Work by Jim Dixon of American Automata Studios is On Display at Venue

American Automata 
by Jim Dixon

A commercial artist and designer, Jim Dixon has spent the past 20 years engaged in a multitude of design projects including residential and commercial interiors, environmental graphics, product development, packaging, games, furniture, houses and gardens. Along with his creative talents, he has also developed skills as a mechanic, fabricator, illustrator, carpenter, plumber, electrician and mason. 

Two years ago, Jim and his wife Caroline brought all of their talents, skills and experience together to launch American Automata, an art studio dedicated to the creation and fabrication of mechanical art, or what he aptly describes as "kinetic storytelling." His first piece, "Man As Machine," was shown at the Onichi Gallery in New York in 2011. He was also Artist in Residence at the Museum of Art & Design in Stratford Upon Avon, U.K. Currently all of his pieces are crafted in the Pacific Northwest at his studio. 

At Venue this month Jim will be featuring Grungeness, the bad boy of tide pool. This guy is Dungeness crab meets Seattle Grunge. Also featured will be Grungy's east coast cousin, Lobsta. He's bigger, badder and the king of bling. In a more serious vain, Cascadia in Motion, a tribute to the Pacific Northwest will also be shown.

5408 22nd Avenue NW

'Compositions and Gestures,' A Photographic Study on Display at BalMar for the December ArtWalk

Centering around Human interactions and body language, ‘Compositions and Gestures’ are a photographic study of the human body as a means of communication.

In ‘Compositions’ the nude body is recomposed from the original photograph to interact with another photograph within a new composition. Each new composition begins as two or more photographs that create an abstract cellular foundation for the interaction between the bodies. ‘Gestures’, are an exploration into how a hand or foot speaks differently than the arch of a back or rib cage; creating expression as well as landscapes in a sometimes unrecognizable fashion. Both bodies of work play off one and other as a micro macrocosm of humanity.

5449 Ballard Avenue NW

Ready to Wear, Hand Made Shoes By Mother/Daughter Team of Marca at Tannya Bernadette For the Month of December

Tannya Bernadette Consignment Boutique will be hosting its last Seattle Designer Series event, featuring Marca shoes, during this month's Ballard Art Walk. 

Marca is a brand of hand-made footwear that wants to preserve the art of shoe-making. Each pair of shoes is manufactured by hand using traditional shoe making techniques by artisans in Colombia. Marca is a mother and daughter duo of shoe dreamers. Based on the premises of quality, unique beauty and comfort, Marca wants to bring a smile to your face with wonderful products that look good, feel good and promote happiness.


We invite you to special shopping event with designer Catherina de Montjoye of Marca during the December Ballard Art Walk. You can shop selected styles of Marca shoes at Tannya Bernadette Consignment Boutique the entire month of December.

Tannya Bernadette
5348 1/2 Ballard Avenue

Post-It Art Drawings by Clare Johnson On Display at Ghost Light Theatricals for December

Ballard’s theatre company, Ghost Light Theatricals, has Clare Johnson’s art on display for the month of December.

Since 2005, artist and writer Clare Johnson has drawn on a post-it note each night before bed, recording an experience from the day or a thought at that moment.  This exhibition will show a portion of the project, which now totals more than 1,500 drawings and spans her life in London, Cambridge, Oxford, and Seattle.  


The Post-it Note Project was featured in Seattle Weekly’s Best of Seattle in 2011.

Ghost Light Theatricals recently finished a punk-rock adaptation of Moliere’s Scapin in November and will open a gender-swapped version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in January 2013.

Ghost Light Theatricals is a non-profit theatre company that was established in 2003 and they have been in their space, the Ballard Underground, since January 2010. Ghost Light Theatricals' mission is to create bold, imaginative stories inspired by classic texts that resonate with a modern world. 

Ghost Light Theatricals
2220 NW Market

La Isla Invites You to View Their Festive Caribbean Art in December, Exhibited by A Splash of the Caribbean

This month features a colorful collection of Caribbean artists, pieces including: 

~ Puerto Rican Three Kings wood etchings
~ Award winning paper mache carnival masks from Santiago, Dominican Republic
~ Coconut carnival masks from Loiza, Puerto Rico
~ Hand painted Caribbean birds on driftwood from Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
~ Hand painted tropical batea platters from Santo Domingo, Dominica Republic
~ Calabash painted masks from Puerto Rico
~ Hand painted bamboo from Puerto Rico 
~ Recycled oil drum butterflies and dragonflies from Croix de Boquets, Haiti
~ Large and miniature Haitian acrylic paintings
~ And the popular coconut shell butterflies from Moca, Dominican Republic to add to your Christmas tree ornaments. 

This exhibit is brought to La Isla by A Splash of the Caribbean

La Isla
2320 NW Market

Farewell Party and Art Sale by Local Artist Nate Stottrup

Huge Art & Supply Sale, & Moving party!


It's time to be moving on and I wanted to say thank you Seattle, and especially to Ballard! Studio show, celebration and sale before heading to the great state of Minnesota. Stop by to see 14 years of woodcuts, linoleum cut, engravings, etchings, pen and ink, scratchboard and more! Eight and a half years of work done in Seattle.

Dead End Press
1518 NW 52nd Street, 98107
Dec. 8th, 6 to 10pm.

Nate Stottrup

In December La Tienda is Featuring Local Crafts Artisans, Ceramics and Jewelry

La Tienda is excited to showcase our local crafts artists. 
Ceramists - Loren Lukens, Matthew Patton, James Brooke, and Stillfire Pottery. 
Jewelry artists - Kristin Ford, Sarah Leonard, Shari Both, Carmen de Anguise, Michael Berg,
and Folk Art International.  
2050 Northwest Market

Stop By The Ballard Landmark Featuring Jimie Conner Gregory for December's ArtWalk

I paint and draw outdoors with ink and watercolors. Responding to the scene directly is energizing and brings out my individual response or ‘my voice.’ When I paint in a studio I use my own sketches for a basis from which to paint.                                                                      ~Jimie

Ballard Landmark
5433 Leary Avenue NW

Beautiful Special Occasion Wear and Couture Jewelry Can Be Seen at Tannya Bernadette for the Month of November

You are invited to join Tannya Bernadette during the November Ballard Art Walk for an event featuring special pricing on pieces by Kate Mensah and a Giveaway of a EcoBling Couture jewelry.

Kate S. Mensah is a line of luxury special occasion wear that embodies the designer’s multi-cultural upbringing, her love of the woman’s body, and interest in nature. Featuring natural fabric, Kate strives to create beautiful, high-quality clothes that are sensual and comfortable, offering women around the world the ultimate in luxury and comfort. 

Born in Paris, Kate has lived around the world but calls Seattle home. Since enrolling in Seattle's New York Fashion Academy, she has been awarded "Best Evening Wear Designer" by Seattle Magazine and continues to receive recognition for her beautiful work.

Lika of EcoBling Couture uses reclaimed vintage jewelry to create new artful pieces you will love to wear. Her statement necklaces and bracelets are perfect for the holidays or just to add something special to your everyday look. Tannya Bernadette Consignment carries a variety of EcoBling Couture jewelry year round and will be giving away one piece during this month's Ballard Art Walk.

All About Rhinestones Reclaimed Statement Necklace

Tannya Bernadette
5348 1/2 Ballard Avenue NW

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