Botanical Drawing

7 Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm, September 26-November 14 (no class October 31)

The pencil is an effective tool for producing beautiful botanical works and skill in pencil rendering is also a good basis for ongoing study of botanical art in other media such as watercolor. It is highly recommended that you take Botanical Drawing as a prerequisite to Botanical Watercolor. All levels welcome; intermediate students can take on more advanced plant subjects. A short list of materials for the first class will be provided with your confirmation and a more complete list of supplies will be discussed in the first class.


AMDEF X: The 10 Year Anniversary

Looking for a hot event this Saturday night? Seattle’s most explosive annual fusion of Art, Music, Dance, Entertainment and Fashion returns to Neumos for our 10 Year Anniversary! A mashup of live music, cabaret show, and dance party, you’ll catch some of the hottest performers the Pacific Northwest has to offer, selected from AMDEF’s 10 year history of memorable shows in Capitol Hill. Get your tickets now and come celebrate with us!

Screenprinting Work Party for the Postcard Project

Join us on Aug 20th at Pratt Fine Arts Center to print postcards of positive resistance!

Come out and help print postcards at our third Screenprinting Work Party. We’ve enlisted a group of artists to create postcard designs of positive resistance that address issues including affordable healthcare, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, and climate change.

Contributing artists include:

Colleen Maloney

Claire Jauregui of Orange Twist

Kate Hoffman

Leigh Riibe

Lisa Hasegawa of ilfant press

Kerstin Graudins

Alison Lang of So, There – Clever Handmade Gifts

Mandolin Brassaw of Grapheme

Rickie Wolfe

Jay Rolo

As a participant you will help print hundreds of postcards that will be used to contact local, state, and federal representatives. You’ll take home a set of postcards and we’ll also distribute them at postcard writing events around Puget Sound.

The work party and writing events are donation based and all are welcome. Your donation may be your time, good cheer, a snack to share, cash, or any combination of the four.


Mixed Media Watercolor Painting

Mixed Media Watercolor Painting

 Saturday, August 26, 11am-2:30pm

Attendees will create a 5 x 7 mixed media/watercolor painting with non-toxic and naturally pigmented watercolors, botanical and collage elements, such as leaves, pressed flowers, seeds and paper on Aqua Board.  Aqua board is a unique, textured surface adhered to Masonite and allows layering and removal of color. Each student will take home supplies, including an extra aqua board for another creation! Feel free to bring botanical elements and/or papers.

Instructor Vicki Basta has been an artist for over 20 years. She loves collecting and photographing botanicals, bark, branches, stones, papers and rusted items to create mixed media art, earth art and collage/botanical and jewelry.


Botanical Sketching in Ink and Watercolor

Botanical Sketching in Ink and Watercolor (August)

4 Tuesday Mornings, 10am-12pm, August 15-September 5

Capture the essence of flowers and foliage in this 4-part class with simple quick techniques and portable materials! While using the beautiful perennial beds and borders at the Center for Urban Horticulture as a backdrop you will be guided in an intuitive approach to sketching with pen layering watercolor washes and gathering tips that can be applied to everyday sketching. A simple supply list will be provided. All levels welcome.

Cost: $95

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Lusio. A Night to Awaken

Lusio is back on Aug 12th with FREE, family friendly event featuring 30+ light art installations set into the nature of Volunteer Park, aerial performances by Apex Aerial Arts, a sound showcase by Patchwerks, AND there is even a 21+ event at the Volunteer Park Conservatory with KEXP dj’s Riz and Kid Hops at the same time (Lush Sounds Vol. 3)

As the sun sets on August 12th, Volunteer Park will slowly come to life and “awaken” with light and sound once again.
The evening begins at the amphitheater with an ambient musical showcase and opening ceremonies. This will “awaken” the entire event with beautiful, deep, natural sounds to delight the auditory senses. The rest of the park will slowly come alive in light as the sun sets. Explore Volunteer Park like you’ve never experienced it before.

Wander. Relax. Play. Wonder.

Lusio is meant to be playfully experienced in 2-3 hours and is FREE family-friendly, open to all, and for one night only.
Be prepared to wander and explore the corners of the park to find the art living under trees and in the gardens. Lusio is fully intereactive, family friendly, community driven event so participation is key!
There is no other event like this in Seattle!! Please RSVP and invite everyone you know so they dont miss out on this magical evening.


Lusio. A Night to Awaken

Please join us with all of your friends for another immersive evening of light, sound and play!

As the sun sets on August 12th, Volunteer Park will slowly come to life and “awaken” with light and sound once again.
This year Lusio will feature more than 40 local artists, 30+ light art installations, a live electronic showcase by Patchwerks, aerial performances by Apex Aerial Arts, multiple projection mapping experiences and a whole park lit up with light and love!

Wander. Relax. Play. Wonder.

Lusio is meant to be playfully experienced in 2-3 hours and is FREE family-friendly, open to all, and for one night only.
Be prepared to wander and explore the corners of the park to find the art living under trees and in the gardens. Lusio is fully intereactive, family friendly, community driven event so participation is key!



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.