Kids and Color Abound at South Lake Union's Art Walk

Youth volunteers from South Lake Union's Mary's Place work on an installation to beautify a fence along an undeveloped parcel of land in South Lake Union's Cascade community. The project was a collaboration of artist Carolina Wallin, Mary's Place volunteers and Lorentzen/McCready Properties. With playful sidewalk chalk in hand, kids from the South Lake Union and Cascade neighborhoods kicked off the second of three neighborhood art walks, August 1, with color and style taking turns decorating Republican Street as their contribution to this community event.

The inspiration of South Lake Union Community Council board member and longtime patron of the Seattle arts community, Dena Lee, along with co-chair Andrea Florissi and nine other organizing committee members, the South Lake Union Art Walk brought some 30 artists to venues across the South Lake Union and Cascade neighborhoods.

With several hundred residents, visitors and the after-work crowd meandering through the neighborhood taking in exhibits from woven geometrical landscapes adorning fencing surrounding a vacant lot under the direction of local artist Carolina Wallin to PEMCO's eight-foot sculptured grizzly bear by roadside chainsaw woodcarver George Kenny, the community led event brought South Lake Union neighbors and visitors together on one of the warmest evenings of the summer.

"I loved sharing and collaborating on the show with the other organizations there," Art Walk volunteer Katy Sutta of Mary's Place said.  "It was fantastic to be able to tell visitors about all we do separately and then how we all fit together to serve the community."

Other installations included a multimedia exhibit of Lake Union Sailboats by 48 Degrees North Photographer Jan Anderson at Paddy Coyne's Irish Pub on Thomas Street, interactive block prints featuring artist Theresa Ninenas at The Y at Cascade People's Center, art work by the children of the Minor Avenue Children's House and Mirabella's NW artists' collection from The Junior League of Seattle.

To learn more about the South Lake Union Art Walk or to get involved in the December Art Walk, visit and LIKE the South Lake Union Art Walk Facebook Page.