Posts Tagged ‘museums’

Wing Luke Museum Opens Year of Remembrance Today

winglukeOpening today at the Wing Luke Museum, 719 S. King Street, is “Year of Remembrance: Glimpses of a Forever Foreigner,” an exhibit exploring the WWII Japanese American Incarceration in collaboration with artist Roger Shimomura and poet Lawrence Matsuda. Shimomura’s artwork addresses sociopolitical issues of ethnicity. Born in Seattle, he spent two early years of his childhood in Minidoka (Idaho), one of 10 concentration camps for Japanese Americans during WWII. Shimomura’s work is in the permanent collections of more than 100 museums nationwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum. Image: Classmates, Roger Shimomura, 2015, acrylic on canvas, Courtesy of the artist and the Wing Luke Museum .

LaConner Quilt Museum Changes Name

The LaConner Quilt Museum  is now the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum

and now has a new website to match the new name.

Jim Woodring: The Pig Went Down to the Harbor at Sunrise and Wept Showing at the Frye Museum Through April 16

fryeNow showing through April 16 is work by Seattle-based artist and cartoonist Jim Woodring (American, born 1952) which defies categorization, shifting between graphic novel and fine art, reality and hallucinatory vision. “The Pig Went Down to the Harbor at Sunrise and Wept,” The series, newly commissioned by the Frye Art Museum , was created using an oversize dip pen designed and crafted by Woodring himself. The resulting ink drawings demonstrate the ways that unconventional tools can shape an artist’s practice, generating new technical challenges in tandem with unexpected creative rewards.

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Thru December 18

Third Thursday

Edmonds Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm.

Third Thursday in Kent 4 – 7pm,

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

Tacoma Art Mingle when Tacoma museums offer free admission and galleries are open from 5 – 8pm.

Upper Queen Anne Art Walk is from 3 – 9pm and takes place between the 1500 and 2400 blocks on Queen Anne Ave. N.


Throughout December – Holiday Art Market 2016

Throughout December, Kirkland Arts Center  will be hosting our Holiday Art Market. On sale will be work from over 50 artists; everything from ceramics to holiday cards to jewelry and more. The Holiday Art Market is a wonderful introduction to local artists and the KAC community.  Holiday hours thru December 24 are Tuesday – Saturday from 11-6 and Sunday 12-5.


December 17 – January 1

Between Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, the Washington State Historical Society will host the 21st annual Model Train Festival at the Washington State History Museum  in Tacoma. This year’s festival will feature even more model train layouts than in years past, as well as highlight train-related exhibits in the Great Hall of Washington History.

Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style at the Seattle Art Museum Showing from October 11 Through January 8

samstlaurent“Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style” will be on view at the Seattle Art Museum from October 11 through January 8.  Drawn from the collection of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, the exhibition highlights the legendary designer’s 44-year career and features new acquisitions by the foundation that have never been shown publicly before.

Besides finished garments, the exhibition presents Saint Laurent’s immersive working process from his first sketch and fabric selection to the various stages of production and fitting before a final garment was realized. The multifaceted exhibition is co-curated by Florence Müller, the Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Curator of Fashion at the Denver Art Museum, in collaboration with Chiyo Ishikawa, SAM’s Deputy Director for Art and Curator of European Painting and Sculpture. The unique installation is designed by architects Nathalie Crinière and  Chloë Degaille of Agence NC, in collaboration with SAM’s exhibition designer Paul Martinez. Shown: "Suzy" doll with eight outfits from her wardrobe, 1953-1955, Paper doll cut out of a magazine and glued onto cardboard, Garments made of paper cut-outs, ink, watercolour and gouache. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Member preview weekend is Oct.8-10.

Weather Diaries Exhibit at Nordic Heritage Museum

nordicRead the Nordic Heritage Museum exhibition review by Michael Upchurch in the Seattle Times. He calls it,” Eerie, edgy and entirely unexpected, “The Weather Diaries” is a photographic exhibition that uses wild fashion experimentation as an excuse to plunge deep into a Nordic dream world.” Read all about it by clicking on the Seattle Times link. The exhibit will be up through November 6.

Wendy Red Star Winner of the 2016 Betty Bowen Award

Press release just in from the Seattle Art Museum: “The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Betty Bowen Committee, chaired by Gary Glant, announced today that Wendy Red Star is the winner of the 2016 Betty Bowen Award. The award comes with an unrestricted cash award of $15,000. Founded in 1977 to continue the legacy of local arts advocate and supporter Betty Bowen, the annual award honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional, and compelling work. Red Star’s work operates at the intersections of traditional Native American culture and colonialist histories and modes of representation; her work will be featured in an installation at the Seattle Art Museum beginning November 10.

In addition, Dawn Cerny was selected to receive the Special Recognition Award in the amount of $2,500, and Mark Mitchell was awarded the Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award in the amount of $2,500. Five finalists, including Evan Baden and Sadie Wechsler, were chosen from a pool of 446 applicants from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho to compete for the $20,000 in awards.

The award ceremony honoring Red Star, Cerny, and Mitchell will take place on Thursday, November 10 at 5:30 pm at the Seattle Art Museum. The ceremony and reception following the artists’ remarks are free and open to the public.”

Museum of Glass Announces Free Admission September 24

According to a press release issued today, the Museum of Glass “will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 24, 2016, as part of  Smithsonian magazine’s 12th annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.”

Barbara Earl Thomas Exhibit Extended Through October 9

bimaJust in from City Arts Magazine: “ Due to popular demand, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art  has proudly extended Barbara Earl Thomas’ exhibition Heaven on Fire through Sunday, October 9. Heaven on Fire is a survey of over sixty artworks, with pieces spanning from the early 1980s to present including paintings, prints, glass sculpture, paper cuts, and a site-specific installation.”

The Seattle Times calls the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art  show "Heaven on Fire" by Barbara Earl Thomas a "must-see."

Peggy Strong Exhibition Opens at Cascadia Art Museum

ccascA Spirit Unbound: The Art of Peggy Strong,” opens September 9 at the Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Avenue in Edmonds. This is the first retrospective for the artist, featuring works held privately in the family’s collection and never seen by the public until now. Curator David F. Martin, long recognized as the leading authority on Northwest women artists, considers this one of his most important exhibitions. Born in Tacoma, Washington, Peggy Strong (1912-1956) was one of the leading regional artists of the mid-20th century. Despite being paralyzed in the lower half of her body as the result of an automobile accident in 1933, she developed a significant reputation as a painter and muralist.


Strong exhibited in many prestigious exhibitions including the national survey of American Art at Rockefeller Center in 1938. She was also one of only sixty women artists to be included in the contemporary art show at the Golden Gate International Exhibition at San Francisco in 1939. Shown: The Sisters, 1938, Private Collection.

Brendan Fernandes Visiting Artist at Museum of Glass

mogYou can watch Brendan Fernandes complete his first Visiting Artist Residency at Museum of Glass  from August 31 through September 4. Last year, The Huffington Post included Brendan Fernandes on their list of "17 Visual Artists You Should Know in 2016," and now Museum of Glass visitors have the chance to see the artist working.

Museum of Glass is open on Monday, September 5, with summer hours running through September 11, after which the Museum will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays through Memorial Day 2017. Active-duty military families still have time to take advantage of free admission to MOG through Labor Day. Museum of Glass participates in the Blue Star Museums program, which provides families, with up to five guests, free access to museums throughout the nation with their military ID. The museum will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Labor Day. Featured Artist Jason Christian will be working in the Hot Shop and all galleries will be open.

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through August 28

Fourth Saturday

Bremerton Charleston Arts District Artwalk, noon – 8pm


August 26

samThe Henry Art Gallery  and Seattle Art Museum  join forces for the August Remix at the Olympic Sculpture Park with an evening of music, performance, poetry, film, and tours. Seattle-based musician and producer Erik Blood headlines the event. Blood’s most recent album Lost In Slow Motion (2016) ranges from cosmic poetics to atmospheric aesthetics and has been called “a sonic call to the stars” (Jake Uitti, Seattle Times). From 8pm to midnight. Tickets available on the SAM website.


August 27 – October 29

The Great Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patch featuring 2000 plus hand blown glass pumpkins crafted by local glass artisans. For dates and locations visit

Third Thursday Art Walk in Edmonds 5-8pm

cascadiaOn view through August 23 at the Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Avenue in Edmonds, are two new exhibitions: “Against The Moon: The Art of John Matsudaira,” and “Northwest Photography at Mid-Century.” Shown: John Matsudaira (1922-2007)  First Snow, 1959, Oil on canvas 48 x 32" Collection of the Matsudaira Family



The Cole Gallery, 107 5th. Avenue S., is showing "Nocturne" Paintings of the Night, through  August 15, featuring Ron Stocke, Angela Bandurka and selected gallery artists including Willow Bader, Terrence Gasca and more.



galnorthMeet Lonni Flowers and enjoy her exhibition, “Colorful Imaginings,”  during the Edmonds Art Walk from 5-8pm  at Gallery North, 401 Main Street. . “Colorful Imaginings” is open to the public daily through July 31 and will include more than thirty of Lonni’s playful original paintings as well as many of her hand-painted silk scarves, and unique jewelry creations. . Shown: Tropical Tryst.



zincCalifornia sculptor Angela Schwer makes her Northwest debut at Zinc Art, 102 3rd. Avenue S.,  with “Designed Chaos” exhibiting July 21-August 15. Leaving color off the table, Schwer brings to light the immense complexity and often elegantly chaotic designs in nature with her pure white polymer clay sculptures of plant, sea, and fungi life that can be hung vertically or set tabletop.

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through July 24

Third Thursday

Edmonds Art Walk is from 5 –,

Third Thursday in Kent 4 – 7pm,

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

Tacoma Art Mingle when Tacoma museums offer free admission and galleries are open from 5 – 8pm.

Upper Queen Anne Art Walk is from 3 – 9pm and takes place between the 1500 and 2400 blocks on Queen Anne Ave. N.

Fourth Saturday

Bremerton Charleston Arts District Artwalk, noon – 8pm


July 21

From 5-8pm Museum of Glass  presents Night Blow, a lively evening of glassblowing, performances, and music. MOG’s first Night Blow of the summer will include at no charge:

  • Fiery glassmaking demonstrations by Dan Friday and Courtney Branam in the Hot Shop
  • Music by Soundabout DJ
  • Exciting performances by IGNITION fire troupe outside on the plaza
  • Food by The Social Bar and Grill and wine and beer by X Group Catering

Frye Art Museum Presents Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi Through September 25

fryeChronicles of Solitude: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK—The National Gallery of Denmark”  debuts today at the Frye Art Museum and runs through September 25. A master of atmospheric and psychological interiors, Hammershøi (1864–1916) was admired by his contemporaries in Europe and the United States including German poet and art critic Rainer Maria Rilke and American artist John Singer Sargent. In 1909, on the occasion of his participation in the Tenth International Exhibition of the Munich Künstlergenossenschaft (Artists’ Association), Hammershøi was described by German critic Georg Biermann as a "modern Nordic Vermeer." Frye Art Museum is the only West Coast U.S. venue for Chronicles of Solitude. The touring exhibition has previously been seen in 2015 at Scandinavia House in New York City and earlier this year at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Image:: Vilhelm Hammershøi. Woman Seen from the Back, 1888. Oil on canvas. 25 x 21 7/8 in. National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, © SMK Photo