ATTENTION, ARTISTS: Holiday/pre-holiday events looking for you (and the work you want to sell), ASAPSeptember 30, 2015 at 8:59 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | No Comments
Last day of September, and the holidays are in view. Three events are inviting artists to apply, with deadlines coming up fast:
ART UNDER $100: Deadline is TOMORROW for South Park Arts‘ annual mega-event Art Under $100, happening again this year at the Seattle Design Center. While the event isn’t until December 12th (1-8 pm), the application deadline is October 1st, and you’ll find all the info on the application page – just go here.
FALL ART OPENING AT ‘THE BUILDING’: October 14th is the deadline to apply to be part of this event in Gatewood. The announcement:
Our Fall Art Opening is free and open to the public! We will be featuring local artists’ works, music, & food, just in time to kick-start the Holiday Season. We hope that you can join us for this amazing night!!
We are looking for artists doing work in different mediums at a variety of price points for the holiday season.
The Building’s 3rd Annual, Fall Art Opening!
Saturday, November 14th
4316 SW Othello St.m West Seattle
E-mail Submission Deadline is October 14th, $25 participation fee once accepted. Please email samples of your work with a detailed description and prices to Brenda Scallon – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you in advance for your participation; we look forward to seeing your work!
HIGHLAND PARK IMPROVEMENT CLUB BAZAAR: Handmade arts and crafts are what organizers want to see from vendors at HPIC‘s annual bazaar, also set for November 14th (daytime – 10 am-3 pm). Find out more, including contact info, on the HPIC website.
From the pub to the pool, the Longhouse to the coffeehouse, see what’s up for your West Seattle Saturday:September 26, 2015 at 7:33 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | No Comments
(Photo by Laura Goodrich, from the WSB Flickr group)
Happy weekend! We start with a transportation reminder:
METRO SERVICE CHANGE: Today is when the next “service change” takes effect. Not much changing for West Seattle this time around, but here’s the breakout.
Now – highlights from our calendar:
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: 8 am-11 am, benefit breakfast with the West Seattle Lions Club at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (4127 SW Oregon)
SEAVIEW UNITED METHODIST CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE: 8 am-3 pm, come see what’s for sale at the church in Seaview. (4620 SW Graham)
FREE GENEALOGY SEMINAR: 9:30 am-1 pm at West Seattle’s Church of Latter-Day Saints, no pre-registration required, all welcome. Details here. (4001 44th SW)
(WSB photo @ SW Precinct, added 11:40 am)
DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY: Get those expired/no-longer-needed leftover prescription drugs out of your house safely, by dropping them off, no questions asked, 10 am-2 pm today at the Southwest Precinct. (2300 SW Webster)
(added) HOT DOGS FOR A CAUSE: Last benefit barbecue of the year at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), 11 am until about 3 – hot dogs for $3. (California/Morgan/Fauntleroy)
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER, FINAL SESSION: 11 am-1 pm at the Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club pool, it’s the fifth and final chance for your dog(s) to swim in the pool before it’s closed for the year (the human swimming season is already over). It’s a benefit for AHSTC’s teams, and you don’t have to be a member to participate – info here. (11003 31st SW)
‘LISTEN TO SEATTLE’: 2 pm at the Duwamish Longhouse, the Steve Griggs Ensemble will premiere this “75-minute original program of narration and music inspired by the life and words of Chief Seattle, weaving indigenous customs and local history with jazz composition and improvisation.” (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
THE JOCELYN PETTIT BAND: Canadian and Celtic folk music and more at Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm. (7904 35th SW)
AFTER – AN APOCALYPSE STORY: 8:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in North Delridge, Rebel Belly Productions presents “AFTER – An Apocalypse Story.” A tale told through dancing to live music; read about it, and get tickets, here. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
MORE! Browse our complete calendar for the rest of the listings for today/tonight/beyond.
West Seattle Friday: Concert benefiting WS Helpline; blacksmith’s ‘Seattle Made’ creations @ Click!; more…September 25, 2015 at 10:48 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
PARKING-LOT SALE: The Shorewood Christian School fall/winter parking-lot sale is on until 4 pm today, 8:30 am-4 pm tomorrow. Thanks to Mel for the photo! (10300 28th SW)
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: 5-7 pm, second-to-last chance for your dog to swim at Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club during their post-human-swimming-season fundraiser – details here. (10103 31st SW)
‘SEATTLE MADE WEEK’ TRUNK SHOW @ CLICK! Local blacksmith Erica Gordon is bringing her Steel Toe Studios forged buckles and handmade leather belts to Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) for a “Seattle Made Week” trunk show, 6-9 pm tonight. Here’s Erica in the studio:
(Photo courtesy Erica Gordon)
Click! says, “She will be showcasing a limited offering of one-of-a-kind buckles from her Scale collection, as well as new leather belt color ways. She will also be sharing her full collection of stainless steel and brass jewelry, not typically carried at Click!.” (4540 California SW)
HELP THE HELPLINE – CONCERT SERIES STARTS TONIGHT AT ALKI UCC: At 7 pm, Alki UCC Church is hosting its first formal concert since acquiring a 7-foot handmade German concert grand piano two years ago, and its the start of a concert series meant “to bring concert-hall-quality music to West Seattle, and support a local organization in the process. Our outreach team chose West Seattle Helpline because their focus is on how to keep people from becoming homeless.” Here are tonight’s musicians, Spencer Hoveskeland, Lia Wax, and DJ Wilson, rehearsing earlier this week (clip provided by organizers – thanks!):
Desserts and refreshments will be served during intermission. Helpline could only fund one of every three requests for help during its last fiscal year – your support tonight (and beyond) can change that for the better. Full details in our calendar listing. (6115 SW Hinds)
HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Chief Sealth International High School is home at Southwest Athletic Complex against Ballard tonight, 7 pm; that’s when West Seattle High School plays Rainier Beach on the road at Southeast Athletic Complex; and it’s also when O’Dea and Seattle Prep face off at West Seattle Stadium.
OF COURSE THERE’S MORE! Music, bingo, theater … all on the complete calendar.
The 24th annual Southwest Library Community Artists Showcase is just a week and a half away – so, whatever you want to show off, get it ready for dropoff, and take note of something new this year: Music! Songs can be uploaded to the library website starting next Monday (September 28th) and continuing through October; visual art can be dropped off at the branch for display October 1st-3rd; for both visual art and music, up to three entries per person. The showcase runs October 4th-31st, starting with a 2 pm opening reception on the 4th. Saturday art classes are on the schedule too, 1 pm Saturdays, October 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st. Southwest Library is on the southeast corner of 35th and Henderson in Westwood – drop in to sign up and/or get more info.
Long after Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s two-day visit – ending this morning – is over, hundreds of local students will continue learning about China’s language and culture in local schools. The Confucius Institute is involved in much of that local education, and its Washington branch co-sponsored a spectacular slate of art demonstrations and performances at Chief Sealth International High School last night – coincidental to the president’s presence in our area, as far as we know. The artists and performers were all from Seattle’s sister city Chongqing, in western China; above, a demonstration of sugar painting; below, our video of the Chongqing Song and Dance Troupe performing “Girls Playing Water”:
That was just the first of eleven planned song, dance, and acrobatic performances. The art demonstrations outside the Sealth auditorium preceded the show; they included crafting with shredded bamboo:
Fans and scrolls are some of what’s made from the bamboo filaments:
Before returning home, the Chongqing artists and performers will appear in San Francisco on Saturday.
What’s happening behind closed doors at Colman Pool post-season: Cleaning and restoration of its 75-year-old muralSeptember 18, 2015 at 11:11 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle parks, WS culture/arts | 6 Comments
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
When the doors open at Colman Pool for its 75th-anniversary season next summer, be sure to look up as you walk in.
The 6′ x 13′ mural over the reception window in the lobby is getting some TLC right now, following the end of the 2015 season for the city-owned outdoor, saltwater pool on the shore of Point Williams at Lincoln Park.
The mural was painted by Ernest Norling for the pool’s completion and dedication on July 4th, 1941.
Malarkey, who cleans and restores privately owned paintings as well as public artwork like this, says he’s seen worse – but still, here’s proof of what he’d removed in the first few days:
Since the pool is only open to the public a few months a year, and there are no other sources of “emissions” to contribute to the grime, that’s likely why it’s in what Malarkey terms “surprisingly good shape.” You have to look hard to see the spots he’s repairing – a few nicks and scratches, one long line of “graphite” that he suspects might have been caused by someone with a pencil. A few spatters, too.
And then, a protective coat of varnish will go over the entire mural – not too glossy, so it doesn’t detract from the art itself, “as invisible as possible,” says Malarkey. “It’s meant to be panels of color, not a lush oil painting.”
Talking about the mural restoration led to a discussion of the mural itself, which reflects many aspects of the time, and the interests of Laurence Colman, for whom the pool is named. You can read about the mural, titled “American Youth and Freedom,” on interpretive signage in the lobby (which has other items of interest, even an old-fashioned phone booth):
We discussed the mural’s style – which Malarkey sees as a reflection of American Regionalism, and the so-called “American Scene” painters. He has another term for it – “late ‘Public Deco’.” The mural, he observes, “clearly responds to the building,” including its curves
Back to Peter Malarkey’s work as a conservator. “All the materials I will use are reversible,” he said. His work is “to influence the painting as little as possible” – everything is soluble in case at some point it needs to be removed. “Reversibility” is important in the kind of work he does. When you see the mural again next year, “the fresher colors will give you a chance to look at (Norling’s) work again, the way he intended it to look.”
Malarkey expects to be done by the middle of next week. Of the project (publicly and privately funded, for an estimated total of $15,000), he says, “It’s good of Parks and the city to be taking care of this – it shows a lot of dedication to the building (and its history). It’s an example of a wise investment in the city’s culture.”
This is one of those events that tends to sell out way ahead of time – so here’s your advance alert. If you want to celebrate Oktoberfest authentically, without leaving the peninsula, it’s reservation time – Martin Král sends the info (and the photo of his son Logan):
The Austria Club of Washington has the most authentic Oktoberfest – and it’s held in West Seattle!
Date and Time: Saturday, October 10 6 – 11 pm
Location: Alki Masonic Hall, 4736 40th Avenue SW
Featuring the Bert Carlson Band
Folk costume (Tracht) encouraged
German beer and wine at modest prices
Cost: $35 (includes dinner)
Advance purchase only!
Tickets must be paid by October 3
Mail check (made out to ‘Austria Club of WA’) to Rosie Mulholland, 11737 5th Avenue NE “C”, Seattle, WA 98125
For info call Rosie at 367-1988 or visit www.austriaclubwa.com
(Silkscreener Shino Mikami, right, was one of 15 West Seattle artists at last year’s Fauntleroy show)
The photo and final reminder are from Judy Pickens – please note, if you’re interested, that the deadline is TOMORROW:
September 15 is the deadline for West Seattle artists and creative crafters to apply for the eighth annual Fauntleroy Fine Art & Holiday Gift Show Nov. 6-8. Details and application form are at www.fauntleroyucc.org.
Any other shows/bazaars/etc. accepting vendor applications, please let us know so we can share your announcements too. We’re also already adding holiday-season events to the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – follow that link to see not only listings but also guidelines for sending information about announcements year-round … bottom line is always, the sooner the better!
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!
The photo and announcement are from West Seattle-based nonprofit Nature Consortium:
Have you ever wanted to take a painting, mosaic, or paper making class? Now you can! Unleash your creative side in classes that explore the intersection of art and nature. Nature Consortium’s affordable new EcoARTs classes for beginning-level students begin on September 14th. Classes are taught by professional artists and no prior arts experience is necessary. Register today! Take one class, a whole series, or mix and match. Art supplies included. Open to students of all ages.
Dates: September 14 – November 30
Class Sessions: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays at 4 pm – 5:30 pm or 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Cost: $25 per class. Supplies included.
Classes are at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), where Nature Consortium is headquartered. You can register online, here.
VIDEO: Most-attended Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series, ever! Admiral Neighborhood Association shares highlights & thanksSeptember 3, 2015 at 1:51 pm | In Neighborhoods, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off
One week ago tonight, the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series wrapped up this year’s six-show series – one that will go in the record books as its most-attended year yet! From ANA president David Whiting:
The Admiral Neighborhood Association would like to thank all of our sponsors that contributed to make the Hiawatha Summer Concerts possible. We especially want to acknowledge Metropolitan Market, who, in addition to their support, handed out treats at every one of the six concerts. A tip of our hats to Walter Harley and Christian Heilman, our sound engineers this summer, and Mark Jaroslaw, our videographer [concert highlights above]. These concerts simply wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of all of the following sponsors:
Associated Recreation Council
The Johnson Team/Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Seattle Parks and Recreation
West Seattle Blog
Alki Mail and Dispatch
Brent Amacher State Farm Insurance
Bob and Dawn Brown
Elliott Bay Brewery
Head to Toe Day Spa
Little Gym of West Seattle
Kayle Shulenberger, Speech Pathologist
Thunder Road Guitars
West Seattle Fit Moms
More than 4,300 people (our highest total audience count ever!) listened and danced to music at one or more of the six concerts. If you enjoy community activities like this, your community council needs to hear from you. Most of them take the month of August off, and reconvene their monthly meetings in September. West Seattle Blog announces all West Seattle community councils’ meetings and their activities. This Saturday at 9:00 am, ANA will conduct our quarterly Adopt-A-Street Cleanup, convening at Metropolitan Market, and our next meeting is 7:00 pm, Tuesday, September 8th, at The Sanctuary at Admiral.
We’re proud to have been a sponsor every year since ANA launched the series in 2009 – this was year seven!
Another quick note from tonight’s Southwest District Council meeting: An artist has been chosen for the Junction Plaza Park project (42nd SW & SW Alaska). Susan Melrose from the West Seattle Junction Association told the SWDC that the decision had been made at a meeting earlier in the evening: The artist will be West Seattle resident Troy Pillow, whose public art you can see here. He also is the artist commissioned for The Whittaker (there’s some information on that plan in our report from last December’s city Design Commission meeting). The $25,000 budget for this project was part of the “public benefit” from what became the Spruce project (3922 SW Alaska). No specific design yet, Melrose said, but she says Pillow is “very collaborative.” Watch for updates.
VIDEO: Hiawatha happiness with Caspar Babypants as Admiral Neighborhood Association’s annual concert series wraps upAugust 28, 2015 at 9:16 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off
(WSB photos and video by Katie Meyer)
That’s what it took to see over the sea of fans last night as Caspar Babypants enthralled the last Summer Concerts at Hiawatha crowd of the year. Here’s the view from what you might call “backstage”:
CB’s music is catchy enough to be earworm fodder for grownups too. Here’s a bit of video:
As you can see in the clips, the littlest concertgoers just keep on dancing:
Caspar Babypants (aka West Seattleite and longtime rocker Chris Ballew) has another collection of Beatles remakes coming out next month – this time, it’s “Beatles Baby!”, following up on “Baby Beatles.” (If you were at last night’s show, you might already have a copy.) As for the concert series – presented each summer by the Admiral Neighborhood Association (with co-sponsors including WSB) – stand by for news next spring, when summer 2016 starts to get within view!
(WSB photo from July 2015 celebration at 47th/Admiral/Waite)
You’ve likely heard about Rainworks – though you might not have seen one lately, in this dry summer. (Or maybe that downpour two weeks ago?) It’s sidewalk art that only shows up when wet. It’s been showcased in West Seattle, including two creations at the newly signalized 47th/Admiral/Waite intersection. Now its creator Peregrine Church, who was at the signal dedication last month to showcase those creations, is hoping to produce a spray so that you can make your own Rainworks, and crowdfunding to bankroll it. The announcement says that since Rainworks got national attention, they’ve “gotten countless inquiries from artists, creators, teachers, parents, and many others who want to create their own rainworks. With the success of this Kickstarter, the Rainworks team will make Rainworks Invisible Spray available for the first time. They plan to set up a distribution network so they can ship orders internationally, spreading rainworks across the globe and giving people everywhere a reason to look forward to rainy days.” This is the first product incubated, by the way, at SODO MakerSpace, which has multiple West Seattle ties, including a collaboration with the trailblazing WS Tool Library.
(WSB photo, July 2014)
Usually, you can wander onto Hiawatha Community Center‘s east lawn relatively close to showtime and still get a spot for a Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show. This Thursday, though, if you’re planning to go see and hear Caspar Babypants, you’ll want to get there a little earlier than you would otherwise – the kiddie-rock star’s concerts are usually the most popular ones of the series. On July 31st last year (WSB coverage here), the series-presenting Admiral Neighborhood Association estimated well over a thousand attendees. (Of course, when the heart of the fan base can count their ages on one hand, that means 1,000+ people take up less room than other circumstances.) If you’re new around here and not familiar with Caspar Babypants – it’s the alter-ego of West Seattle-residing rocker Chris Ballew, who originally came to fame for his work with The Presidents of the United States of America. His show at 6:30 pm Thursday closes out this year’s series (with co-sponsors including WSB); no admission charge, so just bring a chair or blanket, picnic dinner if you want, and have a great time Thursday night!
That’s the trailer for “Girl Rising,” an acclaimed documentary you’re invited to watch at either of two screenings planned this week at Fauntleroy UCC Church, with teenage advocate Alina Guyon hosting. The announcement:
“Girl Rising” is a groundbreaking documentary about the power of girls to change the world. The film journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to eliminate extreme poverty.
It tells nine short but powerful stories of nine ordinary girls from different countries. They overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dream of education and a better life.
Why educate girls? Educating girls can break the cycle of poverty in just one generation. In the poorest countries, education has a tremendous impact. It has been shown that for every extra year a girl is educated, she earns an additional 10-20 percent as an adult. An educated girl is less likely to be married as a child; she is healthier and less like to fall prey to human trafficking. She will value education for her children and create a better standard of living for the generations after her.
Around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. Removing these obstacles not only creates a better life for girls, it also creates a safer more prosperous world for all.
Alina Guyon will give a short talk about the film and her work with the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up. 100% of all profits will benefit adolescent girls through Girl Up.
DATES: August 26th (Wednesday) AND August 28th (Friday) 6:30 – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Fauntleroy UCC Church, 9140 California Ave SW
ADMISSION: $ 2.50
RATING: PG-13 A parent is suggested to attend for girls under this age.
P.S. Movie snacks will be available.
From today’s list … arts-and-crafts creators of all ages are at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) until 3 pm. Early-early holiday gift, maybe? Or just something for yourself, a loved one, a friend – see which creations catch your eye.
Browse inside and out, at 5612 California SW.
One more show ahead for this year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series – but last night’s won’t soon be forgotten:
That’s Ayron Jones, who with his band The Way was in the middle of a Jimi Hendrix riff when we arrived at the park about midway through last night’s show, which truly rocked. Missed it? Here’s video of their original song “My Love Remains”:
Lots of showmanship as well as solid music – Jones went out into the crowd at one point; at another, as shown in the photo below, shared by Brian O – who declared this “best concert of the series” – played his guitar with a drumstick:
NEXT UP AT SUMMER CONCERTS @ HIAWATHA: Always the biggest turnout of the series – family fave Caspar Babypants, 6:30 pm next Thursday (August 27th) on the east lawn, and that’s the series finale. We’re proud to have been a series sponsor again this year, and every year since its start in 2009; check the right side of the series’ main page on the ANA website for the list of other great local businesses making this free music possible, and if you’ve enjoyed it, consider telling them “thanks”! (The roster includes four that are also WSB sponsors: Metropolitan Market, Curious Kidstuff, Thunder Road Guitars, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate.)
Just out of the WSB inbox:
Providence Mount St. Vincent’s Aug. 21st concert featuring Danny Vernon as The Illusion of Elvis has been RESCHEDULED for Thursday, Sept. 10th. All the details are the same; just the date has been changed. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase beginning at 5:30 pm. Danny will perform from 6 to 7:30 pm.
Our Aug. 28th concert featuring STRUM (Seattle’s Totally Relaxed Ukulele Musicians) will take place as scheduled.
The Mount apologizes for any inconvenience due to this rescheduling.
West Seattle’s newest mural has just been finished. If you don’t recognize the building via the telltale marquee – this is Shack Coffee in Luna Park, 2920 SW Avalon Way, where artist Jesse Link completed the mural less than an hour before we stopped by for a photo, according to Shack staff. Link’s mural spans the north wall, along the parking lot that Shack Coffee shares with Luna Park Café. You’ve probably seen Link’s work before; he’s been featured at several West Seattle businesses during monthly Art Walks. Checking online examples of his work, you’ll note that wildlife is frequently part of it.
That’s a taste of the blues/rock of Ayron Jones and The Way, playing West Seattle this Thursday night at the Admiral Neighborhood Association-presented Summer Concerts @ Hiawatha. You’re invited to bring a blanket, chair, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, picnic dinner, any or all of the above, and come enjoy great music for free, starting at 6:30 pm on Hiawatha Community Center‘s east lawn (along Walnut south of Lander). Meantime, if you’re not already a fan of this band, read more about them and their music here.
Thanks to Amy for forwarding the announcement: With more rain on the way, Providence Mount St. Vincent has canceled tonight’s outdoor concert with the Overton Berry Jazz Duo. The WSB West Seattle Event Calendar *does* include some indoor activities, so if you’re mapping out the rest of your Friday, check it out!
How about a little neighborhood pride, set to music?
Click the “play” button to hear the Soundcloud audio for “West Seattle Girls,” by four girls who are all going into the third grade at Lafayette Elementary. The recording was shared with us by Brad Shepard, who explains that the girls were signed up for a weeklong music camp that got canceled – so their parents came up with a backup plan, each family spending one day with all four, and on Brad’s day: “We decided to take a few hours to write/record a pop song so that they could get the music experience.” (He’s a musician himself, by the way.) The performers are Adi, Ruby, Olivia, and Grace; thanks to the parents who suggested sharing the song with the community via WSB!
The Modern Relics are onstage in front of another hundreds-strong crowd on the east lawn of Hiawatha Community Center right now, and you still have another hour or so to stop by and catch the bright style the band describes as “country soul.”
Maybe even get up and dance with the dozen or so little ones who are bouncing in front of the stage as they always do.
It’s free to enjoy Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, courtesy of the Admiral Neighborhood Association – just bring a chair/blanket. If you miss tonight’s show, two more to go – Ayron Jones and The Way at 6:30 pm next Thursday (August 20th) and the grand finale with Caspar Babypants, on August 27th.
ADDED: Photos and video inline, above, from the Modern Relics’ show.
The multi-site art exploration Duwamish Revealed took its interpretation of the intersection of nature and industry to new heights Saturday night:
It began with a man-made moonrise over the Duwamish River after Saturday’s sunset – a moon created by Yuri Kinoshita, raised from the deck of a barge, suspended from a crane donated by Pacific Pile and Marine. From within the moon emerged West Seattle aerialist Tanya Brno:
On the river’s muddy eastern shore, where some audience members sat, below others on logs and rocks, Coast Salish flutist and storyteller Paul “Che oke ten” Wagner played the haunting music to which Brno flew and spun:
You can hear him play in our phone video recorded toward the start of the show:
Before long, Brno was lowered to the river’s surface, where the accomplished aerial artist appeared to walk on water:
Her mesmerizing movement continued until she was lifted back into the moon, which then “set” onto the barge deck:
The aerial performance titled “Tangyo“ followed songs performed by the Duwamish Riverside People’s Chorus, open to anyone who answered the call to join musician Anne Mathews for a rehearsal by the river earlier in the day:
The venue for all this was what Duwamish Revealed has dubbed The Estuary (4651 Diagonal Ave. S.) While this was a one-time performance, more music and dance are ahead next weekend during the Water Festival at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park, plus dragon-boat racing and Mexican masked wrestling by Lucha Libre Volcanica – the schedule is here. And the Duwamish Revealed installations are there for you to see any time – explore them via this map, and see our previous coverage here and here. Duwamish Revealed, a project of ECOSS (the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle) led by artistic directors Sarah Kavage and Nicole Kistler, continues through September.
Your next chances to experience the summer-long, multi-site art event Duwamish Revealed – beyond viewing its installations – come tonight and tomorrow:
Have you seen “Duwamish Lighthouse” – at left in that photo with artist George Lee – at Jack Block Park? The first time we saw it in late May, looking down toward it from a walkway at the park, we didn’t know what it was, despite our early knowledge of the overall DR project, and speculated wildly that it was some kind of dock to ferry in workers for the then-nearby Polar Pioneer. It actually has functions including lighting and water-quality sampling, Lee told us during a recent media tour of some of the installations, led by DR curators Nicole Kistler and Sarah Kavage. Listen to his explanation:
Starting at 6 pm tonight, Lee and other artists with installations at Jack Block Park (2130 Harbor Ave. SW) are scheduled to be there as part of an informal reception, and at 7, the park is also where you can see the performance “Reverberando“ (as mentioned in our daily preview this morning, and on this Facebook event page). In the background of our video clip with Lee, above, you can hear part of another installation – a sound piece, on which Robb Kunz collaborated with Joshua Kohl. Kunz talked about installing the sound equipment under one of the park’s overlooks:
Yet another artist you’ll be able to meet tonight while viewing her work at Jack Block Park is Jordan West Monez. Her “Plant 2015” is on the barge pier you can look down onto from one of the easternmost upper walkways at the park:
It’s an echo of the camouflage that topped Boeing Plant 2 during World War II. During our tour, she talked about it while standing on the walkway:
Also expected tonight is Jack Daws, the artist who made the signage that startled some when it turned up – we wrote about it in late May. If you don’t make it to tonight’s event, the art will still be at Jack Block Park for some weeks to come, so you can explore it at your own pace – lots of background material on the Duwamish Revealed website.
Tomorrow brings two events as part of Duwamish Revealed, on both sides of the river. On the West Seattle side, the City Meditation Crew plans a unique paddling event that you can watch, or be part of, 10 am-4 pm at Terminal 107 Park – details here. Then tomorrow night, West Seattle aerialist Tanya Brno stars in a performance piece visible from the eastern shore spot called The Estuary:
A site-specific aerial performance that is not to be missed! In her most ambitious piece yet, aerialist Tanya Brno performs suspended by a crane above the river in an illuminated moon created by sculptor Yuri Kinoshita. The performance will be accompanied by Coast Salish flutist and storyteller Paul Che Oke Ten Wagner (Saanich tribe).
This unforgettable evening will open with a twilight performance by the Duwamish Riverside People’s Chorus, led by musician Anne Mathews from the Lonely Coast. ALL ARE WELCOME to be part of the People’s Chorus – join Anne on the riverbank by the Estuary on Saturday, August 8 from 2-4 pm to learn and rehearse the music.
During last week’s tour, curators Kavage and Kistler told us the crane is among those visible from this spot where we stopped on the eastern riverbank:
Toward the left of that view, by the way, is yet another installation from Duwamish Revealed – the only one that’s actually in the water, it was explained. But you won’t be watching Brno from there – The Estuary is a little further north, at 4651 Diagonal Ave. S.
We have a few more Duwamish Revealed stories to tell from the tour, but we’ll save them for another day – including more on the Water Festival coming up next weekend at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park, including myriad performances plus the annual Lucha Libre masked-Mexican-wrestling show … 12-8 on Saturday, August 15th; 12-6 on Sunday, August 16th. The festival rundown is here.
6:45 PM: If you’re not already at Hiawatha Community Center park – grab a folding chair and get over to the east lawn while blues/folk/rock artist Star Anna is onstage! Her show is the third of six in this year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series (presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association with co-sponsors including WSB), on until about 8 pm, along Walnut south of Lander.
7:03 PM: Added a quick Instagram clip (mouse over the image to find the “play” button); more photos/video later. She’s warming up, as she put it, with solo songs, and says her band will join in after the upcoming break – “then you can really start dancing,” she said, perhaps to the small children swarming in front of the stage.
Good crowd here as usual but still lots of room to pull up your own corner of the lawn and settle in for some good music.
7:49 PM: One more Instagram clip, from Star Anna’s rockin’ set with the band.
ADDED: A full song, above, and a few photos inline. Next week, Modern Relics (August 13th).
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