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“Murky depths” and “bold strokes” at new Juan Alonso show

Visual artist and 2010 Mayor’s Arts Award winner Juan Alonso’s new show received a glowing review this week in the Seattle Times.

Michael Upchurch writes of Alonso’s “Underground No. 1,” “Subterranean #1” and “Subterranean #2,” “The more you look at them, the more there is to see.”

Similarly engaged by Alonso’s “Filigreed Levitation,” which resembles a fleur-de-lis pattern, Upchurch writes that the piece exudes “elegance, flamboyance and a floating sense of mystery.”

Alonso’s latest show has also been reviewed on KUOW and ArtDish, an online forum on Northwest visual art.

The show will be on view until September 5th at the Francine Seders Gallery (6701 Greenwood Ave. N.). The gallery is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 206-782-0355 or visit the gallery online for more information.

Photo by Jennifer Richard

Seattle seeks artist to develop artwork design for new sidewalks

The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), seeks an artist or artist team to develop and fabricate a single artwork design to inlay at 10 to 15 new sidewalk locations throughout Seattle. 

In 2011, SDOT will build up to 15 blocks of new sidewalks in various parts of the city through the Sidewalk Development Program. Staff from our office and SDOT will determine the locations of the artwork inlays. SDOT will install the inlays beginning summer 2011.

The call is open to professional artists residing in Washington state. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, August 16. The selected artist will receive a commission of $30,000 all-inclusive to design and fabricate the artwork.

Go here  for the online application and guidelines.