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


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.


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

May 12th, 2016 by Doree

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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Register for PhinneyWood’s huge annual Artwalk on May 13-14

February 19th, 2016 by Doree

The huge annual PhinneyWood Artwalk is coming up on Friday, May 13, from 6-9 p.m., and Saturday May 14, from 12-5 p.m.

This is the biggest of our neighborhood’s monthly artwalks, and brings hundreds of people to the Greenwood-Phinney corridor to experience all the various mediums of art at about 80 venues with 150 or more artists. Friday night especially becomes a kind of neighborhood party as people stroll and chat with neighbors, while many businesses provide artwalk discounts or specials.

Businesses can register to host an artist for $45. That includes a listing on the Art Up PhinneyWood website and printed map, plus access to a Facebook database of potential artists.

Deadline to sign up is March 15.

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PhinneyWood Arts Council wants to make neighborhood an official Arts & Cultural District

February 10th, 2016 by Doree

The PhinneyWood Arts Council is hoping to make our neighborhood the city’s next official Arts & Cultural District.

Phinney Ridge and Greenwood have nearly two dozen community, educational and professional arts organizations (including Taproot Theatre, The Pocket Theater, the Phinney Neighborhood Association, All That Dance, Seattle ReCreative and American Dance Institute), and the neighborhood hosts numerous cultural events throughout the year, including the monthly Art Up Artwalk, the city’s second longest-running monthly art walk.

The PhinneyWood Arts Council is asking for neighbors’ help by completing a brief survey about how to better integrate arts and culture into the neighborhood.

The city’s Arts & Cultural Districts program is dedicated to nurturing and protecting the presence of arts and culture in neighborhoods, and provides public art, wayfinding support, district identification and help with cultural preservation. Currents Arts & Cultural Districts include the Central Area and Capitol Hill.

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Phinney Center seeking artists for 2016 Gallery exhibitions

October 26th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Center Gallery, upstairs at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., is seeking individual and group artists for 2016 exhibitions. Artists may apply online. There is no entry fee to submit work for the gallery. For more information, contact Pamela Jaynes t arts@phinneycenter.org.

Photo courtesy of PNA.

Photo courtesy of PNA.

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