International silk painting performance artist at ARTspot ~ Artwalk Aug. 15

Aug 22, 2013
Artist Lee Zimmerman will offer a free silk painting performance in concert with contemporary improvisational guitarist Scott Burnett at Thursday's Artwalk.

Internationally acclaimed performance artist Lee Zimmerman will be at ARTspot, 408 Main St., Edmonds, for Artwalk Aug. 15 from 5-8 p.m. offering a free silk painting performance in concert with contemporary improvisational guitarist Scott Burnett, a Seattle native, who is also a painter.

As a silk painter, Zimmerman has exhibited his works in New Orleans, Santa Fe, throughout the Midwest and now in Edmonds, and has performed around the U.S. and in the UK, and most recently at the Aubijoux Silk Painting Festival in France.

Living with his family in Duluth, Minn., he has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and has done a great deal of academic research in vision and perception.

It was while investigating perception that he stumbled onto silk painting. The media somehow attached itself to his heart.

In his live performances Zimmerman paints on 8 x 4-foot screens made of silk from behind the screen, often in concert settings with orchestras, flamenco dancers, rock groups and jazz or other musical accompaniment.

During his performances, paint saturates the fine silk, with colors moving into the delicate fibers creating colorful images as they appear as if from magic from behind the screen.

Zimmerman creates his subject for painting based on audience participation or from his Twitter followers.

In the last couple weeks he has asked for ideas for this coming performance based on four words.

In addition to this performance, Zimmerman will be offering a silk painting workshop at ARTspot from 11-4 Saturday, Aug. 17.  All materials included, contact ARTspot at (425) 640-6408 or go to for details.

Videos and photos of Lee Zimmerman’s performances on his website at:


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