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Neighborhood sidewalks will be filled with folks at huge annual ArtWalk Friday and Saturday

Greenwood-Phinney has a great monthly Art Up Artwalk, but the major art event of the year is the May PhinneyWood ArtWalk, which features more artists and participating businesses and big crowds.

“Hazy Moon” by Yachun Peng, at the Phinney Center Gallery.
From 6-9 p.m. Friday and again 12-5 p.m. Saturday, about 75 art galleries and other businesses from North 59 to 87th streets will feature art from more than 150 artists. Some will also have live music and other entertainment. You can check out an online map, or pick up a paper map at all participating ArtWalk businesses.
Keep in mind that construction continues on North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North, and many businesses near that intersection have their sidewalks torn up. But boardwalks are in place to allow access to businesses.
Down at the south end of the ArtWalk, A la Mode Pies will feature photography by Greg Plumis; The Urban Lola will showcase photography by Kelly Bauer and Art of LolaLisa, plus recycled leather bags by Fleurie Designs; and Hip Zephyr will have mixed-media acrylic paintings by Gay Seydlitz.
On the north end, Pema Kharpo at 8554 Greenwood Ave. N. will provide classic Tibetan folk music and calligraphy; Naked City Brewery & Taphouse will have photography by Rawi Nanakul; and you’ll see leather masks by Timothy Stephens at Terra Bella Flowers.
In between, Tasty art gallery opens a group show called “Flora and Fauna,” featuring the work of 15 artists (below); the Phinney Center Gallery features the whimsical work of Enfu and Yachun Peng; and the new location of Furnishments (which recently closed down the hill at North 73rd Street and Linden Avenue North) at 7218 Greenwood Ave. N. will showcase acrylics by Anna Morgenthaler, collage by Jessica Schultz, acrylics, oils and mixed media by Cher Myers, and digital painting by Aaron Rutten.

The front window of Santoro’s Books will feature the artwork of fifth-graders from Daniel Bagley Elementary. “I Am Words” consists of self-portraits constructed from sentences that each student wrote about his or her life. Inside the bookstore, you’ll find nature shadowbox artwork by Marie Ciliberto, and two neighborhood authors signing books on Friday night: Donna Miscolta (“When the De La Cruz Family Danced”) and Elena Louise Richmond (“99 Girdles on the Wall.”)
Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café is hosting a Pacific Northwest Folklore Society Coffee House Concert with Heidi Muller, and many restaurants are offering discounts and specials during ArtWalk hours.

At the 2010 annual ArtWalk, Trio Con Brio sat on toilets while performing in the front window of Johnson & Johnson Antiques.
While you’re out and about, please consider bringing a can or two of food or hygiene items for the Greenwood Food Bank. Volunteers will be collecting donations at Green Bean Coffee House at 8533 Greenwood Ave. N. and Urban Light Studios at 8537 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 1 (inside the Greenwood Collective.)
PhinneyWood ArtWalk is organized by the all-volunteer Greenwood Arts Council, in collaboration with the Phinney Neighborhood Association and the ArtUp Phinney-Greenwood monthly artwalk, with funding support from the city’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.
(The ArtWalk is a PhinneyWood sponsor.)