Tree Of Life at Earth Ministry Celebration

Eco-Social Justice: A painting does work in the world

Cynthia Moe-Lobeda is the keynote speaker this evening at Earth Ministry’s “Celebration of St. Francis: Ecojustice, Social Justice, and the Christian Conscience.” She will be showing a slide of my work “Tree of Life” as a background to her talk.

©1999 Kristen Gilje Tree of Life, 8 feet by 12 feet, acrylic on panel

Dr. Moe-Lobeda is author of Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation, a new book that examines how climate change and other aspects of the earth crisis are inseparably linked to race/ethnicity, gender, and class-based oppression.  She will be speaking on what it means to resist environmental racism and to build more sustainable and just alternatives — and to do so as a fervent claim to hope and moral power. Here’s a link to the event:


I am honored that my image “Tree of Life” (acrylic on panel, 8 feet by 12 feet, 1999) is the cover art for her book, especially because of the subject matter. I am pleased that my painting is developing a life of it’s own and doing its work in the world.


And I am very pleased that Earth Ministry  exists. Here is their mission: “Earth Ministry engages the Christian community in environmental stewardship. Through our Washington Interfaith Power & Light project, we organize a multi-faith response to climate change.”

Below is a picture of St. John United Lutheran Church,  5515 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle, WA, where the event tonight will be.

st-john-united-lutheran-church 5515 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103







Solo Show at Brandywine

I am showing my “Butterfly Collection”through July and August 2013, at Brandywine Kitchen, 1317 Commercial Street, Bellingham, WA Come and see for yourself! It’s a wonderful sunny place to enjoy a gourmet sandwich or nice locally-sourced dinner, and to see some of my silk paintings.

Kristen Gilje showing her work at the Brandywine Kitchen, Bellingham, WA.

Local  butterflies are inspiration for these paintings. I love how the geometry of their wing design is echoed in the circular patterns of labyrinths and Celtic knots.I started this series of silk paintings after taking a field class in butterflies with famous Northwest butterfly expert Bob Pyle at North Cascades Institute, near Newhalem, WA.


New way of displaying my silk paintings, letting the silk fabric move.

I made three new paintings for this show, and am displaying them in a new fashion. Instead of stretching the finished silk paintings over stretcher bars, like  a canvas is stretched over a frame, I hung the paintings from a rod at the top, and one at the bottom. This enables the silk fabric to move, which is a quality I really enjoy.

© 2013 Kristen Gilje,
©2013 Kristen Gilje, “Caterpillar Patterns,” 30 x 33″. hand painted silk.


©2013 Kristen Gilje, California Sister and Friends 2, 35 x 26
©2013 Kristen Gilje, California Sister and Friends 2, 35 x 26, hand painted silk.


© 2013 Kristen Gilje,
©2013 Kristen Gilje, “Buckeye and Melissa’s Blue”, 35 x 26, hand painted silk.

Besides the silk paintings I brought a pair of framed pen and ink drawings, a framed watercolor, both with the butterfly theme, and my silk painting “Gratitude Bouquet.” All artwork in the show is for sale. You can contact me at [email protected], or purchase from the Brandywine in person.

Set of two pen and ink framed drawings, one framed watercolor, and silkk painting “Gratitude Bouquet” at the Brandywine.


Brandywine Kitchen’, 1317 Commercial Street, Bellingham, WA 98225




Solo Show: Butterfly Collection” at the Brandywine Kitchen

I’m preparing my “Butterfly Collection” body of work, all silk dye on silk, for a solo show July 1 through August 31, 2013 at Brandywine Kitchen, 1317 Commercial St., Bellingham WA . Here’s a link to their web site: Some of the butterflies have already sold, so I’m making several more. Here are the first two. Be sure to come and see them in person! Take one home!

© Kristen Gilje, California Sister and Friends 2, 28x22", hand painted silk

© Kristen Gilje, Buckeye and Melissa's Blue 2, 28x22, hand painted silk

Brandywine Kitchen
1317 Commercial Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

Monday – Thursday 11am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday 11am – 11pm
Sunday Noon – 10pm


Painted Lady II Wins Best of Show

Every year our local Allied Arts of Whatcom County  hosts a member exhibit.  I submitted one of my silk paintings from the “Metamorphosis” series: “Painted Lady II,” and it was voted “BEST OF SHOW” in our Annual Members’ Exhibit by visitors to the gallery! You can read about it in the Allied Arts Feb. Newsletter. Thanks everyone.

©2010 Kristen Gilje, Painted Lady II, 28"x22", silk dye on silk
©2010 Kristen Gilje, Painted Lady II, 28″x22″, silk dye on silk


Unclad Art Show

How humans interact with the natural environment is a theme that runs through much of my work.  I combined this theme with my love for drawing and painting the human figure in three oil paintings of nudes enjoying the wilds of the North Cascades.  These paintings were recently juried into the 11th annual “Unclad” art exhibit in Stanwood WA.

If you’d like to see these three paintings, click on this link that will take you to the Unclad Art site where all the work is shown. . The artist are arranged alphabetically, so find mine on the second page.

Better yet, come and see it in person!

Join us for the 11th annual
 UNCLAD Art Show

October 12th – 14th, 10 am to 5 pm

at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center

27130 102nd Ave NW, Stanwood, WA

Admission: $5 suggested donation

Featuring over 150 artworks — all nudes. Paintings, sculpture, photography, glass and a great Gift Shop. Artists from across North America!

Special Event: Saturday, Oct 13th, 6 pm to 9 pm:

Wine & Cheese Night with Vicki Artimovich
Hold on as acclaimed historian and travel guide,
Vicki Artimovich, takes us on a wild adventure
through the colorful history of the Nude in Art.
Tickets $10 – reservations recommended. Call 425-359-7974

Our mission with UNCLAD is to create a beautiful art event that engages people in the world of art and inspires artists to push forward.

Please help us by sharing this site with your friends.
THANK YOU for your interest and support of the arts!

See you at the show…