Temporary art on the new Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway

Opening celebration for Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway and Art Interruptions on Saturday, August 11th from 12 – 4pm at the Rainier Beach Playfield

 

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), in partnership with the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), will be celebrating the opening of the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway and Art Interruptions on Saturday August 11th from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Rainier Beach Playfield.

The Neighborhood Greenway is a route over 6 miles stretching from the Rainier Beach Branch of the Seattle Public Library to Mount Baker. The route includes improvements like crosswalks, curb ramps, speed humps, and pavement repairs that make walking and biking around the neighborhood easier.

SDOT and ARTS commissioned seven emerging public artists to create temporary art installations along the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway for Art Interruptions 2018. The artworks inhabit city sidewalks and parks and offer passers-by a brief interruption in their day, eliciting a moment of surprise, beauty, contemplation or humor. Participating artists are Susan Ringstad-Emery, Angie Hinojos Yusuf, Karey Kessler, Miya Sukune, Isobel Davis, Lana Blinderman, and Lawrence Pitre. Art Interruptions is funded by the Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Arts Funds.

All community members and kids are invited to join in the celebration on August 11. The following organizations will be at the event:

  • Parks Department Greenway Initiative
  • Trees for Neighborhoods – apply for free trees
  • Seattle Department of Transportation – vision zero information and games
  • Office of Arts & Culture – art scavenger hunt with a chance to win a free popsicle
  • Info on making your street a “Play Street”

 Seattle Department Depart of Transportation delivering a high-quality transportation system for Seattle www.seattle.gov/transportation

Check out temporary art in Rainier Valley and Seattle Center before they’re gone

Art Interruptions along the Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway and Seattle Center Sculpture Walk On view now through January 3, 2017

Temporary art by 14 artists has popped up along Rainier Valley and at Seattle Center this fall. Ranging from whimsical and conceptual, to comical and topical. Don’t miss three opportunities to talk to the artists and tour the work:

Seattle Center Sculpture Walk Tour
Thursday, September 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Seattle Center, Next 50 Pavilion
305 Harrison street Seattle, WA 98109

The tour will start at the Next 50 Pavilion, and ends in the Armory where guests, 21 and up, can participate in Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour featuring a no-host bar and specials from the Armory restaurants.

Seattle Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
EMP Museum
325 5th Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Artist Loreen Matsushima we be on site creating the second installation of her artwork Redacting the Skyline.

Kick off Feet First’s WALKTOBER with a Walk for Fun event
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Explore the SE Seattle neighborhood by foot, and experience Art Interruptions and meet the participating artists along the new Rainier Valley Greenway on October 1. WALKTOBER is hosted by Feet First and encourages people in Washington to explore their surroundings by walking for fun, walking to work, and walking to school during the month of October. http://www.feetfirst.org/event/walktober-walk-your-world?instance_id=7465

2016 Art Interruptions

Art Interruptions, an annual temporary art program created by the Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation, will offer ephemeral moments of surprise and reflection in the Rainer Valley East-West Neighborhood Greenway. This area includes: New Holly, Othello, Brighton, Lakewood and Seward Park.  Beginning September, seven temporary installations on view in the greenway will inspire and enliven the route with an element of the unexpected. Art Interruptions is funded by Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds.

The artworks range from street sign paintings to a collage fabricated entirely out of aluminum soda cans. The seven selected artists include Ruben David, Melissa Koch, Vikram Madan, Ulises Mariscal, Kemba N. Opio, little talia, and Junko Yamamoto. This year, six of the selected artists participated in the 2016 Public Art Boot Camp, a free two-day intensive basic training overview offered by the Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Program offered to artists who are ready to translate their exhibition experience to the public realm.

2016 Seattle Center Sculpture Walk

This fall the 2016 Seattle Center Sculpture Walk will transform the Seattle Center Campus with eight art spectacles that will change the way visitors experience the Center grounds. Artworks range from sculptural and conceptual, to comical and surprising with an element of grandeur. The 2016 Seattle Center Sculpture Walk features the works of artists Laura Buchan, Minh Carrico, Satpreet Kahlon, Edward Key, Terrell Lozada, Loreen Matsushima, Steven Markussen, and artist team Suzanne Morlock and Glenn Messersmith. All of the artists participated in the Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Boot Camp. Seattle Center Sculpture Walk is made possible through Seattle Center and the Office of Arts & Culture.

The James and Janie Washington Foundation is hosting a special Friday Sit and Sip for Central Area Art Interruptions

Friday, September 18 from 6 – 8 p.m.
1816 26th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

The James and Janie Washington Foundation hosts Sit and Sips on the third Friday of the month at the former home of Mr. and Mrs. Washington in the Central Area. On Friday, September 18 from 6 – 8 p.m. the foundation will host several artists including Naoko Morisawa, Carina Del Rosario, Hanako O’Leary and Esther Ervin who were selected to create temporary artworks for the Central Area Art Interruptions 2015. Morisawa, Del Rosario, O’Leary and Ervin will share sketches and slides of their installations and answer questions about their project inspiration and the process leading to being selected.

In the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway between E. Columbia St. and S. Judkins St. from September 4, 2015 – January 3, 2016, seven artists including Bayu Angermeyer, Carina Del Rosario, Esther Ervin, Alison Roshee, Naoko Morisawa, Hanako O’Leary and Sonya Stockton created small scale temporary art works that respond to their environments and communities. Artworks range from community portraits installed on the back of Greenway signs to whimsical figures perched in trees and larger than life whimsical birds’ nests.

Administered in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Art Interruptions is funded by SDOT 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture. For information and to RSVP for all events, contact Esther Ervin, Arts Program Director, James and Janie Washington Foundation.

Image courtesy Marcia Iwasaki

Temporary Artworks emerge at two sites this fall

Seattle Center Sculpture Walk, August 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Art Interruptions: Central Area Neighborhood Greenway,
September 4, 2015 – January 3, 2016

 Temporary art installation programs from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture return for fall, 2015 with two locations and 14 works of art. Art Interruptions offers ephemeral moments of surprise and reflection in the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway from September 4, 2015 to January 3, 2016. The Seattle Center Sculpture Walk runs August 24, 2015 to January 3, 2016; both sites will feature seven different artists responding to their environments and communities.

Binoculars & Map by Bayu Angermeyer

Seattle Center Sculpture Walk, features artists Kathryn Abarbanel, Alex Anderson, J. Adam Brinson, Eva Funderburgh, Kait Rhoads, Timea Tihanyi, and Jennifer Zwick who were selected to design and develop a series of small-scale temporary artworks that will be installed on city-owned infrastructure or building facades throughout the Seattle Center Campus. The temporary artworks range from site specific sculptural installations to performances and community engagement pieces.

There will be a tour and artists reception for the Seattle Center Sculpture Walk Tour, on Thursday, September 17 from 4 – 5 p.m. The tour will start at the south Seattle Center Armory entrance near Starbucks in front of the armory “O”, the center of the center, 305 Harrison St. The tour ends in the armory where guests, 21 and up can participate in Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour featuring a no-host bar and specials from Armory restaurants.

In the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway between E. Columbia St. and S. Judkins St. artists Bayu Angermeyer, Carina del Rosario, Esther Ervin, Alison Roshee, Naoko Morisawa, Hanako O’Leary and Sonya Stockton will create small scale temporary art works that will range from community portraits installed on the back of Greenway signs to whimsical figures perched in trees and larger than life birds’ nests. These artworks continue our annual Art Interruptions project, funded by Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds.

On Saturday, September 12 from 12 – 2 p.m. the Central Area Art Interruptions artists will be at the Seattle Summer Parkways celebration where three miles of streets will be closed. The artists will be available to talk about their artworks.

For more information please visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/centralgreenway.htm 

Seattle Center Sculpture Walk, August 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Kathryn Abarbanel: Abarbanel will create sculptural biomorphic forms which will be attached to two existing columns near the Seattle International Film Festival offices. Abarbanel is a Seattle-based artist, working primarily in the medium of photography. Abarbanel holds a BA/BFA in modern dance, and studied at Hollins University, American Dance Festival, and Rhode Island School of Design.

Alex Anderson: Anderson will transform the pillars in Founder’s Court into a woodland wonderland with red tree branches and floral elements interweaved with the branches. Anderson is an American sculptor and painter. He is an M.F.A. candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles, a graduate of Swarthmore College and former resident artist at the China Academy of Art during his tenure as a Fulbright scholar.

J. Adam Brinson: Brinson will create a multi-media installation against the wall of the Fisher Pavilion. Brinson is a designer with a broad creative background ranging from music performance to visual art and creative writing.

Eva Funderburgh: Funderburgh will breathe life into three species of fantastical creatures installed in the awning of the west Armory and Seattle Children’s Museum entrance. Funderburgh is a Seattle-based sculptor and installation artist. She has a Bachelor of Science and Art with concentrations in Fine Art and Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University.

Kait Rhoads: Rhoads will install several large spiral forms made of plastic bottles that will be attached to a metal framework within the branches of select Seattle Center trees. Rhoads is a glass artist utilizing traditional Italian glass techniques to create sculpture and jewelry. Rhoads work is included in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Corning Museum of Glass, Palm Springs Art Museum, Racine Art Museum, the Shanghai Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Art Museum.

Timea Tihanyi: Tihanyi will initiate three participatory performances that will take place in a mobile printing station in the Poetry Garden in Seattle Center. She will elicit words from the audience which will be printed on cards made with custom printing blocks. The words will be displayed in the Poetry Garden. Tihanyi is an interdisciplinary artist and received an M.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Washington and holds a BFA in ceramics from the Massachusetts College of Art. She is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Art, Art History and Design at the University of Washington. Tihanyi’s sculptural and installation work has been presented at the Bellevue Arts Museum, Linda Hodges, Davidson Contemporary, 4Culture, COCA, and Soil galleries and at various museums and galleries around the country, most notably in Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and Eugene.

Jennifer Zwick: Zwick will create unique photo backdrops that will be identical to their site location on the Seattle Center campus. Each photo backdrop will have cut-outs for heads, arms, feet and legs, creating a photo opportunity for Seattle Center visitors. Zwick is a multimedia artist mostly working with photography, installations, printmaking and sculpture.

Art Interruptions along the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway, September 4, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Bayu Angermeyer: Angermeyer will create two whimsical creatures, one reading a map and one surveying the neighborhood with binoculars that will be perched in a tree on 25th Ave. S. Angermeyer has a B.F.A. from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA and is a sculptor and painter. She is passionate about storytelling using myth and archetypes in her imaginative sculptures.

Carina del Rosario: del Rosario has worked with multicultural youth from the Central Area neighborhood on a writing project that explores their history, hopes and community. del Rosario will install portraits of the youth that are combined with their words on the back of neighborhood Greenway signs. Rosario utilizes photography, digital media and art to explore the desire for community. She has a B.A. in Communication from Santa Clara University.

Esther Ervin: Ervin will create a “Little Art Supply Depot” modeled after Little Free Libraries, Ervin’s installation will be stocked with small packages of miscellaneous art supplies for people to take and use. Participants will be invited to post photos of their creations via social media and art supply donations will be encouraged. Supplies will be maintained and stocked by the artist. Ervin was an Artist in Residence at Pratt Fine Arts Center and the James W. Washington Foundation. Her art includes mixed media work and jewelry.

Alison Foshee: Foshee will create a series of, whimsical birds’ nests, woven together from found objects that mimic the resourcefulness of actual bird’s nests. The artist’s installations will find homes in trees throughout the greenway. Foshee explores the artistic potential of everyday, raw materials. She has an M.F.A. with a printmaking emphasis from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Naoko Morisawa: Morisawa will create a trio of pop-art mosaic images that will inhabit the Spring Street P-Patch. Morisawa creates hand-made wood mosaics, made up of hundreds of intricate pieces of wood colored with natural oil dyes. The mosaic images will be replicated on vinyl and installed in the P-Patch. Morisawa has a BA in design, ceramics from Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan and has exhibited both locally and internationally.

Hanako O’Leary: O’Leary has interviewed community members of the Central Area focusing on their likes/dislikes and hopes/dreams for the future of the neighborhood. Utilizing quotes from these interviews O’Leary will incorporate them into a series of textile installations and wheat paste collages in the form of Japanese Koi fish. The school of fish streamers will be installed throughout the neighborhood. O’Leary is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in ceramics.

Sonya Stockton: Stockton is creating traffic cone sculptures, some of which will be cast in a clear resin with found objects suspended in the sculpture. The clear cones will serve as curious time capsules of the neighborhood. Stockton is a mixed-media artist with a focus on found object mixed media sculpture, drawing, collage and painting.