How they dust the Capitol Hill Station jets

(Image: Sound Transit)

Since its opening in March 2016, Capitol Hill Station has helped move thousands of people through their lives in the city. Every descent to the platform has left neat freaks a little more freaked out. Jet Kiss, the work by artist Mike Ross that turned A4 fighter jet war machines into sexy pink gloss love machines, often looks like it needs a good dusting. Hopefully it will help you to relax to know Sound Transit has an expert on the case.

Meet “Art Collection Specialist” Tim Marsden:

As the person in charge of more than 100 art installations at bus and train stations and other Sound Transit facilities from Everett to Lakewood, Marsden is the chief caretaker of a collection of museum-quality work by nationally-renowned artists.

His official title is “Art Collection Specialist.” That’s a catchall for everything the Seattle artist juggles to maintain an art collection exposed to the elements, passing trains, buses and thousands of riders every day.

“In a nutshell, I am responsible for the care and maintenance of the public art collection – which to my mind is to identify problems before they become problems,” Marsden said. “I like to get eyeballs on the work and a good method for this is to schedule regular cleanings.”

More on Marsden and the special challenges of keeping Jet Kiss shiny bright here.

Station development update
Meanwhile, you will have the opportunity to see the updated designs for the development projects set to rise around Capitol Hill Station in an open house on June 6th. The projects including four seven-story buildings with a combined 427 market-rate and affordable apartment units, plus more than 59,000 square feet of commercial and community space are lined up for a second and possibly final round of design review this summer — likely in August — following a first review session last December.

The Capitol Hill Champion community group reports that lead developer Gerding Edlen is in the process of interviewing potential anchor tenants for the project. Also, Gerding Edlen and the Capitol Hill Farmer’s Market “have agreed on a tent layout that accommodates approximately 70 stalls for the large weekend market in the plaza and festival street and approximately 30 stalls for the smaller weekday market” in the project’s plaza, the group reports.

Easter Vigil Art Show

The Great Vigil of Easter is the brightest jewel of Christian liturgy traced to early Christian times. It proclaims the universal significance of God’s saving acts in history through four related themes: Light, the Word, Water, and the Feast.

Come to Grace Gallery and view work from fourteen artists who have used themes from the Easter Vigil to inspire their pieces through various mediums. This will be a time to reflect and meditate on the significance of Christ’s resurrection.

Please invite family and friends! Kids are welcome!

Deconstructed – Reconstructed : A Capitol Hill Art Walk Event

Hybrid_Space will be hosting local creator Bradly Gunn’s installation “Deconstructed – Reconstructed” as apart of April’s Capitol Hill Art Walk

Deconstructed – Reconstructed is a series of temporary sculptures assembled from typical building materials, instructional patterns, and construction drawings accompanied by audio samplings of the artist’s conceptual influences.

Lumber, Sewing Patterns, Paint, Colored Florescent Light, Architectural Plans, Clamps, Tie Down Straps, Found Objects and Audio Recordings


Bradly Gunn is a Seattle based artist whose creative practice reinterprets the palimpsestic layers and objects of spatial environments. Improvisational and ambiguous, his creative efforts exhibit the process of thoughtfully curating and uncurating adjacencies of conceptually rich references. His paintings and installations often incorporate found objects or decommissioned spaces: both are characteristically expressive, richly textured, and capitalize on the empowering sense of imagination.

As a co-founder of the Seattle Demo Project, and active member of SOIL, an artist-run gallery, he has received regional design awards for his architectural work, earned his inclusion on competitive artists rosters and successfully completed several small public art projects.


Screenprinting Work Party


Join your community at a screenprinting work party on Sunday, April 2 between 10am and 2pm!
Help artists Claire Jauregui and Marja Huhta print posters of positive resistance in support of three upcoming marches in Seattle. We’ll be printing posters designed by Claire for the Tax March, Black Lives Matter March, and the March for Science. We’ll also have one design and press up for tee-shirt printing.

Bring your own tee-shirt for printing and help us print as many posters as we have paper to print on. You’ll be able to take one or more poster prints with you and the rest will be distributed for the marches on Apr 15th and Apr 22nd.

This event is free and all are welcome. All materials and time are donated. Please bring your good cheer, and if you’re able a snack to share or a cash donation.

For more information about the upcoming marches in Seattle, see:
– Tax March:
– Black Lives Matter – March on Seattle 2.0:
– March for Science:

To learn more about Claire Jauregui and her work, see
To learn more about Marja Huhta and her work, visit

We hope to see you at the Pratt Fine Art Center print studio (yellow building at the corner of 20th and S. Main St), on Sunday, April 2 any time between 10am and 2pm.

CHS Pics | A spring fashion party on E Pike

With pictures and reporting by Lisa Hagen Glynn

March brings flowers to Capitol Hill — and spring fashions. Thursday night, some newly sprouted looks for the season were on display at Visette.

“This store is about women of all shapes and sizes, and anytime you want to be beautiful, you should be able to find a dress,” Visal Sam told CHS Thursday during her spring collection preview party at the E Pike store. Continue reading

Art and Nature: Seedlings and Watercolors

Learn about native seedling development and growth while also taking time to observe the individuality of our native plants by painting them with water colors!  We will cover how native seeds germinate and grow as well as have time to use water colors to catch the fine details of young native plants.  This class includes taking home a native plant seedling at the end of the class as well as any painting you make. Children are welcome, but class content will be geared towards an adult audience. Free, with a suggested $5 donation at the door.

Check out five proposals for painting the I-5 columns between First Hill and downtown

The First Hill Improvement Association has its work cut out for it. Some 4,000 new units of housing are scheduled to be built in the neighborhood over the next few years. In January, we told you about one project to help add some color to the neighborhood with a call for artists to create designs for the forest of columns supporting I-5 between First Hill and downtown. Now you can vote on which design the FHIA should bring to life under I-5:

The First Hill Improvement Association is excited to be able to make changes to the columns underneath Interstate 5 between Cherry and James Streets. We’re grateful to have the help from Urban Artworks to install and paint the selected art design. Before our partners at Urban Artworks are able to paint the selected art design, we need your input! Please review each proposal from 5 local artists and vote on the design you’d like to see underneath the Interstate. The proposals are provided below, as well as a link to vote. Remember, you can only vote once! Get to it!

Check out the designs and vote here by March 8th!

Participating artists are Angelina Villalobos, Baso Fibonacci, Forrest Perrine, Nathan Watkins, and the team of Rose Alyea and Gabriel Stromberg.


“The Range” Vestige Trunk Show & Mya Kerner Visual Installation


Event:  “The Range” Vestige Trunk Show & Mya Kerner Visual Installation

Date/Time:  Thursday, March 9th 6p – 8p 

Location: Glasswing 1525 Melrose Ave Seattle, Wa.


Join us for a trunk show featuring Vancouver based Vestige’s SS17 Collection debut.  Vestige is designed by Aileen Lee and is a women’s clothing label for mindful creatives.  Lee found some of her inspiration for the SS17 collection from Seattle based painter Mya Kerner’s landscape pieces.  Kerner is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is minimal, with a focus on use of space, colors and textures.  

We have the pleasure of welcoming both designer and artist in-store for our event “The Range.”  Mya will be doing a live performance painting from 7p – 8p in store while you enjoy refreshments and Vestige’s collection debut!  Mya’s work will also be available for purchase.  

Visitors say goodbye, for now, to Capitol Hill’s Seattle Asian Art Museum


As Capitol Hill’s Seattle Asian Art Museum welcomes hundreds of visitors this weekend for a last round of free tours before closing its doors to make ready for a multiyear construction project, none will know exactly when the park’s cultural center will reopen and what shape a planned overhaul and expansion to the 84-year-old building will take.

Seattle Asian Art Museum closing weekend open house

As visitors get a last chance to enjoy Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi, or Terratopia: The Chinese Landscape in Painting and Film, and Ai Weiwei: Colored Vases, officials have yet to work out a perspective that moves the project forward. Continue reading