November News

Trolloween Thank You!  

A big Thank You! To all who made Trolloween a fabulous success.  

Rest the Feast – Build the Team

The Feast of the Winter Solstice is a spectacular annual gathering for members of the Fremont Arts Council. After much reflection, the Board has decided to rest the Feast this year. It is essential that the FAC use these upcoming months to focus on building up our core working team that makes the magic happen year ‘round.  Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to help the FAC shine?  We invite you to find out more and to please step up!…

Fall Membership Drive

Want to be part of something big? Become a member of the Fremont Arts Council today and expand this diverse network of people who build community through the art-making process. Already a member? Are you sure your membership is up to date? Your membership dollars and volunteer time are essential fuel for the Fremont Solstice Parade and Celebration, Luminata, Trolloween, the Feast of the Winter Solstice, May Day, care and feeding of the Fremont Troll. Your membership helps to keep the lights on, the rent paid and art supplies flowing at the Powerhouse Art Studio where the magic is born.  Click here to join or renew. Or Make a donation …

Call for Photos

Do you have fabulous, professional quality photos of Luminata, Trolloween or other FAC events that you would like to share with us?  Perhaps they will show up on our website or facebook sometime soon.  Details …

All Are Welcome Here!

We  affirm our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere for people of all races and backgrounds to create art and celebrations. There is no place for racism, sexism or sexual harassment at our events or in in our community.  In support of this, the Fremont Arts Council affirms our Commitment to Racial Equity and Inclusion.  Details ...


Have you been hankering to get more involved with FAC? We need you and your talents! Let us know who you are and what you’re interested in, and we promise to find a fun way to scratch that creative itch. Volunteer …

Get Involved!

Join the FAC Team!

Will YOU join our circle of friends who make community celebration art events happen?  The FAC needs to grow our team of folks that are directly involved in event production, communications, fundraising, administration, and a myriad of other essential tasks year round.  These awesome events are made possible by volunteers. Join the team!! …

Committee of the Whole (COW) Meeting –  Tuesday, November 12, 7-8:30 pm

This month: Get Involved!  Please join us at our monthly COW meeting. This is where we come together as a community and dream up what’s next. Share ideas and one minute announcements of interest to our community. Meet and Greet. Find out what the FAC is up to and how you can get involved.  Hear from and get involved with FAC leadership teams. Meet at the Powerhouse, 3940 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle at 7 pm.

Join the “FAC List” our Inner Circle Collaboration Group

The “FAC List” is a moderated discussion group for our inner circle of friends that want to stay in touch, learn about our current happenings, participate in event planning, share community art postings of interest, and help the FAC thrive. To join: visit faclist and click “apply for membership”.  Or, if you don’t have a Google account: Subscribe to our Mailing List … – and check the “get more involved” option for  “FAC List – Subscribe Me”. 

Support Community Art!

Want to keep the Fremont Arts Council in glitter and goo-gahs? We could not create our events and community art workshops without the support of our community. Donate or become a member …

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The Fremont Arts Council engages community to cultivate the spirit of celebration where everyone is an artist! Committee of the Whole (COW) Meeting 

November 12


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{photo H. Graham, 2011}

Luminata Artists 2019

Luminata is our annual illuminated art celebration and lantern parade held at Green Lake Park to welcome the Autumn Equinox. Everyone is invited to bring lanterns, glowing umbrellas, luminous costumes, or other beaming creations to parade along the the lake shore.Throughout the park you will encounter magical art installations, music, performances, experiences, and a secret banquet.

The Fremont Arts Council is pleased to announce the artists and performers for Luminata 2019!

Click here for a printable map:  2019 Luminata Art Map For Guests


Opening Ceremony

Winged Mermaid Goddess (Loalynda Bird) And several other winged Luminaries to dance with the goddess: 2 Swans, Eagle, Heron, and Snow Owl.

Seattle-Lights Performers Watch the light ignite the night as we accept and welcome new changes from a familiar face, autumn. Embrace what we know through love and bring the light into our darkest hours. Feel the power and energetic responses through your passions and use this to power your minds, while trails of light spark the flames within and empower your spirit. Enter the Seattle-Lights world of prop dancing, where we find our balance through a powerful LED performance that will both move and inspire you.

Illuminated Kayak Fleet The Casual Kayaking Meetup Group will launch a small fleet of highly illuminated kayaks at sunset on the far shore of Green Lake. As the light dims, these boats skim the surface toward the Aqua Theater, and prowl the shoreline along with the Lantern Parade. With the gathering darkness, the boats seem ever brighter. Some are lit from within, while others sparkle with many tiny bright lights on decks or on costumes worn by the kayakers.

Grupo Bayano:  Performing a sica, a style of Bomba which is an Afro- PuertoRican folk dance. We will perform a dance with lyrics especially written for the Luminata & equinox. Bayano is a Seattle-based Caribbean music and dance group with over twenty years of experience. Named after a Maroon community in what is today Panamá, Grupo Bayano continues in the spirit of collaboration, strength, and unity. We welcome cross-cultural exchange with other cultural and performing groups (local, national, and international). We have experience collaborating with teachers (at the preschool, elementary school, high school, and college level) to plan and carryout arts-based curriculum projects as a part of units, themes, coursework, or studies.

VamoLa: Through vibrant processions, parades, and stage performances, VamoLá brings to life the celebratory spirit of Brazilian Carnaval. While the emphasis is on SAMBA —”the essence of the Brazilian musical soul”— VamoLá offers a rich array of other music and dance styles from the Northeast of Brazil including the primal beats of Samba-reggae, Baiao and Maracatu. This exuberant drum and dance ensemble envelops the audience in driving rhythms, inviting you to join in the experience and blurring the line between spectator and performer.

Art, Performance, Experience

Boris (Kyle Hadley & Brock Wilmer) Short for Explora Borealis, Boris is an installation that evokes the beauty and color of the Northern Lights while inviting the viewer to come and explore it’s possibilities with a collection of functional buttons and dials. Play alone or with a friend; either way come inside and surround yourself with it’s glow as you find out what’s possible.

ChoroLoco.   Choroloco is a Seattle-based acoustic ensemble specializing in Choro music (vintage Brazilian jazz from Rio de Janeiro).

Chromata  (Bryan Ressler) Chromata is a 8 ft x 4 ft light-emitting artwork that has been described by some viewers as “an abstract painting that continuously repaints itself.” Chromata is an interactive, generative work that algorithmically creates a continuously-changing, mesmerizing field of light.  Sit and watch a while or use the interaction kiosk to change Chromata’s symmetry and colors to your liking, all without interrupting its constantly evolving organic tableau.

Crane City (Brittani Anglin) Magical Origami World by Crane City will be making an appearance at Luminata for the first time ever! The installation is a community built project lead by Brittani Anglin. Crane City will be over 1,000 birds hung in a small garden across from Seattle Public Theatre @ Greenlake. Honor the beauty of origami cranes in a new season & take a walk on through the path of peace!

Disco Dodecahedron  (Kowboy Kelly) A dodecahedron sculpture with each face being a 2 way mirror and each edge containing LEDs powered by a Teensy controller to facilitate different lighting patterns and create the illusion of an infinite space.

Dream Hatching (Constance Mears) What is YOUR Dream? Dream Hatching gives you an opportunity to clarify what you want to bring to life. Write your Dream on a piece of paper and add it to the 4-foot-wide Dream Hatching Nest. Then, peruse a variety of bird images to “Find Your Flock.”

Emerald City Dragons We are excited to join Luminata for our second year. This is always a great opportunity for us to bring not only our Fire and Flow arts community together, but also the Seattle Community as a whole. Fire and Community circles come together to welcome fall with various types of dance, lights, and music. This all ages event will provide a warm space at the end of the parade once you have walked the beautiful art installations  and seen the magic of Luminata 2019.

Envision  (350 Seattle) A space to envision and celebrate the future we all want through the love we have and our capacity for imagination and action.  An environment of batik banners of Sunrise, water, and trees, illuminated earth lanterns and waterfalls. An illuminated  interactive heart shape inviting people to add objects and their own writings and drawings in a ceremonial way to symbolize the loving, healthy, vibrant, and just future we all crave. The heart contained inside a circle of light symbolizing community.

Ephemeral TableuX       Risk of Change) Illuminated dance performance by Risk of Change, a giant puppet and ambiance troupe that performs at fairs and events in the Pacific NW.

Gone Viral  (Brooke Fotheringham) This lantern project is Brooke’s first attempt to combine her art with public health outreach to raise awareness about the impacts of influenza, and be a visible presence of how it can move through our communities, while simultaneously showcasing the eerie and ethereal beauty of virus particles.

Jumbo Kaleidoscope     (Matt Kelly) Jumbo Kaleidoscope invites participants to create collages using scavenged and recycled materials. These collages will be displayed on a big screen.

Lotus Landscape Lantern    (Josef Tecumseh Stitts) Using reclaimed and foraged materials from Green Lake, the moving lantern sculpture, Lotus Landscape Lantern, is a repurposed and interactive experience between performance artist and audience. The theme for this artwork pulls its inspiration from the macro-landscape of Green Lake and the microcosm of the lotus present in the lake, while the artist bridges the two scales by acting as the anthropomorphic spirit of the place.

Magical Origami   (Hezza Fezza) There is a path that leads into a magical cove with grasses and embracing trees lit up like a gathering of dragon flies at night. You hear a birdlike voice looping crescendoing, evolving, she is Hezza Fezza, a magical origami mother bird fairy who wanders the space entertaining those that enter. Flocks of small origami birds are floating all around, illuminated in the trees along the winding path. This is the stuff of dreams. A dream to be made together for Luminata

Muirgan, the Mermaid, Marinna, the Sea Turtle and Luiz, the Jellyfish    (Marilyn K. Kurka) Muirgan, the Mermaid, Marianna, the Sea Turtle and Luiz, the Jellyfish, have come out of the ocean to remind you to reduce or eliminate your use of plastics.  They are Kinetic sculptures that have paraded and raced the west coast this year.  Please consider support to, pick up 3 pieces of plastic each time you visit the ocean and only use multi-use containers.

Rainbow Road    (Steven Inouye) Rainbow Road is a series of Rainbow LED Clouds that line a walkway. The clouds have multiple scenes and will provide dancing colors throughout the night!

Shadow Sail Theater    (Heather D Sparks) Shadow Sail Theater captures the shimmering nuances of shadow art by combining plasma cut metal with intricate paper cuts, innovative analog light projections, and live silhouettes in an intimate interactive spatial environment.  estival attendees can participate in creating large scale works of shadow art by layering re-purposed materials such as lace, glass, colour changing dichroic films, and handmade paper lace costumes to animate with movement and light.

Solar light from an unknown universe  (Randy Morris) I am a sun tinkerer. I work in the art of free energy recycling repurposing restoring old & discarded things into art . I’m working at the Gypsy junkyard repurposing the past.  This project is an ever expanding solar powered unknown universe of planetary light .

The Flock    (Seattle Design Nerds) The Flock is an interactive, color-changing flock of owls molded from reclaimed materials.  Don’t get too close, you may get more than you bargained for.

The Longing     (Mike Monroe) “The Longing” explores an ethereal quality of illuminated limbs emanating out of nature- reaching forward for contact and connection- in a supernatural and calming moment in the middle of the night.

The Plastic Garden     (Sena Clara Creston) The Plastic Garden is an illuminated interactive flower garden that detects and responds to the viewers’ movements. Animated to recall a slow, rhythmic breathing by opening and closing petals and softly pulsating light, the flowers harness the contemplative feeling people get while immersed in a dependable rhythmic environment. Once the viewer gets within range, robotic flowers transform, enclosing their petals within their leaves, shaking as if they were nervous. If the viewer continues to approach, the flowers respond by becoming aggressive, snapping their petals and leaves open and shut. Only when the viewer retreats will the flowers relax, open their leaves and expose their petals. The viewer in turn reacts to the flowers. They will either retreat apologetically or embrace confrontation with the skittish sculptures and approach them as a piece of art to be examined and understood. Upon inspection, these flowers are built from discarded Walmart bags, alluding to the human tendency to transform, and ultimately destroy nature with progress. The Plastic Garden is a transformative environment that through action and reaction, material and allusion and fantasy and reality, ask the viewer to question their actions in the past, present and future. Engineering Support was provided by students from the Robotics Club at Washington State University.

The Wall    (Scott Keva James) The Wall is an interactive, playable sculpture, alive with light and powered by dynamic projection mapping. Visitors use hand gestures to shoot waves of color along the wall.  Waves reflect off of the edges of the wall and visually collide. The Wall is fun.

Twilight Paths     (Caitlin Pontrella) Bloom is a walking meditation and path of reflection, carved in a landscape of illuminated flowers. There are no tricks or dead ends. It is not about losing your way but centering yourself.

USER  (Neal Tippmann) USER is the hyperdimensional manifestation of an ancient extraterrestrial fungus. USER will conduct a symbiotic symphony of scrupulously sculpted sights and serendipitously summoned sounds.

Waterfall Light   (Courtney Hann) The Waterfall Light Towers are a community-batiked art project that provides the feeling of falling waterfalls at night.

{photo: E. Brosius, 2018}


Green Lake Park

Saturday September 21, 2019

6:00 – 10:00 pm

The Fremont Solstice Parade floats are stowed away, and the summer days have begun to shorten. It’s time for Luminata! The Fremont Arts Council celebrates the autumnal equinox on September 21st at Green Lake Park to bid farewell to summer and move gently into autumn with our annual illuminated celebration.

Full participation is open to the public! Many traditions around the world recognize the last days of the productive summer are about to shift into the dark and introspective time of winter. Lanterns are a beautiful symbol of our spirit as a community that will sustain us through the cold months.

We begin our celebration with a ceremony at the Aqua Theater at the south shores of Green Lake. Everyone is invited to bring lanterns, glowing umbrellas, luminous costumes, or other beaming creations to parade around the lake. Hand-made lanterns created at workshops by your friends and neighbors will be available for sale to complement your ensemble and keep you glowing through the long nights to come. Throughout the park you will encounter magical art installations, music, performances, and a secret banquet!

6:00 PM 
The Lantern Shoppe opens outside the Aqua Theater, featuring hand-decorated lanterns created at workshops by your friends and neighbors. All proceeds support the event.

7:30 PM 
Opening Ceremony and Performance at the Aqua Theater grandstands at the south shores of Green Lake.

8:00 PM 
We all parade with our lanterns, costumes and creations along the lake shore towards the Bathhouse Theater. Have a snack at the Secret Banquet, then continue along the path to discover more art, music, and performance!


{photo by E. Brosius, 2018}