Fountainhead Gallery continues its 20th anniversary celebration with a special sale
At the beginning of March, we posted on the new era for Fountainhead Gallery as it marked a 20 year milestone on Queen Anne. A celebration was held in conjunction with the last Queen Anne Art Walk, with music, art, and more, as the gallery expands beyond visual art to all cultural arts.
Now, Fountainhead is hosting a special anniversary sale. All art work is 20% off through the end of the month. If you’ve had your eye on a painting you saw at the last Art Walk or you’ve just been admiring something in the window, now is the time to add something unique to your walls.
The sale, the first ever that Fountainhead has held, also extends beyond the main gallery to its back rooms. Fountainhead has hundreds of works of art, waiting for a new home. Stop by Fountainhead at 625 W McGraw St this week, the sale ends Thursday, March 31st.
Queen Anne Book Company is celebrating its 3rd anniversary this weekend
Local independent bookseller Queen Anne Book Company is turning 3 years old this month. After a brief hiatus without a book store on top of Queen Anne, three years ago co-owners Judy de Jonge and Janis Segress launched Queen Anne Book Company. What has followed in three short years is notable, not only is the shop an haven for bibliophiles, it was also the start of the Indies First movement in 2013.
To celebrate another year on Queen Anne, the bookstore is featuring a weekend-long celebration. This Saturday and Sunday, you can stop by Queen Anne Book Company for birthday cake, activities, and free advanced reader copies for every customer.
Stop by the shop at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N this weekend between 10am and 5pm to help celebrate and wish Queen Anne Book Company a very happy birthday!
Fountainhead Gallery celebrates 20 years on Queen Anne this month
Fountainhead Gallery, our local art gallery and Queen Anne Art Walk destination, is marking a major milestone this month – 20 years on Queen Anne. To celebrate, the gallery is featuring a special opening reception this Saturday as it kicks off “Twenty Springs,” an exhibition of artwork from seven Pacific Northwest artists: Laura Beso, Scott Lantz, Jim Matthew, Bobbie Mueller, Eric Rau, Angelita Surmon and Lou Wall.
As it turns twenty, Fountainhead is looking to the future with a focus on becoming a community arts and cultural center on Queen Anne.
Owners Sue and Ron envision Fountainhead as a space that “not only features our visual artists in solo and group shows, but will occasionally feature and support select performing arts and artists, showcasing music, poetry, drama, as well as an arts and lecture series, Enlighten Me, where dynamic speakers and visionaries from all walks of life and varied backgrounds share their expertise on a variety of relevant and timely subjects, entertain questions and promote openhearted dialogue.”
The opening reception this Saturday, March 5th signals the transition, highlighting not only visual artwork, but also music. Seattle guitarist Amir Beso will perform his “magical melodies” at the reception. You can check out early previews of artwork not pictured in this post on Fountainhead’s website.
The Twenty Springs reception coincides with this Saturday’s Queen Anne Art Walk, which runs from 4pm to 7pm. The Fountainhead reception and performance by Amir Beso begins at 5pm and concludes at 7pm.
Be sure to stop by Fountainhead, 625 W McGraw St, this Saturday with happy anniversary wishes and promise for the future as cultural arts find a home at the corner of McGraw and 7th Ave W.
ArtSEA seeking walls for murals on Queen Anne
This August, ArtSEA kicks off in conjunction with Seattle Art Fair. A 10-day art festival, ArtSEA is looking for Seattle walls – why walls? During the event, artists will paint murals around Seattle, and they need a working space for their artwork.
There are just a few requirements for artSea’s mural project: the wall must be privately owned by either homeowners or businesses, but viewable by the public. Examples would be a retaining wall, a building wall (think MudBay Uptown or the Henry murals on Nickerson & Florentia pictured below) or a garage wall that sees foot or street traffic. The more eyes that can view the mural, the better.
The mural will be a permanent installation, so property owners would need to be comfortable with having the art on display on a long-term basis. There is no cost for the murals, and no size requirements for the walls.
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.
Join 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
After 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.
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!