Renowned Rock Photographer Jini Dellaccio at Easy Street Records and Cafe

July 10, 2014

Renowned Rock Photographer Jini Dellaccio Dies At 97

We are saddened to announce the death of Northwest photographer Jini Dellaccio, whose iconic photos of '60s Northwest bands and national touring acts were unique in every sense of the word. 

Born in 1917, Jini began her career as a fashion photographer in Long Beach, CA, before moving with her husband to Gig Harbor in 1958. While in the process of launching her own commercial photography business in 1962, Jini landed an exhibition at the Tacoma Art Museum. 

Her work caught the interest of a PR man for the hottest rock band in the area at the time, The Wailers, who were seeking a fresh new look for the design of their forthcoming album. Her photos of the band, shot in two Tacoma parks, were remarkably sophisticated, and her photos graced the next two Wailers albums, Wailers, Wailers Everywhere and Out of Our Tree.

She enjoyed the experience so much that she began attending local shows and setting up photo sessions with other NW bands such as The Sonics (cover photos for Here Are The Sonics, Sonics Boom & Introducing The Sonics), Daily Flash, Don & The Goodtimes and many others. 

She also documented national touring acts when they came to town - The Who, The Yardbirds and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels were among the many she shot. Jini's journey in becoming America's first woman rock & roll photographer is chronicled in the recent documentary, Her Aim Is True.

Easy Street is currently hosting the only exhibition of Jini's groundbreaking photographs currently on display. Come visit our cafe and see the history of Northwest rock & roll unfold before your eyes!

Jini Dellaccio @ Easy Street Records is located at 4559 California Ave. SW.

Mindy Carpenter at Capers

July 10, 2014

My name is Mindy Carpenter. I love painting, writing, wonderful stationery, the ocean, all things nautical, funny animals, travel, books, vintage treasures, pastries, cafes & I especially love all these things at the same time, which is how Carpe Diem Papers was born. I started painting in 2009 in Sausalito, CA with a fabulous painting instructor for fun, because it called me, the colors, texture of paint, meditative process & the sweet time I had hanging out on Sunday afternoons at the ICB Building, an extraordinary artist’s community on Richardson Bay. I literally sat on the dock of the bay and thought, one day I will do this full time.
Travels & life & very fun years in the gift & stationery business has brought me to Ashland, OR where I still love all of the above but now paint in a studio affectionately called “the living room”, amidst tall trees, & a stunning vista of the Rogue Valley. Art & business & following your heart have always been my dream equation. I offer you greeting cards & paper goods made with so much love, a happy paintbrush & lots of laughter in the background. 
Carpe Diem Papers is an illustrated life. My paintings have a childlike innocence, imaginative color palette, & a sweetness & fondness for the little things in our journey that make us happy. A dear pet, in clothing, of course, vintage treasures, nautical imagery, sweet treats, coffee cups & cozy chairs to savor life. Making someone’s mailbox happy makes me happy. Send mail. Write x’s and o’s. Buy good stamps. Tell someone hello, thinking of you through the mail. You don’t need a reason.
Thank you for joining me on this creative journey. It’s a story of following your heart and seeing what’s on the other end of the yellow brick road. Carpe Diem.
Love, Mindy xo

Mindy Carpenter @ Capers is located at 4525 California Ave. SW.

S. Tudyk at Click! Design That Fits

July 10, 2014

Portland artist S. Tudyk brings her Land Marks series to Click!:

once bright and clean and flashy 
on the scene
experienced in their field 

now pushed on to the next level of life
able to be still and enjoy nature and their surroundings

great structures still standing 
like proud pillars, 
artifacts from another time

they have lost their original purpose
they have evolved 

no longer owned by advertising
often overlooked by the fast-pace-of-lifers
their original message and purpose has shifted
they have grown into themselves, 
embraced their own beautiful decay and entropy
no longer caring what others see

they are a pause button sometimes found
living a quiet existence 
in the midst of life’s racing time

Also during Art Walk, Click! proprietress Frances Smersh will be introducing new jewelry designs. Select pieces from her current line will be half price while they last!

Bethany Alsin at Shadowland

July 10, 2014

Artist Bio

My name is Bethany Alsin. I am a self-taught artist dwelling in gorgeous Seattle, Washington. The story began when I was in high school struggling to escape my small hometown. I thought a private art school in a big NW city would be a lovely start. I couldn't afford it so I thought maybe if I got a full-ride scholarship for my portfolio I could go. 

I never even applied. Some art school rep told me the way in was painting twenty hours a week to get ready for the pressure. I picked up this habit at seventeen. Once I found the internal drive to paint within those expectations, I realized I already gained everything I needed. I made it up here to my dream city on my own.

I started painting during my Sophomore year of high school. Since my Junior year of high school I have put on nineteen art shows and completed my debut painting series of fifteen works "Pick Your Poison: Great Muses of the Twentieth Century." 

I am a few years older now and am concocting my next series with the perspective of my real-world experiences that accompany working in the bottom of the class system rather than looking down on it from an ivory tower. "Self-taught" doesn't necessarily mean uneducated.

Bethany Alsin @ Shadowland is located at 4458 California Ave. SW. 

Denise Parrish at Ginomai

July 10, 2014

Artist Bio

I feel like the craft queen of West Seattle because of the fun I have making original jewelry with beads from around the world, Swarovski crystals, fresh water pearls, sterling and 14K gold-filled findings.

I also design my own greeting cards, have collectible dolls available from the 1980s (Madame Alexander, Royal, and Marjorie Spangler).

And I have hundreds of items under $20.

Come and visit in July, August and September at Ginomai at 42nd and Genesee - only one block east of California Ave. SW.

Denise Parrish @ Ginomai is located at 4401 42nd Ave SW

Southwest Historical Society at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse

July 10, 2014

Can it really be 30 years since the high-level West Seattle Bridge fully opened to the public? 

Hotwire Online Coffeehouse and other West Seattle businesses are collaborating with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society to create a series of 30th anniversary events this summer called "Bridging the Gap"!

Catch us at Summerfest too this weekend and be a part of community history.

Southwest Historical Society @ Hotwire Online Coffeehouse is located at 4410 California Ave SW.

Janet Ramble at Wildrose's Home Furnishings

July 10, 2014

Janet is a West Seattle oil painter who specializes in Northwest landscapes, gardens, and wildlife (including pets).

Please stop by for a glass of wine, nice music, and lots of fun things to see.

Janet Ramble @ Wildrose's Home Furnishings is located at 4529 California Ave SW.

Dolores Marquez at Vue Apartments

July 10, 2014

Dolores Marquez @ Vue Apartments is located at 3261 SW Avalon Way

Ginomai Collective Show at Ginomai Artists

July 10, 2014

Ginomai will be showcasing four artists for the July art show. We hope you'll stop by and sample some local art. Jewelry, paintings, stamp projects and children's art.

Ginomai is our artist community that is housed across the street from our main building. Our artist community is a small, yet thriving, group of like-minded people who are helping to shape our world through the power of art.

Ginomai Collective Show @ Ginomai Artists is located at 4200 42nd and Genesee

Paul Gasoi at Meeples Games

July 10, 2014

Meeples Games, the new gaming cafe in West Seattle will be featuring art by Paul Gasoi. When we were planning the store we wanted to continue the tradition of amazing murals in West Seattle and commissioned artist Paul to paint a game/Seattle/NW piece for our store.

The piece is called Cosmic Interstice Chess and was installed and unveiled on Sunday July 6 at 4:30 PM. The three canvas pieces together are approximately 12’ x 6’.

About Meeples Games

Meeples Games opened on May 17, 2014, in our brand new space. We are located on the second floor of the Charlestown Center, 3727 California Ave SW #2B (West Seattle, Washington).

Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Friday – Saturday 10:00 AM – midnight

Contact Information: (206) 535-7896
West Seattle’s Meeples Games is a friendly local gaming cafe for table-top gamers between the Alaska and Admiral Junctions. Meeples Games’ staff includes experts in board games, collectible card games, role-playing games and miniatures. We offer sales of games and accessories, a cafe with well-lit play space, food and beverages and a tournament area (the Thunderdome!). We support drop-in play, tournaments and private events.

The Mana Cafe features local brews on tap, wine, Jones Soda, and True North coffee and espresso. Seasonal, healthy and delicious sharable game-appropriate snacks, pastries and sandwiches highlighting Seattle purveyors are available all day. Tables in the cafe provide seating for 30 and are usually available on a first-come first-serve basis but reservations for special occasions will be considered.

The Thunderdome competitive play / tournament area provides seating for 36 and is open throughout our business hours. Tables may be reserved by Meeples for organized play events (see our event schedule) or reserved by customers (send us an email with your request), and will be open-play at other times. We have lockers available to stow your gear while you are playing at Meeples.

This is your store and your community and we want you to be involved! Have a special request? We’ll get it for you. Ideas about events? Tell us and we’ll make it happen. Want to contribute game reviews? Yes, please! Want to post your own game top ten list? There’s a place for that!

Learn more about Meeples Games Vision, Games, and Proprietor

Parking And Access:

There is a parking lot for customers to use for up to 90 minutes (we share with our neighbors).  If you plan to stay longer than that (we hope you do), please park on the street.
Please consider carpooling if you are coming by car.

Meeples is served by bus routes #50 and #128 which run down California Ave SW in front of our building.

Meeples Games is ADA accessible.  Access to the second floor is available via the elevator located at the south end of the parking lot.

Paul Gasoi @ Meeples Games is located at 3727 California Ave SW #2B

The Animals Show at ArtsWest

July 10, 2014

This exhibition came to be because the panel reviewing artists’ submissions last May (consisting of Matthew Offenbacher, Gail Gibson, Susie Lee and myself) was particularly taken with Night Lady by Jean Burnett, a Puyallup artist none of us had heard of before. Night Lady is a manipulated photograph of a majestic cheetah drawn in smoke or magic, emerging from dramatic fiery swirls. Matt suggested that I curate an “animals” show around this piece, which we all emphatically agreed was a great idea.

With Night Lady at the helm, the Animals show took shape naturally, with artists from different backgrounds, unique reasons for making the work they do, and different audiences for their work. The nine artists in Animals explore our human relationships to animals in a variety of ways that make us consider how we use and portray our fellow creatures.

Gina Coffman collected dried slugs when she was eleven in 1988 and then they sat in her parents’ Bellingham house for over twenty years until she photographed them in 2012. 

Joseph Flood’s dinosaur chariot is driven by an ancient Egyptian. 

Sean Gallagher works with materials and traditions passed down to him from his family–ancient inhabitants of the arctic–to create dance masks such as Walrus Dance Mask, in which “reverence for the animal is intrinsically understood, expressed through dance.” 

Thorly James’s otters peek out of the wall as though popping up to play. 

Ada McAllister uses light-handed watercolor brushwork to capture beloved pets in portraits. 

Stacey Neumiller paints iconic goats that preside over idyllic farmland. 

Brenda Scallon’s Always a Cockatoo in a Parakeet Cage was done in response to a story by Rosebud Ben Oni. 

Tim Suchsland’s panda bears, elephants, and tigers eating human limbs float via collage on an abstract expressionist backdrop.

- Susanna Bluhm, Gallery Director

The Animals Show @ ArtsWest is located at 4711 California Ave SW.

Unified Outreach at Ginomai Art Center

July 10, 2014

Stop by the Unified Outreach Youth-Arts Production Studios located in the Ginomai Building/2nd Floor. Home of the Unified Outreach Cartoon Animation Day Camps, Work Training in the Arts Fashion & Runway programs, Comic Book & Newspaper programs, and so much more!

Unified Outreach @ Ginomai Art Center is located at 4401 42nd Ave SW.

David Rosen at HomeStreet Bank

July 10, 2014

David Rosen is a professional photographer and is the owner of SlickPix Photography.

David was born in Seattle and grew up in the Roanoke Park neighborhood but now resides in West Seattle. He first started taking photos when he was two years old but got more into it when he was in high school. In 2006, David started his own photography business called SlickPix Photography.

He also works for the West Seattle Herald as a breaking news photojournalist and often responds to calls involving car accidents, house fires, and other breaking news stories as well as creating fantastic photos. He has been with Robinson Newspapers for over four years.

David’s work has been featured all over Seattle, including photos on all of the local news media stations, in print for the Seattle Times, and has photos published in the Space Needle's 50th anniversary book.

Light refreshments, coffee & cookies will be served

HomeStreet Bank is located at 4022 SW Alaska St.

Jessica Creager at Wallflower Custom Framing

July 10, 2014

This small body of compact works represents Creager's consistent conversation with her medium.

She looks for the textures on the underbellies of things, coercing them into vibrant realism in two dimensions.

The pieces, while diminutive, are the result of grand ideas being met with a steady hand and extraordinary talent. Settle into the simple and sumptuous of her work. 

Pieces will fit perfectly into the tiny empty wall spaces, completing any "unfinished business" of decorating or home furnishing. 

This show runs Thursday, July 10th, through Tuesday, August 12th.

Don't miss The Puny Show at Summer Fest! It begins a matter of moments after the Gala!

See us at Summer Fest, transforming a boring 10x10 booth into an Art Gallery, fit to house the Puny works of 15 local artists! Stop in for a visit, framing specials and festival-only deals await! Plus, you'll get your Puny ON.

Wallflower Custom Framing is located at 4735 42nd Ave SW.

Mary Denend at West Seattle Cellars

July 10, 2014

Mary Denend:
After years of exploration, the encaustic medium drew me in and continues to allure with its versatility, fluidness, and beeswax scent. Being a shutterbug with a passion for travel, nature, and art, I find that encaustics is a perfect medium to mix it all together. My photo-encaustics, expressive landscapes, abstracts, and collages are created from a melding of images from the places I have been. This show will be mostly photo-encaustics, incorporating photos I took during a month-long sojourn in South Africa, traveling from the mountains to the sea and witnessing incredible beauty as well as despair. 
Encaustics (which means “burn in”) is a centuries old art form. The paints are a mixture of beeswax, damar resin, and pigment. After each molten layer is applied it is fused to the surface or prior layer (I use wooden panel boards) with a torch, heat gun, iron or other heated tool. My encaustic work incorporates all the elements — earth, fire, air and water.

Tying in with the theme of this month’s artwork, our free tasting on Art Walk Thursday will feature South African wines! Join us from 5:30 to 9:00 to sample a wide variety of wines showcasing what South Africa is producing today, while you enjoy Mary’s artwork inspired by her travels there.

West Seattle Cellars is located at 6026 California Ave. SW.

Stasia Burrington at Twilight Gallery & Boutique

July 10, 2014

STELLAR: evidence of an alternate space program by Stasia Burrington
July 10th - August 7th, 2014
Opening reception July 10th 6 to 9pm

Paintings of planets and portraits of mystery explorers
by Stasia Burrington
What I’m after – childish wonder, stark beauty, vast loneliness + absurd simplicity. Exploration, finding comfort in the unknown + active curiosity. This will be sort of a silly show. I’m not a scientist, or an astronaut, this is just a portrait of what I thought being a space explorer was like, when I was 10.
I have this desire to touch emptiness, embrace the nonsensical, and lose a sense of proportion. Gadgets, physics and magic create a portrait of an innocent motivation to seek comfort and wonder in the unknown.

+please feel free to dress up!+

Twilight Gallery & Boutique is located at 4306 SW Alaska St.

Andrew Smith Wakefield at Cupcake Royale

July 10, 2014

With a background in printmaking, photography, and graphic design, Andrew Wakefield creates one of a kind, large format mixed media pieces focused on constructing new meaning out of found images, photographs, and documents. 

Seeking a new way to make graphic prints, Andrew began experimenting with xerox transfers. Hand transferring each element creates transparent layers resulting in a unique style that is both old and new; familiar and strange. Andrew holds a Master's degree in teaching with endorsements in the Visual Arts and Social Studies, currently teaching Elementary Art in Seattle, WA.

Cupcake Royale is located at 4556 California Avenue SW.

Sam Pierce at Sound Point Real Estate

July 10, 2014

Sam Pierce: Athlete, Painter and Singer. Sam is part of the West Seattle Community and is displaying his art for art lovers. When it was time to move on from basketball Sam filled his time with art and singing. You will be able to find him from time to time playing blues here and there, but you can now see his wonderfully vivid artwork @ the Sound Point Real Estate office.

Sound Point is a well established luxury boutique real estate brokerage that has recently expanded into West Seattle.

Sound Point Real Estate is located at 4044a California Ave SW.

Josh Ruiz at Better Builders

July 10, 2014

Josh Ruiz is a self starting illustrator, based in the Seattle area. Freelance illustrator for 6 years and self-taught artist, he has been featured on several artist websites, has worked on every thing from tattoos to storyboards, and created illustrations for an award winning book. 

He is currently doing concept illustrations for KamiWorks, an indie game studio based in Singapore and continues to do fine art commissions. Interested in learning more? Follow Josh on Facebook.

Stop by on the Eve of Summer Fest for an entertaining evening in the WS Junction! Enjoy tasty summertime treats and meet the artist. 

If you're curious about what we do at Better Builders, you can also browse our remodel portfolios and request a consultation for your home project. See you on the 10th!

Better Builders is located at 4800 California Ave SW.

Magdalena Cooney at Shanti Salon & Spa

July 10, 2014

Artist Bio

I was born and raised in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) by professional artist parents. My father was a well-known theater set designer, puppet maker and children’s books illustrator, and my mom was a graphic designer. I spent most of my childhood under communism where the lack of materialistic possessions I now believe fuelled my young mind’s imagination and shaped the direction I take with my art. Growing up among artist parents and their large group of creative and expressive actor, writer and painter friends, I felt constantly challenged and inspired by them. They were my first critics that never held anything back.

After the birth of my first child, I started painting when my son was sleeping at first, but slowly dedicated more and more time to it. My style has been evolving throughout the years from darker acrylics and bright watercolors to colorful abstract Mixed Medias. One thing remains constant in my work and that is the use of color. Inspired by one of my favorite artists Marc Chagall, bold colors are always on the “menu”. I love the freedom and the element of surprise that comes from painting abstracts. “I usually know the base color I am going to use when starting a new piece, but the rest is all a surprise. I like that with one stroke of a brush it can all come together.”

I have recently been focusing on graphic design, spending most of my time with fabric and logo design. My design is colorful and friendly, but some would call it whimsical. I have placed in several online art competitions and my works have been displayed in businesses in Seattle and California.

West Seattle Art Walk Summer 2014: Wild Things by Garreth Schuh

Summertime is Art Walk time… the days are long and the walking is fine. July's Art Walk is the pre-party for West Seattle's Summerfest, when the streets close in the Junction and the artists and boutique shops take over.

This quarter's Art Walk artwork is by Garreth Schuh, a local artist and architect. Garreth lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and daughter. He has been making art and architecture since his school days and he has been focused on disability issues for the 20 years of his own disability.

June 12, 2014

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Rodolfo Garza spent 22 years in Los Angeles prior to moving to Seattle in 1997. 

His only formal art training was in his freshman year at the University of Texas, El Paso and at San Antonio Junior College. While at San Antonio Junior College, Garza was exposed to the art of renowned Southwest artist Mel Casas. Casas opened his studio to Garza and Garza credits Casas for giving him his first real incentive to pursue art. 

His second and perhaps most influential experience came with Peruvian artist, Francisco Grippa, whom Garza befriended in Los Angeles. Garza credits his friendship with Grippa and the many hours spent in his studio, with giving him the confidence to explore color, texture and composition.

BBQ pork sammiches and beer provided by The Admiral Bird.

Wallflower Custom Framing is located at 4735 42nd Ave SW.

Anna Monaco at Shanti Salon & Spa

June 12, 2014

Anna Monaco Graduated from Seattle Central Commercial photography program in 2001. In the past she has been known for her photos of underground hip-hop, Local skateboarding, editorial portraits, still life, and weddings. 

She has shown her photos in many different venues around Seattle. She now has displays of her abstract still life, and has focused more on Wedding photography and portraits. Anna sells handmade photography crafts on and at local craft boutique shows. She is also very diverse in her photography and could be hired for any topic under the sun.

Shanti Salon & Spa is located at 2138 California Ave. SW.

Southwest Historical Society at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse

June 12, 2014

Can it really be 30 years since the high-level West Seattle Bridge fully opened to the public? Hotwire Online Coffeehouse and other West Seattle businesses are collaborating with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society to create a series of 30th anniversary events this summer called "Bridging the Gap"!

The events kick off at 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Hotwire with an exhibit of photos telling the story of the West Seattle Bridge.The event also marks the debut of a 30th anniversary "Bridging the Gap" T-shirt, based on the original design and manufactured at Seattle Logo Pro (owned by David Groves) in the Junction. Graphic artist David Kelliher, who created the design for Robinson Newspapers in 1984, will be on hand to sign the T-shirts, and Hotwire's "Bridge Blend" coffee beans will debut the same night. A portion of proceeds from sale of the T-shirts and coffee beans will go to our historical society. The T-shirts also will be on sale at West5 Lounge in the Junction as well as at the historical society's "Birthplace of Seattle" Log House Museum.

Other events:

-- Friday, July 11, through Sunday, July 13, 2014, West Seattle Summerfest booth, featuring interactive art in which visitors can color themselves atop the West Seattle Bridge. "Bridging the Gap" T-shirts and "Bridge Blend" coffee beans also will be available at the booth.

-- Monday evening, July 14, 2014, "Bridging the Gap: The Full Story Told by Those Who Were There," a free panel presentation in the Hotwire courtyard, including Charles Royer, former Seattle mayor and other city officials responsible for funding and building the bridge.

-- Saturday evening, Aug. 2, 2014, "Sleepless in Seattle," the 1993 PG-rated movie partially filmed in West Seattle, dusk in the Hotwire courtyard, part of West Seattle Outdoor Movies. Proceeds from refreshment sales will go to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Hotwire Online Coffeehouse is located at 4410 California Ave SW.

Summer Moon: A Collaborative Exhibit by Ghost Gallery and Twilight

June 12, 2014

Tracy from Twilight and Laurie from Ghost are teaming up to present a summertime collection of Miniature Art for June! 

Summer Moon: A Small Works Exhibit, features work by local and national artists, priced $250 and under. 

Amber Anderson
Alexandria Sandlin
Brook Borcherding
Dana Martin
Elijah Evenson
Elise Koncsek
Erika Rier
Heather Elder
Jenny Brown (Rhode Island)
Joe Vollan
Kitty Johnson
Lisa Weiss (TENN)
Lynn Hunter (NY)
Missy Dahl
Nicole Brauch
Salyna Gracie
Sarah Barrick
Stasia Burrington
Trish Thompson Adams (TX)
Uyen Tran-Gjerde
Vikram Madan
Paperplate Studios
Kim Merritt
Joseph Brooks

Trunk show with Tiny Fat Bird

Closing event June 28th

Twilight Gallery & Boutique is located at 4306 SW Alaska St.

Cherylin Andre at Office Junction

June 12, 2014

Cherylin is a graduate of Cornish with a major in Fine Arts. She currently makes a living as a Free Lance artist and works in the tasting room for Local Wine Maker, Mark Ryan. Andre's art is both fluid, beautiful, and has been known to use recycled materials and eccentric techniques such as Burn Painting - using fire to make her mark!

The Office Junction is West Seattle's First Coworking space, a shared office where stuff gets done and everyone is part of a friendly work community. We will serve drinks, chat about life and wine around our long table. Join us to look at wonderful art and meet some new friends. We're located at 6040 B California Ave SW.

Janet Ramble at Wild Rose's

June 12, 2014

West Seattle oil painter Janet Ramble is known for her impressionist style landscapes, gardens, and birds.

Wild Rose's is located at 4529 California Ave. SW.

David Whitelaw at RE/MAX Junction

June 12, 2014

David Whitelaw is showing at RE/MAX Junction, which is located at 
4727 44th Ave SW.

Fritz Rud and Hannah Viano at Click! Design That Fits

June 12, 2014

Fritz Rud is a West Seattle artist who has created custom iPhone amplifiers evocative of an earlier age. These pieces are being introduced at Click! and dare we say they just might make amazing Father's Day gifts.

Also at Click! this month is the continuation of the Hannah Viano paper-cut show. Hannah's book S is for Salmon was recently published on Sasquatch Books, and the original art pieces that became the pages of the book are for sale while they last.

Click! Design That Fits is located at 4540 California Ave SW.

Alexander Riding and The Lost Dance Project at Chaco Canyon Cafe

June 12, 2014

  • The Lost Dance Project is the vanguard of the Renaissance of Enlightened Artistic Despotism.
  • Art is in the eye of the beholder … only if that eye is under mine
  • The Lost Dance Project ushered in Our Epoch of Empathetic Oligarchy by secretly accomplishing the following:
  • The Lost Dance Project victoriously executed all prevailing assumptions, including those about art.
  • The Lost Dance Project victoriously revealed that almost everything is fake, that almost nothing is real and that almost nobody is real.
  • The Lost Dance Project victoriously revealed that almost all art is fake, that almost nothing is art and almost no one is an artist.
  • Lost Dance Project is descended from the Lost Legion of Danse Perdue, who sacrificed their ess-ness to carry the banner of the Age of Enlightenment from the 17th century into the modern era under a blanket of snow stained pink by the rose-colored tears of its assassins.
  • Understanding that art must be a total embodiment of integrated mind/body systems of philosophy, aesthetic, spirit, and psychology, the Soldat Perdue, the Lost Dancer enjoys a perpetual unseen crusade against spectacular cultural bodies.
  • The Lost Dance Project is defined as Benevolent Absolute Aesthetic Dominance over culture colonizing inside Superior Invisibility.
  • The Lost Dance Crusade is an Ouroboros, living in the tail it swallows, swallowing itself into secrecy, anonymity, an armless war.
  • Every time a spiritless movement captures the collective consciousness … a Soldat Perdue pulls the strings behind the curtain … Feeling, tremendously, privately, in secret.
  • Every time an artist dies, unknown, hidden under a blanket of images of superficial stars, a Soldat Perdue has happily laid down a life devoted to keeping the essence of being secret, as if every breath came from within a living grave.
  • The Lost Dance Project.
  • To be the unrevealed murder of the prevailing idea of art, which is no idea, but a thoughtless possessiveness, tethered to no feeling, except a blind sense of satisfaction in dominion over something false, believed (mistakenly) to have a value that cannot be understood...
  • The Lost Dance Project.
  • When your false creations and creators lie still and cold in your dead bed, with the value of a dead body.
  • The Lost Dance Project.
  • To exist … and existence is not an alternative to the imposters … it is outside everything. So Lost Dance Project is outside everything, and of nothing. Lost Dance Project is the perpetual regicide of itself as king, heir to the throne of existence and all space.
  • The Lost Dance Project.
  • To swim in the sea of the imposters, lancing the waves with a little knife, in perpetual victory.

  • Execute Fake Art.

Theresa Neinas at West Seattle Cellars

June 12, 2014

For the month of June we will continue to enjoy the artwork of Theresa Neinas. Theresa is active in linoleum block printing and dabbles in painting, drawing, and whatever captures her fancy. She is co-founder and member of the art group "No Rules,” which started in 2001. She teaches at Pratt Fine Arts Center and is translating her blocks into stained and fused glass. Her work has been exhibited locally and abroad and is a part of many private collections throughout the United States.

On Art Walk Thursday this month, from 5:30 to 9:00, our free tasting will feature wines specially selected for the evening by one of our favorite reps, Noah Oldham. His portfolio is full of amazing gems that you don’t yet know you love and he wants you to try them! Stop by to check out Theresa’s artwork and sample some new and exciting wines.

West Seattle Cellars is located at 6026 California Ave. SW.

Clare Johnson and Jon Taylor at The Gatewood Bed and Breakfast

June 12, 2014

Drawings From Literature
By Clare Johnson
These drawings are all inspired by favorite pieces of writing, books I’ve read and re-read throughout different times in my life. The scenes in the are designed to create the same overall feeling I get from each work of literature. Sometimes this includes imagery or landscapes I imagine being a part of the setting; sometimes setting is only hinted at, or not addressed at all. In most instances, the drawing is not of any real concrete detail or scene from the book, but rather uses a mixture of elements to show the feelings, images, symbols or themes in my head as I read it.
Each drawing is titled after a small fragment of writing from each book, a quote that particularly resonates with me. They’re usually somewhat plain and short, leaving them open to interpretation and letting the words have more space on their own than in the books. I wanted to highlight the possibilities in these quotes, uncovering them from the larger texts and letting them have an additional life and power of their own. 

Jon Taylor
Jon loves to draw and has enjoyed putting marks on paper and gesso on panel and canvas for decades. Jon has learned many art techniques over the years in painting, printmaking, film and digital photography, model-making and sculpture. In his architectural career he has used watercolor, acrylic, model building, printmaking, photography and many combinations of electronic programs and tactile artwork to help present architectural concepts and ideas. Jon has been a board member of Seattle Print Arts and is still an active member and a salon participant that meets every month.

The Gatewood Bed and Breakfast is located at 7446 Gatewood Rd SW.

Marne Jensen at Vue Apartments

June 12, 2014

Artist Bio
Marne has spent most of her life involved in some facet of artistic expression. After majoring in art in high school, she continued her art education in college with a minor in fine arts, followed by graduate studies in art, business and psychology. She is a published author and former owner of a successful marketing consulting firm in the Seattle area. She was also a faculty member of City University of Seattle where she taught communication, marketing and management courses.

In recent years, Marne spent 7 years studying and teaching at the Sedona Arts Center in Sedona, Arizona, and she now lives in Sammamish, WA. Her main focus is abstract acrylic and collage, and her award-winning art has been shown in a variety of juried and invitational shows, both locally and in Arizona.

Artist Statement:

For me, a successful painting of mine or of any artist, has to evoke emotion - an AAAH moment when I am captivated by not only WHAT is expressed, but HOW it is expressed. I'm excited by the unusual - the unique idea, the interesting combination of shape, color and texture. I love working with layers in my work and try to entice the viewer to look closer and examine the surface to see what lives beneath.

For me, the journey is more important than the destination (final product), and I try to push the edges in order to express some inner part of my own reality - which I continue to create and recreate through my art and my life. For any artist, I think what they create is a journey of self-discovery as well as a creative journey.

Vue Apartments is located at 3261 SW Avalon Way.