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MarketFront housing units

As the cold month of January grinds on, construction crews on the MarketFront know that every minute of the day counts. Activity has continued at a fast pace as workers have put in six days a week to complete the housing, parking, vendor canopy, public plaza and commercial spaces by early March.

Once the construction is complete, visitors will have the thrill of walking onto the new public plaza directly from the crafts market, enjoying views of the Olympics, Puget Sound and -- if it’s a sunny day (fingers crossed!) -- Mount Rainier.

Other milestones will be reached in late spring, such as the installation of two public art works by artists Clare Dohna and John Fleming. Dohna’s Northwest Microcosm is a three-part mosaic wall along the grand staircase leading up to the plaza. Fleming’s Western Tapestry encompasses 1,670 aluminum strips of varying lengths and color along Western Avenue.

This week, the smell of fresh paint permeates the four floors of the new low-income housing building, where 40 seniors will enjoy a brand new place to live, with views of downtown to the east and Puget Sound to the west. The Neighborhood Center, on the first floor of the housing, will be a place for the Pike Place neighborhood community to gather and access social services available in the Market.

Inside the future commercial spaces, the ceiling soars above while light pours in from the west, giving a good indication of the openness of the spaces. This summer, the aroma of fresh biscuits and hops will fill the area when Honest Biscuits and Old Stove Brewing Co. are in production. All MarketFront vendors, including indi chocolate and Jarr & Co. (a seafood bar and restaurant), are busy working on their plans for their new spaces in the MarketFront.

Plans are underway for a public Grand Opening ceremony and celebration on Thursday, June 29. Save the date and stay tuned for further details!


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 Friends 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. 


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

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