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PIANOS IN THE PARKS LAUNCHES A COMMUNTIY CAMPAIGN TO CELEBRATE PUGET SOUND’S LOVE FOR OUTDOORS AND MUSIC


Gage Academy of Art, July 2014
Today, notable local government, arts, community and business leaders unite to launch Pianos in the Parks, a summer campaign from July 17 to August 17, encouraging Puget Sound residents to discover 32,000+ acres of City of Seattle and King County parks and open spaces through the power of music and art. Pianos in the Parks is being underwritten by Laird Norton Wealth Management, and was created in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, King County Parks, the Seattle Symphony, KEXP, Gage Academy of Art, City of Music, and Classic Pianos.

Pianos in the Parks features 20 artistically enhanced pianos created by Gage Academy of Art faculty, students and friends, each placed in one of 15 iconic Seattle city parks and open spaces, such as Alki Park, Cal Anderson Park, and Seattle Center, and five King County Parks locations, including Marymoor Park and the Sammamish River Trail.

“Our local resources like our parks are vital to creating meaningful connections within the community,” said Robert Moser, President and CEO of Laird Norton Wealth Management. “At Laird Norton, we believe that we have responsibility to support a strong and healthy community. This is precisely why we’re dedicated to help growth and protect these assets now and for future generations. We’re thrilled to make Pianos in the Parks possible for the community to discover and rediscover these great amenities.”

“We are delighted to host the pianos at 13 city parks, Seattle Center and City Hall plaza,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “Pianos in the Parks will enliven our parks and engage communities through the power of art and music.”

“We’re well known for having vibrant, welcoming parks and trails that bring communities together,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “This partnership is another way we’re improving the experience for our residents and visitors, and supporting local arts.”

Pianos in the Parks sheds light on how the City of Seattle and King County parks connect the county’s 1.9MM residents. These park systems feature more than 630 parks and open spaces, including trails, athletic fields, playgrounds, concert venues, swimming beaches and pools, fishing piers and more.

“When George Seurat painted his colorful landscape of a Paris crowd enjoying a summer afternoon on the Seine, it was also a celebration of something brand new – open space in the big city,” said Gary Faigin, Co-founder and Artistic Director at Gage Academy of Art. “Artists and parks have always had a love affair – parks are a great place to make art, to see art, and to enjoy the company of our fellow citizens. We’re fortunate to live in a city that also loves its parks, and Gage Academy of Art is happy to lend its support to Pianos in the Parks – a visual and musical tribute to our open spaces that are welcome to everyone, forever.”

Each piano, procured and tuned by Classic Pianos, is available for the public to play. Musicians of every level are encouraged to enter the Pianos in the Parks Facebook contest at: https://www.facebook.com/pianosintheparks, in which they can upload a video of their performance of an original piece or music from the public domain for a chance to play at Concerts at the Mural presented by KEXP and Seattle Center on Friday, August 22. Entries will be voted on by Facebook “likes” with the top five most heavily “liked” videos being judged by a community panel.

“Music discovery is quintessential to the continued development of our vibrant Northwest music scene,” said Tom Mara, Executive Director of KEXP. “KEXP is delighted to support the Pianos in the Parks program as it encourages new and imaginative ways to create and share musical ideas within our community. We‘re also looking forward to hosting the winner of the piano performance competition at our annual Concerts at the Mural series on August 22.”

Additionally, music partners KEXP, Seattle Symphony and City of Music, with support from the Seattle Music Commission, will be serving up fun surprises and activities for the public to enjoy at no cost. The Seattle Symphony will host a weekly “Seattle Symphony Playdate” at Westlake Park, where the public can enjoy instrument-making, instrument exploration, and more.

“One of our values is, ‘Everybody in, nobody out,’” added Seattle Symphony Executive Director Simon Woods. We strongly believe that music is for everyone, not just to listen to, but to play, imagine and create. We embrace everyone performing and creating their own music, and there’s no better way to do that than through Pianos in the Parks. Whether you are a professional musician or only know how to play Chopsticks, we invite you to explore your own passion for music, art and nature with us this summer.”

At the end of the campaign, all Pianos in the Parks pianos will be sold to the highest bidder in an online auction on the official website: www.pianosintheparks.com, finding new forever homes. Proceeds from the sale of these pianos will benefit Seattle Parks and Recreation, King County Parks, Seattle Symphony, KEXP and Gage Academy of Art.

“Just like people, every piano has a story,” said Ben Klinger, Sales Manager of Classic Pianos. “We’re thrilled to be a part of Pianos in the Parks as it offers pianos that are perhaps entering their final chapter, a grand final cadence, and they have been tuned, serviced and dressed up for the occasion. We love that people of all walks of life will be able to enjoy spontaneous musical moments on these pianos together in our region’s great parks.”

Pianos in the Parks is a campaign that has attracted a wide breadth of partnership support. In addition to the primary partners, Pianos in the Parks has received support from several local companies and entities, including PlayNetwork, a Redmond-based branded customer experience company that has generously donated their video production services to the campaign, Seattle Center, Dakota Art and Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral.

To view special content, scheduled activities, participating parks/open spaces and full contest information, please visit: www.pianosintheparks.com. To tag contest entries, pictures and experiences, use the hashtag #PianosintheParks.

Gage Academy of Art presents the 2013 Drawing Jam!


Gage Academy of Art, November 2013
Gage Academy of Art is proud to present the 14th annual Drawing Jam, happening Saturday, December 7, from 9am-9pm at the Gage building next to St. Mark's Cathedral on Capitol Hill, 1501 10th Ave E. The annual family-friendly celebration of art and music features more than 50 live models in studios throughout the building, as well as live music, demonstrations from Gage teaching artists, dedicated spaces for young artists, an assortment of local food trucks and FREE art supplies for all! And new in 2013, Drawing Jam presents, "After Dark," a music and interactive-art celebration featuring craft cocktails for the 21+ crowd, and hosted by Almost Live alum Nancy Guppy of the Seattle Channel’s “Art Zone.” Tickets to Drawing Jam are available at the door and are $10 for adults, $5 with a student I.D. and kids get in FREE!

Now in its 14th year, Drawing Jam is a unique mash-up of music and art for the whole family. Named a, "Must-Do Event" by Seattle Magazine, Drawing Jam annually attracts more than 1500 artists of all ages and abilities to Capitol Hill for a chance to draw or sketch from live clothed and nude models and still-life setups arranged throughout the building. The eclectic assortment of models also features the, "Stars of Seattle," a group of local costumed personalities that includes Kitty Baby Burlesque, Miko Kuri's Midnight Tea, Shipwreck Honey, Mark Mitchell and Waxie Moon, Natasha Marin and more.

Drawing Jam 2013 also features live local music in a variety of locations throughout the building and throughout the day. Performers include Bill Zimmerman and Karen Taylor, The Slakes, Jacob Carver, Klez Katz & Snake Suspenders, Zoe Wick, Robby Gilbert, Ruben Lira, Troupe Hipnotica, the Charles Crowley Quartet, Tinker's Dram and many more. In addition, the event features opportunities to tour the studio facilities at Gage, watch demonstrations from Gage teaching artists and tour three exhibitions currently showing in the Gage galleries.

Local Seattle food trucks Skillet Street Food, Off the Rez and Dante's Inferno Dogs will be serving up gourmet mobile cuisine throughout the day, and providing tasty vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare for hungry artists of all ages.

Spend an hour – or the entire day – but don’t miss the opportunity to experience one of the most eclectic art events in the Northwest! Buy your tickets at the door: $10 for adults, $5 with a student I.D., and free for kids. Free parking and art supplies provided.

Presenting sponsors of the 14th Annual Drawing Jam at Gage Academy of Art are 4Culture and the Office of Arts & Culture. Event sponsors include Dick Blick, Bellevue Art & Frame, Canson, Dakota Art Stores, Daniel Smith, Artist & Craftsman, Flowers on 15th, Essential Baking Company, Le Fournil, Savoir Faire, Schooner Exact Brewing Company and Simply Desserts.

Gage Academy of Art Names New Executive Director


Gage Academy of Art, June 2013
SEATTLE, WA – June 20, 2013 – Gage Academy of Art is proud to announce the appointment of Sheila Hughes to the position of Executive Director. Hughes will take over for outgoing Executive Director, Pamela Belyea, who co-founded Gage in 1990 with her husband, noted artist, author and speaker Gary Faigin. Hughes will begin her stewardship of the Capitol Hill arts and cultural center on August 12, 2013.

Hughes’ career touches many aspects of the arts in Washington State over the past two decades. Until 2010, she served as Chief Operating Officer of One Reel, one of a team of principals that helped propel the organization to become one of the largest and most innovative Northwest non-profits. Hughes joined the organization as Marketing and Public Relations Director when the organization was in its infancy, one of only six employees. During the next two decades of tremendous growth, Hughes moved into an executive leadership role, and was ultimately responsible for overseeing the business and operations of both One Reel and their dynamic entertainment brand, Teatro ZinZanni. Additionally, Hughes helped to create, manage, produce and grow many of the One Reel signature events including Bumbershoot, Summer Nights at the Pier, Family Fourth at Lake Union, the ZinZanni Institute of Circus Arts and WOMAD North America. A key architect of some of One Reel’s most effective strategic initiatives, Hughes served the organization through its growth from a small start-up to a $20m+ arts innovator.

“We are thrilled to begin working with Ms. Hughes,” said Gage Board of Trustees President Julie Tall. “Her proven success in leading a nationally celebrated arts institution will help us realize our strategic vision for Gage Academy of Art as a destination for artists, at any point in their training, seeking the very best in classical training and extraordinary cultural experiences.”

Following her time at One Reel, Hughes undertook the challenge of re-imagining and re-structuring a struggling rural arts organization – Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth – initiating a profound and financially successful transformation from an exclusively classical-music based organization to a dynamic multi-arts and education center that serves the entire region. During her tenure at Icicle Creek, Hughes oversaw the design and construction of the beautiful new 240-seat Snowy Owl Theatre, which opened in April 2013. Most recently, Hughes had launched a private arts and non-profit consulting firm that provided strategic and creative services to organizations including AMF Entertainment, the Wenatchee River Institute, the Harmony Project and more. A graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, Hughes currently sits on the Board of Directors for The Icicle Fund and is a founding trustee of Partners for Urban Renaissance, and a volunteer for organizations from The Harmony Project to The Pike Market Senior Center & Downtown Food Bank. Hughes resides on Bainbridge Island, WA.

Under the leadership of Belyea, Gage grew from a tiny art school run from the couple's basement, to a $2M venture reaching artists from all walks of life. “We are eternally indebted to Pamela for her decades of innovative, energetic and passionate leadership,” said Julie Tall. “In her new role as Director Emerita, we are excited about Pamela’s new professional path and look forward to continuing to work together in support of Gage's future.”


Renowned Classical Realist Helps Celebrate Reading Public Museum’s Cultural Centennial


Gage, May 2013
Reading, PA – May 9, 2013 – In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Reading Public Museum being open to the public, artist Juliette Aristides will present one of her newest original works of art and a limited edition print to The Museum. To continue the celebration, Aristides’ work will be featured in the exhibition, Juliette Aristides: Observations, from Saturday, August 10 through Saturday, September 14, 2013, in both the Central and the Works on Paper Galleries. More than 30 paintings and 15 drawing studies will be on display at this exhibition presented by Metro Bank.

Juliette Aristides was born in 1971 in Cape Town, South Africa and grew up in Berks County, PA. Inspired by Reading’s own local artist, Myron Barnstone, Aristides studied drawing at the Barnstone Studios in Coply, PA. Aristides went on to study Classical Drawing at the Pennsylvania National Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, the Seattle-based classical realist painter is the founder and instructor of Classical Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA. Aristides focuses on the study of nature, still life, and figurative painting and drawing, and her work has been featured in Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, American First, and Gulf Connoisseur Magazine and awarded the Wilder Prize for drawing from the National Academy of Design in New York, NY.

Aristides has several books of her artwork and techniques published, including Lessons in Classical Drawing, The Suspension of Time, The Colors of Hope, Classical Painting Atelier, Drawing Cast, and others. Along with studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Aristides continued her education at The Atelier in Minneapolis, MN, the Carlos Madrid Studio, the National Academy of Design, and the Jacob Collins Studio/Water Street all in New York, NY.

To kick off the RPM 100 Cultural Centennial Celebration Weekend (sponsored by VIST Bank), The Museum will host a black tie dinner on Friday, May 24, 2013, at which attendees will be presented with a limited edition print by Aristides, specifically commissioned in celebration of the Centennial. This limited edition will be printed by the Pennsylvania National Academy of Fine Art.

John Graydon Smith, Director and CEO of the reading Public Museum said, “It’s truly an honor to have this exhibition here in the county in which the artist spent her formative years. Plus, it’s especially fitting to have Juliette’s work highlighted during our celebration of The Museum’s centennial and salute to painters with local heritage. It’s nice to know we played an important role in her life and career.”

Aristides was suggested by The Museum’s Foundation board members to be showcased in conjunction with The Painters of Berks and 100 Years and Counting: The Reading Public Museum exhibitions (sponsored in part by Carpenter and Stevens & Lee/Griffin). Also a native of Berks County, Aristides’s uncle, Dr. Ivan Bub, will speak Friday, June 28, 2013 at The Museum’s Friday Night Lecture Series, with a talk titled “100 Years of Teaching: The History of the Reading Public Museum.”

The Reading Public Museum is located at 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA. Admission per day is: $10 adults (18-64), $6 children/seniors/college students (w/ID) and free to members and children three years old and under. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Web: www.readingpublicmuseum.org.


Gage Searches for a New Executive Director


Gage Academy of Art, April 2013
After twenty-three years as the visionary leader of one of the nation’s most respected classical art centers, Pamela Belyea, co-founder of Gage Academy of Art will step down from her position as Executive Director, effective July 1, 2013. During the transition period and going forward, Gage co-founder Gary Faigin will continue to serve as Artistic Director.

The Board of Trustees is currently conducting a nationwide search for her replacement. To view the Executive Director position profile, click HERE.


Co-Founder of Gage Heads Back to School


Gage Academy of Art, March 2013
SEATTLE, WA – March 7, 2013 – After twenty-three years as the visionary leader of one of the nation’s most respected classical art centers, Pamela Belyea, co-founder of Gage Academy of Art will step down from her position as Executive Director, effective July 1, 2013. During the transition period and going forward, Gage co-founder Gary Faigin will continue to serve as Artistic Director.

Early in 2013 Belyea informed the Gage Board of Trustees of her plan to pursue a Master of Education degree in preparation for fulfilling her dream of assuring high-quality arts education for low-income and disadvantaged youth in the Seattle area. “A society cannot progress without the creative development of ideas," says Belyea, "often expressed and refined through visual representation.” Recognizing a need for curricular innovation in public schools, Belyea hopes to become part of the budding charter-school movement, so that all students have the opportunity to develop creative minds and critical thinking skills.

Gage Academy of Art sprang from the vision of two extraordinary people. Pamela Belyea, with her husband, celebrated artist and art critic Gary Faigin, conceived of Gage as an extension of the art training they received at the Art Students League in New York and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Faigin had already taught at the League and other NY art academies for a decade, and Belyea, an architecture graduate of The Cooper Union in NY, was an innovative designer with a knack for project management. Together, they were convinced that they could create a new kind of art school.

After settling in Seattle in the early 90s, Belyea and Faigin set out to build an art school in the mold of the major art academies of the East Coast. By 1998, the school’s founders had won the Mayor’s Small Business Award for their business acumen and community service; in 2000, they recruited a founding board and transformed the school into a non-profit to broaden its community programs and outreach; in 2007, the school received the WA State Governor’s Arts Award for its work state-wide in arts education.

“I’ve always had three goals for Gage: that it provide professional-level fine-art training to anyone, regardless of their age or skill level; that it give the youth of our community a pathway to their own creative potential; and that it become a beloved community resource,” Belyea says. “Now I want to be part of the budding charter school movement in Seattle, and apply the lessons I’ve learned toward creating a new kind of public school.”

When Belyea and Faigin started out in the summer of 1990, the school was named the Academy of Realist Art, and consisted of one instructor (Faigin) teaching in the art studio of Santa Fe’s St. John’s College. After a move to Seattle in 1991, they rented two classrooms in the historic University Heights Center. With generous seed money from former Microsoft executive Ida Cole, and a visionary founding board, the school became a nonprofit in 2000 and changed its name to the Seattle Academy of Fine Art.

By 2004, the school had relocated to the St. Nicholas Building on North Capitol Hill, quadrupling its square footage with adequate space for six classrooms, 44 on-site studios for atelier students and instructors, a student lounge, library, three gallery spaces and a staff of 12. In 2006, the school was re-named Gage Academy of Art, after the 14th century Middle English word which means, “a pledge of performance.”

Belyea, who as executive director oversees the day-to-day operations of the school, was instrumental in the development of several innovative Gage programs, most notably, “Teen Art Studios,” a free weekly studio program on Capitol Hill and in Rainier Valley that has been continuously running for over a decade. “With over 1,600 teen visits last year, I’m proud of how this program has helped young artists to build their confidence and their portfolios for college and to begin careers in the visual arts – the impact has been astounding!” notes Belyea.

“Pamela has proven that she is a force of nature – innovative, energetic, and passionate, and a true leader of the arts in our region,” says Julie Tall, Gage Board President. “As Director Emerita, we are excited about Pamela’s new professional path and look forward to working with her on strategic Gage initiatives in the future.”

Gage has enrolled students from every state in the union and across Canada, and now offers studio and museum programs in New York in partnership with the Art Students League. In addition, Gage is launching a new studio and art history program with an art school in Florence, and has already enrolled students from South Africa and England. Since 1996, Belyea and Faigin have also been leading specialty tours to the art capitols of Europe focused on art history and major museum collections. Belyea plans to continue her participation in international tours, including her role as the architectural guide in the upcoming “Provence to Paris” tour in October 2013.

A celebration event to honor Belyea’s legacy is planned for fall 2013.


photo by Rosanne Olson


Gage Receives “Arts Mean Business 2012” Grant


Gage Academy of Art, January 2013

SEATTLE, WA – January 2, 2013 – Gage Academy of Art is proud to announce to receipt of a grant from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, to support the development of arts curriculum for pre-school to teenaged students in the Seattle area.

The nearly $25,000 award will help fund the creation of an Educational Specialist position at Gage, to support the development of a sequential pre-school to teen art curriculum. Plans also call for the creation of a GAP year foundation art curriculum for high school graduates, which would support artistic and portfolio development for students transitioning to a college or university arts program.

The award is part of the Arts Mean Business program at the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. The Arts Mean Business funding program's purpose is to fund arts jobs crucial to the implementation of sustainable revenue strategies for Seattle arts, cultural and heritage organizations. The program will provide one-time funds for positions that will make a difference in each organization's ability to generate extra revenue to carry out its mission.

“This grant will allow us to take a major step forward in creating appropriate and relevant curriculum for young artists,” said Pamela Belyea, Executive Director at Gage Academy of Art. “We’re seeing a real need for this kind of programming in our community,” said Belyea, “and we’re excited for our opportunity to support young artists and art educators in this way.”

In addition to the creation of an Educational Specialist, the Arts Mean Business grant will also support the development of arts educator workshops at Gage. Scheduled to begin in summer 2013, the workshops will offer continuing education credits to arts educators, as well as the opportunity to develop new curriculum for use in their own classrooms.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in and of communities throughout Seattle. By fostering and investing in the creative contributions of artist citizens to every facet of the community, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs engages the creativity in every resident and builds a healthy and vibrant Seattle.


The 13th Annual Drawing Jam at Gage


Gage Academy of Art, November 2012
SEATTLE, WA – November 5, 2012 – Sketch, doodle, squiggle or jot - Drawing Jam 2012 returns to Gage Academy of Art! Make plans now to bring the whole family to the 13th annual community celebration of music, art, cuisine and creativity, happening Saturday, December 1 from 9:00am to 9:00pm at the Gage building on Capitol Hill, 1501 10th AVE E, next to St. Mark’s Cathedral.

Named a “must do event” by Seattle Magazine, the Drawing Jam is a chance for people of all ages and artistic ability to give drawing (and even sculpting) from the live model a try. Included in the ticket price (just $10 for adults, $5 for college students, and free for kids and teens) is art supplies, entertainment, live music, and 12 hours to draw as much as you like. There will also be delicious options for feasting provided by local food trucks during the day, including Off the Rez, Monte Cristo, and the Seattle Food Truck, Co.; as well as snacks, beer, and wine in the evening.

A wide variety of drawing materials will be provided at no cost, and each studio at Gage will be filled with easels waiting for artists. Drawing Jam features a cast of over 50 models throughout the building – including dancers, musicians and costumed performers serving as gesture models, and nude figure models available for traditional sessions. Costumed models feature the “Stars of Seattle” — a group of local celebrities, including Sylvia O' Stayformore, “Seattle’s Effervescent Hostess;” and Nancy Guppy, host of ArtZone on the Seattle Channel.

Drawing Jam 2012 also features live local music in a variety of locations throughout the building, and throughout the day. Performers include Sam Russell & the Harborrats, Charles Beene, Flow, Klez Katz & Snake Suspenders, Zoe Wick, Steve Ray Church, Sonny Flores, Sunga Rose, Tinker's Dram, Owl Meets Dove, and many more. In addition, the event features opportunities to tour the studio facilities at Gage, watch demonstrations from Gage teaching artists, and tour three exhibitions currently showing.

Families are especially encouraged to come to the Drawing Jam. Young artists will have a room of their own to draw, paint, sculpt, and craft during the day, and teens will also have their own dedicated studio for all 12 hours of the event. In addition, Gage studios will be available for open use, including a print studio sponsored by Artist & Craftsman Supply.

Spend an hour – or the entire day – but don’t miss the opportunity to experience one of the most unique art events in the Northwest! Buy your tickets at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for college students with ID, and free for kids and teens. Free parking provided.

Presenting sponsors of the 13th Annual Drawing Jam at Gage Academy of Art are 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Event sponsors include Bellevue Art & Frame, Canson, Dakota Art Stores, Daniel Smith, Artist & Craftsman, Utrecht, Dick Blick, Flowers on 15th, Essential Baking Company, Le Fournil, Savoir Faire, Schooner Exact Brewing Company, and Simply Desserts.


Gage Academy of Art Receives National Support


Gage Academy of Art, October 2012
SEATTLE, WA – October 12, 2012 – Gage Academy of Art is proud to announce the support of two national organizations for the launch of their, “Art Educators Initiative.” The Art Renewal Center (ARC) and the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc. have together donated $11,000 to support participation by Gage in six national art educator conferences, as well as the dissemination of the educational DVD project that accompanies Gage teaching artist Juliette Aristides’ book, Lessons in Classical Drawing.

Gage representative Mandy Hallenius will travel to six national arts educator conferences to meet with high school art instructors, and share the curriculum she helped develop from, Lessons in Classical Drawing. Hallenius, a certified K-12 arts educator, is also a full-time Aristides Atelier student at Gage, and has been working with Juliette Aristides on developing age-appropriate lesson plans, designed specifically for high school-aged artists. To complement the tour, Gage will host drawing workshops in July 2013, featuring Clock Hour certification for educators, in order to create impactful training opportunities.

“We’re extremely grateful for the support of both the Art Renewal Center and the Leon Lowenstein Foundation,” said Pamela Belyea, Executive Director of Gage Academy of Art. “Juliette has inspired countless students here at Gage, and we know her methods and materials will help arts educators inspire their students, as well.”

Hallenius, along with Aristides Atelier graduate and teaching assistant David Dwyer, will participate in Art Education Association conferences in Portland, OR; Myrtle Beach, SC; Santa Fe, NM; Riverside, CA; and Rochester, NY. By bringing the educational lessons embedded in Lessons in Classical Drawing, plus free copies of the book directly to arts educators across the nation, the Art Educators Initiative will extend the influence of the Aristides book to actual classrooms filled with young artists craving the tools to learn and practice the craft of drawing

Established in 1941, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization based in New York City. The Art Renewal Center (ARC) was founded in 2000 by a group of artists, art collectors, historians, and enthusiasts, to provide a forum for dialogue and exchange of expert information among educators, scholars, curators, collectors and artists.


St. Mark's to Stock Art Supplies


Gage Academy of Art, September 2012
Starting in September 2012, students at Gage Academy of Art will be able to purchase a select inventory of art supplies, just steps from the Gage campus. St. Mark’s Cathedral Shop plans to offer a limited selection of art supplies, starting September 10, at their location directly across the parking lot from the Gage building at 1501 10th AVE E on Capitol Hill.

The Cathedral Shop typically carries gifts, cards, and commemorative items in support of the mission of St. Mark’s Cathedral, originally founded in 1885 as one of the largest Episcopal churches in the region.

Students from Gage will be able to purchase Strathmore 44 & 500 Series Drawing paper (18”x24”), Prismacolor Kneaded Erasers, Faber Castell PITT Charcoal pencils (medium), Canvas Boards (9”x11”/assorted sizes), and Nitram Academie Fusains Charcoal (medium). In addition, the helpful staff at the Cathedral Shop is exploring other items to stock, and will be accepting suggestions and feedback from students.

The Cathedral Shop is open seven days a week – Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information, or to contact the shop with questions, visit ShopatSaintMarks.org, or call 206.323.1040.



Fall 2012 Exhibitions at Gage


Gage Academy of Art, August 2012


Gage Academy of Art is proud to announce the opening of three new exhibitions featuring the work of local and regional artists, as well as a group show of student work from the Gage summer session 2012. All three shows open on Friday, September 7, 2012, at 6:30pm at Gage Academy of Art on Capitol Hill, located at 1501 10th Ave. E.

The Steele Gallery at Gage presents, Straight Back Home to You, featuring the work of Seattle artist Hannah Viano. In this collaborative and highly sensory installation, Viano examines definitions of home, and how both we, and the space we inhabit, change as time marches on. Metal sculptor Margie McDonald provides the groundwork for this installation, building an organic nest-like structure that leaves room for light, imagination and movement to filter through. Additional artists include Amy Ross, Emma Morehouse, Sarah Jones, Emily Eagle and ,Jess Thomson, contributing their own distinct layers of sound, movement, ephemera and flavor to the space. Straight Back Home to You runs through October 6 in the Steele Gallery, third floor, Gage Academy of Art, 1501 10th Ave E.

The opening reception for Straight Back Home to You takes place in the Steele Gallery on Friday, September 21 at 6:00pm, and features a guest lecture at 7:00pm with Viano and artists from the show. Entitled, The Very Best Nest, the event features a dance performance by Amy Ross and Emma Morehouse, as well as a discussion of the conceptual underpinnings of the show, and how artists work to create ideas of home amidst deep traditions and conventions. The show, reception, and lecture/dance performance are open to the public at no charge.

The Entry Gallery at Gage presents, Urbanity, featuring the work of Portland, OR, based artist Amber Stene,. Urbanity represents a new body of works on paper, using graphite, ink and washes of watercolor to develop layered surfaces that explore the concept of social acceptance within different cultural scenarios. “The medium of drawing provides the most effective parallel to the ever-changing nature of relationships in society,” says Stene. “To communicate societal displacement, I use figurative subjects placed in situations that reference the feeling of disconnection.” The opening reception for the Urbanity exhibition takes place in the Entry Gallery at on Friday, September 21, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Urbanity runs through October 5 in the Entry Gallery, third floor, Gage Academy of Art, 1501 10th Ave E.

The Rosen Gallery at Gage presents the annual, Summer Showdown, featuring work from student-artists at Gage. Selected paintings, drawings and works on paper showcase students’ use of techniques taught by local and national instructors of Gage summer programs and workshops. The opening reception for the Summer Showdown exhibition takes place in the Rosen Gallery on Friday, September 21, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. “Summer Showdown” runs through October 5 in the Rosen Gallery, third floor, Gage Academy of Art, 1501 10th Ave E.





Gage Student Shines in Competition


Gage Academy of Art, August 2012


Congratulations to former Gage student, and former Gage Board of Trustees member Keri Stack for being named as a finalist in the 2012 Artist’s Magazine 29th annual competition. Keri’s still-life oil painting, “No Middle Ground,” (pictured in detail) was selected from among hundreds of entries from across the United States, Canada, and abroad.

Keri has entered the annual competition four times, and twice has been selected as a finalist. She feels entering competitions is a good reminder to approach her art as a professional, and routinely has her work scanned to maintain a catalog of high-quality images.

“I’m not happy unless I’m challenging myself,” she admits. “The lessons I learned at Gage have given me the foundation to feel comfortable pushing myself beyond my capabilities.”

Keri has studied with Michael Friel, Margaret Davidson, John Rizzotto, John Morra, and others at Gage since first picking up a paintbrush in 2002. “Each instructor (at Gage) has been able to pinpoint areas that needed improvement,” she says, “and generously passed along their knowledge – which has allowed me to develop my own voice.” She continues to attend workshops to review basics, and to polish the skills she’s developed in her desire to continue to learn new insights and techniques.

Keri served on the Gage Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2010. While on the board, she was Executive Secretary, and was an active member of the Development Committee and co-chair of the Human Resources committee. Keri found serving on the Board to be a meaningful way to give back to the community as a thank you for all she has learned from Gage and its teaching artists.

Keri is currently in the early stages of putting together a series for a future exhibition, and is scouting possible locations for a show of her captivating work. “I have a tendency to be timid about my approach,” she says. “But, perhaps the single most important thing I've learned is that there truly are happy accidents - and if they aren't happy, I can correct what I don't like.”

To learn more about Keri, and view her online portfolio, visit KeriStack.artspan.com.




Self-Portrait Competition Winners Announced


Gage Academy of Art, March 2012

The 6th annual Spitting Image Self-Portrait exhibition opened on Friday, March 30 with an announcement of the competition winners. The awards were co-juried by artist Gabrielle Bakker and Director Emeritus of the Frye Art Museum (and past Gage Trustee), Richard V. West.

Cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 were awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Bakker selected Aristides Atelier student Bobby DiTrani’s portrait as the best in show, and wrote of the piece, “…it is a considered and finished work — it was a labor of love and it shows. Sensitive handling of paint, pensive mood, quite beautiful.”

West chose 2nd place, 3rd place and the four honorable mentions. West announced the awards to a full house on the evening of the opening reception and remarked that self-portraits are among the most complex and challenging subjects for an artrist to tackle. He said, "I was pleased with the strong, overall quality of the exhibition and the display of a wide variety of styles, approaches, and attitudes in approaching the problems posed by a self-portrait."

Images of the winning pieces and photos from the night are availabel on the Event Scrapbook.

WINNERS

1st Place: Bobby DiTrani (picture here)
Self-Portrait Between Two Worlds, 2012
Oil on panel

2nd Place: Chandler Woodfin
Early Morning, 2012
Charcoal on paper

3rd Place: Meg Murch
Referential Self-Portrait, 2011
Painted ceramic sculpture

Honorable Mentions

Helen Bouchard
Awaiting Spring, 2012
Acrylic on canvas

Eden Hopkins
It Wasn’t Me, 2012
Oil on canvas

Jethaniel “Spyder” Peterka
Self-Reflection 2012, 2012
Oil on canvas mounted on panel

D. Lisa West
Morning E-mail, 2012
Oil on canvas




Gage Collector's Gala a Hit


Gage Academy of Art, March 2012

The annual Gage Collector’s Gala: Art Auction & Benefit was held Friday, March 2, to great success, raising more than $195,000 for Gage educational, outreach and scholarship programs. Saint Mark’s Cathedral was host to the event and provided a stunning backdrop to the Berlin Cabaret–inspired evening. Sixty five pieces of art were donated by Gage artists, alumni, teaching artists and friends, and all went home with happy guests!

The night began with bustling silent auctions, passed appetizers and delicious spirits, then guests enjoyed dinner and a show with performers Frau Lola and Her Deutschland Band. Before the live auction got underway, the 2012 Gage Art Award was given to Trina Wherry for her unwavering support of the school. From the Fund a Need to the Dessert Dash, guests were generous to Gage all night long.

Thank you to everyone who was a part of the night, from the donating artists to the table captains, to the bakeries who donated cakes, to all who purchased raffle tickets, to the corporate sponsors: your generosity is greatly appreciated! See all the participating artists and generous donors on the auction website.

View more pictures from the gala on the Gage Flickr page.

Corporate Sponsors    
Nintendo Chihuly Studios
Laird Norton Tyee Lane Powell
Kutscher Rhodes & Benner, Inc. RBC
Mayflower Park Hotel St. Mark's Cathedral





A Fond Farewell & a Hearty Hello


Gage Academy of Art, January 2012

Gage bids adieu to Lauren Klenow, our exceptional curator for the past three years who is completing a Centrum Residency in Port Townsend and then heading to Berlin to focus on her studio practice.

We are excited to announce that Shelly Leavens is the next Gage Curator. Shelly earned her master’s in museology from the University of Washington and has been working in exhibition development at the Burke Museum as well as curating shows at the Center for Wooden Boats. She is also a course instructor in the Museum Studies Certificate Program at the UW.

Photo by Anna Sparks.




Record Attendance at the 12th Annual Drawing Jam


Gage Academy of Art, December 2011

The 12th Annual Drawing Jam, held this past December 3, was an astounding success, bringing more than 1,400 adults, kids and teens together to make art. A record-setting event, this year expanded into a new space, the Skinner Auditorium, with a café area, vendor tables and a 12-foot scaffolding with catwalks on which models posed throughout the day.

The Drawing Jam was full to the brim with artists focused on live models, still-life setups, a mural wall, musicians and even their own self portrait.
Costumed models in the “Stars of Seattle” studio this year included cellist Louis Richmond, Seafair Pirates, Teatro Zinzanni’s Ariana Lallone (and former PNB star), Purple Mark, Mandy Greer’s artwork Furry modeled by Sharon Arnold, Sylvia O’Stayformore and cast members of The Rocky Horror Picture Show presented by The Schoolyard.

The Drawing Jam is especially popular with families — kids had a room to experiment with all sorts of art materials, teens had their own dedicated studio to draw from the clothed model, and there was a printmaking room for all ages hosted by the fine folks at Artist & Craftsman Supply.

Of course, dozens of musical acts entertained artists as they worked throughout the studios.

Event goers took a break from the action to view three exhibitions and watch professional demonstrations provided by Gage Artistic Director Gary Faigin, artist Peter Moehrle, teaching artist Larine Chung and Gage Atelier Instructor Juliette Aristides.

In the evening, Klara Glosova and Sierra Stinson brought the Visual Art Happy Hour, last seen at CityArts Fest 2011, to Gage where a cadre of local artists serving their own unique cocktails alongside original video works created to compliment the drinks. The guest artists were Zack Bent, Gala Bent, Klara Glosova, Amanda Manitach, Lindsey Apodaca and Rodrigo Valenzuela.

The Drawing Jam couldn’t have been the success it was without the support of many, many volunteers, musicians and our highly appreciated sponsors. Special thanks to George Ras & Superior Stucco. Thank you all!

View more images on the Gage Flickr Page.

Presenting Sponsors:
4 CultureSeattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs


See all of the event sponsors, a list of the day's musicians and photos on the Drawing Jam Scrapbook page.

Artist's Demos were a popular feature of the day. In the picture above Artistic Director Gary Faigin (right), paints from the portrait model. Photo by Dara Rosenwasser.




Gage Library Grows with Aristides Addition


Gage Academy of Art, October 2011

The “Gage Library” will gain a volume with the November release of Juliette Aristides’s newest book, Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier, published by Random House.

Aristides has led her own intensive atelier program at Gage Academy of Art since 1999. The Aristides Atelier is unique in the Pacific Northwest, a four-year program based on the teaching methods of the 19th-century academic tradition. The curriculum is designed to provide fundamental drawing and painting skills in a step-by-step progression.

For her latest book, Aristides took from her experience as an atelier instructor to create a primer that breaks down the drawing process from start to finish and shows what all great drawing has in common. Lessons in Classical Drawing also includes a companion DVD, filmed in Florence, Italy, that provides live instruction and drawing lessons.

On November 18, at Gage Academy of Art on Capitol Hill, Aristides will sign copies of the book and participate in a panel about the making of the book and DVD with guests Don Porter, former King5 news journalist, and Robert Campbell, Cornish College of the Arts professor, documentary filmmaker and installation artist.

Aristides is also the author of Classical Drawing Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice and Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice.

The Gage Library — that is, books written by Gage instructors — is ever growing, expanding this year with both Aristides’s new book, and also with the publication of Contemporary Drawing: Key Concepts and Techniques by Margaret Davidson.

Other Gage Library volumes include Gary Faigin’s The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression, Mitchell Albala’s Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice, Suzanne Brooker’s Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications, and Michael Friel’s Still Life Painting Atelier: Lessons in Traditional Oil Painting.




Gage Announces 2011-2012 Scholarship Recipients


Gage Academy of Art, September 2011

Gage is proud to award need- and merit-based tuition scholarships for the 2011-12 academic year to deserving adult students and, new this year, a scholarship for a Youth Programs student. Many thanks go to the Scholarship Jury comprised of artists and Gage friends David Chelsea, Jim Phalen and Jordan Sokol.

Read below about the generous donors who choose to give the gift of education to the next generation of artists. If you would like to give a gift to the Gage Scholarship Fund of any amount, please contact Kathleen Moore.

The Stanley R. & Robert E. Wright Foundation For The Arts
When Bob Wright retired from a successful career as a commercial artist, he created a foundation to fund outstanding young adults training to become fine artists. Wright chose Gage as an institution worthy of his altruistic support, which he has renewed continuously since 2001.

Taya Huang
Stephanie K. Johnson
Polina Kud
Josh Pemberton

Susan Manzo Estate Scholarship
Susan Manzo was a wonderfully bold and colorful watercolor painter who enthusiastically attended Gage for several years. When she passed away in 2010, her brother Chris Loesch chose to donate artworks from her estate to the 2011 Gage Collector’s Gala in order to fund this generous scholarship in her name.

Scott McCall

Terri Buchanan Youth Scholarship
When Evan Hornig lost his wife, Terri Buchanan, he chose to sell her artworks to her community of friends in order to create a scholarship fund that would support the education of young artists. He generously chose to underwrite a talented artist during Teen Intensive Summer 2011.

Cynthia Cook

Gage Atelier Scholarships
These students from the Aristides Atelier, the Kang-O’Higgins Atelier and the Faigin Atelier received a merit-based scholarship for the 2011-2012 year.

Valencia Carroll
Garima Naredi
Amanda Hallenius
Lucrezia Paxson
Kimi Hansen
Charles Smith
Kevin Miller
Martijn Swart

Apply for Scholarships
You can apply for these scholarships online. In addition, Gage offers more ways to help you take Gage programs, including a 25% for adult students 25 and younger, discounts for professional artists and K-12 educators, and through our workstudy and studio volunteer programs. Learn more by calling Gage Registrar Margaretta at 206.323.4243 x10.

Artwork at right by Stephanie K. Johnson.




Master Artist Yuqi Wang to Teach at Gage Academy of Art


Gage Academy of Art, August 2011

Coming up this January, Gage Academy of Art will host artist Yuqi Wang for the 10-day workshop Expressive Portrait Painting. Trained in China and now based in New York, Wang’s accolades include the Grand Prize from the Portrait Society of America, Second Prize from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and Best Portfolio by the American Society of Portrait Artists at the Museum of Modern Art.

He has exhibited extensively across China and the United States, and his work hangs in public collections in China as well as in the private collection of the Royal Family of Japan.

Now Wang will bring his international reputation to Seattle for a two-week portrait painting workshop, January 2 through 13, aimed at intermediate and advanced artists. As students work from the model alongside this master portrait painter, they will learn the relative aspects of value, color, and depth to reinforce the balance and cohesion of their finished portraits. Wang will divide his time between individual critiques and working on his own portraits.

“What draws me, as an artist, to put brush to canvas is at once both public and private,” says Wang. “The world I reveal is a blend of both the ‘Occident’ and the ‘Orient;’ my passion for both Classic European portraiture and the Pre-Raphaelite movement is gently kissed by my Chinese heritage. I find the classic styles to be timeless, with a warmth and honesty not offered any more with modern movements.”

Artwork: Girl in Summer (oil on canvas; 48in x 40in; 2001), by Yuqi Wang.




Best of Gage Showcases Striking Student Artwork


Gage Academy of Art, June 2011

The 19th Annual Best of Gage: Student Art Exhibit, Awards & Sale brought more guests to the school than ever before. Nearly 800 artists and art enthusiasts attended the event, which showcased more than 150 artworks by Gage students.

Guests made their way through the three floors of the school, viewing artwork divided into seven categories, noshing on treats donated by local restaurants, and purchasing works from the exhibition and the three Gage Ateliers. The Best of Gage Awards Ceremony was packed with onlookers as 23 prizes donated by many businesses were awarded, including Best of Show to Zoey Frank for her figurative piece, Song.

Many thanks go to guest juror Stefano Catalani from the Bellevue Arts Museum and the many contributing artists, volunteers and businesses who made the night a big success!

View photos, a list of winners and the Catalani's juror statement in the Best of Gage scrapbook.

Best of Gage is presented by

4 Culture Laird Norton Tyee Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs


Photo caption: Best in Show was awarded to Zoey Frank (second from left). Here she is with her instructor, Juliette Aristides, Executive Director Pamela Belyea's stand in (her twin sister, Patricia), and the guest juror Stefano Catalani from the Bellevue Arts Museum. Photo by Dara Rosenwasser.




A Pilgrimage to the Southwest in the Steps of Georgia O'Keeffe


Gage Academy of Art, April 2011

This August, Gage Academy of Art leads artists to an exploration of the art and land of the Southwest.

That a group of artists would travel to the American Southwest in search of inspiration, space, and a refuge from everyday life isn’t exactly something new. Since the early days of travel by artists such as John Marin, Ernest Blumenschein, and Georgia O’Keefe, artists have regularly been drawn to the Southwest. This year, news of another group of artists, this time from Seattle’s Gage Academy of Art, makes one wonder what the area has that lures in, and often keeps, artists from all over the world.

The mystique of the Southwest is not so clear until one actually makes the trip, explains Pamela Belyea, executive director of Gage Academy of Art. “After going to the Southwest for the first time, I promised myself I would return often to fulfill some innate need.” Not only has Belyea returned, but she has also organized trips geared for artists such as the upcoming seven-day “In the Steps of Georgia O’Keeffe” tour this August, which combines a landscape painting workshop with a tour of northern New Mexico.

The adventure includes a weeklong stay at Ghost Ranch, where participants will paint, hike, cook, and eat together, while taking breaks to visit local museums and galleries in Santa Fe and the surrounding area. To top it all off, on the last day, attendees will take a personal tour of Georgia O’Keeffe’s own home and studio, where they will see firsthand the private life she carved out for herself. “We will take a book of her work along with us, and compare her paintings to real life,” explains Gary Faigin, Gage artistic director, “even the same bushes remain today as they do in her paintings; everything changes so slowly in the desert.”

Faigin, who is the tour guide and painting instructor for the trip, made his first visit back in 1984 after seeing a student’s work from Santa Fe while teaching at the Art Students League in New York. Intrigued, he, like so many others before him, made the trip from New York to the Southwest. For the following decade, Faigin returned every summer to live and paint.

O’Keeffe explained her own attraction to the Southwest once: "Such a beautiful, untouched lonely feeling place, such a fine part of what I call the 'Faraway.' It is a place I have painted before . . . even now I must do it again."

The Gage Academy Art Tour “In the Steps of Georgia O’Keeffe: Painting in Northern New Mexico” runs Sunday, August 21 to Sunday, August 28, 2011.




Gage Collector's Gala Exceeds Expectations


Gage Academy of Art, March 2011

Friday night, March 4, Gage hosted its annual Gage Collector’s Gala — this year with a Spanish theme — in the stunning sanctuary of Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Our sold-out crowd of art collectors and Gage supporters will remember this remarkable evening for a long time — the collection of donated artworks, the sangría and Spanish cuisine, the entertaining classical guitarist, tenor and Flamenco dancers, and the beautiful gala venue. As one guest aptly expressed, “It feels like I’m on an opera set!”

The gala was not only beautiful, but we are also happy to announce that we raised $200,000 for the Gage Annual Fund and Youth Programs. During the evening, we celebrated the cultural contributions of Jim Kelly and his remarkable funding agency 4Culture; we watched a video about our long-running free Teen Art Studios and raised $44,000 to support youth programming at Gage; we drew the winning raffle ticket for two on the Arte d’España tour purchased by Gage artists Meg Murch and Roger Burk; we raised a deliciously sweet $13,000 with our over-the-top Art of Dessert table; and we let everyone eat cake!

We cannot thank all of you enough! From the incredible generosity of our table captains and gala guests, to our corporate sponsors, to our volunteers, and last but certainly not least, a special thank you to our generous and talented donating artists. Apreciamos profundamente su generosidad!

Corporate Sponsors
Nintendo Laird Norton Tyee Kutscher Rhodes & Benner, Inc.
Wells Fargo Andaluca Ilahie
Mayflower Park Hotel


See photos from the art auction in the event scrapbook.

Photo at top by Dara Rosenwasser.




11th Annual Drawing Jam: We Supply the Materials, You Create the Art


Gage Academy of Art, November 2010

No matter your age or ability, come to Gage Academy of Art on December 4 and spend an hour — or the entire day — creating art.

Try your hand at art during the 11th Annual Drawing Jam — a 12-hour art-making marathon — from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 4, at Gage Academy of Art on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

The Drawing Jam has been named a “must do event” by Seattle Magazine, and no wonder why. Three floors of space, art supplies, food, models, inspiration and entertainment are all included with admission — just $10 for adults and free for teens and kids. Whether you draw, dabble or doodle, head to the Drawing Jam to give drawing —or even sculpting — from the model a try.

A cast of over 50 models will rotate through several studios. Dancers, musicians and performers act as gesture models, figure models pose up to three hours at a time, and costumed portrait models sit for drawing. Costumed models include the “Stars of Seattle” — a group of local celebrities, which in the past have included troupe members from Teatro ZinZanni, The Stranger’s Dan Savage, the SeaFair Pirates and Sylvia O’Stayformore.

The Drawing Jam at Gage Academy of Art is geared for all ages and abilities, and families are especially encouraged to come. Kids will have a room of their own to draw, paint, sculpt, and craft during the day, and teens will also have their own dedicated studio for all 12 hours of the event.

Even if you don’t create art yourself, this is a unique chance to see an art school in full swing. Studios will be open to tour, and you can catch a glimpse of art in the making as award-winning Gage artists conduct drawing and painting demonstrations. In addition, Gage teaching artist Michael Friel will sign copies of his brand new book Still-Life Painting Atelier starting at 6:00pm. Three exhibitions will be on display throughout the day as well, including the two-person show “Below Freezing” featuring glacial landscapes by acclaimed artists Anna McKee and Cynthia Camlin.

No matter your age or ability, come to Gage and spend an hour — or the entire day — dedicated to creating art! Check back at www.GageAcademy.org/drawingjam as details emerge.

Buy your tickets at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for students with ID, and free for kids and teens. Free parking provided.

Presenting sponsors of the 11th Annual Drawing Jam at Gage Academy of Art are 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Event sponsors include Artist & Craftsman Supply, Bellevue Art & Frame, Blick Art Materials, Canson, Dakota Art Store, Daniel Smith Artists’ Materials, The Essential Baking Company, Hale’s Ales, Redhook Ale Brewery, Savoir Faire, and Utrecht.




Communications Director Receives Honorable Mention
for Communicator of the Year Award


Association for Women in Communications, September 2010

Gage Academy of Art is proud to announce that Communications Director Erin M. Schadt will receive Honorable Mention for the Communicator of the Year Award this October. The award is given out each year by the Association for Women in Communications (AWC), Seattle Professional Chapter, to individuals in the Puget Sound area who have created a significant community impact through communications excellence and leadership.

The AWC says Schadt’s “body of work exemplifies the ability of creative communications to build an organization both internally and with its constituent communities.” The selection committee cites, as well, her success in growing enrollment even during difficult economic times, and increasing the visibility of Gage and the importance of fine visual arts education.

This year’s Communicator of the Year is KIRO radio journalist Dave Ross, whose grassroots leadership effort restored funding for Seattle’s Lake Union Fourth of July fireworks show. Past winners include Lori Matsukawa of KING5 news, Marsha Savery, of the Seattle Aquarium Society, Mindy Cameron of The Seattle Times, and JoAnn Byrd of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Schadt has led communications at Gage in Seattle since 2007, and was previously managing editor at the international engineering society SPIE in Bellingham, Wash. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., and is an experienced writer and editor for a variety of media including magazines, websites, and newspapers.




Gage Academy of Art Announces Scholarship Recipients


Gage Academy of Art, September 2010

Through the generous help of individuals, foundations and arts groups, each year Gage Academy of Art is proud to distribute merit-based scholarships to students in the full-time ateliers led by Juliette Aristides and Mark Kang-O’Higgins. For the 2010-11 school year, the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters provided $4,500 in scholarships, $4,000 was given by the Stanley R. & Robert E. Wright Foundation For The Arts, and this year a special scholarship of $1,500 was given in memory of Elizabeth Burden.

2010-11 Wright Scholars
Bobby DiTrani
Stephanie K. Johnson
Polina Kud
Garima A. Naredi

2010-11 Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters Scholars
Steffan Carter
Stefan Cummings
Zoey Frank
Scott McCall

2010-11 Elizabeth Burden Scholar
Elizabeth Zanzinger

Gage Academy of Art invites you to support our talented students through a donation to the Gage General Scholarship Fund or through a named scholarship. To learn how you can make a difference in the life and education of a promising young artist, please contact Executive Director Pamela Belyea at Pamela@GageAcademy.org.

Artwork by Bobby DiTrani





Gage Brings Free Teen Art Studios Program to Rainier Valley


Gage Academy of Art, July 2010

Teens throughout the Rainier Valley neighborhood can now count on a free professional-level art program every Saturday night. Teen Art Studios-Rainier Valley (TAS) was launched earlier this year by Gage Academy of Art as a three-month pilot program modeled after the popular TAS-Capitol Hill that has been a fixture at Gage, attracting thousands of teens from across the region since its inception in 2001.

Thanks to generous funding from the Lucky Seven Foundation and the Mark & Susan Torrance Foundation, Gage has taken steps to ensure that the three-month pilot program continues as a key, and permanent, part of the Youth Programs at Gage.

“The goal of TAS has always been to create a safe, accessible and approachable place for teens to engage in and create art,” said Sharon Arnold, Youth Programs Manager at Gage. “Teen Art Studios provides an opportunity to hang out with friends, create works of art, play with new ideas, think creatively and abstractly, and even build a portfolio for college.”

Each month a different professional artist leads teen artists in exploring a new art form. TAS artists receive focused instruction and a chance to try different mediums and subject matter from traditional art school fare like figure drawing and abstract painting to installation and recycled art.

The TAS-Rainier Valley pilot program averaged 18 students each week and offered a free way for teens to explore silk-screen printmaking, self portraits in pastel, and wood-block printmaking. One teen remarked “After coming to this art class, I see the world around me in a whole new way — everything is art.”

Going forward, this August at TAS-Rainier Valley, teaching artist Noah Grusgott will lead Figurative Casting and Installation in August, in September Susanna Bluhm will teach Painting from Memory & Imagery, and October will see Lauren Holloway lead Urban Arts & Graffiti Jewelry.

Teen Art Studios-Rainier Valley runs Saturday nights from 6:30pm to 9:30pm in The 2100 Building Art Studio on 24th Ave. South, just off Rainier. This free program for teens, ages 13-18, provides all art materials and free refreshments.

Learn more about the program on the Teen Art Studios page.

Photo by Ryan Sherman.




Record Number Enjoy 18th Annual Best of Gage


Gage Academy of Art, June 2010

This June 18, artists and art enthusiasts came out in record numbers this year at the Best of Gage: Student Art Exhibit, Awards & Sale. More than 700 guests and artists toured the building to view the exhibition of 150 artworks by Gage students. Twenty-three hard working artists took home awards in seven categories, and guests went home with original works of art purchased to support Gage artists and the school.

Guest juror, Derrick R. Cartwright, Director of the Seattle Art Museum, studied each piece carefully while jurying the exhibition. Cartwright remarked, “The first thing that occurred to me when I arrived at the school to perform this jurying role was that there was more accomplished work than there were prizes to award. The categories of portraiture, landscape, still life, figure and abstraction — and the medium-specific category of sculpture — yield a time-honored sense of priorities which were met by virtually all of the participating artists.”

After careful consideration, Brett Downey was awarded Best in Show for his pencil drawing Katrina and Aron Hart received the competitive People’s Choice Award for his oil portrait Crystal.

Best of Gage is sponsored by:



Laird Norton Tyee


4Culture


Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs


Read more, including the juror's statement and full list of winners!

Stefan Cummings in his studio at Best of Gage. Photo by Matt Brown.




Sharon Arnold to Lead Youth Programs at Gage Academy of Art


Gage Academy of Art, April 2010

Gage Academy of Art is pleased to announce that acclaimed Seattle artist Sharon Arnold has joined Gage as the new Youth Programs Manager.

“Hiring Sharon continues our commitment to being a leader in the visual arts in our community,” said Executive Director Pamela Belyea. “She possesses an incredible artistic passion and reputation that will be invaluable to the Youth Programs at Gage.”

Arnold studied at Pratt Institute in New York and graduated magna cum laude at Cornish College of the Arts. She founded the art blog dimensions variable, an artist-driven public project based on the discussion and promotion of locally based art and literature.

Arnold's own artwork stems from unique and repetitive applications of traditional and non-traditional uses of paper. The imagery manifests as fictional cartography or mythology; combining the idea of mapping with suggestions of de-coding, language and rhythm. View her work at www.trianglesforteeth.com.

Gage Academy of Art offers after-school and Saturday classes for youth throughout the school year, and each summer hosts hundreds of kids and teens for the Summer Youth Workshops. In this 15th year of Kids and Teen Workshops, the program has expanded to include eight weeks of workshops, a two-week Drawing Intensive, and a five-week Teen Intensive pre-college certificate program.

The Gage Youth Programs also includes Teen Art Studios, a free Friday-night drop-in program for teens at its Capitol Hill campus, and the school has recently launched a pilot Teen Art Studios program in Rainier Valley at The 2100 Building.

Photo by Daniel Carrillo.





Gage Launches Three-Month Teen Art Studios Pilot in Rainier Valley


Gage Academy of Art, March 2010

Gage Academy of Art launched a three-month Teen Art Studios (TAS) pilot program in Rainier Valley on Saturday, March 6. The program will run Saturday nights during the months of March, April and May and is based on the popular free, drop-in, Friday night program at Gage on Capitol Hill that has attracted thousands of arts-centric teens from across the region since its inception in 2001.

The goal of the new pilot program is to showcase the benefits of TAS and secure long-term funding for a permanent TAS-Rainier Valley. With 15 teens participating in the first week and 22 during the second week, the free program is off to a great start in Rainier Valley.

Each month a different professional artist will lead the teen artists in exploring a new art form. TAS artists receive focused instruction and a chance to explore different mediums and subject matter from traditional art school fare to installation and recycled art.

Teen Art Studios-Rainier Valley runs Saturday nights from 6:30pm to 9:30pm in March, April and May in The 2100 Building Art Studio on 24th Avenue South, just off Rainier. This free, 3-month long program for teens, ages 13-18, provides all art materials and free refreshments.

A culminating party and exhibition of artworks from both TAS sites is being scheduled at the Vera Project this summer.

Learn more about the program on the Teen Art Studios page.

Above: A TAS-Capitol Hill student works in the studio.




Gage Academy of Art Masquerade Ball & Benefit Reaches Goals


Gage Academy of Art, January 2010

A fantastic party and a successful fundraiser, the Masquerade Ball & Benefit on Friday, January 29, 2010, reached the goal of $125,000 to support Youth Programs, Youth Scholarships and the Annual Fund at Gage.

St. Mark’s Cathedral provided an enchanting, gorgeous setting for the night. Peacock feathers, stilt walkers, masks, and candlelight set the scene for a magical party, and guests responded with generous donations and raucous bidding.

The Fund-A-Need portion of the evening was especially successful: Beth Zirngible, youth teaching artist, shared her personal story as artist turned instructor, and guests responded with more than $30,000 raised specifically for the Gage Youth Programs.

The night ended with an incredible performance by acrobats Acrophelia and Dr. Calamari, and aerialist Lara Lee Rasberry. The jaw-dropping artistry provided a perfect ending to the enchanting evening.

Thank you to all of the donors, sponsoring businesses, volunteers, trustees, staff and especially our table captains and guests who made the evening such a success!

Above: Acrobats Acrophelia and Dr. Calamari perform at the event. Photo by Ryan Sherman.





Drawing Jam Hits Milestone Year


Gage Academy of Art, December 2009

Each year the Drawing Jam grows in both popularity and quality, and the 10th annual event was no exception. Well over 1,000 people drew, sculpted, crafted and more on December 5, making the affair the biggest ever. For 12 hours, adults and kids alike worked from the model and their imaginations, showing once again that creating art can be an enriching social and artistic experience.

There was something for everyone throughout the day, including dozens of musicians, dancers and models, even “Stars of Seattle” such as Manuela Horn of Teatro ZinZanni, King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, drag queen extraordinaire Sylvia O’Stayformore and actors from the Open Circle Theater production of The Judy Garland Christmas Special.

Free art supplies and delicious food and drink kept artists energized and drawing from 10am to 10pm, fueling fantastic works of art all day long. Artists enjoyed drawing, sculpting and printmaking as well as took in professional artist demonstrations by Gary Faigin, Kimberly Trowbridge, Geoff Flack and Michael Lane.

Thank you so much to all of the models, musicians, artists and sponsors who made this day possible!

Above: Participants line up on drawing horses to draw from the model. Photo by Ryan Sherman.





Gage Teen Artists Stop the Bus!


Gage Academy of Art, October 2009

It’s not every day that teens get to create beautiful artwork that becomes a public installation, but that’s just what happened this year at Gage. Teens who took the Mixed Media Book Arts & Stop the Bus summer workshop learned the art of creating tile mosaics from teaching artist Laura Brodax, taking inspiration from plant sketches they completed in Volunteer Park. Once the mosaics were complete, they were assembled and installed as part of the bus shelter right in front of Gage.

This October, the teens gathered to celebrate the opening of the installation. Next time you’re at the school, take a look at the inspiring artwork that very appropriately welcomes bus riders to Gage!

Teen artists who took the Stop the Bus workshop, were Elizabeth Ames, Natalie Andreen, Natalie Brighton, Bettina Fahndrich, Ana Johnson, Wing Sum-Law, Vinna Lee, Cedar Nabringer, Eliza Otto, Francesca Rosati, Lara Kaelber, Zoe Miles, Grace Taylor, Jacob Ward and Nicholas Ward. The students were lead by teaching artist Laura Brodax and teaching assistant Rose Emerson.

Pictured at right: Top: Teens work on their mosaics in the summer workshop; Bottom: The finished pieces are installed.




Drawing Jam at Bumbershoot Attracts 9,500 Participants in 2009


Gage Academy of Art, September 2009

For the second year, Gage Academy of Art took its flagship community event, the Drawing Jam, on the road to Bumbershoot over Labor Day weekend. The arts and music festival crowd was excited to see the Drawing Jam back, with 9,500 people visiting and participating the Drawing Jam throughout the event.

The Drawing Jam featured three model stages, live music, a clay center and a teen corner with manga and printmaking demos. In addition, artists of all ages went wild filling a 90-ft-long mural wall, and drew from a larger-than-life recreation of the painting Twenty Twenty by John Rizzotto, which was featured on the cover of the Gage Fall Catalog.

All the drawing materials including charcoal, pencils, pastels and much more were provided for free with underwriting from Daniel Smith Artists’ Materials.

The emphasis was on encouraging everyone to enjoy artmaking, no matter skill level, age or experience, a theme central to the school’s mission. Gage also highlighted the school’s amazing teaching artists and students in an onsite exhibition and several Gage teaching artists provided demonstrations in different media including charcoal, clay and oils.

See highlights of the event on the Drawing Jam at Bumbershoot Scrapbook.

Drawing Jam guests also got the chance to enter a coloring contest sponsored by Gage, Daniel Smith Artists’ Materials and Top Ten Toys.

Sam won the 6-12 age category and took home a $100 Top Ten Toys gift certificate, art activity books and a free kids class at Gage. Aisling won the 13-18 age category, earning art supplies, a $100 Daniel Smith Artists’ Materials gift certificate and a free teen class at Gage. Every category had great entries, but the adult category was the toughest to judge, so Juror’s Choice awards of two tickets each to the 10th Annual Drawing Jam at Gage were awarded to Margaret Plumley and Donna Lough. The Adult Grand Prize, however, went to Wakey Nelson, which consists of art supplies, a $100 gift certificate to Daniel Smith Artists’ Materials and a $450 gift certificate to Gage.

Check out the winners and selected other entries on the Gage Flickr Page.




Gage Academy of Art Seeks to Expand Award-Winning Teen Program


Gage Academy of Art, February 2008

Venetian-themed Masquerade Ball & Benefit this March will help fund the effort.

Seattle, WA | February 11, 2008 — Unlike most schools, Friday night at Gage Academy of Art isn’t the time when lights are turned off and doors locked up. Just the contrary in fact — that’s when things really cook at Gage.

Every Friday night, around 40 teens from all over Seattle meet up to kick back, gear up and create art at Teen Art Studios. The free program — supplies and pizza included — draws teens from all over Seattle and as far away as Port Angeles, Tacoma and Bellingham. Teens come for different reasons — some to develop their portfolios, some to meet up with fellow artists and some as a safe haven on a Friday night.

Each month, a different professional artist teaches a specific art form, engaging teens to learn new skills, make art and develop new friendships in a supportive, social environment. The art varies widely; for example, this month features collage art, March sees bookmaking, and April goes big with large-scale drawing projects.

Teen Art Studios, now in year six at Gage, is more than just popular with teens, though. The program received a 2008 Youth Arts Award from the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and for overall arts education Gage won a 2007 Governor’s Arts Award.

Because of this success and the program’s growing demand, Gage is working to open a second Teen Art Studios program this fall in the Rainer Valley neighborhood. The area is burgeoning with youth who will be well served by a community arts program such as Teen Art Studios that encourages youth of all backgrounds to work together in a positive environment. To assist the professional art instructors, Gage will provide translators for students who speak Chinese and Spanish.

“We are thrilled to expand this free program that encourages students to explore new materials and techniques, develop creative problem solving and celebrate self-expression,” said Gage Executive Director Pamela Belyea.

This expansion, however, is contingent on reaching financial goals. Grants and individual contributions are key to the new program. This expansion is a major impetus behind the Gage Academy of Art Masquerade Ball & Benefit, to be held Saturday, March 29. This rousing party seeks to raise $75,000 to fund the Youth Programs and augment the school’s annual fund. The Venetian-themed ball will feature a decadent four-course meal, sweet Venetian champagne and wild dancing all evening long. Amidst the rollick and revelry, guests will have the opportunity to bid on delectable treats and exotic art experiences.

“With the help of this fundraiser, Gage will continue to provide free Friday night programs for teens in Seattle and move one step closer to opening a second location for this popular program, allowing twice as many teens to participate in art in a safe, structured environment every week,” said Gage Youth Program Manager Olivia Britt.

Learn more about the Masquerade Ball & Benefit.





Gage Academy of Art Receives 2007 Governor’s Arts Award


Gage Academy of Art, December 2007

Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Washington State Arts Commission have recognized Gage Academy of Art for our outstanding work in arts education with a 2007 Governor’s Arts Award. This accolade recognizes individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to the creativity and culture of Washington.

“We commend Gage Academy of Art for their strong commitment to life-long learning in the arts, and the rigorous training they provide to children, youth and adults,” said Kris Tucker, executive director, Washington State Arts Commission.

“Being recognized for our commitment to teaching artists of all ages and levels of proficiency is an outstanding honor,” said Pamela Belyea, Gage Academy of Art executive director and cofounder. “This speaks to the heart of what Gage is—a school that believes anyone can learn to see through the artist’s lens and learn the skills to realize that vision. The Gage mission is to encourage a passion for arts learning in artists young and old. That Gov. Gregoire and the Washington State Arts Commission recognizes Gage for just such efforts is a significant distinction.”

Gov. Gregoire will present the 2007 Governor’s Arts Award recipients with an original art work and a certificate at a ceremony in the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia in late January.

Since 1966, the Governor’s Arts Awards have recognized 153 individuals for their artwork, community service, leadership in the arts and teaching and mentorship. For more information about the Governor’s Arts Awards visit www.arts.wa.gov.





8th Annual DRAWING JAM Breaks Attendance Record


Gage Academy of Art, December 2007

Despite blustery winds and accumulating snow, more artists than ever before arrived for our 8th Annual DRAWING JAM on Saturday, December 1, 2007.

This year’s JAM welcomed back popular guest models such as Sylvia O’Staformore and Teatro Zanzani’s Christine Deaver and also introduced Gage artists to the Seafair Pirates, the Stranger’s Dan Savage, the Daughters of Norway, Flamenco Gitana and Mama Lou American Strongwoman. These “Stars of Seattle” were joined by nearly 100 other models and musicians, keeping this year’s event (jam) packed with excitement.

Free art supplies and delicious food and drink kept artists energized and drawing from 10am to 10pm, fueling fantastic works of art all day long. Artists enjoyed drawing, sculpting and printmaking as well as took in professional artist demonstrations by Gary Faigin, Geoff Flack and Larine Chung. Thank you so much to all of the models, musicians, artists and sponsors who made this day possible!

Follow this link to view a scrapbook of the event and see a full list of Gage guests and sponsors.





Tacoma School of the Arts Students Fund
Teen Art Studios at Gage Academy


Gage Academy of Art, May 2007

Students from Tacoma School of the Arts presented Gage Academy of Art a $6400 gift to fund Teen Art Studios at Gage. The gift comes as part of a major project students completed for “Learning to Give,” a program that teaches students about nonprofit management and philanthropy. As part of the program, students researched several Puget Sound arts organizations that offer teen art programs. They then invited ten area organizations to apply for funding; Gage was one of two organizations selected for an award.

Issaquah-based Robert B. McMillen Foundation provided the funding for the “Learning to Give” program, an elective course piloted at the Tacoma School of the Arts to teach students about building nonprofit
organizations. Seven students in the program created the mission and vision for a nonprofit organization that would provide funding for after-school arts education.

Teen Art Studios is a free weekly program that provides a safe, inspiring and productive environment for young artists 13 to 18 years old. Each month, studio sessions feature a different professional artist and theme. Materials are free, and all students receive focused instruction and the chance to explore a range of media and skills.

After presenting the check to Gage, students from Tacoma High School of the Arts, pictured here, participated in the studios, which are available to all teens on a drop-in basis.





Art School Confidential by Jen Graves


The Stranger, April 2007

"Founded to teach what artists don't learn in art school—old-fashioned skills—Gage Academy's classical atelier attracts students from around the world. But Gage Academy's founders see the need to modernize. Welcome to the art school dilemma."







Gage Teens Lead Public Art Project for Local Charity


Gage Academy of Art, November 2006

Sixty 6.5'-tall decorated nutcrackers added holiday cheer to the streets of downtown Seattle in the Nutcracker March, a holiday-themed public art display. Young artists from the Gage Academy Teen Art Studios (TAS) program led a team effort to paint two sponsored nutcrackers, a king courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and a prince donated by Fifth Avenue Theater. After the holiday season, both nutcrackers were donated to the Northwest Center as part of an auction to raise funds for their programs serving children and adults with disabilities.

Lead artists on the project were TAS students Max Badger and Sydney Pertl, who guided a team of 13-18 year old TAS artists. Max designed “Lotus King” for the ballet, while Sydney painted “White Christmas” for Fifth Avenue Theatre.

Paint for the project was donated Daly’s Home Decorating Centers and Golden Artists Colors.

More information, including an audio tour of the Nutcrackers, games and purchasing options can be found at www.nutcrackermarch.org.





A Virtual Visit to an Artist’s Studio


Microsoft Live Labs, November 2006

Gage Academy’s Artistic Director Gary Faigin Featured in Launch of
Microsoft’s New Imaging Technology

SEATTLE – On Thursday morning, November 9, at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, the world got the first view of Microsoft’s new imaging system, Photosynth as well as a peek into the private studio of Seattle artist Gary Faigin. The Faigin Studio visit is the opening segment of the worldwide Photosynth launch, along with several other intriguing Seattle sights used to show of this groundbreaking new technology.

Photosynth is a new technology from Microsoft Live Labs that takes a large collection of photos of a place or object, analyzes them for similarities and displays them in a reconstructed 3-dimensional space. Drawing on the collection of photos, Photosynth allows viewers to examine photos from any angle, zoom in or out of photographs, see where pictures were taken in relation to one another, find similar photos to the one viewed or create a custom tour.

To show off the capabilities of Photosynth, a team of photographers recorded a few intriguing Seattle spots, including the studio of Gage Academy of Art’s Artistic Director Gary Faigin in Ballard. The studio is filled to the brim with his wacky self-portraits, exploding/vanishing still-life paintings and signature surreal landscapes. This unique photo-shoot location was intended to provide a fascinating glimpse into the image potential of Photosynth and the artistic output of this classically trained painter.

Please click here for more information about Gary Faigin.





Gage Student Jesse Edwards breaks all art rules except one: He can paint


Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 2006

Jesse Edwards, a self-described "ex-thug" and graffiti artist, is making a name for himself in the Seattle art community with his undeniable talent and unconventional ways. A scholarship student at Gage Academy, Edwards' diverse paintings range in subject matter from skate parks and still lifes to classical landscapes. His signature style and impressive technical abilities are getting noticed.





Lot's Tribe: Gage Instructor's Memorial for the Post-9/11 World


Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 2006

A father rushes forward, carrying the lifeless body of his son. A small boy squats, blindfolded, hands tied behind his back. A seated man leans backward, his contorted face a mask of grief.

Like the many other images of war and its devastation, these figures will melt from public consciousness in surprisingly little time. Downtown Seattle's Occidental Square is their final resting place; these life-sized sculptures, cast in salt, will dissolve in the next good rain.





What's in a Name?


Encore City Arts, June 2006
This spring, the venerable (by Northwest standards) Seattle Academy of Fine Art adopts a new name: Gage Academy of Art. Founded 17 years ago and originally run out of its founders’ home, the school now occupies capacious studios on North Capitol Hill. “The new name refl ects our invigorated emphasis on engaging with art, artists and community,” says Gary Faigin, the school’s co-founder and artistic director. “The etymology of ‘gage,’ implies ‘pledge.’ Our entire mission is a promise to provide engaging fine art instruction.”



How to Make an Artist, Northwest Style


JTNews - The Voice of Jewish Washington, May 2006
Starting with art workshops in the late 1980s, Gary Faigin and Pamela Belyea built the Pacific Northwest non-profit art academy that eventually became the Gage Academy of Art on Seattle's Capitol Hill.



Holy Smokes! Gage is Hot!


Gage Academy of Art, May 2006
SEATTLE: At Gage Academy of Art, the last day of May brought more than one ending.

May 31 was slated for the Academy's beloved Registrar, Beth Blair, to retire from her job to pursue higher education. Simultaneously, a hard-wired exhaust fan in the staff bathroom also departed but, in this case, with no notice and a lot of fanfare.

At approximately noon, sparks and smoke began emanating from the failing fan, first noticed by Blair from across the corridor. Facility Manager Curtis McDowell tried dousing the suicidal appliance with a fire extinguisher, only to create a cloud of acrid smoke that slowly spread through the Gage offices.

A call to 911 and one ear-shattering fire alarm later, the whole St. Nicholas school building was emptied of art students, instructors and models from Gage as well as the entire community of the adjacent Bright Water School. Three fire trucks appeared instantly with a gear-laden team of fire fighters from Seattle's Fire Station 22, who made short work of the dying device.

Standing in the crowd outside, Gage Instructor Mark Kang O’Higgins reminisced about the day when he was a student at the New York Academy of Art and the whole school burned down. He remarked that it took the smoldering wooden walls almost two hours to combust into flames while he and a group of fellow students were working in their studios. Fortunately, no one was injured in that incident.

In Seattle, the day was sunny, the Gage building was saved, its occupants were unharmed and Ms. Blair, pleased to have some excitement on her last day at work, took the happy opportunity to pose with the heroic fire fighters.



Art Lovers Gather for SAFA Drawing Jam


Capitol Hill Times, December 2005
The Drawing Jam started as part of the SAFA mission to present programs and opportunities to people of all ages and levels. "I think it's a great opportunity and great community event," said Milchail Tatrin, a volunteer who attended Drawing Jam for the first time. "It is a great addition to Capitol Hill."

Falling for trees: SAFA students branch out


Seattle Times Sunday Magazine, October 2005
Art teacher Suzanne Brooker critiques a student’s drawing of a birch, done in graphite, during a summer art class called “Portrait of Trees,” at the University of Washington Arboretum. “There is no right or wrong,” she tells students. There is only the imagination and what it sees.

SAFA teen artists show at the Triangle Gallery


City a Go-Go, October 2005
The October edition of City a Go-Go on KCTS comes to you from the Triangle Gallery at the downtown YMCA, where work created by teen artists during SAFA's intensive Summer Arts Workshops is on view through October 28.

SAFA Lecture is Times' Visual Arts Pick


Seattle Times, January 2005
Sheila Farr, art critic at the Seattle Times, features SAFA's quarterly guest artist lecture, featuring local painter Gloria DeArcangelis, as the visual arts pick of the week. DeArcangelis's lecture will be held Friday, February 4 at 7:00pm.

Drawing faithfully, seeing with an open mind


Northwest Asian Weekly, August 2004
In a world that rushes headlong, Chinese American painter Zhi Lin grants profound attention to the smallest detail and encourages his students to do the same in his upcoming workshop at the Seattle Academy of Fine Art.

Capitol Hill Times


Art academy finds new life on the Hill, February 2004
It's an established fine arts academy, teaching figurative painting, drawing and sculpture, had attracted thousands of students during the last 14 years, but it had a problem: The Seattle Academy of Fine Art had outgrown its University District location.

Growing up is a fine thing for art academy


Seattle Post Intelligencer, December 2003
Gary Faigin and Pamela Belyea used to run the offices for the Academy out of their Ballard bungalow's basement. Next month, the academy finally will get a permanent home of its own when the school moves into an old brick schoolhouse on Capitol Hill, quadrupling its size.

Art school will move into old Cornish spot


Daily Journal of Commerce, October 2003
The academy began in New York 14 years ago as a small workshop-centered school, and has grown into a professional art school that serves more than 2,200 Seattle art students annually.

Good nudes


The Seattle Times, November 2001
Local reporters, politicians and actors volunteer to pose as costumed models for SAFA’s annual Drawing Jam. (Note: this article appears half-way down the hyperlinked page.)

Even sketchy artists can create valuable travel drawings


The Seattle Times, August 2000
Sketching isn’t just for professional artists. Travel writer Paul Schmidt claims that drawing can serve as self-help, meditation and even a way to personalize a travel experience. Schmidt recommends taking a sketching class at the Academy as a way to reduce a beginner’s anxieties about sketching their travels.

Artful attention


The Seattle Times, April 2000
What better way to focus on your garden than trading your spade and shovel for pencil and paintbrush? Award winning botanical artist Jean Emmons of Vashon Island recommends SAFA as the perfect place to begin your botanical illustration studies.

Drawing on experience


Seattle Post Intelligencer, March 1999
Stop and sketch the roses? The Academy teaches its students, from stick-figure beginner to professional artist, how to observe and analyze the world around them through a visual language.

Leaf me alone: pin the leaf on David


The Seattle Times, July 1998
You can always expect something different when the Academy holds its annual picnic. One of the games played at the outing have included "Pin the Fig Leaf on David” and “Pin the Ear on Van Gogh”. (Note: these articles appear half-way down the respective hyperlinked pages.)

Academy draws on local talents


Puget Sound Business Journal, June 1998
Learn why the Academy was the recipient of a 1998 Mayor's Small Business Award. Puget Sound Business Journal writer Rob Smith explains SAFA’s corporate history and tracks the school’s early growth.

Learning all about the big picture


Puget Sound Business Journal, June 1996
Can two artists with no business training run a fiscally successful organization? This early article about the Academy tracks the school's growth – from a "near-death experience at birth" into a "steady childhood".

Snow tour you'd want to repeat


The Seattle Times, January 1996
Despite being stranded in record snowstorms, a group of 22 Academy art tour participants raved about a day spent exploring Vermeer and Homer shows at the National Gallery of Art. One participant called it "the most spectacular day I've ever experienced in a museum."

Learning to see


The Seattle Times, October 1992
Intrigued by the Academy's promise that anyone – even reporters – can learn to draw, the Seattle Times' Deloris Tarzan Ament enrolled in a two-week workshop to test the theory

The timing was right for artists Belyea, Faigin


The Seattle Times, January 1992
What brought the Academy to Seattle? SAFA's founders were looking for a place where there was a desire and a need for a forum where all sorts of people could learn to create art in the tradition of nature.

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