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

by | May 12, 2016

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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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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