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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.

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.

June 2, 2016: The return of “100 under $100”

We’re opening the doors for First Thursday in June, and bringing back the ever-popular “100 under $100” art extravaganza for the third time. One-hundred pieces of very affordable art will hang on our walls, going home with the lucky buyers who snatch them up for a mere $100 or less. Lots of artists, lots of styles. lots of fun.

Also browse the open studios of ’57 Biscayne to see what the artists are up to, chitchat with friends, make new ones, and listen to Victor Janusz sing timeless classics at our piano. victor

Thursday June 2, 6-10 PM and then by appointment through the month of June, as long as supplies last. Curated by Jane Richlovsky and Dara Solliday.

Here is a (somewhat random) sneak peek of the show. Also check the facebook page for additional updates and images.

Photography by Nathan Vass

Nathan Vass

Nia Michaels

Nia Michaels

Kristen Winn

Kristen Winn

Karin Bolstad

Karin Bolstad

Amanda Amsel

Amanda Amsel

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Braden Duncan

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Molly Magai

Mars Flag - Cheri Kopp 2008

Cheri Kopp

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Liz Ewing

Studio Available!

UPDATE: THE STUDIO IS RENTED.

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.

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

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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′.

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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.

“X Marks the Spot” installation opens downstairs

’57 Biscayne and the Good Arts Building are thrilled to welcome guest artist Etta Lilienthal. Her latest site-specific piece will light up the storefront at 702 First Avenue, May 5 through May 31. Check it out on First Thursday or any time this month.

X Marks The Spot is a new storefront installation by Etta Lilienthal housed in The Good Arts Building in Pioneer Square.  A suspended array of lights create a pathway towards a mirrored surface, reflecting the focus of the arts community in Pioneer Square.

Made possible by the Artist Trust Grant Program, The Good Arts Building, Michal Immerwahr and Emily Lange.