A walk through Greenwood's artful side:Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk

More than 70 jury-selected and resident artists will have their works displayed at 53 different sites on the Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13.

The art walk will feature art of various media, including paintings, sculptures, photography, prints, glass, metal and fiber art, ceramics and mixed media, in businesses along Greenwood and Phinney avenues North, between North 65th and 87th streets.

Whenever possible, artwork was matched to corresponding businesses. For instance, Buster's Brown Bag will feature work by Nanette Cotton Pawlowski, who does her art on brown paper bags.

The weekend festivities also will include musical entertainment, street performances, chalk art and activities for children. In addition, art made by Seattle elementary-school students will be on display at Greenwood Neighborhood Service Center, 8515 Greenwood Ave. N.

About 105 artists applied for the juried competition this year, and 41 were selected. Most of the juried artists came from North Seattle, but some were from as far away as Bellingham, Bremerton and Pullman, noted Ann Bowden, development director of the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

"We've seen an increase in the number of artists," she added. "It's getting a reputation as a place to go to."

Geenwood resident Diann Knezo-vich, a local photographer and mixed-media artist represented by Phinney Ridge's Francine Seders Gallery, was among the jurors. The jurors' top picks will be featured through the end of May at the Phinney Center Gallery at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Greenwood-Phinney resident Bonney Lebesch was selected as one of the top six artists. Her series of Chinese medicinal herbs will be on display. The photographic, but digitally manipulated, images are printed on watercolor paper.

Lebesch became interested in herbs and acupuncture while studying the healing aspects of tai chi, she said. Her unsold prints will go on display at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine, 916 N.E. 65th St., Suite B, in the Roosevelt neighborhood.

New this year, Green Bean Coffeehouse, 210 N. 85th St., will present Live Art, a project dedicated and in support of Restore International, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that rescues children forced into prostitution in Third World countries and seeks prosecution of the perpetrators. During the art walk, artist Scott Erickson will create art inspired by Restore International's work.

"This will be a very special experience for all in that it will not be gruesome or scary, but rather it will bring us face-to-face with the eyes of these beautiful children who are affected every day," noted Green Bean Coffeehouse manager Lisa Etter.

Also, University of Washington student and Greenwood resident Ethan Welty will have a series of his digital photography on display at Tweed, a clothing shop at 8315 Greenwood Ave. N. The series includes some abstract nature shots.

Welty is a photographer for The Daily, the University of Washington student newspaper. Some shots he took during a trip to Peru are also on display at an exhibit at the UW's Odegaard Library through May 31.

Business owner Craig Anderson said of the art walk, "It helps us to get our office organized. It's just nice to give back to the community."

His business, C.B. Anderson Architects, has participated in the art walk for six years in an old church at 7209 Greenwood Ave. N. This year, the business will feature the architectural abstract artwork of photographer Daniel Kencke.

"We crank up the music and enjoy the evening," Anderson said.

The art walk will feature a variety of entertainment on both days.

"We have encouraged businesses to bring in entertainment, if at all possible," Bowden said. "There seems to be more and more each year."

"It's always a neat experience, especially at night," said Michael LeFevre, an employee of Rosewood Guitar, 8402 Greenwood Ave. N., which will feature performances by classical guitarists at the art walk.

Wayward Coffee House - who is hosting works by juried artists David Bloomfield, Toni Youngblood and Joan Wrench - will also feature live music both nights, starting at 8 p.m. The business, at 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., will stay open until 11 p.m.

The Greenwood Arts Council-sponsored art walk will take place Friday, May 12, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., with an opportunity to meet the artists. It continues Saturday, May 13, from noon to 5 p.m. Maps are available at participating businesses. For more information, visit www. greenwoodphinneyartwalk.com.[[In-content Ad]]