JULY 2018

FAP86 New Coordinator; Mollie Bryan

Local Mokedo Gallery Owner Mollie Bryan is the new Project Coordinator of the upcoming  "Let There Be Light" project for the north waterfront at the Pier 86 Grain Elevator, announced the Friends of Art on Pier 86 (FAP86), a neighborhood volunteer group dedicated to bringing illuminated art to the grain terminal structures along the waterfront north of Myrtle Edwards Park.

Ms. Bryan will be responsible for coordinating the call for art, acquiring the specialized projectors required for such a large exhibit, hiring artists familiar with projected art projects; facilitating the community workshops led by the selected artists, and managing projected art installations.

Bryan stresses that the canvas of the Pier 86 grain terminal structures will serve as a beacon for  the Port of Seattle and the Seattle waterfront. The theme of illuminated art to be on the rectangle headhouse of the grain elevator is to "Celebrate the Seattle Waterfront: Past, Present and Future,"  including the various cultures of the Pacific Northwest form Native to immigrant peoples.

As Project Coordinator Bryan brings to the project an impressive resume, having been centrally involved in several community-based illuminated art and audio installations, said Friends of Art on Pier 86 (FAP86). In addition to her work with the Decibel Festival, the Fremont Art Walk, the Best of the Northwest festival and the 25th annual Artist Trust Gala, Ms. Bryan has been actively curating and producing a series of illuminated art installations in Volunteer Park and this summer, Georgetown called "Lusio Lights.". Ms. Bryan has also spent the last few years curating light art and art events at her gallery in SODO called Mokedo, which will be closing this fall due to the sale of the property.

The original "Lusio: A Night to Awaken" festival in July, 2016, featured 28 lighting exhibits throughout Volunteer Park and brought in thousands of spectators. This year Lusio celebrates it's 3rd annual festival of light on Aug 10th, 2018  with 30 light installations, live sound performances and a community parade of light. Since the kick off event in 2016, Bryan has been busy helping fundraise for the Friends of the Conservatory with a series of Lusio Lights events in the Volunteer Park Conservatory. She has also been involved as an exhibitor for the Seattle Art Museum’s SAM Lights project and recently the Seattle Times did a front page video feature about her work in the community, which is still featured on their site. Bryan sees the Let There Be Light project as an extension of her personal mission to promote light art in accessible spaces for the community of Seattle to experience and enjoy.

The inaugural art on the Pier 86 Grain Terminal is the culmination of five years of work by Friends of Art on Pier 86 for a feasibility study and with grants from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and coordination from the Port of Seattle and the financial partnership of the Seattle Parks Foundation.

Contact information
Mollie Bryan - Project Coordinator, mokedogallery@gmail.com