Art news is flying over the transom here at ArtsPage HQ. A job change, a big milestone for Seattle Opera (and a way for you to participate in it) and an interesting call to artists have all landed here. Dig in:
1 Dave Beck joins KING
1-5 p.m. weekdays, KING FM 98.1
Former KUOW arts reporter, host and producer Dave Beck is now at KING FM 98.1, where he’ll be a daytime announcer and producer, on air and online. He’ll be a contributing reporter to KUOW, according to KING. The station has put Lisa Bergman, the host of “Exploring Music,” in the 10 a.m.-1 p.m slot; Brad Eaton continues his morning show and Sean MacLean can be heard from 7 p.m.-midnight.
2 Seattle Opera turns 50
New website: SeattleOpera50.com
Delve into Seattle Opera history with the company’s new site, dedicated to 5 decades of performance. The site will have photos, audio and video clips, including: photos of every “Ring” cycle; audio from every recipient of the opera’s Artist of the Year Award; and milestones such as the 1962 World’s Fair “Aida” and the construction of McCaw Hall. New content, which includes posts and resources submitted by Seattle Opera patrons and community members, will continue to be uploaded over the course of the season.
3 Call to artists: 'Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipe'
Center on Contemporary Art, entries due by midnight Sept. 15. $15 per entry, free for CoCA members. Enter here.
The Center on Contemporary Art is inviting artists in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia to submit work for a new group exhibition that will focus on “flameworked borosilicate glass associated with the emergence of cannabis legalization: pipes, bubblers, tubes, vaporizers, jars, marbles, scientific glass.” Entries can be either functional, or simply decorative. Art chosen will be on display starting Oct. 17. Curators: David Francis, of Museum of Glass, and Hillary Ryan, MOG communications director.
4 New director for Shunpike
Shunpike, the nonprofit that helps arts groups with strategy and day-to-day operations — and has a cool name — has hired Jennifer Barry as executive director. Barry was most recently director/CEO of Footscray Community Arts Center in Melbourne, Australia, and managed the Australian Institute of Arts Management, among other arts groups.
5 New Foundation has new home
The New Foundation Seattle: thenewest.org
The New Foundation, committed to encouraging the making of contemporary art, now has a home. Collectors/philanthropists John and Shari Behnke bought the building at 123 Third Ave. S., in Pioneer Square, that will house their foundation and “dynamic initiatives that stimulate artistic development, research and presentation.”