Visual arts and classical music come together at Fountainhead Gallery in August

Kaz Poznanski, White Wash

A new exhibit, Transcendence: Here and Now, opens at Fountainhead Gallery this Thursday, August 4th and runs through August 27th.

It features not only stunning landscape paintings, but also live musical performances to celebrate the visual and performing arts.

Transcendance trees

Michael Ferguson, Kachess Ridge

The cooperative exhibit features five painters and three classical musicians from five different countries – Russia, Poland, Romania, Canada and the US – making for a global perspective on transcendence via landscapes, seascapes, and music.

Over thirty works of art by Michael Ferguson, Patricia Johnston, Kaz Poznanski, Claudiu Presecan, and Vasily Reshchuk will be on display at Fountainhead.

Transcendence fall

Vasily Reshchuk, Autumn Lace

Dazzling imagery will be accompanied by two live concerts, a free one at the opening reception and a paid, ticketed concert to close out the month-long event. Plus, the gallery has also lined up award-winning young pianists to perform throughout the month.

In addition to these live performances, you may also be lucky enough to stumble upon an impromptu piano concert.

Transcendence sea

Patricia Johnston, Northern Light 2

Fountainhead has partnered with Steinway & Sons for the month for a grand piano that’ll take center stage at the gallery for the duration of the exhibit – and some of those spur-of-the-moment interludes may be by your own Queen Anne neighbors. Fountainhead welcomes local pianists to drop by the gallery and try out the grand piano Thursday through Sunday 11am to 6 pm.

Opening Reception: Free, Saturday, August 6th, 4pm-8pm
4pm: Free opening reception and Queen Anne Art Walk
5:30pm: Free RSVP private concert, Oana Rusu Tomai, pianist and Mikhail Shmidt, violinist
6:15 to 8:00 pm Reception with visual and performing artists
To RSVP: contact Laura at 206.285.4467 or Sue at 206.227.8162 or email

Closing Concert & Reception: Saturday, August 27, 6pm-8pm
6pm to 7 pm: Concert with Oana Rusu Tomai on piano and Marcy Stonikas, soprano soloist
7pm to 8 pm: Reception with visual and performing artists
Tickets: tickets for this event will be available at in August (not posted yet)

Fountainhead Gallery is located at the corner of W McGraw St & 7th Ave W. Stop by 625 W McGraw St in August for both art and live music – and if you’re a pianist, flex your fingers and get ready to perform!

Pottery Northwest presents exhibition of alumnae

Pottery Northwest will hold an exhibition of new works by several recent artists-in-residence alumnae beginning Saturday, April 9 in their studio just south of the KeyArena. The exhibition, called Flashback, will feature work by John Ellefson, Bill Evans, Jamie Kirkpatrick, Julie Lindell, Stephen Sullivan and Tami Rubin.

The show will run until April 29 in the South Gallery of Pottery Northwest at 226 First Ave. N. A public opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.

From Pottery Northwest:

Founded in 1966 as a non-profits arts organization, Pottery Northwest is a long time and vibrant source of programming in the Seattle arts community. World class professional artist residencies,  exhibitions featuring traditional and contemporary work, community classes and an engaging lecture series spanning many years are all features of this fixture at Seattle Center. Artists from around the world come to Pottery Northwest in the spirit of artistic dialog and as a formative step in their professional career.

Charley+May opening Friday, preview party tonight

We’ve been waiting for Charley+May Co. to open up since we first reported on the new business last month. For those as curious as I, I have good news – the new gift gallery and modern design shop, located at 2225 Queen Anne Avenue N, will be opening to the public on Friday, March 4.

The store, formerly the home of Hilltop Yarn, is named after and inspired by owner Lauren Formicola’s grandparents, who she says both “had a flair for independence and life.”

The shop, according to Formicola, is made up of a collection of modern home décor and accessories for men and women. Smartly designed vases, clocks, mirrors, art, jewelry, wine vessels, candles, timepieces, wallets, iPad accessories, slab wood tables, handbags, stationary, soaps, and an owl shaped lamp are just a few of the items the shop will carry, she says.

Other items that will fill the shop windows include a bike from Ballard’s Dutch Bike Co., pieces from Seattle-based sustainable furniture company Slab Art, and other boutique shops both local and international.

If you’d like to get a sneak peek at Charley+May, swing by between 6 and 9 p.m. tonight for a preview party celebration and exhibition of oil paintings by neighborhood business owner Dan McCarthy, of McCarthy and Schiering. This will be the first exhibit of McCarthy’s work.

His love of life, wine, food and art makes McCarthy a bon-vivant, a connoisseur of fine and fun pleasures. His paintings are an expression of his driven creative energy, relationship with complex colors, movement and depth. This exhibition is a partial collection of his work and his first public showing.

Want to know more about Charley and May? From Formicola:

May Violet Mouat (Nana)

May’s life was full of independence and adventure. She was the youngest of six and early on, her father ran off with the circus. Charming, daring and funny she knew how to make do and find her own path in life.  May loved the modern era and never looked back. She dressed impeccably and drove around the suburbs of Philadelphia in a mint condition baby blue mustang.  As an entrepreneur, wife, mother, traveler, dancer and grandmother she lit up a room. Her motto was “everything turns out for the best”. She loved a lawn party  and three legged races.

Charley-Pie Geraldo Formicola (Gran Pop Downtown)

Charley was a proud Italian man who lived his life in the hardscrabble South Philly neighborhood lined with brownstones and stoops. On Sundays, he sat at the head of the family dinner table laden with seafood, spaghetti and meatballs, gnocchi, veal, cheese and bread, prepared by his wife Tessie.  Charley was known for his gray fedora, pressed white collared shirt and lit cigar. He drove a pie truck during the war, and later worked for Bond Bread Baking Co. Charley visited his favorite local saloon on the way home from work everyday.  Everyone knew Charley.

New gift store/gallery Charley+May opening in QA

A new gift store and gallery Charley+May Co. is moving into the old Hilltop Yarn spot, at 2225 Queen Anne Ave N.

There isn’t much information available yet about the new store–there’s no website up, an attempt to reach the new owners has gone unanswered so far, and there’s little more than an electrical permit application that has gone through the city permitting department. Still, there’s been quite a commotion at the new store, which has had papered-over windows for the last week and a half, while opening preparations are being made.

So far all we know is that the business’s tag-line is “Form. Function. Fun.” and the that the messaging on the window advertises it as a gift shop and gallery “celebrating good design.”

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about this new business and when it might be opening.

Muse Coffee Co. displays photographs by 17-year-old Queen Anne native

David Hoffman, a 17-year-old Ballard High School junior and lifelong Queen Anne resident, first picked up one of his dad’s cameras two summers ago. Though he’d never taken a photography class before, David quickly became enamored with taking pictures. “From that day forward I carried it with me every day, all summer,” he said.

Since that day almost two years ago, David has spent his spare time experimenting with photography techniques and developing a unique style. Even now, he is entirely self-taught, though you wouldn’t know it to look at his work, currently on display at Muse Coffee Co., located at 1907 10th Ave W.

“Some of these photographs I didn’t even think about–I just did them,” he said. “Most of it was experimenting and a couple of other things I read up on.”


The 13 photographs on display at Muse show some of Seattle’s most beautiful scenic views, many of which David shot right here in Queen Anne utilizing a number of techniques, including one called high dynamic range (HDR).

HDR10 - Seattle Center

HDR photographs are able to show a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest elements of the image through a merging of multiple shots–David usually uses four or five–taken at different settings and then placed over one another using photography software. This allows photographers to be able to accentuate the light of the sun, the color of grass, the sky, and a scene’s shadows in one dynamic image.

HDR36 - Beacon Hill

Though he’s only be doing photography seriously for a year and a half, David hopes his new hobby turns into a future career; as he prepares to apply to colleges next year, David says he is looking at schools that have strong programs in his two major interests–photography and Political Science.

David’s prints are available for $80 (print only) and $150 (print with mat and frame) and will be on display at Muse through the end of the month. You can check out more of his work on his Flickr page. Every month Muse showcases a different local artist, many of which live in Queen Anne, by putting their work on display at the neighborhood coffee shop for the entire month.

(Photos courtesy of David Hoffman).