Storefronts is Calling for Artists

Photo courtesy Paul Komada

Paul Komada, Going Cascade, South Lake Union

We are looking for artists to participate in the 2016 storefronts season. Storefronts provides temporary, no-cost, street-facing display space in Seattle for installation of 2-D or 3-D artwork. The art work is presented in a locked storefront or display vitrine and is viewed, through windows, for a period of up to four months.

Program Requirements:

  • Works shall be existing or new works created for temporary installation.
  • All visual media are accepted.
  • Content must be G-Rated and suitable for the general public
  • All materials and consumables required for installations are the responsibility of the artist.
    • This includes hanging hardware, temporary walls, tools, ladders, and any other materials that are required to safely and completely install the artwork.
  • Artists are responsible for producing and maintaining high-quality work for the duration of the installation, and will be asked to provide repair on request.
    One application per artist or arts group

The selection panel is seeking high quality, flexible, and dynamic installations that utilize display windows to their fullest potential and engage with the general public both day and night. In support of Shunpike’s commitment to achieving greater Racial Equity across the independent arts sector, submissions from artists of color are particularly encouraged.

Stipend: $500, with no allocation for travel or materials expenses
Eligibility: Washington State residents over 18 years of age creating original works
Deadline: November 16, 2015. Please note that there is no fee for Early-Bird applications submitted by November 12th. From November 13-16 there will be a $25 fee for submissions.

Submit your proposal here!

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Artist Barbara De Pirro presents a new storefronts installation in Bellevue, WA

Shunpike is very pleased to announce that Barbara De Pirro is presenting a new Storefronts installations at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. 

September 1, 2015 – January 11, 2016

11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA

Barbara De Pirro



Barbara De Pirro, Metamorphosis

Artist Statement:

Barbara De Pirro’s observations of nature have triggered a profound admiration for its brilliance and resilience while at the same time a deep concern for its fragility and vulnerability.  She creates biomorphic, mixed media sculptural forms and installations.


With each project she strives to create a sense of wonder and amazement; enticing the viewer to not only look closely at the detail and form, but to turn that vision outwards into the natural world.  In this process of truly ‘seeing’, she hopes to nurture a sense of appreciation, an understanding of that interconnection and encourage a protection of what is most precious.


De Pirro’s artwork has been commissioned and exhibited nationally, is also included in many private and corporate collections.  Her installations have been featured at various Museums, Sculpture Parks, Biennials, Art Centers, Galleries and Public Spaces.  Additionally De Pirro’s artwork has been published in multiple articles, publications and books.

Artist Bio:

Growing up in a family of artists, craftsman, designers, De Pirro’s artistic gift was recognized and nurtured at a very early age.  She was exposed to a range of media, giving her a broad and varied palette in which to pull from.  In tangent with her art, she worked in various design fields for over 20 years, this proved to be invaluable, giving her an insight that would translate into her current art world.

Having lived mostly in urban settings between Los Angeles, Portland, Tacoma and Seattle, De Pirro currently resides in Washington, in a beautiful rural setting, perched on the edge of the Puget Sound, where she lives closely with nature.

De Pirro has received multiple commissions and grants, exhibited her artwork both nationally and internationally and is also included in many private and corporate collections.   Additionally her artwork and techniques have been published in numerous articles, publications and books.

De Pirro’s artwork has been commissioned and exhibited nationally, is also included in many private and corporate collections.  Her installations have been featured at various Museums, Sculpture Parks, Biennials, Art Centers, Galleries and Public Spaces.  Additionally De Pirro’s artwork has been published in multiple articles, publications and books.

Sponsored by the City of Bellevue and Meydenbauer Center.


About Shunpike:

Founded in 2001 and based in Seattle, Shunpike is a non-profit organization that provides independent, Washington-based artists with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.  Shunpike’s fiscal sponsorship services and capacity-building initiatives strengthen the independent arts sector and its Storefronts program activates neighborhoods and streets by matching artists with vacant retail

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FREE Guided Storefronts Tour on October 1


Free SLU Guided Art Walk
October 1 – 6pm
Corner of Mercer and Terry Streets

Join our Storefronts Installation Coordinator Morgan Cahn and the artists for a free guided art walk of the latest Storefronts installations in South Lake Union. Learn more about all 8 Storefronts currently in South Lake Union. The walk kicks off at the corner of Mercer and Terry streets at 6pm sharp. Wear your walking shoes! No need to register. Just show up!

Artists include:
Kari Boeskov
Sarah Fetterman
Savina Mason
Dara Solliday
Elizabeth Arzani
Krisna Schumann
Jenny Hyde
Danielle Foushee
Stephen Rock
Austin Stiegemeier

SLU Artwalk

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Spacefinder Seattle Happy Hour Meetup


Please join the Office of Arts & Culture for a live, in-person, face-to-face, in-real-life, analogue, actual, corporal event designed to introduce artists and artspaces. The Spacefinder Seattle happy hour meet-and-greet is a chance for neighborhood artists and artspaces to meet and interact. It’s a chance to see a quick presentation about how the Spacefinder Seattle online tool works. It’s a chance for our community to come together and talk about space, in a new space. It’s a chance to meet the people on the other side of the art <—> space divide. But mostly it’s a chance to connect with colleagues and friends.

Thursday September 24, 2015
Hing Hay CoWorks
Chinatown/International District
409-B Maynard Ave S., Seattle, WA

Please RSVP here by Thursday, September 24, 2015

Light refreshments will be provided
Beer and wine are a suggested donation of $5, please bring cash

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Eight New Storefronts Installations in South Lake Union

As part of its Storefronts program, Shunpike is proud to present eight Washington State artists in South Lake Union

August 1 – November 9, 2015. 

Exploring subjects as diverse as personal transformation, accessing information, and mapping our city’s ‘in-between’ spaces, the street-level installations will showcase the work of some of our region’s most interesting artists.

ARTISTS (South to North) 

ARTIST: Austin Stiegemeier

WORK ON DISPLAY: Violet is an Anagram of Love It

LOCATION: John St and Boren Ave N

Austin Stiegmeier

“Violet is an Anagram of Love it” began as a storefront installation in Spokane Washington. Stiegemeier used drawings of the shopping carts as an investigation of the homeless populations there. Cardboard, scavenged trash, sharpies and paint pens became the language for discussing those who inhabit these streets. As consumers we are encouraged to define our identities and self-worth through the objects we possess. As a society we take our means of survival for granted. Few of us stop to think about actual human needs, (our own, or others) and the complex and absurd strategy our society has developed to meet those needs.

Austin Stiegemeier grew up in Northern Idaho and was educated in the Northwest. He holds an M.F.A. from Washington State University in 2013. Austin’s works focuses on 

people and their relationship to the modern social environment. As both a painter and printmaker he loves developing layers and uses a wide range of materials from traditional to experimental media including commercial vinyl sticker and scavenged cardboard and trash. He lives in Spokane and teaches printmaking and design at Eastern Washington University. 

ARTIST: Stephen Rock


LOCATION: Thomas Street, west of Boren Ave N 

Stephen Rock“Data Stream” is an installation of digital based imagery, printed on wall covering to fill the wall. The images are influenced by an evolving urban art style that is a virtual mash-up of cultures and conversation, a style of visual dialogue that consumes and re-configures this new language in a hyphenated, abbreviated, multi-lingual world.

Stephen Rock deconstructs the experiences of life and reconfigures the remnants to create work in a variety of mediums. His recent work has included innovative digital works and conceptual large format installations and large and small reclaimed material sculptures. His current work is a developing visual dialogue about the integration of information and the virtual community using digital media and processes. 

ARTIST: Danielle Foushee

WORK ON DISPLAY: Surveying the City

LOCATION: Thomas Street, west of Boren Ave N 

Danielle FousheeDanielle Foushee’s “Surveying the City” will react specifically to its location and surroundings in the city. The goal is that the installation will not only be a pleasing and colorful landmark in itself, but that it will also engage with visitors and invite them to explore highlights of the entire neighborhood around them. Foushee has researched the history of the location and the immediate walkable area. The information and stories learned from locals were developed in a series of maps of the neighborhood.

Foushee maps space, gravity, and time through drawing and installations. While her work isn’t always directly about landscape, it is invariably in response to, it or situated within, it. A skilled hiker/orienteer, she has access to inspirational places that are unavailable to many. In Foushee’s words “History is dug from the earth; it’s heavy and grounded. Water is like taffy, sticky. It stretches and flows, connecting and mapping old and new.” 

ARTISTS: Elizabeth Arzani and Krisna Schumann

WORK ON DISPLAY: Spaces Between Places

LOCATION: Harrison Street, west of Boren Ave N 

Elizabeth ArzaniIn “Spaces Between Places” Elizabeth Arzani and Krisna Schumann have created a collaborative installation that playfully interprets aspects of the city of Seattle. With a collection of shaped panels, cut from the spaces in-between the buildings of the city’s skyline; their compositions are composed of graphite, acrylic, and tin with areas of foil paper and pastel. The puzzle piece like panels function both individually and as a collective set.

For nearly a year, Elizabeth Arzani and Krisna Schumann have worked intensively on a number of projects. The foundation of the collaboration is curiosity: an investigation into artistic sources, materials, and professional growth. Research and experiment play a large role as ideas are compared, images carefully observed, and studies are traded back and forth. Each artist refers to her unique experiences and technical abilities to push the work forward. 

ARTIST: Jenny Hyde

WORK ON DISPLAY: New Ways of Seeing

LOCATION: Harrison Street, west of Boren Ave N 

Jenny HydeIn Hyde’s own words “My current research involves an intensive documentary project of exterior and interior scenes from the American landscape. The subject is photographed in consecutive multiple shots from multiple viewpoints. Using a photomerge application,

a group of photos are combined together to depict a multi-dimensional space. I see myself as an archeologist of sorts, but instead of studying evidence of the past, I examine the clutter of contemporary lives.”

Jenny Hyde, born 1975, is a multi-disciplinary artist from Washington State. Her work explores cultural geography through study of landscape and the body. She works with sound, video, digital print and multi-media installation.She is an active advocate for the arts and takes part in curatorial and community projects in her current city of Spokane WA. 

ARTISTS: Savina Mason and Dara Solliday


LOCATION: Republican Street, west of Boren Ave N 

Savaina Mason and Dara SallidayIn creating “Silver Shoal” Mason and Solliday selected a reprint of the original Encyclopedia Britannica to form the visual mass of the installation. It seemed fitting to use a book which contains the collected knowledge of the 18th century as a stand-in for all books. The yellowing age-spotted paper reminded them of the occupants of countless library stacks. Now encased in beeswax and pigment, the obsolete pages have new purpose. They introduced aluminum roofing nails, the shoal in a sea of pages, as the dissonant element. The conflict, as it were, in a story. Nails are fasteners; they are heavy, and they are dark. Here, they are a light silver, weigh practically nothing, are themselves fastened with twine, and chime with a silvery cadence in the slightest breeze.

Savina Mason works mainly in encaustic. An editor at heart, her work is often focused on finding the bare minimum of elements needed to give an idea visual form. As she constantly experiments, her palette of technique, color, and materials is broad, and changes greatly with each project. Conception of landform, observed and imagined, is a recurring theme in her work.

Dara Solliday uses encaustic paint as a vehicle for mixed media. Her work combines architectural images of land pattern, structure, and urban development into multi-layered views of home and landscape. She reconstructs historic images of land projects in graphite drawing and encaustic mixed media; incorporating 19th century newspapers, 20th century text, nautical maps, and schematic visuals. 

ARTIST: Kari Boeskov

WORK ON DISPLAY: hello, world

LOCATION: Mercer Street, west of Terry Ave N

Kari BoeskovKari Boeskov’s installation “hello, world” is composed of thousands of individual bits of translucent painted paper, bringing the sky to street level. Hovering between object and image, it forms a matrix that fills the entire window space and hangs close to the surface, open to the interplay of light, reflections, and shadows.

Kari Boeskov is an artist based in Seattle. With a background in film, fine arts, and landscape architecture, her work is interdisciplinary in approach, conceptually and materially wide-ranging, and often site-specific. 

ARTIST: Sarah Fetterman


LOCATION: Mercer Street, west of Terry Ave N

Sarah FettermanIn the city of Seattle, surrounded by highly functional tech companies with concrete goals, Fetterman is interested in making a non-functional machine with a purely poetic purpose. Technology enables us to build machines to test for things we couldn’t have imagined, to see what we had never seen before. In her work “Muse Catcher”, Fetterman turns this impressive progress, with humor, to the eternal questions of inspiration from a contemporary scientific standpoint—how to access it, who has acquired inspiration, where can it be found in the body, and how can we test for it.

Fetterman brings the child-like mindset to the present, to the sculpture at hand. She begins with a childhood aesthetic of how to make a sculpture to embody the function she has imagined. The object is left to be found by the viewer—a trail of crumbs to the story and the mindset from which this object sprang. 

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Join us May 7 for a Guided Storefronts Arts Walk!

Want to get some more insight on our newest batch of storefront installations in South Lake Union? Shunpike’s new Program Coordinator, Morgan Cahn will be hosting a FREE guided walking tour of the eight current storefronts installations in the SLU neighborhood.

See works by Aitana de la Jara, Rickie Wolfe, Dakota Gearhart, Katherine Noel, Ellen DiCola, k burnley, Rachel Dorn, Diana Surma, Judd Cohen and Erik Rosenbladt!

No Need to Register! Just show up, May 7th, on the corner of Mercer Street and Terry Avenue @ 6pm.


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Eight new Storefronts for spring in South Lake Union!

Storefronts and Shunpike are proud to present eight new Washington State artists in South Lake Union, exploring subjects including interactive color field “paintings,” musings on the artifice of NASA photography, the geometry of pool, and the weight of shadow.

Through July 20, 2015.
Map to locations throughout South Lake Union, bounded by Boren Ave N and Westlake Avenue N.


Diana Surma, Judd Cohen and Erik Rosenbladt
John St and Boren Ave N

Diana Surma, Judd Cohen and Erik RosenbladtDiana Surma, Judd Cohen and Erik Rosenbladt

ColorBox is a project that challenges the typical relationship between viewer and artwork by inviting interaction between the audience and surrounding environment. The sculpture aims to encourage curiosity and direct, tangible engagement with passerby. It’s essential purpose is to evoke speculation and wonder in regards to the origin of its dynamic, ever changing grid of color.

Diana Leigh Surma is an abstract painter influenced by color theory, pattern and color field painting. Judd Cohen is a sculptor, programmer and game designer. Erik Rosenbladt is a tinkerer, collector and electronics guru. We are a Tacoma-based artist team interested in combining fine art techniques with digital media to produce interactive 3-D installations. Through collaboration, we aim to promote a more widespread integration of arts and technology.

Katherine Noel
Fairy Tale Book Sculptures
Thomas Street, west of Boren Ave N

Katherine Noel

Katherine Noel

Katherine Noel’s work offers tangible, three-dimensional illustrations of classic fairy tales. The images are ones we all know, but don’t often see off the page itself. Through a combination of book art and sculpture, these dioramas take the notion of a pop-up book one step further. The delicately detailed representations carry a weight and movement that brings the stories of childhood beyond the book’s binding.

Noel studied visual art and English at Duke University with a strong interest in sculpture and photography. She now lives in Seattle and designs and installs window displays downtown.

Ellen DiCola
Was Here
Thomas Street, west of Boren Ave N

Ellen DiCola

Ellen DiCola

Ellie DiCola works from the perspective of the unapologetically female, using video, performance, online media, sculpture and experimental poetics. Utilizing highly autobiographical content and overtly feminine tropes, she speaks to broader questions about gender, identity and feminism. Performing secular ritual such as tending to houseplants, preparing/consuming food, and maintaining a diary through video blogging, is a way to explore the overlap of desire and futility, the pull between embodiment and disembodiment. The artist draws from symbolism related to mystic traditions, such as spell-casting, as well as the Catholic trinity and sacrament, to explore the nature of belief and representation. DiCola creates work that aesthetically hovers between sensuous tactility and a broader digital/virtual lens, through which it’s ultimately presented.

Ellie Dicola is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in Seattle. Ellie received an MFA in studio art from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has recently been presented at On The Ground Floor (Los Angeles),Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery, the Henry Art Gallery Test Site, with Present Company in Brooklyn, and in a variety of alternative formats and venues on the west coast. She is a Contributing Writer for Art Nerd City Guides: Art Nerd Seattle.

k burnley
Harrison Street, west of Boren Ave N

k burnley

k burnley

Illusive/Elusive is an installation exploring the fruitless ways we try to frame the past and our relationship with it. Memories naturally distance themselves from us with time: whether they make room for new ones or we merely just get older and start to forget. Some research states that we truly never forget anything, it is always stored away somewhere in our brains and it’s just the process of accessing it that proves to be the problem.

Illusive/Elusive creates a neuron-like web to represent memories and thoughts that overlap to create a complete idea. By adding a “frame” to the installation – one that can only be assumed and never truly seen as whole – the installation becomes a “false” representation of what is there. Elusive is what’s always on the horizon. Elusive is the dream where you never catch the flight. The idea of “illusive” is negative. It’s trickery and deception. It plays on what one thinks is reality. Memories exists as both elusive and illusive.

k burnley is an artist who lives and works in Seattle, WA. Both her photographic and installation work addresses where memory and reality meet and where they diverge – often in a muted color palette. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in Brooklyn and Seattle. She earned her BFA in photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007.

Aitana de la Jara
The 99 Critical Shots in Pool
Harrison Street, west of Boren Ave N

Aitana de la Jara
Aitana de la Jara

The paintings and drawings of The 99 Critical Shots in Pool take as a starting point the marks that pool players make on the pool cloth during practice to recreate over and over again the same ball configuration to perfect a shot. These traces create a record of a struggle that the player has with himself, which are parallel to the way the marks on canvas or paper create a record of how an artist struggles with the materials and ideas of art. In essence, what happens on the pool cloth, and the marks left on it, have become for me a metaphor for a private struggle to break through one’s own personal limitations. The pool cloths in this series depict a struggle between reality and potential.

This work would not have been possible without the generosity of Rich Geiler, a top pool player in the Pacific Northwest, who provided the used pool cloths.

Born in Alicante, Spain, Aitana de la Jara moved to the San Francisco Bay area as a child, studied painting at Yale, and later received an MFA in painting from the University of Washington. After spending a few years of intense painting and isolation in Southern Utah and Italy, thanks to a Fulbright grant, the artist now resides in Seattle.

Rickie Wolfe
Under the Big Tent
Republican Street, west of Boren Ave N.

Rickie Wolfe
Rickie Wolfe

Rickie Wolfe’s multi media work is rooted in an interest in process and the investigation of structure. After forging circles and curvilinear pieces of metal, she looks for compositional interest, line width, and a certain emotional response. The metal skeleton is fully realized when I recognize a balance between buoyancy and weight. For me, the beauty of the shadows is always striking, important, and enjoyable when lighting a show. Taking the step to capture the shadows on paper has been an important shift in my art practice. My Storefront has come at this exciting crossroads as I continue to explore the relationship between my mediums.

Rickie Wolfe lives, works, and teaches in Seattle Washington where she has a studio practice in printmaking, sculpture, and painting. She is represented by Fresh Paint Art in Los Angeles, California and Gallery IMA in Seattle where she will have a solo exhibition in October of this year. Wolfe received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts.

Dakota Gearhart
Imaging Andromeda
Mercer Street, west of Terry Ave N

Dakota Gearhart

Dakota Gearhart

Dakota Gearhart’s photographic sculpture speaks to pictures that will never be taken and sights that will never be seen, especially within the new frontier of space photography. Made from collaged images of the cosmos culled from NASA, the photos are then adhered together and painted over with the artist’s interpretation of the Andromeda Galaxy.

Our scientific images of the cosmos are more or less fake photographs – intensively color corrected, cropped, translated, compressed, and composited by a team of artists and scientists at NASA. This done so that we can interpret information which otherwise would appear blurry, blown out, and static-like to the cones and rods of our human eyes.

In this way, the NASA mission of photographing the cosmos becomes an expression of aesthetic power, not unlike the practices of early landscape photographers in the late nineteenth century. In both cases, when a select group of people create photographs that the public interprets as “real” or “fact” it opens up doors for the misunderstanding of peoples, lands, practices, and now, the vast beyond.  These slippery patterns in image-making are concerning, as they speak to a history of commodifying the foreign through the truth-like quality of a photograph.

Seeking to reconstruct a version of the Andromeda Galaxy, the artist challenges what we assume about the unknown dimensions of outer space as we look at stock images of the cosmos, as well as a way to imagine what is unknowable and un-photographable.

Dakota Gearhart is a multi-media artist working in sculpture, video, light, and installation, questioning systems of human desire and environmental consumption through the lens of fantastical narrative. Dakota has exhibited work both nationally and internationally in venues such as Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; FalseFront Gallery, Portland; Vulpes Vulpes, London; and Taiyuan Normal University Gallery, Shanxi. She is the recipient of the Artist Trust Project Grant, the Jane & David Davis Fellowship, and the Cultural Ambassador Scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Education. Dakota lives and works in Seattle, WA, where she recently graduated with her MFA from the University of Washington.

Rachel Dorn
Kekino Bionica
Mercer Street, west of Terry Ave N

Rachel Dorn

Rachel Dorn

Rachel Dorn creates ceramic sculptures that are a surreal interpretation of the biological world, featuring abstract forms inspired by exotic and local plants, including seed pods, bulbs and flowers, as well as aquatic creatures. In her most recent work, mechanical parts are integrated into the sculptures as prosthetic supports and enhancements for the organic forms both familiar and strange.

Rachel Dorn is am a ceramic sculptor and art instructor based in Yakima, WA, where she teaches clay and studio art classes at Yakima Valley Community College.


About Shunpike:
Founded in 2001 and based in Seattle, Shunpike is a non-profit organization that provides independent, Washington-based artists with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.  Shunpike’s fiscal sponsorship services and capacity-building initiatives strengthen the independent arts sector and its Storefronts program activates neighborhoods and streets by matching artists and pop-up creative enterprises with vacant retail space.
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