Art and Sustainability

"Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings." –William James (1842-1910), American philosopher and psychologist

Thank you! December 7, 2011

14 shows. 15 artists. Over 220 works of art. 2 1/2 years. Thank you, Sightline Institute, for a wonderful opportunity to combine three of my passions: art, sustainability, and community. Thank you to all of the artists who showed their amazing work. And thank you to all of you viewers and readers who have expressed appreciation about that work. It’s been a fabulous experience. Stay tuned to see how this Art & Sustainability website evolves.

Becky Brooks
Volunteer Curator for the “Art & Sustainability” series of art shows at Sightline Institute


Photos from Rickie Wolfe’s show at Sightline January 13, 2010

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Rickie Wolfe’s art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle


Rickie Wolfe’s art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle


Rickie Wolfe’s mixed media piece “Secret Garden”


Rickie Wolfe’s mixed media piece “Red Earth”


Rickie Wolfe’s mixed media piece “Navigation/Bubbling”


The view of Rickie Wolfe’s “Transitions” series from the hallway


Rickie Wolfe at Shift Studio with her welded sculptural works



Another Rickie Wolfe show just down the street December 14, 2009

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After seeing Rickie Wolfe’s art at Sightline, be sure to walk a block and a half over to see her welded sculptural work in the window of the SAM Gallery at 1220 3rd Avenue. If you’re downtown at night, be sure to check it out then, too, when it is especially stunning.


“Transitions” by Rickie Wolfe November 5, 2009

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"XXX" mixed media, 36"x36", 2006 by Rickie Wolfe

For the fourth in Sightline‘s series of art shows, we are pleased to present the art of Rickie Wolfe now on view through the end of December. “Transitions” is a collection of five large pieces and three small pieces, all mixed media.  The raised smaller works can be grouped in a multitude of ways to great effect. All have highly textured organic shapes painted in earthy yet whimsical colors. Most of Rickie’s paintings are six layers deep. She says,

Each layer is a finished painting and a history to be discovered; the first several layers are the freest as I paint, print, and draw onto the surface. I carve and excavate to find information, color, texture, and composition, creating a tactile and sculptural surface. The painting becomes the dig site as I excavate and find disconnected remains of another time, another painting.

With a background in fashion design and sewing, Rickie Wolfe received a BFA in Printmaking and Painting from Cornish College of the Arts in 2000. As an instructor and Print Studio Coordinator at Pratt Fine Arts Center, she has introduced scores of students to printing and collage, as well as added welding sculptural art to her own repertoire. A member of Shift Collaborative Studio, Rickie has shown her work in solo and group shows locally and nationally. She lives in West Seattle, and her work can be found at Seattle Art Museum Art Sales & Rental Gallery and Fresh Paint Art in Los Angeles.

To view her art at Sightline, visit the office between 10am and 3pm on weekdays through the end of December. All works on view are available for purchase. Contact Rickie directly at (at) gmail (dot) com with sales inquiries.

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Seattle, WA
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What thoughts about sustainability are inspired by Rickie’s art (and by art in general)? Share yours in a comment.