In 2003, four Seattle artists, John Clark Gleason,
Dionne Haroutunian, Jay Lazerwitz, and Joan Stuart Ross came together
and purchased a former manufacturing building. They remodeled and
maintain BallardWorks for the sole purpose of supplying affordable
workspace for artists.
Jay, owner of Art & Architecture, designed the
buildings studios with style and functionality. Now in its
20th year, BallardWorks is owned and managed by Dionne, Joan, and
John. With 25 artist-tenants, below market-rate rents, working studios,
monthly curated exhibitions, and an open house every second Saturday,
6:00 PM-9:00 PM, BallardWorks has a strong sense of creativity and
community. BallardWorks is an early model for artists who want to
secure a stable and enduring workspace.
Photo Credit: JSRoss
L to R: Joan, John, Dionne