7th Annual Rising Stars at Northwest Woodworkers Gallery

northwestwoodNorthwest Woodworkers Gallery, 2111 First Avenue, is having a special celebration and wine tasting April 10 from 6-9pm to celebrate the opening of their “7th Annual Rising Star Furniture Makers.” This annual show highlights inspirational studio furniture designs from the region’s newest generation of talented woodworking artists.  Juried by a member panel, Rising Stars presents the best of what’s new in distinctive northwest furniture. Join us to experience the unique materials and architectural approaches of these debuting artists.

New exhibit opens tonight at Ryan James Fine Arts

“cARTography: Personal Metaphors and Mindful Maps,” is on view at Ryan James Fine Arts, 11905 124th. Avenue NE in Kirkland, through May 30. The exhibition includes over 40 local, national and international artists who use maps or the language of mapping in their work. The opening reception is  April 9 from 5-10pm. A variety of media is represented in the show including paintings, drawings, prints, textile art, hand-made books and sculpture.

Visiting Artists bring floral projects to Museum of Glass

mogVisiting Artist duo Hanne Enemark and Louis Thompson  will be at work in the Hot Shop at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma from April 8 through 12. The UK-based artists  will collaborate  to produce a series of glass pieces that investigate themes of the enchanted garden. The works of art created during their residency will be exhibited at two European venues: one in London, England, and the other in Maastricht in the Netherlands. Plan your visit to see the museum’s Visiting Artists or tune into the residencies via the Hot Shop live stream.

Mark Skullerud exhibit at Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery April 8

gunnar“Mountains to Sound,” fusion landscapes by Mark Skullerud, opens at the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery , 800 Bellevue Way NE. April 8. A reception with the artist is from 6-8pm. When Skullerud left the industrial design studios of Walter Dorwin Teague in 1982, where he worked as an architectural illustrator,  he applied his rigorous training to the depiction of other things that did not yet exist – the “what if” scenarios of science fiction.  Winning a regional Best of Show award in his first competition in 1983, He went on to garner further recognition in Boston, and cities in the west such as Seattle and Portland. His works now span the gamut from impressionism to abstract graphic works. The show runs through May 9.

Calendar of art walks and events through April 13

Second Wednesday

Wallingford Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm from May – September. visit Wallingford.org


Second Thursday

Gig Harbor Art Walk along the waterfront in the summer until 8pm. www.gigharborguide.com

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 6pm until closing.www.belltownartwalk.com

Phinney Greenwood 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.


Thru April

32nd Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features lots of arts and crafts exhibits. Visit www.tulipfestival.org.


April 3 – 26

Art in the Schoolhouse at Christianson’s Nursery, Mt. Vernon.www.stanwoodcamanoarts.com


April 9 – 10

“Holbein in England” lecture with Rebecca Albiani at the Frye Art Museum at 11am and 7pm on April 9 and 11am on April 10.


April 11 – 18

The Anacortes Arts Festival  presents the 2nd annual Art in Bloom Fine Art Exhibition at the Depot Art Center,  611 R Avenue,  in Anacortes.  The free show opening will be on Saturday, April 11th at 6 pm, and continue daily April 12 through 18  from 11 am to 4 pm. Art in Bloom consists of 28 regional artists who have participated in the Festival as either fine artists or booth artisans.  Their work includes painting, photography, glass, fiber, wood, ceramics and sculpture.


April 12

Perspectives on Ruin Making, a lecture with Barbara Heinzen and Jo Anne Birnie Danzker at 2pm at the Frye Art Museum. The discussion asks “Is society in a constant state of ruin creation?”

Madie Klusmire’s work on view at Good Earth Pottery

goodearth“Hens, Hops & Blossoms” featuring the decorated handmade wares of Madie Klusmire for April at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Avenue in Bellingham.  Meet the artist at the opening reception on April 4th from 3-6pm.

Dale Lindman and Robert Maki open new show at Prographica Gallery on April 4 in a reception from 2–4pm

prographicaNorman Lundin, owner of the Prographica Gallery,  presents work by Dale Lindman and Robert Maki in a two-person show opening  Saturday April 4 with a reception from 2 to 4 pm and continues through May 2. Prographica is located at 3419 East Denny Way in the Madrona neighborhood. Lindman studied at the University of Washington (MFA 1982) and Saint Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota (MA 1975, BA 1974). Recently his work was featured in two solo shows at Francine Seders Gallery (2013, 2012), I-5 Connects at Koplin Del Rio Gallery (2013), and Artists from Prographica at the Bellevue College Gallery (2013) as well as several shows at Prographica, most recently The Landscape Evoked in 2013. Lindman’s work is in the collections of Microsoft, Boeing, Neiman Marcus, The Morris Graves Foundation, and Swedish Hospital of Seattle among others. Maki’s work is in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; the Seattle Art Museum; the Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; the Kemper Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri; the Whatcom Museum of Art, Bellingham, Washington; Western Washington University Drawing Collection; 4Culture; City of Seattle; Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Washington; and the Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, among others. Maki was the 2012 Washington State Governor’s Award in the Visual Arts recipient. Shown above: White Timaeus by Robert Maki.

Gitana’s Spring Collection at The Island Gallery

theisland“Gitana’s Spring Collection,” featuring new work from jewelry artist Agnes Seebass, opens April 3 in a reception from 6-8pm at The Island Gallery, 400 Winslow Way on Bainbridge Island. Also featured in April  are Indigo textiles by Roland and Chinami Ricketts, new wood sculpture by Alan Vogel and Nathan Christopher and Lisa Wederquist’s paintings Peter Spencer and Friends will provide entertainment.

Shining through April at Blue Whole in Sequim

bluewholeArts shine through April showers at the Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington Street in Sequim. Featured artists of the month of April are Carol Janda, veteran painter, potter and teacher, and Janine Hegy, dynamic sculptor, working with wood, stone, metal and more. Their unique work in the front windows will take viewers to the world of fine arts filled with joy.  Join the opening of the new exhibit, rain or shine.  Meet the artists on Friday April 3 from 5:00-8:00 pm.  Shown: 2 Bird Ladies by Carol Janda.

Turned Bowls at Artwood in Bellingham for April

Each month, Artwood Gallery  the cooperative woodworking gallery located at 1000 Harris Avenue in the Old Fairhaven area of Bellingham, highlights a particular artist or category of woodwork. In April, turned wooden bowls are Artwood’s featured item. There are delicate vessels in patterned woods for showpieces, and practical bowls for salads and other uses. Many of these pieces were gleaned from local tree branches and firewood, transformed into smooth and graceful art. The visiting artist of the month is Arunas Oslapas of Red Rivet Studios. He collects and paints scrap metal, notably industrial spring steel banding, and weaves it into colorful baskets and wall hangings.

First Friday Gallery Walk in Anacortes 6-9pm April 3, 2015

711 Commercial Ave., Anne Martin McCool Gallery 

McCool Gallery is featuring local artists Diane and Art Learmonth. Wood wall pieces and furniture by Art and Fiber pieces by Diane. Art will display new pieces with Celtic Knot designs as well as wall sculptures using burls and exotic woods. Diane will show small felted fiber works with a seacoast theme as well as a collection of felted, beaded and adorned "Spirit Dolls". The gallery will also celebrate spring with colorful floral oil paintings by Cathy Schoenberg and bright acrylics by Anne Martin McCool.


620 Commercial Ave., Burton Jewelers 

Gallery at Burtons is showing the paintings of Linda Henley, watercolors of Northwest wildflowers in the style of botanical illustrations. Also featured will be a special collection of Lundberg art glass in floral themes.  Refreshments will be served.


420 Commercial Ave., Scott Milo Gallery 

scottmiloScott Milo Gallery  presents a new collection of oils by Keith Sorenson.  Sorenson is working in a series of landscapes with colorful trees in his style of “rain and reflection”. Also showing are oils by Sandy Byers, acrylics by Dianna Shyne and Christine Camilleri and abstract oils by Don deLlamas and quilts by the Fidalgo Island Quilters. Shown at the left: Riverside, Tan & Blue, 42 x 36 Oil by Keith Sorenson.



419 Commercial Ave., The Majestic Inn and Spa

The Majestic is featuring art from Tom Krowl. Tom joined the Navy in the 60’s and is a retired Vietnam veteran who retired in Washington State. He creates oil paintings inspired by all of the places he has lived and seen over the years. Tom also restores paintings, including the enormous Lady in the Woods piece at The Majestic which originated in 1889 from Manchester, England. He has several other pieces of work around Skagit Valley.


419 Commercial Ave., Apothecary Spa  (2nd floor of Majestic)

The Apothecary Spa is participating in Quilt Walk this April.  Come on in to the spa to check out these beautiful pieces of textural art.  Each one tells its own story.  The spa halls and sanctuary will be open Friday for lovers of this fine craft or stop in anytime for a tour.


314 Commercial Ave., H2O

H2O hosts artists Melinda Barnett with feather designs, Melanie Huckins-Maletta with multi-media jewelry and Lisa Rhoades with feather bed designs

Seattle First Thursday Art Walk April 2, 2015

abmeyerAbmeyer + Wood Fine Art, 1210 2nd Avenue, opens from 5-80m with “Art in True Fashion.”  On view through May 2, the  invitational exhibition features the works of fourteen esteemed artists interested in the dynamic interchange between two divergent forms of expression: fashion and art. The ensemble of artists was chosen due to the fact that they are actively creating fashion within their painting or sculpture. Shown at the left: Cowgirl by Deborah Oropallo.



artxchange“Scissors + Paper” opens at 5pm at the Artxchange Gallery, 512 First Avenue. Lauren Iida, Alisa Lahti, and Ann Leda Shapiro explore storytelling, the cycles of life, and cultural heritage through differing approaches in cut-paper art. A talk by the artists is scheduled for April 12 from 12-3pm.



The Burien Arts Gallery, 826 SW 152 St., opens from 5-8pm with “Narrating Earth” represents collaborative works of glass sculpture by Lin McJunkin, paintings by Ann Vandervelde, and poetry by Anne McDuffie. 



davidsonDavidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Avenue S., opens from 6-8pm “Contemporary Japanese Printmakers.” Also showing is “Reginald Marsh (American 1898-1954) The Complete Whitney Museum Edition.” Shown at the left: one of the Japanese prints.



"FLATLINERS" featuring artists and illustrators who span the gamut from flat, colorful compositions to bold, high contrast line work, opens at the Flatcolor Gallery, 77 S. Main Street, in a reception from 5-9pm.



“The House of Owls,” new sculpture, clayboard and drawings by Tony Angell, opens at the Foster/White Gallery, 220 3rd. Avenue S., in a reception at 6pm.



Gallery 110, 110 3rd. Avenue S., showcases an all-members exhibit through May 2. Curated by founder George Brandt, the show opens from 5-8pm.



Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Avenue S., debuts a one-person exhibition by Seattle artist Buster Simpson in a reception from 6-8pm. The show, “Double Bound,” explores urban environments and social structures, nature, and environmentalism with restless intelligence and humor.The artist will give a talk Saturday, April 4 at noon.



Juan Alonso Studio, 302 S. Washington, invites all from 5-8pm to a reception  and fundraiser for the Make a Wish Foundation for Alaska and Washington.



Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Avenue S., presents a major exhibition of new large-and small-scale plein-air oil paintings by Kurt Solmssen in a reception from 6-8pm.  His paintings have been exhibited at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Bakersfield Museum of Art, and The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.



lisaharrisLisa Harris Gallery 1922 Pike Place, opens from 6-8pm with “Ann Morris Crossing Though.” Morris’s vessels use organic materials such as seaweed, sinew, twigs, and plant matter to embrace the inevitability of transformation and muse on the entanglement of life and death. With exposed framework, their construction echoes that of old boats, which  quietly drift through the gallery, casting shadows along the way. The show runs through May 3. Her work has been shown at The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Los Angeles Museum of Art, Museum of Northwest Art, and the Whatcom Museum, with galleries in Seattle, Portland, Port Townsend and Santa Fe.Shown at the left: Blue Stocking.



stoningtonThe Stonington Gallery, 125 S. Jackson Street, opens from 6-8pm with  the first American gallery exhibit of contemporary Vancouver artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Haida tribe). His work has been seen in museums and galleries across Canada, Asia and Europe, but he makes his Seattle debut with Stonington Gallery  and the Seattle Art Museum  this year. Yahgulanaas is known for his hyper-kinetic drawings that combine the bold lines of traditional Haida formline, and the narrative form of Japanese comics. He dubs the style "Haida Manga", an unexpected and successful genre pairing that he has explored in varied media. The show runs through May 3.



Traver Gallery, 110 Union Street, presents “Northwest Clay,” an invitational ceramics exhibition focusing on the thriving field of clay art in the region. The first in a series of invitational ceramics exhibitions, the gallery will devote the entirety of its exhibition space to showcasing fresh and diverse works by 18 contemporary ceramic artists from California, Oregon, Washington and Montana. The show opens fro 5-8pm and runs through May 2.

Calendar of art walks and events through April 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

New! Silverdale Artwalk, 5:30 – 8pm, November through March. 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

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 5 – 8pm as part of the Skagit Valley Art Escape Weekend.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

Quilcene Art Walk is from 11am – 6pm.


Thru April

32nd Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features lots of arts and crafts exhibits. Visit www.tulipfestival.org.


April 3 – 26

Art in the Schoolhouse at Christianson’s Nursery, Mt. Vernon.www.stanwoodcamanoarts.com


April 3 – 30

Art in a Pickle Barn  Fine Arts Show & Sale, is a sanctioned event of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.  This show and sale raises scholarship funds for Skagit County art students.  The show  takes place from April 3– April 30 this year.  Artists will be on hand to assist you and give demonstrations in fine art techniques and related topics.  Also, the public is invited to the opening reception which is Friday April 3 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Location:   Azusa Farm and Gardens 14904 State Route 20 Mount Vernon, WA .General Show Hours:  Open Daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm


April 3 – 4

The second annual Recycled Art and Resource Expo (RARE) is here. RARE is a two-day festival that celebrates creative reuse in the arts and other industries. The event will take place  in and around downtown Bellingham. The Expo will consist of green art, science, and design alternatives with a big focus on artists and their diverse works, educational workshops, exhibits, speakers, and performances. Events will be happening at the Allied Arts of Whatcom County  in downtown Bellingham as well as other venues around downtown.

Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum

tamokeefe“Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico,” is currently showing at the Tacoma Art Museum through June 7. The exhibition involves more than 60 paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe and her contemporaries. It was organized by Joseph S. Czestochowski. Produced by International Arts ® and Curated by Charles C. Eldredge. Shown: Georgia O’Keeffe  (1887−1986), Yellow Cactus, 1929. Oil on canvas, 30 × 42 inches. Dallas Museum of Art, Texas. Patsy Lucy Griffith Collection, Bequest of Patsy Lucy Griffith. 1998.217. (O’Keeffe 675) © 2015 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy International Arts ®

Calendar of art walks and events through March 29

Fourth Saturday

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


March 26

From 7:30-11:30PM at Velocity: 1621 12th Ave on Capitol Hill I Heart Comic Art is back for its second year. It’s a comic art show. It’s an art competition. And it’s a raging Capitol Hill party to kick off Emerald City Comicon and raise money for Seattle indie comic artists. Info/tickets: iheartcomicart.ladykiller.co


March 28

The Museum of Glass in Tacoma  will host its fourth annual Slider Cook-off showcasing Puget Sound area restaurants battling to create the best slider for local celebrity judges and guests. The event, from 6:30 to 10:30pm, will feature slider tastings for guests, dancing to 1950s rock-and-roll classics performed by Daryl and the Diptones and glassblowing by John Miller in the Hot Shop.


From 6 – 9 pm, Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S. Main Street in Seattle,  opens its doors to the public for a free open house providing an exciting and welcoming environment for the public to learn about Pratt’s classes, studios, instructors, and more. Live artist demonstrations will give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at Pratt’s unique programming, and a chance to meet instructors, students and staff. Visitors will see dozens of professional artists blow glass, pull prints, carve stone, pour molten bronze, forge red hot steel, and more.


March 28 & 29

Best of the Northwest Spring 2015 Art & Fine Craft Show at 7400 Sand Point Way NE. Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm. Bring a friend and celebrate spring with art and fine craft for your home and garden. Meet over 100 of the region’s most talented artists. Begin or add to your collection of art and crafts, find unique gifts for spring, and while you’re 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. Come by on Saturday to meet and listen to Ciscoe Morris talk about art and all things gardening. Tickets are $6 at the door or $5 in advance online. A "Bring A Friend" ticket online is $8 and admits 2. Accompanied children 12 and under are free.