Nature Inspired Exhibition Opening At Ballard’s Blowing Sands Glass Studio

Ballard resident and artist Robert Sparrow Jones’ solo exhibition, The Uncertain Landscape, opens Sunday, October 1 at Blowing Sands Glass Studio.  Jones grew up in Pennsylvania, and his work reflects his relationship with nature, evoking a deep sense of place.

Robert Sparrow Jones Ballard Blowing Sands Glass Studio“What moves me to make these works is the trifecta of memory, love, and the passage of time. The pictures serve as a shifting cross-section—using color, tone, and an expressive languor in paint language, to create a local dialect that, although uneven, I think vividly captures the energy, the mutability, or perhaps the stubborn persistence of what it’s like to be affected by place,” Jones shared.

The exhibition, including Rosa acicularis, which is shown on the right, has a strong narrative quality. Jones shared that they are meant to act in the present but suggest a past, moving with the rhythm of everyday life that is rife with multiple time signatures.

“The figures are intended to add atmosphere to past peregrinations and dalliances and knit the uncertainties of our life’s complications into such a lovely, changeable shifting. The emotional landscape emerges when our attentiveness to the sensual world brings a certain mutable responsiveness from the imperatives of consciousness.”

Show Information:

The Uncertain Landscape is showing from October 1 through October 30, 2017 at Blowing Sands Glass Studios, located at 5805 14th Ave NW in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.

About Robert Sparrow Jones:

Robert Sparrow Jones received his BFA from Kutztown University and MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art, studying with Abstract Expressionist, Grace Hartigan.

He was an Assistant Professor of Painting at Piedmont College and NOVA Southeastern University. His Artist in Residencies include, The Studios of Key West, the Vermont Studio Center, Museum of Glass, and the Frye Art Museum. He was awarded Deering Estate one year fellowship in Miami, a Can Serrat Artist Grant in Spain, and nominated for an Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2017.

Jones’s work has been reviewed in Oxford American Magazine, Athens Food and Culture, Seattle Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, and his paintings appear in New American Paintings.

His work has been exhibited from New York City to Hong Kong and he is a regular contributing writer for the Michigan Quarterly Review. He lives and works in Crown Hill, Seattle, and is Dale Chihuly’s painting assistant.

Learn more:

Lucky Envelope Brewing Celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival with Specialty Beer Releases

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Lucky Envelope Brewing, whose founders are of Chinese descent, will celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, a harvest festival celebrated in Asia, with a small batch lotus seed paste beer release inspired by mooncakes on Saturday, September 30th at their tasting room in Ballard. Traditionally the holiday is meant to bring family and friends together and to give thanks for the autumn harvest.

Barry Chan Lucky Envelope Brewing

Barry Chan, Co-Founder, Brewmaster

“When I lived in Los Angeles near my grandmother, it was family tradition for us to get together for the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese New Year celebrations,” said Raymond Kwan, co-founder of Lucky Envelope. “Everybody loved our Historic Mijiaya Chinese Beer released earlier this year, so we thought it would be fun to share our mooncake-inspired lotus seed paste beer during the Mid-Autumn Festival.” Mooncakes are a baked delicacy eaten during the festival and traditionally made from lotus seed paste.

The first 30 guests who stop in on the day of the event will receive a lucky envelope with a special coupon. In addition Lucky Envelope will also be serving free mooncakes, while supplies last.

Raymond Kwan Lucky Envelope Brewing

Raymond Kwan, Co-Founder, Director of Operations

As an added bonus, in continuation of their monthly Barrel-Aged beer releases, Lucky Envelope will be releasing a vanilla imperial milk stout that has been aged for nine months. Vanilla beans add a delicious round richness to the beer’s milk chocolate and coffee notes. Lucky Envelope regularly releases a barrel-aged beer on the last Saturday of each month.

Lucky Envelope takes its name from the Chinese tradition – tied closely with the Lunar New Year celebration – of elders bestowing often red-and-gold envelopes to loved ones as a gesture of luck and goodwill. Lucky Envelope is a family-friendly craft brewery headquartered in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The brewery has garnered accolades since its May 2015 opening, including several medals at the 2016 & 2017 Washington Beer Awards and at the prestigious 2015 Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) competition.

Lucky Envelope Brewing is located at 907 NW 50th Street, Seattle, WA 98107 in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.

New On NW 65th Street: Liz Taylor Mural

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New Mural: 500 NW 65th Street

Over the last several weeks, I have watched a mural of Elizabeth Taylor take shape on the east side of the building that is home to StockSlave to the Needle, and The Tin Hat.

I caught up with one of the artists, Aaron Bell (Facebook: @aaronbelltattoofriends), and he shared a bit about the composition.

From Aaron:

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Photo of Aaron Bell and mural.

“The driving force behind the project was Cheyenne Randall. I painted the tattoos on Elizabeth Taylor, and fellow tattoo artist Elijah Cole painted the Seatown tattoo.”

“My wife Melissa approached Cheyenne about doing the project for us. We didn’t give him a whole lot of specific direction and just let him run with it.”

“The imagery consists of classic tattoo design sources such as swallows, roses, and snakes, and Liz Taylor we felt conveyed luxury, as our shop (Slave To The Needle) is known for quality. I like how the moon gives it a sense of enchantment and gives a nod to the divine feminine and is balanced out with the snakes, symbols of masculinity.”

Aaron also shared that he has received positive feedback regarding the project. No surprise, the mural is amazing! I love the old Hollywood design, thoughtfully blended with artistic tattoos. It truly enhances West Woodland’s Historic NW 65th Business District.

Thank you Cheyenne, Aaron, and Elijah! Great addition to our neighborhood!

Learn more about Cheyenne Randall:

Photo of Aaron Bell courtesy, Aaron Bell Tattoo Friends Page.

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Now Available: Three Design Choices For 412 NW 65th Street

It’s been a long time coming, We’ve known since 2015 that a new building was being planned for the NE corner of 5th Ave NW and NW 65th Street.

The original design, see, lacked a large retail space, which meant the loss of any future pub or restaurant at this location. Working with S+H Works, we were able to influence the design and as a result our neighborhood will have space for a restaurant, or other small/medium sized business, in the same location as the current building.

The owners/ developer are open to feedback, and have provided us with three plans that they are seeking feedback on. This is a great opportunity for neighbors to influence the look and feel of a building that most of us will see every day.

See design choices here:

Other documents related to this project:

(1) Design review meeting information:
(2) Sale & Development Announcement (2016):
(3) History of this building, courtesy Vintage West Woodland – Ballard

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Local Mom & Pop Shops Hit By Overnight Burglaries

Small businesses in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood are on high-alert after several break-ins Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.  It is unknown whether or not these burglaries are related.

Local favorite Mean Sandwich, 1510 NW Leary Way, was one of the businesses impacted overnight.  On Instagram @out.of.step posted a photo of the door, which appears to have been smashed open.

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Just steps away, Java Jahn Espresso and Catering, on the eastside of the Ballard Bridge at 1428 NW Leary Way, was also burglarized. Local mom & pop shops as far away as NW 65th Street were hit as well, including Stock Cafe, 500 NW 65th Street.

From Chris Blanco, owner/ chef at Stock Cafe, “…there was a break-in and robbery at Stock at around 3:30am on Thursday morning.  The thief entered through the kitchen window… and tried to exit through the front window by hitting it with one of our metal chairs. They made away with about $500 in cash from the drawer and the staff’s tip envelopes.”

As a result of this break-in, Stock is now installing a cloud-based surveillance system, and improving security at all entrance points.  Blanco also shared that cash will no longer be kept on the premises.

Business owners are asking anyone who who may have been in the area during the break-ins or believe they have information to call Seattle Police.  You can also “Text-A-Tip”.  The Seattle Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound offer citizens the option to anonymously text-message tips about serious crimes.  These texted tips may be sent to Crime Stoppers in the following fashion:

How to Send Anonymous Text Message Tips to Crime Stoppers

  1. Find Messaging on your cell phone
  2. Enter the number 274637 (CRIMES) on the To line
  3. Type Tip486 and what you want to say in the message box
  4. Hit OK or SEND button
  5. You will receive a message back giving you a Pin # and Instructions on what to do next. Remember your Pin #.

Questions? Call Crime Stoppers or 1-800-222-Tips.


Stock Cafe window.  Photo courtesy Chris Blanco, Stock Cafe Chef & Owner.

412 NW 65th Street Development Moving Forward… Slowly

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PUBLIC NOTICE: 412 NW 65th Street

418 01Notice of Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting from Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. This location is currently home to the 418 Public House.

“Design Review Early Design Guidance application proposing a three-story building containing nine apartment units and three live-work units. Retail located at street level. Parking for nine vehicles to be provided at and below grade. Existing structure to be demolished.”


Date:  Monday, September 18, 2017
Time:  6:30 pm
Location:  Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave NW, Sunset/Captain Ballard Room

More Information:

Sale & Development Announcement From 2016: :


Constructed in 1925, this building’s first tenants included the Minni Belle Fountain Lunch restaurant at 418 NW 65th Street and West Woodland Hardware at 416 NW 65th Street. Just east of the building, at 412 NW 65th Street, White Rock Service Station was providing automobile services for vehicles in the neighborhood.

The building has changed hands many times since 1925 and hosted a variety of businesses. There have been few adjustments made to the exterior facade of this building and it looks remarkably like it did when first built.

The full story of this corner, courtesy Vintage West Woodland, is available at:

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Self-Guided Ballard Neighborhood Tree Walks Available Now

TREES for SEATTLE Ballard West Woodland

Get outdoors & get into nature with Trees for Seattle‘s self-guided neighborhood tree walk maps. Ballard‘s West Woodland neighborhood is home to heritage trees, and unique varieties.  Learn more about the beauty that surrounds you.

Gilman Playground​ (South Ballard) Tree Walk:

11th Ave NW (Ballard Salmon) Tree Walk:

All of the Tree Walks are now featured on the TreeWalk app. Learn more and download the free app here:

About Tree’s for Seattle:

Trees for Seattle, a program of the City of Seattle, is dedicated to growing and maintaining healthy, awe inspiring trees in Seattle. Trees build strong communities by:

  • Making our streets friendlier places to walk and bike
  • Soaking up rainwater to keep our streams, lakes, and Puget Sound clean
  • Calming traffic, helping to avoid accidents
  • Cleaning our air, making it easier to breathe
  • And much more!

Seattle’s urban forest depends on you! 2/3 of Seattle’s trees are planted around homes and maintained by residents. Without those trees, Seattle would be a sad place. Working together, we can have an urban forest that is healthy and growing.

You can get involved in many ways:

  • Attend a Tree Walk: We host free monthly tours of the unique and beautiful trees in neighborhoods across Seattle. Self-guided versions are also available on our website.
  • Volunteer: Our volunteers lead Tree Walks with friends and neighbors and participate in fun events like Tree Stewardship work parties to help keep trees healthy and thriving. You can commit for an hour or a lifetime. Everyone is welcome.
  • Plant a Tree: Our Trees for Neighborhoods project supports Seattle residents in planting trees around their homes by providing support, free trees, and workshops.

For more information on our work and how you can get involved:

Call: 206-615-1668
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