Thursday’s Capitol Hill Arts Walk offers 80+ degrees F and events at more than 40 locations-including the “official” Blitz Art Walk venues, the DIY spaces, the pop-up street happenings, and the after-parties. Art is everywhere, it’s hot, and there are more options than time.
Wander as you will, however one long-time Capitol Hill gallery is no longer open: Warren Knapp Gallery has closed doors and moved out of its 10-year home at 1530 Melrose. Knapp says the impending Melrose and Pine development project was a factor in the decision to move out.
But don’t be sad – he is actively looking for a new location. “Fortunately, there are a lot of spaces available right now,” Knapp said. Fans can keep up on the latest news on the gallery’s Facebook page and website.
A few picks for July’s Art Walk include:
- “Wunderkammer” features drawings in themes of a botanical, scientific, and medical nature. True Love Art Gallery, the bearish gallery and tattoo shop, always has a fun opening night party and this month will likely be no exception, thanks to DJ //HOOKER// aka 12hr Notice.
- Vermillion has a “Flash Arcade” video game show featuring playable video game consoles. No word yet on what’s going in, but I’m hoping to see a pinball table which costs less than 75 cents per play. (Love ya Narwhal! Mean it!)
- “Coaster Art Show” at Apocalypse Tattoo promises affordable original art created on beer coasters. From no names to big names, by artists from all over the city and around the world, each piece is $25. Hope they are mounted and hung — I don’t trust myself to not accidentally use one for, you know, a coaster.
- Vignettes is a semi-regular, one-night-only art show held in the living room of a personal apartment in the El Capitan building. Why do you need to know more? You get to party-crash a stranger’s home and mingle with arty smarties and feel all in-the-know and shiz.
- Caffe Vita hosts a photo show by wunderkind rocktographer Chona Kasinger. She’s arm wrestled (and won) band members from The Lonely Forest, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band and the Globes to perform solo acoustic sets starting at 6:30.
- Contribute to a crowd-sourced graffiti art installation at Joe Bar. It’s a little complicated but from what we gather you create graffiti using the provided cards and drawing tools, then artist Ryan Fedderson incorporates it into his installation.
Other picks for the night include prints and posters at Advisory Board, Leanne Grimes at Blindfold Gallery, Derek Erdman and Mike Force at Ghost Gallery, and Ghost Gallery’s after party “Art Oasis” with DJ Pavone at Tommy Gun starting at 8pm.
Check the Blitz Capitol Hill Arts Walk website for the Blitz map and venue list, and the Capitol Hill Arts Walk Facebook page for event invitations to the pop ups and DIYs. Have we missed a show you are looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!
Jeanine Anderson is a CHS contributor, a Blitz! Art Walk founder and helps organize the ongoing Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event.