Michael Flaherty’s ukuleles at Artwood in September

artwoodEach month Artwood Gallery, 1000 Harris Avenue in the Fairhaven District of Bellingham,   features a particular artist or category of woodwork, and also participates in Old Fairhaven events. During September, Michael Flaherty’s ukuleles will take center stage. On two Saturdays, Sept.6 and 13 from 2 until 4 p.m., Michael will be present in the gallery to demonstrate the processes and tools in the construction of his instruments, of which many will be on view. In addition, Artwood’s walls will display the acrylic paintings of Nancy Canyon, a Fairhaven artist.

Contemporary Art From India opens August 30 at SAM

samcityCity Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India” opens August 30 at the Seattle Art Museum in the third floor galleries. Running through February 15, the exhibition showcases contemporary life in India through the eyes of 12 artists in the area.


According to the Seattle Art Museum, “ The photographers and sculptors, all of a generation that is well-traveled and informed by international art and politics, take a close look at the people and surroundings of their native country, its history, popular culture and ancient mythology, and how these influences shape identities. As a result, their works highlight the contradictions, changes and subtleties that unfold in the private and public spheres.”


“Photography is a potent choice for contemporary Indian artists, perhaps because the country has been somewhat photographically over-exposed by western visitors,” says Catharina Manchanda, SAM’s Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. “City Dwellers” conveys the complexities and also the excitement of everyday life in India today.”

Betty Bowen Award finalists selected

Five finalists for the annual Betty Bowen Award have been selected by the award committee, chaired by Gary Glant. The finalists are: Gretchen Frances Bennett, Seattle; Dawn Cerny, Seattle; Klara Glosova, Seattle; Ralph Pugay, Portland; Peter Scherrer, Bellingham. The award ceremony will be November 13 where the winner will receive a $15,000 prize. The winner’s  work is to be displayed at the Seattle Art Museum beginning October 15.

Video game art show at Ltd. Art Gallery

ltd“Press Start III:Turbo Edition,” third annual video game art show, opens August 29 in a reception from 7-11pm at Ltd. Art Gallery, 307 E. Pike Street. On view through October 5, the exhibit showcases over 40 artists whose works started as simple video game graphics and fun, but evolved over the decades to become artwork in their own right. Shown: 4Murder of Crows by Kevin Jay Stanton.

Australian Aboriginal Art showing at ArtXchange Gallery

artxchangeArtXchange Gallery, 512 First Avenue S. in Seattle, has partnered with Ann Snell Gallery (Sydney, Australia) to bring a diverse collection of Australian Aboriginal art to Seattle. “Mythscapes exhibits a range of artists, from established masters who exhibited in Seattle Art Museum’s  “Ancestral Modern to the next generation of emerging Indigenous artists. The internationally-renowned young duo, Sarrita and Tarisse King (daughters of seminimal Aboriginal painter William King), have created five new works especially for the Seattle exhibition, including a unique collaborative painting by the two sisters. The opening reception is August 28 from 5-8pm. Shown: Monica Napaltjarri, Womens Dreaming Sites.

High school photographers exhibit at Tacoma Art Museum

tacExperience the work of Washington’s talented high school photographers, on view August 27−September 28 in the Community Art Space at Tacoma Art Museum. The 2014 Washington State High School Photography Competition received over 4,100 entries, submitted by 1,524 students from 70 Washington schools. Finalists from each of the 12 competition categories are included in the exhibition, featuring 36 photographs in black and white and in color. Shown: Camera Phone Category: Joshua Kahn, University Prep, Seattle

Calendar of art walks and events through August 31

August 26

John Buck signing his book,  Kinetic Sculptures, Prints, and Carved wood Panels, 6-7pm at  Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 3rd. Avenue S.


samdanceAugust 28

From 6-9pm at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park. Don’t miss Dancing til Dusk with Valse Cafe Orchestra on the last night of Summer at SAM. Co-presented with Seattle Parks and Recreation.


August 30

Hot Shop Live with Fred Curtis at Tacoma’s Museum off Glass. Co-hosts Greg Owen and Bonnie Wright present the next edition of Hot Shop Live, featuring Irish crystal cutter Fred Curtis, on Saturday  at 12 pm.


August 30 – 31

Lopez Island Artists Studio Tour. Visit www.lopezisland.com/studiotour.


August 30 – September 1

Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Art Festival, Seattle Center. The biggest of its kind in North America. Visit www.bumbershoot.org

Edmonds Art Walk shows tonight from 5-8pm

Cole Gallery, located at 107 5th. Avenue S., is participating in the Edmonds Art Walk from 5-8pm with a reception for Kate Steiger’s “Beautiful Ruins.” Inspired by her travels to the ancient city of Pompeii and the archaeological treasures of Crete and Indochina, Steiger creates an intricate painterly surface that illuminates the designs of a weathered fresco, the patterns of a mosaic wall, the contours of a Grecian vase, and the foliage of forgotten gardens. The show is up through September 21.



galnorth“Beauty of the Northwest,” studio and plein air works, opens during the Edmonds Art Walk from 5-8pm at Gallery North, 401 Main Street. The gallery has been preparing for the annual celebration for several months. Now the display is up and the beauty of our region graces the front room of the gallery with images from downtown Seattle to Mount Rainier.

Woodblock prints on view at Northwest Woodworkers

nwwgNorthwest Woodworkers Gallery, 2111 First Avenue in Seattle, is currently  showcasing the wood block art prints of Friday Harbor artist Dona Reed. Her images are recognizable from the gourd vessels and lamps she has on display throughout the year in the gallery. 

Art walks and events through August 24

Third Thursday

Edmonds Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm.www.edmondsartwalk.com

Seattle Design Center Art Walk is from 5 – 9pm. at 5701 Sixth Ave. South.www.seattledesigncenterartwalk.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.artwalktacoma.com


August 22

Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park SAM Remix from 8pm to midnight. Celebrate Seattle arts and culture with SAM’s exhibition Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical and new art at the Olympic Sculpture Park including Trimpin’s YOU ARE HEAR and Jaume Plensa’s Echo during this creative night out.


August 23 – 24

Port Townsend Annual Studio Tour.Visit www.northwindarts.org

Christopher Mathie & Chuck Gumpert have one path and two visions at Howard/Mandville Gallery

howardOpening today at the Howard/Mandville Gallery, 120 Park Lane in Kirkland,  in a reception from 5-7 pm, is “One Path – Two Visions.” Inspired by Abstract Expressionism and Modernism, noted West Coast artists Christopher Mathie and Chuck Gumpert have painted together for the past eleven years.  By combining their vision they have developed an evocative style of abstraction that could best be described as organic.  With a strong focus on energetic movement, intense emotion, and suggestive shapes, they separately explore the figure, landscape, and pure abstraction. The show continues through September 7.

Hauntingly humorous at Anchor Art Space

Anchor Art Space, 216 Commercial Ave. in Anacortes, opens  August 15 from 6-9pm with a new exhibit featuring two artists who reveal the haunting yet humorous side of human beings in their two natural habitats; the suburbs and the subconscious. Curated by Sarah Denby

New gallery shows to see August 14

Full Moon Art Gallery, 3155 Harborview Drive in Gig Harbor, opens from 5-8pm during Gig Harbor’s Thursday Night out – “Meet Me on the Waterfront” with  artist of the month Kathe Robel. Robel  is displaying her glass art work, and each piece comes with a hand-crafted metal stand by the artist. Featured in front of the gallery is music entertainment by Gig Harbor’s own Dane Wallace playing his guitar and singing.



Gage Academy of Art, 1501 10th Avenue E. in Seattle, opens from 6-8pm with “Any Day.” Guest curated by artist and Kang-O’Higgins Atelier graduate Elana Winsberg, “Any Day” is a dialogue about death. The exhibition includes painting, fiber work, prints and installation by Mitch Albala, Josie Furchgott Sourdiffe, Sam Hamrick, Emma Jane Levitt, Kathy Liao, Greg Lundgren, Iskra Johnson, Memuco, Pamela Durga Robinson, Kurt Vance, Margaret Swanson Vance and Elana Winsberg.  The show runs through September 19.



samgallSAM Gallery, located in the downtown Seattle Art Museum, presents Liz Tran at the Taste Restaurant during the opening reception from  6–7:30 pm. On view through November 9, the exhibit channels geodes, flowers, outer space, and The Big Bang, Liz Tran’s mixed-media paintings explore the shapes of nature and the psychedelic colors of her imagination. Created as a form of therapy during Seattle’s long, grey winters, Tran’s work creates an atmosphere that is brighter, more playful, more colorful, and more content than the world in which we exist. Shown at the left: Strange Explosion, Liz Tran, mixed media, 36 x 36. Photo: Christian Galley.



schackOn August 14th the Schack Art Center‘s main gallery, located at  2921 Hoyt Ave. in Everett, will be filled with maritime scenes, seascapes, and landscapes as it honors painter Joan Pinney, the 2014 Schack Artist of the Year. Pinney is an accomplished watercolorist who draws inspiration from her extensive travels in the Pacific Northwest.  Since 1992 the Schack (formerly Arts Council of Snohomish County) has selected one artist to honor as its "Artist of the Year". This professional artist is someone who is recognized by his or her peers for their considerable accomplishments and contributions to the visual arts in and beyond Snohomish County. Shown at the right above: Coastal Fog.


Twilight Gallery, 4306 SW Alaska St. in Seattle, is featuring work by Laura Castellanos, Mary Coss, Levi Hastings, Tim Manthey, Naoko Morisawa, Hanna Myers, Lynn Schirmer, Siolo Thompson, and Kate Vrijmoet in a show called “Boundaries” The show opens fro 6-9pm.

Pat Tolle’s new show opens at Gunnar Nordstrom August 13

gunnarNew works by northwest artist Pat Tolle opens at the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, 800 Bellevue Way NE, in a reception from 6-8pm August 13 and runs through September 6. The popular artists has been a regular gallery participant since her first exhibit  21 years ago. Her new exhibit, "Trees and Other Matters" takes the observer on a familiar journey to some of her favorite locations from landscapes in the Skagit Valley to the beaches of  Hawaii. Widely collected, her  achievements  include commissions from the  University of Washington, City of Bothell and the Washington State Arts Commission, among others.

Calendar of art walks and events through August 17

Second Wednesday

Wallingford Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm from May – September.www.wallingfordartwalk.com


Second Thursday

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

West Seattle Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm.www.westseattleartwalk.com

Gig Harbor Art Walk from 5-8pm. Over 50 downtown businesses staying open with specials, refreshments and entertainment. 


Third Friday

Port Orchard Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm, May through October.www.portorchardartwalk.com.


Third Saturday

Everett Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm.www.everettartwalk.com


August 14 – 17

The  Vala Art Center hosts a juried art installation with an artist reception and awards on August 14 from 5:30—7:30pm during the Redmond Arts Festival. The festival takes place August 15– 17 at Redmond Town Center and is Redmond’s premier annual arts event featuring 65 artists’ booths, live music on a main stage, wine & beer garden, food trucks, a retailer sidewalk sale and special installations of art.  The festival is run through a partnership between Redmond Town Center and VALA Eastside. Artists from all over Washington State come to the festival to present a wide range of fine arts and crafts.  The location is in Redmond Town Center, 16409 NE 74 St (next door to Z Gallerie) and its hours during the arts festival will be Friday through Sunday 10am – 6pm.  The artwork will be shown through August 29.


August 15 – 17

Poulsbo Arts Festival. All kinds of arts and crafts. www.cafnw.org.


August 16

Vikings invade Ballard as the Nordic Heritage Museum  hosts the Run Like a Viking 5K at Golden Gardens Park. The run kicks off the 31st Viking Days, the Nordic Heritage Museum’s annual summer festival. Runners pick up packets August 15 from 3-7pm. The run starts at 9am and runners are encouraged to wear Nordic costumes, dogs included.


August 16 – 17

Fresh Paint Festival of Artists at Work along the entire length of the promenade at the Port of Everett Marina, 1700 W Marine View Dr. Visit www.schack.org


Viking Days at Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 Northwest 67th St. Visit www.nordicmuseum.org. for more information. Admission to both Viking Days and the museum is free for all ages. Viking Days is a great chance to view the exhibition Danish Modern: Design for Living in it’s final two weeks on display. Dozens of groups, ranging from traditional folk to rock, will be playing on multiple stages around the museum. In addition, local merchants will sell Nordic, local, and hand-crafted items. The family-friendly event will also include low-cost craft projects for kids and the Nordic Spirit ship will be set up for close inspection and photos. The Nordic Heritage Museum  is a cultural treasure in the Pacific Northwest. It is the only museum in the United States that represents the cultural heritage of all five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.