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.
Tags: art, Tasty
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.
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.
Tags: art, Francine Seders Gallery
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.
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.
Tags: art, artwalk, Couth Buzzard Books, Empty Sea Studios, Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle Folklore Society, taproot theatre, The Not-Its!, Woodland Park Presbyterian Church
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.
Tags: art, Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle Times
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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tags: art, Heart of Phinney Park, Matt Babcock, Phinney Neighborhood Association
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.
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.
Tags: art, artwalk
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.
Photo courtesy of the Phinney Neighborhood Association.
Tags: art, artists, Northwest Fine Arts Competition, Phinney Center Gallery, Phinney Neighborhood Association, PNA
April 16th, 2013 by Doree
St. John’s School students are displaying their art at the nearby Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. All of the pieces will be auctioned off at the school’s benefit auction on April 26 and 27.
And here’s their version of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Cafe Terrace at Night.”
Tags: art, auction, Greenwood Library, St. John School
April 11th, 2013 by Doree
Cancer Lifeline, at 6522 Fremont Ave. N. in Phinney Ridge, is hosting a reception from 6-8 tonight for its new collage art show, featuring more than 70 pieces, each inspired by a poem written by a woman with cancer. The show is co-sponsored by the Northwest Collage Society, and runs through June 24.
Some two dozen women currently participate in Cancer Lifeline’s writing groups, which are offered along with dozens of other free classes and programs for people living with cancer and those who love them.
“Writing has been proven to have a healing effect on people who are experiencing trauma. And when you share your writing with others who are experiencing the same emotions, you build a sense of community and peace,” says Basha Brownstein, Community Program Manager at Cancer Lifeline.
This Magic of Hers
She is a woman who walks the hills
She is a woman who dances all the night away in these hills
She is a woman with ice in her fur and a tattoo on her butt
She is a woman who sings with the moon and howls
with the first rays of the rising sun
She is a woman with claws
She is a gentle woman
She is a woman of lullabies and longs to hear one sung to her
She is a woman who sings in caves emerging only
when an echo returns her song
She is a woman who drinks from the stream
Wild animals come to drink beside her
She tells them tales and she remembers theirs
What is this magic of hers?
It’s in her blood, it’s in the stars.
~ Rita Bresnahan and Valerie Rose
Tags: art, Cancer Lifeline, Northwest Collage Society
March 20th, 2013 by Doree
The newest sculpture in the Heart of Phinney Park on the corner of North 67th Street and Phinney Avenue North (in front of Francine Seders Gallery) is called “Marking Place.” It is the third in a series of collaborative works by Susan Gans and David Traylor “to explore ideas that refer to landscape and place.” Guest artists Clint Ceder and Yun Hong Chang were part of the project team.
“Marking Place” will be up through May.
Tags: art, artwork, Heart of Phinney Park, Phinney Neighborhood Association, PNA
December 10th, 2012 by Doree
Art on the Ridge, which opened at 8005 Greenwood Ave. N. two-and-a-half years ago, will move to Woodinville, where Owner Nicole Stremlow Monahan, lives.
From her letter to gallery customers and friends:
I have had such a great experience getting to know the art lovers of the neighborhood and all the wonderful artists. I cannot thank all of you enough for enriching my life with this experience. I will miss you so much.
My personal Art & Design services, classes, and Illustration services will continue from Woodinville in a tranquil studio nestled in the woods with surrounding trails and creek to explore for creative inspiration. I hope to see you come to classes and new special weekend workshops. For those of you who want to stay closer to home, series of my most popular classes will be available on-line soon!
Update: Nicole says her last day with a full gallery of art for sale is Jan. 4, the last day of classes is Jan. 7, and she’ll be fully moved out by Jan. 15.
And Avanti Art and Design, 7317 Greenwood Ave. N., is moving just a few blocks north to 7601 Greenwood Ave. N. (the former Pelayo Antiques building, where Stillwell Hanson architects was until recently).
Tags: art, art gallery, Art on the Ridge, Avanti Art and Design
November 14th, 2012 by Doree
Avanti Art and Design is moving out of 7317 Greenwood Ave. N. The owners of the picture framing studio and cooperative art gallery tell me their lease is not being renewed. They’ll be open for business through Christmas Eve, and plan to move between Christmas and New Year’s, if they can find a new space in the area.
We are offering a Holiday “Moving fund special” to all our neighborhood supporters that bring framing projects in the studio before our big 5th Anniversary & Closing Party at this location for Art Walk Dec 14th. Share our post for the upcoming meeting with anyone you know that may be interested in participating in the next evolution of our Co-operative Gallery & Pass the word to All you may know that have awesome art they have been saving to frame, we are offering 10% off All custom framing projects placed before the big party Dec 14th & 20% off for card carrying PNA members!!! Thanks for all your support!
Tags: art, Avanti Art and Design