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

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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December’s exhibition is final one for Francine Seders Gallery in Phinney Ridge

November 14th, 2013 by Doree

Francine Seders Gallery’s final exhibition will be Dec. 4-24 and features artists Dale Lindman, Norman Lundin, Dina Barzel, Michael Howard and Diann Knezovich. The gallery at 6701 Greenwood Ave. N. is closing for good on Christmas Eve.

Seders has been in the art business for nearly 50 years, and she tells us she plans to continue working from home but with fewer artists. She said it’s not exactly retirement, but she’s looking forward to having more free time. The Seattle Times had a nice article about Seders’ impact on the arts community in August.

A reception for the artists is from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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Michael Howard, White House, 2013, oil on canvas, 15 x 22 inches.

Seders put the building up for sale last summer and today she told us it’s been sold to a developer who plans to rent it out for a while. Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development shows a permit application for a land use review to develop the site into a four-story apartment building with ground level commercial space.

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Artwalk, live music, theater in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

October 11th, 2013 by Doree

Plenty of fun in the neighborhood this weekend. Here are a few highlights; check our Events calendar for more.

The monthly Art Up Artwalk is from 6-9 p.m. Friday night at nearly four-dozen Greenwood-Phinney art galleries and businesses. Corinna Sinclair will present her oil paint/mixed media creations at In The Red Wine Bar, 6510 Phinney Ave. N.

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Francine Seders Gallery’s October show is Philip Govedare’s “Distant Places” and “The Mt Waddington Reliquary” by Anna McKee (with sound by Steve Peters.) And it’s the opening reception for the Northwest Fine Arts Competition at the PNA, starting at 7 p.m. Check out the Artwalk website for a list of all participating venues and a map.

Family-friendly Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. Friday at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N. 70th St.

Contra Dance at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the PNA in the Brick Building.

School Board member Sherry Carr is hosting a meeting with District II constituents from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethany Community Church, 8023 Green Lake Dr., in the Christian Education Building.

Kindiependent band The Not-Its! rocks Ridge Romp at the PNA in the Brick Building starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Keith Murphy at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Cost is $15 general, $13 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price. Reserve seats online or call 206-528-8523.

A founding member of the ensemble Nightingale, a trio that broke new ground in its sophisticated approach to traditional music, Murphy’s direct and intimate style of traditional singing in English and French infuses old ballads and songs with a powerful immediacy while his rhythmic and percussive finger style of guitar playing brings new shape and color to his songs.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Carolyn Cruso in a Pacific NW Folklore Society Coffee House Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Oktoberfester — The Whateverly Brothers concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Music Improv Workshop with Kenny Mandell, Lamar Lofton and Greg Campbell at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Empty Sea Studios presents Hanz Araki & Kathryn Claire at 8 p.m. Saturday, 6300 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

Taproot Theatre continues its run of the comedy “The Matchmaker,” which has been extended through Oct. 26.

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TIMES: Francine Seders Gallery in Phinney Ridge closing

September 2nd, 2013 by Doree

The Seattle Times reports that Francine Seders Gallery, at 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., will close for good on Christmas Eve. Seders told us a few months ago she put her building up for sale with the idea of retiring sometime next year.

The Times article says Seders will continue to collaborate with artists from her home. You can read the full article here.

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‘Equestrian’ is newest sculpture in Heart of Phinney Park

July 17th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle sculptor Matt Babcock’s latest work is displayed in the Heart of Phinney Park at North 67th Street and Phinney Avenue North, in front of Francine Seders Gallery.

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“Equestrian” sculpture by Matt Babcock.

From PNA arts volunteer Jennifer Roberts:

Matt’s goal is to create “complex and changing impressions using simple materials and methods.” He claims inspiration from his love of nature and interest in how things work, and says, “Often I start by trying to distill something interesting from the structure or behavior of an animal or plant.”

When asked about his very first sculpture and the meaning behind it, Matt said, “When I was five my dad set me up with my own workbench and tools. I spent countless hours making things, things that I thought of as functional, even though the function was usually mysterious or imaginary. I’m still making things like that, only bigger. I didn’t think to call them sculptures when I was five, but I do now. For me the meaning is the function or action of the piece, whether or not I can say exactly what the piece is supposed to do.”

“Equestrian” will be at the Heart of Phinney Park at N 67th St. on the west side of the Greenwood Ave. N until the end of November. You can see more of his work on his website, www.mattbabcock.com, or get in touch with him via email at sculpture@mattbabcock.com.

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The big ArtWalk, tons of live music, and specials for mom in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend

May 10th, 2013 by Doree

So much to do in the neighborhood on this gorgeous weekend. Here are a few highlights; check our Events calendar any time for more.

The humongous annual PhinneyWood ArtWalk is from 6-9 p.m. Friday and again from 12-5 Saturday, at 84 art galleries and other businesses all throughout the neighborhood. Take a stroll down Phinney/Greenwood avenues and nearby, and you’ll see 150 artists’ work in all mediums, hear live music, and likely see some street performers and some kids’ activities as well. Many restaurants will have ArtWalk specials.

You can check out a map here. And a list of participating venues and artists here.

Please note: The streets will not be closed for this event, but the sidewalks will be very full of people. Please be extra careful if you’re driving through the area and let Artwalkers cross the street safely.

Also on tap this weekend:

Open Mic at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N. 70th St.

Friday Contra Dance at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

Martha Gallagher performs a Pacific NW Folklore Society Coffeehouse Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books – Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.; Fluer Jack, Jessica Lynne & Julia Massey in Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Karaoke with Katybelle at 8 p.m. Friday at Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St.

Seattle School Board Member Sherry Carr will hold a District II Community Meeting from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday at Bethany Community Church, 8023 Green Lake Dr.

Woodland Park Zoo celebrates Mother’s Day with “Mom & Me” on Saturday, featuring keeper talks about maternal care by various animals, live entertainment in the North Meadow, a rock climbing wall, bounce house, and dancing and puppet shows in Zoomazium.

Moms get in for half-price on Saturday. “Mom & Me” is included in zoo admission.

A 3-week-old male porcupette named Gavin will make his debut in time for “Mom & Me.” Gavin is the first porcupette born at the zoo.

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Photo credit: Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo

Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokesh perform a Seattle Folklore Society concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

The Brazillionaires perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N.

Happy Hour Bingo at 4 p.m. Sunday at Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St. At 8 p.m. it’s Live Jazz Sundays.

Northwest Clarinet Choir and All City Clarinets Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St.

And in honor of Mother’s Day, Couth Buzzard Books co-owner Theo Dzielak and Kate Smith celebrate the life of their daughter, Ruby Smith, who died of cancer last year, with “88 Cakes Mother’s Day Cake Celebration.”

Kate is going to do something she’s been wanting to do ever since 2008, when Bocadalupa, an arts organization in Bristol, UK, first mounted their community art project, 88 Cakes. Women from the community made cakes of all kinds as an artistic expression of mothering and put them on display: edible or not, naughty or nice, big or small, for sale or for mom’s tummy-it was an amazing exhibit! We invite you to be a part of this innovative community arts project by making that cake of “mom.” Kate’s will be 3-layered, honoring her own mother of 12 children, all the mothers who have lost a child, and the top for she and Ruby. If the cake doesn’t happen, don’t let that stop you from coming by to gaze, buy a cake for that special mom, or enjoy a piece when we cut a few at the end. Drop off begins at 11:30am on Mother’s Day. Cakes will be on display at the store from 12-5pm. Call Kate with questions: 206-713-1524.

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Call to artists for Phinney Center’s Northwest Fine Arts Competition

April 17th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Center Gallery is calling for artists to submit their work for the Northwest Fine Arts Competition. Selected artists will have their work shown in the gallery, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., on the second floor, from October through November 2013, and the winning artist will receive a $200 award and a solo show in the gallery in 2014.

Jurors include Jason Huff with the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and Jonathan Wood with Abmeyer & Wood Fine Art.

For more information or to download the application, see the Phinney Center Gallery website.

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Photo courtesy of the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

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