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


New park by Greenwood Library opening to the public Friday evening until final construction begins next spring, Friends of Library Park meeting is tonight

September 5th, 2017 by Doree

The new park across from the Greenwood Library on Greenwood Avenue North between North 81st and 82nd streets is just rolling lawn right now, but it will open to the public in time for Friday night’s monthly Art Up Artwalk.

A group of artists will be there during the Artwalk for an “artists in the park” event. Artists are invited to bring their own supplies and create something on the spot, and musicians are asked to bring their instruments too. Seattle ReCreative also will host a kids art table.

The open lawn will be available to the community until park construction begins in spring 2018, which will add natural play elements, nature discovery trail, plaza with picnic tables, a loop path, and dog “comfort stations.” The park is expected to be complete by late summer 2018. Seattle Department of Transportation will build an elevated crosswalk across 81st between the park and library.

Tonight (Tuesday), The Friends of Library Park is hosting a meeting from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the library to talk about ways to activate the space. And they’re hosting a picnic in the park starting at 4 p.m. Saturday.

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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.

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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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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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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Beautiful weather for day 2 of the PhinneyWood Artwalk – The Big One

May 9th, 2015 by Doree

So many people were out and about the neighborhood Friday night for the first day of the huge 20th annual PhinneyWood Artwalk – The Big One. This is Phinney Ridge and Greenwood’s original artwalk, which later expanded to monthly, but the May event is truly the big one. The Artwalk continues from 12-5 p.m. today (Saturday).

Last night, more than 100 artists were at 70 businesses throughout the neighborhood.

Charming watercolorist Cecile Disenhouse chatted with artwalkers about her local outdoor scenes at Phinney Ridge Cabinet Company at 8003 Greenwood Ave. N.


Here’s Brian White’s detailed, somewhat disturbing and very enthralling, “My Reluctance and Other Shortcomings.”


Stretch & Staple at 8005 Greenwood Ave. N. was crowded with art lovers.


At Avanti: Art & Design at 7601 Greenwood Ave. N., Kristol Jones’ “Dragons” appears to capture the essence of water caressing a rocky creek bed dotted with found objects.


See the Artwalk website for a list of artists and businesses and a map.

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