We are excited to announce we have found a fabulous buyer for Bluebottle! We were really overwhelmed and pleased with the number of interested parties looking to take the reins. We felt it said a great deal about the enthusiasm there is in the Seattle community to support local independent art, craft and design. Bluebottle will continue to have a similar vibe and support emerging local talent in the Seattle community! The new owner will take over operations starting April 1st.
WHO IS THE NEW OWNER?
Jessie Oleson, that's who. Jessie is basically a triple threat: an artist, writer, and baker. She is the creator of the popular baked goods website cakespy.com, which spun off into a line of products and original artwork which she sells online at cakespyshop.com and at various Seattle retail locations. Having garnered a very sweet following by showing work around town and around the country, she's also cultivated relationships with some of the sweetest artists around, including many who currently show at Bluebottle! In taking over the Bluebottle business, she plans on continuing the tradition of showing the best indie art around, and making Seattle a sweeter place!
She will be assisted in this new endeavor by her husband, Danny Oleson, a fixture in the Seattle music scene from the bands Exohxo and Speaker Speaker, an overall cool guy and arts enthusiast!
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NOW?
Many of you have asked what Matthew and I are going to do now. We are please to annouce that we will be focusing exclusively on Matthew's work. Matthew will continue in his career as a children's book author and illustrator. His children's colors board book Flowers was just release last week and two more are lined up for publication within the next few years. In addition to Matthew's books we are expaning our children's clothing line featuring Matthew's loveable but cheeky monkey world characters. We will be showcasing this line online at matthewporterart.com as well as at independent children's boutiques throughout the US.