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Orcas Island Artists Studio Tour Through 5PM Tomorrow

29 premier Orcas Island Artists are available for viewing this weekend for the Orcas Island Artists Studio Tour. See first hand how and where those special techniques are being mastered, meet the artists and purchase their most recent work. Watercolors, stone cutting, woodwork, forging, encaustics, ceramics, fiber arts, sculpture, photography, jewelry, printmaking, paintings and more.

Seattle Art Fair August 4 – 6

We’ve already toimageld you about this grand art event held at Century Link Field in Seattle. But, just in case you forgot, here’s a reminder. This is just about the busiest week I can remember for the art world here as there are numerous art walks and events throughout the Puget Sound area.  For the third year in a row, the Seattle Art Fair contributes to  the arts as thousands of people pour into Pioneer Square to see art from over 100 galleries around the world as well as 15 from Seattle.

Issaquah Art, Wine and All That Jazz Tonight 6-9pm

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s 15th annual Art, Wine and All That Jazz event continues on Friday, August 4th from 6-9pm.  The event is FREE to the public. Bring the kids, friends and neighbors to experience local artists, hands-on art, nationally and internationally acclaimed jazz musicians and wine tasting!

Anacortes Arts Festival August 4 – 6

anacortesartThe 56th annual Anacortes Arts Festival is one of the oldest and largest arts festivals in the Northwest.  2017 dates are August 4 – 6.   Filling historic downtown Anacortes, it consists of ten blocks of booth artisans from around the country, three stages with live music, and a regional Fine Art Exhibition.  Also included are a Working Studios area including sand sculpting, chainsaw carving and more.  Food trucks and vendors offer culinary treats including seafood, regional and ethnic dishes, and goodies.  Three beer gardens pour micro brews, Northwest wine and cocktails.    An active Kids Area and Art Dash (certified half marathon, 10k, 5k), round out Festival activities. For more information, visit

Tickets On Sale for Pilchuck Open House July 16

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Pilchuck Open House on July 16 fro12-5pm.

• Watch hot glass demonstrations by renowned artists.
• Experience docent-led tours of our facilities and scenic campus.
• Browse the Pilchuck Gallery Art Sale.
• Participate in hands-on glassmaking activities. ($10 – $80)
• Enjoy food concessions that will be available for purchase.

General Admission: $25 includes docent-led tours. Children 5 and under are free.

Reservations Required: Register on-line HERE

Questions?: Call Sara at (206) 254-1966 or e-mail

Cash or Check only accepted for concessions and activities the day of Open House.

Pilchuck Campus: 1201 316th St NW, Stanwood, WA 98292

Howard/Mandville Gallery Tribute to Kent Lovelace

howard kent“We are sad to have to pass on the news that our artist and friend, Kent Lovelace passed away unexpectedly on May 12th. We had worked with Kent for over 24 years and are proud to have been part of his journey. He will be missed by many. “

Kent founded and developed Stone Press Editions where he created his own original lithographs and worked as a master printmaker and publisher for many well known artists including Dale Chihuly, Robert Bateman and Jacob Lawrence. Familiar with copper plates from his many years as a printmaker, he used them as “canvases” for his oil paintings.

Living History Art Mural Project at Kenmore City Hall

kenmoreOn view through September 29 at the Kenmore City Hall at 18120 68th Ave NE in Kenmore, is a special exhibit of the Kenmore Living History Art Mural Project.  A  dedication and ribbon cutting is schedule for September 5 from 11am – 2pm.  Artists A. Gaul Culley and Staci Adman will tell some of the cultural stories that inspired the images that make up the mural. The project is part of the Arts of Kenmore.

Bellevue Festival of the Arts This Weekend

bellevuefestivalAs a leading event in Bellevue’s annual, much-anticipated “Arts Fair Weekend” at the last full weekend every July, The Bellevue Festival of the Arts ( takes place July 29-31, 2016. This year, the BFoA features 49 talented top local Northwest artists among its 160-plus participants from across the country. The Bellevue Festival of the Arts takes place 4 miles East of Seattle in downtown Bellevue, Washington (north of I-90 and South of 520). The Festival is easy to find, as the one taking place out-of-doors at the Cost Plus World Market, at the intersection of Bellevue Way NE and NE 8th Street (10300 Northeast 8th Street), North of (and across from) Bellevue Square.  Image: Jesse Link

Gallery Mack Owner Passes Away

Barbara MackBarbara Mack Keith (1933-2016), co-owner of one of the five oldest galleries in town, Gallery Mack at the north end of the Pike Place Market in Seattle,  died May 26 after a brief illness. She leaves behind her life partner of 41 years, Michael Peterson, four children, 11 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.


It’s been my pleasure to have known her since 1988. Barbara was much more than a loyal advertiser in Art Guide Northwest – she was a friend through thick and through thin. We shared many confidences over the years as we weathered the ups and downs of the economy and both experienced the loss of a child. Through the years Barbara’s hard work, determination, generosity, loyalty and integrity kept the doors open. She could be seen walking to the gallery every day, and continued working to the end. She was truly a woman of substance.


Michael pretty much sums it up as he says, “ Loving Barbara came to me as easy as the sun gives heat and light. For over forty years I have had the privilege of her essence and presence in my life, and I am TRULY thankful for that! With the power of all of those cherished moments and that grand influence, comes the hardest challenge I will ever face and that is the fact of losing her.”


In lieu of flowers please direct donations in her memory to: Pediatric Interim Care Center, Kent, WA or Science and Management of Addictions (SAMA) Foundation, Seattle, WA.

Barbara Earl Thomas Awarded 2016 Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award from Artist Trust


Artist Trust  just announced the recipient of the 2016 Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award, artist Barbara Earl Thomas. Thomas receives an unrestricted cash award of $10,000 in recognition of her creative excellence, professional accomplishment, and dedication to the arts.

She has exhibited her work for more than 30 years in exhibitions at prestigious institutions such as the Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Meadows Museum of Art, and her work is in important corporate collections, including Microsoft and Safeco. She is the recipient of numerous awards, such as a Mayor’s Arts Award in 2013 and the Howard S. Wright Award from the Seattle Arts Commission, and has completed residencies at Pilchuck, Tacoma Museum of Glass, and Hedgebrook.

Give Big Extended One More Day


Frye Art Museum


Frye Art Museum

You Have Until Midnight Wednesday to GiveBIG!

GiveBIG Now

Due to the technical difficulties caused by the extraordinary giving to this one-day challenge, the Seattle Foundation is extending GiveBIG through midnight tomorrow, Wednesday, May 4.
The first $5,000 donated through GiveBIG or the Frye website will be matched thanks to a generous donor. In addition, for each gift received, a portion of your donation will be "stretched" by the Seattle Foundation’s pooled funds to help fulfill our mission.
Last year, we served more than 100,000 visitors and over 14,000 youth with the help of your generous contributions. Please continue to support Seattle’s only free admission art museum to ensure that art and culture remain accessible to everyone.
If you continue to have difficulties donating via Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG website, please make your gift directly to the Frye.
Thank you for your support of the Frye Art Museum!

Give Big Today — Our Museums Will Be Grateful

giveToday is the day to GiveBIG! Currently, the Seattle Foundation website is experiencing major technical difficulties due to the overwhelming amount of online traffic. Keep trying. A one-day, online charitable giving event, Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG is designed to raise money for our region’s hard-working nonprofits.

If you do not see the online donation form to enter your payment information immediately, please refresh the page or try again later today. We appreciate your patience during this time!

Drawing Jam December 5 at Gage Academy of Art

Gage Academy of Art presents the 16th annual Drawing Jam, happening Saturday, December 5, from 9am-6pm at the Gage building next to St. Mark’s Cathedral  on Capitol Hill, 1501 10th Ave E. The annual family-friendly celebration of art and music features more than 50 live models in studios throughout the building, as well as live music, demonstrations from Gage teaching artists, dedicated spaces for families and young artists, an assortment of local food trucks and FREE art supplies for all.

High Art and Deep Pockets at the Seattle Art Fair

Tricia Romano, writing for the Seattle Times, says, “High art meets deep pockets at  Seattle Art Fair.” Follow the link to read all about this weekend’s Seattle Art Fair.

Women in the Arts Share Success Stories

Artnet News just published an interesting article written by Sara Cascone about successful women in the arts world. Cascone interviewed over 62 women  who share their secrets. Follow this link to read it: