It’s the most magical Art Walk of the year – the December Holiday Art Walk! Spend the evening strolling and exploring West Seattle as you watch for carolers, Santa, special surprises, and lots of gift ideas at all our participating businesses. This Thursday, December 12, 5pm to late (hours vary by location; see below), made even more special by the fifth performance in the Art of Music series. Jazz bassist, singer-songwriter Marina Christopher will be performing at Verity Credit Union, 4505 California SW – see our post for more details.
Our participating artists, businesses, and restaurants invite the community to stop by and join in celebrating our vibrant art scene. See the listing below for all businesses hosting art in December. For restaurant specials, click here.
This post will be updated as we receive more artist details. Check back again. Also be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook as those pages get updated more frequently.
(featured image by Andrea Bijou)
Fall 2019 Walking Map: October 10, November 14, December 12
Congratulations to SIEGE, whose painting “Time Lapse” is featured in our Q4 print materials. His work will be on display – and for sale – at the West Seattle Art Nest in December.
Pick up a hard copy of our printed walking maps at any of our participating Art Walk businesses or click here to view the Google map.
New to Art Walk: Adell Apartments
Artist Exhibit, 5-8pm
4532 42nd Ave SW
Artist Information to Come!
New to Art Walk: Row House
Artist Exhibit, 5-8pm
4203 SW Oregon Street
Artist Information to Come!
Pop-Up Art at the West Seattle “Up House!”, 5-8pm
4526 42nd Ave SW
Artist Info to Come!
Admiral Satellite: Carpe Diem Collective
Holiday Pop-Up!, 6-8pm
3834 California Avenue SW
Join us for a Holiday pop-up shop featuring work by:
Ever the Moon designer (Mariya Jasmine Moore) & Andrea Bijou Art as part of the West Seattle Art Walk.
Presented by: e + a Real Estate Team || Allison Crowston & Erin Elliott ||
This is a perfect opportunity to get one of a kind Christmas gifts, or a something for yourself! This is a free event open to the public. Anyone welcome and kid friendly.
Wine and Appetizers will be served! Street Parking Available.
Learn more about Andrea’s work at her Facebook and Instagram pages and website.
Learn more about Mariya’s work at her Facebook and Instagram pages and website.
Arbor Heights Satellite
Brace Point Pottery & Gallery with Alki Arts
4208 SW 100th St
Brace Point Pottery & Gallery is a showcase not only for the beautiful ceramic art of Loren Lukens, long-time West Seattle artist and resident, but other ceramicists, painters, fiber artists, mixed media, musicians and more!
A Note from Loren: This is my 40th year hosting the annual Holiday Studio Open House and Art Sale featuring my fellow artists and friends in our Gallery and Studio in beautiful downtown Arbor Heights. Please join us for the Art Walk that follows our weekend event.
Featured December Artists, 5-9pm
Lynn Di Nino
Learn more about Brace Point Pottery & Gallery at their Instagram and Facebook pages, and website.
Learn more about Diane Venti, curator, and Alki Arts at her website.
In the Junction:
John L. Scott Real Estate (Art Walk Partner)
4445 California Ave SW
Cynthia Jenkins, 6-9pm
Mixed media artist. Bold, colorful, happy paintings!
Verity Credit Union (Art Walk Partner)
4505 California Ave SW
Sydney Davis, 5-8pm
Sydney Davis is a Pacific Northwest artist who works in a variety of media, including watercolor and acrylic paintings on paper, pastel drawings on paper, paper collages, ceramic sculpture, and printmaking. Her recent colorful paintings and drawings are inspired by nature, and she often paints en plein air to capture the essence and feeling of the places she visits. Landscapes, flowers, and other fauna are her typical muses.
Sydney has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Economics from University of California at Davis, where she studied under a number of the well-known artists, including iconic painter Wayne Thiebaud, ceramic artist Tré Arenz, and printmaker Timothy Berry. She has shown her work in California and Washington, including locally on the West Seattle, Fremont, Ballard, Magnolia, and Phinneywood Art Walks, and at various Washington businesses and juried shows. She also has a ceramic scultpure on permanent display at UC Davis.
About Sydney’s recent work: “Lately I’ve been making a bigger effort to paint and draw when I travel and to paint en plein air when I can. I find that my artistic side is nurtured when I’m relaxed and taking time away from work and other stresses. It has been fun to explore my surroundings with watercolors and chalk pastels as they’re immediate, colorful, and easy to work with. I’m constantly looking for ways to spend more time on art and to find a balance between my career and my art, which makes this quote from Pablo Picasso resonate with me: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Learn more about Sydney’s work at her Facebook page and Instagram page.
Dance with the Shadow / Surrender to the Light, 5-8pm
Join us for a night of art, music, ritual, live painting, and connectedness. As we edge closer to the darkest days of winter and the year 2020, it seems fitting to take a moment to reflect on the past, the shadow, and the light of the soul. What can be released and what inspires gratitude? What can we heal and manifest? How do we enter 2020 with clear vision?
Maggie Sharar : artist statement
My current collection of watercolors illustrates the process of healing. The loss, the surrender, and the integration. Woven throughout the work is ritual and sacred symbology.
In the spirit of connectedness there will be ritual stations around the studio to aid in your personal release/surrender/manifestation. Manifestation coloring decks, magic matchboxes, and painted shirts will be available for purchase.
Learn more about Maggie’s work at her Instagram.
Jules O’keefe will be flowing the music through the room.
Follow on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/julian-okeefe
At 8PM singer songwriter Candice Rose will be providing a live musical performance. Make sure you arrive in time… you won’t want to miss.
Follow on IG: @selfawareatoms. Follow on FB: facebook.com/candicerosemusic
CAPERS 3rd Annual Abstract Invitational, 5pm til Late
O this one is different! Come feast your eyes on the abstract art by an assemblage of fabulous Washington artists…
Flora Carlile-Kovacs, Colleen Monette, Steffanie Lorig, Linda Wallace, PA Mathison
Robert McConaughy returns to the table with Arguite…Seattle’s newest game sensation!
Ritrovo also returns with the taste of Italy…come sample!
AND, if not enough? SANTA!!!
Bring your camera, phone, and friends; wear THOSE SWEATERS! The suggested $20 donation directly benefits the West Seattle Food Bank.
Promises to be an evening different from all the rest; see you at CAPERS!
4529 California Av SW
Come enjoy the compositions of this emerging local artist who works with acrylics on a canvas and wood panels.
Learn more about Iva’s work at her Instagram page.
4537 California Ave SW
Neon Loves A Long Night, Group Show, 5-9pm
Neon loves a long night, where the secrets of dark places are revealed in a rainbow glow. Neon loves rain, where the electrified light spreads like a beautiful oil slick across the street. Winter in Seattle brings both, and with it, time for artists to dig inside and wake our deeper intuitions.
Neon loves the Virago, a powerful womxn who holds both danger and beauty in her craft. Like this, we bring hope in the form of noble gas, charged with intention and illuminating what is already here in our capable hands.
This group show contained works made by artists who bend neon themselves, and consider the practice a vehicle for unfucking the world.
Curator Tania Kupczak (she/her) is a visual artist, craftsperson and practicing witch. With a BA in Biology from Oberlin College and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts, she works professionally as a Production Designer for film. Tania is the recipient of a Jack Straw New Media residency and two Artist Trust GAP awards. Her studio work encompasses film, neon sculpture and drawing in an installation-based practice. She focuses on the relationship of the human body and the forces of nature that push against each other as we move through space / time.
Established in 2013, Virago is a one of kind concept boutique in the Seattle area to champion the work of WOMEN and LGBTQ artists exclusively – featuring original art, unique jewelry collections and handmade gifts for the home and body.
4400 SW Alaska St
Jim Gerlitz, 5-8pm
Jim Gerlitz paints people, places, and things…representational style in oils. Local artist with a studio in the Gatewood area.
4709 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Vanessa Ly-Nguyen, 5-8pm
Because expressions make the best impressions…
Originally a Boston-based architect / artist, I have ventured my way to Seattle to explore what everyone calls the “west coast vibes” in a continuation to indulge in my obsessive passion – illustrating the intriguing puzzles of the mind. Trained with the rigor mindset of one profession yet adapted to the abstract of another has created this fixation of intertwining mechanics and organics as reflected in many of my subject matters; there is always the interest of engaging the rigidity of one element that is typically man-made with the looseness of another that is part of our nature to create a composition where characteristics of both are shared and equalized. With a playful heart in mind, hopefully each piece can compel the viewers to question why?
Learn more about Vanessa’s art at her website.
Northwest Art & Frame
4733 California Ave SW
Check back for December Artist!
ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
4711 California Ave SW
Check back for December Artist!
West Seattle Art Nest
4138 California Ave SW
What is art? I believe it is a critical balance between the intent of the artist and the perception of the viewer. These two – image and interpretation – balance against one another, and create a different experience for each person who views a piece of art. For that reason, I won’t explain what my art is – what it’s supposed to say – that negates interpretation and ruins the viewer’s experience. My work fails if the viewer simply feels nothing.
A native of the Northwest; I was born in Seattle and grew up on Bainbridge Island. I have been involved with both graphic design and printmaking since the ‘80s, and I obtained a BFA from the Cornish College of the Arts in 1991. I’ve been making my living as a professional artist ever since. Unofficially, I like to describe my style as “industrial figurative” because I often use imagery from architecture, typography, and graphs or maps, as well as from nature. The surface is built up as I paint, push, pull, scratch, scrape, and “attack” these layers – occasionally with an industrial belt sander – to build up the images and colors in my paintings. I build all my own frames from recycled cedar and I stretch my own canvases.
As a young man, I was nicknamed “CJ” which got shortened to “Siege,” and the name stuck. It seems appropriate given the way I work; my process can be intense, and I am told my technique of applying and manipulating paint is unorthodox. I work on a distressed paper surface layered over the canvas, and I incorporating text in the composition’s background as well as graphic elements its foreground. The surface is built up as I paint, push, pull, scratch, scrape, and “attack” these layers – occasionally with an industrial belt sander – to build up the images and colors in my paintings. I build all my own frames from recycled cedar and I stretch my own canvases. I seem to have a penchant lately for bridges, birds, and boats. I have also created images of mechanical parts, engines, industrial tools, food, and occasionally the human form. My passion is motorcycle and automobile racing, and some of my work reflects this obsession. I was honored to he asked to provide works to the American Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Cleveland; a show which has been extended from one year to seven. My work graces the collections of eminent linguist David Crystal in Wales, as well as the Adidas corporate headquarters in Oregon.
Learn more about Siege at his Instagram and Facebook pages and website.
Windermere Real Estate Hosted by Kim Tingley & Jacey Frangos
4526 California Ave SW
Artist info to Come!
Click! Design That Fits
4540 California Ave SW
metal + matter – a jewelry invitational, 5-8pm
Featuring the beautiful work of Karen Konzuk, Ann Chikahisa, Adia Mei Jun Bobo, Barbara Magana Perez, Susie Frances Aoki, and Linnea Oliver.
Our third annual Jewelry Invitational “metal + matter” is a celebration of modern jewelry makers and an homage to our roots*. We’ll be presenting the work of 3 new-to-Click! jewelers alongside expanded collections from Click! staples Konzuk, Chikahisa Studio and Rain City Forge.
*Handcrafted jewelry will always be our very first love. You see, before there was Click!, there was Smersh Design Jewelry (SDJ). Frances’s collection of jewelry that began as copper and brass mixed with hardware findings and grew into an award winning selection of silver encased cork, concrete and pearls.
In Greater West Seattle:
Canna West Seattle (Art Walk Partner)
5435 California Ave SW
Culture Shop Art Walk Holiday Sale, 5-8pm
Featuring a variety of local artists including Loni Carey and Chris Kelleher.
Warm up with some complimentary fresh popcorn, beverages and check out our showcase of art! Featuring a variety of art and local artists; Acrylics, resin, 3D, wood, prints, home decor and accessories. In-store sale on select items. Complimentary gift wrapping available.
5910 CALIFORNIA AVE SW
Whitney LaRene, 5-8pm
Whitney LaRene is a drip painter. Drip painting is a technique that involves dripping paint onto a surface from a pallet knife from a distance, letting the paint land where it lands giving the painting a unique texture and boldness. She compliments this technique with either thick playful strokes of colorful acrylic on canvas or with splashes of watercolor on wood surfaces which she then seals with a glossy finish. Most of her work is inspired by the fluid shapes commonly found in nature and her surroundings. Whitney LaRene has been active in the art community in Seattle (selling and participating in art walks) since 2013. She participates in one night pop-up art exhibitions where she demos her drip painting in front of an audience and other art venues in the Seattle area. She won RAW’s Artist of the Year award for visual artist for 2014.
Learn more about Whitney’s work at her Facebook and Instagram pages and her website.
Renee Walden – Edward Jones
6017 California Ave SW
Check back next year for more exhibits!
Office of Rebecca Mitsui (Art Walk Partner)
6021B California Ave SW
Check back next year for more exhibits!
INNER ALCHEMY, TREASURES AND TRANSFORMATION
7354 35TH AVE SW
Susan McAliley, 6-9pm
Angels of the Rays 444
Happy Holidays! You are warmly invited to join Inner Alchemy’s Art Walk and Community Party, where you can enjoy this stunning art and meet the artist herself. There will be complimentary mini sessions with one of our healing specialists, great shoppng at Crystal Alchemy and yummy sips & nibbles.
This month we welcome Susan McAliley who has created “Painting Series: Angels of the Rays 444.” Susan created this art series uniquely for our show this month. These paintings are divinely inspired and they have a strong angelic vibration.
Susan McAliley is a Seattle area working Artist who in 2011 started consciously collaborating with Spirit by illustrating Guide & Angel Portraits – and loves it!
“Angels of the Rays 444”, was chosen as a title because the artwork focuses on the emanation or vibrations of color and light used by angels to assist us, and the numbers 444 are a beautiful symbolic sign that the Angels are with us, reaching out to communicate, and supporting our efforts.
This painting series is a first for Susan and was made with encouragement and intuitive guidance from the Angelic Realm over the last 4-5 months for this December Art Walk display at Inner Alchemy.
Art has been her life’s work. She started in 1980 with a Commercial Art degree, and is very grateful for a 20 year Freelance Artist/Illustrator relationship with American Girl Doll Company, several years of quality pet portrait oil paintings, and currently illustrates for Dululth Trading Company, in addition to Spirit Artwork.
A portfolio of Spirit Guide Sketches will be at the Inner Alchemy display for viewing.
Susan can be contacted through her site: SpiritArtbySusan.com or her Etsy.com shop under the same name.
Learn more about the show at the Facebook Event, and be sure to RSVP on EventBrite.
4316 SW Othello St
“The Building” is an exciting collective of tenants that practice a wide variety of the creative arts, from architecture to fiber art, encaustics to lighting design. Come visit each month for open studios and artist receptions! Thank you to PRDG Architects for hosting each month.
Featured December Artist: Alexis St. John
Alexis St. John has recently moved into a new studio in The Building, an all-artist work space in West Seattle. She paints abstracts, and writes and illustrates children’s books. Alexis will be showing pieces from her latest series and will be painting during art walk.
Andrew Sherbrooke will be playing jazz fusion on electric guitar and looping pedal.
Learn more about Alexis’ work at her Instagram page and website.
Art Walk: Alki Satellite!
Locust Cider & Brewing Co.
2820 Alki Ave SW
Artist Info to come!