Leo Shallat Makes Art for All with Intricate Public Murals

Shallat is a muralist and multi-disciplinary artist based in Seattle, creating works ranging from wall paintings to murals that span entire buildings

Leo Shallat was a web designer when he went on a vacation to Europe in 2017. On the last day of his trip, he decided to quit his job to pursue an outlandish passion: calligraphy.  In London, Shallat had met a world renowned calligrapher, Paul Antonio, who offered him a scholarship to study the art —…


PNW Glass Artists Come Together to Showcase Works

'Refract' programming includes online events by Pilchuck Glass School and Pike Place Market

Pacific Northwest artists and art organizations are coming together to showcase their work through a four-day glass arts festival.  More than 25 glass artists, studios and organizations have joined forces to host “Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience,” featuring both in-person and virtual events from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18. “Refract” programming includes online events by…


All Signs Point to #WeGotThisSeattle

From Belltown to Ballard and beyond, these murals by local artists are bringing beauty to businesses' boarded-up windows

Leave it to a bunch of artists to turn tragedy into joy. Due to the Stay Home, Stay Healthy ordinance, restaurants and small businesses have shuttered all over town, many boarding up the windows until they’re able to get back to serving customers. But those pieces of plywood are the perfect canvases for some inspirational…


New School Art School: Seattle Artist League Puts People First

The new Northgate school offers flexible, community-centric art classes

League founders Lendy Hensley and Ruthie V.


Hot Ticket: Kat Larson’s Haunting New Exhibit

Her video and photography show, "The Lens of Lyra (A Phenomenology of Spirit)," opens this week at Bridge Productions in Georgetown.

A detail from “On the Tracks of South Dakota (the Ghost prays for us),” an image from Larson’s 2016 show, The Ghost of Vega; gallery founder Sharon Arnold says “the aesthetics of the ghost are shifting in this next iteration.”


Seattle Nonprofit Fuels the Resistance With Art

A local arts advocacy group sets up headquarters in Pioneer Square, ground zero for its message heard—and seen—around the world.

The staff of Amplifier at its new headquarters, surrounded by artwork and the iconic posters of the “We the People” campaign.


2017 Year in Review: Art and Life

The pieces, performances and more that stuck with us.

Here Lies Love


New Georgetown Protest Mural Takes on Climate Change, South Seattle Air Pollution

The collaboration between Seattle artist Craig Cundiff and anti-gasoline organization Coltura debuted last weekend.

Cundiff’s mural is on the back of the former Poppleton Electric & Machinery Co. building in Georgetown.


A New Exhibit at the Frye Explores Appropriation and Emojis

The museum's new show appropriates the appropriated.

Portraits like Marks’ 2014 “Wat’sa with a Pearl Earring” appropriate familiar imagery to bizarre and unsettling effect.


The Faces of Seattle Homelessness Will Be Displayed Across the City This Weekend

Renowned photographer Lee Jeffries teamed up with Seattle's Union Gospel Mission for a powerful exhibit.

Photographer Lee Jeffries visited Seattle this year and took portraits of people living outside.


The Colorful Beauty of the West Captured in Seattle Artist’s Paintings

In a new book, local artist Molly Hashimoto explores the colors of our region.

Olympic National Park, Rialto Beach


Cafe Racer is Closing This Week

Bid farewell to the University District institution on Wednesday.

After struggling to stay afloat for the past year, Café Racer is closing. Owner Kurt Geissel announced yesterday in a Facebook post that Wednesday will be the beloved U District hangout’s last day. “Lord knows the café has had it’s [sic] ups and downs but it has been 14 years of art and music and…

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Publisher’s Note: The True Seattle Influencers

Forget social media. These are the real heroes.

In-flu-ence /ˈinflo͝oəns/. The power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways. An emanation of spiritual or moral force. An ethereal fluid held to flow from the stars and to affect the actions of humans. With all the attention on “influencers” on social media, I think we’ve lost the true meaning of…

Photography by Grant Hindsley

Every Car Has a Story: ‘I don’t own cars. They own me.’

Blake Siebe takes a most unusual approach to car collecting

There are two kinds of car collectors. The vast majority fit into a sort of “check box” mentality of acquiring cars anointed by others as collector worthy. In contrast, a rare category of car collectors, I might venture to say, are the true cognoscenti who discover vehicles that no one is yet appreciating. They relish in…