Lineup’s out for Thursday night’s RatCity ArtCity art walk

May 8th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Arts, White Center news Comments Off on Lineup’s out for Thursday night’s RatCity ArtCity art walk

Tomorrow’s the night – 6-9 pm … here are the places you can go!

Big Al Brewing (9832 14th Ave SW)
Chris Doelling: Acrylic on Panel

Chris does mostly ‘vaguely landscape or organic abstracts’. Her work is wrought with depth and contrast found in the work pulls people in for a more prolific eye journey.

Center Studio (9611 16th Ave SW)
Jennifer Forland Lately: Installation

“Lately, I’ve been working on very small art – jewelry. For this project, I am really excited about creating something on a large scale, installation style. My current job at an eco-friendly remodeling company inspired me to use mostly repurposed materials for the project, something I’ve always done to a point because of budget, but now want to do with more intention. I’m inspired by people who evoke feeling with their art – whimsy, nostalgia, longing. This project has made me think a lot about creation (science, religion or art) and whether the process is ever finished. I am intrigued by the time it takes to recreate nature (using man-made materials) and the level of success actually achieved in the attempt.”

Company (9608 16th Ave SW)
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Dubsea Coffee (9910 8th Ave SW)
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Full Tilt (9629 16th Avenue SW)
Simon Campbell

Simon first adopted photography as his creative outlet of choice. He has been taking photographs for 20 years, after receiving a cheap 35mm point and shoot camera in his early teens. Ever since then he has been developing an eye for things artistic; color, light and balance. Other than art classes at senior school in his native England, he didn’t pick up the paintbrush again until 2005 into his mid-twenties.

Already experienced in photographic composition a steady stream of collages, mixed media, and paintings emerged. Influenced by many genres of visual arts, from classic photography to modern contemporary painting, he paints in sporadic bursts and can never tell when a painting is going to be finished or exactly how its going to look…..he just kinda flows with it.

Travel Photography has remained a creative spark. He would still consider himself just as much a photographer as a painter, his work can be found at www.2700art.com

Full Tilt will also be featuring a musical set by Jody Mckane (solo acoustic) and the band Ache (guitars, cello and singing).

GnuOrganics (9988 15th Ave SW, Ste G)
Always supporting multiple artists:

Brent Holland
Morgan Smalley – no web presence
Kelly Sorbel
Devin Norris – no web presence

and holding over is:

Guy Lindenmuth

Herban Legends (9169 16th Ave SW)
Joseph Brooks – Painting, Drawing, Coloring

I love the process of making stuff with my hands. I really like creating a new style or a new way of working with materials that I normally wouldn’t use for a certain application. I make things I guess because it is my way of understanding this life. As long as I can remember I was always drawing. There is nothing like the way I feel after finishing something new. Some times the feeling is more prominent than others but it always makes me feel good, like I left something of me behind. It’s more than esthetics, because even pieces I don’t like as much still have something of myself in them.

King County Sheriff’s Office (9609 16 Av SW)
Daffodil paintings by Ms. Sager’s Roxhill Elementary 1st Graders

Luso Food & Wine (9614 16th Ave SW)
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Mago Signs (10032 16th Ave SW)
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Meanders (9635 16th Ave SW)
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Proletariat Pizza/ Caffe Delia (9622-A 16th Ave SW)
Art from the personal collection of Mike and Stefanie Albaeck

Salvadorean Bakery (1719 SW Roxbury St)
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Zippy’s Giant Burgers (9614 14th Ave SW)
Mike Mullins:
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Mike Mullins is a Seattle artist whose love of pop culture and graffiti is combined in his work. He has worked in many mediums but his current obsession is recycling old records by putting monsters and pop culture icons on them. Everyone from Frankenstein, to Darth Vader, to Mr T, and Jack Skellington is represented in his work. You can view and purchase his work at etsy.com/shop/spookydesigns.

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It’s the reel deal: Make a (short) movie, send it to the RatCity ArtCity Film Festival!

April 19th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Arts, White Center news 8 Comments »

Tell your tale as a 10-minute-or-less movie, and you might make it into the RatCity ArtCity Film Festival this summer. Here’s the announcement:

In June 2011, White Center curated its first Short Film Festival. Three twenty-minute programs covering a wide range of subjects were hosted by Southgate Roller Rink, Full Tilt, and Big Al Brewing.

We are again calling for submissions for the June 2013 Festival!

This is a one-night festival, held on June 13th in White Center. White Center is located between Seattle and Burien in unincorporated King County. It is a place with a lot of character and characters, where RAT is technically an acronym – but embraced as a mascot. RatCity ArtCity’s mission is to bring and sustain an eclectic, diverse range of art and artists to White Center, focusing on both emerging and well established artists. RCAC has revived the White Center Art Walk that had been in place for the past several years. Amanda Kay Helmick, Devrim Ozkan, and Theresa and Jason Beaulieu are the current facilitators and co-conspirators.

Submission Criteria:

* Completed Films should be under 10:00 total run time and formatted as a Quicktime (a complete spec sheet will be sent to filmmakers).
* Films should be completed and submitted by June 1, 2013
* Subjects and themes can range as the run time is the determining factor for inclusion in the program(s).

We encourage all ages, abilities and filming styles to submit! Remember, all final pieces should be in hand by June 1, 2013.

Please contact Amanda Kay Helmick at ratcityartcity@gmail.com for questions, specifications and submissions.

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Artists! White Center Spring Clean needs your talents for more murals

April 17th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Arts, How to Help, White Center news Comments Off on Artists! White Center Spring Clean needs your talents for more murals

(WCN photo of mural-painting during 2012 Spring Clean)
With more than 20 murals – “tour” them here! – White Center just might be the mural capital of King County – or at least well on its way there. But more artists are needed, according to this announcement sent by Mark Ufkes:

The White Center Chamber of Commerce, working in close partnership with the White Center Community Development Association, has been coordinating the installation of murals at graffiti locations throughout White Center over the past several years. What we have learned is that murals add color to our community and reduce graffiti at the sites where murals are installed. White Center now has more than 20 murals.

Last year, for example, we took two of the dumpiest buildings in White Center and turned them into public art (The Lions Mural and the Rainbow Mural on 17th Ave. SW) Six more mural sites have been identified for this year’s CDA White Center Spring Clean. Three mural sites still need artists.

White Center needs mural artists who are willing to work for free to bring their art and color to White Center. Here are the details of identified mural sites that still need artists.

The Live Butcher (Tom Salle)
9432 16th Ave. SW (South wall – 36 feet long)
(206) 354-2692
Marquise from the CDA (206) 708-8762 will arrange for paint and Tom The Live Butcher will provide artists with extraordinary snacks from his butcher shop while they install their art. Tom would like a farm scene with rolling hills. It should include a steer, chicken and pork. Artists with an idea will need to sketch it out and go visit Tom (as nice a man as you will ever meet in life) and see what he says. Once you both agree on the design, call Marquise to arrange the paint colors you will need, and you can get started. This location is a very visible southern wall on a White Center arterial.

La Mexicana (Bill Fry) (two sections of the front wall facing 16th SW)
10020 16th Ave. SW
(206) 763-1488
Section 1: North portion 90 feet long
Section 2: South portion 65 feet long

La Mexicana is a high quality Mexican foods manufacturer located in White Center. Scenes of life in Mexico could work for the mural, and images emphasizing Mexican foods could work too. Lots of color and lots of culture would be great, Potential artists would need to sketch out their ideas, call Bill and go visit him. He is a very nice fellow. See what he says. If you both come to an agreement about a design, you will then need to call Marquise at the CDA (206) 708-8762 and ask for the paint and brushes. Marquise will set you up. Cover as much of the walls and doors as you can at both sites up to eight feet above the side walk. This will help reduce graffiti at the location.

Tam Industries (9420 16th Ave. SW) and the SW 107th wall cut away at 16th Ave. SW will also get murals this spring. If potential mural artists have questions, please call Marquise at the CDA. White Center needs your talents!!

White Center Spring Clean stretches over multiple months this year – details are on the WCCDA website.

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Scenes from the April edition of RatCity ArtCity

April 14th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Arts, White Center news Comments Off on Scenes from the April edition of RatCity ArtCity

Thursday night was the second edition of RatCity ArtCity, the new incarnation of White Center’s art walk. For WCN, photojournalist Nick Adams stopped at some of the participating venues:

(Photos by Nick Adams for WCN)
At Big Al Brewing (9832 14th SW), artist Ethan Jack Harrington posed with his painting “Sonics Girl.”

Next – glass art work by Michael Church at GnuOrganics (9988 15th SW).

Another look:

Also at GnuOrganics, Guy Lindenmuth‘s paintings:

GnuOrganics also showed acrylic works on canvas by artist Daniel Mohr:

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RatCity ArtCity: Lineup’s out for this Thursday night

April 9th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Arts, White Center news 1 Comment »

Thursday night is the second edition of RatCity ArtCity – the renamped White Center art walk – and the list of locations and artists is now online: See it here! Then go explore, 6-9 pm Thursday (April 11th).

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‘Silence Is Loud’: Student’s suicide-awareness project ahead at Dubsea Coffee

March 17th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Arts, Health, White Center news Comments Off on ‘Silence Is Loud’: Student’s suicide-awareness project ahead at Dubsea Coffee

7-9 pm next Friday night (March 22), “Silence Is Loud” at Dubsea Coffee will bring attention to a difficult topic – but one that is imperative we all discuss – suicide. Evergreen Campus student Vanisa Long‘s invitation to an open-microphone and art show is below, shared by Dubsea proprietor Sibelle Nguyen:

Join us for a night of art and performances to promote the awareness of suicide. I’m holding this event for my senior project in hopes of bringing the community together to learn more about this issue and introduce resources for those who are depressed or have thoughts of suicide. We have performances lined up, but there will be a signup sheet for those who wish to perform the night of. If you have artwork that relate to the topic, feel free to contact me if you’d like your work to be showcased. E-mail vanisalg@yahoo.com

Dubsea is at 9910 8th SW in Greenbridge. There’s also a Facebook event page for “Silence Is Loud” – find it here.

P.S. If you or someone you know has talked or thought about suicide – there is 24/7 help via the Crisis Clinic at 206-461-3222.

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Rat City Art City: Quiet yet lively launch night for revamped art walk

March 16th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Arts, White Center news Comments Off on Rat City Art City: Quiet yet lively launch night for revamped art walk

When White Center’s all-new art walk debuted Thursday night, the King County Sheriff’s Office storefront was among the venues throwing open their doors – and that’s where we found Deputy BJ Myers, along with art by students from the Evergreen campus. Their work decked the counter as well as the walls:

A couple doors down, we stopped by the Center Studio too:

That’s photographer Julie Maxham, whose work graced the studio’s walls as visitors streamed in and out – delighting both proprietor Lonjina Verdugo and art-walk organizer Amanda Kay Helmick, who explained that this was something of a soft launch for the new night/time, with special events and a higher profile in the works as spring and summer proceed. Watch the official website for details.

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Rat City = Art City: White Center’s new art walk debuts tonight

March 14th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Arts, Businesses, White Center news 2 Comments »

A new name and new night for White Center’s art walk – and tonight (Thursday), just hours away, is its debut. It’s now Rat City Art City, and you’ll find it at venues around White Center on the second Thursday of the month, 6-9 pm. The official Rat City Art City website has the lineup for tonight, with venues and artists. The venues listed as participating tonight:

Big Al Brewing (9832 14th Ave SW)
Center Studio (9611 16th Ave SW)
Company (9608 16th Ave SW)
Dubsea Coffee (9910 8th Ave SW)
Full Tilt (9629 16th Avenue SW)
GnuOrganics (9988 15th Ave SW, Ste G)
Herban Legends (9169 16th Ave SW)
King County Sheriff’s Office (9609 16 Av SW)
Meanders (9635 16th Ave SW)
Proletariat Pizza/ Caffe Delia (9622-A 16th Ave SW)
Salvadorean Bakery (1719 SW Roxbury St)
Southgate Roller Rink (9646 17th Ave SW)
Zippy’s Giant Burgers (9614 14th Ave SW)

Rat City Art City is also on Facebook, here.

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Coming to White Center: Permanent home of Gildenfire Dance

February 10th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Arts, How to Help, west seattle, White Center news Comments Off on Coming to White Center: Permanent home of Gildenfire Dance

They are well-known in West Seattle, and now on their way to a permanent location in White Center: The young dancers of Gildenfire and their leader Jenna Lutton. We got the word from reader Megan Kelton-Rehkopf (who also shared the photo from their latest performance):

On Neighborhood Appreciation Day (Saturday), Jenna Lutton’s Gildenfire Dance held their annual performance for the residents at The Kenney [in West Seattle]. At the end of the performance, Jenna announced that Gildenfire has found a permanent home and she’s launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $5500 for a dance floor and mirrors to transform the space into an amazing dance studio. The new home of Gildenfire will be in White Center, located behind McLendon’s.

The Gildenfire fundraising page on IndieGogo reveals that as of this writing, they’re already 80 percent of the way to the goal.

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Artists ‘pop up’ at Technology Access Foundation’s White Center site

February 10th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Arts, Technology Access Foundation Comments Off on Artists ‘pop up’ at Technology Access Foundation’s White Center site

West Seattle’s Sheila Lengle was one of the artists showing and selling work Saturday night at the “pop-up art” event at Technology Access Foundation‘s center in White Center’s Lakewood Park. Also there, Jave Yoshimoto:

He’s exhibited internationally and is currently a teaching artist at West Seattle-based ArtsCorps.

Second from right in the photo above, that’s Vera Johnson, owner of Village Green Perennial Nursery, whose photos were on display. The event was organized by Menrva Labs.

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‘Pop-up art gallery’ today/tonight at TAF HQ in Lakewood Park

February 9th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Arts, Fun, White Center news Comments Off on ‘Pop-up art gallery’ today/tonight at TAF HQ in Lakewood Park

Been looking for an excuse to check out one of White Center’s newest hubs of activity? Maybe this is it: A pop-up art gallery at the Technology Access Foundation‘s Bethaday Learning Space in Lakewood Park, 4-8 pm. Artists include Village Green Perennial Nursery owner Vera Johnson, Nancy Leith,, and Michael B. Maine, and ; family activities in addition to the art show/sales – full details in the calendar listing. It’s happening at 605 SW 108th.

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Newest White Center-area mural dedicated for West Seattle Lions

January 20th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Arts, west seattle, White Center news 2 Comments »

(Crossposted from partner site WSB) The West Seattle Lions‘ mural at 17th and Roxbury is now officially dedicated – a reader shared photos from the event, including artist Xavier Lopez Jr., above, signing his creation. Last month, Lopez was honored as a White Center Hero for his role in the mural art that’s popping up all around White Center and South Delridge, including the new Lions mural.

(WS Lions president Jimie Martin with Mark Ufkes from the WC Chamber)
A map to all the White Center-area murals can be found on the WC Chamber of Commerce‘s website.

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White Center Art Walk, January edition: Warmth in winter

January 19th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Arts, Businesses, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Art Walk, January edition: Warmth in winter

Even if you didn’t make it out to tonight’s White Center Art Walk, you have the whole month to check out the featured works … Above, Amanda Kay Helmick is showing her art this month at the fitness/wellness hub Center Studio (9×11 16th SW). Across the street at 9608 16th SW, it was party time at Company Bar, including the show opening for Mark O’Connell:

Company was rocking to music by DJ Transport:

On the same side of the street, while the artist wasn’t on hand when we stopped in, Proletariat Pizza/Caffé Delia is showing work by Aaron Loidhamer:

Keep watch here for word of the next WC Art Walk – and enjoy the art displays as you visit WC businesses the rest of the month!

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White Center Art Walk night this Saturday, January 19th!

January 17th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Arts, White Center news 2 Comments »

Get ready to admire art all around White Center this Saturday night – January 19th is White Center Art Walk night. One participant, Company Bar, has sent word that Mark O’Connell‘s exhibit will open on Art Walk night, with tunes by DJ Transport, starting at 6 pm. If you want to make sure not to forget – join the Facebook event page here.

(Any other venues with announcements, let us know – in comments here, or whitecenternow@gmail.com)

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Happening now (till 8 pm): Blithe Bazaar at Center Studio

December 15th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Arts, Holidays, White Center news Comments Off on Happening now (till 8 pm): Blithe Bazaar at Center Studio

It’s a full house at Center Studio, with arts/crafts vendors from White Center and West Seattle during the studio’s first Blithe Bazaar, continuing till 8 pm. Most of the participating arts/crafts vendors are listed here.

But we didn’t see the listing for proprietor Lonjina Verdugo’s son Adrian:

His duct-tape wallets are just one of many items you’ll find at 9611 16th SW in downtown White Center till 8 pm.

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New chair sought by White Center Arts as its temporary gallery prepares to open

December 12th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Arts, How to Help, White Center news 3 Comments »

Change is in the works for White Center Arts, according to this announcement from Shelli Park, and this might be your chance to help:

White Center Arts is at an exciting crossroads. We are opening a temporary gallery in the Greenbridge development, utilizing an available new storefront. Our goal is to host gallery shows, artist workshops, arts events, and fundraisers. WCA is hoping that this will eventually turn into a permanent space, either in the same location, or through fundraising, fund a different space. We have been working towards this goal of opening a community gallery for three years. We are partnering with King County Housing Authority in the current space.

WCA is also closing out an era. After years of service, the founding chair of White Center for the Arts and the merged organization White Center Arts, is ready to step down. WCA is looking for a new leader to continue the vision of our role in bringing greater art access and visibility to White Center, and support for our local artists.

WCA is looking to fill two positions:

CHAIR: a person with the vision to guide the organization with our mission in mind. A connection with White Center is preferred, as this is a unique neighborhood, and practical understanding of the challenges would be very helpful in establishing relationships and partnerships. It is also desired that this person understand the importance of art and culture’s impact on community and economic development.

WCA’s board is dedicated to our mission. We have faced and overcome many challenges. We feel the excitement of this new path and want to share it with someone who is as passionate about arts in White Center as we are.

RECORDING SECRETARY: a person to record the minutes and discussion highlights of board meetings. The secretary will summarize and e-mail the notes to the board members shortly after meeting dates.

Please contact Shelli Park at crimsonpark@hotmail.com

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White Center Art Walk, October 2012 edition – tonight!

October 20th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Arts, White Center news Comments Off on White Center Art Walk, October 2012 edition – tonight!

We don’t have a full venue list but we have, for starters, this announcement from Center Studio via Facebook:

Sarah Barrick be holding a donation-based bake sale this evening at Center Studio during White Center’s Art Walk from 6-9 pm that will benefit Feed Washington! Stop by to enjoy a sweet treat, some fresh new art and to browse a brand new batch of my sacred mandala pendants. Any purchase you make, brownies, art or jewelry will all help to feed hungry children in Washington state!

Wander the rest of the WC business district tonight and see what else you find – 6 to 9 pm.

ADDED 1:16 PM: Rock during the Art Walk, tonight at Zippy’s Giant Burgers:

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Video: Young artists’ creation celebrated outside Super Saver Foods – ‘It evolved as it went’

October 3rd, 2012 Tracy Posted in Arts, Evergreen High School, White Center news 1 Comment »

Their names are forever part of the art – the young Evergreen Campus artists who created the mural that’s now complete on the north wall of the Super Saver Foods store on 16th in White Center. They were there, with their teacher, as it was dedicated Tuesday afternoon:

Those on hand got to hear stories of how it was created – 200 hours of volunteer time, as the White Center Chamber of Commerce noted in a preview announcement – and see the mockups:

Their teacher explained the mural is a truly collaborative work:

It spans so much space, you have to go see it in person to really appreciate it! Super Saver Foods is the former Albertsons store (sold and converted last March) at 16th/107th.

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Dedication today for student-painted mural on supermarket wall

October 2nd, 2012 Tracy Posted in Arts, White Center news Comments Off on Dedication today for student-painted mural on supermarket wall


This afternoon, a dedication celebration will mark the completion of that mural on the north wall of Super Saver Foods in White Center. WC Chamber of Commerce president Mark Ufkes sent a news release to formally announce it:

Last May, students from White Center’s Evergreen campus, comprising three local high schools, began painting a giant mural on the north wall of the new Super Saver Foods market (formerly the Albertson’s store, located on 16th Ave. SW and SW 106th Ave in White Center). This mural, designed by Evergreen Art Club students, and funded by the White Center Chamber of Commerce, was approved by Greg Saar, new White Center business owner who had just opened the market here. Half of the mural was completed at the end of the school year in mid-June. When Evergreen students returned to school this past September, work began again. This Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 3 pm, the students and the Chamber will host a celebration of the completion of the almost-100-foot-long mural.

It is estimated that over 200 hours of high school student volunteer time was spent designing and painting the mural. The mural emphasizes the cultural diversity of White Center, and the diversity of our Evergreen campus and promotes the ethnic foods that have made White Center famous. It is the largest, all-volunteer mural painted in White Center and covers a long wall that historically is tagged multiple times each year. This is the 17th White Center mural in the past year, sponsored by the White Center Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the White Center Community Development Association (CDA). Most murals are located in graffiti-prone locations. Our goal is to have 25 White Center murals completed by 2013, as part of our walking tour of White Center (see VisitWhiteCenter.com)

The White Center Chamber of Commerce and our White Center CDA want to thank Evergreen Art teacher and club adviser Amanda Schmidt and Evergreen student adviser Ray Zombro for their commitment to this huge project, and acknowledge the willing support from Greg Saar and his new Super Saver Foods market in White Center. This project is a creation of a group of highly talented Evergreen art students as a way to celebrate the rich diversity that has made White Center a wonderful place to live.

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Tonight: White Center Art Walk, September edition

September 15th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Arts, Businesses, Health, White Center news Comments Off on Tonight: White Center Art Walk, September edition

It’s White Center Art Walk night, 6-9 pm! One of the places you can stop for art and treats is Center Studio (9611 16th SW), whose proprietor Lonjina Verdugo sends word of what she has in store:

September Artist: Sarah Barrick at Center Studio

Please join us every 3rd Saturday of the month during Art Walk and enjoy what Center Studio has to offer. This month, Sarah Barrick’s photography based visual interpretations of the ratios and proportions found in the study of sacred geometry examine the perspective of the mandala principle where existence is described as ‘orderly chaos.’ She hopes that the beauty of her circular images give pause and create a space for the mind to wander, to wonder, and to appreciate what she sees as inseparable parts of a total vision of reality. www.sarahbarrick.com

We will be enjoying snacks and sips from 6-9 pm tonight with specials on classes if you sign-up while at the studio. Plus, if you have been wanting to try us out, we are offering our first Community Yoga night Sunday, 9/16, at 5:30. Cost is donation only. All are welcome!

Anybody else part of Art Walk tonight? Send info! whitecenternow@gmail.com

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