In need of some new jewelry, vintage wear, or art? Then you should have been at ArtAche Showcase this past Saturday at Gallery 1412. I stumbled across the showcase of local artists a couple months ago, and as a self-confessed jewelry addict, when I laid my eyes on a pair of raw quartz, statement making earrings -made by Phoebe Moore – then my heart was won.
ArtAche is the brainchild of Marz Elisa, a native Washingtonian with a passion for all expressions of art. Her appreciation is directly expressed in the sheer variety of art represented at a showcase; music, textiles, jewelry, paintings, locally crafted accessories, and a personal favorite, natural herbal body care. She describes the creation of the showcase as an “organic” process that sprang from connections she’s established with other like mind individuals throughout Seattle over the years, which explains the variety at each event. No two showcases are ever the same.
ArtAche is also a play on the words “art” and “ache”. If you are an artist or have ever spent more than an hour around one you know that art is birthed from the heart and matters of the heart are rarely easy. Marz has been following this call to create since she was a young girl, and has carved out a space for other creatives to do the same through sharing and connecting. Art is about community and Marz states, “I actually have a lot of people in my life who donate their web/design work, visuals, and videography. I would like to take this time to share how thankful I am to have such giving compassionate friends. The following artists have really helped sustain the visual aspect of ArtAche and other events: Davis Rivas, Dax Ed Word Anderson, Frankie Crescioni, Aric Atienza, Drake Jurado, and Stephan Newman. I do not have any partners, but I do have friendships. I think there is great power inside our individual spirits that can affect and impact others through positive energy. Why hold that back? We each have our light to share.”
Lucky for us all, the next ArtAche is right around the corner, May 3rd at The Hard Rock Café. As I’ve spent all night jotting down dreams in my new awesome Pat Benatar notebook, made from an actual album cover by Rocket Hulsey (atomicrocketpoplab.etsy.com), I can’t wait.
Follow the showcase Facebook pages to stay updated, www.facebook.com/artachemarket and www.facebook.com/nosleepseattle. If you’re not much of a shopper, don’t let that detour you. Come in, maybe get your tarot read, have a drink, listen to some tunes and look casually beautiful with the rest of the cool kids.
Interested in being involved in the showcase? Contact Marz.