Would You Like Art With Your Coffee?

8 Dec

It’s no secret that here in the Pacific Northwest, we love our coffee.  Caffiing up is taken very seriously around these parts.  Our coffee house experiences are not limited to the ubiquitous Starbucks.  The most wonderful, interesting coffee joints are the independent  shops, where they might roast their own beans onsite ( these are the places my hubby prefers ), the baristas are extremely knowledgeable and are generally a whole heckuvalotta fun.  So I was very excited that Seattle artist Marsha Glaziere has created a series of works inspired by the coffee houses of Puget Sound.  She’s put 13 of the series into a 2012 calendar, here’s a peek at the cover art:

Cover of Eclectic Coffee Houses of Puget Sound, a calendar featuring artwork by Marsha Glaziere

The calendar is a prelude to her upcoming book, eclectic COFFEE spots in Puget Sound, a “table coffee book”. ( Get it? 🙂 ) An excerpt from the book’s introduction gives us a peek into the driving force behind this new series:

“It is very hard, if not impossible, to live in the Pacific Northwest, specifically the Puget Sound region, and not become seduced by, and ultimately become part of, the pervasive coffee culture that thrives in this part of the country—come rain or shine. 

In our increasingly-fast-paced world of electronics, hyperactivity, and constant change, gathering with friends, even coffeehouse strangers, perhaps fulfills our deep-seated desire for community. Whether we engage in conversation or focus on a book, our computer or on the artwork exhibited, being anchored in the company of others may be as satisfying as a cup of coffee itself.”  

Joe Bar in Capitol Hill ( January )

As a lover of both independent coffee houses and Starbucks ( what can I say, I’m a sucker for their diabetic-coma inducing drinks ), I was so excited to see that Marsha had chosen to document these places that will surely be remembered as an important part of life and culture in the 21st century.

Diva Espresso in West Seattle ( June )

Marsha’s artistic style fits so well with her subject, the sketchy, seemingly fleeting movement of her lines, her use of negative space and primarily light washes of color provide a spontaneity and lightheartedness that seems perfect for capturing these modern day salons.

Espresso Vivace in Capitol Hill, Seattle ( September )

The Woods Coffee in Boulevard Park, Bellingham ( December )

This calendar is ideal for the art and/or coffee lover on your gift list!  You can see all thirteen calendar images and place your order here.  While you’re there, be sure to wander around the rest of Marsha’s website to see more of this artist’s incredible work.  And buy a calendar!  You’ll be checking someone off your shopping list AND supporting an artist.  Win-win!

Featured image is Starbucks, The Original at Pike Place Market ( March ).  All images are via the artist or her website.

8 Responses to “Would You Like Art With Your Coffee?”

  1. Suzanne December 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Like her art quite a lot – especially Joe Bar. Makes me think of the whimsical work of Maira Kalman, but this has more variety in the use of media. Will have to look at her website. Thanks, Suzanne

    • Lesley December 9, 2011 at 10:31 am #

      Yes, there is definitely an illustrative quality to Marsha’s work. Glad you like them, Suzanne!


  2. Harriet McNamara December 10, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    It’s rare to see a “real” artist’s images anywhere. But, so appropos

    for the cafe culture, which has always been most treasured by the


    • Lesley December 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

      Hope you find lots of “real” artists work here at Artsy Forager, Harriet! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Lynn Di Nino December 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Marsha is a high quality artist, and how innovative of her to design a calendar with this treasured theme!

    • Lesley December 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

      Completely agree, Lynn! I’ve been a fan of her work ever since I worked for Fogle Fine Art in Jacksonville.

  4. Shelby December 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    We started a fan page for Marsha’s Puget Sound coffee house art! The focus is to create a space for Puget Sound coffee house lovers to engage. ‘Like’ the page here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coffeehouses-in-Puget-Sound/131440110302508?sk=wall

  5. Sarah Cross January 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    Hi Lesley, I would love to exchange links on our blogs or other sites. I am a local handcrafted jewelry artist from Edgewood, and part of my soldered pendant line (Cafe Collection) is dedicated to one of our great Northwest loves – coffee, among other things. Let me know if you decide to add Sarah Jane Design to your artist list. I appreciate it and wish you the best success with your promotion of the arts. Thanks, Sarah


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