Seattle Creative Arts Center is a unique, bright, loft style venue. We believe in providing an affordable space to fill the communities creative needs. Owned by Chris and Meleah Gibson, Chris teaches guitar, bass and piano to all ages out of the center and we are also the home to many creative groups. Also being an event venue, SCAC is the perfect space for your surprise party, reception, school dance, art show, film screening, rehearsal, workshop or class. This exciting venue is built to fit all your needs. Our newly renovated space is equipped perfectly for theater and music groups looking for a quiet place to rehearse and perform, speakers and teachers looking for an intimate yet roomy space to hold their workshops and classes, photographers looking for a bright, clean studio and is a blank canvas that transforms easily into any type of private event you’re planning. If you have an idea we can provide the perfect space!Main-2-1024x649


Matthew Porter Book Signing This Saturday 1- 3PM

Children’s book reading and signing by local Seattle author and illustrator Matthew Porter. Kids activities, face paintings, snacks and an all around good time!

Matthew Porter is back with another Monkey World children’s book adventure filled with his signature characters and vibrant art. When Magic Monthly magazine nominates both Oscar the magician and Milton the Magnificent for the title of Magician of the Year, a ruthless game of monkey vs. monkey ensues.

The Rise and Fall of Oscar the Magician Release Party 

Sat, August 15th 1 – 3pm (drop by anytime) 
2601 NW Market St, Seattle, WA, 98107

free – open to adults, kids, toddler & babies!
Hope to see you soon!
Matthew Porter

California Guitar Trio Live August 1st



Seattle Creative Arts Center proudly presents California Guitar Trio Live.

Get Tickets HERE:

Only 70 intimate seats available!!!

Doors Open at 7:30 PM

Music Begins at 8:00 PM

The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for The California Guitar Trio. Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. The trio’s questing spirit drives it to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. It even throws in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western tune for good measure.

Comprised of Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards, the group has established a unique, personal connection with audiences. In addition to dazzling musicianship and interplay, The California Guitar Trio’s (CGT) shows are full of captivating stories and humor that enable concertgoers to feel like they’re part of the music, not just spectators. In fact, the group’s goal is to transcend their instruments, so people focus on the music first, and its considerable technical prowess a distant second.

CGT’s 14 albums, streamed over 11 million times on Pandora, offer diverse snapshots of the group’s mercurial muse. The trio’s most recent release Masterworks showcases its classical side, with expansive takes on Bach, Beethoven, Arvo Pärt, and Schubert. Other highlights include Andromeda, which combines their many influences into a visionary album of original material; CG3+2, an exploration of kinetic rock territory in collaboration with bassist Tony Levin and drummer Pat Mastelotto; and Echoes, which reimagines timeless material by artists such as Mike Oldfield, Penguin Café Orchestra, Pink Floyd, and Queen.

The trio’s output has made a major global impact, having served as the soundtrack for Olympics coverage, and programs on CNN, CBS, NBC, and ESPN. They have fans in high places too: Nasa used their music to wake the crew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

CGT’s lineup is truly the sum of its distinct parts: Utah native Paul Richards immersed himself in rock, blues, jazz, and folk during his early days and while attending The University of Utah’s jazz guitar program. Bert Lams, originally from Belgium, graduated from the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, specializing in classical guitar. Tokyo-born Hideyo Moriya began his guitar journey with surf music and British rock, before relocating to Boston to study at Berklee.

All three felt the call to push themselves to the limit by enrolling in Robert Fripp’s challenging Guitar Craft courses, where they first met in 1987. They went on to tour together as part of Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists, before forming the California Guitar Trio in Los Angeles four years later.

Recently, the trio expanded its collaborative possibilities by working within a six-guitar format with the Montreal Guitar Trio. During these groundbreaking, highly-entertaining shows, the acts perform inventive arrangements of each other’s repertoire, and new music for guitar sextet.

Two decades and 1,500+ gigs later, the CGT remains intensely committed to explore, evolve and communicate a wide-ranging musical worldview.

Stephen Cushman reads from THE RED LIST


The “red list” of Stephen Cushman’s new volume of poetry is the endangered species register, and the book begins and ends with the bald eagle, a bird that bounded back from the verge of extinction. The volume marks the inevitability of such changes, from danger to safety, from certainty to uncertainty, from joy to sadness and back again. In a single poem that advances through wordplay and association, Cushman meditates on subjects as vast as the earth’s fragile ecosystem and as small as the poet’s own deflated fantasy of self-importance: “There aren’t any jobs for more Jeremiahs.”

Light Snacks and Wine will be available.

Donations Accepted

See more from Steve here:

Fabio Mittino & Bert Lams – Long Ago: The Music of Gurdjieff and DeHartmann June 10th


Fabio Mittino is an Italian guitarist, active in Milan as session musician and with his group Fluon. Fabio released his first solo CD ‘Resonance’ with solo arrangements of music by Thomas de Hartmann three years ago.

Bert Lams is known for his affinity with the music of J.S.Bach, and his arrangements of classical music for the California Guitar Trio. A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Bert Lams conducted workshops for guitar students in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Tokyo and Seattle.”Nascent,” his recent solo album features new arrangements of Bach’s cello suites and violin partitas for guitar and brings a unique twist to the classical guitar world.
Fabio and Bert met in England, and were introduced to each other by guitarist Robert Fripp in 1997. They have been friends since, and have a common affinity for the music of Thomas De Hartmann, a Russian pianist who lived from 1885 until 1956. During his travels in turbulent times(the Russian Revolution) he wrote a series of ethnic and spiritual melodies with his teacher G.I. Gurdjieff. Bert and Fabio have arranged 15 of his pieces for two guitars. Not only are the pieces performed on steel string guitar with a pick, but they are also set in what’s known as “New Standard Tuning”; a tuning more closely resembling a cello than a traditional guitar.

Opening the evening will be music by Steve Ball

Doors open at 7:30
Music at 8:00
Light snacks and wine will be provided.
Admission: $20

Advance Tickets Available Here:

SCAC Welcomes Viola and Violin Teacher Kelly Moore!

imageKelly teaches both viola and violin privately, and welcomes students of all ages and abilities. Some of her favorite students have been adults who are revisiting their instrument, or perhaps learning to play for the first time! She has played the viola for 20 years, and has over 10 years of teaching experience.

Her first instrument was a Playskool xylophone, followed shortly thereafter by the piano, recorder, and finally the viola! She also dabbled with the cello, and marimba later in life. It’s never too late to learn something new!

She spends most of her time teaching privately, and working with elementary and middle school students during their first year of playing, through the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra’s SYSO In the Schools program. Kelly also works with the Ballard High Chamber Orchestra, and with adult string students for the West Seattle Community Orchestra.

In addition to her educational work, Kelly is an active performer in the greater Seattle area. She’s played with the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Federal Way Symphony, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and is looking forward to joining the viola section of the Yakima Symphony next season! She’s also passionate about chamber music, and is a founding member of the Ravenna String Quartet.

Kelly received her Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance from Central Washington University. She earned a Performance Certificate from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she also played with two of the nation’s leading training orchestras – the YMF Debut Orchestra, and the American Youth Symphony. Kelly was a founding member of the Anasazi String Quartet, which won the MTNA National Strings Chamber Music Prize in 2012. As a member of ASQ, she completed a Diploma in Chamber Music Studies as the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under the Pacifica and Jupiter String Quartets.
Teaching Rates:

30 minute private lesson: $30

60 minute private lesson: $60


SCAC Welcomes Children’s Music Teacher Julia Zenteno

julia_zenteno_111_highresJulia Zenteno was born in Mexico City in 1989. Her music education began at an early age with the Tort Method, based in Mexican folklore, traditions and children´s songs.

She continued her musical education by playing the violin in her school’s orchestra and years later found her passion playing guitar.

Julia formed a band at the age of sixteeen, with which she played for five years, and continues to write and perform.

She earned a Bachelors degree in Music from Escuela de Musica del Rock a la Palabra and a certification from Fermatta Music Academy in Contemporary Music and Audio Engineering. In the meantime, she trained for film photography, videoart and film editing, and also attended four years of hispanic literature undergraduate programs.

In 2013, during her last year of college, she attended the first Guitar Circle course directed by Robert Fripp in Mexico and has since attended several courses in Latin and North America.

Over the last ten years, she has continuously worked performing, writing, arranging and recording music with accomplished musicians and projects that offer a unique cultural and ethnic content, such as León Chávez Teixeiro, Laura Murcia and Ave Sol, to name a few.

Since 2013, she has performed with The Contemporary Guitar Ensemble, The Guitar Circle of Mexico, The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists, Teiah (an original music duet) and as a solo guitarist. Her solo project includes original pieces with electric and acoustic guitar, traditional Mexican instruments and her poetry.

Since 2005, Julia has been instructing groups of children, teenagers and adults in many aspects of music: guitar technique, performance, rhythm, harmony, ear-training, music appreciation and songwriting, in playful and dynamic ways. She believes that music and art education open possibilities to develop skills, sensitivity and community.

Contact us today to book a free 30 minute lesson consult with Julia!

Live figure drawing continues in 2015!

The Ballard Life Drawing Co-op aims to provide FREE life drawing to the Ballard area via community effort, wherein any attendee might be the evening’s model. Come join us for our first meeting.

draw jam

We’ve got a venue, a sponsor (Dakota Art pays our rent), now we just need a bunch of good artists who want to draw each other. The BLDC is free to attend, removing one of life drawing’s big hurdles. This first session will help us figure out what we’re doing wrong and give us an idea of how to do things going forward. Come help make our first night a success.

The Ballard Life Drawing Co-op takes place every 1st and 3rd Thursdays, from 6 to 9 PM (10 if people have the energy). The night will be split between two models, so even if you’re one of the models you can still have a chance to draw the other one.

The Seattle Creative Arts Center 2601 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107. They have chairs, easles, and other equipment.

Free! Dakota Art Center is generously sponsoring the event space. And we all help to cover the cost of a live model by taking turns modeling.

Basic life drawing etiquette applies here; be polite to your models, it might be you! If you’re chosen as the model, be a good sport. It’s how we keep the event free. You’ll still get to draw during the second half, and also get a pass at the next event. There’s no pressure to pose nude; the BLDC should feel welcoming and comfortable. That being said, put some effort into it! Costumes, props, tight fitting clothes, or silly hats. Be someone that’s fun to draw!