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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Philip LaDeau and Serrah Russell showing at Meydenbauer Center!

Shunpike is very pleased to announce Philip LaDeau and Serrah Russell, presenting
two new Storefronts installations at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

February 19, 2015 – June 19, 2015
11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA

Philip LaDeau
In Window // In Vitrine

Philip LaDeau, DoorPhilip LaDeau, Door

Seattle artist Philip LaDeau examines the latent memories of existing architectural spaces primarily through drawing and sculpture. Observing and recording how light inhabits a space, these works can be considered drawings of the inhabited space, evolving with the lighting conditions throughout the day. The artist highlights various facets of the building’s past and current use, revealing overlaps and contingencies in order to create a new experience of the space.

Serrah Russell

Serrah Russell, Rehearsal for Reflection
Serrah Russell, Rehearsal for Reflection

Seattle artist Serrah Russell uses instant film, found imagery and digital photography to created collage and sculptural installations featuring subtle pairings of subject and material.

ESCAPE are two works of sculptural collage created with photographic materials of the Pacific Northwest landscape and textile materials traditionally used for protection against the elements, including mylar heat blankets and blue plastic tarp. The works offer a source of visual transportation for individuals journeying through their daily routines in the city. The works of tactile materials and fragmented imagery of the natural world draw connections between our experience as humans and our relationship with our surroundings, evoking abstracted and fragmented individual memories. ESCAPE continues an ongoing exploration of the artist in the medium of collage as she expands into larger scale and multiple dimensions.

Sponsored by the City of Bellevue and Meydenbauer Center.

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Storefronts 2015 Call for Artists Now LIVE!


Light and Line, by Jake Millet.  (Photo courtesy J Millet.)

Light and Line, by Jake Millet. (Photo courtesy J Millet.)


Storefronts provides temporary no-cost storefront space in greater Seattle for installation of 2-D or 3-D artwork in a locked storefront or display vitrine for a period of up to four months. The display vitrines remain locked and are viewable through the windows for the duration of the installation.

Stipend: $500, with no allocation for travel or materials expenses
Eligibility: Washington State residents over 18 years of age creating original works
Deadline: February 21, 2015

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
  • Flexible, dynamic installations that utilize display windows to their fullest potential and engage with the general public both day and night are preferred.
  • 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

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the scarce availability of retail space, Shunpike is not currently accepting Creative Enterprise proposals (e.g. pop-up ‘shops’ and studios that are open to the public).


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Storefronts reception with Magical Strings at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue!

Photo courtesy Meydenbauer Center

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
or call Brown Paper Tickets at

Sponsored by the City of Bellevue and Meydenbauer Center

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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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