French Cartoonist Collective Le Cagibi at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery begins a new year of programming on Saturday, January 10 with the fascinating exhibition Black Light: The World of L. B. Cole and a workshop by French comix collective Le Cagibi. Given the tragic assassination of cartoonists in Paris, this event takes on special significance.
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Le Cagibi is an art gallery, publishing house, screenprint, engraving studio in Lille, France. In its 5 years of existence Le Cagibi has produced handcrafted books with inventive printing and binding techniques. These resourceful visiting artists will conduct a free workshop will take place in Fantagraphics Bookstore. Patrons are encouraged to bring garments for screenprinting. There will also be a presentation of Cagibi’s unique books.
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L.B. Cole created some of the most remarkable, proto-psychedelic comic book covers of all time. Black Light: The World of L. B. Cole is the first retrospective of his career, featuring the largest collection of Cole artwork ever assembled. Editor J. Michael Catron will give a brief presentation on the career of this amazing artist from the golden age of comics.
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This event on Saturday, January 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack, featuring lively visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Seahawks fans can check in on the playoff action at one of several bars in the neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

ROBERT WILLIAMS RETURNS TO SEATTLE DECEMBER 13 & 14!

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes underground comix legend Robert Williams on Saturday, December 13 to celebrate the publication of the Complete Zap Comix Anthology with an exhibition and book signing. This event kicks off a weeklong series commemorating the monumental, multi-volume collection of comix that changed the future of this marginalized medium.
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From the time it first appeared in1968 – peddled from a baby carriage on the streets of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district – R. Crumb’s perversely perceptive observations altered the course of American counterculture. The Zap Comix collective came to include eight creative misfits, as Crumb was joined by Robert Williams, Gilbert Shelton, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, S. Clay Wilson, and Paul Mavrides. Over the course of three and-a-half decades they produced 16 issues on an intermittent schedule. The Complete Zap Comix Anthology will include all prior issues plus the previously unpublished #17 and a fascinating oral history of Zap by underground comix scholar Patrick Rosenkranz. A special, limited edition of the anthology will include a portfolio of signed prints from the pages of Zap. The exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore will feature prints, posters, drawings and related ephemera from these master cartoonists.
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Robert Williams emerged on the American art scene in 1965 as a designer for notorious hot rod celebrity Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. In addition to his later work on Zap and other underground comix, Williams has enjoyed a successful career as a fine artist. His work was featured in MoCA’s landmark “Helter Skelter” exhibition in 1992 and the travelling “Kustom Kulture” show, which appeared at Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art in 1994. His paintings have since been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Fantagraphics Books has published 3 volumes of Williams work including Malicious Resplendence, Hysteria in Remission, and Conceptual Realism. Williams will sign copies of these and other books at the reception on December 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, which marks the 8th anniversary of Fantagraphics Bookstore. This event also coincides with the colorful holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack.

On Sunday, December 14 at 4:00 PM, Fantagraphics Books hosts the Seattle premiere of Robert Williams: Mr. Bitchin’ at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue on Capitol Hill. This wildly entertaining documentary, directed by Mary Reese and Nancye Ferguson, chronicles the career of this incredibly influential artist. Williams will introduce the movie and take questions following the screening.
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On Thursday, December 18, at 7:00 PM, editor J. Michael Catron will present a discussion the history of Zap Comix and its lasting cultural implications. The festivities will conclude on Saturday, December 20 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM with a Tribute to S. Clay Wilson featuring Patrick Rosenkranz, Dennis Dread and Jim Blanchard. Rosenkranz will sign copies of The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson: Pirates in the Heartland. Dennis Dread will present his Entartete Kunts, a collection of contemporary artists, cartoonist and illustrators influenced by the Wilson’s work, including Seattle artist Jim Blanchard.

The Zap Comix exhibition continues through January 8, 2015. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: 206.658.0110.

Celebrate Subterranean Seattle on Saturday at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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Come celebrate the legacy of Seattle’s early music and comix on Saturday, November 29 as Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery hosts the book launch party for Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Music Anthology, 1980 -1988. The book documents the formative years of Bruce Pavitt’s fiercely independent fanzine, cassette label and music column. Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid was a contributor to the fanzine (under the pseudonym Lewy Louie.). Bookstore staffer Russ Battaglia contributed graphics and photos to the zines, which were graced with covers by Lynda Barry and Charles Burns. It was amazing to see the almost immediate impact Pavitt’s modest enterprise had on pop music. To those close to him, it came as no surprise that within a decade, Sub Pop would impact popular culture on a global scale.
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The book includes essays, by Reid, Charles R. Cross, Ann Powers, Gerard Cosley, and Calvin Johnson, founder of K Records and early Sub Pop fanzine collaborator. Johnson will perform music at the party, which is the first time he will play Fantagraphics since Beat Happening rocked our wild warehouse party in 1994 (attended by newly anointed princes of punk, Nirvana). Many contributors to the old zine and new book will attend the reception from 6:00 to 8:00 PM – a great way to spend Small Business Saturday.
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Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Marathon II: A Short Run Art Show at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, in association with Short Run Comix and Arts Festival, is pleased to present Marathon II, the second annual Short Run art show featuring Tom Neely, Ed Piskor, Josh Porcellino, MariNaomi, Josh Simmons, and Pam Wishbow. The exhibition and book signing on Friday, November 14 serves as a reception for participants and fans of the lively comix convention held the following day at Washington Hall in Seattle’s Central District.
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The exhibition title references the daunting challenge of establishing a viable career in alternative comix. Marathon II showcases a diverse group of gifted artists that defied the odds. John Porcellino is one of the pioneers of the minicomics movement. His primitive King-Cat Comics, which debuted in 1989, document his determination to change perceptions of contemporary cartooning. Tom Neely similarly struggled to fashion a livable income in self-publishing. His fortunes turned when he began producing Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever, which follows the fictional romance of punk rock personalities Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig. This modest minicomic became a pop culture sensation, and has since been collected into a full graphic novel featuring Neely and other independent cartoonists, including fellow Los Angles artist MariNoami, who will present her new collection Dragon’s Breath at the event.
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Pittsburg’s Ed Piskor collaborated with seminal self-publisher Harvey Pekar on American Splendor and other projects. He current series, Hip Hop Family Tree, from Fantagraphics Books, follows early practitioners of the inner city idiom through their rise to international notoriety. Seattle-based artist Josh Simmons also self-published comix prior to his association with Fantagraphics Books. Pam Wishbow represents an emerging artist at the outset of her career.
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Don’t miss this opportunity to meet exhibiting artists and other participants in the Short Run Comix and Arts Festival on Friday, November 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Film Noir Poster Show at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition of posters featured in the new book, 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s – 1950s. The show opens on Saturday, September 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Editor Mark Fertig will be available to discuss the work and sign copies of the book. The exhibition continues through November 10, 2014.

The film noir genre holds a special place in American cinema and the posters reveal a lot about mid-century aesthetics. As director William Friedkin observes in the book’s introduction, “The posters convey the style and content of the movies they were designed to advertise, and yet they represent an art form of their own. They are a valid and important school of American art.” These posters depict the biggest stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood in some of their most memorable roles. The book includes both a synopsis and fascinating analysis of the films depicted by the posters.

Editor Mark Fertig will attend the opening to discuss and sign copies of the book. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at 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.
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Don’t miss appearances by Seattle native Charles Burns signing his new graphic novel Sugar Skull on Friday, September 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Chris Wright signing Black Lung on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.
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Jini Dellaccio memorial exhibition at Bumbershoot Arts Festival

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© Jini Dellaccio Collection. All rights reserved.

If you attend this weekend’s Bumbershoot Arts Festival in Seattle, be sure to visit the exhibition Jini Dellaccio: January 31, 1917 – July 3, 2014 curated by Chuck Pennington and Larry Reid. This show celebrates the life, career and art of Jini Dellaccio, an American photographer best known for her 1960s images of Northwest rock and roll acts including The Sonics, The Wailers, Merrilee Rush, The Daily Flash and many others. This special tribute show celebrates the diverse subjects of Dellaccio’s lens over her storied career. Friday afternoon offers free viewing of art exhibits. The festival this year features music by the Replacements, Mission of Burma, Negativeland, Dream Syndicate, Afghan Whigs, Foster the People, and more.
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© Jini Dellaccio Collection. All rights reserved.

Art Attacks Georgetown This Saturday

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Beginning in 2008, the Georgetown Merchants Association commissioned graphic artist Tim Silbaugh to design posters for the Georgetown Art Attack. Working with Fantagraphics curator and GMA president Larry Reid, Silbaugh’s monthly motifs convey something about the distinctive character and colorful culture of the historic Georgetown industrial arts corridor.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will host an exhibition of the posters next door at All City Coffee opening Saturday, July 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The digital composite prints on archival stock are available in a signed, limited edition. Prints can be purchased at Fantagraphics Bookstore for the modest price of $25. The exhibition continues through September 9, 2014.
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Step Right Up to the Georgetown Carnival on June 14

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The colorful Georgetown Carnival on Saturday, June 14 promises to be bigger and better than ever. This free festival presents eclectic entertainment for the whole family from noon to 10:00 PM. The fair features creative carnival games and confections, stilt walkers, sideshows, interactive art activities, Oddmall, food trucks, beer gardens, diverse music, and more. Mayor Ed Murray will offer opening remarks at noon.

One of the most anticipated and popular attractions, Harzardfactory’s Power Tool Races, will be moved onto Airport Way this year to accommodate more spectators. Inventors of all ages are invited to convert power tools to dragsters in this wildly entertaining spectacle. Young acrobats from Georgetown’s SANCA and musicians from Seattle Drum School will be joined by the Northwest’s oldest music group, Georgetown’s own Eagles Aerie #1 Brass Band.

Musical entertainment includes Jack Endino’s Earthworm, Vaporland, Mark Pickerel, Ancient Warlocks, Gallows Swings, Tummy, Dynamite Nugget, Mirror Glass, Evening Bell, Kama’a Ole, the Dee Dees, Loud Eyes, Burien, D J Brownstone’s Soul Attack, and more. The Stables Sideshow Stage and Georgetown Brewing Beer Garden hosts mature entertainment including Little Black Devil Burlesque, Wreckless Freeks sideshow, Carnival Queens featuring Jackie Hell and Ammonia, the Oh No Variety Show and much more!

The festive Georgetown Carnival features the most engaging entertainment that Georgetown and Seattle have to offer – a production of the Georgetown Merchants Association with additional funding provided by the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, Arts & Culture, Sub Pop records, and the Stranger. For additional information visit our website at www.georgetowncarnival.com.Georgetown_Carnival_2014_Poster_20140522_Low

Peter Bagge present new work at Fantagraphics Bookstore on May 10

Seattle cartoonist Peter Bagge, one of the founding fathers of the alternative comix movement, returns with another chapter in the continuing saga of his signature character, Buddy Bradley. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the publication of Buddy Buys a Dump with a show of original drawings, a book signing, and music performance on Saturday, May 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Peter Bagge’s Hate has chronicled the misadventures of Buddy Bradley and his crew of lovable losers since the formative period of the grunge era. His observations went beyond satire to help define the attitude and aesthetics of the most significant youth movement of the 1990s. Buddy Buys a Dump is the third collection of Buddy stories from Bagge’s Hate comic book serial. It contains the last nine issues of Hate Annual and completes the current story arc with a new twenty-page conclusion.

The opening reception features a display of original art from the book. Bagge will be present to sign copies of recent publications. Musical entertainment will be provided by Seattle singer songwriter Kelli Frances Corrado at 7:30 PM. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate an impressive work by one of America’s most important and influential cartoonists.
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Swing Down the the Georgetown Art Attack on May 10!

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May 10th, Seattle, WA: Ring in another inspired Spring Art Attack in Georgetown, USA. Take in the sights and sounds while you stroll Seattle’s oldest neighborhood. Allow our collective of contemporary artists to amaze and engage you for an evening of art, art, art attack. Jump aboard the FREE Art Ride to check out our west end locations such as Equinox Studios and SANCA.

Among the Arts & Entertainment Highlights:

All City Coffee presenting paintings by Lucas Irwin.

Eight and Sand We live in a era of spying, secrecy, and hypocrisy where the masses are fed misinformation and the government is for sale to the highest bidder. “Criminal State of Mind” is artist Christopher J Olson‘s Orwellian examination of the mindset of the wealthy elite, politicians, and propagandists.

Equinox Studios, The big ugly blue building full of beautiful art! Come experience the wonder with over 60 artists in residence and the free Georgetown Artride shuttle to get you here and back.This month featuring Betty Jo Costanzo, Sarah Woodson, Downing Pottery, Karl Seng, Claire Putney, Tabasco Mills and the Iron Monkeys, and much more. As always, bonfires, brats and beautiful people!

Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery Presents Peter Bagge: “Buddy Buys a Dump.” Exhibition and book signing with musical performance by Kelli Frances Corrado.

Georgetown Arts & Cultural Center Open studios! Guest artist, Seb Barnett, presents “Modern Myths”, a surreal painterly vision of modern day mythos. Bring the family!

Georgetown Atelier: open studio

Georgetown Liquor Company presents an encore opening: “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And We Feel Adorable)”. HappyTime Apocalypse is an art collective that celebrates the balance of dark and light, good and evil, happy and horrified. We aim to create an artistic escape from the horrors of the world that surround us by bringing attention to the humor and beauty within the maddening and grotesque parts of the human experience, illuminating the opposing forces of humanity within us all.

The Georgetown Stables: Soul parties are designed to connect you to the truth-telling, mirror-holding, energy-soaked creative goodness that comes when mindful artists let their talents loose! We’ll be displaying the photography of Natasha Komoda, and Naomi Wachira will be playing music. It’s “pay what you will” at the door, and half the proceeds go to Artists Life Guild, a Seattle non-profit that provides low-cost therapy for artists.

Georgetown Trailer Park Mall ”NIGHT of the GIANT MONSTERS!” Vintage & Artisan Market curated by Sire Vintage, Frida, Make Believe, Beaver’s Den Vintage, Urban Treasury and Special Giant Guest.

Krab Jab Studio presents “Daring Stories”, all new work in this solo show of local favorite, Heather Hudson! In this show she explores the world of pulp fiction alongside her usual cornucopia of monsters and oddities.

Le Objects For The Home in Historic Georgetown is excited to present an event during our monthly Art Attack “Meet The Makers” 3 Local artist will be featuring their locally made products… Eric Mendelsohn of Time Beat Clocks featuring his snare drum clocks and his Band will be playing live music all evening + Lisa Deffacio of Fern Heath Design featuring her Fleurs collection. Dina Curtis will be showing her Bike Mounts. This event will be packed with fun and adult beverages. come by and see what’s new in the 3D art world of Le Objects For The Home

LxWxH Gallery presents “Come Hell or High Water”. In this solo show, Nancy Baker will continue to investigate two-dimensional work mixing digital representations of hardware parts and abstracted forms. In Baker‘s work, chains, rivets, bolts and connectors transform otherwise stoic blue collar objects into transcendent images of floating worlds which are populated by numbers and letters against starry skies. Often citing literary sources, specific phrases wind their way through a labyrinth of connected phrases, jewels, glitter and paper machine fixtures; much like the tales she is referencing.

Machine House Brewery presents a group show of plant related art featuring local talent and plant designers. Features include installation and stand alone pieces.

Mary Tudor and Ferrell, open studio. Mary Tudor art with timeless, iconic, images verging on being meditative objects, and Ferrell, art with spacial and abstract imaging. Music by Luscious Leopard Lips, the Georgetown atmospheric music DJ with a Theremin synthesizer.

RHI Solutions: featuring artist Twozdai Hulse. Pop up art shop at RHI Solutions – worth the trip around the back of the Rainier cold storage. Original and prints of mixed media images of Iconic Seattle.

Runway Cafe The works of Phil Keane are original hand drawn, handcut, colored, and assembled 3D drawings inside shadow boxes w/ at least a 1/4? of space between each layer of buildings or landscape. The shadowboxes are recycled and refurbished to reflect the urban character of the work.

Spectrum House Salon & Photography featuring a solo show by Chani Murat,an established artist and tattooer in the Seattle area. Born and raised in the PAC NW, she’s inspired by big bright colors and high contrast images. For this show she will be showcasing a body of work with many different mediums. In addition, Spectrum House always features a boutique stocked with Seattle-made treasures & garments.

Studio Sanctum: The Nautilus Studio has changed it’s name to Studio Sanctum, showcasing the realist oil paintings of Jethaniel Peterka and Kyle Abernethy. Located next door to the Georgetown Stables.

Wittman-Estes: Furniture designed and fabricated by University of Washington Department of Architecture students in collaboration with Kimo Griggs and Danish furniture designer Erling Christoffersen. The exhibit will showcase the newly released designs, completed this spring.
AT A GLANCE: Georgetown Art Attack

Date: Saturday, May 10th, 6 – 9 pm
Location: Georgetown neighborhood, Airport Way S corridor between Lucile S and Bailey S; over 40 locations!

Features: Art, Live Music, Food and Spirits, Art Ride art bus (free)

Website: www.georgetownartattack.com

Intruder Alert! Talented Emerging Artists at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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The Pacific Northwest enjoys a long tradition as a breeding ground for innovative illustrators and cartoonists. At no time has this been more evident than now. The Intruder comix collective is at the forefront of this new movement. On Saturday, April 12, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the publication of the 10th issue of the Intruder anthology with a lively party including an art exhibition, music performance, and book signing.

The Intruder is a free quarterly tabloid featuring an eclectic group of contributors from the fields of comix, illustration, fine art, and graphic design. Issue #10 features the work of Max Clotfelter, Aidan Fitzgerald, Billis Helg, Ben Horak, Tim Miller, John Ohannesian, Marc Palm, Darin Shuler, James Stanton, Tom Van Deusen, and more. In addition to the debut of the latest Intruder, original art, prints, and handcrafted books by these artists and others will on display at the bookstore though May 7, 2014.

The Intruder reception will be preceded from 4:00 to 6:00 PM by Michael O’Driscoll presenting his new self-published comic, Bedbug’s Book of Wisdom. This limited edition hardcover follows the exploits of O’Driscoll’s pesky protagonist cleverly mimicking the format of a children’s book. Additionally, Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics Bookstore welcome a musical performance by Lori Goldston and Kyle Hanson. Cellist Goldston is Stranger Genius honoree who has performed with Nirvana, Earth, and countless others. She’ll be joined on accordion by frequent collaborator Hanson performing songs from their recently released album. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic district.
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Ron Regé Cartoon Utopia at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to present The Cartoon Utopia, an exhibition and book signing with visionary cartoonist Ron Regé, Jr. opening Saturday, January 11 with a festive reception for the artist. The show continues through February 5, 2014.

In The Cartoon Utopia, Regé examines religious, mystical, and spiritual philosophies employing an imaginative narrative construct. The subject ideally suits the artist’s intriguing rendering technique. In the words of acclaimed cartoonist Chris Ware, Regé is “One of a handful of cartoonists in the history of the medium to not only reinvent comics to suit his own idiosyncratic impulses and inspirations as an artist, but also to imbue it with his own peculiar, ever changing emotional energy. To me, he is unquestionably one of ‘the greats.'”

The opening reception on Saturday, January 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring challenging visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, at the corner of Airport Way S. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Join my Europe Art Delegation in April

Join us on the trip of a lifetime in the Spring, a FANTASTIC art delegation exploring Europe (artists and non-artists will find it fascinating) to Copenhagen • Warsaw • Krakow • Roznov • Vienna. The trip is in April (14th – 23rd), the entire itinerary is on their website (WTE USA, World Trade Exchange).
We’ll meet artists, tour their studios, get private sessions with Museum curators, and experience world-famous paintings to folk-art to contemporary design, from Hans Christian Anderson to Cannaletto to Klimt. And of course tour the historic castles, Jewish Ghettos, Moravian old-world villages, and everything in between. I’ve led 2 other art delegations with WTE, and we have lots of the same members come back, all raving about the experience and how beautifully we were treated and incredible connections we made.
The links are below, 1st is WTE’s website (password for the pdf itinerary is “kellyeurope”), second one is me talking about it in a little video.
For more info contact WTE USA or kelly Lyles at kelly@kellyspot.com

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Celebrate 7 Years of Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery with “cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix” on December 14

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery opened seven years ago in a deserted south Seattle industrial district. In the intervening years, both the bookstore and the neighborhood have woven themselves into the cultural fabric of the region. Celebrate the impact of this unique urban enterprise on Saturday, December 14 with a festive holiday gala and opening reception for “cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix.”

From its inception, the showroom for Seattle-based publisher Fantagraphics Books has endeavored to demonstrate the contributions of comix to contemporary culture. “cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix” features the work of six narrative artists who elevate the medium. The exhibition features Jeremy Eaton, Ellen Forney, Damon Gentry, John Ohannesian, Jesse Reklaw, and Jim Woodring. Exhibiting artists will be present to sign recent publications at the opening on Saturday, December 14 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

In addition to his role as Fantagraphics Bookstore curator, Larry Reid serves as president of the Georgetown Merchants Association (GMA), which played a pivotal role in revitalizing the formerly neglected business district. The bookstore’s anniversary celebration coincides with the holiday edition of the Georgetown Art Attack, a monthly promotion of the GMA. Dozens of visual and performing arts presentations take place throughout the historic neighborhood, including wandering carolers from Choir of the Sound.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Ghost Gallery’s 7th Anniversary Sale This Weekend!

Today marks the 7th Anniversary of Ghost Gallery’s very first art exhibit ~ which happened to be a group Miniature Art show in 2006 at the Pretty Parlor. Since then, Ghost has continued to curate exhibits around Seattle, as well as proudly running a unique gallery space on Capitol Hill. Located at 504 E Denny Way at Summit, the gallery is tucked in a lovely courtyard behind the St. Florence Apt Building facing Olive Way.

As a Thank You to all of Ghost’s supporters, artists, colleagues and new friends made over the years, this weekend they are offering super special deals on many items at the gallery.  Miniature Art, Jewelry, Cards and Gifts.

There will be 10 Gift Certificates available for 25% off, for amounts $100 & up! For example, get a $100 value GC for $75, a $150 GC for $112.50, etc.
Only 10 will have this discount applied, so get one while you can!
(email curator@ghostgalleryart.com to pre-order)

They will also have out some delicious wine, cocoa and snacks for guests. Please do stop by and say Hello, get some gift shopping done (or add to your own art collection), and show your continued support for this evolving project that comes from the deep depths of Ghost’s love for art and all things well-made. “We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the stupendous amount of talent in Seattle and beyond, so let’s all show some love!”

Live out of town? Ghost is offering Free Shipping within the US with promo code SHOPSMALL: Visit http://ghost-galleryshop.com/

image: Brian Britigan “King of the Hill” 2013, 5″ x 7″ pencil, gouache on bristol

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Georgetown Art Attack Holiday Edition on December 14

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Join us in Georgetown for a holiday extravaganza of art, parties, entertainment, food, and drink. We’ll open the festivities with a ceremonial community Christmas tree dedication in front of Georgetown Music Store at 6:00 PM and the Choir of the Sound will be caroling throughout the historic neighborhood.

Jump aboard the FREE Art Ride to check out our west end locations such as Equinox Studios and SANCA (see our map for Art Ride bus stops).

All City Coffee presents “2013 Holiday Miniature Art Extravaganza”. Small and affordable works by local artists: including Aaron Murray, Adam Spencer, Amber Anderson, Angelina Tolentino, Clare Johnson, Eric Kolbe, Emilie Shepherd, Grant Rehnberg, Jim Pirie, Kathryn Altus, Kathy Jaleski, Marty Gordon, Maron Resur, Mary Enslow, Michelle Anderst, Niki Sherey, Sarah Harvey, Sullivan Giles, and Talia Silveri.

American Pie will present the work of artist and curator Braden Duncan. Mechanical and mystical phantasy aviary will be on display for a month!

Calamity Jane’s features the work of Zeb Shaffer! Surreal pop-psych-o-delic paintings reflecting the depths of the human mind and its archetypes.

Eight and Sand presents “The Cozy Show” featuring Misty Benson, Craig Van Den Bosch, Joseph Brooks, Maxx Follis, Marty Gordon, Carrie Hawks, Xavier Lopez, Andrew Miller, Christopher J Olson, Alexandria Sandlin, Ronnie Taylor, Eli Wolff.

Equinox Studios extends a hearty welcome to join them at their “Very Open House”. We will offer forklift poetry, 5 bands, an interactive iron pour, spontaneous dance explosions, and disruptive urban intervention.

Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery “cARToons: The Art of Alternative Comix” featuring Jeremy Eaton, Ellen Forney, Damon Gentry, John Ohannesian, Jesse Reklaw, and Jim Woodring.

The Georgetown Trailer Park Mall presents an evening of holiday magic with an amazing visual display and special guests stars! The Annual Vintage & Artisan Holiday Bazaar is full swing with an enchanted gift collection curated by Frida, Make Believe, Clocharde, Beaver’s Den, Sire Vintage.

Krab Jab Studio presents a group exhibit by local, national, and international artists:?”The Enlightenment Cabinet: a Chamber of Wonders”, portraying a memory theater and microcosm of the world, including odd objects belonging to natural history, archaeology, religious relics, curio paintings, science and antiquities, curated by Yvette Endrijautzki.?Participating artists are:?Jack Howe, Benjamin A. Vierling, Jason Hite, Stefanie Vega, Chris Mars, ShirrStone Dolls, Aline Gorsen, Nick Gucker, Halsey Swain, Nathan Cartwright, Joe Vollan, Isaac Stuart, Javier Ortega, Ego, Heather Hudson, Brian White, Nola Avienne, Larkin, Tracy Cilona, Dean Summers, Jason Soles, Morbid Anatomy, Corey Urlacher, Brooke Weston, Yvette Endrijautzki, Kat Houseman, Braden Duncan, Yuko Ishii, Kyle Abernethy, Jethaniel Peterka, Julie Baroh. Terese Nielsen, Anthony Scott Waters, Zeb Shaffer, Drew Tucker, and Lara Watson. Old Time Banjo Live Music by Greg Paul.

LxWxH Gallery presents “Planar Visions” This solo show with Cristin Ford features a series of folded paper wall sculptures representing a gradient; topographical acrylic sculptures; and a large-scale hand painted wall installation in one half of the gallery.

Machine House Brewery presents “Southern Sun”, paintings, drawings, photography, and installation celebrating the darkness of winter and the legacy of pagan ritual in our culture. Artists include Benjamin Bobzien, Ross Brashear, Dave Enriquez, Ish Ishmael, Kristy Kim, Ambar de Kok-Mercado, Dida Lopez, Spike Miller, Tara Sloan, and Thom Strub

Miller School of Art is open for a huge Student Holiday Show. Most paintings are around $40 with nothing over $100.

SANCA School of Flight has joined Art Attack via the Art Ride bus! Flying trapeze demonstrations by SANCA Flyers and Pay-per-Flight opportunities to fly for Art Attack patrons! Journalists and Press ride free (show your credentials)!

Robin’s Nest Garden Collectibles will be featuring the artwork of Ruth Moen, including painted furniture, rugs, tableware, and photo paintings with Art Attack special pricing of 40% off.

The Roving Gallery will be showing the work of Janet Crawley, Keli Sim DeRitis, Denise Smith and Roxanne Fawcett. We will be showing mixed media works, encaustics, sculpture, jewelry and painting.

Runway Cafe presents “Transcendental” featuring mixed media work by Robbie Schroeder and DJ Richard Brown’s “Soul Attack” set.

Spectrum House Salon & Photography is throwing a Holiday Art Party! Food drive, drinks, music by Bob Lovelace, oil paintings by Jethaniel Peterka & Kyle Abernethy, live models, and holiday shopping.

Two Tartes Cafe & Catering features artist, Laura Silverstein, owner & designer of Glitter Sweet; quirky, fun and unique bags! They will also be doing wine tasting and light appetizers from 6-8 PM
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Ghost Gallery’s 2012 Holiday Mini Art Extravaganza!

It’s that time of year, as Ghost Gallery leads up to their 6 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! The gallery will be filled with miniature art, all ready for gifting to friends and family,
or as original art treats for yourself.
Opening Thurs, Nov. 8th 5-9pm
504 E Denny Way at Summit/Olive
*Artwork will be available to take home after purchase beginning Friday, Nov, 9th (the day after the artist reception)* Pieces will also be listed ONLINE as of Nov. 8th.

“We’re proud to have gathered together such a fantastic group of local and national artists~
OVER 200 LITTLE WORKS OF WONDER!”

Featuring:
Allyce Wood
Amber Anderson
Anne Le Fever
Blanka Dvorak (Prague)
Brad Strain
Cait Willis
Carrie Schmidt
Catherine Kail-Tucker
Celeste Cooning
Chandler Woodfin
Cory Benhatzel (NY)
Deviant Decor
Devin Wais (VA, the famous OooohStitchy!)
Erin Kendig
Heather Hydra
Jeanie Lewis
Jesse Link
Jody Joldersma
JoEllen Wang
Kat Houseman (Bellingham)
Kelly J Brownlee
Kim Gordon (San Francisco)
Larkin Cypher
LeBrie Rich (PenFelt, Portland, OR)
Lis Wright-Ivec
Marco Rosichelli (Southern OR)
Margot Bird (NY)
Mary Louise Silva
Mary Ruth Butterworth
Maxx Follis
Natalia Czajkiewicz
Olivia Lazer
Richard David Moore (Richmond, VA)
Ronnie Taylor
Roy Powell
Ryan Molenkamp
Sara Everett
Serrah Russell
Shelly Engels
Terra Holcomb
Twozdai Hulse
Zoë Williams (NY)

This show will be in the main gallery rooms throughout November,
then in the Petite Works room in December. Runs thru 12/31/12.
image: Twin Pinks by Marco Rosichelli, mixed media on wood block 2012
Ghost Gallery Blog ~ PLUS! Visit our new Ghost Gallery Shop

“Twin Peaks” by Marco Rosichelli, mixed media on wood 2012

 

Young Romance: The Best of Simon and Kirby’s Romance Comics at Fantagraphics Bookstore.


Join us at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday April 14 at 6:00 PM as we celebrate the publication of the important new book, Young Romance: The Best of Simon and Kirby’s Romance Comics. Editor Michel Gagné, curator of the companion exhibition, will discuss this largely overlooked body of work by one of America’s most influential and enduring artists: the incomparable Jack Kirby.

With soldiers returning from long deployments following World War II romance was in the air. The superhero comics that served to inspire patriotism leading up to the global conflict began to lose appeal. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby seized on these emerging sensibilities to create one of the most popular comic book series of all time. Unlike previous comic book genres, the work appealed primarily to women readers. Kirby’s work from this period was mimicked by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and others, and has become emblematic of mid-century American aesthetics.

Curator Michel Gagné will discuss his delicate restoration process at the opening reception on Saturday, April 14. The exhibition will feature enlarged panels from Simon and Kirby’s romance comics together with the original work that followed, as Kirby helped formulate the contemporary comic book genre. The book and exhibition carefully examine the creative process of these uniquely American masters.

Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) just minutes from downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00. Phone 206.658.0110. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community. See you all soon.

Susan E. Kirtley discusses Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass with Cathy Hillenbrand at Fantagraphics Bookstore


The idiosyncratic work of Seattle cartoonist Lynda Barry is the subject on a new book by Portland author Susan E. Kirtley. Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass represents the first comprehensive critique of this influential American artist. Kirtley will present her book – from the University Press of Mississippi’s Great Comics Artists Series – in conversation with Real Comet Press publisher Cathy Hillenbrand on Saturday, March 24, at 6:00 PM at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.

Kirtley examines the influence of Lynda Barry’s youthful experiences on her diverse creative output through personal interviews and rigorous analysis of published work. Kirtley’s thought-provoking conclusions invite readers to reassess Barry’s body of work though the lens of an often-tormented adolescent girl. Kirtley is associate professor of English at Portland State University. University Press of Mississippi’s Great Comics Artists Series includes critical assessments of the work of cartoonists such as Chris Ware, Alan Moore, Carl Barks, Jack Kirby, Garry Trudeau, and Walt Kelly.

The author will be joined in conversation by Cathy Hillenbrand of Real Comet Press, publisher of Lynda Barry’s first four books. “From Comix to Critiques” was the slogan of Real Comet Press, which is the subject of the current retrospective exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery featuring original art, graphics, and book works by Lynda Barry, Michael Dougan, Art Chantry, and Ruth Hayes. An informal reception and book signing will follow the discussion.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) Phone 206.658.0110. This event coincides with the inaugural Georgetown Music March featuring free performing arts presentations throughout the historic arts community.

Real Comet Press Retrospective at Fantagraphics Bookstore


“From Comix to Critiques” was the focus of seminal Seattle publisher Real Comet Press. Founded in 1981 by arts activist Cathy Hillenbrand, then owner the Comet Tavern, this prescient enterprise published an amazing array of books that foreshadowed Seattle’s ascendance to the forefront of international pop culture. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery celebrates the legacy of Cathy Hillenbrand with “Real Comet Press: A Retrospective” opening Saturday, March 10, continuing through April 10, 2012. This exhibition features art, graphics and book works by regional artists nurtured by Real Comet Press including Lynda Barry, Michael Dougan, Art Chantry, and Ruth Hayes, among others.

As owner of the Comet Tavern in the late 70s, Hillenbrand became an advocate for Seattle’s avant garde artists. In 1980, Lynda Barry won a contest to design the Comet’s matchbook cover, beginning a long association with the young Capitol Hill cartoonist. A year later, Hillenbrand published the text to “Propagandists Lament,” a performance work by Seattle artist Annie Grosshans. She soon sold the tavern to devote full time to publishing. Real Comet Press went on to publish four books by Lynda Barry – Girls + Boys, Big Ideas, The Good Times Are Killing Me, and Naked Ladies, Naked Ladies, Naked Ladies – as well as East Texas by Michael Dougan, Instant Litter by Art Chantry, and a series of animated flipbooks by Ruth Hayes. In addition, Real Comet Press published catalogues, criticism, and feminist theory by artists, curators and critics such as Lucy Lippard, Jo Spence, Douglas Kahn, Rini Templeton, Ernst Friedrich, James Turrell, and countless others. Many of Hillenbrand’s books and memorable marketing materials were designed the brilliant graphic artists associated with The Rocket magazine.

Join us on Saturday, March 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM to fete the former publisher. Real Comet alumni Hayes, Dougan and Chantry will host the celebration, which includes an exhibition of art, books and ephemera from the Real Comet archives. A limited number of out-of-print Real Comet Press titles will be available for sale (including the iconic Lynda Barry poster “Poodle with a Mohawk”). This reception coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.

On Saturday, March 24 at 6:00 PM Fantagraphics Bookstore presents Susan Kirtley, author of Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass from University of Mississippi Press, in conversation with Cathy Hillenbrand. This enlightening discussion will be followed by an informal reception and book signing.

On Friday, March 30 at 6:00 PM, Hillenbrand joins cartoonists Ellen Forney and Jim Woodring, and Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds on the panel discussion “Northwest Noir: Seattle’s Legacy of Counterculture Comix” moderated by Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid at Emerald City Comicon at the Washington State Convention Center.