(Photos courtesy Southwest Seattle Historical Society)
Every West Seattle Art Walk has a multitude of reasons for you to visit local venues and see what – but tomorrow night, there’s an extra reason: The start of a summer-long celebration of the West Seattle Bridge’s 30th anniversary – a reason to talk about the bridge WITHOUT a discussion of traffic trouble! The photos accompanying this preview – and others – went up tonight at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), which will be showing them off as part of the June Art Walk (and beyond).
Hotwire and other local businesses are collaborating with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society for the multi-site, multi-date celebration. Stop by Hotwire Thursday night not only to see the photo exhibit but also to see the new “Bridging the Gap” T-shirt in honor of the anniversary and meet its artist (more info on the SWSHS website) and to check out the “Bridge Blend” coffee beans that Hotwire is launching. Part of the proceeds from T-shirt and coffee sales will benefit SWSHS.
(Added: As Mike points out in comments, today is the 36th anniversary of the ship-vs.-bridge collision that led to construction of the new bridge!)
Read on for other highlighted events celebrating the anniversary over the next month and a half or so:
— Friday, July 11, through Sunday, July 13, 2014, West Seattle Summer Fest booth, featuring interactive art in which visitors can color themselves atop the West Seattle Bridge. “Bridging the Gap” T-shirts and “Bridge Blend” coffee beans also will be available at the booth.
— Monday evening, July 14, 2014, “Bridging the Gap: The Full Story Told by Those Who Were There,” a free panel presentation in the Hotwire courtyard, including Charles Royer, former Seattle mayor and other city officials responsible for funding and building the bridge.
— Saturday evening, Aug. 2, 2014, “Sleepless in Seattle,” the 1993 PG-rated movie partially filmed in West Seattle, dusk in the Hotwire courtyard, part of West Seattle Outdoor Movies. Proceeds from refreshment sales will go to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
Meantime, see tomorrow night’s venue list and walking map for the entire Art Walk by going to wsartwalk.com.