Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Art walk is coming

Calling all Madison Park artists. There will be an Art Walk in the Park in September, and interested artists are invited to participate in what will be a scaled-back follow up to last year’s very successful MadArt exhibition. Last year the focus was on emerging artists from outside the neighborhood, with Madison Park display windows serving as the venue for some really great art. This year the emphasis will be on showcasing the fabulous works of artists who have a direct connection to the Park.

“Over a dozen Madison Park stores are participating,” said Terry Short, president of the Madison Park Business Association, which is sponsoring the event. “We are seeking artists who live or work in the greater Madison Park area that includes Madison Park, Washington Park, Denny-Blaine, Broadmoor, Leschi, Montlake, Madrona and Madison Valley.” Featured art will be displayed both inside the businesses and, at least at some locations, in the shop windows. As with MadArt, selected artists will work with individual shop owners in arranging the display of their art. Unlike last year, however, original works will not be newly created for the spaces in which it will be displayed.

Also, unlike last year, there will be no commissions charged for any sales that occur as a result of the show. An exhibit of artwork by children from local schools will also be a part of the month-long event, which will open with a wine-and-hors d’oeuvres reception on September 7th and will close at the end of the month.
Artists interested in participating may obtain a prospectus by contacting Art Messer, Art Committee Chairman, either by e-mail to artmesser@gmail.com or by phone at 459-6966. There are no entry fees.

On a related note, a group of artists from the Central District have collaborated on what may be that community’s first-ever art walk, called Second Saturday. That’s right, it will be held the second Saturday of each month, beginning June 12th, 12 to 5 pm. Details about participating artists and venues are available here.

[Upper art: Gates of Heaven by Madison Park artist Isa D'Arleans, an upcoming Art Walk participant who was recently profiled in this KING-TV story. Lower art: Struth by Madison Park artist Margo Spellman, another Art Walk participant, who also just happens to by my wife. This is her website.]

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for including me in this Bryan!


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