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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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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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