Public Art: Pioneer Square People and Rodents

Public art Pioneer square People art

On a recent trip to Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle, I stumbled on this fab work of public art that really captures the diverse people in this historic area that make it so unique! Luv the stylized look and did you notice the hats? 4 out of 5 people luv their hats – at least from this artist’s perspective! I didn’t see the artist signature on this piece of work so if you know – drop me a note and I’d happily give credit.

Pioneer Square is known for its diversity of everything from people, art galleries, delicious food, great music, to quirky shops, street performers and amazing architecture! One of the first historic areas of Seattle and well worth a visit especially if you can make it to the First Thursday Art Walk. Put Occidental Square on your day trip itinerary which always has unique rotating public art too!

Did I mention Pioneer Square was diverse? Here’s another great public art creation by Kate Tesch. Furry rodent meets iron lollipop is my interpretation but likely not the artist. I luv the painting style which make the rodent actually look cute and evil in a crazy hair short of way. Even luv the background which could have easily been a single boring color but is instead mixed color blocks adding great depth. Would I have it in on my wall? It’d be a great conversation starter if I did!

public art pioneer square kate tesch

 

Sometime side streets and alleys have the best surprises for public art!

Stone Giant Does Yoga

Ethan Currier Rock Person

 

I luv stone art from Ethan Currier! I had posted about his amazing stone art last year when I found his rock people in Bainbridge Island,WA.  What he shared since then is this fab rock giant doing yoga. Yes it is huge – 12 feet tall! This awesome stone giant is hanging out on the rocks about a mile off shore by a navigation marker on the ferry ride from Bainbridge Island to Seattle.

So most importantly, if you have never taken a ferry ride and you’re in Seattle Washington it’s well worth it -even if you never get off the boat!  If you do take a ferry right from Bainbridge be on the look out for this stone giant who so easily make this yoga pose effortless!  Pretty sure this is nature’s way of saying if a rock can do yoga anyone can.  I am a believer in Yoga for mind, soul and body and especially buff arms!

Enjoy checking out amazing art anytime you get a chance!

p.s. I wasn’t paid and am not associated with Ethan Currier, I just really luv his art and someday might be lucky enough to purchase a piece and figure out how to transport his stone art to my home in Southern California!

 

Traveling Collective Shop!

Small Room Collective

 

I used to think the fashion trucks were the best concept until… it was trumped this weekend by finding this traveling collective shop!  Small Room Collective doubles as a modern updated Aistream during travels and cool collective shop when it lands at it’s next destination!  I found it parked in the back courtyard at the Iron & Resin in Ventura, CA. The Small Room Collective had a bit of everything cool and eclectic – art, vintage, bags, jewelry, journals….  I got the sense that every stop on it’s tour is like a wrapped present, you never know what awesome and unique treasures you’ll find inside!

So, family and friends up north be on the alert for its tour stop near you  -yes you can buy me great gifts that I will luv even if there is no gift giving reason!

So why am I sharing this fab small business (and no one is paying me to share)? I luv finding innovative small businesses with owners who obviously have a passion for their shop. What’s more -they support other small businesses by featuring them in their traveling Small Room Collective shop!

It’s worth your spare time to stop by and check out the latest treasures!

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Duvall Coffeehouse Art

The Duvall Coffeehouse

 

What can you get in the local coffeehouse is great art! Yes I’m admittedly a bit of a coffee snob but who isn’t when you spend years in Seattle, WA during months of the various versions of rain or almost rain.  In my mind, it’s one of the cities with a coffee shop or two on every corner.  Almost equivalent to the number of donut shops in cities around Los Angeles.  Not a donut person but live around LA, go ahead count the number of donut shops in a 5-block radius and you’ll be wondering how they all stay open or maybe you’ll wonder if you’re the only non-donut person in town!

Back to my recent visit to Duvall, WA and The Duvall Coffeehouse. A great local find on the main street. Great cup of espresso! Plus if you have the spare time to enjoy it inside, enjoy the art. Everything from pencil sketches, wood cut panels, black ink drawings and even carved tables make for fabulous coffeehouse art!

Who wouldn’t want to linger over coffee at this great wood carved table! Yep if I could boil life down into only these 6 ideas it would be so simple! It’s a great blend of contemporary text with tribal art.

Dan Cautbell Coffehouse carved Table

 

Looking for more unusual coffeehouse art? The Hillbilly series of wood cut panels are lively, with texture, depth and a bit of color! Pretty sure I could hear the y’all twang of their voices and a banjo in the background.  Don’t think I’ve ever seen any  hillbillies as art subjects but luv this panel series!

Hillbillies series cut wood panel Art

 

So the next time you are in a new town, skip the chain and spend your spare time to find a local coffeehouse. This usually means great coffee or at least guarantees great coffeehouse art!