Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Free Sheep Moving On

Just heard that the Belltown-based Free Sheep Foundation is being evicted. They've been given notice that they have to move on out of their home on Third and Battery by this Sunday. No real surprise - the nomadic band of artists had been temporarily occupying a slated-to-be-destroyed office building at 3rd & Battery, and the end just came a little sooner than everyone had hoped. Stranger art critic Jen Graves wrote a good story about the group last year. The artists of Free Sheep had been creating some beautiful work and killer performances over the past 12 months or so, and hopefully it won't be too long before they get their groove back in a new spot.

The press release from Den Father DK Pan gives some reason for hope:

In the coming year, we have some really exciting projects in the works... we are partnering with the SCIDpda (Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority) on a number of public art works including an alleyway mural project, video interviews with neighborhood historians which will be on permanent display and included in podcast walking tours, working with neighborhood youth groups, and curatorial projects in vacant storefronts. Currently, we are also talking with the Uwajimaya family about temporarily occupying the Publix Hotel for exhibitions...We are also preparing for the TUBS Memorial Project (50th & Roosevelt in U-District) which be staged in the early spring.

Just before they get gone, Free Sheep Foundation is hosting a final graffiti jam this Friday, at which some fine Seattle street artists will be covering the walls of the place. Among the invitees are local heroes NTG, Baldman, Merlot, Charms Won, Specs Wizard, Static Invasion, NKO and plenty more.

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