Monday, August 29, 2011

New blog launched: HIKE ART!

Hike Art
"a site to share art and stuff
made or found while out in nature"

please, check it out, and send in some stuff to post!
(info for submissions is in sidebar)

best wishes,

"Reclining Nude" -- Moran State Park, Orcas Island
photo by Bridget Irish, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

New painting in group show at The Northern - Opening July 20th (Weds), 6pm

I'll have a new painting, "A Song of Summer for My Sister" (2011, acrylic/latex house paint on canvas, 30x40 inches), hanging in the "Summer in Olympia"-themed group art show at the Northern - - July-August 2011.
This show is formally titled: "Hey Folks We Made It... and Now It's Over" because, sadly, the Northern is closing and this will be its final art show.
Opening: Weds, July 20th, 6pm
The Northern - 321 4th Ave - downtown Olympia
Curated by Amanda Davis, this exhibit will also feature work by Vanessa Lang, Reid Urban, Jean Nagai, Elise Harper, Joey MacGregor, Jahla Brown, Dylan Sharp, Jonah Trople, Olivia Samples, Kate Robinson, and others!

Two new photo postcards - just in time for Lakefair!

A couple of older images which are now hot-off-the-press postcards!
4x6 inches on 15pt heavy-duty card stock, with rounded corners, and a matte finish.
For more info, please contact postcardsbybridgetirish (at) gmail (dot) com.

(Please do not copy and/or use these images without permission - thank you!)

 Capitol Lake (during Lakefair)
- - - part of the "miniaturized" Olympia scenes series - - -

 (no caption)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Photo Postcards Now Available at Select Shops in Downtown Olympia!

A variety of photo postcards now available at Compass Rose, Ginger Street, and Orca Books, in beautiful downtown Olympia. For more information, please contact: postcardsbybridgetirish (at) gmail (dot) com...
(All images below by Bridget Irish - please do not copy and/or use without permission - thanks so much!)

 Percival Landing, Budd Bay - Olympia, WA (2008)

 Capitol Lake and 4th Ave Bridge - Olympia, WA
 Sunrise Silhouette - Olympia, WA

 Spider Lake - Mason County, WA

Newsstand vendor - NYC, NY

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Selling Postcards at the Artists' Garage Sale this Saturday, May 21st, 10am-3pm, Olympia

I am finally having some of my photos made into postcards! It's very exciting and I look forward to unveiling them at the Artists' Garage Sale this Saturday, May 21st (at the Armory on Legion in downtown Olympia).

The event runs from 10am to 3pm and is sponsored by POSSCA, a fantastic Olympia-based non-profit that makes it possible for youth to participate in K-12 arts programs:

In addition to this inaugural selection of 5 different photo-based postcards (please see below), I will also have a selection of hand-drawn one-of-a-kind postcards available for purchase.

ALSO - I'll be sharing my booth with the amazing Sarah Adams - community events organizer extraordinaire, seamstress, and fellow artist. She'll be offering handmade clothing, sewing equipment, and other gems from her studio and home.

AND Sarah Utter will also have a booth, representin' Olympia's Community Print, and may have some of her own gorgeous work for sale as well...

Hope to see you there!

All photographs below by Bridget Irish - please do not copy and/or use without permission - for inquiries regarding wholesale or retail purchase, please contact: postcardsbybridgetirish (at) - thanks so much!

 4th Avenue Bridge - Olympia, WA

 Sunrise Silhouette - Olympia, WA

 Newspaper vendor - NYC, NY

 Percival Landing, Budd Bay - Olympia, WA (2008)

Spider Lake, WA
- the mirroring effect is natural, the lake was so still that day.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sixshot Snapshot Show @ Capitol Theater - on exhibit now through February 26, 2011

I'm one of six artists participating in a group snapshot photography show at the historic Capitol Theater's Mezzanine Gallery, located in downtown Olympia at 206 5th Ave SE.

Fellow local artists include Mezzanine Gallery curator Ira Coyne, Jennyrose Wright, Judith Baumann, Isaac Overcast, and one outta-towner, Ira's friend, Conrad Carlson, who lives in NYC.

Rather than an opening, we'll be having a closing reception,
Saturday, Feb 26th - time TBA.

As this image-based installation is in a movie theater,
I selected shots with the potential for resembling film stills,
either in the sense of "the film" itself or behind-the-scenes.
(But yes, there a few pet portraits tossed in the mix.)

Taken with a no-brand point-and-shoot and 35mm film (usually Fuji),
many of these snapshots have not been previously exhibited
- a collection of apparent "outtakes" taken circa late-1990s to 2005, or so.
Viewed collectively or individually, these images pose interesting narrative possibilities, threading through and crossing over one another...

When I view a photograph, the snapshot in particular,
I'm drawn to and interested in what is framed,
but perhaps more so in what is going on beyond the frame
- there is that within the frame from which a conclusion may be drawn,
or is it just the beginning, the opening line, to a larger story?

I hope you get a chance to stop by the theater to see all these compelling tiny tales told through the kaleidoscopic lens of six different hearts and minds...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A few clay animal sculptures...

These are three small clay pieces I made during one of my volunteer shifts at the Tacoma Art Museum's Open Art Studio - two rabbits and a hedgehog-but-transformed-into-armadillo. I haven't worked with clay in forever, it's so much fun! At TAM's art studio, one can also do drawing, painting, printmaking, and jewelry-making!

Before I took on a regular shift with the Open Art Studio, I did a few shifts in the gallery taking photos of visitors as part of the photo-based exhibit, Mighty Tacoma: Picture Yourself Here:

The Mighty Tacoma exhibit will be up through April, so stop on by and get pictured, then pop in the art studio for some art making of your own!

Acting blue in a new film by Jason Gutz

Back in December, I got to play play "Blue", one of the three primary colors characters representing Kodachrome for a new work by Jason Gutz. Jason is an avant-grade/experimental filmmaker based in Tacoma. He's been working on a film having to do with the end of Kodachrome film, both production and processing. The film's release is TBA, though Jason may be screening works-in-progress here and there.

me as "Blue"
Kodachrome (aka K40), a color reversal still and moving image film stock, was introduced in the early 1930s. The stock produced sweet saturated color and rich reds in particular, but the processing required more heavily toxic chemicals than most other film stocks.

By the late 1990s, the last place in the States to provide a "true" Kodachrome processing was in Texas. After that lab closed, one had to send film all the way to Switzerland, but they soon stopped as well. Following rumored threats over the last 15 years or so to discontinue this amazing-looking yet environmentally-damaging stock, Kodak stopped producing Kodachrome in 2009.

Heather Hall as "Red"
And the last place to get it processed at all in the world up until December 30th, 2010, was Dwayne's Photo in Kansas (although Dwayne's website states they were Kodak-certified, in my view, their production resulted in almost muted colors, more resembling ektachrome.)

Heather and I furthered our costumes' use by continuing to wear them all the way home from Tacoma to Olympia, stopping at a Starbucks and Jack-in-the-Box along the way - but that's a whole 'nother story...