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Special Events July 23–August 6

July 28 – 30


It’s the standout of the Bellevue Arts Fair Weekend,  by artists, for artists, and gives back to the community around it! Announcing the 2017 Bellevue Festival of the Arts! As one of the Eastside’s leading arts festivals and now in its 33rd triumphant year, the BFoA returns July 28-30, 2017 in downtown Bellevue, Washington. Presented by the Craft Cooperative of the Northwest, the BFoA curates an award-winning show of rich and diverse multiple mediums, with artists hailing from the Pacific Northwest, U.S., and beyond each year.

The BFoA offers  rich and diverse works of art in a variety of mediums, showcased in an inviting urban setting, with tree-lined paths of art in a rare open-air venue. Attendees who visit the BFoA have the unique opportunity to view and purchase lovely works of art, as well as to meet and talk with the artists who create them firsthand. This year’s acclaimed local talents include Gunter Reimnitz, Justin Hillgrove, Sharrey Doré, Bob Wilfong, Juli Adams, Francisco Bautista, Pepe Moscoso, Kate Larsson, Ashmita Gulati, David Lutrick, Michelle Aitken, and more.


July 29

Arts at the Port in the waterfront Port Transit Shed in Anacortes, is the crown jewel of the Anacortes Arts Festival.   It consists of three unique juried exhibitions centered around the theme "Resonance". The pieces were selected by Pablo Schugurensky, the former Director of Collections at Microsoft and Vulcan Inc, Founder of META ARTE and Board President of Artist Trust.  This show includes work from 39 regional artists, representing a wide range of styles and mediums.The Opening is the first opportunity to see the work, meet the artists, and enjoy the unique waterfront gallery from 6-9pm.


August 3 – 6

Seattle Art Fair at the Century Link Field Event Center. — ​The third edition of Seattle Art Fair, presented by AIG, ​returns with dynamic programming spread throughout the neighborhood, with large-scale works by local and international artists, and daily artist dialogues. This year, the installations and experiences will examine the many ways today’s artists engage with architecture and design, public space, and the histories and conditions of social activism.


August 4 – 6

Magnolia Summerfest celebrates along with Seafair since 1985. 10:30am – 6pm. Craft booths open, Magnolia Central Village.


Anacortes Arts Festival – The 56th annual Anacortes Arts Festival is one of the oldest and largest arts festivals in the Northwest.  2017 dates are August 4 – 6.   Filling historic downtown Anacortes, it consists of ten blocks of booth artisans from around the country, three stages with live music, and a regional Fine Art Exhibition.  Also included are a Working Studios area including sand sculpting, chainsaw carving and more.  Food trucks and vendors offer culinary treats including seafood, regional and ethnic dishes, and goodies.

Quilts of the Sierra Nevada Show at the Bellevue Arts Museum

bamquiltsThe Contact: Quilts of the Sierra Nevada by Ann Johnston is currently showing through June 11 at the Bellevue Arts Museum. The exhibition  features over 30 of Ann Johnston’s large-scale quilts inspired by the California Sierra Nevada range. Johnston’s quilts—made from cloth that the artist has dyed herself—make creative use of patterns and textures to create literal, abstract, and sometimes completely imaginative representations of the area.

Karin Kidder Appointed Executive Director of Bellevue Arts Museum–Assumes Position Immediately

Press release sent from the Bellevue Arts Museum just now:

bamkarinBellevue, WA—The BAM Board of Trustees has appointed Karin Kidder as the Museum’s Executive Director. Kidder has served as BAM’s Interim Executive Director since November. Before taking on the Interim Executive Director role, Kidder was BAM’s Director of Marketing and Communications.

Her appointment comes as the Museum celebrates over 70 years of its nationally recognized BAM ARTSfair and numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions. It recently received two significant gifts from the Kemper Development Company—the first a $1M challenge match, and the second a $1M donation for capital projects, which will be dedicated to exterior work on the building. Exterior work will begin in March and is anticipated to be complete by July in advance of the Museum’s major fundraising gala, Artful Evening, on July 15 and BAM ARTSfair which will be held July 28 – 30.

"Karin brings tremendous experience and skill to this leadership role," said Dr. Julie Miller, President of the Board of Trustees. "Her extensive background in the arts, strong business acumen, and intimate knowledge of BAM will help us deliver on our mission and vision."
"BAM is an incredible institution that plays a vital role in the Pacific Northwest and the greater arts community" said Karin Kidder. "I am excited to lead the institution as we embark upon our 71st BAM ARTSfair. Forty-two years after its founding, BAM continues to be known for the quality of its exhibitions and for celebrating emerging and nationally recognized artists. We will continue to feature the same quality exhibitions that represent the best of art, craft, and design, while strengthening our partnerships within the community."

When Kidder first moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1997 she worked with Foster/White Gallery in Seattle and became immersed in the Northwest arts community. Following her time at Foster/White she worked for artist Dale Chihuly, managing his gallery relationships worldwide. Subsequently she lived in London where she worked with London Business School’s Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship as the director of several of their programs.
Kidder has worked in international business development and marketing for more than 20 years. She has successfully led organizations with a significant focus on development and outreach, marketing strategy, and community relations. She earned her MBA with a marketing concentration from London Business School in 2008 and has a BA in Art History from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Al Farrow: Divine Ammunition is on view at Bellevue Arts Museum Now Showing Through May 2017

bamUsing guns and ammunition, Al Farrow creates sculptures of reliquaries, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques, mausoleums, and other devotional objects.  Farrow has had numerous solo exhibitions since 1970 and his work is in many important public and private collections around the world, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the di Rosa Preserve in Napa, and other collections in New York, Germany, Italy, and Hong Kong

Five Shows Recommended by the Seattle Times

Michael Upchurch, writing for the Seattle Times, has an an article you should read titled, “Five must see art shows in September.” He lists some exhibits at Bumbershoot this weekend, the “BAM Biennial 2016:Metalmorphosis” at the Bellevue Arts Museum, the Michael Paul Miller show at the Linda Hodges Gallery, Deborah Butterfield at the Greg Kucera Gallery, and “Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration” at the Schack Art Center in Everett.

Bellevue Arts Museum Hosts BAM ARTSfair July 29 – 31

July 29 –  31

BAM ARTSfair. Bellevue Arts Museum hosts the largest award winning arts and crafts festival in the Northwest. Shop from over 300 inspiring artists. Fri. and Sat., 9:30am – 9:30pm., Sunday 9:30am-6pm. Bellevue Arts Museum FREE.

Bellevue Festival of the Arts This Weekend

bellevuefestivalAs a leading event in Bellevue’s annual, much-anticipated “Arts Fair Weekend” at the last full weekend every July, The Bellevue Festival of the Arts ( takes place July 29-31, 2016. This year, the BFoA features 49 talented top local Northwest artists among its 160-plus participants from across the country. The Bellevue Festival of the Arts takes place 4 miles East of Seattle in downtown Bellevue, Washington (north of I-90 and South of 520). The Festival is easy to find, as the one taking place out-of-doors at the Cost Plus World Market, at the intersection of Bellevue Way NE and NE 8th Street (10300 Northeast 8th Street), North of (and across from) Bellevue Square.  Image: Jesse Link

Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power Now Showing At Bellevue Arts Museum

bam“Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power,” opens today at the Bellevue Arts Museum and is on view through November 27. Walker is best known for her powerful, large-scale murals and cut-paper silhouette installations that focus on the complexities and ambiguities of racial and historical representation. The exhibition presents three narrative portfolio series, executed in print—The Emancipation Approximation (1999–2000), Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War: Annotated (2005), and An Unpeopled Land in Uncharted Waters (2010)—accompanied by single works that underline Walker’s employment of Antebellum and Reconstruction-era imagery and themes. The exhibit is from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, and curated by Jessi DiTillio. The local presentation of this exhibition is curated by Jennifer-Navva Milliken.

Bellevue Arts Museum Opens Strategies for Survival

CaptureOn view through January 2017 at the  Bellevue Arts Museum is “Bren Ahearn: Strategies for Survival,” an emotionally-charged selection of samplers by San Francisco-based artist Bren Ahearn. For the past decade, Ahearn’s work in fiber has stitched together a variety of cultural references to question the traditional understanding of manhood and its assumed qualities of courage, vigor, and determination. Drawing upon vintage samplers and contemporary imagery that includes Hello Kitty, American football, and cage fighters, Ahearn’s needlework appropriates these recognizable symbols into a narrative that playfully but poignantly addresses the culturally shunned topic of a man’s sensitivity

Craft in the Digital Age at the Bellevue Arts Museum

bamOn view at the Bellevue Arts Museum through June 26 is Atoms + Bytes: Redefining Craft in the Digital Age. Showcased is groundbreaking work by makers situated at the intersection of the digital and the analogue worlds. These makers hail from around the world—from countries such as Belgium, Chile, Israel, and Sweden, to the Museum’s own backyard in Seattle, Washington. The exhibition offers the community a first-time opportunity to witness how the same technologies that drive the economy of the Pacific Northwest are adapted for use by makers on the front lines of technological exploration.

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture at BAM Through May 1

bamBellevue Arts Museum  will be the first US venue to host the prestigious exhibition, “Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture.” The exhibition is organized by the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, and will open in Bellevue on January 29. It is the first major retrospective of the famous American architect , regarded as one of the great master builders of the twentieth century, in twenty years. Original drawings and sketches, historic and newly constructed models, photographs, and films in which contemporary architects shed light on Kahn’s pivotal role in the discipline of architecture will be presented in BAM’s main gallery. The exhibition will run through May 1.

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through July 26

Fourth Saturday

Bremerton Charleston Arts District Art walk, noon – 8pm


July 23

Icelandic folk music at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard at 7pm.


July 24 – 26

bamfairBellevue Festival of the Arts  69th year. One of, if not, the largest art fair in the country. Get there early for parking ease. Held in  downtown Bellevue at the Bellevue Arts Museum and Bellevue Square., Fri. – Sat., 9:30am – 9:30pm., Sun. 9:30am – 6pm. Visit



July 24

Master glass artist Jeff Ballard will speak at Pilchuck Glass School’s Seattle exhibition space at 240 2nd Ave S, Seattle on July 24 from 6 – 8 pm as part of the Conversations on Glass et al. lecture series.  His work will is also on exhibit as part of the 2015 Gaffers show.  The talk is free and open to the public.

Retrospective of Revered Craft Icons Bob Stocksdale & Kay Sekimachi at the Bellevue Arts Museum through October 18

bamrevered“In the Realm of Nature: Bob Stocksdale & Kay Sekimachi, “ is currently showing at the Bellevue Arts Museum through October 18. The exhibition examines the parallel paths of two of America’s foremost craft pioneers with an inspirational selection of 50 years of Stocksdale and Sekimachi’s work. Stocksdale demonstrates the strong pragmatism of the folk roots of craft, while Kay Sekimachi reflects the assimilation of European education and influences from other cultures. Shown: Kay Sekimachi, Leaf Bowls, 2012, Big Leaf Maple leaves. Dimensions vary.From a private collection.Photo: M. Lee Fatherree

Let’s Play War at the Bellevue Arts Museum Through October 18

bamOn view through October 18 at the Bellevue Arts Museum, is “Let’s Play War,” Nathan Vincent’s first solo museum exhibition. The New York-based artist, whose work was featured in BAM’s 2011 group show “Mysterious Content of Softness,” continues to explore the power of fiber to challenge ideas about the codes of conduct still at work within the American domestic landscape. The exhibition’s co-curators are Stefano Catalani and Kelsey Rudd. BAM offers free parking. The parking garage is accessible from Bellevue Way NE going north.

Northwest Design show on view at the Bellevue Art Museum

bam“The New Frontier: Young Designer-Makers in the Pacific Northwest” is on view April 17 – August 16 at the Bellevue Arts Museum. The New Frontier presents works by emerging designer-makers with nearly 30 design studios from British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon contributing to the exhibition. Examining the materials, processes, and creative strategies that define their practices, the exhibition acts as a catalyst for the discussion of how objects and products are conceived and created here; who is making them; and how the field of local design is reflective of our unique region. Shown: Iacoli & Macallister, Seattle, WAWire side table, plated, Photo: Charlie Schuck .