Monday, May 20, 2013


Project completion to be celebrated Wednesday

It was years in the making, but the final punch list has been completed and the new Stormwater Tank in Washington Park is now both functional and fully landscaped. The public is invited to join in a celebration of the completion of the Madison Valley Stormwater Project at 10 o'clock on Wednesday morning.  City of Seattle officials, including Councilmember Jean Godden, will be on hand for a ribbon-cutting event sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities.  Following that, attendees are invited to take a "self-guided" tour of the new facilities in Washington Park.  Those interested in the art of the project can find more detail here.

Seward Park Clay Studio Spring Sale set for June

Ceramic art will be on display and on sale June 7-9 at the studio, located at 5900 Lake Washington Boulevard S.  There will be an opening night reception, Friday, June 1, at 6:30 pm, with the sale continuing on Saturday (10 am until 8 pm) and Sunday (10 am until 6 pm).  Proceeds will benefit Seward Park Studio's non-profit arts programming. Madison Park artist, Art Pasette (whose piece is shown above) will be among the artists displaying their works.  More information on the clay studio is available here.

R.H. Thompson Expressway brouhaha remembered

On Thursday, May 23, activist Franklin Butler will be giving a talk on the 40-year-old-story of protest against a planned freeway that would have run through Montlake and the Arboretum if it had not been stopped by a truly grassroots uprising.  Those old enough to remember the controversy understand why those "Ramps to Nowhere" exist (one of them shown above) and why they are connected to nothing.  Those who don't know and those who care to revisit the past are invited to attend Butler's lecture, "Activism and Advocacy in the Arboretum," at 7 pm in the Graham Visitors Center in the Washington Park Arboretum.  To reserve a space, RSVP to Rhonda Bush (206-941-2550).  Space is limited.  Details are available here.

[Photo of the new Stormwater tank near the Washington Park playfield (29th Avenue E. and E. Madison Street, featuring the art of Adam Kuby, courtesy of SPU. Photo of ceramic art courtesy of the Seward Park Art Studio.  Photo of the Ramp to Nowhere by Rhonda Bush, courtesy of the Arboretum Foundation.]

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