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!


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


Its the new year! Perfect time to begin Power Vinyasa Yoga with Shannon Agens

1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6-7pm

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Theme: Stress Relief

Coming out of the crazy holiday season seems like the best time to focus your mind and start getting into a flow.  Let’s get rid of some stress, energize our bodies, and free up our minds to prepare ourselves for this fresh new year.

Price:  Suggested $10 donation, Free, or Whatever you can do.  I will not be looking at who does or does not contribute.  Your presence and the gift of giving yoga is far more appreciated.

Beginner friendly.  All levels welcome.   For males and females 18+.

If you need a yoga mat, let me know and I will reserve one of my extras for you.  If you need a ride, we’ll work out a community carpool.   You can text or call me at 940.390.9158.

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.

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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!

Thank you Peggy Sturdivant for the beautiful article about the SCAC!

“I am terrible at keeping a secret. I want to live in this place”

At Large in Ballard: Creative Energy


By Peggy Sturdivant

One day last summer I noticed a new tenant on Market St in the spot that had been occupied by the Quilting Loft before it moved next to Firehouse Coffee. “Seattle Creative Arts Center,” I read on the glass, before I dared to jaywalk across the four lanes of traffic to go to Limback’s.

I puzzled over this new entity, assuming since they had Seattle in their name they must have moved from an earlier location. The space looked fairly empty, like a gallery. Signage said Music & Art Education, Workshops, Performance Events. Who are they, I wondered? Why haven’t I heard of them?

Last week I filled out an online form requesting more information about the space. Meleah Gibson responded almost immediately. That’s when I learned this isn’t an organization or a cooperative. Seattle Creative Arts Center is the lovechild of Chris and Meleah Gibson. Although conceived perhaps slightly earlier, the birth of the business happened to coincide with the birth of their eight-month old daughter Charlie.

Chris and Meleah Gibson offer combined experience in music, composition, dance, lighting, art, live performance, sound recording and teaching. They also share their two offspring, Charlie and the Market Street space that they hope will become home to all genres of creativity, even beyond their areas of experience.

Chris teaches guitar, bass and piano, as well as songwriting and music theory. Meleah studied ballet, tap, jazz and modern at the British Academy of Dance. They met as part of a local musical production called Tuning the Air, during its eight-year run. Chris was performing as one of the ten guitarists in the round. Meleah had discovered a passion for lighting. Then both of their jobs ended and they decided to put their life savings into their shared dream of a creative center.

It was months into their search for just the right space for months when they went further west on Market Street than in the past. Once they saw the former Quilting Loft space it became the place. Meleah said, “I thought, if we don’t get this space I don’t think I can go on.” In order to create a space that could accommodate music lessons, a photography studio, catered events, performances, art shows and classes they had to do, “a ton of remodeling.”

The result is a location with fantastic lighting, in-house sound system, small kitchen, and stage area, that is both visible and invisible. It is a space that can become anything you want it to be. A practice space for a chorus, seating for an audience, a meeting place, a place for workshops in writing, painting, sewing…who knows? Meleah’s dream is for the space to one day be in use from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week. It’s already home to one photographer, Ingrid Pape-Sheldon, and would be ideal for additional shared studio space. Roll-away mirrors that could transform it into a dance studio are on the wish list.

Perhaps it was baby Charlie beaming at me as well as her parent’s vision. Suddenly I wanted to make the space part of my life too. I wished there was a Ballard writer trying to write a novel in the month of November while in the storefront window. I thought longingly of a space for writers, with the coffee, but without the barista’s choice of music. I could imagine people stepping to the microphone on the stage. Artwork on the walls, a tableau in the windows to provide better clues to what would be possible inside this space.

Although it took me five months to investigate SCAC others have been more proactive. Groups practice there on Monday and Tuesday nights. Chris has been receiving music students, although he welcomes more. The venue has had monthly art installations. After opening the doors last June, “The events side of it just happened.” Birthday parties, teenage bands; they receive inquiries from quite a few teenagers; unlike clubs the venue can be for all ages.

There have been parties, book launches, belly-dancing, weddings and events that mixed art and wine. and on November 16th a woman is hosting an event there called “A Beautiful Mess.” Cynthia Sherris Johnson found the site on Yelp when looking for a place to share the photo essay she created following a personal loss and divorce. On November 23 the SCAC hosts “The Taste of Health & Inspiration” with Dena-Marie.

So the space is being found. “We’re getting into the veins of Ballard,” Meleah said. “We knew it would take a while.” The Gibsons also want to keep the space relatively affordable so that it can be home to artists. They offer non-profits a $35/hour rate for classes, $20/hour for use of a rehearsal room and the event space for $125/hour.

Thinking back on what led them to open a place that could provide a community for artists, Meleah said, “We didn’t want to waste our creativity.” Applying their energy and life savings to build that dream, the Gibsons have opened the door to the creativity in everyone. SCAC is not an organization; it is Chris, Meleah, Charlie, you and me. Because I don’t want to waste my creativity either.

Seattle Creative Arts Center, 206.297-6001. 2601 NW Market St., Seattle 98107