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Courtesy of Studio &

Susan Reed’s “Concentrics IV” is one of the paintings from the artist’s “Hollow Earth” series that she’ll display Saturday at &’s group show.

By Ted Holteen Herald staff writer

It’s funny how quickly events can become traditions. For Studio &, it has taken three years.

“This will be the third of a hundred, hopefully,” said Shay Lopez of the Main Avenue arts collective’s upcoming group show.

Before he joined &, Lopez was once a guest artist at the group show, which will be held jointly at the studio and across the street at Serving Life Chiropractic. This year’s version includes six invited guest artists of varying experience: John Grow, Roger Seliner, Kimama, Scott Dye, Susan Reed and Chris Brusset.

“I enjoy the place as a visitor, and my participation came through blind luck,” said Grow, who with Reed are the more established among the bunch.“I got an idea a year ago to paint a consistent series and even hang them together (18 of them). Just as I finished, the & show came up and I applied immediately.”

His connected paintings constitute an installation more than 10-feet wide.

& holds a lot of shows throughout the year, featuring members and a slew of invited guests. But this is one of the only shows that is juried, and Lopez said whittling it down to just six from all of the applicants wasn’t easy.

“The vetting process is super fun.We were amazed at the variety and quality of work we got, and I think we did a pretty darn good job of picking these,” he said. “Going from one room to the other, the energy changes so even though it’s only two venues, it ends up feeling like four or five.”

Grow’s and newcomer Kimama’s works will be shown at &. Her three-dimensional doll-like sculptures will fill the spaces not taken up by Grow’s enormous paintings. The rest of the artists will each get a room at Serving Life, which doubles superbly as an ad hoc gallery for these annual shows.

Seliner is best-known in town as one of the most talented tattoo artists, but he’ll transfer those skills to paper and canvas for Saturday. Brusset also is a rookie on the local art scene.This will be the first time he’ll display his collage and multi-media creations in public. And Reed, who despite being a popular artist in the region for years, has only recently hit her artistic stride with a series of abstracts.

“I’ve had good luck in this, painting only in series. You learn so much about your own work when you do that,” she said. “I was honored to be invited for this. It’s neat, not stuffy, and gives everyone a chance to show their work.”

Dye’s may be the most innovative entry in the show. His display will feature about 15 QR codes on the walls at Serving Life. QR codes are black-andwhite matrix bar codes used to access links via smartphone technology. Visitors with smartphones or tablets such as an iPad can scan the QR code and then view photographs selected by Dye. For those without such toys, Dye will provide a public iPad (and sharing is encouraged).

“You can go from one room with large paintings to the next room with people huddled around a phone looking at pictures,” Lopez said. Dye’s fellow artists are anticipating the display as much as anyone else.“I wish I’d thought of that QR code idea,” Reed said.

The third annual group show is a one-night-only affair, but an abbreviated version will remain on display at & for several weeks.


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