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The Good Arts Arcade: Creative retail & maker spaces for lease

On the rare occasions a space opens up at ’57 Biscayne, it is filled immediately, and we are always forced to turn away potentially awesome creative neighbors. Such is the demand for the diminishing supply of artists’ work space in Seattle (and most major U.S. cities). When Good Arts LLC formed to buy our building in 2015, it did so with the express purpose of creating new art space wherever and whenever it could. One space was built out of the second floor lobby in 2016, and now four additional spaces are being created in the downstairs storefront at 108 Cherry, which has been largely vacant (and playing host to pop-up art and music events) the past two years.

The Good Arts Arcade will consist of two retail spaces and two artists’ studios which share a street entrance and open onto a shared central gallery.

The Arcade will provide affordable space for the making, exhibiting, and selling of a range of creative goods, and foster a supportive community for the makers and sellers.

Flanked by the new Cherry Street Coffee House to the west, and the entrance to ’57 Biscayne Artist Studios to the east, Good Arts Arcade is perfectly situated for creative collaboration, fabulous combined events, and synergistic marketing opportunities. The location is well situated for foot traffic from the nearby light rail station, ferries, Pioneer Square park, and a planned streetcar stop at First and Cherry. A parklet will be installed on the street in front of the entrance, providing additional outdoor community space and a potential pop-up show venue.

We are seeking creative community builders–artists, gallerists, and human-scale retailers–to work, grow, and collaborate in the Arcade. Floorplan and prices here: GoodArtsArcade

They’ll be flying off the walls!

Don’t miss the return of 100 under $100,  Thursday, September 7 from 5-9 PM.

This is the FOURTH annual iteration of this event, and we keep getting better stuff.

Take home affordable art that very night. There will be 100 original pieces of it gracing our walls that night—but not for long! Start a collection, round out an existing one, fight over stuff, have fun!

Watch this space for preview images and more on the evening’s events.


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.

Studio Available!


We are thrilled to welcome Rad and Hungry to our community this June. Rock on, Hen and Laura!


We are looking to add a new Biscaynito!

Studio 213, which has not been advertised before, due to its propensity to being passed on from artist to artist, is looking for a creative person or persons to do their thing in it. It has two rooms, one of which was outfitted as a darkroom when we first took over the place. The plumbing is still there, and could accommodate a darkroom sink or just a regular utility sink, if your thing involved a lot of water. (Although one of our two communal utility sinks and the kitchen are right next door.)  It’s an interior space, but it has a window to the hallway and another window between the rooms.

The space is approximately 370 square feet and the rent is $600 a month, including all utilities. The studios are 24/7 access and work-only (no live-in). Available June 1, just in time to be part of one of our two annual art walk sensations.


Entering ’57 Biscayne, studio 213 is the first one you encounter.


The first room is a 15′ x 14′ rectangle with one corner cut off. In this view you are looking into the second room…

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… Which is long and skinny, about 8′ x 21′.


The shared entranceway. Studio 213 is the door at far left

Our swanky lobby.

Our swanky lobby.










To make an appointment to view the space, email jane@janerichlovsky.com.

Seattle Sketcher features ’57 Biscayne Artists

It’s been a week of viaduct stories in the Seattle media, including a resurgence of interest in the old 619 Western building, as in, “Say, whatever happened to those artists?”  Bertha the tunneling machine, for whose vibrations we were evacuated from the 619 five years ago, will be burrowing under the old homestead later this month, just a few years behind schedule.

Gabriel Campanario, the famous Seattle Times Sketcher, interviewed and, of course, sketched, Jane and Libby last week and featured our story in his column on Saturday. Perhaps taking Libby’s point that it might be a good idea to go easy on the nostalgia for a particular building and support artists wherever they are, he prominently featured our present digs, the Good Arts Building.

Studio for Rent

UPDATE 4/13/16: This space has been rented. To be in the loop about upcoming opportunities, please join our mailing list.

We are looking to add a fabulously creative Biscaynito to our ranks this spring. Studio 211 is  available May 1; at 220 square feet, with 14-foot ceilings and one lovely exposed brick wall (which you can and may hang stuff on), it’s a bargain: $360 a month includes all your utilities and shared amenities like wifi, a kitchenette, a hallway gallery, a comfy and professional waiting area for your big-time visitors, and nice clean restrooms. There are lots of visibility-inducing events planned for the building this summer, and great neighbors who share information, expertise and marketing duties (and who are also super nice). Contact Jane for more information.

This space has a cute dutch door for an entrance!

This space has a cute dutch door for an entrance!

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The lovely entrance hall, with a view of the yellow kitchen.

'57 Biscayne, Lily Solliday-Cheung, solliday-mason installation

Dog-friendly because dogs love art.

Celebrity sighting at ’57 Biscayne

Yes, the famous bus driver Nathan Vass made an appearance at our humble home. Metro has recently begun a recruitment campaign promoting part-time bus driving as the perfect day job for artists (among others). One day while making my descent into the Pioneer Square bus tunnel,  I was delighted to come upon this gigantic image of photographer & honorary Biscaynito Nathan Vass, whose lovely old-school photographic prints have graced our walls in several shows, including the ever-popular 100 under $100 (due back in June!). Nathan’s encounters with the public-transportation-riding masses of Seattle are vividly documented on his blog.

Here he is taking a break from the madness in Dara Solliday’s studio.


The Good Arts Building

On December 15,  2015, the building housing ’57 Biscayne (historically known as the Scheuerman Building) officially passed into the hands of Good Arts LLC,  a collaboration between four entities: artist Jane Richlovsky of ’57 Biscayne and the second-floor master lease holder of the building; Greg Smith of Urban Visions Real Estate; Steve Coulter, ACT Theatre Technical Director; and Cherry Good Arts LLC, headed by Cherry Street Coffee House founder Ali Ghambari. The group’s name pays homage the “Good Eats” cafeteria that occupied the building a century ago.

It seems every week brings a new story of artists or beloved small businesses being outpriced and displaced out of the popular, thriving neighborhoods they helped create. This unlikely alliance of an artist and developer is writing a different story, staking a claim in a corner of Pioneer Square to preserve and maintain commercial space for artists and arts-related businesses and to promote the cultural and economic vitality of the neighborhood.

Apparently we’re not the only ones hungry for a new story – here is some of the press coverage so far:

Puget Sound Business Journal

City Arts Magazine

The Stranger

Plans for the immediate future of the building include a commercial gallery and adjacent workspaces in one of the currently vacant storefronts, and a pocket craft retail space to be added to the second-floor lobby early next year. In late 2016, construction will begin on Cherry Street Public House in the corner and two adjacent storefronts.

In the longer term, the new owners plan to restore the basement to its historic role as a performance space. The Skid Road Show operated there from 1972 -1982, a jazz club during the 1940s, as well as less reputable enterprises (which the owners do not intend to revive). They will retain the second floor as affordable workspaces for artists and create additional ones as space becomes available elsewhere in the building.

The Good Arts Mission Statement
Given that artists, craftspeople, and creative businesses form the core of the historical identity of Seattle and, more specifically, Pioneer Square, Good Arts LLC endeavors to maintain that identity and promote economic and creative vitality through responsible real estate development.
Our mission is to preserve and expand the presence of the creative class in Pioneer Square by responsibly renovating and operating the historic Scheuermann Building specifically to supply affordable space for creation, promotion, and exhibition of a broad range of artistic endeavors.
We believe that economic development should include the creative class as its beneficiary as well as its catalyst. To that end, we also foster connections between, and promote the interdependent prosperity of, artists and other neighborhood businesses and institutions.

For more information see the Good Arts website.

above: New owners Steve Coulter, Jane Richlovsky, & Greg Smith celebrating the closing of the deal; not pictured is Ali Ghambari, who was visiting family in Tehran and thus unable to order a martini. (photo: Kara Kesler)