Spring City Arts Artwalk Awards

We’ve been so busy making neon, that we almost forgot to bask in the glory of victory! Last May we won a quarterly award hosted by City Arts Magazine, who recently featured us in an article titled “Glow-rious“.

Each quarter, City Arts chooses 3 judges to each go out and find 3 works of art out in galleries around Seattle. The final nominated 9 install their work for one evening celebration (and it was an all-day install at that–we aka our awesome teammate Jesse Montini-Vose installed Likelihood’s neon the same day). Attendees receive one token at the door and drop it in the box that corresponds to the work they like best. And we were the lucky winners!

Amanda Manitach wrote this bit on the Contents page:

“This Is About the Stories,” originally exhibited at Method Gallery, is the result of an ekphrastic exercise, based on the interaction between a poetic text and work of art. Artists Lia Hall and Cedar Mannan, a husband-and-wife team who run the boutique neon shop Noble Neon, approached writer Sherman Alexie for a starting point.

“We had one conversation,” Hall says, “and he left us with impressions and jokes buzzing in our heads, in addition to videos he had shown us of fancy dancers donning colorful regalia and his poem Influences.”

The resulting artwork is made of neon, animating transformers and mirrors and reaches 132 inches in height. “To see the piece completely, you have to look at your reflection and the colored lights circling into infinity,” Hall says.

“This Is About the Stories” won first place in City Arts’ spring Art Walk Awards on April 9 at Sole Repair.

Some great snaps from the night…

Spring Art Awards at Sole Repair (Credit- Nate Gowdy)-046 (1)

Photo by Nate GowdySpring Art Awards at Sole Repair (Credit- Nate Gowdy)-013 (1)

Photo by Nate Gowdy IMG_0459 IMG_0464


Special thanks to Sherman Alexie, Mary Coss of Method Gallery and Tim Detweiler of MadArt who nominated us.

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