Occasional Gallery, Burlington

Opening April 9th, 2-5pm
Open weekends and by appointment through May 8th
16788 Peterson Rd, Burlington, Washington 98233


Really happy to be in included in this show. Brian Cypher did an excellent job hanging and curating the show. 

With Friends like These...


What is Swiss Movement? In a nutshell, it’s an art sale extravaganza to help fund a two-month residency for Fiona McGuigan, painter, Swiss ex-pat who lives and works in Seattle. She’s talented, energetic, charming and always on the move, most frequently on her bicycle.

Fiona was recently awarded the Index Residency located in Zurich, Switzerland where she will spend two months this summer. Fantastic news! While modest accommodations are provided in Zurich, there area few tiny expenses related to being away from work for two months, flying to Switzerland and back, on top of, well, the other usual costs of living. Holy crap that adds up fast!

Who are we? FOF! “Friends of Fiona” who want to support her and send her on her merry way, with only the best of intentions. You can be one too!  Let’s buy some art and raise some funds for Fiona!

Want to see everything you can purchase to help fund Fiona’s residency!

To see all of the available work for pre-sale from the following artists: Click here!

Chris Crites, Linda Davidson, Helen Gamble, Juliana Hayne, Juliet Shen, Jil Smith and, of course, Fiona McGuigan.

Plus, much more work than you see here will be available at the sale.

For pre-sales please send an email to Sue at colorsue@gmail.com with the name of the work and the amount you wish to purchase.

SALE: Sunday, April 3, 10 am – 4 pm

WHERE: 4818 – 14th Ave NW in Ballard (corner of NW 14th & Leary Way NW). It’s the big olive green building with double glass doors. Free parking.




Sandblasting Duwamish Images

Rhuby Architectural Glass does some super innovative work, both in sandblasting and painting/layering on to glass. So I'm super excited, I got invited to stop by to do some experimenting in their sandblasting room next week. I've chosen some bold, graphic work that I created down on the Duwamish River to start off with. Stay tuned for images of the finished pieces. 

Calypte Gallery


There is freedom in the insistent and endless repetition of an image.

Through a combination of memorization and a limiting process-based approach, I go in search of the quality of the object. Challenging myself to explore the same object by drawing it over and over again I begin to understand its essence. 

During this process the materials are the reality; guiding and limiting my work.


While refining the image I seek accidents and the unexpected. A mark is only successful if its put down without hesitation, failure is part of the process. It’s the only way I can absorb the quality of the object, and move beyond representation towards a gestural construct of the form. 


The interaction between the repeated images, the expressionist lines and visual rhythms create a new pattern, a constructed image hinting at movement and transformation. 

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How to Start Your Own Place-Based Residency

We won't just talk about it, this is a hands on workshop, you will spend the day exploring the river and working side by side other artists.  Bring good walking shoes!

Dates: 08/08/2015 - 08/08/2015
Meets on: Saturday 
Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Tuition: $90
Level: All Levels Welcome

Register:  through Gage Academy
Instructors: Fiona McGuigan, Sue Danielson

Have you ever wondered about the Duwamish River, or thought about working there but didn't know where to start?
Join Sue Danielson and me (the founding artists of the Duwamish Residency), for a day on the river,  gain an understanding of how working in this environment - a unique combination of industry, green belts, a traditional Duwamish Long House and river neighborhoods - can deepen and refresh your practice. Again, this is a hands on class, but it's not a plein-air painting class, we will talk about individual interpretations, access points, and strategies for working and give tips on how to start your own place-based residency.

How many of us think of Seattle as home to a river? by Sharon Arnold

Sharon Arnold was the guest curator of our  Gallery4Culture exhibit The Duwamish Residency: Process and Artifacts. 

© 2013, Stephen MacFarlane, Over Georgetown, Monotype and graphite on paper. 24″ x 18″. Photo: Bret Corrington.

Here's her gallery statement:

The Duwamish River, flowing through the southern and southwestern reaches of Seattle, is out of sight to many city dwellers on a day-to-day basis. But it’s there, threading its body through the valleys of our industrial districts; its mouth yawning through bridges and around shipyards to pour itself into Elliott Bay.

The Duwamish has been shaped by humans, and its course changed over time. It is still wild in parts, in spite of urban development, holding some small refuge for birds of prey, waterfowl, fish, and a few mammals. As an estuary, it was once home to a complex ecosystem of this kind of wildlife and humans; a resident population of cedars, firs, and alders flanking its shores alongside tideflats, swamps, forest, and wetlands. It is named after the indigenous tribe who populated this region around the river and Elliott Bay and Lake Washington, and who are still fighting for federal recognition of their tribe.

This river represents the duality of both timelessness and change. It flows, relentlessly, through land and through time. It rises, falls, and shifts color depending on the season and the weather. And though it no longer meanders, its path is now held by the walls of its industrial bed and the manufactured island splitting its delta. No longer flanked by a forest of native deciduous and evergreen trees, it is adorned with great cranes, container ships, and industrial warehouses.

To read the full statement (and it's worth it!) : http://www.4culture.org/2015/03/how-many-of-us-think-of-seattle-as-home-to-a-river/