The Art, And A Gallery, Of The Walk

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Too Much Fun On The Art Walk by Melanie Masson

In the 3rd Floor 'gallery' of the Space building during the First Friday Art Walk - photo by Melanie Masson

Last fall, when Renaun Hochstein moved into the Space Building (at 600 North 36th Street), her predecessor in the office space, LaRae Lobdell told her about the Fremont First Friday Art Walk. Lobdell, who had organized the event for three years, held shows in her space and reportedly asked Hochstein, ‘Hey, I do this, would you be interested?’ When Lobdell described it as a great way to get involved and meet people in the neighborhood, Hochstein agreed.

Will Dieterle, who also recently leased an office in the building, wanted to participate as well – and agreed to help Hochstein find artists and share host duties. They collaborate on their shows, and have learned to curate art from doing it.

How to Choose Art

Dieterle selects some pieces based on message, he explained. For March, the show’s theme was “entropy” and the transition of order into chaos. He wants to avoid repetitive messages, or choices of art styles. “I tend to know a lot of photographers,” he admitted, but he works “to get representations of many styles.”

Hochstein described her approach to finding works as a social endeavor. “I’ve gotten them by paying attention to what is out there,” she explained. She attends gallery shows, graduate shows and exhibitions. When she likes the work she’ll set herself to getting contact information for the artists. “It starts to take on its own…one leads to another,” she explained.

The display space they use self-selects certain kinds of works. In the third floor hallway of the Space building viewers “can’t stand back,” Dieterle admitted, so they “can’t do large scale frescoes.” The building wasn’t built to display art and “the way pieces are lit can be important,” Dieterle acknowledged, so they “pick art that has a liveliness to itself.” With awe, Hochstein mentioned the lessons she’s learned from the artists, and “how artists choose to hang their work.”

“I’m new to it,” she admitted. Neither she nor Dieterle have practical experience as curators, or in gallery work, but they’ve successfully jumped into the Art Walk, with gusto and the strong desire to support art, artists and community.

And Then Comes The Day Job

“What I like about the Space Building,” Dieterle admitted, “is it’s surrounded by lots of businesses.” He particularly enjoys its “fantastic central location,” and the other tenants, and “the diversity of talents and people makes for an exciting community.” Dieterle has a design business, doing websites and branding, but his current passion is art inspired. Notebleu.com, a website, will host a Seattle arts calendar of events – as well as serving as an arts community building tool. The ultimate goal, Dieterle explained, is to “make it more compelling for people to go out and experience art.”

Hochstein chose to locate in the Space because of the “good energy” there. She has worked in advertising agencies, and studied graphic design at the University of Washington. Upon her return to Seattle she decided to launch her own freelance graphic design business, called Renaun Design. She enjoys the building, “the community is nice,” she said, and how it is “perfectly ideal” for art. The Art Walk helps her network and be social. “By being a host, it forces you out there,” she explained, “you interact with people you never would have otherwise.”

For their next show, on April 2, Dieterle and Hochstein will have cellists from the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and paintings by Shano Mulhall. To come see, and hear, the art, stop by the Space building (at 600 North 36th) and if the door isn’t open – ring the intercom for either Suite 329 or Notebleu. See you there!

For their next show, on April 2, Dieterle and Hochstein will have cellists from the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and paintings by Shano Mulhall. To come see, and hear, the art, stop by the Space building (at 600 North 36th) and if the door isn’t open – ring the intercom for either Suite 329 or Notebleu. See you there!

©2010 Kirby Lindsay.  This column is protected by intellectual property laws, including U.S. copyright laws.  Reproduction, adaptation or distribution without permission is prohibited.             www.fremocentrist.com

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