SALT Power Lunch: Legal Basics for Artists with Benjamin Kerr, Esq., Founding Partner, Kerr Law Firm

Friday, April 21, 2017, 12 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Learn
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Please RSVP here by Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Join the Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) at our next Power Lunch. This lunch hour will explore the most common law questions artists should know with Benjamin Kerr of Kerr Law Firm. Kerr will discuss the basic principles of what artists should be aware of and provide, and an overview of contract law, negotiations, fundamental terms, and enforcement with an emphasis on practical applications for artists in the real world.

SALT Power Lunches are designed to give artists and arts administrators professional development over their lunch hour.

Benjamin David Kerr, founder of Kerr Law Firm, has extensive experience advising clients in a wide variety of practice areas including contract drafting, negotiation and review; entertainment law; business formation; intellectual property; real estate; landlord/tenant law; corporations and partnerships; and wills and estates. He has represented individuals, small businesses, and corporate entities in state and federal courts and arbitrations on a wide variety of commercial and civil litigation matters.

About Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT)

The Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) is a flexible and creative professional development program for artists and arts administrators. SALT combines the need for on-going professional development with the creativity of the sector by bringing interesting, challenging and thought provoking workshops, networking and training to the Seattle’s arts ecology.

New Mural at KEXP

This spring artist Aramis Hamer is creating a temporary mural at the site of KEXP’s new offices and studio at the northwest corner of the Seattle Center campus. A temporary wall running 130+ feet was installed along the south side of Republican Street, where Hamer will complete her artwork for the April 16 opening of KEXP.

On Saturday, March 19 from 2-5 p.m., Aramis will host a community information and engagement session at The Vera Project, 305 Harrison Street on the Seattle Center campus. Aramis invites anyone interested to bring their retired music ephemera –CDs, LPs, and cassette tapes (1 – 2 items per person)—which will become sculptural elements in the mural.

Hamer’s mural will celebrate Seattle’s diverse communities and reflect the history and evolution of the music industry. Her vibrant mural, which will take viewers from KEXP’s library to the entrance of Seattle Center, will include acrylic paint and objects, from LPs and cassettes to CDs. The mural will engage the imagination as a fitting tribute the KEXP’s new offices and studio. According to Hamer, “Music is definitely one of my main inspirations. Songs are like stories and while listening to the lyrics, an image forms in my mind inspiring the next piece.”

Hamer moved to Seattle from Chicago, IL. She draws from music as her inspiration to create large-scale acrylic paintings. Her work is heavily influenced by street art, hip hop, and urban landscapes. Hamer has created a number of paintings for private commissions and public exhibition and collaborated with community members of the Central Area to create an interactive chalkboard mural at 23rd and Union in the summer of 2015. She completed the Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Boot Camp in 2015.

Funding provided by Seattle Center 1% for Art and Seattle Center funds.

It was a night to remember: SALT Mentor Night

On Monday, January 25th, 80 people braved the rain and came to the first ever SALT Mentor Night. There were over 10 seasoned arts professionals who gamely answered questions and doled out advice to a wide range of individuals looking to increase or make their mark in Seattle’s artistic scene.

Questions ranged from “How did you get into this field” to “What’s the best advice you ever received” and each mentor was able to share their own unique advice and insights on how to navigate the professional artistic world. The mood and dialogues at the tables were electric and exciting.

There is also a Facebook community page to foster connections and continue conversations at

We want to hear from you, please take a minute to answer a few questions on our SALT SURVEY; we want to make SALT work for YOU.

Upcoming SALT events:

SALT Bookclub
Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6 p.m.
Café Presse
1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

SALT Power Lunch with Ariel Glassman
Friday, March 4, 2016, 12 – 1 p.m.
12th Avenue Arts
1620 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

Check out the gallery below to see what went down.



New poetry and art at Seattle Center

Seattle Center is expanding their investments in temporary
artworks with the new Poetry Garden Art Series

Four artists have been commissioned to create temporary interventions in the Seattle Center Poetry Garden to call attention to the unique character of the site, a space designed to ask visual artists to draw inspiration from the written word.

The Office of Arts & Culture and the Seattle Center have a 40 year history of partnering to bring permanent and temporary artworks to the Seattle Center campus. In 2015, the two organizations jointly invested in emerging artists by providing training and commissioning seven artists to create site specific temporary artwork for the campus. The 2016 Poetry Garden Art Series is a continuation of this investment.

The Poetry Garden was envisioned at its inception to be a site for temporary art activations. The garden, in the heart of the Seattle Center campus, is composed of crushed granite paths punctuated by 12 sculpted, polished, pink granite boulders engraved with an eclectic selection of poems by various authors. The boulders were sculpted and sited by artist/sculptor John Hoge.

Artists Elizabeth Gahan, Naoko Morisawa, Natalie Ball and Tara Tamaribuchi were selected to create temporary artworks in the garden. ARTS has also formed a partnership with Porchlit to have readings in the garden to complement each installation.


Elizabeth Gahan February 1 – May 1, 2016

Elizabeth Gahan has built a practice of creating dynamic forms from recycled materials. With her installation in the Poetry Garden she will create an array of bright flowers all made from reused and recycled materials.

Gahan is a Seattle-based artist. She received a dual undergraduate degree in Global Studies and Fine Art from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA with an emphasis in painting. Gahan then attended a residency program at the Banff Centre, Canada to pursue installation art. Her current art practice combines 2D studio art and 3D installation art. Gahan currently works from a space at Equinox Studios in Georgetown, Seattle.

Naoko Morisawa May 9 – August 1, 2016

Naoko Morisawa will create a pattern of Morse code made of colorful garden hose tubing. She is transforming a functional garden material into an art object by amplifying the form and color of the garden hose.

Morisawa received a BA in Design from Tama Art University, Tokyo. Her (Seattle) artwork is made of hundreds of very small slices of natural/oil-dyed woodchips on board. The variety of wood grain and the pattern is never the same. The combination of natural grains creates interesting shadows and impressions. When seen from a distance, her artwork looks like a painting, and the details of the work slowly emerge when the viewer comes closer. Bright, fun, and unusual subjects attract and inspire her to work in new directions. Mysterious creatures and illusions are recurring themes.

Natalie Ball August 8 – October 31, 2016

Installation artist Natalie Ball will use the garden as a space to hang a large-scale textile artwork of doll houses that explores indigenous domesticity. The artwork will mix the tradition of storytelling through fiber arts to take a hard look at the conditions and experience of indigenous women.

Ball was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon and she furthered her education in New Zealand at Massey University where she attained her Master’s degree in Maori Visual Arts. Ball is an indigenous artist who examines internal and external discourses that shape Indian identity through contemporary art.

Tara Tamaribuchi November 6, 2016 – January 31, 2017

Tara Tamaribuchi will respond to the panoramic landscape of the Poetry Garden through the lens of 16th Century Japanese screen paintings, by featuring cloud forms made of gold buttons that frame the foliage of the area.

Tamaribuchi received a BA in Journalism from George Washington University, Washington, DC and a BFA in Painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR. Tamaribuchi’s work today is driven by the desire to revel in the early development of her young child and her hand, to understand it and try to feel that raw creativity. She also investigates the children’s art and craft supplies that litter her home. Tamaribuchi’s work in the past has focused on traditional Japanese patterns and motifs to find a connection to her ancestors. She continues to employ this connection with the study of her daughter’s drawings, to link her hands with the hands of her ancestors.


Porchlit is a project by Yonnas Getahun, Campbell Thibo and Omar Willey. Getahum, Thibo and Willey have uploaded recordings of literature, including poetry, prose, and monologue, spoken every day on a porch for an entire year. Porchlit started on the porch of a historic home in Seattle and has expanded to Richard Hugo House, On the Boards, the steps of City Hall and now Seattle Center Poetry Garden. By inviting others to perform readings from historic and meaningful places, they hope to bridge history, community and literature – old and new.

Image: Poetry Garden, 2007. Glacial Red Granite by artist John Hoge

ARTS welcomes Kristi Woo!

Kristi serves as ARTS’ Youth Funding Project Manager and has a passion for cultural preservation, youth empowerment and community advocacy. Kristi is a former Arts Education Manager of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and Education Manager for the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Her innovation in bridge-building amongst schools, families and artists along with advocacy in underserved communities around arts education is well respected. She has worked and volunteered with pluralistic communities in Seattle’s Rainier Valley, Chinatown International District and Central Area neighborhoods for more than 20 years.