A new year brings new changes.
In the case of the Burien Arts Association, the change is converting from a storefront gallery in Olde Burien (which is closing Dec. 24) to a new Mobile Gallery at Burien’s municipal offices on the third floor of the Burien Library/City Hall.
Beginning Friday, Jan. 6, Burien Arts will host an exhibit of fine detailed drawings by Danny Bobrow and landscape paintings by Alex Trapp at the city offices.
Meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Friday, Jan. 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the municipal offices, 400 SW 152nd Street, Suite 300. Take the elevator in the first-floor Library lobby to reach the reception.
Don’t worry; this mobile gallery is not on wheels. It just means Burien Arts will host fine-arts exhibits in various venues around the city in 2017.
The exhibit by Danny and Alex runs through February. The exhibit is open during normal business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Art has been in Danny Bobrow’s head from an early age. On the walls of his childhood home in Brooklyn, New York were hung prints of impressionist and Picasso paintings. At his father’s butcher shop, signed and numbered prints of Stella, Albers and Rauschenberg graced the walls.
On Sundays, the family rode the subway to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.
“There, my attention was riveted to a Goya painting of a red dandy boy with a bird on a string and cats with wide-open eyes focused on that bird,” Danny recalls. “This painting still stimulates my artistic attention and imagination.”
Of his finely detailed drawings, Danny notes, “My occupation as a geologist has led me to many outcrops with monumental-sized geometric and colored patterns. My works are filled with interrelated geometric colorful images drawn from the past and present. These images sully about in my mind seeking opportunities to express themselves onto the blank page.”
Much of the time, Alex Trapp can be found painting “en plein air” from the Pacific Northwest to the Big Sur in California. En plein air or plein air painting is a phrase borrowed from the French language meaning “open (in full) air.”
“I have highways in my blood,” Alex declares. “I carry a cigar Pochade Box everywhere I go. I stop to do 30-minute studies on small panels on a daily basis and during my travels, painting anything that I find of interest. I’m inspired by nature and I appreciate the context of learning from it.”
As a self-taught artist, Alex strives with each painting to reach the highest point in his creativity.
“I’m particular about what workshops I take and why,” Alex explains. “I don’t want another artist to influence my vision in any way—only enhance it. I think about theory while I paint. I try not to work in mindlessness, but instead place each stroke with fundamental purpose.
“Because I do most of my painting outdoors, I use a limited palette, often changing it based on subject or mood. It helps me to keep an original perspective. And stay true to nature while attempting to achieve a visual experience and, at the same time, not overly romanticizing it.”
It’s not next year yet so you still have just a few days to say goodbye to the Olde Burien gallery and purchase some great last-minute holiday gifts.
December’s exhibit features small works—many were shown at Vision 20/20, Burien’s biggest annual art party, held in November.
The Gallery at 826 SW 152nd Street is open Wednesday, Dec. 21 to Friday, Dec. 23, Noon-4 p.m. The Gallery’s last day at that location is Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.