Local Art News
Arts news just keeps flying over the digital transom. One day it's Sir Mix-A-Lot at the symphony, next day it's Robert Schenkkan winning a Tony, then it's stolen artwork being ferried around in an El Camino.
Items of interest:
--Seattle art collectors and arts philanthropists John and Shari Behnke have endowed the directorship of the Henry Art Gallery. Current Henry director Sylvia Wolf will now officially be the John S. Behnke Director of the museum. The Behnkes have longstanding ties to the Henry. Robert Behnke, John’s father, served on the museum’s board from 1973 to 1999. John has been on the board since 2000, and in 2008 was on the search committee that chose Wolf as the museum’s new director. The Behnkes have donated works of art to the Henry, supported exhibitions at the museum and been involved in its fundraising. (Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts reporter)
-- Two of the paintings by Seattle painter Whiting Tennis that were stolen in December have been recovered. Tennis’ gallerist Greg Kucera got a phone call recently from a man saying he’d found two works in an alley in Seattle. After requesting verification of the find, Kucera received images of “Blue Hamburger” and “Document,” the two largest of the stolen paintings. The paintings were exchanged for a cash reward in Federal Way; Kucera says the finder had planned to bring the paintings to his gallery, but "they wouldn't fit in the back of his friend's El Camino." Upon the paintings-for-cash swap, the finder asked if Kucera would offer him a job. “I shook his hand, thanked him, and said I wished him luck with his life,” Kucera says. Four other smaller paintings and one small sculpture remain missing. The stolen artworks were scheduled to be part of a January exhibit at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem. At the time of the theft they were in a rental truck at a Holiday Inn Express. (Michael Upchurch)
--Seattle artist Naoko Morisawa is one of 55 artists selected to exhibit work in the second Dublin Biennial, open June 13-22. Morisawa creates intricate mosaics from thousands of tiny pieces of oil-dyed wood chips. "When seen from a distance, my artwork looks like a painting. The details of the work and mosaic slowly emerge when the viewer comes closer," she says in her artist statement. She's the recipient of a grant from the Puffin Foundation and has shown work at "Ex Libris: 100 Artists, 100 Books" event in Pioneer Square, the Kate Alkarni Gallery and the Alexis Hotel, as well as in Japan.
James Patterson is one of those authors who write books that you often see in airports. The prose of a Patterson novel is quick and punchy and the plot is suspenseful. He has sold a lot of books - 240 million, according to his publisher's web site - and he's made a lot of money
For the past two years Patterson has given back some of that cash to a sector of the literary community that can use it - he's pledged to give away $1 million to independent bookshops. One Seattle book shop has just been named a beneficiary.
Seattle Mystery Bookshop, at 117 Cherry Street in Pioneer Square, is the recipient of of a Patterson grant. In applying for the grant, shop owner J.B. Dickey proposed to use half the grant for targeted advertising in social media, and the other half to reward staff who have voluntarily curtailed their work hours to save the shop payroll expenses. The shop's business has been impacted by e-books and Pioneer Square parking restrictions, among other things. Dickey declined to name the exact amount of the reward, but said it was the average amount for the second round (Patterson granted $268,000 to 43 booksellers for an average of about $6,200).
Dickey thanked both Patterson and "endless thanks...to all of our loyal fans who wrote to him on our behalf."
Patterson has also been a vocal critic of Amazon for its tactics in its current dispute with the publisher Hachette, tactics that include refusing to take advance orders of Hachette books. Patterson is published by Little, Brown, a Hachette imprint.
Enter your poem in 4Culture's project, Poetry on Buses: Writing Home, and it might be selected for others to read .... as they're riding home. Briefly: Submit a poem of 50 words or less, by June 30, on the theme "Writing Home." The poem can be in English, Somali, Spanish or Vietnamese -- 4Culture and King County Metro are offering workshops in those languages to help writers get started. Selected poems will be posted on Metro's Rapid Ride buses this fall. Also, a poem a day will be posted to the Poetry on Buses website.
Longtime fixture Early Music Guild and relative newcomer Pacific MusicWorks have announced their 2014-15 concert seasons. EMG, whose mission includes presentation of music that originated in the Middle Ages through the 18th century, kicks off its International Series on Nov. 15 with "Metamorfosi Musicali." The musicians of the group Constantinople will perform 17th-century works with guest soprano Suzie LeBlanc at Town Hall Seattle that night.
PMW opens its season on Nov. 7 with "Monteverdi Book 8 -- Songs of Love and War," at Benaroya's Nordstrom Recital Hall. The company, whose primary focus is baroque opera and oratorio, will continue its collaboration activities in the new season, too, combining talents with Early Music Vancouver and the UW School of Music.
The weather is going to be gorgeous. The traffic is going to be gruesome. So we suggest you open your car windows and head out to enjoy this proto-summer weekend. Better yet, don't drive at all: Take mass transit, so you can enjoy #5, below.
Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, possible presidential candidate and author, will be in Seattle on June 18 to appear in conjunction with her new book "Hard Choices." (Simon & Schuster).
Clinton will sign books starting at 5 p.m. that day at the University Book Store in the University District. Signing guidelines are specific:
- A limited amount of wristbands for entry will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9am on the day of the event with a purchase of Hard Choices from our U District store.
- No online orders.
- A limit of one (1) signed book per customer.
- No personal items allowed in the event space. A bag check will be provided.
- No other books or memorabilia, please.
What often happens with these high profile events is that things change. Check the University Book Store's web site at ubookstore.com for updates.
From Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson:
The Seattle performance troupe The Cabiri is dedicating “Tewaz,” its upcoming new show at Cornish Playhouse, to troupe co-founder John Mullally, one of a group of six climbers and guides who died climbing Mount Rainier late last month.
According to Cabiri publicist Jennifer Rice, in addition to working for Microsoft for more than 20 years, Mullally, 40, was a co-founder and board member of The Cabiri, a company that incorporates aerial choreography, puppetry and acrobatics in its explorations of myth. He formed the troupe with John Murphy in 1999, and Mullally’s Linked In page lists him as providing “grantwriting, strategic planning, and development support” for the organization.
“Tewaz” is the first installment in The Cabiri’s "Tea Trilogy," inspired by ancient folk tales from the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa. It plays at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center June 6-14.
Thus far Anthony Doerr has been a writer much admired by other writers, but not a household name. His new novel "All the Light We Cannot See" may change that. Seattle Times reviewer David Laskin called it "stupendous... 'All the Light We Cannot See' is a beautiful, daring, heartbreaking, oddly joyous novel." In the Washington Post, Amanda Vaill wrote that "I’m not sure I will read a better novel this year than Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See.”Enthrallingly told, beautifully written and so emotionally plangent that some passages bring tears, it is completely unsentimental — no mean trick when you consider that Doerr’s two protagonists are children who have been engulfed in the horror of World War II. "
Doerr discusses his novel tonight on "Well Read," the books and authors television show on state public affairs network TVW. It airs at 7 and 10 p.m. (in Seattle, on Comcast channel 23).
Or you can watch it here:
For more information, here's Laskin's Seattle Times review.
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From Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson:
Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan's "All the Way" has won a Drama Desk Award (voted on by a panel of East Coast theater critics, editors and educators) for outstanding new play of the 2013-14 theater season. The Broadway production's star, Bryan Cranston, won the top male acting prize for his performance as Lyndon Baines Johnson. "All the Way," under Rauch's direction, will come to the Seattle Repertory Theatre next season, along with its sequel, "The Great Society."
Briskman Wins Fellowship
Seattle actor-producer Julie Briskman has won a Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship. The prestigious award goes annually to eight to 10 regional theater actors, who take part in an eight-day retreat and study program at 10 Chimneys (the former home of the late Broadway stars Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne) in Wisconsin. This year the program will be led by noted actor David Hyde Pierce. Briskman, who performs frequently at ACT, Seattle Children's Theatre and other local theaters, is the co-founder of The Seagull Project. She was nominated for the award by Intiman Theatre.
Honors to announce:
--Classical KING FM 98.1 has chosen the winners of the third annual Young Artist Award Competition: Denna Good-Mojab, 17; Alena Hove, 15; and Millicent McFall, 14. All three musicians, selected by a panel of nine judges and public voting, performed live on KING. You can watch their video entries here.
--Renaise Kim, 15, of Kirkland, was one of five national finalists in the seventh annual Doodle 4 Google contest. Students in grades K-12 were invited to redesign the often-tinkered-with Google search-engine logo according to the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..." Renaise was also Washington's state winner. For her doodle, called "Brighter World Through Binoculars," she won a trip to Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.; a $5,000 scholarship; and an Android tablet.
--Seattle Arts Commission's newest member is Jonathan Cunningham, manager of Youth Programs and Community Outreach at EMP Museum. He also belongs to Hidmo, a community arts collective based at Washington Hall, and is a board member of The Seattle Globalist. He somehow is finding time to work on a master's degree in communication in digital media from the UW. Cunningham will serve until Dec. 31, 2015, when he'll be eligible for reappointment.
--Neddy finalists are up, announced by Cornish College of the Arts. For the Neddy in painting: Susanna Bluhm, Robert Hardgrave, Kimberly Trowbridge and Claude Zervas, all of Seattle. For open medium: Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Mark Calderon, Clyde Petersen and Joey Veltkamp, all of Seattle. All finalists will receive $1,500 each and Cornish will host a show of their work in the fall. One winner in each category will win $25,000. The annual award is named for artist Ned Behnke, who died in 1989 at age 40.