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Thursday, September 24, 1998 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Off The Wall

Seattle Art Goes Literally Live In Coca's Painting Marathon

Wake up, art lovers, new Seattleites and fun-seekers! It's time for The Center On Contemporary Art's annual painting marathon.

"They Shoot Painters, Don't They?" is a two-day benefit, which kicks off tomorrow afternoon at CoCA with a 24-hour paint-a-thon. Even if you're habitually a stay-at-home, you should grab a bunch of friends and go watch the art get made. The price is cheap, the atmosphere is unintimidating, drinks are available and the drama increases all night.

Plus, the very next evening you can buy the paintings. Beginning with a sociable "silent auction," Saturday night progresses to a spirited live auction. Both make up a bargain means of purchase, and this year 17 artists will participate (names such as Shawn Ferris and Whiting Tennis). Each year, CoCA adds a new celeb - such as Seattle-born artist Parris Broderick.

Broderick's work is visible all over town, from the Re-bar's outdoor mural to local signboards (Delphinium, Wall of Sound, Cafe Septieme). His distinctive, modish work will be a draw. But then, like Broderick says, "The whole thing is really a blast."

"They Shoot Painters, Don't They?" runs tomorrow and Saturday at the Center on Contemporary Art, 65 Cedar St., Seattle; 206-728-1980. Paint-a-thon hours are 3 p.m. tomorrow until 2 p.m. Saturday; admission is $5 (free to COCA members). Auctions begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; admission is $35 ($25 for COCA members); eight-person VIP tables can be reserved for $350 (with spirits and snacks).

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