Prints from José Guadalupe 
Posada, “the father of modern Mexican art” to travel to Bellevue

Since the 1920s, printmaker and illustrator José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913) has been lauded as the “father of modern Mexican art.” An exhibition of his work, “POSADA, José Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Penny Press: Prints from the David J. Sellers Collection” will be on view April 13-August 19 at Bellevue Arts Museum.

Beginning with the Mexican muralists, generations of artists following the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) have felt inspired by this little-known artisan and his extensive body of imagery. Posada’s work ranges from illustrations for children’s games to sensationalistic news stories, but he is best known for his popular and satirical representations of calaveras (skeletons) in lively guises. These figures were featured prominently on broadsides—cheap illustrated handbills—that were published for the annual Day of the Dead celebrations.

The exhibition, organized by The Trout Gallery at Dickinson College, and curated by Diane Miliotes, features 98 examples of prints and print media by Posada and his compatriots, including calaveras, chapbooks, political prints, devotional images and representations of natural disasters and popular events.

The works in the exhibition come from the collection of David J. Sellers, sole owner of Pied Oxen Press in Hopewell, New Jersey.

Report Ranks Bellevue as One of Safest Cities in U.S.

A report by SmartAsset, a New York-based financial technology company released a report on safest cities in America in 2017, and Bellevue came in eighth. It is the only city in the state to make the top 25.

“… Bellevue has a very low rate of violent crime. There are about 97 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in Bellevue. That’s the sixth-best rate in the study,” the report says. 

2017 is the third such report issued by SmartAsset. Bellevue has ranked in the top 10 all three years. In 2015, it was No. 3, and in 2016, it dropped to No. 7.

“In order to rank the safest cities in the country, we looked at data for the 200 largest cities in the country. Specifically, we looked at data on crime rates, vehicular mortality rates, drug poisoning rates, the percent of residents who drink excessively, the quality of air and the percent of commuters who drive to work alone,” the report says, explaining its methodology.

The other cities in the top 10 are: Sunnyvale, California; Fremont, California; Naperville, Illinois; Alexandria, Virginia; Cary, North Carolina; Frisco, Texas; Stamford, Connecticut; Irvine, California; and Honolulu.

For more information or to read the full report, visit

Bellevue Downtown Association Held 44th Annual Celebration

The Bellevue Downtown Association hosted its 44th Annual Celebration on Thursday, February 1, at Meydenbauer Center. More than 450 business and community leaders from around the region recognized leadership and achievements that are transforming Bellevue’s city core.  

The celebration featured keynote speaker Rebecca Ryan, a futurist and economist, who will share her research and foresight on patterns that will shape the future of cities like Bellevue. Ryan is a renowned expert in helping cities and business think around the corner to what’s next.

The BDA recognized two honorees with Place Making Awards for their significant contributions to Bellevue’s downtown: city of Bellevue and Rotary Club of Bellevue for Downtown Park “Complete the Circle” and Inspiration Playground, and Kemper Development Company for Lincoln Square Expansion at The Bellevue Collection.

The city of Bellevue completed the long-held plan for a circular promenade and canal surrounding Bellevue Downtown Park and added a major entry at 102nd Avenue NE. In conjunction with this project, the Rotary Club of Bellevue funded and fulfilled a vision for Inspiration Playground, an innovative play area allowing children of all abilities to play together. The project marked the completion of a 30+ year vision for the park.

The Lincoln Square Expansion added 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use space between NE Fourth and NE Sixth on Bellevue Way. The expansion to The Bellevue Collection included 750,000 square feet of office space, a W Hotel, 250 luxury residences, a Nordstrom Rack, a food hall, more than 10 new restaurants and a 21+ luxury cinema. The Lincoln Square Expansion at The Bellevue Collection delivers many amenities, attracts new tenants to downtown Bellevue and transforms the corner of Bellevue Way and NE Fourth Street.  

Established in 1974, the Bellevue Downtown Association is a nonprofit, membership organization leading the evolution of downtown Bellevue from a suburban enclave to a thriving urban center.

Sima Sarrafan Appointed 
to School Board 

Sima Sarrafan has accepted an appointment to the position of Bellevue School Board director for District 1. Four residents of Bellevue School Board of Directors District 1 submitted applications to fill the vacancy left on the board after Steve McConnell announced his resignation in November 2017.

Sarrafan is a graduate of Bellevue schools, having attended Stevenson and Bennett elementary schools, 
Odle Middle School and Interlake High School. She is also a parent of two Bellevue students—one attending Interlake High School and the other at Bellevue High School.

Sarrafan was sworn in at the February 6 board meeting.