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’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.

Pioneer Square Holiday Market in the Park

’57 Biscayne artists will have a table of holiday gifts for sale in Occidental Park on Friday, December 15 from 10-2 PM, along with a bunch of our great Pioneer Square neighbors. The Holiday Market in the Park is organized by the Downtown Seattle Association, and runs concurrent with Holiday Hooky Hour, full of all kinds of neighborhood special deals and a chance to win big prizes if you fill your passport. (A ’57 Biscayne art gift card is in one of the gift baskets!)

Offerings at our booth will include lovely affordable, seasonal jewelry by Arcana Metalwork; “Haunted Hankies” by Henrietta’s Eye; art greeting cards in giftable packages for the snail-mail set; retro cocktail napkins and other hand-printed linens; framed analogue photographs; and weird & wonderful stocking stuffers from RAD AND HUNGRY.

We’ll be next to our new neighbors from the Good Arts Building, Gigs4U, who will have lots of music-related merchandise on offer. Other local vendors include Intrigue Chocolate, Bon Voyage Vintage, Drygoods Design, and Pioneer Pet, just to name a few of our faves (chocolate, pets, clothes…)

Tech Firm Displaced for Artists’ Studios in Pioneer Square

It’s not a joke!

’57 Biscayne is expanding to the third floor of the Good Arts Building, clearing out some museum-quality nineties office decor and replacing it with a dozen more work spaces for artists and related creative endeavors in early 2018.

Watch this space for details, including floor plans, prices, and availability or better yet, join our mailing list to be the first to hear all about it.

Artists have already claimed these former corporate offices: the resident local life drawing group introduces office nudity and other debauchery.

Ever dreamed of making art in a cubicle? Neither did we, but you could.

100 under $100 Closing Soireé

Join us Friday for an after-work cocktail, some hobnobbing, and a chance to pick up some of the last remaining goodies in our 100 under $100 show.

Friday, October  20 — 4:30-7:30 PM

There are paintings, photographs, lovely ink drawings, collages, mixed media constructions and much more. All ready to take home and hang on your wall.

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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

 

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

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.