West Seattle, Washington
About 30 people gathered in the ArtsWest Playhouse lobby tonight as part of the nationwide “Ghostlight Project” – reaffirming “a commitment to values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone – regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.” The original plan was to gather out front, but they moved inside for several reasons. Another change: AW artistic director Mathew Wright explained the concept:
He said that instead of keeping the “ghostlight” on for a limited time, as first planned, the playhouse will leave theirs on for the next four years. Each participant held their own small light for the brief gathering.
And they sang “Imagine”:
This was one of hundreds of similar gatherings around the nation tonight. At ArtsWest, once it was over, most continued on into the theater, where ArtsWest’s new production “Mothers and Sons” debuted tonight.
That photo of A-board artwork was sent by Natalie W., 12 years old, with this question:
I have been seeing these paintings around West Seattle and I have been wondering what they are for. What’s the scoop? It would be awesome if you could put this on the West Seattle Blog with the question, why are these around West Seattle. Thank you!
We have to admit, we’ve wondered too. We’ve seen them along Fauntleroy now and then. If you know the backstory – please comment (or e-mail email@example.com) – thanks!
Not everything this Friday is inauguration-related. Here’s one example: The second annual 5 Minutes or Less Fly Fishing Film Fest at Emerald Water Anglers (42nd SW/SW Oregon; WSB sponsor) in The Junction. It starts at 7 pm Friday and admission is free, but space is limited, so you need to RSVP ASAP – firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-708-7250.
Eight years after we took that photo – just after the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse in West Seattle was completed and dedicated in January 2009 – its next anniversary celebration is days away. You’re invited to the Longhouse next Saturday (January 21st), 10 am-5 pm, for an open house that will start with a screening of the new documentary “Promised Land,” featuring the Duwamish and Chinook Tribes’ fight for restoration of their treaty rights – here’s the trailer:
This is the first time the film will be shown at the Duwamish Longhouse. Here’s the longhouse’s backstory, as shared by the tribe:
It is the 8th Anniversary of the building of the first Duwamish Longhouse since the last one was burned down in West Seattle in 1894 to push the Duwamish off their land. In 1851, there were over 90 Duwamish Longhouses. Opened in 2009, the Longhouse is a traditional cedar post and beam structure designed in the Puget Salish Longhouse style. It houses a Native Art Gallery, Duwamish History Museum, Gift Shop, Duwamish Tribal Offices, and traditional Longhouse. As in ancient times, the Longhouse is the site where tribal business is conducted and cultural & educational events are held.
Now, the plan for Saturday’s event:
Open house featuring new Duwamish film, cultural program & reception. Celebrate the heritage of Greater Seattle’s First People, Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe. Open house, 10-5, visit exhibit areas and art gallery. Festivities include:
10 am – Duwamish Film: “Promised Land” – This new documentary revisits Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe’s continuing struggle for justice in its own land. The filmmakers & Duwamish tribal leaders will be present for a brief discussion after the film, to be followed by a reception.
“Promised Land” is a social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied. The film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty. Produced and directed by Vasant and Sarah Samudre Salcedo, and sponsored by 4Culture and San Francisco Film Society.
12 pm – Reception
1-3 pm – Cultural Program with special guests & native storytelling. Duwamish Heritage Group will invite friends to join in song and dance.
Free admission & parking.
The Duwamish Longhouse is at 4705 W. Marginal Way SW.
Continuing our look at local events planned during this Presidential Inauguration week – ArtsWest is one of more than 300 theaters participating nationwide in the “Ghostlight Project.” All are welcome at a gathering outside the playhouse in The Junction, 6:45 pm-7 pm Thursday night:
ArtsWest will participate in the GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT, a nationwide event on January 19, 2017 for theatres and arts organizations to reaffirm a commitment to values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone – regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
On January 19 at 6:45 pm, ArtsWest will welcome members of the community to gather outside the doors of our Playhouse to celebrate the GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT. After remarks from ArtsWest Artistic Director Mathew Wright, participants will each be given a light and asked to turn them on simultaneously and create a “light” for challenging times ahead. The GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT coincides with Opening Night for MOTHERS AND SONS, and both events are occasion for ArtsWest to reaffirm a commitment to telling the stories of underrepresented, marginalized communities and using live theater as a powerful agent of change.
By participating in the GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT, ArtsWest joins fellow Seattle theater companies ACT, Intiman, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the University of Washington School of Drama.
Others participating around the country are listed here. ArtsWest is at 4711 California SW.
Planning an Inauguration Week event but haven’t sent it in for our calendar yet? email@example.com – thanks!
Congratulations to nine local students for their success so far in a national arts competition! Thanks to Lindsay Yost for sharing the news tonight, on the eve of districtwide recognition for them:
Students from three schools in West Seattle have qualified to advance to the state level of the National PTA Reflections arts program! These students will be competing against students from all over Washington State. The Seattle Council PTSA is hosting a recognition ceremony, with special guest, Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland, tomorrow (Sunday, Jan. 8th) at the Seattle Armory from 2-3pm. The schools are:
Literature – Collin Temme, Where I’m From
Denny International Middle School
Visual Art – Kai Jackson, Girl in the Galaxy (above)
Visual Art – Daniel Crawford, My Weirdness (above)
Literature – Richard Garcia, The Meadow of Death
Literature – Kendall Sementelli, The one with scars
Photography – Veronica Dempster, Headshot (above)
Dance – Ruby Martin, Ruby’s Dance Choreography
Chief Sealth International High School
Literature – Audriana Slye, Four
Literature – Olivia Palmer, ON WRITING
Yost is Reflections chair at Alki Elementary and co-chair of the districtwide event (with Liza Rankin); Manuela Slye is Reflections chair for Denny and Sealth. Good luck to the young artists at the next level of competition! (You can see all their work on the Seattle website for Reflections – browse school-by-school.)
11:33 AM: Local artists, crafters, and other vendors are showing and selling at two West Seattle coffee shops right now:
C & P COFFEE COMPANY: Haven’t finished your holiday decorating yet? Above, Jen Largent from Village Mouse might have what you’re looking for. She’s at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) for the first day of this weekend’s Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. So is Betty Laughlin from Pieced Together Design:
Betty’s wares include felted-wool necklaces (she’s wearing one), bowls, and more, as well as photo art. And right next to her on the north side of the main room at C & P are crafters whose enterprise doesn’t even have a name yet – but their Seattle-themed items include a stocking-stuffer for Seahawks fans:
Other vendors include Crossroads Trade. The C & P fair continues until 2:30 pm today and is also on 8 am-2 pm tomorrow BUT the vendors will be different, we’re told – stop by both days! (5612 California SW)
SOUND & FOG: First holiday season for Sound & Fog Coffee & Wine Bar, but not the first vendor event!
Jewelry, men’s wear (Radley Raven, third pic above), adventure gear (Uphill Designs, pic above), candy (Edward and Darcy from Scarlata Chocolate, second pic above), and more are at the Sound & Fog event, continuing until 3 pm. (4735 40th SW)
12:41 PM: We also just got word that a third coffee shop has a pop-up sale today – Hotwire Online Coffeehouse. The photo is from Todd D. Martin:
This is on until 4 pm and is also a benefit for the West Seattle Helpline. (4410 California SW)
The beautiful Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center in West Seattle is hosting the annual Native Holiday-Gift Fair right now – second of three days – with artists and craftspersons set up in both the main hall (above) and the lobby/display area (below):
Many items are wearable – including these shoes and hats by Ben and Gerry:
Among the artists selling their work is John Romero:
(You might recall his mural in last year’s Duwamish Revealed project.)
The gift fair is on until 4 pm today and again 10 am-4 pm tomorrow. You can park free at the longhouse – enter from its north side at 4705 West Marginal Way SW – with overflow parking at the city parks across the street.
Chatara Hajje created art at Alki Beach on November 10th, “in response to the election,” and sent it to us the next day. We didn’t see it until some days later, and decided to save it for the holiday. Here are her photos, and the message she said she wanted her creation to convey:
May love get us through all that is currently happening and all that is to come. May it be enough. May it overcome fear, despair, and isolation. May it unite instead of separate. May it heal instead of sicken. May it empower, inspire, uplift, and enlighten. May it lead us through this time of darkness to a future that is bright and beautiful. May it bring opportunities and blessings we don’t yet know are possible. May it move us to live a life that is fueled by our deepest dreams. May it plant seeds of magic in the soil of our souls. May it grow abundantly. In all things. Always.
A Vashon Island gallery and gift shop is expanding to add a West Seattle location, just in time for holiday-shopping season. You might have seen the sign in the window at 4400 SW Alaska: Raven’s Nest West is opening this Friday. Co-proprietor Sue Shotridge shares the announcement of the business offering what she describes as “authentic high-quality Northwest Coast Native Art Gallery & Gifts”:
Sue & Israel Shotridge have been partners in business for over 25 years. Israel is a Master Tlingit Artist/ Carver from Ketchikan, Alaska, Sue wears many hats, Jewelry Designer, and Sales, Marketing & Production Director for Shotridge Studios, the Shotridges’ multifaceted NWC Native Art business. The Shotridges established their flagship Raven’s Nest Native Art Gallery & Gift Shop on Vashon Island in 2010. Many of their customers have been coming over to Vashon from West Seattle and urging them to open up a Raven’s Nest in the West Seattle area.
The opportunity to create a stepping stone, a charming intimate Northwest Coast Native Art Gallery & Gifts shop, was presented in early September when 4400 Alaska was completed and ready for tenants at a very busy Junction location. There was one live/work space available on the street level; the Shotridges saw this as an opportunity to extend their business to the West Seattle community to see what interest there would be in marketing NWC Native art here. If it is well-received, future plans are to find a bigger location in a prime spot.
Holiday Business Hours will include Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Hours may vary, with extended hours closer to the holiday. Check ravensnestwest.com for additional info in the near future.
Ravens Nest West will offer authentic Northwest Coast Native Art & Gifts. Original Wood & Ivory carvings, Limited Edition Art Prints, Hand Engraved Jewelry, Cedar bark Basketry, Seal Fur Jewelry Accessories, Native Art Cards, Holiday Tree Ornaments, many other gift items all in Native imagery, stocking stuffers and much more. In addition to the Shotridges’ artworks created by Sue, Autumn, and Israel Shotridge, a small group of tribal Artists from around the Pacific Northwest Coast will show their artworks at Raven’s Nest West on a regular basis. Art works to be included will be carvings, cedarbark basketry, contemporary glass, deerskin drums, engraved jewelry along with ceramics depicting NWC imagery. A selection of fine apparel including scarfs, shawls and embroidered fleece along with many other native designed gift items will be available.
Sue Shotridge adds that Raven’s Nest West plans a grand opening during the holiday edition of the West Seattle Art Walk on December 8th.
(WSB video of Jazz Night School All-Stars outside West 5 on Summer Fest Eve in 2015)
One week from tonight, here’s another way to celebrate Giving Tuesday – dine out, and enjoy live music, at West 5 in The Junction, as it supports Jazz Night School, which has been spotlighted outside the restaurant/bar the past few years on Summer Fest Eve. Here’s the announcement:
Jazz Night School, Seattle’s only all-ages jazz education institution, is partnering with West 5 Restaurant and Lounge in West Seattle on Giving Tuesday, November 29.
Proceeds from restaurant sales on Giving Tuesday will benefit Jazz Night School’s Bring Jazz to Life capital campaign to fund construction of a new facility for the school. “We are thrilled to partner with West 5 Restaurant for this year’s Giving Tuesday,” said Erik Hanson, founder and Executive Director of Jazz Night School. “Funds raised in support of our Bring Jazz to Life campaign will help us build our new school in Seattle’s Rainier Valley and will greatly increase our capacity for people to learn, study and enjoy jazz.” said Hanson.
To celebrate Giving Tuesday, a performance ensemble from Jazz Night School will provide live jazz entertainment (no cover charge) at West 5 starting around 7:00 pm.
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) November 20, 2016
West Seattle artist Troy Pillow (below) has the most visible art in The Junction – the kinetic sculpture “Transpose,” dedicated today (above) – and more on the way, as he has designed art you’ll see all around the peninsula’s biggest project, The Whittaker.
Some of the backstory for the new installation stretches to a project across the street from that one.
As explained at today’s ceremony (11 minutes, recorded in its entirety in the video above), the roots of this public art are in the project at 39th/Fauntleroy/Alaska, first known as Fauntleroy Place, then as “The Hole” when it stalled for years after excavation, and then as Spruce, after it was sold at a foreclosure auction and completed. $25,000 was part of the “public benefit” package that development owed because of its alley vacation, approved by the City Council.
The importance of “public benefits” was discussed briefly during the ceremony by the West Seattleite who was on the council then, Tom Rasmussen. Also present but not speaking, City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. Because of the years it took for this to become reality, there were other sets of then-and-now – former West Seattle Junction Association executive director Susan Melrose and her successor Lora Swift, former Junction Neighborhood Organization leader Erica Karlovits and her successor René Commons. While Karlovits didn’t join the ribbon-cutting lineup, her son Connor helped:
The sculpture, for its part, spun gently in the breeze; it was created from concepts originally shown to the public at an open house in The Junction last February. The day’s intermittent rain kept itself on pause for the 20-minute event, in which Seattle Parks reps also participated – Robert Stowers, a former West Seattleite, and Pam Kliment. You can see the sculpture, standing against what had been considered West Seattle’s biggest blank wall, in the park on the northwest corner of 42nd and Alaska.
Four months since this year’s West Seattle Garden Tour, eight months until next year’s WSGT – but NOW is the time to start thinking about its poster/ticket-book art, chosen via competition. Just out of the WSB inbox this afternoon:
Call for Artists: West Seattle Garden Tour Art Competition
West Seattle Garden Tour’s annual search for local talent is under way! Your creative interpretation of the theme “The Art of Gardening” could win you prominence on the 2017 garden tour poster and ticket book, a spot in the West Seattle Art Walk, and $500! Original artwork may be submitted in person February 10-12, 2017, so start creating now. Get all the details and an entry form at the WSGT website.
The wind advisory is over now. Here are two reader-contributed video clips to remember it by:
Reader video. High tide meets gusty wind. pic.twitter.com/GI3WY8tpty
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) November 12, 2016
That was texted to us from south of Alki Point around 2 pm, shortly before this afternoon’s high tide. And from The Junction, via Instagram video, the new sculpture in action:
Next weekend, by the way, artist Troy Pillow‘s work will officially be presented to the community – noon Sunday, November 20th. It’s called “Transpose.”
Jane Gibson from the Southwest Library shares two collages from the Community Art Showcase that just wrapped up. And she has this reminder: If you participated, please go get your work!
If you’ve been holding off because you didn’t want to bring your art out into the rain – today’s a great day, with the forecast only calling for a slight chance of showers. The library is open 1 pm-5 pm today.
10:57 AM: You’ll see something new at Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska) next time you go by: The 20-foot-tall kinetic sculpture that’s been in the works for a while. We last reported on the plan when concepts were shown at a Junction open-house event during last February’s West Seattle Art Walk; now, local artist Troy Pillow has completed the work, and it’s being installed this morning. It’s funded by public-benefit money from local development as well as a city grant. Update later, after it’s fully installed!
ADDED: By the time we got back in late afternoon, the base was already in shadow, but you can see the top of the sculpture:
Thanks to Alisa Minnig for the photo and report:
John Van Lierop, Jr. held his annual Halloween Piano Recital at Tibbetts United Methodist Church. There were over 20 costumed piano students performing appropriately spooky selections, capped off with Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens. There were also fun games like “Name that Tune” and “Spooky Musical Chairs.” There was even a surprise guest (see the back row) – looking for a few more last-minute votes, we think. :)
Our video is from the pre-concert performance at Chief Sealth International High School tonight, as CSIHS musicians played a selection by Vivaldi, opening for the free “Side by Side” community concert featuring the Seattle Symphony and West Seattle Community Orchestras. The student musicians are introduced in the clip by Sealth principal Aida Fraser-Hammer and by teacher Jorge Morales, who conducted them.
P.S. Two upcoming galas offer you the chance to support local music and more – flyers were circulated at tonight’s concert:
-Annual Fall Gala and Auction for WSCO, November 12th, 6 pm, @ Alki Masonic Hall – get tickets here
-8th annual Seahawk Spirit Dinner and Auction, November 19th, 5:30 pm @ Brockey Center (South Seattle College), with proceeds benefiting CSIHS PTSA and Athletics and Denny-Sealth Performing Arts – get tickets here
ALSO: WSCO has three concerts coming up in December; we’ll add to the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, but in case you want to set calendar reminders now:
-6 pm December 6th, Debut Orchestra & Brass Sextet
-7:30 pm December 9th, West Seattle Symphony Orchestra
-7 pm December 13th, Intermediate Orchestra & Wind Symphony
All are free (donations appreciated), in the CSIHS Auditorium.
Yes, the Seattle Symphony is returning to West Seattle again this fall to perform with local musicians! The West Seattle Symphony Orchestra, part of the WS Community Orchestras organization, will perform “Side by Side” with the Seattle Symphony on October 20th, one week from Thursday, 7 pm in the auditorium at Chief Sealth International High School. According to the Seattle Symphony’s webpage for the concert, “Symphony Associate Conductor Pablo Rus Broseta will conduct both orchestras in Saint-Saëns’ lively Danse macabre.” Admission is free, no tickets required – just show up! (CSIHS is at 2600 SW Thistle.)
On this Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the Duwamish Tribe remains without federal recognition.
The tribe hasn’t given up the fight, and recently circulated a March 2016 document that is interpreted as giving them the right to appeal last year’s decision rejecting their longstanding bid for recognition (a challenge that Duwamish chair Cecile Hansen took directly to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in West Seattle a few months later).
The Duwamish also are getting new attention via a documentary chronicling both their campaign for recognition and that of another Washington state tribe, the Chinook. It’s called “Promised Land,” and its second Seattle-area screening is coming up one week from tonight. The trailer is above; the screening is at 8 pm Monday, October 17th, as part of the Social Justice Film Festival, at the University of Washington – details here, including how to get tickets.
Closer to home, you can learn more about our area’s First People by visiting the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center (4705 W. Marginal Way SW) Mondays-Saturdays, 10 am-5 pm, free admission, donations accepted.
(2014 photo contributed by Mark Cohan)
You might remember that faded mural, “Alki in the Twenties,” from the east-facing side of the former Huling Brothers building along Fauntleroy north of Edmunds. As shown in the review process for the project that’s being built on the site, The Whittaker, the mural couldn’t be saved but was to be “digitally re-created.” And indeed, it has been. Here’s a sneak peek at the partly visible re-creation:
We took the photo today while checking on the removal of The Whittaker’s second tower crane, which stretched into a third day amid stormy weather. The re-created mural is on a west-facing wall of the building, and we expect to get a closer look soon.
Photos by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog
It’s that magic month of the year when you’ll find paintings, sculptures, pottery, and other visual art among the bookshelves and other standard fixtures at Southwest Library. The 25th annual community art showcase continues at the branch is on all month, launched with a Sunday reception organized by Friends of the Southwest Library:
They told us this year’s response to the call for art was great – 103 pieces by 46 artists. You can see the artwork all month during regular library hours – 10 am to 8 pm Mondays through Thursdays, 10 am-6 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 1 pm-5 pm Sundays. Some of the artists who were at the reception:
Above, Vera C Stirling has several pieces in the show. She says an art class at the Senior Center two years ago sparked her interest in drawing and creating art. Below, it’s the second year of participation for Tycho Bear, who is displaying two of his creations:
Betty M. Laughlin (below) grew up coming to the Southwest Library:
She says her mom would bring her and they would leave with stacks of books. Years later, here she is displaying her photography and her wearable art – a felted necklace and bracelets.
Another artist there for Sunday’s reception: Ernie Flowers (below), a local film photographer, named his photograph of the swan after Edward Weston‘s iconic 1927 image Nautilus.
This is his first year participating in the show.
Gordon Miller was also at the reception:
In our photo, he’s standing under his resin piece “Rooftop.”
More of what you’ll see when you go check out the art at Southwest Library this month: Read More