. At the Seward Park Clay Studio, he is a special resident artist producing new and innovative ceramic sculptures. He has been creating artwork his whole life and will never quit.
Amanda is a natural-science illustrator and fine artist based in Seattle. Most of her art contains flora and fauna found in the Pacific Northwest ranging from the most common, to the most elusive.
Her work is strongly connected to her early art education in a native village called Brevig Mission in Northwest Alaska, where she was educated by Inupiaq carvers, painters and drawers. Close proximity to nature provided a background knowledge in the natural sciences, and Native artists provided examples of storytelling through visual art.
After nearly a decade as an academic, Amanda decided to use her self-taught talents to change her career path. In 2016, she graduated from the Natural Science Illustration program at the University of Washington and has since started showing her art around the Pacific Northwest..
Jolyn is a modern and contemporary portrait artist. It wasn’t until leaving her career as a criminal prosecuting attorney that she rekindled her interest in art. Her signature mixed media collage portraits, called Afro Jazz, serve as artistic contribution to the narrative that #BlackLivesMatter and reflects the African Diaspora with its use of vibrant African textiles and the beauty of blackness. Influenced by her legal background, Jolyn developed a social justice art program called TEENERGY that teaches young leaders how to use their creative voice for social change. As the owner of a digital art gallery, she enjoys helping emerging artists define their artistic paths. Jolyn was appointed by the governor of Washington as a board member and Advocacy Co-chair for the Washington State Arts Commission. When she is not advocating for the arts, she splits her time between Seattle and Jamaica with her husband, living a life driven by her mantra: “I have unlimited permission slips to create as I see fit.”
Carolyn is a prolific, self-taught, abstract expressionist and the founder of Blue Cone Studios, an incubator for talent across disciplines. In 2018, she released The Relevant Unknowns, an artist yearbook and community guide containing photos of over 500 local creatives. Her commitment to community building includes hosting a weekly open studio that centers emerging and marginalized young aritsts as well as providing space for community projects and gatherings. Her exhibition, 1,000,000 AD, was featured in Shunpike’s Storefronts series.
Jules is an artist, environmental educator, forest therapy guide, and owner of The Art of Connection. Jules has been teaching, facilitating, and leading humans in the more-than-human world since 2010. They are passionate about place-based, arts-focused, and community centered intentional education and co-creation to continue the ongoing work of creating a more equitable world. They are also a graduate of IslandWood’s Education for Environment and Community Program, and have a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington.
Kelli Frances Corrado
Kelli Frances Corrado has been teaching for over 10 years, specializing in helping the beginner start. Growing up in Chicago, she would sneak out during school nights to see hip hop shows and spend weekends with her Romani Czech grandmother learning prayer rituals. This set a unique musical foundation giving voice to her spiritual beliefs and leading her to study guitar, piano, voice and beat making. She received her first grant from The Grammy Foundation, which sponsored her first tour and has had her music featured by NPR One, KEXP, BBC Radio 6 Music, Tom Tom Magazine, The Girls Are, The Stranger and Seattle Weekly.
Molly is a recent graduate from the University of Washington School of Art. She is a mixed media artist who dabbles in printmaking, photography, and textile arts. Most of her pieces are based around the home and places of comfort. Molly is passionate about providing art education to all and wants to establish a career breaking down those barriers in Seattle.