This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Seattle’s most iconic landmark, the Space Needle. Ballard’s Venue Work Studios and Boutique is celebrating the anniversary with artwork and design inspired by the Space Needle. Twenty artists have created pieces ranging from jewelry to onesies and tea towels, all with the city’s icon in mind.
Venue says the idea to inspire the artists came from one of their tenants, Caitlin Dundon, a painter and calligrapher. Dundon wanted a reason to take a break from her usual calligraphy, so she explored mixed media collage techniques, featuring the Space Needle in two of her pieces, according to the studio. One is called the Space Needle By Day, in which she used scraps of The Seattle Times from April 17, 2012, the anniversary of the ground breaking for the Space Needle.
The gallery’s Space Needle collection also includes photography, nightlights, handbags, postcards, and pottery. Venue will hold a celebration party tomorrow night, Friday April 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. They ask attendees to dress in 60s style clothing, and will serve “light treats and beverages with a 1960s theme.”