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October Featured Artist: Frances Smersh

Our October featured artist is none other than our own Frances Smersh!  A lifelong artist, Frances opened Click! 15 years ago alongside her husband John to showcase their line of handmade jewelry and the work of other designers they admired. 

Both her jewelry and her paintings have long been defined by organic forms and color. While we still carry a collection of Frances' jewelry in-store, painting and drawing have become her primary creative outlet. As her young-onset Alzheimer's Disease has progressed her paintings have become increasingly abstract. This show includes acrylic works on wood panels, ink on paper, and watercolor, which she has recently discovered a fondness for.

Her show kicks off during the October West Seattle Art Walk. Visit with Frances and see her newest works of art from 5-8p on Thursday October 10th.

How would you describe what you make?

Wingnut! Everything. I’m working with watercolor, acrylic, and pen/ink, and charcoal, and everything!

What drew you to do what you do?

I have always done art. Since when I was a kid. I do different things every day. I like a lot of different colors.

Can you tell us about your favorite piece in the current collection?

The piece called "Summa Time". I like the linework and the colors!


If you could collaborate with anyone (living or not), who would it be and why?

My friend Reilly Jensen, because I like her! We collaborate sometimes when we hang out. I’ve collaborated with several friends over the years. 


Telephone Poles, Can We Party, Fly

What's the best piece of advice you've been given?

"Try it."

Can you describe your favorite part of the process in your work?

Sitting there figuring out what I need to do. 

Frances Smersh "My People"

When you are in the studio, what are you listening to?

Sometimes nothing. Other times music… often times Bill Withers, or the mix tapes that my husband John made me when we were in college.

What is your most treasured handmade possession?

Our house is filled with so many handmade treasures. We have a lot of ceramics. We also have some furniture that my dad made, and I still have his ice skates (does that count as handmade?)

Handmade ceramics

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