Thursday, November 1, 2012

NOVEMBER Art Fix: Upcoming Events

If you need your art fix for the month of November (and I know I do!), here are some shows that you won't want to miss. The holidays are fast approaching, so come out and support your local artists and craftsmen. Do you know what always makes for a fantastic and unique holiday gift? Art!

Kate Protage @ Core Gallery
The 1st Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square, Thursday, 1 November from 5-8pm. Don't miss the new body part themed mylar drawing series by Kate Protage at Core Gallery! Also see Baso Fibonacci at Zeitgeist Cafe, "Am I Woman" by Sonya Stockton at Gallery 110, Jeremy Mangan at Linda Hodges Gallery, Hib Saban at Stonington Gallery, "Arrest Me" at Punch, and "Ladies & [NOT] Gentlemen" at Davidson Galleries. Also check out new work at over 50 other studios, galleries, store fronts and art spaces!

Annette Lusher @ Saturn Building
The 1st Friday Art Walk in Fremont, Friday, 2 November from 6-9pm. The Fremont Art Walk welcomes the Saturn Building to their monthly line up, and they're opening with the textural abstract paintings of Annette Lusher.

Kate Protage, "One Step Further"
Paula Martea Fuld, "Check Mark"
Sarah Harvey, "Squid Print"

Here are a few teasers from the Thrive Art School at TPN Gallery Walls! They're featuring eight artists this month in a variety of media. So in case you miss Kate Protage at the Pioneer Square Art Walk, you can see some of her cityscape oils here! Also featured: Angela Scott (oil), Caudled Milk (collage & acrylic), Jim Pirie (oil), Paula Maratea Fuld (acrylic & mixed media), Ruthie V (acrylic & iron), Sarah Harvey (etching), Weston Jandacka (oil).

Also check out tattoo artist Charllie Grrl at Pel'Meni, Berkley Illustration at Portage Bay Goods, the encaustic paintings of Emily Alice Peck at Hub & Bespoke, and much more!

The 1st Saturday Art Walk in Port Townsend! The Red Raven Gallery is hosting Seattle artist Redd Walitzki with a comprehensive feature of her ethereal mixed media oil/watercolour/laser cut works from the past year! Come see "Biophilia" at Red Raven and wander Port Townsend's Victorian downtown for many other art events, live music, and more!

Election Day at SAM! Say 'I voted' at the ticketing desk to receive a $3 discount to see "Elles!" The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) Presents: "Elles - Pompidou Exhibition." This exhibit tells a story of modern and contemporary art solely through the work of women artists. It challenges visitors’ assumptions about art of the past century and explores the complex story of the role women have played throughout the history of 20th and 21st century art. The show runs through 13 January 2013.  

"Ils Disent" at the Cornish Alumni Gallery, Wednesday, 6 November from 5-7.30pm. Curated by Sharon Arnold, and featuring work by ten Cornish graduates. "This is a group exhibition of local artists inspired by Seattle Art Museum exhibition, Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris. I have specifically asked male artists for a thoughtful response to this historic show about women, because as a woman, artist, and curator I am interested in what these artists will bring forward in this conversation. I feel these particular artists share a common thread with the women in Elles, an underlying duality that contradicts the idea of gendered work (and is artistic processes gendered?): the construction of sometimes angular, sometimes soft things; masculine or feminine process or presentation; quiet minimal narrative; or a hard, didactic punch. These men sculpt, hew, perform, build, draw, and write; making work about their heads and about their bodies; sometimes neurotic or sometimes dreamy, or simply about pure composition and form. In the same way that Elles is expressly (necessarily) gendered, and challenges our notions about work in the 20th century, Ils Disent strives not to undermine the historic relevance and importance of Elles, but to include these voices in our response to such an important milestone." - Sharon Arnold

The "Affordable Art Fair" in the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Thursday, 8 November - Sunday, 11 November. (see website for hours of operation) A fun four-day event hosting 50 galleries and a huge array of contemporary art! The concept is simple, yet unique: an inspiring and friendly atmosphere in which you can find thousands of original paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs all under one roof, ranging from $100-$10,000, with more than half priced under $5,000. The work of young, emerging artists hangs alongside some of the biggest household names, while our Emerging Artists Exhibition provides a chance to snap up work by a future art world star. Admission is $12 for adults, free for children under 12.

"Sweet Prohibition" at Sound Spirits, Thursday, 8 November from 5-9pm. It's Pin Up fundraiser featuring Siolo Thompson and Amanda Paredes Swae Photography! Join us for an evening of ladies, liquor and fun! This is an *invite-only* art show and spirits tasting event at Seattle's first distillery since Prohibition! All proceeds from artwork sold will go to support The Better Bombshell, a non-profit community art project that seeks to redefine the modern female role model.

The 2nd Thursday Art Walk in Capitol Hill, Thursday, 8 November from 5-8pm. The Ltd Gallery is featuring "POP! 2" The Art of Pop Culture. Celebrating their 1-year anniversary with a party featuring new work by Carl Faulkner and over 50 other artists! Music by DJ Hojo, cake, party favours, and a food truck on site, raffle drawings and giveaways!

Don't miss the luscious and surreal oils of Javier S. Ortega at the Online Cafe! Also check out the "Holiday Miniature Art Extravaganza" at Ghost Gallery (featuring over 40 artists and 200+ art pieces!), "Nights of Serious Drinking," a collaborative effort by Amanda Manitach and Ryan Molenkamp at Vermillion; "Light Therapy" by Joey Veltkamp and Christopher Buening at True Love Gallery; new work at Bauhaus Coffee, Blindfold Gallery, Boom Noodle, Cupcake Royale, High 5 Pie, Joe Bar, Laughing Buddha, Retrofit Home, and more!

"Transmission" at the Mercury, Thursday, 8 November from 9.30pm til late. You do not have to be a member for this night, and you do not need a member to sign you in. It is open to the public. No dress code. Free for members before 9.30pm. Starts at 9pm and goes til 2am. The performer will go on around 10.30 and again at 11.30, and 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, 8 November from 6-9pm. Don't miss new encaustic, oil, and acrylic works by Cyn Moore at the Twilight Artist Collective! Cyn Moore explores the crux between animal symbolism in traditional fairy tales, and the often uneasy relationship between captive animals and humans which exists in modern times. Also check out new work at The Heartland Cafe, Hotwire Coffee, Shoofly Pie, and more!

The 2nd Friday Art Walk in the Greenwood-Phinney neighbourhood, Friday, 9 November from 6-9pm. Tasty Delectable Collectibles will be hosting "Triumphs and Tragedies," art inspired by Greek mythology. Featuring paintings by Canadian artist David Camisa, as well as Jarrod Eastman, Jo King-Yost, Jody Joldersma, Joe Vollan, Lacey Bryant, Levi Hastings, Megan Majewski, Rob Schwartz, Sheri Debow, and Siolo Thompson. Don't miss it!
"Picture Perfect" at Bherd Studios. Opening reception: 9 November, 6-9pm. Showing through 21 December. Seven artists new to the gallery present paintings, prints and mixed media artwork that prompts us to consider how we interact with the wild and wooly, and how those interactions in turn change and shape us. How do we see the natural world: as fearsome and dark, welcoming and fuzzy, a place where we have a niche or an alien kingdom quite separate from ours? Whether cuddly or cruel, the natural world and its animal denizens are omnipresent in the works of “Picture Perfect”. Smiling and biting both show some teeth, and these seven artists bring their work to a new audience and fresh perspectives to the complex relationship between civilization and the wild. Features work by Lea Barozzi, Savannah Horrocks, Jeff Leake, MJ Lindo, Mary Louise Silva, Rawkson and Joe Vollan.

Check out "Below the Benjamins" at Urban Light Studios, Friday, 9 November from 6-10pm. Featuring over a dozen local artists with all art priced under $100!

Narboo @ Full Circle
Also see new and exciting work at Full Circle, EchoEcho, Naked City Brewery, Gainsbourg, Two Bird Tattoo, Chocolatti, and more!

Josh Keyes, "Carousel"
John Brophy, "Valkyrie"
The 2nd Friday Art Walk in Belltown, Friday, 9 November from 6-9pm. Roq la Rue is hosting "The Circus and the Sea" by Josh Keyes and "New Songs for the Standard Model" by John Brophy. Painter Josh Keyes is internationally famous for his work that blends museum-like diorama imagery with stark contemporary commentary of socio-political and environmental challenges we all face. John Brophy creates highly detailed paintings that blend artifacts from global cultures and belief systems and juxtaposes them with the overarching affects of western consumer culture.

"Fairy Tales & Fables," encore opening at The Wall, Saturday evening, 10 November. This is a ONE-NIGHT-ONLY art party! The Wall is a private residential gallery on Seattle's east side owned and operated by artist Pam Man.

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Ballard, Saturday, 10 November from 6-9pm. Don't miss new work at Annie's Art & Frame, Art & Soul, Blowing Sands Glass Studio, Cupcake Royal, Filthy Rich, Kiss Cafe, Monster Art & Clothing, Nightingale Gallery, Savour, the Sunset Tavern, Venue and more!

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk in the Central District, Saturday, 10 November 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!

Matt Hinshaw @ Nautilus Studio
The 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Georgetown, Saturday 10 November from 6-9pm. Don't miss the final show at The Firm! It's a closing reception for Augie Pagan's show from last month and it is the last time the Firm will have an art show in its present location. Progress and change for next year means new owners in that building and goodbye to the gallery. Come support Augie and his fantastic paintings, and give the Firm a send off to remember! Nautilus Studio is featuring the the phantastic sculptures and mixed media paintings of Matthew Hinshaw. Also see new work at American Pie, Artcore Tattoo, Belle & Whissel, Calamity Jane, Fantagraphics Bookstore, Georgetown Arts & Cultural Centre, Krab Jab Studio, Smarty Pants, Totally Blown Glassworks, Two Tartes Cafe, Wax Expressions, and more!

Gargoyles Statuary's 20th Anniversary Celebration at Fournos (4733 University Way NE), Saturday, 10 November from 8pm-2am! "We want to thank everyone for helping us make it this far! We have the best friends and customers ever and are wanting tos share this momentous event! We will have live music with Isis and the Ghost, Golden Gardens, and DJ Coldheart. No cover charge and pizza will be provided till 9:30! Underage are also welcome until 9pm. 

The 3rd Thursday Art Walk in Edmonds, Thursday, 15 November from 5-8pm. There is a brand new steampunk themed shop in downtown Edmonds! Otherworlds: a store to linger while reading, playing games, trying on hats, testing your silhouette with a cane, and twirling a raygun. Have a cup of tea and a cookie, and journey with us to worlds of vintage horror, victorian steampunk, futuristic science, and magical fantasy. And check out Cheesemongers next door if you have the chance. More than 40 other local businesses also take part in the Edmonds art walk. Check it.

The 3rd Friday Art Walk in the University District, Friday, 16 November from 6-9pm. Come see brand new work at Gargoyles Statuary, Artist & Craftsman, BC Surf & Sport, Cafe Allegro, Chaco Canyon Cafe, Solstice Cafe, Starbucks and more! Don't forget to stop by Boulevard Grocery for a bag of fresh-roasted coffee hand-painted by a local Seattle artist!

RAW: Seattle presents "RAWards: 2012 Indie Arts Awards," Saturday, 17 November from 7pm-midnight at Trinity in Pioneer Square. The event is 21+, $15 in advance or $25 at the door ($1 from each ticket purchase goes to support the Red Cross). RAW is an international arts organisation run by artists, for artists intended to provide independent artists with the tools, resources, and exposure necessary to inspire and cultivate creativity.

Braden Duncan, "Dirigible Crow"
"Masks, Marionettes, and Mechanical Birds" at The Jewel Box Cafe in Northgate. See selections from my (Braden Duncan, your humble narrator's) newest series "Mechanical Aviary" as well as my Rorschach watercolour inkblots inspired by David Mack's "Kabuki" comics. The show is up all month!
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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