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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

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Message from the director: Americans for the Arts 2010 convention

The Office, in partnership with Shunpike, seeks up to 12 artists to develop temporary installations for vacant storefronts in Seattle’s Pioneer Square and Chinatown/International District neighborhoods.

From the quirky pop of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band to urban square dance with The Tallboys, check out  Seattle Presents summer concert series.

We are giving away over a dozen studio tracks and live recordings.

Seattle-based individual artists working in the performing arts have until Tuesday, July 20 to apply for funding through the CityArtist Projects program.

Mayor Mike McGinn recently announced the recipients of the eighth annual 2010 Mayor’s Arts Awards.

The dedication of Marvin Oliver’s A Salish Welcome at the Salmon Bay Natural Area will be 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 17.

An exhibition at City Hall will feature posters and original artwork from the artists who defined Bumbershoot’s look over the past four decades.

In October Arts Crush, a month-long festival, will connect artists and audiences with invigorating new experiences at hundreds of events.

Mayor Mike McGinn recently introduced the Seattle Music Commission.

Head to Seattle Center this month for some free summer fun.

Mayor announces 2010 Mayor’s Arts Award recipients

Mayor Mike McGinn today announced the recipients of the eighth annual 2010 Mayor’s Arts Awards. And it’s a darn impressive bunch!

The Seattle Arts Commission reviewed a record 459 public nominations and recommended six recipients to the mayor. The recipients of the 2010 Mayor’s Arts Award are:

  • Juan Alonso, visual artist
  • Book-It Repertory Theatre
  • Dennis Coleman, artistic director, Seattle Men’s Chorus & Seattle Women’s Chorus
  • Reel Grrls, nonprofit media production organization engaging young women
  • Sergei Tschernisch, president, Cornish College of the Arts
  • Velocity Dance Center

To learn about the recipients, click here.

“The Mayor’s Arts Awards shine a spotlight on the value of art and culture in our community and underscore the arts as vital to our quality of life in Seattle,” said McGinn. “This year’s award recipients represent inspiring accomplishments, reflect the diversity of arts and culture in our city and offer a universal language of understanding through the arts.”

The recipients will be honored at the Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony, noon, Friday, Sept. 3 at Seattle Center’s Northwest Court. The Mayor’s Arts Awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival – celebrating the 40th Festival this year – and are sponsored by City Arts magazine, a free monthly magazine discovering creativity throughout Seattle.

The outdoor ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will feature award presentations and the official opening of Bumbershoot’s Visual Arts Exhibits. The Festival’s Visual Arts Exhibits will open to the public a day early, with a free public preview from noon to 7 p.m. in celebration of the Mayor’s Arts Awards.

Application deadline for events and marketing intern April 19

We’re looking for an events and marketing intern to provide support for various programs during the summer.  Application deadline is Monday, April 19. The internship is paid; applicants must be undergraduate college students and have strong written and verbal communications skills.

Visit our Web site to learn more and apply.

We’re seeking an events and marketing intern

We’re looking for an events and marketing intern to provide support for various programs during the summer months. Projects will include assisting with Seattle Presents, a lunchtime concert series at City Hall; the Mayor’s Arts Awards; monthly visual art exhibitions at City Hall; and other office events and projects. The internship is paid; applicants must be undergraduate college students and have strong written and verbal communications skills. Experience in marketing and/or performing arts event management is a plus.

Application deadline is Monday, April 19. Visit our Web site to learn more and apply.

Office’s March eNews now available online


Check out the March issue of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs eNews here.

In this Issue — March 2010

Seeking nominations for 2010 Mayor’s Arts Awards


Know an individual or an organization making a difference in Seattle through arts and culture? Nominate them for a 2010 Mayor’s Arts Award.

Nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 7. The Seattle Arts Commission will review public nominations and recommend recipients to the mayor for final selection. The awards, which are non-monetary, are presented each year. Recipients will be announced in June.

Mayor Mike McGinn will honor recipients of the 2010 Mayor’s Arts Awards at a public ceremony on the eve of the Labor Day weekend Bumbershoot festival at Seattle Center, noon, Friday, Sept. 3. He will also open the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibits, which will be free and open to the public that day.

“Arts and culture are the soul of our city. They ignite our neighborhoods, engage young minds, offer a common language and boost our economy,” said McGinn. “I look forward to honoring the inspiring accomplishments of artists and cultural organizations making a difference in our community.”

This is the eighth year of the awards, which are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival and media sponsor City Arts magazine. View past recipients here.