Another Walk in the Park

Freeway Park that is. What a difference a day makes. Yesterday was beautiful. Today – not so much.

Wow, nice light pole. Check out those globes!

Start looking up and these things are everywhere.

Holy crap! Another one.

It’s very hard to tell that your in a park in downtown Seattle except for the really tall buildings and freeway noise. That’s 2 Union Square rising up behind the light pole.

Guess what, another light pole.

This one has rectangular fixtures. I assume that these poles are used to mitigate the scariness factor when it gets dark. It can be a bit creepy  at night, but I feel safe . It’s usually pretty busy with people walking to and from work. They also have officers patrolling the park constantly.

Jeffry Mitchell Limited Edition Print From Sidereal Press

From the talented Sheila Coppola, owner and operator of Sidereal Press.

She also did a gorgeous suite of Scott Fife prints for Platform Gallery.  One of the images below…


Info from the Platform Gallery website:

Platform is pleased to announce the publication of a suite of four prints by Scott Fife. Measuring approximately 25″ x 19″ printed from sugar lift, spitbite, and aqua tint plates, they are available in two different paper options:

Okawara Japanese handmade paper
Edition of 8, plus two T/Ps
One plate, 1 color (except Hummingbird which is printed 2 colors a la poupee). Each are hand torn.

Pink paper (handmade by Larry Sommers)
Edition of 10 (#4 to #10 available), plus 2 T/Ps
One plate, 1 color with Sekishu chine-colle (exceptHummingbird which is printed 2 colors a la poupeewith Sekishu chine-colle). Each are hand torn.

Both editions printed by Sheila Coppola, Sidereal Press, Seattle. Flickr photoset of the printing in action here. Photos by Mark Davison.

My walk to the studio

I live on Capitol Hill/First Hill in Seattle so it’s easy to walk almost anywhere. My studio is in the International District, about a 30 minute journey. Here are a few highlights along the way.

I walk through Freeway Park almost everyday. It spans the interstate from First Hill to Downtown. It was designed by famed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin.

One entrance into the park.

It is a very well maintained park, though still a bit creepy at night. For an urban dweller, it is a wonderful respite from dodging cars.

The downtown library. An amazing building and an such a great resource.

The King County Administration Building otherwise known as the Honeycomb Hideout. This view looks up to the skybridge that connects to both the county courthouse and the county jail. I enjoy it but many think it’s the ugliest building in Seattle.

Michael Spafford’s Tumbling Figures – Five Stages at the King County Parking Facility at 5th & Jefferson. I love this piece of public art. This was relocated from the Kingdome where it resided for nearly 20 years! More info here.

Seahawks fans getting ready for the game this past Sunday.

Final destination. Hmm, egg salad. This is better than many of the presents left on my doorstep.

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My Show At The Telephone Room

Is You Is? at The Telephone Room

My installation “Is You Is?” at The Telephone Room in Tacoma. I have a drawing that covers the ceiling, which means I had to remove the light fixture, cut a hole in my drawing, and hope to hell I measured correctly. I Did. Whew. I completed the installation by putting a drawing in the window and in the alcove under the phone, placing 10 small drawings on the shelves under the window and one on the shelf by the door.

Yep, it really is a telephone room with a WORKING rotary phone. It is in someone’s home and it measures something like 33″ wide by 63″ deep. That someone is Heide Fernandez-Llamazares and along with Marty Gengenbach and Ellen Ito form the team responsible for this great little space.

It was a fun opening – they even provided me with some bourbon to get through my pre-opening jitters on Wednesday night.

Thanks Telephone Room!

Press release for my show at The Telephone Room

The Telephone Room Gallery presents “Is You Is?” New Drawings by Blake Haygood.

November 4 – 30, 2009

“The title of my show, “Is You Is,” comes from the Louis Jordan song “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t (My Baby).” The question for me is not about my love life but about my career as an artist. After being a co-founder and co-owner of Platform Gallery in Seattle for 5 years, I began to ask myself, am I primarily a gallery owner or an artist? It became increasingly clear that I would need to make a choice and fully commit to one or the other. I left Platform at the end of July to focus on my art. Luckily for me the good people at the Telephone Room in Tacoma offered me a slot in their schedule. I’ll be integrating my drawings of disintegrating/reforming mechanical/organic objects into the space. This is my first solo show with all new work since last showing at Platform in January 2005.”  —Blake Haygood

(Image: Blake Haygood, “Is You Is?”, gouache and graphite on rag board, 2009. Photo courtesy the Telephone Room Gallery.)

The Telephone Room Gallery’s focus is to exhibit art. We host openings where you can see the art, talk with the artists, enjoy refreshments, and it’s free. Hope to see you soon.

In the window of The Telephone Room

Always viewable by appointment – email

The Telephone Room is the world’s second-smallest art gallery at 12 ½ square feet. It is located in a Dutch Colonial home in Tacoma and since 1930, its sole purpose has been to house a black rotary dial telephone. Until now…

Small is Big. The Telephone Room is small, but its mission is big: to house artist-driven exhibits and programming. Big ideas in an intimate space.

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Heide Fernandez-Llamazares
Marty Gengenbach
Ellen Ito

the Telephone Room : Small is Big
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