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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

Calling all arts lovers and medallion-seekers to the Emerald City Search

For those of you who love mysteries, Seattle arts organizations, and winning, get ready – because Emerald City Search is about to begin. Emerald City Search is the 5th annual citywide search for a hidden medallion, and this year’s theme is 40 Years of Bumbershoot (it’s one of the “40 Ways To Celebrate 40 Years of Bumbershoot”).

To commemorate Bumbershoot’s 40th birthday, a grand prize worth $6,000 has been created with participation from such organizations as SIFF, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle Symphony, Jazz Alley, The Triple Door, Neumos, Showbox, City Arts Fest, Vera and STG.

  • Dates: August 25 – September 3
  • How to Participate: During the 10-day search, get daily clues in The Seattle Times and online at,, and on this page. Half the fun of playing is testing theories with other seekers, so be sure to “like” the Emerald City Search on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
  • Grand Prize: 40 Seattle Arts Experiences, valued at $6,000! Check out the complete prize list.

Get ya boogie on, mon!

Be sure to get ya boogie on when Seattle Presents hosts Clinton Fearon and Boogie Brown Band in a free concert at Seattle City Hall, 12 to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 26. 

A key member of the legendary reggae group The Gladiators, Fearon also grooved with Yabby You, Jimmy Riley, Max Romeo, Junior Byles and many others.

In case of rain, the show will move inside the lobby and end at 1 p.m. Summer concerts are supported by Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Summer in the City and Triamp Group.

Art Hazards Project seeks new name, logo

Many art techniques involve the use of chemicals that can pose risks to human health and the environment if mishandled. The objective of the Art Hazards Project, a project of the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, is to protect artists’ health and the natural environment in King County from the risks posed by hazardous chemicals in art supplies.

The project team collaborates with artists, art colleges, cooperatives, museums, galleries and suppliers to help artists and art educators understand risks, reduce potential exposures to chemical hazards, and ensure hazardous art materials are properly recycled or disposed when no longer needed.

This month, the program has kicked off a contest to develop a new name and logo for the Art Hazards Project. The artist who proposes the best new logo and/or new name will win $100 or a gift card to Pratt Fine Arts Center.

Click here to learn more about the contest to rename the Art Hazards Project. Entries must be submitted by midnight on September 10, 2010. There is no limit to the number of submissions that any one person may make.

Celebrate new Squire Park artwork by SuttonBeresCuller, Aug. 21

Celebrate Salon, a new public artwork by artist team SuttonBeresCuller, 10:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 21, at Spruce Park in Seattle’s Squire Park neighborhood. SuttonBeresCuller’s interactive sidewalk artwork invites the public to use chalk to create their own works of art inside a series of frames stamped into concrete.

Salon’s museum-style frames are stained in rich tones and assembled gallery-style in the sidewalk’s surface. The ever-changing, community-created artworks will add to the vibrancy and character of the neighborhood and its park. The artist team will greet guests and answer questions at the dedication, which will be part of the neighborhood’s annual Art in the Park festival.

In 2008, SuttonBeresCuller was commissioned to create the artwork at two sidewalk locations in the city. The first edition of Salon was installed at Morgan Junction Park in West Seattle in 2009.

Salon was funded with Seattle Department of Transportation Emerging Funds, 1% for Art funds and Bridging the Gap transportation levy funds.

Image: Salon, SuttonBeresCuller, 2009, stamped concrete, concrete stain. This first edition of Salon is located at Morgan Junction Park in West Seattle. Photo by the artists.

Salsa heats up City Hall, Aug. 19

The Seattle Presents concert series welcomes Latin Expression, 12 to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 19, outside at City Hall plaza. Bring your dancin’ shoes because a floor is provided and The Seattle Times raves that this band “serves its salsa HOT, HOT, HOT!! Power salsa that gets people dancing.”

Watch a video of Latin Expression.

Summer concerts are supported by Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Summer in the City and Triamp Group.

Learn to engage your audience – Aug. 26/27

The Washington State Arts Commission and The Wallace Foundation invite you to attend an Arts Participation Leadership Initiative learning opportunity August 26-27 at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall. Designed for arts managers, board members, artists and volunteers, the event features a forum and workshops that explore emerging practices in audience engagement.

During Engaging Audiences, researcher Alan Brown and participants will delve into how audiences like to engage with different art forms, plus how arts organizations can respond to the changing expectations and demands of audiences. The forum will be introduced by Daniel Windham of The Wallace Foundation with a discussion led by Sandra Jackson-Dumont of the Seattle Art Museum.

Engaging Audiences happens at the Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall. The event is free, but seating is limited. Register below for detailed information:

Engaging Audiences Forum
Thursday, August 26, 3:30-6:30PM

Engaging Audiences Morning Workshop for performing arts organizations
Friday August 27, 9AM-Noon

Engaging Audiences Afternoon Workshop for visual arts/media/literary and service organizations
Friday August 27, 1:30-4:30PM