SJIMA Hosts A Virtual Artist Talk

On Sunday, August 9th, we hosted our first "virtual" Artist Talk with Holly Ballard Martz and June Sekiguchi. We had originally planned this event to be on-site at the museum but could not safely do so due to COVID-19.

We would like to extend a big "thank you" to both Holly and June and to all of you who braved the "new normal" of online webinar events to participate with us.  We had an amazing turnout as Holly and June provided us a look behind-the-scenes of DOMESTIC BLISS and THE PULSE OF WATER, while also giving us a glimpse into their current projects.

We were pleased to bring you the Artist Talk at no cost, and will continue to look for opportunities to safely host more events like these in the future. If you would like to make a donation towards this and future virtual events, you may do so here.

Don't forget to visit us at the San Juan County Virtual Fair this week beginning Wednesday, August 12, and thanks again for participating with us on Sunday!


June Sekiguchi

Sekiguchi's art installation, which includes a bridge and is glowing in the Atrium Gallery, is a way to honor important people, events and experiences in her life. “Each year the monsoon rains wash the bridge away. Each year the people rebuild it. It is a metaphor for the Buddhist ideology that everything in life is temporary,” Sekiguchi said.

Holly Ballard Martz

Ballard Martz's art takes household objects of domestic labor and transforms them into art symbolizing obstacles that impede the quest for gender equality. Holly explains, "I deliberately chose to work with materials and processes long considered the female domain as a reminder that with every prick of the pin and curve of the wire, women’s work is truly never done."

Sponsored by: The Honeywell Charitable Fund, Kim Miller, San Juan County, Town of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Community Foundation, Printonyx, Harbor Rentals and Browne’s Home Center.

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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