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It’s getting to be that time of the month! Art Ache is upon us once more, this time with a special Cinco de Mayo installment of the popular pop-up art market. Featuring a bevy of local shops and artists slinging their gear to the beat of a live DJ (this month features music by DJ Ruben Mendez), budget-conscious shoppers can sip $3 mimosas (or pound $5 whiskey shots, if you cray) while scouring the racks for affordable vintage, fine art, collectibles, and crafts. As per usual, the party kicks off at 1PM at Chop Suey on Capitol Hill, and is, as always, free to get in. As yet another amazing event presented by No Sleep, expect to have a great time surround by fabulous taste.
Poster design by Travis Wagoner.Tweet
Nestled quietly behind a wooden gate next door to Hillcrest Market on Capitol Hill, stepping into Ghost Gallery is much like visiting a friend’s house. You’re greeted warmly when you walk through the door, there’s plenty of space to set down your things and relax if you like, and the rooms are full of fancy objects that continuously draw your eye. Each with it’s own story. The space functions as an art gallery with a built-in gift shop, a collector’s boutique for those interested in exquisite design. It gets it’s name from the days before the store front opened, when the shop’s owner and curator, Laurie Kearney, was doing a bunch of curating around town. She went by Ghost Gallery because the shows were in different galleries every time and never in the same location.
Laurie opened Ghost Gallery in April 2010 and it has quickly become a favorite among artists and collectors alike. “I try to push the limits of the space,” she says, “and now with all the furniture from ReRun Room, it’s fun to see the space change every couple of weeks because everything comes and goes.” With a one-two punch of taste and charm, it’s Laurie’s skillful touch that has turned this gallery into a destination. She gets her place in the Seattle Peach 100 for her tenacity and endurance, her eye for good work, and her sweet smile and peachy personality.
Her mother being an amazing painter, Laurie was nurtured to love art as she was growing up. She started making art as a high school student, focusing on photographery, and then began pursuing sculpture, as well, once she got to college. When her school dropped their photography program, she reassessed her future, and decided that the behind the scenes work was right up her ally. She took an internship at the college’s gallery, and immediately after she started working under the curator there, she knew that was what she wanted to do.
After college, Laurie fell in love with Seattle while visting some friends, and was ready for a change from her college town in Virginia. Seattle was familiar in all the right ways, but bigger, and with a promising art scene. She made the move, with hopes of doing graduate studies at UW, but stayed when she met her now husband, ex-Lashes alumni, Jacob James.
A multi-talented Jill-of-All-Trades, Laurie also plays bass in Ships, a local power-pop outfit with Jacob filling the role of frontman. “The first year we were together we had this six month stint of both being unemployed,” Laurie explains. “(Jacob) had just gotten done with a bunch of Lashes touring and wasn’t quite sure what he was wanting to do. We starting sitting around in my living room one day and playing out some songs and it slowly grew from there. It just works, it’s really fun.”
Laurie has been playing music since she was just a wee one. “My oldest brother tried teaching me guitar when I was really young, and I was just terrible at it,” she says. When her other brother went into the military, he left his drum set behind and Laurie started rocking out. In high school she played in an all-female goth band, who played house parties around the Chesapeake area of Virginia in the early-90s. She moved on to bass from there, learning to play when a friend taught her a few songs, and she’s continued to teach herself to play throughout the years.
Ghost Gallery provided an opportunity to bridge the gap between Laurie’s love for art and her love for music last year when she showed work from Jonas Bjerre. ”I showed Jonas, the singer from Mew, who are one of my favorite bands,” she says. “He also makes fine art, and I had randomly asked him last year if we could show some of his videos or prints here and he said yes! That was amazing.”
Ghost Gallery is known for putting on a fantastic soiree for their shows’ opening receptions, which is why Seattle Peach reached out to Laurie late last year to set up a show of our own. Ghost Gallery will host A Collection of Characters//Instant Photography by Seattle Peach this Friday, Feb 8, through Sunday, Feb 10. We will be co-hosting a party to celebrate the opening on Friday from 6PM-9PM, with DJs SH6RL6S6 and Kyle Johnson providing the soundtrack. Seattle Peach is really excited for this opening and we hope everyone will come out for the show and bring all their friends.
To get to know Laurie better, come by Ghost Gallery! She will treat you like an old friend, and tell you anything you want to know about the treasures she’s collected for the shop. Scroll on to see what she had to say in her Seattle Peach 100 Fact Sheet.
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The next of the OG Peaches to find her place in the Seattle Peach 100 is none other than Miss Tanja Pavićević. A Bosnia native who came of age during the war in the 90′s, Tanja is a photorealist artist who moved to the states in 1999 as a refugee. Seattle Peach met her a decade later at a backyard barbeque, and her winning trifecta of sweetness, smarts and sass have won our hearts forever.
Growing up, Tanja was forced to mature very quickly when the war started, and the very real dangers of conflict didn’t leave a lot of room for youthful rebellions. Tanja has been an artist for nearly her entire life. When she was a young girl, her parents noticed that her doodles were quite advanced for her age–she was obsessing about creating perfect circles before she’d reached double digits. When she was 11, Tanja was sent to an art school in Sarajevo and has been studying art ever since, most recently attending Seattle’s Cornish College. Her focus has been with portraits for some time now, using surrealist details in the background of her pieces to help tell the story of her subject.
Seattle Peach is pleased to feature Tanja in the 100, because through her art, Tanja both processes her own history as a survivor of war, and the intimacy of her subjects enable the viewer to put themselves in her shoes for a moment. It gives a concept as massive and daunting as war a relatable narrative. She doesn’t politicize her art, she simply tells her story through the images of her past, and in doing so is inherently political. Art about war doesn’t need to be graphic or disturbing to be heart wrenching, and Tanja’s work is exactly that.
Tanja had her first solo show at the Station on Beacon Hill this summer to commemorate the launch of her official web site. She looks forward to doing more shows in the future, and we at Seattle Peach look forward to them, as well. To learn more about Tanja and her art, be sure to check out her website, and scroll below to check out her answers to the Factsheet.Tweet
The unimposing space at Vermillion on 11th and Pike is frequently a choice destination for Seattle Peach and crew when we want to unwind. Within the last year, the art gallery/cocktail lounge has been at the top of its game when it comes to playing host to artsy events. L O V E T O N E, a monthly dance party showcasing top-notch visual projections, leads the pack as far as unconventional carousing is concerned. The psychedelic surroundings created by massive projections coupled with complementary DJ sets is one of the best monthlies in town. The dark and intimate back bar area lends itself to deep talking and the towering corridors guide party-goers gracefully through the space.
Seattle Peach asked L O V E T O N E promoter, Ozma Ocatova, his philosophy when approaching the event:
“Lovetone started in December 2010. It is the physical manifestation of a mental experiment. The general idea is to bring Seattle an event that rearranges the elements of several specific cultures and creates an environment that takes people to an unfamiliar feeling. Hopefully it induces some reflection. You never have the same psychedelic experience twice, and there are always lessons to be learned.”
L O V E T O N E will celebrate this month with a free Halloween party slated for Saturday night. Residents Jon Francois, Christian Science, David James and, of course, Ozma, will be on hand and the Slowdust collective will be making a very special guest appearance.
Scroll to see some snaps from last month’s installation of L O V E T O N E, which featured projections by Nick Bartoletti. Photos by Seattle Peach.Tweet