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On November 17, 2007 influential art collectors, curators, artists and art celebrities gathered together for a night of sequined and feathered debauchery including art, food, drinks and dancing to benefit Crawl Space Gallery. DJs Sam Rousso Soundsystem and DJ Glitterpants and played enthusiastic tunes as Monika MoSure applied psychedelic glam warrior face paint to all those interested. Attendees sipped on 15 years worth of exquisite wines from a private wine cellar and documented their looks in a photo booth constructed by Crawl Space Gallery Director, Anne Mathern. The girls of Shimmy Deluxe served ‘cockatiels’ and Hors d’Å“uvres to such Seattle notables as Jim Harris, Greg Lundgren, and John Behnke. This fundraiser was hosted by Seattle Art Museum Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary art Michael Darling, internationally recognized video art pioneer Gary Hill, and The Crawl Space Booster Club Kids Jim and Molly O’Donnell, Betsey Brock, Eric Frederickson and Greg Kucera. The Adventure School helped raise over $10,000 for Crawl Space Gallery from internationally known arts philathropists Bill and Ruth True, John and Charlotte Behnke, Jon and Mary Shirley.

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The Stranger music columnist, Eric Grandy, reviewed the Crawl Space Bazaar Party in his column, Fucking In the Streets in this week’s issue of The Stranger. He reviewed our party alongside a concert by the brazilliant M.I.A. Not bad! M.I.A’s stunningly bright style would have been right at home at our party, Grandy alludes, “One of the problems with parties at art galleries is all the damn light—the gallery people want you to see the art, but a dance party naturally wants a nightclub’s flattering darkness. But Bazaar’s Day-Glo aesthetic neatly solved the problem, as everybody looked much cooler lit up bright than they would have in the dark”. paper-rad-shirts.jpg

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Crawl Space Artists, Brad Biancardi and Ori Ornstein

The Crawl Space Bazaar party was full of surprises, a little advertised fact was a closet turned photobooth behind the bar at the party. Guests squeezed their bedazzled selves into the closet in couples and trios and teams to capture the debauchery and fun digitally. Anne Mathern, created the booth using a digital camera and a user controlled switch, with little warning, flicks were snapped and these are the results, The Photo Booth pics! There were 200 in all, starring the lucky few who discovered this secret and fabulous feature of the the best party of the year.

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The Henry Art Gallery’s blog, Hankblog does a special Thank You shout out to The Adventure School and Crawl Space for throwing one of the best art parties in recent memory. Read it here, Hankblog.

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The Crawl Space Bazaar is not to be missed, with mentions in Seattle Art News, the Artist Trust, the Rivet Magazine blog by Andrea Benvenuto and Seattle Metroblogging it is sure to be the party of the weekend, if not the year.

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On November 9th, 2007 Forty friends gathered in a stunning condominium downtown to celebrate a tri-fecta of 30th Birthdays. A formal feast was had at a table the actual size of an Orca Whale to kick off the Whales vs. Shipwrecks themed soiree. Anti-scurvy shots were had by all to give everyone strength to compete in the post-feast Shipwrecks vs. Whales Tug-of-War. The Whale team fought mightily and prevailed only to go on with strong arguments in the Shipwrecks vs. Whales debate and sweet moves in the tie-breaking dance off.

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CRAWL SPACE BAZAAR: FUNDRAISER, BEST PARTY OF THE YEAR! Join us for glittered and feathered debauchery, drinks with Michael Darling and Gary Hill while viewing the newest works by gallery members!

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Last year’s event, hosted by Bill and Ruth True, Betsey Brock & Eric Fredericksen, and Jeffry Mitchell, met our fundraising goal of half of the annual operating expenses and program costs for Crawl Space Gallery. This year we’re helping Crawl Space Gallery towards expanding their programming, expanding their space, and establishing their own non-profit status. Last year we had fun. We wore white.

This year promises to be more phenomenal than last year. Because this year we are going from . . . WHITE TO BRIGHT!!!! Holla!

Party will be insanely fun, before you know it, a cocktail will be in your hand courtesy of a feather eye-lashed Shimmy Deluxe dancing girl. Also, Dee Jay Jack and Sam Rousso Sound System will be on the wheels of steel. Party time to the max! Join us for hors d’oeuvres from local gourmets including Boat Street Café, Trophy Cupcakes and Artemis, festooned servers (Brazilian Carnival meets Euro club kids), and a preview of this year’s exhibition of current works by Crawl Space member-artists. This zany, lively event helps to cover a significant portion of yearly rent, utilities, and programming costs that our member artists aren’t able to cover out-of-pocket.

The hosts this year are really fancy and they definitely will be in attendance. They are Michael Darling and Gary Hill. Michael, is the new modern and contemporary art curator at the SAM and Gary Hill is one of the first video artists ever. You should probably come to meet this Michael character if you haven’t already as he was an assistant curator at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art since 1998, where he co-organized the show Superflat with the artist Takashi Murakami in 2001. YAY! And he is only 38!

This past year has been an incredibly effective and inventive year for Crawl Space, challenging early- career artists with monthly exhibits, an international juried exhibition, a new intensive residency program, and building on a new strategic foundation to keep the gallery influential and valuable to the arts community for years to come. Now its time to celebrate and gear up for another great year.

Join us!
November 17, 2007
6-9 p.m.
Crawl Space Gallery
Please RSVP by phone or email.
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On October 31, 2007 over two hundred revelers crowded Seattle’s Baltic Room for a night of DJ’s, drinks and dancing in costumes. Everyone was there from the Super Mario Brothers Mario and Luigi to Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. The event was held near downtown on the hipster frequented oriented pike/pine corridor.

Photos by Lauren Max.
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