Pop-Up Benefit for Christine Olson

On Christmas Eve this last year, local artist – Christine Olson – lost her art studio to arson. As many of you have heard, a fire was started in Fremont on December 24th, 2018 and burned down Sfingiday – Olson’s studio, that was newly opened and featured gifts, art and fine craft from around the U.S.

To assist Olson in getting back up on her feet, CAPERS is holding a pop-up benefit in her honor on January 26th and 27th. The pop-up will run all weekend long, however Olson will be present in-store Saturday, the 26th from 11am-4pm. All proceeds from art sales (Olson’s and other local artists that she promotes) will go directly to Olson.

Please invite friends and neighbors to come to the event and enjoy drinks while supporting a member of our community.

Some of the art that will be available:

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Artist Invitational

CAPERS is hosting the 2nd Annual Abstract and Ceramics Invitational on November 8th from 5-8pm. This invitational will feature 8 artists and 8 potters and their work will be available for purchase in-store.

One potter, Marie Turnow, is a nature lover and uses elements and designs from everyday life. “Amid the craziness of our big city culture, nature nurtures and continues to delight the senses. My work reflects the seasons, textures and Northwest beauty that I view right here in West Seattle. Her ceramics are food and dishwasher safe.

Similarly, Nicole Pepper of ModHome Ceramics is also inspired by her surroundings. “I love clay and all the functional and sculptural ways it holds. Clay can bring a connection to the Earth and warmth.” With her BFA from West Washington University, Nicole has been experimenting and finding her way ever since.  “Each piece here has been uniquely hand-crafted, inspired by nature and daily life. My hope is to bring joy into this modern world one piece at a time.

Tracy Madison took her first ceramics class in January of 2016, and she never looked back. Working as an art director and stylist in the photo world, she has been surrounded by inspiration her whole career. Only when she hand-formed her first platter did she realize it was her calling. She created her brand and company, Madisonware in 2016.

Along with ceramicists, the Invitational will feature local artists with abstract paintings and photographs. One of the 8 artists, includes photographer, Todd Kowalski. Todd began photography when he was in high school in the early 70’s. By commuting on bicycle, Todd is able to capture the ever fleeting moments that he comes across; this opens the spectrum to what he is able to photograph.


Another artist that will have their art available is Mary Parkes. Mary is a contemporary realism painter that captures joy in her paintings. Her work is done on clear glazed linen, canvas and regular linen. In her abstract paintings, she uses hints of color to brighten up the natural hues, like this painting titles ‘Swoosh’.

Last but not least, Diana Grant paints everything from still life to landscape to abstract. Diana is local, from Kirkland, WA and is most know for her achievements in landscape paintings. Her work is acrylic on canvas and ranges from bright colors to pastels.

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Featured Artist April-Nicole Pepper

Nicole Pepper is our featured ceramicist for April.  Her grey and white floral and graphic designs have been hot since arriving at CAPERS in March.  Nicole’s method is called sgraffito where the designs are hand-carved in a second layer of slip. 

Nicole is inspired by the relationship between clay and nature:  nature being the source of all design, pattern and texture.  Her designs bring her love of nature to you.

  • Nicole lives here in West Seattle
  • BFA from Western Washington University
  • Inspired by nature and her relationships and how they mix and mold together

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Calender of Events for December

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Please join us at CAPERS in West Seattle for the following in-store events for December:

Dec 3-4, 10-11, 17-18: Santa Mornings – 9am-noon. DIY photos with Santa to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank. Bring your camera, take some photos, help those in need. Suggested donation: $10.

Dec 8: West Seattle Art Walk, 6-9 pm

Dec 10-11: Alizah Olivas Trunk Show. Meet this local artist and choose from her collection of fine silver and semi-precious stone necklaces and earrings.

Dec 16-18: Potluck Paris Jewelry Trunk Show – Friday 5-8, Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5. A CAPERS tradition, this collection of recycled pewter jewelry from Paris is showcased just in time for last-minute giving and treating yourself. Do not miss this fabulous collection of rings, necklaces and bracelets.

Dec 22: 27th Annual Hickman House Giving Tree – last day for donations: join us in helping those in the neighborhood who are less fortunate than ourselves. The CAPERS Giving Tree benefits Hickman House, a local transitional housing program for women and children who are recovering from domestic violence. Participating is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Choose a star from our tree
2. Purchase the wish
3. Return to CAPERS by 12/22, just in time for holiday giving (no gift wrapping necessary)

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