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First Friday Art Walk – Featuring Jessica Rycheal & Stephanie Anne Johnson
Past Event

Join BIMA and many businesses in Downtown Winslow for an evening of art and friends! BIMA will be open late until 8pm to allow you to explore the exhibitions, shop the Museum Store, and grab a drink at our cash bar. See our current exhibitions here.

Free, no registration required

First Friday Special Programming

January 2020’s First Friday Art Walk at BIMA features a special collaborative artist talk from Jessica Rycheal, whose work can currently be seen in Face First, and musical performance by Stephanie Anne Johnson.

Experience the synthesis of music and art with two of Seattle’s most exciting and talented artists. Jessica Rycheal and singer songwriter Stephanie Anne Johnson bring their beautiful collaboration to BIMA for an evening of storytelling and music.

About Jessica Rycheal

Jessica Rycheal is an Interdiscplinary Storyteller and Senior Art Director from Macon, Georgia. Rycheal received a BFA from Georgia Southern University. After spending a few years cultivating her talents in the southeast, Rycheal relocated to Seattle. She’s carved space for herself in the pacific northwest with a career in visual design strategy and art direction. Projects for global brands like Amazon, Gatorade, and Under Armour have employed Jessica’s leadership and expertise from Seattle-based agencies to studios in Germany.

“I love the way she inspires others to be more thoughtful and intentional in design. Jessica is bold and challenges the design status quo.” — PEER REVIEW, AMAZON 2019

Rycheal’s debut museum exhibition, Everyday Black—a contemporary photography exhibit at the Northwest African-American Museum—pulled her activism around black visibility and inclusive representation into focus. Her portraits explore the depth and humanity of blackness, in a sociopolitical climate where inequity and displacement eclipse black visibility. Rycheal’s photography archive affirms the individuality of black folks by capturing her subjects with an honest intimacy that makes them feel familiar, like kinfolk. Her body of work is a homage to the beauty and heroism of blackness and its resilience.

However, Jessica’s healing journey and a few intuitive guides led her back to her first love, writing. Her sultry approach to storytelling blends spoken word and song, as she ushers her audiences through wittingly transparent tales of healing, generational trauma, self-love, and romance. Her performances have been featured and or published on NPR, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Times, Human Condition Magazine, and Seattle Public Libary.

Though the mediums through which Jessica Rycheal works are varied, the common thread unifying her diverse means of expression is story-telling. It is this passion for storytelling that yields the emotive, impactful and relatable body of both strategy and creative work for which Rycheal is known.

About Stephanie Anne Johnson

Inspired by her life in the Pacific Northwest and the strong women that raised her, Stephanie Anne Johnson writes and sings the way she lives, loud and full of emotion. From national television to intimate house concerts, she can rock your night, make you fall in love, bring you to tears, and empower you. Though classically trained, Stephanie’s repertoire covers Americana and R&B to arias and rock and roll. She brings real life to every performance and takes the audience on an unforgettable ride.