Venue opened its doors in July of 2005, showcasing the unique, beautiful artwork that comes from our great state of Washington. Located in the historical district of Ballard in north Seattle, Venue has been home to over 300 local artists and has taken tremendous pleasure in serving this community over the years.


Meet Diane

Diane is our fearless leader at Venue. With a great concept of curating all WA local arts and products, she opened Venue in 2005.

When Diane isn't at Venue, you might find her on the ski hills in the winter, enjoying water activities in the summer or in search of her next creative project.

Store Manager/Artist

Meet Kaoru

Kaoru has been with Venue since 2018. She enjoys connecting with the customers and other artists.

Kaoru loves all things cute and whimsical. Her felt animal ornaments are available during the holiday seasons, and you may also see her animal pillows making an appearance occasionally!

Sales Associate/Artist

Meet Minami

Minami is one of our local artists at Venue! She joined our team as a sales associate in 2021. She loves the Northwest landscapes which certainly comes through in all her etchings and ink watercolor drawings. She loves the mountains, trees, and forests but is also obsessed with maps.

If you ever have questions or want to talk about landscapes or maps - she’s your girl!

Sales Associate/Artist

Meet Yuko

Yuko has been a big part of Venue as a jewelry artist for 12 years! Her original jewelry line, Sazanka, utilized vintage kimonos and now Yuko has become quite an accomplished metal smith jewelry maker blending intangible concepts into designs connecting people and nature. She joined us as a staff member in November of 2022, and we are honored to have her working with us.

Some fun facts about Yuko: She is an experienced back-packer who has traveled all over Europe, Asia, and Central America. She is also a wind-surfer and a PADI certified diver! She also loves reading Manga (Japanese comic books).

Sales Associate

Meet Sarah

Sarah joined the team in the Spring of 2023 and has already brought a much needed level of organizational skills to our systems. We are so grateful to have Sarah on our team.

Sarah is also a great seamstress. If you have any sewing questions, she is your gal!

Sales Associate

Meet Sam

Sam joined the team at the end of August 2023, and she has been such a delight to work with!

Sam just got her PhD in physics, and she is enjoying a break from studies to work at Venue and write a fantasy novel. When Sam isn't at Venue, writing, or coding, you might find her running on the Burke or rock climibing at the gym.

Sales Associate

Meet Arjun

Arjun proudly joined the Venue team in February 2024. When he's not at Venue, you can find him channeling the inspiration he gets from Venue artists into his digital design work. Feel free to ask Arjun about books he's reading, his travels, or movies he's seen lately.