Artist-in-Residence Program

Meet our Artist-in-Residence! Each month their work will be on display and available for purchase in-person at Nook & Cranny.

If you are a visual artist interested in being featured, email us at shopnookandcrannybooks@gmail.com.

Rebecca Bush

Rebecca is a life long artist and student of astrology and the tarot. In 2015 she created the Fern Forest Tarot, a traditional 78-card deck, inspired by the Thoth deck, re-interpreted through her imaginary animal characters. Her hope is that practitioners will use these tarot cards as a creative tool to gain perspective on life's problems.

Rebecca's paintings hang in many private collections as well as in Swedish Hospital and Kaiser Permanente, where they hopefully lighten spirits.

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PAST ARTISTS

Art of Maybe

Maybe is a Black Nonbinary artist in Seattle.

Maybe has developed their style by studying shapes and color. Maybe creates artwork with central themes of geometric patterns and surreal illustration. Maybe is a mixed-media artist, painting and drawing with graphite, pen, ink, watercolor, gouache, oil paint, and fire.

They are also part of Team Context, an art production group, where they have gained experience with live-painting, art markets, event promotion and art curation. Maybe currently works out of Six of Pikes Studios in Capitol Hill.

Maybe Dean started painting ghosts after they moved to Seattle in 2016. They experimented with different styles Eventually, multiple ghosts and characters morphed into one, Ghost. Maybe creates images of Ghost based off of their own experiences and feelings. Ghost represents many things; inconvenient yearnings, loneliness, confusion, excitement, revelry, adventure, curiosity, and more. Maybe paints Ghost as a transparent being to represent our changes in perception as we learn about one another, "seeing" through someone else can change how we view the world.

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Helen America

As a singer/songwriter/orchestral composer and a cartoonist/painter/multimedia visual artist, Helen America walks in two worlds - or perhaps more. Her comics, art books, images, and music weave together intensely personal experience with the dark beauty of a dreamlike new mythology.
Her music can be found on all streaming platforms, and at helenamerica.com.

Her long-running diary comic can be found at strawberryghost.com.

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Alison Peacock

Alison Peacock, a Seattle-based photographer and literary artist, has been chasing the poetry of the every day since she was old enough to hold a pen and toy camera. Peacock further honed her observation skills in the magazine industry for 17 years before embracing art full-time in 2008. She fuses her journalistic background with the dimension-centered eye of a sculptor’s daughter to showcase the drama of the natural world using color, texture, shape and pattern.

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Emmett Montgomery

Emmett Montgomery is a Seattle based comedian, storyteller and weirdo who does a lot of things on stage (including the interactive cosmic horror Christmas show Sugar Plum Gary at 18th and Union 12/15-24) but has been making paper bag puppets since kindergarten. As a child with learning disabilities and motor skill issues they were hard to make but as an adult who has learned to love who he is, he has gotten pretty good at it.

Hit the button below to follow Emmett's work on social media! For more information about show dates for Sugar Plum Gary, check out 18thandunion.org!

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Designs by Kashka

My name is Kathy Sierak and I have been living in Seattle since 1980. My interest in art goes back to when I was a girl in central New York state. I won prizes for art in charcoal and watercolor, most original. I am the sole proprietor of Designs by Kashka since 2005. I prefer to be called Kathy. I am a multi-media artist. I am currently being represented in the gallery of the Administrative Office of Seattle Central College, 4th floor. Some of my art is for sale at Ventures Marketplace in Pike Place Market. I am mostly a block printer and have different renditions including oil pastels, watercolors, pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, and chalk, on cards, badges, refrigerator magnets, acrylic paintings, bookmarkers, and matted and framed block prints. I have had fund raisers at what is now Kaiser Permanente and at Sound's Emerald House annual camping outing. Please support the art.

Hailey Spencer

Hailey Spencer is, in the words of her wife Elizabeth, and absolute cloud of a girl. She is obsessed with fairytales and has an equally passionate rivalry with ants.

After participating in their 2022 cohort, she became a guest editor at First Matter Press in winter of 2022, and was elected to the board as a lead editor in fall 2023. She is the author of the poetry collections Stories for When the Wolves Arrive (available HERE!) and Out of Love in Spring. She lives and writes in Seattle, WA.

These collages were made using language from unpublished early drafts of poems from Stories for When the Wolves Arrive.

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Miyabi Schorn

After a brief hiatus, we have a new Artist-in-Residence for September! We are stoked to be featuring West Seattle-based visual artist Miyabi Schorn (12) for our back-to-school display!

Miyabi loves to create playful narratives featuring fun-loving cats getting into shenanigans all across the globe. Miyabi's drawing style incorporates her love of architecture, landscapes, and Manga, and her inspiration is rooted in her experiences I'm the PNW and Japan.

Miyabi isn't quite ready to part with her artwork, so it won't be for sale during the display, but she still wants to support other creative kids! So anyone who stops by to see her work or visits the artist page on Nook & Cranny's website is encouraged to donate to Project Cool, a branch of the Seattle/King Co Coalition on Homelessness.

Kyle Taylor Morrow

My name is Kyle Taylor Morrow (he/they). I grew up in Texas, graduated from art school in Mississippi, and moved to Seattle in 2017. I’ve made drawings, designs, installations, and sounds, but two aspects of visual art I always return to are texture and color. My new series, OOEY GOOEY, involves a lot of paint and canvases, although I wouldn’t say I’m a painter… more like, a bloopy glooper kinda guy. I do a little smooshy wooshy, you know? Sometimes the process is also a bit like drawing, but instead of a pen or pencil I’m using an absolute mess. I initially set out to make some cute dioramas depicting the aftermath of a gum volcano erupting over a valley of toys, and in that, I’d say I succeeded. Anyways, did you know that if you think about licking something then your tongue will know what it feels like?! AAAHHH. I hope you enjoy OOEY GOOEY. To see more of my work, visit my website - kyletaylormorrow.com - and follow me on instagram @kyletaylormorrow

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Erik Lulilian

Erik Lulilian is our Artist-in-Residence for the month of May! He is a nature and portrait photographer, writer, and artist based in Seattle.

Erik moved from Colorado for work in 2017 and soon began to pursue photography more seriously as he explored the lush, scenic parks and trails of the PNW. Inspired by the beauty of nature and the excitement of travel, Erik's compositions are focused on highlighting the beauty of the natural world and the thrill of exploring the unknown.

Prints from his collection "The Great American West" are on display and available for purchase during the month of May! You can also follow his work on social media @eriklulilian

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Leah Fadness-Biseda

Leah is a Seattle-based visual artist and illustrator. She lives in a triangle shaped apartment with her husband and two wily kittens.

Leah has been drawing since she can remember. She studied painting in art school, but especial loves exploring and integrating new diverse media into her work.

You can purchase prints from her forthcoming comic at Nook & Cranny through the month of April. You can also follow her work on Instagram @sengibilbyverse or @fadness.radness

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