Although there are no online previews or user reviews for A Tuna Christmas, ArtsWest's previous productions have been reviewed and featured in numerous Seattle publications including Seattle Weekly, the Seattle Times, and AOL's City Best Seattle. Eight Yelpers give ArtsWest an average of 4.5 stars.
Art On The Ridge’s galleries display fine art from accomplished local artists, but it’s not there to intimidate. The facility’s open philosophy for its classes and workshops revolves around encouragement: anyone can create art, and should have fun doing it. Painting classes for adults use wine to fuel creativity, whereas children’s sessions cover everything from pop-up art to classes illustrating how art links to math, science, and history. The lineup of instructors has included a fine-arts professor from Antioch University.
Local and visiting artists present their work in the gallery, introducing visitors to exhibits as wide-ranging as Mexican Oil Landscapes and Chainsaw meets Fine Art. Guests can purchase pieces or inquire about commissioning artwork from represented artists to fill their living rooms with portraits or acquire a masterfully forged signature on a report card.
Enlighten Café & Art Gallery serves up an assortment of victuals amidst a contemporary, artful setting. Sip an Italian soda ($2.50) or a grande latte ($3.30) and choose from a rotating selection of desserts such as raspberry decadence cake, honey trifles, and brown-butter pear tarts. Desserts are all in the $5 range with the exception of the Bluebird on Capitol Hill ice cream, which is $3 per scoop, barring a presidential veto. For stronger brews, try a Fremont Interurban IPA ($4), a bottle of Oskar Blues pale ale ($3.75), or a musical glass of Trumpeter pinot noir ($6).
The craft masters at Seattle Glassblowing Studio & Gallery guide pupils to artistic bliss by expounding on a spectrum of steps needed to create intricate pieces. Whether joining 10–25 fellow artisans in a group workshop or forming a clique in a one- to two-person private class, students turn provided materials into bowls, cups, and decorative piles of glass shards. Professional glass wielders safely impart etiquette and basic techniques such as gathering glass on a rod and shaping it into colorful geometric forms.
The shop's instructors also offer their own artistic services, including custom commissions such as functional lighting and installation pieces. Damaged glass heirlooms undergo repairs in the cold-working shop, where artisans restore shattered pieces and polish away dullness left behind by covetous pawing.
Yuen Lui Studios, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates photographic heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area Yuen Lui studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.