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Queen Anne Art Walk this Saturday features Birds, Botanicals, Art, and Bubbly

July 29th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

BotanicalThe success of the first Queen Anne Art Walk has spawned a second one – let’s see if we can keep it going. The Queen Anne Art Walk is this Saturday, August 1st from 4pm to 7pm. This time the theme is “Birds, Botanicals, Art, and Bubbly” – so mark your calendars and get ready to stroll along the streets pictured in the map below on a sunny summer evening.

PrecipiceIn addition to seeing some great local, original art from various artists, you can also enjoy bubbly and treats at the Art Walk locations: Castillo Upholstery, Wink Salon, Fountainhead Gallery, Bustle Cafe, Meadow Boutique, Minx Design, Targy’s Tavern, Beverly Hunnicutt Studio, Idunn Salon and Spa, and Stacya Silverman Art and Beauty.

Get out and support local art and our newest Art Walk on Queen Anne!


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EMP is celebrating 15 years with free admission for Seattleites on Tuesday

June 19th, 2015 by Laura Fonda


Photo courtesy of EMP Staff

EMP is turning 15 years old and celebrating by throwing a party on Tuesday, June 23rd – and EMP admission is FREE to all Seattle residents.

Plan on spending time at one of our Queen Anne landmarks, just bring valid ID showing your Seattle home address, and enjoy all of the current and permanent EMP exhibitis.

The day will also feature performances, architecture tour of the Frank O. Gehry building, free cupcakes, games, photo ops, and more:

• Architecture tours of the iconic Frank O. Gehry-designed building
• Performances from Sound Off! alumni including Bleachbear, Champagne Babylon, Emma Lee Toyoda, Maiah Manser, Manatee Commune, and Otieno Terry
• Ongoing pop culture games and activities for the whole family including arts and crafts, and Nirvana and Hendrix guitar tutorials
• Selfie photo ops with the TARDIS (Doctor Who),Command Chair (Star Trek), and Seattle Time Machine
• Special appearances by the Sea Gals, Harry Potter, R2D2, the Dalek, Blue Thunder, and Jet City Saber Guild
• New exhibits What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones and Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966–1970

If you’re interested in the live performances, here’s the schedule so you can plan accordingly:

  • EMP 1511:30am  - Bleachbear
  • 1:00pm - Emma Lee Toyoda
  • 2:00pm - Otieno Terry
  • 3:00pm - Maiah Manser
  • 4:00pm - Dave B
  • 5:00pm - Champagne Babylon
  • 6:00pm - Manatee Commune

Stop by EMP on Tuesday, June 23rd with your valid ID for free admission to one of our neighborhood’s top tourist destinations and enjoy the benefits of being a local!

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Free children’s concert by Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus this Saturday at McCaw Hall

June 15th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

SMC Free Kids ConcertThis Saturday, June 20th, the Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) and Seattle Women’s Chorus (SWC) are presenting their annual children’s concert – and it’s free for kids and their families.

The concert is at 2pm at McCaw Hall, and tickets are still available. Since it’s this Saturday, no tickets will be mailed, so the event organizers are encouraging Queen Anne kids and their families to just show up and have fun.

SMC and SWC will perform “high-energy kid-friendly tunes from the Disney songbook as well as some classics from the 70s rock super-group, Queen” and kids are encouraged to dance and sing along to the live concert.

The performance has a kid-friendly duration of one hour, and audience participation is encouraged and expected – plus, “costumes, laughter, and smiles to remind audiences that equality and acceptance are important messages to people of all ages”.

Kids will even get a free pack of crayons and coloring book to take home. Free concert, fun, and goodies to take home, bonus!

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Inaugural Queen Anne Art Walk kicks off this Saturday

May 31st, 2015 by Laura Fonda


Gretchen Krich

Upper Queen Anne has been lacking an art walk for too long – and now, thanks to local artist Laura Early, one is kicking off on Saturday, June 6th from 4pm to 7:30pm.

Early works at The Fountainhead Gallery (625 W McGraw St) and noted the need for a Queen Anne Art Walk (hear, hear!). She’s rallied local businesses near Crockett and McGraw streets to join in on the Queen Anne Art Walk, and all it needs now is community involvement to help celebrate art and keep the momentum going for more Art Walks in the future.

Here are some of the shops that have paired up with local artists:


Bliss Kolb

Plus, for one night only, Bliss Kolb will be showing his dragonfly automata at Stacya Silverman’s gallery during the walk. You can check out his moving artworks online.


Anneio Klass

All participating artists are local, including some graduates from Cornish College of the Arts. Good news for future Art Walks – there were more artists than the businesses had space for this go-around. If you know a local business that’d like to get in on an upcoming Art Walk, let us know!

Even more businesses and artists are joining in as the week progresses, with art, tasty bites, and special events.


Davis Freeman

If you like the idea of an Art Walk on Upper Queen Anne, mark your calendars to tour the businesses and check out local artists’ creations.

It’s the same day as the Bigelow Block Sale, so plan on strolling down Bigelow for bargains during the morning/early afternoon, then head over to the Art Walk for the late afternoon/early evening.

A great way to spend an early-Summer Saturday on Queen Anne!

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Northwest Folklife Festival returns to Seattle Center this weekend

May 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Folklife Poster 2015Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, and that means the annual Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center. It’s Folklife’s 44th year bringing performers and artists together to celebrate Pacific Northwest culture.

Folklife kicks off tomorrow, Friday, May 22nd and runs through Monday, May 25th. About 5,000 performers will take part in Folklife this year, and the 2015 Cultural Focus is “Beats, Rhymes and Rhythms: Traditional Roots of Today’s Branches” highlighting the cross-cultural roots of Hip Hop in the Pacific Northwest.

This year, the Back Porch Stage is back, featuring traditional styles of American music, plus Paperstock returns for a second year with Pacific Northwest poster art. Folklife also features a family-friendly Discovery Zone with family entertainment, including the Seattle Center’s new Artist at Play area.

Folklife is free, although donations are gladly accepted. You can plan your visit here.

And, a heads up that this event will also impact traffic on Lower Queen Anne, as 60,000 people are expected to attend each day of the Festival. Plan on walking or biking if you’re around for the holiday weekend.

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Help Uptown become a Cultural Arts District

April 6th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

uptownThe Uptown Alliance has put out the rallying cry to help document art in Uptown. As part of its effort to have Uptown considered a Cultural Arts District, the organization is documenting art and creative endeavors in Uptown. This inventory of creative work is part of the application process to be named a Cultural Arts District.

What does the Uptown Alliance need? Organizations and businesses in Uptown that support the arts need to help document their efforts. If you represent an organization or business, or know someone who does, check out the survey information below:

The Uptown Alliance is working with the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and other Uptown organizations (Seattle Opera, Teatro Zinzanni, SIFF, KEXP and others) to complete an inventory of all of the creative work going on in the Uptown neighborhood as part of applying for a Cultural Arts District designation for our neighborhood.

We need your help!  Are you affiliated with an organization that supports arts and culture in Uptown?  Do you know someone who is?  Fill out the Cultural Space Inventory form about your organization and submit it by Wednesday, April 15th.

More details on Uptown’s application and information on Cultural Arts Districts will be provided at a June 25th commuity meeting. In the meantime, take the survey and help the Uptown Alliance with its inventory of art!

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The modern day portrait on display at Stacya Silverman Fine Art starting this Sunday

March 4th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Freeman_FarrThis Sunday, Stacya Silverman Fine Art Photography Gallery is hosting an opening reception for “The Portrait Reframed” – an exhibition of photographic portraiture by local Northwest artists – this Sunday, March 8th from 1pm to 4pm.

All of the artists featured demonstrate unique abilities to capture images of living, breathing, human beings in the historic tradition of portraiture.

JayDeFehrStacyaPosed and thoughtful, the portraits these artists create go beyond the modern selfie or quick snapshot that are ubiquitous in today’s online world. With modern technology, everyone can be a photographer – but not everyone is an artist.

The Portrait Reframed aims to show the key difference between the average iPhone photo and a professional artist’s personal view of a portrait. Artists featured include Anita Nowacka, Davis Freeman, Edye Colello-Morton, Jay Defehr, Ron Reeder and Thomas Schworer.

Here’s an excerpt from the show’s description that provides some insight on the photographers you can meet on Sunday:

“Davis Freeman often photographs his subjects with their eyes closed. Both Anita Nowacka and Edye Colello-Morton look for a certain spark that lets us into their subject’s world. Jay Defehr ignores conventional ideals by celebrating scars, ridges, angles—even perspiration. Ron Reeder often draws upon the style, lighting and composition of photographers from the past. Thomas Schworer has people answer a questionnaire, so that he can incorporate images of their inner-life and history within their portrait.”

This post includes photos from all six artists – Davis Freeman at the top, followed by Jay Defehr, and Thomas Schworer. Below are images from Ron Reeder and Edye Colello-Morton. A portrait by  Anita Nowacka is at the end of the post.

Ron Reeder Edye Colello Morton

Anita Nowacka Photography The show runs from this Sunday, March 8th through June 15th.

For more information, you can contact Stacya Silverman via phone 206.270.9465 or email or visit the gallery website.

Stacya Silverman Fine Art Photography Gallery is at 614 West McGraw Street, Suite 101 (across from Macrina Bakery).

Stop by on Sunday for the artists’ reception or anytime through June to check out the modern portrait.

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Queen Anne Historical Society wins 4Culture grant

February 5th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QAHS logoThanks to its ongoing efforts to preserve the heritage of Queen Anne, the Queen Anne Historical Society has been awarded a grant from 4Culture, King County’s cultural services agency.

After a highly competitive process through 4Culture’s Heritage Sustained Support program, QAHS was named a recipient of an award of $2,000 per year for both this year and next.

4culture logoThe Heritage Sustained Support program recognizes organizations with a two-year history of interpreting heritage and providing programs and experiences to King County residents. QAHS meets these requirements with ease; it’s been active since 1971, has documented our neighborhood’s history in a community archive, and hosted free events including historical presentations and the annual Mt Pleasant Cemetery tour.

According to QAHS President, Michael Herschensohn:

“We are so proud to be recognized in this way by 4Culture. Funding from 4Culture will allow us to carry on important work to preserve Queen Anne’s heritage, while providing an opportunity to extend our footprint in the community.”

4Culture praised QAHS’ work in promoting diverse creative activities, community identity, and history for King County residents and visitors. QAHS President Michael Herschensohn commented on both the role of QAHS and the significance of a supporting organization like 4Culture:

“The Queen Anne Historical Society is uniquely positioned to influence the preservation of the historic character of our neighborhoods. This award acknowledges our successes and provides resources to continue the good work. 4Culture’s grant programs sustain many arts and heritage organizations. King County is lucky to have such a forward looking funding source.”

The Queen Anne Historical Society is an independent non-profit organization and is open to all with an interest in the history of Queen Anne. You can check out membership information and learn more about our neighborhood’s history via QAHS articles and upcoming events.

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Paper mache Seahawk stolen from Queen Anne artist’s yard

January 27th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

A reader sent in a photo of a sign posted on 8th W and Raye St, across from the Mt Pleasant Cemetery – someone has stolen a local artist’s paper mache Seahawk:

Paper Mache Seahawk sign

Taking (or stealing) a unique Seahawk right before the Super Bowl seems especially low. This particular hawk has been outside during the football season for the past two years, but now he’s gone missing. Queen Anne residents, especially kids, have taken a keen interest in the Seahawk. The reader who sent us the photo did so because she was sad to see that someone had stooped so low.

Dan aka “the Monster Man” updated the Seahawk for this season, so the photos below have an older color scheme. The 2 foot tall hawk currently has a silver belly and green eyes, and a white and blue beak to match the new team logo.

paper mache seattle seahawk paper mache seattle seahawk back

He’s hoping to have the Seahawk returned, so if you spot it or know of its whereabouts, let us know.

We all know that property theft is becoming a common occurrence on Queen Anne, but this theft will hit close to home for all 12s. Keep an eye out for Dan’s Seahawk, let’s see if we can bring it home to roost! Go Hawks!

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Join the Seattle Chamber Music Society for a free lecture at the Queen Anne Library

January 13th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

SCMS Winter Festival previewThe Seattle Chamber Music Society will kick off its Winter Festival later this month. The 2015 Winter Festival includes both paid concerts and free recitals at Benaroya Hall, plus a Family Concert on January 24th.

To give you a taste of what they have on tap for the upcoming Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) is hosting a free Preview Lecture at the Queen Anne Library tomorrow, Wednesday, January 14th, from 3pm to 4pm.

According to SCMS, the multimedia presentation will “explore the development of the accompanied violin sonata as well as the birth of the concerto. We’ll explore violin sonatas by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, a viola sonata by Schubert, and also have a look at the earliest form of concerti with Vivaldi’s 1711 L’Estro Armonico.”

Jeremy Jolley, Director of Education Programs, and Seneca Garber, Director of Marketing will lead the informal presentation that will include a background on the history and impact of the upcoming musical works, plus recorded musical examples.

The event is free and open to all.

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Pacific Science Center IMAX closes Sunday for renovations that include the latest IMAX technology

January 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Boeing IMAXIf you’re planning to catch an IMAX movie at PacSci in early 2015, do so before the weekend ends or wait until May 2015 for the latest and greatest IMAX technology. The Boeing IMAX Theatre will close after the final showing of Interstellar this Sunday night for major renovations to the 15 year-old theatre. The newly renovated Paccar IMAX Theatre will remain open for documentaries and feature films.

The Boeing IMAX Theater has hosted over 5.3 million viewers in its lifespan, and in four months it’ll thrill new and repeat guests again. The renovations planned will make PacSci the first science center in the country to showcase IMAX’s next-generation digital laser projection technology.

According to PacSci, the upgrades include “a new, custom-designed, laser-powered, digital projector enabling us to show movies with enhanced picture quality. This will be the world’s most advanced digital projection system designed specifically for giant IMAX screens. Plus, the renovated theater will boast a new screen, new seats, and a powerful new immersive sound system, with speakers surrounding you (even above you).”

The fancy new state-of-the-art theatre is expected to reopen in May 2015, just in time for summer blockbusters and more. If you want to catch a flick this weekend, you can purchase tickets online.

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Mike Davis All Stars jazz concert this Sunday benefits Queen Anne Helpline

December 23rd, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Mike Davis JazzIf you like jazz and want to help out the Queen Anne Helpline, mark your calendar for this Sunday. Mike Davis, a Seattle native who plays trumpet in Manhattan and performed at Lincoln Center last month, is hosting an All Stars Helpline Benefit Concert this Sunday, December 28th.

Queen Anne Presbyterian Church is hosting the concert, and Mike Davis has put together the lineup that consists of “some of the best jazz musicians in the country” who’ll be playing “some of the most swingin’ jazz you will hear anywhere” – all to benefit the Helpline.

Admission to the concert is the donation amount of your choice, and all proceeds will go directly to the Helpline. Queen Anne Presbyterian is at 414 W Howe St and all are welcome to attend, enjoy swinging jazz, and celebrate the good work of the Helpline. The concert starts at 7pm and runs until 8:30pm.

Help out the Helpline and enjoy great jazz at the same time!

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