Windfall Walks / April 27 - May 3, 2012
Windfall Alphabet, a collective activity, highlighting different species of trees, encouraged participants to join in a series of walks, to connect to the unique natural landscape of Seward Park. Gretchen Bennett led participants on walking tours to note patterning of branch formations in the trees and on the ground. Participating walkers gathered letter–shaped twigs, whose shapes reminded them of English alphabet letters. Meet-ups and a record of the walks were posted on the site.
BIO: Gretchen Frances Bennett’s work combines large-format color pencil drawings, personal essays, and other found materials, with heightened everyday moments. This year, Bennett’s work was included in the exhibition, Idleness at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 2014, Bennett received the Betty Bowen Special Recognition Award, and she completed postgraduate work with the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT. In 2012, her work was included in an exhibition at Ditch Projects, Springfield, OR and she presented a drawing event with the Drawing Center, NY, and a drawing event with Violet Strays, Seattle, WA. In 2011, she developed work for the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park, presented a solo show at Vignettes, Seattle, and her work was featured at Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, NL. In 2010, she won a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency on Governors Island, NY and her work was included in the Seattle Art Museum exhibition, Kurt. Bennett founded the arts collective Seattle Catalog, LLC (Sea-Cat), with Matthew Offenbacher and Wynne Greenwood. She lives and works in Seattle, WA.