The Atlas Obscura is the definitive guidebook and friendly tour-guide to the world’s most wondrous places. User-generated and editor curated, the Atlas is a collaborative compendium of amazing places that aren’t found in your average guidebook.
And this month, Saturday, April 28th is Obscura Day, an international celebration of unusual places, full of expeditions, back room tours & explorations of the hidden wonders around the world. And Atlas Obscura notes two places in the Seattle area that are weird and wonderful enough to be included in the official Atlas Obscura Day celebration, the Official Bad Art Museum of Art and a tour of the Inscape Building and the Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore.
Tour #1: Atlas Obscura Day at the Official Bad Art Museum of Art, sponsored byHendricks Gin, a “Gin made Oddly”.
Doors open at 10AM Saturday, April 28th. Have breakfast, peruse the Bad Art in theOBAMA, enjoy some “Hendricks Obscure Punch”.
Schedule is as follows:
2:00pm View in amazement an incredible array of bugs, marine invertebrates, isopods and lepidoptera from “Bug Man” Don Ehlen.
3:00pm Musical performance by Operadisiac, a surreal opera comedy duo that is sure to delight
6:00pm (or thereabouts) the Nu Klezmer Army will entertain with their honkin’ versions of old time favorites.
… The hijinks continue until 1am.
Tour #2: Tour of Inscape building and Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore
Peek into Seattle’s past with a tour of the city’s 77,000-square-foot former Immigration and Naturalization Services building, plus a visit to the Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore for rare D.B. Cooper, UFO, and Bigfoot-related artifacts.
Good art inspired by the bad art of the
Official Bad Art Museum of Art
Friday, December 17 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm
at Cafe Racer – 5828 Roosevelt Way NE – Seattle
The official opening party for O.B.A.M.A.rama! is this Friday, December 17th.
DJ David James will be spinning vintage soul and R&B tunes later that night so come early to check out the art, have some drinks, then stay late and DANCE!!!!
Cafe Racer asked some of our favorite artists to each make a piece and we have been overwhelmed by the quality and variety of the responses!
We would like to thank the following artists for participating in O.B.A.M.A.rama!
Deborah F. Lawrence
Xavier Lopez Jr.
Jonelle R. Lind
David Lasky *
Carl F. Nelson*
Moe K. Ghorab*
Sean Michael Robinson*
WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT O.B.A.M.A.RAMA! AND YOU SHOULD BE TOO!
*A member of The Bureau of Drawers, an association of amateur and professional cartoonists and illustrators, which meets every Wednesday at Cafe Racer. We are so thankful for their participation in this show, it could not have taken place without them. Be sure to watch for their annual Valentine and Halloween shows at Cafe Racer!!
Visit the Official Bad Art Museum of Art in Seattle
located at Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way NE
Hours 10am – 2am every day
• This is a partial gallery of the Museum’s collection •
Click on thumbnail views for larger images
If you missed the opening, don’t worry, you can drop by anytime to the Official Bad Art Museum of Art at Cafe Racer because it’s now open from 10am until 2am, 7 days a week. Stop by for lunch or dinner or a cold one after work and view the stupendous art.
• Video by Marlow •
• Also check out the Fun Photos of the Opening Party •
• The Official Bad Art Museum of Art gets down with its funky self!
Bad Art in Seattle: When it’s bad it’s better by Regina Hackett
Can’t Miss OBAMA on Seattlest
Museum offers eyefull of Bad Art from North Seattle Herald
OBAMA in the News from Scoutabout
Sweet Mention from Mr. and Mrs. Pixel
Cafe Racer Revue from Project K-Bar
Bad Art Museum to Open in Ravenna from Citizen Rain
• Lovingly rendered in bold paint strokes, this Free Spirited romp in the wild by a young Adam and Eve provokes many questions…
• Is that what a bunny really looks like to you?
• Will that girl face her demise in the swift river’s current?
• When does a rainbow have only two colors?
• Where are your parents and where are your pants?
This is one of the Museum’s recent finds without pedigree.
Much like these children, unceremoniously dropped off by someone for a neighborhood garage sale, this homeless unsigned castaway has found a warm home for the winter. Please come and welcome it to the Museum.
It’s whopping size of 51″x27″ underlines the artist’s commitment to telling his/her story of the Diaper Babies Gone Wild.
Upon closer inspection, it looks as though the artist has cleverly signed the piece hidden in the forground as grass shadows. How clever! Who would have ever thought of that. It looks like ‘something O’Dell’, see it?
We respectfully request your opinion, who better than you to be the judge and critic. Educate us! Please comment on this masterpiece below to tell us what you think could be going on here in this major new acquisition of the Museum…
• Another new aquisition to the museum this month. A truly important piece. Completely dreadful!
• An unsigned wonder, so power-packed with angst and oppression as to beg the question…?
Life frankly and brutally portrayed. Look carefully at the menacing shadow suggested in the corner, the symbolism of formal parental dominance, the existential fetal pain and isolation, moving in it’s nature, and so common in it’s truth. Feel it? Who among us has not? Tiny Face, Silent Scream! Right?
This powerful new aquisition is on loan from the collection of James Crespinel, and as an untitled and unsigned piece, was aptly nicknamed “Francis Bacon Jr.” by art expert, author, and owner of Roq La Rue Gallery, Kirsten Anderson.
Oh my God, each time I look at it, the face is more contorted than before, turning, changing, morphing, becoming each of us.
I hear moaning from that corner of the room at night.
I woke up asleep again today.
Help me understand all this with your comments below.
Please visit this outpatient at the Museum for full effect.
Unsigned, but not unrepentant
Oil on canvas
And because our main mission here at Official Bad Art Museum of Art is the visual arts education of the masses, here’s an info link to the famous English figure painter Francis Bacon.
…And here is a link to an image gallery for the amazing art of Francis Bacon.
Oil on canvas
Donated by Jane Kenoyer
Phill and Jane turn over the clown to the Museum
They brought this find to us on a recent visit from Nevada.
This wonderfully rendered subject exhibits several given criteria of Bad Art:
• Way off-center
• Juicer on head