Birds in Shoes: Jim Sorensen

Scarlet IbisIn July and August, the gallery will be showing drawings from Jim Sorensen’s “Birds in Shoes” series. Each of the whimsical illustrations shows exactly what one would expect, a bird (or multiple birds) wearing footwear, but the details and wide range of species of birds creates quite a variety. In addition to the charming individual drawings, we will also have some cards, books, and calendars featuring Sorensen’s work.

We will be hosting artist receptions for this show during Art Attack (the Georgetown Art Walk), July 9th and August 13th, from 5pm – 8pm.


“I’ve always enjoyed drawing. One day during our yearly art retreat that we do with a group of friends, it popped into my head to draw a kiwi in saddle shoes. I love the idea of the combination of realism and something unusual. I followed by drawing a raven in high tops and a stork in wingtips. My wife suggested I post them on Facebook and that’s when Birds in Shoes was born.


“I was a corporate trainer for 40 years teaching communication skills which involved way too much travel and left little time for art except for that yearly art retreat. The pandemic changed all that and forced me into retirement which left me asking myself why I didn’t do it sooner. Now I have lots of time to enjoy drawing and hanging out with my wife.


“I hope you enjoy my Birds in shoes as much I’ve enjoyed creating them.”

Maury Diakite: Humanity


The inaugural solo show in our new location will be a wide selection of paintings by Maury Diakite. We have shown his work previously, and we’re happy to give Georgetown art patrons the opportunity to see his fabulous work.

Artist Bio:

Maury Diakite was born in Bamako, Mali and he immigrated to the states at the age of 14. Having a multicultural, multilingual upbringing helped to create his diverse artistic expression. Maury has been an artist since his early teens; Working with a wide range of mediums and forums . Everything from graffiti to an intermittent career as a tattooist. He prides himself on never developing a signature style or niche and describes the inspiration for his work as “gray area”. His current passion as you can see is watercolors. He enjoys the overall lack of control that exist with in the medium. “Every stroke you put down you have to go with and hope the water is kind. So there is no mastery only collaboration and a gentle touch.”

We have moved to Georgetown!

After a brutal and long hiatus resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the gallery is opening back up in our new location in the vibrant arts-focused Seattle neighborhood of Georgetown this March, 2022.

We really enjoyed our space in the center of downtown Burien, but we struck out on our own after Phoenix Tea closed permanently. The new space is a small historic building that was constructed in 1929 as housing for the Station Master for the railroad. It has been used for a handful of different things, and now it is blossoming into Scarlet Ibis Gallery.

Come by to see our new space during Art Attack (the Georgetown Art Walk), or during regular business hours: Thursday through Sunday noon-5pm.

The new address:
5409 Denver Ave. S, Seattle WA 98108
Georgetown Gallery Space

ARTIST CALL: Self-Portraits

Show: March – April, 2020

Opening Reception: March 6th, 2020 6pm – 9pm

Entries are being accepted now for a group show of self-portraits. The show will be on display in the gallery March and April of 2020.

Work in any medium may be submitted for consideration. This show will feature varied works by several different artists, so the size of each work will be a consideration. We do not require that participating artists create new work for this show, although if the theme inspires new work, that is an excellent outcome. If an artist is submitting to be in this show with a work that does not yet exist, previously created works can be used as examples, accompanied by a loose written description of the self-portrait to be created. We will show one self-portrait piece for each artist accepted into the show.

Artists who have shown in solo or group shows at Scarlet Ibis do not need to submit new work samples, but will need to send us an email or message through social media to express interest in being a part of this show.

To participate in the show, artists can upload information and photos of work using the submission form, send an email with a link to photos of the work, or contact us through Facebook or Instagram. If the website is used for submission, a folder with the artist’s name should be created to post the files into, or a single compressed file with artist name as the file name can be uploaded. For questions or help using the submission form, please contact the gallery.

ARTIST CALL: Articulation

Show: October – November, 2018

Opening Reception: October 5th, 2018 6pm – 10pm

Entries are now being accepted for “Articulation,” a group show of works that utilize the human skeleton – whole or in part – as subject matter or medium (or both). The show will run for the months of October and November, months during which a focus on mortality and the passage of individuals out of their corporeal existence is particularly appropriate.
Work in any medium may be submitted for consideration, but 2-dimensional works will be most effective for this particular show. We want this show to be able to feature varied works by several different artists, so size will be a consideration. We do not expect artists to create new work especially for this show, although if the theme inspires new work, that is an excellent outcome.
Importantly, this show is not intended to be casual or comical. Works do not need to express any particular position or ideology, but there is an expectation that artists have some degree of respect for the dead. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact us.
To participate in the show, you can upload information and photos of work using the submission form, or send an email with a link to photos of the work, or contact us through Facebook or Instagram. If you use the website for your submission, create a folder with your name to post the files into, or upload a single compressed file with your name as the file name. If you have any questions, please contact the gallery.

Judy Rayl: Luxe Light – Embracing the Tender Beauty at the Intersection of Nature and the Human-Made,

Judy Rayl
“Moon, with Orbs”

The August and September show in the gallery will be “Luxe Light- Embracing the Tender Beauty at the Intersection of Nature and the Human-Made,” a luminous collection of photographs by Judy Rayl. Come by during the opening reception, or any time while the show is up.

My photography explores fleeting connections between humanity, nature, and human-made objects. I am inspired by the play of light on natural surfaces, the immediacy of texture and movement, and the spontaneity of human beings. I use no enhancement, filters nor retouching in my photography so I may embrace the impermanence of each moment.

In my view, we are not fully defined nor separated by our ethnicity and race. The people captured in my images are shown in the semi-abstract. Rather than focus on the details of physical appearance, I seek images which touch on the universality of humanity.

ARTIST CALL: Heroines, Heroes, & Superheroes

Super HeroThis show is an experiment in rapid crowdsource curation. The show itself will run in the gallery for the entire month of April, 2018, and will consist primarily of a series of digital images, sequenced, projected, and displayed electronically on screens in the gallery.

REQUIREMENTS: Images chosen for the show must portray at least one individual entity as a heroine, hero, or superhero. The concept can be shown by a well-known figure, or a person or other entity that very few people know. They can be mythological, fictional, or real. They can be human or other. Images can be photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures, other 3-dimensional objects, or photographs of any of the former. All images must be used with proper rights and permissions. Anything that does not follow copyright laws will not be accepted. The basic concept is intended to be broadly interpreted, with opportunity for people to think about what the concept of a hero looks like.

We will accept submissions from anyone who wants to participate in this project. Since the format is primarily digital imagery we are not limited in the number of submissions we can accommodate. Each image submitted for the show must include the following information:

  • Name or other identification of the heroine, hero, or superhero, i.e. “Batman,” or “Jane Doe.” This name will be displayed alongside the image during the show.
  • Name of the person submitting the image.
  • Attribution and copyright information.
  • [optional] 1-2 paragraphs of text relevant to the image.


Malala Yousafzai

Submissions can be made by filling out the form below and uploading file(s) to the link below, or by providing a link to the photo online.

Upload files here. Upload a single file that includes your name in the file name. If you want to upload multiple files, create a folder with your name to post the files into.

There is no revenue stream for this show, so we will not be able to compensate anyone submitting images to the show financially. The show may be converted into an online exhibit after its run in the gallery is over.


CikoU.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joe Burns and military working dog, Ciko, assigned to the 673d Security Forces Squadron, conduct K-9 training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 17, 2016. The Security Forces Airmen conducted the K-9 training with their Army counterparts, assigned to the 549th Military Working Dog Detachment, to keep their teams flexible to respond to law enforcement emergencies and for overseas deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Alejandro Peña)


ARTIST CALL: No Closets!

Entries are now being accepted for the show, “No Closets!,” a group show of work by LGBTQ artists. The show will open in June – in conjunction with Pride Month, and the Burien Pride event on June 6th – and will run through the end of July.

Artists may create new work for the show, but it is not expected. The purpose of the show is to feature a wide range of works by artists who fall within the spectrum of LGBTQ identities. The work does not need to be explicitly or implicitly ABOUT sexual or gender identity, but participants in the show must identifiy as members of the LQBTQ community.

Work may be in any medium, 2-dimensional or 3 and any size – however, exceptionally large pieces are discouraged so that we will able to feature a larger number of artists. Artists may submit multiple pieces for consideration, but we may not be able to accommodate multiple works by single artists.

Submissions can be made by filling out the form below and uploading 2-5 photos of relevant work to the link below, or by providing links to photos of work online.

Upload files here. Before uploading, create a folder with your name to post the files into, or upload a single compressed file with your name.

Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger: Inner Workings

Show: February – March, 2018
Reception: February 2nd, 2018 6pm – 10pm

In February and March 2018, the gallery will be showing pieces from sculptor Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger’s “Inner Workings,” a series exploring themes of mental illness. The work will be viewable during normal gallery hours and at the opening reception for the artist, February 2nd, from 6pm – 10pm at the gallery.


Artist Statement: Our inner workings are a mystery.  To varying degrees, all of us struggle to express what is going on inside and reconcile that with our experience in the outer world.  What if your inner world were tilted, off of its axis, just enough to make you stumble for no reason.  What if your inner workings were affected by vertigo and didn’t make sense to even you at times.

Those who battle with mental health issues and their care givers are constantly looking for a way to right those inner workings; to find a way to walk on level ground like everyone else.  They do this while fighting against an invisible enemy.  One that isn’t seen by most doctors.  While 25% of primary care patients suffer from depression; primary care doctors identify less than 30% of them1.  It is an invisible enemy.  Perhaps that is the crux of the problem, we can’t see it.  We must trust those that feel it to be telling the truth, even when the truth sounds ‘crazy’.
The social stigma surrounding mental health issues stop us from asking, talking about or often looking for the symptoms.  Even those that suffer from mental health issues often don’t consider that as a culprit for their discomfort or struggles.
When someone is diagnosed with cancer, communities help by raising money, bringing food or offering other needed support.  When someone is diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, there is rarely a rally cry for support.  More often there is a careful mapping out of one’s life so that others don’t find out.  Where are the full freezers so you don’t have to cook?  Or rides to your appointments because the med’s make you nauseous, or just the supportive look or tone of voice offered with empathy for the hand life has dealt you?  Instead there is often condemnation for having a bad attitude, not trying hard enough or just being weak.

"Inner Workings"
Inner Workings

Mental health/illness is very like diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease or chronic respiratory disease.  It is an illness.  It requires medical care, medications, habit change, diligent self-care and therapy.  No one suggests that someone with heart disease should ‘buck up’ or ‘just get over it’.   Unlike with other illnesses, we can’t do blood tests for depression or biopsy for Bipolar which makes it extraordinarily hard to diagnose and treat.  Medications for depression, for instance, may help with suicidal thoughts or may cause significantly more depending on “if they work for you”.   The experimentation continues until something helps.  And all of that is assuming you have health insurance to help pay for it.Mental illness not only drains those who battle with it, it also drains our economy.  Mental health disorders are one of the five most costly conditions in the US, as much as cancer treatments.  We pour over $60 billion into our mental health systems annually.

Mental health costs are the largest single source; larger than cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer, or diabetes. Mental illness alone will account for more than half of the projected total economic burden from non-communicable diseases over the next two decades and 35% of the global lost output. Considering that those with mental illness are at high risk for developing cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes, the true costs of mental illness must be even higher.3
National Institute of Mental Health. (2011, September 28). Director’s Blog: The Global Cost of Mental Illness [Blog post]. Retrieved from
This art work has been an exploration into the experience of mental illness, fighting the invisible enemy, and the many frustrations that come with it.  I have created an illness character, embodied in this dark figure, because to fight it, we need to see it.
  • Both ‘Deluge’ and ‘Storm’ are about depression: being unable to feel joy in any experience.
  • ‘Unwinding’ is about feeling out of control of one’s mind or thoughts.  The illness will take what it wants and leave you with very little left.
  • ‘That’s Mine’ is about loss.  The loss of the future you had hoped for.  The loss of relationships because you can’t do what needs to be done to keep them.  The loss of self as the illness changes you.  And the will to fight that loss with determination and discipline.
  • ‘Distillation’ and ‘Alchemy’ are about finding medication that works.  It is so very much like putting lead in a beaker, distilling it and hoping you get gold.
  • ‘Imbalance’ is about the frustrations and side effects of medications.   Often medications for anxiety makes you sleepy or dull.  Medications for depression can make you feel apathetic or flat: by trying to keep your chemistry from dipping too low it also limits how joyful you can feel.
  • ‘Old Friend’ finds one having accepted the current reality.  That this illness has been and will be hanging around for a while. It can be and must be lived with.
  • ‘I’m Fine’ is a piece about how mental illness is perceived by our society and what is going on inside.  This piece was a collaboration between myself and a family member who wrote the text.
  • ‘Worries Blind Us’ show the frustration of how anxiety can blind us.  It causes to enter fight or flight, which happens in our reptilian brain.  We can no longer access the frontal lobe where are capacity to problem solve comes from.

Mental illness is an invisible enemy which changes our inner workings.  Perhaps it is time to stop saying “I’m Fine” and start saying “I have anxiety and I am having a tough day.”   Those who suffer and those who care for them need to speak out, when able, to paint the picture for others who can’t see these illnesses.

To fight it we need to see it.

1. “Data on behavioral health in the United States.” American Psychological Association,

Paintings by Al-Abboud

“Eternal Presence”

The December 2017/January 2018 show will feature the work of local painter Al-Abboud. Working primarily in acrylics, he creates complex and textural pieces reminiscent of mosaic tile work and often incorporating texts and symbols.

Artist Statement:

After spending two years as an architecture student, I realized that I wanted to be an artist instead of an architect as my family wished, even though it meant burning bridges and relinquishing emotional and financial support. I accepted the sacrifice as a price all artists must endure. I then forged into a new way of living as an artist.
Although I had changed my major, those early years studying architecture came to influence my artwork, which reflects the discipline of geometric patterns within which complex messages can be discovered. Duchamp’s cubist-style “Nude Descending Staircase” and Dali’s “Madonna” inspired me to create images that change according to distance and angle, not unlike one’s evolving perspective of the world across time and space. Such perspective invokes wonder, invites questioning and raises the consciousness of the viewer.
My detailed work is done with acrylic paint except for a brief experimentation with screen-printing, which was influenced by my career as a graphic artist. Working with acrylics fits my style while serving a practical function as I work over the entire canvas and need it to dry fast. Literature, music and travel provide a never-ending source of inspiration.