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


PhinneyWood Arts Council wants to make neighborhood an official Arts & Cultural District

February 10th, 2016 by Doree

The PhinneyWood Arts Council is hoping to make our neighborhood the city’s next official Arts & Cultural District.

Phinney Ridge and Greenwood have nearly two dozen community, educational and professional arts organizations (including Taproot Theatre, The Pocket Theater, the Phinney Neighborhood Association, All That Dance, Seattle ReCreative and American Dance Institute), and the neighborhood hosts numerous cultural events throughout the year, including the monthly Art Up Artwalk, the city’s second longest-running monthly art walk.

The PhinneyWood Arts Council is asking for neighbors’ help by completing a brief survey about how to better integrate arts and culture into the neighborhood.

The city’s Arts & Cultural Districts program is dedicated to nurturing and protecting the presence of arts and culture in neighborhoods, and provides public art, wayfinding support, district identification and help with cultural preservation. Currents Arts & Cultural Districts include the Central Area and Capitol Hill.

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Phinney Center seeking artists for 2016 Gallery exhibitions

October 26th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Center Gallery, upstairs at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., is seeking individual and group artists for 2016 exhibitions. Artists may apply online. There is no entry fee to submit work for the gallery. For more information, contact Pamela Jaynes t arts@phinneycenter.org.

Photo courtesy of PNA.

Photo courtesy of PNA.

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Día de los Muertos and ‘spooky’ teen art and poetry at the Greenwood Library

October 14th, 2015 by Doree

In honor of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a miniature sculpture calacas workshop from 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. Participants will learn to mold and sculpt miniature skeletons using air dry clay. All ages; no registration required.

The library also is hosting a teen art and poetry contest with a “spooky” theme. The contest is open to anyone ages 10-18. Entries are due to the library’s Information Desk by 6 p.m. on Oct. 23. Winners will be announced on Oct. 28. Art may be in any medium: photography, painting, drawings, collage, etc. Poetry should be no longer than one page. Participants may submit up to two entries total. All entries will be displayed at the library. Pick up an entry form at the library.

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Still a few spots available in next week’s Dragonfly Art Camp in Crown Hill

August 5th, 2015 by Doree

Phinney Ridge resident Melissa Meier says she still has a few spots open in next week’s Dragonfly Art Camp at her Crown Hill/Greenwood studio in the Harbor Building on the corner of NW 92nd Street and 11th Avenue NW.

Camp is for children ages 7 to 14 and runs from 12:30-3:15 p.m., Aug 10-14.

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Call for artists for PNA’s NW Fine Arts Competition

July 13th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is calling for artists for this years’ Northwest Fine Arts Competition. Jurors include Shayla Alarie, the Director of the Antique and Modern Department at Davidson Galleries, and Mylinda Sneed, Public Art Program Coordinator for Sound Transit.

The artist selected as juror’s pick will receive a $200 award and a solo show in the gallery in 2016. All other selected works will be included in a gallery show in October 2015. Application deadline is Aug. 7.

Apply online or download a PDF.

NW Fine Arts Competition 2015-resized

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Seattle ReCreative offers classes, workshops and summer camps

May 14th, 2015 by Doree

The 1-year-old non-profit Seattle ReCreative, at 8408 Greenwood Ave. N., has greatly expanded its art offerings with new classes for children and adults, workshops and upcoming summer camps. Seattle ReCreative focuses on environmental sustainability by using reusable materials donated by community members and businesses.

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Photo courtesy of Seattle ReCreative.

Topics include Introduction to Bookbinding, Family Woodworking, Puppetry and Family Play, to name a few. They also maintain a community workspace.

Founders Jenna Boitano and Emily Korson estimate that Seattle ReCreative has diverted 15 tons of material from the landfill so far, with the help of Ballard Reuse.

Two week-long summer camps, called Camp ReCreative, will combine experiential art making with exploring local urban ecosystems. Camps will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first camp, July 20-24, is for ages 5-8 years old. The second camp, July 27-31, is for children ages 8-12. Each five-day session costs $250, which includes materials.

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Strokes Paint and Sip Studio opening in Greenwood

May 13th, 2015 by Doree

Strokes Paint and Sip Studio will open at 8503 Greenwood Ave. N. on May 30.

Owner Elena Paudel, who has a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and a bachelor’s in Fine Arts, tells me Strokes “is an art entertainment studio, for artists of all skill levels and ages.”

Each session ranges in price from $25-$45, which includes all the materials (easel, brushes, paint and an apron) and your first drink, as well as a feature painting created by Paudel that people replicate by following the instructor’s step-by-step instructions.

The studio will open its doors on May 30 for community members to drop by and check it out. The first class will be at 6:30 p.m. on June 4. Online registration is now open.

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Beautiful weather for day 2 of the PhinneyWood Artwalk – The Big One

May 9th, 2015 by Doree

So many people were out and about the neighborhood Friday night for the first day of the huge 20th annual PhinneyWood Artwalk – The Big One. This is Phinney Ridge and Greenwood’s original artwalk, which later expanded to monthly, but the May event is truly the big one. The Artwalk continues from 12-5 p.m. today (Saturday).

Last night, more than 100 artists were at 70 businesses throughout the neighborhood.

Charming watercolorist Cecile Disenhouse chatted with artwalkers about her local outdoor scenes at Phinney Ridge Cabinet Company at 8003 Greenwood Ave. N.


Here’s Brian White‘s detailed, somewhat disturbing and very enthralling, “My Reluctance and Other Shortcomings.”


Stretch & Staple at 8005 Greenwood Ave. N. was crowded with art lovers.


At Avanti: Art & Design at 7601 Greenwood Ave. N., Kristol Jones‘ “Dragons” appears to capture the essence of water caressing a rocky creek bed dotted with found objects.


See the Artwalk website for a list of artists and businesses and a map.

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‘The Big One’ artwalk coming up this Friday and Saturday with 100+ artists at 70 Phinney-Greenwood galleries and businesses

May 4th, 2015 by Doree

Our neighborhood’s huge annual artwalk is coming up this Friday and Saturday. The 20th annual PhinneyWood Artwalk – The Big One is officially from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 12-5 p.m. Saturday, but many galleries and other businesses will host artists and parties later on Friday night.

More than 100 artists working in various mediums will be at 70 businesses from North 65th to North 87 streets throughout Phinney Ridge and Greenwood, but mostly along Phinney and Greenwood avenues. Some businesses will have special musical performances inside or outside on the sidewalk. You’ll also likely see street performers, children’s activities and chalk art. Check out the artwalk website for a map and list of all participating businesses and artists. You can also get a printed map at participating sites this week.

Several restaurants and pubs will offer artwalk specials (check the website for details).

Historically the Friday night event packs the sidewalks with many hundreds of people, so if you’re driving through the neighborhood, please be extra cautious of pedestrians.

Here are just a few highlights:

American Dance Institute at 8001 Greenwood Ave. will have special dance performances from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday.

Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will feature artists Katarina Schmidt and Thendara Kida-Gee (below), along with displays of “Creative Art for Seniors” classes by Betsy Dahlstrom.


Illumination Learning Studio, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N., will have a group show featuring art created by ILS students ages 5-13 (below), plus art made by the teachers.


Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., will feature Casey Brookbush’s paintings of musicians and spaceships.


Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., will host Mark O’Malley’s folk art paintings of storefronts along Phinney and Greenwood avenues.


Two Birds Tattoo, 7408 Greenwood Ave. N., will host Cute for a Cause, which includes art and goods and gift certificates on silent auction with all proceeds going to Old Dog Haven and The Seattle Animal Shelter. Donations of pet supplies or pet food welcomed; and there will be a face painter and a puppy kissing booth.

All Art Up PhinneyWood Art Walks, including The BIG One in May and smaller ones during the other 11 months, are organized by the all-volunteer Greenwood Arts Council, in collaboration with the Phinney Neighborhood Association. You can contact the Arts Council by emailing artupphinneywood@gmail.com.

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