Revolutions Unseen: Walter Quirt special exhibition at Frederick Holmes from April 18–May 31

frederickFrederick Holmes And Company Gallery of Modern & Contemporary Art, 309 Occidental Avenue S. in Seattle, in cooperation With Wilson Art Service invites all to view a special showing of “Revolutions  Unseen.” The exhibition, on view from April 18 – May 31 includes work from the estate of Walter Quirt (1902 – 1968) who is seen as one of America’s seminal modernist painters. Walter Quirt’s work can currently be found in over 24 permanent collections including MoMA(NY); MoMA(SF), The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, deYoung Museum of Art, and The Henry Art Gallery /UW, Seattle. (Disintegration – c.1937). A private reception will be on Saturday, May 2 from 6:00-9:00 pm featuring a discussion with Travis Wilson, Researcher & Exhibition Curator, and other special guests. 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".

Northwest Design show on view at the Bellevue Art Museum

bam“The New Frontier: Young Designer-Makers in the Pacific Northwest” is on view April 17 – August 16 at the Bellevue Arts Museum. The New Frontier presents works by emerging designer-makers with nearly 30 design studios from British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon contributing to the exhibition. Examining the materials, processes, and creative strategies that define their practices, the exhibition acts as a catalyst for the discussion of how objects and products are conceived and created here; who is making them; and how the field of local design is reflective of our unique region. Shown: Iacoli & Macallister, Seattle, WAWire side table, plated, Photo: Charlie Schuck .

Check out the Edmonds Art Walk on April 16 from 5-8pm

Below are two gallery openings,although there are more galleries than I have listed here,  but the whole town of Edmonds gears up for the arts during the Edmonds Art Walk.



Why pastel on copper?  Amanda Houston originally began using copper as a base for her paintings when she discovered discarded copper, plating from her husband’s construction work.  Giving them a good sanding and painting on a pastel ground, she was able to create a unique surface where the copper sparkled through the chalk pastel.  See her work at the Cole Gallery, 107 5th. Avenue from 5-8pm during the Edmonds Art Walk. 



galnorth"Trails and Tails,” featuring artist Susan Swapp’s  natural scenes and animals from her travels, is currently showing at Gallery North, 401 Main Street. The artist recreates many of the trails she has experienced on her journeys and the animals she has encountered along the way. She has work in several galleries and businesses throughout the state. Her work is published in the 2nd edition of the book, Artists of the West. See her work during the Edmonds Art Walk from 5-8pm.

Nordic Heritage Auction on April 18

The 30th Annual Northern Lights Auktion benefiting the Nordic Heritage Museum  features a fabulous dinner, hundreds of unexpected auctions items, and plenty of aquavit for everyone. This year’s fundraising event will be held on Saturday, April 18 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Seattle. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the evening begins with a champagne reception and a silent auction followed by dinner. The main event of the evening will be the live auction. Guests will bid on auction items, such as rare bottles of aquavit, extraordinary experiences, and one-of-a-kind art. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Nordic Heritage Museum. Tickets for the 30th Annual Northern Lights Auktion are available to non-members as well as members. Individual tickets are $125, or reserve a table for 10 guests at $1,000. Tickets are available at on the Northern Lights Auktion page or by calling Kiersten Bowers at 206.589.5705×25.

Mourning Lincoln at Fine Impressions

fineimpFine Impressions Gallery, 8300 5th. Avenue NE in Seattle, remembers  the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination this month. They  take a glimpse into the past with  wood engravings and photogravures from “Harper’s Weekly” and Frank Leslie’s “Famous Leaders and Battle Scenes of the Civil War” as they chronicled the grief and sorrow that captured the nation.

Calendar of art walks and events through April 19

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


Thru April

32nd Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features lots of arts and crafts exhibits. Visit


April 3 – 26

Art in the Schoolhouse at Christianson’s Nursery, Mt.


April 17

samdanceSeattle Art Museum Hoop Dancing World Champion Nakota Larance from 7-8pm. In addition to his world-champion titles, LaRance performs globally at tribal gatherings, museums, cultural institutions, and has toured with Cirque du Soleil. The galleries will be open until 9 pm so you can view Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection after the performance. Tickets include admission to the exhibition.

Nordic Heritage Museum shows the iconic work of the “best known artist of the century” April 11 – 21

nordicThe son of Nordic immigrants, Chicago-born painter Warner Sallman (1892-1968) has been cited by the New York Times as one of the most recognized artists of the 20th century. “Sallman:Master Painter,” a selection of Sallman’s works, both Christian and secular, will be on display at the Nordic Heritage Museum  from April 11-21. Sallman’s most popular and iconic image, Head of Christ, has been reproduced over 1 billion times. This year marks the 75th anniversary of this iconic painting. An opening reception and lecture by notable Sallman scholar Dr. Jack Lundbom will take place at 4:00 p.m on Saturday, April 11 at the museum.

Historic Downtown Poulsbo Artwalk April 11 from 5-8pm

Take either  the Kingston Ferry in Edmonds or the Bainbridge Ferry in downtown Seattle, and spend tomorrow night in the lovely community of Poulsbo. I’ve only listed the openings of three galleries here, but there are about nine of them in town, plus loads of restaurants and a beautiful park on Hood Canal.



carriegollerDuring the Historic Downtown Poulsbo Second Saturday Artwalk from 5-8pm on April 11, the Carrie Goller Gallery, 18801 Front Street, celebrates a one-year anniversary. The special reception features paintings, sculpture and jewelry by gallery artists, who will all be present, plus hors d’oeuvres from a caterer, live music and Sogno di Vino wines. Shown: Pacifique by Carrie Goller.




frontstreetApril at Front Street Gallery, 11881 Front Street, presents “Ancestral Memories,” featuring the paintings of Joseph Fourbears and basketry by Annette Fourbears. The husband and wife artists interpret the beauty and mystery of the Neolithic era  based on ancient cave paintings and weaving design. The show  opens Saturday April 11, as part of Historic Downtown Poulsbo  Second Saturday ArtWalk  from 5-8 pm, and runs through May 4. Shown at the left: one of the pieces by Joseph Fourbears.




verkstedArtists of the month at the Verksted Gallery, 18937 Front Street, are Richard Ashton ad Susan Norman. Ashton designs jewelry from incorporating natural materials, and Norman’s oil painting reflect the whimsical. The opening for the show is during the Historic Downtown Poulsbo Second Saturday Artwalk, but the gallery will also celebrate 28 years of business on April 18. Shown at the right: by Susan Norman.

Mainframe showcases Kent Anderson Butler’s new work

mainframeLA based artist Kent Anderson Butler presents a new series of images documenting a small community in post-industrial Georgia at Mainframe, 5628 Airport Way S., through May 9. An abandoned one million square foot former Fruit of the Loom  facility provides the setting for Butler’s “absent portraits.”  Sacred Encounters presents 14 sublimation prints mounted on aluminum. Butler has exhibited widely from LA to NY and internationally including Florence, Italy and the Netherlands. The exhibit opens Saturday April 11 with a reception for the artist from 6pm to 9pm as part of the 2nd Saturday Georgetown Art Attack.

Billy Davis show opens 7pm April 10 at Sticks and Stones

“Royal Jelly: Figure and Landscape Paintings”  by Billy Davis opens April 10 in an artist reception at 7pm at the Sticks and Stones Gallery located in Ballard at 5402 22nd Ave NW. The show runs through May 8

7th Annual Rising Stars at Northwest Woodworkers Gallery

northwestwoodNorthwest Woodworkers Gallery, 2111 First Avenue, is having a special celebration and wine tasting April 10 from 6-9pm to celebrate the opening of their “7th Annual Rising Star Furniture Makers.” This annual show highlights inspirational studio furniture designs from the region’s newest generation of talented woodworking artists.  Juried by a member panel, Rising Stars presents the best of what’s new in distinctive northwest furniture. Join us to experience the unique materials and architectural approaches of these debuting artists.

New exhibit opens tonight at Ryan James Fine Arts

“cARTography: Personal Metaphors and Mindful Maps,” is on view at Ryan James Fine Arts, 11905 124th. Avenue NE in Kirkland, through May 30. The exhibition includes over 40 local, national and international artists who use maps or the language of mapping in their work. The opening reception is  April 9 from 5-10pm. A variety of media is represented in the show including paintings, drawings, prints, textile art, hand-made books and sculpture.

Visiting Artists bring floral projects to Museum of Glass

mogVisiting Artist duo Hanne Enemark and Louis Thompson  will be at work in the Hot Shop at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma from April 8 through 12. The UK-based artists  will collaborate  to produce a series of glass pieces that investigate themes of the enchanted garden. The works of art created during their residency will be exhibited at two European venues: one in London, England, and the other in Maastricht in the Netherlands. Plan your visit to see the museum’s Visiting Artists or tune into the residencies via the Hot Shop live stream.

Mark Skullerud exhibit at Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery April 8

gunnar“Mountains to Sound,” fusion landscapes by Mark Skullerud, opens at the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery , 800 Bellevue Way NE. April 8. A reception with the artist is from 6-8pm. When Skullerud left the industrial design studios of Walter Dorwin Teague in 1982, where he worked as an architectural illustrator,  he applied his rigorous training to the depiction of other things that did not yet exist – the “what if” scenarios of science fiction.  Winning a regional Best of Show award in his first competition in 1983, He went on to garner further recognition in Boston, and cities in the west such as Seattle and Portland. His works now span the gamut from impressionism to abstract graphic works. The show runs through May 9.

Calendar of art walks and events through April 13

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 –


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 –


Thru April

32nd Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features lots of arts and crafts exhibits. Visit


April 3 – 26

Art in the Schoolhouse at Christianson’s Nursery, Mt.


April 9 – 10

“Holbein in England” lecture with Rebecca Albiani at the Frye Art Museum at 11am and 7pm on April 9 and 11am on April 10.


April 11 – 18

The Anacortes Arts Festival  presents the 2nd annual Art in Bloom Fine Art Exhibition at the Depot Art Center,  611 R Avenue,  in Anacortes.  The free show opening will be on Saturday, April 11th at 6 pm, and continue daily April 12 through 18  from 11 am to 4 pm. Art in Bloom consists of 28 regional artists who have participated in the Festival as either fine artists or booth artisans.  Their work includes painting, photography, glass, fiber, wood, ceramics and sculpture.


April 12

Perspectives on Ruin Making, a lecture with Barbara Heinzen and Jo Anne Birnie Danzker at 2pm at the Frye Art Museum. The discussion asks “Is society in a constant state of ruin creation?”