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Take a class with me! Spend the day making a tin assemblage piece!
Tin Class with Nia Michaels

Saturday, June 17, 2017
10 a.m. – 5 pm.

Coyote Central
2300 E. Cherry St.
Seattle WA 98122

Cost: $125 + $20 supply fee

Use the contact link on this site for more information and to enroll. Hurry,
limited spaces left.


Mark your calendars for these upcoming shows!

'Original Hits by Original Artists': An Exhibit of Totally Fake LP Album Covers

Opening May 4 at the Good Arts Building, Original Hits will pay proper homage to the art of the album cover, both past and present — without the album. The exhibit features covers for dozens of fabricated albums cut by bands that exist only in the artists' imaginations. The show will be on view May 4 - May 31, 2017 in the future home of Cherry Street Coffee House, 700 1st Avenue in the Good Arts Building in Pioneer Square.


July 8th 6-9 pm and July 9th 1-6 pm
Guest Shed Gallery in Georgetown (Seattle)
Info here:


Entre Rios has published a book featuring a collaboration of my Patron Saint series and the poetry of Knox Gardner. You can order directly from me or from

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After working in painting and mixed media for many years, a long held obsession with decorative tins took over my studio and I began to work exclusively in tin.

I am drawn to the intricate patterns, the range of colors, as well as the effects of aging; the rust, dents, scratches and fading. The tins are flattened and snipped and assembled into pieces that combine appropriated commercial imagery from the past into something new.

I often incorporate Civil War-era tintype photos. The contrast and balance of the colorful tins with the gray tones of the tintypes and the somber expressions of the tintype faces is an essential part of my compositions, often evoking a sense of nostalgia and melancholy that is central to my work. Choosing the perfect photo for each piece is a sort of casting call. I comb through hundreds of photos to find the perfect image. My recent series, Patron Saints, was particularly challenging as each photo had evoke a sort of saintly countenance as well as, ideally, a clue to each patronage.

I am fascinated with the seemingly endless possibilities and stories that I can coax from these small pieces of metal.