In this interview, the first in an occasional series of Q&As with local luminaries, Amanda Manitach gives the nod to Bait Shop, Joe Bar and more.

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Editor’s note: This is the first in an occasional series of Q&As with local luminaries.

When the Vulcan Inc. -backed Seattle Art Fair was announced in December, there was some grumbling among those in the local art community about a bunch of outside galleries and non-Seattle artists overshadowing local artists. And though three of the world’s biggest contemporary art galleries — Gagosian, Pace and David Zwirner — will be at the fair, there are plenty of Seattle artists and galleries represented.

One of them, Amanda Manitach, has been in the city since 2001, after moving here from Texas. She’s now deeply ensconced in the local scene: She’s been the visual arts editor of City Arts magazine for the past three years, and this spring Manitach opened an art gallery and events space on Capitol Hill, dubbed the Factory — an homage to Andy Warhol — with Timothy Rysdyke. Her work — such as the provocative “T-shirt Girls,” a series of graphite and watercolor images of willowy women wearing T-shirts containing profane slogans — will be represented by Roq La Rue at the fair.

Seattle Art Fair

July 30-Aug. 2 (11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday), CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle (

Like other art fairs, Seattle’s has sprung a satellite festival, “Out of Sight,” which will transform the King Street Station into a gallery featuring all-Pacific Northwest artists, including some of Manitach’s other work.

Though Manitach, 36, understands the resistance toward the main fair, she said, it’s a net-positive. “We’re gonna get to mix and mingle a little bit. Artists — they can rant and be provincial — but deep down they want exposure.”

With many people coming to town to check out the Art Fair, we asked for her go-to Seattle spots.


Capitol Hill.

Go-to restaurant?

Probably Aoki on Broadway. Mostly cause it’s like two blocks away from home. And they have wonderful ikura — salmon roe.

Where do you meet up for drinks? What’s your drink?

Bait Shop. Bait Shop has something called a Painkiller that comes out of a Slushie machine and it’s amazing. It comes with a little plastic mermaid in it.

Number one recommendation to out-of-towners?

Go to Unkle Ike’s and get the Good Ship Company’s snickerdoodle pot cookie. It’s made by the Cupcake Royale people. It’s a very Seattle thing to do. They are fantastic. I don’t imbibe much weed, but it’s a wonderful product.

Go to the Frye Art Museum, definitely. I would make sure to hit up the [Olympic] Sculpture Park.

Favorite walk?

Pike/Pine on a Saturday night at 1:30 in the morning. Always entertaining. It helps if you’re more sober than everyone else.

Favorite getaway?

If you go

Eat & drink

Aoki, 621 Broadway E., 206-324-3633

Bait Shop, 606 Broadway E., 206-420-8742 or

Joe Bar, 810 E. Roy St., 206-324-0407 or

McCoy’s Firehouse, 173 S. Washington St., 206-652-5797 or


Blake Island, Port Orchard, or

Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250 or

Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave., 206-654-3100 or


Unkle Ike’s Pot Shop, 2310 E. Union St., 844-420-4537 or

Bon Voyage Vintage, 110 S. Washington St., 206-412-7669

Cairo, 507 E. Mercer or

Recently I took a boat trip to Blake Island and it was absolutely magical. You can only get there by a boat. But there’s a campsite on the back of it … It’s really amazing. It was traditionally a treaty ground — a meeting place for tribes here.

Best view in Seattle?

Take a walk down Lakeview Drive, the one that looks over Eastlake and the interstate, and you can see basically the whole of downtown.

How do you take your coffee?

Drip coffee, a lot of sugar and a little bit of milk. I go to Joe Bar if I don’t have it at home.

Local guilty pleasure?

It probably has to do with drinking. A good dive bar. When I’m down in Pioneer Square on art-walk nights, I love to go to McCoy’s Firehouse. I love that place.

Favorite rainy-day activity?

Just staying in and making art if I can.

A favorite place to shop?

I’m not like a huge shopper, but I love to shop at Bon Voyage Vintage lately, which is down in Pioneer Square. They just have awesome weird stuff. Got some good cowboy boots there recently. Cairo is also really good.

What’s your most Northwest moment?

This is kind of abstract. I think it was a cumulative effect of having lived here for five years and I stopped having natural-disaster dreams, because the weather here is so nice, which I guess will change now that everyone is talking about earthquakes. I grew up having tornado dreams.