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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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