Shunpike is proud to present the work of eight Washington State artists in South Lake Union

Shunpike is proud to present the work of eight  Washington State artists in South Lake Union as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program. Exploring subjects such as the stormy vortexes in life, kinetic wonder, memory, and scale. These works are now on display until July 10, 2016.


ARTIST: Lauren Boillini

WORK: Love and War

LOCATION: Mercer East

StickyFingers1 copyLauren Boillini’s studio practice has consistently been large scale, mural-sized oil paintings, though she often works directly on the wall exploring painting as installation. The dimension of her work relates to the size of the human body and the potential for painting to physically overwhelm the viewer. She works directly on the wall as she experiments closely with the architecture, making paintings that engage floor to ceiling.


ARTIST: Claire Brandt

WORK: Fins

LOCATION: Harrison West

Brandt FinII_Brandt_2011_300dpi_8ingrew up on Puget Sound and has always loved Orcas. They are a mysterious unknown that she has been aware of her whole life. This work is life-sized in order to make a physical relationship between viewer and animals, what does it feel like to be next to this body? Orcas posses multiple currents of meaning: their literal being, their very bigness and physical power; their otherness and intelligence versus their long and fraught history with humans; as well as their place in human imagination. This work is about power, and about the relationship to the other. Brandt is represented by the Bryan Ohno Gallery.


ARTIST: Laura Castellanos

WORK: Cake and Ashes

LOCATION: Republican

bigheadshot“Cake and Ashes” is a series of stuffed sculptures, created from hand-me-downs such as used pillow cases, bed sheets and second hand clothing. Castellanos finds that conjuring with cast off and discarded materials serves my cultural upbringing where resourcefulness was part of my early childhood experience. This approach along with practicing a kind of “kinetic thinking” allows her work to evolve according to its own logic. In this way, she can anticipate unfamiliar characters to take form, nurture them along and then hopefully, find each one emerging with its own unique sense of wonder.



ARTIST: Aaliyah Gupta

WORK: Flight

LOCATION:Thomas West

Gupta, from here to there

Movement has been a recurring theme in Gupta’s work over the last few years. Most recently she has been intrigued by swarms, the movement of huge numbers of birds, insects and other creatures that move through space in coordinated yet unpredictable ways. Watching murmurations of starlings move through the air, dipping and weaving, swooping and rising up, as if they shared a collective brain made her wonder how they achieved this uniformity of movement.

Swarm research shows that some rules allow for this collective decision making – attraction, repulsion and alignment – and that these simple rules can produce complex behaviors. In large groups, individuals look at what their neighbors are doing and follow their leads, and have to balance staying with the group as well as moving in a desired direction. Researchers have found that just a few leaders are need to guide a swarm effectively. No special signals are sent out, rather their movement biases the movement of the individuals that make up the swarm.

We see mass migrations in nature on a daily basis, as birds, insects, and other creatures travel long distances seeking food, warmth and mating grounds. These days, human migration is making headlines every day as large numbers of displace people are traveling huge distances at great risk, seeking shelter and safety from war, violence and oppression.

ARTIST: Naoko Morisawa

WORK: Evergreen Harvest/Green roots

LOCATION: Mercer West

A garden hose is an everyday tool, but every time water runs inside it, the hose is active and seems to live for me. Morsiawa wanted to convey this sense of the material’s alive-ness to the audience, and decided that an object made of hose tube looks having the life and this unique work should serve the purpose. Seattle based artist is known for her award-winning work in wood mosaic. Her artworks, made from thousands of very small slices of natural and oil-stained wood, explore imaginary of everyday natural and manufactured items, such as wave, waterfall, or shoes and abstraction. Morisawa currently developing a body of experimental work using other materials such as cardboard and garden hose.


ARTISTS: P. Calavara

WORK: (a crowd of) Bopes, 2016

LOCATION: John Street

JB_1This piece features a style of artwork and personage that the artists refer to as “The Bopes.” The Bopes are the Calavara twins’ (current) preferred method for commenting on the absurdities of modern life, which sounds really passé, but is still better than just saying that they like drawing silly cartoon characters drinking coffee. The Bopes have featured on coffee mugs, shirts, installations, and the Random Excuse Generator at


ARTIST: Dulcinea Rattet

WORK: Colorscapes

LOCATION: Harrison East

Colorscape IXWhether she is trying to capture a dream or embody an idea, Dulcinea Rattet’s Colorscapes are a way of releasing her thoughts while simultaneously indulging in her lust for color. Sometimes her brushstrokes are methodical and cautious; other times they are visceral and uninhibited. This process is energizing; it allows the physical movements of the body to hold equal importance to the paintings. Rattet’s mental space is often difficult to translate in words but easier to depict in color – these paintings transform that mental space into a physical space that can be shared with the viewer.


ARTIST: Caroline Rousseau

WORK: The Butterfly Project

LOCATION: Thomas East

image6“The Butterfly Project” is a small, fun presentation and preservation that captures the idea of beauty in nature and celebrated memories at the same time. These small works remind Rousseau of summer days and the delicate beauty of butterflies darting about – fragile and beautiful, like memories of celebrations she doesn’t want to ever forget. The idea of that movement reveals an inherent grace and awkwardness at the same time, a lightness and love for our own vulnerabilities and past shared memories.



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Shunpike Presents Two New Storefront Installations in Bellevue, WA

Two new Storefront installations – Piling/Peek by Amy Hamblin, andFukushima Mon Amour, by Aria Riding – will be on view at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA, from February 4, 2016 to July 2016. Presented byShunpike as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program, the installations have been sponsored by the City of Bellevue and Meydenbauer Center.

Amy Hamblin is a studio artist living and working in Seattle. Her artwork has been shown in Japan and nationally at venues that include: Vrej Baghoomian Gallery in NYC, Seattle Art Museum’s “Party in the Park”, Mirabella Foundation in Seattle, Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, and The Rymer Gallery in Nashville TN. Amy was accepted into the Emerging Artist Public Art Roster in 2013. Amy received her MFA from the University of WA in 1988, and her MFA from the MA College of Art, Boston MA, in 1986. A career in Arts Administration, most recently as Art Program Director at the Univ. of WA Medical Center, helped to inform her interest in scientific imagery. Amy was in the founding group of Emerging Artists-In-Residence at The Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood WA, in 1990.

Photo: Michael B Main

Photo: Michael B Main

Amy’s work, Piling/Peek, utilizes mixed media including: woven metal wire, scissor-cut rubber playground balls, and vintage dress patterns, to explore a surreal and dreamlike vision of what lies beneath the surface, and what pops up through the surface. The sculptural elements carve form and mass out of hollow translucence and detail, and combine to create tableaux that feel ethereal and illusory. Imagery for these installations draw on studies of science and organic nature, the surrealist art movement. In describing her work, Hamblin says “I utilize and manipulate very diverse materials and processes into often unexpected directions and extremes.”

Aria Riding never goes out and is never seen, but her emissaries run Psychomachia Theater (Seattle) and the art/performance group Lost Dance Project: website: Lost Dance Project has performed, taught, exhibited work and been hosted by companies in America, the UK, Japan, Scotland, Europe and Russia. Aria was awarded the Mary McCarthy Prize for fiction (Bard) and her works (art, stories, poems) have recently been accepted by Atticus Books, Gargoyle Magazine, The Adirondack Review, tNYpress, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Red Fez, The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society, A Glimpse Of (in Greek and English), HIV Here & Now Project, Apocrypha and Abstractions. She has just finished a manuscript entitled The Exhibitionists—a series of interconnected triggers, or stories of the unspeakable present: stories that examine the things we suppress, and continue to do while denying that we do them. “Every sentence in The Exhibitionists is beautiful and artfully crafted and stands alone … essential, as one expects from good poetry, but rarely ever finds in fiction.” John Biguenet, winner of an O. Henry Award and author of The Virgin Suicides, The Torturer’s Apprentice.

Photo: Michael B. Maine

Photo: Michael B. Maine

Describing Fukushima Mon Amour, Rising says: “These flowers grew out of the bodies of my family who died in a natural disaster. My family had to give their lives for the fragrance and bloom of these beautiful flowers.” We live in a time of memorial, even for the future. For the things we have been conscripted into, we already have to pay our respects to future generations: these works are fossils of existence abstracted: almost-formed plants, animals, and furniture.
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Join us Feb 16 for a Storefronts Art Walk in South Lake Union

Artist: Chuck Santon Photo: Michael B. Maine

Artist: Chuck Santon
Photo: Michael B. Maine

Join us for a FREE SLU Arts Tour of this cycle of Storefronts. This is a great chance to meet the artists and see their work! We will meet on Feb 16 at the corner of Mercer and Terry at 6pm. No need to register. Just show up!

Artists include:
Julius Brown
Chuck Santon
Kate Jessup
Satpreet Kohlon
Elise Koncsek
Sylwia Tur
Jarvi Kokonen
Maximo DiDuro

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Eight new artists on display in South Lake Union

Shunpike is proud to present the work of eight Washington State artists in South Lake Union as part of its acclaimed Storefronts program. Exploring subjects such as duality, what sits at the heart of a neighborhood, grassroots portraiture, and abstraction, these works are now on display until March 13, 2016.

Mise en Scene – Maximo DiDuro


Mise en Scene – Maximo DiDuro

The concept for this series by DiDuro is to use repurposed visuals, recycled pieces, and found objects to contrast with the newer location of the viewing space; creating a collage that evokes new life through the use of old materials. The theme of duality – focusing on positive and negative, light and dark, color and absence of color – is apparent, allowing the viewer to get a variety of different meanings from the series.

LOCATION: John Street (Corner of Boren Ave N)


Drawing Colors From The Shifting Tide – Jarvi Kononen


Drawing Colors From The Shifting Tide – Jarvi Kononen

This site-specific sculptural installation, mainly comprises cut paper, string and other basic materials to create a vibrantly colorful and abstract construction with line and shape informed by the elemental forces of the local landscape. The work addresses and contrasts the hard geometry of the cityscape with the organic and geologic forms of the larger landscape.

LOCATION: Thomas St (Between Boren Ave N and Terry Ave N)

Arsenal – Sylwia Tur

Arsenal, Sylwia Tur

Arsenal – Sylwia Tur

The “Arsenal” is composed of groupings of porcelain shapes, presented in a shelving system forming a grid. Each shelf box contains one type of shape, similar to how products are displayed in a store, especially a clothing store, where often clothes are neatly folded by type and color in stacking modular cubes. The artwork suggests an arsenal of shapes, a repertoire of possibilities, a language of objects. It evokes an image of a very unusual store display or a laboratory, full of neatly organized tools displayed on shelving grids.

Thomas St (Between Boren Ave N and Terry Ave N)

As We Are – Satpreet Kahlon


As We Are – Satpreet Kahlon

“In a time when we document everything on social media, it may seem unnecessary to document more than we currently do in our daily lives, but often times, through the process of self-curation, we get lost in what we feel our lives should be rather than what they are” writes Satpreet Kahlon.  Separately, all of the elements of Kahlon’s installation represent a small section of what sits at the heart of the neighborhood, but combined in a large, public space, the elements create a textured, nuanced, and grassroots portrait of the vibrant community that exists within South Lake Union at this moment in time.

LOCATION: Harrison St (Between Boren Ave N and Terry Ave N)

Our City  – Elise Koncsek

Our City - Elise Koncsek

Our City – Elise Koncsek

According to Koncsek, the intention of Our City is “to remind people that we are not confined within our city, but rather that our city is a vast forest of unique structures offering the potential for exciting exploration. These walls are not our boundaries, they are twists and turns in our path to adventure.” Our City comprises a series of human-like abstract wooden figures climbing and dancing through a model city made of wood and other local found and salvaged natural materials, to create a whimsical model cityscape.

LOCATION: Harrison St (Between Boren Ave N and Terry Ave N)

Exit, Muse – Kate Jessup with Terry Podgorski

Exit, Muse - Kate Jessup with Terry Podgorski

Exit, Muse – Kate Jessup with Terry Podgorski

This installation is the culmination of many points of interest in Kate Jessup’s art practice; a literal and conceptual mosaic of mosaics. Of the piece, Jessup says “In the same way that a novel is an arrangement of chapters or a city is a collection of communities, this piece weaves together many small stories with the intention of building a dynamic whole. Both as individual works and in the way they have coalesced, these mosaics are seeped in themes that never seem far from my work. Of particular interest to me is the network of binaries and balances that construct our world. Notions of love vs. fear, life vs. death, togetherness vs. aloneness, the organic vs. the constructed, entanglement vs. freedom, are all present here. The vortex arrangement arose almost of its own accord; a life cycle built of many experiences, constantly in motion and without beginning or end.”

LOCATION: Republican St (Between Boren Ave N and Terry Ave N)

Portal and Horizon for Four Doors – Chuck Santon

Portal and Horizon for Four Doors - Chuck Santon

Portal and Horizon for Four Doors – Chuck Santon

Portal and Horizon for Four Doors continues Santon’s ongoing investigation of the experience of one’s physical position in, and movement through, space. This particular work is about the loss of four people who were important to the artist and was partly inspired by the opening lines of Doors, a poem written in 1957 by Carl Sandburg:

An open door says, “Come in.” A shut door says, “Who are you?” In Santon’s own words: “We confront doors day and night as we move through life; our horizons racing forward as they disappear behind us. Doors that separate outside from inside, past from future, liberty from captivity, gain from loss, dilemma from choice, joy from grief.”

LOCATION: Mercer St (Between Westlake Ave N and Terry Ave N)


The Image Maze – Julius Brown


The Image Maze – Julius Brown

Inspired by an online image gallery the artist created at the dawn of the world wide web. The Image Maze is comprised of multiple video projections and layers of fabric arranged in unique patterns. The work invites you to spend time with art, exploring and contemplating.

LOCATION: Mercer St (Between Westlake Ave N and Terry Ave N)

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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

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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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