The Odd Sea, located at 1539 NW Leary Way, is a mixed-use space for events, gallery showings, and retail pop-ups. Owner Henry tells My Ballard that he uses the rest of the building for his own design studio and creative production space, but that the public-facing side is aimed to “help build community by providing the space to individuals and small businesses that might now otherwise be able to have a space like this.”
Lindsay Allison is the organizer behind The Odd Flea vintage market, which she says she hopes will be a monthly occurrence.
“I’ve been doing the markets since they opened after Covid and thought what Seattle was missing was a vintage-only market,” she told My Ballard. “I’m from Ballard and am always looking for ways to connect with the community. I’ve had my eyes on this space and when it finally opened I introduced myself to Henry the owner and we had really similar ideas about bringing the creative energy back to Ballard.”
Henry says that aside from the gallery and event space in the front of The Odd Sea, there are two large spaces in the back for artists-in-residence. The space is free for the artists, with the only contractual obligation being that they work towards a solo gallery showing off their work upon completion of the residency. He says there are currently three artists there; two painters and a ceramicist.
The Odd Flea market will be on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.