What’s happening around Seattle this week: ‘You are not alone’ art show and events

Stella McDaniel

What’s Happening April 7-13

Throughout the pandemic, perhaps the loneliest time many of us have endured, thousands of listeners flocked to John Richards’ KEXP morning show, on which he regularly assured listeners: “You are not alone.” 

One of those listeners, Alaina Stocker, was brainstorming show ideas for Living Artists Collective, the nonprofit she’d recently started to support Seattle’s visual artists. The unofficial tagline stood out to her. 

Richards’ message has been “such a good source of support,” Stocker said, “so we wanted to put together a show in the visual arts sphere that was similar to that.” 

This winter, the nonprofit put out a public call for artwork that evokes the sense of being alone. The resulting group exhibition, appropriately named “You are not alone,” is up through April 29 in Slip Gallery (2301 First Ave., Seattle) in Belltown. Each of the 50 visual works, ranging from paintings to sculptures, touches on the theme of “aloneness.” But together, the pieces support each other, “so it kind of creates a metaphor for humans responding to each other,” Stocker said. 

Alongside the group show, Living Artists Collective is hosting a series of public events throughout April created to build community and help make real the show’s title: “You are not alone, visual artists of Seattle.” 

At the April 7 Artist Networking Night, for example, community members can gather from 5-8 p.m. at Slip Gallery to forge new connections and hear from three speakers: creative coach Esther Loopstra on how she developed a new collection while struggling with illness, gallery manager and marketer Maddy Berkman on building an art career by combining different roles, and visual artist Claire Donaldson on the commercialization of art and how it contributes to hustle culture. 

On April 20 from 6-8 p.m., the focus shifts to supporting artists’ wellness with an art therapy workshop. Visual artist Alex Sylvester will give prompts and lead participants who want to talk about their creations in guided discussions. Or, folks can simply “show up and create in community,” Stocker said.  

The “You are not alone” exhibition will be up in Slip Gallery during the Belltown Art Walk (6-9 p.m. April 14), a self-guided experience that also includes dozens of other venues. At the exhibition’s closing party (6-9 p.m. April 29), participating artists will talk about their work, and the band Fruit Juice will provide the tunes.

Stocker suggests stopping by Slip Gallery at least once this month “to experience the pieces with less people around” as well as checking out the events. The gallery is open 2-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 11a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, and Claire Donaldson will be painting live there most Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in April. The “You are not alone” events are free or have optional sliding-scale pricing. To learn more about the group show and register for events, visit livingartistscollective.com.

What else is happening

Here are some other events happening April 7-13 in the Puget Sound area. If you would like to submit an event for consideration, please email your event details to [email protected].

Tulip Town — Through April 30

If walking through 5 farmland acres filled with tens of thousands of blooming tulips in more than 50 varieties isn’t incentive enough, this Skagit Valley experience also includes a beer and wine garden, ice cream and coffee, trolley rides (weather permitting), dog portraits and a weekly Instagram video contest. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Tickets are $15 online or $17 at the gate, with child, senior and military discounts. They include parking, entry, a trolley ride and access to gardens, the bloom field and indoor activities. 15002 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon; tuliptown.com

Norwescon 45 — April 6-9

This science fiction and fantasy convention primarily centers on literature, but also incorporates comics, costuming, art, gaming and technology. There’ll be panel discussions, writing classes, youth programming, a costume contest, an art show and more. Event times vary, starting as early as 8 a.m. and ending as late as 2 a.m. Register online; $110 for the four-day weekend or $40-$60 for individual days. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 18740 International Blvd., Seattle; norwescon.org

Spring Inspired Watercolor Drawing (online) — April 8

In this free, virtual session led by instructor Jenn Fortnash, you’ll create a spring-inspired watercolor artwork with a mix of paint and ink. Because the lesson is online, you’ll need your own materials; watercolor paper or cardstock, watercolor paint, a paint brush, a pencil, a black pen and colored pencils are recommended. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Register online; free. st.news/watercolor

Spring Eggstravaganza at Kelsey Creek — April 8

Unlike most regular Easter egg hunts, this event also includes the chance to collect real eggs from chicken coops and to pet bunnies and chickens. There are two sessions for child/adult teams: 9:30-10:30 a.m. for ages 4-7 and 11 a.m.-noon for ages 2-3. $25-$30. 410 130th Place S.E., Bellevue; bellevuedowntown.com/do/spring-eggstravaganza

Sakura-Con 2023: Northwest Anime Convention — April 7-9

Presented by the Asia Northwest Cultural Education Association, Sakura-Con brings anime fans together with contests, panels, a manga library, gaming events and a masquerade ball. With three days of events, from 8 a.m. activities to those continuing late into the night, the full schedule is available at sakuracon.org/programming/schedule. Registration, which also provides an annual membership to the organization, is $100 for teenagers and adults, $50 for ages 6-12 and free for those 5 and younger. Proof of vaccination or a lab-issued negative COVID-19 test is required. Seattle Convention Center, 705 Pike St., Seattle; app.joinit.com/o/anceasakura-con

Seattle Boylesque Festival — April 7-8

During the eighth year of this gender-bending Seattle festival, hosts Tito Bonito and Shelly Watson will facilitate a night of burlesque, drag, variety and circus performers onstage. The cast includes guests from the West Coast, New York City, Orlando, Fla., and beyond. There are two shows each night, starting at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively. Buy tickets online for $30 or at the door for $35. The earlier shows are 18-and-older, and the later shows are 21-and-older. 216 Union St., Seattle; boylesquefestival.com

Forum Social House Family Easter Egg Hunt — April 9

Kids should be entertained for long enough as they search for eggs throughout Bellevue’s 20,000-square-foot Forum Social House. But if they want to take a break, there will also be a photo booth, DJ, hula hoops, a bag toss, balloon twister and even an Easter bunny appearance. Buy tickets for kids online; $20. Adults are free. There’ll be two sessions, noon-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. 700 Bellevue Way N.E., suite 300, Bellevue; forumsocialhouse.com/family-easter-egg-hunt

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Washington State Spring Fair 2023 — April 13-16, 20-23

From a pig race, chain saw carving, barbecue competition and bike and skate circus to artisan markets, classic fair food, live music and rides, this Puyallup event provides a comprehensive fair experience. Times vary by day, starting at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. Buy tickets online; general admission is $12/adult, $10/child ages 6-12 through April 7, then increases to $14/adult and $11/child ages 6-12. Rides and some activities are paid for separately. 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; thefair.com

Cascadia Spring Tea Festival — April 15

“Activi-teas” in the second edition of this new festival include tea tastings, tea-themed crafts and shopping for tea wares. It’s recommended to bring your own tasting cup. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Register online for a.m. entry (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) or p.m. entry (after 1:30 p.m.); free with the opportunity to donate. Floral Hall, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., #205, Everett; cascadiatea.org

Woodland Park Zoo Spring Spectacular — April 15-16

Timed with the blossoming of spring in Seattle, this zoo event includes animal activities like a penguin feeding and a tiger training demo, talks in which professional gardeners and horticulturists share their wisdom, kid-friendly live music and children’s activities like a bouncy house and arts and crafts. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The event is free with zoo tickets or membership. Buy zoo tickets online; $29/adult with child and senior discounts. 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; zoo.org/springspectacular

Editor’s note: This story was updated on April 6 to reflect that the “You are not alone” exhibition in Slip Gallery is open from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in April.

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