Art Walk Preview:
Aug2014 5

It is happening again!  Head to Urban Light Studios this Friday August 8th for the 2nd annual Twin Peaks art walk.  Featuring the work of over 20 different artists.  Dress up as a Twin Peaks character and get rewarded!  There will be live music in the air, damn fine cherry pie paintings, and much more!

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Art Walk Preview:
Dec2013 10

The month of December is synonymous with glad tidings, festival lights and holiday mayhem.  Come celebrate the season at Urban Light Studios on Friday December 13th as we pay an artistic tribute to the history of National Lampoon, featuring the work of over 40 of Seattle's finest artists and performers.  We will be screening Christmas Vacation throughout the evening and serving up some tasty refreshments!


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Art Walk Preview:
Sep2013 9

Cyrus Kanga, an avid traveler, is based out of Redmond, WA.  His photographic works fall between the aesthetic and documentary.  In Cyrus's own words, "If these photographs have a purpose, it is this: they humanize.  I photograph to create a connection...to capture a pose, a thought, a glimpse, a moment.  Whatever the situation, these images stir up unexpected feelings in me.  Transcending time, my mind takes me back to the moments when a smile is pure inspiration, when eyes respond to a friendly gesture, when laughter of children brings down boundaries, when a brilliant scene is heavenly communion.  These are moments caught in stillness to stir movement within one's inner depth."  You can view Cyrus's work in person this Friday September 13th, click here to link to the facebook invite. www.cyruskanga.com

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Art Walk Preview:
Jun2013 10

"This was a valued rug"  "Am I wrong?"  "You mean Johnson?"  "Ah...that must be exhausting"  "Mind if I do a J?"  "My dirty undies dude....the whites"  "You're killing your father Larry"  "Obviously you're not a golfer"....I could keep going here, but I think you know what I am getting at....It's a Lebowski art walk man!  If you haven't seen this movie (which is criminal, it that is the case), you will still have a seriously good time.  Over 30 artists have come together to represent one of the funniest movies ever made.  Appropriate refreshments will be provided and you may even find a bowling alley.  So, don't be un-dude and abide and come to this art walk because if you don't, you are entering a world of pain.

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Art Walk Preview:
May2013 7

Put on your comfy shoes art walkers cause it's the BIG one!  Every year in May we give you a double dose of art walkin, so if you don't get your fill during the Friday evening art walk, you can swing on by Saturday from noon to 5 to take it all in.  This May we bring you the collective work of Maynerd, Sly Cooley and Mat Savage...okay....those names are just awesome!  All together, they are typically outlandish and delightfully overwhelming.  We are also happy to be one of the stops that the Mobile Screen Video Art Tour will be making, brought to you by the Interstitial Theatre.  As if all of that wasn't enough; we are welcoming the Seattle School of Music into our artful home to dazzle us with some kid-fiddlers...that's right, groups of kids will be playing those fiddles to their hearts' content :)

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Huge news! Introducing AXIS PIONEER SQUARE
May2013 2

After MONTHS and MONTHS of work, we finally get to pull back the curtain for you on our new adventure, - this time in the heart of Pioneer Square. We are preserving the former Elliott Bay Book Co. and turning the 122-year-old, 6000-square-foot space into an axis point for history, art, culture, photography and events…  Introducing AXIS Pioneer Square.

















Check back for construction updates here and at axispioneersquare.com and be sure to join our email list and like us on Facebook for invitations to the grand opening in July!  


Sitting on 1st avenue between Main and Jackson, just imagine the ridiculous history…

 

EXCERPT: http://crosscut.com/2010/04/29/mossback/19772/How-fill-hole-in-Pioneer-Squares-heart/

 

Before it was built in 1891, the trees on it were cut and turned into lumber by Henry Yesler's Skid Road mill, the wood that built the new Seattle. Once cleared, it was the site of the city's first hospital, run by the legendary David "Doc" Maynard. It was also the place where our namesake Chief Seattle sat for his portrait. How much deeper can Seattle roots go?

 

Built as a commercial building after the great fire it has housed a saloon, a hotel (The Globe), a drug company, a gold mining company, a 1920s bootlegging operation (that once blew up) and a quilt factory. The terms "seamstress" used to be euphemism for Pioneer Square prostitute, but the quilting company really did employ people who sewed, and Jones says the upper floods are reinforced because of the heavy machines they used.

 

The architect, by the way, was a descendant of Daniel Boone. So the Globe (originally called the Marshall-Walker Building) is a survivor, as the Square's historic building have had to be, and an adaptable one.

 

Check back for construction updates and be sure to join our email list and like us on Facebook for invitations to the grand opening in July!



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Art Walk Preview:
Apr2013 9

Let's take a playful trip to Minneapolis and then fly through pathways of urban creations.  This is what FOUR shows in one art walk will enable you to do!  Ok, let's break them down:  "PLAY" is a show in honor of new Woodland Park Zoo exhibits designed for the child at heart, "Minneapolis" presented by Ryan Henry Ward, whom was inspired after a month long residency in the city and then decided to bring some of the strongest artists to Seattle, "Urban Avant Garde: Part II" curated by Andy Miller will be nothing less than sensory overload, so if you missed the show last month, here is your chance!, and "Sprouting Wings Round 2" by Vera Pashkevich is like a trip through a mystical and surreal world through Vera's eyes.

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Mar2013 26

Amor Immensus is latin for, "love beyond measure".  How can one even begin to measure love?  I know I know, it's a loaded question right?!  Well, I can suggest how not to try and measure it, by requiring a foundation that is strictly comprised of a man and a woman.  Throughout the course of history the human race has overcome many social injustices.  The hope is that the right to marry whomever you choose will become yet another celebratory historical moment.  Now...here is some love for you to love :)











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Art Walk Preview:
Mar2013 5

ULS is giving you the super sweet deal of two shows for the free price of one!  Urban Avant Garde curated by Andrew Miller will feature the sights and sounds of over 50 of Seattle's finest in visual art and music to interpret their work to the theme of Modern Art.  The upstairs will play host to an open mic style music affair and the visual components will be splayed all over the walls; both up and down.  Sprouting Wings by Vera Pashkevich will feature 80-100 print transfers onto 4x4 wooden blocks.  These ethereal images that will fade into each other, are a reflection of Vera's fascination with magical realism and will be on display in our smaller gallery downstairs.  These shows truly are not to be missed!

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Feb Art Walk Preview: (this Fri 6-10p)
Feb2013 6

INTRODUCING... This month, we are thrilled to introduce Jack Crawford and his unique show "SEAscapes." Jack has been secretly creating some of the most unique renditions of Seattle landmarks for years and finally, we coaxed him into showing off. Iconic Northwest haunts are transformed with clean lines and bright colors allowing you to rediscover what you love about Seattle in a new and modern screen print. Limited edition prints are available on all posters.

ALSO THIS MONTH.... Flower Designs by Flying Bear Farm
See truly inspired organic (plus some home grown) flower designs by florist Melissa Brown with Flying Bear Farm (also just in time for Valentine's Day). Flying Bear Farm will also be taking orders for "Heart Day" if you want to surprise your sweetie.

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Art Walk Preview:
Jan2013 7

Imagine bold colors, humor, luminescent surfaces, expressive messages and vintage lettering.  All of these visual components are what make up the spectrum of art that will be on display this month through the creative genius of Kyle "Maynerd" Lunneborg and Duffy with Electric Coffin.

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Take a Virtual Tour!
Jan2013 4

There is a consistent piece of feedback that we get from people, it goes like this, "we love your website, there are so many great pictures, but it is really hard to tell how these awesome rooms are connected...".  So, we decided to do something about this and give you the experience of a virtual, 360 degree tour through our incredible and unique space!  Sit back, relax, maybe even drink some wine, and take a tour.  Enjoy :)

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Art Walk Preview:
Dec2012 11

For December's art walk, Urban Light Studios will be showcasing artists who have a flair for the dramatic, an eye for texture, and a tendency toward the fantastical and 3-dimensional.  Curated by Braden Duncan and Zachary Sophia.  In addition to the main show, we will also be doing round 2 of last month's "Below The Benjamins" show, where all art is $100 or less!  Both shows will be a great opportunity to pick up some unique Christmas gifts :)

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ULS Weddings: DUOS Catering featured in the Seattle Times!
Nov2012 10

Our friends and one of our preferred caterers Duos Catering were on the FRONT PAGE of the Seattle Times on Friday in an article about the passage of R74, which legalized same-sex marriage in Washington. The Seattle Times wrote: "Now that Referendum 74 has passed, Benjamin Jury, left, and Joshua Cooper of Duos Catering in West Seattle, are planning their wedding while they work with a group of Seattle-area businesses to market and provide services to same-sex weddings." (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)


Photo Credit: Erika Shultz/The Seattle Times


What Seattle-area businesses? URBAN LIGHT STUDIOS, of course! We've teamed up with Shindig Events and Duos and are offering a Rush to the Altar Special. Check it out and congratulations again to Josh, Ben and the Duos team! [..]

Art Walk Preview:
Nov2012 6

All art will be under $100!  This is a great opportunity to snag some incredible art at a very budget friendly price for yourself or as a gift...Christmas is right around the corner!  You are going to find more than just wall decor, there will be jewelry, hair pieces, nik-nak's and so much more!  Featuring some of Seattle's favorite artists and some fresh ones too.

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ULS Weddings: Rush to the Altar Wedding Package
Oct2012 22

What better way to celebrate what we hope will be a landslide passage of R74 than to get married? And what better place to get married than at URBAN LIGHT STUDIOS!? Now through April, Urban Light Studios is offering two different packages to make it as easy as possible to have the wedding of your dreams. We've partnered with different vendors to who share our commitment to equality and who can make sure everything gets done and goes perfectly on your big day.

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Art Walk Preview:
Oct2012 8

This Friday, stop, stare and marvel at the intricacy of the linocut and lithography work by 6 different artists.  The depths of these pieces range from abstract and architectural to mystic and whimsical.  To round out the whole theme of the show, there will be a poetry reading courtesy of Greenwood Lit Crawl.  Curated by ULS's very own, Elise Roberts.

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Art Walk Preview:
Oct2012 8

This Friday, stop, stare and marvel at the intricacy of the linocut and lithography work by 6 different artists.  The depths of these pieces range from abstract and architectural to mystic and whimsical.  To round out the whole theme of the show, there will be a poetry reading courtesy of Greenwood Lit Crawl.  Curated by ULS's very own, Elise Roberts.

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ULS Weddings: Vendor Spotlight - Off-White Makeup and Beauty
Sep2012 15

Ever since Megan came in to introduce herself to me last year, I've been recommeding her whole-heartedly to anyone who wants a little help looking extra special on their wedding day. She's professional, sweet, GORGEOUS, and her portfolio was so impressive - I knew that brides would feel comfortable in her capable hands and be impressed with their transformations. I was excited to learn more about Megan. We've seen each other at so many industry events and are in fairly regular contact about business, so it was fun to learn more about her, her business Off-White Makeup and Beauty, and get some beauty tips!

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Art Walk Preview:
Sep2012 12

The photography of Adrian Wyard and Kim Hood will show you their photographic interpretations of rolling hills and sweeping concrete walls.  Ansel Adams would be proud.  Curated by Zachary Sofia.  Part of the monthly Greenwood/Phinney art walk.

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Save the Date: September 19th - Free party to support marriage equality!
Sep2012 7

OUR DOORS ARE OPEN TO ALL!

Duos Catering, Shindig Events and Urban Light Studios are three gay-marriage-loving small businesses and are collaborating to throw a big ol' fundraiser/party here at Urban Light Studios on September 19th from 6-9pm to benefit Washington United for Marriage and the fight to approve Referendum 74.

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Art Walk Preview:
Aug2012 7

This month's art walk will "rack" your world!  Curators, Solace and Mat Savage, have teamed up with the Keep A Breast Foundation to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support via these decked out casts.  The walls will be adorned with torso casts of the world's top female snowboarders and skiers, painted by Seattle's best artists.  You can't touch, but you can look all you want.   It's gonna be a boobiefull show ;)

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ULS Weddings: Vendor Spotlight - Hotel Ändra
Jul2012 23

I recently toured the beautiful downtown boutique hotel, Hotel Andra, and was pleasantly surprised by a few things:

1. It literally took me 15 minutes to get between Urban Light Studios and Hotel Ändra - a huge bonus when time is of the essense on your wedding day. Despite popular opinion, Greenwood is NOT a million miles away from downtown!

2. The rooms are well appointed and look super comfortable.

3. The hotel is attached to one of my favorite Tom Douglas joints, Lola.

4. They are incredibly accommodating and are willing to work with ULS brides, grooms and their families and friends - including generous discounts!

5. The building was constructed in same decade as ULS - built in the 1920's, it opened as Hotel Claremont in 1926.

Recently voted one of Seattle's Best Boutique Hotels, we are happy to be able to recommend such beautiful digs to our clients.

Photo courtesy of Hotel Andra

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Art Walk Preview:
Jul2012 10

This Friday, you're wildest childhood dreams will come true when 100 underground, alternative and urban artists take on comics, superheros and super-villans.  All of your heros, the good guys and the bad guys, will come together for a face off between you and them.  Strap on your cape and tap into your super power and come hang out in our universe for the evening!  Curated by David Champeau, Xavier Lopez Jr., and Zachary Sofia.

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ULS Weddings: Pride month and LGBT weddings at URBAN LIGHT STUDIOS
Jun2012 21

Happy Pride Month! We’re happy to show our love and support this June (and ALL YEAR!) for the LGBT community. Over the last two and a half years we have been honored to host and witness many beautiful gay and lesbian ceremonies and celebrations of love, and we are excited to introduce you to a few of the incredible people who have made the commitment to spend their lives together.

 

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ULS Weddings: Vendor Spotlight - Bamboo Beats
Jun2012 11

Few things really make the party like great music (okay, your favorite friends and an open bar might help) - and the folks over at Bamboo Beats know a thing or two about music. After meeting Jojo (half of the husband and wife team that owns the business) here at ULS during a huge New Years Eve party and seeing how well they handled the crowd and how they used our screen and projector and lights to create an incredible, unique ambiance, I was excited to get them into the space again. And I quickly saw that if the event was a 200 person bash or an intimate 50 person wedding, they know exactly how to read the crowd and make sure everyone has a blast.

So if you want a DJ who will do more than play music and who will work hard to ensure that your party is THE PARTY, read on!

Q: Bamboo Beats is Seattle's first green DJ - what steps do you take to be more a more environmentally friendly business?

A: We are proud to be Seattle’s first green DJ! With these 5 steps, we are doing our part to lessen the impact we have on our precious environment:

1) We drive green: Our main concerns are with energy conservation and as a mobile business, our goal is to drive green. We use a hybrid Prius for our main transportation and additional vehicles are greened by purchasing carbon offsets.

2) We buy green power: We support renewable energy by participating in green power programs from Seattle City Light, Puget Sound Energy and other clean energy providers. To further conserve energy, black was chosen for our website display color because it uses only 59 watts to display rather than 74 watts for a white display. Imagine how much energy could be saved if Google’s home page were a dark color!

3) We reduce, reuse and recycle: We use recycled paper and only print what we need. We encourage all contracts and invoices to be sent electronically to reduce paper usage. Also, all of our DJs are vinyl lovers so they reclaims vintage vinyl so that they don’t end up in landfills along with all those plastic bags and CDs.

4) We support green businesses: We partner with other sustainable vendors in the event industry and use green businesses for our marketing materials, web hosting, dry cleaning and more. There are many options in every category from venues, local/organic catering, floral decor, eco-friendly fashion, plus favor donations to social causes and more. We are fortunate to part of a network of wonderful sustainable vendors in the Seattle area.

5) We help Green your event: As Seattle’s First Green DJ, we will purchase renewable energy certificates on your behalf to fight global warming and to help make your party a carbon neutral event.


Photo by Jenny Jimenez

Q: You're a husband and wife team - what's it like working with your spouse?!

A: We started our business as a result of the team effort we made in planning our own wedding. After 9 years of marriage and over 7 years of being in business together, we are happy to report that things have never been better! It’s an amazing chemistry when two people complement each other in talent, skills and personality. I mean, how lucky are we, that we get paid to make folks feel happy and alive through music and dancing? When it comes to weddings, each one is so unique and endearing. During vows and toasts we are always reminded of our relationship and it’s like we get married all over again each time!

We are also fortunate enough to have built a business that allows us to raise a family and have a working schedule that suits our lifestyle. Our business feels like an extended family and we are so blessed to touch the lives of so many people during their important life events. As we have grown, we are also honored to have been able to create income streams for our partners and their families. We often think that if the whole world had as much fun making a living as we do, there would be non-stop dancing in the streets!

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Art Walk Preview:
Jun2012 6

Let your hair down and get ready to head bang to this month's "Heavy Metal" show where photography and fine art are presented on solid steel.  From striking images to compelling art, these hard core pieces will get inside your head. Courtesy of Bellevue Fine Art Reproduction.  Get your rock on!

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Art Walk Preview:  The BIG One!
May2012 7

It's the BIG art walk again folks and what better way to go big or go home than showing off 13 of Seattle's most exciting emerging artists!  "Love, Longing & Loss" was brought together by Seattle collective X17, check out the write up about this show in Juxtapoz Magazine here .   This extraordinary collection examines themes of love and loss, which are derived from ethereal creatures, gypsies and monsters...to name a few.  Still not convinced to come...well this exhibit will also be premiering a music video of a performance by opera singer Roxanne Christina Walitzki filmed by a crew of X17 artists.  Come get wowed...in a BIG way!



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ULS Spring Open House: April 12th
Mar2012 23

We're having an open house! Expect awesome food and beverages, great music, beautiful flowers and decorations...but we're mixing it up a bit and thanks to 3 of our favorite planners, you can come get free (FREE!) advice from the pros - no strings attached.

If you're thinking of hosting a party or wedding here or have already booked your date (or are just looking for something fun to do on a Thursday night!), please join us on Thursday, April 12th from 5:30-8:30pm @ URBAN LIGHT STUDIOS (8537 Greenwood Avenue North).

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Art Walk Preview:
Mar2012 8

Do you love owls?  Of course you do, Hoo doesn't love owls?!  Well, you are in luck because this months art walk is all about owls!  Curated by the one and only Ryan Henry Ward and hosted by Urban Light Studios.  Over 50 artists from all over the globe and they are sure to ruffle your feathers :)  It's gonna be a HOOT!

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Art Walk Preview:
Feb2012 7

It's gonna be very lady-fied for this months art walk. ULS will be featuring the work of 12 lovely ladies that will be showing off their finest. Come help us get down with this bevy of beauties and celebrate how awesome they are! Music, refreshments and you might even catch some burlesque ;)

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Art Walk Preview:
Jan2012 10

We will build a gallery show....before your very eyes! A live drawing event featuring original, on-the-spot artwork created by Seattle's Bureau of Drawers.  Watch as blank walls fill with all new art from the talented hands of a dozen artists.  All art for sale, don't miss it! [..]

Art Walk Preview:
Dec2011 7

It's our 3rd Anniversary show and we are welcoming back some of our favorite artists for this group exhibition!  Also, to help ring in the 3rd year, we are bringing back the boys of Duck Ugly to bust out some awesome live silk screen t-shirt printing which will benefit Skateistan , a really cool non-profit.  In the spirit of the giving season, we will have a drop box for Toys For Tots so please bring an unwrapped toy for a little kiddie in need.  You may also find some holiday treats laying around:) [..]

Art Walk Preview:
Oct2011 12

A multi-media art exhibit by Electric Coffin is sure to light up your Friday evening.  They will illuminate Urban Light Studios this month as they explore pop culture with old fashioned signage!  So bring your shades cause your gonna be...blinded by the light, revved up....!  You should also think about bringing a t-shirt that you might need spiffed up because we are going to have the boys from Duck Ugly doing live silk screen printing...that's right art walkers!  If all of your shirts are already badass, it's cool because these boys are prepared with t-shirts for purchase! [..]

Art Walk Preview:
Sep2011 8

This show is going to be one of the most amazing exhibitions ever!  A mixture of 40 different artists coming together to blow your ever-loving mind completely out of the water!  Swing by our "mad mad MAD show" world and roam around inside the pages of MAD Magazine and enjoy some free tacos courtesy of Camarena Tequila Taco Truck!

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Because FIRST PLACE is better than Third Place
Aug2011 29

Last year we were so incredibly honored to come in third place for Best Venue in Western Washington! After only being open for a few months, those kudos meant so much to us! Now, almost 100 events later, we are asking you to vote for us this year in our valiant (and shameless) attempt to lock down first place! Gold Medal! Blue Ribbon! You get the drift. Voting only takes a few seconds and we would be so happy if you aided in our efforts to take the category! You can vote here until October 9th. Thanks! [..]

Art Walk Preview:
Aug2011 10



Are you afraid of the dark?  Well, if you are....GET OVER IT and swing by the Greenwood Collective this Friday August 12th! We are going to be featuring glow-in-the-dark art by several different artists....yes, you read this correctly, art that glows in the dark!  And, as if that isn't enough, Seattle Summer Streets will keep the party rolling at 10pm with live bands, amazing games, farmers market, aerial acrobats and so much more!  Get your glow on!!!! [..]

ULS a Best of Seattle Bride 2011 Winner!
Jun2011 28

You like us, you really like us!!  The ULS team was thrilled to be part of a special evening last night hosted by Seattle Bride Magazine honoring their Best of 2011.  To our delight and surprise we were not only a finalist in the Best New Venue category, but we took home a special Editors Pick(!) award for venue with the “Funkiest Photo Ops”.  Amid all the excitement, an additional award was nearly mistakenly claimed by an un-named ULS team member (with a seasonal name) due to an unfortunate yet comical mishearing incident.

Be sure to pick up the beautiful Seattle Bride Best of 2011 issue on stands Friday and thank you hugely to Kate and everyone at Seattle Bride, as well as all of you who voted!

 

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Art Walk Preview:
Jun2011 7

We will build a gallery show before your very eyes!  That’s right, a live drawing event featuring original, on-the-spot artwork created by Seattle’s bureau of drawers.  Watch as blank walls fill with all new art from the talented hands of twenty artists!  All art for sale!  Most importantly….DON’T MISS IT!!!

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Art Walk Preview:
May2011 10

It’s all in the title.  Potluck style, so not only do we have over 35 artists participating in this show that have really let their culinary creative juices flow with their pieces, but they will also be bringing a little tasty treat.  This show has another purpose: a food drive for the Greenwood Food bank.  So if you decide to come, which you should cause it’s going to be flippin awesome, try and bring a non-perishable food item with ya!  This art walk is also known as The Big Art Walk because it’s not just Friday night the 13th, but Saturday afternoon (noon until 5) the 14th as well!

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April Art Walk:  Sultry, Silk and Rock n’ Roll
Apr2011 11

We had the amazing sultry paintings of Casey Brookbush, we had the silky smooth silk-screen music posters by Sasha Barr and Frida Clements, we had the tantalizing tunes of Gabriel Mintz, we had the liquid grapes of Bear Flag Wine, we had the…..well, EVERYTHING at this art walk!  It was colorful, it was moving, it was full of talent and it will be remembered as one of the best shows.

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Art Walk Preview:
Apr2011 5

Buckle your art walk seatbelts because this show is going to be quite the ride!  We are featuring three amazing artists this month. Casey Brookbush (www.caseybrookbush.com) will be showing his captivating, sultry paintings in our downstairs studio space with DJ Ben Shelton spinning. Frida Clements (www.drawntotheleft.com), senior graphic designer for Seattle Theatre Group and Sasha Barr (www.thisisthenewyear.com), a master of the silk screen art will both be showing their music posters upstairs. Make sure to stay for our special musical guest “Mintz Meat," who will be going on at 9pm to further entertain us and as always…wine tasting from Bear Flag!  Seriously, you have to come to this art walk

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Art Walk Preview:
Mar2011 8

It’s all in the title – this show is going to be a robotic and beastly artistic battle! Curated by ULS regular, Nick Beery, Bots vs. Beasts features artwork by 30 different artists from as far away as Norway.  There’s something for everyone in this one and all you Star Wars fans out there are especially not going to want to miss this.   And we welcome the fine wine of Bear Flag, once again.

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Feb Art Walk: Whimsy, Dazzle and Nature!
Feb2011 15

Ahh February, the month of Love.  The perfect month for these artists because a lot of love went into all of their pieces and people couldn’t help but love them.  Sarah Miles stole everyone’s heart with her colorful and whimsical creatures.  Grace Willard dazzled the eyes of art walkers with her intricate papier mache pieces and Chris Allman piqued curiosity with his unique and clever nature pieces.  Top all of this off with some delicious wine courtesy of Bear Flag Wine…served from a custom "sheet fort" installed as part of Sarah's show.  It is safe to say that February’s Art Walk was down right lovable.

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Art Walk Preview: “Kindred Spirits” (this Friday 6-10p!)
Feb2011 10

Colorful, cute creatures, woodland sculptures and intricate papier mache framed pieces  - this is the beginning taste of tomorrow’s art walk!  We are super excited to be welcoming back one of our favorite artists, Sarah Miles and opening our ULS arms to two new artists, Chris Allman and Grace Willard, that are sure to please!  Last but not least we will have Toby with Bear Flag Wine here again to serve up some wine tasting!  Come on by!

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Jan Art Walk: Flames to Fashion
Jan2011 18

Whether flames and famous faces are your thing or custom painted kitchen mixers or hand painted silk tapestries and flowing fashion…you lucked out and found all three at January’s art walk at ULS.  Mike Lavallee with Killer Paint has a steady and unique hand with airbrush art and an amazing ability to capture famous faces and put a hardcore twist to them.  Nicole Dinardo, also with Killer Paint, has chosen Kitchen Aid mixers as her masterpeices.  She tricks these mixers out and believe us, they are irresistible!  Rodger Scheibner displayed amazing hand painted shawls and tapestries on silk and velvet upstairs, along with his full fashion collection.  Also a BIG shout out to our gracious wine host, Toby with Bear Flag Wine…..thanks for servin up some tasty tannins! [..]

Art Walk Preview (this Friday 6-10p!)
Jan2011 13

Amazing looking show going up right now (including the hood of a car) for Art Walk tomorrow.   Mike Lavallee and Nicole Dinardo come from the auto custom paint world and have applied their techniques into some gorgeous art pieces.  Mike is famous for his incredibly realistic “True Fire” flames he has painted on the rides of celebrities like Jesse James.  And Nicole does amazing work custom paint work on, you ready?, kitchen mixers, among other things.  Be sure to check out “Custom Culture to Kitchen Couture” this Friday 6-10p.

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Dec Art Walk:  Can you tell me how to get to Pulp Street?
Dec2010 17

December’s art walk brought us a dark twist on an innocent childhood favorite, excellent wine and awesome photography from the UW Photography program graduates.  Mingling art-walkers found themselves taken hostage by the boys who inhabit “Pulp Street”  while sipping on some delicious wine from our gracious sponsor, Bear Flag Wine.  The Bert and Ernie versions of Vincent Vega and Jewels from Pulp Fiction by artist Nick Beery were quite the attraction.  Although intimidating, they were very friendly and great sports when people asked to have a picture with them.

Once again, another successful and delightfully bizarre art walk at ULS!

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SPPA Holiday Party - Dec 7
Dec2010 2

ULS is proud to host the Seattle Professional Photographers Association holiday party coming up on Dec 7.  Dozens of local photographers will be joining us for a shoot around in our different studios along with refreshments and industry networking.   For tickets and more information visit thinksppa.org


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November Art Walk - Epic!
Nov2010 16

November Art Walk - Epic!19

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That's pretty much the only word to describe last Friday night - huge crowds, amazing shows - great time.  ULS featured "Happy Little Trees", a group tribute to Bob Ross and his legendary afro by 15 different artists.   Thanks to all our artists and to Solace for putting together a killer show.    Bherd next door featured the intricately hung "Take 5" and there was the grand opening of our newest gallery Echo Echo to great fanfare. 

Check out some video below shot by Jan Klier (allklier.com) Next art walk is Dec 10 - see you then!


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We're number 3!  We're number 3!
Nov2010 3

We're number 3! We're number 3!1

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We've been named the #3 Venue in Western Washington by the King 5/Evening Magazine viewers poll!  That's #3 out of of 76 nominated venues and the only top 3 venue in the Seattle area.  Thanks a ton to all of you who voted.   We'll keep cranking out the wicked rad events and if you want to check us out for your next private soiree, contact us or come on by for one of our fabulous 2nd Friday Art Walks.

Here's the final results page.



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ULS Welcomes David Tejada
Aug2010 26

ULS Welcomes David Tejada1

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We welcomed Colcorado based photographer David Tejada as our featured speaker for the first ULS Photographer Networking Evening last week.  There was a great turnout of Seattle photographers (and some from Canada) who had a chance to talk shop with colleagues, as well as learn from David.  His presentation focused on his extensive use of off camera speedlights for location photography.  David shared all sorts of tricks and techniques with the crowd, and then hosted a following day workshop where 10 photographers were able to work 1 on 1 with him.  We're pleased to have David as a friend of ULS and look forward to welcoming him back in the future.

We had a great response to our Photographer Networking Evening and will look to get another one scheduled soon, so stay tuned.  Feel free to email us if you would like to be included on our invite list. [..]

Photographer Networking Social with   David Tejada - Aug 18
Aug2010 3

Photographer Networking Social with David Tejada - Aug 181

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We are pleased to welcome David Tejada as the featured speaker in the first in a series of Photographer Networking Socials at ULS, Aug 18 at 7p.  David is a highly regarded Denver based commercial photographer well known within the national photographic community for his "Small Strobes, Big Results" website and workshop series.  He will give a slide show presentation of his work and discuss his transition to using small strobes for all assignment work.  Stick around afterward for refreshments and a chance to network with other photographers and explore our studio.

This event is free, tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Please email info@urbanlightstudios.com for tickets.   Some spaces may also be available in David's day workshop at our studio on Aug 19, see davidtejada.com for details. [..]

Say - is that a gallery in your gallery?
Jun2010 21

Say - is that a gallery in your gallery?1

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Why yes, that is a gallery in our gallery.   June brought us "Free Life Center" - an arts grant funded touring gallery and exhibition.  Yes, a touring gallery.   Portland artists Seth Neefus and Mark Warren Jaques created a modular art gallery structure out of salvaged materials.  They then set out on a journey through the US and Canada with their gallery and artwork towed beind them.  We were priviliged to be their only Seattle stop as the structure was constructed inside our Main Space for a one night show, then disassembled and gone less than 24 hours later.   All were treated to an especially unique evening of art and music, including a rousing musical set by the Lonesome Billies. [..]

May Art Walk - Biggest Ever!
May2010 20

May Art Walk - Biggest Ever!1

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The May Annual Art Walk was our grandest affair yet!  Featuring the endearing artwork of Calamity Jon Morris, the music of Squirrel Butter, and Titianium Sporkestra - YES - a marching band which paraded our hallways, each of the hundreds of visitors seemed to have a smile on their face.  One bewildered first time visitor told us "I feel like I've discovered a secret magical land" and another compared the crowds on Greenwood Ave during the Art Walk to navigating Bourbon Street.  The Greenwood-Phinney art scene is definitely in full force. 

Thanks to all of our artists - Dalton Webb, Justin Ison, Tom Dougherty, to our house DJs, Bobby Trendy, for the beats and all of our old and new friends.  We'll see you next month - June 11, 6-10p for "Free Life Center", a special travelling gallery show out of Portland making a Seattle stop for one night only. [..]

Art Walk Preview:
Nov-0001 30

Art Walk Preview: "Potluck" (this Friday 6-10p!)1

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It’s all in the title.  Potluck style, so not only do we have over 35 artists participating in this show that have really let their culinary creative juices flow with their pieces, but they will also be bringing a little tasty treat.  This show has another purpose: a food drive for the Greenwood Food bank.  So if you decide to come, which you should cause it’s going to be flippin awesome, try and bring a non-perishable food item with ya!  This art walk is also known as The Big Art Walk because it’s not just Friday night the 13th, but Saturday afternoon  (noon until 5) the 14th as well!

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Art Walk Preview:
Nov-0001 30

Art Walk Preview: "Potluck" (this Friday 6-10p!)1

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It’s all in the title.  Potluck style, so not only do we have over 35 artists participating in this show that have really let their culinary creative juices flow with their pieces, but they will also be bringing a little tasty treat.  This show has another purpose: a food drive for the Greenwood Food bank.  So if you decide to come, which you should cause it’s going to be flippin awesome, try and bring a non-perishable food item with ya!  This art walk is also known as The Big Art Walk because it’s not just Friday night the 13th, but Saturday afternoon  (noon until 5) the 14th as well!

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