Illumination: Art and Conversation

Illumination: Art and Conversation

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Illumination: Art and Conversation


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Atrium Loft


1433 First Ave (Top Floor)



From Rachel the Piggy Bank to Sasquatch to the iconic neon signage, public art can be found throughout Pike Place Market, and with the opening of the MarketFront next summer, we welcome several exciting new art installations.

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 p.m. 

About the Speakers

Clare Dohna

Clare Dohna’s lifelong interest in art started in childhood, making presents for her mother. She attended The Maryland Institute of Art in 1978, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sculpture/Ceramics.

She has been a working artist since 1984 when she began selling at the Pike Place Market daystalls. Her ceramic pins, cast in molds made from antique buttons, coins and clock and frame ornaments were collected by many people who visited the Market over the 19 years she worked there.

After leaving the Market and moving to Vashon Island, she started experimenting with tile and mosaics. This current work reflects her interest in the natural world. Many of the tiles she is using in the walls for the Pike Place Market MarketFront expansion are a combination of nature and fantasy…Dr. Seuss meets Mother Nature!

John Fleming

John Fleming grew up in Northern New Mexico and Arizona. Much of his childhood was spent outdoors building things: tree forts, dams in the ditches, model kivas inspired by Chaco Canyon’s ancient ruins. Digging in the dirt led to ceramics, adobe construction, and a lifelong exploration of art and architecture.

When John moved to Seattle from New Mexico in 1989, he was immediately captivated by Pike Place Market. He says, “It wasn’t just history or authenticity I could feel. It was the smell, the sound of the seagulls, locals at Lowell’s ordering beers before noon. Even my kids could feel it. Post Alley, the gum wall, the creaky floors and exposed pipes in the market. All this was REAL.”

John’s "Western Tapestry" aims to capture the realness of Pike Place Market. The colors of the 1,700 strips that make up the Tapestry are a synthesis of the colors we see in the life of the Market. Over 200 people from the community came together this summer to add their own art through paintings that now grace the colorful strips. We hope Western Tapestry becomes another iconic symbol for Pike Place Market and Seattle.

Nancy Guppy

Host/producer of "Art Zone with Nancy Guppy," a weekly half-hour show devoted to promoting the local art scene that airs on Channel 21 and online at Prior to Art Zone, Nancy spent 10 years as a cast member on KING TV's late night sketch comedy show, "Almost Live."


Susan Lane

Susan Lane is a former member and chairperson of the Pike Place Market Historical Commission.  She is member and former Board member of Friends of the Market. You can often find her at the Frye Art Museum where she volunteers as a Gallery Guide.  She enjoys looking and talking about art where ever she finds it.