Barbara Noonan’s “Patio Pleasure” was painted en plein aire at Cafe Parco in July. courtesy of Margo Spellman

Barbara Noonan’s “Patio Pleasure” was painted en plein aire at Cafe Parco in July. courtesy of Margo Spellman


More than 30 neighborhood artists will showcase their art in Madison Park’s A Walk in the Park annual art walk, which kicks off with an opening-night reception on Friday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Starbucks, 4000 E. Madison St.

The art walk continues throughout the month at various businesses in the Madison Park business district, closing on Sept. 30.

“It is inspiring to see art from all walks of life come together in different ways as you stroll down the sidewalks and wander through the stores,” said Kate Etherington, owner of The Original Children’s Shop, one of the participating venues. 

This year’s art walk will feature Youth in Focus, a nonprofit, after-school program that uses intensive photography training as a tool to help at-risk teens.

Also featured will be professional artists Isa D’Arleans and George Rodriguez, as well as Madison Park’s Bud Lowe and 80-year-old Virginia Alldred, of Park Shore Retirement Community.

The youngest participating artists hail from the neighborhood’s McGilvra Elementary School and The Epiphany School in Madrona. Preschool students also are helping with signage for the event.

Of the 36 artists participating in this year’s art walk, only 20 are new to this year’s event, according to event promoter and artist Margo Spellman.

New venues displaying artwork this year include The Guest House, Madison Park Conservatory, Madison Park Bakery, NW Sports Rehab, Park Bench Gifts, Seattle Psychoanalytic Institute and Windermere Real Estate.

“We get to experience the beauty of art and photography, while enjoying the social contact of our community, said Haris Kenjar of Madison House’s participation.

“We do [the Madison Park Art Walk] every year not only to promote our shop but to promote a stronger sense of community and support the arts in our neighborhoods,” said Beth Amberg, manager of Museum Quality Framing.

Barbara Clarke led the all-volunteer effort, which started planning in January.