January 31, 2012

Vida Rose - "Otters Holding Hands"

"Sea otters float through life; they smash open shells on their chest, eat off of their bellies and nurse their babies, all while serenely lying on their backs.

These paintings were inspired by the youtube video, 'otters holding hands', which has had over 17,000,000 views. If an otter is napping, a buddy will hold onto its' paw in order to keep it from floating adrift. Upon watching it is impossible not to smile. My goal was to bring this same effect out onto the street. I hope that passersby can feel the otter vibe and it will make them feel better. Otters are native to the NW, so maybe they can teach us to cope with these long winters." -Vida

More info on Vida's previous project for the Red Wall is here and here.

January 26, 2012

2011 STars on Broadway

For the second year in a row, the STars are up on the Red Wall surrounding the Capitol Hill light rail construction site. Sound Transit is partnering with the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce to shine a light on neighborhood non-profits who make life brighter for everyone on Capitol Hill.
The STars will be on view through February. More information on last year's partnership between roster artists and non-profits is here. Capitol Hill Seattle article here.

2011 STart on Broadway:

Friends of the Conservatory, Volunteer Park, www.volunteerparkconservatory.org 
100 years & still growing! Encouraging public participation, education,& preservation of your beautiful local Conservatory.

JoAnne Lepore - artist

YouthCare, www.youthcare.org
Building confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training.

Ferdous Ahmed - artist

Reel Girls, www.reelgrrls.org
Empowering young women from diverse communities to realize their power, talent, & influence through media production.

Kelly Lyles - artist, www.kellyspot.com
Ingersoll Gender Center, www.ingersollcenter.org
Supporting transgender people toward growth and well-being through education, advocacy, & information resources for people interested in gender identity issues.

ilvs strauss - artist, www.hellomynameisilvs.blogspot.com

Entre Hermanos, www.entrehermanos.org
Promotes the health & well being of the Latino LGBTQ community, using culture & language as their strength.

Joey Veltkamp - artist, www.72clouds.com

Top row (left to right): 2010 Rosehedge/Multifaith Works, Michiko Tanaka; 2010 Cal Anderson Park Alliance, Rob Zverina; 2011 Friends of the Conservatory, Volunteer Park, Joanna Lepore; 2010 Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets, Jesse Brown; 2010 Neighborhood Farmer’s Market Alliance, Sam Trout.
Bottom row (left to right): 2011 Entre Hermanos, Joey Veltkamp; 2011 Ingersoll Gender Center, ilvs strauss (lowercase correct); 2010 Gay City Health Project, NKO; 2011 Reel Grrls, Kelly Lyles; 2011 Youthcare, Ferdous Ahmed. Special thanks to JCM Construction for hanging and powering the STars.