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


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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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.


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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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.


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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Beautiful night for monthly Art Up Artwalk in Phinney-Greenwood

September 14th, 2012 by Doree

What a beautiful evening for strolling the neighborhood and enjoying art and music. Forty-two art galleries and other businesses will open their doors from 6-9 p.m. tonight for the monthly Art Up Artwalk.

Here are just a few highlights. Check out the Artwalk blog for a complete list of all participating venues and artists, plus a map.

Bherd Studios Gallery has moved out of the Greenwood Collective and is now on the corner of 85th and Greenwood, at 312 N. 85th St., Suite 101 (above Chase Bank).

There is a fine line between art and retail in the gallery business and By The Yard pushes it right over the edge. Eleven artists were challenged to create a piece of work that is 1 yard long by 1 foot high which will be sold by the inch. Visitors will be encouraged to use tape measures and rulers to divvy up their favorite parts of the artwork, daring both artist and art buyer to discover how they truly feel about the production of art for sale.

Art On The Ridge is featuring “Observation Works,” block prints by Joya Marie Marsh (below).

Tasty is opening its “Erratic Expressions” exhibit of mixed-media art (below). They’ll be serving pink champagne and artists will be hand to chat about their work from 6-10 p.m.

The artists at Two Birds Tattoo at 7408 Greenwood Ave. N. will show how they design tattoos to customers. They’ll show tattoo stencils and photos of finished tattoos to show the process.

A-1 Piano at 7020 Greenwood Ave. N. features the work of 11-year-old Max Ayotte Basom (below).

Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Phinney Ave. N., is featuring paintings by Jill Bullitt and Merle Martinson (below), and drawings by Robert McNown.

And two new art studios are opening their doors for tonight’s Artwalk. Warlock Labs and The Studio of AWESOME are located at 101 N. 85th St., above Mori Japanese Restaurant, in suites 201 and 203.

The studios feature fine artists, graphic artists, illustrators, and crafters, including reusable grocery totes, housewares (below), jewelry, and handmade costumes for kids.

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Art and literature at Friday night’s Artwalk

July 13th, 2012 by Doree

More than 40 Greenwood and Phinney Ridge businesses are hosting artists in various mediums for tonight’s monthly Art Up Artwalk. The official Artwalk hours are 6-9 p.m., but some stay open later. Check out the website for the full list of venues and artists, plus a map.

Here are a few highlights:

Tasty, 7513 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a special tribute show in support of Joplin, Missouri, which is still rebuilding after last year’s deadly tornado. Seattle resident and Joplin native Dorothy Maples is spending a year with AmeriCorps helping to rebuild her hometown. Tasty’s huge group exhibit is called “Creatures Featured” and centers around the theme of rebirth. Thirty-percent of all art sales from the show will go to those rebuilding eforts.

Assemble Gallery & Studio, 7406 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting artist Janelle Lile’s show, titled “Modified.”

Inspired by family history, Janelle uses inherited objects to guide her creative direction. Her grandmother’s knitting needles and hand-written patterns along with her grandfather’s collection of 20th century Montana railroad books are incorporated into layered mixed-media drawings that explore memory and connection to the creativity of women.

Bherd Studios Gallery, inside the Greenwood Collective at 8537 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 1, is showing the work of Few and Far, an all-woman “graffiti collective.”

F&F is a movement that brings together talented women who are involved in graffiti and street art from all over the world. Their group connects women by creating social and artistic exchange, by showcasing art on the streets, on walls and in other high profile venues. And they foster and celebrate the power and expression of female street artists. Importantly, Few and Far consists of a team of open minded, highly creative, cutting edge and dedicated every day females. The show is curated by two local members, 179 and Ksera and the line-up includes: Lady Mags, TOOFLY, Meme, Erin Yoshi, DJ AGANA, Hops, Amanda Lynn, Reds, Siloette, Dime, Ursala Xanthe Young, Erin Ashford, Gloria Muriel and Rez. Artists Present.

In The Red Wine Bar & Cafe, 6510 Phinney Ave. N., features photography by Kristen Gill (including her iPhoneography project).

“My vision is to examine photography’s place in contemporary culture, as well as explore its possibilities for social change. I have slept in caves in remote forests in Brazil, lived with hill tribes in northern Vietnam, laughed with the Irish over pints of Guinness, and documented street protests in Spain and Argentina. My approach with photography is to capture diverse cultures, but also to find the commonality between people.”

A group called Five Alarms is hosting what it calls “14 of the hottest acts in Seattle literature” on a special crawl through five venues during the Artwalk. The crawl will include prose, spoken word, dance and performance art.

The first reading begins at 6:45 p.m. at Tasty, 7513 Greenwood Ave. N., with Eva Suter and Evan Peterson. Then Willie Fitzgerald,  Tara Atkinson and  Jamey Braden Von Mooter will be at Makeda Coffee, 153 N. 78th St., at 7:25 p.m. At 8:05 p.m. at Art on the Ridge, 8005 Greenwood Ave. N., hear from Four Hoarse Men and Thomas Walton. At 8:45 p.m., head down to Neptune Coffee, 8415 Greenwood Ave. N., for Bill Carty, Words Plus and Kate Lebo. Then it all ends at 9:25 p.m. at Naked City Brewing, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., with Bryan Miller, Robert Lashley, Brian McGuigan and Paul Nelson.

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Crowded sidewalks for first night of ArtWalk, more art Saturday

May 12th, 2012 by Doree

Lots of people were out in the neighborhood Friday night for the big annual Phinney-Greenwood ArtWalk, which continues from 12-5 p.m. Saturday.

Outside Metropolis and Avanti Art & Design.

Furnishments reopened in its new space at 7218 Greenwood Ave. N. just as the ArtWalk started.

As usual, the Greenwood Library left out a big bucket of chalk for Artwalkers to create their own art.

Luxe Lighting showed off art under some beautiful lights.

They were singing the blues at Valentine’s Men’s Grooming Salon.

From Sundust Oracle Institute.

We didn’t get to see nearly as much of the ArtWalk as we wanted, because we were busy covering the scattered crime scene of a suspect who led police on a high-speed chase through the neighborhood, hitting one pedestrian and nearly hitting a second, so if you have photos of the ArtWalk you’d like to share, please email us.

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SDOT won’t close 85th & Greenwood intersection until after ArtWalk Friday night

May 10th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews will not close the intersection of North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North at 7 p.m. Friday as originally planned. Instead, traffic will begin detouring at 8 p.m., and the intersection will close at the official end of the ArtWalk at 9 p.m. It will reopen at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Crews will work continuously through the night and next day.

SDOT is delaying the intersection closure because of community concerns that it would make it harder for people to get to ArtWalk venues.

In order to complete the road work while accommodating the Art Walk, we will ensure that pedestrian pathways are clearly marked and access is maintained to all adjacent businesses. We will have flaggers, uniformed police officers, and other project personnel available to monitor construction and ensure pedestrian mobility is maintained. If you drive to the Phinneywood Art Walk, you will be able to leave the site after the intersection closure is implemented.

Because of the delay in the start of work Friday night, noisy work will occur into the early hours on Saturday and we will be finished later on Saturday than originally planned. However, the work on Saturday afternoon will not be as noisy as the work on Friday night and Saturday morning.

If you have any questions or concerns about the repaving project, you can visit the project website, sign up for weekly email updates by emailing pave_85th@seattle.gov, or call the 24-hour project line at 206-496-9993.

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Neighborhood sidewalks will be filled with folks at huge annual ArtWalk Friday and Saturday

May 10th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood-Phinney has a great monthly Art Up Artwalk, but the major art event of the year is the May PhinneyWood ArtWalk, which features more artists and participating businesses and big crowds.

“Hazy Moon” by Yachun Peng, at the Phinney Center Gallery.

From 6-9 p.m. Friday and again 12-5 p.m. Saturday, about 75 art galleries and other businesses from North 59 to 87th streets will feature art from more than 150 artists. Some will also have live music and other entertainment. You can check out an online map, or pick up a paper map at all participating ArtWalk businesses.

Keep in mind that construction continues on North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North, and many businesses near that intersection have their sidewalks torn up. But boardwalks are in place to allow access to businesses.

Down at the south end of the ArtWalk, A la Mode Pies will feature photography by Greg Plumis; The Urban Lola will showcase photography by Kelly Bauer and Art of LolaLisa, plus recycled leather bags by Fleurie Designs; and Hip Zephyr will have mixed-media acrylic paintings by Gay Seydlitz.

On the north end, Pema Kharpo at 8554 Greenwood Ave. N. will provide classic Tibetan folk music and calligraphy; Naked City Brewery & Taphouse will have photography by Rawi Nanakul; and you’ll see leather masks by Timothy Stephens at Terra Bella Flowers.

In between, Tasty art gallery opens a group show called “Flora and Fauna,” featuring the work of 15 artists (below); the Phinney Center Gallery features the whimsical work of Enfu and Yachun Peng; and the new location of Furnishments (which recently closed down the hill at North 73rd Street and Linden Avenue North) at 7218 Greenwood Ave. N. will showcase acrylics by Anna Morgenthaler, collage by Jessica Schultz, acrylics, oils and mixed media by Cher Myers, and digital painting by Aaron Rutten.

The front window of Santoro’s Books will feature the artwork of fifth-graders from Daniel Bagley Elementary. “I Am Words” consists of self-portraits constructed from sentences that each student wrote about his or her life. Inside the bookstore, you’ll find nature shadowbox artwork by Marie Ciliberto, and two neighborhood authors signing books on Friday night: Donna Miscolta (“When the De La Cruz Family Danced”) and Elena Louise Richmond (“99 Girdles on the Wall.”)

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café is hosting a Pacific Northwest Folklore Society Coffee House Concert with Heidi Muller, and many restaurants are offering discounts and specials during ArtWalk hours.

At the 2010 annual ArtWalk, Trio Con Brio sat on toilets while performing in the front window of Johnson & Johnson Antiques.

While you’re out and about, please consider bringing a can or two of food or hygiene items for the Greenwood Food Bank. Volunteers will be collecting donations at Green Bean Coffee House at 8533 Greenwood Ave. N. and Urban Light Studios at 8537 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 1 (inside the Greenwood Collective.)

PhinneyWood ArtWalk is organized by the all-volunteer Greenwood Arts Council, in collaboration with the Phinney Neighborhood Association and the ArtUp Phinney-Greenwood monthly artwalk, with funding support from the city’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

(The ArtWalk is a PhinneyWood sponsor.)

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