Musician selected for Fremont Bridge tower, says ‘it’s actually pretty noisy’

Sound designer and composer Paurl Walsh has been selected by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture to spend the summer in the north tower of the Fremont bridge creating a new musical work. It’s all part of the “artist in residence” program.

Walsh’s proposal “investigates the inherent collision between creativity and mental health, which resonated with the selection panel,” the office said.

“The bridge itself is actually pretty noisy, and there’s a lot of vibration when the buses go by,” he told KOMO Radio. “The whole tower kind of shakes. It’s kind of a hard environment to write music in.” But he added, “It’s very inspiring in a really unique way.”

Walsh says he’s thinking about capturing sounds from the bridge to fold into his final musical work.

Artist finishes work on New Seasons mural

After several weeks of work, artist Jonathan Wakuda Fischer has finished a sprawling mural on the back of the New Seasons store on 11th Ave. NW at NW Ballard Way.

“I credit the designers for recognizing this beautiful new construction desperately needed some personality on the west facing wall,” Wakuda Fischer told My Ballard. “I used to live nearby and know the area well — when I was asked to propose a design, it was no problem creating a mural that I felt would resonate with the neighborhood.”

As you can see from the photos, the painting is comprised of giant salmon, their silhouettes filled with local imagery including the Leif Erikson statue, the Ballard Bridge and Bergen Place Park.

“The painting is one hundred percent spray paint,” he said. “I sketch my design out with chalk and use a combination of freehand painting and stencils for pattern work. This allows me to work extremely quickly and in a myriad of weather conditions.”

You can see more of Wakuda Fischer’s work on his website and Instagram account.

Artists invited to exhibit work at local stores

The team at West Woodland blog informed us that local retail spots, Cafe Bambino and The Partakery, have put a call out for local artists, including emerging artists, to exhibit their creative work at their individual retail shops on NW 65th Street in the West Woodland area of Ballard.

The businesses are excited to offer this opportunity to local artists and anticipate that customers will be enriched by both the visual impact of the art and discussions about the individual pieces.

Submissions must be able to be hung on walls and available for at least one month. Interested artists are invited to contact Cafe Bambino and The Partakery directly using the below contact information:

Cafe Bambino:  Please send photos of art work.  Venue is open to all ages.
Address:  405 NW 65th Street

The Partakery:  Must be 21+ to visit this location.  Please send photos of art work.
Address:  417 NW 65th Street

artSEA on the lookout for local mural locations

The team from artSEA, a 10-day art festival that will run in conjunction with  theSeattle Art Fair, is on the lookout for walls in our neighborhood to be painted with murals during the event.

“We are looking for any public wall, preferably that has a decent amount of foot traffic. The walls will get murals at no cost to the property owner as part of the project painted by internationally renown artists,” says artSEA organizer Amy Faulkner.

The murals will be painted during the event which will run in from August 4th through the 14th.

If you are interested in having a mural painted on your property’s wall or know of a great location in Ballard contact Amy at

Local artist pays tribute to The Viking


Seattle artist Andrew Miller has painted a tribute to a Ballard icon, The Viking Tavern.

The Ballard institution closed back in April 2013 to make way for apartment complex “Ballard Lofts” after 50 years of serving the neighborhood.

Many locals and regulars were outraged about the closure. “The Viking is a place that matters. An epic part of Ballard is being flushed down the toilet,” said regular Hector the night before the closure in 2013.

Through painting this work, Miller wanted to pay tribute to the icon that meant so much to so many Ballardites.

“This is one of many Ballard-esque works I have completed over the last year or so. I thought locals might enjoy this one in particular,” says Miller.

Miller spent 12 years counselling and directing programs with the Ballard Community Center and currently works out of his Greenwood studio.

Click here to check out more of his work.

Market Street Singers on the lookout for more members

market st singersThe Market Street Singers are on the lookout for local choral singers to join their ensemble. The group are a non-audition, volunteer community choir that has been a staple of the Ballard community for the past eight years.

The choir currently has 85 members and are looking for more to join their for their winter season. They will be singing a Vivaldi masterpiece, in addition to other songs.  Choral singers of all ages and ranges (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) are encouraged to join and male voices are especially wanted, especially tenors and basses.

The Market Street Singers will be hosting their Festival of Favorites Community Sing-along Event this Sunday, January 26th and it would be a great opportunity for any interested singers to meet the choir! The event will be held at Ballard First Lutheran Church (2006 NW 65th St) at 3 p.m.

“The MSS is a choral ensemble for Ballard that builds connections within  diverse communities. Celebrating the joy of choral music among singers  and listeners, they aspire to cultivate neighborhood pride with choral  arts that are truly community identified,” writes choir member Brandy Rinck.

The chorus rehearses under  the direction of Chris Vincent, on Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW).

Visit for more information on how to join or check out their Facebook page!

Photo courtesy of The Market St Singers.

Artist captures Old Ballard on canvas

On an afternoon stroll in Old Ballard, we discovered artist Matt Bazemore at work, painting the historic Harlow’s building at 20th and Ballard Ave. NW.

Bazemore’s works span the Seattle area, from the Paramount Theater to the Five Spot on Queen Anne, but Old Ballard is his favorite to capture. “I like to paint the old avenue. Capture some vanishing Americana is sort of the mission,” he tells us. “A lot of the 1900s is still here.” Bazemore has painted several Old Ballard buildings — along with the Bell Tower — in different seasons of the year.

Until Sunday night, Bazemore’s art is on display at The Scoop at Walt’s in Ballard (6408 32nd Ave NW), and you can see a slide show on his website.

Artist(s) wanted for Burke Gilman Trail installation

The city is looking to add a little creativity to the Burke Gilman Trail with the help of Washington artists.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Seattle Department of Transportation are looking for an artist or a team of artists to create art for the multi-purpose trail. All artists must live in the state of Washington.

The art will be permanent installations on two to five select points along the trail, which have not been selected. “Each part of the installation will enliven its location on the trail and collectively create a larger cohesive artwork,” according to a release by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. “The artwork will identify the trail as a connector through the city and add an element of discovery to peoples’ experience on the trail.”

The budget for the project is $80,000 which includes all costs to design, fabricate and install artwork. The application deadline is 11 p.m. on Monday, August 1. More information can be found here, or apply here.

Guerrilla art performance turns heads at library

Everyone knows to keep quiet in the library — signs on the Ballard Library doors even ask visitors to turn off their cell phone ringers.

So quite a few folks were surprised when a three-piece band began playing in the library lobby Saturday afternoon, followed by the appearance of a large woolly creature and colorful dancers:

The five-minute “guerrilla art performance” was all part of a promotion for a new exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum, “Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth.” More details here.

Students paint new mural at Ballard High School

While most students probably didn’t even think about school over winter break, a handful of high schoolers was creating art at Ballard High.

The Ballard High School Art Boosters sponsored a competition earlier this year to come up with a mural idea for the Student Activities Center. Victoria Shao’s idea was selected and a group of dedicated students spent their time off painting her design.