We Are All Here: Recent Path with Art students share artwork of creativity and inspiration at Seattle City Hall exhibition

May 3 – July 5, 2016
Seattle City Hall 

SEATTLE (May 9, 2016) — Path with Art, a local nonprofit, transforms the lives of people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and other trauma by harnessing the power of creative engagement as a bridge to community and a path to stability. We Are All Here is collaborative exhibition featuring 64 artworks ranging from photography, collages, prints, and paintings all completed by Path with Art students. The exhibition is on view at City Hall May 3 through July 5, 2016.

Artwork in the exhibition was created in the “i am” series, and provides Path with Art students the opportunity to celebrate their creativity. The stories told within this exhibition were inspired by the artists experience with mental illness, poverty, and substance abuse.

“Art transcends all cultures with its ability to capture the enormity and breadth of the human spirit,” Yonnas Getahun, curator of We Are All Here. “When we engage with art, we reflect our own humanity as well as the humanity of others. We see through different eyes. The role of the artist and the arts, therefore, is paramount. This exhibition, We Are All Here, invites us to observe, celebrate and engage the distinct choices made by these artists.” Getahun is an artist, writer and curator who calls Seattle home.

For some, the compounding effects of poverty, mental illness, or lack of a family support system can lead to a downward spiral where inner wounds manifest in homelessness, addiction, and disconnection from society. The results can be seen every day in every city across the U.S. Path with Art believes creative engagement is a powerful means to reconnect individuals to self and self-worth. It is also a powerful tool for understanding and appreciating one other’s humanity.

Path with Art provides classes to engage students in creative, skill-building activities as part of a safe, cooperative community. Classes cover various disciplines such as painting, photography, creative writing, music and acting and movement. In 2014, Path with Art offered thirty classes spread across five class terms. A typical class term consists of eight weekly sessions lasting two to three hours. In 2014, Path with Art class attendance reached a record high of over 580 seats. 

For a full list of all Office of Arts & Culture galleries, visit:  http://www.seattle.gov/arts/experience/galleries

Image: Artist Name: Jessie Pedro. Title: Untitled. Year Made: 2014. Medium: Printmaking and collage



Real Change Portrait Project on view at the Seattle City Hall Gallery

March 2 – May 2, 2016; Reception March 1st from 4 to 6 p.m.


SEATTLE, (February 29, 2016) —The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture presents Real Change Portrait Project, an exhibition featuring portraits of Seattle Real Change newspaper vendors, in the Seattle City Hall Gallery, March 2 through May 2, 2016.

“In the face of the growing homelessness crisis we are witnessing, it is so important that we remember the people behind the statistics and recognize their resilience through the creative spirit,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This exhibit adds humanity to one of the most difficult and complicated problems we address as a community.”

The exhibition was organized by Real Change Art Director Jon Williams. Founded in 1994, Real Change is an award-winning weekly newspaper that provides immediate employment opportunity and takes action for economic, social, and racial justice. Real Change Portrait Project includes 40 portraits of Real Change vendors, many of whom are either homeless, living in shelters or living in low-income housing.

The vendors have become as much a part of Seattle’s landscape as the city’s restaurants, buildings and shops. Williams asked several Puget Sound artists, professionals and students including Derek Gundy, Robin Weiss and Sam Day to create portraits of vendors using media of their choosing. The portraits range in medium and include acrylics, oil on canvas and watercolors. Each portrait is accompanied by a bio of the vendor and together, give viewers a brief glimpse into the life of the subject.

The Real Change Portrait Project began more than four years ago and has grown to almost 40 portraits. It has become an artistic outreach project for Real Change. The portraits foster collaborations between artists of all levels and the vendors who circulate the paper. The Real Change Portrait Project was first exhibited in Bremerton when there were 12 portraits. The exhibition has expanded and traveled to Poulsbo, Port Angeles, Edmonds, Woodinville and Pioneer Square.

For more information on exhibitions and the Office of Arts & Culture, go here: http://www.seattle.gov/arts/experience/galleries

Image: David Prunell by Laura Stokes.

ARTS Galleries Exhibition Schedule Spring 2016

Upcoming exhibitions at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery, City Hall Gallery, and Seattle Presents Gallery

Real Change Agents Portrait Project
City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke Gallery
March 2 – May 2, 2016

  The Real Change Agents Portrait Project is a series of portraits of Seattle newspaper vendors, many of whom are either homeless, living in shelters or living in low-income housing. Real Change has been around since 1994, and the vendors have become as much a part of Seattle’s landscape as the city’s restaurants, buildings and shops. These are portraits of the familiar faces that commuters and Seattle residents see daily. The portrait project was organized by Real Change Art Director Jon Williams. He asked several Puget Sound artists, professionals and students, to create portraits of vendors using any kind of media they wanted. Each portrait includes a bio of the vendor. Image: David Prunell by Laura Stokes.



Cultural Perspectives, Part 1
Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery
March 5 – June 29, 2016

Cultural Perspectives, Part 2
Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery
July 1 – September 30, 2016

Kabuki Rehearsal

Cultural Perspectives, Part 1 and Part 2 will feature 66 recently purchased artworks from 45 artists by Seattle Public Utilities. Image: Kabuki Rehearsal by Roger Shimomura.

Dialogues in Art: Exhibitions on Racial Injustice
Jasmine Brown
Seattle Presents Gallery
March 14 – May 13, 2016

Jasmine Brown’s residency will feature her working on egg tempera portraits of murdered youth of color painted in the Byzantine icon style. Brown will include but is not limited to portraits of Tamir Rice and Michael Brown.

Dialogues in Art: Exhibitions on Racial Injustice
Mark Mitchell/ Casket Pall Residency
Seattle Presents Gallery
May 16 – July 15, 2016

Mark Mitchell’s residency will feature work on a hand sewn casket pall that subverts the flag placed on the caskets of American heroes, and honors the lives lost because of our shared history of slavery and racism.

Dialogues in Art: Exhibitions on Racial Injustice
Shaun Scott
Seattle Presents Gallery
July 18 – September 9, 2016

Shaun Scott will invite various thought-leaders to participate in curated conversations in the Seattle Presents gallery that he will audio record and then turn into podcasts. The podcasts will be made accessible on the Office of Arts & Culture’s website.

VERA Project’s posters are a hit at City Hall

The VERA Project, an all-ages volunteer-fueled music and arts venue, is celebrating its 14th year of operation as Seattle’s first and foremost producer of all-ages music concerts in Seattle! Vera’s mission is to foster a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and volunteer opportunities for all ages, especially youth.

The exhibition, The Vera Project: 14 years of True and Sincere Friends kicked off Wednesday, July 8 with a reception in the lobby of City Hall. On view is a retrospective of posters created at Vera, chronicling 14 years of all-ages popular music concerts in Seattle. Along with the visual posters are compelling testimonials from volunteers about how Vera has affected and changed their lives.

As Shannon Halberstadt stated: “when the Vera Project first started, it was a major force in Seattle and difficult NOT to be involved. It was a gorgeous mash up of art, music, and activism, and something people were eager to support. I was working at the Old Firehouse in Redmond at the time, and ties were very tight between the two all-ages venues. Kate Becker was a great leader at both venues back then.”

Not only do the Vera Project staff and volunteers produce the posters and music concerts, they also have classes in audio engineering, DJ-ing, music writing, concert lighting, live sound engineering, drum  tuning, multi-track recording, and of course art classes, including screen printing and color theory.

So next time you’re at the Seattle Center, stop in and see their facilities or become involved by volunteering! In the meantime, stop into the City Hall Lobby Gallery and the Anne Focke Gallery to see this fantastic exhibition. The gallery is located at 600 Fourth Avenue, downtown Seattle.

Photos by S.M. Stephens