Archive for the 'White Center' Category
February 26th, 2009 categories: Art, Artists, Georgetown, White Center
White Center For The Arts Studio Tours Feb. 21, 2009
Last week, I was invited by Kim McCarthy
to the launching of White Center For The Arts Building
with their first Open Studio Art Tour
in White Center
(fondly nicknamed Rat City
) on Saturday, Feb. 21. I came with a friend (after showing houses for sale until it was too dark to see) to tour the studios.
The White Center For The Arts Building
is on the main street of White Center
and it actually has a skate rink
in the building where the Rat City Roller Girls
first started skating. The building is now in the process of becoming a focal point for the White Center Art community
as artists' have been priced out of other Seattle
Kim McCarthy in her studio for the White Center Open Studio Tour
The progression for urban neighborhood renewal is for artists to begin to move into an affordable, usually a bit rundown, neighborhood close in to the city. The artists' support the local restaurants, cafes and bars, and a buzz begins to build. This brings hip/edgy younger people who start hanging out, then buying the affordable housing and fixing them up. The builders now come building condos helping to further transform the neighborhood, causing prices to move up and pricing out the younger artists who then seek out another affordable neighborhood and the cycle begins again.
Ken Torres in his studio at the White Center For The Arts Open Studio Tour
Close by Georgetown
has recently undergone this transformation and the housing in Georgetown
has priced out many first time home buyers
. Currently White Center
has 11 homes for sale
on the market median price $299,950, and Georgetown has 13 homes for sale
at a median price of $350,000.
My friend and I were there to say "Hi" to Kim McCarthy
and Ken Torres
(both work at DANIEL SMITH Artists' Materials
- fyi, I write the blog for DANIEL SMITH) and it was fun to see their artwork. Kim is a very active artist, and I am always running into her at various art venues!