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Art exhibit takes over University Heights Center

March 14th, 2012 by master

Step inside the University Heights Center these days and you’ll see an unusual art exhibit. Breaking away from the traditional collection of framed art hung from the walls, artist Julia Hensley created one giant collage that moves along the walls and throughout the building.

The installation, called HEIGHTEN, is part of a larger program of the center; University Heights Arts Gallery. The center is home to a wide variety of cultural, musical, and performing arts and nonprofit corporations.

While the exhibit opened last month, University Heights will host a second opening/ open house on Friday March 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitors may take a tour of the facilities, view the living art installation display and be a part of the collaborative piece. Refreshments will be available. Event festivities will include local/regional wines may be featured & light appetizers, Live Music & demonstrations of the artists’ & centers’ activities. $5 donation per glass (suggested donation).

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Rural film festival coming to the Grand Illusion

February 29th, 2012 by master

Need an escape from the city without leaving the city? The Grand Illusion Cinema is hosting a film festival devoted to rural people and places called the Rural Route Film Festival. From an impressionistic documentary about Iowa to an amateur remake of Footloose to the story of a Lebanese beekeeper, the festival is an artful and eclectic look at the dusty backroads of the world.

Three different programs will be screened the week of March 16 through March 22:

Friday, March 16; Monday, March 19; Thursday March 22: 7pm
BEST OF SHORTS
Ten of the best narrative, experimental and documentary short films from the 2011 festival.

Saturday, March 17; Tuesday, March 20: 7pm
TRUCKFARM
How do you grow fresh vegetable with no land? With some dirt and a truck bed! From the makers of past fest (and Grand Illusion) hit, King Corn.

Sunday, March 18; Wednesday, March 21: 7pm
SELECTED TRAVELS: Driftless, Sand Mountain, Land of the Pure
Down home stories from Iowa, a journey through borrowed culture, and tourism in an unlikely, out-of-the-way place.

The creators of Rural Route Film Festival leave it up to filmmakers to create their definition of the word.

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Artist(s) wanted for Burke Gilman installation

June 28th, 2011 by master

The city is looking to add a little creativity to the Burke Gilman Trail with the help of Washington artists.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Seattle Department of Transportation are looking for an artist or a team of artists to create art for the multi-purpose trail. All artists must live in the state of Washington.

The art will be permanent installations on two to five select points along the trail, which have not been selected. “Each part of the installation will enliven its location on the trail and collectively create a larger cohesive artwork,” according to a release by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. “The artwork will identify the trail as a connector through the city and add an element of discovery to peoples’ experience on the trail.”

The budget for the project is $80,000 which includes all costs to design, fabricate and install artwork. The application deadline is 11 p.m. on Monday, August 1. More information can be found here, or apply here.

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