How one tweet connected two Edmonds’ Cole Gallery artists

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"Sweet Melody" by Lisa Lamoreaux

Twitter is a popular medium for promoting art gallery events in Edmonds, but the Cole Gallery’s Shannon Black notes that both of the gallery’s featured artists for March at Edmonds’ Cole Gallery not only met via Twitter, their Twitter conversations  inspired both a friendship and a business relationship.

Jennifer Phillips and Lisa Lamoreaux met through a single tweet.  “I think I had made a comment that made her laugh and then she responded with an equally funny comment,” Lamoreaux said.

“Amazingly, by communicating through a status update that only allows for typing 140 character, it was just enough information to determine that Lisa and I were destined to be really great friends,” Phillips added.

"Release Me" by Jennifer Phillips

Their friendship led into weekly business meetings to keep them inspired and on track with their artistic career, which then segued into sharing a multi-roomed artist’s studio.

Lisa’s single tweet inspired a domino effect of creative connections.  Cole Gallery, who had been showing Jennifer’s work, then also picked up Lisa Lamoreaux as a new artist because of the connection the two women made.

“Often we meet great painters through artists we currently represent at the gallery,” Denise Cole, gallery owner said.

Both Lamoreaux and Phillips use social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and blogging as an integral part of their artistic experience, Black noted. “Painting is almost like a performance piece,” Phillips explained. “Through social networking outlets I share my creative process on good days and bad days; you get to see it all. So when you view my work, there is a story and experience to go along with it that becomes, in a way, a part of the piece.”

Both women’s work are now on display at Cole Gallery (107 5th Ave. S., Edmonds).  You can meet them at the gallery’s artist’s reception during the Edmonds Art Walk this Thursday March 17 from 5-8 p.m.  You can also see their work online at www.colegallery.net.

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