Award winning artist to show in Ballard at Seattle Creative Arts Center

Local artist Fran Holt will be showing her work at the Seattle Creative Arts Center for the month of November. Holt has recently won a 4Culture grant for her work, and the show at the arts center will be a dry run for her exhibition in December at a gallery in Kirkland. The opening for her show is Nov. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. and is titled “Running Wild: A Selection of Works From the Last Five Years.”

Photo courtesy Meleah Gibson, Seattle Creative Arts Center

Holt, a Maryland native, studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland and at the University of Texas in Austin. She headed west in 1989, “finding vibrant support and a cultivated population in Seattle, arriving just as grunge and the dot-com era began,” according to her biography.

Her upcoming exhibition uses, “unusual carousel horse imagery,” to explore the idea that, “happiness and energy are contagious; that being in a room filled wall to wall with bright color and swirling motion positively influences any person who enters that room,” Holt explains. The exhibit will feature, “large 8’x 4′ reinforced panels, painted and hung as polyptychs extending 12’ or more, depicting the hyper-imaginary lives of carousel horses and told from the horses’ point of view.”

From Holt:

…They are doing extraordinary things such as dancing beneath a full moon or snorkeling with hippocampi. The paintings are physical creatures that take up space and are tactile, from the wood panels to the swirling paint. Scale is important – the paintings dominate the space like a forest of ancient redwoods. Like actual carousel horses, the panels remind the viewer of the physicality of experience, simultaneously having a presence as large, wooden creatures themselves. When the viewer stands before a huge, brightly colored painting, s/he becomes aware of the floor, walls, one’s own body, bathed in reflected color. At first glance, the paintings are recognizable as real-world depictions of familiar objects.

To read more about Holt’s exhibit, click here.

Man on motorcycle barrels into truck on 32nd Ave NW

A 21-year-old man sustained several fractures after crashing his motorcycle into the side of a truck at the corner of 32nd Ave NW and NW 77th St. this afternoon. The man is in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center, according to Kyle Moore from the Seattle Fire Department.

According to witnesses at the scene, a pick-up truck was traveling northbound on 32nd Ave NW when the motorcycle failed to stop at the corner of NW 77th St. and ran into it. The driver of the truck is uninjured.

Craig Stebbins lives on the corner where the accident happened, and said he’s seen several accidents here, which he blames on the barely-visible stop sign on NW 77th St. going eastbound. “The real story is that stop sign. This is the fourth accident in three years,” Stebbins said, adding that it’s difficult to see the stop sign on NW 77th St. due to some trees and bushes.

Looking eastbound on NW 77th St. Stebbins says this stop sign is barely visible, causing several crashes in recent years.

Seattle Police have taped off the corner at NW 77th St and 32nd Ave NW to investigate the scene. We’ll update with any new information.

Laura Bee Designs celebrates 10 year anniversary

This weekend, Laura Bee Designs (6418 20th Ave NW) will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a party and trunk show on Saturday, Nov. 3. “Since I opened the doors in 2002, the Ballard community has been wonderfully supportive of my dream business and I’m grateful!” writes Laura Buzard, owner. “It’s no secret that retail business has been extra challenging this last few years, and I count my blessings that I have so many customers who value locally made goods including our Ballard-made bags and accessories.”

The party is from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and is open to the public. To view the Facebook invitation, click here.

Ballard High School football, swimming, and cross country

By Bucky Beaver

Football—Beavers Beat the Royals 48-27

The Beavers travelled to Edmonds-Woodway Stadium to play the Lynnwood Royals in a non-playoff game Friday night.  The Beavers played well on both sides of the ball, beating the Royals 48-27.  The defense had four interceptions and three sacks.  Senior Dominique Smith scored on one of the interceptions.  The defense was led by senior Jordan McColloch who had seven tackles including one for a loss and an 84-yard interception return; junior Max Marshall with 10 tackles; senior Justin Simon with two sacks and a tackle for a loss; junior Elliott Brockl with six tackles, and junior Ben Reyes with five tackles.  Also contributing were two freshmen: Fua Taase with five tackles and Jerome Nathan with two tackles and an interception.

Coach Thomas with football players (courtesy of BHS Athletics and Ed Tanaka

The team equaled their season high in points.  Smith ran for three touchdowns to go with his interception return.  Senior Johnny Verduin rushed for a touchdown and threw two touchdowns to fellow senior Nate Rauda.  McColloch rushed for 55 yards and senior Michael Assefa had three receptions for 42 yards.

The Beavers will end their season Thursday night at Memorial Stadium in a non-playoff game against Mariner of Everett.  Game time is 7:00 pm.

Swimming—Six Advance to District Championships

The girls swim and dive team sent 23 girls to compete this past weekend at the Kingco Conference championships. Between relays and individual races the following student-athletes will advance to the SEA-King District 2 champions this coming weekend at the University of Washington pool: Luisa Chan, Tiara Adler, Catherine Canetti, Madeline Manalo, Joy Jaeger, and Tianna Lee.

Cross Country—Mia Wrey Advances to State Championship

The district cross country championship was this past Saturday at Arlington High School.  The boy’s team competed sending Brian Quandt, Ryan Kelly, Matt Rusk, Jacob Scott, Adam Evans, Hanson Lee, John Carter, Stuart Thomas, and Michael Vitz-Wong.  Senior Ryan Kelly was the top Beaver finisher coming in 35th place.  The team finished 12th.  Neither the team nor any individuals will advance to the state competition.

The girl’s team sent three individuals to the Arlington event including Mia Wrey, Anna Mirenzi, and Lauren Kangas.  Senior Mia Wrey was the top finisher for the Beavers finishing in 18th place finishing one second off of her personal best time.  Wrey is the only Beaver to advance to the state championship this weekend in Pasco.  This is Wrey’s first year running cross country having played soccer previously.

Man accused of raping Greenwood massage therapist and others has bail reduced, rape charge added

From our sister site, PhinneyWood

A judge has reduced bail for an attorney accused of raping and sexually assaulting several employees of massage clinics, including the Carnation Chinese Massage Clinic at 602 NW 85th St. in Greenwood.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office says Danford Grant’s bail was lowered from $3 million to $1 million.

But prosecutors added another charge of rape in the first degree, for an alleged assault last summer. Granted pleaded not guilty to that charge. He pleaded not guilty to the previous charges two weeks ago.

According to charging documents, Grant approached a Seattle massage clinic employee as she left work, told her he was a police officer and ordered her into the passenger side of her car. Grant then allegedly drove her car to a secluded spot, ordered her into the back seat and raped her.

KING 5 has video from the courtroom this morning.

Grant is accused of sexually assaulting massage therapists in Seattle, Shoreline and Bellevue. He will be back in court on Nov. 9 for a case setting hearing.

Ballard High School comedy show tonight

If you’re looking to get some laughs tonight, there’s a comedy show at Ballard High School. The show will feature some nationally known comics and all proceeds will go to the BHS cheer team. Feature comics include Joe Vespaziani, Billy Anderson, and Silas Lindenstein. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Moxie Nutrition hosts running club

This evening is a community run hosted by Moxie Nutrition. They’ll meet at 5:30 p.m. at 5445 Ballard Ave NW (across from the Matador). From the event info: “Whether it’s your first time lacing up your shoes or you are avid, longtime runner, join us! Do it for accountability, motivation, or just meet other runners.” Moxie Nutrition will continue host Tuesday and Thursday evening runs through the rest of the year.