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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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2 more LED holiday monkeys stolen from Red Mill overnight

December 31st, 2014 by Doree

Two more LED-covered metal monkeys were stolen from the roof of Red Mill Burgers overnight, making a total of five monkeys stolen from the neighborhood lighting display in the last month.

Mike Veitenhans, one of the lighting project organizers, tells us he filed a police report this morning. The first two monkeys were stolen from the trees in front of In the Red Wine Bar; the third was stolen yesterday from Red Mill.


Holiday monkeys on Red Mill Burgers and neighboring Starbucks in late November. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

Since the thieves left behind the lighting controllers, he says the police believe the monkeys were stolen for scrap metal. Each monkey has only about $20 worth of metal.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Membership Group and the Greenwood Arts Council came up with the lighting project as a tie-in to Woodland Park Zoo’s annual WildLights and a way to promote neighborhood businesses in a unique way. Each monkey has roughly $80 worth of materials and another $120 worth of volunteer time.

The monkeys – about 150 throughout the neighborhood – have been displayed since Thanksgiving week and will be taken down beginning Jan. 2 and stored until next year.

If you have any information about the stolen monkeys, call the PNA at 206-783-2244. Veitenhans says the stolen monkeys also can be dropped off at the PNA, no questions asked.

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Third LED holiday monkey stolen from local business

December 30th, 2014 by Doree

A third LED holiday monkey has been stolen from a neighborhood business, this time from Red Mill Burgers at the corner of Phinney Avenue North and North 67th Street. The first two monkeys were stolen from the trees in front of In the Red Wine Bar one block south of Red Mill.


Red Mill Burgers and Starbucks had several LED monkeys installed on their building in November for the neighborhood holiday lighting project. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

This is the first year for the whimsical holiday lighting project, sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Business Advisory Group and the Greenwood Arts Council as a way to bring attention to neighborhood shops and to Woodland Park Zoo’s annual WildLights. The project has received some great media attention.

The project received a City of Seattle Department of Neighborhood’s grant for materials; volunteers then bent the metal and attached the LED strips. About 150 monkeys were sponsored by businesses and individuals (including us) for $25 each. That money will be used to construct about 50 more monkeys next year. One of the project’s organizers, Mike Veitenhans, says the materials for each monkey cost about $100 and volunteer work to create them is about another $100.

If you have any information about the stolen monkeys, please call the PNA at 206-783-2244.

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Parade of LED-wrapped metal monkeys will light up Phinney-Greenwood this holiday season

September 15th, 2014 by Doree

The PNA Business Advisory Group and the Greenwood Arts Council have organized a fun new project for the November-December holiday season. They’ll light the air raid tower at North 67th Street and Phinney Avenue North and hang 150 monkeys with lights from trees, awnings and poles all along Phinney and Greenwood avenues from North 59th to 87th streets.

Here’s a prototype being shaped in the workshop.


And here it is all lit up.


The project is made possible by a grant from Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, which means the community has to match it with volunteer hours.

Here’s more info from organizers Ann Bowden and Mike Veitenhans:

The idea grew out of discussions about ways to promote the neighborhood businesses. The air raid tower is a unique feature in the neighborhood and became a natural focus for the project and a central location for a lighting event. In addition, the Woodland Park Zoo’s new WildLights offered an opportunity to capitalize on the thousands of people who travel to the neighborhood to see holiday lights. And so the project was born.

This fall, a 17-foot tall, 20-spoked, 6000 LED structure (shaped something like a cone) will be created to hang from the tower’s work platform. On Nov. 29, the structure will be lighted during a holiday lighting event.

In addition, 150 metal frame monkeys will also be created, wrapped in LED lighting strips and posted on trees, lamp posts, awnings and in windows at various locations along Phinney and Greenwood. Think what fun it will be trying to spot all of the monkeys who’ve “escaped” from the Zoo’s WildLights.

Because this is a DON grant, community members are needed to help match the funds with volunteer efforts – everything from helping to create the monkeys to hanging them to planning and executing the lighting event.

First up – Benders are needed soon. Volunteer “benders” will bend 1/8″ x 3/4″ flat bar into various monkey shapes. The work will be done in a workshop in South Lake Union. Volunteers will be trained, need to have strong hands, not be afraid of sweating and getting dirty, and able to work at least 2-hour shifts. Tack welding experience would be nice.

Additional volunteer job descriptions will be developed soon.

Anyone interested in being part of this should contact Mike Veitenhans or Ann Bowden by emailing biz@phinneycenter.org or mike.v@comcast.net.

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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.


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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Greenwood Arts Council’s deadline for next years’ Artwalk map is this Friday

December 14th, 2011 by Doree

The Greenwood Arts Council is about to print its monthly Art Up Artwalk maps for 2012, but first they want to know of any more businesses who would like to join and be included on the map. This includes any business that plans to offer an Artwalk special (such as discounted dinner or drinks, or a percentage off certain items in your store during Artwalk hours), even if that business won’t be hosting any artists or artwork.

The cost to be included is $25 for the year. That gets your business an informational blurb and link on the Art Up website, plus 100 printed maps to give to customers, and a poster for your window.

The deadline to be included in the 2012 printed maps is Friday, Dec. 16.

Make your $25 check out to the Phinney Neighborhood Association (which is the Greenwood Arts Council’s fiscal agent), but mail to Sheri Hauser at Tasty, 7513 Greenwood Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103, so she can get your info on the map right away. She will deliver the checks to the PNA.

Questions? Email artup@greenwood-phinney.com.

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