Track neighborhood art walks online

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 […]

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Street art to brighten Crown Hill

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 […]

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Art show inspired by ‘accidents’

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.

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