Dionne’s current studio is located in Ballard at BallardWorks. An active member of the Seattle arts community, Dionne’s studio is open on the second Saturday of the month as a part of the Ballard ARTwalk.
In 2003 Dionne set out to find a new home for Sev Shoon. Her friend showed her a building that was six times larger than she was looking for. With a little imagination and an enormous amount of enthusiasm, she convinced architect/artist Jay Lazerwitz, and artists Joan Stuart Ross and John Gleason to partner up and purchase, gut and develop it into what is now known as BallardWorks.
Today there are over twenty five artists with private studios, and one art-focused business — Art & Soul, which specializes in a rare color printing process called the Pigment Transfer. BallardWorks participates in the monthly 2nd Saturday Ballard ARTwalk.
Dionne’s passion for community and the arts led her to found the Sev Shoon Arts Center in 1991, a professional printmaking center with classes, 24/7 studio access, gallery space and an international residency program where European, Mexican, and African artists came to work.
Community doesn’t start and stop in Seattle. The wider the better!
In 2009, I was invited by my friend C. Krydz Ikwuemesi, Professor at the Art Department of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, to go teach printmaking to his students. The door to the print studio had not been open in seven years by the time I arrived.
I have been fortunate to be invited to China several times since 2005 and up to now. Last year, I was given an academic appointment as a Visiting Professor at the Normal University of Changsha where I have gone twice to teach, exhibit and travel. It has been a phenomenal experience that comes with its fair share of challenges and frustrations! But somehow I keep going back and back ….