Gallery and founder profiled in Real Change News

Real Change is an award-winning weekly newspaper that provides immediate employment opportunity and takes action for economic, social, and racial justice. They recently profiled the gallery and its founder under the title “Inclusivity Advocate: Barbara Oswald’s Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts is a hub for all”. We wish to thank Lisa Edge for writing such a great article, and you can read it at Or better yet, purchase a printed copy from a vendor near you!


Into Outsider Art — August 25 – September 29, 2017

Into Outsider Art: An exploration of Outsider Art in Seattle, is now open and continues through September 29th.

From artists living with developmental disabilities to fine artists working outside the mainstream, Into Outsider Art is a vibrant summer show showcasing artists whose work is not commonly seen in Seattle. Join us to learn more about the history of Outsider Art and what contemporary Seattle outsider artists are creating.

Open House: Sunday, September 17, noon to 6, during Function in the Junction, a neighborhood event celebrating the rich culture of the Rainier Valley community through a mix of food, music, and art.

To Honor the Children — July 26 – August 19, 2017

To Honor The Children poster

To Honor the Children, a multi-generational art exhibit, is now open and continues through August 19th.

Celebrate with us on Friday August 4 and Saturday August 5, 4:30 – 7:30pm

Artists respond to the theme of childhood alongside youth artists showcasing their talents.

Featured Artists:

  • Akiva Kenny Segan
  • M. Anne Sweet
  • Barbara Oswald
  • Berhard Uhl
  • Blanca Santander
  • Carol Castaneda
  • Caitlyn Rooney
  • Darishma Alphonse
  • Eunice Smith
  • Fiona K. Lau
  • Fresia Libertad Valdivia
  • Gaia Muskaan Alphonse
  • Jane Walsten
  • Karen Gjelsteen
  • Lily Garin Singh
  • Owen Kearney
  • Randy Warren
  • Rosemarie Fortney
  • Sandra Pressley

Exhibition: July 26 – August 19th, 2017
Receptions: Friday 7/7 and Saturday 7/8, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts
2919 Rainier Ave S (Mt. Baker light rail station)
Ph. 206-734-1994

Save the Date — Dinner in the Dark 2017

Black & Tan HallDinner in the Dark is MBNCA’s fabulous annual fundraising dinner, featuring delicious food and artful experiences that do not use your EYES.

Saturday, October 28th, 2017
(evening, exact time TBA)

This year’s Dinner in the Dark will be held at the new Black and Tan Hall in Hillman City and acclaimed chef Tarik Abdullah will be leading your dinner service! Are you excited yet?

Keep checking MBNCA newsletter and social media for ticket information!

Call for Submissions – Please Touch

2017-07 Please Touch - Call For Art

Please Touch – Open Call

PLEASE TOUCH is an annual Tactile Exhibition where people are able to interact with art not just with their eyes but with their hands. All submissions should celebrate and explore tactile qualities!

Please provide:

  • No more than 3 JPEG images of work available for exhibition,
  • OR a proposal of new work to be created along with 3 sample images of previous work.
  • Artist Statement addressing the question, “Why create tactile art?”.
  • $25 submission fee paid by cash or check in person, online or through website. (Please note, we are changing payment processing platforms online, so please call 206-734-1994 if you need assistance.)

Send all submissions to by September 16, 2017!

Selected artwork must be delivered to the gallery, ready for display, by September 30, 2017. Artists, please note that your artwork WILL be touched and handled during this exhibition.

Coming up at MBNCA: Learn the feminist art of Arpillera

MBNCA received a $6000 grant to create a women’s circle to meet weekly during July and August to “translate” photos from the Women’s March January 21st into fabric art that will be included in our annual Please Touch tactile art exhibit this fall!

Arpilleras are patchwork images historically created by groups of women called Arpilleristas in many countries in South America. While many arpilleras depict scenes of daily life, arpilleras were also used in Chile as a subversive art medium by women during the Pinochet regime in the 70s and 80s.

Each participant will work on a 18 x 18 square and learn the applique and embroidery techniques to make this a memorable group learning. Our lead teacher, Peruvian artist Fresia Valdivia, will work with each participant to share their ideas and knowledge about this one-of-a-kind historical and empowering project.

Class will take place at the gallery on Saturdays, 10:30 to noon, with lunch to follow.

Email Barbara if you want to participate at