As we mentioned in the last Beacon Bits, ROCKiT is hosting a community “sit-in” on Saturday, February 4 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Beacon Hill Library to celebrate the completion of their art chair “fleet.” The chairs were decorated by more than 40 local artists and neighbors who volunteered their time to paint or collage chairs to be used at community events. The public is invited to this reception to view the finished chairs, enjoy free snacks, and celebrate all of the volunteers to took part in this and other ROCKit projects in 2011.
Among the festivities will be a singalong of an original song, “This Chair is My Chair”; a haiku treasure hunt, a game of musical chairs, and much more.
There had been some talk that City University would move into the PacMed/Amazon building at the north end of Beacon Hill. However, the university has decided instead to move to the Sixth & Wall building in the Denny Regrade (or Belltown) area, according to the Seattle Times. The building was once the home of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and later of Group Health.
“The university also considered the PacMed building on Beacon Hill—Amazon.com’s former headquarters—but chose Sixth & Wall after taking students to visit both buildings, (City University spokesperson Tarsi) Hall said.
“‘They really liked the neighborhood we’re moving to,’ she said.”
We aren’t sure, but was Beacon Hill just dissed?
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Chef Vincent Rivera of Jazz Alley will be at El Centro de la Raza on Sunday, January 29 at 1 p.m. for a special cooking demonstration, making mole enchiladas and traditional side dishes. The demonstration will include both meat and vegetarian food.
Jordan Van Voast of CommuniChi sent us this announcement:
“Happy Chinese New Year all, CommuniChi is celebrating 5 years of service to Beacon Hill and Seattle, offering affordable acupuncture. To celebrate, we are offering Free Acupuncture (to New Patients) on February 1.”
Save the date—on February 4 there will be a ROCKiT Art Chair community celebration party at the library, and at Jose Rizal Park, there will be a dedication of a monument to honor World War II Filipino defenders of Bataan and Corregidor. Stay tuned for more information about these events here on the blog soon!
Funding of up to $10,000 may be granted to individual artists, artist teams, arts and cultural organizations, and youth-service agencies. Youth Arts prioritizes youth or communities with limited or no access to the arts. Previous grants may be seen here. The projects in the last round of funding are estimated to serve 8,697 kids in about 44,000 hours of after-school arts training from September 2011 through September 2012.
An upcoming informational workshop for interested funding applicants is planned for Monday, January 9 at the Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S., from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about the program and the application process, as well as meet and get advice from previous award recipients. No registration is required for the workshop.
Works will be for sale, and the gallery promises they will be “priced affordably for holiday gift-giving.”
Over the next few weeks there will be a variety of performances at the gallery as well, including:
Friday, December 16: Choroloco at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 17: Tradicional Posada Mexicana Fandango Project at 7 p.m. and Barry Bremer Jazz Experiment at 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 22: Lili Delight Burlesque at 9 p.m.
Friday, December 23: Barry Bremer Jazz Experiment at 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 29: Jaque Larrainzar at 8 p.m.
Friday, December 30: DJ Liability at 9 p.m.
On New Year’s Eve, you can ring in the New Year right here on Beacon Avenue at Quetzalcoatl’s Closing Gallery and Exhibition Party at 9 p.m. RSVPs are required for this one at 206-334-0749. Tickets are $50 including appetizers and champagne.
Beacon Hill artist Fulgencio Lazo (mentioned earlier this week) will have a tapete (sand painting) on display at the annual Day of the Dead celebration at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, tonight, November 4, from 6-7:30 p.m. The park is located at 2901 Western Ave, near Pier 70 and Myrtle Edwards Park.
Banda Gozona, an 18-piece brass band, will perform Oaxacan music at the event. There will be also be art activities for all ages, and Mexican food catered by Manjares Seattle.
This video shows the process of creating one of Lazo’s sand paintings:
ROCKiT space is hosting a work party on Saturday, November 5 as part of a continuing project to decorate art chairs for community events. The “Have a Seat, Beacon” project, which began earlier this year, will create 45 chairs that are also individual works of art. This free workshop with Oaxacan and Seattle-based painter and print-maker Fulgencio Lazo will provide participants with the opportunity to transform a plain metal folding chair into a painted art chair.
Lazo, who resides on Beacon Hill with his family, will share his technique and aesthetic approach at the workshop, as well as painting two chairs himself. His work has been exhibited extensively in Mexico, Japan and the United States. Sue Peters of the Seattle Weeklywrote about him in 2005: “There’s a simplicity and joy to Fulgencio Lazo’s work that’s refreshing. His oil paintings evoke Paul Klee and Marc Chagall in their vividly whimsical celebration of family, heritage, and community in his native Oaxaca.”
Space is limited, so the free workshop is open to the public by reservation. No experience is necessary, and the workshop is bilingual. For more information or to reserve a spot in the workshop, contact Sheba Burney-Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-669-4574.
The first of two tile-making parties is today, October 19, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Beacon Hill International School Multipurpose Room. Neighbors and friends of the school can take part in the creation of a tile mosaic for the south-facing wall of the BHIS entryway. (Previously mentioned here on the BHB.) Mosaic artist Julie Maher will lead the project.
The tiles and supplies will be provided, as will dinner. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Beacon Hill International School is located at 2025 14th Ave. S.