Monday, April 21, 2008


In an effort to make Summer Fest ( more authentically an arts, music and community celebration, this year we will be introducing "ART DIVE"! Art Dive will be a flea market like area designated for local artist to sell their goods. 8' x 2' Tables in the Art Dive tents will be just $125 for the three day weekend. The Art Dive will have PRIME LOCATION on California Avenue just South of the North Stage! ALL artist making goods in the USA are welcome to apply, so please pass the word along.

If you are interested email us ( with Summer Fest Applicant in the subject line and we will send you the form.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


A funny thing happened on the way to the forum: Three talented artists bought a Pike Place Market business. The forum? Rome. The Market business? The Illuminator, an art gallery. Let's connect the dots.

While in Rome studying art, two students of a University of Washington art professor discovered the professor's husband was planning to sell his Market shop. Erin Crawford and Mary Enslow pursued idea and after graduating with degrees in interdisciplinary visual art and sculpture, respectively, they bought the business along with partner Cheryl Robinson, a ceramics artist. Cheryl and Mary had worked together at a local arts and events production company, One Reel.

Together, they opened Twilight Artist Collective in January 2005. The shop is an art gallery and boutique with a focus on funky, fresh, "poppy" (as Erin says) urban art created by local artists. They try to appeal to everyone by making art accessible and reasonably priced. There are original paintings, handmade jewelry, mixed media artwork, clothing, cards, handbags and accessories.

To keep it fresh, Erin says, "It's always an evolving show." A featured artist of each month gets a whole wall section on which to display his or her artwork. The first or second Sunday of the month there is a "Meet the Artist" reception at 1 p.m. open to the public.

When they started their business, they represented five artists. Today that number has grown to 100. They seek new artists through scouting, peers, friends, and they also curate artwork for local coffee houses and art spaces, so word has traveled. Erin says they get submissions from artists on a weekly basis.

A number of artists who got their start at Twilight have gone on to have shows in California and New York, a point of pride for the trio. Erin says these artists remain quite loyal to Twilight, too. While going on to greater fame, these same artists remain dedicated to the local art scene by still selling their wares at Twilight and keeping art affordable.

While being at Pike Place Market has given them international exposure just by who comes here, they are now finding that they are becoming a destination gallery, too, now that they deal with so many different artists. The "degrees of separation" are getting less because so many of the local artists know each other.

All three women have such a passion for making this gallery a success, they all work separate jobs to help pay the mortgage. A couple work in restaurants. Each works two days a week in the gallery and they take turns working Sundays. "We're working to live the dream," Erin says.

~ Pike Place Market Org.

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"...TwAC has succeeded in building a colorful, high energy collective of artists whose work range from painting to sculpture to fiber and everywhere in between. What truly makes them special is their unpretentious demeanor and tireless dedication to creating retail opportunities for local artists."

~Seattle Art News
Sunday January 13, 2008

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Stick it to Uncle Sam SALE @ TwAC West!!!

Pinch Uncle Sam back!

Bring your tax return, and inject it into the local art community, for some real retail satisfaction!!

We're taking 25% off select items from Chemical Wedding, Pear Threads, db Clay, & R.E. Load Bags! while supplies last.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

TwAC's Portland Getaway!

Last weekend we took a mini vacay to the fabulous city of Portland, OR. There were boutiques, hand-made goods, local galleries, and stylish people galore! We made some good connections with some rad NW artists.

A list of TwAC faves down south:

Redux Boutique & Gallery, Moxie, vintage shops on Burnside, artwork @ the Grass Hut Gallery, brunch @ Doug Fir, beautiful buildings and old water towers, velvet painting museum, and the groovy Jupiter Hotel. Two thumbs up.