Category Archives: Art

Preview of Power: From the Mouths of the Occupied

by Lola E. Peters

The last rehearsal before performance is always filled with energy. For many in the cast of Power: From the Mouths of the Occupied, this will be their first public performance; their first time publicly telling their story; their first time specifically naming the individuals and institutions that were complicit in their oppression. Continue reading Preview of Power: From the Mouths of the Occupied

Justin Bua Brings His “Art For the People, By The People, Of the People”Tour to Beacon Hill

by Marcus Harrison Green

When you know you’re about to meet the equivalent of Jesus with a paint brush, you assume the sky above ruptures open and a luminous glow outlines his frame the second your feet occupy the same room as him. Continue reading Justin Bua Brings His “Art For the People, By The People, Of the People”Tour to Beacon Hill

Pilgrimage to Bimbia: The Forgotten Door Exhibition

by Melia LaCour

Reconnection. Healing. Building bridges. These are but a few of the many ways to describe the powerful “Pilgrimage to Bimbia Film, Exhibition and Presentation” that took place last Thursday evening at the First AME Church Fellowship Hall.  The room was teeming with community members eager to hear Dr. Lisa Aubrey, Fullbright Scholar and Professor at Arizona State University and University of Yaounde I, and Mr. Alain Kenfack, CEO of Valeurs d’Africa, share their extraordinary work unearthing the remains of port Bimbia, a Cameroonian site that played a key role in the transatlantic slave trade.  The duo also brought an exhibition from Cameroon that recently concluded its run. Continue reading Pilgrimage to Bimbia: The Forgotten Door Exhibition

Poets Prepare to Speak Truth in Powerful BAAMFest Performances

by Ellis Simani

This weekend’s BAAMFest will bring a host of talent to Rainier Beach for a day of celebration, creativity and positivity for all in the community. Among several activities taking place Saturday afternoon are performances of poetry, spoken word and hip hop from a trio of talented writers: Reagan Jackson, Jerrell Davis and Essam Muhammad. Continue reading Poets Prepare to Speak Truth in Powerful BAAMFest Performances

Art Exhibit Returns Realism to Hillman City

by Ellis Simani

You may remember hearing of the Seattle Realist Artists in February when we reported on their first exhibition at the Hillman City Collaboratory. The inaugural exhibit featured a group of students, emerging and professional artists, all of whom showcased a range of work on sale to the public. Continue reading Art Exhibit Returns Realism to Hillman City

Review: Echo Park

by Lola E Peters

Monday night’s screening of Echo Park at Ark Lodge Cinema in Columbia City was groundbreaking in many ways. It was part of the film’s nationwide release, shown not at a multiplex but at a small, neighborhood theater; it is part of a new partnership between the ARRAY Release network, (formerly AFFRM), and Ark Lodge Cinema, making Ark Lodge the exclusive local partner for Array’s new releases. It was also the birth of Sankofa Film Society, a new, local organization. Sankofa’s introductory email says: Continue reading Review: Echo Park

Mt. Baker Complex Acts as Haven for Local Arts Community

by Jeff Nguyen, Emerald Intern

Sitting across the way from Franklin High School, the Mt. Baker Lofts can been seen as yet another series of apartments sprouting up in a city filled with smart-growth high-rise residency. Now take a closer look. From a table inside Campadre Coffee tucked in a street-level corner of the building, you can turn your eyes away from your steaming mug to look at some gorgeous mosaics, locals mingle with some artists amongst low-key electronic beats and dreamlike illustrations exploring existential philosophy. It’s evident these lofts have something unique. Here, photographers, jazz musicians, and painters coexist, all part of the thriving art scene of the 206. Continue reading Mt. Baker Complex Acts as Haven for Local Arts Community