Soly Cissé’s work hanging at M.I.A. Gallery

On view through April 12 at the M.I.A. Gallery,  1203 Second Avenue, Suite A, is  Soly Cissé’s “Dreams.” The artist  achieved international recognition in numerous exhibitions (in France and in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Great Britain…). He has also participated in highly prestigious exhibitions, in particular “Africa Remix” at the Centre Pompidou, dedicated to the adventure of a new generation of artists who represent Africa.

Brink award-winning Anne Fenton’s work on view at The Henry

henryThe Henry Art Gallery, located on the western edge of the University of Washington campus, is featuring the work of Anne Fenton, winner of this year’s Brink Award.  Fenton’s work is not defined in terms of any specific medium and favors a collaborative, organic, process-oriented approach to art making. The show runs through June 8. Anne Fenton. The Brink is a biennial award that spotlights the work of an artist who resides in Washington, Oregon, or British Columbia and is in the early stages of a promising professional career. Shown: Study for a party light . Courtesy of the artist.

Celebrating the Irish at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds

coleThe Cole Gallery, 107 5th. Avenue S.  in Edmonds, celebrates St. Patrick’s Day this month with  internationally-acclaimed marine artist and author Austin Dwyer,  who brings a collection of paintings inspired by his home town of Dublin, Ireland. Shown: A Fair Day by Austin Dweer.

New works by Tracey Lane and Christopher Mathie open at Howard/Mandville tonight in Kirkland

HowardMandvilleHoward/Mandville Gallery, 120 Park Lane in Kirkland, opens from 5-8pm during the Kirkland Art Walk with a show featuring works by Tracey Lane and Christopher Mathie. Shown: Intimate Sketch of the Ocean by Christopher Mathie . 

Troy Gua and Kellie Talbot open show at Bherd tonight

Showing through April 25  at the Bherd Gallery, 312 N. 85th. Street in Seattle, is “Here,” an exhibit with Kellie Talbot and Troy Gua pairing up in an unlikely road trip to explore themes of migration, manifest destiny, and the unique American yearning to get out on the highway. The two artists may have different approaches, but they often end up in the same spot. Receptions for the artists will take place March 14 from 6-9:30pm and April 11 from 6-9:30pm. Shown: Interstate Number 1 by Troy Gua.

Rising Star Furniture makers reception at 6pm tonight

nwwgAt 6pm tonight the jury will award the Honor of Distinction to one furniture maker at the annual reception for the Rising Star Furniture Makers at the Northwest Woodworkers Gallery,  2111 First Avenue  in downtown Seattle. Stop by the gallery between 6-9pm to mingle with the artists, enjoy some award winning wine from CloudLift Cellars and see the new furniture designs.

Prints of Crimea from the 1830’s at Fine Impressions

fineimpressUnless you live under a rock, you know that the news is full of events in  the Crimea and Russia. Russia annexed Crimea under Catherine the Great in 1783, and they want it back!! Fine Impressions Gallery, 8300 Fifth Avenue NE in Seattle, always in tune with current events,  is featuring historic maps and prints related to Crimea. This is from a set of original Anatole Demidoff geologic maps. These were produced in the 1830’s, during the beginning of what would become a long and complex ongoing history of oil production in the area. You can see more in the gallery’s “New in the Gallery” page on their website. They also have prints  related to the 1850’s Crimean War with Great Britain, France and Turkey.

James Minden and Carolyn Cole at SAM Gallery

samsalesNew works by Portland artists Carolyn Cole and James Minden are on view at the Seattle Art Museum Gallery in the downtown Seattle location at First and Union. Join the artists at the opening reception on March 13 from 6-8pm. Shown: Sense by James Minden.

Svetlana Shalygina’s new work at the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery

gunnar“Maintain Personal Space,” a new show featuring paintings by Svetlana Shalygina,  one of the most popular artists at the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, 800 Bellevue Way NE, is on view through April 5. The Russian-born and influenced artist now lives and paints in Newport Beach, CA. Also on view are new paintings by long-time gallery favorite Loren Salazar. A reception for the show is March 12 from 6-8pm. Shown: Next by Svetlana Shalygina

Calendar of art walks and events through March 16

Second Wednesday

Wallingford Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm from May –


Second Thursday

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

West Seattle Art Walk is from 6 –


Second Friday

Belltown Art Walk is from 6pm until closing.

Greenwood-Phinney Art Up Art Walk is from 6 –

Kirkland Art Walk is from noon –


Third Saturday

Everett Art Walk is from 4 –


March 12

The Seattle Art Museum welcomes  Frederic Remington’s iconic The Broncho Buster sculpture from the Denver Art Museum  on March 12. To celebrate,  the museum is  offering free admission to all 12s wearing Seattle Seahawks  gear on March 12.

First museum solo exhibition for Seattle’s Dan Webb at the Bellevue Arts Museum

bamwebbFragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webbis on view  through June 15 at the Bellevue Arts Museum. Featuring never-before-seen sculptures alongside some of the artist’s most iconic pieces, the exhibition provides a survey of 15 years of intense exploration and self-invention.

Webb, a self-taught carver, spent most of his childhood in remote Alaska before making his way to Seattle. He received his BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 1991 and has since won numerous awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Award (1999), the Betty Bowen Award (2003), and an Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship (2004). His work is included in the permanent collections of the Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and the New Museum in New York. Little Cuts, a moving meditation on his brother’s diagnosis with a brain tumor and subsequent passing, was featured in Bellevue Arts Museum’s “ÜberPortrait exhibition in 2009. Shown: Shroud

First Friday in March openings around Puget Sound

Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington Street in Sequim, offers a special show titled “Sky Narratives” by Don Tiller, internationally known artist.  As the gallery’s guest artist, he will showcase two front windows with landscapes throughout March.  Meet him at  the opening day, Mar. 7 from 5-8 pm.  He will also give an Art Talk on Mar. 18.  In April, he will offer a two day workshop in Sequim.  For more info. check  Shown at the right: the artist in front of one of his paintings.



ornamentalOrnamental Arts Gallery , 3805 Smokey Point Blvd. Suite 105 in Marysville, will have an artist reception from 4-7pm featuring the work of Debi Lane, textile and mixed media artist. Lane uses a variety of mediums, including textiles, clay, bead-work, and found objects, to create figurines and art quilts. Live music for this reception will be performed by Paul Nyenhuis playing Native American music on his handmade wooden flutes.  Shown at the left: Medicine Man.



Squared Away, “ a joint exhibition of work by Jana Evans and Yoshinaga Kawamura, opens on March 7 from 6-8 PM at the Pottery Northwest Gallery, 226 First Avenue N. in Seattle. The exhibition celebrates the completion of Evans’ and Kawamura’s artist-in-residencies at Pottery Northwest.



Roby King Galleries, 176 Winslow Way E. on Bainbridge Island, opens during the Bainbridge Art Walk from 6-8pm with a reception for Robert Schlegel. He paints in his studio as well as
en plein aire, and his finished paintings can be oil, acrylic or mixed media on paper, panel or canvas. More recently he has created assemblages resembling birds.



theislandThe Island Gallery, 400 Winslow Way NE, presents, “Western Landscapes Invitational,”  the works of local and regional artists depicting views of the changing seasons and moods of the Plains, the Palouse of Eastern Washington, the Pacific Northwest, and color-drenched central California. Their styles span from representational to minimalist and abstract in mediums of oil, acrylics, and fine art photography. On view through April 27, the show opens during the Bainbridge Art Walk from 6-8pm.

New shows First Friday Gallery Walk in Anacortes 6-9pm

711 Commercial Ave., Anne Martin McCool Gallery

Anne Martin McCool Gallery’s show includes new paintings by Anne Martin McCool, jewelry by Carole Cunningham and Debbie Aldrich and work by other gallery artists.

705 Commercial Ave., Gallery KP

Gallery KP will be showing sculpture by local artist Peregrine O’Gormley, as well as, the 2011-2012 steamroller block prints created during the Anacortes Arts Festival. The show will be up all month and can be seen by appointment after the night of the gallery walk.

620 Commercial Ave., Burton Jewelers

Burton Jewelers celebrates heir 84th anniversary during March. Special collections and values offered throughout the store. Continuing is the special "Celebration of Scorpios" show featuring the paintings, drawings and woodblocks of iconic Northwest painter Guy Anderson and the sculpture of inspired Northwest sculptor Philip McCracken.  Both of these artists while firmly rooted in and drawing their inspiration from the Northwest speak to a universal spirit in their works.

scottmilo420 Commercial Ave., Scott Milo Gallery 

The gallery presents “A Collector’s Dream” with photography by Dick Garvey.  This month is dedicated to Garvey’s work with special offers to collectors.  Showing  will be work on canvas and made in the darkroom. Shown at the left: Coca


419 Commercial Ave., The Majestic Inn and Spa

The Majestic Inn and Spa features watercolors by Pien Ellis with some oils and acrylics, too. She will show landscapes, nautical work and florals.

419 Commercial Ave., Apothecary Spa (2nd Floor Majestic Inn)

The Apothecary Spa is showing work by regional artists.

John Kiley visiting artist at the Museum of Glass March 5-9

Seattle native John Kiley is the visiting artist at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma from March 5 – 9. Kiley began his professional career at the age of 19 at The Glass Eye Studio. Promoted to Gaffer on Dale Chihuly’s chandelier team at the age of 21, he travelled to Finland, Ireland, Mexico and Italy as part of the Chihuly Over Venice Team. He was a principal member of Lino Taglipietra’s team until 2011 when he became the Glass Director at the Schack Art Center in Everett, WA.

First Thursday Art Walk in Seattle

abmeyerAbmeyer + Wood Fine Art , 1210 Second Avenue, hosts an exhibition  of the sculpture of famed artist Doris Chase (1923-2008) through  March 30 with an opening reception from 5-8pm.. Chase was a renowned sculptor, painter and video artist, native of Seattle and member of the Northwest School. She had her first solo exhibition in 1956 and her first international showing in Rome in 1962. Chase  received many honors and awards including the Washington State Governor’s Award for the Arts (1992); Doris Chase Day, City of Seattle (1999); Doris Chase Annual Scholarship Award, University of Washington School of Art (2002); College Art Association Women’s Tribute (2004); and the Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Achievement (2004). Her works are featured in numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Art Institute of Chicago, Seattle Art Museum, Pompidou Center (Paris), and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Shown: Space Study.



artxchangeFrom March 6-29 and opening March 6 from 5-8pm,  ArtXchange Gallery, 512 First Avenue,  presents two bodies of work by Carletta Carrington Wilson and Yuko Ishii, two artists who use layering, found objects, and mixed media to examine deep aspects of human experience, emotion, and history.



The Bryan Ohno Gallery , 521 Main Street,  showcases Rodrigo Valenzuela’s latest photographs in a solo exhibit titled Goal Keeperopening March 6 from 6-8pm and continuing through April 12th. Valenzuela is the 2013 recipient of the Stranger Genius Award.



“Interiors: Acrylic Paintings by Path with Art students”  opens First Thursday from 5-8pm at the CMD+P Gallery, 201 Yesler Way. Selected by curator Matt Browning, this collection of art gives perspective into student experiences while also sharing the life-changing power of art.



davidsonDavidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Avenue S., opens from 6-8pm with work by Nate Steigenga.  Steigenga recently received the John and Joyce Price Award of Excellence during the  “High-Fiber Diet”  exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum  2012 Biennial and was awarded his first museum exhibition as part of “Telling Tales: narrative Works by Nate Steigenga”, Cappy Thompson, and Anna Torma,” also at the Bellevue Arts Museum  in 2013. Also showing is local artist Jonelle Johnson back for her eighth exhibition with Davidson Galleries. Johnson uses monotype, mixed media, and intaglio processes to create colorful and unique works on paper. Shown: The Unabridged History of the Beginning of Time, Act 1. Scene 1 by Nate Steigenga.



“TOM BURROWS, Here and Now Boys: New works in Polymer & Porcelain” is on view at the Foster/White Gallery, 220 3rd. Avenue S., through March 29 with an opening reception from 6-8pm. The artist will be in attendance. Burrows’ most prominent medium is cast pigmented polymer resin with which he creates subtle, luminescent abstractions. Brilliant color fields, sometimes transparent, sometimes opaque, give the illusion of a panel lit from within. Also included in this show are porcelain works which were inspired by a research trip to China.



fredholmesFrederick Holmes and Company, 309 Occidental Avenue, opens from 5-8pm with “The Vivid Dimension,” a new show featuring the work of Angela Bern Castagnola. Castagnola graduated with honors in 1991 from The University of Washington and has since taught both English and Visual Art in Seattle and internationally. Her work has shown in numerous solo and juried exhibits in Copenhagen, Seattle, and Buenos Aires. On view through March 30, she will demonstrate her painting technique at the opening reception. Shown: Brik City.



Opening from 6-8pm at Gallery 110, 110 3rd. Avenue S., are paintings and photography by Mark Miller, Spike Mafford and Sally Ketcham and work by Jan Cook. The shows run through March 29.



Lost & Found: Alan Corkery Hahn & Crystal Neubauer,”  two artists who repurpose old books and other found objects, open at Gallery IMA, 123 S. Jackson Street in a reception from 6-8pm.



Opening at noon on First Thursday at  the Greg Kucera Gallery,  is work from the Michael Dailey (1938-2009) estate. The gallery has curated an exhibition that covers almost fifty years and will fill the  first floor galleries. The focus is on the early work, some of which has not been seen in decades. Public collections in which his work is included are Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Seattle Art Museum; Tacoma Art Museum; Portland Art Museum; and University of Washington.



lisa harrisLisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, presents Visitation,” new paintings by John McCormick, beginning March 6. In this new body of work, McCormick departs from his polished compositions and introduces a buoyant approach to his classical technique. The artist will attend the opening reception on  March 6 at 6pm. McCormick’s work has been exhibited at the Triton Museum, the Bolinas Museum, and The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. He has held residencies with The Morris Graves Foundation (2002, 2004) as well as the Djerassi Foundation (2008). Also on view is Mitchell Albala’s “Acceptance.”  A Seattle-based painter known for his atmospheric and semi-abstract landscapes, he is the author of Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice (Watson-Guptill, 2009). He has been a respected teaching artist for more than 25 years and currently teaches at Gage Academy of Art and Pacific Northwest Art School. He has also lectured at the Seattle Art Museum  and written for International Artist and Artists & Illustrators magazines. Shown, Fat Man by John McCormick.



Marking their eighth year anniversary, Punch Gallery, 321 Prefontaine Place S., is showing work by Justin Colt Beckman through March 29. Opening from 5-8pm, the show reflects Beckman’s favorite family and friend diversions in a show called “Cabin Fever.”



Celebrate “Miró: The Experience of Seeingfrom 6–9 pm. at the Seattle Art Museum The museum will be jam packed with activities: performances by Flamenco Seattle and Latino theatre artist Rose Cano of eSe Teatro, a writing workshop led by Storme Webber, tours of works by the brilliantly inventive Miró. This fun evening kicks off a very special new teen event, Art Lab at 4 pm where teens are invited to let their creative juices flow in two art workshops: a drop-in live painting workshop and a deep dive tabletop moviemaking workshop. The first 500 through the door also get complimentary tickets to Miró.



stonington“Bone & Stone: Contemporary Alaskan Sculpture” opens March 6 from 6-8pm at the Stonington Gallery, and runs through March 28. A lecture by Larry Ahvakana, contemporary Inupiaq artist will be on Wednesday March 12 at 7pm. The exhibit brings the salty tang of the Bering Sea down to Seattle. Using whalebone, ivory and baleen as sculptural media remains an art form unique to Alaskan Natives, and the practice is widespread across coastal and island villages in the northwest of the state. Most of the artists in this exhibit are from the Inupiaq or Siberian Yup’ik tribes. Many hail from Shishmaref, an Inupiaq village on a tiny, eroding barrier reef–all living subsistence lifestyles. Joining these works are select pieces by other noted Alaskan artists, including Susie Silook (Siberian Yupik/Inupiaq), Kathleen Carlo (Koyukon Athabascan), and Larry Ahvakana (Inupiaq). Also on display are paintings by Fred Machetanz (1908-2002). Shown: "Dancers with Seal on Whale Scapula" Edwin Weyiouanna (Inupiaq).

traver“Shades of White,” a group exhibition exploring a recent trend toward reductivism in contemporary art and design opens from 5-8pm at the Traver Gallery, 110 Union Street. The absence of color as an expressive or compositional element can allow an artist to explore a fascinating variety of other factors, ranging from the narrative to the formal. Shades of White includes pieces by 23 nationally renowned artists working in a variety of styles and mediums, each of whom has chosen to employ a pared back color palette for a unique combination of reasons. Shown: John Kiley, Roller.