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Glassed In: A Collection of Collaborative Surf Art from the Pacific Northwest

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Seattle, WA – Kelly Foote is an elusive dude. Migrating between Port Angeles and Bellingham, WA, he’s the kind of person that pops up in random spots, usually when it’s snowing in the mountains or there’s a decent swell pushing into the Washington coast. And last night, Kelly was on hand at the Piranha Shop in Seattle’s Sodo district, to display the fruits of his last two months of labor in the shaping bay: a collaborative surf art project known as ‘Glassed In.’

Featuring around 35 artists from the Washington board-riding scene, Glassed In brought together a wide variety of folks from Matt French, Stefan Hoffman, Mike Ennen, Yale Wolf, Ryan Davis and our own Jessie Carlson, to photographers and frequency TSJ collaborators like Scott Sullivan, Liam Gallagher, Colin Wiseman, and Carson Artac. The concept: glass the art onto foam backing and Foote’s own hand-shaped surfboards for one-of-a-kind pieces that meld the smooth lines and organic feel of foam and fiberglass.

With the walls of The Piranha Shop bathed in an esoteric collection of scenes, shapes and patterns, the PNW surf/mountain/art community was out in full force, filling the place to capacity and limiting elbow room for viewing, but spreading universal stoke out into the street. By 10pm the show was wrapping up, and many pieces had sold—turns out some of the characters in attendance have real jobs and a real appreciation for one-off collaborative art projects.

Thanks to all who stopped by. For those who missed it, there will be a Bellingham, WA showing at Backcountry Essentials on Holly Street tonight (Friday, August 2) with a Portland premiere in a few weeks. See you in the water.

Main Image: The man behind it all, Kelly Foote, and his lady appreciating the payoff. Photo: Colin Wiseman.

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