Join the Queen Anne Art Walk this Saturday and play the Stamp Challenge

This Saturday is the first Saturday of the month, and that means it’s time for the Queen Anne Art Walk. The Art Walk will run from 4pm to 7pm this Saturday, February 6th at participating businesses on Upper Queen Anne.

DreamscapesJoin the Art Walk to see great local art and play the Art Walk Stamp Challenge too. Just pick up a map at any of the Art Walk businesses and get it stamped at every stop along your route. Not only will it help direct you to the art displays, but it’ll also garner you a prize if you fill the map with stamps.

Completed stamp maps can be exchanged for either a $5 gift certificate for Idunn Salon and Spa or BOGO coffee from El Diablo.

Participating businesses that will serve as gallery spaces this Saturday include Idunn Salon and Spa, Castillo’s Custom Upholstery, Beverly Hunnicutt Studio, El Diablo Coffee, Queen Anne Olive Oil, and Caffe Ladro.

The Fountainhead Gallery is also participating in the Art Walk. It’s latest show featuring Uyen Tran Gjerde’s ‘Dreamscapes’ paintings is a must-see. (Photo from The Fountainhead’s show)

Get out this Saturday to support local artists and keep the Queen Anne Art Walk a regular first-Saturday event!

Seattle Immersive Theatre moving into old Silver Platters building


Silver PlattersAfter sitting vacant for two and a half years, the Silver Platters/Tower Records spot on the corner of 5th Ave N and Roy St is the new home of Seattle Immersive Theatre. The theatre has signed a one-year lease for the location, with an option to extend their stay on Queen Anne.

As reported in June, the building at 701 5th Ave N and the adjacent parking lot are slotted for a 5-story, 97 unit development, and according to the development company, the project is still “in progress” – but with a tenant secured for the building and no activity since the Land Use application in May 2015, the project may be slow in breaking ground.

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet, Seattle Immersive Theatre

Meanwhile, Seattle Immersive Theatre is moving in and opening its 2016 run with Romeo & Juliet, opening February 18th – coincidentally, the same classic story that Pacific Northwest Ballet performs at McCaw Hall starting February 5th through the 14th.

Seattle Immersive Theatre has an interactive approach to theatre, with the audience participating in the performance. Romeo & Juliet is a “new, edgier interpretation that invites our guests to take part in the Capulet’s masquerade ball as both revelers and witnesses to the tragedy.”

Seattle Immersive Theatre describes their approach as follows:

“An immersive theatre experience is a play where an audience member can hang a hat on the fourth wall. You might be assuming the role of a student receiving a lecture on the paranormal, or a tourist being guided through a steam power plant. Throughout the course of a production, you might converse directly with cast members, handle props, or even have to wonder where the play ends and reality begins. There are no spotlights to tell you what you’re supposed to be looking at, no musical cues to tell you what to feel, and no dimming lights to tell you when the play has started; your individual experience will be a wholly unique thing.”

Seattle Immersive Theatre plans to stage 2-3 shows in their new Queen Anne home in 2016. You can read more about the company here and buy your tickets for Romeo & Juliet here. The first few weekend performances are already sold out, and to preserve the intimacy of the performance, only 40 tickets are available for each show.

According to Seattle Immersive Theatre’s Arts & Media Liaison, the company plans “to become a destination spot for the neighborhood.” Get ready to welcome another performing arts organization to the neighborhood!

Friendshop pops up at the Queen Anne library on Saturday

Library PlaqueAttention bibliophiles and Seattle Public Library fans: the Queen Anne library branch is hosting a pop up FriendShop tomorrow, Saturday, January 23rd.

The popular FriendShop is the cool gift shop at the Central Library downtown, and the Friends of the Seattle Public Library is taking it on the road with pop ups at neighborhood branches.

SPL FriendshopWhat can you find at tomorrow’s pop up? Gifts like tote bags, mugs and jewelry, as well as pre-owned paperbacks for $2 and children’s books for $1. All proceeds from the pop up benefit The Seattle Public Library.

Stop by the Queen Anne library tomorrow, January 23, from 11:30am to 3:30pm, and stock up on books and SPL swag.

Seattle jazz legend Overton Berry plays at Swedish Club on Friday

Overton BerryLocal jazz pianist Overton Berry has had a long, legendary career in the Seattle area, and he’s performing at the Swedish Club tomorrow night, Friday, January 8th, at 7:30pm.

The concert is open to all and it’s a “pass the hat” contribution event, so you pay what you can ($5-10 suggested donation) and get a Happy Hour with Overton Berry in return.

Overton graduated from Garfield High School in 1949, kicking off his performance career at age 16 at USO shows on the West coast. He was a key figure at the 1962 World’s Fair, acting as both the Music Director for the House of Entertainment and the Peggy Lee Concert.

You can read City Arts’ interview with Overton here. And, catch him at the Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, tomorrow night for an evening of jazz piano.

Queen Anne Art Walk is Saturday on Upper Queen Anne

Laura Beso

Laura Beso, acrylic on canvas

The monthly Queen Anne Art Walk is tomorrow, Saturday, December 5th. Sandwiched between Holiday Magic tonight and Sunday’s Chanukah Let It Glow celebration, the Art Walk fills the gap and provides a good reason to stay on Queen Anne all weekend.

This month’s Art Walk includes a Holiday Group Show, Peace, at The Fountainhead Gallery, as well as art from local artists on display at local shops and businesses. At The Fountainhead alone you can see over 60 works of art by 30 different artists.

Sandra Power

Sandra Power, Enamel Bowl with Grey Silk, oil on panel

The two works pictured in the post are both from the Peace show at The Fountainhead, and there are many more that range in style from abstract to realism.

The Queen Anne Art Walk runs from 4pm to 7pm, and many of the participating venues will also be serving beverages and bites.

Participating businesses are listed below, and they include several different spots around Queen Anne – 6th Ave W & Crockett, McGraw & 7th Av W, and Queen Anne Ave N:

Stacya Silverman & Associates, Skin Care Salon, 614 W McGraw

Castillo’s Custom Upholstery, 624 W McGraw

Wink Hair Studio, 623 W McGraw

Meadow Boutique, 1959 6th Ave W

Bustle Café, 535 W McGraw

Minx Designs, 603 W Crockett

IDunn Salon and Spa, 610 W Crockett

Beverly Hunnicutt Studio, 608 W Crockett

Fountainhead Gallery, 625 W Crockett

Cafe Ladro, 2205 Queen Anne Ave N

Queen Anne Olive Oil, 1629 Queen Anne Ave N

El Diablo, 1811 Queen Anne Ave N

Be sure to stop by to see new artwork and support local artists. If you’re an artist interested in showing your work at future Art Walks, check out the Facebook page for information and contacts.

Help keep the momentum going for future Queen Anne Art Walks, and soak in the sights as you take an evening stroll around Queen Anne tomorrow night!

Annual Queen Anne Artist’s Trunk Show is Saturday

QA Artist Trunk ShowThe annual Queen Anne Artist’s Trunk Show is tomorrow, Saturday, November 14th at the Queen Anne Community Center. The family-friendly, free event showcases the talents of over 35 local artists with goods that are made in Seattle.

In addition to the variety of handmade goods and artists-on-hand, the event also features entertainment for the little ones, including Tangerine Tales face-painting at 11:30am, a show by Alleyoop at 1:15pm, magic by Louie Foxx at 2:15pm, and Sparkle Leigh the Mermaid telling tales at 3:3opm.

Meanwhile, adults can shop for a variety of wares, including paintings, prints, jewelry, clothing, hand-knitted items, ceramics, soaps, and more.

Trunk Show Artists 6

You can see samples of what to expect on the event’s Facebook page. The Trunk Show kicks off at 11am and runs until 4pm, and is timed well for shopping small and local for the holiday season.

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