Waterworks Gallery, 315 Argyle Avenue in Friday Harbor opens from 4-7pm today with “Healing Waters,” a collection of landscape paintings offering an escape from our busy lives. The artist aspires for her paintings to be visual reminders of our fragile natural environment. Her painting process includes a collaged surface of recycled paper, including regional maps, layered with acrylic glazes. Together these elements build unique textures and atmospheric depth that create a feeling of inspiration. Please join Jennifer for an informal walk/talk as she shares her insights about her work on Saturday, May 6th from 11.30 -1.30 pm. http://www.waterworksgallery.com/shows. Shown: Gentle Tide.
The First Friday Artwalk is Friday, May 5 from 6 – 9 pm.
705 Commercial Ave., ACME Creative
In a show titled, Discoveries, Seattle based artist Mary Molyneaux’s figurative paintings are about the mystery of what lies beneath multiple layers of paper, paint and, ink and the artist’s struggle to realize the final images.
620 Commercial Ave., Burton Jewelers
Burton Jewelers continues the show of “Two Perspectives”, Linda Henley & James Keul (Mother & Son) floral themed watercolor and landscape oil paintings. Burton Jewelers will also feature a collection of fine emeralds, the May birthstone, including a stunning 2.16 carat gem as well as Mother’s Day rings and pendants that can be personalized with the birthstones of your family. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
604 Commercial Ave., The Good Stuff Arts
THE GOOD STUFF ARTS will feature local artists specializing in the NW flora, fauna, wildlife and scenic beauty in ocean, mountains and valleys of the NW. New jewelry, cards & prints. 7 pm is a FREE DEMO by Textile Artist: Ruth Owen. Refreshments will be served.
913 6th Street, Salt & Vine (New Merchant)
Salt & Vine offers a fine selection of wine, meats and cheeses in a cozy bistro environment. The featured artist for May is Gerald Baron with his oil paintings. Also showing are a variety of mixed media work and photography by local artists.
420 Commercial Ave., Scott Milo Gallery
Now showing a new collection paintings and sculptures by Leo Osborne. Osborne brings NW paintings on panel with gold leaf and acrylic, in addition to new sculptures. Also showing are acrylics by Anne Martin McCool, oils by Sandy Byers, hand pulled monoprints by Marie Powell and pastels by Amanda Houston. Come see new glass, jewelry, tables and sculptures! Image: “Lesser Luminary”, 40 x 30 Gold Leaf and Acrylic on Canvas by Leo Osborne
419 Commercial Ave., The Majestic Inn and Spa
The Majestic is showing impressionistic watercolors and oils by Suzanne Powers. Powers does both plein air and studio paintings and concentrates on showing an emotional response to light, form and color.
611 R Ave, The Depot
The Anacortes Arts Commission presents the 2017 Dual Challenge exhibit: “One by Two”. This project started with a photo provided by 9 fabric artists. The guidelines were simple: use the photo as inspiration in any way you choose to produce a small wall hanging size quilt. No side of the quilt can exceed 50 inches. From there it was up to each artist to go it alone on their quilt. Come see the results on Friday, May 5 from 6-9 pm and Saturday, May 6 from 10 am to 2:00 pm.
“Energy and Elegance of the Peninsula” opens in a reception from 6-8pm tonight at the Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington in Sequim. Featured artists of the month of May are Carol Janda (painter, potter, and teacher) and Ken Dvorak (photographer). Showcased are unique pieces inspired by energy and elegance of the Olympic peninsula in the front windows. Shown: Rock Carne 2 by Carol Janda.
ArtXchange Gallery, 512 1st. Avenue S., presents an exhibition featuring three popular Seattle painters with highly distinctive styles: Jazz Brown, Jonathan Wakuda Fischer and Gabriel Marquez. Exhibiting together for the first time, as well as creating several unique collaborative painting, the artists make connections between the fields of futurist philosophy and metaphysics in a timely examination of humanity’s future. The exhibition, “Singularity Now,” opens on First Thursday Seattle from 5-8pm. Shown at the left: Jonathan Wakuda Fischer, Behind the Digital Veil.
Bryan Ohno Gallery, 521 S. Main Street, welcomes Travis Pond’s creations in a reception from 6-8pm. In “Tooling the Hearts” humanity is tangible, as we peer into each heart to see what tools keep it beating. Every heart is uniquely hand welded and polished with a metallic shine, while retaining the character of each original piece coming together to create its shape.
Opening from 6-8pm, Foster/White Gallery, 220 3rd. Avenue S., presents Tom Burrows’ “An Ineffable Presence.” . With over forty years experience working in cast pigmented polymer resin, Burrows boasts an expertise and intimacy with the material that is evident in the subtle tonal shifts and extraordinary thinness of his resin. "The medium is the message," he says. Burrows has had solo exhibitions in London, Tokyo, Berlin, New York, and across Canada.
In celebration of Seattle’s inaugural “Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017” and the gallery’s appointment as a “VIP Venue, Frederick Holmes and Company, 309 Occidental Avenue S., presents “4 On The Floor,” a contemporary group exhibition featuring works by Carlos Barberena, Lyle Carbajal, Tony Fitzpatrick and Mark T. Smith.. At approximately 7:15 during the opening, Mr. Barberena will be conducting a demonstration of his linocut printmaking technique. Musical Entertainment By The Koto Jazz Trio will entertain. Shown at the right: Untitled by Lyle Carbajal.
Gallery IMA, 123 S. Jackson Street, features new paintings from Seattle artist Margaret Watson. Watson’s work demonstrates a balancing act between intention and opportunity using shape, color and texture. The opening is from 6-8pm.
Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. S., is currently showing “Basic Techniques of Photography” by Joe Rudko and Daniel Carillo’s “Studio Visit.”
Harris/Harvey Gallery, 1915 First Avenue, opens from 6-8pm with Emily Wood’s “Wandering Down the Road.” For over two decades, Wood has painted thick forest groves of the Northwest, sun-bleached hills of the Palouse, moving east to explore Idaho’s lakes and Montana’s expansive skies. Her work can be found in the collections of Seattle University’s Sullivan Law Center, Merrill Lynch, Seattle Cancer Alliance, UW Medical Center, and Tacoma Art Museum as well as in private collections.
Juan Alonso Studio, 306 S. Washington, Studio 104, welcomes Lisa Myers Bulmash to the Front Room Gallery in a reception from 5-8pm. Through her art, Bulmash tells stories about family as a way to create an imaginative sanctuary for the viewer.
Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Avenue S., opens from 6-8pm with “Hrisey and Back,” an exhibition of work by Seattle artist Jennifer Beedon Snow who continues her exploration of the suburban landscape; this time including work inspired by a 2016 artist residency in Iceland.
“Words and Tides,” work by Sharon and Bill Grader, is showing at the Lynn Hanson Gallery, 312 S. Washington Street. Sharon is an encaustic artist, combining abstracts with words, and Bill is a woodworker.
“Spring Visions” opens from 5-7pm at Path with Art, 312 2nd. Avenue S. The show consists of student artwork in a wide variety of mediums. Path with Art transforms the lives of people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and other trauma by harnessing the power of creative engagement as a bridge to community and a path to stability.
New paintings by Kathy Liao will be on view in her solo show, “Lingering Presence,” opening from 6-8pm at Prographica/KDR Gallery, 313 Occidental Avenue S. The artist says, “These paintings are a record of an experience, a feeling. In a familiar space, both the presence and the absence of the figure are equally palpable. A portrait may begin with the person sitting in front of me or a transient smile over FaceTime, and all that might get buried under layers of painted recollection of how the sun felt the day he sat there. My mixed media work is painted from observations, layered with sharp and hazy memories and recorded snapshot photos. With each painting, I am constantly re-establishing my relationship with the subject matter, being especially conscious of my physical and emotional distance." Shown: Kathy Liao, So Close and So Far.
Stonington Gallery, 125 S. Jackson Street, opens from 6-8pm with “Salish Sound Waves: A Group Exhibit of Cutting-Edge Indigenous Visual Artists, featuring artists who use motion, music, pop and graphic art sensibilities, vibrant color and an urban edge in their work to convey the cultures, environment and contemporary spirit of the Northwest. Included in this exhibit are artists at the forefront of formline expression. Ronnie Fairbanks (Tlingit/Ts’msyen/Ojibwe) also makes a gallery debut with this exhibit, in the form of custom-painted skate decks. The exhibit debuts new work by Marvel comics artist/author Jeffrey Veregge (Port Gamble S’Klallam). Shown: Custom skate decks by Ronnie Fairbanks (Tlingit/Ts’msyen/Ojibwe)
May show at ZINC contemporary, 119 Prefontian Pl S. in Pioneer Square, is Dirty Laundry” by Layne Kleinart. She painted this series using natural pigments such as coffee and beet juice on second-hand bed linens seeking to explore the transient nature of innocence on memory in gestural paintings. The opening reception will be held on May 4, 5-8pm during Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk.
“Drawing the Line,” an exhibition opening on May 3 at the Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, 1420 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 108, features nine artists who incorporate using the line as a fundamental axis of their work, whether it is in the exploration of narrative, creation of space, or the pursuit of design. An artist lecture will be at 4pm on May 3 followed by the gallery reception from 5-6pm.Featured artists include: Nicolette Absil, Melissa Cameron, Laritza Garcia, Tia Kramer, Michele Mercaldo, Tod Pardon, Suzan Rezac, Caitie Sellers, and Jan Smith. Shown: Laritza Garcia, Queen Bee, 2016, necklace, brass, silver, powder coat.
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
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
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/
May Thru Mid-October
Leavenworth Village Art in the Park is the longest running art show in the Northwest. All weekends.
May 3 – 7
Pilchuck Glass School Spring Group Tours. Advance reservations required, minimum group of 10. Call 206-621-8422.
17th Annual Children’s Art Walk from 6 – 9 pm. Whatcom County students will display their works of art presented by Allied Arts of Whatcom County at 1418 Cornwall in Bellingham. There will be a number of activities for kids and adults, music, and more to celebrate the arts in schools. In addition, Allied Arts Gallery will feature professional work by Allied Arts Teaching Artists in Whatcom County. Art will stay on display through May 31 in honor of the state wide Arts Education Month.
May 6-7 and May 13-14
Vashon Island Art Studio Tour from 10am – 5pm- Vashon Island artists collectively throw open their studio doors to the public. Founded in the 1970’s by several dedicated artists, the tour has grown to over 100 artists. Colorful brochures with maps and studio descriptions are available at most Vashon Island businesses. Get a sneak preview on the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour Facebook page and on their blog. Ferry schedules can be found at Washington State ferry website.
Cultural imPRINT: Northwest Coast Prints exhibition showcases cultural images from Native tribes at Tacoma Art Museum
Haub 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.
“Created Compost,” A show of new work made from reclaimed fabrics, found images, glassine, and a couple painted sticks, opens at the Alice Gallery, 6007 12th Avenue South in Seattle, in a reception on April 29 from 6-8pm. The solo exhibition by Julie Alexander is curated by Ben Heywood.
Opening 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
A new group exhibit opens April 28 from 5–10pm and April 29 from 12-8pm during the Olympia Spring Arts Walk at the Childhood’s End Gallery, 222 4th. Avenue W. Live entertainment will be provided by PC & J acoustic guitar and vocals, Ann Finn piano and Pat Cole & Jamie Jenson. The show runs through May 28.
University of Puget Sound’s “2017 Senior Art Show” opens Wednesday, April 27, from 5 -7p.m. at the Kittredge Gallery, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St.in Tacoma, and everyone is welcome. This free exhibition is the highlight of the year, showcasing graduating senior art students’ thesis work.
The artworks on view offer a lively and engaging opportunity to see a variety of pieces by these emerging artists. Each of the 14 students has created a body of work that shows their skills and ideas. The show is on view through May 13.
Woodside/Braseth Gallery, located at 1201 Western Avenue, is one of Seattle’s oldest galleries. In a special reception on April 20 from 5:30 – 8:30pm, they celebrate 56 years of representing many of the area’s most prominent artists. Featured are new and recently acquired works by Victoria Adams, Guy Anderson, Jaq Chartier, William Cumming, Morris Graves, Susan R. Hall, Paul Horiuchi, David Kroll,Jared Rue, & Gerard Tsutakawa. The show closes May 20. Shown: Summer Storm Washington Coast by Kenneth Callahan.
“Botanical Exuberance: Trees & Flowers in Northwest Art” is showing at Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Avenue. The show begins with 19th and early 20th century paintings by Tacoma’s Abby Williams Hill (1861-1943). Her paintings were so highly regarded that she was commissioned to paint four landscapes that were used as travel posters for the Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railway. From the 19th century through today, local artists have used floral and tree motifs in their work in various mediums. Many artists of yesteryear who made their reputations glorifying the beauty of our area are included in the exhibition..Shown: Glen Alps, Hollyhocks, 1958, Serigraph, Private Collection.
The Cole Gallery, 107 5th. Avenue S., celebrates “Flowers & Gardens, Indoors and Out” through May 15. The group show highlights some of the gallery’s versatile painters who capture flowers and gardens, both in landscape paintings and in still life. During the Edmonds Art Walk the gallery will serve champagne, light dessert bites and offer entertainment by Gypsy Folk and Jazz from the Toka Ensemble.
Gallery North’s featured exhibit is “Moment & Eternity”, an exhibit of photography and oil paintings by award-winning artist Wei Chen. Well-known for her painterly photography, this artist uses an unusual technique to convey a very personal feeling of nostalgia in her work. Wei Chen uses light as paint and the camera as her brush to create surrealistic, in-camera images, in contrast to the traditional use of photography for realistic representation. Shown: Ocean Nocturne XXI. The gallery is located 401 Main Street.
Jefferson Museum of Art & History in Port Townsend Currently Showing Pat and Peter Simpson Collection
The 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.
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.
34th Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features lots of arts and crafts exhibitions.
Thru April 24
Art in the Schoolhouse at Christianson’s Nursery, Mount Vernon. www.stanwoodcamanoarts.com
Whidbey Island Sculpture Day Tour. The City of Langley proclaims Saturday, April 22 International Sculpture Day. International Sculpture Day is a world-wide celebration involving hundreds of artists, organizations and institutions in over 20 countries championing sculpture and is annually observed on or around April 24. An awards ceremony in Langley will recognize the body of works by internationally recognized sculpture artist, Georgia Gerber for her contribution to communities in support of public art, arts organizations and service organizations. A guided tour of Langley public art will follow the ceremony.
From 10-3pm Tieton Arts & Humanities‘ annual Upper Valley Student Art Show will feature the artwork of K-12 students in the Highland, Naches, and West Valley school districts and Oakridge Montessori. There will be an awards ceremony for the kids at 2pm. BOXX Gallery’s current photography show will be on display.
April 22 & 23
For the fourth year, The Depot in Anacortes sponsors a two day Spring Fest on April 22 & 23. It has all the fun components of the August Art Festival, on a slightly smaller scale. Some of the favorite booth artists will be there, as well as entertainers, food trucks, and a beer garden. There will also be activities for the kids and demonstrating artists. Many art studios will be open including Tieton Mosaic, Goathead Press, and Paper Hammer Studios.