Miniature Houses Appear in Trees Lining Greenwood Avenue

Miniature houses have sprung up in six trees lining Greenwood Avenue. Seattle artist Carolina Silva created the houses, which are reproductions of existing homes located along Greenwood Avenue N between N 67th and N 80th streets. The project is part of Art Interruptions, a partnership between the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Art Interruptions is supported bySDOT 1% for Art funds.

The miniature houses are made of balsa wood painted and varnished to be waterproof, with Plexiglas used for the windows. Each miniature house was placed in city-owned trees close to the original house. The average size is 10 x 10 x 12 inches. The houses are attached using twine and fasteners that are harmless to the trees.

The project Art Interruptions encourages artists to install approved artworks on city sidewalks and parks and offer passers-by a brief interruption in their day with a moment of surprise, beauty or humor. Locations for artworks include street and park infrastructure and street furniture such as railings, stair risers, walls, tree pits and trees.

Additional art projects are coming to the Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhood during PhinneyWood Summer Streets, 6 to 10 p.m., August 10, in conjunction with the monthly Art Up Chow Down art walk. Summer Streets will open Greenwood Avenue N between N 67th and N 87th streets for people to stroll, bike, shop and just enjoy being in their community. Partnering with the Greenwood Arts Council and the art walk means this event will be a bonanza for art lovers.

Along with Art Interruptions, art displayed inside of businesses and yummy eats at Summer Streets, Tasty, a shop featuring original art, is hosting their Third Annual Street Art Fair. Local artists will showcase their wares and chat with passersby. Visitors will also be able to watch artists work in various media, including painting, printmaking, woodcarving and stone carving, created right in front of their eyes by Art on the Ridge. A little farther north, outside of the Greenwood Collective, people will be able to observe large art canvases come alive.

For more information about PhinneyWood Summer Streets please go to To learn more about Art Interruptions…keep your eyes open August 10!

Call for Artists: Pigs on Pavement at Woodland Park Zoo


Woodland Park Zoo is introducing three new species of pig to our guests this year:

Visayan warty pigs – a critically endangered pig from the forests of the Visayan Islands of the Philippines.  This pig will be located in a recently renovated Asian Marsh exhibit in the zoo’s Elephant Forest.

African warthogs – this African species of pig, made popular in Disney’s The Lion King, will be located in the zoo’s former wild dog exhibit.

Kunekune – Kunekune are a domestic pig from New Zealand.  Scheduled to arrive at the zoo by June, these pigs will be housed in the zoo’s kid-friendly Family Farm.

Pigs on the pavement

To celebrate the arrival of pigs at the zoo, we’re planning a number of fun and creative promotions.  One of our favorites is “Pigs on the Pavement, and celebration of pigs – and community art –on the weekend of August 18-19.

This will be an opportunity for zoo guests to see your artwork and celebrate warty pigs, warthogs, and kunekune pigs. We expect big crowds both Saturday and Sunday.

Pigs on the Pavement involves chalk painting by professional (or talented amateur) artists at the zoo’s new west entry – either in the West Commons (outside the entry) or West Plaza (inside the entry).

New, smooth pavement will easily accommodate up to 20 artists on approximately 5’ x 10’ slabs, with plenty of room around each space to draw, and draw attention.  Artists can meet the public, talk about their art as they work and perhaps display some of their other works nearby.

To see the most zoo guests, artists should plan to draw from 10:30 – 12:30, but could come earlier to set up and stay later to talk about their art.

Ideally, 12 artists would be invited to participate at the Saturday event.  Their art could be left up on Sunday, and the artists could return to be greet guests and interpret their art on Sunday if they so choose.  An addiitonal 8 artists would produce new pieces on the pavement on Sunday, thus providing a consistent level of activity both days.

Children would be invited to draw too!  Space on the asphalt near the zoo’s historic carousel or by Zoomazium will be provided, along with plenty of chalk, to let youngsters inspired by the professionals try their hands at decorating the pavement.

Promoting the Phinneywood Annual Art walk

The Pigs on the Pavement weekend event, scheduled for August 18-19 will occur a week after the monthly Phinneywood artwalk, so artists at the artwalk can invite their admirers to come see them work their magic on the pavement just a few days later.


  • The opportunity to exhibit their art at the zoo in front of thousands of zoo guests.
  • All chalk will be provided – we’ve purchased chalk for professional chalk art
  • Admission tickets (up to 4) for your family or friends to accompany you to the zoo and spend the day


HOw to sign up:

Contact Kirsten, Jane or Jim:

Kirsten Pisto, (206) 548-2481

Jane Stonecipher ,(206) 548-2624

Jim Bennett, (206) 548-2474

Please provide your email address and phone number.




Let us know days that you can participate.  Please number them 1-4 in order of preference:

___Saturday August 18

___Sunday August 19

If you picked a Saturday, let us know if you’d like to return on Sunday and talk to zoo visitors about your art – or perhaps undertake another drawing!  It will remain in place for the entire weekend.

A representative of the zoo will contact you with more details and confirm your participation.


Art Up PhinneyWood: Fri, July 13th from 6-9pm

Art on the Ridge: 8005 Greenwood Ave N
Monthly rotating art by local artists.

Assemble Gallery & Studio: 7406 Greenwood Ave N
Come out to Assemble to see a brand new show by local artist, Janelle Lile, entitled Modified. Inspired by family history, Janelle uses inherited objects to guide her creative direction. Her grandmother’s knitting needles and hand-written patterns along with her grandfather’s collection of 20th century Montana railroad books are incorporated into layered mixed-media drawings that explore memory and connection to the creativity of women. Modified will be showing through August 8th, 2012.

Avanti Art & Design: 7317 Greenwood Ave N
Monthly rotating artwork by local artists.

*Bleacher’s Pub: 8118 Greenwood Ave N
Stop in for a discounted appetizer or entrée during the monthly art walk.

Bherd Studios Gallery
(Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenwood Ave N, Suite 1
The ladies of the Few and Far, an all woman graffiti collective, bring their work to Seattle. F&F is a movement that brings together talented women who are involved in graffiti and street art from all over the world. Their group connects women by creating social and artistic exchange, by showcasing art on the streets, on walls and in other high profile venues. And they foster and celebrate the power and expression of female street artists. Importantly, Few and Far consists of a team of open minded, highly creative, cutting edge and dedicated every day females. The show is curated by two local members, 179 and Ksera and the line-up includes: Lady Mags, TOOFLY, Meme, Erin Yoshi, DJ AGANA, Hops, Amanda Lynn, Reds, Siloette, Dime, Ursala Xanthe Young, Erin Ashford, Gloria Muriel and Rez.   Artists Present.

*Carmelita’s: 7314 Greenwood Ave N
$5 Happy Hour Menu All Night!

The Chocolate Shoe Box
: 7410 Greenwood Ave N
Oil paintings by Alexander Raskin. His rich dark oil paintings are inspired by animals, nature and fantasy characters. Artist Present.

Chocolat Vitale
: 6257 3rd Ave NW
Landscape Exhibition. A show of vintage and contemporary landscapes: oils, photographs, drawings. Pictured: unsigned oil painting of mountain, early 1900’s, in fine gilded frame.

Couth Buzzard Books: 8310 Greenwood Ave N
For July, we have the same artists as April, May & June, with the exception of no longer Bryan Schell and Julie Fisco, and the important addition of my daughter Ruby L. Smith. “Hidden Shadows of Cancer” B & W Photography.

Echo Echo Gallery (Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenwood Ave N, Suite 1
“Villians” as part of the “Superheros” exhibition. Featuring the art of Alexandria Sandlin, Christopher J. Olson, Maxx Follis, Mike Capp, Reed Carpenter, Xavier Lopez and more guest artists.  Artists present.

*Gaspare Ristorante and Bar: 6705 Greenwood Ave N
Artwalk Bellini Cocktails $5. Plus Happy Hour menu from 5-7pm only $4 – $7 items with special cocktail and wine prices.

Gainsbourg: 8550 Greenwood Ave N
Monthly rotating artwork by local artists.

Green Bean Coffeehouse: 8533 Greenwood Ave N
Landscape and architecture photography by Chris Baer.

Home Suite Home Gallery (Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenwood Ave N, Suite 1
Monthly rotating artwork by resident artists Solace Wonder and Mat Savage. Artist present.

In The Red Wine Bar & Cafe: 6510 Phinney Ave N
Kristen Gill will be showcasing several fine art photography exhibits, including the Kaleidoscopic Project, Norway People & Landscapes, and her iPhoneography project.

Kristen Gill is a travel photographer who enjoys shooting ‘from the hip’. She doesn’t spend a lot of time setting up equipment, but prefers to capture spontaneous moments and movements in time. Combining her love of travel with her passion for photography, she seeks to capture the essence of a place from behind the camera lens. Kristen’s photos tend to focus on lively street scenes, wide-angled landscapes, architecture, portraits, people and culture.

“My vision is to examine photography’s place in contemporary culture, as well as explore its possibilities for social change. I have slept in caves in remote forests in Brazil, lived with hill tribes in northern Vietnam, laughed with the Irish over pints of Guinness, and documented street protests in Spain and Argentina. My approach with photography is to capture diverse cultures, but also to find the commonality between people.”

Kristen shoots with both digital and film cameras, and also enjoys experimenting with Holga pinhole cameras and various camera phone apps. Born and raised in Chicago, Kristen has lived in Dublin, Ireland, and New York City, but now enjoys Seattle as a home base. Artist Present.

Makeda Coffee: 153 N 78th Street
Monthly rotating artwork by local artists.

 Naked City: 8564 Greenwood Ave N
“Dreamscapes” by artist Blanca Santander. Artist present.

Neptune Coffee: 8415 Greenwood Ave N
Artwork by Dan Baumfeld.

Oliver’s Twist: 6822 Greenwood Ave N
Acrylic and Mixed Media on wood and canvas by artist Todd Karam. Artist Present.

PNA Gallery:
6532 Phinney Ave N
“Ski Jump” by Todd Smith. The Leavenworth Washington Ski Hill has an iconic structure gracing its slope. This structure, a ski jump, is historically very rich. The history has been written elsewhere. The structure itself is now a ghost, falling apart. It sits atop the hill reminding the valley of thrills sought decades ago. The purpose of these photos is to attempt to show the effort put forth and severity of a hand made structure produced for such simple and childlike pursuits: Jumping and flying. A pure thing built by thrill seekers. A reference for the thrills and extremes we all seek today with our own childlike curiosity. Artist present.

Rockwell Realty: 8315 Greenwood Ave N
Artwork by David Miller. A mix of large abstract paintings, collages and mixed media with a strong focus on bold color, strong lines and a creative composition. My collages and mixed media are introspective works of childhood fantasies meeting everyday reality. Artist present.

Rudy’s Barbershop: 6415 Phinney Ave N
Monthly rotating artwork by local artists.

The Showroom @Bherd Gallery
(Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenwood Ave N, Suite 1
In The Showroom, Bherd represented artists Siolo Thompson, CASH, John Osgood and Dan Voelker feature their recent works. Artists present.

: 7513 Greenwood Ave N
Tasty opens “Creatures Featured” Friday July 13th, a tribute show in support of the rebuilding efforts in Joplin, MO following its one-year anniversary of surviving a devastating EF-5 tornado.

The Joplin twister was the country’s deadliest single tornado in six decades. A year later, supported by more than 130,000 volunteers, this American city is putting its lives and community back together. The “Day of Unity” events and activities that took place on May 22nd included a speech from President Barack Obama, a 4-mile “Walk-of-Unity” through hard hit areas and public interactive art that symbolized 161 hearts to represent those who died in the storm.

Inspired by the dedication of a dear friend, (Dorothy Maples) who left her spouse in Seattle and is currently serving a year with AmeriCorps St. Louis, to help rebuild her hometown of Joplin, local artists and Tasty owners Sean & Sheri have produced a huge group exhibit centered around the theme of RE-BIRTH. “It was the stories of butterfly sightings that first peaked my interest”, said local artist, Eric Osborne, whose mixed media pieces carry the signature Art by E.

Here’s the best story we’ve read that sums up the Butterfly People:

While Tasty is using its connections in the art community to generate a body of work for sale, owner Sheri Hauser says “it’s inspiring to read stories from around the country, of how other Joplin transplants are rallying in support of their hometown the way Dorothy has done for us.” For example, a contingent of bicyclists who left New York City’s Central Park weeks before the first anniversary on a Cycle for Joplin fundraising ride, which was organized by a group of former Joplin residents known as the Joplin Expats.

More than 30 local artists are making original art for Tasty’s group show, named “CREATURES FEATURED”, and all will be matching Tasty’s donation of art sales to support the rebuilding efforts in Joplin, Mo.

On behalf of Dorothy Maples, the residents of Joplin, and other volunteers serving with AmeriCorps St. Louis and similar charity organizations, we invite you to join us for a celebration of RE-BIRTH, at Tasty in Seattle, WA at 7513 Greenwood ave n. during the opening night reception: Friday July 13, from 6-10pm in partnership with PhinneyWood’s monthly ArtUp & Chow Down night.

In the words of Joplin’s City Manager, Mark Rohr: “Staying together as one has been significant in our success in recovery efforts, and it will continue to provide benefits as we work together and finish the rebuilding process for a stronger and better community.”

Here’s a video published by AmeriCorps with regards to their efforts in Joplin.

Featuring the art of: Art by E, Jenn Brisson, Justin Hillgrove, Rawkson, Lacey Bryant, Krista Jefferson               Starheadboy , P. Calavara, Krystal Kerr, Siolo Thompson, Mike Capp, LaRu, TV Tommyvision, Jenna Colby, Jesse Link, Joe Vollan, Jenny Dayton, Xavier Lopez, David VonDerLinn, Lizzie Desiree, Christine Malek, Amy Weber, Mike DiPetrillo, narboo, Vern White, Levi Hastings, Phresha and Sean Wilkinson. Artists present.

Starbucks: 316 N 67th Street
Art by Gregg Tralle. It all started with a blank garage wall and how to make it more exciting. An idea of using bird houses seemed the best solution.  Painting prebuilt houses soon lead to re-purposing found objects as house and trim and then choosing bright colors to enliven the drab Seattle winter’s grey.

Soon the houses became too good to hang on the garage in the rains and making them interior and decorative opened all sorts of possibilities and options. Evolved quickly beyond bird houses these assemblages have taken a life of their own with only birds remaining and then sometimes even the birds are no longer a part of the final piece.

And so the hunt for the flotsam of everyday life continues, Good Will Outlet and yard sales as well as donated bits and pieces from friends. Artist present.

*The Olive & Grape: 8516 Greenwood Ave N
Enjoy 10% off all Olive Oils during the artwalk.

Two Birds Tattoo: 7408 Greenwood Ave N
Featuring art by Dave Montgomery.

Umpqua Bank:
7120 Greenwood Ave N
Photographs by Bridgette Schaffarzick. Brigette Schaffarzick, photographer at Penguin Pictures, is Phinneywood’s premier portrait photographer. Brigette specializes in on-location newborn, young children and family portraiture. With a degree in Photojournalism from the University of Montana, she has photographed for newspapers in Montana and Alaska as well as contributed to multiple national publications. Recently, after starting her own family, she discovered how precious those early years are. She is known for her playful and vibrant style with a few quiet moments in between. Brigette is respected in the community. She is a business member of the Phinney Neighborhood Association and a proud member of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP).

Plus watercolor vegetable portraits by Sydney Ruth Palmer. All the wild colors, shapes, and textures of vegetables nourish the soul as well as the body.  As a color addict, she finds vegetables irresistible at every stage:  from planting, to painting, to eating.  When not swooning over veggies, she edits and writes. Artists present.

Urban Light Studios (Greenwood Collective)
8537 Greenwood Ave N, Suite 1
“Between Heaven and Hellboy” group exhibition of underground, alternative and urban artists take on comics, superheroes and super villians. Artists Present.
*Venues offering artwalk specials & discounts.