The Met-Low has a charismatic new art shop on the downtown corner of Highway 153 and Old Carlton Road. Jodee Adams Moore owns and operates Kaleidoscope Coyote, an art gallery and shop featuring local artists alongside her own Bat Cave Pottery creations. The shop has the ambiance of a barter faire and is open Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. or by appointment.
The front of shop features colorful cutouts that hint at the fantastical whimsey found on the other side of the entry way. The walls are hung with works by local artists: wooden rounds artfully decorated with paints made from natural pigments, painted skulls, tomahawks, bone pipes, rockhound jewelry, beadwork, and locally curated crystals. The center of the room features Jodee’s own Bat Cave Pottery creations inspired by nature.
Jodee initially learned her craft at Seward Park Clay Studio in Seattle. She continued to develop her skills in the rural woodlands north of Seattle, practicing high firing methods with Persis Gayle. Outside of the studio, Jodee trained as an ultrarunner. She ran the Angels Staircase Ultrarun in the lower valley a decade ago and afterwards continued to return to the valley’s wide open wild spaces to run with her dogs.
Today, Jodee and her partner own a home in Carlton surrounded by snow half the year, and flowers in other months. Her dried flower garlands hang from the walls of her shop. She throws and bisques her nature-inspired designs at home before traveling to the west side to finish off her creations in Persis’s high fire kiln. Her creations are each unique, exhibiting a personality all their own. Images of fossils, flowers, winged creatures, and fishes decorate carved mugs. Luminaries in the shape of birds and plants cast a diffused light, while terra cotta chimineas offer a warm glow.
Jodee is always looking for new artists to feature in the shop and to explore collaborative projects. In the future, look for art workshops at Kaleidoscope Coyote to enjoy an evening of wine and cheese while learning techniques of beadwork, dried flowers, painting, and more. Look for photos of Kaleidoscope Coyote gallery art on Instagram @kaleidoscope_coyote_ and for Jodee’s own artwork @batcavepottery. Contact Jodee at 206-459-6082 or email@example.com.
In other news, the store adjacent to Kaleidoscope Coyote is now known as the Carlton Complex General Store, and has a new Facebook page. The store offers a soup of the day — Ivar’s clam chowder every Friday — and will accept UPS and FedEx deliveries for neighboring residents. Check out their Facebook page for the shipping address.
According to a recent Facebook announcement about the package service, all they ask is that customers pick up their packages fairly quickly and include a phone number on the shipping label. Fair warning, the announcement also states, “We will stop accepting any and all packages if someone complains about anything …” Mind your Ps and Qs, Carltonites!