Storefronts reception with Magical Strings at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue!

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Magical Strings – A Celtic Yuletide

Join Meydenbauer Center and Storefronts for a special reception Monday, December 15, celebrating Paul E McKee, Karen Madsen, and the beloved Bellevue tradition, Magical Strings -A Celtic Yuletide!

Monday,  December 15 from 5:30 – 7pm

Reception:      Meydenbauer Center Level 2 Lobby
Artwork:        On display in the Meydenbauer Center windows facing NE 6th Street
Parking:         Available at Meydenbauer Center 11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue Washington

Paul E McKee, Bellevue

Paul E McKee, Bellevue

View the work of Seattle artist Paul E McKee and Vancouver, WA, artist K. C. Madsen; meet the artists and those responsible for launching Storefronts and bringing this public art program to Bellevue while you snack on mini BLT’s, crostini, macaroons and toasted brioche from Meydenbauer Center’s on-site kitchen.

Karen Madsen, Bellevue

Karen Madsen, Bellevue

Make an evening of it!  The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center presents Magical Strings- A Celtic Yuletide at 7pm. This performance features three generations of musicians and has become a warm tradition at Meydenbauer during the holiday season. This festive family event includes Celtic music, Irish dancing, storytelling and a processional! For tickets to
the performance, follow this link
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Updated Artmap!

Forgive the technical issues on our end – our online map for the South Lake Union program is now updated:!

Please join us tonight for the guided tour of these artists as part of South Lake Union Art WAlk!  Beginning at 6PM, meeting on the corner of Boren Ave N and John Street, and get a sneak peek here!

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Artist Profile: Lisa Nappa

Spokane artist Lisa Nappa is fascinated with water as a subject. She says: “As an artist I am deeply concerned about the politics of water as well as fascinated with its powerful element in our world. As humans, we have a deep connection with water. As an artist, I am aware of water’s ability to incite and inspire us. I am especially interested in acknowledging water’s capability to reflect and refract light, creating patterns in space.”

These large-scale manipulated digital images using water as a subject subtly challenge our vision, our grasp on ephemeral and liquid states, and the magic of a single moment that cannot be held.

Lisa Nappa, Waterlines, South Lake Union

Lisa Nappa, Waterlines, South Lake Union

More information on the artist can be found here:  Lisa Nappa

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Artist Profile: Karrie Hovey

Originally shown as part of Broadside Attractions, Vanquished Terrains at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, in collaboration with poet Elise Ficarra and sound artist Evelyn Ficarra, this ambitious piece was conceived as a response to the extermination of the (human-introduced) Marin white deer at Point Reyes.

Endangered, by Karrie Hovey

Artist Karrie Hovey has created sinuous, evocative deer from needle-felted white wool, with blank eyes and graceful, antlered heads.  Their legs extend and intertwine,rootlike, ending not in hooves, but in a tangle of form in which it is impossible to separate flora from fauna, above ground from below.


white deer gather picking their way through forest litter

bodies alert to hunters’ snaps in the brush

bucks rake antlers against trunks and branches does nudge fawns

in a blink they multiply devouring meadow grass

unhinged by their bleats and bellows

hopped a train from Eurasia crossed oceans to get here

now they are eating the frame from the window nibbling the tips of your sheets

new moon they peer into your dream

hoof prints root in the earth of your flesh

stranded as you are without their alien light…”

– Elise Ficarra

More information on the artist can be found here:  Karrie Hovey


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Artist Profile: Jake Millett

A native Seattleite, Jake Millett introduces Light and Line as part of the December 5 South Lake Union Art Walk.

A painter and illustrator, his crisp and linear paintings are given a foray into the 3-dimensional in his South Lake Union installation.  Mirrored plexiglass, ribbon, tape, and window paint are all employed to create a shifting, confounding landscape that both reflects and ensnares the viewer.


Millett says:

“Windows are a passage between two worlds, the inner and the outer. With reflections and layers of lines, Light and Line plays with these notions, placing the viewer within the window amongst the chaos and movement created by the layers of lines. Mirror makes the depth of the piece uncertain, and it alters as the viewer traverses the work, light pulsates and dances between the layers of lines as ones moves. The viewer is allowed to immerse themselves in the work, a playful and dynamic piece that should be viewed from every angle and in motion. My traditional two-dimensional graphic work moves into the third dimension in this site specific installation, exploring a new world of possibilities.”

More information on the artist can be found here:  Jake Millett


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Just in time for winter – Water, water everywhere in South Lake Union

Shunpike’s Storefronts program returns to South Lake Union with a new series for the dark days of winter. From 3-D abstractions to carousel horses, manipulated photos of water, kinetic birds, and needle-felted white deer, we are proud to present these eight new installations from our roster.

Through March 2, 2015

Cochran SS bbdtl1Kristen Cochran
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To mix, to stir, to dunk, to dye, to drop, to soak, to fold, to slather: these drawings index the residue of simple physical processes set into motion. Folded, gridded paper serves as support for alchemical investigations- a type of proto-scientific play in which dry pigment and dye, iodine and ink and their respective solvents, soak, stain, bleed and bloom into enigmatic, hands-off images that map both body and psyche.

Gavlin - tree - Installation2013Jennifer Gavlin
Into the Woods

Branches appear, not in their natural surroundings, but emerging from the flat, straight background of a manmade structure, an exercise in contrast and texture. Take a detour from the stolid city buildings and into the woods.  Can you see the trees as they grow back behind these flat, plain walls?  “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep…”


Anjali Grant
Birds on a Wire

Birds on a Wire is a kinetic stage-set, an exploded cuckoo clock, a play on inside and outside, on gravity, on the act of looking. The casual observer may see stillness or movement at any given moment, doubt their vision, rub their eyes and look again.

Holt - Lily Belle and StargazerFran Holt
Lily Belle and Stargazer

Lily Belle and Stargazer is from the series of large carousel horse paintings called The Secret Lives of Carousel Horses. Exploring happiness and freedom, leaving the carousel life behind, these figures prance away to discover new and interesting lives. They are light-hearted avatars, created with painterly attention to elements that reinforce a sense of joyous, self-chosen freedom.

HoveyKarrie Hovey

Endangered references the Marin white deer, two Asian species introduced at Point Reyes, CA in the mid-century. Today there are no active breeding populations due to intentional extermination, and the remaining Marin white deer are expected to die out within the next 10 years. Made of needle-felted white wool, these ghostly deer reappear as vanquished figures, bound with limbs twining them together. Corresponding to the phases of time, the states of matter, and the cycles of life, these figures remind us of our inextricable relationships in the world.

WinterBlues - MillettJake Millett
Light and Line

Windows are a passage between two worlds, the inner and the outer. With reflections and layers of lines Light and Line plays with these notions, placing the viewer within the window amid chaos and movement. Dynamic from every angle, with uncertain depth and a vibration of line, this piece changes as you pass, expanding on Millett’s graphic and painted works into a fractured landscape.

Nappa - Water print copyLisa Nappa

Water can be controlled, contained and directed – these manipulated digital images using water as a subject subtly challenge our vision, our grasp on ephemeral and liquid states, the magic of a single moment that cannot be held.

Tanaka000119_489676_918957_1957Michiko Tanaka

Artist and scenic designer Michiko Tanaka’s Underwater installation is influenced by her stint as a stained glass artist working in churches and cathedrals. She uses traditional theatre set painting and lighting techniques to create a simulacrum of a stained glass window influenced by Japanese fables.



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The Storefronts program debuts at Seattle Center!

Shunpike is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership at Seattle Center with the Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Center, and the Office of the Waterfront.

The program debuts October 16 at Seattle Center’s International Fountain Rooms, featuring artist Alexander Keyes and local design team Frankenstein, Inc. Exploring our maritime city through interactive web-based work and installation, both projects offer a meditative view of human activity on and around the sea.

International Fountain Pavilion (west of the International Fountain) (map)
Seattle Center • 7AM – midnight • October 16, 2014 – December 31, 2014

Frankenstein Inc theOctahedron-1024x681Frankenstein, Inc, Octohedron, Seattle Design Festival

Frankenstein Inc.
Local design team Frankenstein Inc. presents Attraction — an interactive video installation exploring the human attraction to life at the water’s edge. This projection of human movement through the city will feature a map of Seattle as reported by visitors to their website, which will go live on October 16, 2014. The dynamic map of reported activity will be rear-projected onto a clear acrylic panel routed with forms inspired by the barnacles, bivalves, and crustaceans that also inhabit these margins.


Alexander Keyes, From the Depths (detail)

Alexander Keyes

From the Depths

From the Depths is a site-specific mixed media and video installation suggesting a fantastical maritime journey seen through the workshop of a restless traveler. The son of a merchant marine, Alexander Keyes seeks to “…(look) to the sea as an infinite space of speculation, revealing my desire to confront the unknown and my daydreams on the possibilities that exist within massiveness.”


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