Workshops & Demonstrations

Sat, Nov. 18, 2017 1:00pm — 3:00pm | Add this to Calendar

Paul Polson Painting Demonstration

Join painter Paul Polson to learn about his unique style of painting, using intense physical texture and smooth resist methods. His art is tactile, the thick layers of paint and visible brush strokes making for an interactive and exciting viewing experience. In spite of having developed his own innovative style, he is still influenced by the old painting masters as well as figure, landscape, and age-old painting techniques. By using time-tested methods and theories, he is able to create a visually and texturally stunning work that is still recognizably artistic.

Paul Polson was born and raised in Wyoming and was a prolific drawer and painter in his younger years. As a summer job he painted watercolor portraits on the Las Vegas Strip and attended the University of Wyoming during the school year. In 1988 he moved to Pioneer Square in Seattle and painted in a warehouse for three years before moving to Poulsbo where he continues to paint. Most recently, Polson has focused on oil paintings. Over the past four years he has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Washington, Northwest College of Art & Design (NCAD) and West Sound Academy (both in Poulsbo), and Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend.

Saturday, November 18, 2017  |  1-3pm  |  Lovelace Gallery  |  Free

Questions? Contact Heather Griffin at or 206.451.4017

Altered Books Workshop with Lou Cabeen

In this workshop, participants will learn basic techniques for altering a book to use as a journal or sketchbook. These techniques include editing the content of a used book via cutting, pasting, gesso, and collage. Methods of creating pockets and cavities in the existing book structure will be demonstrated and discussed. These edited and altered books can then become a repository for personal experience via journal writing and collage. We will look at examples, discuss the nature and use of a journal that combines writing and collage, and create small collages on our newly altered book pages using the daily debris that fills (and quietly informs) our lives.

Lou Cabeen is a Seattle artist who works with a range of media including maps, textiles, stitching and collage, all of which inform her work in bookarts. Making artist books allows her to fully explore the power of tactile experience in communicating her ideas. She uses cloth, paper and stitching in order to emphasize the tactile nature of private experience and to reveal the textures of subjective thought. Making altered books to use as journals and sketchbooks has been a private practice for many years, and a standard assignment in her University of Washington fiber and book arts classes. Her approach emphasizes the value of daily debris, the empowerment that comes from taking the discarded ephemera of our lives and using it to give shape, form, and meaning to our personal lives.

You can view Lou's work in the current artist's book exhibition, Chapter 12: Taking Issue, in the Sherry Grover Gallery at BIMA through February 4, 2018.

Saturday, December 9, 2017  |  10am-4pm  |  BIMA Classroom  |  All materials provided. We will have a selection of books to choose from, but you are encouraged to bring a used hardbound book on a subject of interest to you as well.

SOLD OUT. Please email Heather Griffin at to be added to the wait list.

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