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Le Merde hosting pop-up art fundraiser Friday

September 22nd, 2016 by Doree

Le Merde, a “lifestyle shop” selling art and clothes at 7315 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a pop-up art fundraiser this Friday, to help the shop stay afloat after a dispute with the owner of the adjoining business, Ludlow, which is now closed. Le Merde is now responsible for rent on both spaces. (Ludlow’s owner has not responded to a message for information about the closure of his shop.)

Artists at Friday’s fundraiser pay $25 per art piece (no commission on top of that), with artists setting their own prices. Contact Le Merde through direct message on its Facebook page or stop by the shop. Art will be accepted until 2 p.m. Friday.

Debi Boyette opened Le Merde in July 2014, and moved from 65th & Phinney to its current location in January. Le Merde has “members” who pay $200 a month to bring in whatever they want to sell (vintage clothes, jewelry, home décor, etc.) Members then keep all their profits, and are asked to work in the shop three to six hours per week, to make sure all merchandise is properly stocked and displayed. Some members just use the space as a studio during closed hours, and don’t need to put in shop hours.

“Le Merde is a starting point for entrepreneurs, artists, stylists and visionaries who want to test their ideas without committing to, or being locked into, a lease and all the financial responsibilities that are attached to owning your own business,” Boyette said. “There is no long-term commitment at Le Merde, we just ask for a 30-60 day written notice prior to leaving.”

She is hoping to turn the former Ludlow half of the space into a gallery and working artist space, with workshops and community gatherings.

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Family STEAM night at the Greenwood Library next Tuesday

May 18th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) night next Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. for families with children ages 5 and up. The drop-in activities will explore engineering and mazes by having children design and create their own mazes with a variety of materials, from sand and straws to LEGOs and cardboard. There also will be a scavenger hunt.

The event is free and registration is not required.

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Day two of the PhinneyWood Artwalk — The BIG One is today

May 14th, 2016 by Doree

Hundreds of people packed into neighborhood galleries, restaurants and other businesses Friday night for the first day of the huge annual PhinneyWood Artwalk — The BIG One. This is the biggest of our neighborhood’s monthly Artwalks, with more than 150 artists at nearly 80 venues throughout the neighborhood.

Today’s Artwalk runs from 12-5 p.m. Check the Artwalk website for a list of participating venues and artists, and a map. The map notes that some of the venues were only open last night, not today. Printed maps are also available at all Artwalk sites.

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Art lovers at Stretch & Staple.

This dual-bike-powered "car" was parked in front of The Yard, adding some visual whimsy.

This dual-bike-powered “car” was parked in front of The Yard, adding some visual whimsy.

Rhodora Jacob's "Bill Murrmaid" at Warlock Labs, based on Bill Murray's character in "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou."

Rhodora Jacob’s “Bill Murrmaid” at Warlock Labs, based on Bill Murray’s character in “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” (Thanks to Logan for the photo!)

American Dance Institute was packed — inside and out — for students’ performances.

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Artwalk: The BIG One is Friday and Saturday at nearly 80 Phinney-Greenwood venues

May 12th, 2016 by Doree

Our neighborhood’s huge annual Artwalk, nicknamed “The BIG One,” is tomorrow and Saturday. This was the original Artwalk before it became a monthly event several years ago. The 21st annual BIG One is a two-day event, with Artwalk activities from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 12-5 p.m. Saturday, at nearly 80 venues throughout the neighborhood.

You’ll find art from more than 150 artists in every medium, plus live music, children’s activities, and special food and drink specials. Many hundreds of people are expected to stroll the sidewalks, making it a kind of neighborhood party. The streets are not closed for the event, so please be extra careful of all those people walking and crossing streets.

You can download a map of participating venues. Note that some venues say “Friday only.” In addition to the art sites, there’s a designation for “Chow-Down sites,” which offer some kind of Artwalk food/drink special.

Also, Greenwood Square/Upper Crust Catering at 8420 Greenwood Ave. N. will auction off plywood window art from the March 9 Greenwood gas explosion on Friday only. Social Hour begins at 5 p.m. with auction winners announced at 8:30 p.m. There will be appetizers and a cash bar. All proceeds go to the Greenwood Relief Fund, administered by the PNA and benefitting all the businesses, employees and residents affected by the blast.

Here are a few highlights:

Abram’s Chiropractic, 7815 Greenwood Ave. N., features the paintings of Robin Jordan.

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Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., (which is also a chow-down site), features the wooden, scroll-sawn animal art of Kyle Krauskopf, who created a different design every day of the year 2015. All 365 pieces will be on display.

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Nutty Squirrel Gelato, 7212 Greenwood Ave. N., (which is also a chow-down site), features the paintings of Richard Jahn.

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I am a painter and though I don’t try to paint like any other artist you could probably put me in a category similar to Vincent Van Gogh, at least in attitude towards painting. I like to experiment with lots of different artistic ideas but overall I want my art to express who I am as a person and have a certain honesty about them that comes from doing my best as it comes from my heart and hand, as opposed to doing something that I was taught – regardless of subject matter. Most of my paintings are local recognizable scenes.

The Phinney Center Gallery, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., features the exhibit, “The Four Fauvinistas,” with paintings on glass by Seattle artist Jessica Dodge, paintings by Nancy Kiefer, artwork with found imagery and text by Deborah Faye Lawrence, and artwork of media and processes including found object assemblage, collage, painting and drawings by Cindy Small. The show runs through June 3.

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The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N., will show the mixed media works of Gina Balli.

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Jazz-inspired sketches at a sketch comedy theater…and surrealistic paintings too. Gina is a self-taught artist, interested in figurative gesture and surrealism. Improv music jams, dreams, and her Latin culture inspire the art on display.

Also featuring the CUBE Project, a growing collection of wooden cubes each painted by different artists.

Windermere Greenwood, 311 N. 85th St., will feature sculptures by Heather Saddler.

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Heather learned a recycled paper sculpture technique while traveling in Oaxaca, and has since incorporated lots of found and re-purposed objects to create whimsical, dynamic female figures.

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Register for PhinneyWood’s huge annual Artwalk on May 13-14

February 19th, 2016 by Doree

The huge annual PhinneyWood Artwalk is coming up on Friday, May 13, from 6-9 p.m., and Saturday May 14, from 12-5 p.m.

This is the biggest of our neighborhood’s monthly artwalks, and brings hundreds of people to the Greenwood-Phinney corridor to experience all the various mediums of art at about 80 venues with 150 or more artists. Friday night especially becomes a kind of neighborhood party as people stroll and chat with neighbors, while many businesses provide artwalk discounts or specials.

Businesses can register to host an artist for $45. That includes a listing on the Art Up PhinneyWood website and printed map, plus access to a Facebook database of potential artists.

Deadline to sign up is March 15.

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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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