Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, 2nd Avenue, opens from 5-8pm with “Soothsayer,” featuring Kymia Nawabi’s first west coast exhibition. In this exhibition Nawabi sustains themes that she began exploring during her Brooklyn Museum solo show “Not For Long My Forlorn” (2011-2012)-centered around a hyper-awareness of mortality. Nawabi’s work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, Contemporary Art Museum (Raleigh, NC), Queens Museum and the Morbid Anatomy Museum. Shown at the left: The Future.
“Mythos: Cultural Narratives and Personal Mythologies” opens at ArtXchange Gallery, 512 First Avenue S., from 5-8pm. Three artists, Martha Shade, Alla Goniodsky and William Hernandez, weave visual narratives from cultural heritage, folk stories and social issues to create mythologies for the modern era. Shown: The Last Party by Alla Goniodsky.
Bryan Ohno Gallery, 521 S. Main Street, opens from 6-8pm with “90 Years in Reflection,” featuring works by James Lee Hansen. Hansen is a master sculptor whose career began during WWII and has since grown to define the unique genius of Northwest art.
Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Avenue, opens from 6-8pm with four exhibitions. Donald Fels collects his material from the many traditional paper posters and announcements found lining the streets of Southern Europe and India. He repurposes the patterns and imagery from the paper to create compelling abstract collages with an aura of far-off places. Max Steele, an architect, turns his formal training in line, composition and structure to everyday scenes through photography. Mio Asahi is one of a folklore all her own. The imagery is that of powerful women who can call the wind and tame dragons; reminiscent of stories of an unknown world.. Azumi Takeda’s masterful use of etching and aquatint is matched by her sharp and intimate commentary on our modern lives. Shown: Red Writing by Donald Fels.
Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Avenue, presents a solo exhibition by Seattle area sculptor, Paul Vexler. He has received large scale commissions nationally and is in both the Seattle University and Washington State University permanent art collections. He is currently on exhibit for the next year at the Boise Art Museum.
Susan Gans and David Traylor, currently showing at Gallery 110, 110 Third Avenue S.,present a visual chronicle of Union Street. Through photography and drawings, they explore the idea of "place" and map how this urban landscape reflects Seattle’s social, cultural and economic changes from Elliott Bay to Lake Washington.
Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Avenue S., opens from 6-8pm with two exhibits: “Peter Millett: Non-congruent,” and “Jody Isaacson Collections: Continuum (Part One).” Isaacson’s new body of work is a systematic examination of loss and living, an assessment of those who have contributed to her own life and a recognition of the value and limits of memory. Millett builds his modular, mostly vertically oriented sculptures from a few simple shapes stacked and carefully fitted together.
Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Avenue, opens from 6-8pm with Susan Bennerstrom’s “Odyssey.” The paintings demonstrate her strong connection to the American tradition of Hopper, Benton, Wood, and O’Keefe as well as to modern photography. Also exhibiting are new prints of Vashon Island photographer John Anderson.
Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, opens from 6-8pm with “Jeffrey Palladini, On Infinite Repeat” and “John Lysak, Summer Blues (and other colors).” The solo exhibitions portray two approaches to narrative figuration; Palladini presents conceptually-driven works on wood, while Lysak offers soft and dreamy watercolors with expressionistic undercurrents. Palladini has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including shows in Miami, New York, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and Paris. He studied art at California State University, Long Beach and continued his studies in Florence, Italy. His work is included in numerous private and corporate collections. Lysak was a Master Printer from 1988 to 1995 at Stone Press Editions in Seattle where he helped edition regionally and internationally known artists. Shown: A Gradual Descent by Jeffrey Palladini.
“The Landscape Beckons: Nikki McClure, Thomas Stream, Joan Tenenbaum,” opens from 6-8pm at the Stonington Gallery, 125 S. Jackson Street. . Each works in minute detail: whether by cutting paper, painting miniscule dots and swirls, or firing sand and wires to make scenes in glass. Tenenbaum (Non-Indigenous) presents new fine art jewelry in cloisonne and silver that celebrate birds and the places they inhabit. McClure (Non-Indigenous) is well-known for her calendars, books and paper goods that feature her beautiful cut-paper scenes. Stream (Sun’aq Aleut) has long been inspired and haunted by a tragic true story of colonization and greed from Unga Island, AK. in the late 1700’s. Shown: Nikki McClure, Intuit.
Traver Gallery, 110 Union Street, opens from 5-8pm with “Lino.” For glass collectors the name Lino needs no further explanation. Virtuosic innovator, technical master, generous teacher and mentor; there are few artists that have achieved the magnitude of influence and inspiration as Maestro Lino Tagliapietra. His prestigious awards and museum exhibitions are too numerous to mention. The show runs through September 26. Shown at the right: Fuji.
The grand opening of the Treason Gallery, 319 3rd. Avenue S., takes place from 6-8pm. Featured in the gallery’s first exhibit is Eryn Boone.
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 Art walk, 5:30 – 8pm, November through March. 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
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 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.
August 30 – October 31
The Great Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patch featuring 2000+ hand blown glass pumpkins crafted by local glass artisans. For dates and locations visit www.tacomaglassblowing.com
September 4 – 6
ARTfusion, Annual Fine Art Show by Sequim’s award winning artists. The Cutting Garden, 303 Dahlia Llama Lane, Sequim. 360/670-8671
September 5 – 6
Lopez Island Artists Studio Tour. Visit www.lopezisland.com/studiotour.
September 5 – 7
Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Art Festival, Seattle Center. The biggest of its kind in North America and an absolute must for Seattle’s art community. Visit www.bumbershoot.org
Paint the Peninsula third annual juried plein air painting competition in Port Angeles. The weeklong event will feature daily exhibits and sales of original artwork, a Friday “Quick Draw” competition, awards receptions and a Sunday interactive festival of the arts at Webster’s Woods Art Park. The only event of its caliber in the state of Washington, Paint the Peninsula benefits the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center (PAFAC).
“Selected Offerings from the Great Pacific Northwest,” featuring work by Mark Boyle, opens at the Cole Gallery, 107 5th Avenue S., in a champagne and dessert reception from 5-8pm. The show runs through September 21.
The sixth annual Beauty of the Northwest Invitational Exhibit is currently showing at Gallery North at 401 Main Street in downtown Edmonds. This year’s show features the work of over 30 Northwest artists and is open to the public through August 29. The gallery will be open for the Third Thursday Edmonds Art Walk from 5-8pm.
Chelsea Ryoko Wong’s "Am I in a Trance, Stranger?" show is on view through September 14 at Zinc Art + Interiors ,102 3rd. Avenue S., with an opening night soiree on August 20 from 5-8 during the Edmonds Art & Wine Walk. Wong explores traveling, the dream-like state of being in another place, and what happens to memories once we return home delving into both fact and fiction, which happens to remembered moments once space and time have passed. Shown at the right: Recess.
Museum of Glass in Tacoma (MOG) will wrap up August with two first-time “Fuel Their Fire III Visiting Artists.” Sculptor Dan Webb will collaborate with the Museum’s Hot Shop Team from August 19 through 23, with Artist Piper O’Neill completing her residency the following week, August 26 through 30. Shown: Dan Webb, Fortress, image courtesy of the artist.
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.
Port Orchard Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm, May through October.www.pobsa.com/Membership/port-orchard-art-walk.html.
Bremerton Charleston Arts District Artwalk,noon – 8pm www.ci.bremerton.wa.us/display.php?id=598
#SAMRemix returns from 8pm to midnight celebrating summer at the Olympic Sculpture Park among Sam Vernon’s site-specific installation, How Ghosts Sleep (Seattle): Hive and the Olympic Sculpture Park collection during a special evening of performances, tours, art-making, and dancing under the stars. Click here for tickets.
August 22 – 23
Arts in Nature Festival returns to Camp Long in West Seattle. The festival is an eclectic experience of music, art, and performance in the woods of Seattle’s only camp ground. The diverse lineup of over 40 artists includes music from indie rock to traditional Japanese folk, plus dance performance, poetry, and audio/visual installations in the Museum of Sound. Camp Long is located at 5200 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116.
The Nordic Heritage Museum will host its second annual Run-Like-a-Viking 5K at Golden Gardens Park. The run kicks off the 32nd Viking Days, the Nordic Heritage Museum’s annual summer festival. Registration is now open for the Run-Like-a-Viking 5K. Viking-inspired costumes are encouraged for runners. On-leash dogs are welcome to run with their owners, and are encouraged to wear costumes as well. Gun time for the race is 8:00 am on Saturday, August 22. The run will be chip timed and the field is limited to 500 participants. Participants are welcome to walk instead of run, and participants may push strollers.
Both Saturday and Sunday will begin with a traditional Swedish pancake breakfast at 9:00 a.m., and the rest of the festival will be open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday night’s Salmon BBQ runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and features alder-smoked salmon and live music.To experience a little of Viking life first hand, Viking Days attendees need only look to the Viking Encampment. All day and into the evening, there will be demonstrations in everything from cooking, weaving, and woodcarving to weapon forging and a battle re-enactment, in which visitors are invited to participate.
The Art Port Townsend 17th Annual Artist Studio Tour is a festival of the visual arts featuring an open studio tour of local artists. The final event of the Annual Art Port Townsend festival – the Artist Studio Tour features a tour of the studios of artists in the greater Port Townsend area. Click here for a map.
“50 Shades of Clay”, featuring work by Isaac Howard opens today in a reception from 3-6pm at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Avenue in Bellingham. Soda-fired ceramic surfaces by the artist are featured throughout August. Meet the artist at a reception on August 15 from 3-6pm.
Showing through August 30 at the Waterworks Gallery, 315 Argyle Avenue in Friday Harbor, is “The Magnificent Landscape,” Tim Schumm’s new work. Honoring the vastness of scale, Tim’s portrayal of the Northwest landscape is intimate and human in scale. The viewpoints of the rocky shore, the sea at low tide, and the sun glinting off the Douglas fir trees at dawn are the subjects for his brushes and paints. The reception for the show is August 15 from 4:30-7:30pm. Refreshments will be served. Shown: Low Tide.
On view through September 26 at the Childhood’s End Gallery, 222 W. 4th Avenue W. in Olympia, is a group exhibit. The featured artists are Barbara Noonan’s pastels, J. Nelson’s marquetry mirrors, Chris Maynard’s feather art and Yoshiko Yamamoto’s block prints. Shown: by Barbara Noonan.
This August woodwork by Michael Flaherty and fine art by Francy Blumhagen are showing at the Artwood Gallery, 1000 Harris Avenue in Bellingham. Michael, with a long history of ingenious designs, has been focusing on hand-crafted ukuleles for the last several years. He has several underway using rosewood, mango, and koa, as well as fiddleback maple from our own area. Blumhagen has been painting professionally for 30 years, and her work involves many media including block prints, collage, and woodcuts. Meet the artists from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday August 15. Shown: Saw Whet Owl by Francy Blumhagen
Dendroica Gallery, 1718 A E Olive Way in Seattle, opens today. The gallery has a starting roster of 12 local and national artists, showing a wide variety of art from sculpture to collage, from of-the-moment projection art to cartoons. Work from these artists will be shown from August 13 – September 8.
Fine Impressions Gallery, 8300 Fifth Avenue NE in Seattle, always has the seasons in mind for their exhibits. Since a lot of people vacation in August, they’re showing French graphic designer Bernard Villemot who specialized in bold advertisements like this lithograph for seaside resorts in France from 1955. But, did you know that August 26 is National Dog Day? Normally, I only post one image per press release, but, since I’m a major dog lover, I decided to also include this embossed, chromolithograph postcard printed in Germany. Notice how the portrait style shows off the floppy hairdo and mustache of the white pup.
Internationally renowned artist James Mongrain returns to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma to work on a new commissioned project from Wednesday, August 12, through Sunday, August 16. During his residency,, Mongrain will create modern interpretations of 18th and 19th century Venetian glass. These pieces, commissioned by the George R. Stroemple Collection, a Stroemple/Stirek Collaboration, will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the museum.