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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Make the Cut: Greenwood Businesses Join Together in support of idea`09 Summer Camp

Despite an unusually dry economic climate, Greenwood businesses are putting their green thumbs up to growing arts programming for youth, teens & families this summer. On consecutive Mondays, July 13th & 20th from 4pm-9pm, the Steven Cole Salon at 8408 Greeenwood Ave. N., will facilitate "Make The Cut," a creative benefit event involving over fifteen Greenwood businesses, art exhibitions, silent auctions and services by Steve Cole Salon and Greenwood Academy of Hair at 8501 Greenwood Ave. N.

Funding raised by Make the Cut will directly support idea`09 programming costs, youth scholarships, and the construction of the camp's new 25 foot greenhouse, educational garden and bicycle studio. Hair cuts, highlights, color, brow arches, skin care*, and other preferred services will be provided at cost with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the new idea`09 summer arts camp at The North Seattle Boys & Girls Club. The event will also include door prizes, hors d'oeuvers compliments of Olive You & The Upper Crust, a youth photography exhibition at The Green Bean Coffee House, as well as a silent auction featuring art and photography by local artists, and gift certificates for neighborhood restaurants and shops.

Steven Cordell, the salon's founder and Greenwood Academy of Hair owner, held a silent auction in 2006 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County raising $2,800 for youth programming. Enthusiastic about idea`09 Summer Camp's unique potential to positively impact Greenwood youth, teens and families with sustainable arts programming, he pre-enrolled his 3 children and initiate d facilitating Make The Cut by advertising the camp to clients and garnering support from Greenwood businesses. "I'm passionate about our community supporting youth and local artists. Giving back to the community is rewarding..."

idea`09 Summer Camp = inventing + designing environmental art, provides earthficient art workshops for youth and teens from June 22nd - August 28th. idea`s Youth Cycle program (ages 6-12) enables youth to discover connections by: 1. facilitating workshops & resources connecting healthy choices with healthy lives, 2. providing opportunities to discover ways life cycles affect their environment; by exploring sources & processes of common materials & food, and 3. facilitating activities encouraging creative problem solving & application of academic concepts in everyday contexts. idea`s Teen Studio (ages 13-19) cultivates sustainable creativity by: 1. facilitating workshops providing sustainable creative tools, techniques & resources, 2. providing opportunities to collaborate with creative professionals; artists, designers, photographers & engineers, and 3. facilitating connections with a local creative community; via guest speakers, events, and community art shows.

Workshop topics include:
graphic design, digital photography fieldtrips, world crafts, eco-challenges, jewelry and purse making, culinary arts, music recording, ceramics, green living, how to start an on-line art e-business, web-based video/audio/visual/literary portfolios, plus field trips to local art venues and artist studios. During the summer, workshops are 2hrs in duration, scheduled M-F 10am-noon & 1pm-3pm, with an early care option from 7am-10am, and free Friday nights teen late night activities for club members, ideal time frames for working families. The North Seattle Boys & Girls Club charges an affordable $75 a week to participate in idea`09 during the summer, and only $15 annual membership during the school year.

Whether it's your passion for youth, the arts, or a hankering to attend to your split ends, "Make the Cut" gives you an opportunity to join Greenwood's colorful community in their efforts to make a positive impact supporting local youth, teens, creativity and the environment!

To participate in Make The Cut, call either The Steve Cole Salon @ 206.783.8900 www.stevencolesalon.com or The Greenwood Academy of Hair @ 206.782.0220 www.gahseattle.com for an appointment, or information about the silent auction; walk-ins will be welcome.

To view details pertaining to idea`s youth cycle and teen studio workshop schedules, register on-line, discover ways to volunteer, or learn about additional sponsorship opportunities, visit www.idea09.webs.com or e-mail idea09.nsbgc@gmail.com.

*= Skin care service provided for "Make The Cut" available at Greenwood Academy location only.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Superheroes fight bullying at 2009 FringeNYC

Seattle touring group brings superhero story to FringeJR

Left to right: Laura Bannister, Adrienne Littleton, Peter Nolte and Solomon Davis in Camp Super Friend.
Photo by Josiah Wallace.

SEATTLE – June 18, 2009 – Five superheroes in the form of actors are using their super powers to stomp out bullying this August at the New York International Fringe Festival, FringeNYC. Taproot Theatre’s Road Company will be in New York August 13-24 to perform its anti-bullying play Camp Super Friend in FringeJR, the family portion of the festival.

The Road Company performs social-issues plays at schools around the Pacific Northwest; it reached 80,000 kids and teens with its three educational touring plays during the 2008/2009 school year. Weaving a superhero story with principles from Committee for Children’s “Steps to Respect” program, Camp Super Friend teaches students how to prevent bullying, make friends, appreciate differences, and much more.

Camp Super Friend by Bethany Wallace follows Marvel, a superhero who, despite his super powers, doesn’t know how to be a super friend… yet. At Super Camp, the summer camp for superheroes, he learns just in time, as the evil Professor Nemesis has come up with a sinister plan to strip all the superheroes of their powers. It’s up to Marvel and his new friends to use their special gifts and work together to save the day.

Taproot Theatre’s Road Company has performed Camp Super Friend for over 40,000 students since it commissioned the play in 2007. Many of those students have been victims of bullying, or even bullies themselves; in the United States, 15 to 25 percent of students are believed to be bullied from time to time, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Road Company’s plays provide students with tools to help prevent bullying and harassment.

The trip to FringeNYC is funded by Dave and Liz McFadzean, Jerry and Diane Thompson, David and Joan Selvig, and Boeing. The Road Company is supported by 4Culture, ArtsFund, The Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Science, the Washington State Arts Commission, Nesholm Family Foundation, PONCHO and the Fred Meyer Fund. The media sponsor is ParentMap.

About Taproot Theatre’s Road Company
Taproot Theatre’s Road Company has been touring dynamic social-issue plays to students throughout the Pacific Northwest since 1985. The Road Company reaches tens of thousands of students each year with productions that address relevant social issues and provide youth with safe steps to approach them. In addition to the touring productions, Taproot Theatre provides teachers’ guides and resources to facilitate classroom discussion and increase the effectiveness of the message. The actors are also available for individual classroom visits. To book a show, contact Taproot’s Director of Outreach at 206.529.3669 or

About Taproot Theatre
Taproot Theatre Company is a professional, non-profit theatre company with a multi-faceted production program. Founded in 1976, Taproot Theatre serves the Pacific Northwest with Mainstage Productions, Touring Productions and Acting Studio. Taproot exists to create theatre that explores the beauty and questions of life while bringing hope to our search for meaning. Taproot Theatre Company is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Theatre Puget Sound (TPS), and the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Smoke On the Mountain Homecoming at Taproot Theatre in July!

Left to right: Theresa Holmes, Candace Vance and Edd Key.
Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Taproot Theatre Company celebrates opening night of the regional premiere of Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming—a toe-tappin’, knee-slappin’, heartwarmin’ bluegrass gospel extravaganza! Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming captures the charm and nostalgia of a post-war Appalachian country church in October 1945. Filled with celebration and a contagious beat that’ll get your feet tappin’! Written by Connie Ray, conceived by Alan Bailey, musical arrangements by Mike Craver. Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming runs July 8-August 8, with opening night on July 10. For more information visit www.taproottheatre.org. To purchase tickets, call 206-781-9707.

Taproot Theatre Company
204 North 85th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
Tickets: 206-781-9707

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Art Up Greenwood-Phinney June Art Walk

updated June 12th (See new addition: Strut)

Art on the Ridge: 7601 Greenwood Ave N
Wonderful paintings, Photography, and Music by Northwest artists. Open Mic Poetry. Featured Artists: Johnny Bean, Kristin Henshaw, Steve Keller, Lisa Strom, Kandra Shefler, Nicole Stremlow-Monahan & Robert Painter. Live Music by Michael Trew. Artists present.

Balderdash Books & Art: 8536 Greenwood Ave N
Lisa Bradshaw, photographer, would describe her work as, "natural digital nature photography". Artist present.

Bambu Organic Salon: 7406 Greenwood Ave N
Kristy Yawman: drawings, framed art & greeting cards. Artist present.

Bherd Studios (Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenwood Ave N, Suite 1
“Fresh Ink” Urban Illustrative Artwork featuring artists Darin Shuler, Bobbi Jo Epperson & John Osgood. Artists present.

Brand Vibes (Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenood Ave N, Suite 1
Brand Vibes presents urban contemporary art. Artist present.

Currents (Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenood Ave N, Suite 1
Paintings & drawings by Carole Puri. Artist present.

Gary Evan’s Art Studio: 9050 Phinney Ave N
Acrylic paintings by Gary Evans inspired by Dutch masters that show nature in an altered state.Artist present.

*Gaspare Ristorante and Bar: 6705 Greenwood Ave N
Three Course Italian Meal for $22.00 all night special for the art walk.

Greenwood Sip & Ship: 8560 Greenwood Ave N
Jewelry by Ashley Paulina.Plus Dr. Derek Strachan of Divine Spine Chiropractic Studio will have a massage therapist on site and conduct chiropractic assessments. Artists present.

GreenWorks Realty: 7406 Greenwood Ave N
Photography & mixed media by Judith Ryan, Heather Swift and Monika Dalkin. Artist present.

Metropolis: 7321 Greenwood Ave N
Oil paintings by Soon Andersson. Artist present.

Naked City Taphouse: 8564 Greenwood Ave N
Mixed media paintings by Cherilynn Little-Tilford. Artist present.

Neptune Coffee: 8415 Greenwood Ave N
Artwork by Michael Alm.

Olive You: 8516 Greenwood Ave N
Colorful and bold watercolors — representational and abstract by Jim Farrand.

Oliver’s Twist: 6822 Greenwood Ave N
Urban Contemporary art work from Twilight Collective Gallery artists.

PAWS Cat City: 8503 Greenwood Ave N
Live art in progress: Cats & Kittens looking for homes!

Pig & Whistle: 8412 Greenwood Ave N
Nature oriented oil paintings by Brandon Rinkel. Artist present.

Rockwell Realty/Seattle Management Group: 8313/8315 Greenwood Ave N
Cityscape paintings by Jay Mason. Artist present.

Santoro’s Books: 7405 Greenwood Ave N
Reagan Jackson’s portfolio to date consists of a variety of themed works such as cityscapes, butterflies, self portraits, Day of the Dead scenes, and landscapes, done on canvas with acrylic and mixed media. Artist present.

Strut: 7511 Greenwood Ave N
Fused glass artwork and hand crafted jewelry by Susanna Prince. Artist Present

TerraBella Flowers: 8417 Greenwood Ave N
Series of Baroque portraits on canvas by Uyen Tran Gjerde

Urban Light Studios (Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenwood Ave N, Suite 1
Paintings by Laura Chamberlain & Megan Meyers. Artist present.

Vitality Pilates: 7216 Greenwood Ave N
Oils and acrylics on canvas by Vicki Carlotta. Artist present.

Wayward Coffeehouse: 8570 Greenwood Ave N
Henna Art by Magic Magpie Studios, Works by Angie Whitney, Encaustic wax art by Cheri Prestek and Joyce Mitchell. Folk music by Ginny Reilly. Artists present.

Zak and Zoe: 7400 Greenwood Ave N
Vintage poster advertising style prints by Ken Bailey.