Important Paintings & Drawings by Northwest Master Morris Graves Showing at Woodside/Braseth Gallery
Often associated with a group of painters from the Pacific Northwest, known as the Northwest School, which included Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan and Mark Tobey, Morris Graves became an overnight sensation in 1942 when his work appeared in a show of new American talent at the Museum of Modern Art. The show is on view at Woodside/Braseth Gallery, 1201 Western Avenue, through February 17.
“"Northwest Social Realism and the American Scene: 1930-1950,” is featured during the Edmonds Art Walk and will be on view at the Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Avenue E., through March 26. The exhibition focuses on Northwest artists and their depictions of scenes of everyday life in the Northwest during the 1930s through the 1950s. Many works reflect the industrial, political and social aspects of the Great Depression and WWII period. Curator, David Martin observes, "Even though Washington State has a strong history of labor activities and progressive social values, very little research has focused on the regional visual arts reflecting these subjects, especially from the turbulent era of the Great Depression."
The Cole Gallery, 107 5th Avenue S., presents “Vibrant Skies,” a new show from Jeff White, on view from January 19 – February 13. White’s landscapes are reminiscent of the Hudson River School of painters.
This month Gallery North, 401 Main Street, features “In With the New”, an exhibit highlighting the work of artists who were juried in as new members of the gallery during the past year. The show features the graphic and symbolic paintings of Laura Ackerman and a wide variety of detailed miniatures and larger impressionistic paintings by Lena Leitzke.
Wallingford Art Walk starts at 6pm each month. Visit www.wallingford.org
Gig Harbor Art Walk along the waterfront in the summer until 8pm. www.gigharborguide.com
Blitz, Capitol Hill’s Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm. capitolhillartwalk.com
West Seattle Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm. westseattleartwalk.blogspot.com
Belltown Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm. www.belltownartwalk.com
Phinney Wood Art Up Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm. artupphinneywood.com
Kirkland Art Walk is from noon – 8pm. www.kirklandartwalk.com
Ballard Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm. www.ballardartwalk.com
Central District Art Walk is from 1 – 5pm. At various locations around 23rd Ave. and E. Cherry St. www.seattleartists.com
Georgetown Art Attack is from 6 – 9pm. www.georgetownartattack.com
Port Angeles Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm. www.olympicpeninsula.org
Poulsbo Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm. www.historicdowntownpoulsbo.com/ArtWalk.html.
In a reception from 6-8pm January 11, Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, 800 Bellevue Way NE, introduces works from his own collection in a show called, “Mine.” Gunnar says, “Over the years I have enjoyed purchasing eclectic works for the gallery by various artists for several different reasons, but mostly just because I liked them. With wall space and storage always a challenge, I wanted to bring out some of my framed works that haven’t been offered before or passed up and offer them for sale in this group exhibit.” Shown: Blau Weiss by Willi Kissmer.
Opening tonight from 6-8pm at the Kirkland Arts Center, 621 Market Street in Kirkland, is an exhibition of artists’ collections. In their press release the center says, “Despite big flashy headlines about expensive sales of art and news about billionaire collectors and dealers, collecting art is not just for the very rich. There are a myriad of small collections in private homes, by individuals with different means, who do not collect for the investment but for how it touches their soul, what pleasure the piece brings: for their love of art. Among those smaller collectors are artists, whose collections may be seen as an expression of their aesthetics and of their intellectual exploration.”
“Interscapes,” a collection of bold, colorful abstract expressionist paintings by Gregory S. Walsh is on view at Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery., 311 W.Holly Street in Bellingham. The gallery will host an artist reception for him January 6 during the Downtown Bellingham Artwalk. Make sure to stop by the gallery to meet Gregory and to see the works he will be sharing. The show will hang in the gallery through January 30.
Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, 151 Winslow Way, is showing three women artists: Leigh Knowles Metteer, Barbara Kowalski, and Heather Saddler this month. On view through January 29, a reception for the artists is January 6 from 6-8pm during the Bainbridge Art Walk. Shown: by Leigh Knowles Metteer.
In celebration of the New Year, the Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington Street in Sequim, presents a group show titled “Back to Basics: Black and White.” Curated by Nancy Lawrence and Karin Anderson, this show reveals the challenge presented when limiting the palette. The bold graphic punch of black and white that stimulates and sharpens the mind is modified by soft tones of grey, which lull one into a reflective meditative mood. This dichotomy asks, what is going on here. On view through January, you can meet the artists January 6 from 5-8pm. January. Shown: Natural Hourglass by Karen Rozbicki.
The First Friday Artwalk is Friday, January 6 from 6 – 9 pm.
705 Commercial Ave., A.C.M.E. Creative Spaces
Continuing in January, ACME Creative welcomes local favorite Kathleen Faulkner and Bellingham ceramic artist AnnMarie DeCollibus. Faulkner’s beautiful northwest scenes are an interesting pairing with DeCollibus’ functional water inspired vessels.
620 Commercial Ave., Burton Jewelers
For Epiphany Artwalk, Burton Jewelers continues their art show with the work of Richard Nash, a regional NW artist, featuring his unique and nuanced compositional approach to botanical and non-representational acrylic paintings and his contemporary sculpture from his Conical Etude Series in Cor-ten and stainless steel. Special New Year Values will be offered on giftware and jewelry to those who attend. Refreshments will be served.
604 Commercial Ave., The Good Stuff Arts
THE GOOD STUFF ARTS GALLERY presents a new showing of Local Artists in bright, BOLD colors to keep the winter darkness at bay. Included are local NW Artists: Pat Collins, Stylized Hardwood Sculptures; Greg Dugan, Whimsical Art; Randy Emmons, Watercolor Scenes; Peggie Hunnicutt, Watercolor on Canvas; Terry MacDonald, Acrylics; Ron Moore, Segmented Wood Vessels; Ruth Owen, Textiles; Suzanne Powers, Oil; Susan Raymond, Clay Critters; Cynthia Richardson, Acrylics; Carla Seaton, Mixed Media “Funky Art”; Gail Thein, Jewelry; Peggy Woods, Watercolor.
420 Commercial Ave., Scott Milo Gallery
Scott Milo Gallery continues the show with pastels by Amanda Houston, color photographs by Randy Dana and Lewis Jones, acrylics by Jennifer Bowman and photo encaustics by Kathy Hastings. We will have a new collection of sculptures, custom tables, glass and jewelry for the holidays. Shown: Sunflower Sunrise, 33 x 29 Color Photograph by Randy Dana.
419 Commercial Ave., The Majestic Inn and Spa
The Majestic is showing work by two Anacortes artists, Caroline Garland and Donna Nevitt Radtke. Caroline Garland is an award-winning artist who creates works in oil, acrylic and pastel that reflect her appreciation of beauty in the landscape. Donna Nevitt-Radtke’s primary medium is oil using an impasto, impressionistic, abstract style. The inspiring Northwest Landscape gets filtered through her artist’s eye blurring the lines between representation and abstraction.
Showing through January 28 at the Artxchange Gallery, 512 First Avenue S., is award-winning Canadian artist Chin Yuen with paintings from her “Organic Evolution” and “Dim Sum” series.
Featured this month at Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Avenue S., are three concurrent shows featuring etchings by Toru Sugita, prints by Chinese artist Xiao Dai, and etchings by Ben Beres. Shown at the right by Xiao Dai (detail).
Opening from 6-8pm at the Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Avenue S., is a collection of the work of James Martin spanning more than five decades with many pieces never before seen at the gallery. One of Seattle’s most beloved and prolific artists, Martin is a natural storyteller drawn to the unexpected, the surreal, and the vaudevillian. The exhibit runs through January 21.
Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 3rd. Avenue S., is showing their fourth one-person exhibition by Portland, OR painter Michael Knutson. At first glance, Knutson’s oil paintings and watercolors appear to be computer generated or at least based on complex mathematics. In reality, while a computer is used briefly in the creation of the painting’s structure, the artworks are quite labor intensive and painted by hand. The opening reception is from 6-8pm.
The Harris/Harvey Gallery, 1915 1st. Avenue, exhibition features works from the estate of John D. Cole, most by the artist’s own hand, but several by artists whose work he collected together with his wife, Lucille. Some of the Coles are being offered for the first time. This intriguing selection of landscape and the figurative works spans Cole’s activity over 30 years. The exhibition includes small drawings in pen and ink, charcoals, oils, acrylics, and pastels, as well as a number of monotypes and woodcuts.
Prographica Gallery, 313 Occidental Avenue S., opens from 6-8pm with a solo exhibition of work by Ellen Garvens featuring her recent archival inkjet prints and videos along with a small selection of work from her earlier “Ambivalence” series. On view through February 25, the opening reception is from 6-8pm.
Stonington Gallery, 125 S. Jackson Street, opens from 6-8pm with “Into the Woods Forests of the Northwest Coast.” The exhibition explores what makes the Northwest such a vibrant, unique environment. In the hands of skilled artisans, one single giant western red cedar tree can provide wood for a canoe, house, bowl, mask, cape, hat, rattles and mats. To know a tree so well as to perfectly craft every part of it into something as beautiful as it was functional is a remarkable skill. Shown: Junior Henderson (Kwakwaka’wakw), Raven Transforming into the Hunter of the Woods Pole.
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.www.firstthursdayseattle.com
Art in the Park at South Lake Union Park. May through Oct. 11am – 7pm. Free admission at Museum of History and Industry. For more information: www.nwartalliance.com
SLU Art Walk from 5 – 8pm Oct. and May. South Lake Union event features temporary art shows in multiple venues run by Shunpike.
Anacortes Galleries are open 6 – 9pm. www.anacortesart.com
Bainbridge Island Galleries are open from 6 – 8pm. www.bainbridgedowntown.org.
Bellingham Downtown Art Walk is from 6 – 10pm. www.downtownbellingham.com/artwalk
Bremerton Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm in downtown Bremerton. www.ci.bremerton.wa.us
Ellensburg Art Walk is from 5 – 7:30pm in historic downtown Ellensburg. www.ci.ellensburg.wa.us
Fremont Art Walk is 6 – 9pm. www.fremontfirstfriday.com
Issaquah Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm, May – September in downtown Issaquah. www.downtownissaquah.com
Port Orchard Art Walk downtown May – October 5 – 8pm. www.pobsa.com
Sequim Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm in downtown Sequim. www.sequimartwalk.com
Vashon Island Gallery Cruise is from 6 – 9pm. www.stov.us/art/firstFriday.html
Langley on Whidbey Island Art Walk is from 5 – 7pm. www.visitlangley.com
Port Townsend Art Walk is from 5:30 – 8:30pm. www.ptguide.com/arts-music-theatre/158-gallery-walks
Queen Anne Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm. See map at www.queenanneview.com/tag/art-walk/
Using guns and ammunition, Al Farrow creates sculptures of reliquaries, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques, mausoleums, and other devotional objects. Farrow has had numerous solo exhibitions since 1970 and his work is in many important public and private collections around the world, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the di Rosa Preserve in Napa, and other collections in New York, Germany, Italy, and Hong Kong