Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Artist Studios in the Tashiro Kaplan Building

This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Tashiro Kaplan Arts Building opening in Pioneer Square. And what a mark it has made on the neighborhood and the First Thursday art walk.
Many visitors will know the Tashiro Kaplan (the TK for short) as the large cheese wedge-shaped building between 3rd Avenue South, South Washington Street, and Prefontaine Place South. The storefront level is filled by art galleries on all sides, home to First Thursday art walk anchors Gallery4Culture and G. Gibson Gallery. What many visitors do not know is that there is a wealth of art to be found inside the building. Meet the TK Studios.
Claudia Zimmerman is part of an artist collaborative in the TK. Studio 103 is part studio, part show space for her and several other artists. What sets the studios apart from commercial galleries, she says, is that there is no middle man between you and the artist. Therefore the art you discover on the walls inside the TK are incredibly affordable.
The current studio roster are as follows:
• Corridor Gallery  (common hallway)
• Ellen Hochberg Studio  ( Suite 101)
• Joseph Lavely Studio/Gallery (Suite 102)
• Studio 103 (Suite 103)
• ROOM 104 Gallery  (Suite 104)
• Joanna Morgan Designs (Suite 105)
• Ingrid Lahti and Paula Whelan Studio (Suite 106)
• Kate Vrijmoet and Karen Hackenberg Studio  (Suite 107)
• Angle Gallery  (common hallway)
• Northwest College of Art and Design/ NCAD Gallery (Suite B1)
• Barbara Noonan Studio and Gallery (Suite B2)
• Jody Joldersma Studio and Gallery (Suite C)
• Hanson Scott Gallery (Suite D)
• Studio E Gallery-David and James Weed (Suite E)
• Studio F Gallery  (Suite F)
• Ullie De Osu Studio  (Suite G)
• METHOD Gallery  (106 3rd Ave. S.)
• Gallery 110  (110 3rd Ave. S.)
• SOIL Gallery  (112 3rd Ave. S.)
• Platform Gallery (114 3rd Ave. S.)
Doors to the studios are open 5 to 9 pm on First Thursdays. If you want to avoid the crowds, check online for daily open hours and appointments. These studios are separate from the live/work studios upstairs, which are not accessible to the public except during the First Thursday art walk. And in case you're wondering, here's the official list of storefront level galleries at the TK:
TK Store Fronts (around the perimeter of the building- a triad city block- Prefontaine Place South, South Washington Street and 3rd Avenue South):
• 4Culture Gallery and E4C Gallery (101 Prefontaine Place South)
• CORE Gallery (117 Prefontaine Place S.)
• PUNCH Gallery  (119 Prefontaine Place S.)
• Caffe Vita  (125 Prefontaine Place S.)
• G. Gibson Gallery  (300 S. Washington St)
• TK Studios and Galleries (306 S. Washington St.)
• Design Commission  (310 S. Washington St.)
• TKII Studios and Galleries (312 S. Washington St.)
• Shift Gallery  (312 S. Washington St)
For more information about specific tenants and hours, please visit TKLofts.com
The TK has truly become a cornerstone of the artistic community in Pioneer Square. Make sure the interior studios of the TK are on your art walk route for the next First Thursday.

The historic Tashiro Kaplan Building opened to the artistic community in Pioneer Square in June 2004. Developed by the Artspace Projects organization and the Pioneer Square Community Association (predecessor to the Alliance for Pioneer Square), the building provides affordable live/work lofts, commercial gallery space, and work-only studios for artists. This development project rose in response to gentrifying market forces that initially displaced artists from Pioneer Square in the 1990s. It was built to keep artists - and the artistic community - in the Pioneer Square neighborhood and on the First Thursday art walk for years into the future.

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