to Dec 20

The Sitting Room at The Vestibule: An Afternoon Tea and Gallery Open Hours.

The Sitting Room invites you to sit down and spend time with art. On December 9, 3 - 5 pm, join us for tea and open hours in the gallery. The artists in this show, all women, are neighbors, working in Seattle. Each work of art offers a puzzle for contemplation. Domestic but not domesticated, the work opens windows into dark places in the natural world and in the self. Sitting together in a home invites a special comfortable, intimate relationship to the other.

Artists Ana AlviraSue DanielsonLinda DavidsonGenevieve GaudreauHelen Gamble, Fiona McguiganMarkie MickelsonJenny RiffleGillian Theobald, Kathryn TriggEllen Ziegler

The Sitting Room is open every Tuesday, 11 am - 2 pm and by appointment. Or book the AirBnb and sleep with art.

At The Vestibule, 6312 32nd Ave NW, Unit A, Seattle, Washington 98107

Also open:
November 15, Third Thursdays 6-9 pm for the Ballard Night Out
December 8, Second Saturdays for the Ballard Art Walk
December 20, Third Thursdays for the Ballard Night Out

Ellen Ziegler,  Inscrutable Mirth,  spray paint and white pigment on board, 2018.

Ellen Ziegler, Inscrutable Mirth, spray paint and white pigment on board, 2018.

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to Jan 6

Opening at the New York Public Library: Anna Atkins Refracted – Contemporary Works

New York Public Library, Rayner Special Collections Wing and Print Gallery, Third Floor
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018
10 am - 6 pm, Monday, Thursday - Saturday,
10 am - 7:30 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Exhibiting artists: Roy Arden, Erica Baum, Eric William Carroll, Susan Derges, Liz Deschenes, Kathleen Herbert, Katherine Hubbard, Mona Kuhn, Owen Kydd, María Martínez-Cañas, Meghann Riepenhoff, Alison Rossiter, Ulf Saupe, Lindy Smith, Kunié Sugiura, Penelope Umbrico, Mike Ware, Letha Wilson, and Ellen Ziegler.

In 1843 Anna Atkins began producing Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, the first book to be printed and illustrated using photography. Today, 175 years later, her landmark project—compelling in its fusion of science and art, its modernity, and its realization by a woman in an age marked by the feats of men—remains a touchstone for viewers and makers alike. This exhibition brings together a diversity of works by 19 contemporary artists whose respective practices attest to the wide reach and generative nature of Atkins’s continuing legacy.

Visitors can access audio commentary from select artists about their works and Atkins’ influence on their art through the Library’s website.

Ellen Ziegler at  Anna Atkins Refracted.  Works: Chemistry is the Emotion of Matter #3 and 5.

Ellen Ziegler at Anna Atkins Refracted. Works: Chemistry is the Emotion of Matter #3 and 5.

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3:00 PM15:00

Artist talk at Adjunct Appendages, 11/11

From  Cobalt Green Series I , 2017. Acrylic and white marker on paper, 15" x 11".

From Cobalt Green Series I, 2017. Acrylic and white marker on paper, 15" x 11".

Artist talk at Adjunct Appendages
Saturday 11/11, 4 pm

Join us for the talk, grab dinner, and enjoy the galleries at Georgetown Art Attack, 6 - 9 pm

Please join Ellen Ziegler and Kim Van Someren at an artist talk and viewing of Adjunct Appendages, inaugural exhibit at the new Hoedemaker Pfeiffer Gallery, Produced by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer and curated by Bridge Productions. Also showing: Spacefiller presenting Algoplex II, and Kat Larson at Hoedemaker Pfeiffer Architecture.

Artist talk: November 11, 4 pm
Evening viewing at HP Gallery: 6 - 9 pm

"In this two-person show, artists use drawing, intaglio, and collage to question the arbitrary functions of bodies, structures, machinery, and limbs.

"The characteristics of form shared between Ellen Ziegler and Kim Van Someren, rooted deeply in a tradition of draftsmanship, present organic masses and architectural objects as bodies with needs, functions, and absurdities. Extraneous limbs protrude from gargantuan figures, balancing precariously in motion. Cantilevered beams stretch out tentatively, impossibly long, searching the foreground like feelers. And strange polyps of excessive growth belie the form; their flesh extended and branching out like dendrils on synapses. Whether lesion, organ, fortress, or tool; these bodies toil and grow without end towards some designated function beyond the limits of our imagination."   Sharon Arnold, Bridge Productions

Exhibit runs October 10 - December 1, Wednesday - Saturday, 11 - 6 pm

Hoedemaker Pfeiffer Gallery, 6113 13th Avenue South, Georgetown/Seattle
206 545 8434  MAP

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to Dec 1

Vanguard Seattle review by T.s. Flock: "Adjunct Appendages", Hoedemaker Pfeiffer Gallery, Georgetown, Seattle.


T.s. Flock

Hoedemaker Pfeiffer Gallery, the latest addition to the Georgetown art scene, is currently home to one of the most brilliantly curated shows I’ve seen in Seattle this year. Curator Sharon Arnold of Bridge Productions conceived of it as one show of two artists sharing the space with an interactive installation, but the works cohere too well to not see them in association.

The proprietors, Hoedemaker Pfeiffer, have presented artists’ work in their design studio for almost a year. The new devoted gallery space is just a few doors down from the studio. The front of the gallery is well-lit, while the back room is suitable as a small black box theatre or, in the case of the current show, an experimental visualizer by SPACEFILLER.

Adjunct Appendages

“Untitled (cobalt green) #1” by Ellen Ziegler. Image courtesy of Bridge Productions.

“Untitled (cobalt green) #1” by Ellen Ziegler. Image courtesy of Bridge Productions.

The two artists in the front show, Adjunct Appendages, are Ellen Ziegler and Kim Van Someren. For several years, Ziegler has been working primarily with vermilion pigment and experimenting with its application. Her most typical works are on large sheets of thick paper blotted with blobs of vermilion, which Ziegler then gives dimension by adding a network of white lines using transfer paper.

Ziegler likes to limit the media while varying the form, and her recent works resemble a rete seen under magnification. The overlaying white lines are thicker and they more explicitly suggest a tubular shape. One diptych juxtaposes vermillion on one side and cobalt green on the other. It seems fitting enough to a former biology major like myself: red arteries to the left, bluish veins to the right. Ziegler says she may be drifting from vermillion to cobalt for a while.

Kim Van Someren’s work is much lighter on the pigment. Pale silkscreening and gampi paper overlay and soften the precise, stratified line work of her prints. She gets these fine lines by using an engraving needle on plexiglass. (The softer material wears faster when pulled through a press, so the prints come in very limited editions.) She also collages polygonal cuts from prints into unique pieces. The white gaps between fragments in the collages give the finished works a more defined structure. They look more like three-dimensional objects crushed onto the paper.

The play of crazed lines and dimension isn’t the only thing uniting these two artists’ work. What is apparent in both (and what Ziegler has stated explicitly) is an openness to happy accidents in the process. The work is not generated at random, nor is it perfectly planned. In the case of SPACEFILLER’s work at back, the possibilities are placed in the hands of the viewer.


Those who attended The Henry Art Gallery’s Mercury Ball late last winter got a taste of SPACEFILLER’s complex visualizations. The duo (Alex Miller and Alex Nagy) have spent this year expanding on their techniques from both a commercial and fine arts angle. ALGOPLEX II fits in the latter.

In essence, ALGOPLEX II is just a fun, experimental visualizer. Visitors can toggle through eight modes using a button the control box. Each mode has different parameters and the six knobs on the controls will achieve different effects. It isn’t immediately apparent what each knob does, so you have to toy with it to figure out the rules.

The screen on which it all projects is quite unique, and was inspired by the duo’s visit to a converted shipping container. It is a grid of compartments shaped like the hollow of a pyramid. The precise keystoning programmed into the visualizer works beautifully with the faceted surface; everything is perfectly aligned, but the surface glows with reflected light in a way that flat screen never could.

Some of the modes make this more apparent than others: streams of light tethered to the nadir of each compartment squirm like worms or spew dashes of light sinuously across the screen; a tessellated field of triangles glimmers and fluxes with the spin of a knob; eruptions of light chase tiny dots hovering in the darkness, looking like chain lightning.

Where The Lines Intersect

“Walking Fort,” by Kim Van Someren. Drypoint, editioned print. Image courtesy of Bridge Productions.

After playing in the dark with ALGOLPLEX II, you have to walk back through the gallery to leave. The works of Van Someren and Ziegler already imply movement, but they buzz a little more noticeably on the return trip. This is true for anyone, I think, but especially those whose eyes may not be as trained to read still images.

I have a special fondness for art exhibits that teach or remind people how to look at art, how to use one’s eyes to the fullest. Video and installation art is particularly good for this task, especially in combination with still imagery. The recent Sofie Knijff exhibit was another example of this. This strategy only works when the through lines exist between the pieces, and the trifecta that Sharon Arnold assembled for this show seems unlikely at first, but is perfect in execution.

See the works yourself during Georgetown Art Attack on Saturday, November 11 or during gallery hours. Note: The gallery space is unmanned, but guests need only ring the buzzer and someone will come open the door. Adjunct Appendages and ALGOPLEX II are on display through December 1 at Hoedemaker Pfeiffer Gallery (6109 13th Avenue South Seattle, WA 98108). Read more and get gallery hours on the website.

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to Oct 29

Synaptic Lexicon at 9e2

Inside the groundbreaking 9e2:art, science and technology event at King Street Station in Seattle is a show-within-a-show. Synaptic Lexicon offers nine visual artists’ collaborations with newly emerging scientific principles – including dark matter astrophysics, neuroscience, mathematics, and cultural biology, curated by Ellen Ziegler.

Synaptic Lexicon starts Friday, October 21. Buy your tickets now.
Three performances and a party on Opening Night of 9e2!

Timea Tihanyi, Perfect Imperfect.
Bone china porcelain, various porcelain clay bodies, glaze, wooden table, chalkboard paint, projection, and chalk. 2016. Courtesy of Linda Hodges Gallery

Nine Seattle artists – Nola Avienne, Gala Bent, Jazz Brown, Romson Bustillo, Sue Danielson, Bradly Gunn, Timea Tihanyi, Ellen Ziegler and Susan Zoccola – collaborated with dark matter researcher James V. Sloan, neuroscientists Thomas Deuel and Siddharth Ramakrishnan, developmental biologist Jason Berndt, and mathematicians Ken Brakke, Jadayev Athrea, and Henry Segerman, as well as investigating cutting-edge ideas such as the Allen Brain Atlas and the function of mirror neurons.

“Synaptic lexicon” refers to a compendium of ideas and insights, resulting in this artistic investigation that anchors 9e2: art, science and technology. Both scientists and artists are trained to look for the unexpected; the connections made between the disciplines yield just that. Read about 9e2’s history here.

The nine participants are visual artists with established practices, responding to 21st century scientific concepts with compelling, materials-based experiments. The group has met every three weeks since the spring of 2016 and has been advised by Emily Zimmerman, Associate Curator of Programs at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington.

Walkthrough with curator and artists: Wednesday, October 26, 7 pm.

Tickets HERE for the Wednesday events: two dance performances and a curator/artists talk. Synaptic Lexicon artist Romson Bustillo will be presenting a performance activating his work.

Romson Regarde Bustillo,   The Biology of Culture: Cue Signaling,  serigraph on muslin. Six 3'2.5" x 10', 2016.  Pratt Fine Arts: print studio. Artist Trust: documentation

Romson Regarde Bustillo, The Biology of Culture: Cue Signaling, serigraph on muslin. Six 3'2.5" x 10', 2016. Pratt Fine Arts: print studio. Artist Trust: documentation

Gala Bent, Drummed Drawings (Particle Physics). Work on paper: graphite, gouache, drawing pencils. Dimensions variable. 2016. Courtesy of G.Gibson Gallery

Curator Ellen Ziegler: "In the act of perceiving our surroundings, we forge a link between our inner and outer worlds. Artists work in this interface – between the physiology of perception and the exterior world with which we engage.

"At Antioch College, Yellow Springs, I learned to seek out and allow accident, failure and chance occurrences – it was this influence that led to Synaptic Lexicon. I owe a debt to my professors there, who had been students of legendary artists and thinkers at Black Mountain College. This hub of the avant-garde included John Cage, Ruth Asawa, Buckminster Fuller, Jacob Lawrence, Josef and Anni Albers, Cy Twombly, and the co-organizer of Nine Evenings in 1966, Robert Rauschenberg."

Bradly Gunn, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World). Lumber, vellum, paint, tape and fluorescent light, 72”L x 29”W x 60”H, 2016

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to Sep 30

Studio Visit: Ellen Ziegler at SOIL

An artist’s source material is rarely seen by gallery goers. Studio Visit is an installation of new paintings as well as objects and materials with which I work and surround myself and try to avoid stepping on.

Opening First Thursday, September 1, 5 - 8 pmSOIL Gallery, 112 3rd Ave. South, Seattle. Exhibit runs through October 1. Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm.


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to Jun 25

Closing party for Vermillion/Vermilion: New Work by Ellen Ziegler


  • Thu, Jun 9, 20166:00pm  Thu, July 9, 201611:59pm

Exhibit runs June 9 - July 9, 2016

Closing party: Wednesday, July 6, 6 - 8 pm, co-hosted by Jim Demetre.

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar
1508 11th Ave, 206-709-9797
Tuesday – Saturday, 4pm – midnight

 "The color vermilion is replete with associations to geology, culture and art history and has compelled me for years as only a color can compel an artist.”  Ellen Ziegler

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar celebrates its 8th anniversary this June with an idea whose time has come: "Vermillion/Vermilion", a show of new work by Ellen Ziegler. The artist has worked exclusively with the color vermilion for the past three years. Ziegler's last body of work was featured in a solo show called “Vermilion”, at LxWxH Gallery, Georgetown, although many people showed up initially at Vermillion (the bar, two L’s.)

Vermillion has been a generous supporter and promoter of the arts since it was started by Diana Adams in 2008. In addition to over 80 gallery shows, the venue has hosted poetry and book readings, interactive and site-specific performances, hip-hop cypher battles, music producer showcases and demonstrations, the Big Dig Record Show, pop-up art bazaars and John Boylan’s inimitable Conversation Series.

Join us in celebrating Vermillion’s 8th anniversary and Ellen Ziegler’s new work. The show will also include historic tidbits of knowledge about vermilion (the color, one L).


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to Jan 3

Unhinged: Book Art on the Cutting Edge at Whatcom Museum, Bellingham WA

THE BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE, 2011-2014, screw binding, black book cloth cover, 40 pages, edition of two. 26" x 32". Materials include plaster, shoe polish, gouache, vermilion pigment, spray paint, metallic pen, graphite, silver mylar, solvent, waxed paper, metallic pigment powder.

I'm very pleased to have Volume Two of The Book of Knowledge in Unhinged: Book Art on the Cutting Edge. Curated by Barbara Matilsky, this exhibition "surveys recent directions in book art through 70 diverse works by 63 prominent artists from across the country, Great Britain, and Australia. Unhinged explores the limitless potential of the book as an independent medium through both intimately scaled pieces and large installations."

Whatcom Museum, Lightcatcher Building
Wednesday - Sunday, noon-5pm
Open Thursday until 8pm; open Saturday at 10am
250 Flora Street, Bellingham, WA 98225  

Volume One of The Book of Knowledge is in the collection of the Brand Libraries, Glendale, CA. Coincidentally, it was featured this week in the newsletter The Machine Chronicles. Penina Finger writes,"... slip on cotton gloves and lift the heavy black pages of Ellen Ziegler’s tar paper Book of Knowledge, inhale its pungent links to prehistory and be dazzled by the sparkle and mist of the many media that float on and sink into the paper." 



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Feat 2015: Fellowship Exhibit Artist Trust

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Concurrent with the inaugural Seattle Art Fair, Artist Trust,  Art of The City, and Galvanize are sponsoring an exhibition of the 2015 Artist Trust Fellowship recipients. 

The Feat 2015 artists: Humaira Abid, Rebecca Cummins, Michelle de la Vega, Jesse England, Tom Gormally, Aaron Haba, Todd Jannausch, Antonia Price, George Rodriguez, June Sekiguchi, and Ellen Ziegler.

Concurrent with the Seattle Art Fair
July 30 - August 2  Free admittance.
111 S. Jackson St, at First & Jackson, in Galvanize lower level : MAP

Exhibit hours:
Thursday 6 - 8 pm
Friday 11 am - 9 pm
Saturday 11 am - 7 pm
Sunday 12 - 6 pm

Opening reception:  Friday July 31, 6 - 10pm.  Free admittance.

The exhibition is a satellite venue of the Art of the City Street Fest at the TK Lofts, and an affiliate of Satellite Seattle.

The exhibition space is provided by Galvanize. The entire 5000 square foot lower level of the historical building is set aside for the exhibition.

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2015 Artist Trust Visual Arts Fellowship.

I am beyond thrilled to receive a Visual Arts Fellowship from Artist Trust. Dedicated to supporting Washington State artists in all disciplines, Artist Trust is deeply concerned with artists at all stages of development, in all geographic locations in the state. Thank you, Artist Trust! And thank you, Beth Cullom of Cullom Gallery for your support and encouragement.

Drawing demo at LxWxH Gallery, July 2014. Curated by Cullom Gallery, Seattle.

Drawing demo at LxWxH Gallery, July 2014. Curated by Cullom Gallery, Seattle.

Beth Cullom and her vermilion shoes!   

Beth Cullom and her vermilion shoes!


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"Exercises to Free the Tongue" debuts at Seattle Public Library Downtown

This Thursday, March 26, 7 pm:
Please join me and 
award-winning poet Molly Tenenbaum for Exercises to Free the Tongue at the downtown Seattle Public Library. The event includes a talk about our collaboration in merging words and images, with clips of famous ventriloquists, past and present. Don't miss it; we're hilarious. Please spread the word!

First Floor, Downtown Seattle Public Library, Microsoft Auditorium.  
Event is free. 
Parking under the Library. MAP

Illuminated with historic images and ephemera from the poet's grandparents, ventriloquists on the vaudeville circuit in the early 1900's,
this book of poems plays with ventriloquial metaphors of voice and breath.
A long time in the works, this is a book to celebrate.

Molly's grandparents on one of their handbills.

Limited edition box with poems on individual cards. Artist books by Ellen Ziegler.

Spiral bound book, 44 pages.

Both editions are available through Vamp and Tramp BooksellersOpen Books and Paper Hammer in Seattle, and

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to Mar 11

Post-Disciplinary Text(s) Residency: Cornish Arts Incubator Program and Exhibit

Curated by Julia Greenway and Jessica Hoffman.
The Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator residency is designed to encourage artistic risk-taking by supporting artists in the creation of work that is outside the boundaries of their usual genre, discipline or comfort zone. The goal of the Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator Residency is not to create a final, polished product. Instead, the residency is designed to give artists time and space to “incubate” -- to develop an idea or concept and explore it. The Arts Incubator Residency is part of Cornish Playhouse’s public benefit to the Seattle community.

Public events: March 6, 2015   6 - 9 pm, March 7, 2015  1 – 4 pm.
Cornish Theater, Seattle Center (formerly Intiman Theater). 201 Mercer Street at 2nd Ave. N.
Just east of the Seattle Rep.

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CODEX Book Fair, Richmond, California.

I'm excited to have work at both Vamp & Tramp and Paper Hammer at CODEX V. See you there!

Exercises to Free the Tongue, Deluxe Edition.

Exercises to Free the Tongue, Deluxe Edition.


Over 180 of the world's best book artists and fine press printers will be exhibiting their spectacular works at the CODEX V Book Fair. The Public is encouraged to attend. Entry tickets are sold at the door:

$5 students, $10 general, $30 multi-day.

SUNDAY 12:30 - 5:30 P.M.
MONDAY 12:30 - 6 P.M.
TUESDAY 12:30 - 6 P.M.
WEDNESDAY 10:00 - 3:00 P.M. 

CODEX is the largest Book Fair of its kind in the United States, and is proud to be a part of Rare Book Week West. For more information on all of the bookish events happening Feb. 5-11th, 2015, go to

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Crouch Fine Arts Library: Books of the Heart || Heart of the Books

Text in Spanish and English. Hand-bound limited edition, hand-stitched, paper with cloth corners, 8" x 11".
Photos hand-tipped in, archival inkjet printed.

El Torero y La Bailarina is included in the Crouch Fine Arts Library exhibit that reflects the heart and things of the heart. At Baylor University, Waco, Texas, for the month of February.

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Book Launch: Exercises to Free the Tongue

Wednesday, November 5, 7 pm, Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, Seattle

Join us at Hugo House for the long-anticipated book launch of “Exercises to Free the Tongue” – poems and text by Molly Tenenbaum, artist's book by Ellen Ziegler, printing and binding by Paper Hammer, Seattle and Tieton WA.

Illuminated with historic images and ephemera from the poet’s grandparents, ventriloquists on the vaudeville circuit in the early 1900s, this book of poems plays with ventriloquial metaphors of voice and breath. A long time in the works, this is a book to celebrate.

The artist's book is a limited edition of 20 copies; an artist's proof will be on view at the event. There will also be a spiral-bound version available for purchase. Books available through Vamp and Tramp Booksellers, Open Books, and Paper Hammer.

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