Spring Art Show – Coyote features 22 artists Friday May 6th 11-8pm on Capitol Hill

Coyote Jr. High Spring art show and fundraiser

Spring Art Show for Coyote Jr. High!

This is the 9th annual Spring Art Show at the home of Julie and Dan Little at 1121 23RD Ave. E. on Capitol Hill benefiting Coyote Jr. High art school.  The Little’s generously open their home each year to the neighborhood for a fabulous art show, great food & drink and wonderful company.  Each purchase helps the individual artist,  plus a percentage goes to fund Coyote Jr. High’s art programs for teens.
Sue Zell pillows

Some of the artists participating are Sue Zell, Lana Sundberg, Joyce Halldorson, Kristen Nelson, Joe Max Emminger and over a dozen more great Seattle artists.
Coyote Elena

There will be great food and drinks in a lovely setting overlooking the Cascades on the East side of Capitol Hill. Gifts, items for the home, fashions, jewelry, ceramics and paintings will all be available to view and purchase.

Lana Sundberg

Hot Off The Press Small Press Fest at Fantagraphics Bookstore

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.

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




Kelly Europe 2014


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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

Brian Britigan "King of the Hill" 2013
Brian Britigan “King of the Hill” 2013

Join me at ArtBasel Miami in December

It’s still 80 degrees outside, And I’m busy spending hours looking for cheap December airfares, for Christmas with my family in Texas, & for my holiday gift to MYSELF. It’s my annual pilgrimage to ‘Mecca’ for artists, ArtBasel Miami, this year December 5-8th (though press and preview parties kick off a couple days in advance). Having come 5 years ago for the 1st time, it’s penciled into my calendar annually now. Wouldn’t miss it! So here’s my little overview, with some jpegs at the bottom if you just want to skip this write-up and scroll down to the visuals (the bad ones are my cell phone shots, the better ones are my traveling companions Jan Elftmann’s & Mike Dillons. Or stolen from the Internet).
What’s not to love? Art, art, art, and then some more art. 24 hours a day, if you have the stamina. Throw in sunshine, beaches, parties, beautiful people, fabulous cars, clubbing, swag bags, travelers from all over the world, celebrities, roaming performance artists, oh, and did I mention the art?
Pulled off the net. Is this Julian Schnabel & Diddy?   Not sure who the other 2 are w/ Beyonce & JayZ
Celebrities And VIPS Attend Art Basel Miami Beach - November 30, 2011images

Julian Lennon
Julian Lennon

You’ll run into friends – old & new- at all the fairs, since a good percentage of the art-world descends on Miami and Miami Beach that week. 50.000 International visitors show up for these 5 days, and you hear every dialect and accent: at the fairs, in the restaurants, even taking a bus at 3am it will be filled with cosmopolitan art tourists.

Dealers, artists and collectors descend on Miami and Miami Beach from all over the globe. I rationalize my trip as “networking”, and I’ve certainly made some contacts and new friends. I go for the adventure, experience, and education, but – who am I kidding? – mostly for the FUN!
However for the dealers and gallerists it’s an intensely serious enterprise. They spend tens of thousands – some hundreds of thousands – to be there. The blue-chip galleries can invest a quarter million dollars on their booths at Miami Basel, the smallest space – as an exhibitor – is $55,000. Most rent several of the ‘footprints’ for a larger display area. Plus shipping all of their art stock from various corners of the world, the staff’s wages, housing and meals for said employees (at vastly inflated hotel prices that week, and the simplest sandwich seems to be $15), it adds up in a hurry. But at this particular fair, the ‘wares’ are worth it. The art is expensive enough to warrant the trip although many of the paintings, sculptures and installations aren’t even priced (“if you have to ask, you can’t afford it”?). And some booths don’t bother with red dots, maybe too declasse? We were told they were distracting (“Darn, that’s the one I would have wanted” logic, if the piece is now unavailable). When we asked the cost of a particular assemblage by my traveling companion Jan’s friend, the late Mike Kelley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Kelley_(artist)  )
we were told it was already sold, priced at $750,000 when it was had been for sale earlier in the weekend.
So this is an exclusionary, rarified world. But one that’s a helluva lotta fun to drop into once a year. After days in Miami you barely notice all of the 6 foot women with hair extensions, boob jobs, inflated lips and plastic surgery (and how DO they manage those 6 inch rhinestone heels on the beach? I have a hard enough time in flats). Even the store bikini mannequins were 48DD. Donatello Versace look-alikes on every corner, 60 year old orange-skinned blondes who clamored to pose with my Barbie backpack (noone thinks to look for a computer in there). It’s a bizarre, ridiculous scene, and (for me) a blast!

Performance art at Basel. Or is it sculpture?
Performance art at Basel. Or is it sculpture?


Starbucks Cuckoo Clock in ArtBasel Miami
Starbucks Cuckoo Clock in ArtBasel Miami


Overview of hundreds of galleries.
Overview of hundreds of galleries.

Now for some background:
ArtBasel Miami is the US version of the original fair, in Basel, Switzerland, begun in 1970. There’s also another by the same producers (MCH) in Hong Kong. These are the largest International art fairs in the world. ArtBasel Miami also offers films, lectures and world-famous artists, architects and luminaries presenting on varied topics all week.
Other satellite fairs (maybe 20?) set up in ABM’s orbit, and all the museums and private collections are open and part of the celebration that week too. There’s even art on the beaches; from soundscapes and sculptures to installations and multiple mini-galleries within shipping containers.
There are necessary maps listing at least 40 venues in Miami and Miami Beach (bear in mind just ArtBasel itself has over 250 galleries, the other fairs might range from 15-100 per). There’s the fabulous Rubell collection (several of these ‘collections’ are equally large, 45,000 foot per, warehouses packed with leading contemporary art), the Margulies, the De La Cruz, World Class Boxing (great name for a collection, housed in a former pugilist arena), KODAK’s collection, and more.
Simultaneously many of the art deco hotels are hosting fairs or borrowed collections. Plus there’s the museums: Bass has a huge party with illuminated sculptures visible in the surrounding park all week. The Miami Museum of Art throws open it’s doors with a buffet, music and performance art in addition to the inside shows. The Wolfsonian is a little gem of 1885 to 1945 art and design (featuring a lot of Deco and Art Nouveau, it’s an education in the National and International politics of the Industrial revolution as well as just a visual treat). There’s also Perez, the Lowe, the Frost Museums, on and on. You can’t possibly see it all (or get to all of the parties)!
But the mainstay is the Fair(s), each of which has a different personality. From the ‘class act’ of behemoth Basel, to the often edgy PULSE, there’s youthful FOUNTAIN and the more playful SCOPE (consistently a fave for me) to the esoteric NADA (the WTF?!? one for my possibly too mainstream sensibilities. I can’t grasp charging thousands for a used house shingle or a Sears catalogue, or the fish lure attached to a canvas. But other far more sophisticated friends profess to love it).

the Infamous NADA fishhook
the Infamous NADA fishhook

SEVEN was new and great, ditto the MIAMI PROJECT. UNTITLED on the beach was young and fresh. There’s fairs for video, INK is all about prints, DESIGN MIAMI has some incredible furniture and jewelry that is in every way pure sculpture.  Even fairs specializing in countries and continents: there’s clusters of West Coast exhibitors, another of primarily East Coast vendors, Seattle’s own (or up until last year’s sale) NW centric AQUA (shown here, in a vintage hotel, has the best atmosphere of all) is always a highlight,

AQUA. photo by Mike Dillon
AQUA. photo by Mike Dillon


Trains in AQUA. photo by Mike Dillon
Trains in AQUA. photo by Mike Dillon


mixed media teardrop piece in Aqua gallery.
mixed media teardrop piece in Aqua gallery.

I loved the grafitti’d train cars. (That Jack Nicholson portrait’s carved in phone books). All of these from Aqua are Mike Dillon’s shots

There’s theme fairs ART ASIA, then the BRAZIL ART FAIR, all Jewish and Israeli art in one of the hotel fairs a few years ago. “You name it, we got ‘ya covered”.

And did I mention various Miami districts that throw block parties at the same time? The Design District one night, or the Miami graffitti area’s not to be missed: the WYNWOOD WALLS. That’s a wacky mob-scene of art mixed with young bar-hopping people partying in the streets. Food carts, art galleries, sidewalk vendors, art galleries, private parties, art galleries, bicycle carts, art galleries, the collections, all the while urban artists in action are spray-painting masterpieces on walls. For blocks you can smell paint in the air. A stand-out memory of that night was a food truck complete with it’s own D.J. Just don’t make our mistake and try to stay in the cab, it can be 1/2 an hour with the meter running just trying to drive those 3 congested blocks. Our friend Gerry Stecca’s studio (with his clothespin sculptures – and purses, even a Clothespin dress – below, in Mike’s shots) is in that general area, part of the BAKEHOUSE COMPLEX, another must-see stop on any Basel trip.

Wynwood walls
Wynwood walls


One of Shepard Fairey's giant masterpieces (masterpi?)
One of Shepard Fairey’s giant masterpieces (masterpi?)



Gerry Stecca surrounded by some of his clothespin sculptures at Bakehouse.
Gerry Stecca surrounded by some of his clothespin sculptures at Bakehouse.

So, where does one start the adventure? The trick is to plot your itinerary of sorts, possibly arrive a day early, and make a plan of attack. The events are equally split between Miami and Miami Beach. Figure on 2 to 3 fairs per day (except for Basel, that’s one per, some might want to break it up or return multiple times. Basel charges $42 for a day pass, or $90 for all weekend entry). Most of the artfairs do charge an entry fee, from $5 to $15, so add that into your budget, assuming another $100 or $150 (I’ve had press passes, and it’s a blessing on my budget, or lack thereof).
For transportation there are free shuttles going to many of the various fairs (but not all, and there can be a lot of interim waits, and limited run times). Strangers share taxis all the time; it’s a great way to meet fascinating people since we’re all in town with the same purpose. Miami’s city buses are wonderful, and they are packed even in the wee hours with a broad section of locals and tourists. In Miami Beach it’s all walkable, and I feel safe heading back to my hotel at all hours (I always stay in Miami Beach for that reason, I would NOT feel safe alone in many parts of Miami itself after dark. Or even in daylight!). The towns go all night, even the parking meters demand coins until midnight, the start of clubbing hours in these tropical cities.
Airfares surprisingly aren’t bad if purchased in advance, though are higher than a couple years ago. From Seattle Alaska has some direct flights around $350. Flying into Ft. Lauderdale (vs Miami) usually saves money, and it’s a $2.50 30 minute bus ride into Miami Beach. West Palm Beach isn’t bad pricing wise, and there’s a wonderful local train called the TriRail, but that’s getting a little more ambitious time-wise.
On Lodging, don’t get fooled, the internet might quotes cheap rates for Miami Beach but when one actually tries to book for that weekend it’s sticker shock. Hotels do bump the prices to reflect that tourism onslaught, so even a Miami Beach dump will be $99-$200, something nice in the $400 on up range (per night). And the luxury ones double and triple that, easily $1,000 per. Naturally, being frugal I spend HOURS hunting a deal, and if you stay a mile or 2 further up the beach, the prices go down incrementally (although buses run limited hours on Sunday, so bear that in mind). Most of the artfair action on the Miami Beach side is from the 1700 block to the 23rd, though they are scattered all over. Miami hotels are much cheaper, but adding in all the nightly $25 (or more) cabs I’d rather stay across the water in the deco district and walk home. Another option is renting a condo through VRBO, Air B & B, or various websites, We stayed in a nice 1 bedroom apartment just blocks from the Miami Beach Convention center for the same price as a much seedier hotel 3 miles further down the beach. Set some time aside to play Internet ‘hunter-gatherer’ and read fellow travelers’ reviews. It’s all very doable, so “do it”, you won’t regret it. See you there?

Cigarette Butts sculptures in a protest rally (at Pulse?)
Cigarette Butts sculptures in a protest rally (at Pulse?)


Distorted from one angle, hyperealistic straight on.
Distorted from one angle, hyperealistic straight on.


Lots of these at the fairs, ordinary messages (LOST OUR LEASE, EVERYTHING GOES, etc) in huge, colourful (were they quilted?) graphics.
Lots of these at the fairs, ordinary messages (LOST OUR LEASE, EVERYTHING GOES, etc) in huge, colourful (were they quilted?) graphics.


Ordinary baking aluminum tins, embossed and painted.
Ordinary baking aluminum tins, embossed and painted.


One always notices the big themes, one last year was text and typography. Also foliage/greenery, and nature WITH text. There's always guns, there's always sex, this year (& last?) lots of animals, too, including mutant taxidermy.
One always notices the big themes, one last year was text and typography. Also foliage/greenery, and nature WITH text. There’s always guns, there’s always sex, this year (& last?) lots of animals, too, including mutant taxidermy.


The german couple, both well-known artists, dress in various matching outfits every day. I think he always wears dresses.
The german couple, both well-known artists, dress in various matching outfits every day. I think he always wears dresses.


All blue themed records in an installation.
All blue themed records in an installation.


series of  Pink frou-frou dictators (at Scope?)
series of Pink frou-frou dictators (at Scope?)

People dress wonderfully. Note paint pallete hat.
People dress wonderfully. Note paint pallete hat. Do you see why it calls to the fahionista in me? Let’s GO!

Cornish BFA Exhibition – EXPO 13

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Cornish BFA Exhibition – EXPO 13

Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 5 – 9 pm

EXPO 13 builds upon the annual BFA Exhibition, highlighting the depth and range of our students’ creative inquiry and expression at Cornish College of the Arts. The Art and Design shows serve as the keystone to an expanded schedule of events, including dialogue, performances, and artistic interventions. EXPO 13 celebrates the achievements of Cornish’s graduating seniors by acknowledging their contributions as professional artists and designers. Cornish is proud of their determination, hard word, and appetite for experimentation, as they turn their ambitions from school towards society. Congratulations to the class of 2013.

Opening Reception: May 10, 5 – 9 pm

Student Spotlights: May 11, 1-5 pm

Design BFA Exhibition: May 10 – 24, Main Campus Center

Art BFA Exhibition: May 10 – 25, Visual Arts Complex

Gallery Hours: noon – 5 pm, Mon – Sat

Main Campus Center
1000 Lenora Street, Seattle, WA

Visual Arts Complex
2000 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA


Chloe Allred – “Bloom, Moving Forward”, 2013, oil on canvas, 66 x 42 inches

Northwest Chocolate Festival Oct 22-23

The Northwest Chocolate Festival features the work of twenty bean to the bar craft chocolate makers. The NWCF is the largest gathering of true craft chocolate makers in North America, October 22-34 at Seattle  Center Northwest rooms.

A taste of what you will experience

  • Learn about chocolate with presentations by award winning chocolate makers
  • Crush cacao beans by hand using traditional tools
  • Meet cacao farmers from Ecuador and Peru
  • Learn to taste and distinguish fine chocolate from different origins around the world
  • Taste and experience fresh cacao fruit direct from South America, a rare experience in the United States
  • Discover the health benefits of chocolate
  • Learn how to temper chocolate, make truffles and ganaches, and fine desserts
  • Seduce your senses in the Aphrodisiac Room
  • Expand your palate with chocolate and drink pairings

The amount of artisan chocolate makers gathering for this summit on fine craft chocolate is unprecedented and certainly exciting!

You will have the chance to taste chocolate as well as attend educational workshops and presentations in five of the Northwest Rooms at the Seattle Center. The festival features 16 hours of chocolate culinary demonstrations at the culinary kitchen in the Chocolate Dessert and Confection Room, two full days of talks on culture, trade equity and cocoa agriculture in the World of Chocolate Room.

They also offer the opportunity to enjoy wine, coffee, tea, and beer paired with chocolate in the Beer and Wine Garden.

Don’t miss out on the Aphrodisiac room to experience the sensual nature of chocolate and foods.

And don your mask and fancy ball gown for the Chocolate Masquerade Ball on Saturday night 8-12pm (21+)


Bumber-by-Number art exhibit shows altered “Paint-by-Numbers” at Bumbershoot

“Bumber By Number” is an interactive and fully immersive Paint-by-Number art exhibit curated by Marlow Harris and JoDavid for the 2011 Bumbershoot Arts Festival.

The show features an interactive audience participatory paint-by-number homage to Edouard Manet’s “The Picnic” (“Le Dejeuner sur L’Herbe”) by artist Ryan Feddersen. In addition, bask in the glory of Victoria BC artist Bill Blair’s amazing life-size paint-by-number banners and guitars, and local Seattle artists create incredible canvases of altered vintage Paint-by-Numbers.

There is a special Bumbershoot Arts preview on Thursday, September 1st, 3pm to 9pm and you can see all the art shows at that time.

You can also view the show at Bumbershoot that takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-5

Seattle artist and photographer Jennifer Zwick took not one but two different Paint-by-Number paintings and rose to the challenge of transforming both into dynamic works of art.

Here are her finished pieces with her darling son, Owen, ready to assist.

Joey Veltkamp chose a lovely religious theme, which he transformed into his own personal LGBT Rainbow Jesus.

The Stranger’s art director, Aaron Huffman was up to the task, bringing new light to this tired old horse painting.

Seattle artist David Kane transformed this mundane landscape into a science fiction fantasy painting:

Elizabeth Jameson completely transformed a landscape into a disco glow-in-the-dark scene of delight:

Sean Hurley had some fun with a still life that he altered into his own signature style:

Jack & the Dragon now showing at NW Puppet Center



by the Oregon Shadow Theatre

is now showing at the Northwest Puppet Center.

There are many stories about Jack and his Ma in the Appalachian Mountains. In this fairy tale, after swatting 7 flies at one whack, Jack is hired by the King to hunt some pesky varmints, like a Giant Hog and a Unicorn, before he has to face the meanest varmint of all. He still finds time to kick up his heels with the King’s daughter at a barn dance. Colorful shadow puppets, live old time American banjo and dulcimer music and a barrel of laughs send Jack and the Dragon running down the hollow.


Saturdays & Sunday

1:00 PM & 3:00 PM through February 20

The Northwest Puppet Center is located in the Maple Leaf neighborhood at

9123 – 15th Ave NE, Seattle, 98115

For advance tickets, click here or call:


'Jack and the Dragon' by Oregon Shadow Theatre

Poets needed – 2nd Annual POETRY POLAR BEAR PLUNGE

Noon, Saturday 12 December 2009
Green Lake Bath House Theatre | Seattle

Jump into the lake with a poem & a bikini. Don’t worry, your POETRY will PROTECT you. Yet again, the poets show Seattle what it takes to be one. This is year #2, that’s how traditions are made. Last year we made headline news & had a ton of fun. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008513831_polarpoetry14m.html Join us this year?

CALLING ALL ARTISTS, poets, Alaska-natives and crazies. Looking for 50 hardy individuals to jump into Green Lake this December. It’s simple. Write a poem, put it on a bikini, put your bikini on & come to Green Lake at NOON on Saturday 12 December. We’ll be working up our courage behind the Bath House. Then, at 12:30pm, we’ll drop our fuzzy layers, line up on the water’s edge, read our poems to the massed and staring crowds and plunge on in! This is a quick event. If you’re late, you’ll miss it. Plan to be parked and ready to go at noon. Questions? Contact Mimi mimiallin@gmail.com.

Even if you’re not willing to freeze your pants off, this is a spectacle worth attending. Come enjoy the poetry, sip some cocoa, have a laugh. The POETRY POLAR BEAR swim is the same day as the “Parade of Lights.” Go Green Lake!

Polar Poets plunge into Green Lake on Saturday Dec. 12th at Noon
Polar Poets plunge into Green Lake on Saturday Dec. 12th at Noon

ARTISTS: Willing to take a DIP in Green Lake? SHOW UP behind the Bath House at Green Lake, at NOON on Saturday 12 December, in a bathing suit (preferably a bikini, but the rules are lax), with a POEM written somewhere on your suit or body (doesn’t have to be one you wrote, but we’d like it if it were & if it related to the event).

DONATE A POLAR POEM: Don’t want to swim, but want to contribute a poem? That’s cool. Post your poem on a picket & bring it to the lake or e-mail it to mimiallin@gmail.com. See you on 12 December!

WARM A POET FOR THE HOLIDAYS: We need HELPERS on the sidelines to bear witness, hold towels & eyeglasses, hand out coca & take pictures. To lend support, simply arrive at noon and say, “I’m a helper.”

A. K. “Mimi” Allin
“Putting the O back in poetry”

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Phinney Center

Join this traditional Mexican celebration of life and death at the Phinney Center’s annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade and festival on Friday, November 6.

Start with the candlelight procession, which begins and ends at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N.  The procession will depart at 6:30 p.m. and return at 7:00pm.  Where you can participate in the community altar, enjoy poetry,  live music, hot chocolate, craft activities, and more.

The Phinney Center Dia de los Muertos art show will be on view through the month of November and features works by Dreama Blankenbeckler, Pedro De Valdivia, Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys, Reagan Jackson, Jena Marks, Debbie McGibbon, Elisha Miller, and Lincoln Skrypeck.

Costumed participants at the Phinney Center's Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Costumed participants at the Phinney Center's Dia de los Muertos Celebration

In Mexico, El Día de los Muertos is a festive and family-centered event, traditionally held on Nov. 1st (Day of the Little Angels) and 2nd (Day of the Dead or all Soul’s Day in Christian tradition).  Día de los Muertos celebrations emphasize life and death as part of the same cycle and regard death on friendly and intimate terms.  According to beliefs rooted in pre-Columbian traditions, on Dia de los Muertos, the veil between life and death is at its thinnest and the dead can be lured back to us through the scent of marigolds and the temptation of offerings of favorite food and drink.

In certain parts of Mexico, an important facet of this celebration is the ofrenda, or personal altar, built both in family homes and/or over the graves of loved ones. Traditionally, photographs of the dead at are the altar center, around which are placed offerings of food, drink, candles, flowers, sugar skulls, and personal mementoes. All these items are presented in beautiful displays to honor the returning souls.

Call (206) 783-2244 for more information.

For a detail of the evenings events go to: http://www.phinneycenter.org/events/dayodead.shtm


Venga y acompañe la celebración tradicional mexicana de la vida y la muerte con el Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) en una procesión y festival el viernes 6 de noviembre 2009. Los festejos empezarán con una procesión a la luz de las velas, que partirá a las 6:30 pm, y terminará de regreso a las 7pm en el PNA, que se localiza en el 6532 Phinney Ave N. Todos son bienvenidos a participar en el altar comunitario y a disfrutar de música en vivo, chocolate caliente, actividades de arte y más.

En México el día de los muertos es un evento alegre y enfocado en la familia. Tradicionalmente, el 1 de Noviembre es el Día de los pequeños ángeles y el 2 de Noviembre es el Día de los muertos o Día de todas las almas en la tradición cristiana.

La celebración del día de los muertos enfatiza que la vida y la muerte son parte del mismo ciclo y contempla la muerte en condiciones amables e íntimas. Según creencias, con principios en tradiciones pre-Colombinas, en el día de los muertos, el velo entre la vida y la muerte es tan delgado que los muertos pueden ser atraídos de nuevo a los vivos por los aromas de incienso y la tentación de ofrendas de comidas y bebidas favoritas.

En algunas partes de México, una parte muy importante de esta celebración es la ofrenda o altar personal construido en casas familiares y/o sobre sepultura del muerto amado. Tradicionalmente, se colocan fotografías de los muertos en el centro del altar, rodeadas por ofrendas de comida, bebida, velas, flores, calaveras de azúcar y recuerdos personales. Todas estas cosas son presentadas de una forma muy vistosa y colorida para honrar las almas visitantes.

Damos la gracias al City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs y el Washington State Arts Commission por su apoyo, ya que han hecho posible la continuación de la celebración de este importante evento tradicional.

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July 29, 2009 – SEATTLE, WA. Since relocating to Seattle from Southern California 20 years ago, Fantagraphics Books has remained committed to nurturing and promoting the diverse practitioners of alternative comics in the Northwest. The country’s most successful purveyor of challenging comics routinely employs local cartoonists and publishes the work of regional artists which has contributed to Seattle’s international reputation as the unrivaled center of alternative comics. To celebrate this association, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents “Comics Savants: A Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists” opening Saturday, August 8.

This exhibition will feature over a dozen emerging and established artists, including many of the most accomplished cartoonists in the alternative movement. Among them: Peter Bagge, who coined the term “alternative comics” in 1990 and as the highly-regarded creator of the phenomenal HATE comic book series attracted dozens of young cartoonists to the city during the 90s decade; Seattle native Charles Burns, whose teen years are fictionalized in his amazing graphic novel BLACK HOLE, soon to be a motion picture directed by David Fincher; Visionary artist Jim Woodring, one of only a handful of cartoonists to be embraced by the fine art world, having been awarded the United States Artist Fellowship in 2007 and a 2009 Art Trust Washington State Artists Fellowship, who will exhibit work from his forthcoming graphic novel WEATHERCRAFT; Ellen Forney, whose collaboration with local author Sherman Alexie won the prestigious 2008 National Book Award; David Lasky who will exhibit pages from his collaboration with Seattle writer Chris Estey “The Last Testament” from HOTWIRE #2; Second wave Seattle alternative cartoonist Megan Kelso; emerging artist Eroyn Franklin, who will exhibit hand cut pages from her Xeric award winning graphic novel ANOTHER GLORIOUS DAY AT THE NOTHING FACTORY; current and former Fantagraphics Books staffers Jim Blanchard, Roberta Gregory, Patrick Moriarity; Ted Jouflas; Jason T. Miles and Eric Reynolds.

In addition to the display of original artworks, an eclectic array of comics and graphic novels by exhibiting artists will be available. Many featured artists will attend the opening reception of Saturday, August 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring exciting visual and performing arts presentations in close proximity throughout the historic artists’ enclave.

“Lush Life” Group Show


Roq La Rue
Lush Life
Painting Group Show Opens Friday, May 8th 6-9pm
Music to be Provided by DJ Vodka Twist and Admission is Free.



Joe Sorren, Chris Berens, Chris Conn Askew, Mia Araujo, Melissa Forman, Travis Louie, Madeline Von Foerster, Martin Wittfooth, Kukula, Ryan Heshka, John Brophy, Tin, Brian Despain, Glenn Barr, Dan Quintana, Femke Hiemstra, Laurie Hogin, Lisa Petrucci, and Andrew Arconti

      “Lush Life” brings together painters in both the alt-art world as well as contemporary art scene, who all work within a guideline of tight technical craftsmanship as well the use of opulent and decadent imagery to convey higher inner truths and emotions. This take on “Neo-Symbolism” is different from it’s predecessor in that while it still mines the unconscious for a sense of mythic gravitas, it incorporates American culture’s pervasive pop culture-flavored and cartoony aesthetic.

Written by Kirsten Anderson on the Roq La Rue website, posted here by Vodka Twist

Drinks on the House



Celebrated cartoonist Tony Millionaire will appear at Seattle’s Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, May 9 for an exhibition of original artwork and signing of his new book Drinky Crow’s Maakies Treasury.

Millionaire’s “Maakies” is among the best and most popular weekly comic strips in America, running in over a dozen of the largest U.S. weekly newspapers including the Village Voice, L.A. Weekly and Seattle’s The Stranger. The strip has also been adapted into the hit animated series “The Drinky Crow Show” on the Cartoon Network.

“Maakies” chronicles the intoxicating high-seas adventures of alcoholic corvid Drinky Crow and his equally-inebriated simian sidekick Uncle Gabby, blending vaudeville-style humor and a magnificent rendering quality that recalls the glory days of the American comic strip. Designed by publishing’s foremost graphic artist Chip Kidd, with an introduction by acclaimed author Dave Eggers, Drinky Crow’s Maakies Treasury collects the second five years of the strip (previously reprinted in Fantagraphics Books volumes When We Were Very Maakies, The House at Maakies Corner and Der Struwwelmaakies) in a deluxe landscape hardcover format that complements the strip’s classic style. According to the New York Times Book Review, “Millionaire is the closest thing we have to George Herriman of Krazy Kat.”

Millionaire’s appearance on Saturday May 9, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM will include an exhibition highlighting 10 years of original Maakies strips, complemented by a screening of episodes of the animated “Drinky Crow Show.” The artist will be available to sign copies of his many books and informally discuss his influential body of work. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street at the corner of Airport Way S., just minutes south of downtown. This event coincides with the festive Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations n dozens of locations throughout the historic arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

The Art of Comedy



The Comedy Underground
109 S. Washington St. (in Occidental Park)
Thursday April 2, 2009
6-9 PM

The Comedy Underground and Urban Craft Uprising joined forces last month to bring you the first ever Art of Comedy show during the First Thursday Art Walk. The Art of Comedy features artwork that is either humorous in nature, or made by stand up comedians.

Last month, our hilarious featured artists were joined by the funniest indie crafters this side of Tukwila. This month we’re back with featured artist, Kelly Lyles, who is sure to make you giggle with her pun based animal paintings. The indie crafters are back as well – and one of them has embroidered some not so nice things on pillows especially for you.
Look out.

The exhibit will be followed at 9 PM by an evening of stand-up comedy, with headliner SEAN KENT (“Last Comic Standing”).

Come for the Crafty, stay for the Comedy.

KELLY LYLES – Biography
Her lastest series features whimsical paintings of animals with ‘all-American’ household products (i.e., SPAM-STER, MICE-A-RONI, BENSON & HEDGEHOGS, STAR-DUCKS coffee, etc). In these, there are subliminal messages regarding “mass-media, marketing and consumerism.”

Kelly’s studio, home & art cars have been featured in innumerable television shows and magazine/newspaper articles including Artcars by Harrod Blank, Weird Washington, Travel Channel, Discovery, HGTV, Canada’s Weird Wheels, NorthWest Afternoon, Evening Magazine, Public Radio, Woman’s World and the NY Times.



Jewelry artist Sarah Hood at the Tacoma Art Museum Biennial

Rock Hushka discusses the work of jewelry artist Sarah Hood at the Tacoma Art Museum’s Northwest Biennial.


Sarah Hood (SarahHoodJewelry.com) creates unique jewelry pieces ranging from very wearable limited edition jewelry to one-of-a-kind sculptural art jewelry, and several of her pieces are on view at the Tacoma Art Museum Beinnial.


The Biennial considers recent developments and accomplishments by Northwest artists. The 9th Northwest Biennial focuses on the current aesthetic and conceptual concerns addressed by regional artists. Through an increasingly complex matrix of influences, Northwest artists adapt and shed ideas, media, and imagery to define themselves as artists while reinventing or restating the core notion of a Northwest artist. Because the concept of regional art continually collapses and rebuilds, the subtle shifts in the imagery, stylistic impulses, and conceptual foundations reveal how the regions artist community participates in the broad dialogue of contemporary art.


In these pieces by Sarah Hood, the artist takes a break from the real natural materials – leaves, pods, seeds – which have compelled her work for many years to create miniature, artificial worlds within the context of jewelry. Working with model railroad landscape materials allows her to create tiny snapshots of the natural world, scenes that can trick the eyes into believing they are seeing something much larger. In several pieces, this deceit is challenged by the combination of these small constructed natural forms with full scale, cast sterling branches which, in material, are equally unreal and illusionary.

The show will run through May 25th, 2009.

Seattle-Tehran Poster Show

A version of The Seattle-Tehran Poster Show is up at Design Commission in Pioneer Square. If you missed the show at Bumbershoot this is one last opportunity to see the first major exhibit of contemporary Iranian posters in the United States:

Building on the success of 2007’s The Seattle–Havana Poster Show, curator Daniel R. Smith and co-curator Iman Raad have united Seattle and Tehran’s design communities for The Seattle–Tehran Poster Show. A collection of 50 diverse posters from each city examines the gamut of cultural themes such as music, contemporary art, film and theater.

October 2, 6-8pm, Design Commission, 121 Prefontaine Place South, Seattle WA 98104
Through October 15, viewable by appointment: 206-223-7709
or studio@designcommission.com

See more posters here: www.seattletehran.com

PDL Blog Theater

PDL strikes again… this time on Regina Hackett’s blog.

PDL would like to invite you to witness the conclusion of our first two act blog theater production called “George Washington.”

Last Thursday, September 18th, we posted the first act on the Strangers Slog (http://slog.thestranger.com/2008/09/overstimulation_roundup) under the posting ‘Overstimulation Roundup” (September 18th, 4:23 pm).

Tonight we completed act two on Regina Hackett’s blog (http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/art/archives/149593.asp#comments) under the posting “Ignoring the online arts community while joining it” (September 24th, 8:41 pm).

It clocked in at around 700 posts and took about 7 hours. As crazy as a task as this may sound, we recognized the great potential to use public comments on media blogs as a stage for presenting plays, stories, improvisation and other acts of text based art. In an age where the blog forum is filled with chaos and random chatter, we saw an opportunity to create and present stories embedded in other organizations websites.

We encourage you to read the entirety of George Washington. We encourage you to reconsider the possibilities and potential for collaborative fiction. But most of all we hope you think about it, enjoy it, and give it a shot sometime. It is one way to get your ideas and your stories out to a larger audience.

I love this call to action. Shall we have a little collaborative fiction? Maybe if the presidential debates don’t happen tonight, some creative minds could enact fantasy debates in the comments of the appropriate political or newspaper blogs….