University of Washington graduation exhibit May 23–June 21

henryOn view from May 23 – June 21.  Each year, the Henry Art Gallery , on the school campus,  presents the University of Washington’s School of Art + Art History + Design’s Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design thesis exhibition. The exhibition features the work of graduating master of Fine Arts and Master of Design students  wherein each piece embodies each individual artist’s vision and direction for their work.

Anelecia Hannah Brooks talks at Waterworks Gallery May 23

waterwWaterworks Gallery, 315 Argyle Avenue in Friday Harbor, is hosting a talk by Anelecia Hannah Brooks on May 23 at 1pm. Brooks will talk about  her paintings the inspiration, the technique and answer questions about her work. Her quiet paintings of everyday objects reflect the passage of time… the used piece of soap, the crumbled up ticket and the stuffed animals. Shown: Fortune.

Rachel Maxi debuts at Zinc Art + Interiors in Edmonds

zincZinc Art + Interiors, 102 3rd. Avenue S. in Edmonds, is debuting  Seattle artist Rachel Maxi’s abstract works through June 15. Well known for realism, Maxi uses the abstract to depict our multi-tonal world with the same knowing deft stroke of her brush with oil on canvas. Maxi unlocks the possibility of color and brings our understanding of it to a new level.  Meet her  at a soiree in her honor on May 21st from 5-8pm at the gallery.

Ann Marie Cooper exhibit at Good Earth Pottery through May

goodearth“Garnish,” featuring the hand-coiled ceramics of Ann Marie Cooper are on view through May at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Avenue in Bellingham’s  Fairhaven District. The exhibit is your next meal with a handmade spoon and dish made from hand-rolled clay coils—in reverse!

Charlene Collins Freeman exhibit at Macy’s Skybridge Gallery

womenThe Women Painters of Washington  Macy’s Skybridge Gallery is currently showing watercolorist Charlene Collins Freeman. Her exhibit, titled “Beauty Everywhere,” is on display now through June 26. Freeman’s bold use of color and atmospheric pieces seemingly bring you directly inside the scenes she creates. Admittance to the gallery is free and open to the public. Macy’s Skybridge Gallery is located at 1601 3rd Avenue Seattle, WA 98181.  Gallery hours are Monday – Wednesday 10AM – 8PM, Thursday –Saturday 10AM – 9PM, and Sundays 11AM – 7PM. Gallery phone: (206)506-6000. Shown: Second Cocktail.

Calendar of art walks and events through May 24

Third Thursday

Edmonds Art Walk is from 5 –

Seattle Design Center Art Walk is from 5 – 9pm. at 5701 Sixth Ave. South.

Tacoma Art Walk. Tacoma’s galleries, Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, and the Washington State History Museum are open from 5 – 8pm. All three museums are

Upper Queen Anne Art Walk is from 3 – 9pm and takes place between the 1500 and 2400 blocks on Queen Anne Ave. N.


Third Friday

Port Orchard Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm, May through


May 22 – 25

44th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival, 11am – 11pm, Seattle Center. Visit

Gunnar Nordstrom showcases Harold Nelson’s new collages

gunnarThe Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, 800 Bellevue Way NE, offers new paper collage works by Northwest artist  Harold Nelson in a special reception for the artist on May 13 from 6-8pm.  His process is slow, intuitive and improvisational.  Using bits of paper, he tries to create new images that he sometimes cannot even conceive of at the outset.   He lets each piece happen and uses whatever mix of the abstract and figurative image or fractured view that will lead to the best outcome.  His works are meant to be looked at from a distance as well as from close up and provide different visual rewards from varying perspectives.

Calendar of art walks and events through May 17

Second Wednesday

Wallingford Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm from May – September. visit


Second Thursday

Gig Harbor Art Walk along the waterfront in the summer until 8pm.

Blitz, Capitol Hill’s Art Walk is from 5 –

West Seattle Art Walk is from 6 –


Third Friday

Port Orchard Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm, May through


May 15 – 17

43rd Annual Ellensburg National Western Art Show and Auction hosts 70 artists. Kittitas Valley Event Center, Fri. – Sat. 10am – 10pm, Sun. 10am – 3pm. Visit Facebook page.


May 17

Viking Fest Poulsbo, Downtown and on the waterfront. Visit Syttende Mai, or May 17, is the Norwegian Constitution Day, and each year Ballard hosts the largest Syttende Mai parade outside of Norway! In celebration, admission is free at the Nordic Heritage Museum during our extended hours on Sunday, May 17. The Museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


May 16 – 17

University District Street Fair: longest running street festival in the nation. Visit

Dual Fluidity at Northwest Woodworkers opening May 8

nwwoodNorthwest Woodworkers Gallery, 2111 First Avenue in Seattle, showcases an exclusive ongoing exhibition, “Dual Fluidity,”  by fine artists Stephen Hatcher and Jay Shepard. Hatcher and Shepard’s collaboration for "Dual Fluidity" reflects a partnership of diverse perspectives with a joint philosophy. Using completely divergent materials, these artist present a compelling and varied study in wall hung art composed of wood, minerals, colors, and lacquers. The reception at the gallery begins at 6pm.

Seattle First Thursday Art Walk May 7

abmeyerAbmeyer + Wood Fine Art, 1210 Second Avenue, opens “When Darkness Meets Light,” from 5-8pm. The exhibition features abstract work by Seattle artist Leslie Stoner who channels memories of past experiences that coalesce into colors representing pure emotion. Often these memories are ones based in past trauma and unearthing these emotions become a cathartic creative process. Also showing is Alexandra Becker-Black’s “Icons of Awakening,” monochromatic watercolors focusing on the human form. Shown at the left: Leslie Stoner, EMBRACE THE DARKNESS.


Currently showing at the Bryan Ohno Gallery, 521 S. Main, is “Phenomenon,” new paintings by Allan Parker. His large sculptures and installations have received awards including two major Canada Council grants, Artist Trust Fellowship and GAP grants, and Washington State Arts Commission Grant.



davidsonOn view at Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Avenue S., “Jacob Lawrence as Printmaker.” Using distilled forms with an emphasis on color and expression, Lawrence’s work speaks with a straightforward clarity that simultaneously lends voice to those historically overlooked while opening an important dialogue with viewers. Also showing is Sohee Kim’s “Unmentionables,” whose work takes a playful, humorous, and at times rather dark look at our slow automatization at the hands of the routine of day-to-day life. Held over is “Contemporary Japanese Printmakers.” The opening reception is from 6-8pm. Shown at the right: Jacob Lawrence, The Builders (The Family). Silk screen on wove paper. Signed. 1974. Edition 206/300. Printed by Ives-Sillman, New Haven CT. Published by IBM Corporation, New York. Nesbett L74-1. 30 x 22-1/8 inches.



Ben Darby’s “Auspicious” opens from 6-8pm at the Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Avenue S. Darby has developed a distinct aesthetic through layering paint with hand-crafted molds of acrylic reliefs that create interest and depth in his work. His work has exhibited and collected for residential, corporate and public collections.



frederickFrederick Holmes and Company,309 Occidental Avenue S., continues  with “Revolutions  Unseen.” The exhibition, on view through May 31, includes work from the estate of Walter Quirt (1902 – 1968) who is seen as one of America’s seminal modernist painters. A brief presentation on the life and times of Walter Quirt, including the reasons contributing to how he became obscured by history, will be presented by gallery owner, Frederick Holmes at 7:00 pm. Shown:Natures Children – c.1942 Oil on Canvas 40"x48".



Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Avenue S., opens from 6-8pm with Beedon Snow’s new paintings. Beedon Snow paints in a loosely realistic style using seductively thick swirls, thin colorful washes, and distinctive pencil marks. Also showing is the work of Port Angeles-based Michael Paul Miller who produces dramatically painted cinematic narratives that often enter dark places.



lisaharrisOpening from 6-8pm at the Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, is “Similitude.” The exhibit features  Northwest landscapes and the regions’ native bird species by Kent Lovelace. The artist captures the light and tone of the Northwest landscape using his unique technique of working with oils on copper. Lovelace paints with on copper, a technique dating to the 15th century, allowing maximum luminosity and subtle lighting effects. Lovelace is an established Pacific Northwest artist who in the first half of his career focused on lithography, but has made oil on copper his primary medium for over a decade. Lovelace earned a B.F.A. at the University of Colorado and an M.F.A. at the University of Washington. He has been invited to lecture or give workshops frequently and his paintings and lithographs have been widely exhibited throughout the country where he is included in many private and public institutions throughout the U.S.Shown at the right: Kent Lovelace, Birch Pond.

stonNew Works for Spring,” opens at the Stonington Gallery, 125 S. Jackson Street, in a reception from 6-8pm. Works range  from traditional sculpture to blown glass, works on paper to sumptuous jewelry, fresh for the spring season!  Also on view are brand new works from artists such as Susan Point, carver Scott Jensen, glassblower Preston Singletary, jeweler Courtney Lipson, painter/carver Neeka Cook, and others.


Traver Gallery, 110 Union Street opens from 5-8pm with “Marked,”  the first solo exhibition of works by Malcolm Martin and Gaynor Dowling in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1997, the collaborative team from Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, has carved almost exclusively with hand tools, using traditional gouge and mallet techniques, to create their contemporary "vessel-sculptures." Also on view this month are selected works from “Ceramics Invitational Northwest Clay”



Woodside/Braseth Gallery, 1201 Western Avenue presents their 54th Annual Group Exhibition in a reception from 5:30-8:30pm. Highlighting this exhibition are works by Kathleen G. Adkison, William Cumming, Jeff Day, Gloria DeArcangelis, Richard Gilkey, Morris Graves, Paul Havas, William Ivey, Penny Mulligan, Johsel Namkung, Ambrose Patterson, Anne Siems, Michael Stasinos, George Tsutakawa, & Brandon Zebold.

Calendar of art walks and events through May 10

First Thursday

Gallery Walks in Pioneer Square and the Seattle Art Museum area, 5 – 8pm.

Downtown Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park are free all day on First Thursdays.

New! Silverdale Artwalk, 5:30 – 8pm, November through March. Meet at Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio, 9536 NW Silverdale Way. 360/613-5472

South Lake Union Art Walk from 5-8pm. For info go to


Second Friday

Belltown Art Walk is from 6pm until

Phinney Greenwood Art Up Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm.

Kirkland Art Walk is from noon –


Second Saturday

Ballard Art Walk is from 6 –

Central District Art Walk is from 1 – 5pm. At various locations around 23rd Ave. and E. Cherry St.

Georgetown Art Attack is from 6 –

Port Angeles Art Walk is from 5 –

Poulsbo Art Walk is from 5 –


May 5

Give Big Day for all museums


May 8 – 9

Phinney Greenwood Art Walk, over 40 locations between 65th and 87th streets. Fri. 6 – 9pm, Sat. noon – 5pm.


May 8 – 10, 16 – 17

Camano Island Annual Mothers’ Day Weekend Studio Tour plus Encore Weekend, 10am – 5pm. Visit


May 9 – 10

Kirkland Artists Studio Tour, 10am – 6pm. Call Kirkland Arts Center for locations at 425/822-7161.


Vashon Island Open Tour features artists in all mediums in group shows as well as open studios. Maps available at island galleries and the Chamber of Commerce


Through May 11

Pilchuck Glass School Spring Group Tours, advance reservations required, min. group: 10. Call 206/621-8422 or

First Saturday happenings around Puget Sound

brackenwoodOn display through the month of May at the Brackenwood Gallery, 302 First Street in Langley, are works by gallery artists Pete Jordan, Francy Blumhagen, Rene Flynn-Federspiel, and Craig Kosak . The show reflects new directions as they explore both interior and exterior spaces.  The artist’s reception Saturday, May 2nd from 5-7 PM. Shown: Craig Kosak, Lord Tristan.


frederickFrederick Holmes and Company, 309 Occidental Avenue S., is holding a private reception from 6-9pm featuring a discussion with Travis Wilson, researcher & exhibition curator, and other special guests in conjunction with “Revolutions  Unseen.” The exhibition, on view through May 31, includes work from the estate of Walter Quirt (1902 – 1968) who is seen as one of America’s seminal modernist painters. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres as well as music by cellist Mannfried Funk. For More Information, call (206) 682-0166 or Shown: Natures Children – c.1942 Oil on Canvas 40"x48".


Pacific Galleries, 241 S. Lander Street in Seattle,  holds a "NW Art & Modern" auction at noon including works by Chuck Close and Dale Chihuly.



saamThe Seattle Art Museum  (SAM) presents “Chiho Aoshima: Rebirth of the World,” a fantasy reality created by the Japanese artist Chiho Aoshima. Opening at SAM’s Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, the exhibition features colorful large-scale dreamscapes printed on plexiglass, 35 drawings on paper, and an animation that will be shown in public for the first time. Meet Chiho at Free First Saturday. Shown: City Glow, 2005, Chiho Aoshima, Japanese, b. 1974, chromogenic print, 66 15/16 x 66 15/16 in., Courtesy Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/Galerie Perrotin, © 2005 Chiho Aoshima/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.



Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Avenue in Edison, opens “Homage,” work by Sharon Kingston and Eric Eschenback, in a reception from 5-8pm. The show runs through May 31.

Show featuring Jen Til opens at The Island Gallery

theislandg“Studies in Light and Space, The Art of Jen Till” is showing through June 28 at The Island Gallery, 400 Winslow Way on Bainbridge Island. A reception featuring her new oil paintings on canvas and paper by the Bainbridge artist takes place May 1 from 6-8pm. Entertaining during the reception will be Ranger and the Re-Arrangers, Bainbridge Island’s own gypsy jazz band. Shown: Vermont Barn.

First Friday Gallery Walk in Anacortes 6-9pm

1005 8th Street, Industrious Industries

Industrious Industries presents a collection of original film photography by Desi Valdez


705 Commercial Ave., Classic Style & Co.

Classic Style & Company is pleased to present the lace work of Emma McNeil. As a self-taught lace knitter, Emma works with fine natural fiber lace yarns, many hand-dyed and sourced directly from the artisan. 


711 Commercial Ave., Anne Martin McCool Gallery 

“Welcome to Spring” is a new show of prints and originals by Anne Martin McCool and other gallery artists.


620 Commercial Ave., Burton Jewelers 

Gallery at Burtons is showing the paintings of Linda Henley, watercolors of Northwest wildflowers in the style of botanical illustrations. Also featured will be a special collection of Lundberg art glass in floral themes.


scott420 Commercial Ave., Scott Milo Gallery 

Scott Milo Gallery presents new pastels and oils by Amanda Houston.  Houston brings a collection of landscapes, waterscapes and bird pieces in her tranquil, yet vibrant NW style.  Also showing are acrylics by Jennifer Bowman, still life color photographs by Randy Dana, colorful floral monoprints by Marie Powell and impressionistic paintings by Donna Nevitt Radtke. Shown: Lyrical Stream, 22 x 22 Pastel by Amanda Houston


419 Commercial Ave., The Majestic Inn and Spa

The Majestic features paintings by local artist, Pat Sayer. Pat started painting in the early seventies – at first watercolors and then acrylics, which she favors now. For many years Pat painted mostly florals and landscapes and gradually grew into some abstract work. She loves all kinds of subjects and styles. The key to it all is color, composition and light.


419 Commercial Ave., Apothecary Spa (2nd floor of Majestic)

The Apothecary Spa feature a mother – daughter show for the May artist: Becky Bragg fine art and Karla DeCamp Photography.  Becky has painted off and on for years and is most enthused by the beauty and grandeur of nature – particularly of the northwest and the Hawaiian Islands.


611 R Ave. The Depot Gallery

The Depot Art Gallery presents the sale of the remaining works of art from the Estate of Jan Conklin of Anacortes.  Conklin’s work consists of work done in pastel, featuring landscapes, florals, portraits and nudes from over 50 years of work. 100% of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the Merle Cancer Care Center at Island Hospital.

Children’s Art Walk in Bellingham May 1 from 6-9pm

alliedOn Friday May 1 from 6 – 9 pm Whatcom County students will proudly display their works of art during the 15 annual Children’s Art Walk presented by Allied Arts of Whatcom County, 1418 Cornwell in Bellingham. On this night there will be a number of activities for kids and adults, music, and more to celebrate the arts in schools. In addition, Allied Arts Gallery will feature professional work by Allied Arts Teaching Artists in Whatcom County. Art will stay on display through May 31 in honor of the state-wide Arts Education Month.