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Storefronts Belltown Announces Six Sewn Sculptures and Light Boxes

Storefronts Seattle

Storefronts Seattle is proud to announce the expansion of our program into a brand new neighborhood. In collaboration with the Belltown Business Association and with support from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, we’re very excited to bring our arts activations to two new storefront spaces in Belltown (with a third space on the way…stay tuned!).

        Papa 2           Papa 1

Six Sewn Sculptures – New works by Chris Papa
2505 Second Avenue, Second at Wall through July 2013

Chris Papa is primarily known in the Pacific Northwest as a printmaker, specializing in woodblock prints. Here we present a series of large-scale sculptural pieces, built from stitched-together wooden palette pieces and found objects. Part architecture, part craft, and part printmaking (each small wooden square is hand-stenciled) these assemblages are eccentric, they’re intricate, and they’re somehow super-serious about their own whimsy.

“My aim is to present a highly idiosyncratic sense of order,” says Papa, “but one full of contradictions, one that shifts between categories and interpretations.” Chris is playing with various components: the wood, the yarn and string that stitches the wood together, the twigs and branches poking out, pieces of plastic fruit… these pieces are all literally bound together, but he
maintains that they also remain ultimately unmixed.

Grouped together in a storefront at Second and Wall (a former wine shop on the corner) they stand like sentinels, observing, guarding, protecting, all of them hiding some sort of unseen internal space (aren’t we all?).

               Lahti 2               Lahti 1

Light Boxes –  A new installation by Ingrid Lahti
2006 First Avenue, First at Lenora through June 2013

Artist Ingrid Lahti is primarily known as a neon light artist, working with neon and text to create signage that is ubiquitous at first glance and challenging once you engage. Here, in a storefront near Pike Place Market on 1st Ave, she has transformed the storefront windows into light boxes, bringing splashes of color to the streetscape and enlivening an otherwise dark corner.  Ingrid’s color work is as simple as it is vibrant.

Reprinted from Shunpike at