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Any time during KTUB’s drop in hours, sign in to the art room and unleash your creative energy. Utilize this space as an open studio to create something amazing like a collage or mixed media masterpiece. Feel free to join our daily activity like jewelry making or graffiti art.
A myriad of ongoing workshops and opportunities to find or refine one’s art sensibilities. Opportunities include fabric design, textiles, jewelry making, and fashion taught by artists, volunteers and staff.
Becoming a fashion designer by turning any computer generated or hand drawn image into a vibrant fashion statement. Opportunities to create merch to sell at shows for musicians. Learn how to prep a screen, set the image and make a design that will last longer than a Rolling Stone t-shirt from the Main Street on Exile Tour.
Photography is an art form that that takes precision and skill. This opportunity to keep black and white photography alive provides affordable access to processing chemicals and equipment with photo classes and mentorship opportunities. In the world of digital photography the KTUB dark room also aims to combine modern technology techniques with the richness and quality possible through processing and printing your own film.
Callahan Campbell McVay was born in Aberdeen, WA in 1974 to an artistic family of wood carving artists. He began creating chainsaw woodcarvings from the age of five, carving at state fairs where he was paid for his art pieces. He attended an alternative high school in Everett, WA where he explored working with stained glass. At the age of fourteen he discovered that he had a special talent for creating glass blown art and studied in the Dick Marquis Studio with John Legett. The artist later studied at The Pilchuck Glass School, located in Stanwood, WA and The Pratt Fine Art Center in Seattle, WA. Absorbing perspectives of color, form and technique, the artist traveled internationally, studying in glass studios throughout the world. Upon returning to Whidbey Island, WA Callahan further developed his skills training with several glass artists and by the year 2000 had created a home studio in Clinton. By 2005 the artist was at one time represented by 150 galleries within the United States. As evident within his luminous glass objects, the artist is inspired by the living world, by light and by color. Callahan has been sought after for both private and corporate commission work including The Seattle Space Needle Gift Shop, Alstrom, The Celebrity Home Shopping Network and Skinner and Sarr Law Firm to name a few.
As the demand for Callahan’s glass art grew the artist saw need for a larger studio where he could also offer the glass blowing experience to students and visitors to the island. In July of 2009 the artist opened his glass blowing studio and gallery at the former fire station located at 179 Second Street in Langley, WA. He retained the firehouse name calling his studio and gallery, Callahan’s Firehouse Studio. With over 3,000 square feet of space the artist has found a place where he can design, produce and deliver his art all within the same location.
Ryan Henry Ward
Ryan Henry Ward, who signs his work simply as Henry, is an American artist who has been described as “Seattle‘s most prolific muralist.” Publicly active as an artist only since 2008, by September 2011 he had painted over 120 murals on surfaces such as buildings exteriors, school interiors, garages, and even vehicles, in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. By his own count, he had sold over 2000 canvases.
Born on a farm in Montana, to Don and Terri Anne Ward, later transplanted to the Pacific Northwest at the age of ten, Ward has lived in a variety of places in the region. As an artist, he began his craft at the age of three, drawing on the walls of his childhood home. He has a deep history of sharing his art with the world. In third grade he had his own comic strip, named Mr. Pib and Ernie, and in fourth grade he began winning art competitions which landed his imagery on t-shirts. He self-published greeting cards throughout his childhood, and in high school began yet another comic strip, The Cheese Life, which was published on the back of Omega Force comic books. Ward grew up mainly in Enumclaw, Washington and attended Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University, where he constructed a degree program that mixed writing, art, and storytelling for children. After college, he remained in Bellingham, Washington as a social worker, increasingly working with art therapy. After his older brother and roommate Brandon died 9 September 1999 of heart failure at the age of 25, Ward and his younger brother Andy traveled in India, Nepal, and Thailand.
By 2005, Ward was “burned out” on social work. He and Andy spent two very economically successful years as landscapers. In early 2007, however, Ward had an ATV accident in Moses Lake, Washington, which did damage to his spine from which he still had not fully recovered as of 2011. Shortly thereafter he decided to paint full time.
“Ward has only recently created public art. His first four murals were painted during a 2007 visit to the Dominican Republic. Unlike his Seattle art, which tends to feature animals and fantastical creatures, Ward first painted scenes of family life and of people playing instruments.” Seattle Post Intellegence. Template:Durr, Christopher, 2009.
Although he lived in a bus during his early career as a Seattle artist, Ward now rents an apartment and maintains a studio in the Ballardneighborhood. In contrast to many other artists on Seattle’s “street artist” scene, Ward always executes his public pieces with the permission of the property owner.
Ryan Henry Ward’s vision of creating primitive images with a dream-like, surreal quality has come to fruition. He wants the natural rawness of the painting process to show through his balanced, bright, and whimsical work.
and other local artists