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We first met Akiko Masker during last April’s West Seattle Art Walk, when we stopped by the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) gallery, where she’s the coordinator. She’s also an artist, and during tonight’s Art Walk, we photographed her at ArtsWest, during the artist reception for “Works,” her exhibition with Junko Yamamoto. Masker’s work is inspired by the Japanese “ukiyo-e” (“floating world”) art form, but a more “modern take,” as explained on the exhibition page: “I start with a material object such as a canvas. I then take a digital picture, manipulate that image, print it, and overlay it onto the surface. Finally, I incorporate industrial materials such as spray paint or string to give the object a sense of being both two and three-dimensional. In this way I attempt to create a world that is both alien and familiar where one exists both within and outside of us.” The exhibition continues at ArtsWest through September 4th; the gallery is open 1:30-7:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 11 am-3 pm Sundays, at 4711 California SW – admission is free.
7:09 PM: One hour into West Seattle Summer Fest Eve, the rain is lifting and people are out in the street in The Junction, as festival setup gets going.
Remember that California SW is blocked off between Edmunds and just south of Genesee, except for east-west traffic on Oregon, and Alaska is blocked off between 44th and 42nd:
It’s also, as mentioned earlier, West Seattle Art Walk night – come on down and join the party!
7:29 PM: Listen to musicians from Jazz Night School, playing outside West 5 again this Summer Fest Eve:
Here’s our earlier preview with info on what’s happening tonight.
9:04 PM: A bit of the Jazz Night School Big Band (which we also streamed for a while via Periscope):
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) July 8, 2016
(More photos later.) West Seattle Summer Fest officially begins at 10 am Friday; see you there.
Yes, rain’s possible on this VERY busy West Seattle Thursday, but you’re local – you know not to let that get in the way of a good time.
SUMMER FEST EVE: The streets in The Junction close at 6 pm for West Seattle Summer Fest setup, rain or shine, and that means the Summer Fest Eve fun begins. It’s also West Seattle Art Walk night, usually on the second Thursday, but on the first one this month to coincide with Summer Fest Eve. Entertainment is planned at West 5 – the big band and jazz quartet from Jazz Night School – and at Elliott Bay Brewing (planning a band and kids’ entertainment, plus a benefit beer release). We’re checking on “what if it really does rain?” backup plans and will update, so check back here later. (UPDATE – The venues have tents on standby!)
Among the participating businesses are four WSB sponsors:
*CAPERS Home (4525 California SW), featuring florals by Genna Draper, ceramics by Beth Farrow, and harp music by White M.O.T.H.
MURAL TOURS, TOO: Also during tonight’s Art Walk, meet at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor) at 6 and 7:30 pm for tours of The Junction’s historic murals.
Also happening today/tonight:
LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY: It’s the Kids’ Café! No need to bring proof of income or other documentation – kids and teens can get free lunch 12:30-1:30 pm today (and Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays through Sept. 1) at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
DELRIDGE GROCERY CO-OP FARMSTAND: 4-7 pm next to the Delridge P-Patch, fresh produce for sale (also look for Delridge Grocery volunteers with a “mini-farmstand” at West Seattle Summer Fest on Friday and Saturday). Today’s fresh list includes apricots, peaches, blackberries, black raspberries, blueberries, sugar snap peas, kale, lettuce, basil, zucchini, baby beets, Walla Walla onions, scallions, green cabbage, purple potatoes. (Delridge Way/Puget Boulevard)
(added, per comment reminder) FIND IT, FIX IT WALK PLANNING: If you live, work, and/or otherwise have an interest in the Roxhill-Westwood area, you’re invited to help plan the Find It, Fix It Community Walk that’s set for July 25th. First planning meeting is tonight – just show up! 6:30 pm, Southwest Library. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
LIVE, LATE NIGHT: 9 pm, DLO3 is live with “vintage soul” at Parliament Tavern in The Admiral District. No cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Most years, West Seattle Art Walk – second Thursday of the month – just happens to fall on the eve of West Seattle Summer Fest. This year, Summer Fest is about as early as it ever gets, July 8-9-10, so Art Walk has moved to the first Thursday, July 7th. And you’ll see special features in The Junction in honor of “Locals Night” – including an encore for the West Seattle Mural Tour, in case you missed it during June’s Art Walk.
Clay Eals from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society will lead it again. Time(s) TBA – watch for updates here. Art Walk runs 6-9 pm – here’s the venue map/list for July (as well as August and September). And on Summer Fest Eve, it usually includes a few surprises – if you have something planned that night, let us know so we can get it into the calendar!
Three scenes from tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk:
GARDEN TOUR POSTER PRIZE: At Windermere West Seattle in The Junction, West Seattle Garden Tour president Pam Stusser (left) presented a check to Cynthia Dale Turner for winning this year’s WSGT poster contest with her artwork Wild, Wild Flowers. The Garden Tour, happening on July 17th, also has announced that ticket booklets are now on sale – in West Seattle, get your $20 booklet at WS Nursery or Junction True Value, or online via Brown Paper Tickets.
He was not only showing his “Apartment Life” paintings, but also launching his card line “Apartment on Belmont.”
MURAL TOURS: And here’s what put the “walk” in tonight’s Art Walk:
Next West Seattle Art Walk is the second Thursday, as usual, but it won’t be West Seattle Summer Fest Eve as it is most years, since the night before the festival is the first Thursday.
West Seattle’s historical murals can’t be taken for granted. So far just this year, one’s been removed without warning; another’s been defaced with vandalism so big it would take thousands to fix. The quarter-century-old murals are fragile treasures, to say the least. Thursday, during this month’s West Seattle Art Walk, you’re invited to learn about them during two short free walking tours of the murals in The Junction.
These photos are from earlier this spring, when we went along on a sort of proto-version of the tour, with Art Walk committee members and Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director Clay Eals, who will be the leader tomorrow night and has published this invitation on the SWSHS website.
In The Junction, the murals range north to south from the refurbished Hi-Yu Parade scene on the side of the Post Office (top photo) to the scene facing the parking lot off the west side of California just north of Edmunds, meant to mirror what you’d see if you stepped just a bit to the east from there:
Even if you’ve read the plaques next to most of the murals, you’ll learn something tomorrow night – like their Easter eggs, the tributes, the inspiration. Meet at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor) right before the tours start at 6 and 7:30, and check out other Art Walk venues before/after if you have the time!
If you think the West Seattle Art Walk is just a Junction event – not so!
NEW STOP IN ARBOR HEIGHTS: Brand new on the Art Walk map/list tonight, Brace Point Pottery, at 42nd/100th in Arbor Heights. Three artists are featured tonight, including Warren Pope and his “Sea Creatures”:
Two potters are also featured – studio proprietor Loren Lukens and Konstantin Reutov (photo below):
As with most WSAW venues, Brace Point Pottery is open until 9 – plus you’re invited to visit during studio open-house hours 10 am-5 pm tomorrow and Saturday.
ADDED 7:24 PM – SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE: The gallery at SSC is in the Brockey Center toward the south end of campus. This month’s exhibit is “Butterflies: A Fantastically Queer Journey,” including Bianca Wright‘s photographs of transgender women and graphic designer Allan C. Carandang, whose work on display includes bright and bold images of drag performers:
The artists weren’t there yet when we stopped by a little while ago, but we talked with gallery coordinator Akiko Masker. She talked with us about the gallery’s mission to encourage and support diversity, working with the Queer Straight Alliance not only in relation to this exhibit but also for an event coming up at SSC on April 30th, Queer Con. “Butterflies” (which includes nude images) will be on display in the gallery until then; admission is free, and gallery hours are usually Mondays-Fridays, 10 am-4 pm (tonight, until 9)
See the map/list of tonight’s Art Walk venues in our daily preview.
Winemaking is itself an art … so you could say you’d be enjoying two types of art if you stop by Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) during tonight’s monthly West Seattle Art Walk. Winemaker Ben Viscon‘s tasting room opens on Art Walk night (second Thursdays, 6-9 pm) in addition to its regular Friday and Saturday sessions. We stopped by tonight to admire the art of Jesse Link – also known in West Seattle as a muralist – and the Viscon Cellars tasting-room decor, which Ben explains is 90 percent reclaimed, including shelving from old wooden grape boxes, an antique typewriter, and more. Plus, tonight, four wines to sample. Viscon Cellars is at 5910 California SW, just north of Morgan Junction, with table and bar seating where you can get comfy and unwind with the weekend in view. (The full list of Art Walk venues is in the preview we published earlier today.)
7 PM: In our Instagram video, those are The Silver Belles, with Christmas-carol parodies – making the rounds in The Junction during tonight’s holiday edition of the West Seattle Art Walk. You have two more hours to get out to Art Walk venues – here’s the map:
(Click image to see larger version of the map/venue list)
Our first stop was Wallflower Custom Framing (WSB sponsor), where it’s the seventh annual Puny Picture Show:
Wallflower is across from Jefferson Square, on the lower level of Mural, at 4735 42nd SW.
(added) Among the artists – photographer Michelle Smith Lewis:
If you don’t get there tonight – as is the case with many Art Walk displays – you can check out the art later in the month; many come with puny prices, too, lots of double-digits, so they would make great gifts.
More to come!
7:15 PM: Open for Shop Late Thursday and the Art Walk tonight, VAIN (WSB sponsor) at 4513 California SW – which is a shop as well as a salon, if you aren’t already aware! Sandra Farmer is here for the opening of her ceramics show “Polarity“:
The 4500 block of California SW is an epicenter of Art Walk creativity, on both sides of the street. It’s also where you’ll find local authors tonight at Merryweather Books (4537 California SW):
In our photo is Alice Ann Kuder, holding her book “Since I Last Saw You,” which she describes as “a novel which conveys an inspirational message within a heartwarming story about love, loss, and gratitude.” And steps away at CAPERS, we found Chief Sealth International High School teacher Heather and daughter Sparrow helping with sales of the student-program-benefiting West Seattle Wildlife Calendar:
The calendar features wildlife photos by retired Sealth teacher Mark Wangerin – whose beautiful bird photos are often seen here on WSB.
7:37 PM: More music on tonight’s Art Walk – Red Jacket Mine Duo just started their set moments ago at Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor):
Thunder Road is at 4736 California SW and just celebrated its fourth anniversary. We’re off next to see artist Mark O’Malley at Basin Pacific Insurance (4210 SW Oregon, in the building immediately east of Shadowland), who sent us a handwritten invite to come check out his art depicting West Seattle scenes.
8:22 PM: That’s Mark, above, with some of his work, painted on old jigsaw puzzles – which you wouldn’t know unless you turned them over. His show will be up at Basin Pacific past tonight, and many of his pieces are for sale, including whimsical depictions of many local businesses – all with one extra touch (hint: meow). He doesn’t have a website but you can reach him via e-mail at email@example.com.
Meanwhile, photographer Mark Wangerin had arrived at CAPERS when we peeked in again on our way back south along California:
Follow the calendar link above if you missed this but want a copy for a holiday gift, or your own wall … it’s a limited run, so don’t wait too long.
We then made one last stop, Twilight Gallery and Boutique (immediately west of Easy Street Records), where the artists included Su Laing, with work fusing comic-book heroes to religious icons/stories:
Twilight’s ongoing displays and collections also include jewelry, wallets, and wearables, among other items. Always so much to see on the Art Walk – every month, second Thursday, 6-9 pm, and many of the venues keep the work up through the month.
Two scenes from tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk, both in The Junction on California between Oregon and Alaska:
That’s Sheila Lengle, who spent the evening at Windermere West Seattle (4526 California SW), where her show “Prevail!” raised money to fight breast cancer, which she has survived. As the preview of her show noted, creativity was a pathway to healing for her, resulting in bright, beautiful paintingss.
As you can see, her work is also inspired by the world of plants – her paintings “strive to capture the essence of beauty in bloom,” she says. They’ll be at Click! until next month’s Art Walk, which will be November 12th (remember that WSAW is a great night for artful holiday shopping, especially in November and December).
Second Thursday means lots of art around West Seattle – our first stop is C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), where our crew spotted this chalk art outside, and will be talking with painter Jennifer Carrasco inside. It’s Art Walk night until 9 pm – more info on the official WSAW website!
ADDED 7:08 PM: Happening now at a longtime Art Walk stop, Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor):
That’s artist Deanna Baldi, with her “Morpheus and Adonis series of pyrographic paintings (the Greek names refer to poppies and anemone flowers she paints),” per Click! co-proprietor John Smersh, who shared the photo.
Also in The Junction:
Twilight Gallery (4306 SW Alaska) is open for tonight’s Art Walk after some recent renovations – stop in!
Second Thursday of the month means tonight brings the September edition of the West Seattle Art Walk! Here’s the venue list/map (which changes quarterly – this is the third Art Walk of summer quarter):
(Click image to see the full-size view)
As you make your plan for tonight, you’ll find previews on the official Art Walk website. Art Walk hours are 6-9 pm.
CHIPOTLE OPENING DAY: Today is the announced opening day for Chipotle Mexican Grill in The Junction, as reported here last month.
(Photo shared by Michael, added Thursday evening)
**11:54 am update – we went by to check, and the restaurant is indeed open, and busy.** (4730 California SW)
FRESH PRODUCE ON DELRIDGE: Second-to-last chance this summer to buy farm-fresh produce at the Delridge Grocery Farm Stand, 4-7 pm. While you’re there, talk to reps from DG (which is a WSB sponsor) about membership, to help them make the final push to open their permanent storefront nearby – if you’re not a member already! (5455 Delridge Way SW)
TOAST THE Y AT EBB: From Elliott Bay Brewing Company in The Junction: “Tonight at 5 pm Elliott Bay Brewery will have a toast in honor of our special YMCA fundraising art exhibit. Local photos by photographer Erik Holen are being sold for $75 apiece. Elliott Bay and the Carden family will match and donate all proceeds to the YMCA expansion project. Come by and raise a glass.” (4720 California SW)
JENNIFER CARRASCO AT C & P: 6-8 pm, meet artist Jennifer Carrasco at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), where she’s been teaching classes, with a new series coming up. See her work and that of those who’ve been meeting with her to make and talk art. More info in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)
SECOND THURSDAY OUT! 50+ LGBTQ people and friends are invited to meet at Senior Center of West Seattle for socializing at 6 pm, then proceeding to dinner at a local restaurant. No sign-up required – just show up! (SW Oregon & California SW)
OPEN HOUSE: 6-8 pm, one of Morgan Junction’s newest businesses, GoodMed, invites you to stop in for an open house. (6553 California SW)
AND THERE’S MORE … on our calendar.
On our way to the Hiawatha concert, we had time for just one stop on the West Seattle Art Walk – so we visited WSB flagship sponsor Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW in The Junction), which is showing the work of Jessie Summa Russo this month. The work she’s showing fuses her interests and backgrounds in both music and graphic design (note the decorated vinyl toward the right of our photo). You still have half an hour to get out to Art Walk venues of your choice (the map/list is in our West Seattle Thursday preview); you can also enjoy most artists’ work at participating venues all month long, while you’re out shopping/sipping/dining.
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) July 10, 2015
6:39 PM: The barricades are up and people are walking in the street – must be West Seattle Summer Fest Eve in The Junction! The festival itself officially starts at 10 am tomorrow (see the basics here) but with the streets closed to vehicles – aside from those involved in setup, like the one in which festival producer Oliver Little and West Seattle Junction Association director Susan Melrose just rode by:
With outdoor dining/drinking areas set up, and live music at some venues, tonight brings a party all its own, especially with West Seattle Art Walk under way. Wander over to 42nd SW, across from Jefferson Square, where you’ll find artist Jessica Creager at Wallflower Custom Framing (WSB sponsor):
More to come! Better yet, just come down and see for yourself. And take the chance to play in the street, before all the tents get set up…
7:06 PM: Another Art Walk stop is Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) on California north of Alaska, where artist Hannah Viano is featured tonight:
Also at Click! – a Summer Fest sale! Outside *and* inside throughout the festival – check out the details here.
Another important reminder tonight: The bus reroutes are now in effect:
We have them all linked here – each route, and the PDF describing where the stops have moved to, from now through late Sunday night.
7:42 PM: Sweet sounds from the Jazz Night School All-Star Big Band – we have a minute of video:
They’re playing outside West 5, one of the places you’ll find outdoor seating set up just for the festival. Another one is Bin 41, which has a “wine garden” going, while The Beer Junction, of course, has a beer garden.
8:31 PM: The tent, stage, and ride setup work is getting more intense, but it’s still a beautiful night to stop down. We’ll add a few more photos back at HQ. (Like this one …)
(Photo by Duane Bakke – starring Peg)
Watch for one more round of Summer Fest info later tonight – and then we’ll see you at the festival tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday!
While you’re visiting the Junction venues – which include WSB sponsors Click! Design That Fits (featuring Hannah Viano and a Summer Fest sale!), Emerald Water Anglers, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, and Wallflower Custom Framing (featuring Jessica Creager) – enjoy the chance to wander in the streets, since the Summer Fest closures start at 6 tonight, as does the Art Walk (more venue previews, including those outside The Junction, on the official website). Besides the art, as previewed here earlier this week, tonight also includes:
*Magic and music offered by Elliott Bay Brewing Company, starting at 6
*Music offered by West 5, starting at 7
*(added) Outdoor beer garden at The Beer Junction – setting up once the streets are closed, plus a tasting event with Lagunitas Brewing 5-8 pm, five beer samples for $4
(Anything else scheduled? firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks! And stand by for another Summer Fest preview later this afternoon!)
WINE TASTING & LIVE MUSIC: Monthly event at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm – bring an appetizer to share, bring a friend, have a great time! (5612 California SW)
And a note for today:
COLMAN POOL CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC: The first of this summer’s two multi-day swim-meet closures starts today and continues through Saturday.
That’s artist Mindi Katzman, who we photographed this afternoon as she put up her new show at CAPERS in The Junction today, getting ready for Thursday night’s West Seattle Art Walk. (Mindi also created the distinctive trophies for last year’s West Seattle Car Show; read about her new CAPERS show here.) While WSAW happens on the second Thursday evening EVERY month, the July edition is our favorite because it coincides with what’s informally known as “West Seattle Summer Fest Eve” – the streets in the heart of The Junction close by 6 pm Thursday for festival setup, and that’s when WS Art Walk begins. Here’s how to plan your Summer Fest Eve:
Or just come stroll in the street, watch the festival zone take shape, have dinner at a Junction restaurant. Get your Summer Fest going early – see you in the street Thursday night. (P.S. Anybody else with something special in The Junction on WSSF Eve – let us know! email@example.com)
Haven’t been out to the monthly West Seattle Art Walk yet tonight? You have until 9 pm – find the map/venue list in our daily preview, pick a spot, and go! Maybe VAIN (4513 California SW; WSB sponsor) in The Junction, where you’ll find Julee Nicklaus, whose show “Expressive Espresso” features work painted in coffee! Remember that most shows debuting on Art Walk night (like this one) are up at the host businesses/venues for the rest of the month, so if you just couldn’t get out tonight … stop by another time soon.
It’s West Seattle Art Walk night! That tops our quick look at what’s ahead for the rest of your Thursday. The Art Walk runs 6-9 pm – here’s the list/map of where you’re invited to come see art, and, at many stops, to meet the artists:
Make your plan by browsing the artist/venue previews on the official WS Art Walk website.
Also happening later today/tonight:
STORMWATER POLLUTION SOLUTIONS IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD: Come to a community-planning workshop for pollution reduction in the Longfellow Creek Watershed, at the bioswale in the Denny International Middle School parking lot this afternoon! 3:30-5 pm. RSVP if you can to firstname.lastname@example.org, or just show up! (2601 SW Kenyon)
POP-UP JEWELRY SHOW AT THE LONGHOUSE: 5:30-8:30 pm, stop by the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse for a pop-up jewelry show by Heidi Leonard. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
TOTEM CRUISE INFO/RECEPTION: All are welcome at the Log House Museum 6-8 pm tonight, not only to find out about the upcoming Totem Pole Cruise, but also to enjoy chowder and treats and hear about local history, as previewed here. (61st/Stevens)
CONGRATS, SLHS CLASS OF 2015! Seattle Lutheran High School‘s Class of 2015 graduates tonight at 7:30 pm in the Menashe Family Gym on campus. (4100 SW Genesee)
MORE FOR TODAY/TONIGHT/TOMORROW/BEYOND … there for the browsing, when you visit our calendar.
One spotlight stop tonight:
Cheryl Robinson is the featured artist at Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. See and read about her paintings and ceramics on the official West Seattle Art Walk website. (Click! is at 4540 California SW, and Art Walk is on until 9 pm – see the full venue list/map in today’s daily preview.
(WSB photos by Torin Record-Sand)
This month’s West Seattle Art Walk is on until 9 pm – and at one of the stops, Twilight Gallery and Boutique (4306 SW Alaska), you’ll find Rebecca Rose and her wearable sculptures. It’s opening night for her show “The Spinster and the Carpenter.” If you can’t get there tonight, you’ll also find her giving a talk on Saturday night (April 11th), 6-8 pm. The full list of tonight’s Art Walk venues is in our daily preview published this morning; we’ll add scenes from a few more stops soon.
8:28 PM: At Emerald Water Anglers (42nd/Oregon; WSB sponsor), Little Edie‘s performing bluegrass:
At C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), Mary McGough‘s show has a story behind its title “True Start“:
As noted in the announcement, it’s her first solo show, decades after she showed art at Seattle Center while in kindergarten!
P.S. Missed tonight’s Art Walk? It’s on the second Thursday of the month, year-round, so make plans to explore venues and meet artists on May 14th. You can also refer to the aforementioned venue list while you’re out and about in the days ahead – many shows stay up for the rest of the month at participating locations.
Until 9 pm, get out and enjoy the West Seattle Art Walk – we’ve made a few stops in The Junction:
That’s Michael Doyle, an illustrator who’s at VAIN (4513 California SW; WSB sponsor) for the opening reception of “32 Teacups,” described as “a show about secrets, dreams, and time travel.” Along with his illustrations … you’ll see these teacups:
He explains the inspiration: A friend of his had a dream about him, his art, and teacups. So he built the show around her dream – including the teacups. If you miss it tonight, don’t worry, his show is there through April.
The description of her show notes, “Most recently she has been inspired by gold, silver and copper leafing combined with oils, sometimes using it as a mere accent, and others to fill the canvas with the warmth that it brings.”
More to come … and if you missed the map/venue list earlier, find it in our West Seattle Thursday highlights.
8:01 PM: At Emerald Water Anglers (4502 42nd SW: WSB sponsor), this Art Walk night brings not only art, but another edition of Writers on the Fly:
Every quarter, the West Seattle Art Walk changes up its poster art and venue list – some new, some continuing – and so, with two hours until this month’s WSAW begins, we present the new versions of both.
So which artists will you see when you go out to tonight’s Art Walk, 6-9 pm? Check out the previews on the official website, where you’ll also find the full-size venue list. (And if you’re looking for what else is up tonight, check our calendar.)