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Auburn Streetscapes

StreetScapesAuburn StreetScape program sought to enliven and activate otherwise empty storefront windows in Auburn's Historic Downtown by providing temporary space to artists, creative businesses, organizations and community groups.

The program is currently on hold and not accepting applications.  

Information about the program can be found below.

Auburn StreetScapes program is a continuation of Storefronts Auburn was featured in CityVision Magazine (PDF) and Seattle Times Business Section (PDF).

On view from October 2015 - December 2015:

Fran Holt'slinks to external site "The Secret Lives of Carousel Horses"
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"The Secret Lives of Carousel Horses" is a series of large scale (84" x 48") painted panels arranged to create a joyous, carnival-like atmosphere. They depict the fantasy lives of carousel horses in a world of their own.  Fifteen free-standing panels are arranged in an overlapping fashion, making some of the horses visible and some slightly obscured.  The carousel horses are freed of their poles, imagining themselves in wondrous adventures such as swimming with hippocampi or growing wings and flying through clouds.  If viewed after dark, the room again is enlivened with gold panels shimmering in the spotlight. 

Fran Holt earned her B.F.A., summa cum laude, in painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland in 1986; and her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989. She is the recipient of several awards, including Allied Arts Foundation and two Individual Artist Projects grants from 4Culture. Her work is in the collection of the City of Seattle, City of Kent, Snohomish County public art collection, as well as numerous private collections. 


On view from July 2015 - October 2015 was Suzanne Tidwell'slinks to external site "KNIT2" in One Main Professional Plaza.

tidwellSuzanne Tidwell designed KNIT2 for the Seattle Arts and Parks Program.  She made 125 squares for this project in recognition of the 125 years of Grand Central Building adjacent to Occidental Park. 

Throughout the space of One Main Professional Plaza gracefully hang geometric shapes of bright yellows, reds and purples. The installation titled, KNIT2 are illuminated from the light fixtures and internal fans have the shapes in a constant state of motion similar to a room-sized mobile. Suzanne explains part of the inspiration for the work noting that "Movement and color brings people together" and strives to get people to look and interact with spaces differently.

Suzanne Tidwell is a fiber artist working throughout the Puget Sound area and creates large-scale, site specific fiber installations of vibrant color that transform public areas into places people want to frequent.  Her work has been described as Dr. Seuss meets Christo and challenges the belief that the sole purpose of knitting is to make garments or provide warmth. Tidwell regularly sources her materials from thrift stores and frequently recycle yarn from one project to the next, carefully unwinding and reknitting yarn in subsequent installations, until it cannot be used anymore. Her work is often temporary and encourages people to live in the moment, because you never know where an installation will turn up or when it will disappear.


On view February - July 2015 was "Salmon: Pacific Keystone" Installation by artist Michael Taskeylinks to external site

"Salmon: Pacific Keystone" is a site specific installation inspired by the salmon and rivers running through Auburn.  In the Pacific Northwest the salmon is a keystone species supporting wildlife. The bodies of salmon represent a transfer of nutrients from the ocean to the forest ecosystem. Land animals act as ecosystem engineers, capturing salmon and carrying them into adjacent wooded areas. There they deposit nutrient-rich scatterings to the riparian woodlands. This nutritional transfer is vitally important to our community and was the inspiration for Michael Taskey's work.

Michael Taskey is a talented Auburn-based artist known primarily for his natural woodcarvings. Art has always been a part of Michael's life, but was put on hold when he had children. He later rediscovered his artistic passion while running the Art Docent program at his children's elementary school. Utilizing both power tools and hand tools, he transforms wood, metal, plastic, paper, fabric and other solids into sculptural pieces. His pieces are inspired by the natural world and local histories. His work has been featured in the Auburn Art Walk, Storefronts.