ART MALL 12-17 TO 12-24

ART MALL 12-17 TO 12-24

A group showing of contemporary artists of all levels of profession from Thurston and Mason Counties. Art Malll is an experimental retail pop-up exploring the space between exhibition and craft vending. Unique art and gifts for friends family and self.

Arrington de Dionyso - painting

     Arrington de Dionyso is an Olympia, Washington-based artist and experimental musician. He was a member of Old Time Relijun since the 1990s. During Old Time Relijun's hiatus, he formed a new band based on Indonesian music called Malaikat dan Singa. 

Rae Van Fossen - painting

     Born and raised in Central Valley California, Rae moved to Washington in 2013 and is in love with all things Pacific Northwest. She is married and has three beautiful daughters and two dogs. She considers herself a "New" artis. She dabbled in sketch work, off-and-on throughout her life, and took art appreciation and ceramics classes in high school. After a recent trip to help a friend at a craft show, Rae found new inspiration and began painting. 

Frank Winters - photography

     Frank Winters is an award winning fine art photographer. He recently moved to Olympia with his wife, Aurora, and is creating art that reflects his new surroundings. When he lived in Massachusetts, he showed his work at The Provincetown Art Association and Museum, The Cotuit Center for the Arts, The Miller White Fine Arts Gallery (as a guest artist) and other Cape Cod locations. His photography is influenced by his love of poetry and the visual arts, particularly abstract painting. Frank and his wife, have a large family, many living in Washington State, the reason they moved to Olympia was to be able to see them more often. The move to a new environment has been exciting and stimulating for them, affording many artistic opportunities. 

China Faith Star - art

     China Faith Star is an auto-didactical, overly practical, visual trickster, sound/word mixer. Born in Los Angeles to Punk Flower Children and raised in a world of diverse interactions, she fled to the woods to bathe with trees. She writes poetry, occasionally. Mostly she conjures ideas, transmuting socio/political/emotional concepts into aesthetically visceral maps/translations: popping color, repetitious pattern, dimensional texture, expressionistic, meditative. Her medium-diverse visual artwork, animation, theatrical, word-smithing and musical performances have been exhibited in 25 cities nationally / internationally and her work has been added to public and private collections. She received her B.A. in Fine Art at The Evergreen State College and currently lives in Olympia, WA. 

Tristen Jane - sculpture

     Tristen Jane's work explores the space between decor and spirit focused on how the objects we surround ourselves with expand our lives through enriching our environment. She lives and loves in the Pacific Northwest.

Robert Running Fisher Upham - painting

Robert "Running Fisher" Upham is a mixed blood Indian from the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, where he attended schools in Harlem, MT. He is Dakota, enrolled in the Lake Traverse Sioux Reservation (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate)
Many of his topics deal with Social Justice and Indian History. The Plains Ledger style of his artwork is originated from the captive American Indians who were imprisoned and considered hostile. While in prison in places like Fort Marion, Florida and Fort Robinson, Nebraska they were given color pencils and used accounting ledger books to doodle in. But, they had more to show then doodles. Their drawings were accounts of their hunts, marriages, deaths, and war parties. In the tradition of recording history on buffalo hides, which were called Winter Counts, the books are treasured by collectors and historians. Robert's Great Grandmother, Julia Running Fisher (Gros Ventre tribe),  raised him until he was 10 years old.  She bought him his first drawing pencils. His Grandfather, Gary Moran (Dakota Sioux) spoke fluent Dakota and affected Robert with determination and a tough honesty. 
Often times the Indians who drew in the ledger books were captured for going off Reservation to hunt what remained of the buffalo. The Buffalo were killed as part of America's extermination policies. The Indian populations and the buffalo population were killed in the numbers of over 10 millions.
Robert considers his art as a form of Resistance Art.