Art Exhibition Places Stepfamilies Front and Center

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Continental Shift Seattle is a socially engaged art exhibition exploring the dynamics of stepfamilies and currently is hosting an online forum, encouraging the public to share photographs, videos, writings and visual art inspired by their stepfamily experiences.

Opening this dialog through the arts provides a useful vehicle for expressing complex experiences like one’s experience in a stepfamily.

On Saturday, August 9, a one-night only exhibition at Georgetown’s Castle will feature mixed media paintings by Seattle artist Amy Pleasant, juried works by local and national artists, selected submissions from the public and a one-act play which pointedly and humorously explores divided loyalties and life transitions. For more information or to participate go to

The inspiration for this exhibition generated from artist Amy Pleasant’s own experience when in 2004 she found herself alone raising her son and her husband’s two children after he had been deployed only 6 months post wedding. Pleasant is known for exploring generational transition and the complexities of family relationships, first in a series titled Family Album, followed by the series, Looking for the Coolidges. Her current work expands on this idea while shifting the focus to stepfamilies. Continental Shift Seattle spotlights an increasingly common yet seldom discussed demographic in an effort to expose the challenges stepfamilies face, good or bad, and to help build stronger, healthier families. Our culture has provided few guidelines; this exhibition is building a unique and creative platform for people to share, shed and celebrate. Opening this dialog through the arts provides a useful vehicle for expressing complex experiences like one’s experience in a stepfamily.

This interactive multimedia arts exhibition and performance is brought to you by Seattle curator and self proclaimed Arts Enabler Amanda Michele Dellinger, marketing specialist Julia Kuhn and artist Amy Pleasant, each a member of a stepfamily. Dellinger received her BFA at Cornish College of the Arts and currently works as Assistant to the Director at Lisa Harris Gallery. She curates independently and directs multi-disciplinary community arts events. Kuhn is a projected graduate of the University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business and plans to coordinate social media marketing for non-profits organizations. Pleasant has exhibited nationally and internationally and was chosen as one of twelve featured artists by the Woman's Caucus for Art (NY, NY) in 2012. Shannon Trimble, formerly director of Braunstein-Quay Gallery and currently with Gallery Paule Anglim of San Francisco will serve as judicator for juried exhibition.

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