According to the folks at NEPO, the show will bring together “works that toy with the perception of space or the limits of matter,” along with Bent household artifacts, homemade pretzels, and an essay by Gala Bent.
Before the opening on Saturday, guests are invited to join Zack Bent at 4 p.m. in “an exercise of chemistry and bending, making handmade lye dipped pretzels.”
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.
NEPO House on South Lander Street is hosting an opening reception, Time, Wasted, on December 17. The event will include a screening of Waste of Time: Capitalism, Consumption, and the Quest for Renewal, a documentary film by local filmmaker Shaun Scott, as well as photographs by Virginia Wilcox.
According to NEPO, the presentation will “explore the United States’ brief and improbable journey from pastoral expanse to industrial juggernaut to recession-prone wasteland.” Waste of Time, Shaun Scott’s second feature-length film, will tell the story of our consumer culture through a collage of vintage ads, music, and narration.
Scott’s other work includes Seat of Empire, which The Stranger described as a “strange, fascinating, messy, playful, serious, poetic, philosophical, meandering, grounded, compounded, confounding, political, and insouciant history of Seattle,” and 100% Off: A Recession-Era Romance.
Beacon Hill artist and architect Shea Bajaj is having a solo showing of his new paintings at Traver Gallery. The show opens on August 25 and will run through October 2. An opening reception will be held on August 25 from 5-8 p.m.
“Shea Bajaj strives to visually represent a form of altered state of consciousness in his work—the experience of being so intensely focused on an object or experience, that everything else seems to dissolve.”
Beacon Bazaar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Beacon Hill International School, 2025 14th Ave. S. A family-friendly event where you will find arts, crafts, clothing, plants, and various and sundry other treasures for sale.
Lewis Park work party, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Lewis Park, 12th Ave S and Golf Dr S. Come help plant native plants or do other chores in the restoration of the park. Tools, gloves, water and refreshments are provided.
Next Saturday, June 11, from 6-8 p.m., NEPO House presents the opening of another in the series of Little Treats art exhibitions, I’m Sorry. Thank You. I Love You. by Rumi Koshino. The show will be accompanied by “Rumi Koshino: Between the Figural and the Factual,” an essay by D.W. Burnam. A screening of Jim Jarmusch’s film Stranger Than Paradise film will follow the opening event at 8 p.m.
According to the NEPO website, the Little Treats shows are “a series of monthly shows that focuses on presenting new work by individual artists and small group shows. In order to avoid moving too much furniture the shows take place only and entirely in our entry room.”
You may also want to mark your calendar for September 10, 2011, when the first NEPO 5K: Don’t Run event, a 5k artwalk from Pioneer Square to Beacon Hill, will take place. Stay tuned for more information as the event date gets closer.
NEPO House is presenting Encounters, another in the series of NEPO Little Treats art exhibitions. Encounters is curated by Chauney Peck and features works by Debra Baxter, Tim Cross, Matt Hilger, Jason Hirata, and Nicholas Nyland.
According to NEPO’s Klara Glosova,
“For this show Chauney chose five artists whose work she truly enjoys. She asked each artist to select a work of their choosing. Rather than controlling the exact collection of objects herself, she hopes that this method will present an unknown discovery. The works together will be a surprise encounter similar to putting wild animals in a room together.”
The opening event is Saturday, May 7, from 6 – 8 p.m. Apple crisp with ice cream will be served, and the event will be followed by a screening of Werner Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World at 8 p.m.
After the hard work, it’s time to enjoy some art, music, or dance. You have several choices tonight.
NEPO Little Treats presents Trotter, an exhibition of works by Amanda Manitach. The opening is tonight, Saturday March 5, from 6 until 8 p.m. Bacon-wrapped dates will be served, and there will be a screening of Cremaster 4 at 8 p.m.
If a musical trip is more your speed, Light Rail, Dark Rail is for you. Live performers including the Beaconettes, Cafe Racer Sessions, Jordan O’ Jordan, Tahoe Jackson, and more will liven up Link Light Rail trains.
Start at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the International District/Chinatown Station for a “summoning performance” by Prawnyxx. Then at 6 p.m., enjoy a “Musical Tour Guide and Overture” on southbound trains to SeaTac. At SeaTac, you’ll deboard, then board a northbound train. One is Dark Rail, and the other is Light Rail—you don’t know which you’ll get. Head to Sodo Station for the after party at Radar Hair + Records, 2721 First Avenue South, at 7:30 p.m.
If you prefer swing dancing, stay up on top of the Hill for the Beacon Rocks!swing dancing fundraiser, from 8 until 11 p.m. tonight at the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave South. There will be a live swing dancing performance and swing-dance lesson by Savoy Swing at 8:15 p.m., a live cake raffle, and more. Suggested donations start at $10.
On Sunday at 3:30 p.m., visit our neighbors in Mount Baker to see the Medieval Women’s Choir perform a short concert at Mount Baker Community Clubhouse, 2811 Mount Rainier Drive South. The choir will sing medieval music with soloist Linda Strandberg, accompanied by period instruments played by percussionist Peggy Monroe and harpist Bill McJohn.
The Station coffee shop at 2533 16th Ave South is currently displaying paintings by Angelina Tolentino. There will be an opening reception for the exhibit from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 21.
The artist’s biography:
I am a designer, illustrator and painter. I was born and raised in California but have called Seattle home for fourteen years. I love to draw and I am happiest with a little paint in my hair. I am inspired by a great number of things: old cartoons, firecracker packaging, bicycles, photo-booths, Japanese packaging design, street art, windup toys, antique stores, gardens, high-fashion, 60s soul music, dinosaur exhibits, old signs, chefs, flowers, sea creatures… just to name a few.
I paint because it’s what I love to do. I describe my painting style as whimsical, colorful, and playful. I have been known to paint women with fantastically long necks who live on tropical islands. I am specifically inspired by the natural world especially the the worlds under the sea. I find water to be a unifying element in my work. I’ve been working lately with other materials like sand and creating three-dimensional altars, exploring death and rebirth, but in a colorful, celebratory way.
One of my most recent projects was a mural on the side of a bridge in the Southpark neighborhood of Seattle. This mural will live for another year before the bridge is taken down and replaced with a new one.
The new Lander Festival Street opened yesterday on a sunny Saturday morning, celebrated by members of the community and visiting dignitaries including SDOT Director Grace Crunican and Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark. The Beaconettes a cappella singing group provided entertainment.
The Festival Street, located at South Lander Street between 16th and 17th avenues South, will serve as an extension of the plaza north of Beacon Hill Station, and provide a space for community festivals and events.
Some photos by Jason (click any one for the entire photoset):