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“You Are Here, Too” and open house May 3!

First Thursday, May 3, 6-9 PM

In a city in which the ground has literally shifted several times over the past hundred years from seismic activity or, more dramatically, human intervention, and in which it continues to shift through highway projects and rampant development, maps provide a link to its history and a record of the layers underneath.

You Are Here Too, an exhibition of artists’ responses to maps and mapping, opens May 3, 2018, and continues through August 30, here at the Good Arts Building in Pioneer Square. The works will be spread between two galleries within the building: Good Arts Gallery, inside Cherry Street Coffee House at 700 First Avenue, and here at  ’57 Biscayne Artist Studios, directly above it at 110 Cherry Street on both the second and third floors. The opening reception coincides with our first building-wide open house. See the brand-spankin-new studios on the third floor, meet the excellent artists working in them, visit old favorites on the second floor and in the Arcade, and listen to live music in the second floor lobby by the always-fabulous pianist Victor Janusz.

Incorporating images, type, or constructs borrowed from maps, or the maps themselves, the artworks in the show explore the topography of the natural world, political boundaries, the built environment, slavery, motherhood, and other phenomena that leave traces. Artists working in diverse media—paintings, drawings, layered collages, embroidery, digital media, and ceramics—include David Francis, Nia Michaels, Dara Solliday, Joseph Pentheroudakis, Dawn Endean, Savina Mason, Morgan Cahn, Beverly Naidus, Elizabeth Arzani, Ann Marie Schneider, Hadar Iron, Lindsay Peyton, Warren Munzel, Marie Abando, Tara Kraft, and Karey Kessler.

Image above: here, is The Place, Karey Kessler, 2017, watercolor and ink on Korean rice paper, 1’x5′

’57 Biscayne World Takeover (or, “Studios for Rent”)

’57 Biscayne is expanding this spring, taking over the third floor of the Good Arts Building and doubling in size for a total of 26 studios. We are looking for like-minded fine artists, craftspeople, and related creative entrepreneurs to round out our community and help move us into the future.

’57 Biscayne began in 2011 with some artists seeing an opportunity where others saw disaster. We built something new and unique out of “found materials”: the dispersal of one community, and our displacement benefits from a state highway project. Six years later, proprietrix Jane Richlovsky is a part-owner of the building, we’re surrounded by additional creative business owners, and we are re-inventing the role of artists in a changing cityscape: no longer victims but creative cultural mavens who share in its prosperity.

We are looking not just for tenants but for partners and co-creators of this vision. These spaces are still available:

#1: 280 Sq Ft w/window $700/mo.

#8: 195 Sq Ft w/ window $525/mo.

#9: 185 Sq Ft w/ window $500/mo.

#11: 910 Sq Ft w/giant skylight, kitchen $2000 GREAT SHARE, PRINT, or MAKER SPACE

#12: 635 Sq Ft w/giant-er skylight $1400/mo. Includes a separate room w/door and access to plumbing for dark room, etc.

AVAILABLE APRIL 1ST ALL RENTS INCLUDE UTILITIES. ONE-YEAR LEASE PREFERRED. WORK-ONLY, NO LIVE-IN.

Shared common areas include a wide gallery hallway with skylight; break/waiting area; another room with utility sink, kitchen sink, fridge & microwave; and a large, clean restroom. There is also a lobby and wide stairwell that has some big art in it and could get more (see below). Later this spring, a parklet will be installed in front of the building for some shared outdoor space and room for additional art projects.

We put on two coordinated 1st-Thursday open houses per year, with curated gallery shows, a ready-made following, shared publicity, and participation of other arts & retail spaces in the building. There are lots of opportunities to co-curate and organize these, and to use the common gallery and lobby spaces for your own projects at other times. Collaboration is our middle name.

Photographs of individual spaces will be available shortly. The windows are covered at the moment to protect them from drywall dust, so they don’t photograph well in their present state. Please contact Jane to set up an appointment to see them in person.

Coming First Thursday: 100 under $100

Our next open house will feature the ever-popular, fourth annual, 100 under $100 show.

A curated show of one hundred pieces of art, each priced at $100 or less, opens Thursday, September 7 as part of the Pioneer Square Art Walk. The main event will be that evening from 5-9 PM, with a frenzy of collectors and art literally flying off the wall (ok, maybe not literally, but you can take home your purchases that night). The remaining work will stay up through the month, or as long as the art lasts, and open by appointment.

Browse the gallery walls and drop in on the artists’ studios as our unofficial house songster, the talented and adorable Victor Janusz, serenades you on the piano.

Paintings, collages, mixed media creations, photographs, prints, and more, by these artists and undoubtedly more:

Celeste Cooning
Dara Solliday
Elizabeth Arzani
Eric Eschenbach
Etta Lilienthal
Henrietta’s Eye (Libby Bulloff/Stephen Robinson)
Jane Richlovsky
Jeanie Lewis
Jeff Scott
Joseph Pentheroudakis
Kelly Lyles
Keven Furiya
Krisna Schumann
Laura Tempest Zakroff
Lindsay Peyton
Liz Ewings
Mandy Amsel
Marne Cohen Vance
Matthew Potter
Molly Magai
Nathan Vass
Nia Michaels
Rachel Illingworth
Sandy Nelson
Sarah Dillon
Savina Mason
Stephen Robinson
Warren Munzel

 

Neon Dreamer: Interactive Pac-man Pop-up Installation all the way from Prague!

’57 Biscayne and the Good Arts Building welcome Czech artist Edita Pattova, presenting Neon Dreamer, an interactive painting and video installation, on the first stop of its West Coast tour. Neon Dreamer will be up for one night only, Thursday, August 3, from 5-9 PM in the under-construction Good Arts Arcade at 108 Cherry Street.

Inspired by the neon lights of Times Square on a visit to New York, Edita created a grid of nine oil paintings depicting an imaginary American city. On it, she projects an original video game, inspired by Pac-man, which visitors can play singly or competitively, becoming the dreamers chasing their dreams, beer, money, and each other through the neon-lit painted city streets, while dodging the authorities and other hazards.

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.

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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.

Placiness in progress…

Savina Mason installs her magical purple site-specific piece in the former corporate Zen garden, while Jane Richlovsky hangs new lights. Placiness will debut in our unrecognizably-transformed lobby gallery on First Thursday, have extended hours through Art Fair weekend, and run through August 28. Twenty superb Seattle artists represent, reflect, and redefine their city.

Photo by Dara Solliday