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Monthly artwalk and the Snowmen on Parade

We only had time to visit a few locations during the monthly Greenwood-Phinney Artwalk last night, but everywhere we went, the venues were packed, including the recently opened Assemble Gallery & Studio owned by Emily Grosse and Andie Wurster.

The shop is about “presenting traditional craft as art,” such as this knit bicycle.

There was even knit dog poop. Really. You’ve got until about Jan. 2 to see it if you’re curious.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in the workshops,” Grosse said during the artwalk. “The neighbors seem really interested in that.”
 
Art in the shop will rotate on a monthly basis, around the beginning of each month. They’ll have workshops that will complement that, such as knitting. Can sign up for workshops online. They plan to have knitting circles, and be a space for things like bridal showers.
 
They have a little boutique area up front with some of their favorite crafty things from around the world.

We also saw a lot of art fans at Strut and at Avanti Art & Design where we were treated to poetry slam performance by Brian Enriquez.

At SPACE A Design Collective, where the Snowmen on Parade fundraiser wrapped up, organizers had collected a total of $700 from 29 snowmen as of last night. That’s about double last year’s take (but from only 10 snowmen). That number may rise because some people are rounding up their winning bids when they pay.

Here’s contemporary artist Jacob Pendle pondering whether to add any more finishing strokes to his Samurai silhouette, while the Brooke Pennock Band played a great set.

We stuck around for the Greenwood Phinney Chamber of Commerce’s holiday party (which was great!) and met some really interesting people. 

Here are just a few: Tobey Stansbury of Emerald City Karate, fresh back from living in Japan and now teaching classes at the Phinney Center; Donna Kay of Seattle Management Group Real Estate, a former Rat City Rollergirl now aiming to be the oldest (WFTDA) roller derby skater in the U.S.; and hospitality consultant Janice Bellotti-Pace who it turns out, painted the snowman we won in the Snowmen on Parade auction!

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