Erika Bartlett‘s sky-inspired artworks are on display now at Cellar 55 Tasting Room in downtown Vancouver. Looking at her pastel-washed sky images, your eyes are drawn to details like clouds or subtle variations in color. It makes you feel as though your inside the sky, and your soul feels a little lighter. “The sky is a universal feature seen from many perspectives all at once,” says Barlett. “It is interesting subject matter.”
Bartlett has been a studio artist for a decade and has her eyes set on emerging into public art. “My work is a great fit for wellness and corporate spaces because of its contemplative nature,” she says, “I prefer to work business to business as I am passionate about the function of art in our daily living. Public art takes that to the next level.”
Local artist and curator Greg Bee has invited Bartlett to display a selection of works at Cellar 55 throughout the month of September. Drop by the tasting room any time from 5 to 9 p.m. on First Friday, Sept. 1, for $10 wine flights and music by Jesse Samsel. Bartlett herself will be there, available to answer questions about her work, her process, and her inspiration. All the art you’ll see is for sale, and Bartlett donates 5% of all her fine art purchases to Southwest Washington Elder Abuse Prevention.
Cellar 55 is located at 1812 Washington St. in downtown Vancouver. Their patio will be open and happy hour is from 2 to 6 p.m. on Fridays. To see some of Bartlett’s mesmerizing work, visit erikabartlett.com. You can also purchase items with her designs at https://society6.com/ebartlett.