by Kirby LindsayIt may be a dark and cold, and even stormy, night but that won’t stop the Fremont First Friday Art Walk from offering up fun, festivities and fabulous art for those hardy Seattle souls walking briskly among Fremont’s art venues.
Two businesses participating in the November 5th Art Walk, from 6p - 9p, demonstrate the diversity among Fremont’s ‘galleries,’ and the wealth of experiences awaiting Art Walkers.
From Attendee To Participant
Juliette Delfs, co-owner of Hub & Bespoke, said, “I’ve always enjoyed ‘doing’ Art Walk in the different neighborhoods.” Those experiences naturally led Delfs to participate in Fremont’s. “We wanted to support this terrific social event,” she explained by e-mail, “it’s a nice way to make an evening.”
Hub & Bespoke opened its doors in May of 2010, offering Seattleites everything they need to use their bikes for transportation - bike accessories, gift items, and a significant selection of clothing specially designed for riders. For women, Hub & Bespoke offers clothes designed for comfort and movement, and dispersing body moisture. For men, designers cut the clothes differently from street wear, Delfs explained, to be closer fitting, which avoids the need to tuck and re-tuck.
Delfs wants the store mission to be reflected in the art displayed, with artists featured whose work speaks to the pleasures of bikes, and bike transportation in urban settings. The current display, paintings by Tess Corrinne Jordan, also reflects the artist’s memories of September in Italy.
“For me, it’s being part of the community,” Delfs said about participating in the Art Walk. “We’ll make it work,” she explained about the effort needed to be open every month. She plans to change the art quarterly but in only her second month as a ‘gallery,’ Delfs admitted that she needs to see how it goes. “It’s a long, long day for me,” she explained, yet she knows personally that, “it’s a nice way to make an evening.”
From Footnote to Full On Party
The 509 Wines Tasting Room first opened in September 2009, and didn’t show art during its early participation in the Art Walk. Instead, they offered a place Walkers could start, and/or end, their evening over a fine glass of wine.
Early in 2010, Tasting Room manager Stacey Fujimura began to show art. “We would get about 30 to 40 people,” she said, even with displays of fine works by respected artists. For example, this month they have Pacific Northwest artist Stephanie (Sullivan) Broker, whose oil and acrylic paintings convey her explorations of identity and emotion.
Then, “in May, we had a big Syrah Rose release party,” Fujimura reported, about the celebration of the Cote du Fremont label. Kevin Conroy, 509 co-owner, wanted something ‘more Seattle’ than the usual nibbles, so they booked the barbeque pig truck, MAXImus/MiniMUS. “It was such a big hit,” Fujimura remarked, as the party drew in 400-plus guests, “people loved the urban food, and loved the whole party atmosphere.”
Since then, Fujimura has scheduled a food truck for each First Friday – including Kaosamai and Dante’s Inferno Dogs. November visitors can dine on Creole soul food served up by Where Ya At Matt. Then, on the second Friday, the Tasting Room welcomes a dessert truck to their parking lot, with Street Treats on hand on November 12th.
“The other thing that’s evolved,” Fujimura went on, “is that Kevin asked The Jelly Rollers to play.” With their own live house band to perform blues rock, 509 Wines entertained 300 people at the Art Walks in September and October. “Kevin loves it that people are hanging out in the neighborhood,” Fujimura explained. “I see people at the bar, marking their routes,” she said of the handouts provided for Art Walk, “circling the places they want to see.”
The walk from Hub & Bespoke to 509 Wines may look like a hike, but with so much to offer – and to see – along the way, why not stroll on November 5th? These two ‘galleries’ have plenty to offer, but many others also participate in First Friday Art Walk. Check it out!
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