Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata has launched a new online resource to track the city’s many neighborhood art walks, including Ballard’s Second Saturday Artwalk. Seattle Neighborhood Art Walks currently lists 13 art walks. “Art walks are important to neighborhoods as they inspire visitors and residents to appreciate creativity within themselves and throughout their community,” Licata said in […]
The fence around the former Sunset Bowl property at 14th and Market has become the canvas for two Ballard artists. Anne Baumgartner and Pam Gray started planning the “On the Fence” display this past spring after getting the thumbs up from Avalon Bay, the property owner. “They [Avalon Bay] loved the idea and thought it […]
Ryan “Henry” Ward was up late last night painting a mural along 8th Ave NW. Our sister site, PhinneyWood.com received this email from one of their readers: “Henry” painted a middle-of-the-night mural (three enormous walruses riding three tiny bicycles) last night on the west side of 8th NW, between 65th and 67th. It was formerly […]
The 16-foot bronze welcome statue is being installed today at the Salmon Bay Natural Area, in time for Saturday’s dedication. The sculpture at the Salmon Bay Natural Area still wrapped in plastic. Groundswell NW and the City of Seattle commissioned Seattle artist Marvin Oliver to create the welcome sculpture. The figure will serve to identify […]
For the second year, Carkeek Park (950 NW Carkeek Park Rd.) has been transformed into a unique art exhibit. Artist Sylwia Tur, Rungs. Photo courtesy David Fancis Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), and the Carkeek Park Advisory Council have teamed up to bring the second installment of the Heaven and […]
The Crown Hill Business Association has received a $3,000 grant to paint signal control boxes at five intersections in Crown Hill. Signal control boxes are the big gray boxes that sit at every signalized intersection. Catherine Weatbrook with the CHBA made the announcement at the last Ballard District Council meeting, saying that each box is […]
Kate Endle and Chris Ballew are a very talented couple who you’ll be able to meet at the ArtWalk this weekend. They’re both successful artists using different mediums to express themselves. Endle creates patchwork collages on canvas, cards and prints, and she has authored two board books for kids. Ballew is a recording artist who […]
As pieces of Ballard’s history began slipping away, artist Lina Raymond had to paint them. “I painted it because ‘it’ wouldn’t let me be until I did,” she tells us. Acrylic & pencil on wood. Published with permission. In her art, Raymond shows the closing or changing of many Ballard establishments including Denny’s, Ballard Camera […]
Loyal Heights Elementary (2511 NW 80th St) will be transformed into an art gallery on Thursday evening for the Loyal Heights Elementary Annual Art Walk. A Loyal Heights student works on a piece of the Artist-in_Residence project. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., the hallways and lunchroom will have art work on display from each classroom, […]
Disfigured, distorted bodies float underwater. A man is having a bloody dance with a chain saw, an axe, or a bow and arrow, but remains calm despite the gore. A cello wails a hauntingly beautiful song that complements these images, and draws you inside.
The bodies, the gore, this is trauma as Kate Vrijmoet (pronounced “vry-moot”) sees it, as shown through her “Accident Series.” Not the initial impact of trauma, but the scars it leaves behind for the rest of one’s life, whether psychological or physical. This trauma is the subject of her new exhibition at CoCa Ballard Gallery (6413 Seaview Ave NW), “Essential Gestures.”
(Artist in center wearing blue)
“I observe life,” she said simply, when asked about her inspiration. Her paintings depict “people as defined by their bodies, their minds, their self-awareness as well as trauma and scars,” according to an informational card available at the exhibit.
With the shelves stocked inside the new QFC on 24th Ave NW, final touches are being put on the outside. We met up with Seattle artists Anna Sher of Boulevard Park and Rodman Gilder Miller of Fremont who, for the last year, have been designing and creating the art for the outside of the building. […]