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.

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

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!


Inaugural Queen Anne Art Walk kicks off this Saturday


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!

Art exhibit features birds envisioned by three different artists

A new art exhibit at Stacya Silverman Art & Beauty features the beauty of our fine feathered friends – “Flocks, Murders, Gaggles and Coveys: A Celebration of Birds” opens this Sunday, with an opening reception on Sunday, April 6th from 1pm to 4pm.

The exhibit features bird photography by Judith Roan, mechanical birds that move and sing by Bliss Kolb, and birds on paper with dried leaves by Fred Martell. The show runs through June at the gallery located at 614 W McGraw St, Suite 101.

Here’s the rundown on the featured artists:

Mallard, preeningJudith Roan began seriously photographing birds in the early nineties when she started making weekly tallies of the birds she observes and studies on Mercer Island where she lives. Her photos are not merely studies of the birds in the area, but images that capture their routines, nature, and habitat. The song, movement, action and drama of the birds are carefully observed and recorded. The birds in her extraordinary pictures are all photographed here in the Pacific Northwest. Roan works closely with her photographer husband, Ron Reeder, and they often share work and images with one another.

Crowsm3Bliss Kolb has long been drawn to machines and the beauty of engineering, both of which are immediately apparent in his astonishing moving bird sculptures. For over 30 years, he has been designing and building cabinetry, award-winning theatrical sets, props, lighting and furniture. In 2010 he began pursuing a lifelong interest in Automata, or mechanical moving creatures. Kolb states, “Looking over the wonderful, clever works of automata throughout its history, the thing that continues to hook me is the imitation or illusion of life: an obvious machine that moves so realistically it seems to be alive”. Kolb was born and raised in Seattle and attended The Evergreen State College and the University of Washington, with additional training in musical instrument construction and clock repair.

Martell SongbirdFred Martell has been a resident of Manhattan’s East Village for the last 50 years. He studied design and architecture at Kansas State University, where he also studied theater. Fred collected leaves wherever he went, including leaves where he was born and raised in Vermont. He pressed and cured the leaves in phone books. No inks or dyes are used in creating his works. The color and detail that make up the beauty of the bird image is provided by cutting and assembling different leaves. His frames are hand-made from found objects and discarded scrap lumber. Martell’s work reflects the spirit of the arts and crafts movement as well as American folk art traditions.

For more information on the show, you can contact contact Stacya Silverman via email or at 206.270.9465.

New Thomas Street Pedestrian Bridge Artwork Gateway Dedication on Sunday

The recently completed Thomas Street Pedestrian Bridge is benefitting from SDOT’s 1% for Art, with a dedication of a new custom artwork on Sunday, November 18. The Office of Art & Cultural Affairs commissioned the work from artist and storyteller Roger Fernandes. Snoqual/Moon the Transformer illustrates a story told by local Puget Sound Salish tribes and will serve as a entry gateway to the Thomas Street Pedestrian Bridge at Thomas St and 3rd Ave W.

Fernandes is a member of the Lower Elwha Band of the Klallam Indians. He’ll be at Sunday’s dedication, discussing the piece and telling the Salish story of Snoqual that inspired it. His work relates to art, language, ceremony and story. He tells Native American stories for his tribe and other tribes of the Puget Sound area.

Snoqual/Moon the Transformer is a wooden construction that artistically conveys elements of a story told by Puget Sound Salish tribes – Snoqual came through the world and transformed it to what it is today. The gateway is composed of two carved and painted cedar panels connected by a cross beam centered by a metal cutout of Snoqual’s face.

The Seattle of Arts & Culture press release, includes the following Artist’s Statement from Fernandes:

“There are certain cultural, philosophical and historical points this artwork tries to address. One is that local Puget Salish culture accounted for dramatic change in the world as articulated by the Snoqual story. Another is that the Natives saw the powerful transformations wreaked by invading European and American cultures and would sometimes refer to them as “Snoqual.” Another is that the Native cultures and their arts are impacted and influenced by new technologies, and that Native artists are quick to respond to such developments. Culture is never static.”

Key Details:
– What: W Thomas St Pedestrian Bridge ribbon cutting & artwork dedication
– Where: Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 2pm
– When: 3rd Ave W between W Thomas and W Harrison Streets

Photography Exhibition Opens at Stacya Silverman Art and Beauty this Sunday with Artist Reception

Jay DeFehr
Untitled Juliet Portrait
Silver gelatin print, 6-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

Starting Sunday, November 18, Stacya Silverman Art and Beauty will host Portraits and Landscapes, a photography exhibition with works by Thomas Schworer and Jay DeFehr. The show kicks off with an opening reception for the artists held Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

Although his work has been shown internationally, the exhibition will be local artist Jay DeFehr’s first show in Seattle. DeFehr processes his film in a conventional darkroom with his own archival chemistry formulation. The show will feature four of DeFehr’s works.

Thomas Schworer
Cove in Evening Light, Southern Oregon Coast
Encaustic over archival pigment photograph

Landscape photographer Thomas Schworer lives and works in the Pacific Northwest, but his photographs have been exhibited on both coasts. His works featured in the show will be encaustic over archival pigment prints mounted on hardwood. The show will feature ten of Schworer’s landscapes.

The exhibition opens Sunday November 18 and runs through the holidays. The gallery is located across from Macrina Bakery at 514 W McGraw St, Suite 101. For more information, contact Stacya Silverman at 206.270.9465 or

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