Cultural imPRINT: Northwest Coast Prints exhibition showcases cultural images from Native tribes at Tacoma Art Museum

tamculturalHaub Curator of Western American Art Faith Brower at the Tacoma Art Museum has partnered with co-curator India Young from Victoria, B.C., to bring together a selection of approximately 45 prints by Northwest Coast Native and First Nations artists on view through August 20.

“This exhibition is really about how artists create community through their work,” said Young. “Artists visualize their nationhood and territory. Cultural knowledge and design are passed from print to print and generation to generation. Prints circulate a sense of belonging.”

Cultural imPRINT boasts a cultural narrative, showcasing the  50-year history of Northwest Coast Native prints and presenting works from the Northwest Coast Indian Artists Guild alongside works by contemporary printmakers. The artists, both Native American and First Nations emerge from along the Northwest coast, a region that extends roughly 2,000 miles from the Columbia River where Oregon meets Washington and northward to the coastal regions of Alaska and British Columbia.

Julie Alexander’s Created Compost at the Alice Gallery

“Created Compost,” A show of new work made from reclaimed fabrics, found images, glassine, and a couple painted sticks, opens  at the Alice Gallery, 6007 12th Avenue South in Seattle, in a reception on April  29 from 6-8pm. The  solo exhibition by Julie Alexander is curated by Ben Heywood.

Frye Art Museum Since the Founding in 1952

fryeOpening April 29  at the Frye Art Museum is “Between the Frames: The Frye Art Museum Collection After 1952.”  On view through July 23, the exhibition presents 65 years of acquisitions in sequence–founded in 1952, over a decade after Charles (1858–1940) and Emma Frye (1860–1934) bequeathed more than two hundred oil paintings that today comprise the founding collection. The museum’s creation is credited to the determination of Walser Sly Greathouse, executor of the Frye estate and founding director of the Museum, who retained the Fryes’ vision for a free, public art museum for the people of Seattle—with special consideration for the community of First Hill. Shown: Adolf Hengeler (German, 1863-1927) Three Putti, n.d. Oil on canvas 22 7/8 x 24 3/8 in. Gift of Charles and Emma Frye, 1952.065

Group Exhibit Opens at Childhood’s End Gallery in Olympia

childhood A new group exhibit opens April 28 from 5–10pm and April  29 from 12-8pm during the Olympia Spring Arts Walk at the Childhood’s End Gallery, 222 4th. Avenue W. Live entertainment will be provided by PC & J acoustic guitar and vocals, Ann Finn piano and Pat Cole & Jamie Jenson. The show runs through May 28.

2017 Senior Art Show at the University of Puget Sound

University of Puget Sound’s “2017 Senior Art Show opens Wednesday, April 27, from 5 -7p.m. at the Kittredge Gallery,  N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence Tacoma, and everyone is welcome. This free exhibition is the highlight of the year, showcasing graduating senior art students’ thesis work.

The artworks on view offer a lively and engaging opportunity to see a variety of pieces by these emerging artists. Each of the 14 students has created a body of work that shows their skills and ideas. The show is on view through May 13.

Dealer’s Choice: 56th Annual Anniversary Group Exhibition Reception at Woodside/Braseth on April 20

woodWoodside/Braseth Gallery, located at 1201 Western Avenue, is one of Seattle’s oldest galleries. In a special reception on April 20 from 5:30 – 8:30pm, they celebrate 56 years of representing many of the area’s most prominent artists. Featured are new and recently acquired  works by Victoria Adams, Guy Anderson, Jaq Chartier, William Cumming, Morris Graves, Susan R. Hall, Paul Horiuchi, David Kroll,Jared Rue, & Gerard Tsutakawa. The show closes May 20. Shown: Summer Storm Washington Coast by Kenneth Callahan.

Edmonds Art Walk April 20 from 5-8 PM

cascadia“Botanical Exuberance: Trees & Flowers in Northwest Art” is showing  at Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Avenue. The show begins with 19th and early 20th century paintings by Tacoma’s Abby Williams Hill (1861-1943).  Her paintings were so highly regarded that she was commissioned to paint four landscapes that were used as travel posters for the Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railway. From the 19th century through today, local artists have used floral and tree motifs in their work in various mediums. Many artists of yesteryear who made their reputations glorifying the beauty of our area are included in the exhibition..Shown: Glen Alps, Hollyhocks, 1958, Serigraph, Private Collection.




The Cole Gallery, 107 5th. Avenue S., celebrates “Flowers & Gardens, Indoors and Out” through May 15. The group show highlights some of the gallery’s versatile painters who capture flowers and gardens, both in landscape paintings and in still life. During the Edmonds Art Walk the gallery will serve champagne, light dessert bites and offer entertainment by Gypsy Folk and Jazz from the Toka Ensemble.



gallnorthGallery North’s featured exhibit is “Moment & Eternity”, an exhibit of photography and oil paintings by award-winning artist Wei Chen. Well-known for her painterly photography, this artist uses an unusual technique to convey a very personal feeling of nostalgia in her work. Wei Chen uses light as paint and the camera as her brush to create surrealistic, in-camera images, in contrast to the traditional use of photography for realistic representation. Shown: Ocean Nocturne XXI. The gallery is located 401 Main Street.

Jefferson Museum of Art & History in Port Townsend Currently Showing Pat and Peter Simpson Collection

jeffersonThe Jefferson Museum of Art & History in Port Townsend  is currently featuring “Pat and Peter Simpson: Collectors and Patrons,” based on Pat and Peter Simpson’s art collection. It will present the work of nine artists: Tom Wilson, Jo Ann Alber, Kate Jenks, Anne Hirondelle, Stephanie Lutgring, Stephen Yates, Linda Okazaki, Galen Garwood, and Ed Cain.

The exhibit features pieces from the Simpson collection, which is mostly from the mid-1980s, along with works of the same artists from later points in their careers.

Stephen Yates created a large painting, Navigator’s Strategy, specifically for the exhibit.

“By showing some more contemporary work we get a little bit of a survey of those artists and how their work has progressed,” said curator Ann Welch.

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through April 24

Third Thursday

Edmonds Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm.

Third Thursday in Kent 4 – 7pm,

Tacoma Art Mingle when Tacoma museums offer free admission and galleries are open from 5 – 8pm.


Thru April

34th Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features lots of arts and crafts exhibitions.


Thru April 24

Art in the Schoolhouse at Christianson’s Nursery, Mount Vernon.


April 22

Whidbey Island Sculpture Day Tour. The City of Langley proclaims Saturday, April 22 International Sculpture Day. International Sculpture Day is a world-wide celebration involving hundreds of artists, organizations and institutions in over 20 countries championing sculpture and is annually observed on or around April 24. An awards ceremony in Langley will recognize the body of works by internationally recognized sculpture artist, Georgia Gerber for her contribution to communities in support of public art, arts organizations and service organizations. A guided tour of Langley public art will follow the ceremony.


April 22

From 10-3pm Tieton Arts & Humanities‘ annual Upper Valley Student Art Show will feature the artwork of K-12 students in the Highland, Naches, and West Valley school districts and Oakridge Montessori. There will be an awards ceremony for the kids at 2pm. BOXX Gallery’s current photography show will be on display.


April 22 & 23

For the fourth year, The Depot in Anacortes sponsors a two day Spring Fest on April 22 & 23.  It has all the fun components of the August Art Festival, on a slightly smaller scale.   Some of the favorite booth artists will be there, as well as entertainers, food trucks, and a beer garden.   There will also be activities for the kids and demonstrating artists. Many art studios will be open including Tieton Mosaic, Goathead Press, and Paper Hammer Studios.

Parklane Gallery Artists’ Reception Tonight from 5-8pm

parklaneParklane Gallery, 130 Park Lane in Kirkland, opens for an artists’ reception tonight from 5-8pm with: Adrenne, an eclectic artist currently working in digital media presents: "Digitized", with abstracts, expressive still-life’s and northwest landscapes; also showing is Ann Gan’s "American Landscape in Chinese Painting (水墨畫中的美國山水)", expressing the love of her favorite places in America in ink & watercolor on rice paper and silk. 

Seeing Nature at Fine Impressions Gallery

fineimpFine Impressions Gallery, 8300 5th. Ave. NE,  owner, Carol Maurer was so impressed by the Seattle Art Museum’s Seeing Nature show featuring the private collection of Paul Allen that she created a collection of landscape masterpieces to share with you. She says, “We may not have the deep pockets of Paul Allen but that doesn’t make this watercolor by artist David Harrison any less of a masterpiece.”


fineimp2Owner Carol doesn’t just collect and frame art, she is also an artist herself. Part of the Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists, she is currently showing a few pieces at a group show at the Miller Library April 7th – May 6th on UW Campus. Shown at the right is by Carol.

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through April 16

Second Thursday

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

West Seattle Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm.


Second Friday

Belltown Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm.

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

Kirkland Art Walk is from noon – 8pm.


Thru April

34th Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features lots of arts and crafts exhibitions.


Thru April 24

Art in the Schoolhouse at Christianson’s Nursery, Mount Vernon.


April 15

Art Party in Anacortes from 6 – 9pm.  This FUN-raising event helps  fund the Anacortes School District Cultural Arts Program. Held at the Depot Art Center. The celebration will include dueling pianos entertainment, food-truck small plates, a hosted bar, craft cocktails created by Mixologist Tim Moffitt and a variety of art experiences. And, of course, the ever-important dessert… BumbleBerry Cobbler by Gere-a-Deli.


April 15 – 23

Opening on Friday, April 14 at 6pm, this year’s Fine Art Show at the Depot Art Center in Anacortes includes the work of 33 regional artists.   Expect to see painting, photography, fiber, sculpture and mixed media work. This is a juried show, selected by the Festival Curatorial team.  Vote for your favorite artist to receive a $500 Patron’s Choice Award. The show is open daily from 11am – 4pm (closed Easter Sunday).

Craig Kosak Dreams April 8 at Howard/Mandville

howard“Dreamers,” new works by award-winning artist Craig Kosak opens April 8 from 2-4 pm at the Howard/Mandville Gallery, 120 Park Lane in Kirkland. The show is a new series of contemporary wildlife paintings infused with shimmering light and messages that are unique for each viewer. Meet the artist tomorrow, April 8 from 2-4pm. The show continues through April 30.  Shown: The Dream of When We Could Fly.

First Friday in Bellingham

artwoodArtwood Gallery, , 1000 Harris Avenue in Historic Fairhaven is  Bellingham’s go-to location for wood furnishings designed and built by local artists.   Featured in April are the paintings of Gary Giovane. Gary’s influences include the Northwest Coast, Celtic and Japanese styles, among others. He paints on cedar and each of his carefully crafted and decorative subjects is accompanied by the story of the event that inspired it.

On Sunday, April 23rd, as part of Dirty Dan Days in Fairhaven, Gary Giovane will be at Artwood to meet with visitors; and Jim Hume, another Artwood craftsman,  will be on hand to demonstrate wood carving.



4Brilliant Hues ~ Spontaneous Style opens  at Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery, 311 W. Holly Street in Bellingham, on  April 7 in a reception from 6-9pm. . Participating artists include: Denise Champion, Elaine McRory, Nick Payne, Laurie Potter, Phyllis Self, and Valeri Wade.The show  will hang in the gallery through April 28. Shown: Sunshine and Butterflies by NickPayne.

New Group Exhibition at Gallery Mack

galmackAn exhibition featuring new works in  glass, sculpture and unique abstracts is showing at Gallery Mack, 2100 Western Avenue in the north end of the Pike Place Market. Featured artists are Henner Schroder, Christopher Mathie, Georgia Gerber, Andrew Carson  and Cindy Miller.  Shown: Incarus by Henner Schroder, Sandcast Glass, Glass Inclusion and Solid Worked Onlay, 24 1/4" H x 17 1/2" W x 9 1/2" DC