When not working as an Emmy-winning writer for animated series like Camp Lazlo, Phineas and Ferb, SpongeBob Squarepants, the cartoonist Kaz has been drawing his weekly Underworld comic strip since 1992, including a long run in Seattle’s alternative weekly The Stranger. Come celebrate the first comprehensive collection of his clever creation on February 13 with a book signing and art exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Underworld: From Hoboken to Hollywood collects the most memorable strips from the 23-year lifetime of the strip, together with photos, anecdotes, and related Underworld ephemera. The strip chronicles a degenerate society populated by parodies of vaguely familiar pop culture characters.
Meet this exceptional artist on his first visit to Seattle on Saturday, February 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This event coincides with the Valentines edition of the Georgetown Art Attack, celebrating 8 years of compelling visual and performing arts presentations throughout the romantic industrial arts corridor. An interesting sideshow at the Kaz event will be local artist Ellen Forney revealing her Kaz-designed full back tattoo for the first time. Forney was a featured artist at the very first Art Attack in February, 2008. Her profile has increased dramatically in the intervening 8 years.
Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Visual Art Tribute group show at Warlock Labs
David Bowies influence on music is immeasurable. Join a group of talented visual artists in their homage to this incredible man at the monthly Greenwood Art Walk on Friday, February 12th at the Warlock Labs in Greenwood at 101 N. 85th Street, #203 in Seattle at 6-10pm
Ceramic Art Tile Sale hosted by Laura Brodax and Janet Galore, featuring a collection of quirky + original vintage tile (never used), a surplus of mosaic shards, oddments of delightful artist-made tile and more from the collection of artist Laura Brodax. In 1984, she obtained a large amount of vintage tile from Norton Tile and Marble. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view and purchase boxes of vintage eclectic Spanish tile, original Pomona 1940’s California wall tile and pieces from public art projects!
Sat Jan 30: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sun Jan 31: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
The Grocery, a creative art and idea space
3001 21st Ave S, Seattle WA 98144
Laura Brodax is a ceramic tile artist, photographer and serigrapher who works with photographic images printed onto porcelain tile, clay shapes and mosaics.
Pop Up Art Tile Sale!
REAL TIME is the inaugural exhibit for ACT’s new series called ART at ACT, for which they will invite area artists to show work in a variety of art forms.
This first event features four Seattle artists, Scott Bennett, Marne Cohen-Vance, Laurie Le Clair and Jeff Scott, showing interactive Installation Art works. The works will be avialable for viewing by appointment after the opening reception, through February 19th. Please come to our reception – and bring friends! Admission is free and there will be vino and snacks.
There are so few places where artists can exhibit giant-sized installation projects. With the loss of Suyama Space, there are even fewer. Act Theater and the featured artists are hoping to jump-start ACT as a venue by hosting this big opening event on the 21st. The hope is it will be successful enough to convince ACT to keep doing it, providing a great exhibit space for artists who like to work big. Please show up and support their effort by being present!
700 Union Street
Opening Thursday, January 21st, 2016 – 5 to 8pm
Raise a glass to kick off Artist Trust’s 30th year before the January 14th Capitol Hill Art Walk!
Artist Trust will be popping some bottles at Artist Trust headquarters (12th and Denny) from 4:30-6pm, so join them for a drink, meet the staff, and learn more about how they are celebrating their 30th year before heading off and taking in some art.
Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. To accomplish its mission, Artist Trust raises funds from an array of sources in order to:
* Give financial grants, through a peer review process, to individual artists working in the visual, performing, media, literary, and interdisciplinary arts;
* Serve as a professional information resource for artists and encourage artists to support each other; and,
* Provide recognition and support for the contributions artists make to the lives of people of Washington State and for the merit and integrity of artists’ work.
Local tiki-inspired artist Tony Canepa has created a set of 4 limited edition giclee tiki drink prints for the Seattle bar Rumba. Each one is hand signed and numbered by the artist Tony Canepa.
Printed on heavyweight, 310 gsm, premium giclée paper with a natural-white, matte finish and a textured watercolor feel. You can order 12×12 prints or large ones (24×24) on www.ArtofCanepa.com.
Available for free pickup at the Rumba Print Release Party on Wednesday, December 16 from 6-10 PM. Orders will begin shipping December 12th. Rolled in a protective clear sleeve and shipped in a heavy duty mailing tube.
Tony has also just released some awesome Zombie glasses he created for Seattle’s Diller Room. Pick one up at Diller Room for $15 or get one filled with a cocktail from Justin’s tropical menu for just $25. A masterpiece in 22k gold!
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates its 9th anniversary in wild style with the Cheech Wizard Show, Mark Bodé, Laura Knetzger, and more! Our festive holiday gala on Saturday, December 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM marks the debut of Cheech Wizard’s Book of Me featuring a fabulous group show of tributes to the alluring art of the late Vaughn Bodé and a rare reunion of his extended family.
The Cheech Wizard Show includes original drawings by Vaughn and Mark Bodé in addition to an amazing array of local and regional artists: Michael Leavitt premieres a new piece from his ongoing HiPop Project ahead of his solo show at New York’s Jonathan Levine Gallery next May; Seattle hip hop pioneer Specs Wizard creates a new work following his spectacular entry mural at the current Hip Hop Legacy show at the Museum of History and Industry; Bay Area underground-cartoonist-turned-painter Hector Tellez and Seattle game designer and fine artist Augie Pagan will be joined by Intruder contributors Marc Palm, James Stanton, and John Ohannesian, together with graphic artist Mike Poetzel, Fantagraphics production manager Mike Baehr, and more. Bonus: This show coincides with the colorful holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack!
The party continues the following day as we host Laura Knetzger signing copies of her new Bug Boys collection on Sunday, December 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Laura recently returned to Seattle from Brooklyn and is a welcome addition to our lively comix community.
You’ll find a wonderfully diverse yet carefully curated selection of alternative comix, graphic novels, classic comic strips, and badass books at Fantagraphics Bookstore, open every day at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle in the heart of historic Georgetown. See you all soon.
Artist Chris Maynard’s new book, Feathers, Form and Function, offers a unique artistic perspective on and insight into the evolution, function and symbolism of feathers. Through both thoughtful commentary and evocative images of his celebrated feather artwork, Maynard explores how humans have found meaning in feathers for many millennia. A perfect gift for the holidays (order here).
Using a small scalpel, Maynard carves bird-related artwork out of feathers. Each design highlights the feathers’ beauty and form, and calls attention to topics important both to us and the birds such as flight, lightness and attraction. With a sophisticated sense of design and a bit of humor, Maynard offers a sense of the lives and movements of the birds.
How is a feather like a volcano? Why does a duck shrink before it dives? What role does color play in a bird’s life? In Feathers, Form, and Function, you’ll find insight into these questions as well as new ways of seeing through the eyes of an artist, biologist, philosopher—and the birds themselves.
Chris Maynard is a Pacific Northwest artist, author, speaker and naturalist. Working with feathers since the age of 12, Maynard creates shadow boxes and art installations using tiny tools and a family heirloom magnifying glass. His creations are sought after globally by art collectors and bird lovers alike. Note: All feathers are legally-acquired, naturally shed by birds such as parrots, peacocks, crows and turkeys, and many others.
GOOD NEIGHBOR presents HER LAND, with Sheila Klein and Jess Bonin. The two women are connected by art and camaraderie, and seek to express their unique perspectives through the use of textiles, sculpture and painting.
Sheila Klein lives on a farm near Edison Washington and in Buenos Aires. Her work straddles the worlds of architecture, sculpture, installation and traditional women’s crafts. Sheila Klein wants to dress the world, the world is her studio.
Jess Bonin is a multi-disciplinary artist and musician interested in the vernacular of Americana and pop culture symbolism. Self-employed as an artist, illustrator, designer, sign painter and entrepreneur since graduating from college in 2002, she currently resides in Seattle.
The gallery is located at 2609 E. Ward Street on Capitol Hill and is open by appointment by calling 360-907-4074 or email email@example.com.
In 1974, a small vinyl coin purse debuted in Japan with the first-ever image of Hello Kitty. Since then, Hello Kitty’s now-iconic face has adorned everything from children’s notebooks and backpacks to jumbo jets and widely-recognized celebrity outfits—and now she’s coming to EMP! Be the first to explore the new exhibit, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, and celebrate her arrival at the Hello Kitty Supercute Opening Party.
Snap a picture with Hello Kitty herself, and enjoy Hello Kitty games and kawaii (“cute”) crafts like origami and jewelry making, a Hello Kitty attire Supercute Fashion Parade in partnership with UNIQLO, Cuteness Manicures with Julep, a J-pop dance party featuring DJ Hojo of JK Pop, the Hello Kitty-shaped Time After Time Capsule, plus much more!
Friday, November 13, 2015; 7:00pm–midnight; EMP Museum
$25 ($20 EMP members), $10 youth 5–17, free for children 4 and under; all ages, 21+ beer garden
In addition to all the great art by such luminaries as Gary Basemen, Paul Frank and Audrey Kawasaki, there will be a Fender Squier Hello Kitty Stratocaster, owned and played in concert by Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, and it will be exclusively on display at the exhibit which opens to the public on November 14, 2015.
Another special feature added to the exhibit is the “Time After Time Capsule,” a giant nine foot tall sculpture of Hello Kitty, by artist Sebastian Masuda. Visitors will be invited to add a personal object, postcard, kawaii (cute) craft, or special message to the time capsule which will journey to several cities and culminate in 2020 at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Hello Kitty Cafe is bringing all things Hello Kitty to EMP during the opening weekend of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty. The Hello Kitty Cafe truck is a mobile vehicle of cuteness that offers yummy macarons, delicious mini cakes, Hello Kitty cookies, bow-shaped water bottles, and other supercute goodies, each infused with unique Hello Kitty details for all to enjoy. This is the first Seattle appearance for the Hello Kitty Cafe truck, and you’ll be able to find them on EMP’s outdoor plaza.
Saturday, November 14, 2015; 10:00am–6:00pm; Outdoor Plaza at EMP Museum
Sunday, November 15, 2015; 10:00am–5:00pm; Outdoor Plaza at EMP Museum
More details and tickets at EMP Museum website
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to present some of Seattle’s most compelling cartoonists throughout the month of November.
On Saturday, November 14, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, Tatiana Gill debuts her latest collection of revealing journal comix Omnibusted: Stories I Told Myself 1999-2009. Her work is characterized by courageously confronting issues of social anxiety and substance abuse in an accessible, and often humorous fashion. This self-published book represents her most ambitious work to date. This event coincides with the entertaining Georgetown Art Attack featuring exciting visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.
The following day, Sunday, November 15, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, we welcome literary luminary Jonathan Lethem presenting Best American Comics 2015 with local contributors Peter Bagge, Megan Kelso and Jim Woodring. Lethem, a best-selling author and MacArthur Fellow, served as guest editor for this year’s edition of the long-running Best American Comics series (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). He will moderate a panel on contemporary comix with acclaimed local cartoonists Bagge, Kelso, and Woodring, whose works are included in the book.
On Small Business Saturday, November 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, we celebrate the publication of Prison Island by Northwest cartoonist Colleen Frakes. This captivating graphic memoir chronicles her upbringing on McNeil Island, America’s last federal island penitentiary, where her parents worked in correctins. The book provides fascinating insight into her unorthodox childhood experiences.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Tina Randolph is a multidisciplinary artist based in Seattle, Washington. She creates compelling environments and artwork for clients and collectors in public and private spaces and collections. Randolph’s work has contributed immeasurably to the vibrant art and design movement in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood. Her architectural plaster and cement finishes and large scale murals enliven the area’s most intriguing restaurants and bars. Numerous solo shows as well as private commissions have given collectors access to mixed media painting throughout her 25 year career.
And today is also her birthday! Come and see her amazing art retrospective and wish the artist a Happy Birthday too!
313 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
Opening Thursday 11/5/2015 6pm-9pm
Come celebrate Seattle’s amazing comix community on Friday, October 30 as Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts Short Run Marathon III, a pre-fest reception and art exhibition. The show includes the work of Short Run featured artists Charles Forsman, Melissa Mendes, Jim Woodring, Krish Raghav, Bruce Bickford, and special guest Sam Alden, with live music by Lisa Prank.
All artists, as well as other Short Run exhibitors, will be present. They’ll be joined by Sam Alden debuting his graphic novel New Construction with a slide presentation and signing. An award winning cartoonist, Alden is a storyboard artist for the popular animated series Adventure Time. Join us on Friday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for this festive party with complimentary refreshments, Halloween treats, art, music, and more. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
And don’t miss the Short Run Comix & Arts Festival on Saturday at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion on Saturday, October 31 as artists from across the country and around the world present their self
Two elderly gentlemen who have been gathering what they like in art for over 40 years each, are having their (pre) estate sale auction before they’re dead, and you are invited to come and peruse their collections. This is going to be mostly rarely seen, fresh to the market, as they say, 100+ works of art that have been stored for decades. There is going to be art for every budget.. but most will be stuff selling in the $200-$300.00 range.
Previews Friday and Saturday noon to 6pm. Come to the auction on Sunday at 4pm or bid online on the Invaluable website.
‘Garniture: New Work on Tile’
A collection of screen printed tile wall pieces and tile/steel tables of botanicals and other organisms.
“Garniture” is part of Laura’s exploration of the movement of the natural world. Through light table photography she investigates the sensitive chaos of lines in nature; veining, capillary, variegation, dappling, twisting: similar patterns yet occurring in different contexts.
The show features framed wall pieces and fabricated steel tables created by screen printing original photographic imagery onto hand-made porcelain tiles. Also in the show is a collection of delicate celadon glazed sake bottles and cups.
Bass Gallery and Framing is located in Madison Valley in Seattle.
Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, October 10, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, as we celebrate Cartoons for Victory with visiting editor and comics scholar Warren Bernard. This event features an exhibition from Bernard’s fascinating archive of World War II home front ephemera. Bernard returns to Seattle following the recent Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, MD, where he serves as executive director. He co-authored the Eisner-nominated Drawing Power, which examines the role of classic comics in advertising.
Bernard will give an informative slide presentation at 7:00 PM at the reception on Saturday. Senator Bob Dole, a decorated WWII veteran, comments in the foreword, “When they were drawn, these cartoons had topical points to make that went beyond slapstick or simple comedy. As I look at them now, collected in this volume, they bring back memories of what those times felt like.”
This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring contemporary visual and performing arts events throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, only minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Hello! Super Cute Fun-Filled Hello Kitty show coming from Los Angeles to Experience Music Project in Seattle.
The first large-scale Hello Kitty museum retrospective in the United States will be on display at EMP Museum and is scheduled to open on November 14, 2015. Created in celebration of the pop icon’s 40th Anniversary, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty is organized by Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for Hello Kitty, and the Japanese American National Museum , where the exhibition originated. The show examines the history of Hello Kitty and her influence on popular culture, combining a product-based historical and sociological examination of Hello Kitty with more than 600 rare and unique pieces from Sanrio’s archives, and an installation of over 40 mixed media works by artists from around the world demonstrating Hello Kitty’s influence on contemporary art. Hello! invites the public to learn more about and gain new appreciation for the evolution of Hello Kitty, the role she has played bridging Japanese and American cultures in the U.S., and fans’ emotional connection to her. Hello! will be on view at EMP through May 15, 2016. Plans are underway for the exhibition to travel to additional museums across the U.S.
“Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty offers an in-depth look at the evolution of Hello Kitty and her impact on pop culture around the world,” said Jill Koch, Sr. Vice President of Brand Management and Marketing of Sanrio, Inc. “After a successful run at the Japanese American National Museum, we are excited to bring the exhibition to EMP and share the experience with more fans. EMP, whose mission of reaching multigenerational audiences through powerful exhibits and programming focused on contemporary culture, is the perfect home for our retrospective.”
Hello! originated at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, where it drew record-breaking attendance from visitors of all ages from around the world. The exhibition was co-curated by Dr. Christine Yano, author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific, and Jamie Rivadeneira, founder and owner of pop culture-inspired boutique JapanLA, located in Los Angeles.
This should be a fun exhibit featuring artifacts from Sanrio’s archives including a variety of plush spanning a 40 year timeline, Hello Kitty’s first telephone, stationery items, and many more vintage products from the 1970s and 1980s along with contemporary objects such as the one-of-a-kind Hello Kitty dress worn by Lady Gaga, a couture bustier worn by Katy Perry, diamond jewelry, and a Hello Kitty talking robot, allowing fans to connect to Hello Kitty’s history and view her evolution as a true cultural ambassador.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will celebrate Seattle’s lively small press and comix community on Saturday, August 8 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Hot Off The Press: A Cool Summer Small Press Fest features tables of indie publications from the Intruder, Short Run, Yeti Press, Pity Party, Fluke Press and other regional imprints.
The event includes a reading from recently released short fiction collection The Octopus Rises by provocative literary personality Ryan Boudinot. Also featured are prominent minicomics artist Noah Van Sciver presenting his exquisite new graphic novel Fante Bukowski and an exhibition of original art from the second volume of Gina Siciliano‘s ambitious graphic biography, I Know What I Am: The True Story of Artemisia Gentileschi. The festival marks the debut of Desperate Times: The Summer of 1981, edited by Maire Masco, collecting the six issues of a tabloid zine that serves as a time capsule of an emerging counterculture that would later rock the world. The show will introduce the Extruder, a new publication from the Intruder comix collective, as well as other new handcrafted comix and zines.
The Hot Off the Press book fair will include tables of local self-publishers set up on the recently completed pedestrian plaza outside the bookstore. This event coincides with the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring colorful contemporary art presentations throughout the historic industrial arts corridor. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street at the corner of Airport Way S., just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to announce the global debut of Art Chantry Speaks: A Heretic’s History of 20th Century Graphic Design from Port Townsend’s Feral House press. The reception, book signing and companion exhibition by one of the country’s most influential graphic designers opens Saturday, July 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The exhibition continues though August 6, 2015.
Chantry’s idiosyncratic style dramatically impacted contemporary graphic design throughout the 1980s and 1990s with his emphasis on hand-crafted techniques just as digital graphics were becoming ubiquitous. His new book collects captivating essays and illustrations that document the essential elements of graphic arts before the invention of computer technology. Chantry’s unique aesthetic was central in the formulation of Seattle’s grunge youth movement in the 1990s and influenced a generation of designers in all fields. His artwork has been the subject of exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide, including a solo show at the Seattle Art Museum in 1993. His work remains relevant and his insights instructive.
Meet this amazing artist from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coinciding with the July 11 edition of the festive Georgetown Art Attack. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
It’s coming up to that time of year again. Summer Open Studio will be on June 4th this year, and Jane Richlovsky and the amazing Dara Solliday will be curating an awesome 100 under 100 show (100 small works under $100) so stop by for some affordable art at 110 Cherry Street, Seattle, Washington 98122. This event will be open First Thursday, June 4th from 6-9pm