West Seattle, Washington
As previewed this morning, this year’s first West Seattle Art Walk is happening now! Above is one of the artists you can meet, Edimbo Lekea, the painter who founded Natty Dread Illustration to tell the “Untold TRUstory of the Afro-Diaspora.” You can meet him and see his art at Snip-Its (4506 California SW) until 8:30 tonight. Some other artists are having receptions elsewhere, while some have work you can enjoy online, and others are showing work you can enjoy at local businesses throughout the month – go here for the full lineup.
Tonight is the first second Thursday of the new year, and that means it’s West Seattle Art Walk night! The monthly Art Walk has continued during the pandemic as a mix of in-person and online showcases. Three highlights from this month’s preview:
FOGUE GALLERY: The new Junction art gallery at 4130 California SW welcomes visitors to its first Art Walk reception, 4:30-8 pm. Fogue is also an Art Walk co-sponsor (as is WSB).
CAPERS: The Junction shop at 4525 California SW hosts artist Reeve Washburn, 5-7 pm.
SNIP-ITS: The kids’ salon at 4506 California SW hosts artist Edimbo Lekea, 5-8:30 pm.
Some other participating venues are featuring art during business hours all month long – stop in at your leisure – and you also can enjoy a sampling of work by scrolling through this month’s preview.
That’s Brittany Philbin, who’s at West Seattle Grounds in North Admiral (2141 California SW) as part of tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk. The photo she posed with is one you might remember seeing here on WSB back in October, when that pregnant Southern Resident orca – J46 Star – was part of a group that passed West Seattle. Brittany is a conservation advocate and health-care worker as well as a photographer; she’s at WSG tonight until 8 pm, one of several artists having indoor receptions this month. In The Junction, you can drop in on a few – among them, Erika Bell is at Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW; WSB sponsor) until 8 pm, and a group show is at Wild Rose’s (4529 California SW). Some businesses are just showing art during regular hours, but you can preview it all here – and for holiday shopping, remember that most artists are selling their work too.
All that glitters is … jewelry art! The annual Jewelry Invitational at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) is part of what’s in the spotlight during tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk. Click! says the “Invitational features work from new artists Twyla Dill + Heather Kraft, new work from Jennifer Graves, and expanded collections from Ann Chikahisa and Adia Mei Jun Bobo.”
The shop is open until 7 tonight, but if you miss it, the jewelry will be featured all month and into December – some of it will be available for online shopping too. See this page on the WS Art Walk website for the rundown of every business participating this month, from North Admiral to Arbor Heights, and scroll through to enjoy the artists’ work even if you aren’t going to see it in person. (WSB is a WS Art Walk community co-sponsor.)
That’s Natalie Millsap, featured artist at Verity Credit Union (4505 California; WSB sponsor), where you can meet her until 8 pm tonight as part of the West Seattle Art Walk. She’s a painter and printmaker from Bellingham, and Art Walk organizers note, “Her screen-printed clothing has a growing cult following around the U.S., leading to her brand name Cult of Nat.” The Art Walk update on other participating venues is here, from Admiral to Morgan Junction. Look for the sign:
As explained in the WSAW list, some art displays are up all month – so you can enjoy art even if you’re not able to get out tonight.
It’s the second Thursday in October, and that means West Seattle Art Walk night! That’s where we begin our list of what’s happening:
ART WALK: Both in-person and online, tonight’s the night to enjoy great art by local artists, displayed by local businesses; the full rundown is here. Highlights: Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW; WSB sponsor) is one of the venues where you can meet the artist – distanced, of course (and Verity has a big folding-door facade, so it’s open-air) – Natalie Millsap, 6-8 pm; Canna Culture Shop (5435 California SW; WSB sponsor) features artist Brigitte Halpin starting at 5 pm; that’s also the reception start time at new business Doll Parts Collective (6016 California SW), with artist Kat Honda Whitham. Also tonight: Watch for live updates from The Junction on Instagram.
Also happening today/tonight:
FLU SHOTS: Neighborcare is having a clinic for patients at its High Point clinic, until 4 pm. Call to see if appointments remain – 206-461-6950. (6020 35th SW)
DEMONSTRATION: As announced by organizer Scott:
Black Lives Matter sign-waving
Thursday, October 8, 4 to 6 pm, 16th and Holden
Come show support for BLM and ending systemic racism. Hold signs, meet neighbors, and stand for racial justice. Scott at PR Cohousing, endorsed by Hate-Free Delridge. Signs available.
WORDS, WRITERS, SW STORIES: Tonight – so register ASAP!
‘Words, Writers, & SouthWest Stories,’ a historically based speaker series from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is excited to announce that it is hosting James Gregory for a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, October 8 at 6:00 PM. Gregory will deliver a presentation titled “The Seattle General Strike.”
Registration is required. Registered participants will be emailed a link to the presentation on the date of the event. Please register here.
That same link has details about the event, too.
APPOINTED SHERIFF, NOT ELECTED? One of the measures on your forthcoming ballot would change the King County Sheriff from elected to appointed. It’s among the topics at tonight’s meeting of the community council for White Center and vicinity, the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, online at 7 pm, with guests including Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht. Our partner site White Center Now has details including how to connect.
SUNSET/MOONRISE: 6:33 pm/10:28 pm.
5:14 PM: Indoor, outdoor, online – including the video playlist above – you have multiple ways to enjoy tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk! Participating venues and artists are spotlighted on the WSAW website – times and locations vary. We’re headed out to check on a few in-person stops – coverage to come.
5:44 PM: Outdoor stop! Ginny Conrow at Brace Point Pottery:
BPP is the southernmost stop on the Art Walk, 42nd/100th in Arbor Heights.
6:07 PM: Verity Credit Union (4505 California; WSB sponsor) is open until 8 pm, featuring 19-year-old artist Saiyana Suzumura:
Saiyana is quoted on the Art Walk website: “One day after drawing one of my friends, I just began to draw all kinds of black women, and black people in general, amongst other ethnics who are not portrayed beautifully in this society, but I want to capture the beauty of black beauty and love in my art. Since drawing with my new found style I’ve explored other ways of communicating social awareness through my drawings and paintings. I want my art to empower my people.”
P.S. Verity is a hybrid indoor/outdoor stop tonight – while it’s indoors, the entire front of the branch is open-air (folding doors).
It’s the second Thursday of September, so tonight’s the night to celebrate the end of summer with one more indoor/outdoor/online West Seattle Art Walk. As listed on the official WSAW website, 12 venues – from Admiral to Arbor Heights – are participating – including WSB sponsors Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW, in-person), Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW, in-person), and Canna West Culture Shop (5440 California SW, online). You can scroll through the online artist gallery now – or go here around the official Art Walk start time, 5 pm, to see the YouTube playlist. The Art Walk has been steadily building back – if your business is interested in participating next quarter, here’s how.
The August West Seattle Art Walk is happening now! Above is the YouTube playlist showing you artists and their work. You can also see highlights in this post on the Art Walk website – which also has the list of businesses you can visit to see art until 8 pm (including WSB sponsor Click! Design That Fits, 4540 California SW). Second Thursday, every month!
5:59 PM: That’s artist Mimi Miles outside Brace Point Pottery in Arbor Heights, with an unusual West Seattle Art Walk sight until 8 pm:
Brace Point Pottery opens its patio and gallery for an outdoor, drive by, wander through sculpture exhibition. Mimi Miles‘ ceramic torsos and portraits are ceramic manifestations of human emotion and movement. Eight larger than life size busts of old white men make up “SENATE MAJORITY” and occupy center gallery, visible from the street. Female torso, “Attitude” conveys its message clearly.
BPP is at 4208 SW 100th. Other Art Walk locations – and online links – are in our preview from earlier today.
6:51 PM: A few sights from the Junction:
Painter Linda McClamrock is showing her work outdoors, at the KeyBank corner. And indoors at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), co-proprietor Frances Smersh (below with husband/co-proprietor John) is tonight’s featured artist:
Stop by The Junction before 8.
P.S. Not to get too morose … but if not for the pandemic, tonight’s the Art Walk that would have been combined with what we always called “Summer Fest Eve,” streets closed for setting up our area’s biggest annual festival. Here’s hoping for next year!
With King County going to Safe Start Phase 2 since the last West Seattle Art Walk, that opens more possibilities for in-person participation – so this month’s WSAW is hybrid: Part in-person, part virtual. From the preview on the WSAW website:
Visit an outdoors art show and reception under a shelter tent or overhang:
*Linda McClamrock, Key Bank Plaza, Alaska Junction
Visit an indoor art show and reception, following all state guidelines for masks and capacity:
*West Seattle Grounds, Admiral Junction
*Click! Design That Fits, Alaska Junction
*Capers Home, Alaska Junction
*Wild Rose, Alaska Junction
*West Seattle Cellars, Morgan Junction
*NW Encaustics, Morgan Junction
*Brace Point Pottery & Gallery, Arbor Heights
Stroll by businesses that have art featured in their windows during Art Walk or displayed during business hours:
*Flying Apron, Alaska Junction
*Mailbox West, Morgan Junction
Or – online! See the gallery here, which is where you’ll also find the times and addresses for the locations mentioned above. Plus – this YouTube playlist! Support your local artists and businesses however you can; see you on the Art Walk (whose community co-sponsors include WSB).
It’s the second Thursday of the month, which means West Seattle Art Walk night, online! Just launched and viewable above, a video playlist with what organizers explain as a “curated gallery “movie” with a good selection of work for the artists who are coordinated by local businesses, and a representative 1-3 images for all the artist-led exhibits (plus) a selection of personal videos sent in by some of the artists.” You can see all the artists’ work – and find out about them – by going here.
That’s a page from the new printable online “coloring book” offered free by the West Seattle Art Walk. It’s by Dani Dodge, one of 19 artists who contributed to the brand-new “coloring book.” As we’ve seen – and shown – art has been therapeutic, even cathartic, in these pandemic times, so here’s a chance to express yourself – print one page or print them all. This post on the WSAW website explains how.
We again opened Art Walk to all artists who wanted to join, so have a blend of business-coordinated and artist-led exhibits. Marvel at the wide and deep variety of media, formats, subjects and moods of our 46 artists, an Art Walk Record!!
As for any second Thursday, all art is available for sale. If you would like to purchase something from an artist coordinated by a business, please contact the business first. If you would like to purchase something from an artist exhibiting on their own, please reach out directly to them with the contact information listed.
The Art Walk usually begins – when an in-person event – at 5 pm, so the YT playlist isn’t final until then, but you can follow that link to get a preview of some of the art starting now.
11:47 AM: Tonight is the second Thursday of the month, and that would usually mean West Seattle Art Walk night, at venues all over the peninsula. Though in-person events are still out of the question, the Art Walk team has put together a virtual version for you to enjoy! Here’s the lineup, via the Art Walk website. Organizers explain:
We are excited to feature 40 (!!!) artists, double our regular number, and many of whom haven’t yet had the chance to exhibit at Art Walk. The post is set up like a virtual gallery space, with each artist providing up to 10 images, whether they are hosted by a business or “freelance” / artist-led.
All art is for sale, as for any other Art Walk. If you are interested, just contact the business if listed, or the artist if not.
At 5 pm, we will drop a video playlist of a selection of artists on our Facebook page, so it will be a little bit more like a real walk around!
Thank you for your support of the arts, even in a time of discomfit!
ADDED 5:55 PM: Here’s the video playlists!
WSB is an Art Walk co-sponsor.
Local businesses are hosting the West Seattle Art Walk tonight:
GET NOSTALGIC AT CLICK! At Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor): Featured artist Rick Moreno is there until 8 pm. He says, “When you do something that resonates with you personally, it’s a real joy to do it.” His “1973” and “The ’70s” collections are now at Click!. (4540 California SW)
JEWELRY POP-UP AT VAIN: West Seattle jewelry artist Nani O. Pratt is at VAIN (WSB sponsor) – which is a boutique as well as a salon – until 8 pm. (4513 California SW)
More highlights on the Art Walk website, here.
5:59 PM; The Viscon Cellars tasting room (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) is one of the places that’ll warm your heart on this Valentine’s Eve West Seattle Art Walk night. It’s open until 8 pm – and offering pairings with chocolate by Intrigue, with flavors including juniper and jasmine green tea:
Art too, of course, by Dot Lerch:
P.S. You can visit Viscon Cellars on Valentne’s night too – the regular Friday hours are 5 pm-9 pm.
6:49 PM: We’ve also been to Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW; WSB sponsor) where not only do they have chocolate – you can meet its maker!
He’s painting as well as creating 3-D art – free glasses with purchases!
Much of it incorporates local maps, including West Seattle, so it’s a very local gift – miniatures available as well as larger prints. Click! is open on Valentine’s Day (tomorrow!) 11 am-7 pm.
Thursday night, you’re invited to enjoy the Valentine’s Eve West Seattle Art Walk – here’s the map and list of venues:
From the official preview, some highlights:
CHOCOLATE: The unofficial flavor of Valentine’s Day will pop up at several spots, including Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW; WSB sponsor) and Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor), with wine/chocolate pairings – and no tasting fee if you’re there for the Art Walk!
ADMIRAL DISTRICT: Second month of Admiral participation! See the venue map/list for participants,
RACHEL AUSTIN AT CLICK! An Art Walk favorite will bring new work to Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) 5-8 pm. See an example above!
The West Seattle Art Walk happens every second Thursday at venues around the peninsula, 5 pm “until late”!
6:01 PM: The January 2020 West Seattle Art Walk is happening now, all over the peninsula! First venue we visited is Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW; WSB sponsor) in The Junction, spotlighting artist Jenna Hanson (above) tonight. The Art Walk has officially expanded to Admiral as of this month – more on that here, and more photos later.
6:52 PM: In Admiral, we stopped first at West Seattle Grounds (2141 California SW):
That’s artist Morgan Smaller and her puppy Vespa. Below, Emily Juarez at Zelda Zonk Consignment (2210 California SW):
The Art Walk is on until “late,” with closing hours differing venue by venue. See the map/venue list in our morning highlight list.
Caroling, Santa, shopping, and art! It’s all happening in the West Seattle Junction right now during the West Seattle Art Walk‘s holiday edition.
(added) At CAPERS (4525 California SW), the annual Abstract Invitational features artists including Linda Wallace. Also … tasting and gaming! Meantime, a sample of the caroling:
The Silver Belles have been making the rounds. Go shop late – until 9 at many merchants!
6:55 PM: Haven’t been out on tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk yet?
Jewelry is the star of the show at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), which just sent that photo. Stop in before 8 pm Also in The Junction:
Billy King is one of the artists at tonight’s pop-up in what’s been nicknamed “West Seattle’s Up House,” a little house between big buildings at 4526 42nd SW. See Jillian Kimball Alvis‘s work there too, before 8 pm. Some venues are open later; see the map/list in our full preview.
7:20 PM: One more stop – Carpe Diem Collective at 3834 California SW:
Thursday night, dozens of local venues await your visit during the November West Seattle Art Walk:
That’s the updated map and venue list. Stars mark where you’ll find art; dots mark where you’ll find food/beverage specials for Art Walk’ers; some, you’ll note, have both. Wondering about the art you’ll see? Art Walk organizers spotlight some of the highlights here – starting with a pop-up at 4526 42nd SW, the little house sandwiched between some big buildings (you’ll know it soon as you see the picture). Other venue previews include WSB sponsors Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW) with paintings by Tatyana Brown, Canna West Culture Shop (5435 California SW) with visual art by Ben Calhoun, Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW) with drip paintings by Whitney LaRene, and Click! Design That Fits – as previewed on their own website – with the jewelry invitational Metal + Material. Those are all happening 5-8 pm. Also part of this month’s Art Walk, The Art of Music – Byron Street Swing performs 6-7:40 pm at Great American Diner & Bar:
More about that here; Great American is at 4752 California SW.
5:56 PM: As previewed on our “West Seattle Thursday” list, tonight’s edition of the West Seattle Art Walk is a big one! Above, that’s artist Lezlie Jane at a new WSAW venue – Brace Point Pottery in Arbor Heights (4208 SW 100th). She is known for so much public art, but this is her first solo show of paintings! You can meet her at the gallery until 8 pm. Much more coverage to come!
6:12 PM: More paintings – this time at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW) in The Junction, with co-proprietor Frances Smersh. As explained on the Click! website:
Both her jewelry and her paintings have long been defined by organic forms and color. While we still carry a collection of Frances’ jewelry in-store, painting and drawing have become her primary creative outlet. As her young-onset Alzheimer’s Disease has progressed her paintings have become increasingly abstract. This show includes acrylic works on wood panels, ink on paper, and watercolor, which she has recently discovered a fondness for.
Her reception is continuing until 8 pm too.
Also in The Junction, until 7:40 pm, stop in at John L. Scott (4555 California SW) to enjoy the third Art of Music performance, this time featuring the Nathan & Roz Duo:
And at 7 pm, the Mural Alley dedication is happening on the east-side midblock in the 4700 block of California SW.