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Happy Birthday to Us!

October 1, 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of our founding.

What started as a tale of eviction, traffic and threats of earthquake has since turned into a stable, successful fixture and cultural icon of the historic arts district.

In 2011, 110 artists were evicted from the 619 Western building, the largest and longest- running artists’ community on the West Coast. The Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT) was paving the way for the State Route 99 tunnel, which would pass underneath the building.

The headlines screamed “artists evicted,” and much ink was spilled on the myth of the starving artist — hapless, helpless, and now, homeless.

Many of the artists themselves, however, had another plan in mind. As required by law, the DOT was to provide relocation benefits to qualifying artist-businesses. Resourcefully, about a dozen of the displaced artists pooled their benefits to build a new community of studios out of a vacant office space a few blocks away at 110 Cherry Street.

The timeline for their move was further accelerated when City of Seattle engineers independently determined the building to be seismically unstable, an immediate threat to life and limb.

Artist Jane Richlovsky took out a master lease on a floor of the historic Scheuerman Building around the corner on Cherry Street, secured permits, and found a contractor. She worked with other artists and the DOT to fund the moving of lights and walls, as well as the installation of work sinks and other amenities.

The artists put the finishing touches on the place, accomplishing the entire task in six weeks and moving in October 1, 2011, the deadline to vacate the old building.

Collaborations have been born within these walls, and our semi-annual open houses are popular destinations for exhibits, music, and affordable art. We have hosted tours of the studios for groups such as Main Street America, Alliance for Pioneer Square, Urban Land Institute, as well as college students from the University of Washington, and high school students bussed in from Mukilteo, Washington and Whitefish, Montana.

Wanting to assure ‘57 Biscayne’s future, as Pioneer Square grew into a restaurant and tech haven, Richlovsky and her partner Steve Coulter teamed up with Cherry Street Coffee House owner Ali Ghambari and developer Greg Smith to purchase the entire building together in 2015.

They formed Good Arts LLC with the mission of offering affordable workspace for artists and other creative small businesses to ensure the continued vitality and character of Pioneer Square and Seattle.

A few years later, when a tech company vacated another floor in the building, Good Arts built out another dozen studios, doubling ‘57 Biscayne’s capacity.

As creative spaces around the city have been lost to development and rising rents, many displaced artists have found their way to ‘57 Biscayne.

For ten years, the studios have been affordable workspace for a variety of artists, including painters, printmakers, analogue and digital photographers, jewelers, ceramicists, public artists, videographers, book designers, clothing designers, architects, a marimba duo and even a boutique video game console manufacturer.

Due to uncertainties around the Delta variant and ever-changing Covid protocols, a planned in-person 10th anniversary celebration has been cancelled.

Instead, we’ve created an online showcase of pictures, writing and videos centered around the work people have made and what their time here has meant to their artistic growth and careers.

This just in: A deal is imminent yet still unofficial that will ensure the existence of ‘57 Biscayne in perpetuity. Stay tuned!

Square Deal: 50 Artists for a Fair Vote

This June 4 marked the first time in seven years that ’57 Biscayne didn’t hold our annual 100 under $100 show. However, we do have something special planned for September 3, which will be another opportunity to collect affordable art AND support voting rights in swing states across the US this fall.

The Movement Voter Project (MVP) raises funds nationwide to support the best and most promising grassroots organizations in key swing states, with a focus on youth and communities of color. MVP vets and supports hundreds of incredible groups that fight voter suppression, get out the vote, swing elections, win on issues, and organize in their communities.

We are holding our own fundraiser for MVP this September, with sneak previews opening online in August. Fifty artists have created a delightful 8″ x 8″ square of gorgeosity, just for this show, which we will hang as a live exhibit and post to an online gallery. If you are one of the first 50 people to donate at least $100 to MVP through a secure dedicated link, you get to choose a piece of art for your collection. The whole event will happen on the interwebs, with a live event pending Safe Start Washington restrictions.

The fun part: you pick the art you like, and you won’t know who the artist is until you claim it. Here is a list of the artists, to whet your appetite:

Aidan Sakakini
Ann Marie Schneider
Barbara Robertson
Chris Crites
Chris Rollins
Clare Johnson
Daniel Carrillo
Dara Solliday
Dawn Endean
Donna Graham
Elijah Pasco
Eric Eschenbach
Erin Shigaki
Esther Ervin
George Abeyta
Grego Ratchko
Henrietta’s Eye
Jane Richlovsky
Jed Dunkerly
Jeff Scott
Jody Joldersma
Johanna Christianson
Juan Alonso Rodriguez
Julie Kim
Kamla Kakaria
Kelly Lyles
Keven Furiya
Krisna Schumann
Lindsay Peyton
LinLin Mao
Liz Ewings
Magda Baker
Marita Dingus
Matthew Potter
MD Jenkins
Michelle Kumata
Misha Zadeh Graham
Molly Magai
Pat DeCaro
Paul Nunn
Ray Monde
Richard Graham
Rickie Wolfe
Romson Bustillo
Savina Mason
Shaun Doll
Siobhan McCloskey
Sue Springer
Suze Woolf
Thomas Schwoerer

Stay tuned for more details and sneak peeks! If you aren’t already on our mailing list, scroll to the bottom of the sidebar to sign up and get first dibs.

Holiday Open House December 5th

Come see our revamped digs, visit long-time resident artists and meet a few new ones, and, of course, make holiday shopping fun and artful, with dozens of guests lining the halls with affordable lovely one-of-a-kind items for the people on your NICE list.

We’ll be here from 5-9, and of course it’s First Thursday, so you can also cruise the neighborhood offerings and even park for free.

Elsewhere in the Good Arts Building, are the opening reception for Ourtopia in the gallery inside Cherry Street Coffee House, and more art and artful menswear at H Bailey Boutique.

Updates on who’s showing and what they’re offering on the facebook event page.

100 under $100 Closing Party and Industry Night: Wednesday, July 17

All good things must come to an end, so you might as well have a party, right?

Our sixth annual 100 under $100 and the Sweet Suite 300 show will end with a closing party on Wednesday, July 17, from 5-7 PM. This has been our most successful show yet, but there are still lots and lots of tempting goodies on the wall.

We’re having the party on a Wednesday so we can be joined by our arts colleagues and other neighbors who are always busy tending their own stores on First Thursdays, but everyone is welcome! Many of the artists in the show will be there, and several of the studios open as well. Refreshments will be served and affordable art wrapped up on the spot to go!

 

100 under $100 and the Sweet Suite 300 opens JUNE 6!

Thursday, June 6th marks the sixth annual show of affordable local art at ’57 Biscayne. Running from 5:30-9:00pm, two floors will be filled the to brim with opportunities to mingle with artists, enjoy refreshments, and take home a beautiful piece of art or two or three.

By supporting local artists, almost anyone can use their purchasing power to help preserve Seattle’s cultural economy.

Offerings include original drawings, small paintings, photographs, lithographs, mixed media constructions, collages, and more. The two floors of ’57 Biscayne studios house 28 artists, some of the most diverse and eclectic in Pioneer Square, so there’s no shortage of unique finds to unearth in this show and in the surrounding open studios. The Good Arts Arcade (downstairs) will have more shows and open studios, too—and you can sneak down the secret stairs to grab a cocktail  at Bad Bishop Bar

Curated by Jane Richlovsky and Dara Solliday, 100 under $100 (what’s left of it) will remain on display through its closing party on Wednesday, July 17th (5-7 PM)

Our youngest artist, whose work always sells out.

….and our oldest, Amy Nikaitani, who will be here in spirit (and whose work also sells out). At last year’s show, with artist Michelle Kumata.

Happy collectors!

Holiday fun (and cool stuff to buy) at ’57 Biscayne

Looking for unique holiday gifts – a one-of-a-kind present for that special someone or hard-to-shop-for friend?

We’ve got you covered! The artists of ’57 Biscayne will open our doors for the annual Holiday Extravaganza on

Thursday, December 6

5:30-9 PM

Shop local for handmade jewelry, paintings, prints, tintype photos, ornaments, hats and handbags, much of it made on site– like Santa’s elves, only for adults. Two floors of holiday goodies, plus, on the first floor of the building are more art studios, H Bailey vintage menswear boutique, our new neighbor Bad Bishop Bar if you need some holiday cheer after all that shopping.

Visitors can peruse open studios of resident artists, including Peggy Foy, Jeanie Lewis, Eric Eschenbach, Lindsay Peyton, Liz Ewings, Chelsea Bird Hoard, Richard Graham, Hilary Burnett, Elissa Buchalter, Anastasia Agafanova, Sarah Dillon Gilmartin, Sh’Kala Warren, Lin-Lin Mao, Ieva Ansaberga, photographers Libby Bulloff and Stephen Robinson of Henrietta’s Eye, and Mari Nelson and Misbah Rehman of M&M Jewelry Studio.

Guest vendors will also be on site, like haberdasher Kelly Christy, calendars and prints by Julia Y Illustrations, gift wrap and cards by Megan Noller Holt, and jewelers Stenhouse Studio, Tegan Wallace Design, Samantha Slater Studio, La Objeteria Jewelry and Porpe Artifacts.

Many of the artists will also be part of Pioneer Square’s Holiday Hooky Hour on December 14th.

Jewelry from the Symbols collection by Porpe Artifact

Jewelry by Samatha Slater Studio

Gift wrap, cards, and prints by Megan Noller Holt

La Objeteria Jewelry presents feminine and whimsical jewelry designed with a modern industrial-design aesthetic

A second chance at some fabulous (& affordable!) art

A lot of art flew off the walls on First Thursday, but the fifth annual 100 under $100 (plus the Sweet Suite 300) show will be up through the month. There is still a bunch of great work here looking for a home. We’ll be hosting a more intimate affair to give our friends in the arts, and of course our loyal fans, a chance to see the show in a more leisurely setting. With cocktails, naturally.

Wednesday, October 24

5-7 PM

Industry night at ’57 Biscayne

Artists from the studios, artists from the show (and the intersection set of the those two groups), will be on hand to hobnob and perhaps open a studio or two for a peek. When you get tired of the rarefied atmosphere up here on the arty second and third floors, you can descend via the secret stairwell for the grand opening of Bad Bishop Bar, our newest neighbor in the Good Arts Building.

Some happy collectors on opening night

Birds: can’t keep ’em in stock

This beauty by Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario is still available.

As is this watercolor by Julie Kim

Opening night with artists Amy Nikaitani & Michelle Kumata

You can see this tin construction by Nia Michaels on the third floor.

100 under $100 and the Sweet Suite 300: October 4 Open House

Mark your calendars for the fifth—yes 5th!—annual 100 under $100 plus, to celebrate our recent expansion to the formerly corporate third floor, we’re also exhibiting an additional selection of works priced under $300. (On the third floor, Suite 300, get it?) As always, collectors get to take their art goodies off the wall and home that night. We’ll have over a hundred works of art priced to sell, by the artists of ’57 Biscayne and their guests, including drawings, tiny paintings, tintypes, photos, prints; collages of paper, reconstructed tin, fiber, and plenty of surprises by established and newer artists. Plus the debut of three new installations by resident artists Savina Mason and LinLin Mao, two floors of open studios, and live music by our favorite pianist and songster, Victor Janusz.

First Thursday, October 4, 2018

5:30-9 PM

“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′

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…)