Musical Guest: Johnathan Rooke Jazz

For this month's May ArtWalk, we will be featuring a very special addition, live music! It has always been our goal to bring in live performances for Ballard ArtWalk to make this event a truly festive and fun experience for fellow ArtWalkers.

Our first musical guest will be Johnathan RookeJonathan Rooke performs the early 20th century jazz standards with a flair all his own. His new take on the old tunes has entertained crowds of all ages in coffeehouses, lounges, and street festivals in Seattle, New York, Boulder, and Minneapolis. If you are a regular at the Ballard Farmers Market, you may have been lucky enough to catch him and his band playing for everyone on a nice sunny day. 

For this ArtWalk, you can catch his performance this Saturday (5/12) at the Marvin's Garden bell tower 6-9pm. Art, live music and sunny warm weather is in the works for Ballard so come join us for what will be a truly beautiful evening!

Photos from A Journey to India at The Amber Den

1556 NW 56th Street

Kathryn Schuessler arrived in India in 2010 with a broken camera. "After a month of feeble attempts at convincing myself that photography would ruin my memories and take away from my experience, I decided to buy a tiny point-and-shoot to use for the remainder of my trip. What you see here are a few of the resulting images."

All pieces in the exhibit were made in South India. Each photo was flipped, printed, and transferred to wood by hand.

The artist's photographs have published locally and nationally. Schuessler has received grants from various arts organizations and
taught photography,
drawing, blogging and English in Japan, Palestine, and India. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with an emphasis in photography and painting.

To read more about her 2010 journey, visit Schuessler's blog


BallardWorks Features Youth in Focus Show in May

Photo by Michael B.
2856 NW Market Street

Featuring a photography exhibit from Youth in Focus
, whose mission is to empower urban teens, through photography, to experience their world in new ways and make positive choices for their lives.

Photo by Tony
Photo by Thuc Chi

Photo by Skeeter

Photo by Tony

"A Walk Through Blacks and Whites" at BalMar in May

5449 Ballard Avenue NW

Gallery by Grace invites you to an exclusive showing of its latest works A walk through blacks and whites. Alicia-Grace is known for her passion with acrylics, as she effortlessly breathes life into her pieces with bold and vivid colors. Her works are not only beautiful, but simple and sometimes two dimensional, with much of her inspiration stemming from various rich cultures around the world.

Pyrographer Rachelle Wirfs Featured In May ArtWalk

Market Street Shoes
2232 NW Market Street

Washington pyrographer Rachelle Wirfs looks to the rich plant and animal life found in the cold waters and surrounding green forests of Puget Sound for her primary source of inspiration. Celtic, Japanese and Mexican Folk Art influences have crept into some of her work as well. Pyrography--literally "fire writing"--can be done on a variety of surfaces, but Wirfs prefers to burn her designs onto cherry, pine and basswood. The individual character and grain of the wood determines the design best matched to that piece. Her goal is to create art with a pleasing tactile quality."

Music, Spring Remedies & Yoga for Mothers

5340 Ballard Avenue NW
In the studio is Kiri Sparks, with Music as Art. Sparks plays a range of music similar to Fleet Foxes and James Taylor. Check out a sample of her music here.

Plus in-house acupuncturist, Ashely Schiavone, discussing simple pressure points and easy ways to deal with Spring allergies.
And don't miss their Yoga Special for Mother's Day. Kula invites ALL MOTHERS for FREE yoga the following day, Sunday, May 13th, at 9-10:30 am and 4:30-6 pm.


La Tienda Hosts Trunkshow at May ArtWalk

2050 NW Market Street

La Tienda is excited to host their first trunkshow by local jewelry artist Kristin Ford. Beautiful earrings and necklaces crafted with semi-precious stones are showcased.

Sev Shoon's Last Ballard ArtWalk Ever!

2862 Northwest Market Street

It is with great sadness that I post this message. Sev Shoon has been an integral part of Ballard's art scene since 1991, starting on Ballard Avenue and later moving to BallardWorks on Market Street. It has been my GREAT pleasure to know and work with its founder, Dionne Haroutunian, since 1997. Her studio was one of the first participants in the ArtWalk and she and I produced two ArtsFest events on Ballard Avenue together. 

Though Sev Shoon is leaving Ballard, it will be transitioning into an artist residency in Sequim, Washington, providing artists an opportunity to immerse themselves in their work without everyday distractions. We will miss Dionne and Sev Shoon in Ballard, but wish them the best of luck in their new endeavors. Stop in and say goodbye on this, their last Ballard ArtWalk. Find out more about their new studio and check out a sale of both supplies and artwork too.

A fond farewell Black Dog!

East Ballard Venue Hosts Rhonda Williams Parent in May

Blowing Sands Glass Studio
5805 14th Avenue Northwest

Blowing Sands welcomes back artist Rhonda Williams Parent with her show Everyday Reverie. Parent's paintings and assemblage pieces evoke the colors, form, and unpredictability of nature, and the nostalgic richness of bits and pieces from our modern lives. 

Ballard Avenue Boutique Participates in May ArtWalk


5344 Ballard Avenue NW

Featuring encaustic work by artist Anna Daeuble.

A Focus on "Home" at Art & Soul in May

Art & Soul

2860 Northwest Market Street

May features artwork by Sue Danielson, a Seattle artist who works with a variety of materials including fiber, printmaking and sculpture. This show of paintings focuses on how obtaining a sense of home can require us to look into the untamed corners of our minds. Danielson explores the need for physical shelter that is in upheaval from the last four years of rising foreclosures and homelessness.

Multiple Artist Showing in Ballard's Industrial District

Ballard Metal Arts Studios & X-Ray Auto

1122 NW 46th Street

Stop by the studio and enjoy artist studio tours,

demonstrations, refreshments, and a variety of work on display. This month features recent enamel work by Julia Garrels-Borgeson with Metalwingstudios; metal sculpture by blacksmith Patrick Maher with Red Door Studios;
paintings by artist Karen Badgett and more. 

Venue Hosts Artist's First Solo Show

5408 22nd Avenue NW

Liam Halvorsen is eighteen and lives in Ballard. He has always been interested in the human face and translates that through his artwork. His clay work, like much of his 2-D work, is an experiment in the boundaries of the face and the possibilities it holds. Though he has been making faces out of clay since he was a child, this is his first solo art show. 

Local Scenes Exhibited at Walter's

6408 32nd Avenue NW
Local artist Susan Waite presents her colorful local landscape oils. Painting on site and in her studio at the Salty Dog Pottery building in Ballard, her pieces highlight some of our favorite local buildings. Available by commission, her  custom home portraits combine a love of color and light with painting outdoors.  Waite also teaches various art classes for the "Seniors Making ARt" program and the Seattle Parks Department.


May ArtWalk Exclusive at Filthy Rich in Seattle

Filthy Rich of Seattle
5402 22nd Avenue NW

May ArtWalk Event at Root

Root. Integrative Health.
2026 NW Market Street, Suite 201

Photographer, Doug Weeks was born and raised in upstate New York, where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. A visit to Washington State in 1981 inspired him to make the Northwest his home. In addition to engineering work, Weeks has been employed as a farm worker, boatyard laborer, security guard, general handyman, graphic designer, yacht salesman, auditor, and boiler operator. He has dabbled in photography since high school, but his interest blossomed in earnest with purchase of his first digital camera in 2006. His interests in steam power, mechanics, history and hiking combine into favorite photo subjects that involve the interplay of technology and the environment. Weeks is involved in the preservation and operation of two historic steamboats and is currently employed as a manager of environmental programs in the maritime industry. Appropriately, he currently resides in Ballard and this is the fourth public exhibition of his work.

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