Update: Due to the snow, the original Friday, Feb. 8 opening of “3 Queens,” has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21.
Crick Lont, aka Dozer of Dozer Art and Dozer’s Warehouse, has been quietly curating upcoming shows, painting walls and drizzling on the funky linoleum floors a la Jackson Pollock to create an art space on Beacon Hill. He’s partnering with local artists to put their mark on the storefront, pro bono; Leo Shallot’s trademark calligraphy ribbon design in gold on black wraps around the storefront. “That’s what’s so great about this place, people just want to be a part if it,” Lont said.
Artists Ari Glass and Craig Cundiff have collaborated on a new mural near the Mt. Baker light rail station, and it’s a beauty. Covering the southern and western walls of Cash America Pawn at 2825 Rainier Ave. S., the artwork spans approximately 4,000 square feet and took about a month to paint.
This article originally appeared in Real Change and has been republished with permission.
by Lisa Edge
On the second floor of a building in Ballard, Aramis O. Hamer uses white chalk to sketch the outline of two women. They’re fairies right now, but could easily morph into angels as Hamer’s vision comes to life.
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.
(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.
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.
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
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?→