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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery presents Esther Pearl Watson’s UNLOVABLE art exhibition and book launch on Saturday, February 7.
With Valentine’s sentiments in mind, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle is pleased to present UNLOVABLE, an exhibition of original art and book launch celebration by Esther Pearl Watson on Saturday, February 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Watson’s visual interpretations of the diary entries of teenager Tammy Pierce will resonate with everyone once afflicted by the eccentricities of adolescent isolation, unrequited love, and other torments of teen angst. The revealing narrative of the protagonist is perfectly suited to the artist’s endearing and empathetic renderings.
Los Angeles-based artist Esther Pearl Watson has exhibited work in prestigious galleries throughout the U. S. and Canada. Her recent paintings are currently featured in a solo exhibition, “Visions of the Future,” at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles. She is author of The Adventures of Jules and Gertie (Harcourt Children’s Books, 1999) and The Pain Tree and Other Teenage Angst-Ridden Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2000). Watson is co-author of What'Cha Mean, What’s a Zine? (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) with her artist husband Mark Todd. Her latest book, UNLOVABLE, published by Seattle-based Fantagraphics Books, is loosely based on a teenager’s diary from 1985 found in a gas-station bathroom, detailing the sometimes ordinary, sometimes humiliating, often poignant and frequently hilarious exploits of underdog Tammy Pierce. Laurie Henzel, creative director at Bust magazine, which serialized portions of the book, observes, “No matter how cool or smart you may be as a grown up, I think there is a little Tammy in all of us.”
Esther Pearl Watson’s first exhibition in Seattle will include original drawings related to the book, which will debut at the event on February 7. The artist will be present to sign copies of the book. Musical entertainment will be provided by Rusty Willoughby, performing a solo serenade arranged for the occasion. Willoughby, currently fronting Llama and a former member of seminal Seattle bands Pure Joy and Flop, has countless recordings on Sub Pop, Frontier, Sony Music and other labels.
Please join us on Saturday, February 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM to welcome this remarkable artist to Seattle. The exhibition remains on view through March 4, 2009. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at the corner of Airport Way S.) in Seattle’s Georgetown arts community. Phone 206.658.0110. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM.
Esther Pearl Watson
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to announce the wildly popular BEASTS exhibition will be extended though February 4. Inclement weather prevented many from making the trek to Georgetown during the first weeks of the show. This extension will allow everyone to enjoy this delightfully ambitious display. Organized by Jacob Covey, this exhibition includes a diverse collection of colorful artwork by over 50 accomplished artists. (Click here for more information about the exibit.)
Paul Constant’s enthusiastic review in The Stranger observes, “The broad array of talent is impressive... I could go on for hours.” In a comprehensive feature in the Seattle Times, Michael Upchurch comments, “There’s nothing as satisfying to a reader as a detailed inventory... The visuals range from striking graphic design to comic-book gothic... which blend fantasy, pseudoscience and macabre wit to savory effect.”
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.) only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Phone 206.658.0110. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00. Join us this Saturday, January 10 until 9:00 PM for the festive Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. See you all soon.
In any weather conditions, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery will be open every day until Christmas to fill your frantic gift list. We close at 5:00 PM on Christmas Eve and remain closed on Christmas day. The store will also be open between Christmas and New Year's, closing at 5:00 PM on New Year's Eve and the following New Year's Day.
Drop by and see our stunning BEASTS exhibition and the equally exquisite BEASTS BOOK 2, as well dozens of delightful new titles from the publisher of the world's greatest cartoonists. 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle. (206) 658-0110.
Yes you can! Yours truly recorded videos of every song played by Peter Bagge's new band Can You Imagine? at our gala Beasts! print show opening and 2nd Anniversary party at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery last Saturday and plunked 'em on our YouTube page, where you can enjoy the strains of their original (correction) the Herman's Hermits hit "A Must to Avoid," embedded above, and a dozen more swingin' numbers!
Of course we have photos of the exhibit and the party crowd, too, including our special guests (not to mention Peter Bagge & Steve Fisk's erotic birthday cake). Check them out in this slideshow; to see all the annotations and credits, browse through manually. (By the way, if you missed the opening, don't despair, good prints are still available — hustle on down to Georgetown on your little Bobby Orr legs.)
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Now available at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle: capacious, durable, environmentally-friendly canvas tote bags emblazoned with the likeness of Dan Pussey, the store's official mascot, as drawn by Daniel Clowes. These sturdy, smart-looking bags measure 18" x 12" x 6" -- enough room for about a dozen copies of Gary Panter's Jimbo in Purgatory, one of our largest books -- and have reinforced nylon webbing handles for your heaviest loads. Sure to last through years of comic conventions, farmer's markets, record stores, etc., all while broadcasting your excellent taste in comics and keeping pounds of paper and plastic out of landfills. Only $14.95 at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery -- why not pick up a few for yourself and for gifts at our big 2nd Anniversary party & Beasts! exhibit opening this Saturday, December 13?
Here’s a little preview of some of the wonderful artworks you’ll find at the phenomenal BEASTS exhibition opening at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this Saturday, December 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Cryptozoology at its finest.
Behold the seductive “Deer Woman” by Thomas Allen (in a rare group show appearance). According to The New Yorker, “Pop up art ascends to sublime heights” in Allen’s work. You have to experience this sensational piece up close to fully appreciate its alluring beauty.
The predatory beast “Chonchonyi” as imagined in this painting by Peter Bagge. Legend has it that this monster produces a melodic cry in flight. Bagge himself will provide the melody at the BEASTS reception with his new band Can You Imagine? The combo includes legendary musician and producer Steve Fisk. We can hardly imagine.
To commemorate this auspicious occasion, curator Jacob Covey created this lovely silkscreen poster image. The 3-color print is limited to 75 signed copies, available exclusively to patrons of Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for the affordable price of only $20. (And don’t miss screen printer Art Garcia’s new work at neighboring Georgetown Tile Works.)
Also opening on Saturday is “The Story of Belle and Wissell” right around the corner at the venue that hosted the inaugural BEASTS exhibition in 2006. And if that’s not enough, our neighbors at Georgetown Records are displaying the new line of Manik skateboards by illustrious Seattle photographer Charles Peterson.
GEORGETOWN SECOND SATURDAY ART ATTACK HOLIDAY BLAST ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13!
Join us in Georgetown for one of the season’s most festive holiday celebrations on Saturday, December 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack offers diverse entertainment, visual arts exhibitions, unique shopping experiences, exquisite dining and boisterous socializing at dozens of locations throughout South Seattle’s colorful industrial arts quarter. Discover why Seattle Magazine named Georgetown as “Seattle’s Best Neighborhood” of 2008.
The December 13 Art Attack will feature: An exhibition of charming canine portraits by Misti Tucker at A Dog’s Dream boutique, where you’ll find an array of gifts for four-legged family members; "The Story of Belle and Wissell: How It All Began" including a story kit and window display featuring the illustrations and writing by Steven & Carmela D'Amico (creators of the "Ella" books) and free letterpress posters printed by Belle & Wissell co-founder Mr. Wissell; Georgetown Tile Works’ Second Annual Holiday Artisans Bazaar including marionette theater puppets by Branden Romans, paintings by Dave Mazak, Kamala Dolhin-Kingsley, Joe Wackerman, Jenna Colby, Tina Randolf and Don DeLeva, prints by Art Garcia, Kelly Lyles and Mike Poetzel, soft sculptures by Sara Lanzillotta and Miss Oblivious, and more; A show of photographs by Katherine Mitton at Full Throttle Bottles, which will feature a full line of seasonal beverages perfect for stocking stuffers; “Beasts,” an exhibition of prints and paintings marking the release of the second volume of this sensational book together with the second anniversary party of Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery featuring music by Peter Bagge’s pop combo Can You Imagine?; A display of photographer Charles Peterson’s new line of Manik Skateboards at Georgetown Records; Open studios including our neighbors to the north at the Tully’s building with Douglas Wilcox, Scott Dodson, SocialEyes Studio, Aaron Cohen/Novustone, Jesse Thomaselli, Michael Gaston, Heather Wofford, Matt Brown, Alana Lindner, and Tyler Potts. All this and much, much more.
The Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack is a production of the Georgetown Merchants’ Association. For more information contact GMA chair Kathy Nyland or Art Attack coordinator Larry Reid, or visit www.georgetownartattack.com.
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The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle WA 98108. Tel: 206-658-0110.
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