Northwest artist Gretchen Leggitt's murals, fine art and products depict her unique perspectives of the natural world, encapsulating the energetic movement of the elements and the nuanced geometry of topography.
Her colorful murals can be found across the country, including the largest in the state of Washington, spanning over 22,000 square feet.
Max McNett is a local artist, born and raised in the mossy forests of Blanchard Mountain. Incubated in nature and nurtured by a family of creatives, his imagination was hatched into a world of continuous exploration and discovery. Working as an illustrator in Bellingham, his artistic career has led him through many mediums and many different adventures. Whether it's painted on a massive wall, printed on a beer can label, or intricately carved from a river agate, his art playfully reflects his constant wonder surrounding the natural world.
As VMF is a free, accessible public event featuring hundreds of new pieces of artwork in public spaces, Adrian Sinclair has his work cut out for him in hearing and supporting the needs of our community partners, neighbors and local businesses. He is co-founder and Director of Engagement at VMF, where he leads on developing public programs and community-engaged public art that aim to build a more equitable, just and inclusive city. Adrian is driven to support the production of public art and programming that weave together artistic expression, community-empowerment, criticality and celebration. He is on the board of directors of The BC Mobile Sauna Society. Adrian completed his MA in Philosophy, specializing in Queer Theory, Embodiment, and Phenomenology at The University of Western Ontario.
Sarah Finger is the artist behind the local printmaking studio Skyline Printworks. Sarah was born and raised on an organic farm in Whatcom County, and she has been shaped into the person and artist that she is today by the natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest and the strong, vibrant community of Bellingham and Whatcom County. Her process involves hand-carving her intricate designs into wood or linoleum blocks, which then get inked up and pressed onto paper in her home studio in Bellingham. Sarah's work comes from a deep connection to her home and a broader love of the natural world, and she is grateful for the opportunity to share that passion through her artwork
The artist Kaplan aka Kapache1 is an Apache native artist and the father of three daughters ages 16, 13 and 2 years old. His work is heavily inspired by his Native American cultural roots as well as an expression of visual prayer. His range goes from assemblage sculptural works and panel pieces to large scale murals that can be found around the continental United States and Hawaii. His approach to art is heavily influenced by his cultural background as well as in home construction and fine finish carpentry. The high perfection level or sometimes lack of come from his work in the field. Color is a large part of Kaplan’s work which is inspired by textiles from around the world as well as surf and skate culture. Kaplan hopes to inspire humans to live a good life, full of contribution to our communities as well as draw awareness to Native American culture and values with his work.
Swil Kanim, US Army Veteran, classically trained violinist, native storyteller and actor, is a member of the Lummi Nation. Because of his unique ability to inspire audiences to express themselves honorably, Swil Kanim is a sought-after keynote speaker for conferences, workshops, school assemblies, and rehabilitation centers.
He travels extensively throughout the United States, enchanting audiences with his original composition music and native storytelling. His workshops, The Elements of Honor, are attended by people from all walks of life.
Duffy De Armas is a partner and founder of House of Sorcery and one half of the artist duo, Electric Coffin. He has spent his career exploring ways to push beyond the formal boundaries of art and creativity. By approaching the commercial world through an art lens and bringing the refinement of modern process and material to folk craft, his goal is to highlight the value of intersecting art and commerce in our daily lives.
Stefan Hofmann is the other half of Electric Coffin, a studio in Seattle, Washington. Electric Coffin is a process-driven studio, coming from a long lineage of high craftsmanship and material-based making. The conceptual narrative defines each project and how the team moves through it. They generally work with architects and developers to create new spaces or to develop fine art installations on large-scale projects.
Stefan Hofmann is also a founder of Spacecraft Collective clothing, which is sold at retailers nationwide. Spacecraft has always been about the process of making and experimentation. Though not always the quickest or easiest route, this method of interaction yields highly refined offerings of art and product.