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Studio for rent: Available July 1

UPDATE: The studio has been rented. If you are interested in hearing about openings in the future, please sign up for our mailing list.

Available July 1: A  220-square-foot interior space, with 14-foot ceilings, two long clean white walls, and one lovely exposed brick wall (which you can and may hang stuff on). It also has a cute dutch door entrance and is located mere steps from a utility sink.

$370 a month includes utilities, as well as shared amenities like wifi, a kitchenette, a hallway gallery, a comfy and professional waiting area for your big-time visitors, two utility sinks, and nice clean restrooms.

We are looking for a new community member to create alongside other artists, craftspeople, and art-related enterprises in a building that is dedicated to supporting creative enterprises. We organize biannual (at least) shows and open studios, and we share information, expertise, marketing tips, and fun.

If this sounds right for you, please contact Jane to see the space.

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Last chance to see Original Hits by Original Artists

Come see this fun show of fake album covers for made-up bands. The invited artists, all 33-1/3 of them, were quite inspired by the project (repressed fantasies of being a rock star perhaps?) and came up with bands and artwork that run the gamut: funny, naughty, surreal, satirical, political, and just plain weird.

The gallery will be open from 1-6 PM on Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27. It’s at 108 Cherry in the future home of the Good Arts Arcade, a planned mini-retail complex for makers, and of course right in the heart of Pioneer Square.

 

Original Artists, the complete list, together for the first time

Here are the Original Artists who will be fabricating bands and album covers for the upcoming show, Original Hits by Original Artists:

Gabriel Campanario
Amanda James Parker
Jed Dunkerley
Kelly Lyles
Romson Bustillo
Paul E. McKee
Paul D. McKee
Eric Eschenbach
Dara Solliday
Savina Mason
Chris Rollins
Jeff Scott
Sandy Nelson
Jane Richlovsky
Rainer Waldman Adkins
Karin Bolstad
Marne Cohen Vance
Nia Michaels
Liz Ewings
George Abeyta
Paula Wong
Krisna Schumann
Sarah Dillon
Elizabeth Arzani
Henrietta’s Eye
Jeanie Lewis
Morgan Cahn
Nathan Vass
Matthew Potter
Megan Reisinger
Hadar Iron

THAT’S 33-1/3! (or thereabouts)

Original Hits by Original Artists: An Exhibit of TOTALLY FAKE Album Covers

R.I.P. the album cover, sort of. We said our goodbyes to that roomy square-foot of substantial cardstock, with its fantastic artwork — maybe by Warhol or Dali or Mapplethorpe —to name just a few. We also said our goodbyes to the hours of contemplation of the cover-art while the music spun on a nearby turntable, a unique synthesis of the aural with the visual with the tactile — a feast for the soul. Then the album cover was demoted in both size and importance, a mere afterthought of a booklet cover, encased in brittle plastic. Now stripped of its physicality entirely, it’s relegated to the ether where its low-rez pixelated remains live out their diminished existence barely visible on tiny hand-held screens. Until now! With LP sales now at a twenty-eight-year high, the album cover (both genuine and fake) is back!

Original Hits by Original Artists, opening May 4 right downstairs on the first floor of the Good Arts Building, will pay proper homage to the art of the album cover, both past and present—without the album. The exhibit features covers for dozens of fabricated albums cut by bands that exist only in the artists’ imaginations. The show will be on view May 4 – May 31, 2017 at 108 Cherry Street in the Good Arts Building (downstairs from ’57 Biscayne).

A Release Party and reception for the artists will be held First Thursday, May 4, 6:00 -10:00 p.m. followed by the Upstream Music Fest, May 11-13, when there will be actual live (if unrelated) music on site, programmed by Upstream during the run of the festival. One of a handful of free venues in the neighborhood, it will be open from 4-8 PM with music on May 11 and 12; and 1-8 on Saturday the 13th, with music from 4-8. The exhibit will also be open on the last two Fridays and Saturdays in May, from 1-6PM and by appointment.

Original Hits is curated by artist Jane Richlovsky of ’57 Biscayne which, incidentally, was named for a Joni Mitchell song lyric. For this show Richlovsky and fellow artist Dara Solliday invited approximately thirty-three and one third artists to unearth those long-forgotten catch phrases that had once sparked a reply of “That would make a great band name!” and then create a full-size old-school 12-inch LP album cover for this hypothetical hitmaker. Artists include Romson Bustillo, Kelly Lyles, Nia Michaels, Jed Dunkerley, Gabriel Campanario, and Richlovsky, showing fake album covers in paint, collage, repurposed tin, textiles, wood, and who knows what else.

About the venue: The Good Arts Building was purchased by an artist/developer partnership, Good Arts LLC, in 2015, with the mission of promoting the interdependent prosperity of artists and other neighborhood businesses and institutions. ’57 Biscayne Studios are located on its second floor.

“Ghosts of Flesh Avenue” on view downstairs

Guest artist and honorary Biscaynito Amanda James Parker has installed her video homage to peep shows of yore in the storefront beneath ’57 Biscayne studios. More here, at the Good Arts Building website.

Holiday Open Studios December 1st

Thursday, December 1st from 6-9 PM

It’s time for our annual Holiday Open House, when ‘57 Biscayne resident artists open their studios and are joined by fabulous guest vendors, serenaded by the dulcet tunes of pianist Victor Janusz.

Shop local for handmade arty gifts like jewelry, reconstructed tin icons, paintings, prints, cosmopolitan lo-fi office supplies (for that person on your list who has everything), handprinted cards, olde style tintype photos, cocktail party accessories, hats, handbags, lamps handmade from recycled ephemera, and much more. Everything is made on site or darn close (except in the case of the cosmopolitan office supplies, but they’re so cool who cares?).

Downstairs at 108 Cherry Street, Amanda James Parker will be remounting her Lusty Lady video installation, Ghosts of Flesh Avenue, turning unsuspecting passersby into voyeurs. (The original video was shot here in the Good Arts Building, so it’s something of a homecoming.)

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Welcome to our newest Biscaynito!

We’re super-excited to announce that we’ve filled the cute new nook of a studio with the lovely Celeste Cooning, cutter of intricate patterns in Tyvek and much more.  She will be settled in by our next open house, December 1st in time to celebrate the holidays. Welcome to the community, Celeste, and we look forward to future co-inspirations and collaborations!

That the studio had a line-up of fabulous and personable artists ready to take it before it was even built speaks to the utter dearth of affordable cultural space in this town. Good Arts is looking forward to building some additional work & gallery spaces on the street level of the building in the upcoming months. Please join our mailing list to keep abreast of developments. While we’re at it, let’s hear a shout-out to those who are working to create affordable space elsewhere in the city: Sam Farraizaino at Equinox, Timothy Firth at Common Area Maintenance,  and many others, most of them artists themselves.

Studio 214: A work in progress!

In celebration of our fifth year anniverisary, and in keeping with building owner Good Arts’ mission of maximizing creative space, we are adding a new studio to ’57 Biscayne! It’s being carved lovingly out of the second-floor lobby, and will have its own door across from the main ’57 Biscayne entrance, with full access to ’57 Biscayne’s kitchen, bathrooms, and other common areas. And we’re looking for a new creative community member to rent it and join the fun. It will be ready & available to rent November 1st, in plenty of time to be part of our December First Thursday Open House.

The finished space will be a 170-square foot L-shape, with variable ceiling height, operable south-facing windows, a transom for ventilation, newly refinished fir floors, a combination of track and can lighting, and loads of charm. Perfect for a painter, jeweler, or clothing designer, to name just a few. $400 monthly rent is inclusive of utilities. Available November 1. Contact Jane to find out more and take a tour.

View from inside the studio looking at the '57 Biscayne main door. The openings are for a full-light door and transom window.

View from inside the studio looking at the ’57 Biscayne main door. The openings are for a full-light door and transom window.

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

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

Windows look onto Cherry Street. Yes, they open.

Windows look onto Cherry Street.

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

Cute built-in bench seat looks out the windows. It could also be replaced with a desk or work table.

A second set of windows overlook the stairs and bring in some additional light.

A second set of windows overlook the stairs and bring in some additional light.

Placiness featured on KPLU-FM

KPLU’s Monica Spain interviewed Jane Richlovsky and guest artist Gabriel Campanario about ’57 Biscayne’s current exhibit Placiness, the ’57 Biscayne-Good Arts story, whence the title, Seattle as muse, and more. Read or listen to “Art Exhibit Evokes a sense of Placiness” here.

 

Placiness extended through August 28

Placiness, the current exhibit in ’57 Biscayne’s newly refurbished lobby & hallway galleries, will run through August 28th, so if you missed it due to Art Fair FOMO and/or eyeball fatigue, don’t be sad.

For-sure hours: Friday August 12 from 1-6 PM, then the remaining Fridays & Saturdays of August 1-6 PM and also by appointment.

The building is open during regular business hours, but to make sure you get the whole experience (i.e., the whole gallery is accessible and the gallery lights are turned on) it’s best to email first.

Placiness features art inspired by the buildings, history, landscape, and humanscape of Seattle. Paintings, drawings, and photographs directly confronting the cityscape, constructions incorporating materials endemic to the region and more.

Photo by former Biscaynito John Strickland, whose analogue work can be seen in the show.