Month: January 2012

Congratulations to the Georgia O’Keefe Provisional Group!

Their winning package for the Junior League of Seattle Premier Event, “A Vintage Affair,” is the “The College Prep Experience”:

Make college preparation for your child a more enjoyable experience for both you and your child! First, an enrollment to a Kaplan preparatory SAT or ACT class will put your high schooler in excellent hands in preparation for the test. A $25 gift certificate to Panera Bread bakery-cafe will give your child the motivation – with energizing beverages and great noshes – to further prepare themselves for the test.

After the test, reward your child with downtime on his/her new Nintendo 3DS gaming system. The senior portrait (or family portrait) by photographer Anya Hartshorn of Anya Kathryn Photography will capture this very exciting time in your family’s life. Finally, what do you get out of all of this? … a consultation with a Certified Financial Planner to help you plan your own finances through the college years and beyond!

Bid on it at “A Vintage Affair“!

Thanks for all of your thoughtful submissions, Provisionals!


Annual Sustainer Luncheon, February 1, 2012, Seattle Yacht Club

Join your fellow Junior League Sustainers at our Annual Sustainer Luncheon! This year we are excited to feature Dr. Christina Orr-Cahall, CEO and Director of the EMP and JLS Sustaining member as our guest speaker. She will talk about “Museums: Through a Director’s Looking Glass”, exploring the changing dynamics in museums and their role in the community through the perspective of a 30-year veteran museum director. It includes the sharing of powerful, often funny and even occasionally sinister experiences.

Dr. Christina Orr-Cahall

Dr. Christina Orr-Cahall began as CEO and Director of the EMP in July 2009. From 1990—2009 she was the CEO and Director of the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL. Previously she was Director and President, Corcoran Gallery and College of Art; Chief Curator of Art, The Oakland Museum and Special Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Humanities, Faculty Member, Art History and Director of University Gallery, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Come and see your JLS friends! Plus there will be great raffle prizes…such as two lucky winners will get shellac pedicures at Spa Scotta, tickets for Pacific Northwest Ballet and more!

Annual Sustainer Luncheon, February 1, 2012
Seattle Yacht Club
11:00 Social, 12:00 Luncheon
$45 per person
RSVP: or call (206) 324-0432

ALSO: The Premier Event – A Vintage Affair committee needs our help to stock the Sustainer Wine Cellar! They are looking for bottles with a $25 or higher value. With our support the past two years, the Wine Cellar has been a huge success with auction attendees. A representative from A Vintage Affair will be at our Sustainer Luncheon to collect our generous donations.

Please email Premier Event Chair, Caitlin Echelbarger at with any questions. They are also still accepting procurements, please email Procurement Vice Chair, Kim Jones, at Thank you for your support!

We look forward to seeing you at the luncheon!

Arlene Lev – JLS Artist Studio Visit

Arlene Lev in her studio.
Last Saturday, local artist Arlene Lev welcomed a small group from the NW Art committee into her home for an afternoon of discussing art. Arlene’s painting Domestic Whatnot (1985) will be part of the Junior League of Seattle’s collection of art traveling through
Eastside school districts this spring, in partnership with the Bellevue Arts Museum.

Arlene spoke about her process when painting. She says that when she works she makes a soup of color and then works out the rhythmic movement.  From that soup, she brings out the image.  “I haven’t a clue what I’ll be doing before I start.”  Her early work is abstract while her more recent work is more representational and uses less color.  Her work is very personal and autobiographical.  She has a studio in her home in Seattle and has her own press to create mono prints.  Committee members were even spontaneously invited to see her studio upstairs.  

Arlene believes that what we are doing when we are looking at a picture is a kind of reading.  However, we must use a vocabulary that we have not been taught.  Artists use different methods to help us stop, look, and read their images.  Lev believes that “the context of a picture is not what you immediately think it is.  It goes beyond what you see to that mysterious “other” that will reveal itself.  The slip of the world as we know it comes from our childhood and from our present.”   

The NW Art committee visits with 2-3 living artists every spring who are represented in the JLS collection.
NW Art Committee visit the studio of Arlene Lev.

Rainy Day Brunch – A Cooking Demonstration

City Catering
509 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Sunday January 29, 2012
12:00pm – 3:00pm

This Sunday, please join us at City Catering for Rainy Day Brunch: a colorful, delicious afternoon of cooking demonstrations. Bring a friend and learn some cooking tips from the talented City Catering chefs while tasting some of our favorite brunch dishes selected from our Junior League of Seattle cookbooks.

As any great brunch host knows, the perfect complement to brunch is a colorful mimosa or a bloody Mary! The event will feature a mimosa and bloody Mary bar, and the first two drinks are included in your ticket purchase.

Rainy Day Brunch is not just an event for Junior League of Seattle members. Friends and family are welcome to attend, so bring along your anyone who loves great food and the joys of the kitchen. Give your loved ones a taste of the Junior League of Seattle’s cookbook offerings.

Who doesn’t love brunch for a good cause?!

Tickets available on the JLS website. $45 each, including cooking demonstrations, brunch tastings, two beverages, and a ticket for an opportunity to win some great prizes. All purchases go to support the Junior League of Seattle.

Insider knowledge… Every attendee will receive a ticket for an opportunity to win some great items, and you’ll have the option to purchase additional tickets to increase your chance to win great items, including a Private Wine Tasting for 10 (a $500 value!).
Grab your tickets today and we’ll see you this Sunday for Rainy Day Brunch!

An Evening of Art & Conversation about Northwest Art and Artists

The Junior League of Seattle and Henry Art Gallery are partnering to offer an exciting training session focusing on the rich history of Northwest Art and artists.  Artworks by Northwest artists such as Mark Tobey, Morris Graves and others from the Henry’s Collection will be on view in the Reed Collections Study Center for this special evening. This event coincides with the exhibition of paintings on view in the North Galleries, many of which are similar pieces in Junior League of Seattle’s collection.

This training event will be led by renowned local art expert John Braseth and our own Tricia Tiano.  Both have extensive experience and knowledge of Pacific NW Artists.

The Junior League of Seattle Northwest Art Project develops critical thinking through art.  For 51 years, the program has been bringing original works of art by Northwest artists to local classrooms—reaching over 11,000 children and 400 educators last year alone.  During its early years, the program was hosted and administered in conjunction with the Henry Art Gallery.  This training will focus on reflection of art through inquiry-based critical thinking methods.

Space is limited! Members: Click here to register.  If you registered and are unable to attend, please cancel your reservation in Digital Cheetah at least 2 days prior to the event.

Note:  In addition to registering on Digital Cheetah, the Henry Art Gallery requires tickets for entry (free).  In February you will receive an email with online directions to obtain the Henry Art Gallery ticket.

Henry Art Gallery
Reed Collections Study Center
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St.
Seattle WA

March 8, 2012
6:30 – 8:30pm

Call+Response: Feature Documentary and Panel Discussion

Call + Response poster

January 22, 2012
5:00 pm
Hillel UW

4745 17th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

CALL+RESPONSE is a first of its kind feature documentary/musical performance film that reveals the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. CALL+RESPONSE goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2009, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A about ways you can respond to modern slavery and bring about change. This screening and panel is sponsored by the Junior League of Seattle. View the trailer and consider attending with your fellow League members.

Please note for Junior League of Seattle members this is an optional event that does not result in obligation fulfillment. JLS leadership has changed the status of this event. It is now worth one Training Credit.


January 2012 General Meeting

January 2012 General Meeting

The Triple Door

216 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101

January 17, 2012

Social Hour: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Meeting Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Leadership is putting forward several motions at our mandatory January Voting meeting at the Triple Door, January 17, 2012. If you are unable to attend this meeting, you will need to obtain an absentee ballot and submit it to the Junior League of Seattle office before January 17th. The Voter’s Guide has been posted on the website under Communications > Meeting Materials > January Voting Guide. To review talking points for the dues increase and proposed changes to our management council organizational chart brought forward during our November Unit Meetings, please review items posted at Communications > Meeting Materials > 11/11 Unit Meeting Materials.

Social in Musicquarium (lounge inside of the Triple Door) from 6:00-7:00 pm.

Light appetizers will be served at the social and cash bar will be available.

Parking available in the Triple Door Garage on the corner of Union Street and 2nd Avenue for $9.00 per car (must enter garage after 5:00 pm for this rate). Parking is also available in adjacent garages (Benaroya Hall at corner of Union and 2nd and Russell Investments Garage on Union between First and 2nd Aves) and also on the street. Carpooling is encouraged.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

The Junior League of Seattle focuses on women and children with a passionate interest in preventing human trafficking.  As we explore what we can do to bring an end to this horrible practice, we want to make everyone aware of what exactly human trafficking is and why it matters to us.

On January 22, 2012, the JLS is sponsoring the screening and panel of CALL+RESPONSE, a first of its kind feature documentary/musical performance film that reveals the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history.

CALL+RESPONSE goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2009, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A about ways you can respond to modern slavery and bring about change. This screening and panel is sponsored by the Junior League of Seattle.

To view a trailer

Please join us as we all become more familiar with this issue; register on the Junior League of Seattle website

Training: 2 for 1 Night – Speakers

Training: 2 for 1 night with Donor/Fundraising Focus

Date: January 12, 2012

Time: 6:00-8:30pm

Location: Bellevue Microsoft.


Ashley Miller, Executive Director @ The Service Board (Please check out their delightful website!)

Learn how fundraising differs from small one-to-two person non-profits to larger non-profits. The Service Board (TSB) has evolved and changed the fundraising process as their organization has gotten larger and financial times have gotten tighter. Get insights on how to move beyond fundraising and move your organization to build capacity and sustainability through your fund development plan.

Peter Drury, Director of Development @ A Childs Right, President Association of Fundraising Professionals

A charity can’t sustain without its’ donors. Should you treat donors differently based on their amount of charitable donation? What are ways that other organizations thank their donor bases? Learn how you can make an impact if you are serving on a board with the ways that you can assist with the fundraising and donation process.

History of the Northwest Art Project


Dee Dickinson and Tricia Tiano

 This is the story of how and why 250,000 children learned to understand and appreciate the visual arts through the Northwest Art Project, the longest lasting project of the Junior League of Seattle.

In the late fifties Sputnik went up and the boom came down on public education, bringing in intense focus on improving math and science skills but also, in the process, cutting budgets in the arts. In fact it seems that since then whenever public school budgets are cut, the arts are the first to go. Yet in every culture since the beginning of human history, the arts have been essential parts of daily life, decorating cave walls and early tools and utensils. The arts have been the high point of every civilization. Furthermore, they have always been essential components of the finest educational systems, not just because they have cultural value, but also because they are languages that all people speak.

Fifty years ago the Junior League’s Community Arts Committee was concerned about the lack of arts education in public schools and created the Northwest Art Project to restore some of what was being lost. School halls were often dingy and on the walls were only faded reproductions here and there. Dee Dickinson, chair of the committee at that time, was aware that the Northwest was an unusually rich source of visual art by local artists who were already gaining worldwide acclaim. She was also painfully aware that there were many children who had never seen an original work of art and had never visited an art museum. There was as, a result, a real void in their education that might be filled by learning to understand and appreciate artistry and have opportunities to do creative work of their own through the guidance of trained docents.

Dee first approached Dr. Richard Fuller, who was at that time the director of the Seattle Art Museum, then located in Volunteer Park. He had never had children of his own, and when he heard about the proposed project he was not pleased with the idea of bringing original works of art into the schools. He also did not appreciate what the project might do to enhance children’s understanding and appreciation of the visual arts, inspiration, and imagination, as well as leading to their becoming future museum-goers.

She next approached Kenneth Callahan, who was wildly enthusiastic about the proposed project. He said, “Come with me.” They went upstairs to a guest room, and he pulled out from under the bed two magnificent paintings that he said he had been saving for a major museum collection. He said, “Take your pick. Let the children come close to see it well. Let them touch it and feel it and smell it. If it gets dirty bring it back to me and I’ll clean it off with a raw potato. Encourage them to look at it carefully and tell what they think it means!!”  That visit launched the project, and Callahan’s magnificent painting, “Crystalline World,” led it off.

A small jury was created composed of professional art experts including Junior League member Virginia Wright, a well-known collector of art. They counseled the committee on which artists to add and they next approached Guy Anderson, Paul Horiuchi, George Tsutakawa, James Washington Jr., Spencer Moseley, and Glen Alps. Later, through a Junior League grant, paintings by Mark Tobey and Morris Graves were added, and a painting by Helmi Juvonen was acquired by sending art materials to the hospital where she was a patient.

The project was planned to be taken into the schools by Junior League docents who were trained in how to make their visits interactive, not just informational, and a number of different trainers, artists, and visits to studios have been involved over the years.  As a result the docents have helped children to see with fresh eyes, looking for hidden meanings, appreciating the colors and designs, leaning about the use of different media, responding with their own views of the artworks, and being inspired to create some works of their own. The visits often become multisensory experiences as children imagine walking into a painting, hearing, feeling, or smelling what it is like inside. At times music is used to blend with the rhythms of a painting, or children are asked to make sounds like those of the animals pictured, or to give a work of art a title of their own, or write a short story or poem in response to what they see. The works of art are left at the schools for several weeks so that further exploration and inspiration may occur.

Initially, the League docents received their training at the Seattle Art Museum, and later at the Henry Art Gallery on the University of Washington campus where they learned about art principles and studied art history. The artworks in the League’s collection were kept at the Henry Gallery when they were not in use in the schools. At that time, the docents themselves would take some of the artworks to the different schools in their own cars. As the collection grew, however, crates were built and storage and transportation were arranged. Later on the trainings and storage moved to the League office in Madison Park. As the collection continued to expand, more space and controlled temperature in the environment were required, so the artworks were transferred to Artech which now cares for them when they are not traveling.

In 1994, a relationship began with the Bellevue Arts Museum, and during that time the Junior League docents offered training on how to present the artworks interactively to teachers and PTA parents on the Eastside. This connection has extended the reach of the project. Also, since 2001, a professional art education consultant, Halinka Wodzicki, has helped enlarge the scope of the docent training. She has written extended learning activity packets that are given to the teachers to help them connect the children’s art experiences to their curriculums.

During the last 50 years, over 500 Junior League docents have been part of the project that has reached over 250,000 children in around 600 schools in King County. In 2004, the Northwest Art Project was displayed at Harborview Medical Center; however, in 2010, the entire collection, which now includes 75 works of art, was displayed for the first time in a museum setting at the Bellevue Arts Museum.

Docents have reported numerous rewarding results of their visits to the schools. During one visit, an autistic child who had never before spoken in class talked eagerly about a painting he had fallen in love with and after that he continued to participate more frequently in class discussions. One student was fascinated by Jack Chevalier’s mixed-media piece, “Lighthouse,” and said she would like to have it for her own because it would help her with her math. In another class one of the students was so inspired that he continued working on his own painting and missed lunch in the process. In an English as a Second Language class, a docent asked the children what they thought the people were anticipating in Joe Max Emminger’s “Two People Waiting.” One student answered “Freedom” which led to a rich discussion of expectations and experiences one has in coming to a new country. Children are so often stimulated that they are still anxious to give their interpretations of the art when the period ends. Children’s eager participation, thoughtful interpretations, artworks, poems, stories, dances, and dramatizations continue to surprise not only the docents but also the children’s own teachers.

Now in its 51st year, the Junior League’s Northwest Art Project includes not only paintings and drawings but also collages, sculptures, glass art, and carvings. It continues to meet the needs that motivated its inception. Public schools still face budget cuts in the arts, and there are often fewer opportunities to develop higher order thinking skills, applied learning, and seeing projects through from beginning to end. These skills are in great demand today as any kind of employment and even daily living require more creative thinking and problem-solving abilities. Recent studies (as reported in the media such as the July17, 2010 issue of Newsweek) have shown that creativity has been declining in our country at the same time as creative thinking is being emphasized in the schools and is rising in the workplaces of other countries. Even the U.S. Patent Office is concerned.

Another current need in education, as diversity increases in school populations, is for a greater variety of teaching and learning styles that teachers often learn through observing the docents’ visits. Many teachers are able to integrate what they have observed into other parts of the curriculum as well, resulting in their students’ greater understanding and ability to apply what they have learned.  The Northwest Art Project continues to seek ways to fill some of today’s needs as well as those in the years ahead to help in the development of “whole” human beings, mentally, physically, and emotionally.

November 2010, the Junior League of Seattle proudly debuted its newest publication, The Art of Discovery. This book is colorful, engaging and instructive whose purpose is to educate, stimulate and inspire young minds through vivid images of art created by significant artists represented in the Junior League of Seattle’s Northwest Art Project and provides the volunteer-based community program with an on-going fundraiser in which profits from the sale of the book will be returned to the community through funding of the Northwest Art Project.