First Friday openings

bluewholeFeatured artists of the month of November at the Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington ST. in Sequim,  are two veteran artists well known in the community: Karin Anderson (mixed media artist) and Jan Tatom (fiber artist). They will showcase fine art rich in colors, textures, and forms inspired by nature as if a tapestry of nature. Meet the artists at the opening from 5-8pm. Shown at the left: Are We There Yet by Karin Anderson.


Osprey Letterpress108 NW Canal Street, Seattle,  presents “Slow Communication,” an exhibition of printmaking and installation work by Jessica Hoffman. Her show is a body of work that investigates collective memory, communication, and interpersonal relationships through found objects and printmaking. The opening reception will be held on Friday November 7th, from 6 – 9 p.m. and coincides with the Fremont First Friday Artwalk event.



scottThe Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial in  during the Anacortes Gallery  Walk from 6-9pm.  , presents Northwest acrylics by Dianna Shyne of Camano Island.  Also showing are oils by James Moore, acrylics by Larry Heald, landscape pastels by Barbara Benedetti Newton and abstract oils by Mira Kamada.  We will also have lots of new jewelry and glass work by regional artists. Shown at the right: Water Taxi Dock by Dianna Shyne.

theislandThe Island Gallery, 400 Winslow Way E. on Bainbridge Island, opens from 6-8pm featuring new work from Northwest and Bainbridge Island artists including furniture, ceramics, sculpture, paintings and prints. Music during the reception is by Peter Spencer and Friends. Shown: by Jenny Andersen.

Dr. Seuss art showing at Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery

gunnarnGunnar Nordstrom Gallery, 800 Bellevue Way NE is currently showing a special 60th anniversary edition release from the art of Dr. Seuss. Shown: TM & © 2014 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.  All Rights Reserved.

First Thursday Art Walk openings in Seattle

abmyerAbmeyer + Wood Fine Art, 1210 Second Avenue, showcases the paintings of Susan Hall through November 30, in a show titled “Instinct.” Her figures, primarily women, seem deep in thought- head turned down in contemplation. The introspection of Hall’s figures is not the result of a narrative that the artist creates, but rather Hall often chooses to present these figures alone. Shown at the left: Providence.



davidsonDavidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Avenue S., is showing Portland artist Marlene Bauer, who introduces recent works on paper with a series of collaged fragments ordered within a formal grid system. . Her work is included in the Hallie Ford Museum, Portland Art Museum, and numerous private collections. The artist is on the faculty of Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon. Shown at the right: Bay.

Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Avenue S., opens from 6-8pm with Allison Collins’ “Another Turn.” Collins has exhibited at the gallery since since the early 1980’s. Her timeless landscapes transport the viewer to a place of wonder. The show runs through November 29.



fredFor the rest of the year, Frederick Holmes and Company, 309 Occidental, is sponsoring a group show for his gallery artists in "Art Is The Gift That Gives Forever!"  With the holidays approaching, it seems perfectly appropriate to remind everyone of that very important fact.



Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Avenue S.,  announces the fourth exhibition of work by Whiting Tennis. The title, “Quilts and Monsters,” reflects the artist’s two ways of making paintings. The exhibition also contains sculptures created while Tennis participated in the artist-in-residency program at Pilchuck Glass School .  The reception opens from 6-8pm.



Hall Spassov Gallery,  319 3rd. Avenue S., opens from 5-8pm with  “Freeze, Thaw…,” work by Tracy Taylor Grubbs. Her canvases border on abstraction to the extent that they dip in and out of representation nearly in front of your eyes.



Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Avenue S.,  presents Alfredo Arreguin in his 10th solo exhibition at the gallery. Recognized as one of the originators of the Pattern and Decoration movement in painting, Arreguin continues to garner accolades for his intricately designed and brilliantly colored oil on canvas paintings. Arreguin received an OHTLI Award, the highest recognition given by the Mexican government to the commitment of distinguished individuals who perform activities that contribute to promote Mexican culture abroad. The reception is from 6-8pm.



lisaLisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, opens from 6-8pm with “CHRISTOPHER HARRIS, 20 Years Worth.” The show is a look back at the varied career of Seattle-based photographer Christopher Harris, who is best known for his mastery of pin-hole photography and the soft, painterly effects in his highly abstract compositions.  He has exhibited at the Whatcom Museum of History and Art and Bellevue Art Museum in Washington, where he was an artist in residence. A native of Illinois, Harris holds a Masters from Boston University and a Ph.D. from Brown University.  His work is included in the King County Public Art Collection, Harbor View Medical Center and other institutional collections in the Pacific Northwest. Shown at the right: Green Field. , Busch Road, Whitman County.

Punch Gallery,119 Prefontaine Pl. S., presents their 2014 International Juried Competition. This year, a sum total of 520 artists submitted 1,902 entries from far and wide, which were curated by SuttonBeresCuller. The reception is from 5-8pm with awards at 7pm.



stoningtonJoan Tenenbaum’s “50 Playful Things” opens in a reception at the Stonington Gallery, 125 S. Jackson Street, from 6-8pm.  Tenenbaum creates jewelry that reflects the landscape and seasons of the Northwest and Alaska. In 50 Playful Things she allows herself to experiment with new ideas and perspectives, revisiting themes from her past works–such as bears, wolves and glaciers–while also seeking inspiration from the shorelines of Washington. Also showing this month is “Masks,” by Scott Jensen. Shown at the left: Raven Wings Enameled Earrings.




traverTraver Gallery, 110 Union Street, showcases John Marshall’s “Above the Cloud,”  a new exhibition of works by master metalsmith and University of Washington Professor Emeritus, and Lynn Whitford’s “Woman of Unknown Etiology” in a reception from 5e-8pm.  Whitford’s  show draws on the artist’s ongoing interest in the beauty of ordinary objects and the way in which objects can seem to take on a life of their own, connecting us to our own history and to the shared history of our community. Shown at the right: Lynn Whitford, Fruit of Paradise.

Rare Ahtsik’Nuk carvings showing at Steinbrueck Native Gallery

steinbrueckSteinbrueck Native Gallery, 2030 Western Ave in Seattle, is currently showing “Ahtsik’Nuk – Good with the Hands.” This collection of rare and unusual carvings represent the work of fourteen Native artists from the Nuu-cha-nulth Nations of BC and Washington.

The Nuu-chah-nulth Elders always considered their people to be tightly entwined with the natural world. They are an ancient group whose traditional territory extends from the northern tip of the Olympic peninsula and stretches along the western edge of Vancouver Island. This rugged strip of land is home to sixteen Nations living between snow-capped mountains and the open ocean. They are a whaling people, long reliant upon the success of the dangerous and daring whale hunt, an event that took years of physical and spiritual preparation. Shown: Wolf Rattle by Gordon Dick.

Calendar of art walks and events through November 9

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


First Friday

Anacortes Galleries are open from 6 –

Bainbridge Island Galleries are open from 6 – 8pm.

Bellingham Downtown Art Walk is from 6 –

Bremerton Gallery Walk is from 5 – 8pm in downtown

Ellensburg Art Walk is from 5 – 7:30pm in Historic downtown

Fremont Art Walk is from 6 –

Issaquah Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm, May – September in downtown

Sequim Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm in downtown Sequim.

Upper Queen Anne Art Walk is from 3 – 9pm and takes place between the 1500 and 2400 block On Queen Anne Avenue

Vashon Island Gallery Cruise is from 6 – 9pm.


First Saturday

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

Langley on Whidbey Island Art Walk is from 5 – 7pm.

Port Townsend Art Walk is from 5:30 – 8:30pm.

Quilcene Art Walk is from 11am –


THRU November

Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month, one whole month to involve people in the arts and showcase the collective talent in Tacoma. Visit


November 7 – 9

La Conner’s 28th Annual "Arts Alive!"Weekend festival and invitational art show. Visit


November 7

8 PM – midnight at the Seattle Art MuseumPop ROCKS! Remix . Not partied out after Halloween? We know you have stamina. Create your own mini-Vans! Dance to Bollywood and hip hop. Be part of a meme.


November 8

Pratt Fine Arts Center , 902 South Main Street  in Seattle,  participates in Veterans Glassblowing Day on November 8.. Organizations from all over the country are participating in this nationwide initiative by hosting a day of free glassblowing classes for the nation’s Veterans, and will provide an experience that is fun, challenging, and community driven.


November 8 – 9

Art in the Woods. Self-guided tour of North Kitsap artists’ studios with over 75

Accreted Terrane now at the Museum of Northwest Art

monaShowing through January 4 at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner is “Accreted Terrane,” featuring work by 42 artists with ties to the Northwest. The exhibition collectively demonstrates the strengths of contemporary art in the Northwest in terms of innovation in materials, new perspectives on nature, and a sustained engagement with conceptual content. Shown: Lee Musgrave, Eddy Line

Prayer Wheel exhibition showcased at Good Earth Pottery

goodearth“Circling Home”- New Prayer Wheels by Chris Moench. are on view at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Avenue in Bellingham through November. Moench’s award-winning prayer wheels are wheel-thrown and hand-carved. Each work is a magnificent tribute to our planet representing hope for the future. Prayer wheels are used for celebration, memorial, healing and meditation on the experience of life. 

Annual Box & Vessel Show begins at Northwest Woodworkers

Northwest woodNorthwest Woodworkers Gallery, 2111 First Avenue in Seattle,  presents the 35th Annual Box & Vessel Show featuring the extreme, artistic, and completely original vessel designs from talented makers across North America throughout November and December of 2014.  A reception is scheduled for November 14 at 6pm. Shown: by William Close.

Honoring and celebrating lives of the dead in Tacoma

Tacoma Art Museum’s 10th annual Día de los Muertos Free Community Festival, takes place Sunday, November 2 from 10 am−4 pm. This day-long celebration is TAM’s largest annual free community event, welcoming almost 4,000 visitors. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Activities run all day with events and performances scheduled to begin at noon.


Día de los Muertos originates from an ancient Aztec festival that honored Mictecacihuatl, the goddess of the underworld. In the 1500s, missionaries and conquistadors attempted to change the Aztec celebration so that it complied with Catholic practices. Today’s practices in Mexico and other Latin countries, include making altars of remembrance for the dead, a way of celebrating their lives every year. The museum has partnered with Consulado de México en Seattle, Centro Latino, and Proyecto MoLE.

Art walks and events through November 2

First Saturday

La Conner Galleries are open 5 – 8pm as part of the Skagit Valley Art Escape Weekend.www.laconnerartwalk 

Langley on Whidbey Island Art Walk is from 5 – 7pm.

Port Townsend Art Walk is from 5:30 – 8:30pm.

Quilcene Art Walk is from 11am –


Through – October

The Northwest ALL Glass Pumpkin Patches feature 1000 hand-blown pumpkins crafted By local glass artisans. Admission free, but pumpkins are for sale. For dates and locations visit


October 30

Seattle Art Museum  Community Night Out: Dia De Los Muertos event on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6-9 pm. Experience a night of culture, art and tradition from all over the globe! Visit a tapete (sand painting) inspired by Oaxaca’s beautiful traditions for celebrating Día de los Muertos, enjoy music and dancing from India and South Asia, and get creative with hands-on art activities and workshops in celebration of the exhibitions Pop Departures and City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India.


VALA Eastside, in partnership with the Redmond Marriott Town Center, would like to invite the public to attend a fundraiser to support the arts on the Eastside.   The fundraiser is being held at the Workspring space inside the Redmond Marriott Town Center on Thursday, October 30 from 5:30pm-7:30pm and tickets can be purchased for $25 each through  Raffle tickets for various prizes will be sold and a silent auction featuring artwork from local artists will be a part of the event with all proceeds to benefit VALA Eastside, a 501c3 non-profit arts organization. 


October 31, November 1 and 2

Entire town of La Conner celebrates the arts for three days with Art’s Alive. Now  in its 30th year, Art’s Alive’s opening reception for the many artists involved is October 31 at the Maple Hall, located at 104 Commercial Street in La Conner. Meet the artists, enjoy live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres. The celebration continues Saturday from 10am to 6pm and on Sunday 10am to 4pm.  Noted Northwest artist Alfred Currier will be sharing his alter ego, "Patrizio" -his abstract work- in this year’s annual Arts Alive show.

Aquatints and mezzotints at Fine Impressions Gallery

fineThis month Fine Impressions Gallery, 8300 5th. Avenue NE, is featuring the techniques of aquatint and mezzotint, two of the most subtle and intricate print processes. Both were developed in the 1600’s as methods to show more delicate shading for painterly prints. On the gallery’s home page is more information of these techniques, ad well as several examples. With both methods, the artist develops the print using no lines – the image is created entirely with successive layers of shading. Shown is Klamath River, showing the enormous depth and delicate detail that Northwest artist Stephen McMillan achieves with successive layers of blocking and etching.

Works from John C. Menihan estate at Davidson Galleries

davidsonOn view through November 14 at the Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Avenue S. are works directly from the John C. Menihan (1908-1992) estate. Menihan  devoted two decades, the 1930s and 1940s, to creating more than 100 lithographs. Although Bolton Brown served as an early mentor, Menihan continued to experiment while producing an important body of work in this medium. Shown: Jake, Lithograph, signed. c. 1940

Calendar of art walks and events through October 26

October 22

Auction for Art for Animals’ Sake  ends at 10pm.


October 24

Pilchuck Glass School 36th Annual Auction and Gala: THE contemporary glass event of the year. Held at The Westin, Seattle. Auction tours Oct. 22 – 25 are free and open to the public. Preview Night, Oct. 23. For reservations, time, and details, visit


October 24 – 26 & November 14 – 16

bestBest of the Northwest returns to Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park for their annual, 2-part Art and Fine Craft Fall show. Attend both "ACTS" and meet over 200 of the region’s most talented artists. Add to your collection of art, find unique gifts for the holidays, and while there nosh on tasty local cuisine, bring your kids to the free children’s art table, and watch demonstrations by a number of talented show artists, designed to inspire or ignite your passion for art. Parking is plentiful and as always, it’s free.  For more information:


October 25

Meet Me at the Movies at the Frye Art Museum. 11:30am – 1pm. A new quarterly film program designed for people with memory loss and their care partners, this innovative, socially inclusive film program can be enjoyed by all adults.


October 26

Sand Point Arts and Cultural (SPACE) invites the public to a grand opening reception from 4-6PM featuring a special exhibit of artworks on loan from the City of Seattle’s Portable Works collection. Building 30 artist studios in Magnuson Park will be open to the public from 1PM – 5PM, with over 24 studios open throughout all three floors of the west wing.

October 19 special benefit for Connie Castellano on Bainbridge

Connie Castellano, a local Bainbridge artist and jeweler was robbed of all her inventory in August and needs help. Her friends, family and local artists are gathering at the Treehouse Café, 4569 Lynwood Center Rd.NE on Bainbridge Island at 2-5pm October 19. Many artists are donating items to be auctioned, the  proceeds of which will go to help Connie. Y’all come!

Seattle Art Museum downtown showing American Masterpieces, 1771-1917 through December 7

sammorningOn view through December 7 at the Seattle Art Museum  is “American Masterpieces, 1771-1917.”    The installation includes landmark works by renowned American artists from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, some from SAM’s collection and many on loan. This special display marks the public announcement of a major new acquisition for the museum, Raphaelle Peale’s Still Life with Strawberries and Ostrich Egg Cup, 1814 painted in Philadelphia in the great age of Enlightenment. It is an exquisite painting, small in size but great in its beauty and rich in history. Shown:   A Morning Walk, 1888, John Singer Sargent, American, (born Florence, Italy), 1856-1925, Oil on canvas, 26 3/8 × 19 1/2in. (67 × 49.5cm), Private Collection, T2014.33.10