Featured for February at the Artwood Gallery, 1000 Harris Avenue in the Fairhaven Historic district of Bellingham, are the collages of Francy Blumhagen: framed art featuring such themes as herons and owls, both colorful and subdued, delightfully rendered in mixed media. Also small tables made by Gary Leake of highly decorative and unusual woods creatively assembled. February being Valentine month, Artwood has a selection of heart boxes, kitchen ware, jewelry, bowls, cards, and other gifts.
“Make Me an Offer” is on view at Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery, 311 W. Holly Street in Bellingham, through February 28. FCF has been acquiring an eclectic range of original art, mirrors, prints, posters, and frames, and the storage area is bursting. It is time to “make me an offer I can’t refuse!” All the items they have been “storing” including original works by Rob Vetter, Helen Loggie, and Frank G. Craig. Tons of limited edition and original prints by Rie Munoz, Byron Birdsall, Yvonne Davis, and many more artists both framed and unframed. All are available for viewing.
Friday, February 3 from 6 – 9 pm.
705 Commercial Ave., ACME Creative
ACME Creative will have guest Curator, Rita James Creative Manager of the Anacortes Arts Festival, developing an engaging exhibition of artist Rachel Denny’s work. Denny’s work is an exploration of the seductive beauty of our natural world and the imprint that human intervention has made on its flora and fauna.
620 Commercial Ave., Burton Jewelers
The February “Valentine” ArtWalk at Burton Jewelers will feature the last artwalk evening of the current show, Richard Nash, floral and contemporary acrylic paintings and modern steel sculpture. Also, introducing the Burton Love Collection of heart themed jewelry designed and made in house that can be personalized by adding the gemstones of your choice, including the innovative “pair of pear” shaped gems that form a heart. Refreshments will be served!
604 Commercial Ave., The Good Stuff Arts
The Good Stuff Arts Gallery continues to get new art works by our Local Artists – Greg Dugan, Pen & Ink and Pencil Drawings, Randy Emmons, Watercolor; Caroline Garland, Acrylic & Oil; Abi Gomez, Acrylic Abstract; Linde Husk, Acrylic; Peggie Hunnicutt, Acrylic; Shannon Kirby, Clay; Jesse Link, Whimsical Prints on canvas; Terry Mac Donald, Acrylic, Jill McDougall, Oil & Acrylic Mixed Media; Ron Moore, Wood Sculpture; Ruth Owens, Textiles; Suzanne Powers, Oil; Susan Raymond, Clay Sculpture; Cynthia Richardson, Acrylic; Carla Seaton, Mixed Media; Gail Thein, Bead Jewelry; & Peggy Woods, Watercolor. 7 pm is a FREE Demo by Caroline Garland, Acrylic Artist and Teacher who will also have a 2-day Workshop Feb 17 & 18.
420 Commercial Ave., Scott Milo Gallery
Scott Milo Gallery welcomes Dianna Shyne and a new collection of acrylics. Shyne brings a variety of landscapes, floral and animal pieces. Also showing are acrylics by Jim Walsh from British Columbia, oils by Karen Bakke, Jan Jewell and Sue Evans. We will have a new collection of sculptures, custom tables, glass and jewelry. Image at the left: Horse Power by Dianna Shyne.
419 Commercial Ave., The Majestic Inn and Spa
The Majestic Inn and Spa presents oils and pastels by Peggy Olson of Mount Vernon. Come see an assortment of representation landscapes inspired by her regional hiking trips.
611 R Ave., The Depot
The Anacortes Arts Commission presents, local Mount Vernon artist, Mary Maue. The show entitled "An Artist’s Perspective," featuring impressionistic oil and pastel paintings of the Northwest, will also continue on Saturday, February 4 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To learn more about Mary visit her website at www.marymaue.com.
Opening First Thursday, February , ArtXchange Gallery , 512 First Avenue S., presents the latest iteration of “Like Mother…,” a traveling exhibition conceived and curated by L. Kelly Lyles. This group exhibition features diverse interpretations of the profound bond between mother and child, exhibiting 20 regional artists working in a broad range of mediums. Shown: Mom by Deborah Fay Lawrence.
This month, Foster/White Gallery, 220 3rd. Avenue S., presents a selection of new work by gallery artists. The exhibition offers a wide scope of media and subject matter, celebrating each artist’s unique engagement with his/her respective discipline.
Frederick Holmes and Company, 309 Occidental Avenue S., and Marybeth Rothman are honoring Black History Month. Shown at the left: MRS. BELL
Gallery 110, 110 3rd. Avenue S., presents its 7th Annual Juried Exhibition, juried by Maiza Hixson, Chief Curator of the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture. Greetings From the Anthropocene features work from thirty-three artists from around the country, exploring sobering themes prevalent in today’s political, social, technological and environmental climates.
Gallery IMA, 123 S. Jackson Street, is showing “Home,” a group exhibition features 2D and 3D works incorporating the subject of habitation and depictions of "home", including the works of Larry Calkins, Graham Fracha, Ben Chickadel, Alan Corkery Hahn, Don Fritz, Mike Moran, and Selene Santucci.
Thomas Wood’s “Flowers: Prints and Paintings” are on view at the Harris/Harvey Gallery, 1915 First Avenue, through February 25. The artist’s reception isFirst Thursday, February 2, 6 – 8 p.m. Wood unveils a body of new floral paintings with a fantastical twist – flowers in landscapes inhabited by unlikely creatures. Birds, fish, elephants, dinosaurs, and human figures emerge from clusters of blooms or linger along the horizon.
Northwest painter Barbara Sternberger’s second solo show with Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Avenue S., entitled "Holding Place," continues the trajectory she has established through many years of exhibiting in top-notch galleries.
Lynn Hanson Gallery, 312 S. Washington, presents “Points of Light,” artists who have enriched the Pacific Northwest art scene. Featured are: Patricia Baldwin Seggebrusch, Kate Steiger, Sue Robertson, Darlene Gentry Lucas, Whitney Buckingham-Beechie and Pamela Beer
Prographica Gallery, 313 Occidental Avenue S., opens for First Thursday with “Robert Pruitt: Planetary Survey. ”
Seattle Art Museum Press Release Announces Closing Dates of the Museum for Rehab as February 26–Last Chance to See
SEATTLE, WA – The Seattle Asian Art Museum’s winter exhibition, Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi, closes Sunday, February 26. The exhibition features new and existing immersive video installations from acclaimed contemporary Japanese artist Tabaimo, alongside historic works from SAM’s Asian art collection chosen by the artist.
This is the final exhibition at the Asian Art Museum before it closes to begin preparations for its upcoming renovation and proposed expansion, pending final approval of the project currently under review by the City of Seattle.
Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi presents eight video installations by Tabaimo, a globally renowned artist who represented Japan at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Four works created specifically for the exhibition and four previously existing works meld traditional imagery and elements with references to contemporary Japanese comics and animation. In adjacent galleries are paintings, prints, and furnishings from SAM’s collection that inspired the artist, including beloved works such as Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock prints and the early 17th-century ink-and-gold Crows screens.
The museum’s other installations, all drawn from SAM’s permanent collection, will also close on February 26. These include Terratopia: The Chinese Landscape in Painting and Film, juxtaposing classical Chinese works with a film by contemporary artist Yang Fudong; Awakened Ones: Buddhas of Asia, with sculptures and paintings spanning 13 centuries from all around Asia; and Ai Weiwei: Colored Vases, works by one of China’s most acclaimed contemporary artists and outspoken dissidents.
While the Seattle Asian Art Museum is closed, visitors will be able to see installations from SAM’s Asian art collection at the downtown museum. Currently on view is Pure Amusements: Wealth, Leisure, and Culture in Late Imperial China, featuring Chinese works including prints, sculpture, furnishings, and ceramics that were created for, and enjoyed during, leisurely pursuits.
Image credits: Installation view of Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. © Seattle Art Museum, Photo: Natali Wiseman.
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
Art in the Park at South Lake Union Park. May through Oct. 11am – 7pm. Free admission at Museum of History and Industry. For more information: www.nwartalliance.com
SLU Art Walk from 5 – 8pm Oct. and May. South Lake Union event features temporary art shows in multiple venues run by Shunpike.
Silverdale Artwalk, March – Nov. 5 – 8pm, 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
Port Orchard Art Walk downtown May – October 5 – 8pm. www.pobsa.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 April – Oct. 5 – 8pm as part of the Skagit Valley Art Escape. 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
Queen Anne Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm. See map at www.queenanneview.com/tag/art-walk/
Important Paintings & Drawings by Northwest Master Morris Graves Showing at Woodside/Braseth Gallery
Often associated with a group of painters from the Pacific Northwest, known as the Northwest School, which included Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan and Mark Tobey, Morris Graves became an overnight sensation in 1942 when his work appeared in a show of new American talent at the Museum of Modern Art. The show is on view at Woodside/Braseth Gallery, 1201 Western Avenue, through February 17.
“"Northwest Social Realism and the American Scene: 1930-1950,” is featured during the Edmonds Art Walk and will be on view at the Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Avenue E., through March 26. The exhibition focuses on Northwest artists and their depictions of scenes of everyday life in the Northwest during the 1930s through the 1950s. Many works reflect the industrial, political and social aspects of the Great Depression and WWII period. Curator, David Martin observes, "Even though Washington State has a strong history of labor activities and progressive social values, very little research has focused on the regional visual arts reflecting these subjects, especially from the turbulent era of the Great Depression."
The Cole Gallery, 107 5th Avenue S., presents “Vibrant Skies,” a new show from Jeff White, on view from January 19 – February 13. White’s landscapes are reminiscent of the Hudson River School of painters.
This month Gallery North, 401 Main Street, features “In With the New”, an exhibit highlighting the work of artists who were juried in as new members of the gallery during the past year. The show features the graphic and symbolic paintings of Laura Ackerman and a wide variety of detailed miniatures and larger impressionistic paintings by Lena Leitzke.
Wallingford Art Walk starts at 6pm each month. Visit www.wallingford.org
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
Belltown Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm. www.belltownartwalk.com
Phinney Wood Art Up Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm. artupphinneywood.com
Kirkland Art Walk is from noon – 8pm. www.kirklandartwalk.com
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.
In a reception from 6-8pm January 11, Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, 800 Bellevue Way NE, introduces works from his own collection in a show called, “Mine.” Gunnar says, “Over the years I have enjoyed purchasing eclectic works for the gallery by various artists for several different reasons, but mostly just because I liked them. With wall space and storage always a challenge, I wanted to bring out some of my framed works that haven’t been offered before or passed up and offer them for sale in this group exhibit.” Shown: Blau Weiss by Willi Kissmer.
Opening tonight from 6-8pm at the Kirkland Arts Center, 621 Market Street in Kirkland, is an exhibition of artists’ collections. In their press release the center says, “Despite big flashy headlines about expensive sales of art and news about billionaire collectors and dealers, collecting art is not just for the very rich. There are a myriad of small collections in private homes, by individuals with different means, who do not collect for the investment but for how it touches their soul, what pleasure the piece brings: for their love of art. Among those smaller collectors are artists, whose collections may be seen as an expression of their aesthetics and of their intellectual exploration.”
“Interscapes,” a collection of bold, colorful abstract expressionist paintings by Gregory S. Walsh is on view at Fourth Corner Frames & Gallery., 311 W.Holly Street in Bellingham. The gallery will host an artist reception for him January 6 during the Downtown Bellingham Artwalk. Make sure to stop by the gallery to meet Gregory and to see the works he will be sharing. The show will hang in the gallery through January 30.
Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, 151 Winslow Way, is showing three women artists: Leigh Knowles Metteer, Barbara Kowalski, and Heather Saddler this month. On view through January 29, a reception for the artists is January 6 from 6-8pm during the Bainbridge Art Walk. Shown: by Leigh Knowles Metteer.
In celebration of the New Year, the Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington Street in Sequim, presents a group show titled “Back to Basics: Black and White.” Curated by Nancy Lawrence and Karin Anderson, this show reveals the challenge presented when limiting the palette. The bold graphic punch of black and white that stimulates and sharpens the mind is modified by soft tones of grey, which lull one into a reflective meditative mood. This dichotomy asks, what is going on here. On view through January, you can meet the artists January 6 from 5-8pm. January. Shown: Natural Hourglass by Karen Rozbicki.