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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Art Gallery "Tasty" is Featuring Mike Cressy for April 9th ART UP

"Rumple Fest" by Mike Cressey

Having just opened March 12th, Tasty is Phinney/Greenwood’s latest art gallery that celebrates independent designers and painters from around the Northwest. You will find unique products, made by hand that range from jewelry, stained glass, hats and purses to paintings, sculptures (both ceramic & metal) and mosaics.

New owners Sheri & Sean invite you to join them at Tasty April 9th when they’ll be featuring paintings by local visual artist, Mike Cressy.

"Party Time" by Mike Cressey

About the Artist:
After many years of creating art for Advertising Agencies, Design Studios, Magazines and Books, Mike started working for Game companies like Electronic Arts, Sierra On-Line, Pop Cap, Microsoft Game Studios, Xbox Prime Time, and others. In his spare time he’s created many Pop Art paintings, Abstract digital paintings and for the last two years worked on a graphic novel that should be finished by the end of this year. In that same time frame he’s published two Art Books on his own: Monito Hermoso V1 of paintings and The Book of Doodles. A collection of his Abstracts will be published next.

You can find many of his Children’s Picture Books online at Amazon.com and other sellers along with his current Art Books.

"Cucumber Clown" by Mike Cressey

To see more Tasty art, stop by in person:
7513 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
Tues - Sat: 11am - 7pm and Sun: 12pm - 5pm

Or visit their facebook page

Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Awake to a New Aurora" Mural Unveiled on Tuesday

The mural unveiling was on Tuesday, March 23rd and if you missed it, don't worry, it is installed in the windows of a space (7615 Aurora Avenue) located next to DaVinci Pizza on Aurora and you can drive/walk by and check it out.

If you're not familiar with the project, here is a little background:

Sustainable Green Lake, Greenwood Aurora Involved Neighbors (GAIN) and the City of Seattle envision Aurora as a street full of thriving businesses and shoppers – one with a vibrant business center that attracts local residents to walk and bike to stores and restaurants for their weekly shopping and entertainment. To encourage this, a temporary installation of artwork is being placed in the windows of an empty storefront. Sustainable Green Lake received funding to do this mural from a grant through the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. GAIN provided some additional funding. The project is modeled after a similar and successful one done in the Columbia City neighborhood in the 1990s.

Pictured above from left to right: Artists Kevin Sullivan & John Osgood and Dawn Schellenberg, City of Seattle
(Not pictured, Artist Zach Bohnenkamp)

The artists commissioned for the project were Zach Bohnenkamp, John Osgood and Kevin Sullivan from Seattle Mural art, a local muralist team whose most recent work was installed next to Taproot Theatre after the arsons. Seattle Mural Art is an affiliate of Bherd Studios, an urban contemporary art gallery that features PNW artists and is located in Greenwood.

After the unveiling, friends and neighbors stayed around for pizza, refreshments and to take some photos of the new mural.

A second location on Aurora is currently being sought for Part II of this project.

Sustainable Green Lake is a group of like-minded individuals living in and around Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood who all share the common desire to constantly live more sustainably.

Greenwood Aurora Involved Neighbors (GAIN) is a group of neighbors working to enhance community and decrease crime in the Aurora corridor.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Intimate Concert Setting at Empty Sea Studios: March Line-up

Empty Sea Studios is a little hidden gem in our neighborhood that I just discovered. It is right there in plain sight, but it's still easy to miss and not know what it's all about. The studio is located in a renovated Craftsman house on Phinney Ave and they present acoustic music "as it's meant to be heard". There is limited seating and the audience gets a feel that they are getting their own private concert. Empty Sea Studios books concerts in traditional music from all parts of the world, acoustic forms of jazz, folk, and blues, string band music, and non-Western classical music. It's an alcohol-free, family-friendly setting.

Here's the line-up for March from their website:

Saturday, March 20th at 8pm ($13 advanced / $15 at door)
Andrew Oliver Kora Band combines elements of jazz and traditional West African music to create a unique soul-stirring sound.

Sunday, March 21st at 11am ($9.99 / infants that are not yet walking are free)
Dance Tunes, Birdsong, and a Krummhorn with Charles Coldwell
Some kinds of music are inherently age-inclusive. KidsAcoustic presents real music that parents can enjoy for its own sake, while the lively tunes and wonderful instruments draw kids in naturally.

Sunday, March 21st at 7:30pm ($20 advanced/door)
Rachel Harrington - Rachel’s critically acclaimed 2007 debut, The Bootlegger’s Daughter, (featuring guest musicians John Reischman and Danny Barnes) went to #1 on the Euro-Americana Chart and landed the Seattle siren smack in the center of the UK Americana scene.

Rita Hosking - Kitchen tables, springs, loss, miners, mountains, culture clash, trailers, stray dogs, loggers, hope, forest fires—Rita Hosking’s country-folk music is this and more, and always fierce and lovely.

Saturday, March 27th at 8pm ($13 advanced / $15 at door)
Jeremy Facknitz - “Jeremy Facknitz is a one-man acoustic act with the panache needed to become a star, armed with a melodic voice and a truckload of charisma…” - Sydney Hamilton, Colorado Springs Independent

Teresa Storch - She’ll draw you in with her rich, engaging voice, rhythmic, percussive guitar and writing that has roots in folk, jazz and blues–pulling stories from real-life and taking snapshots of what matters most.

Empty Sea Studios
6300 Phinney Ave
Seattle, WA


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Art Up Greenwood-Phinney Monthly Artwalk: Fri. Mar 12 from 6-9pm

Updated 3/8/10

Art on the Ridge at SPACE a DesignCollective:
7601 Greenwood Ave N (enter off 76th)
Featuring the works of Jen Maclean, Patty Makatura, Dave Ryan, Karol Williams, Robert Tomolilio, Shirly Rudolf, Joel Sholten, Nicole SM. Plus live music by Daniel Adams. Artists present.

Assemble Gallery & Studio: 7406 Greenwood Ave N
“Welcome Home” modern cross-stitch by Samantha Purdy of the Pin Pals. A glimpse inside the creative and cozy spaces we build around us! Each piece is designed and hand-stitched with the home in mind, along with the individuals who live there. From modern day samplers expressing the love of a dwelling, to small stitched stories representing the quiet and not so quiet everyday activities, this series above all else celebrates the indescribable feeling of creating a surrounding which you can truly call your own. Most pieces are modern cross-stitch. Artist present.

Avanti Art & Design: 7317 Greenwood Ave N
Photography by Rob Johnston & Ellie Bachaud; Paintings by Emmalee Bozak, Travis Johnson & Debbie Hanks; Glass Works by Nancy Fiala & Live Music by Tyson Lynn. Artists present.

Balderdash Books & Art: 8536 Greenwood Ave N
Impressionist style paintings by Sarah Ghanooni. Plus “Getting Lost & Globejotting” author Dave Fox in store! Artist present.

Band Vibes Gallery (Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenwood Ave N, Suite 1
Urban art work by Nick Beery. Artist present.

*Bleacher’s Pub: 8118 Greenwood Ave N
Stop in for a discounted appetizer or entrée during the monthly art walk.

Bherd Studios Gallery (Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenwood Ave N, Suite 1
“Who’s Who” featuring the urban contemporary work of Jeremy Gregory, John Osgood & PaperMarbleS. Artists present.

*Carmelita’s: 7314 Greenwood Ave N
$5 Happy Hour Menu All Night!

Couth Buzzard Books: 8310 Greenwood Ave N
Paintings, Photography & Jewelry by Julian Hawkins,Edd Kuehn, Jan Caps, King Louis, Connie Nelson and Paula Anderson. Artist present.

*Emma Jeans: 8554 ½ Greenwood Ave N
Offering 30% - 50% off every art walk!

Francine Seders Gallery: 6701 Greenwood Ave N
Robert Mirenzi : three dimensional wall pieces made of rubber sheeting or cement. Plus, James Thompson in the upstairs gallery: Rats from the British aristocracy, intaglio, mixed media prints.

Joy Guild Studio (Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenwood Ave N, Suite 1
Art Camp for Big Kids Open House. Artist present.

KillahB Studio (Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenwood Ave N, Suite 1
Urban art work by Kate Barnett. Artist present.

Kouzina: 8403 Greenwood Ave N
Monthly rotating artwork by local artists.

*Gaspare Ristorante and Bar: 6705 Greenwood Ave N
3- Course Italian Meal for $22.00 all nite special for art walk.

Makeda Coffee: 153 N 78th Street
(between N. 1st Ave & N. Greenwood Ave.)
Acrylic artwork by Mickey Scothorn. Artist present.

Naked City Taphouse: 8564 Greenwood Ave N
Large format oil & acrylic paintings by Yvonne Palermo. Artists present.

Neptune Coffee: 8415 Greenwood Ave N
Urban contemporary art by Kevin “Sensei23” Sullivan and Zachary Bohnenkamp (2 of 3 artists who created the Taproot Theatre mural on 85th).

Oliver’s Twist: 6822 Greenwood Ave N
Rotating urban contemporary artwork by Seattle artists.

Phinney Neighborhood Assoc: 6532 Phinney Ave N
Featuring photographic works by John Trela, Maylee Noah and Victoria Bjorklund. Artist present.

Rockwell Realty: 8315 Greenwood Ave N
“Expressions” by Jenny Gini – paintings featuring women’s faces or figures. Artist present.

Strut: 7511 Greenwood Ave N
“Saints & Sinners” collection of paintings by Kelly Lyles. Artist present.

Sugarcomb Salon: 780 N 73rd
Photography by Laurie Hemingway; etch-a-sketch art.

Tasty: 7513 Greenwood Ave N
!! Featuring 25 local artists including urban contemporary paintings, ceramic & metal sculptures, handmade jewelry, handbags & accessories. Artists present.

Urban Light Studios (Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenwood Ave N, Suite 1
Contemporary paintings by Seattle artist Tessa Hull. Artists present.

Wayward Coffeehouse: 8570 Greenwood Ave N
Rotating artwork by local artists. Live music from 8-10pm. Artists present.