Weather Diaries Exhibit at Nordic Heritage Museum

nordicRead the Nordic Heritage Museum exhibition review by Michael Upchurch in the Seattle Times. He calls it,” Eerie, edgy and entirely unexpected, “The Weather Diaries” is a photographic exhibition that uses wild fashion experimentation as an excuse to plunge deep into a Nordic dream world.” Read all about it by clicking on the Seattle Times link. The exhibit will be up through November 6.

Northwest Woodworkers Off the Wall: Everyday Art

nwwood"Off the Wall: Everyday Art," opens in a wine-tasting reception from 5-8pm September 22 at the Northwest Woodworkers Gallery, 2111 1st. Avenue in Seattle. The exhibition focuses on a selection of unique and whimsical studio furniture pieces from the artisan members of  Northwest Woodworkers Gallery. Included will be works by Reid Anderson, Matthew X Curry, Curtis Erpelding, James Esworthy, Hank Holzer, John Kirschenbaum, Seth Rolland, and John Thoe. These pieces were selected for their striking design and use of materials.

Wendy Red Star Winner of the 2016 Betty Bowen Award

Press release just in from the Seattle Art Museum: “The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Betty Bowen Committee, chaired by Gary Glant, announced today that Wendy Red Star is the winner of the 2016 Betty Bowen Award. The award comes with an unrestricted cash award of $15,000. Founded in 1977 to continue the legacy of local arts advocate and supporter Betty Bowen, the annual award honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional, and compelling work. Red Star’s work operates at the intersections of traditional Native American culture and colonialist histories and modes of representation; her work will be featured in an installation at the Seattle Art Museum beginning November 10.

In addition, Dawn Cerny was selected to receive the Special Recognition Award in the amount of $2,500, and Mark Mitchell was awarded the Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award in the amount of $2,500. Five finalists, including Evan Baden and Sadie Wechsler, were chosen from a pool of 446 applicants from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho to compete for the $20,000 in awards.

The award ceremony honoring Red Star, Cerny, and Mitchell will take place on Thursday, November 10 at 5:30 pm at the Seattle Art Museum. The ceremony and reception following the artists’ remarks are free and open to the public.”

Museum of Glass Announces Free Admission September 24

According to a press release issued today, the Museum of Glass “will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 24, 2016, as part of  Smithsonian magazine’s 12th annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.”

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through September 25

Fourth Saturday

Bremerton Charleston Arts District Artwalk,  12-8pm 


September 24

Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S. Main Street,  invites you to their Pratt’s Bi-Annual Open House, which will take place on Saturday, September 24 at 6pm. This is a free, family-friendly and fun event that is open to the public, with hands on art activities for kids ages 5 and up; a live bronze pour, food and drink from food trucks, artist demos in each of Pratt’s studios, and much more.

Waterworks Showcases Elizabeth Bruno & Dana Roberts

waterwOpening today in a reception from 4-7pm at the Waterworks Gallery, 315 Argyle Avenue in Friday Harbor, is a show featuring works by Dana Roberts and Elizabeth Bruno. Bruno, based in the Seattle area, paints stories that gathered over time reflect many periods in the artworld. A bit old fashioned in styling, the work itself makes a contemporary  statement with her subject manner – woman at work, birds singing, dogs walking and lots of rabbits. Roberts, based on San Juan Island, describes her work a painted while unconscious. She does not think about what she is painting, but rather just paints her emotions, her thoughts or even the weather. The show runs through October 15.  Shown: Sit by Elizabeth Bruno.

Barbara Earl Thomas Exhibit Extended Through October 9

bimaJust in from City Arts Magazine: “ Due to popular demand, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art  has proudly extended Barbara Earl Thomas’ exhibition Heaven on Fire through Sunday, October 9. Heaven on Fire is a survey of over sixty artworks, with pieces spanning from the early 1980s to present including paintings, prints, glass sculpture, paper cuts, and a site-specific installation.”

The Seattle Times calls the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art  show "Heaven on Fire" by Barbara Earl Thomas a "must-see."

Third Thursday Edmonds Art Walk 5-8pm

ccascA Spirit Unbound: The Art of Peggy Strong,” is showing at the Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Avenue in Edmonds. This is the first retrospective for the artist, featuring works held privately in the family’s collection and never seen by the public until now. Curator David F. Martin, long recognized as the leading authority on Northwest women artists, considers this one of his most important exhibitions.



The Cole Gallery, 107 5th. Avenue S., celebrates autumn with Kimberly Adams’ oil finger paintings. Reminiscent of the Impressionists, with a definite contemporary twist, Kimberly illuminates the canvas with landscapes full of vibrant color depicting the Northwest’s  wondrous palette.



gallerynorthGallery North, 401 Main Street, invites all to enjoy refreshments and meet artist Janet Hawse whose exhibit, “A Brush With Life” is featured this month. This exhibit will continue to be open to the public daily until September 30.

zincZinc Art, 102 3rd. Avenue S., opens for Third Thursday with Liz Tran’s explosive solo show, on view through October 17. Tran will unveil new pieces from her series “Lightspeed” alongside other new works. Shown: Lightspeed 2

Dan Larsen’s Organic Diversion Grande at Gunnar Nordstrom

gunOpening September 14  from 6-8pm at the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, 800 Bellevue Way NE, is “Organic Diversion – Grande,”  work by organic abstract artist, Dan Larsen. Long a gallery favorite, this year with "Organic Diversion – Grande",  Larsen explores on a large scale the artist and nature bond by pushing the serendipitous outcomes and patterns of nature with abstract expressionism calculated by the artist to create an ergonomic bond unusual in many of his past works. Not long ago Larsen embarked on the pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago where he walked in solitude for 500 miles on a path that dates back to the middle ages. He took this route as a spiritual path and encountered an unexpected spiritual awareness that has affected his art. The show runs through October 8.

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through September 18

Third Thursday

Edmonds Art Walk is from 5 –

Third Thursday in Kent 4 – 7pm,

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

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

Upper Queen Anne Art Walk is from 3 – 9pm and takes place between the 1500 and 2400 blocks on Queen Anne Ave. N.


September 15 – 25

Schack-toberfest. Glass Pumpkins and Harvest Art Work and Glassblowing Demonstrations. Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Visit


September 16 – 18

The Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour, 10am – 5pm. The tour includes artists in Gig Harbor, South Kitsap, Fox Island, and Key Peninsula areas. Visit


September 17

mogMuseum of Glass Red Hot Auction and Gala is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. The event features silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner, and a Hot Shop after party with artist Ethan Stern. Tickets and signature goblets are available for purchase online. The Museum’s largest fundraiser supports the museum’s wide array of exhibitions, Visiting Artists, military outreach, and educational programming.


September 17 – 18

Edmonds Art Studio Tour, 10am-5pm. Visit

Second Saturday in Poulsbo 5-8pm

carrieCarrie Goller Gallery, 18801 Front Street,  invites you to join the for the fun in Poulsbo during the  Second Saturday Artwalk from 5-8pm. Every art gallery and many businesses in Poulsbo participate. -Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres and listen to live music.World renowned artist, Max Hayslette will be autographing complimentary art posters (while supplies last). Shown: Mount Baker Winter



frontThe Front Street Gallery, 18881 Front Street, is featuring Raku Pottery by Sherri Underwood this month. A modern look at an ancient Japanese technique, Raku’s unpredictable results create unique patterns.




liberyThe works of Susan E. Wheeler are featured at Liberty Bay Gallery, 18830 Front Street, this month. Her landscape paintings contain hidden figures that express movement in life and nature. Shown at the left.



verkThe Verksted Gallery, 18937 Front Street, features three artists this month: Lynn Leon, ceramic artist; Karen Rahl, who hand-weaves baskets in the Swedish tradition; and Jerry Lyman who cuts, carves, drills and polishes antler shed into various creations.

Peggy Strong Exhibition Opens at Cascadia Art Museum

ccascA Spirit Unbound: The Art of Peggy Strong,” opens September 9 at the Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Avenue in Edmonds. This is the first retrospective for the artist, featuring works held privately in the family’s collection and never seen by the public until now. Curator David F. Martin, long recognized as the leading authority on Northwest women artists, considers this one of his most important exhibitions. Born in Tacoma, Washington, Peggy Strong (1912-1956) was one of the leading regional artists of the mid-20th century. Despite being paralyzed in the lower half of her body as the result of an automobile accident in 1933, she developed a significant reputation as a painter and muralist.


Strong exhibited in many prestigious exhibitions including the national survey of American Art at Rockefeller Center in 1938. She was also one of only sixty women artists to be included in the contemporary art show at the Golden Gate International Exhibition at San Francisco in 1939. Shown: The Sisters, 1938, Private Collection.

Lisa Harris Gallery Reincarnated as Harris Harvey Gallery has Grand Opening September 8 with John McCormick Exhibit

CaptureHarris Harvey Gallery, 1915 First Avenue the reincarnation of 32-year old Lisa Harris Gallery, announces its grand opening in the new location Thursday, September 8 with an exhibition of oil paintings by nationally-known California painter John McCormick. McCormick, who will attend the opening from 6-8pm, calls his latest body of work “Clues and Fragments.”

Now located in the Alaska Trade Building along the vibrant First Ave corridor, still within the Pike Place Market Historical District, the gallery is trading its former water view for an active street presence. Sarah Harvey, the new owner and director who has worked closely with Lisa Harris for the past six years, will continue the West Coast focus established by Lisa Harris, while introducing new talent to the gallery’s established artist group. Shown: Bubble Boy.

Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery says, “Lend Me Your Ears…”

facereFacèré Jewelry Art Gallery,  1420 Fifth Avenue,  presents “Lend Me Your Ears…Your Neck…Your Wrists,” an exhibition of new work by jewelry artist Trudee Hill. Using her signature square sterling silver wire to form precise words and phrases, this collection brings new meaning to the term ‘statement jewelry.’ The right words can inspire and empower. Say what you mean. Wear what you say. Hill is best known for her fabricated, one-of-a-kind jewelry in sterling silver. Square wire is bent, cut, soldered and filed one hundred times over to form precise letters, words, and symbols. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Tacoma Art Museum. The exhibition is on view through September 28.

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through September 11

Second Thursday

Gig Harbor Art Walk along the waterfront in the summer until 8pm.

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

West Seattle Art Walk is from 6 –


Second Friday

Belltown Art Walk is from 6 –

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

Kirkland Art Walk is from noon –


Second 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 is from 5 –


September 6

In search of the truth? Want to speak your own truth? Pop in to The Truth Booth at Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm. The Truth Booth is a project by members of The Cause Collective. It is touring 24 U.S. cities through 2016 as part of their project In Search of The Truth (The Truth Booth).


PictureSeptember 10

Bainbridge Quilt Festival in downtown Winslow along Winslow Way from 9am – 5pm