5:47 PM: Tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk technically doesn’t begin till 6 pm, but Holli Margell got started early – Sugar Rush Baking Company is the site of her first photography show, and she is collecting donations for the West Seattle Food Bank. She started at 5 and is continuing till 8, and a few donations already had come in when we stopped by. Bring 2 nonperishable food items (the bin’s by the front door) and get a free photo card! Holli explained, “I am inspired by all the West Seattle Holiday giving, and want to see it extend into the New Year. I have family who have depended on the Food Bank, and I know the need is still high after the holidays.” She’s a Delridge resident and while she used to be a wedding photographer, she is now a fulltime homemaker/mom and says her work “captures the beautiful details of everyday life.”
More stops ahead – tonight we’re updating as we go.
Dr. Vali Hawkins Mitchell, an art therapist (and more) who recently opened a studio inside YAA, is at left, with YAA proprietor Theresa Anderson (who we first told you about three months ago). Next to them, that’s work by Starheadboy, who they were expecting to arrive at any moment for live painting tonight.
6:52 PM: At Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), they’re winging it tonight:
Artist Shelli Markee is famous for her wire birds – modeled after real ones; these are no flights of fancy. They are so delicate that it’s hard to capture them in a photo that includes a person! You just have to go take a look (there are closer views on the Click! website, too). You can put them on the wall, usually with a single nail or tack; some also can be placed standing on a table bookcase, etc.; and some are mounted. Click! has dozens of her creations. Co-proprietor John Smersh also reminded us that their January sale is still on. Among the sale items:
Tired of toting your groceries in bags bearing store logos or something else promotional? Show your West Seattle pride! These cloth bags featuring the peninsula and many of its neighborhoods are on sale too.
7:15 PM: At Nature Consortium‘s office in The Junction – the little building right behind Shadowland – live music was scheduled to start a short time ago. We were there before the band started playing, and met featured artist Tamblyn Gawley:
Appropriately enough for an organization focused on forest restoration, her work, like “Green Burst” in the photo, explores nature’s glory. Read more about Tamblyn and her paintings on the NC website. P.S. If you missed our mention yesterday – NC invites you to spend your MLK Day Weekend of Service with them in the West Duwamish Greenbelt, with work parties Saturday and Monday (details here).
P.S. Here’s the winter-quarter walking map/venue list – 30 participants this time around. The Art Walk’s on till 9 pm.
M3 is a few blocks south of The Junction, at 5236 California SW.
(Contributing photographers: Katie Meyer, Wim Bonner, Patrick Sand)
Seen along Thursday night’s West Seattle Art Walk – It may have been “Ugly Sweater” time at Twilight Artist Collective in The Junction, but who can focus on sweaters when Twilight’s ownership trio is posing with baby Margaux (new daughter of co-owner Mary Enslow)? OK, how about this sweater, spotted on a patron?
Along with the sweater-showing-off, Twilight debuted “12 Days of Christmas” – a display in which, they say, “12 groovy artists each represent one of the twelve days of Christmas.” LOTS more to see along WSB’s December Art Walk travels … click ahead for more pix, including a photographer often featured on WSB, art in a trailer, and more!
People and sights from a few stops along the way of the November 2011 West Seattle Art Walk: Above, Lisa Geersten and Andy Blakney at Twilight Artist Collective, which has perhaps the sturdiest show, the metalwork in “Northwest Anvil III.”
Right around the corner, Easy Street Records‘ flea market offered retro sights and buys:
Forecast looks promising for tomorrow night’s West Seattle Art Walk - not always something you can count on by the time we get to November. So you can plan ahead, here are a few previews. At Twilight Artist Collective in The Junction (4306 SW Alaska), West Seattleites Andy Blakney and Lisa Geertsen are curating “Northwest Anvil III: A Survey of Contemporary Northwest Ironwork,” opening during the Art Walk, 6-9 pm. The exhibition features work by Northwest Blacksmith Association members. Organizers explain: “Our goal for putting this show together is to bring awareness to the community the possibilities that lie within the art of forged metal.”
At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) tomorrow night, it’s a doubleheader:
Barbara Noonan will display paintings. And it’s the monthly Wine Club event. C & P is at 5612 California SW.
At The Kenney (WSB sponsor), you’ll enjoy jazz as well as art:
That’s singer Julie Cascioppo, who is scheduled to perform (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW).
At Knows Perfume, proprietor Christen Cottam is having a food drive from Art Walk night till 5 pm Sunday. She says, “Food for the two-legged and the four-legged is welcome and much appreciated. Customers can bring a big bag of food (using their best judgment), or a gift card to Safeway, Petco, Costco or the like (minimum $15) and will receive a a card for 15% off their next visit to Knows.” (4536 California SW)
Want to buy art even more than look at it? You can do that most places, but not the kind of art – vintage! – you’ll find at the Easy Street Records flea market “Cheapside Review,” including posters, as explained here, during Art Walk.
Across the street at Cupcake Royale, there’s a music tie-in – Julie Peña’s photo essay with “early photos of the locally-grown Brandi Carlile Band,” according to the announcement we received.
The announcement continues: “These images explore the personalities of the musicians and captures some moments behind the red ropes before their artistic success was a known quantity. These images are intended to appeal to fans and non-fans alike as it discusses the changes implicit in an artist’s rise to fame.” Julie will be there 6-8:30 pm during the Art Walk.
BONUS: In North Delridge, the West Seattle Tool Library opens its doors on Art Walk night – the second Thursday – for “Ask an Expert,” a unique event to empower do-it-yourselfers. 6-8 pm in their location on the east side of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), you’ll find free expert advice, this month from Mighty House Construction, Gray Sky Farms, and Solar Epiphany.
Texts from WSB’ers may bring images of car crashes or other unhappiness – or maybe, a spontaneous outbreak of art or music! WSB contributor Keri DeTore just shared this photo of the latter, with news that “Singer Amber Flame is doing an impromptu set at Meander’s.” (That’s Meander’s Kitchen north of Morgan Junction.)
You just can’t escape the Alaskan Way Viaduct this month. Not only because of the ubiquitous countdown to the 9-day, 10-night closure, but then, there’s art like Cheryl Robinson‘s paper/wax-on-wood creation, on display at Link (WSB sponsor), where Cheryl and her Twilight Artist Collective-mates made all the art happen. Cheryl’s “On the Viaduct” is featured on the fall-quarter West Seattle Art Walk posters/postcards:
… so we started tonight’s Art Walk coverage with her work. We also stopped by The Kenney (WSB sponsor), where quilter Doris McHenry was one of the resident artists showing work:
The Kenney also had a bazaar raising money for the Resident Life Care Fund, helping pay the rent for those whose resources run out too soon. Back in The Junction, ArtsWest opened a new exhibition a few days ago, “The Edge of Night,” and participating painter Jean Bradbury was at tonight’s reception:
Further south along California SW, Art Walk night also meant one of the periodic Open House events at longtime WSB sponsor M3 Bodyworks. They’re showing work by Sarah Barrick:
One of the great things about Art Walk night is that it’s even more an introduction, than a self-contained event – most if not all the artists/exhibitions can be enjoyed throughout the rest of the month. So whether you did or didn’t make it out tonight, take a look at the official Art Walk website at wsartwalk.com and think about visiting local businesses for art’s sake as well as for purchases and services.
A few scenes from last night’s West Seattle Art Walk: At Twilight Artist Collective in The Junction, we found artist RobRoy Chalmers and proud daughter Izzy. His “Sporozoan Swarm” is now on display at Twilight, for the entire month. Across SW Alaska:
Phil Cline of Naches Heights Vineyard (southeastern Washington) was pouring at Bin 41 during Art Walk night. That means it’s a two-in-a-row week, since you’ll find the traditional Friday night tasting there too, with new wines tonight from the Willamette Valley (Oregon)’s Alexana Winery, 6-7:30 pm. More Art Walk people ahead: Click to read the rest of Seen along the West Seattle Art Walk, late summer edition…
The forecast is for clear skies, as far as the eye – or at least the forecaster – can see. Including Thursday night, which will bring the next West Seattle Art Walk, 6-9 pm. Three dozen venues (from Shanti Salon and Spa in the north to The Kenney in the south [both WSB sponsors]) – all listed on the official map, which is here. If you want to plan your stops in advance, you can find some of the venues’ previews on the official WS Art Walk site. The Kenney, for example, spotlights artists Martha Hicks and Cyndy Jensen, along with local framer Fred Madrid bringing a collection of historic West Seattle photos (available for purchase), plus live music – details here. Shanti will show photography by Laurie Z. In The Junction, Nature Consortium e-mailed a special invite for you to stop by its office at 4210 SW Oregon – where Kathleen McHugh‘s art will be on display:
McHugh is a Seattle painter who, NC notes:
… has been featured in exhibits locally, nationally, and internationally in places as near as Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and as far as Slovakia and the Museum of Modern Art. Kathleen’s work explores humanistic themes and serve as ‘visual allegories about identity and relationship[s]‘.” She also teaches eco-art classes with Nature Consortium and has been working as a teaching artist in the Pacific Northwest since 1994. On Thursday, she is offering prints from her Banff suite at the West Seattle Art Walk. Local Latin-folk band Ama Trio, featured at this year’s Arts in Nature Festival, will also perform at the office 7:30 – 8:30 pm.
See you tomorrow night along the Art Walk!
A sunny summer evening in West Seattle, and there’s plenty to do. Till 9 pm, you can wander the dozens of venues participating in this month’s West Seattle Art Walk. We’ve stopped by two – above, we went to Mural Apartments (WSB sponsor) to check in on Glenn Case‘s mural, begun last month. He says it’s close to completion. (While you’re at Mural, you can also stop by Wallflower Custom Framing on the ground floor and see work by Amy Bengston and Urban Guy Allen.) On the south end of the map, we visited The Kenney (WSB sponsor), where Anita West is the featured artist:
Her Middle East-inspired work is hanging in The Kenney’s halls. This one is titled “Turkish Coffee”:
You’ll also find refreshments at The Kenney (among other stops) – while we were there, CEO Kevin McFeely was playing the role of bartender. And just before we published this, we got word of a live band outside Windermere Fauntleroy in Morgan Junction – photo to come. You can browse the Art Walk venues at the official website (and if you go to The junction, remember it’s Shop Late Thursdays night too). If you go to the beach – Alki Arts is on the Art Walk map, and not far from free live music. Yogoman Burning Band is performing at the beach courtesy of the Admiral Neighborhood Association’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series (co-sponsored by WSB), on the road for this night only.
The music continues till 8; we’ll have a clip in a bit.
ADDED EARLY FRIDAY: The video!
Next week, the concert is back on the east lawn of Hiawatha – LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends, 6:30 pm Thursday, August 18th.
(WSB photos and video by Patrick Sand)
During tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk, muralist Glenn Case started work on a mural, about murals, at Mural Apartments (WSB sponsor). He explains the project in this quick clip:
Sheila’s art career is in resurgence – you might remember her as the owner of Critical Mass and ec’Collective art galleries. She says she’ll be the August artist at Brunette Mix (WSB sponsor), also in The Junction, and will have a September show at Alki Arts.
Our Junction adventure continued at Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), which had a visit from the DRY Soda team, offering free samples:
Inside, artist Dawn Endean:
And then back up California at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), a little marimba music from NZIRA:
Hotwire, of course, is where you’ll find West Seattle Outdoor Movies for the next six Saturday nights, weather permitting, starting with “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at dusk this Saturday (free, bring your own chair/blanket, and a few dollars for concessions/raffles that benefit local nonprofits). West Seattle Art Walk, meantime, is always the second Thursday of the month, 6-9 pm, and you can watch for updates at the Art Walk website.
JULY ART WALK! Dozens of venues all around West Seattle – many previewed at wsartwalk.com – take a few minutes to browse through and plan your stops. Meet artists, enjoy their work, and at many spots, refreshments too, 6-9 tonight. Here’s the map of Art Walk locations.
SHOP LATE IN THE JUNCTION: In The Junction, which has the biggest concentration of Art Walk venues, it’s another edition of Shop Late Thursdays, till 9 pm – see the list of participating merchants here.
‘ASK AN EXPERT’ AT THE TOOL LIBRARY: During West Seattle Art Walk nights, you can also “Ask An Expert” at the West Seattle Tool Library, which is at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW). Open in conjunction with Art Walk (there are several artists who live/work at the Center), the Ask the Expert hours are 6:30-8:30 pm in the Community Workshop at Youngstown (southeast side of the building).
TONIGHT’S JUBILEE DAYS EVENT: White Center Jubilee Days Rock & Bowl, 7 pm to 10 pm at Magic Lanes (10612 15th SW). More info at JubileeDays.org
A few scenes from along tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk – which continues till 9, so you have time to get out and see the sights! – Above, artist Jessica Creager is at Wallflower Custom Framing and Shooting Gallery on the ground floor of Mural Apartments (WSB sponsor) with Wallflower proprietor Courtney Sievertson, who’s celebrating the second anniversary of her business! They’re right across 42nd SW from Jefferson Square, between SW Edmunds and SW Alaska. Also in The Junction:
James Lobb is curator of “Made in Seattle,” a pottery exhibition opening at Twilight Artist Collective (on SW Alaska just west of Easy Street Records). One more Junction stop:
Larine Chung is exhibiting work this month at Seattle Real Estate Associates (WSB sponsor) on 44th SW. Heading north to the Admiral District:
Shanti Salon and Spa (WSB sponsor; 2138 California SW) is showing the whimsical work of Narboo. Again, the Art Walk continues till 9 tonight – with venues listed on the official website – but many of the shows are up for the entire month, so you can still visit the participating venues over the next few weeks and enjoy the work showcased for June.
You’re invited to a free party tonight to celebrate Seattle’s art-walk scene – it’s on Capitol Hill, but it gives you the chance to vote in a contest with two West Seattle-staked artists! It’s the City Arts Magazine quarterly “Best of Seattle Art Walk Awards” event. Unlike most awards events, the awards aren’t predetermined; tonight’s attendees get to choose. At left, Sarah Loertscher is a finalist for her geometric-jewelry showing at Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), which provided the photo. Also among the six finalists, Carla G, for her paintings shown at Carmilia’s. The party’s at 8 pm at FRED Wildlife Refuge art center, 127 East Boylston (map), and if you’re 21 or older, you can get in free by RSVP’ing to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winning artist gets $1,000 and a City Arts profile; the magazine is sponsoring the awards each quarter, with nominations coming from the businesses and galleries participating in a dozen art walks around the city, including West Seattle.
As a slightly soggy day (indoors and outdoors) gave way to sunbreaks, the Easy Street Café was ready for its closeup as a West Seattle Art Walk venue Thursday night, and will be open again for breakfast/lunch/etc. as usual today. Lisa Stewart is in our Art Walk photo with a table full of work. P.S. Remember to check ‘em out this Saturday on Record Store Day! Saturday also is Tax-Free Day – big sales with participants (see the list!) paying your tax – in The Junction, and Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) is on the list; they hosted artist Junko Yamamoto for Art Walk:
A bit to the west, but still in The Junction, we stopped in at Seattle Real Estate Associates (WSB sponsor) to see Igor Kashinskiy and his work:
Remember that most venues keep the art up all month long, so even if you missed Art Walk night, you can have your own Art Walk just about any other day (the official site has venue/artist info)!
Just a bit more than three hours till the April edition of the West Seattle Art Walk, a free showcase at dozens of venues all over the peninsula. Some of the venues change quarterly, and this is the first Art Walk this quarter, so be sure to check the walking map/venue list before deciding where to go 6-9 pm tonight. This quarter, the northernmost stop on the Art Walk is at the beach, Alki Arts (2820 Alki Avenue SW), and the southernmost stop is The Building (which you’ll find on SW Othello just west of California SW, past the Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation church). Many of the participating venues have previews on the official Art Walk website, with artist information/imagery and we have a few previews for you here too:
TWILIGHT ARTIST COLLECTIVE: We stopped in this Junction venue at midday for a sneak peek at the exhibition opening tonight, “The Birds,” curated by John Osgood – the photo above shows one of the myriad bird-themed/featured works in the Twilight display “loft.”
TALK ABOUT VIDEO AT ARTSWEST: A short ways south of Twilight, tonight’s Art Walk includes a special presentation – after the 6-7:30 pm reception for “Domestic Patterns,” ArtsWest presents a special OnStage discussion, “How to Make It as a Video Artist in Seattle” in the theater at 7:30 pm – free, with guest speakers Tess Martin (a video artist), 4Culture‘s Heather Dwyer, and Reel Grrls’ Maile Martinez. Legal, tech, marketing, and creative issues are all on the agenda.
SEATTLE REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATES (WSB sponsor): Meet artist Igor Kashinskiy, classically trained in St. Petersburg, Russia, and displaying his work at SREA (4535 44th SW) right now, including the work shown above.
BIN 41 WINE SHOP: West Seattle artist Frances Hinson will be on hand as she shares “an array of photography from her travel and botanical portfolio,” as bin 41 co-owner T. Frick McNamara puts it. “You’ll be amazed when you see what photos came from her camera and which ones she crafted using the iPhone!” Also on display, a few pieces from T. Frick’s encaustic-painting portfolio. And the bin will feature “the brand new releases from Owen Roe’s second label Corvidae along with two wines from a top new Washington winery, Maison Bleue.”
MORE WINE: Art Walk night is also Wine Club night at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 5612 California SW, and it’s tasting night at West Seattle Cellars (6026 California SW), which is featuring Oregon wines, as well as the art of Batya Friedman, mixed-media artist/sculptor.
WINDERMERE FAUNTLEROY: Toward the south end of the West Seattle Art Walk map, you’ll find not only art but live music here (6505 California SW) – “musical stylings of the Five Buck Band” as they tweeted at @wrefauntleroy, along with artist Scott Ward, plus sangria and hors d’oeuvres.
M3 BODYWORKS (WSB sponsor): Not on the official Art Walk map, but art and treats are there for you to stop in and enjoy at 5236 California SW. Their announcement:
M3 Bodyworks Massage Clinic is proud to have renowned artist Susanna Bluhm display her art here at the clinic this quarter. Susanna had shown in Dublin, Berlin, Chicago, New York and Washington DC. She’s worked on many art projects here in Seattle as well. “An individual painting can become a new place in itself, with sensations of things that might happen in a place, such as weather, touch, landscape, temperature, sex, or noise.”
As in the tradition of M3, we will be having an open house with Susanna from 6 – 9 PM tonight. Our caterer this evening is Evey the Caterer, creating creole delights in the traditional Southern style.
(Photos by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB)
Life imitates art? Leading off our set of scenes from last night’s West Seattle Art Walk: First, at Keller Williams Realty, Los Angeles-based artist PJ Andrews showed off his character-themed art, including Underdog (above) – several more of his works, and other stops along the Art Walk way, after the jump:
Click to read the rest of West Seattle Art Walk, March edition: Superheroes of art!…
Just two hours till the monthly West Seattle Art Walk (the latest walking map and venue list is page 2 of this PDF). Among the dozens of talented artists showing their work and meeting art-lovers all around West Seattle tonight for the monthly WS Art Walk, you’ll find Machel Spence, whose photography has won raves here recently (as well as elsewhere) – she’s showing her fungi photography at Alki Arts this time around (next to Cactus at 2820 Alki SW), and you can say hi 6-9 pm. (Her photo above is “a photograph of a photograph” that’s part of the show.)
Two photographers are showing their work at Seattle Real Estate Associates (WSB sponsor). – The photo above is a sample of David A. Barnes‘ work (a wall in Paris, one of the many places he’s photographed during more than 40 years of work); the other photographer is Rosanne Olson. Come see their work and also meet the folks at Seattle Real Estate Associates – online at westseattleforsale.com – who have recently moved their office to West Seattle (you’ll find it in The Junction at 4535 44th Avenue SW).
Also from The Junction:
At Blue Willow, 4310 SW Oregon, you’ll find Theresa McCormick, who’s showing new work there this month, including watercolors, mixed media, and acrylics painted on location in Arizona, Samish Island, Cape Disappointment, and Orcas Island in Washington, as well as other abstract and imaginary paintings of “locations” she created – the work above is called “Shimmering Field of Yellow.”
And about a block north of Blue Willow, at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor; 4410 California SW) – it’s a mother-and-daughter display! Cari Jones and Jessica Jones are showing their work. You can read more about them here.
Lots more previews if you scroll along the official West Seattle Art Walk website – venue by venue, artist by artist – all over the peninsula; you’ll also find the Art Walk on Facebook, here. Again, the list and “walking map” can be found on the second page of this PDF.
(Photos and video by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
Tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk highlighted imagination and whimsy as well as boldness and brightness in the wide range of art on display around the peninsula. Laura Castellanos was at Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) – you might recognize her “bummerbunny.” Bright night overall at Click!
Kate is an accomplished illustrator and also works in collage, using decorative and hand-painted paper. You’ll find some of her children’s books on sale at CAPERS, too. Next Junction stop – ArtsWest:
Encaustic abstract artist Kate Fluckinger is one of the artists who are “Spinning Straw Into Gold” in the ArtsWest Gallery‘s current exhibition. A bit off the beaten Junction track, Joya Marie was the featured artist at the Nature Consortium offices, showing her linocuts:
Live music there, too, from Bando-Rio:
Finally, two stops outside The Junction – Art Walk night is always busy at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), with Wine Club and a featured artist – this time, Chris Hunter:
His “day job” is at Alki Beach Tattoo, but he’s been painting longer than he’s been tattooing, and that’s what C&P is showcasing – watercolor and ink paintings and drawings. Last but by no means least, a stop at Stephanie Hargrave‘s South Admiral studio to say hi to Jean Lovejoy, who drew a full house of fans for her retrospective:
Last night we featured Stephanie’s story about Jean, who’s going strong at 91. Remember, most venues display their artists’ work all month long, so even if you couldn’t get out tonight, you’ve got time to wander around and enjoy it in the weeks ahead. Next West Seattle Art Walk: March 10.
(Photo of Jean Lovejoy, courtesy Stephanie Hargrave)
Tomorrow night, all around West Seattle, it’s the February Art Walk, 6-9 pm, with a stop or two off the official map. One that’s come to our attention is Jean Lovejoy‘s retrospective, presented by Stephanie Hargrave in South Admiral (3234 California SW). Stephanie notes that Jean is 91 years old and still going strong. She hopes you’ll come by to meet her and enjoy her art. Here’s what Stephanie has to say about Jean:
I met Jean Lovejoy a year ago at an art sale/fundraising event I was having at my studio. She came with one of her daughters, Madeline, who mentioned she was an artist. I was immediately intrigued. She embodied something. As it turned out, that ‘something’ was a lifetime of art making – the type of dedicated, focused art making that can keep a person curious, creating and constantly learning for years. I just adored her. To me, she was a presence not unlike what Georgia O’Keefe must have been – petite, solid, bright and imaginative.
Madeline mentioned that Jean was looking for a gallery to show her work, and that she wanted to do a retrospective show. I told her she was welcome to have a show at my studio if she liked, and to my delight, she accepted.
We spoke the other day over tea, and I asked some questions about her life and art. At the age of 30, she told her husband she’d really like to take some art classes, and began with printmaking. She absolutely loved it and was good at it. Her teachers noticed her, often commenting on how talented she was. She continued taking classes and workshops – drawing and design classes at the UW, three years at The Factory of Visual Arts, three years of collagraph classes with Barbara Bruch, three years of painting under Jacob Elshin, six years of painting under Allen Wolf, more drawing and printmaking workshops and classes at Pratt Fine Arts Center as well as the Seattle Parks Department. She has also taught art to seniors over the years.
(Photos by Ellen Cedergreen and Patrick Sand for WSB)
A night to celebrate, for many along the path of last night’s West Seattle Art Walk: Above, the trio behind Twilight Artist Collective, Mary, Cheryl, and Erin, celebrating Twilight’s sixth anniversary (did you read the story of how they began?). Also along the way, many marking new beginnings now, or soon, like Miranda Krone, whose culinary-art achievements were part of the fare as C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) hosted not only an Art Walk stop but also its monthly Wine Club:
Miranda is the chef who will soon open Meander’s in the former Jade West Café space north of Morgan Junction (here’s our December report). Another brand-new entrepreneur marked a milestone last night:
That’s Monica Skov, hosting her first Art Walk night at month-old West Seattle Fabric Company in the Admiral District, showcasing fabric art, and getting ready for classes to start – possibly as soon as mid-February. Meantime, the shop that preceded WSFC at 2210 California SW celebrated its first January Art Walk in The Junction:
Robin’s wonderful wildlife photos were at centerstage, along with Carol Braden‘s whimsically covered guitars – here’s Carol with Alki Arts’ Diane Venti:
And they had a surprise musical guest, rustled up at the last moment – the renowned Carrie Akre:
On to the other end of the Art Walk route, The Kenney had music too – with barbershop quartet The Country Squires:
One of The Kenney’s featured artists was resident Mona Elliott, who posed with her painting of Mount Rainier:
And we made one more stop, back up in Admiral – Shanti Salon and Spa (WSB sponsor), displaying the paintings of Brian Forrest, whose work is expressionist in influence; this one is titled “Minstrel“:
Remember, most of these displays will be up all month – so you can enjoy art any time – between now and the next West Seattle Art Walk, which is on February 10th, 6-9 pm as always. Watch wsartwalk.com for information.
It’s the second Thursday of the month, which means it’s West Seattle Art Walk night, 6-9 pm all over the peninsula. A new list of venues, since it’s a new quarter – and that means a new walking map (the second page of this PDF). Photography has a special spotlight this time around – at Alki Arts, on the north end of the Art Walk, you will find photographer Robin Lindsey, whose beautiful photographs grace the website of Seal Sitters, for whom she is a first responder (and much more). In The Junction, you will find photographer Machel Spence at Coffee to a Tea with Sugar – we mentioned her show here recently; she takes ethereal photographs of fungi in forests, and shares some of them via the WSB group on Flickr. At ArtsWest, the photojournalist whose work is now on display, Roger Ressmeyer, will be at centerstage for a special edition of ArtsWest’s popular “OnStage” discussion series at 7:30 pm. And at Wallflower Custom Framing, photojournalist Anton Moentenich is the featured artist.
Other special features tonight: Want to meet Miranda Krone, who is opening Meander’s in the former Jade West Café? She’s the appetizer chef tonight at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor), which is hosting its Wine Club tonight and is also an Art Walk stop. And some of West Seattle’s newest businesses are part of the lineup – West Seattle Fabric Company in Admiral, Locöl, Tuscan Tea Room, the Admiral branch of Bird on a Wire Espresso. Then there’s the big sixth anniversary bash at Twilight Artist Collective in The Junction. Lots of venues previewed at the official Art Walk website!
If you have looked at – and/or participated in – the WSB photo pool on Flickr, you have likely admired the work of Machel Spence, whose favored subject is mushrooms, and other fungi. She e-mailed us today to share the news that her photos are now on display at Coffee to a Tea with Sugar in The Junction, today through the end of the month, and she’ll be there on January 13 to meet anyone interested in talking about them. She also says her photos are under consideration for a book, too! By the way, January 13 happens to be the first West Seattle Art Walk of the year – 6-9 pm; we’ll have the full list of venues (which changes quarter-by-quarter, and this WSAW starts a new quarter) as soon as it’s available.
(WSB photos by Ellen Cedergreen)
More holiday cheer in our second and final report from Thursday night’s West Seattle Art Walk (our first one is here) – these are the venues visited by WSB contributor Ellen Cedergreen. Above, we hear a certain CEO stood in for Santa Claus at The Kenney. At Seattle Yarn (5633 California SW), Mrs. Claus held court:
That’s Seattle Yarn’s Ruth Bowen with Mrs. Claus – also in the photo, Snooter-doots, which Mrs. Claus says each come with a name and a birthdate and are available for “adoption.” Meantime, holiday photos were the order of the night at West Side Yoga/Doga (6417 Fauntleroy Way) in Morgan Junction – but look closely at who’s under the lights:
WSYD was the site of the Yappy Howlidays Muttmixer for dogs and their people; photo proceeds benefited Dogs Deserve Better. The party was sponsored by West Seattle-headquartered CityDog Magazine, whose founder Brandie Ahlgren was there too:
Brandie’s sitting next to a computer because she was showing off the new look that you’ll see within a week or so on the CityDog website, with more ways for dog owners to connect with each other. Heading north, while most of our Junction photos are in Art Walk report #1, Ellen dropped by the Neo-Kitsch show reception at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), a juried show with more than 50 participating artists:
That’s West Seattle artist Kelly Lyles showing off her “Black Velvet” (painted on velvet, of course). Kelly said her idea inspirations included Google. Last but not least, on the northernmost end of the current Art Walk map, the last WSAW (for now) at the Alki Bathhouse, because of city budget cuts (whose other effects on Alki Community Center/Bathhouse operations are explained here).
College student Logan Mohr, shown talking with a potential customer, showed a variety of work at the Bathhouse show; in addition to etchings and work in other media, he also designs and sells skateboards. One of the other artists showing at Alki Bathhouse was Su Harrington:
She told Ellen she’ll miss showing at Alki Bathhouse, since she lives nearby; this was her second show there. Next West Seattle Art Walk is the second Thursday in January (the 14th). As noted in our first report from last night, many Art Walk-highlighted works will be up at the venues (mapped here) throughout the month, and right now, that also means lots of art available for holiday shopping, even if you didn’t make it out last night.
Winning the Holiday Spirit Award tonight in The Junction during West Seattle Art Walk/Shop Late Thursday – the gleefully goofy Tacky Sweater Party at Twilight Artist Collective. (Compare to last year’s “tacky sweaters” here.) Even if you missed the party, you can stop in (4306 SW Alaska) and see the “12 Days of Christmas,” by 12 artists including members of the Twilight owner team. Smiles abounded along tonight’s Art Walk route for many reasons:
Posing with a few of her “Backyard Beauty and Beyond” photos at the Senior Center of West Seattle, that’s Trileigh, whose scenes of wild West Seattle have appeared many a time here on WSB – tonight was her first public (offline) exhibition! Kitty corner at Clementine (4447 California SW), West Seattle entrepreneur Cari Jones showed her new paintings:
We have to admit, though WSB is among her client firms, we didn’t know Cari was an artist too, along with everything else she’s up to (as detailed on the Clementine website)! Around the corner at Brunette Mix (4306 SW Oregon), tonight was a two-part event:
Brunette Mix proprietor BJ Prokopof is celebrating her third anniversary in The Junction – and hosting the art of Tony Taj. From there, scooting over to Ginomai artist studios on the north edge of The Junction, we peeked in on the silent auction we told you about this morning, raising money for the next Central America well-building trip on the West Seattle Christian Church schedule:
That gorgeous purse was donated by Funky Jane’s Consignment; we’ll be checking with WSCC to see how the auction went. Last but by no means least, over to Wallflower Custom Framing and Shooting Gallery:
Mark Morgan is one of 16 artists whose work is included in the “Puny Picture Show,” 2nd year in a row for Wallflower to feature small-size work by big-size talent. Remember, much of what is on display Art Walk night also remains on display for all or part of the following month at the participating venues, so every day/night can be an Art Walk day/night. We had a second crew out tonight, meantime, and that second round of December Art Walk scenes are coming up in a separate report! (Disclosure: Brunette Mix and Wallflower are WSB sponsors; Clementine, Twilight, and Funky Jane’s are featured advertisers in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Shopping Guide.)
(Photo added 7:37 pm, courtesy Tim – crowd at Wallflower Custom Framing‘s ‘Puny Pictures’ show)
Less than two hours till West Seattle Art Walk – all over the peninsula – and Shop Late Thursday in The Junction. In addition to our previous Art Walk previews here (several other interesting stops) and here (Ginomai auction for well-building), plus all the artist spotlights you can find on the official WSAW website, here are a few more mentions:
ARTSWEST (WSB sponsor): In addition to continuing “A Tuna Christmas” in the theater tonight, the gallery features “Neo-Kitsch,” a juried exhibition, and you’ll recognize some local artists – including Highland Park’s Dina Lydia Johnson and Kelly Lyles of art-car (among other things) fame.
LIBERTY BELL PRINTING: Days after announcing its imminent departure from The Junction, Liberty Bell has an open house tonight AND charity gift-wrapping by Furry Faces Foundation – 6-9 pm. Details in this WSB Forums post.
BIN 41 WINE (WSB sponsor): Music, wine, and art!
NOT in The Junction –
SEATTLE YARN COMPANY: We’re told their open house tonight will include a visit from Mrs. Claus.
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE: Want a copy of the new “Images of West Seattle” as a stocking stuffer? The Log House Museum is selling it at its holiday open house under way right now, till 8 pm. (61st/Stevens)
SANISLO ELEMENTARY BOOK FAIR AT BARNES AND NOBLE: Need to buy books for somebody? Sanislo Elementary benefits if you buy tonight at Barnes & Noble, Westwood Village, where their Bookfair is under way, 6:30-8:30 pm.
In The Junction AND elsewhere:
WSB WEST SEATTLE HOLIDAY SHOPPING/BUSINESS GUIDE: 20 businesses offering deals and special holiday-shopping info. We’ve also upgraded it so you can e-mail/FB/tweet each individual business’s listing, if you want a reminder, or to share. Find it here (with more additions later tonight, in time for weekend shopping).
(Photos by Aaron Hernandez, courtesy WSCC)
Tonight (Thursday), during the December edition of the West Seattle Art Walk, stop by Ginomai artist studios and put in a bid for art that will do double duty: A gift for someone (maybe even yourself?), and a gift for hundreds of people thousands of miles away. Local artists have donated pieces for a silent auction raising money for the next well-building trip by a delegation from West Seattle Christian Church. Dan Jacobs, the WSCC pastor who spoke at last weekend’s Junction Tree Lighting, was part of the group that helped build a well for a Guatemalan village this past summer and is making plans now to go to Honduras next summer. (Exactly where, they don’t know yet, because the demand is so great, the exact community isn’t designated till the last moment.) It’s in connection with a group called Living Water, and as Dan says, it’s a matter of living or dying, in many cases – until these new wells are dug, deep below the area where the ground might be contaminated by farming runoff or other pollutants, water-borne illnesses are common, and deadly, especially to children, who also lose countless school hours to frequent sickness.
West Seattle Christian has been supporting well-building projects for some years – but until recently, that just involved fundraising. However, Dan says the value of going to help out in person not only entails more help, but also more awareness: “There were 10 of us who went, and 300 involved in sending us.” The drive to raise money for the project always starts at Christmastime, and that’s on purpose: “Three years ago, I heard a statistic that the U.S. will spend $450 billion on Christmas. The estimated cost to address the need for clean water in the world is $10 billion. We thought we could do Christmas better than just spending money on stuff.” (Thus, the involvement with Advent Conspiracy.)
One individual well about 100 feet deep might cost about $5,000, he notes, not much of a cost for 300 people to “have clean water for the first time ever.” The wells are drilled only in common public areas like schools, so there’s little chance of a “water war” breaking out over access. Dan says his group this past summer only had to dig to about 80 feet to get clean water, and they’ve gotten reports, since their departure, that it’s yielding even more water than expected.
Paintings and photos comprise most of the work you’ll see at the silent auction during the Art Walk. Included is some photography by WSCC’s Aaron Hernandez, who also is part of the well-building delegation. Even for those who couldn’t go, the pastor explains, “our whole church felt they were part of (the journey) – including some older couples who were so proud to be part of it, we felt as if we were taking them there with us.”
Bid for some art at Ginomai tonight, and you can be part of it too. The silent auction is in the community room down the hall – enter from 42nd, on the SW corner of Genesee (parking is on the south side of the building, also entered from 42nd).
Just yesterday, we were talking about owls. This one is not likely to have been part of THAT story, but it’ll figure into the next West Seattle Art Walk. Remember Wollet, the Lincoln Park owlet, shown here last year in photos shared by Trileigh? This photo is part of her first-ever photography show, “Backyard Beauty and Beyond,” which you can see at the Senior Center of West Seattle during tomorrow night’s Art Walk, 6-9 pm, along with other photos she took, mostly in Lincoln Park. “It’ll be wonderful to share some of these glimpses of our local beauty with my wonderful WS community!” Trileigh tells WSB.
Other December Art Walk highlights – with venues from Alki to Highland Park! (here’s the map) – include The Puny Picture Show, “tiny original masterpieces” – from 16 artists! – at Wallflower Custom Framing and Shooting Gallery (WSB sponsor). You’ll find live music, “puny snacks,” and eggnog as part of the Art Walk party accompanying the show at Wallflower (which also is offering a deal on the WSB Coupons page right now).
Also in The Junction, Twilight Artist Collective – one of the 20 participants in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Shopping Guide – is not only showing new art, it’s having a Tacky Sweater Party; wear your tacky sweater and bring an unwrapped toy for the Treehouse toy drive that’s continuing at Twilight (SW Alaska just west of California) … Be sure to find your way up to California/42nd/Genesee, not only to see Justin Hillgrove at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), but also to check out the Silent Auction at Ginomai artist studios – local artists have donated work to raise money for West Seattle Christian Church‘s next wellbuilding trip to Central America (we’ll have a separate story with more on that later today) … Brunette Mix (WSB sponsor) is celebrating its third anniversary and featuring the work of Tony Taj … The Junction also will be in the midst of its second Shop Late Thursday tomorrow night.
Art Walk highlights outside The Junction: If you and your dog stop by West Side Yoga/Doga in Morgan Junction, you’ll find yourself in the Yappy Howlidays Muttmixer party, presented in conjunction with West Seattle-headquartered City Dog Magazine … The Kenney (7125 Fauntleroy Way) will have a visit from Santa Claus in the FIRST hour, 6-7 pm … Bird on a Wire Espresso will welcome Art Walk visitors to its new location at 2604 California SW tomorrow night instead of its Westwood store … A long list of previews can be found at wsartwalk.com (see the map here) and we’ll have at least 2 more previews before tomorrow night.
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