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Photo by Brandon Macz: Nathan Watkins is making a name for himself in First Hill, designing signal box wraps, and now a major I-5 columns project set for installation this summer.
Photo by Brandon Macz: Nathan Watkins is making a name for himself in First Hill, designing signal box wraps, and now a major I-5 columns project set for installation this summer.
Friday, April 14, 2017 3:08 PM

Nathan Watkins has quickly become First Hill’s unofficial artist in residence, and it all started with a simple reddit post. 
“The I-5 art columns, that’s going to be my crowning achievement,” he said.

  • World's largest transgender film festival in Capitol Hill

    This year's Translations has doubled in size and, with more than 70 films from 20 countries, organizers say it is now the largest transgender film festival in the world.
    "Really, it's been a long time coming," said Sam Berliner, who has directed and curated the Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival since 2013. 

  • Robert McGinley combines cyberpunk, myth and rock in ‘Danger Diva’
    Seattle film director Robert McGinley endured a frantic 20-day shoot to make his new futuristic cyberpunk feature, “Danger Diva,” shot mostly in a Sodo warehouse. He coordinated principal actors, and up to 300 extras at a time, as he shot scenes involving physical stunts, vehicle stunts, and choreographed fights.
  • Public taps 'Sunlight Over First Hill' for I-5 columns project
    The people have spoken, and “Sunlight Over First Hill” is the concept to beautify the gray columns under I-5, between Cherry and James streets.
  • Seattle Web Fest: Full day  of free screenings, panel discussions

    The third annual Seattle Web Fest returns to the Northwest Film Forum for a day of free screenings of more than 50 original web series from around the world and eight hours of industry panels.

  • The All 4 1 dancepalooza brings together dancers young and old, students and professionals from all over Western Washington, to learn all kinds of dance together.
  • Seattle Asian Art Museum expansion a go
    The Seattle Asian Art Museum closed its doors Sunday evening, Feb. 26, and won’t reopen them for two years while the structure undergoes a major renovation and expansion.
  • Seattle Asian Art Museum closing for renovation, expansion project
    The Seattle Asian Art Museum will close for a two-year renovation and expansion project on Monday, Feb. 27, however, the contentious expansion of the museum’s footprint remains under review by Seattle Parks and Recreation.
  • Landmarks board extends The Gatehouse project
    Since burying the Lincoln Reservoir, the gatehouse in Cal Anderson Park hasn’t served any real functional purpose for decades. Before last year, it was a historic landmark and popular tagging target.
  • PROPOSED LAND USE at Vermillion
    Buildings go up in Seattle, to eventually be demolished and replaced with new and taller buildings. Each time, a proposed land use sign announces the next big thing. But what happens when construction starts and the signs come down?
  • Students share personal narratives on Lincoln Gatehouse
    Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the unveiling of a public art project, “Home, Change and Survival,” by mostly immigrant Washington Middle School students couldn’t have been timelier.
  • Nonprofits pitch causes for filmmakers
    Northwest Film Forum’s auditorium was ripe with ideas during its “Meet Up for a Cause” event last Wednesday evening, which provided an opportunity for community organizations to meet and pitch story ideas to Seattle filmmakers. Filmmakers also learned about available free resources.
  • Children’s Film Festival Seattle goes around the world
    The 12th Children’s Film Festival Seattle is packing the Northwest Film Forum with more than 186 films from 52 countries Jan. 26 to Feb. 11, all with the goal of “inspiring empathy, understanding, and a nuanced view of the world.”
  • SAM explains Asian art museum expansion by the numbers
    The Seattle Art Museum has made several revisions to its designs for a renovation and expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum based on public feedback over the past several months, but a number of residents at a Saturday open house maintained the opinion they don’t want to lose one inch of Volunteer Park land to the project.
  • Capitol Hill novelist receives Artist Trust Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award
    Capitol Hill novelist and journalist Peter Mountford says he’s happy to win the Artist Trust Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award for only the second year it’s existed, having had some substantial experience with its selection process in the past.
  • After Orlando: International theater action response to Pulse shooting
    An international playwright-driven theater action that includes more than 70 playwrights, After Orlando is an evening of readings of short plays, live music and other performances in response to the June 12 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, and takes place here at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at Raisbeck Performance Hall at Cornish College of the Arts.
  • V2 art space going out like a punk
    Artist space V2 will wrap up its short stint in the Kelly Springfield Building (former Value Village) on 11th Avenue at the end of the year.
  • Artist Trust breaks silence
    The Artist Trust celebrated 30 years in Washington on Saturday, using the milestone to invite artists and patrons to enjoy an evening of art, performances and conversation at the V2 in Capitol Hill.
  • Getting Lit Crawl in Capitol Hill
    “For one awesome night each year,” in the words of Rebekah Anderson, “Lit Crawl Seattle takes over the Capitol Hill and First Hill neighborhoods, with over 80 Pacific Northwest readers, performers and artists presenting their work at pubs, museums, cafes, libraries and a host of other spaces.”
  • Queer film festival with a TWIST
    A name change is not the only new thing about the TWIST Seattle Queer Film Festival.
  • Frye helps dementia sufferers create legacy in art
    Through the Frye Art Museum’s Creative Aging program, the always-free museum has been seeing the benefits of providing people suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia with creative opportunities for self-expression. 
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