Every second Thursday, rain or shine, the streets of Capitol Hill are filled with tipsy art lovers checking out galleries and special events for Capitol Hill Art Walk. On our Capitol Hill Art Walk calendar, you'll find a bunch of great options for the October 11 edition, but, below, we've compiled our critics' picks—the things you shouldn't miss. Follow the links for more details and images, check out our complete visual art calendar for even more events, or check out Lit Crawl, happening concurrently on Capitol Hill.
Babylon Death Party 21: Funus
This party will be full of witchcraft, thanks to priestesses Kook Teflon, Meagan Angus, and Ylva Mara Radziszewski, who'll conduct a ritual for suicide survivors. Teflon will also offer tarot readings. There will be a "fashion ritual" with drag artist Old Witch and Star Meets Sea, a bone reading, art by Alexis O, music by Blessed Blood, and more.
Fred Wildlife Refuge
Bruce Bickford: Poster Series and Clay Relics
Bruce Bickford is a master of the mercurial art of claymation; he's responsible for the morphing creatures in the Frank Zappa videos Baby Snakes and The Dub Room Special, as well as Zappa's The Amazing Mr. Bickford, which was a special showcase of his eccentric, autodidactic talents. Here you'll have the chance to see clay objects from Mr. Bickford and other films, as well as a new Zappa poster series. For lovers of charming yet perturbing outsider/DIY art, this is an essential stop for Art Walk and beyond.
Locally beloved Belltown street artist Darryl Ary, the subject of a documentary that played at the Seattle International Film Festival, will be featured this month. Ary's blunt, immediate, instantly recognizable pieces are the product of his ability to tap into a "dream state."
The Haunting of Cloud Gallery
Find some scary art to get you in that macabre mood in this showcase that includes work by Anouk Rawkson, Jordan Christianson, Mary Anne Carter, John Criscitello, Kelly O'Neil, Kerstin Graudins, Brandon Vosika, Curtis Bathurst, Dan Garlington, Travis Ritter, Mariel Andrade, Bill Bingham, and others, plus tunes by DJ Blank Eyes.
Jake Millett: Contour
See Jake Millett's fragmented, geometric landscapes, about which he writes, "Viewers are meant to explore and navigate an abstracted world, inspired by images, scenes, and feelings of permanence and change from Seattle and beyond." Enter his world of fractured, contradictory perspectives, which are more soothing than they sound.
Jesse LeDoux: A Pile of Stuff Hung Vertically on the Wall
Former Sub Pop art director LeDoux has work in MoPOP, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan, and the friggin' Louvre. See his striking, quirky, deceptively simple works.
Launch Party and Art Show: The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal
Welcome a new pop art magazine dedicated to the art of saying no "in a world that conditions women to say yes." Grab your copy and discover art by Koko Jamison and Yale Wolf of Studio Glow. The show continues this weekend if you can't make it for Art Walk.
Lush Life 6 Group Show
After a two-year hiatus, Kirsten Anderson is transitioning Creatura House back to Roq La Rue with a themed exhibition of work influenced primarily by natural imagery. Work in the show includes ethereal imagery combining analog and digital techniques of ghostly figures by Kazuki Takamatsu, hyperrealist wildlife oil paintings that elevate animals to a monumental status by Josie Morway, the candy-coated darkness of Brandi Milne’s pop surrealism, and Bella Ormseth’s anthropomorphic mushrooms. Also including artists Camille Rose Garcia, Kari-Lise Alexander, Lola Gill, Casey Curran, Kai Carpenter, Rebecca Chaperon, and Sarah Leea Petkus. KATIE KURTZ
Roq la Rue Gallery
UpZones with Ryan Henry Ward and Randy Engstrom
UpZones Podcast, hosted by former journalist and Obama administration adviser Ian Martinez, will welcome endearing and ubiquitous muralist Ryan "Henry" Ward and Office of Arts & Culture director Randy Engstrom for a chat. Get an insight into the local arts community.
Zac Boetes is a depictor of eerie, silly, grotesque beasts (and humans) that declare the influence of tattoos, cartoons, and psychedelic grooviness.
The Other Coast Cafe