News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood

 

Return of Maple Leaf’s street mural

November 13th, 2015 by Mike

Maple Leaf’s street mural on Northeast 98th Street is back.

Tara writes:” The street art on Northeast 98th Street (between 15th and 12th avenues northeast) was covered up by the recent chip sealing. It was just redone. Looks great!”

She actually sent these photos in mid October, but we were saving them for use in brightening up an otherwise wet, windy day.

Thanks, Tara!

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Northgate Station design already 60% done!

October 30th, 2012 by master

Sound Transit might not be rolling into Northgate Station until 2021, but the design of the light-rail station in the corner of Maple Leaf is already 60 percent completed.

You’re invited to learn more about the design at an open house from 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St., with the presentation set to begin at 6:30 p.m. On the docket are updates on bicycle facilities, pedestrian, transit connections, park-and-ride facilities and future transit-oriented development plans.

But possibly of interest to a broader swath of Maple Leafers than previous open houses, Sound Transit also will unveil details about landscaping and progress for public art. Following a national search, local artists Mary Ann Peters and Cris Bruch have been chosen to create original artwork for Northgate Station. According to the project update page:

In the coming months, Peters and Bruch will work with the Northgate Station design team to develop artwork for the station windscreen glass and a sculpture for the plaza area that respond to the character of the neighborhood and station. Their proposals will be presented to the community next year.

What kind of art and landscaping would you like to see at Northgate? Do I hear a shoutout for maple leaves, anyone?

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Maple Leaf's first Art Walk in full swing

May 11th, 2012 by Mike

7 p.m. – The first-ever Maple Leaf Art Walk is in full swing on a glorious spring evening.

Groups of people are congregating on Roosevelt Way Northeast and Fifth Avenue Northeast, scanning their art walk maps and deciding which gallery or shop to visit next.

Twenty-some businesses are participating in the walk, sponsored by Maple Leaf Life and 20Six Fresh, a Maple Leaf graphics shop which produced the map.

Store owners up and down the arterials are passing out maps, advice, free or reduced-price grub – and selling art.

The Art Walk continues until 9 p.m.

Parents pushed children in strollers, couples walked arm-in-arm and even a few dogs graced the galleries.

In the first hour, several businesses reported seeing a number of new faces along with regular customers. “We’ve seen people who said they’ve never been in before,” Reckless Video reported.

World flutist Gary Stroutsos performed at Cloud City and Between Cultures and local musician Mark Juan played Spanish guitar music at Blue Saucer.

Graphic artist James Gordon outside Reckless Video with his large-format work. Gordon said he saw the advance posts for the Art Walk and decided to exhibit this work, which he says has never before been seen in public.

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Maple Leaf’s first Art Walk in full swing

May 11th, 2012 by Mike

7 p.m. – The first-ever Maple Leaf Art Walk is in full swing on a glorious spring evening.

Groups of people are congregating on Roosevelt Way Northeast and Fifth Avenue Northeast, scanning their art walk maps and deciding which gallery or shop to visit next.

Twenty-some businesses are participating in the walk, sponsored by Maple Leaf Life and 20Six Fresh, a Maple Leaf graphics shop which produced the map.

Store owners up and down the arterials are passing out maps, advice, free or reduced-price grub – and selling art.

The Art Walk continues until 9 p.m.

Parents pushed children in strollers, couples walked arm-in-arm and even a few dogs graced the galleries.

In the first hour, several businesses reported seeing a number of new faces along with regular customers. “We’ve seen people who said they’ve never been in before,” Reckless Video reported.

World flutist Gary Stroutsos performed at Cloud City and Between Cultures and local musician Mark Juan played Spanish guitar music at Blue Saucer.

Graphic artist James Gordon outside Reckless Video with his large-format work. Gordon said he saw the advance posts for the Art Walk and decided to exhibit this work, which he says has never before been seen in public.

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Essence Spa features photographer Jeffrey Abel

April 17th, 2012 by master

Although the Maple Leaf Art Walk is still a month away, you can get your feet wet this week with the monthly Spa Night & Art Opening from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Essence Spa, featuring work from Essence client and Seattle photographer Jeffrey Abel.

Essence, located at 1415 N.E. 80th St., says about Abel:

A true Seattleite, Jeffrey Abel highlights the omnipresent water around Puget Sound. Whether he is setting up his tripod on the streets of Seattle or on the beaches and mountains of Western Washington, Jeffrey focuses his photography on the life cycle of water. Much of his landscape photography is taken on weekend outings happily away from work. When he isn’t working or taking photos, Jeffrey also enjoys spending time skiing and exploring new areas around the Northwest.

As part of the evening’s festivities, Essence also will offer specials on some of its services, including:

  • Natural facial sugaring: $15 each area
  • Mini-cleansing face treatment: $30
  • Brow and lash tinting: $15 each or $25 for both
  • Chair massage: 15 for $15 or 30 minutes for $30
  • Mini-hair styling (flat iron or curl): $20

To make a reservation, call 206-523-1187 or email admin@essenceseattle.com.

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Aljoya Thornton Place opens Z.Z. Wei and Alfredo Arreguin art show Thursday

February 20th, 2012 by master

Aljoya Thornton Place is opening a new art show on Thursday, Feb. 23, featuring Seattle artists Z.Z. Wei and Alfredo Arreguin, including Wei’s “Palouse Shadow,” shown, and Arreguin’s “Colibris.”

June Sekiguchi, art curator at the senior living community at 450 N.E. 100th St., says in a news release that last spring’s gray skies and chilly temperatures inspired planning for this show:

“The art of Z.Z. Wei and Alfredo Arreguin is bright, with visual narratives that draw the viewer into stunning beauty,” says Sekiguchi. “The rich color in this exhibition is something we all long to see this time of year.”

Wei, originally from China, and Arreguin, from Mexico, tell the stories of being first-generation Americans through their 15 vibrant paintings that will be on display through June 26.

Both artists, who teach art and exhibit locally as well as internationally, will be at a free opening reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Aljoya Thornton Place. Advance reservations are required by calling 206-306-7920.

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Glassique discount just in time for holidays

December 9th, 2011 by master

Just after opening its doors, Maple Leaf’s own architectural glass design studio, Glassique at 9634 Roosevelt Way N.E., offered a 50 percent-off Groupon for its classes.

Now it’s targeting the Christmas crowd with another discount coupon through Living Social for two 3.5-hour Introductory Stained Glass classes for $49 (a $125 value) or two Introductory Glass Mosaic classes for $58 (a $145 value). You’ve got a year to take advantage of this offer, and it’s available through the weekend.

Here’s what you’ll learn: [Read more →]

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David Horsey, his mom open art exhibit tomorrow

November 16th, 2011 by master

Over the years, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist David Horsey has made a name for himself not only locally, but also worldwide through his commentary and cartooning in the Seattle P-I.

And it turns out the apple did not fall far from the tree. Although you may never have heard of her, David Horsey’s mother, Jeanne Horsey, also is an avid artist, and for the first time their art will be exhibited together at our own Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St.

You’re invited to the opening reception from 4-6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 17, although reservations are requested by calling 206-306-7920.

In total, more than 15 David Horsey pieces and 10 Jeanne Horsey works will be on display.

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Art show Sunday at Maple Leaf Grill

August 19th, 2011 by master

Maple Leaf residents have plenty of avenues to get their art on locally this weekend. In addition to the opening this week of Glassique, which easily draws in passers-by with its 400-square-foot showroom full of colorful glass art, this weekend there also will be an art show at the Maple Leaf Grill, 8929 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Some of the works that will be for sale can be seen (and purchased!) via jenartgallery.com

And there will more than just art. The Grill writes on its Facebook page:

Free mimosas, muffins, and coffee this Sunday 9am-2pm at Maple Leaf Grill. Come check out Jen’s art sale.

And, of course, the art show has also been written up on the white board at the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis (shown at right).

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Fine Impressions Gallery celebrates food in June

June 15th, 2011 by master

Although your own garden may not be thriving, June is nevertheless a perfect month to celebrate food, and Fine Impressions Gallery is doing just that. From its home page:

This month we send you on an exploration of food…antique and contemporary views of where it comes from, how it is produced, and what we do with it. Some of the most beautiful depictions come from the 19th century botanical artists, who carefully documented hundreds of plants. We also have recipes, calligraphy pieces, children’s stories, and much more. Bon appétit!

Featured on its home page and in its monthly newsletter are various prints both educational, such as the above “Bulbiferous Great Round-Headed Garlic” from Anne Pratt, and more literary, including the illustration at left by Sarah Chamberlain for the Aesop’s fable “The Fox and the Grapes.”

Want to browse more prints of food to bring summer here faster? There are plenty more online and at the gallery, 8300 Fifth Ave. N.E.

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