Posts Tagged ‘Bellevue Art Museum’
“Telling Tales: Narrative Works by Nate Steigenga, Cappy Thompson, and Anna Torma” is currently showing at the Bellevue Arts Museum through January 19. The exhibition joins together the works of three artists, diverse in every way except for their passion for storytelling. Working within the boundaries of their chosen media – collage for Steigenga, fiber for Torma, and glass for Thompson – each artist strives to convey conversation or dialogue through the modulation and manipulation of purely visual components. Shown: Cappy Thompson, Lord Krishna and Me Standing in the Great Waters, 1993, Vitreous enamels reverse-painted on blown glass, 22.5 x 13 x 13 in., Collection of the artist
Bellevue Festival of the Arts 67th Annual Year. One of, if not, The largest art fairs in the country. Get there early. Downtown Bellevue, Fri.-Sat., 9:30am-9:30pm, Sun., 9:30am-6pm. Visit www.bellevuearts.org. Free admission to the Bellevue Arts Museum during ARTSfair weekend includes a 50-year retrospective of past ARTSfair participant and internationally recognized ceramicist Patti Warashina. The fair features over 300 national, juried artists representing media such as glass, fiber, wood, metalwork, painting, photography, ceramics, and more. BAM ARTSfair is held at Bellevue Square and Bellevue Arts Museum with artist booths, roving entertainment, live demonstrations, performances, hands-on craft activities, and delicious food.
Kitsap Arts & Crafts Festival in Kingston. Call Kingston Chamber of Commerce at 360/297-3813 for information.
“Patti Warashina: Wit and Wisdom,” honoring a career spanning five decades, will serve as the Summer 2013 lead exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum from July 12 through October 27. The retrospective exhibition honors Warashina’s curiosity, effervescence, and healthy dose of skepticism by featuring approximately 140 of her works which touch on such divergent themes as the human condition, feminism, car-culture, and political and social topics, which she has used throughout her career.
Warashina has received numerous awards for her work, which is featured in public collections worldwide, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC; Museum of Arts and Design, NYC; Los Angeles County Art Museum; the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Australia’s Perth Cultural Center; and Korea’s Icheon World Ceramic Center.
BAM is one of only two west coast venues to host the exhibition, which is organized and curated by the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) in Pomona, Calif. The local presentation, which was made possible by leading support from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, will be curated by Stefano Catalani and feature many important pieces from Northwest collections in addition to works traveling with the exhibition. Shown: Figure A Red, Collection of Barbara Allen, Photo: Rob Vinnedge.
Now showing at the Bellevue Arts Museum is one of the most unique maneki neko exhibitions to regional and international audiences. Entitled “Maneki Neko: Japan’s Beckoning Cats — From Talisman to Pop Icon,” the exhibition is drawn from a collection of 155 artfully sculpted cats from the 19th and 20th centuries. Given to the Mingei International Museum by avid collector Billie Moffitt, it is one of the most extensive maneki neko collections in the world outside of Japan. “Maneki Neko” will be on view at BAM 22 through August 4, 2013. The exhibition is organized by Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California. Local presentation curated by Stefano Catalani, and made possible by the City of Bellevue Arts Program. Japanese tansu chests generously provided by Honeychurch Antiques, Fine Asian Art, and Galen Lowe Art & Antiques. Bellevue Arts Museum is the only traveling venue for this exhibition. An accompanying full-color, award-winning, 116-page hardcover catalogue is available in the Museum Store.
The self-made artist: Nikki McClure featured at Bellevue Arts Museum through February 3. This is the Olympia-based artist’s first museum solo exhibition. On view are rarely seen looks at McClure’s original papercuts, alongside her popular calendars and books. Originally organized by the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland. Shown at the left: Extend.
Showing through December 23 at the Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Avenue North, is “Highlights from 2012 and Preview of 2013.” The show will include works from shows mounted in 2012, new pieces from artists who showed in 2012, and work to be included in upcoming 2013 exhibitions. A reception is November 18 from 2-4pm.
Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Avenue in Bellingham, is featuring the work of Eugene and Ene’ Lewis, both of whom are well-known, accomplished ceramic artists and educators. Meet the artists at a reception at the gallery on November 23 from 5-7pm. Shown at the right is one of their pieces.
University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St. in Tacoma, is showing “Art Students Annual” through December 8. Any student currently enrolled at University of Puget Sound who has taken a studio class either on campus or in a study abroad program is eligible to enter the juried show; students are not required to be art majors.
“Honey, I Shrunk The Art,” is on view at Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, 2345 Blanche Way on Camano Island, through January 27. This 22nd. annual small works show at the gallery features glass, paintings and sculptures.
With fifty paintings showcasing an array of California landscapes, from coastal beaches to vast deserts, “California Impressionism, Selections from the Irvine Museum“ opens November 17 at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham and remains on view through February 17, 2013. While French Impressionism often depicted urban experiences, American Impressionists preferred small-town landscapes where they could paint solid forms, such as visible mountains and trees, in the background. While artists across the US were painting local landscapes during this time, the California terrain made a distinct impression on the Impressionists.
“Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art,” an exhibition exploring the innovative shape bamboo art has taken since the mid-twentieth century, opens today at the Bellevue Arts Museum and will be on view through February 3. Featuring a collection of 38 works by 17 contemporary artists, the exhibit demonstrates that in the hands of a master bamboo artist, a simple grass is transformed into sculptural art. Shown: Mimura Chikuho, Hope, Photo: Susan Einstein.
Just got an email from the Bellevue Arts Museum saying “last Saturday (July 21, 2012), Bellevue Arts Museum set yet another record. The Museum, known for its unique focus on art, craft and design, raised over $1 million at its annual fundraising gala, Artful Evening. ‘This is more than a 45% increase over last year and almost double what we raised two years ago," says Managing Director Larry Wright. "We’re immensely grateful for the community’s support.’ "
Not only is this wonderful news for the museum, but I think it’s good news for the arts economy throughout the area.
If you remember anything about the Shakers (United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing) from history, it might be that they gave women equal rights with men over 200 years ago. A religious sect based primarily on the spiritual teachings of Ann Lee and Jane Wardley in the 1700’s, they were called Shakers in reference to the excitement (loud singing and dancing) they showed in their worship services. They were equally known for their perfectionism in all that that did, whether it was in farming techniques, the cleanliness of their homes, or in the furniture and household implements they made. On view at the Bellevue Arts Museum through October 28 is “Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection,” an exhibition of more than 200 Shaker objects collected over 40 years by Faith and Edward Deming Andrews. Objects in this comprehensive exhibition include several of the iconic Shaker Gift Drawings, but also humble household objects, traditional textiles, baskets, kitchen implements, furniture and rare pieces never before publicly exhibited. Almost extinct today, the Shakers contributed a lasting influence in many fields. Shown: Early 19th century cobbler’s bench, photography by Michael Fredericks.
Featuring more than 50 quilts made throughout the American South between 1910 and the 1970s, “Bold Expressions: African American Quilts from the Collection of Corrine Riley” will be on view at Bellevue Arts Museum from June 14 through October 7. Occupying the entire 3rd floor galleries, the exhibit is the largest historical quilt collection to be shown at BAM. African American quilts, made entirely by women, are celebrated for their bold improvisation and modern take on traditional quilting patterns, and are made from materials that were readily available to the makers, including flour sacks, old blue jeans, work clothes and fabric remnants. The exhibition is organized by Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California and curated by Christine Knoke. Made possible in part by the City of Bellevue Arts Program. Shown: Controlled Crazy Quilt, photo by Anthony Scoggins.
“INDULGE: jewelry marketplace” returns to Bellevue Arts Museum for its third year from February 9 – 12. This one-weekend-only boutique jewelry event brings together the talent of twenty independent designers and, new this year, leading art jewelry galleries, all hand-picked by BAM curators. Stemming from the success over the past two years, the event has been extended by another day, giving more opportunities for visitors to acquire hand-crafted, avant-garde jewelry.
Seattle jeweler Mary Lee Hu’s first retrospective opens at the Bellevue Arts Museum on February 7 and continues through June 17. Featuring more than 90 exquisite earrings, rings, brooches and neckpieces, drawn from both public and private collections all over the world, “Knitted, Knotted, Twisted & Twined: The Jewelry of Mary Lee Hu” traces the artist’s early experimental designs of the 1960s to today’s creations full of light and movement.
The first comprehensive retrospective of one of the most influential figures of modern American design: George Nelson (1908 – 1986), “George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher,” opens October 29 at the Bellevue Arts Museum. Featuring more than 220 objects, including iconic furniture pieces like the Coconut Chair, Bubble Lamp and the Marshmallow Sofa as well as graphic works, architectural models, films, prints and a full-scale partial reconstruction of the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow, the exhibition will be on view through February 12, 2012. BAM will be the only northwest venue for this show. Shown: Coconut Chairs and ottoman, 1956.
Award-winning Port Townsend artist Don Tiller opens a new exhibition of his work at the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, 800 Bellevue Way NE, on October 12 in a reception from 6-8pm. In the exhibit called “A Sculptured Landscape,” Tiller portrays his interest in the imprint man leaves as he/she attempts to create order in nature. The show runs through November 6.
The Bellevue Arts Museum is celebrating the final days of “Think Twice: New Latin America Jewelry” with a party on September 30 from 8-11pm. Brazilian sounds by ChoroLoco, tango performances, live artist demos and more, including a cash bar. Must be 21 plus. $10 or $5 for members.
Bellevue Arts Museum opens its newest exhibition, “Travelers: Objects of Dream and Revelation” August 26 and will be on view through December 31. The show brings together nine contemporary artists who explore the ambiguous motif of travel and the objects associated with it. Featured artists include Janice Arnold, Margarita Cabrera, Marc Dombrosky, Erika Harrsch, Timothy Horn, Cal Lane, Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz and Robb Putnam. “Travelers: Objects of Dream and Revelation” is organized by Bellevue Arts Museum, curated by Stefano Catalani and made possible by The Benaroya Company, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, ArtsFund and the City of Belleuve Arts Program.Timothy Horn, Mother-Load, Photo: Jason Schmidt.