On view through September 14 at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle is “Your Feast has Ended.” The artists in the exhibition, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nicholas Galanin, and Nep Sidhu, work with the ancient and sacred in unison with the new and revised, bound by the belief that a people without myth and a society that fails to look upon itself honestly are destined to the same fate. The artists practice this belief through cross-disciplinary approaches to storytelling and employ time-honored and new techniques to create work that ranges from fine art, music, and performance, to film, graphic design, jewelry, and apparel. Shown: Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes. Wait! Wait! Don’t Shoot Shoot (An Incantation for Jazz and Trayvon), 2014. Vintage organic fiber, filament, animal hide. Courtesy of the artist.
Also showing is “The Unicorn Incorporated,” the first museum exhibition to celebrate the work and career of Seattle artist Curtis R. Barnes. For over five decades, Barnes has worked as an artist, illustrator, muralist, and community advocate. In his sculpture, painting, and drawing, he employs imagery derived from his vast experience, mystical erudition, and heritage. The exhibition runs through September 21.
“Ink This! Contemporary Print Arts in the Northwest” is currently showing at the Tacoma Art Museum through November 9. 85 artworks from dozens of Northwest print artists showcase a wide variety of printmaking techniques, from time-honored processes such as etching and lithography through installation and digital media. The exhibition seeks to question the definition of “print” in contemporary art practice, and how that definition is challenged as artists push the boundaries of the medium.
On June 19, the Seattle Art Museum unveiled the FIRST exhibition to focus on the modern art movement born right here in Seattle, “Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and The Mystical.”
Running through September 7, the exhibition tells the compelling story of SAM’s own collection and its connection to renowned artists from the critically acclaimed Northwest School—Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, and Guy Anderson. The artists came together in the 1930s and 40s creating work soon to be known throughout the country and putting the Pacific Northwest on the artistic map.
Arctic Raven, 130 First Street, www.arcticravengallery.com. The gallery features a collection of Northwest Coast Indian masks, wood carvings and prints including artists of the Coast Salish, Kwaguilth, and Makah nations as well as the more northern Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian. Shown at the left: Walrus by Brandon Oseuk.
Gallery 9, 60 First Street, www.gallery9art.com. Represents a variety of artists from the San Juan Islands working in all mediums. Currently showing, through July 13, are original watercolors by Orcas Island artist James Hardman. Shown at the right: Land’s End (detail).
Island Studios 270 Spring Street, www.islandstudios.com. The gallery offers a large collection of paintings, photographs, prints, jewelry, glasswork, sculptures, textiles, pottery, books and music.
WaterWorks Gallery , 315 Argyle Ave. A show featuring Janis Miltenberger and Michel Dickter is on view through July 5. Miltenberger’s work features flame-worked, blown and painted glass while Dickter’s work is mixed media paintings. www.waterworksgallery.com
And the newest member, of the Friday Harbor galleries is Ogle Fine Art Studio, 180 First Street. The gallery features wood carvings, watercolor paintings and abstract acrylic paintings, as well as co-owner Janie Ogle’s hand-painted silk scarves
“Deep Pulls,” a look into the childhood of some of the Northwest’s top screen printers, opens in a reception from 7-11pm on June 20 at the Ltd. Art Gallery, 307 E. Pike Street. The show runs through July 13. Ltd. Art Gallery presents a new art show dedicated to memories of pop culture icons and Seattle’s screen printing scene. Featured are artists: Barry Blankenship, Trevor Basset, Aaron Bloom, Frida Clements, Mike Klay, and Derek Vander Griend’
"A Life at Sea" with Edmonds Artist Pamela Harold, is currently showing at the Cole Gallery, 107 5th. Avenue S., through July 16. Also showing, through July 7, is the work of Jeff White, who will give an artist demo and discussion on June 27 from 6-8:30pm. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres and wine. Shown: Golden Hour by Jeff White.
“Up in the Northwest/Down on the Baja,” a solo show featuring work by Jolyn Wells-Moran, is on view at Gallery North, 401 Main Street. Landscape painter Jolyn Wells-Moran explores the contrasts between the Pacific Northwest and the Baja peninsula in this month’s featured show. Running through June 30, the gallery will sponsor an opening reception during the art walk.
Woodside/Braseth Gallery, 9th. Avenue and Lenora in Seattle, showcases “The Visionaries of the Pacific Northwest Revisited,” important works from the Northwest Masters Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves and Mark Tobey, through August 30. A reception for the show is June 19 from 5:30-8:30pm. The historical exhibition celebrates and pays homage to the "Golden Era of Northwest Art" by the "Big Four," and coincides with the exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum, "Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical" (June – September 2014). Also, on display are the works of William Cumming, Paul Horiuchi, Leo Kenney, Alden Mason, and George Tsutakawa.
Edmonds Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm.www.edmondsartwalk.com
Seattle Design Center Art Walk is from 5 – 9pm. at 5701 Sixth Ave. South.www.seattledesigncenterartwalk.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.artwalktacoma.com
Port Orchard Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm, May through October.www.portorchardartwalk.com.
Everett Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm.www.everettartwalk.com
Friday Harbor Gallery Walk from 4-8pm for art, food and fun. – Call Waterworks Gallery , 360.378.3060 for more information.
Fairhaven Solstice Art Walk from 5-8pm. in the Fairhaven District of Bellingham.
Seattle Art Museum Family Day event on Saturday, June 21 from 10 am to 3 pm. Bring your family, friends, students, kids, parents and fellow artists to this event full of free live music, art making, My Favorite Things tours, performances, and workshops in celebration of SAM’s featured exhibition, Modernism in the Pacific Northwest.
June 20 – 22
Meeker Days Festival, Downtown Puyallup, the largest street festival in Pierce County. Visit www.puyallupmainstreet.com.
Museum of Northwest Art Annual Art Auction in La Conner. Preview: June 20. The museum’s largest annual fundraiser–for seasoned and novice art collectors. Visit www.museumofnwart.org.
Waterworks Gallery, 315 Argyle Ave. in Friday Harbor, invites the public to a reception June 14 from 4-7pm for Janis Miltenberger and Michel Dickter. On view through July 5, Miltenberger’s work features flame-worked, blown and painted glass while Dickter’s work is mixed media paintings.
On view through July 20 at the SAM Gallery Art Sales and Rental, located in the downtown Seattle Art Museum, is “Uban Explorers: Kate Protage and Dan Hawkins.” Dan Hawkins’ new photographs, well known for his photography of urban, decaying city centers, often deal with memory and decay by depicting empty houses, discarded water towers, chemical factories, crumbling hotels, and a number of derelict mental hospitals and jails. Protage creates her moody urban landscapes by photographing the city at night and transforming the image into an oil painting.
Northwest Woodworkers Gallery, 2111 First Avenue, hosts a juried show of Pacific Northwest-based Furniture Society members distinctive designs with an opening on Friday June 13, 6-9pm. This year’s Furniture Society conference is aimed to challenge the current generation of furniture-makers to think about the local narratives and styles that will pass on to future generations. This 3-day conference is being held June 19-21 in the center of Fort Worden State Park by Port Townsend School of Woodworking.
Howard/Mandville Gallery, 120 Park Lane in Kirkland, celebrates 24 years in Kirkland at a very special reception for the public on June 13 from 5-8pm. In honor of the occasion, the gallery will showcase new works by many of their artists, through July 6, in the “Anniversary Show.” Shown: Reliving A Dream by Rich Bowman.
Good Earth Pottery, located at 1000 Harris Avenue in the Fairhaven District of Bellingham, features tile mosaic master Michael Laboon for the month of June. Laboon carefully rolls a thin slab of clay from which he hand cuts the shapes that will create a mosaic scene. After firing, he arranges the tile pieces back together like a giant jigsaw puzzle, joins them with grout and they’re ready to be hung on or installed in a wall. Meet the artist during the Fairhaven Solstice Art Walk on June 20, from 5-8pm.
"Go Figure," on view through July 5 at the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, 800 Bellevue Way NE, brings together diverse representations of the figure, both male and female, ranging from Renoir, Matisse and Chagall to Peter Max, Willi Kissmer and contemporary sculptor Gesso Cocteau. The array allows for an exploration of a wide range of stylistic approaches to the depiction of the human body, while also providing a glimpse at the variety of forms, materials and techniques employed by artists across this past century. A reception opens the show on June 11 from 6-8pm. Shown at the right: At the Dawn of Love by Marc Chagall.