A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Call for artists for Phinney Center Gallery’s PNA Member and Volunteer Art Show in September

July 7th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Center Gallery is now calling for artists for its PNA Member and Volunteer Art Show, which will exhibit from Sept. 13 to Oct. 13.

The show is open to visual artists working in 2D media who are members or volunteers of the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Jurors from the community will select the works to be shown.

Applications are due Aug. 15. Submit your work here. Contact Emilia Jones at emiliaj@phinneycenter.org with any questions.

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Great first night for annual PhinneyWood Artwalk — The BIG One — with day two tomorrow

May 12th, 2017 by Doree

The weather held for the first night of the annual PhinneyWood Artwalk — The BIG One — as hundreds of people strolled up and down Phinney and Greenwood avenues to see art and hear music at more than 70 galleries and other businesses.

The Artwalk’s second day is from 12-5 p.m. Saturday. Check the Artwalk website because a few venues were only open on Friday or close early on Saturday.

Jenna Vivre sings at Umpqua Bank.

Art by Artists of the Sacred Hoop at Umpqua Bank.

The first annual Seattle Recycled Arts Festival brought an amazing array of art at numerous locations throughout the Artwalk, including this robot and dog at the Greenwood Library.

This “computer” by a 9-year-old student at the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas.

This fantastic “Moonshot” made from an old Waring blender and salt and pepper shakers, at Urban Light Studios.

And these gorgeous chandeliers made from broken shards of glass, also at Urban Light Studios.

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The BIG One Artwalk is Friday and Saturday at 70+ venues throughout PhinneyWood

May 11th, 2017 by Doree

Our neighborhood’s huge annual Artwalk – The BIG One – is Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at more than 70 venues throughout Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. This was the original annual neighborhood artwalk that later expanded to include smaller monthly artwalks.

The BIG One runs from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 12-5 p.m. Saturday. You’ll hear live music at a number of galleries and other businesses, and some restaurants/pubs will offer food and drink specials.

The first annual Seattle Recycled Arts Festival will have artists at Urban Light Studios, 8537 Greenwood Ave. N., (closing at 3 p.m. Saturday) and several other sites (see the Artwalk website for details).

The Phinney Center Gallery hosts the annual NW Fine Arts Competition, with its opening reception Friday night.

Beats and Bohos, 7200 Greenwood Ave. N., features Amelia Sherritt’s recycled art, created solely with the foils from empty wine bottles.

Bohemian Studios, 7600 Greenwood Ave. N., will offer henna tattoos at, a DJ, singing and burlesque, and more.

Emerald City Karate, 8314 Greenwood Ave. N., will show off artwork by its students.

The Fiber Gallery, 8212 Greenwood Ave. N., features painted textiles by Maile Jones.

See the online map and list of participating venues and artists; or you can pick up a map at participating businesses.

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More murals painted at future park site by Greenwood Library

March 20th, 2017 by Doree

Mural artists were back out at the new park site by the Greenwood Library on Greenwood Avenue and North 81st Street this past week, making the empty buildings look nicer until they’re demolished sometime in April for park construction.

Thanks to artists Robert Bellm, Andrew Miller, Elizabeth Desiree, Debbie Palmer, Tia Gibson, Tony Danger Dibble, Brandy Tomlin, Mallory Milke and Travis Meloche.

These murals will be saved and hung on the temporary fencing until the park opens in mid-2018.

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Call for artists for PNA’s Northwest Fine Arts Competition

February 14th, 2017 by Doree

Pacific Northwest artists are invited to apply for the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s 2017 Northwest Fine Arts Competition. The application deadline is March 10.

Jurors will select art to be displayed in the Phinney Center Gallery from May 10 to June 9 with an opening reception on May 12, coinciding with the neighborhood’s huge annual art walk.

Approximately 20-30 artists’ work will be selected, but the artist selected as Jurors’ Choice will have all of their submitted works displayed in the show and will have their work featured on show promotional materials.

This year’s jurors are Lynn Schirmer, Chris Sheridan and Kate Protage.

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PhinneyWood Phestivus brings neighborhood fun Friday night

December 8th, 2016 by Doree

“Seinfeld” may have invented the tradition of “Festivus,” but our neighborhood is making the holiday its own with LED monkeys, trolley rides and an ugly Christmas sweater pub crawl. Combined with the monthly Art Up PhinneyWood Artwalk, this Friday night’s PhinneyWood Phestivus should prove the former business chamber’s motto that we are “just a little off center.”

The Artwalk officially runs from 6-9 p.m., but Phestivus fun keeps going until midnight.

Hop on a free Emerald City Trolley at designated stops along Phinney and Greenwood avenues between 59th and 87th streets. Proudly show off your fashion sense for the Ugly Sweater Monkey Crawl and get discounts at participating pubs and restaurants.

Check out the 200 LED-lit colored metal-frame monkeys at businesses and residences all along Phinney Greenwood avenues, plus the GloCone on the Phinney Center’s air raid tower at the corner of Phinney Avenue North and North 67th Street. The monkeys started a few years ago as a tie in to Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights and have since taken on a life of their own.

Monkeys climb up the GloCone hanging from the Phinney Center’s air raid tower.

Free parking for PhinneyWood Phesitivus is available at the Zoo’s north parking lot at North 59th Street and Phinney Avenue North, and at the Phinney Center at Phinney Avenue and North 67th Street.

The trolley will be making a loop between the zoo’s North Parking Lot at North 59th Street up to North 87th Street. You can hop on and off at any Metro bus stop, and at any of four “layover” spots: the zoo’s North Parking Lot, Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair at Greenwood Avenue and 75th, Verity Credit Union at Morrow Lane and Greenwood Avenue, and Greenwood Hardware at 72nd and Greenwood. Trolley stops will be designated by A-Boards. The trolley schedule is here.

PhinneyWood Phestivus is sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Group, PhinneyWood Arts Council and Woodland Park Zoo. The trolley is sponsored by Verity Credit Union and Umpqua Bank.

Dozens of neighborhood art galleries and other businesses are hosting artists and musicians for the Artwalk. Makeda & Mingus at 153 N. 78th St. is hosting its third annual Holiday Craft Fair with Kubo Cards, henna art, Gemstone Jewelry and Chauncey Bites (doggie treats), and indie rock by Nomi.

Bluebird Ice Cream, 7400 Greenwood Ave. N., has a lot of special treats planned. They’ll be giving out samples of their new hot fudge and caramel sauces, tapping a keg of their award-winning “Yukon Cornelius” Winter Warmer, and will have special holiday ice cream flavors including Egg Nog, Peppermint Mocha, Mandarin Orange Chocolate and Gingerbread Cookie Batter. Get a free scoop with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots. Santa Claus will be there for photos until 7:30 p.m. and will encourage donations for his program to help the homeless.

Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St., will have free hot cider, a craft project and Christmas music.

For a complete list of participating Artwalk venues and artists, see the Art Up website. And see MonkeyWood for more holiday happenings.

During the festivities, The Cookie Counter is having a special fundraiser to try to raise enough money to reopen their doors after a series of devastating setbacks. Stop by the vegan bakery at 7415 Greenwood Ave. N. and buy some cookies (regular and gluten free) and hot beverages at “pay what you can prices,” plus a silent auction of merchandise donated by local businesses. They’ve also got a Go Fund Me campaign.

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Le Merde hosting pop-up art fundraiser Friday

September 22nd, 2016 by Doree

Le Merde, a “lifestyle shop” selling art and clothes at 7315 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a pop-up art fundraiser this Friday, to help the shop stay afloat after a dispute with the owner of the adjoining business, Ludlow, which is now closed. Le Merde is now responsible for rent on both spaces. (Ludlow’s owner has not responded to a message for information about the closure of his shop.)

Artists at Friday’s fundraiser pay $25 per art piece (no commission on top of that), with artists setting their own prices. Contact Le Merde through direct message on its Facebook page or stop by the shop. Art will be accepted until 2 p.m. Friday.

Debi Boyette opened Le Merde in July 2014, and moved from 65th & Phinney to its current location in January. Le Merde has “members” who pay $200 a month to bring in whatever they want to sell (vintage clothes, jewelry, home décor, etc.) Members then keep all their profits, and are asked to work in the shop three to six hours per week, to make sure all merchandise is properly stocked and displayed. Some members just use the space as a studio during closed hours, and don’t need to put in shop hours.

“Le Merde is a starting point for entrepreneurs, artists, stylists and visionaries who want to test their ideas without committing to, or being locked into, a lease and all the financial responsibilities that are attached to owning your own business,” Boyette said. “There is no long-term commitment at Le Merde, we just ask for a 30-60 day written notice prior to leaving.”

She is hoping to turn the former Ludlow half of the space into a gallery and working artist space, with workshops and community gatherings.

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Family STEAM night at the Greenwood Library next Tuesday

May 18th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) night next Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. for families with children ages 5 and up. The drop-in activities will explore engineering and mazes by having children design and create their own mazes with a variety of materials, from sand and straws to LEGOs and cardboard. There also will be a scavenger hunt.

The event is free and registration is not required.

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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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