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.

Kirkland Gallery Openings Today and Tomorrow

howardmHoward/Mandville Gallery, 120 Parklane,  presents  “A Contemporary Showcase,” on view from March 11 – April 2. Meet the artists on Saturday, March 11 from 1-4pm. Showing are new works by Quincy Anderson, Susan Faust, Melanie Ferguson, Chuck Gumpert, Tracey Lane, Christipher Mathie & Leo Osborne.  Shown: Butterfly Effect VII by Chuck Gumpert




Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market Street opens from 6-8:30pm on Friday, March 10 for their new show (Dis)Connected. Featured artists are Humaira Abid, Jonathan Wakuda Fischer, Troy Gua, Leslie Harriel, and many more.



parklaneParklane Gallery, 130 Park Lane, opens Friday, March 10 from 5-8pm with Heidi Barnett’s “Symphony of Color.” Barnett, affectionately dubbed the “Q-Tip Artist” by her fans, experiments with palette knives, fingers, and a variety of eclectic tools to create a unique pointillist style. Also showing is “Spring Impressions,” floral paintings by Anne Waters. Waters  represents flowers in the bold and soft color palettes.. Also showing are rock sculptures by guest artist Nicky Oberholtzer  Shown at the right by Heidi Barnett.



Recently opened at  Ryan James Fine Arts, 11905 124th. Ave. NE, is “4.2/NO.” Featured are  four contemporary emerging Seattle artists; Kimberly Balla, Bonnie Smerdon, Qin Tan, & Laura Viola Preciado.

Group Show Opens at Childhood’s End in Olympia March 10

childOpening in a reception from 5-7pm at the Childhood’s End Gallery, 222 Fourth Avenue W. in Olympia, is a group show featuring: Sherry Buckner’s serigraphs, Aki Sogabe’s papercuts, Mimi Willliams’ block prints ad oshiko Yamamoto’s block prints.

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.

Charlie Barr’s North by Northwest at Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery

gunnarNew works by  a gallery favorite, Charlie Barr. opens on March 8 in a reception from 6-8pm at the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, 800 Bellevue Way NE Barr is a Northwest landscape artist working with a unique mixed media blend of acrylic and cement on panel. These contemporary paintings are meant to set a mood or evoke emotion and often leave the viewer with a sense of remembrance and stimulated senses. Shown: Outside His Store.


Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through March 12

Second Thursday

Blitz, Capitol Hill’s Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm. capitolhillartwalk.com

West Seattle Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm. westseattleartwalk.blogspot.com


Second Friday

Belltown Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm. www.belltownartwalk.com

Phinney Wood Art Up Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm. artupphinneywood.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.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.


March 8-12

Ethan Stern’s artwork begins in the fire of the hot shop at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, but comes to life as it is completed in the cold shop through an intricate and time-consuming engraving process. His work is an ongoing exploration of texture and light – by carving into the vessels he creates in the hot shop, Stern is able to harness light to create a complex, lustrous surface.


March 9 – 23

Museum of Glass  (MOG) will hold its fifth Fuel Their Fire auction, during which arts patrons and collectors will have the unique opportunity to sponsor an artist for a five-day residency in the Museum’s Hot Shop. Without financial constraints, Visiting Artists are free to use their time in the Hot Shop to innovate and explore new creative directions, often resulting in breakthroughs, new bodies of work, and major career advances. Contributions to Fuel Their Fire are instrumental to this development. 

Anacortes First Friday Artwalk

The First Friday Artwalk is Friday, March 3 from 6 – 9 pm.

705 Commercial Ave., ACME Creative

Cut paper artist Ann Reid will join ACME Gallery in March. Her detailed paper work garners inspiration from the environmental challenges particular to the rural landscape of Skagit County, the Cascade Mountains and the Salish Sea.


620 Commercial Ave., Burton Jewelers

For the March Artwalk, Burton Jewelers, will open a new show titled “Two Perspectives.” This show is an exhibit of wildflower and landscape paintings by mother-and-son artists Linda Henley and James Keul, in watercolor and oil paintings.  March is Burton Jewelers anniversary month celebrating 87 years of serving Anacortes with custom Jewelry and fine table and giftware!  Specials will be offered throughout the store during the Artwalk and all month long.  Refreshments will be served during the Artwalk.


604 Commercial Ave., The Good Stuff Arts 

“SPRING HAS SPRUNG”.  This  showing features many new local artists including Jan Gellatly, Watercolor & Prints; Susan Specht-Oram, “Cats & Tulips”; Nancy Hammer, Mixed Media; and Paul Lewing, Acrylics & NW tile designs.  The Gallery also presents new works by Ellen Dale, Fused Glass; Greg Dugan, Watercolor, Pen & Ink; Randy Emmons, Watercolor; Peggie Hunnicutt, Acrylic;  Linde Husk, Acrylic; Michael Laboon, Clay Murals; Jesse Link, Prints on Canvas;  Terry MacDonald, Acrylic;  Jill McDougall, Mixed Media;  Ron Moore, Wood Sculptures;  Ruth Owen, Textiles;  Suzanne Powers Oil, Cynthia Richardson, Acrylics, Carla Seaton, Mixed Media; Annette Tamm, Fused Glass;  Gail Thein, Bead Jewelry; Maria Wickwire, Sculptures; Peggy Woods, Watercolor & Prints. 


scottm420 Commercial Ave., Scott Milo Gallery 

Scott Milo Gallery presents a collection of Dederick Ward’s paintings from 1990 to Present.  The early paintings draw on Ward’s geological background, the internal and external landscapes of his adopted Washington State. Next was a long period of abstracted landscape and many plein air works executed in the field with fellow artists. The mountains, rivers, wetlands and agriculture were his passion and his subject matter. Also showing are oils by Brooke Borcherding, Damon Brown, Matt Dollahite and Melissa Jander. Image: Catalyst, 55 x  50 Acrylic on Canvas by Dederick Ward, 1992


419 Commercial Ave., The Majestic Inn and Spa 

The Majestic Inn and Spa presents paintings by Pien Ellis.  Ellis works in a variety of mediums and specializes in images that represent the Skagit Valley.

Seattle First Thursday Art Walk March 2

abmeyerAbmeyer + Wood Fine Art, 1210 Second Avenue, opens  from 5-8pm with Crystal Morey’s “ ENTANGLED WONDERS.”   Morey’s work explores humanity’s connection to nature. Drawing inspiration from Egyptian, Greek, and Roman deities and Native American creation stories, Morey fuses the two to create her unique theriocephalic hybrids.    Shown: Sierra Nevada Red Fox.


artxchangeArtXchange Gallery,  presents Lauren Iida’s debut solo exhibition, “How to Trap a Memory.” Intricate paper cutaway works create an intimate portrait of the artist, utilizing a visual language of metaphorical objects traversing a decade living between the United States and Cambodia. Her new collection illustrates how stories and memories accumulate in the corners of our mind and ultimately become a structure we carry with us. Show at the right: Death and Abundance.


Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Avenue, opens with John Grade’s “North” This exhibition celebrates the return of “Middle Fork” from the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland for installation at Seattle Art Museum. After which it will continue to travel to other venues and each time it will grow further until it reaches the complete length and span of the original tree, 140 feet long.



This March, Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Avenue S.,  welcomes a new series of work by Canadian artist, Sheri Bakes. Celestial Navigation continues the artist’s study of light and movement, while representing a departure in subject matter.



fred“Material Memories,” a special two-person exhibition featuring Kim Henigman Bruce and Naoko Morisawa, opens from 6-8:30pm at Frederick Holmes and Company, 309 Occidental Avenue S.. The exhibition  explores personal and cultural memory, metaphor, and mission, through work created in simple, ancient materials – beeswax (Kim Henigman Bruce) and wood or paper (Naoko Morisawa) – made relevant to a contemporary era.  Shown at the left: Kim Bruce Henigman, Justice.



In concurrence with the 2017 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference, Gallery IMA, 123 S. Jackson Street, presents  a simultaneous special exhibition featuring a number of  ceramicists.



harrisHarris/Harvey Gallery, 1915 First Avenue, opens from 6-8pm with “Kent Lovelace, Birds and Wanderings.” Lovelace presents a new body of oil paintings on copper with imagery central to his artistic identity: local landscapes, European vistas, and bird species native to the region. Lovelace will talk about this new body of work and give a demonstration of his painting technique Saturday, March 18 at noon. Shown at the right: Bird Study 1.


Juan Alonso Studio, 306 S. Washington,  opens from 5-8p on First Thursday with guest artist Romson Regarde Bustillo. Locally, his work is represented in the collections of the City of Seattle, the City of Tacoma, Washington State Art Commission, ArtColl Trust, ACRS, and the Wing Luke Asian Museum.



Patti Bowman’s "Forever" opens from 6-8pm at the Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Avenue S. “Forever,” builds on previous studies of a world in motion. This time she tackles ocean waves and water. The layering effect of the encaustic medium simulates water depth.



“HUSH.ed,” opening from 5-8pm at the Pilchuck Gallery, 240 2nd Avenue South, features a group of talented artists whose work challenges conventional perceptions of sculptural glass. While exploring themes of technology, materiality and duality, HUSH.ed quietly demands a moment of reflection in an otherwise busy world.



proPrographica Gallery, 313 Occidental Avenue S., is showing  Robert Pruitt in "Planetary Survey: New Drawings" on First Thursday, March 2 from 6-8pm. The show features works on paper- a combination of charcoal, conté and pastel on hand-dyed or coffee-toned paper- in a variety of sizes. The signature portraits blend elements of science fiction and technology with traditional African patterns and ceremonial sculptures. Shown at the left: Untitled.




“See Four From Portland,” opens at the SAM Gallery, in downtown Seattle from 6-7:30pm. See what’s coming out of Portland’s thriving art scene. Celebrate with four SAM Gallery artists from our Pacific Northwest neighbor city as they show recent artwork.



stonOpening from 6-8pm at the Stonington Gallery, 125 S. Jackson Street, is a solo exhibition featuring works by young Inupiaq/Yup’ik artist Drew Michael. Michael is making artwork that draws on his heritage, his queer identity, his interests in chakra and indigenous healing, and his religious upbringing. These stunning sculptures can be seen as stand-ins for his emotions, and their solidity, serenity and spirituality are evidence of a young man yearning for a place, for security, and for love.




traverTraver Gallery, 110 Union Street, presents “The Gathering”  by Marita Dingus. In this exhibition, Marita Dingus commemorates how humans continue to call upon the spirit world for help and guidance in conducting their affairs, especially in times of elevated threat and uncertainty. This show is inspired by Marita’s love of the nkondi sculptures of the Kongo people, which were used as spiritual enforcers of conflict resolutions. Also showing is “The Artificial Horizon, an exhibition of ceramic and mixed media sculptures by Trey Hill. Shown at the left: by Marita Dingus.



zzincSeattle artist Liz Tran debuts her new abstract mixed media series, JaWbReAkEr, at ZINC contemporary, 119 Prefontained Pl S.  Painstakingly layered, tooth breaking yet mouth-watering, Tran’s paintings and installation pieces show that the journey to truth can be both painful and sweet. The artist will be present at the opening reception on Thursday, March 2 from 5-8pm, in conjunction with Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk. Shown: Gumball Cloudscape.

Art Walks and Special Events Through March 5

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

Art in the Park at South Lake Union Park. May through Oct. 11am – 7pm. Free admission at Museum of History and Industry. For more information: www.nwartalliance.com

SLU Art Walk from 5 – 8pm Oct. and May. South Lake Union event features temporary art shows in multiple venues run by Shunpike.

Silverdale Artwalk, March – Nov. 5 – 8pm, Meet at Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio, 9536 NW Silverdale Way. 360/613-5472


First Friday

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

Port Orchard Art Walk downtown May – October 5 – 8pm. www.pobsa.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


First Saturday

La Conner Galleries are open April – Oct. 5 – 8pm as part of the Skagit Valley Art Escape. 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

Queen Anne Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm. See map at www.queenanneview.com/tag/art-walk/


March 3

Gage Academy of Art Gala Art Auction and Benefit. For tickets and info: 206-323-4243.


March 4 – 5

Penn Cove Musselfest, Coupeville. Art walk and studio tours. www.thepenncovemusselsfestival.com

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.

Art Walks and Special Events Through February 26

Fourth Saturday

Bremerton Charleston Arts District Artwalk, noon – 8pm www.ci.bremerton.wa.us/display.php?id=598


February 17 – 26

Great Northwest Glass Quest, Stanwood and Camano Island. Search for unique, hand-blown glass treasures. Call Camano Island Chamber of Commerce, 360-629-7136.


February 25

H’Arts 35th Benefit Art Auction to benefit Schack Art Center , 5pm. Xfinity Arena Conference Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett. For tickets and info: www.schack.org


2017 ARTIST TRUST BENEFIT ART AUCTION at  5:00 P.M. in the Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center.

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 .

Third Thursday Art Walk Edmonds 5-8PM

“"Northwest Social Realism and the American Scene: 1930-1950,” is featured during the Edmonds Art Walk and will be on view at the Cascadia Art Museum,  190 Sunset Avenue E., through March 26. The exhibition focuses on Northwest artists and their depictions of scenes of everyday life in the Northwest during the 1930s through the 1950s.



The Cole Gallery, 107 5th. Avenue S., features, “Breathe,”  a new show by Andy Eccleshall featuring serene landscapes, light-filled  skies and quiet evening nightscapes. 



galnorThe Northwest Pastel Society is holding it’s first ever Mixed Media exhibit at Gallery North, 401 Main Street, this month. 24 pieces of artwork have been juried into the show by 16 artists from Washington, Oregon and California. Participating artists have combined pastels with other media such as monotypes, handmade prints, watercolors, acrylic inks, collage, acrylic paints, and colored pencils.  Image:  Best of Show Winner Time Lapse by Barbara Szkutnik.



zinc“Ancient Vases” – New works on paper by Curt Labitzke is the featured show this month  at  Zinc Art102 3rd Avenue  S. Seattle artist and UW Associate Professor of Printmaking Curt Labitzke brings highly textural and classically inspired works on paper.

Art Walks and Events Through February 19

Third Thursday

Edmonds Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm. www.edmondsartwalk.com

Third Thursday in Kent 4 – 7pm, www.thirdthursdaykent.com

Tacoma Art Mingle when Tacoma museums offer free admission and galleries are open from 5 – 8pm.


February 17 – 26

Great Northwest Glass Quest, Stanwood and Camano Island. Search for unique, hand-blown glass treasures. Call Camano Island Chamber of Commerce, 360-629-7136.