Monday, June 4, 2012

JUNE Art Fix: Upcoming Events

If you need your art fix for the month of June (and I know I do!), here are some shows that you won't want to miss:

The 1st Friday Art Walk in Fremont, Friday, 1 June from 6-9pm. Due to an unfortunate scheduling conflict, I was unable to make the opening reception on art walk night in Fremont. But with summer fast-approaching, it sounds like the Fremont art walk is definitely stepping up the excitement; this past art walk event featured live painting and balloon art at the Lenin statue! I can't wait to see what events they have planned for next month!

In case you missed meeting the artists too, there's still time to check out the art all through the month of June! 509 Winery is featuring the urban landscape photography of Melanie Masson. Brown Paper Tickets has the ethereal oil works of Linh Nguyen. The High Dive is showcasing the iconic graffiti-esque mosaic/collage art by Ryan Doran. Lisa Lemire's 3-dimensional collage work is hanging at Fremont Jewelry Design. Frame Up Studios is featuring a collection of Fremont Fair posters from the past. And there's much more!

The 1st Wednesday Art Walk in Wallingford, Wednesday, 6 June from 6-9pm. The Assistance League Thrift Shop features work this month by 83-year-old Patricia Cook, whose watercolour landscapes were inspired by her European travels. Wine World is featuring the rich iconographic paintings of Miska, and will be hosting an "after hours" shindig from 9-10.30pm. Blue Star Cafe is featuring B&B Imagery, and is offering a 50% discount on entrees if you say 'Artwalk' when ordering. Chocolati Cafe is showing the photographs of David Brian Casey. Cafe Apassionato will have the photography of Colin Bartholomew, a live performance, and will be open until 10pm for happy hour. StuStu Studio features the photography of Michael Verner, unique hand-crafted jewelry, and will also be open late for an artist "after party". In case you missed it in April, you can check out some of my work (Braden Duncan) at Lucky 7 Salon, and more! This art walk only happens once every other month, so you won't want to miss it!

The Neddy at Cornish Awards at Cornish College of the Arts, Wednesday, 6 June from 5-9pm. Over the last 16 years, the Neddy Award has celebrated and propelled the careers of artists who have demonstrated outstanding artistic achievement while maintaining a lively connection to their community. This exhibition features the work of all eight nominees: Gala Bent, Cynthia Camlin, James Coupe, Eirik Johnson, Lead Pencil Studio, Susie J. Lee, Jeremy Mangan, and Stacey Rozich. Climate change, surveillance monitoring, migrant work camps, personal mythologies, and the dynamic relationships between technology, architecture, and the body represent a few of the ideas explored in the exhibition. 

The 1st Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square, Thursday, 7 June from 5-8pm. The Exoskeleton Cabaret at 57 Biscayne is hosting "A Terribly Serious Art Event": Long cherished as a staple in childhood crafts, a pair of google eyes is the ultimate ready-made accessory. Peering out from the brows of solemn statues and sprinkled in pairs across the city, the google eye is simultaneously gentle anthropomorphism and a nod to modern surveillance society. This exhibit features the work of Libby Bulloff, willowbl00, Matthew Borgatti, alephnought and more! Also check out new and exciting work at Gallery 110, The OK Hotel and the Underground Artist Collective, 4Culture, Art Xchange, Platform, Punch, Shift, SOIL, and over 50 other studios, galleries, and art spaces!

"Death and the Maiden"at Roq la Rue in Belltown, Friday, June 8 from 6-9pm. Roq La Rue is pleased to present a group show revolving around the theme "Death and the Maiden". This theme, of a young girl in an embrace with a skeleton has been an artistic inspiration from the ancient greek myth (with the story of Persephone and Hades), to a blossoming of imagery during the Renaissance and a resurgence during the Romantic Period, down to modern times. Like "Vanitas" still life images, the subject is meant as a reminder of the finite time one has on earth, however the "Danse Macabre" motif used between the young woman and wizened corpse or skeleton added a strange erotic charge.  For this show, we asked several contemporary artists to see this theme through their own lens. The results have been beautiful and moving, with some artists channeling personal events such as the death of a mother, or of a child. Others have incorporated a more subtle element, not showing the maiden or a skeleton at all, but rather hinting at some potential action that leads the maiden to an encounter with a premature end. Featuring work by Laurie Brom, Sylvia Ji, Femke Hiemstra, Jessika Joslin, and more!  

The 2nd Friday Art Walk in the Greenwood-Phinney neighbourhood, Friday, 8 June from 6-9pm.Check out exciting shows at EchoEcho, Gainsbourg, Naked City Brewery, Two Birds Tattoo, and more!

Bherd Studios in Greenwood has a brand new exhibit: "The ladies of the Few and Far", an all woman graffiti collective, bring their work to Seattle. F&F is a movement that brings together talented women who are involved in graffiti and street art from all over the world. Their group connects women by creating social and artistic exchange, by showcasing art on the streets, on walls and in other high profile venues. And they foster and celebrate the power and expression of female street artists. Importantly, Few and Far consists of a team of open minded, highly creative, cutting edge and dedicated every day females. The show is curated by two local members, 179 and Ksera and the line-up includes: Lady Mags, TOOFLY, Meme, Erin Yoshi, DJ AGANA, Hops, Amanda Lynn, Reds, Siloette, Dime, Ursala Xanthe Young, Erin Ashford, Gloria Muriel and Rez.
"Infamous" by Amanda Lynn
Urban Light Studios will be showcasing "Heavy Metal," an all-metal exhibit curated by Scott Moore, owner and artistic overlord at Bellevue Fine Art Reproduction. This show features fantastic local artists and fine art giclee prints on brushed aluminum!

If you like the show "Mad Men", you'll love Tasty's newest exhibit! "Mad Women," a 50's & 60's retro women inspired show, features the multiplane photography of Paula Tade, paintings and prints by David VonDerLinn (both in town from California), and many other artists!

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Ballard, Saturday, 9 June from 6-9pm. Don't miss "Leftovers," Cory Skillman's fabulous print art creations at Annie's Art & Frame; stop in for wine, chocolate, and fun! Also check out new work in Art & Soul, Blowing Sands Glass Studio, Cupcake Royal, Filthy Rich, Kiss Cafe, Monster Art & Clothing, Nightingale Gallery, Savour, and more!

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk in the Central District, Saturday, 9 June from 1-5pm. Check out the Neptune Gallery Sculpture Garden and new work at Atelier Autumnthing, Hi-Spot Cafe, Pratt Fine Art Centre, Twilight Exit and more!

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Georgetown, Saturday 9 June from 6-9pm. See new work at American Pie, Artcore Tattoo, Belle & Whissel, Fantagraphics Bookstore, Georgetown Arts & Cultural Centre, Smarty Pants, Totally Blown Glassworks, Two Tartes Cafe and more!

The 2nd Thursday Art Walk in Capitol Hill, Thursday, 10 June from 5-8pm. You won't want to miss "Ambiguous," the large-scale paintings of Jeff 'Weirdo' Jacobson at Vermillion, or John Osgood's newest series of urban pop graffiti paintings at Retrofit Home!

Weirdo @ Vermillion
John Osgood @ Retrofit Home
The Ltd Gallery will be hosting "Rayguns & Robots," a tribute to classic science fiction featuring more than 40 artists!

 Also check out Bauhaus, CakeSpy, Cupcake Royale, Ghost Gallery, True Love Gallery, and over 20 other art spaces are featuring new and exciting work this month!

"Transmission" at the Mercury, Thursday, 10 June from 9.30pm til late. Join DJs Stella and NoDak for some shoegazey-postrock, postpunky goodness! Art from Gabino Mabalay! Dancing from Cirquesse! Guest DJ Brenan! You do not have to be a member for this night. You do not need a member to sign you in. It is open to the public. No dress code. Free for members before 930pm. Starts at 9pm and goes til 2am. The performer will go on around 1030 and again at 1130. The artist will be there all night. Come buy art, drinks, hear music and watch a sexy lady dance. "Transmission" happens the 2nd Thursday of every month.
The 2nd Thursday Art Walk in West Seattle, Thursday, 10 June from 6-9pm. The Twilight Artist Collective has a new exhibit: "Mama's Boy" features paintings of mothers, women, and children by Matt Calcavecchia.  The show includes large scale oil paintings, altered antique photos, and watercolor paintings that are cut into strips and reconstructed. Also check out new work at The Heartland Cafe, Hotwire Coffee, Shoofly Pie, and more!

The 10th Anniversary Seattle Erotic Arts Festival at the Fremont Studios, 16-24 June. Enjoy an immersive experience of world-class visual art, erotic short films, glittering performances, captivating literary art, interactive installations, vibrant after-parties, enlightening lectures and workshops, a wildly popular Festival Store, and so much more!

The 3rd Friday Art Walk in the University District, Friday, 18 June from 6-9pm. The U District Art Walk has nearly doubled in size over the past couple months with new venues popping up every week! Don't miss "On Dark Wings," the art and photos of J. Kovatch at Gargoyles Statuary, or "Life Behind the Lens," a group photography show at BC Surf & Sport!

Come see new work at Artist & Craftsman, Cafe Allegro, Chaco Canyon Cafe, Starbucks, Tully's and more! Don't forget to stop by Boulevard Grocery for a bag of fresh-roasted coffee hand-painted by a local Seattle artist!

With this much going on, you couldn't possibly complain that there's nothing to do in Seattle!

Support your local art scene! Cheers.

~ BCDuncan

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