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Storefronts Auburn unveils lineup of artists, installation

Tory Franklin’s Sea of Troubles greets drivers and pedestrians headed down Main Street from the west, featuring a brilliant menagerie of creatures and sailing ships inspired by medieval maps and mythology. - Courtesy
Tory Franklin’s Sea of Troubles greets drivers and pedestrians headed down Main Street from the west, featuring a brilliant menagerie of creatures and sailing ships inspired by medieval maps and mythology.
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Storefronts Auburn, a program of Shunpike, and supported by the City of Auburn has announced its artist roster for 2013-2014, as well as its newest installation, Sea of Troubles, by Tory Franklin.

Sixteen new artists are on the roster for Installation and Creative Enterprise projects, hailing from Seattle to Bangkok, Thailand.

Pushpin flowers, growing rocks, gigantic flow charts, a swarm of intaglio prints, and felted animals are all slated to come to a vacant storefront along Main Street in the next year.

Storefronts is a streetscape activation program, supporting the health and vitality of cities' walking neighborhoods through temporary pairings of artists and creative businesses with vacant storefronts spaces.

The original Seattle program, which began in Chinatown and Pioneer Square in 2010, has expanded to Belltown, Capitol Hill, and South Lake Union in Seattle, and to the cities of Auburn, Bellevue and Mount Vernon.

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THE LINEUP ALONG MAIN STREET

Evan Blackwell is a Seattle- and Olympia-based artist creating site-responsive installations composed of salvaged and re-purposed materials.

www.evanblackwell.com

RobRoy Chalmers is a Seattle-based artist and intaglio printer with a dynamically evolving installation of small prints.

www.robroychalmers.com

Sarawut Chutiwongpeti is a multidisciplinary artist based in Bangkok, presenting a monochromatic installation from his series Untitled (Wishes, Lies and Dreams)

www.chutiwongpeti.info

Alison Foshee, of Portland, composes playful installations out of pedestrian materials such as pushpins and stickers.

www.alisonfoshee.com

Jennifer Gavlin is a Seattle artist working primarily in clay, creating organic abstract works that appear to emerge from their environment.

www.playful-potter.com

Bradly Gunn is a Seattle artist who creates composite map installations based on the surrounding neighborhood and its history.

www.bradlygunn.com

Jeff Harms is a Chicago sculptor creating architectural, illuminated lattice forms on an intimate scale.

www.jeffharmsart.com

Karrie Hovey, of Mill Valley, Calif., creates elegant site-based installations using felt and other media.

www.karriehovey.com

Joyce Hsu, based in Oakland, Calif., creates "organo-techno" multidisciplinary works based on her training as an artist and architect.

www.naabeehouse.com

Marcellous Lovelace is a self-taught Memphis-based painter documenting the African-American urban experience.

www.marcellouslovelace.com

Sarah Lovett, of Seattle, creates silk and cane articulated puppets on a grand scale, including her proposed Long-Eared Owl.

www.lovettarts.com

Karen Madsen, based in Vancouver, Wash., works with industrial paper to create monumental abstract sculptures.

www.kcmadsen.net

Joe Page, of Walla Walla, creates large site-specific work based on the forms of flow charts.

www.joe-page.com

Brittany Powell is a Portland artist bringing her site-responsive assemblage Thought Bubbles to our roster.

www.brittanypowell.com

James Pridgeon, a prolific Seattle artist, creates found object installations with pedestrian materials inspired by the site.

Libby Gerber is a Seattle-based artist bringing her pop-up boutique concept of "growing rocks" to grace your porch or windowsill.

www.libbygerber.com

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INSTALLATION

Sea of Troubles, Tory Franklin
June 12-Sept. 12
One Main Street, Auburn

www.toryfranklin.com/windows/html/3sea1

Tory Franklin's Sea of Troubles greets drivers and pedestrians headed down Main Street from the west, featuring a brilliant menagerie of creatures and sailing ships inspired by medieval maps and mythology.

Using adhesive vinyl, screen-printed Tyvek and PVC, Franklin has created an evocative, glowing world from our past, when the known world was far more mysterious, Google Earth didn't exist, and the seas were filled with phantasmagorical creatures.

Franklin, a returning Storefronts artist who installed The Firebird in Seattle's Chinatown neighborhood in 2012, describes her work as "window theaters loosely based on Victorian toy theaters, wherein all the puppets and facades are two-dimensional elements staggered to create depth. This installation debuts denizens of this theatre in all their ornamental glory, crawling from the printed map and preparing to tell their stories."

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