Gallery Walks in Pioneer Square and the Seattle Art Museum area, 5 – 8pm.
Downtown Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park are free all day on First Thursdays. www.firstthursdayseattle.com
New! Silverdale Art walk, 5:30 – 8pm, November through March. Meet at Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio, 9536 NW Silverdale Way. 360/613-5472
Anacortes Galleries are open 6 – 9pm.www.anacortesart.com
Bainbridge Island Galleries are open from 6 – 8pm. www.bainbridgedowntown.org.
Bellingham Downtown Art Walk is from 6 – 10pm. www.downtownbellingham.com/artwalk
Bremerton Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm in downtown Bremerton. www.ci.bremerton.wa.us
Ellensburg Art Walk is from 5 – 7:30pm in historic downtown Ellensburg.www.ci.ellensburg.wa.us
Fremont Art Walk is 6 – 9pm.www.fremontfirstfriday.com
Issaquah Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm, May – September in downtown Issaquah.www.downtownissaquah.com
Sequim Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm in downtown Sequim. www.sequimartwalk.com
Vashon Island Gallery Cruise is from 6 – 9pm.www.stov.us/art/firstFriday.html
Ballard Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm.www.ballardartwalk.com
Central District Art Walk is from 1 – 5pm. At various locations around 23rd Ave. and E. Cherry St. www.seattleartists.com
Georgetown Art Attack is from 6 – 9pm.www.georgetownartattack.com
Port Angeles Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm.www.olympicpeninsula.org
Poulsbo Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm.www.historicdowntownpoulsbo.com/ArtWalk.html.
Anacortes Arts Festival: Bigger and better than ever–takes over the whole town. Visit www.anacortesartsfestival.com. Many exciting new artists this year, from the West Coast and as far away as New York, Florida and Texas.
Bainbridge Island Summer Studio Tour, 10am – 6pm. daily. Features regional artists in local studios.www.bistudiotour.com. In all, there are five studios to visit over the 3-day weekend. Each studio has a variety of art mediums, and between eight and fourteen juried artists waiting to greet you.
Business Insider just wrote a big story yesterday about the Seattle Art Fair titled “Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen is sponsoring a massive fair to get more tech billionaires interested in collecting art.” Here’s hoping he brings collectors to Seattle’s galleries who don’t have a booth in the big venue at Century Link Field.
Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place is showing a selection of oils, monotypes, and watercolors by the late Pacific Northwest artist, Royal Nebeker, in a tribute exhibition beginning July 30. Internationally recognized, his narrative painting and prints are autobiographical and dreamlike, with subject matter inspired by relationships, notions of national and sexual identities, the power of memory, music, and literature. Shown: Royal Nebeker, West.
La Conner Galleries are open 5 – 8pm as part of the Skagit Valley Art Escape Weekend.www.skagitvalleyartescape.com
Langley on Whidbey Island Art Walk is from 5 – 7pm. www.visitlangley.com
Port Townsend Art Walk is from 5:30 – 8:30pm.www.ptguide.com/arts-music-theatre/158-gallery-walks
Quilcene Art Walk is from 11am – 6pm.
July 30 – August 2
Concurrent with the inaugural Seattle Art Fair, Artist Trust, Art of The City, Hilliard’s Beer and Galvanize , are sponsoring FEAT2015. Recipients are selected for their artistic achievement, dedication to an artistic discipline, and potential for further professional development. The exhibition is a satellite venue of the Art of the City Street Fest at the TK Lofts, and an affiliate of Satellite Seattle. The exhibition will be in the exquisite lower level of the historical building now owned by Galvanize at First and Jackson in Pioneer Square. The entire 5000 square foot lower level of the historical building is set aside for the exhibition. Reception and party: Friday July 31, 6 – 10pm. Free admittance.
July 31 – August 2
Seattle Art Fair at Century Link Field featuring art from 60 galleries around the globe. 11am-6pm on Friday and Saturday, 12-6pm on Sunday. Special preview event on July 30 from 8-10pm with a VIP pass for $150. Regular tickets during the three-day show are $20.
Art of the City Street Fest from 11am-11pm. Over a hundred artists from around the city will join the tenants of the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts in Pioneer Square at 115 Prefontaine Pl. S. for a day-long, indoor and outdoor, free arts festival. Art of the City features live music on multiple stages, staged and impromptu performances, visual arts exhibitions, interactive installations, and live painting, over 25 open galleries, artist studios, and residential lofts, booths and activities by local arts organizations, food by local restaurants, and a Roof Deck Saloon.
Arts at the Port in the waterfront Port Transit Shed. Held from 6-8pm, it is the opening event of the Anacortes Art Festival held August 7-9. Showcased are three unique exhibitions centering around the theme "Zeitgeist". This is the first opportunity to see the work, meet the artists, and enjoy the unique waterfront gallery. The juried exhibition was selected by Stefano Catalani, the Director of Art, Craft and Design at the Bellevue Arts Museum. This show includes both 2D and 3D work, from around the country, representing a wide range of style and mediums.
The Museum of Glass in Tacoma commemorates the Venetian style of glassmaking that has heavily influenced Dale Chihuly’s work, Party on the Piazza will immerse guests in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Italy with a variety of activities on Saturday, August 1, from 10 am to 9 pm. Many of the hands-on crafts, performances, food and drink tastings, pizza making contests, and photo opportunities will take place outside on the Museum’s main plaza and will be free to guests.
August 1 – 2
Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival on Whidbey Island. Call 360/678-3396. Arts and crafts with vendors from all over the country. In addition to the vendor booths the festival also features an art gallery and wine reception, a wine and beer garden, a hands-on children’s activity area, a food court and live entertainment.
On view at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma from July 25, 2015 through January 4, 2016 are Dale Chihuly’s own contemporary versions of Italian Art Deco Venetian sculptures. The exhibition consists of 19 Putti Venetians, spacious and ambitious vessels, each with hot-formed figurative sculptures of putti (cherubs) and mythological creatures included in the design; 9 Venetians (without putti); 42 Piccolo Venetians, the smaller but no less spirited vessels originally based on traditional Venetian themes; and 3 Bottlestoppers, monumental vessels inspired by perfume bottles.
Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, 1420 Fifth Avenue in Seattle, presents “Matter of Material,” a group exhibition opening in a special reception and artist lectures on July 22 at 4pm. From paper and wood to cement and meteorites, non-traditional jewelry materials are explored in unique bodies of work by nine artists: Matt Lambert, Kirk Lang, Jennifer Merchant, Gustav Reyes, Kait Rhoads, Checha Sokolovic, Cynthia Toops, Francesca Vitali, and Molly Aleza Vogel. Shown: Checha Sokolovic – ‘Bubblehead’ Ring in cement and stainless steel.
Bremerton Charleston Arts District Art walk, noon – 8pm http://www.ci.bremerton.wa.us/491/Arts-Districts
Icelandic folk music at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard at 7pm.
July 24 – 26
Bellevue Festival of the Arts 69th year. One of, if not, the largest art fair in the country. Get there early for parking ease. Held in downtown Bellevue at the Bellevue Arts Museum and Bellevue Square., Fri. – Sat., 9:30am – 9:30pm., Sun. 9:30am – 6pm. Visit www.bellevuearts.org.
Master glass artist Jeff Ballard will speak at Pilchuck Glass School’s Seattle exhibition space at 240 2nd Ave S, Seattle on July 24 from 6 – 8 pm as part of the Conversations on Glass et al. lecture series. His work will is also on exhibit as part of the 2015 Gaffers show. The talk is free and open to the public.
A special show featuring wearable art and contemporary jewelry, curated by Micki Lippe, is showing at Waterworks Gallery, 315 Argyle Avenue in Friday Harbor, through July 31. Shown: Terri Rau – Lampworked golden glass choker
Well-known artists Christopher Mathie and Chuck Gumpert open “Organic Tendency” at the Howard/Mandville Gallery, 120 Park Lake in Kirkland, on July 18 in a reception from 5-7pm. On view through August 18, the show focuses on energetic movement, intense emotion, and suggestive shapes while exploring the figure, landscape, and pure abstraction. Although the duo has painted on their own canvases individually, they celebrate their work as a collaborative journey. Shown: Intimate Sketch of the Ocean III by Christopher Mathie
“Camera, Computer and EYE”, photography by Ed Cornachio is on view at allery North, 401 Main Street in Edmonds. A reception for the artist takes place July 16 from 5-8pm during the Edmonds Art Walk. His imagery covers a broad range of subject matter, in both color and monochrome. Sometimes his images have a painterly quality, a result of computer enhancement. His exhibit at Gallery North includes both his older and newer photographs.
Art Jam is happening in the barn at Rock Hollow Farm, 505 E. Silberhorn Rd. in Sequim. Open during Lavender Weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 17, 18 & 19, 10am-5pm daily. Acrylic and watercolor paintings, pastels, assemblage, bronze & found object sculpture, wood furniture and jewelry will be featured by local artists Susan Gansert Shaw, Brian Buntain, Mary Franchini, Cynthia Thomas, Terry Grasteit, Stephen Portner, Ed Crumley, Karin Anderson, Barb Boerigter & Lynne Armstrong. New this year are special guest artists, Tammy Hall, driftwood sculpture and Larry McCaffrey, metal sculpture. Art Jam is a group of artists coming together to show and sell their work in a historic barn set amidst an idyllic meadow with apple trees and blooming flowers. Plenty of free parking in the meadow. For more information & a map go to www.RockHollowArts.com
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.
July 17 – 19
Kirkland Uncorked, Kirkland’s Waterfront Art Festival. Visit www.kirklanduncorked.com.
Sequim Arts Studio Tour, in conjunction with the Sequim Lavender Farmers/Growers Festival features a dynamic group of North Olympic Peninsula artists. Visit sequimarts.org.
July 18 – 19
Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival on historic waterfront combines sunshine with art and music. Visit www.peninsulaartleague.com.
Skagit Artists Together Annual Studio Tour from Sedro-Woolley to Conway, La Conner, Mt. Vernon, and Anacortes. Visit www.skagitvalley.com.