Category Archives: Art

South End Artist Jake Millett Showing Through October at The Factory

by Jacob Uitti

For his new show, “Contour,” Seattle artist Jake Millett has made complete works of fractures. His are visions of expansive landscapes broken down into specific, often minuscule sections, split line-by-line and shade-by-shade. Sometimes bursting with bright colors, sometimes cold and chilling like an angular iceberg, Millett’s work, which will show this month at the Capitol Hill gallery, The Factory, through Halloween on specific dates, bends the eye to consider new ways of interpreting vision.

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Portraits of the Past: Artist Lawrence Pitre Continues to Preserve the Legacy of the Central District

(This article originally appeared in Real Change and has been republished with permission.)

by Lisa Edge

Lawrence Pitre is booked and busy. On any given day, you can find him painting in his studio while the sound of jazz surrounds him, fielding offers from galleries and collectors interested in his work, or renovating the Central Area Chamber of Commerce building. Many days he’s doing all three and then some.

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Scenes in Motion: SODO Track murals bring public art to transit travelers

by Lisa Edge

(This article originally appeared in Real Change and has been republished with permission.)

Has your commute become more colorful? Those traveling via bus or light rail along Fifth Avenue South between Royal Brougham Way and South Spokane Street have recently been treated to a new sight: A continuous line of murals, known as SODO Track, turning an otherwise uninteresting route into a charming one.

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Imagine Black: Art Collective Create Signs That Expand The Idea of Black Identity and Community In The Central District

by Leija Farr

Seattle is ahead of the curve in a phenomenon, and not in a good way: the displacement of Black people in our city has left the idea of safe spaces undeniably malleable. The Central District, once a community replete with Black lives and culture, has undergone displacement for many years now. As a result, lineage and generational foundation have been relocated, as a new narrative builds itself in the vacancy.

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THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—QTPOC Night at the Collab, “Day Shift” Dance Party at NAAM, Imagine Africatown, and more!

Friday, July 13th:

Open Mic/Performance: Legacy Fridays Open Mic / Showcase
Respect The Culture Presents Vol. 17 of Legacy Fridays (occurs second Fridays monthly), hosted by Suntonio Bandanaz w/ DJ Neebor (Robbin Neebor Clemente). Featured performers tonight are TBD. Limited sign-up performer slots available (arrive early!). ALL AGES
Time: 6 PM–12 AM
Where: Cypher Cafe at Washington Hall—153 14th Ave
Cost: FREE

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Local Artist Seeks to Recapture Childhood Joy Through Community Art Project

by Janae Janik

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Catherine Grisez holds one of the leaves that she is hoping reminds people of the carefree enthusiasm of jumping into piles of autumn foliage as children. She is collaborating with sponsors throughout Seattle to create hundreds of leaves and involve the community in the process. [Photo: Janae Janik
Catherine Grisez recently received pictures of her nephews excitedly jumping into piles of fallen autumn leaves.

While these pictures would make any aunt smile, it symbolized something more for Grisez, a South Seattle sculptor and jeweler. Continue reading Local Artist Seeks to Recapture Childhood Joy Through Community Art Project

What’s Up With Langston?

by Lola E. Peters

Have you seen the film Moonlight? It’s playing all around town right now and well worth seeing. It left me hankering for the annual African American Film Festival. Because of the transitions happening at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI), the Festival didn’t happen last spring, so my hunger for films “by us, for us” went unsatisfied. The good news: there’s a mini-festival happening on Thanksgiving weekend at LHPAI to hold us until next spring, when the full Festival can return. Continue reading What’s Up With Langston?