The West Seattle Art Walk is a volunteer-led program, brought to you by the West Seattle Junction Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), and the West Seattle Arts Council.
Meet the Art Walk Coordinators & Volunteers!
Gena Post is honored to be a new member of the West Seattle Art Council! In fact, she thanks West Seattle for leveraging her passion for art as it did not materialize until moving from Oregon to Washington in 2013. To explore her community, Gena would visit local art shops. She soon realized she wanted to start collecting pieces. Her collection started when she purchased an original painting from Alki Arts in 2017. From there, her collection has expanded from paint-based art, to ceramics, metal, and most recently, glass.
Gena lives within the Pigeon Point community of West Seattle with her husband, two dogs, and one cat. Since moving from Oregon, Gena has earned her doctorate of education from Seattle University. She is currently the Interim Executive Director for Washington Business Week (WBW). WBW is a nonprofit that offers leadership development camps to high school youth. She is hoping as a new member of the West Seattle Art Council, she can utilize her leadership role at WBW to cultivate a passion for art among the youth she serves.
Madlin Deignan is our new social media lead, hailing from the Midwest and having moved to, and fallen in love with, West Seattle over the Covid-19 pandemic. She grew up in a very artistic family, but is personally exploring her creative hobbies more so now, in her adulthood. Currently, she is teaching herself the ukulele and guitar, and enjoys painting and interior design as well. Her love and admiration for the art world led her to volunteer with us at the Art Walk. She also spends her time outside – foraging for mushrooms and berries, swimming in the sound (when the weather permits), or working in the garden. You can find her frequenting Easy St. Records and Vashon Island quite often, and on Sundays, at the Farmer’s Market!
Nancy Standifer is a 30-year resident of West Seattle who is excited to be part of the Art Walk team. She helps amplify our creative art community through writing and photography. Her day gig includes internal communications work and she spends most of her free time outside, with her husband and Corgi, hiking, biking, skiing and, of course, playing pickleball.
Helen Halpern is from Philadelphia originally, and is now enjoying her new home in West Seattle with her husband Steve and dog Nutmeg. She has been a lifelong art lover and traveler and is excited to be a part of the West Seattle Art Walk. She works as an occupational therapist and is always seeking new opportunities to learn and be inspired by art. She enjoys painting, reading, exploring new places and meeting new people, as well as gardening in her new West Seattle backyard.
Bev Hill moved to West Seattle in 2020, at the height of the pandemic, and could only look longingly into storefront and restaurant windows during that time. As a child she lived in Australia, South America, the US Midwest and California. When she was 13 her family settled in Seattle and she has lived in the Northwest ever since. Trained as an industrial designer, and practiced as an architectural lighting designer, she has long been appreciative of the visual arts. She now makes art in her own studio and can finally visit stores and get to know and enjoy the West Seattle community.
Audrey Zemke, our newest neighborhood coordinator, has lived in West Seattle 34 years; most of that in the Morgan Junction. She enjoys the small town feel of West Seattle with its unique businesses and and its proximity to nature. She became a volunteer with the West Seattle Art Walk in 2021. She is a photographer who has shown at local businesses over the year. She enjoys kayaking, reading, jazz, and talking walks in Lincoln Park.
Reeve Washburn, a 25-year resident of West Seattle, is a big fan of the West Seattle Junction Association, and is excited to serve as lead Art Walk coordinator. She loves how Art Walk brings the neighborhood together to experience a wide variety of creative expressions, all while supporting small business and local artists’ work. Reeve brings to the committee her experience in creative project management from a career spent in brand design, and manages the Art Walk website, marketing design and the Artist Library. For her own creative outlet, Reeve is an artist and manages design and marketing for the Northwest Firelight Chorale, her former singing group. She lives in Endolyne with her husband Mark as recent empty-nesters (son in college, daughter in law school) and Portuguese Water Dog Pepper.
(featured image by Amy Stone)