Art Exhibitions

Public Art, Art Exhibitions

Art Interruptions 2017 Art Walk October 7


Artist Susan Browns  

You’re invited to a guided art walk and community event at Cottage Grove Park this Saturday October 7, 10 am – Noon, as part of Art Interruptions 2017! This event will be a fun family friendly event hosted by Seattle Department of Transportation in partnership with the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Seattle Parks and Recreation and Feet First. Individuals of all ages and abilities are invited to join this artistic stroll and meet the artists (see a sample of the artwork attached). The event will include both a 0.5 or 1.8 mile walk options. Other fun family friendly activities include face painting and an artwork scavenger hunt.

Art Interruptions is an annual outdoor art program nurturing new and emerging artists and this is the third year partnering with the Neighborhood Greenway program. The artworks inhabit city sidewalks and parks and offer passers-by a brief interruption in their day, eliciting a moment of surprise, beauty, contemplation or humor. This year the Art Interruptions route was selected to be the Delridge Neighborhood Greenway and Connector Trail to enhance and encourage the connection between the neighborhood and trail connection.

Full event details are available at:

Or the Facebook Event page:

 By Summer Jawson, SDOT

 Artist Maria Jost

Artist Maria Jost

 Artist Ryan Burns

Artist Ryan Burns


Artist Tia Matthies


Artist Akira Ohiso


Artist Shawn Parks


Artist Jasmine Brown 

Art Exhibitions, Press, Digital Art

Seattle Drawn Featured in Real Change News


This week's issue of Real Change features my latest work, which is now on view at Populuxe Brewing through Jan. 31st.  Thank you to Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project and staff writer Lisa Edge for the feature.

To read the full article, you can pick up a copy at local vendor locations throughout the city.

"Real Change is a reader-supported low-barrier work opportunity that rewards effort from the first day forward. More than 300 active vendors sell our award-winning weekly newspaper each month, with about 800 vendors served annually."

More than a million dollars is earned annually for vendors by purchasing the paper on the street.

Learn more about this empowering program here.

 Update: Read Full Article

Art Exhibitions, Photography, Press

Photography For Girls At Wired Gallery

 Photos: Kelly Merchant  

Photos: Kelly Merchant  

In 2015, Ohiso collaborated with photographer Kelly Merchant on the Photography For Girls project.  The project features photos and interviews with women of all ages.  The uniqueness of this project is that the women featured had a say in how they were represented in the photos.  This weekend, four of Kelly Merchant's photos along with accompanying interviews by Akira Ohiso will be on exhibition at the Wired Gallery as part of a group show.  The exhibition runs May 21 thru July 3.  Opening reception is May 21 from 5-7pm.

Collage, Art Exhibitions, Digital Art

New Works

 V is For... | Collage | 2015  The Gleaners | Collage | 2015   

V is For... | Collage | 2015

The Gleaners | Collage | 2015


Two of Akira's collage pieces are on display at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance as part of the About Face exhibition curated by Rocky Pinciotti.  About Face is on display through March 26, 2016.

His digital work, Multifacial, is in the B Gallery's online exhibition, Altered Ego.

 Multifacial | Digital Mixed Media | 2016

Multifacial | Digital Mixed Media | 2016


Art Exhibitions, Art Submissions

OHISO partners with the Catskill Art Society on an exhibition titled Exquisite Corpse of the Catskills



Calls on local visual artists to join this popular surrealist parlor game turned art exhibition, bringing diverse artists and ideas together in the Catskills.

Ellie Ohiso and Akira Ohiso, the names behind popular social projects such as Green Door Magazine, have partnered with the Catskill Art Society (CAS) to launch an interactive exhibition this Summer that includes an open call to visual artists to participate in a parlor game turned art exhibition entitled Exquisite Corpse of the Catskills.
The original Exquisite Corpse was started at the turn of the 20th Century among Surrealist history’s most famous artistic names, such as André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Yves Tanguy, Joan Miro and Man Ray (to name a few.) Originally constructed as a parlor game to help artists break from reason, its popularity grew as a way to bring diverse artists and ideas together. The name derives from the quote ‘le cadaver exquis boira le vin nouveau.’ (‘The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine.’)
The game consisted of a folded piece of paper passed to participants who could not see the full drawing before them save for a taste of what was behind the fold. The reveal came after all had had a turn, the paper unfolding, revealing the magic of happenstance art.
The Ohisos, along with CAS, are calling upon the Catskills’ community of visual artists (Sullivan, Ulster, Orange and Delaware Counties in NY, Wayne and Pike Counties in PA) to submit their names via email to by April 15, 2015. Twenty-one artists, to be paired in seven groups of three, will be chosen randomly at a public lottery at the CAS Arts Center on Saturday April 18, 2015 at 2 pm. The public lottery is free and open to all.
Selected artists will then be paired into their respective groups of three, and the first seven artists will leave with two pieces of paper: one paper to be completed in its entirety, and the second paper to be started slightly and left to be completed by the next set of artists. The second set of artists will pick up the started work. They will be required to complete the previous artist’s work and start a third paper, which the last set of artists will complete, finishing the triptych.
The following guidelines are required in advance for submitting your name to the lottery:
•  All names submitted must be visual artists.
•  Artists’ age must be 18 or older.
•  All materials will be provided (paper and ink) and works can only be created using the supplied materials, no exceptions.
•  Artists must be available for pick up/drop off of materials at CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street in Livingston Manor, NY on the dates and times below:
Group #1 Artists Pick Up: Sunday, April 19 at 2pm
Group #1 Artists Drop Off: Friday, May 1 at 2pm
Group #2 Artists Pick Up: Sunday, May 3 at 2pm
Group #2 Artists Drop Off: Friday, May 15 at 2pm
Group #3 Artists Pick Up: Sunday, May 17 at 2pm
Group #3 Artists Drop Off: Friday, May 29 at 2pm
•  Artists will have 12 days to work on their piece once they pick up materials.
•  The work is not required to be literal representation of a corpse (unless the artist so chooses).
“The Exquisite Corpse of the Catskills’ artistic constraints and forced collaborations are a means of facilitating visual artists to move from their traditional medium,” said Ellie Ohiso. “I’m looking forward to seeing some of our favorite local artists express themselves in a different way,” she added.
The parlor game will conclude with a public reveal of the completed triptychs on June 5, 2015 through July 24, 2015 at CAS Arts Center Elevator Gallery. Sales of each Exquisite Corpse of the Catskills will be split among the three artists. The opening reception will be June 5, 2015 from 4-6pm.

Ellie Ohiso and Akira Ohiso are the names behind popular social projects such as Green Door Magazine, Narrowsburg Not Williamsburg, Hickster, and the winning subway poster design for the People's Climate March. To learn more, visit
About the CAS Arts Center
The Catskill Art Society (CAS) is a nonprofit organization cultivating public interest, participation, and enjoyment of the arts. Through its multi-arts center, CAS explores contemporary art practices and facilitates creative and professional development for established and emerging artists. To learn more, visit
About the Elevator Gallery 
The Elevator Gallery is an experimental exhibition space at the CAS Arts Center that features visual art, installations, short art films, and other curiosities in six shows each year. Curated on a rolling basis, it allows for creative spontaneity and transformation, elevating the profile of alternative artists and styles not frequently seen in the CAS Exhibition Season. To learn more and submit work for exhibition, visit


Art Exhibitions

David Byrd's Voices Explores Mental Illness at Walter Meade


David Byrd, Hospital Hallway, 1992, oil on canvas, 43 x 42

The Roxbury Arts Group presents David Byrd's Voices in the Walter Meade Gallery Saturday, January 17 at 3pm.  

As as a former social worker, this exhibiton speaks to me.  Byrd, who worked as a night orderly in a psychiatric ward, explores mental illness through his 30 years of experiences at the VA Hospital in Montrose, NY.  His artist statements says:

"I watched the patients, how they moved and interacted with each other and how they coped with the staff.  All the patients were heavily medicated.  I tried to paint because I had the remote idea that it might serve me in my behavior to others."

The exhibit will remain open through February 21, 2015.

Exhibit: January 17 - February 21

Reception: Saturday, January 17, 3:00 PM

Walt Meade Gallery of the Roxbury Arts Center

5025 Vega Mountain Road

Roxbury, NY 12474



Artist Opportunity

To raise awareness and increase understanding of mental illness, the Society for Contemporary Craft is organizing Mindful: Exploring  Mental Health through Art (September 18, 2015 – March 12, 2016).  With an emphasis on anxiety, depression, suicide ideation, and PTSD, the exhibition will provide a forum for artists to share their powerful artistic responses to a growing public health concern. 

For Submission Guidelines

Application Deadline: February 1, 2015