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Kathi Wagner didn’t have to go far for this photo—the owl was in a willow by their backyard pond.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019


Tammy Davis loves bringing old time back to life.

That is, she hunts for time pieces at vintage art shows. Then she turns them into wearable art.

“I design with time because we never have enough!” she says. “My designs are reflective of my interpretation of humanity. They represent how we are all beautiful and different. And, when we come together, we create balance as long as we respect the value of one another.”

Tammy Davis created this with a vintage timepiece mounted on an embossed leather ring and antique brass component. It’s accented with a vintage filigree flower and vintage filigree leaves. The pendant hangs from an asymmetrical design of brass chain and watermelon tourmaline.

Davis will be among 18 Bellevue artists who will open their studios to the public for the fourth annual Bellevue Artist Alliance Open Studios tour on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28.

The free tour, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, will give the public a chance to see the artists at work. Tour maps are available at Silver Creek Hotel, 7Fuego Restaurant, Sun Valley Garden Center, Mahoney’s Bar and Grill and on the BAA website at

The artists will have an Artist Reception offering a preview of their work from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Silver Creek Hotel, 721 N. Main St., in Bellevue.

The BAA will raffle off gift certificates to Mahoney’s, 7Fuego and South Valley Pizza at the reception. There also will be several artists’ works raffled off, including a handcrafted platter by EJ Harpham, cards, by Gina Pearson, Karl Pearson and David Rau, a Buff neck gator created from her art by Anne Jeffery and a wallet by Jack Sept. There also will be a donation from Sun Valley Garden Center.

This platter of EJ Harpham’s is among the items to be raffled off.

Tickets are $2 each or three for $5.

The artists’ works will be on display at the hotel through Sunday. Artists’ work can also be viewed at 7Fuego restaurant and The Trader.

The tour features a variety of art mediums, including Jock Brown’s silver work, EJ Harphams’ expansive ceramic studio, Gordon Webster’s functional stoneware and Jack Sept.’s leatherwork.

A number of painters are involved, as well, including David Rau, Elisabeth Bayer and Judy Pittman.

This leather wallet by Jack Sept will be raffled off during the Artist’s Reception on Friday night.

Don Yeager, who used his artistic talents on people’s hair for many years, works in collage today.

It is, he says, a kind of surrealistic art in which flat objects, such as magazine, newspaper, cloth and pressed flowers are pasted together for symbolic suggestive effect.

“I search for images that seem to leap out to me of the many papers and books that I dive into. The unusual attracts me—the individual pieces of art that I find hidden within those pages. As my sharp scissors very carefully trace the outside perimeter of a desired cutout, my mind is excitedly working to find those other images that I feel will fit together with each other to tell their story.

“I feel that they come alive when placed in a similar environment,” he adds. “Now, they feel comfortable to be out in the open, no longer hidden within the cover of closed books.”

Photographer Kathi Wagner majored in journalism and photography at the University of Kentucky before she ended up in Moscow, Idaho, where she studied under Bill Woolston. She got some practical experience working as a still photographer for KWSU-TV in Pullman, Wash.

She moved here to work for the Wood River Journal and quickly made the move to fine art photography.

“Way fun!” she says.


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