Ballard is now home to an arts center; a venue for music lessons, theater productions, and arts classes. It’s called the Seattle Creative Arts Center (SCAC), and it’s at 2601 NW Market St.
The owners are Chris Gibson, a Cornish College of the Arts graduate and his wife Meleah Gibson, who is a dancer, painter and lighting designer. According to a press release, they signed the lease at the space in April, which Meleah Gibson described as a, “diamond in the rough.” The Gibsons renovated the space, which is now ready for classes, workshops, performances and more.
Their, “initial mission,” is to provide a place for people of all ages to learn music, both in groups or privately. The venue includes a stage with an integrated light and sound system, which they say will be perfect for small theater productions. There will also be an art wall with rotating gallery openings and shows. They are currently offering guitar, bass, and piano lessons. There will also be private painting parties for adults and children.
The SCAC will have an all-ages opening party on Saturday, June 30 from 4 to 10 p.m. The Gibsons have invited the following bands to play: Birds may Bite, Steve Ball, Travis Hartnett, Sgt. Bones, The Third Law and more. They say the music, “will begin acoustically but promises to get louder and more celebratory as the evening progresses.”
The center will also be the studio home of a photographer, Ingrid Pape-Sheldon, who does portraits and head shots.