A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Call for artists for Phinney Center Gallery in 2015

August 25th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is accepting submissions for its 2015 gallery season for visual artists working in 2D or 3D media for individual or group shows. Submission deadline is Sept. 8 at 10 p.m. More information and the online application are here.

The Phinney Center Gallery is located in the historic Phinney Center in Seattle, Washington. Our gallery shows are advertised to 17,000 local community members and 3,000-4,000 viewers visit the Phinney Center each month. Our gallery has approximately 100 linear feet of wall space (depending on configuration of walls), as well as display capacity for three-dimensional work in locked glass cases and pedestals. The gallery will provide insurance. Priority consideration for gallery shows will go to artists working in the Puget Sound area who are not currently represented by a commercial gallery.

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New Heart of Phinney Park art an homage to ancient Greek sculpture

June 25th, 2014 by Doree

Artist Matt Babcock‘s latest creation for the Heart of Phinney Park at North 67th Street and Phinney Avenue North is titled “Discobolos.”


This sculpture is a riff on the piece of the same name by the ancient Greek sculptor Myron. Myron’s Discobolos no longer exists and is only known through Roman copies. Babcock makes public art because he believes that public spaces reflect the ways communities and individuals think of themselves in relation to others and to the larger world.

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The BIG neighborhood artwalk is this weekend

May 6th, 2014 by Doree

Hundreds of people will be strolling the streets of Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend for the “PhinneyWood Artwalk – The BIG One!

More than 150 local artists will display their work at 78 businesses along Phinney-Greenwood avenues and nearby. Check out the map for a detailed list of all participating venues and artists. “The BIG One” runs from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 12-5 p.m. Saturday.


Some venues will also host live music, street performances, chalk art and children’s activities. (Most of those special activities will take place on Friday night.)

This used to be a standalone annual event; now it’s the main event of the monthly Art Up Chow Down Artwalks.

The PhinneyWood Artwalk is organized by the all-volunteer Greenwood Arts Council in collaboration with the Phinney Neighborhood Association. For more information, contact the Arts Council by calling 206-783-2244 or email ann@phinneycenter.org.

Please note: The streets will not be closed to traffic during the Artwalk, so drivers please be aware of all the folks walking through the neighborhood, and walkers please be aware of your surroundings.

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If you see someone dressed as a gorilla in Phinney-Greenwood today or tomorrow, don’t panic!

April 10th, 2014 by Doree

A-1 Pianos at 7020 Greenwood Ave. N. in Phinney Ridge is promoting its Friday night Artwalk event by having someone dressed in a gorilla suit handing out flyers tonight and tomorrow. An employee at the store tells us someone freaked out the last time they did this and called the police after seeing the gorilla hiding in the bushes and eating a banana.

The store’s artwalk theme is based on April Fool’s Day and is called “Bad Art Walk” and “features paintings by various artists from a private collection that is questionable, tacky, corny, campy…kitschy – or just plain ‘bad.’ There will be an opportunity to vote for the ‘baddest’ art entry.”

So, to recap, if you see someone dressed as a gorilla in the neighborhood today or tomorrow, it’s okay. But do send us a picture!

Here’s the gorilla buying a banana at Ken’s Market.


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Call for temporary outdoor artworks at Carkeek Park

March 24th, 2014 by Doree

The sixth installation in the “Heaven & Earth” series of outdoor artwork at Carkeek Park just north of Greenwood will be on display from July 12-Oct. 29. This year’s theme is “As Above so Below.”

The exhibition is a collaboration with Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Carkeek Park Advisory Council, and the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA). Artists will receive a $500 honorarium.

CoCA will accept proposals for a wide variety of media for placement in a series of suggested locations viewable online (http://www.cocaseattle.org/carkeekphotos.htm). As Above so Below is open to all artists (whether established or emerging), local, regional, national, or international. All work should have a minimal impact on the park and eventually leave “no trace” following removal. Working in conjunction with its partners, CoCA will select up to 12 artists and/or artist’s teams from the pool of applicants and offer an honorarium of $500. CoCA will also publish a map and full color catalog of the exhibition, create a shared blog, archive the work on www.heavenandearthexhibition.org, and offer participating artists a one-year membership in CoCA. The 2014 exhibition will be guest-juried by Thendara Kida-Gee, Artist/Curator, and Paula Hoff, Strategic Advisor, Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent’s Office. There is no fee to apply.

As Above So Below: Heaven & Earth 6 is one of the region’s only venues for site-specific artwork in an urban forest setting where part of the exhibit includes a walking tour of an hour or more. Spread throughout Carkeek Park’s 200-plus acres of urban forest in a series of clusters linked by trails, As Above So Below affords a prime opportunity to explore a broad range of contemporary interpretations of art and nature, including performance, new media, landscape interventions, installations, sound art, biomimicry, ephemeral work, and other interdisciplinary perspectives.

Deadline for final entries by midnight Saturday, May 1, 2014 PST. Please send submissions to http://www.cocaseattle.org/submission.php. View 2009 – 2013 exhibitions at www.heavenandearthexhibition.org.

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Artists ‘Face Off’ at Naked City Brewery Wednesday

January 28th, 2014 by Doree

Artists will battle in a “Face Off” competition at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. on Wednesday, starting at 7 p.m. The event is hosted by Bherd Studios Gallery, just down the block at 312 N. 85th St., Suite 101.

Artists will have 15 minutes to create work in each battle. Larkin, Face Off Champion 2013, is battling to hold on to his title with upstart challenger Braden Duncan nipping at his heels. Sensei 23 & Zach Bohnenkamp of Matamuros go head to head in “Float Like Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee” match, Angelina Villalobos, AKA: 179, takes on John Osgood in the “Battle of Signs” and then Joseph Brooks in the “Face Melter” match vs. Challenger TBA. Winner of each match will be determined by who generated the most for their piece in the live auction which happens after each match. All proceeds go directly to the artist. Be sure to come out to root for and to bid on your favorite artist and your favorite pieces. (Bidders should bring cash, no credit card machine available for this event).

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Two artists battle in last year’s first Face Off event.

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‘Big Wet Dog’ in Heart of Phinney Park

January 16th, 2014 by Doree

The latest sculpture to take up residence in the Heart of Phinney Park at North 67th Street and Greenwood Avenue North is “Big Wet Dog” by local artist Matt Babcock.


It is made from powder coated steel. Babcock’s goal as a sculptor is to do a lot with a little, creating complex, changing impressions using simple forms and materials. He takes inspiration from the structure and behavior of his subjects. He makes public art because he believes that public spaces reflect the ways communities and individuals think of themselves in relation to others and to the larger world. To see more of Matt Babcock’s art, visit www.mattbabcock.com.

This sculpture is for sale, if interested contact arts@phinneycenter.org

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Neighborhood artist’s art-filled home featured on KCTS tonight

January 13th, 2014 by Doree

PhinneyWood neighborhood artist Kim David Hall will be featured on tonight’s KCTS’ PIE program, which features interesting tidbits about life and culture in the Pacific Northwest. Hall creates polymer sculptures for a living, but he’s being featured on PIE because of his eclectic art-filled home.


The episode will premiere at 10 p.m. Monday, and rerun at 7 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 p.m. Friday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. It also will be available online after tonight’s broadcast.

That’s Hall on the right, below.


Thanks to Mike V for the pictures and tip!

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Tasty closing Jan. 31

December 3rd, 2013 by Doree

Tasty art gallery will close its doors at 7513 Greenwood Ave. on Jan. 31, 2014, after four years in Phinney Ridge. Owner Sheri Hauser has been deeply involved in the neighborhood’s monthly art walk as well as promoting other art walks throughout the city, was a founding member of the business advisory board at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, and is one of the directors of the Greenwood Arts Council.

Sheri says she and her husband are looking forward to “new adventures” and to traveling around the country.

They’ll be having a big party as part of the Dec. 13 Art Up PhinneyWood Artwalk, as well as a champagne send-off on New Year’s Eve.

If anyone is interested in leasing the 1,000-square-foot space after February, contact building owners Diana and Steve Naramore of Sip & Ship (which moved in next door at 7511 Greenwood Ave. N. this summer) at 206-890-9810.

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