Northwest artist Don Wesley has been inspired by nature since his arrival to Washington State from Ohio in 1989, while serving in the Army at Fort Lewis. Wesley graduated from Western Washington University in 1995 with portfolios in painting, illustration, and graphic design. While at Western, he studied painting from Margery Amdur and Ed Bereal. While developing his own art, Don has served as an advisor to schools and arts organizations, culminating in his role as the Chairperson for the Bremerton Arts Commission.
Don's successes in the community prompted the opening of his own gallery in 2006 in Bremerton to represent himself and other artists of the Kitsap area. Shuttering the gallery in 2009 due to economic downturn, he has since opened a new venue in in 2022 in La Conner, WA named GalleryW. GalleryW started out celebrating the art connections both regional and international of gallery co-founders Parisa Sadeghi and Don Wesley and is now growing to involve the immediate community of artists and patrons as well.
Wesley is known for his paintings of birds, where he combines details of the natural world with elements or scenarios of our own. While his work pays homage to birds, it can also address topics such as masculinity, power struggles, moments of beauty, and the connected world around us all. The subtleties of nature in Wesley's work shine even further in his new animated works.
2022 - Starling Rush at GalleryW in La Conner, WA.
2019 - Birds Like Us at Sno-Isle Library in Edmonds, WA.
2018 - Eternal Counting at Art Not Terminal in Seattle, WA.
2007 - Year Four: Memorial for our Fallen at Wesley Art Gallery in Bremerton, WA.
2004 - Memorial for our Fallen at Amy Burnett Gallery in Bremerton, WA.
2003 - Portraits of Birds at Bremerton Public Library in Bremerton, WA.
2021 - Birdland at Smith and Vallee Gallery in Edison, WA.
2020 - 20/20 Vision at Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, WA.
2020 - Bird's Eye View at Smith and Vallee Gallery in Edison, WA.
2019 - Summer Show for Shunpike's Storefronts in Seattle, WA.
2019 - Spring Juried Show at Jansen Art Center in Lynden, WA.
1995 (Student) - 4th Annual Trapeze Awards at Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, WA.
2008 - Veterans Outreach Center in Tacoma, WA.
2006 - Olympic College in Bremerton, WA.
2005 - County Courthouse for Kitsap County 1% for the Arts in Port Orchard, WA.
2019-Present - Collections and exhibitions volunteer at MoNA in La Conner, WA.
2019 & 2020 - Contributing artist to Manos Unidas Fiesta for the Children in Seattle, WA.
2018 - Co-curator for the 2018 Bumbershoot ANT Gallery Juried Show in Seattle, WA.
2017-2018 - Board member at ANT Gallery in Seattle, WA.
2016-2017 - Associate for ArtsFund in Seattle, WA.
2005-2006 - Advisor for Bremerton H.S. Art Department in Bremerton, WA.
2005-2006 - Chairperson for City of Bremerton Arts Commission.
2000-2001 - Advisor for Foster H.S. Art & Communication Department in Tukwila, WA.
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2016-Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, WA.
01/15/10 - Bremerton Banners Bring Local Flair to the Streets by Lynsi Burton, Bremerton Patriot.
04/26/08 - Wesley Counts Into the Quiet of Year 5 by Bill Mickelson, North Kitsap Herald.
08/08/07 - Wizened Art Ladies of Bremerton congregate at the Wesley by Kitsap Daily News.
07/24/07 - Wesley Art Gallery in Bremerton by Jean Boyle, Seattle PI.
06/23/07 - Counting the cost of conflict... and Counting by Bill Mickelson, Kitsap News Group.
01/13/07 - The New Faces of Art by Tracey Cooper, Bremerton Patriot.
09/30/06 - Contemporary NW Art at Wesley Gallery by Shaun Scott, Bremerton Patriot.
09/20/05 - Art Will Deck the Halls of Remodeled Courthouse by Travis Baker, Kitsap Sun.
10/28/03 - Canvas of Loss by Rachel Pritchett, Kitsap Sun.
1995 - BA in Art from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.
2012 - Coursework in Human Centered Design at University of Washington in Seattle, WA.