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Illumination: Art in the Market

Posted January 9, 2017


In the coldest depths of winter, we're bringing light, color and fun to the month of January by illuminating the artists whose creations contribute to the dazzling vibrancy of the Market community, year round. With more than 220 working artists, along with two dozen art galleries and shops, there's days of art to explore! 

Get a glimpse of the depth and breadth of art on display and meet the artists, through video portraits. Discover the galleries and find artsts at work in their studios with handy, downloadable pocket guides.

Join us for an exciting evening of art and conversation on January 26, when artists Clare Dohna and John Fleming provide a sneak peak to their upcoming public artworks, Northwest Microcosm and Western Tapestry. Both works will be installed in the Market this spring. Event Info

Featured Artist Video Portraits

Get a boost of color each day from January 23-29 with a new 30-second video spotlighting some of the Market's many talented artists.


Brooke Westlund, Brooke Westlund Gallery

Leonardo Lanzolla, painter

Tisbury Ennis, glass artist

Mutsuko Mitsui, ceramic artist

Scott Cahill Rude, Reflecting on Seattle

Sarah Clementson, Studio Solstone

Louie Gong, Eighth Generation

Art and Conversation 

JANUARY 26, 5:30-7 PM

Join us for a evening of art and conversation on Thursday, January 26 emceed by Nancy Guppy (Host/Producer of Seattle Channel's Art Zone). Former Pike Place craftsperson Clare Dohna and local artist John Fleming give us a peek into their future public artworks to be installed in the Market this spring. Susan Lane, longtime Friend of the Market member and former Market Historical Commission chair, will highlight significant public art works within the Market and the stories behind them. This event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Atrium Loft in the Economy Building, from 5:30-7 pm.


Pocket Walking Guides

Follow one of our handy maps to discover a diverse array of artistic creations throughout Pike Place Market. 


  • Walking Guide: Working Artists, Galleries and Studios
  • Walking Guide: Public Art in the Market


This week and beyond, follow Pike Place Market on social media through the hashtag #IlluminatePikePlace

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Cycene Serves Up a Taste of the South

Posted December 12, 2016

This month, Pike Place Market celebrates the grand opening of Cycene, a new restaurant on First Avenue serving up Southern-inspired cuisine. Open early for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, hungry patrons will be delighted by the simple-yet-satisfying selection of sandwiches and grits.

Co-owner Patsy Williams greets customers at the counter, taking orders like Cajun boudin grits with eggs over easy, sides of succotash and home fries, and the popular spicy chicken sandwich. "Cycene is the Old English word for kitchen," Patsy explains. "This is our kitchen, and we want people to feel the love of eating a humble, home cooked meal."

The chef behind the grill is Hassan Chebaro, Patsy's husband and the other half of the Cycene duo. "This is the food I grew up eating and love to cook," says Hassan. "Everything is made from scratch. All of the sauces, all of the sausages... everything."

Cycene is open weekdays 6 am-2 pm, weekends 8 am-3 pm, and located at 1523 First Avenue between Pike and Pine, neighboring El Borracho, Shug's Soda Fountain + Ice Cream, and Old Stove Brewing Company. Visit for more information.

The Contest: 

Greetings Market Explorers! Celebrate the holiday season with this fun and festive Instagram contest and giveaway. It's easy to participate. Snap a selfie while shopping for holiday food and gifts from Pike Place merchants and post it with the hashtag #PikePlaceHolidays for a chance to win a Market Gift Tote filled with local goodies (over $100 value). Photos must be entered between December 1-24, 2016.


How to Enter: 

Follow these three simple steps.

  1. Snap a selfie while shopping in the Market
  2. Hashtag #PikePlaceHolidays & post on Instagram
  3. Extra bonus points: in the caption tell us what you love about shopping local


Example Photos: 


The Prize: 

To the explorer goes the spoils! The Pike Place Market Gift Tote includes:

  • Pike Place Market Print by La Ru
  • Jumbo Pike Place Market 2016 Holiday Button by artist Graig Anderson
  • MarketSpice Cinnamon-Orange Tea
  • Sotto Voce Acceto Balsamico Loganberry and Mint Balsamic Vinegar
  • Chukar Cherries Sour Cherry Preserves
  • Honest Biscuits Biscuit Mix
  • Ceramic Ring Dish by Flying Cat Creations
  • Dr. Pickett's Rhubarb Lemon Shrub from Woodring Orchards
  • Totem Smokehouse Sockeye Salmon Jerky
  • Sunny Honey Co. Coriander Blossom Honey
  • indi chocolate Cocoa Butter Body Lotion
  • Truffle Queen Truffle Salt from La Buona Tavola


The Winner: 

We're looking for creative, original and festive photos with compelling stories. A winner will be selected and announced on December 25, 2016. Cheers!

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Celebrate the Season with Figgy Pudding

Posted November 23, 2016

Searching for a fun, unique and festive activity this holiday season? The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition and Fundraiser, presented this year by McKinley Irvin Family Law, is truly an enchanted event that appeals to all ages. This year, Figgy Pudding celebrates its 30th anniversary in Downtown Seattle/Westlake Center, and of course in creative song and in fabulous holiday spirit. In anticipation for "Figgy Friday," we spoke with "Head Figlet" Zoë Freeman, Wellness-Engagement Coordinator at Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank, to learn more about Figgy Pudding and the magic it generates for this vibrant Seattle community.

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Holiday Buttons by Graig Anderson

Posted November 22, 2016

Sasquatch pulling a sleigh. Skiing snowman. Bubblefish playing the cello.

These are a just few of the fantastical scenes depicted over the years on Graig Anderson's Pike Place Market holiday buttons. He's been creating them since 1999, each year with a new holiday-themed design. Ask any craftsperon in the Market and they'll tell you you: Graig's buttons are a cherished holiday tradition.

"It's fun for me," says Graig. "I've been drawing since I was a kid, and used to paint Christmas stuff on storefront windows. Each year I look back through my sketchbooks and have a big bank of images to choose from as a starting point."

From there, he discusses concepts with Pike Place Market PDA daystall staff and hones his design. "It goes from a drawing to an acrylic painting that I photograph and make final touches on the computer," explains Graig.

Although he cites artistic influences like Edward Gorey, Dr. Seuss, Francisco Goya, and classic Warner Bros. Cartoons as inspiration, its clear browsing Graig's craftstable that he's created a unique magical world of his own.

Shop the Crafts Market from now through the end of the year to receive your own 2016 limited edition Pike Place Market holiday button (while supplies last)!

Graig Anderson's buttons through the years:

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The Market's maze-like Lower Levels are full of wonders around every corner—specialty shops with rare collectibles, secondhand curios, and handmade art from around the world—just waiting to be discovered by locals and visitors alike. Enter Sarah Miller and Kristina Knaus, the dynamic PNW blogger duo that makes up Rain or Shine Guides! These two curious Seattleites explored "down under" to share some of their favorite shops and discoveries.

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