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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…)

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.

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.

“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.