Cool Art for Kids and a Local Designer Gets Her Twirl On

Frye Art Museum’s ‘Smalll Frye’ program makes art easier for little ones to swallow; plus, a cool ne

By Kavita Varma-White

0911_pgsmallfrye_0

August 8, 2011

This article originally appeared in the September 2011 issue of Seattle Magazine.

ART CLASS

Sometimes exposing kids to culture is akin to getting them to take yucky-tasting medicine: You have to hide it in something sweet to get it down. The folks at Frye Art Museum have figured this out.

In an effort to promote community literacy and get little people (and their parents!) into the museum, they’re offering the terrific “Small Frye” program. The free storytelling sessions feature librarians from Seattle Public Library, who read from books that are related to a current exhibition. The sessions are held the first Friday of every month (11:15 a.m.; fryemuseum.org) and include tales and tunes presented in a gorgeous gallery space surrounded by floor-to-ceiling art.

This month’s featured artist is the eccentric Munich painter Gabriel von Max, who was known for being a naturalist and collector of botanicals, bones and pet monkeys.  Frye youth program coordinator Jill Hardy says the storytelling will revolve around themes of the natural world and wonder. Message? Art, once you get it down, is full of surprises.

LOCAL ARTIST

West Seattle-based Elise Hooper Designs had us at “blanket.” We’ve been enamored of the personalized baby blankets Hooper has been selling on Etsy for the past two years. But like a new girlfriend who keeps revealing parts of her personality, Hooper shows off a sassy side with her latest creation: the ruffled twirl skirt ($48), an update of the overdone tutu that’s sure to be worn by all the dancing, prancing cool little gals on the block this summer.

She describes each handmade circle skirt as “360 degrees of one-of-a-kind fun,” because the ruffles are created out of mismatched strips of colorful fabrics. Every skirt is made of 100 percent Kona cotton fabric, has an expandable waist, and comes in tangerine, lime green, periwinkle and raspberry. Now, if we could just convince Hooper to make a grown-up version, this relationship could go all the way. etsy.com/shop/elisehooperdesigns.

 

Elena shoot 2018 Where Magazine cover postcards copy-min

Fave Five

Apparel, Art, Ice Cream, Music

1 SATISFY your fashion appetite with sustainable luxury. Sell Your Sole Consignment features only mint condition women’s designer clothing and accessories. Gucci, Louis Vuitton, The Row, Hermèes, Celine, Chanel and many others wait inside this inconspicuous boutique in Belltown for their second life with you. Feel good knowing you’re reducing your environmental footprint when you…

MOTSI

Holiday Gift Guide 2021

Surprise with these unique offerings

Perhaps we’re a little biased, but who doesn’t love a good magazine? Big Little News, a new newsstand in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, boasts more than 250 domestic and foreign magazines. Add beer, wine, Champagne, gifts and sundries, and Big Little’s bimonthly subscription box makes for a creative and unique holiday gift. A sample gift…

Knack_0319a_0

Laura Jennings: The Giving Guide

The entrepreneur has a 'Knack' for gifting

This story appeared in the November-December issue of Seattle magazine. Visit seattlemag.com/subscribe. The best gift Laura Jennings ever received was a baseball It couldn’t have cost more than $5, and Jennings wasn’t heading to the dugout anytime soon. But with the unexpected gift came a note from her husband, who wrote that Laura had proven…

VAN-MOOF

The Power of Pop-ups

Seattle shop has been a hit with tenants and customers

The retail landscape with which we ended 2020 is not the same one that we see in the first quarter of 2021; the coronavirus pandemic has transformed an already struggling industry for the foreseeable future. According to retail analytics firm Core-sight Research, about 8,400 stores closed across the United States last year.  And it’s no secret that…