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Guided by the belief that artists are made, not born, Gage strives to educate, enrich and engage artists and the community in the visual arts.

For nearly 30 years, Gage Academy of Art, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has been serving the community with inspired programs and events for artists of all ages and abilities. Unapologetically independent and fiercely committed to excellence, Gage Academy believes that artists are made, not born, and offers instruction in the principles of drawing, painting and sculpting delivered by brilliant teaching artists. The school has two campuses in Capitol Hill and Georgetown and offers flexible class schedules with a variety of programs ranging from classes, lectures and workshops to full-time study.

Featuring year-round adult programs in drawing, painting and sculpting, Gage is also home to public art events, lectures, youth programming, tours and exhibitions.

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Current News

Capitol Hill Cider Bar to Unveil Master Copy Paintings Celebrating Diversity, Created by Local Seattle Artists.

Artist Jonathan Hodge has completed a mastercopy of J. B. Belley, Deputy for Saint-Domingue by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson


Seattle, WA — Adding diversity to their restaurant gallery, Capitol Cider will reveal new paintings from Gage Academy of the Art students in an unveiling scheduled for November 6.

Capitol Cider has commissioned four master copy paintings from Gage Academy of Art’s Aristides Classical Atelier and will unveil them on Tuesday, November 6 in advance of Capitol Hill’s Art Walk on November 8. The paintings, which were commissioned for the cider bar’s main dining room, will expand their existing art collection to 21 pieces, and add representation of diversity and people of color.

Gage Artists Ovidio Catagena, Jonathan Hodge, Melissa Messer and John Zadrozny will provide master copy paintings portraying the greater diversity of the era from which the original paintings were created. The new artworks include classical portraits of abolitionists, soldiers, freed slaves and Native American leaders that played major roles in early America’s renaissance.

Each painting in the cider bar’s main dining room is a master copy of a classic piece of art, mainly portraits and seascapes. This is in keeping with the bar’s aesthetic, which takes its inspiration from the public houses of early America where cider, before beer, was the order of the day — and conjures up an image of the Old World, the New World and the ocean in between.

“We use master copies as a crucial teaching method for oil painting,” said Julliette Aristides, Instructor of the Aristides Atelier at Gage Academy of Art. “Partnering with Capitol Cider, our students presented ideas of paintings that they would like to reproduce in an effort to learn the techniques of that particular master.” After images were agreed upon, the students set the pricing and Capitol Cider purchased their artwork.

“When we first pursued this project in conjunction with the Aristedes Atelier, we failed to take into consideration the lack of diversity in paintings from this era, and our latest collaboration was an effort to amend that,” said Julie Tall, owner of Capitol Cider. “The fact is, of course, that people of color were instrumental in the founding of America’s democracy, and although somewhat rare, classic paintings of these men and women do, in fact, exist. We are excited to unveil these gorgeous new pieces of art, and celebrate not only diversity, but also the skill and virtuosity of these talented artists,” said Tall.

Since Capitol Cider opened five years ago, the restaurant has partnered with Gage Academy of Art, hosting biweekly Drink & Draw sessions, Art Talks, and by supporting Gage’s annual art auction and gala with food and beverage.

The Tues, Nov. 6 unveiling is open to the public from 4 pm to 5 pm for a no-host cocktail hour before Capitol Cider opens for dinner service. A celebration and more conversation continues downstairs in The Ballast Bar at 5 pm. Capitol Cider is located at 818 E. Pike Street in Seattle.

About Capitol Cider: The largest independent cider bar in the country, Capitol Cider occupies two floors in a 100+-year old building in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. This restaurant, full bar and bottleshop offer an extraordinary selection of ciders on tap, in bottles and in flights. The kitchen is 100% gluten free, and creates a bounty of delicious gourmet comfort food using seasonal and local produce.

About Gage Academy of Art: Gage believes that artists are made, not born, and offers instruction in the principles of drawing, painting and sculpting, to all ages and skill levels. The school has two campuses in Capitol Hill and Georgetown and offers flexible class schedules with a variety of options ranging from weekend workshops to full-time study. Gage’s Aristides Atelier, based on time-tested studio traditions, offers the opportunity to study classical drawing and painting techniques with master artist Juliette Aristides.

Interview Contacts:

Julie Tall, Owner, Capitol Cider l 720.366.7406

Juliette Aristides, Atelier Instructor, Gage Academy of Art l 206.323.4243


Media Contacts:

Josh Potter, Communications Manager

818 E. Pike St., Seattle WA 98122 l 720.366.7406


Lori Greenwood, Director of Marketing

Gage Academy of Art

1501 10th Ave. E, Seattle WA 98102 l 206.323.4243

Twitter: @gageacademy

Gage Academy of Art instructors and students to display artworks in local exhibition entitled: Departure/Arrival.


August 24, 2018 — For nearly 30 years, Gage Academy of Art has been known for their atelier approach — a tradition spanning back to the Renaissance of extended apprenticeships in the studios of master artists. In this upcoming exhibition, Gage’s renowned Atelier instructors: Juliette AristidesGary FaiginGeoff FlackMark Kang O’HigginsMike MagrathTenaya Sims, and Kimberly Trowbridge, as well as their students and alumni will present a selection of works, set to open on September 10.

“In art, representation is an extremely elastic notion,” said Stefano Catalani, Executive Director of Gage Academy of Art. “It can extend from a stone representing a man, to the hyper-realistic rendering of the sitter’s likeness. And, there is vitality and freedom of inspiration in the play between these two ways of seeing and representing what is being observed.” Departure/Arrival will focus on these approaches.

The exhibition, which will run until November 5, will be on display at Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center. “We’re excited to partner with Gage on this exhibition. Whenever we can make creative connections that enrich and inspire our community, we all benefit,” said Pinky Estell, Director, Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.

Our Atelier instructors build year-after-year a nurturing relationship with their students, offering them through mentorship a point of departure from which to observe, explore and interpret the nature and culture in which we live,” explained Catalani. “The works in exhibition address the breadth of creativity that representation offers to the artist willing to engage in the possibility offered by representation, whether as point of departure for his or her inspiration or as a point of arrival for the viewer’s experience of the artwork.”

Cornish Playhouse is located at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street. 
Departure/Arrival will be on display from September 10 to November 5. 
The public is encouraged to attend the opening reception to be held on September 27, 6-8 P.M.

Exhibiting Artists:

Juliette Aristides
Mark Kang-O’Higgins
Geoff Flack
Tenaya Sims
Kimberly Trowbridge
Mike Magrath
Gary Faigin

Jonathan Hodge
Nathan Brutzman
Cynthia Wessling
Mariana Burceag
Christopher Remmers
Riley Doyle
Kevin Cosley
Ashwini Sadekar
Nancy Bocek
Jeremias Lentini
Kelly Haejung-Paik

About Cornish Playhouse: Owned by the City of Seattle and operated by the Cornish College of the Arts, the Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center today hosts more than 30 nonprofit organizations throughout the year as well as Cornish student performances and college-produced events. The main auditorium is in use more than six days per week throughout the academic year (September to May) as is the black box Alhadeff Studio

About Gage Academy of Art: Gage believes that artists are made, not born, and offers instruction in the principles of drawing, painting and sculpting, to all ages and skill levels. The school has two campuses in Capitol Hill and Georgetown and offers flexible class schedules with a variety of options ranging from weekend workshops to full-time study.

Interview Contacts:

John Freeman, Events & Exhibitions Manager at Gage Academy of Art 206.323.4243 ext. 34

Stefano Catalani. Executive Director at Gage Academy of Art  206.323.4243

Media Contact:

Lori Greenwood
Director of Marketing
Gage Academy of Art
1501 10th Ave. E, Seattle WA 98102
206.323.4243, ext. 11
Twitter: @gageacademy 

Press Releases

Seattle Artisans and Artists Join Together to Celebrate Five-Year Milestone of Capitol Hill Cider Bar

Gage Students and Alumni Display Art in Maryhill Museum Exhibition

Gage Students Paint an Italian Sports Car in Seattle Showroom

Volume 1 Displays Work of Emerging Artists to Watch in Unique Exhibit

Gage Academy of Art Names Stefano Catalani Executive Director

17th Annual Drawing Jam at Gage Academy of Art

Gage Announces New Satellite Location – Gage South at Equinox Studios

2016 Best of Gage Student Exhibition, Awards & Art Sale

Pianos in the Parks Encourage Discovery of Parks Through Music and Art_2015

Teen Art Studios Comes to Bellevue Arts Museum_2015

Gage Academy of Art Presents 25 Jams_2015

Summer Art Camps for Kids & Teens_2015

Gage Academy of Art Establishes Endowment Fund_2015

The Studio Arts Intensive at Gage_2015

New Ateliers at Gage_2015

Pianos in the Parks_2014

Gage Names New Executive Director_2014

Art Students Tap Into History_2014

Gage Co-Founder Steps Down_2014

The 2013 Best of Gage_2013

Gage Academy of Art Receives National Support_2012

Gage Receives Arts Means Business Grant_2012 

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