Angela Bern Castagnola

Artist’s Statement

I’m intrigued and compelled by both the idea of and the visceral impact of immediate and long-term beauty. I love a good mystery. Worlds of meaning contained in separated sections appeal to me. Hidden treasures. The juxtaposition of cool and warm tones, delineation and a strong directional flow excite me.

I want to present my viewer with images and colors insinuating and suggesting memories and combining experience to provide worlds of personal (esoteric) meaning.

By using existing images, then changing and manipulating them through added texture, shapes and conflicting color palettes, I hope to encourage emotional connection and to inspire questions. I seek to offer my viewer some recognition and a little bit of confusion, then lead them into curiosity. During this, I aspire to encourage connection to the inner self and then conversation with our outer community and world.

I love it when someone sees something in my painting that I recognize when they call it to my attention. I enjoy drawing out memories and associations from others. I am delighted when someone expresses a mixture of childhood and adult emotional and “gut” responses to my paintings. I also include a lot of cerebral techniques and symbolism, during my process, and so I seek the initial “pow” and then the long-term (lifetime, I hope) discovery of details. I anticipate my collector’s curiosity over years and decades, and use great care to deliver delayed surprises and joy.

My larger goal is to reunite people with their innate creative and curious spirit, and to revive the human connection that conversation about art can offer. The courage to be emotional and to share experiences with one another is highly valuable. Our country has put art on the back burner and I want to help turn up the heat. Cook some things up! Then eat at the table, all together!

EDUCATION, FINE ART STUDIES & PROFESSIONAL ART ENDEAVORS

  • 2011-Current
    Creator and Instructor: Creating a Work of Art Workshops. Workshops designed to take C-level executives and small business owners and adults who are “art phobic” from inspiration, creation and critique to a public group art show in 1-2 month’s time.
  • 2013/14
    Live Painting Performances: Brik Boutique and Frederick Holmes & Company Gallery, both in Seattle WA
  • 2005/11
    Planned and sponsored art shows and benefits for local musicians and artists
    including Sue Quigley Band, Theresa Stirling (encaustic) and Zuzana Korbelarova (fine jewelry)
  • 2003
    Designed and taught 2-day workshop on creativity and self-esteem-building to teenage girls at Forest Ridge High School, Bellevue WA
  • 1993
    Taught Art & English to Leaders (newscasters, CEO’s, Doctors and Scientist) in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1992
    Taught Art/Design/Art Criticism at West Seattle H.S., Seattle, Washington
  • 1991
    Teaching Certification in Art & English, University of Washington
    Graduating Class Speaker
    Dean’s List
  • 1990
    BA University of Washington
    Magna Cum Laude
    Phi Beta Kappa (National Academic Honorary)
    Dean’s List: 1984-1990
    Lambda RHO (Art Honorary of University of WA)
    PI Lambda Theta (National Honor Association in Education)
  • 1986
    Advanced Art Courses University of Arizona, Tucson

INDEPENDENT ART STUDIES

  • 2013 – Rome, Italy
  • 2012 – Maui, Hawaii
  • 2012 – Palm Springs, CA & Laguna Beach, CA
  • 2010 – Seattle, Washington
  • 1999 – St. Croix, USVI & Sydney, Australia
  • 1998 – Key West, Florida
  • 1993/4 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1992 – Brande & Albertslund, Denmark
  • 1990 – Parts of England, France and Italy
  • 1986 – Tucson, Arizona
  • 1983 – Parts of Greece, England, Sweden, Denmark and Italy

SOLO SHOWS

  • 2014 – The Vivid Dimension, Frederick Holmes & Company Gallery, Occidental SQ., Seattle WA
  • 2012 – Fremont’s First Friday Art Walk, Seattle WA
  • 2011 – The Woodhouse Wine Estates, Woodinville, WA
  • 2010 – Guardian Cellars, Woodinville, WA
  • 2010/11 – Red Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 2009 – Red Loft Studio, Seattle, WA
  • 2003 – Mode Studio, Seattle, WA
  • 2003 – Olympic Athletic Club, Seattle, WA
  • 2002 – Café Javasti, Seattle, WA
  • 2002 – Trine Studios, Seattle, WA
  • 2001 – Caffe Vita, Seattle, WA
  • 2001 – Caffe Ladro, Seattle, WA
  • 2000 – Caffe Ladro, Seattle, WA
  • 1998 – Bret Kelley Studio, Pioneer SQ., Seattle, WA
  • 1998 – Genesee Restaurant, Seattle, WA
  • 1997 – Elliott Bay Brewery, Seattle, WA
  • 1996 – Triangle Tavern, Seattle, WA
  • 1993 – Applause Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 1993 – Prints and the Pauper Gallery, Pioneer SQ., Seattle, WA
  • 1992 – Café Europa, Copenhagen, Denmark

GROUP SHOWS

  • 2014 – Rational/Irrational, Frederick Holmes & Company Gallery, Occidental SQ. Seattle, WA
  • 2013 – Creating A Work of Art, Cristy Carner Spa Gallery, Fremont First Friday, Seattle, WA

JURIED SHOWS

  • 1994 – Caminito Art Walk, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1993 – Belltown Inside/Out, Seattle, WA
  • 1993 – A Celebration of Women in Art, Seattle, WA

CD COVER

  • 1993 – The Pedestrians Lisa, Minneapolis, MN

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS & COLLECTORS

  • Cristy Carner Salon, Seattle, WA
  • Swoop Salon, Seattle, WA
  • Anonymous, C-level Executives from Microsoft, Starbucks, Adobe, Amazon and Boeing, among others

COMMUNITY & CHARITABLE WORK/DONATIONS

Treehouse for kids, Forest Ridge High School, Chidamoyo Hospital (Zimbabwe), Assistance League of Seattle, as well as “no cost” space in Creating A Work Of Art workshops for single Moms and unemployed or under employed men and women.