January 30th, 2013 by Doree
Taproot Theatre’s expansion is coming along, as crews get the site ready for the modular construction building to be installed sometime this summer.
The back side of Taproot Theatre’s existing building is on the right.
Taproot’s Producing Artistic Director, Scott Nolte, tells me the plan is for the new building to be finished in late summer. With modular construction, the building components are completed offsite, then installation and finish work takes about four to six weeks.
The expansion takes the place of the former Eleanor Roosevelt Building, which housed four restaurants and burned in the Oct. 23, 2009, arson. The new building will include a second theater, dressing rooms, offices, scene workshop and a café and wine bar at 208 N. 85th Street.
If you’re wondering about the huge mural that was installed along the construction fence two months after the arson, Nolte said it is currently in storage, waiting for someone to come forward with a new site for it. Nolte said the mural would likely need to be touched up by the artists first.
The mural used to cover most of the length of the construction fence.
Tags: arson, mural, taproot theatre
September 13th, 2012 by Doree
The long-time mural on the 63rd Street underpass beneath Aurora Avenue North was recently painted over by the city, because of continuing problems with graffiti. Now, a group has stepped forward to paint a new mural.
Our 36th District State Representative Mary Lou Dickerson has assembled a small group to apply for a Small and Simple Project Grant to create new artwork for the underpass at 63rd Street and Aurora. The project will need a steering committee to work with the community, artists, muralists,city departments and the PNA to design and execute the new mural. The 46th Street Mural Project provides a successful example for these efforts.
Even if you are unable to serve on the committee, you can contribute to the matching grant not only with money but through in-kind donations by attending meetings or volunteering services (worth $20/hour!).
The organizational meeting for the 63rd Street Mural Project will take place on Wednesday, September 19 at 7PM on Phinney Ridge. If you would like to serve on the Steering Committee or have other questions contact Kerry Fowler at 206-412-5231 or kwfowler-at-gmail-dot-com.
The exact location of the meeting will be provided to those who call or email to join the Steering Committee.
Tags: 63rd Street underpass, graffiti, mural
August 14th, 2012 by Doree
Phinney Ridge resident Emily Gussin tells us she painted a graffiti-looking mural on a fence at Aurora Avenue North and North 47t Street. Gussin says the fence was constantly covered in graffiti, and she thought that a graffiti-looking mural could work to prevent more graffiti.
Here’s a portion of the mural.
I did the mural…after having talked with the business owners for a few weeks. They were sick of having to re-paint the fence every week or so to cover up tags, so they allowed me to put up ‘graffiti as graffiti prevention’. I am trying to work with other businesses who have walls or fences that get hit with tags often, because murals are one of the best ways to prevent that vandalism. I…am talking with a few other business owners at the moment, I just completed another one in the UDistrict. I am hoping to get a few more walls done before summer is up.
If anyone is interested in such a mural, please contact Emily Gussin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tags: art, graffiti, mural
July 31st, 2012 by Doree
City workers were out today painting over the much-graffitied mural on the North 57th Street underpass, near Woodland Park Zoo.
And now it’s gray.
The mural was created in the mid-1990s, but it was a challenge to find community members to clean up the constant graffiti, so the city decided to paint over it, as well as the North 63rd Street underpass at Aurora Avenue North.
Thanks to James McFarlane for the photos!
Tags: graffiti, mural, North 57th Street mural, North 63rd Street mural
March 4th, 2012 by Dale
Brandon Baker, who goes by Narboo on his artwork, finishes up a mural he was commissioned to paint outside the Chocolate Shoebox, 7410 Greenwood Ave. N. Sunday afternoon.
See more of Narboo’s artwork on Flickr or visit him at his studio in the Greenwood Collective.
Tags: art, Chocolate Shoebox, mural, Narboo
May 18th, 2011 by Doree
A Phinney Ridge neighbor has decided to take action on the oft-vandalized mural on the North 63rd Street underpass under Aurora Avenue North.
This graffiti showed up in late 2008 on the North 63rd Street underpass.
Kerry Fowler has created a brief, two-question survey on what neighbors think should be done with the mural.
I have created a SurveyMonkey page to take a straw poll on how to proceed – refurbish the current mural, create a new one, or let the city paint it over. The folks from the 46th Street Mural have provided great information on how they accomplished their task and the good news is that there are lots of resources available to us from the city.
Responses are anonymous and no IP addresses are logged.
Tags: graffiti, mural, North 63rd St
August 9th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes
The same folks who created a mural on an empty storefront along Aurora Avenue near Green Lake are about to do the same in Greenwood. The mural is set to go up on the side of the North Park Grocery at 10217 Aurora Ave.
The artists who’ve been hired to do the job are from Seattle Mural Art. Their first Aurora mural (seen below) was installed temporarily in an empty storefront and within three weeks the property was leased. They’re asking for the public’s input on their second mural in Greenwood during a community meeting this Tuesday (8/10) from 7pm to 8pm at the Epic Life Church (10510 Stone Ave N) across from the Northgate fire station.
The mural project is funded by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and Greenwood Aurora Involved Neighbors (GAIN).
Tags: GAIN, mural
May 12th, 2010 by Doree
Looking for a little more happiness in your life? Cecile Andrews, local author of “Less is More” and “Slow is Beautiful,” will guide you through “Happiness Lessons” from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.
In the past few years there has been a great deal of research on the nature of happiness. What are the secrets of happiness? Why is it on the decline? What specific steps can we take for our personal happiness as well as for societal well being? How can Seattle use a Gross National Happiness measurement? To register, call 206 783 2244, $5 donation.
The 85th Street Market on the corner of 8th Avenue Northwest and NW 85th Street now has an ice cream shop.
We are ready with our ice cream shop just in time for summer. We carry 24 different flavors from Dreyr’s . We will serving hand dipped ice cream by scoop, shakes, smoothies, sundae, banana split, root beer float and a lot more.
PlayMatters at 7720 Greenwood Ave. N. is having a summer-long special of $5 for open play time from now through August.
The Phinney Neighborhood Association is looking for volunteers in a number of different areas: PNA Board Members, writers for the quarterly Phinney Ridge Review, copywriters and “information architect” for the PNA’s new website, and volunteers to help run the PNA’s World Cup showings this summer. Email Alex if you’re interested in any of these volunteer opportunities.
The Seattle Times reports today that the city is removing more graffiti that has sprung up on the oft-tagged underpass mural near Woodland Park Zoo.
The Seattle Center Foundation is looking for your memories of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair for its upcoming 50th anniversary in 2012. “The Next Fifty” celebration includes an online time capsule. You can submit an image, story, video or audio file from the fair until May 21, and you’ll automatically be entered to win a Heritage Package (annual family passes to the Pacific Science Center, Seattle Center Monorail, and the Space Needle – a $2,400 value).
Tags: gardening, graffiti, history, mural, zoo
January 31st, 2010 by Dale
A project that recently received a Small and Simple Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle is seeking an artist(s) to design a mural for a wall near the southeast corner of Phinney Ridge that bridges the neighborhoods of Fremont and Wallingford.
The 46th Street Mural Project is looking for a design that will “bring a positive visual message to pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists traveling under Highway 99 (Aurora Ave.) at N. 46th St.”
The wall is located on the north side of the underpass at N. 46th St. and Aurora Ave N.
Get more details on our sister site, Fremont Universe.
Tags: art, grants, mural
December 31st, 2009 by Doree
Greenwood spent the morning putting aside the evilness of this year’s months-long arson spree and instead focused on the good – community, caring neighbors, and talented individuals donating their time to clean up the neighborhood.
The unveiling of the mural along the safety fence in front of what used to be the Eleanor Roosevelt Building – housing Pho Tic Tac, Szechuan Bistro, C.C. Teriyaki and Green Bean Coffeehouse, and which was destroyed in the Oct. 23 arson – brought out a couple hundred people to the sidewalk by Taproot Theatre.
Greenwood Chamber of Commerce President Steve Giliberto summed up the experience this way.
“To be on the site of darkness and have a light shine over it,” Giliberto said. “It’s not only a testament to our neighborhood, but a testament to the human spirit. Evil happens, but good can always get the last word. It’s a great ending to a tough year.”
I spoke with two of the mural artists – John Osgood and Kevin “Sensei23″ Sullivan – as they stood across the street in the Gorditos parking lot. They installed the mural in panels yesterday, then quickly covered it up with black plastic for the official unveiling. Osgood says the muralists worked in the empty space beneath Bartell Drugs for the last month or so, creating the mural in sections. There wasn’t space to lay it all out down there, so they saw it all for the first time during the installation.
“When we were like halfway through, I got goose bumps,” Osgood said. “Once I started seeing it go up, I was like, oh my god.”
The mural features the drama masks symbolizing Taproot Theatre (which owned the Eleanor Roosevelt Building), a firefighter rescuing a PAWS Cat City kitty during the arson, muscle cars from the annual Greenwood Car Show, a huge phoenix rising out of the flames, the name Greenwood, and images promoting the monthly Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk. Sitting on top of the Greenwood name and on top of a tree are two owls. Sullivan told me the owls symbolize watching over the neighborhood.
Taproot Theatre Artistic Producing Director Scott Nolte told me that Taproot had the initial idea to do something with the site, then a number of other people ran with the idea. While Taproot provided money for materials, the muralists donated all their time.
“It was a labor of love on their part,” Nolte said.
The crew of Station 21 was there (although not all are actually stationed there, but some were filling in because of the holidays).
And plenty of people watched from across the street, so they could see the whole mural at once.
Tags: arson, mural
December 30th, 2009 by Doree
I drove through downtown Greenwood late this morning and happened to see the new mural being installed in front of the arson site next to Taproot Theatre. As soon as they were done, they covered it in black plastic to prepare for tomorrow’s unveiling at 11 a.m.
The mural features a phoenix rising from the fire (those flames you see on the far right), a Greenwood firefighter rescuing a PAWS Cat City cat during the Oct. 23 arson, muscle cars from the Greenwood Car Show, and other iconic neighborhood images.
Three artists from Seattle Mural Art created the mural: Zachary Bohnenkamp, Kevin “Sensei23″ Sullivan, and John Osgood. We’ll bring you a full report after tomorrow’s unveiling.
And we just heard from Cindy Potter, one of the trustees of the Greenwood Fire Relief Fund, who reports the relief fund has now collected more than $14,000 for the businesses affected by the string of arsons.
Tags: arson, art, mural
October 21st, 2008 by Dale
Last week we put up a post about the tagging of the mural at North 63rd under Aurora Avenue. Today, a Seattle Department of Transportation employee called to say they’re trying to find the people who originally painted the mural to clean up the graffiti, some of which you can see below.
When someone gets permission to put a mural on a bridge, they also agree to maintain it, according to the SDOT employee. City employees will now try to track down those who worked on the mural to see if they’ll take care of it. It’s only after no one steps up to do the work that the city’s graffiti rangers will paint it out, he said.
That isn’t quite the way it worked out for the zoo mural on the North 57th Street underpass. A few months ago the graffiti rangers accidentally covered that mural with gray paint that the city later paid several thousand dollars to remove.
“We definitely don’t want to paint out any murals anymore,” said the SDOT employee who asked not to be quoted by name.
Several members of the community got together to paint the mural in 1997 with the help of a matching grant and the support of the Phinney Ridge and Green Lake community councils. Lise Ward was the project manager. She’s leading an effort to restore the Zoo mural and we’ve left messages for her to let her know about the latest graffiti and the city’s attempts to track down people involved with the original project.
According to the city, Guy Allen, Dan Ayala, Amy Bengtson and Mary Gross are listed as the artists and Irene Wall with the Phinney Ridge Community Council was involved as well.
Update: Lise is aware of the city’s interest in seeing the mural fixed. She’s not exactly sure when she can deal with this one, given she’s got her hands full with the 57th Street zoo mural. To get things moving, some volunteers would be welcome.
Lise can be contacted at email@example.com, or (206) 362-8731.
Tags: art, graffiti, mural