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Echoes of a Lifetime: Artist at Work

Savvy Dani


Artist Savvy Dani sets up her easel to paint a portrait of a live model – from start to finish – in three hours.  Savvy has been painting and listening to the stories of older residents for her “Echoes of a Lifetime” project.

Drop in to talk to Savvy and the model, see a portrait come to life, and to see the artist’s other works.

At Wallingford on Sunday, March 22 from 1 pm – 4pm.

Full details here: Echoes Poster

Art is my savior

Fear by ricardog206 on flickr

Fear by ricardog206 on flickr

I am writing this to describe me and the importance of art to me. Art is my savior; metaphorically I was born into a scary dark cave and the pencil is my flashlight. I had a lot of obstacles thrown at me in order to get where I am today and I’m here because I climbed over those obstacles. Continue reading

Citywide Teen Open Mic at Central Library

Are you, or is someone you know, good at stuff?  Are you a singer, or a poet, or an amazing guitar player?  Are you ready for the world to know about it?

If so, come to the Citywide Teen Open Mic Night at Central Library on Tuesday June 7!   Sign-ups start at 5 p.m, with performances  from 5:30-7:30. 

The coolest thing about this event?  It’s organized and hosted by several teens from Roosevelt High.  They’ve hosted open mic nights at Roosevelt before, but this time, they wanted to invite teens from all over the city to participate.  As Chris, one of the organizers, says, “Our group just really wants to put on an event that gives many kids in the school district a previously unobtainable perspective on student art, student performance and student voice throughout the entire school district.” 

Don’t miss this chance to see teens from all over the city show off their amazing talent.  Questions?  Email teencenter@spl.org!

Fresh Art from Ballard High at the Ballard Branch

 Ballard High School has amazing artists and art teachers! A show of student art work is currently up at the Ballard Branch Library. There are over 250 original pieces on display throughout the library through Friday May 20th

Let’s hear from two of the nearly 40 artists whose original work is on display.  Nigel, Ballard High School junior, says:

My favorite subject is people. Whenever I see a hideously disfigured human stroll down the block I think “Man, I need to draw that!” When I am on a creative roll is when I feel most peaceful, yo.”

Another junior at Ballard, Bjorn, says:

“I like drawing monsters, but I wanna make them seem like they got their lives together. Like even though they monsters, they’re not hidin’ under some basement stairs”.

This Saturday, May 14th from 6 -9 pm the Ballard Branch Library will stay open late as part of the Ballard Art Walk.   Everyone is invited to enjoy art, music, videos, and food – and admire the work of the wonderful artists who attend Ballard High.

This 5th annual Ballard High Student art show is a collaboration of the Ballard High Art Boosters and the Seattle Public Library – Ballard Branch.

Lynn M. /Ballard

New Videos – Live Music – Fresh Art in Ballard

 Sunglasses by Lisa Harrylock

Lisa Harrylock, painter of Sunglasses and Ballard High student artist, says: 

I like art because it is ambiguous. It can be so many things and still be beautiful in the eye of the beholder…There is always room for improvement in art…The challenge brings out creativity in artists by forcing them to try new things they are less comfortable with.

Her art work and that of 28 other Ballard High School  students will be on display for the month of May throughout the Ballard Branch Library during regular open hours. 

You can also visit Ballard Branch during the Second Saturday Art Walk on May 9th,  6-9 pm.   The Ballard Branch Library will be open after hours! Award-winning student video productions will be shown – Ballard Jazz combo will play – and some of the freshest art will be on display.

Comixtravaganza: Draw-a-Thon at the University Branch

Join us for the second annual (with hopefully many more to come) draw-a-thon contest at the University Branch on January 15th. The doors will open at 5 and the contest will start at 6.  There will be 2 age divisions, under 18 and over 18, with several prizes to choose from.  Judging will be done by representatives of the library and Zanadu Comics, who are co-sponsoring the event.  Justin Norman may be there–he has had a medical emergency and is not sure if he will be well enough to attend–but we have some leads on a stand in.  Justin Norman is an artist for Elephantment, and is also known as Moritat.  It will be unfortunate if he can’t make it, because he was wonderful at this event last year.  You can see photos of that program on Flickr.


Matthew Southworth will be taking the place of Justin Norman at tonights event.  Matthew is a local comic artist. The first installment of his new comic “Stumptown” will be published soon and he also worked on “Infinity Inc” for DC Comics.

If you want more information on any of the Seattle Public Library’s comics events this month (or any other events) go to the calendar and put the word “comixtravaganza” in the search box.

Can you compete?