West Seattle, Washington
Every time we’ve seen West Seattle artist Desmond Hansen, he’s been out along a street, in protective gear, painting a signal box. Tonight, a different setting, and some of his other work:
As previewed here earlier this week, Hansen is the featured artist tonight for the West Seattle Art Walk debut of the new West Seattle Realty (WSB sponsor) office at 2715 California SW. He painted a Seacrest Pier mural on the office’s north interior wall, and other creations of his are on display tonight and throughout the month – including these:
Next month’s Art Walk is an ectra-festive holiday edition, Thursday, December 8th.
Tonight’s marquee event – this month’s West Seattle Art Walk! Here’s the list/map:
Artists and venues are spotlighted in this month’s preview – which features food and drink specials as well as art-hosting venues. Highlights include three Art of Music performances – Sarah Brunner at West Seattle Grounds in North Admiral (2141 California SW), Kristen Marlo at John L. Scott Real Estate in The Junction (4445 California SW), and Joshua Dennis at Beveridge Place Pub in Morgan Junction (6413 California SW). The Art Walk starts at 5 pm; the musical performances run concurrently, 6 pm-7:45 pm, at all three venues.
Another highlight, as featured here Wednesday – the grand opening of West Seattle Realty‘s new office, featuring a reception for West Seattle muralist Desmond Hansen and a chance to see his new mural inside the WSR space, as well as some of his other work.
Now, here’s what else is happening today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WREATH ORDER DEADLINE: Last day to order a wreath in The Bridge School‘s fundraiser.
WEST SEATTLE THRIFTWAY HOLIDAY TASTE: With two weeks to go until Thanksgiving, you can visit West Seattle Thriftway (California/Fauntleroy; WSB sponsor) 4 pm-7 pm tonight for the return of its annual sampling event.
WORDS, WRITERS, & SOUTHWEST STORIES: 6 pm online, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society presents longtime broadcaster Ross Reynolds, talking about “How Audio Technology Changed the World.” Our preview includes the registration link you can use to sign up for attendance info.
BOARD GAME NIGHT: Go play at Meeples Games (3727 California SW), starting at 6:30 pm.
BINGO AT ADMIRAL PUB: “Sassiest bingo party in town,” starting at 7 pm. (2306 California SW)
‘THE CURIOUS MRS. SAVAGE’: Opening night for the West Seattle High School production, 7:30 pm in the school theater (3000 California SW). Our calendar listing has the synopsis and ticket link (note that this production offers a streaming option too).
Have something to add to our calendar? Email info to firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Back from a few stops along the October West Seattle Art Walk:
New Age Flamenco performed at Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor) as one of the two groups in this month’s Art of Music lineup. Also at Verity, artist Marie Skoor was showing “The Private Collection of Sir Winston Mumford Johansson III“:
Despite the title, she is actually the artist; as explained on the Art Walk website, the drawings she showed “represent an imagined collection of a turn-of-the century explorer, adventurer, and amateur paleontologist: Sir Winston Mumford Johansson lll. The charcoal drawings have been done on heavily textured board, canvases, and panels to give an overall effect of the fossil subjects having been chiseled out of stone. The stark drawings are balanced with canvases painted in pastel hues. The charcoal drawings are a contrast from the artist’s usual use of a bright color palette using acrylic paints. The storytelling that accompanies the drawings are archival ‘item cards,’ meant to invoke an air of whimsy, returning us to the curio collections and oddities found in museums at the turn of the century.”
Also among the 24 artists participating in “Percolate,” Erin Shafkind:
If you couldn’t get to the studio, “Percolate” continues online for the next two weeks. Also remember that many of the Art Walk venues keep display up all month, so you can see local artists’ work even if you weren’t able to go out tonight. Art Walk is always on the second Thursday, so the next one is November 10th.
Even if you wish the fall rains had started by now, you might as well get out and enjoy the dry weather while you can. Tomorrow night (Thursday, October 13th) brings a major opportunity for that, the monthly second-Thursday West Seattle Art Walk:
That’s the official list of participants – both art venues and food/drink-special venues – for the autumn quarter. Another highlight tomorrow night – the October edition of The Art of Music, with two live performances, one in The Junction and one in The Admiral District:
Both performances are set for 6 pm to 7:45 pm. To decide which art displays you want to see – some with receptions hosting their artist(s) – browse this month’s lineup post on the Art Walk website. You’ll see painting, photography, pottery, fiber art, and much more. General West Seattle Art Walk hours are “5 pm until late” but some shows happen/start earlier.
The last West Seattle Art Walk of summer had musical highlights again tonight – two performers for The Art of Music, curated by John Redenbaugh. We got short clips of both – above, Taylor John Hardin outside WEND Jewelry in South Admiral; below, Trevor Ras at KeyBank Plaza in The Junction:
West Seattle Art Walk – with or without music – happens every second Thursday, so set your calendar for the next one, October 13th.
5:22 PM: We didn’t get a chance to publish an event list today – but it’s time now to get out and enjoy the night’s biggest event, this month’s West Seattle Art Walk. Here’s the venue list:
And here’s the list of restaurants/bars offering food/drink specials for Art Walk-ers:
To see who’s hosting artists, and who’s where, scroll through this month’s update on the official Art Walk website. For places staying open late and/or having artist receptions, hours will vary but most generally run until about 8 pm. Tonight also features two live performances for The Art of Music, 6-7:45 pm in The Junction and Admiral – here are the details on those. We’re headed out soon to make some stops and will add updates!
ADDED 6:22 PM: At Mystery Made in The Junction, you can create art:
Buy a T-shirt and tie-dye it outside!
ADDED 6:50 PM: We stopped at California/Alaska to enjoy the music:
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) August 12, 2022
ADDED 7:20 PM: At Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor), Rodolfo Rios Garza is tonight’s featured artist, with work focusing on trees:
ADDED 7:35 PM: One more stop for us – Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW; WSB sponsor) is hosting photographer Julija Naskova, who’s showing images of Buddhist temples in Asia:
Even if you didn’t get out tonight, many businesses keep the art up throughout the month, so you can still see it – and in many cases, the artwork is for sale, too. Art Walk is always the second Thursday, so next one is September 15th.
The Art Walk itself starts around 5 pm and includes venues all around the peninsula – you can preview who’s participating by going here. The Art of Music features an hour and a half of live music – with a 15-minute midpoint break – at two venues. As shown on the poster above, Nathan and Roz Duo will be at KeyBank Plaza (California/Alaska in The Junction), promising a “musical getaway across the US, the Caribbean, and South America,” while Epiphany of Time will be at Antico Soprano’s (2348 California SW) in The Admiral District, offering “pop-modern blues, dreamy originals, and funky tunes.” Deciding who to go see? Video previews are on the Art Walk website.
6:30 PM: If it’s on the Easy Street marquee, it’s happening – and the heart of The Junction is now indeed the hub of activity to get ready for West Seattle Summer Fest, first one since 2019. So people are here walking in the now-closed streets. There’s music too:
Naby Camera at KeyBank Plaza for The Art of Music pic.twitter.com/EHrOOBHFMv
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) July 15, 2022
Naby Camera is playing until 7:40 pm at KeyBank Plaza (California/Alaska, SW corner) as part of The Art of Music, complementing tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk. More on the art in a moment. First – look for orcas on the west side of California, midblock between Alaska and Edmunds:
That’s where you’ll find Donna Sandstrom from The Whale Trail tonight and all weekend – kids can get a scavenger-hunt card to follow The Whale Trail all around The Junction through the festival (explained here) in celebration of Springer’s rescue. (FRIDAY UPDATE: Come get maps at the Info Booth Fri-Sun.) Back to the Art Walk – one of the places you can visit in The Junction is Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), having a group show with store-alum artists tonight:
Reminder, California SW is now closed between Genesee and Edmunds (with Oregon left open to through traffic) and SW Alaska is closed between 44th and 42nd for Summer Fest setup (here’s bus-reroute info) – here’s a live SDOT cam:
The festival starts at 1 pm Friday.
7:20 PM: At John L. Scott Real Estqte on the west side of California just north of Oregon, one amazing show decks the walls throughout the office:
Bob Willoughby photographed many Hollywood stars in the classic era’s heyday. See them tonight, with his son Christopher Willoughby and widow Dorothy there to answer questions, until about 9 pm.
Dan Rosen at Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW; WSB sponsor):
Many artists’ work is displayed at the businesses all month long, so if you didn’t get out tonight, check out the venues some other time. Meantime, we have one more Art of Music scene – harpist Alyvia Miller played at Welcome Road Winery in South Admiral (thanks to linda McKelvey for the photo):
During Summer Fest, main-stage music is scheduled 3 pm-10 pm Friday, noon-10 pm Saturday – and stage setup was the first thing to happen as street closures began this afternoon:
See the music schedule here. We’ll see you at Summer Fest – starting at 1 pm Friday!
We’re now looking ahead daily/nightly to the return of West Seattle’s biggest party of the year, Summer Fest. While official festival dates are Friday-Sunday, July 15-17, the night before has taken on a life of its own, with people enjoying wandering the Junction streets closed for festival setup. As with most years, this year Summer Fest Eve (Thursday, July 14th) is also the monthly second Thursday West Seattle Art Walk night. You can see the list of participating businesses/venues and some early previews on the Art Walk website. The Art of Music is back, with two performances on Art Walk night, one that will be outdoors in The Junction and in the heart of Summer Fest Eve – awardwinning West African musician Naby Camera will be playing 6-7:45 pm at KeyBank Plaza.
While wandering The Junction on Summer Fest Eve, you can also expect to see and hear buskers, and look for a chance to get creative with chalk art! You can also visit Mural Alley – the midblock breezeway on the west side of California SW between SW Alaska and SW Edmunds – to see the community murals from Summer Fest 2018 and 2019, and get inspired to join artist Stacey Sterling in creating one this year (Friday and Saturday).
A highlight of years past has been food/drink venues setting up temporary sidewalk cafés; this year, some are already in place, so you can dine/drink outdoor, Or just wander! We’ll see you in the street (California between Genesee and Edmundsm Alaska between 42nd and 44th) one week from tonight.
Almost time for June’s West Seattle Art Walk – two nights away, on Thursday, June 9th. Here are six reasons not to stay home that night:
ART OF MUSIC X 2
The Art of Music is back! Two live performances this time, both 6 pm to 7:40 pm – Sue Quigley will be at KeyBank Plaza in the heart of The Junction (California/Alaska); Paul Gerard will be at West Seattle Grounds (2141 California SW) in North Admiral. Read about them here.
AWARD-WINNING ARTIST AT WEND
WEND at 3278 California SW is excited to showcase award-winning artist Deanne Belinoff this month, with a reception 5-8 pm on Art Walk night. The artist has been working professionally for more than 60 years and has pieces, according to WEND’s announcement, “in major public and private collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the King County Public Art Collection.”
LILY’S SALVADOREAN RESTAURANT JOINS WS ART WALK
This is the first West Seattle Art Walk in which recently opened Lily’s Salvadorean Restaurant (2940 SW Avalon Way) is participating. 5-8 pm Thursday, the restaurant in Luna Park will host a reception for Izaya Colson, artist of the wall murals depicting Guazapa, El Salvador, where Lily grew up.
MUSIC & ART AT FOGUE GALLERY
Bonus music at Fogue Gallery (4130 California SW; WSB sponsor) with guitarist Andrew Sherbrook, plus a reception for Alki artist Stacey Sterling.
ART FAIR/BAZAAR AT WINDERMERE
This month’s Art Walk features a multiple-artist bazaar 5:30 pm-8 pm at the Windermere office (4526 California SW) – jewelry, paintings, photographs, even soap!
Many more venues are participating on Art Walk night Thursday – with art and/or food/drink specials – you can see more highlights (and get full details on what we’ve mentioned above) on the Art Walk website.
From the northernmost stop on tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk:
Androu Morgan and Barbara Fugate are two of the artists whose works are featured in “Sky,” the display at Lake Washington Physical Therapy-West Seattle (1309 Harbor SW); LWPT co-owner Mark Bouma sent the photo. Barbara also curated “Sky,” described as “a collection of seven artists’ interpretation of the sky.” It’s an apt subject for LWPT, whose light-filled clinic is across the street from the shore of Elliott Bay, with a view of sky as well as sea. LWPT co-owner Laura Bouma tells us an upcoming exhibit at the clinic will focus on flowers.
Even if you didn’t get out to enjoy tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk, you can enjoy art at local businesses all month long. At West Seattle Grounds (2141 California SW), work by West Seattle High School students is on display. After a busy afternoon of breaking news, we arrived just after their reception wrapped up – but we caught up with one of the artists, WSHS junior Esme Jablonsky, who works with “any and every medium I can get my hands on”:
Esme and the other featured artists are all in the WSHS Drawing and Painting program, part of the school’s Visual Arts offerings. A note up with the display at West Seattle Grounds mentions that the program always welcomes donations of art supplies, from watercolor paper and canvas to “analog darkroom equipment/film cameras” for the photography students – donations can be dropped off at the main office (3000 California SW) during school hours.
Tomorrow night (Thursday, May 12th), you’re invited to get out to explore and enjoy local art, during the May edition of the West Seattle Art Walk. Above is this quarter’s list of venues – both those hosting art and those offering food/drink specials to people who are out and about on Art Walk night. For specifics – like artists, receptions, hours – you can check this month’s preview on the WSAW website. One highlight: Lake Washington Physical Therapy (1309 Harbor Avenue SW; WSB sponsor) across from Don Armeni Boat Ramp is opening its doors for its quarterly Art Walk reception, spotlighting the group show “Sky” (previewed here) – stop in 7-8 pm to enjoy the art, and the view. Lots of other highlights from Admiral in the north to Arbor Heights in the south – browse the preview and make your Thursday night plan!
We are out visiting some of tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk artist receptions:
(added) At Fogue Gallery (4150 California SW; WSB sponsor), you can meet several of the gallery’s featured artists. This month, we photographed Tom Costantini, whose memorable illustrations you’re sure to have seen:
Fogue is open tonight until 8-ish, Further south, artist Brandi Quinn is at Canna Culture Shop (5435 California SW), sibling shop across the street from Canna West Seattle (WSB sponsor) until 7 pm:
And we talked with artist Pam Hemmerling at Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor):
She creates both portraits and abstracts, highly textured, both tactile and visual. Of her portraits, she told us, she likes to include the subjects as they really are, imperfections and all – she also enjoys creating a portrait that reveals something new as you look more closely. Also at Viscon, we talked with proprietor/winemaker Ben Viscon, who recently released a new Merlot, and is expecting to release a new Rose in about a month. His tasting room is open until 9 tonight.
See tonight’s full list of venues and artist receptions here, where you’ll also find links to the featured artists, to find out more about their work.
Tomorrow night, you can enjoy art – and food/drink specials – from North Admiral to Arbor Heights, during the first West Seattle Art Walk of spring!
That’s the list of participating venues for spring quarter – second Thursday every month. Some have art, some have specials, some have both! For those having artist receptions, hours vary – you can see the locations, times, and artists previewed here. Among the highlights:
*Jet City Labs (4546 California SW, upstairs from alley entrance) is hosting another pop-up show with multiple artists, 5-8 pm
WSB sponsors participating this month include:
*Fogue Gallery (4130 California SW), new work from Julian De Puma debuts during the Art Walk party, 5-8 pm
*Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW), hosting portrait artist Julija Naskova 5:30-8 pm
*Canna West Seattle (5435 California SW), hosting artist Brandi Bryan, 5-7 pm
*ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery (4711 California SW), see artist Vanessa Ly-Nguyen‘s work 4-7 pm
*Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW), hosting artist Pam Hemmerling, 5-9 pm (also, tasting fee waived for Art Walk visitors)
And if you can’t go out Thursday night, some displays are viewable earlier in the day, and many venues keep their featured artists’ work up all month – check out the preview for lots more info, including photos!
Still time to go out and meet artists during the March West Seattle Art Walk!
That’s Naomi Cox, who’s featured tonight – and all month – at West Seattle Grounds (2141 California SW), where you’ll find her until 8 tonight. She describes the work she’s showing as “using primarily watercolor and pen—loose and full of color. This show is a collection of some of my favorites—from walks, on drives, in the kitchen, and around Seattle—created as a set of art prints. I love it when my paintings brighten someone’s day, show a different perspective, invite a conversation, and help people connect to each other and their surroundings.”
Also in The Junction, we recommend a stop at Doll Parts Collective (4448 California SW) – we got there too early to photograph featured artist Katharina Pritzl – but her work is fun to see, as is some of the quirky shop’s merchandise.
See the full venue list plus a multitude of artist previews on the Art Walk website, and look for Art Walk flags/banners outside participating venues; the three receptions we’ve mentioned above are all scheduled until 8 tonight.
This Thursday, we’ll still be a week and a half away from spring, but the weather should be good enough for you to plan on getting out for the West Seattle Art Walk!
That’s RobRoy Chalmers at Fogue Gallery (4130 California SW; WSB sponsor), where you can meet him at his reception during the Art Walk, 5 pm-8 pm. Fogue notes that his work has been shown worldwide – from Tokyo to Berlin to Boston and beyond. The gallery says he “brings dark implications hidden in whimsy and colorful imagery, fluid, sexy, dirty, messy, and always joyful. Featuring Charcoal, pastel and pencil on Rives BFK paper, mounted and custom framed.” Other Fogue Gallery artists will be there too – you’re invited to “sip champagne and enjoy the coming of spring!”
Here’s the venue list for this month’s Art Walk – some with artists, some with food and drink specials:
Venues are all over the peninsula – from North Admiral to South Delridge. In the latter, Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery (9441 Delridge Way SW) is featuring KAPOW!, “an artistic tribute to comics.” In The Junction, Jet City Labs (4546 California SW) is again featuring the Clay Cauldron collaboration pop-up. Those are just two of many. The official preview page for this month is still being updated, so check back before you go out exploring on Thursday night – times vary by venue.
5:26 PM: The February West Seattle Art Walk has begun, all over the peninsula!
We start at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), where artist Erik Railton is on hand until 7 pm. Click proprietor John Smersh says, “Acrylic on canvas paintings, prints, and tote bags! Yes, that West Seattle piece is a framed original; a print is available as well.” See the venue list/map and other notes in our daily preview. More to come!
5:45 PM: During tonight’s Art Walk, if you’re in The Junction, you’re invited to the Galentine’s party at Lika Love/In The Heart:
At center in our photo is Mallika Siddiq, proprietor of the boutique and speakeasy at 4547 California SW. Visit until 9 pm to shop, sip, snack, socialize!
6:07 PM: Another place to sip – the Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) tasting room, open and spotlighting not only art and wine until 9 pm, but also for this Valentine season, Intrigue Chocolate Co.:
The tasting room is open for tasting, by the glass, or by the bottle, with artist Priyanka Parmanand‘s work for Art Walk, until 9 tonight.
7:27 PM: One more stop – the Muse Fest mini-concerts were part of tonight’s Art Walk too, and we stopped by Peel & Press in Morgan Junction as Reese T‘s set began:
More on Muse Fest here!
P.S. Art Walk continues at many venues – and one event hasn’t even started yet, the post-Art Walk Happy Hour with free drinks and snacks at West Seattle Grounds (2141 California SW), brought to you by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, 8-9 pm.
(Video by Mark Jaroslaw)
That’s Reese T, who will perform at Peel & Press (6503 California SW) Thursday night as part of Muse Fest: The Power of Women’s Voices. These mini-concerts are happening as a celebration of women musicians, during the February West Seattle Art Walk. You can read about all the musicians and venues here; all but one of the performances are set for 6 pm-7:45 pm Thursday (Intisaar is performing 7 pm-8:30 pm at John L. Scott, 4445 California SW). The performances are all free to enjoy, as are Art Walk displays and artist receptions (that lineup for Thursday is here).
(Video by Mark Jaroslaw)
That’s Cami Voss, one of the musicians slated to perform at a West Seattle-wide event during this Thursday’s WS Art Walk – called Muse Fest: The Power of Women’s Voices. Nine businesses will host performers, in the three Junctions, most 6-7:45 pm. The Art of Music, which has presented live music during several Art Walks, is co-presenting this musical celebration along with local musician Sue Quigley (who’s also performing during Muse Fest). Here’s the list of who and where:
All are 6 pm-7:45 pm Thursday (February 10th) except Intisaar, who performs 7 pm-8:30 pm, and all are free. You can find out more about all the performers and venues by going here.
Chris Baumgarten is a new guest artist at Fogue Gallery on the north edge of The Junction (4130 California SW; WSB sponsor), one of your potential stops on tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk. The artist is debuting a collection titled “Numbers” at Fogue, where you’ll find a variety of work. Stop by before 8 pm to meet her and browse everything on display. This month’s venue list/map is in the preview we published earlier this afternoon. Many venues – like Fogue, of course – show art all month, so the monthly Art Walk post is also a guide to where you can enjoy art in the days and weeks ahead, too.
Art Walk participants include both venues with art and restaurants/bars with specials for Art Walk night. Times vary from site to site. Though The Junction remains a major hub, venues dot the peninsula, as previewed on the official WSAW website. On the north end, West Seattle Grounds (2141 California SW) will have painter Nida Ansari on hand tonight, 4-8 pm. Toward the south end, Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) is hosting Priyanka Parmanand 5-9 pm. The artist explains, “I paint florals because they reinvigorate ‘Hope’, the fundamental belief for human existence. It is an expression of all that is different while unifying this diversity through a common denominator of human feelings. Plus, they are comforting, healing and bring smiles.” And on the north end of The Junction, you can visit Fogue Gallery (4130 California SW; WSB sponsor) 4-8 pm tonight to see a variety of artists’ work – new additions are featured here.
P.S. Before you head out to one or more of tonight’s Art Walk venues, check this version of the map/list for any word on late changes/cancellations.
6:29 PM: Been out on tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk yet? Artist receptions are happening all over the peninsula:
Jessie Summa Russo is tonight’s featured artist at Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor), where you can stop in until 9 pm. She explains:
My recent work is inspired by my life as a musician as well as the lives of my relatives. My grandfather was an Abstract Expressionist painter in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, and I feel like his paintings both defined him and I understood him through them. My mother went to art school when I was a toddler; some of my earliest memories are of the printmaking studio with giant black press wheels taller than people.
And as we mentioned in our Wednesday preview, some stops tonight are hosting art markets, including Jet City Labs (upstairs at 4546 California SW):
It’s a collaboration with Clay Cauldron. Above are Misty and Anna, and some of Misty’s beach-glass (and more) art; below, Chas, with “melted-crayon art”:
And roaming The Junction, you just might find Santa:
7:14 PM: We stopped for a little video of Jim Page playing at Great American Diner (4752 California SW):
And thanks to Eddie for this artist photo – Lorrie Brogan at Wild Rose’s (4529 California SW):
Her new paintings, a series titled “Ladies…All,” will be on display at Wild Rose’s all month.