celebrate conductive garboil!

Rio Pacific Studio Receives the 2011 Conductive Garboil Grant!

Join the party Wednesday, October 26, 6-8 p.m.

Walk or drive down 2nd Avenue in Pioneer Square recently? Did you happen to see the massive hyper-realistic mural, Emerge, on the side of the Metropole building? Ever visit the 4th floor of the 619 Western Building on a First Thursday or attend the annual urban art celebration, Artoleptic?

If so, you’ve witnessed the work of Rio Pacific Studio – “Little” Jen Vertz and Jeff “Weirdo” Jacobson – the 2011 recipients of the Conductive Garboil Grant, a yearly, non-restricted award of $3,000.

The grant was developed by artist Su Job just before her passing in December 2008, and acknowledges Seattle artists with a connection to Pioneer Square who “incorporate the creative process into a life practice that diffuses the boundaries between professional activities, social responsibilities, and respect for the people that compose the community we all share.” This talented and extraordinarily generous duo epitomizes that charge.

Jen and Jeff have lived and worked together in the Square since 2006. Their impact on the community has been significant, regularly providing opportunities for other artists to showcase their work and building positive relationships with the viewing public. They organize Artoleptic, transform forgotten spaces with colorful, dynamic murals, and work with the Alliance for Pioneer Square, local businesses and other organizations to energize and promote the health and wellbeing of the neighborhood.

Come and celebrate with Rio Pacific Studio as they are honored on

Wednesday, October 26, 6 – 8 p.m.

4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Place South, Seattle, WA 98104.

Special thanks to McCoy’s Firehouse for their generous contributions to the event!

Photo credits: Jeff Jacobson, Emerge, © leftcoastletter.com; Artoleptic © Jen Vertz; Jen & Jeff © Rio Pacific Studio