Artist Trust Invites the Community to Celebrate a Year of Artist Support

Artist Trust invites the Washington arts community to attend Gather: An Artist Trust Celebration on Thursday, November 15, from 6:00 – 8:30 PM at Traver Gallery, 110 Union St. #200 in Seattle. Join us as we raise a toast to our 2018 grant recipients, honor our generous friend Karen Lorene with the 2018 Creative Catalyst Award, and reflect on 10 years of the Conductive Garboil Grant.

Founder and owner of Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle’s Central Business District, Karen Lorene promotes jewelry arts through numerous exhibitions, publications, lectures, and events. She has long been known as a champion of jewelry, craft, and the literary arts in the Pacific Northwest as well as nationally. With 46 years of retail experience under her belt, she recently announced that she will be retiring from Facèré at the end of the year. At Gather, Karen will be presented with the 2018 Creative Catalyst Award for her dedication and commitment to supporting the careers of individual artists and her long-time involvement with Artist Trust as a former Board Member and Benefit Art Auction supporter.

“When you’re [running] a business, you’re just putting one foot in front of the other, paying the rent, and hoping your staff is happy and you are serving your artists well. This award is an honor,” said Karen. “Recognition encourages others in the art world – to take a chance, to get into the art business and to do it with grace and love. I am so flattered!”

For 10 years, Artist Trust, 4Culture, and the Estate of Su Job have worked together to administer the Conductive Garboil Grant. Envisioned and endowed by Seattle artist Su Job in 2008, the award acknowledges artists who demonstrate a profound ability to challenge the limits of creative discourse and its effect on our society and push the artistic act beyond accepted limits, definitions, or purposes while engaging audiences outside the aesthetic industrial complex.

“The Conductive Garboil Grant has supported many remarkable artists over the last decade, and it has been a pleasure to work with 4Culture to honor the memory of beloved local fiber artist, teacher, friend, mentor, and community leader Su Job with this award,” said Artist Trust CEO Shannon Halberstadt.

The evening’s program will begin at 7:00 PM and feature remarks by 2017 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award Recipient Jane Wong, Artist Trust Board President Sarah Traver, CEO Shannon Halberstadt, and a performance by 2018 Fellowship Recipient Grace Love.

Admission is by sliding scale donation of $15 to $250, $10 for Artist Trust members (email justine@artisttrust.org for discount code). Proceeds benefit Artist Trust’s grants and programs for individual artists across Washington State. Hosted bar and refreshments provided. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite here.