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A deluge, and some new spaces available this fall

Some time in the wee hours of Sunday, August 25, a water filter in a third-floor darkroom broke a seal and flooded our building, the Good Arts Building, all the way down to the basement. Miraculously, no art was harmed. Several studios were rendered temporarily unusable, but the majority of the damage occurred on the lower floors. (Our downstairs neighbors,  H.Bailey Boutique and Sew Generously Bespoke have reopened, and Bad Bishop Bar will be open soon after extensive repairs to their kitchen.) The artists of ’57 Biscayne have been plugging along with dehumidifiers buzzing, and every day it seems they cut a new hole in a wall or floor to dry things out. The silver lining is that we will get a bit of a decorative refresh once the insurance kicks in and we can replace the walls, carpet, and flooring which were removed.

In the meantime, a few artists are moving on (for unrelated reasons), and we will have some space available in November. Studios 212 and 312 are both interior spaces; 312 has natural light in the form of a gigantic, gorgeous skylight. Each studio has an occupant looking for a studiomate. Both spaces had been in the path of the flood; they are awaiting some restoration work which should be completed by November if not sooner; both available for occupancy November 1.

312 is occupied by a tidy painter who is looking for one studio mate to take the half of the space with the skylight. The entire room is 735 square feet; the share for rent is approximately half, or 367 square feet, for $800/month. The studio has decent heat/AC. If you wanted to install ventilation, the infrastructure is there, but non-toxic or low-tox media are preferred. Contact Anastasia (mailtogres@gmail.com) to see the space and have a chat to see if it’s right for you both.

212 has been occupied by only two tenants since ’57 Biscayne started in 2011. It was in the path of the recent deluge, causing the current tenant to pile his many belongings in a heap, consequently there are no decent photos of it. It’s 405 square feet, and an artist who works in water-based media is looking to share it with another like-minded and low-toxicity person. The share for rent is approximately 200 square feet for $355. The space has a big window facing the hall and high ceilings. A drop ceiling was removed in 2011, so there’s exposed ducting and a sort of industrial vibe. It is awaiting minor restoration and some lighting upgrades; it too will be available November 1.  Contact Clare if you are interested. (clare_e_johnson@yahoo.com)

Note: ’57 Biscayne is dog-friendly in general, but the two people looking to share 212 and 312 require their spaces to be pet-free.

But wait, there’s more! Another space, in its entirety, will be available December 1. The lovely 313 makes an excellent photo studio, but it could also be a fantastic print shop, painting studio, wood shop, or perhaps a share of some sort since it has two rooms plus an L-shaped nook. It’s another skylit studio, plus an interior room with a door and plumbing. It also venting to the outside and a 220-volt plug. And incredibly high ceilings. It is 635 square feet and rents for $1400/month. You can contact the proprietrix directly about this one.

This photo is from last year – the whole thing is painted white.

All rents include utilities. Leases are usually one year with a month-to-month default option after that. The shared common areas include a kitchenette and break areas; modern clean bathrooms; and spacious hallways which are available for tenant use for hanging art, events, installations, etc. We have cooperatively-organized open houses twice a year. Spontaneous collaboration has been known to occur.

The members of this community are both serious about their art and supportive of other artists. We welcome all peoples and genders, and naturally expect anyone who joins us to do likewise.

100 under $100 Closing Party and Industry Night: Wednesday, July 17

All good things must come to an end, so you might as well have a party, right?

Our sixth annual 100 under $100 and the Sweet Suite 300 show will end with a closing party on Wednesday, July 17, from 5-7 PM. This has been our most successful show yet, but there are still lots and lots of tempting goodies on the wall.

We’re having the party on a Wednesday so we can be joined by our arts colleagues and other neighbors who are always busy tending their own stores on First Thursdays, but everyone is welcome! Many of the artists in the show will be there, and several of the studios open as well. Refreshments will be served and affordable art wrapped up on the spot to go!

 

’57 Biscayne featured on Seattle Growth Podcast: Building Community

Last month Seattle Growth Podcast host Jeffrey D. Shulman chatted with ’57 Biscayne proprietrix Jane Richlovsky about how people find and build community in a changing city. There are two interviews in the episode; the first one is about New Tech Northwest, a community-building project of techies, which contains some ideas that people in the arts could benefit from, but if you want to skip to the ’57 Biscayne part, it starts at 33:44.

Jane was a guest on the show a few years ago, too, along with Good Arts partners Ali Ghambari and Greg Smith. They described how they came together from very different perspectives to create the wonder that is the Good Arts Building (and preserve the wonder that is ’57 Biscayne). Jeff had interviewed them separately and used the interview with Greg in one episode about real estate. He was about to scrap the rest, when the 2016 election happened. He felt like he really, really needed a heart-warming story of people setting aside their differences to work together to do good in the world—that’s us!—so he produced a Very Special Episode out of the outtakes.

’57 Biscayne artists Henrietta’s Eye featured on KING 5 Evening Magazine! Yippee!

Studio share for rent

A photographer who occupies a two-room studio on the second floor is looking for another artist to rent one of the rooms. His darkroom is in the inner room; the room for rent is larger and opens to the hall. He needs to walk through it to get to his darkroom, but otherwise that space would be all yours. (This studio has worked out well as a share in the past.)

The total space is 368 square feet. The share for rent is 210 square feet, for $335/month. There are no outside windows, but there’s a window to the hall, and room is well-lit with high-quality track and fluorescent lighting. You can customize the space within reason.

Rent includes utilities; use of common areas including gallery, kitchenette, and utility sinks; and wifi. 24 hour access/no live in. Start date is flexible.

If you are interested, please contact John.

Holiday fun (and cool stuff to buy) at ’57 Biscayne

Looking for unique holiday gifts – a one-of-a-kind present for that special someone or hard-to-shop-for friend?

We’ve got you covered! The artists of ’57 Biscayne will open our doors for the annual Holiday Extravaganza on

Thursday, December 6

5:30-9 PM

Shop local for handmade jewelry, paintings, prints, tintype photos, ornaments, hats and handbags, much of it made on site– like Santa’s elves, only for adults. Two floors of holiday goodies, plus, on the first floor of the building are more art studios, H Bailey vintage menswear boutique, our new neighbor Bad Bishop Bar if you need some holiday cheer after all that shopping.

Visitors can peruse open studios of resident artists, including Peggy Foy, Jeanie Lewis, Eric Eschenbach, Lindsay Peyton, Liz Ewings, Chelsea Bird Hoard, Richard Graham, Hilary Burnett, Elissa Buchalter, Anastasia Agafanova, Sarah Dillon Gilmartin, Sh’Kala Warren, Lin-Lin Mao, Ieva Ansaberga, photographers Libby Bulloff and Stephen Robinson of Henrietta’s Eye, and Mari Nelson and Misbah Rehman of M&M Jewelry Studio.

Guest vendors will also be on site, like haberdasher Kelly Christy, calendars and prints by Julia Y Illustrations, gift wrap and cards by Megan Noller Holt, and jewelers Stenhouse Studio, Tegan Wallace Design, Samantha Slater Studio, La Objeteria Jewelry and Porpe Artifacts.

Many of the artists will also be part of Pioneer Square’s Holiday Hooky Hour on December 14th.

Jewelry from the Symbols collection by Porpe Artifact

Jewelry by Samatha Slater Studio

Gift wrap, cards, and prints by Megan Noller Holt

La Objeteria Jewelry presents feminine and whimsical jewelry designed with a modern industrial-design aesthetic

A second chance at some fabulous (& affordable!) art

A lot of art flew off the walls on First Thursday, but the fifth annual 100 under $100 (plus the Sweet Suite 300) show will be up through the month. There is still a bunch of great work here looking for a home. We’ll be hosting a more intimate affair to give our friends in the arts, and of course our loyal fans, a chance to see the show in a more leisurely setting. With cocktails, naturally.

Wednesday, October 24

5-7 PM

Industry night at ’57 Biscayne

Artists from the studios, artists from the show (and the intersection set of the those two groups), will be on hand to hobnob and perhaps open a studio or two for a peek. When you get tired of the rarefied atmosphere up here on the arty second and third floors, you can descend via the secret stairwell for the grand opening of Bad Bishop Bar, our newest neighbor in the Good Arts Building.

Some happy collectors on opening night

Birds: can’t keep ’em in stock

This beauty by Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario is still available.

As is this watercolor by Julie Kim

Opening night with artists Amy Nikaitani & Michelle Kumata

You can see this tin construction by Nia Michaels on the third floor.

100 under $100 and the Sweet Suite 300: October 4 Open House

Mark your calendars for the fifth—yes 5th!—annual 100 under $100 plus, to celebrate our recent expansion to the formerly corporate third floor, we’re also exhibiting an additional selection of works priced under $300. (On the third floor, Suite 300, get it?) As always, collectors get to take their art goodies off the wall and home that night. We’ll have over a hundred works of art priced to sell, by the artists of ’57 Biscayne and their guests, including drawings, tiny paintings, tintypes, photos, prints; collages of paper, reconstructed tin, fiber, and plenty of surprises by established and newer artists. Plus the debut of three new installations by resident artists Savina Mason and LinLin Mao, two floors of open studios, and live music by our favorite pianist and songster, Victor Janusz.

First Thursday, October 4, 2018

5:30-9 PM

Small private studio with sink

Our gorgeous, light-filled new third floor has just one space still available. All spaces are work-only, 24/7 access; rents include utilities, wifi, and use of shared kitchenette, bathroom, lobby, and display spaces.

Studio 311

A former kitchen, this space has a sink and loads of cupboards. The current kitchen sink could be replaced by something more industrial or specific to your medium. There is no window to the outside, but light filters in through the glass door, and there are lovely, spacious common areas in which to take breaks, including one with a gorgeous skylight. There is working HVAC, and the potential to add more robust ventilation if required. 175 square feet; $400/month

To make an appointment or ask a question, contact jane@janerichlovsky.com

The most adorable studio ever

UPDATE: Adorable goes fast. This space is rented.  To be informed of future openings, please join our mailing list (form on sidebar).

. . . is available September 1!

170-square foot L-shape, with variable ceiling height, operable south-facing windows, a transom for ventilation, fir floors, a combination of track and can lighting, and loads of charm. It was carved out of our lobby shortly after Good Arts bought the building, and it has its own separate entrance and a large window facing the stairwell, which gives it possibilities as a retail space as well as a workspace. It could be great for a jeweler or designer who works small, but the big wall is great for display or for working vertically. $425 monthly rent is inclusive of utilities. Contact Jane to find out more and take a tour.

Windows look onto Cherry Street. Yes, they open.

This is the view as you walk into the space. The tall pitched ceiling above you is the bottom of the staircase.

Cute built-in bench seat looks out the windows. (Could also be made into a desk or work table.)

View of Monkey Puzzle and other fab lobby art. Opportunities to add your own.