Eight Storefronts in South Lake Union until November

Shunpike is proud to present the works of eight artists in our South Lake Union Storefronts exploring themes of nature, society, and decay. These works will be on display until November 8, 2016.


“2050” – Terra Holcomb

“2050” - Terra Holcomb

“2050” – Terra Holcomb

Terra Holcomb is a Pacific Northwest environmental artist who creates elaborate, ephemeral dresses and sculptures from natural materials. Her works are meditations on life cycles, transformations and our changing climate. She has refashioned mussel shells into a gown, flower petals and garden insects become mandalas, and leaf dresses are hung and left to decay in the forest. She has given talks about her artistic process at Town Hall in Seattle, received awards for her wearable art and was highlighted in a 2015 Trend Guide in Germany. She can be found in the rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula, the canyons in Tieton or the recovering forests in Twisp. Fittingly, she was named Terra for being born on the first Earth Day.


“Viral” – Eva Funderburgh

“Viral” - Eva Funderburgh

“Viral” – Eva Funderburgh

Funderburgh’s work deals with the overlap of humanity and the natural world. She often uses simple, emotive animal forms to examine human motives and emotions. Storytelling and the idea of myth plays a very large role in her work, but equally so the notion of biology.

Humans are intrinsically biological and the growth of cities follows the same biological imperative as a blooming flower or growing tumor. Funderburgh tries to examine this notion without pronouncing a moral judgment on it. Hence, her sculptures may sometime carry entire civilizations on their back, though the question of symbiote or parasite is left open. In this piece, she approaches the biological nature of humanity from a new and microscopic direction.


“Life Stream” – Gloria Lamson

“Life Stream” - Gloria Lamson

“Life Stream” – Gloria Lamson

‘Life Stream’ offers a contemplative, metaphoric vision which reflects upon the journey of our lives and times in this world from birth to death. Lamson wrote the following poem to serve as a statement for this installation.

‘I imagine our lives like threads, moving through time.

Emerging at birth from an ocean of consciousness, and returning again at death.

In between, a mystery, we call life.

In between, we dip in and out of a larger stream,

At times immersed, submerged, renewed and humbled, as the current carries us along.

In between, we play with possibility, of who we are and who we might be,

With what we’ve been given and what we choose.

The path we follow, perhaps only our inner eye can see.

Alone and together we weave the fabric of our lives.’


Seattle Skateboards and Culture” – Anne Moya

Moya’s work explores the relationship between emerging gender roles, lost cultures, pop-culture with a twisted sense of humor.

With influences as diverse as the Duwamish and First Nation tribes, Jean Baudrillard and Patrick Nagel, new combinations are manufactured from both traditional and modern narratives.

 Ever since she was a child she has been fascinated by the essential unreality of the zeitgeist. What starts out as yearning to understand soon becomes corrupted into a manifesto of feminism, advocacy and punk skater counter-culture leaving only a sense of what could have been and the prospect of a new beginning.

 As wavering forms become clarified through frantic and critical practice, the viewer is left with a tribute to the inaccuracies of our existence.


Roots & Vines” – Barbara De Pirro

“Roots & Vines” - Barbara De Pirro

“Roots & Vines” – Barbara De Pirro

A mysterious unexpected form has taken root, its fibrous tendrils clinging to the surface, reaching outward into the landscape. Inspired by nature’s ability to regenerate, De Pirro developed methods that mimic these plant structures, using an invasive fiber as her medium. She collected hundreds of post-consumer plastic bags from the local communities, cut them into strips; and then painstakingly crocheted individual vines that were then woven into this sinuous form.


“dea ex machina” – Ilvs Strauss

“dea ex machina” - Ilvs Strauss

“dea ex machina” – Ilvs Strauss

Back in the day, Greeks would resolve their Greek tragedy plot issues with deus ex machina – literally lowering actors onto the stage from above by use of a giant machine. The actors played gods; whatever seemingly hopeless situation at hand was immediately solved by their intervention. Oh, to be ancient, Greek and tragic.

Strauss uses silhouettes to play with sense of self, scale to play with place in the world, perspective to, well, gain perspective on the notions of ancient/modern, goddess/mortal, tragic/comedic and the illusionary notion that they are opposites.


“Take a Hike” – Clyde Petersen

“Take a Hike” - Clyde Petersen

“Take a Hike” – Clyde Petersen

Current day, Seattle. Many long term residents have faced displacement after extreme rent hikes, with no rent control in sight. How does it feel to be told, “if you can’t afford the rent, then take a hike.”


Colored By Travel | Namibia”

“Colored By Travel | Namibia”

“Colored By Travel | Namibia”

There are things that memory never forgets. Imprint is strong – imprint is unique. A road trip ends, physically, but not its impressions and sensations. Teri feels her most creative when she is traveling. She is moved by the idea that we have longings for unexpected things and experiences to come into our lives. Through sketchbook, camera, and memory, something of the road or a new place is sustained in some form. The images may be blurred, as are the lines between memory and perception. Painting is her way of processing new experiences, trying to capture the essence of a place or moment.


All Photos by: Michael B. Maine
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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. www.naokomorisawa.com


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 AllGoodExcuses.com.


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: http://www.lostdance.com. 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 space.www.shunpike.org.

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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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