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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.

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

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.

Ginny Ruffner in the Hot Shop at Museum of Glass

ginnyFrom March 29-April 2 Ginny Ruffner, internationally-known glass artist, returns to the Museum of Glass  Hot Shop to investigate a different phenomenon, the ways which glass art can intersect with the growing world of virtual and augmented reality. Ruffner will experiment with creating glass lenses designed to fit in VR (virtual reality) devices like Google Cardboard, an inexpensive cardboard holder which allows viewers to use their own phones to create virtual reality experiences. Ruffner lives and works in Seattle, and her intricate glass sculptures have influenced the field of flameworking worldwide. Ruffner’s Residency will be available for sponsorship through the Fuel Their Fire online auction. 

Featherfolio by Chris Maynard Opens March 11 a BIMA

bimaBainbridge Island Museum of Art  (BIMA) celebrates its Spring Exhibitions on Saturday, March 11 with a free public reception from 2:00-5:00 p.m. With work including a range of mediums from feathers and bark, to oils and stone sculpture, all of the Spring Exhibitions celebrate the inspiring beauty of the natural world that surrounds us, but that we don’t always take the time to see. Chris Maynard’s solo exhibition, “Featherfolio,” is a major highlight of BIMA’s Spring. Maynard, from Olympia, Washington, creates exquisite artwork using hand-cut feathers. The shows continue through Sunday, June 4. BIMA is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and regular museum admission is always free. shown: Give and Take by Chris Maynard.

Summer Wheat: Full Circle at the Henry Art Gallery

henryOn view at the Henry Art Gallery, on the western edge of the University of Washington campus, is Summer Wheat: Full Circle. Showing through  September 17, the exhibition features a suite of large-scale abstract-figurative paintings by New York-based artist Summer Wheat who brings celestial bodies and earthly creatures into a shared pictorial field to consider the relationship between the . cosmic realm and human existence.at.  Image: Strawberry Sun 2015-15. Acrylic paint, resin, on aluminum mesh. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: Etienne Frossard.

Quilts of the Sierra Nevada Show at the Bellevue Arts Museum

bamquiltsThe Contact: Quilts of the Sierra Nevada by Ann Johnston is currently showing through June 11 at the Bellevue Arts Museum. The exhibition  features over 30 of Ann Johnston’s large-scale quilts inspired by the California Sierra Nevada range. Johnston’s quilts—made from cloth that the artist has dyed herself—make creative use of patterns and textures to create literal, abstract, and sometimes completely imaginative representations of the area.

Karin Kidder Appointed Executive Director of Bellevue Arts Museum–Assumes Position Immediately

Press release sent from the Bellevue Arts Museum just now:

bamkarinBellevue, WA—The BAM Board of Trustees has appointed Karin Kidder as the Museum’s Executive Director. Kidder has served as BAM’s Interim Executive Director since November. Before taking on the Interim Executive Director role, Kidder was BAM’s Director of Marketing and Communications.

Her appointment comes as the Museum celebrates over 70 years of its nationally recognized BAM ARTSfair and numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions. It recently received two significant gifts from the Kemper Development Company—the first a $1M challenge match, and the second a $1M donation for capital projects, which will be dedicated to exterior work on the building. Exterior work will begin in March and is anticipated to be complete by July in advance of the Museum’s major fundraising gala, Artful Evening, on July 15 and BAM ARTSfair which will be held July 28 – 30.

"Karin brings tremendous experience and skill to this leadership role," said Dr. Julie Miller, President of the Board of Trustees. "Her extensive background in the arts, strong business acumen, and intimate knowledge of BAM will help us deliver on our mission and vision."
"BAM is an incredible institution that plays a vital role in the Pacific Northwest and the greater arts community" said Karin Kidder. "I am excited to lead the institution as we embark upon our 71st BAM ARTSfair. Forty-two years after its founding, BAM continues to be known for the quality of its exhibitions and for celebrating emerging and nationally recognized artists. We will continue to feature the same quality exhibitions that represent the best of art, craft, and design, while strengthening our partnerships within the community."

When Kidder first moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1997 she worked with Foster/White Gallery in Seattle and became immersed in the Northwest arts community. Following her time at Foster/White she worked for artist Dale Chihuly, managing his gallery relationships worldwide. Subsequently she lived in London where she worked with London Business School’s Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship as the director of several of their programs.
Kidder has worked in international business development and marketing for more than 20 years. She has successfully led organizations with a significant focus on development and outreach, marketing strategy, and community relations. She earned her MBA with a marketing concentration from London Business School in 2008 and has a BA in Art History from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Wing Luke Museum Opens Year of Remembrance Today

winglukeOpening today at the Wing Luke Museum, 719 S. King Street, is “Year of Remembrance: Glimpses of a Forever Foreigner,” an exhibit exploring the WWII Japanese American Incarceration in collaboration with artist Roger Shimomura and poet Lawrence Matsuda. Shimomura’s artwork addresses sociopolitical issues of ethnicity. Born in Seattle, he spent two early years of his childhood in Minidoka (Idaho), one of 10 concentration camps for Japanese Americans during WWII. Shimomura’s work is in the permanent collections of more than 100 museums nationwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum. Image: Classmates, Roger Shimomura, 2015, acrylic on canvas, Courtesy of the artist and the Wing Luke Museum .

LaConner Quilt Museum Changes Name

The LaConner Quilt Museum  is now the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum

and now has a new website to match the new name.

Jim Woodring: The Pig Went Down to the Harbor at Sunrise and Wept Showing at the Frye Museum Through April 16

fryeNow showing through April 16 is work by Seattle-based artist and cartoonist Jim Woodring (American, born 1952) which defies categorization, shifting between graphic novel and fine art, reality and hallucinatory vision. “The Pig Went Down to the Harbor at Sunrise and Wept,” The series, newly commissioned by the Frye Art Museum , was created using an oversize dip pen designed and crafted by Woodring himself. The resulting ink drawings demonstrate the ways that unconventional tools can shape an artist’s practice, generating new technical challenges in tandem with unexpected creative rewards.

Seattle Art Museum Press Release Announces Closing Dates of the Museum for Rehab as February 26–Last Chance to See

samasianSEATTLE, WA – The Seattle Asian Art Museum’s winter exhibition, Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi, closes Sunday, February 26. The exhibition features new and existing immersive video installations from acclaimed contemporary Japanese artist Tabaimo, alongside historic works from SAM’s Asian art collection chosen by the artist.

This is the final exhibition at the Asian Art Museum before it closes to begin preparations for its upcoming renovation and proposed expansion, pending final approval of the project currently under review by the City of Seattle.

Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi presents eight video installations by Tabaimo, a globally renowned artist who represented Japan at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Four works created specifically for the exhibition and four previously existing works meld traditional imagery and elements with references to contemporary Japanese comics and animation. In adjacent galleries are paintings, prints, and furnishings from SAM’s collection that inspired the artist, including beloved works such as Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock prints and the early 17th-century ink-and-gold Crows screens.

The museum’s other installations, all drawn from SAM’s permanent collection, will also close on February 26. These include Terratopia: The Chinese Landscape in Painting and Film, juxtaposing classical Chinese works with a film by contemporary artist Yang Fudong; Awakened Ones: Buddhas of Asia, with sculptures and paintings spanning 13 centuries from all around Asia; and Ai Weiwei: Colored Vases, works by one of China’s most acclaimed contemporary artists and outspoken dissidents.

While the Seattle Asian Art Museum is closed, visitors will be able to see installations from SAM’s Asian art collection at the downtown museum. Currently on view is Pure Amusements: Wealth, Leisure, and Culture in Late Imperial China, featuring Chinese works including prints, sculpture, furnishings, and ceramics that were created for, and enjoyed during, leisurely pursuits.

Image credits: Installation view of Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. © Seattle Art Museum, Photo: Natali Wiseman.

Al Farrow: Divine Ammunition is on view at Bellevue Arts Museum Now Showing Through May 2017

bamUsing guns and ammunition, Al Farrow creates sculptures of reliquaries, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques, mausoleums, and other devotional objects.  Farrow has had numerous solo exhibitions since 1970 and his work is in many important public and private collections around the world, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the di Rosa Preserve in Napa, and other collections in New York, Germany, Italy, and Hong Kong

Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style at the Seattle Art Museum Showing from October 11 Through January 8

samstlaurent“Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style” will be on view at the Seattle Art Museum from October 11 through January 8.  Drawn from the collection of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, the exhibition highlights the legendary designer’s 44-year career and features new acquisitions by the foundation that have never been shown publicly before.

Besides finished garments, the exhibition presents Saint Laurent’s immersive working process from his first sketch and fabric selection to the various stages of production and fitting before a final garment was realized. The multifaceted exhibition is co-curated by Florence Müller, the Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Curator of Fashion at the Denver Art Museum, in collaboration with Chiyo Ishikawa, SAM’s Deputy Director for Art and Curator of European Painting and Sculpture. The unique installation is designed by architects Nathalie Crinière and  Chloë Degaille of Agence NC, in collaboration with SAM’s exhibition designer Paul Martinez. Shown: "Suzy" doll with eight outfits from her wardrobe, 1953-1955, Paper doll cut out of a magazine and glued onto cardboard, Garments made of paper cut-outs, ink, watercolour and gouache. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Member preview weekend is Oct.8-10.

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.