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Art and literature at Friday night’s Artwalk

More than 40 Greenwood and Phinney Ridge businesses are hosting artists in various mediums for tonight’s monthly Art Up Artwalk. The official Artwalk hours are 6-9 p.m., but some stay open later. Check out the website for the full list of venues and artists, plus a map.
Here are a few highlights:
Tasty, 7513 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a special tribute show in support of Joplin, Missouri, which is still rebuilding after last year’s deadly tornado. Seattle resident and Joplin native Dorothy Maples is spending a year with AmeriCorps helping to rebuild her hometown. Tasty’s huge group exhibit is called “Creatures Featured” and centers around the theme of rebirth. Thirty-percent of all art sales from the show will go to those rebuilding eforts.

Assemble Gallery & Studio, 7406 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting artist Janelle Lile’s show, titled “Modified.”

Inspired by family history, Janelle uses inherited objects to guide her creative direction. Her grandmother’s knitting needles and hand-written patterns along with her grandfather’s collection of 20th century Montana railroad books are incorporated into layered mixed-media drawings that explore memory and connection to the creativity of women.

Bherd Studios Gallery, inside the Greenwood Collective at 8537 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 1, is showing the work of Few and Far, an all-woman “graffiti collective.”

F&F is a movement that brings together talented women who are involved in graffiti and street art from all over the world. Their group connects women by creating social and artistic exchange, by showcasing art on the streets, on walls and in other high profile venues. And they foster and celebrate the power and expression of female street artists. Importantly, Few and Far consists of a team of open minded, highly creative, cutting edge and dedicated every day females. The show is curated by two local members, 179 and Ksera and the line-up includes: Lady Mags, TOOFLY, Meme, Erin Yoshi, DJ AGANA, Hops, Amanda Lynn, Reds, Siloette, Dime, Ursala Xanthe Young, Erin Ashford, Gloria Muriel and Rez. Artists Present.

In The Red Wine Bar & Cafe, 6510 Phinney Ave. N., features photography by Kristen Gill (including her iPhoneography project).

“My vision is to examine photography’s place in contemporary culture, as well as explore its possibilities for social change. I have slept in caves in remote forests in Brazil, lived with hill tribes in northern Vietnam, laughed with the Irish over pints of Guinness, and documented street protests in Spain and Argentina. My approach with photography is to capture diverse cultures, but also to find the commonality between people.”

A group called Five Alarms is hosting what it calls “14 of the hottest acts in Seattle literature” on a special crawl through five venues during the Artwalk. The crawl will include prose, spoken word, dance and performance art.
The first reading begins at 6:45 p.m. at Tasty, 7513 Greenwood Ave. N., with Eva Suter and Evan Peterson. Then Willie Fitzgerald,  Tara Atkinson and  Jamey Braden Von Mooter will be at Makeda Coffee, 153 N. 78th St., at 7:25 p.m. At 8:05 p.m. at Art on the Ridge, 8005 Greenwood Ave. N., hear from Four Hoarse Men and Thomas Walton. At 8:45 p.m., head down to Neptune Coffee, 8415 Greenwood Ave. N., for Bill Carty, Words Plus and Kate Lebo. Then it all ends at 9:25 p.m. at Naked City Brewing, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., with Bryan Miller, Robert Lashley, Brian McGuigan and Paul Nelson.