Midsommer Celebration with the Nordic Heritage Museum at the Ballard Farmer’s Market – Bergen Place, Sunday, June 21

The Nordic Heritage Museum  will bring children’s activities, museum objects and materials to the Ballard Farmer’s Market in Bergen Place on June 21st.  Midsommer, also known as the summer solstice, is celebrated throughout the world, but is particularly important in Nordic countries. The celebrating of midsommer is a significant occasion that symbolizes the end of the long dark winters. Join the Nordic Heritage Museum and do as the Nordics do – cross your fingers for good weather and brace for good times during the longest day of light.

Debra Stern Exhibit at Good Earth Pottery for June

goodearthGood Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Avenue in the Fairhaven District of Bellingham,  is currently featuring the work of avid sketch artist Debra Stern. She takes her drawings from the page to the kiln with functional and sculptural ceramic wares. Her show will be on view for the month of June.

Let’s Play War at the Bellevue Arts Museum Through October 18

bamOn view through October 18 at the Bellevue Arts Museum, is “Let’s Play War,” Nathan Vincent’s first solo museum exhibition. The New York-based artist, whose work was featured in BAM’s 2011 group show “Mysterious Content of Softness,” continues to explore the power of fiber to challenge ideas about the codes of conduct still at work within the American domestic landscape. The exhibition’s co-curators are Stefano Catalani and Kelsey Rudd. BAM offers free parking. The parking garage is accessible from Bellevue Way NE going north.

Third Thursday Gallery Walk Receptions in Edmonds

gallerynorth“Summer’s Palette”, an exhibit of acrylic paintings by award-winning artist Lyn Linder,  is currently showing through June 30 at Gallery North,  401 Main Street in Edmonds. The show will include many of her latest works featuring scenic landscapes and local wildlife. Meet her at  the Edmonds Art Walk on June 18 from 5-8pm. Shown: Golden Reflection.




,Cole Gallery, 107 5th. Avenue in Edmonds  will present a multi-artist show titled “Northwest Waters” running through July 13 headlining Austin Dwyer with an artist reception on June  from 5-8pm. The show will feature over thirty-five paintings of ships, marinas, marine life, and waterways specific to our region. Dwyer will also be conducting a visual presentation on “Ships to Remember” at Cole Gallery on June 20 from 6:30-8:30pm  during the run of the show. There he will tell the stories on vessels ranging from the 9th century to present day with a Q&A at the end.

Masks and African Art at SAM June 18-September 7

samafricanDisguise: Masks and Global African Art,” on view at the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle from June 18- September 7, is a groundbreaking exhibition that celebrates 21st-century evolutions of the mask and explores contemporary forms of disguise. Lenu Naagbiwa of Boue, One of the Last Active Carvers in Ogoniland, 2014. Zina Saro-Wiwa, USA/UK/Nigeria, born 1976. Shown: he Invisible Man series, 2015, Zina Saro-Wiwa, USA/UK/Nigeria, b. 1976, exhibition print, 30 x 50 in., Seattle Art Museum, Commission, 2015. © Zina Saro-Wiwa, Photo courtesy of the artist.

Father’s Day Ideas in June at Fine Impressions

fineimpThe Fine Impressions Gallery, 8300 5th. Avenue NE in Seattle, celebrates Father’s Day during June with fine prints they might like. June also marks the kick off of Seafair with one of  the Greenwood Car Show. Running all day on Saturday June 27, it features over a mile and a half of classic cars. You can see one of these 1908 Rolls Royces, perfectly captured by artist George A. Oliver as part of his “Early Motor-Cars: 1904 – 1915” series currently showing at the gallery. .

Visiting Artist John Miller at Tacoma’s Museum of Glass

moghotshopJohn Miller, former staff member at Pilchuck Glass School, will be at the Museum of Glass in the Hot Shop from June 17 – 21.  Currently an associate professor and head of the glass department at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, Miller exhibits internationally and frequently tours the country lecturing and demonstrating with hot glass. Although he has experimented with many different techniques and materials, his focus is blown and hot-worked glass sculpture. During his residency, Miller will create works of art for a selection of his current series, such as High Volume and Hot Stuff, as well as a new car hood ornament piece in partnership with LeMay  – America’s Car Museum.

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through June 21

Third Thursday

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

Seattle Design Center Art Walk is from 5 – 9pm. at 5701 Sixth Ave. South.https://www.seattledesigncenter.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.tacoma.com/events/tacomas-third-thursday-art-walk/

Upper Queen Anne Art Walk is from 3 – 9pm and takes place between the 1500 and 2400 blocks on Queen Anne Ave. N.


Third Friday

Port Orchard Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm, May through October.www.pobsa.com/Membership/port-orchard-art-walk.html.


June 19

"Best of Gage" Student Art Show and Awards, Gage Academy of Art, 1501 10th Ave. East. Visit www.gageacademy.org.


The Seattle Art Museum is open from 7-11pm to celebrate the opening of the newest exhibition, ‘Disguise: Masks and Global African Art,” ‘with a full night of live performances, music, art making, and tours featuring the dynamic artists featured in this groundbreaking exhibition.


June 19 – 21

57th Edmonds Arts Festival, one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest arts celebrations, is a free, fun-filled Father’s Day Weekend in Edmonds. Fri. 11am – 9pm, Sat. 10am – 8pm, Sun. 10am – 6pm. Visit edmondsartsfestival.org.


Meeker Days Festival, Downtown Puyallup, the largest street festival in Pierce County. Visit www.puyallupmainstreet.com.


June 20

Museum of Northwest Art Annual Art Auction in La Conner. Preview: June 19. The museum’s largest annual fundraiser–for seasoned and novice art collectors. Visit www.museumofnwart.org. Silent Auctions Open, 6-8pm & Northwest Kingdom Picnic and Dance Party 6-10pm. New this year… the silent auctions will open for bidding on Friday from 6-8pm only.

Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery Special Show Opens June 15

facere“Marked, Stitched and Mended: Featured Artist Jan Smith,” is on view from June 15 – July 15 at the Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, 1420 Fifth Avenue in Seattle. Canadian metalsmith, printmaker and ceramicist Jan Smith, investigates surface as a medium through which to communicate ideas of healing and memory. Smith handles enamel in a non-traditional manner, creating unique surfaces combined with thoughtful illustration.

Blue Whole Gallery Celebrates 18 Years in Sequim

bluewholeOn June 14, 1997, the Blue Whole Gallery , 129 W. Washington Street in Sequim, an artists’ co-op with 26 members, opened its doors.  What started  as "an experiment in excellence, a fine art gallery of professional artists pursuing creative originality" has continued and thrived to this day. The gallery currently has 30 artists working with oil, acrylic and watercolor, mixed media, assemblage, photography, fused glass, metal sculpture, ceramics, wood sculpture and turning, and jewelry. As they begin their 18th year, they’re still thriving with quality and originality.  Shown: Three Presidents (from left Barbara Boerigter, Margo Hankel, and Brian Buntain).  Photo  by Larry Barnes

Chuck Jones Exhibition at Seattle’s EMP Museum

“What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones”— a Smithsonian traveling exhibition that explores Jones’ creative genius, influences and legacy— will be on view at Seattle’s EMP Museum  June 13, 2015 – January 17, 2016. Animation director and artist Charles Martin “Chuck” Jones (1912-2002) brought to life some of the most iconic cartoon characters in animation history. He perfected the wisecracking Bugs Bunny and the exasperated Daffy Duck and created a host of other characters, including Pepé Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. He brought an unparalleled talent for comic invention and a flair for creating distinctive, memorable characters to the art of film animation. 

By Land Or By Sea opens at Mainframe today 6-9pm

MainframeBy Land or By Sea opens at the Mainframe Shop, 5628 Airport Way S. #110, June 13 with a reception for the artist’s from 6-9 pm and continues through July 4th with viewing hours by appt. during the week, Friday 11am- 7pm. and Saturday 10am-3pm.  The exhibit, featuring works by Ed Bopp and Kelly Johnston, reexamines the old genres of landscape and seascape painting from divergent contemporary perspectives.

Carrie Goller Gallery Opening Second Saturday in Poulsbo

carriegollerPlein air artist extraordinaire, Robin Weiss’s work is on view at the Carrie Goller Gallery , 18801 Front Street, Poulsbo,  in a reception held during the Second Saturday Art Walks in Historic Downtown Poulsbo on June 13 from 5-8pm.  Original works by Carrie Goller and regional artists are also showcased. throughout the year. Image: Skagit Valley Farm, by Robin Weiss,

Linoleum Block Prints Showing at Childhood’s End

childhoodThe Childhood’s End Gallery, 222  Fourth Avenue W. in Olympia, is currently showing “Linoleum Block Prints,” featuring works by Michael Kershisnik and Yoshiko Yamamoto. The show runs through July 31.

Thom Ross Draws Cowboys at Gunnar Nordstrom

gunnarShowing through July 3 at the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, 800 Bellevue Way NE, is “Draw Cowboy,” new work by famed cowboy artist Thom Ross. The opening for his show is June 10 from 6-8pm. Ross is best known for his accurate and extremely whimsical portrayal of events taken from the Wild West era. His paintings, accurate in their history, show little-known events or happenings transformed into whimsical stories. Ross is a master researcher of the period and thrives on finding little known events and adventures of the Wild West to revisit as paintings. He is frequently asked to speak at colleges on the history of the Wild West,  is used often as an expert on wild west documentaries and even acts in a variety of made-for-TV movies dealing with the west. Shown: Three Gunmen