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

Howard/Mandville annual small works show begins October 18

howardThe 24th Annual Invitational SMALL WORKS SHOW reception and sale opens Saturday, October 18 from 5:30-8pm and runs through November 2 at the Howard/Mandville Gallery, 120 Park Lane in Kirkland. According to Jeffrey Carlson, editor of Fine Art Today, "One of the country’s largest and most anticipated small works shows launches this weekend, boasting pieces by highly respected representational artists." Shown:   Conversation At Dusk by Zhaoming Wu 

Moe, Elements of the Floating World at Bryan Ohno

“Moe, Elements of the Floating World,” work by Yumiko Glover, opens October 16 in a reception from 6-8pm  at the Bryan Ohno Gallery, 521 S. Main Street in Seattle. Glover explores Japan’s complex patriarchal structure and gendered divisions. Depictions of provocatively-clad high school age girls in these oil on canvas works reveal the current climate and expression of Japanese erotica and erotic artwork.

New shows to see during the Edmonds Art Walk October 16

Cole Gallery, 107 5th. Avenue S., presents a new show titled “Paying Attention”  by  internationally-renowned impressionist Pam Ingalls. The artist reception, featuring champagne and refreshments, is 5-8pm during the Edmonds art walk October 16. The show runs through November 17.



“Transitions, ” featuring the work of Gallery North member, Joyce Donaldson, is showcased in a special reception for the artist during the Edmonds art walk on October 16. The gallery is located at 401 Main Street in Edmonds.

New approaches by Calimpong & Rogers at Schack Art Center

schackAre we there yet? Artists Granite Calimpong and Brent Rogers may never know, but their adventures and discoveries along the way are featured in the exhibit “Halfway to Somewhere”  now showing at the Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Avenue in Everett, through November 8, 2014. "Halfway to Somewhere" is the result of their shared residency at the Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC) in 2013. As resident artists at PGC, Calimpong and Rogers were able to experiment, try new ideas and make art in a nonlinear way using different materials and new approaches and processes. Shown: by Calimpong & Rogers.

Calendar of art walks and events through October 19

Third Wednesday

Uptown Art Walk The walk will start at the corner of Roy Street and Queen Anne Avenue, continuing north on Queen Anne Avenue.


Third Thursday

Edmonds Art Walk is from 5 –

Seattle Design Center Art Walk is from 5 – 9pm. at 5701 Sixth Ave.

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


Third Friday

Port Orchard Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm, May through

Third Saturday

Everett Art Walk is from 4 –


October 16

The Art + Science Salon series will hold its next evening at the Tacoma Art Museum  on Thursday, Oct. 16— for presentations and a conversation titled Analog-Tech.  The event is 6–8 p.m., with talks from 6:30–7:30 p.m., and time to mingle before and after.  It is free and open to everyone.

A taste of Iceland comes to the Nordic Heritage Museum

nordic“Odin’s Eye,” featuring work inspired by Norse mythology from eight Icelandic and American artists, is now showing at the Nordic Heritage Museum, through November 9. The tales of Norse mythology offer ways to understand the ideas and daily life of Icelanders in the early 13th century. "Snorri’s Edda [a 13th century document of Norse myths] contains a complete world view expressed in mythological terms for us to enjoy as a window into a different world of learning from what we have grown accustomed to with the rise of Western science and civilization,” said Gísli Sigurðsson, Research Professor and Head of the Department of Folklore at The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies at the University of Iceland. Artists featured, include Icelanders Gunnella, Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir, Sindri Már Sigfússon, and Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, and American artists Derek Weisberg, Pandora Andre-Beatty and Michael Linton Simpson.