From architect to artist: Lindsay showcases her work
April 26, 2014
New: April 26, 2:44 p.m.
After spending 15 years as an architect and 12 more as a commercial photographer, Anne Lindsay is finally returning to the heart of subjects she studied three decades ago.
From a small studio in the garage of her Sammamish home overlooking Pine Lake, Lindsay has spent the better part of two years making jewelry by hand. Using blown-glass beads and several types of metals, she fashions earrings, necklaces and bracelets of all shapes, sizes and colors.
Lindsay’s artistry is helping her get a foot in the door at some well-publicized events. Next month, she’ll be part of the Kirkland Artist Studio Tour before hitting the road with her husband, Frank, in their vintage Volkswagen camper van to attend art festivals in Denver and Spokane.
“We’re going to be latter-day hippies,” she said with a chuckle.
KAST is one of Lindsay’s first big exhibits, she said, although she also displays and sells her jewelry at the artEAST UP Front gallery in Issaquah. One of her neighbors, Pam Rembold, is the executive director of the Kirkland Arts Center and helped get Lindsay into the 11th annual event.
KAST is one of the largest studio tours in western Washington, an arts center news release stated, and this year’s event on the May 10-11 Mother’s Day weekend will showcase 46 artists at 20 galleries and home studios. Like Lindsay, many of the artists are first-timers at KAST, and most are local, residing in King or Snohomish counties.
KAST is a self-guided tour that starts at the Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St., and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Most of the galleries and studios are within walking distance of each other, and artists will be in attendance to demonstrate painting, pottery, sculpting, photography and other mediums.
Lindsay said she developed an interest in art as a child, and her first degree was in art history from Western Washington State College in 1973.
She traveled the country by bus, scouting master’s degree programs for three months – a task she said cost $99 – and went on to obtain her advanced certificate in arts management at the University of Illinois-Springfield.
The Northwest native eventually returned to her roots, and wound up being the city of Bellevue’s first arts coordinator in the late ‘70s. But she wasn’t done shifting gears.
“The funding for the arts at about 1980 were starting to die,” she said, “so I don’t know if it was a good idea or not, but I ended up going back and getting my master’s degree in architecture.”
Lindsay spent several years as an architect on the East Coast. Some of her more noteworthy projects were preserving historic homes along the Hudson River in New York, and restoring the Blair House, the president’s guest house in Washington D.C.
She returned to Washington a second time and hasn’t left. Her seven-year stint as a state government architect ended when she returned to school again to study photography at The Art Institute of Seattle.
“I was 50,” Lindsay explained, “and there was a bunch of 19-year-olds with piercings and tattoos, and they were so full of energy and love and life, and I just had so much fun with them.”
She spent 12 more years doing photography at her home garage studio, but with the advent of digital portrait software – “everyone wanted all of their wrinkles taken out,” she said – Lindsay chose to switch to jewelry making.
Her main online presence is an Etsy site, where she has dozens of items for sale.
She creates most pieces from scratch – blowing glass, soldering clasps and chains, oxidizing chunks of aluminum and copper, and twisting metallic wires into intricate Viking knit designs.
She spends at least six hours a day in the studio. Every day starts with a trip to the local coffee shop for a shot of caffeine and “dumpster diving” for stir sticks, which are perfect for applying glue to jewelry.
“Starbucks, they don’t know it, but they’re helping me in my art,” Lindsay said.