Nina Tichava exhibit at the SAM Gallery

samgalleryThis month and through May 18  SAM Gallery  (downtown at the street level at the Seattle Art Museum) highlights one Northwest artist with a new body of work.  Nina Tichava, who exhibits her paintings nationally, developed this new series exclusively for SAM Gallery. The tape paintings are constrained and straightforward, yet have deep, subtle detail and endless variation. By limiting herself to only two components (painted tape and ink), the more pure elements of painting take center stage—color, form, and composition. Shown: Nina Tichava, Tape Painting 1405 (diamond).

Calendar of art walks and events through April 27

Thru April

skagit valley tulip

31st Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features lots of arts and crafts exhibits not to mention the most gorgeous display of tulips you’ve ever seen. The entire valley gears up for this festival every year.  Visit


Through  June 6

Northwest Watercolor Society 74th Annual International Open Exhibition features 62 artists from the US, Canada and 5 other countries. How showing at The American Art Company, 1126 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma . Visit


April 26

Pratt’s 32nd Annual Fine Art Auction,"The Pratt Pack." Bell Harbor Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66. Visit

Urban Energy at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds

coleCityscapes and beyond,  a new group show by gallery artists is on view at the  Cole Gallery, 107 5th. Avenue S. in Edmonds, through  May 12. The artists’ reception is April 17 from 5-8pm complete, with champagne and deserts. Shown:  Window Shopper by Iris Scott.

See the Facts of Life at Gunnar Nordstrom

gunnarsussIn a comedic  wink to adults, Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, 800 Bellevue Way NE, is showing a collection of newly-released Dr. Seuss works in conjunction with the Chase Art Company.

Art walks and events through April 20

Third Wednesday

Uptown Art Walk will take place the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. The walk will start at the corner of Roy Street and Queen Anne Avenue, continuing north on Queen Anne Avenue.

Third Thursday

Edmonds Art Walk is from 5 –

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

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 free.


Third Friday

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


Third Saturday

Everett Art Walk is from 4 –


Thru April

skagit valley tulip

31st Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features lots of arts and crafts exhibits not to mention the most gorgeous display of tulips you’ve ever seen. The entire valley gears up for this festival every year.  Visit


April 19 – June 6

Northwest Watercolor Society 74th Annual International Open Exhibition at the American Art Company in Tacoma. Visit

Fine Impressions Gallery shows new sumi work

fineimpressionsCurrently showing at  Fine Impressions Gallery, 8300 5th. Avenue NE  in Seattle are John Moilanen’s  small Sumi paintings, including two of them depicting the Elwha River: “The Muddy Elwha” (shown here) and “Tree over Elwha.” Moilanen painted these from sketches he recently did at the river, which is now flowing freely after the recent removal of the Elwha and Glines Caynon Dams. The river is truly muddy, as his title states. A large amount of sediment had collected behind the dams, which had to be removed slowly to avoid too much sediment moving at once. The river is in the process of finding a new route and depth for itself, and major efforts are underway to replant some now open areas with native species. Moilanen’s work captures a moment in this historic transition. Also showing are photographs by Richard Lewis.

Spring Showcase opening at Howard/Mandville April 11

howardboatFriday evening April 11, from 5-8pm, Howard/Mandville Gallery, 120 Park Lane in Kirkland opens “Spring Showcase” as part of the newly-expanded Kirkland Art Walk which includes 19 downtown locations featuring art & music. On view through May 11, the group show features new works by gallery artists. Shown: Boat Repair – Copenhagen by Richard Boyer .

Milan Heger’s Soap and Water opening at Patricia Cameron

patriciacameron" SOAP AND WATER," a show featuring works by Milan Heger, opens April 9 from 5-8:30pm at the Patricia Cameron Gallery, 234 Dexter Avenue N in Seattle.. In the show, running through May 9,  Heger symbolically suggests the cleansing away of the grime of modern life.  He feels the rapid pace of technology, increasing presence of damaging electromagnetic fields, GMO altered foods, glut of information in all media and other negative influences are leading to the fragmentation of the human spirit. Shown: Bread.

R. John Ichter’s new show opens April 9 at Gunnar Nordstrom

gunnarichterAtlanta artist, R. John Ichter, opens “New Works” at the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, 800 Bellevue Way NE, on April 9 in a reception for the artist from 6-8pm. The award-winning artist’s work is in many private and corporate collections including the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Atlanta, Investors and collectors range from well known celebrities to Fortune 500 companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Equifax, Bank of America, the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States and Accenture. The show runs through May 10. Shown: In an Autumn Mood.

Art walks and events through April 13

Second Wednesday

Wallingford Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm from May –


Second Thursday

Blitz, Capitol Hill’s Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm.

West Seattle Art Walk is from 6 –


Second Friday

Belltown Art Walk is from 6pm until closing.

Greenwood-Phinney Art Up Art Walk is from 6 –

Kirkland Art Walk is from noon –


poulsboSecond 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 sponsored by Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association is from 5 – 8pm .  Shown above at the left: by Renee Bryant.


Thru April

31st Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features lots of arts and crafts exhibits not to mention the most gorgeous display of tulips you’ve ever seen. The entire valley gears up for this festival every year.  Visit

Art In A Pickle Barn. Celebrate a 25 year Skagit Valley tradition as the Skagit Art Association presents both 2D and 3D art from over 25 of it’s  members. View an eclectic mix of painting styles and mediums, from realism to abstract, plus jewelry, glass, photography, wood, ceramics and more. Tulip

Northwest Wood Workers’ Gallery features Bob Blair

nwwoodgBob Blair will be at Northwest Woodworkers Gallery, 2111 First Avenue in Seattle on  Sunday April 6 from 11-2pm to talk about his woodworking background and love of making things.

Kathleen Johnson show opens at Gallery North April 6

gallerynorthA reception for gallery member Kathleen Johnson’s new show  is tomorrow, April 6, from 1-4pm at Gallery North, 401 Main Street in Edmonds.  The show, “In Our Backyard,” will have another reception during the Edmonds Art Walk on April 17 from 5-8pm.

Acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei showing at SAAM

saamThe Seattle Asian Art Museum  welcomes the work of Ai Weiwei, one of China’s most acclaimed contemporary artists and outspoken dissidents. From one of the best-known series in the artist’s career, “Colored Vases”  (2010) will be on view at the Asian Art Museum starting on April 5.  Ai’s artistic projects serve as pointed critiques of the social and political status quo in China. The exhibition is a collection of nine earthenware vases covered with industrial paint and then let them drip dry. By covering the surfaces with new paint, what is underneath—like history itself—is “no longer visible, but is still there,”  Ai explained.


Ai Weiwei has been the subject of many exhibitions and is collected by the Museum of Modern  Art, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; LACMA, Los Angeles; and many others. Ai Weiwei was among several artists representing Germany at this year’s Venice Biennale, and a large survey of his work, organized by the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, is currently touring the U.S. Shown: Colored Vases, 2010, Ai Weiwei, Chinese, b. 1957, Nine Han Dynasty vases and industrial paint, dimensions variable; (approx. 17 x 22 in. each), Seattle Art Museum, Purchased with funds from the Estate of Robert M. Shields, 2013.33, © Ai Weiwei, Photo: Courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery, New York.

Gallery Cygnus in La Conner opens Draw, Stitch & Burn

Join Gallery Cygnus, 109 Commercial in La Conner, on April 5 from 5-8pm for the opening reception for, “Draw, Stitch & Burn,” featuring work by  Eve Deisher and Lanny Bergner. The two-person exhibition runs through Sunday, May 18. Don’t forget the Skagit Valley Art Escape art walk in La Conner this weekend.

Craig Rogers during April at the Max Grover Galley

The Max Grover Gallery in Port Townsend is showing the paintings of Craig Rogers for the month of April. His very personal depictions of his surroundings and images inspired through photos are the bases for this work. The show is a representation of the past decade of his creative life. Also on display will be 3 recently discovered lithographs for painter-printmaker Michael Knigin, (1942 – 2011). Between 1978 and 1982, Michael Knigen created a series of 50 paintings and prints inspired by the works of Japanese woodblock artists. The gallery will be open during the Port Townsend Art Walk April 5 from 5:30-8:30pm.