Showcased at the Tacoma Art Museum from June 27 – September 13 is “Selections from the Aloha Club Collection.” The Aloha Club is a Tacoma community group, originally organized as a women’s study club in 1892. Its focus is promoting the cultural life of the community and fostering the development of Northwest artists. The exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to see how the collection was shaped as well as to appreciate first-rate Northwest art. Shown: Patti Warashina (American, born 1940), Amazed, 1984. Porcelain and Plexiglas, 57 ½ x 55 7/8 x 6 inches. Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of the Aloha Club, 1992.11
“Canopies,“ new work by Kimberly Clark, Eric Elliott, Tamblyn Gawley, and Evelyn Woods is showing at Prographica Gallery, 3419 East Denny Way, from June 27 – August 26. The show opens Saturday June 27 with a reception from 2 to 4 pm. “Canopy” connotes a covering, like an awning or a blind. Evelyn Woods presents a very complete description of her subject; it is her intention to evoke the presence of trees with such clarity that you can almost smell them. But in the work of Eric Elliott you need to really look for a moment to see the foliage. Then the sense of space, volume, and “breathable air” makes itself known. It is the sense of an “abstract whole” that appeals in the work of Tamblyn Gawley. She assembles multiple small panels, each with a minutely rendered portion of a tree, to form a whole allowing the viewer to see the “abstraction” prior to the tree. For Kimberly Clark, the canopy is of less interest than the volume of space it encloses. She makes “looking up” tangible and invites the viewer to appreciate the space and breathe the air. Shown: Kimberly Clark, First Fall
Bremerton Charleston Arts District Artwalk,noon – 8pm www.ci.bremerton.wa.us
Performance Sculptures by Alejandro Guzmán from 6:30-7:30pm at MadArt Studio, 325 Westlake Avenue. Performance begins at 7. Alejandro Guzmán has been hosted in Seattle in an alliance between the Seattle Art Museum and MadArt as part of the exhibit Disguise: Masks and Global African Art. In MadArt’s studio, with the help of staff and volunteers, Alejandro created a family of nGangulero "performance sculptures".
Jedis, 12s, Muggles, Makers, Trekkies, and musicians come together for 15th birthday Bash reception for the EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Avenue N., with official remarks, proclamation from the City of Seattle, birthday cake ceremony, performance by 2015 Sound Off! finalist Bleachbear and special appearances by EMP friends. It all starts at 11am.
Kenmore Art Show at Bastyr University, sponsored by The Arts of Kenmore . On Saturday, June 27th, the Art Show will host a Plein Air "Paint Out" event on the Bastyr campus with the Plein Air Washington Artists group. Plus, lots more art and activities over the three-day show including a juried show. Located at 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore. Special opening at 5:30pm on June 24 to meet the artists.
International Arts and Music Festival at the Peach Arch Park on the Washington/Canadian border. A 3-day gathering of artists from the Greater Northwest and beyond representing a rich cultural tapestry. Please come and enjoy a unique art display with a touch of sophistication, the echoing sounds of music, gourmet food, and a wine and beer garden, all nestled within the beautiful setting o f Peace Arch Park. www.peacearchart.org
Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park 6th Annual Party in the Park from 6pm – midnight. The al fresco dinner party is a very popular fundraiser for the museum. Dance the night away with The Nines.
Beacon Hill Art Walk from 1-10pm. Will include art displayed both inside and outside of local businesses on the days of the event and up to a week from the ‘Junction’ at 15th and Beacon Av S. down to Jefferson Park. Pedicabs will be cycling up and down Beacon Avenue, and attendees are encouraged to use light rail, bus and bike to arrive . Outdoor art market also, food trucks, music, you name it.
On view through September 13 at the Tacoma Art Museum are works by Seattle native Roger Shimomura in “An American Knockoff.” Organized by the Museum of Art at Washington State University and debuted there last fall before touring the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University in Salem, OR, the exhibition reflects Shimomura’s experience of commonly being presumed a foreigner in his own culture. The term knockoff refers to something cheaply made to resemble a more valuable original; with a knife-sharp wit, Shimomura explores the perception of his identity as less than American. Roger Shimomura, American in Disguise, 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 34 × 34 inches. Collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Maribeth Collins Art Aquisition Fund, 2014.031.
Only one more day left to attend the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art first-ever smARTfilms Family Film Festival, featuring four days of fun, artful, and inspiring movies the whole family will love. From animated and live action shorts to the classic tale The Secret Garden and the brand-new Song of the Sea, the festival is sure to delight all ages. The $10 ticket, which pays for one adult and two children, won’t burn a hole in your pocket either. (Each additional child is $3.)
Midsommer Celebration with the Nordic Heritage Museum at the Ballard Farmer’s Market – Bergen Place, Sunday, June 21
The Nordic Heritage Museum will bring children’s activities, museum objects and materials to the Ballard Farmer’s Market in Bergen Place on June 21st. Midsommer, also known as the summer solstice, is celebrated throughout the world, but is particularly important in Nordic countries. The celebrating of midsommer is a significant occasion that symbolizes the end of the long dark winters. Join the Nordic Heritage Museum and do as the Nordics do – cross your fingers for good weather and brace for good times during the longest day of light.
Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Avenue in the Fairhaven District of Bellingham, is currently featuring the work of avid sketch artist Debra Stern. She takes her drawings from the page to the kiln with functional and sculptural ceramic wares. Her show will be on view for the month of June.
On view through October 18 at the Bellevue Arts Museum, is “Let’s Play War,” Nathan Vincent’s first solo museum exhibition. The New York-based artist, whose work was featured in BAM’s 2011 group show “Mysterious Content of Softness,” continues to explore the power of fiber to challenge ideas about the codes of conduct still at work within the American domestic landscape. The exhibition’s co-curators are Stefano Catalani and Kelsey Rudd. BAM offers free parking. The parking garage is accessible from Bellevue Way NE going north.
“Summer’s Palette”, an exhibit of acrylic paintings by award-winning artist Lyn Linder, is currently showing through June 30 at Gallery North, 401 Main Street in Edmonds. The show will include many of her latest works featuring scenic landscapes and local wildlife. Meet her at the Edmonds Art Walk on June 18 from 5-8pm. Shown: Golden Reflection.
,Cole Gallery, 107 5th. Avenue in Edmonds will present a multi-artist show titled “Northwest Waters” running through July 13 headlining Austin Dwyer with an artist reception on June from 5-8pm. The show will feature over thirty-five paintings of ships, marinas, marine life, and waterways specific to our region. Dwyer will also be conducting a visual presentation on “Ships to Remember” at Cole Gallery on June 20 from 6:30-8:30pm during the run of the show. There he will tell the stories on vessels ranging from the 9th century to present day with a Q&A at the end.
“Disguise: Masks and Global African Art,” on view at the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle from June 18- September 7, is a groundbreaking exhibition that celebrates 21st-century evolutions of the mask and explores contemporary forms of disguise. Lenu Naagbiwa of Boue, One of the Last Active Carvers in Ogoniland, 2014. Zina Saro-Wiwa, USA/UK/Nigeria, born 1976. Shown: he Invisible Man series, 2015, Zina Saro-Wiwa, USA/UK/Nigeria, b. 1976, exhibition print, 30 x 50 in., Seattle Art Museum, Commission, 2015. © Zina Saro-Wiwa, Photo courtesy of the artist.
The Fine Impressions Gallery, 8300 5th. Avenue NE in Seattle, celebrates Father’s Day during June with fine prints they might like. June also marks the kick off of Seafair with one of the Greenwood Car Show. Running all day on Saturday June 27, it features over a mile and a half of classic cars. You can see one of these 1908 Rolls Royces, perfectly captured by artist George A. Oliver as part of his “Early Motor-Cars: 1904 – 1915” series currently showing at the gallery. .
John Miller, former staff member at Pilchuck Glass School, will be at the Museum of Glass in the Hot Shop from June 17 – 21. Currently an associate professor and head of the glass department at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, Miller exhibits internationally and frequently tours the country lecturing and demonstrating with hot glass. Although he has experimented with many different techniques and materials, his focus is blown and hot-worked glass sculpture. During his residency, Miller will create works of art for a selection of his current series, such as High Volume and Hot Stuff, as well as a new car hood ornament piece in partnership with LeMay – America’s Car Museum.
Edmonds Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm.www.edmondsartwalk.com
Seattle Design Center Art Walk is from 5 – 9pm. at 5701 Sixth Ave. South.https://www.seattledesigncenter.com
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.www.tacoma.com/events/tacomas-third-thursday-art-walk/
Upper Queen Anne Art Walk is from 3 – 9pm and takes place between the 1500 and 2400 blocks on Queen Anne Ave. N.
Port Orchard Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm, May through October.www.pobsa.com/Membership/port-orchard-art-walk.html.
"Best of Gage" Student Art Show and Awards, Gage Academy of Art, 1501 10th Ave. East. Visit www.gageacademy.org.
The Seattle Art Museum is open from 7-11pm to celebrate the opening of the newest exhibition, ‘Disguise: Masks and Global African Art,” ‘with a full night of live performances, music, art making, and tours featuring the dynamic artists featured in this groundbreaking exhibition.
June 19 – 21
57th Edmonds Arts Festival, one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest arts celebrations, is a free, fun-filled Father’s Day Weekend in Edmonds. Fri. 11am – 9pm, Sat. 10am – 8pm, Sun. 10am – 6pm. Visit edmondsartsfestival.org.
Meeker Days Festival, Downtown Puyallup, the largest street festival in Pierce County. Visit www.puyallupmainstreet.com.
Museum of Northwest Art Annual Art Auction in La Conner. Preview: June 19. The museum’s largest annual fundraiser–for seasoned and novice art collectors. Visit www.museumofnwart.org. Silent Auctions Open, 6-8pm & Northwest Kingdom Picnic and Dance Party 6-10pm. New this year… the silent auctions will open for bidding on Friday from 6-8pm only.
“Marked, Stitched and Mended: Featured Artist Jan Smith,” is on view from June 15 – July 15 at the Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, 1420 Fifth Avenue in Seattle. Canadian metalsmith, printmaker and ceramicist Jan Smith, investigates surface as a medium through which to communicate ideas of healing and memory. Smith handles enamel in a non-traditional manner, creating unique surfaces combined with thoughtful illustration.
On June 14, 1997, the Blue Whole Gallery , 129 W. Washington Street in Sequim, an artists’ co-op with 26 members, opened its doors. What started as "an experiment in excellence, a fine art gallery of professional artists pursuing creative originality" has continued and thrived to this day. The gallery currently has 30 artists working with oil, acrylic and watercolor, mixed media, assemblage, photography, fused glass, metal sculpture, ceramics, wood sculpture and turning, and jewelry. As they begin their 18th year, they’re still thriving with quality and originality. Shown: Three Presidents (from left Barbara Boerigter, Margo Hankel, and Brian Buntain). Photo by Larry Barnes