In Memoriam
Jonathan Moore, noted leader in Seattle’s music and arts community, contributed greatly to the development of Seattle Theatre Group®’s Re:definition Gallery. We are honored to have been recipients of his graciousness, skills and expertise. We mourn his loss along with his family and the legions of friends and associates with whom he connected throughout the city.

Re:definition first launched in 2016 with the theme, “Illuminating Black Art in Seattle.” Curators Jonathan Moore and Tariqa Waters thoughtfully transformed The Paramount Theatre’s lobby bar space into a gallery that featured a dynamic array of local visual artists.

For more information on these first curators and artists, please read below.

2016 Curator Mission Statement: “Re:definition’s current exhibits will showcase, within the historic cultural space of The Paramount Theatre, the work of black Seattle artists. By providing sustained exposure for ideas and perspectives too often marginalized, we hope to challenge preconceptions and facilitate awareness and understanding.” – Jonathan Moore and Tariqa Waters


About The Curators:

Tariqa Waters is a Seattle based contemporary visual artist, gallerist, and educator. Tariqa owns and operates the gallery/art space Martyr Sauce in Pioneer Square and is employed as a teaching artist at Seattle Art Museum. She regularly teaches, lectures, sits on panels, and facilitates activities all over the city. She was featured on the 2015 cover of City Arts Magazine for their annual Future List edition. Learn more on her website:

Jonathan Moore dedicated his life to Seattle's cultural landscape. Working in the music industry for over 20 years, Jonathan established himself as an advocate for up-and-coming artists and was a staunch supporter of the creative community in Seattle. His thoughtful, caring nature won Moore official positions with some of the city's most dynamic organizations. Jonathan led a variety of artistic enterprises, including Jasiri Media Group and 2312 Gallery, a gathering space for creatives located in the heart of downtown Seattle.

Exhibit One: January 29 - May 19, 2016


Ari Glass is a painter and designer born and raised in Seattle. His paintings reveal personal narratives inspired by historical and fictional concepts of kings, queens and kingdoms, and deal with concepts such as sovereignty and independence. His intention is to showcase the deep, personal and positive effect that art and art history had on him while growing up in the Rainier Valley district of Seattle. Inquires can be made via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Aramis O. Hamer is a splash acrylic painter who loves making a mess. The basic themes of her work include strong color contrasts, exaggerated subject matter and drip techniques, where she tries to stretch the boundaries of surrealism. Music is also one of her biggest inspirations. Aramis loves to incorporate spray paint, as it nods to her admiration of street art. Integrating imagery of her people and urban landscapes reflects the environment in which she was raised. Learn more on her website:

Exhibit Two: May 20 - September 15, 2016


Jazz Brown is a self-taught Seattle artist who creates vivid, expressive compositions in acrylic. Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Jazz brings a sense of Southern charm to the Pacific Northwest. His artistic style, which he's coined "knew jazz,” presents intense vibration through contrasting hues, shapes, and textures. Brown describes his technique as "consciousnesses on canvas." Inquires can be made via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Christopher Shaw is a Seattle based artist and engineer who creates objects and spaces. A ceramicist with over 20 years of creative practice, Christopher's work is rooted in the intimacy of material and the integrity of craft. Through installations and discrete works, Christopher examines themes such as political violence, contemporary tea culture, ritual and healing. Inquiries can be made via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Exhibit Three: September 16, 2016 - January 18, 2017


Jodi-Ann Burey is a Seattle-based travel photographer and global health professional. Jodi-Ann uses photography and storytelling as a tool for physical, mental and spiritual health as well as pathway for cultivating community worldwide. She is also the creator of For Colored Girls Who Travel, a website with a mission to inspire travel among women of color through essays, commentary and photography. Learn more on her website:

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