Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Free Parking on the First Thursday Art Walk

Update: The free parking program is still going strong! We expect to provide free parking to visitors of the art walk through the end of 2014!

Park for free when you visit Pioneer Square's First Thursday art walk! Select Pioneer Square garages will offer free parking between the hours of 5:00-10:00 PM.  Simply visit an art gallery, cafe, restaurant or store in Pioneer Square to receive a voucher and hand it to the parking attendant when exiting the garage.

There are three steps to get free parking on First Thursday:


Park your car at the following participating garages between 5 PM and 10 PM on First Thursday:

Butler Parking Garage - 114 James Street
Frye Parking Garage – 117 3rd Ave S
Pioneer Square Garage – 74 S Jackson Street
Merrill Place Garage – 72 S King Street

Rainbow P = FREE. Blue P = Regular parking lot.
Visit DowntownSeattleParking.com for more parking options.


Pick up a free parking voucher on the art walk. Fill out the questionnaire on the back! A free parking voucher is available at the following venues:

  1. 4Culture
  2. Agate Designs
  3. ArtForte
  4. Arts Collective at the OK Hotel
  5. ArtXchange
  6. Azuma
  7. Core Gallery
  8. Corridor Gallery
  9. Cuttysark
  10. Davidson Galleries
  11. Delicatus
  12. Design Commision Gallery
  13. Distant Lands
  14. Edd Cox Fine Art
  15. Flury & Co.Fireworks
  16. Foster/White Gallery
  17. G. Gibson Gallery
  18. Gaba Sushi
  19. Gallery 110
  20. Gallery IMA
  21. Glasshouse Studio
  22. Greg Kucera Gallery
  23. Grover/Thurston Gallery
  24. Hanson Scott Gallery
  25. Heart: The Gallery
  26. Juan Alonso Studio
  27. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
  28. Laguna Vintage Pottery
  29. Linda Hodges Gallery
  30. Milepost 31
  31. Mornin Noonan Night Studios
  32. Information Booth in Occidental Park
  33. Ragazzi’s Flying Shuttle
  34. Room 104
  35. Sake Nomi
  36. Sanctuary Screenprinting/CMD*P
  37. SOIL
  38. Stonington Gallery
  39. Studio 107
  40. The Belfry
  41. The Clothing Company
  42. Vintage & Moore
  43. Zeitgeist Coffee
  44. Trabant Coffee & Chai
  45. Bar Sajor
  46. Rain Shadow Meats
  47. The Lodge
  48. E. Smith Mercantile
  49. Roq La Rue Gallery
  50. Fred Holmes & Company Gallery of Modern & Contemporary Art


Hand your voucher to the parking attendant as you leave the garage. Congrats! You just got free parking!

*Free Parking from 5:00 – 10:00 PM on the following First Thursdays: June 6, July 11, August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5 in 2013; and January 2, February 6, March 6, April, 3, May 1, June 5 in 2014. Free parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking facility participation may vary.

FAQ: How to Park for Free on First Thursday

  • How do I get free parking?
    • You do not need to have a parking voucher in hand before you get to Pioneer Square. When you first arrive in your car, simply pull into a participating garage after 5 pm and park. The parking attendant will not ask for payment upfront. Then you can go on your merry way and explore the art walk! Just be sure to stop into one of the 40+ venues that are giving out free parking vouchers and pick one up. When you leave by 10 pm, simply hand your voucher over to the parking attendant as you exit the garage. Congrats, you just got free parking!!
  • Which garages can I park at?
    • Frye Parking Garage at 117 3rd Ave S
    • Pioneer Square Garage at 74 S Jackson St
    • Merrill Place Garage at 72 S King St
  • Where can I get a parking voucher?
    • At one of these bad boys:
    • 1000 Museums
    • 4Culture
    • Agate Designs
    • ArtForte
    • Arts Collective at the OK Hotel
    • ArtXchange
    • Azuma
    • Core Gallery
    • Corridor Gallery
    • Cuttysark
    • Davidson Galleries
    • Delicatus
    • Design Commision Gallery
    • Distant Lands
    • Edd Cox Fine Art
    • Fireworks
    • Flury & Co.
    • Foster/White Gallery
    • G. Gibson Gallery
    • Gaba Sushi
    • Gallery 110
    • Gallery IMA
    • Glasshouse Studio
    • Greg Kucera Gallery
    • Grover/Thurston Gallery
    • Hanson Scott Gallery
    • Heart: The Gallery
    • Juan Alonso Studio
    • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
    • Laguna Vintage Pottery
    • Linda Hodges Gallery
    • Milepost 31
    • Morning Noonan Night Studios
    • Olson Kundig [storefront]
    • Ragazzi’s Flying Shuttle
    • Room 104
    • Sake Nomi
    • Sanctuary Screenprinting/CMD*P
    • SOIL
    • Stonington Gallery
    • Studio 107
    • The Belfry
    • The Clothing Company
    • Trabant Coffee and Chai
    • Vintage & Moore
    • Zeitgeist Coffee
  • Do I have to go on the art walk to get free parking?
    • Our hope is that you will take advantage of the free parking program to visit the famous First Thursday art walk in Pioneer Square - but if you want to grab dinner or shop in the neighborhood, that's fine with us too. We strategically located the parking vouchers in artsy venues to force you to at least glimpse some of the fabulous local art! Just get here early - free parking is first-come, first-serve.
  • What does "REAL HISTORY. REAL ART" mean?
    • The First Thursday art walk was the first art walk in all the land (read: in the United States) and it started right here in this little historic Seattle neighborhood called Pioneer Square. You'll notice that as you hop from one gallery to another, you'll walk past some pretty beautiful historic architecture. You might even notice the cobbled avenues and purple glass prisms in the sidewalks (which peek into an underground city!). The storied streets and long-standing culture of artistic pursuit in Pioneer Square combine for an art walk experience you can't get anywhere else.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Video Art Meets Wheels - Interstitial Theatre Debuts on First Thursday

Interstitial Theatre takes their gallery on the road to visit 8 neighborhoods across Seattle. Their first stop is in Pioneer Square, during the First Thursday art walk on April 4! Check-out the schedule and support the Mobile Screen //VIDEO ART// Tour through Kickstarter.

The tour is a six-month long event (April-September 2013) providing free public access to contemporary video art within eight different neighborhoods across Seattle via Interstitial Theatre’s Mobile Screen.

Check out the tour stops:

  • West Seattle | June 13 | ArtsWest 6-9pm 
  • *Gasworks Park Special Family 4th July 4th (pending)
  • Georgetown | July 13 | Brass Tacks (pending) 6-9pm
  • International District | September 5 | Prole Drift (pending)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Call for Artists - ARTSparks 2013 - Occidental Square Park

Green Squared in Occidental Park, 2012
Artists! Help activate Occidental Park in Pioneer Square this summer! Be seen on the First Thursday art walk! Details below and attached here (PDF).

Call for Artists
ARTSparks—a partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Office of Arts and
Cultural Affairs—is seeking proposals for arts projects for Occidental Square Park within the timeframe
of June through September 2013. Any and all arts disciplines are welcome.
Individuals and organizations are asked to submit one to three distinct proposals for how they
would implement a specific project in this unsecured public space. Collaborations or simultaneous
projects are welcome. Final negotiations and scheduling of projects will be determined after
proposals are chosen.

Part of the City of Seattle’s Center City Initiative, ARTSparks contributes to making our downtown
parks attractive, safe, and welcoming public spaces. The goal of the program is to help bring a
lively and creative atmosphere to our downtown parks, converting them into showcases for the
imagination where, simply by entering the park, people are encouraged to experience, question,
interact with, investigate, and respond to art – for free and as a natural part of daily downtown life.

Project Specifics
Projects must activate the park for a least one week in duration and may extend to several weeks.
With the basic goal of creating continuing artistic interest in the park for approximately 15 weeks,
ARTSparks welcomes proposals for a full range of project sizes and budgets—from long-lasting,
larger-budget projects to projects of shorter duration and smaller budgets.
A map and a one-page introduction to Occidental Square Park are attached. Please note the
boundaries to the park. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit and familiarize themselves with
the park before designing or submitting their ideas.

The art project should:
· activate the space and engage pedestrians passing through.
· as much as possible, address the space as a whole and encourage use of the park.
· accommodate daily park maintenance work and community activities scheduled for the
park. For a current schedule, please contact Victoria Schoenburg (see attached).

The artwork may (but is not required to):
· be two- or three-dimensional, allowing for movement through the space.
· offer participatory or interactive experiences for visitors to the site.
· allow for a short- or long-term experience.
· include projection, light or sound.
· include performance components.

See more here (PDF).

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Corpse Will Travel Express at Command Print

CMD+P (Command Print) is a former Storefront Seattle space turned permanent fixture on the Pioneer Square First Thursday art walk. The t-shirt company behind this storefront space is Sanctuary Screenprinting, a non-profit entity that helps homeless and street-involved youth gain skills in design and screenprinting. What's not to love about that? Check out their exhibition for this month's art walk by Jordan Spade and Samuel Wildman: "A Corpse Will Travel Express".

Monday, March 4, 2013

I Want All of This - The next installation at Olson Kundig [storefront]

Coming to the Olson Kundig Architects [storefront] space on March 7th - I Want All of This, the newest installation on Pioneer Square's First Thursday art walk.

406 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle, Washington 98104

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Free Book Incident


Thursday 1/10
5:30 – 8:30 pm

1/10 – 2/15/2013

Monday – Friday
11:30 am – 1:30pm

406 Occidental Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104

Olson Kundig Architects has partnered with Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers, Inc. for its next [storefront] installation, The Free Book Incident. Inspired by a long-running book exchange, “The Book Thing” in Baltimore, MD, The Incident explores what can happen when books are made available for free.
Describing the idea behind The Free Book Incident, Wessel & Lieberman state, “It is not a book store (there is nothing for sale); it is not a library (there is nothing to return). The Incident is a place for exploration, engagement, ideas, activity, conversation—and ultimately, alchemy—all of it generated by the decommidification of books.”

The Free Book Incident celebrates the organic experiences that occur when one searches for a new book. With Olson Kundig Architects providing its [storefront] space and Wessel & Lieberman providing the inventory, this installation is designed for all to enjoy.

“Books are more than pages and binding; they are a catalyst for an experience. The reader finds a book on a shelf, takes that book into his hands and home, and its words into his head,” says intern architect and installation co-curator Adam Monkaba of Olson Kundig Architects. “For the space itself, we designed a kinetic book shelf that pivots, offering a variety of settings in which visitors can explore books. Our goal was to create an engaging environment that promotes access to books and allows visitors to interact with them in surprising ways.”

A series of events from readings and bookmaking classes to writing workshops and book clubs will take place during the months of January and February. In addition to special events, [storefront] will be open Monday through Friday, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm during which time visitors can browse for books.

The opening reception for The Free Book Incident is scheduled for January 10, 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Food, drink, and nearly 2,000 free books, will be provided.

[storefront] Olson Kundig Architects and Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers, Inc. will accept book donations during the installation on the ground floor of 159 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104, M–F 8 am – 5 pm.
Follow the Free Book Incident on Facebook to learn about other events announced throughout the month.
The Free Book Incident is designed and coordinated by principal architect, Kirsten Murray, and intern architects Adam Monkaba, Sarah Kia, Adam Garrett, Colin Ostman, Katherine Ranieri, and Ryan Tretow of Olson Kundig Architects and Mark Wessel, Michael Lieberman, and Elizabeth Scribner of Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers, Inc.