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“After Hours” at Baas Framing Studio


The first gallery art show of the year at Baas Framing Studio is “After Hours,” featuring art from the staff to showcase their creative talents outside of what they do during business hours. 


Driftwood Animal Sculptures


Baas exhibits sculptures inspired by animals and birds. Made of driftwood pieces gathered on the Elwha River, these works embody the forces of nature in their delicate construction. The aged wood fragments were released with the removal of the Elwha Dam and gathered by the artist on rejuvenating journeys to the Olympic Peninsula. 


Abstract Painting on Canvas


Ricketts exhibits new abstract oil paintings. Each piece is built from repeated brushstrokes of different lengths and widths. The use of repetition evokes architecture and creates a rhythmic language that is enhanced by strong color choices. Within a limited concept, infinite variations are possible. 


Abstract Ink Paintings


Taking influences from automatic writing, Japanese Zen brush painting, and abstract expressionists like Mark Tobey, Keller creates works that are simultaneously active and meditative. His works employ techniques drawn from stochasticism and Eastern approaches to existentialism. This will be his first gallery showing in over ten years and the first exhibiting his new direction.


The show runs from January 25th–February 28th, 2018

Artist Reception:
Thursday January 25th, 5 pm to 8 pm
Meet the Artists and enjoy wine, and snacks!


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January MV Merchants Assoc. Meeting


Do you own a business in Madison Valley? Would you like to meet and network with other business owners in the Valley? Then join us for the first Merchants Association meeting of 2018. 

The association promotes local businesses and restaurants, neighborhood beautification and safety, and networking opportunities.

On the agenda for January’s meeting: We’ll be discussing our yearly activities, the Spring Clean and Holiday Lights. We’ll also talk about the community bikes program and what, if any, feedback we want to give the city about it. Also up for consideration is the direction of the organization and how it can meet the needs of the members.

Wednesday, January 17
8:30 AM, coffee provided
All are welcome
Araya’s Place
2808 E Madison St.


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November 2017 Police Reports


Eight burglaries, three robberies and an aggravated vehicular assault were reported to the police during November from Madison Valley.




1. Sometime between 10 AM and 5 PM on Nov. 7 a burglar broke into a rental home on Ward near 28th and took approximately $8000 worth of digital equipment and jewelry. When one of the residents returned home that afternoon he discovered the burglary and called the police. The police found that the burglar had forced open a door to the lower level of the home, but were unable to find fingerprints.

2. On Nov. 10th police were called to an apartment building on 23rd Ave. E. near Denny to investigate a burglary that had happened a week earlier. When they arrived, the victim told them that she had had to go to Virginia Mason hospital for a medical emergency during the morning on Nov. 3 and that she did not lock her apartment when she left. When she returned that evening she found that various items worth approximately $50 had been stolen from her apartment. Police did not search for fingerprints because too much time that had passed since the burglary.

3. Sometime around 4 AM on Nov. 13 someone broke into the laundry room of an apartment building on John near 23rd. The building’s manager notified the police of the incident later that morning, and told them that it appeared that nothing had been taken either from the laundry room or from elsewhere in the building.

4. On Nov. 16 at around 9 PM police were called to a home on E. John near 28th to investigate a burglary that had occurred earlier that day. The victims told police that the burglar apparently entered through an unlocked front door, and that once inside the home the burglar had ransacked their bedroom, taking approximately $5000 worth of items. The police did not find fingerprints at the scene.

5. On Nov. 17 at 5:30 AM police responded to a report of a man entering a second story window of a business on the corner of 20th and Union. A witness familiar with the business and knowing that it was not usually open at that time watched while the man, described as a black male, approximately 30 years old and wearing a winter coat and hat, entered the business, climbed through the window and then emerged from the front door. After the burglar moved the ladder inside the building the witness continued watching the front of the business until the police arrived. When they arrived, the police found the back door of the business open, and that someone had removed the drawer from the cash register and spilled change on the floor. The owner of the business arrived to open for the day at about that time and reported that she had been burglarized several times previously and now kept only about $20 of change in the cash register. Police found no fingerprints at the scene.

6. Sometime between 6 PM on Nov. 17 and 11 AM on Nov. 18 a burglar broke into a storage closet of an apartment building on 23rd near Olive, pried open a key-storage safe, and took the keys contained in the safe. The police report of this incident notes that a key smith was re-keying the building during the afternoon of Nov. 18, and that nothing appeared to have been taken from any of the apartments in the building.

7. On Nov. 27 police were called to an apartment building on E. John near 23rd to investigate an attempted burglary. When they arrived, the building manager showed them that someone had tried to pry open a door to the building and told them that the burglary attempt had taken place sometime earlier that day. The manager estimated that repairing the door would cost approximately $1000.

8. There was a forced-entry burglary on Nov. 30 around 5 AM at a nonresidential building on Madison near 20th but the police have not posted a description of the incident yet.

Women with anger issues were involved in two of the other four incidents that occurred during November.

On Nov. 10 at approximately 12:30 PM a patron at the car wash on 23rd Ave. near Union apparently tried to kill or injure an employee at the site by ramming him with her car. When the police arrived at the scene the victim told them that the woman was upset because she had not received the kind of car wash she wanted, and briefly confronted him about it. After the employee returned to his work the woman, who apparently thought that the employee was a manager or owner, returned to her car and then tried to run him over as she left the car wash. Luckily, the employee was able to dodge the oncoming vehicle and received only minor injuries when he was hit by its side view mirror. Clear pictures of the incident, the woman, her car, and its license plate were recorded by security cameras at the site.

At around 3:30 PM on Nov. 6 two robbers forcibly took approximately $30 worth of merchandise that a customer had just purchased at a store on Union near 23rd. The customer, who was wearing a knee brace, was unable to chase the robbers when they fled. The customer described one of the robbers as a white male, age 16 – 19, and the other as a black male with an afro and wearing a dark hat. After the robbery, the victim returned to the store and employees then made an unsuccessful search for the robbers in the immediate vicinity of the store.

On Nov. 19 at approximately 9 AM a woman walked into a coffee shop on 19th near Aloha and asked to use the business’s telephone. When an employee told her that the phone was unavailable to the public, except in cases where students from a nearby school need to call their parents, the woman became angry and poured hot coffee into the tip jar and slapped the employee. When she left the store the woman took several newspapers that were available for sale to coffee shop customers and started walking south on 19th. When the employee tried to get the woman to return the papers, the woman hit her in the face with the papers, thereby committing robbery, and continued on her way south on 19th. When police arrived at the scene they learned that the woman had also been causing trouble at another shop on 19th, and that she had threatened to kill an employee there. Shortly afterward the police learned that the woman had just been sighted on 15th Ave, and were able to take her into custody there. After victims and witnesses confirmed that she was the woman involved in the incidents on 19th Ave., she was booked into the King County Jail on charges of robbery and assault.

Police were called to the Safeway store on Nov. 30 at 4:20 PM to investigate a shoplifting incident that had become a robbery. When they arrived, an employee told them that she had witnessed a man loading items from the cosmetics section of the store into a shopping bag. She went to inform a manager about the shoplifter, but by the time he was located again he had gone to an area in the back of the store where liquor is stored and was filling a bag with liquor bottles. When the manager asked the shoplifter to surrender the bottles, the shoplifter denied that he had any bottles and a physical altercation resulted. The shoplifter was then asked to leave the store, but instead of doing that he attempted to get into the men’s restroom. A store employee successfully resisted the shoplifter’s attempts to shove his way into the restroom, and then the shoplifter left the store with the bag of liquor bottles. After the robber left, employees found the cosmetics items he had stolen inside the restroom. The police report indicates that the shoplifter has a history of shoplifting at the Safeway store and that security cameras recorded his activities during the incident.


Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.


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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Nov 23 - Dec 17, 2017


Here are the Seattle OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices and City planning activities in the last three weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.



408 Lake Washington Blvd E

Land Use Application to allow a new, two-story school (The Bush School). Surface parking for four vehicles will be provided on the site. Existing structures to remain. To be considered with project at 3400 E Harrison St for shared parking. Zone: Potential slide area, Steep slope (>=40%), Arterial within 100 ft., Single family 7200

Notice of Application


3400 E Harrison St

Land Use Application to allow a new, two-story middle school (Bush Middle School) with below grade parking for eighteen fleet vehicles. Existing middle school and office building to be demolished. To be considered with project at 408 Lake Washington Blvd E for shared parking. Existing parking to remain. Zone: Single family 5000, Potential slide area, Liquefaction prone soils, Steep slope (>=40%), Arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Application



2010 E Jansen Ct

Streamlined Design Review for a 4-story apartment building with 10 small efficiency dwelling units. One dwelling unit to be demolished. Existing multi-family structure to remain. Zone: Urban Village overlay, Lowrise-3

Notice of Streamlined Design Review




107 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6522971. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-1, Potential slide area

Notice of Decision


1810 24th Ave

Land Use Application to allow a four-story building containing eight apartment units. Existing four-unit apartment building to remain. Zone: Urban Village overlay, Lowrise-2

Notice of Decision


Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map
Permit and Property Records
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map


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The Benefits of a Small School


By early October, I know each of the children at my school. As Head of The Valley School in Madison Valley, I get to greet our students by name each morning at the gate and ask questions that let them know I care about them. With just over 100 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, our school provides the close connections and sense of belonging that increase a child’s engagement in learning. 




Schools come in all types and sizes, but increasingly teachers, administrators, and researchers in the field of education are recognizing the advantages of small learning communities. 

Smaller schools foster a greater sense of connectedness among children, teachers, and families. Effective learning communities, at all levels but particularly in elementary schools, are based on empathy. In small schools, where every child is known and no one can fall under the radar, empathy can flourish more fully. 




Smaller schools have the flexibility to adapt more quickly to new learning opportunities. With fewer teachers and fewer scheduling constraints, small schools can respond quickly and nimbly to new topics and areas of student interest. Pulling the whole school together for a performance by a visiting musician is easier in a small school. 

In small schools, teachers know all of the students at all grades more personally. As students advance from grade to grade each year, children enter a new classroom where they and their parents are already known by the teacher. 




In smaller schools, with smaller staffs and fewer layers of administration, parents have closer contact with all members of the faculty, thus allowing for quicker, more timely communication and collaboration on strategies. Relations between parents and school people tend to be more personal and informal, thus leading to trusting, close relations. Research has shown that strong home-school relations are one of the key predictors of a positive learning experience for children and of academic success. 

At The Valley School, like many small schools, we pride ourselves in providing a positive family-like school climate where children can be themselves, can take risks safely and confidently, can engage in their learning fully, and grow into thriving members of a healthy school community. 




The Valley School is an independent School located in Madison Valley. Visit us at


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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Oct 27 - Nov 22, 2017


Here are the Seattle OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices and City planning activities in the last three weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.


523 20th Ave E

The proposal is to allow one, three-story, four-unit townhouse structure. Surface parking for two vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to remain. Zone: Lowrise-2, Urban Village overlay

Notice of Streamlined Design Review



113 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow two, three-story single-family dwelling units. Existing structures to be demolished. Surface parking for one vehicle to be provided. To be considered with project 115 27th Ave E for shared access and parking. Zone: Lowrise-1, Potential slide area

Notice of Application


115 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a three-story, four unit rowhouse building. Surface parking for two vehicles provided at 113 27th Ave. E. Existing structures to be demolished. To be considered with project at 113 27th Ave E for shared access and parking. Zone: Lowrise-1, Potential slide area

Notice of Application




The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the Mandatory Housing Affordability rezone plan and preferred option is available for public review.

Notice of FEIS Availability



Short-Term Rental Regulations

The City Council is considering amendments to the Land Use Code (SMC Title 23) related to short-term rental uses and bed and breakfast uses. The proposed changes would: add a definition and standards for short-term rental uses; modify the definition and standards for bed and breakfast uses; and adds other definitions related to the new short-term rental and bed and breakfast standards. Comments may be emailed through 5:00 p.m. to Spencer Williams in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office at

Public Hearing
Monday, November 27, 2017

Sign up to comment 4:30, hearing 5:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
2nd floor, Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue

Notice of Public Hearing


Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map
Permit and Property Records
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map


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October 2017 Police Reports


Seven burglaries, one robbery, and an aggravated assault were reported to the police during October, very close to the Madison Valley average monthly totals for each of those kinds of incidents.

An interesting feature of the robberies in Madison Valley, at least during the last year or so, has been that roughly half of them have involved shoplifting attempts that escalated into robberies. When a shoplifter is confronted by a store employee and then pushes or strikes the employee, or even threatens to do so, the shoplifter becomes a perpetrator of a “strong arm robbery.” Should the shoplifter strike the employee with an object that could conceivably cause an injury, or threaten to do so, the shoplifter becomes an armed robber. In one incident during the past year, for example, a shoplifter threatened an employee with a screwdriver, and thereby committed armed robbery. The vast majority of shoplifting incidents in Madison Valley that are reported to the police originate at the Safeway store at Madison and 22nd. This is due both to the high volume of business at that location and to the fact that it is well defended by security cameras and vigilant employees. As a result, the Safeway store, although a relatively safe location for customers, has lately been the scene of roughly half of all robberies in Madison Valley, and the typical robbery victim in Madison Valley is a Safeway employee who is trying to stop a shoplifter. One such robbery occurred during October.

One of the seven burglaries in Madison Valley during October also took place in the Safeway store.




1. Shortly after 6 AM on Oct. 10 police were called to the Safeway store to investigate a burglary that had just occurred there. When they arrived, a manager told them that a man had entered the stockroom area at the back of the store and had removed a case of whiskey. After leaving the stockroom area he met an accomplice outside of the store’s public restrooms and they began to stuff the liquor bottles in their pants and jackets. As they walked toward the store’s exit an employee from the meat department confronted the accomplice, who at first claimed that he had no liquor bottles. When the employee insisted that he did have some, however, the accomplice stopped, placed four of the bottles on a deli counter, and then fled. The employee followed the burglars outside and witnessed them getting into a gold Nissan Pathfinder without license plates, which then fled northeast on Madison. Security cameras recorded all of the events inside the store and an employee reported that he recognized one of the burglars because he had previously stolen items from the store.

2. On Oct. 14 police were called to an address on 25th Ave. E. near Madison to investigate a storage unit break-in. When they arrived, the owner told them that sometime between early Sept. and Oct. 6th a burglar had broken the lock on his storage unit in the building and stolen items worth approximately $4800. The police found no fingerprints at the scene.

3. On Oct. 19 at around 6:20 PM a burglar entered a restaurant on 19th near Roy through a side door. He then entered the restaurant’s business office and after spending a little time rifling through desk drawers, took an employee’s purse from a coat hanger in the office and left via the side door. The purse and its contents were worth approximately $1300. The incident was recorded by the restaurant’s security cameras and police found fingerprints left by the burglar.

4. Police were called to a residence on 31st Ave E near Harrison at 2:30 PM on Oct. 26 to investigate a burglary that was in progress. When they arrived, the owner told them that when she returned home from work she thought she heard noises coming from inside the house and when she entered she found items out of place on the floor. She then thought she heard someone running out of the house and found that a sliding glass door on the side of the house had been smashed open. The police searched the home but found nobody inside. The owner found that one of the bedrooms had been ransacked and that some digital gaming equipment had been taken. Apparently the burglar did not have time to enter other rooms in the house, several of which contained valuable items. Police were unable to find fingerprints at the scene.

5. On Oct. 30 police were called to the same address on 25th E. near Madison as in incident #2 above, to investigate another storage unit burglary. When they arrived, the victim told them that sometime between Oct. 2 and Oct. 6 someone had broken into his storage unit and taken recreational equipment worth approximately $2400. Police did not search for fingerprints because so much time had passed since the burglary, and the police report notes that residents are considering installing a security camera system in the area containing the storage units.

6. On Nov. 5 police were called to a residence on 31st near Pike to investigate an attempted burglary that had taken place sometime after Oct. 7. The owner told them that someone had broken the window of a spare bedroom in the house, but that he hadn’t noticed it earlier. There was no evidence that the person who had broken the window had gained entry to the house and police found no fingerprints at the scene.

7. Sometime between 10:30 AM and noon on Oct. 31 burglars entered a home on Thomas near 31st through an open window in the back of the home. Once inside they ransacked the house and stole approximately $20,000 worth of items, most of them electronic devices. Police were called to the scene shortly after noon, but were unable to find any fingerprints.

On Oct. 15 at about 1:30 PM a couple who were shoplifting paper towels and laundry detergent accidentally ran into the sliding glass doors on the southwest side of the Safeway store while driving an electric shopping cart. This attracted the attention of an employee of the store, who followed the couple into the store’s parking lot and tried to stop them from loading the stolen goods into a minivan. While doing so, he was struck in the mouth by the female shoplifter, after which the minivan fled south on 23rd Ave. The incident was recorded by security cameras, and when the police arrived they were given detailed descriptions of the couple and the minivan. Shortly afterward another police unit located the van and its occupants and found that the couple had outstanding arrest warrants. After verifying that the couple were in fact the shoplifters (now robbers), the police booked them into King County Jail.

On Oct. 1 at 8:30 PM police were called to 21st Ave and Olive to investigate an aggravated assault. When they arrived, the victim, a homeless man, told them that he had been drinking beer with a group of friends behind a nearby apartment building when a newcomer to the group told the others that he wanted the group to start smoking marijuana. When the others in the group told him that they didn’t want to smoke, the newcomer became angry. The victim tried to calm him down, but when he did so the newcomer threw a beer can at him, striking him in the face. The assailant is described as a black male with blond hair, about 6′3″ weighing approximately 170 lb.


Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.


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SPD Burglary Unit to Speak at EastPAC


Greetings East Precinct Community:

There have been numerous posts on NextDoor and other neighborhood blogs regarding thefts of packages delivered to residences. The EastPAC board is pleased to feature, at our next meeting, experts from SPD’s Burglary unit and a representative from a local delivery service to share tips on avoiding package theft.

Our upcoming meeting will be held THIS THURSDAY, a week early to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday. Don’t miss this important presentation and information meeting! 



Thursday, November 16th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
East Precinct Advisory Council
Room 142, Chardin Hall, Seattle University
1020 East Jefferson (enter on 11 and Jefferson, park free in lot)


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21st Annual Winter Group Show


Baas Framing Studio will be holding its 21st Annual Winter Group Show from November 16 – December 31, 2017.

An artist reception will be held on Thursday November 16th, 6 pm to 8 pm. Come meet the Artists and enjoy cider, wine, and snacks!

Sculptures by Sandi Bransford

We're pleased to feature Sandi's newest body of work "Journeys." Animals, birds, and figurative references abound, and each piece has a compelling presence animated by color and texture. Kiln-fired clay is hand painted in acrylic paint with intricate textures that enhance these beautifully hand-built characters.


"Annabelle," hand-painted ceramic and wood, 16" x 7" x 6"


Jewelry by Twyla Dill

Twyla Dill jewelry combines hand fabricated and cast metals with hand crocheted lace. She uses a lace technique called 'oya', traditionally crocheted on Turkish headscarves. Each piece is crocheted in her signature patterns and style. Lightweight and easy to wear every day or as a signature piece to enhance an outfit.




Holiday Gifts and Small Works!

Also on view: Small works by Carla Dimitriou, prints by Judy Talley, and Venetian plaster paintings by Miguel Lee-Leon. We also have a great gift selection of locally made and fair-trade items! Felted sculptures by Snooter Doots, candles by Big Dipper, and cards & bath items by Shannon Martin make fun presents!


Hand-carved birds from Brazil and ceramic mask by Barbara Clark, $70 – $145


Baas Framing Studio
SEATTLE, WA, 98112


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Live Love Flow Closing


Local yoga studio Live Love Flow is closing its Madison Valley location after four years. Owner Indira Avdić was unable to negotiate a new lease. The last day of operations is November 23. Memberships will continue at the Capitol Hill location.




Live Love Flow
2812 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 323-7138


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