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.

A selection of shows opening around the Sound August 9

10x10x10xTieton,” a  juried exhibition of art, craft, photo, video, sculpture, and more, takes place in a  great big warehouse at 608 Wisconsin Avenue in Tieton, and features almost 134 pieces of small art selected by 2014 juror Vicki Halper. This year’s show features work from The Yakima Valley, the Pacific Northwest, and all around the country. The show runs through October 11.



The “Castle” in Georgetown at 6420 Carleton Ave. in Seattle, opens from 6-9m with an exhibition featuring local and national artists. Amy Pleasant is one of the featured artists with a series of paintings depicting her family in transition when her husband was sent to Iraq.



coleCole Gallery, 107 5th. Avenue S. in Edmonds, presents a new show of small works by Michele Usibelli’s on view through August 31. The artist reception is from 6:30-8:30pm. Also, a painting demo by Joe MacKechnie is scheduled from 11am-1pm. Shown at the right: Bakery Bouchon by Michele Usibelli.



gal9Gallery 9, 60 First Street in Friday Harbor, opens from 4-7pm with a reception for Nancy Maron’s original acrylic paintings in a show called “Island Scenes.” One of the pieces in the show is at the left.



A group show is on view at Gallery Cygnus, 109 Commercial in La Conner, includes new work by Allen Moe and Maggie Wilder.  Also included are landscape photographs by Mary Randlett, bronze sculpture by Ed Nordin, and sculpture by Clayton James. The show continues through September 28.



mainframe“Northwest Lights” opens at the Mainframe, 3400 Harbor Ave SW #105, in a reception for the artists  from 6-9pm. The show features paintings by Kelly Johnston and Edna Crews and will  run through August 30.



waterWaterworks Gallery, 315 Argyle Avenue in Friday Harbor, invites all to a reception from 4-7pm for “PATTERNS.” The show features Tom Rierden’s paintings, Cathy Schoenberg’s paintings and Robin and John Gumaelius’ sculpture. Meet Tom, Cathy, Robin & John at the reception, and earn what inspires their works and enjoy a glass of Proseco.

Poulsbo 2nd Saturday Art Walk August 9 from 5-8pm




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Twin Peaks Art Show at Urban Light Studios

Curated by Maxx, “Between Two Worlds” brings together artists who conceptualize characters from “Twin Peaks” on canvas. The show opens at Urban Light Studios, 8537 Greenwood Ave N in Seattle, on August 8 from 6-10pm and will have a closing reception on September 12. A preview gallery is available at http://between-two-worlds.weebly.com/2014-preview-gallery.html

First Thursday Art Walk in Seattle

abmeyerAbmeyer + Wood Fine Art, 1210 Second Avenue, opens from 5-8pm for a reception featuring Ann Mallory’s “Higher Ground.”  Mallory’s work was inspired in part by mysterious stone slabs that were found near high water marks after the devastating 2011 tsunami in Japan. Slabs, obscured by decades of jungle growth, were carved with ancient warnings not to build on lower ground. Likewise, Ann Mallory’s Memory Stones serve as talismans, witnesses and reminders to learn from our mistakes and keep our lives on ‘higher ground’. Her works have shown in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Santa Barbara Museum of Fine Art, Santa Barbara, CA.



ArtXchange Gallery, 512 First Ave. S., continues with “Mandala: Contemporary Interpretations of the Ancient Form” through August 9. The show  features nine artists whose work explores the structure or theme of Mandala, the Hindu and Buddhist representation of the Universe. Artwork by Nola Avienne, Sarah Barrick, Eric Carson, Brian Fisher, Carl Gombert, Terra Holcomb, Chris Moench, C. Andrew Rohrmann and Connie Sabo, with related textile and digital installations in the North Gallery by Edric Ong and Judy Shintani.



davOpening from 6-8pm tonight at Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Avenue S., is “Things You May Have Missed: A selection of inventory, old and new!” On view is an eclectic selection of hidden gems and lost treasures curated from the galley’s nearly 20,000 works, some which have never before been exhibited in this space. This exhibition will feature Leonard Baskin, Francisco Goya, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, and Suzanne Valadon as well as contemporary printmakers such as Frank Boyden, Eunice Kim, Carol Summers, and Artemio Rodriguez as well as several altogether new additions to the gallery.



Flatcolor Gallery, 77 S. Main Street, opens from 5-9pm with a solo exhibition from Christopher Derek Bruno entitled "A SECOND." The show marks Christopher Derek Bruno’s return to Flatcolor Gallery with a  solo exhibition of new works.



Frederick Holmes and Company, 309 Occidental Avenue S., continues their 2014 Summer Group Exhibition, “RATIONAL/IRRATIONAL: "Why Do We Do What We Do Woppa Do?" Capture France’s Jean-Marc Calvet, Spain’s Gonzalo Martin-Caleo, USA’s Barry Johnson and Cyprus/UK’s Yorgos Papadopoulos. Also featured is work by Jane Burton, Angela Bern Castagnola, Lyle Carbajal, Jay Kelly, Mark T. Smith, Elise Wagner. The show runs through August 31. Shown at the left: The Conversation by Barry Johnson.



Gallery IMA, 123 S. Jackson Street, opens a “Late Summer Group Show” with Stacie Chappell, Ben Chickadel, Graham Fracha, & Eva Funderburgh in a reception from 6-8pm. All artists will be in attendance.


Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 3rd. Avenue S., opens “Ross Palmer Beecher’s Quilts” on First Thursday and is open until 8pm. Beecher is not a Folk artist, but she is endlessly fascinated by the many forms it can take, the contexts surrounding its production, and the complete devotion to a given craft that Folk and self-taught artists bring to their work. The artist will discuss her work on Saturday at noon.



Hall Spassov Gallery, 319 3rd. Avenue S.,  opens Gretchen Gammel’s “Muscle Memory” in a reception from 5-8pm. Themes of the female form, botanicals and wildlife are at the core of Gammell’s work.



Hanson Scott Gallery, 312 S. Washington St., opens from 6-8pm with  new work by Lisa Myers Bulmash. Myers Bulmash is a mixed media artist who creates collages, assemblages and altered books.



In his final show at the Punch Gallery, 119 Prefontaine Pl. S., , Curtis Erlinger presents an arrangement of mixed media works that focus on location and displacement. The opening reception is from 5-8pm.



stoningtonMaster carver Robert Barratt (Non-Indigenous) will debut an all-new body of masks, frontlets, bowls, combs, rattles and more in a tightly-focused exhibition opening from 6-8pm at the Stonington Gallery, 125 S. Jackson St. His designs and characters are most closely linked to the Tsimshian/Nisga’a cultures of British Columbia, and Barratt has collaborated and assisted a number of Tsimshian/Nisga’a artists in creating and restoring totem poles in this style.



traverTraver Gallery, 110 Union Street, opens from 5-8pm with a reception for Danish artist Tobias Mohl.  The show includes more than 30 of the artist’s  understated blown glass platters, vessels, and bowls.Also showing is the summer feature with works by Nancy Callan, Mel Douglas and Lino Tagliapietra.  Shown at the left by Tobias Mohl.

Visiting artists at the Museum of Glass Hot Shop in Tacoma through August 17

The Museum of Glass Hot Shop will be busy over the next two weeks with three renowned female glass artists working on their craft. Each residency includes an artist lecture at 2 pm on Sunday.

Mel Douglas, August 6 – 10: Mel Douglas is known for her refined blown and engraved objects. She exhibits internationally (including a recent feature in Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest at Museum of Glass ) and was awarded the Ranamok Glass Prize and Young Glass Prize from the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark.


Sabrina Knowles and Jenny Pohlman, August 13 – 17: Sabrina Knowles and Jenny Pohlman’s  work begins with a concept to bring a visual quality to their experiences with each other and with people around the globe. Their residency is supported by Becky Moores through Fuel Their Fire, the Museum’s Visiting Artist Residency sponsorship program.


Visitors can also see Featured Artist Greg Owen working in the Hot Shop every Monday and Tuesday through September 2. Viewers may recognize Owen as MOG’s Hot Shop emcee, but this month he swaps his microphone for a blowpipe.

Visualizing surreal travel at Fine Impressions

fineimp1Do you ever let your imagination run wild by visualizing strange and unreal places? Fine Impressions Gallery,  8300 5th. Avenue NE, offers a wealth of  fine prints produced by artists who did just that.  For example, shown here is A Proposed Hotel Parlor Under the Sea, from “Our Wonder World,” published by Geo. L. Shuman and Co., Chicago and Boston, 1914-28. Shuman published a series of volumes for children, including futuristic,  fictional, and real subjects.

Celebrating 44 years at Good Earth Pottery

goodlindaThe folks at Good Earth Pottery,  more specifically co-owners Deb Martin and Linda Stone, must be doing something awfully right to be able to celebrate four decades in business.  I can name several galleries who’ve closed down since the Great Recession began in 2008 as they  weren’t able to weather the storm, but these gals have hung in there, and business is better than ever.  Rooted in the historic Fairhaven District more than 44 years ago, Good Earth has flourished as the go-to gallery of locally handmade pottery. This sort of longevity deserves a serious look, so  if you haven’t been there, make it a point to stop in this month. The gallery is located at 1000 Harris Avenue in the Fairhaven District of Bellingham.

Calendar of art walks and events through August 10

First Thursday

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


Second Friday

Belltown Art Walk is from 6pm until closing. www.belltownartwalk.com

Greenwood-Phinney Art Up Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm.www.greenwoodphinneyartwalk.com

Kirkland Art Walk is from noon – 8pm.www.kirklandartwalk.com


Second Saturday

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.centraldistrictartwalk.com

Georgetown Art Attack is from 6 – 9pm.www.georgetownartattack.com

Port Angeles Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm.www.portangelesartwalk.com

Poulsbo Art Walk is from is from 5 – 8pm.www.poulsboartwalk.com.


bistudioAugust 8 – 10

Bainbridge Island Summer Studio Tour, 10am – 6pm daily. Features regional artists in local studios. Visit www.bistudiotour.com. The Studio Tour has enjoyed great success since 1984. Its juried artists sell their work at studios and historic community halls. When you visit the studios, you’ll see works in progress, raw materials, tools, and perhaps some inspiration mixed in with a little sawdust. Participating are 48 artists in five studios. You can download the map online.


August 9 – 10

Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival on Whidbey Island. Call 360/678-3396.

It’s all about “Pain” at Art/Not Terminal thru August 31

During August, Art/Not Terminal Gallery  (also known as A/NT Gallery), 2045 Westlake Avenue in Seattle, will host a curated exhibit featuring 50 local, national, and international artists who have created visual representations of their personal pain.  A/NT Gallery has collaborated with Krab Jab Studios, Twilight Gallery, and the Seattle Arts Coalition to develop this unique show.  On view through August 31, the opening reception is from 6-9pm on August 2 featuring dances and performance art from a few of the participating artists.

New show opens today at Brackenwood in Langley

brackenwood1The Brackenwood Gallery, 302 First Street in Langley, presents new work by revered island painters Pete Jordan and Ginny O’Neill as well as sculpture by Jeff Day. On view through September 1, the exhibit opens August 2 in a reception from 5-7pm.

Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts Celebrate 10 years August 2

Read all about the celebration in the Seattle Times by clicking right here. http://seattletimes.com/html/thearts/2024198213_tashirokaplananniversaryxml.html