Sunday, March 31, 2013

APRIL Art Fix: Upcoming Events

If you need your art fix for the month of April (and I know I do!), here are some shows that you won't want to miss. April showers remain elusive *fingers crossed,* so go out, kick it to some shows, and enjoy the local art and happy spring weather!


If you dig visual art and musical spectaculars, go see "Les Mamelles de Tiresias" at Vespertine Opera Theater. There are two performances, Tuesday, 2 and Thursday, 4 April, both at 8:00pm. The US Premier of Benjamin Britten's English, 2-piano adaptation of Poulenc's first opera, performed in Vaudeville/Cabaret style in the Columbia City Theater. David McDade, head coach and accompanist at Seattle Opera, and Dean Williamson, nationally renowned conductor, are featured as Music Directors and pianists of a historic new edition of this piece edited and reconstructed by internationally renowned Doctorate Musicologist, coloratura soprano, and Seattle Opera Young Artist Program alumna Emily Hindrichs. Featuring Tess Altiveros, José Rubio, Danny Oakden, and local opera singer Roxanna Walitzki. All are invited to come early and partake liberally of the in-theater bar. It will be an operatic experience unlike any other. 

"Telephone" at Bherd Studios closes this week! This is, quite frankly, one of the coolest and most inspiring shows I have seen in Seattle in the past year. Imagine playing the children's game 'Telephone' except with art! Featuring six 'conversations' and 22 artists, this show is a must-see if you weren't able to make it to the last month's art walk in Greenwood. The studio is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 3-5 April until 6pm.


The 1st Wednesday Art Walk in Wallingford doesn't officially start until May, but if you find yourself in the neighbourhood on Wednesday, 4 April, stop into Trophy Cupcakes between 4.30 and 7.30pm for the "Gold Sparkle Photobooth Party!" Trophy is partnering with Usnaps to create a book of photo booth pictures! If you and your friends can strike some party perfect poses, you just may appear on the pages of our book (coming out in September from Sasquatch Books)! Bonus: free mini Trophy Cupcakes and image downloads from Usnaps (the best photobooth in town) for all who pose for the camera! Free! RSVP on the Facebook event page and invite your friends! 18+. Specifically looking for couples, groups of girlfriends (and guy friends). Stylish fun party clothes a plus. Party clothes with sparkle? Even better!

"Connect the Dots" @ Gallery IMA

The 1st Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square, Thursday, 4 April from 5-8pm. The Belfry is celebrating its 1-year anniversary with art by Liberty Tattoo! Gallery 110 is featuring "Fear, Hope, Longing: Paintings of the Pacific Northwest" by David Haughton in the main gallery and Pascale Lord's "A Table" in the small gallery. Check out "Connect the Dots" at Gallery IMA, featuring Eric Olson and Rebecca Shortle. OK Gallery has the work of Taylor Renno. SOIL presents "13 Hats," a collective of 11 visual artists and writers. Also see new work at 4Culture, ArtXchange, Core Gallery, Delicatus, Heart, Foster White Gallery, Inscape Arts, Linda Hodges Gallery, Nord Alley,  Punch, ShiftTrabant Coffee, Zeitgeist Coffee, and more! Pioneer Square is the oldest art walk in the United States, and features over 50 galleries, studios, and other art spaces!

"Art & the Environment Panel: Sow, Harvest, and Eat: Seattle Grows Sustainable Agriculture" at the Olympic Sculpture Park, Thursday, 4 April from 7-10.30pm. Join us for the next panel discussion in the Art & the Environment series at SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park, presented in close collaboration with the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Tilth. Seattle has earned a reputation for a burgeoning horticultural scene, thriving farmers markets, and excellent local food. This conversation brings together figures working across the landscape of agriculture and food in and around Seattle. They will discuss how their work fosters community, advances environmental justice, helps local residents forge connections to our regional environment and history, and uses art and design to create ties between people and food. Collectively, their work is yielding a city that supports both ecological and community sustainability. The event is FREE, but tickets are required. Claim yours here.

"Spring Open House" at the Henry Art Gallery, Friday, 5 April from 7-10pm. View our current exhibitions and take a tour! Participate in a reading of Robert Creely’s Numbers Suite with Nadine Maestas. CV Dazzle Camouflage Makeovers by Bronwyn Lewis. Check out the Psychic Nail Parlor with Izzie Klingels. Live orchestral performance of Pablo Helgera’s “Endingness”. Music and Visuals in the loading doc by I WANT YOU ART AND DESIGN. Enjoy complimentary beer courtesy of Pyramid Breweries and babycakes courtesy of Cupcake Royale.

"Icons & Influences" at the Ltd Gallery, opening reception Friday, 5 April from 7-11pm, featuring brand new art from Justin Hillgrove and Mike Capp! The show runs through 28 April, and will also be open during the 2nd Thursday Capitol Hill Artwalk on 11 April.

The 1st Friday Art Walk in Fremont, Friday, 5 April from 6-9pm. Bellefleur Lingerie is showing the boudoir photography of Linda Kahle. Frame Up Studios is featuring the black and white photography of Timothy Barney. GiGi Retro Inspired Clothing has Victorian-style jewellery by Leslie-Anne of Barones Lovey de Luxe. HomeStreet Bank is featuring dollar bill inspired art by Sean Hamilton. Makerhaus is hosting a Pop Up Shop fundraiser for Urban ArtWorks, a local non-profit organization that aims to empower young people through professional opportunities in the arts. Pel'Meni Dumpling Tzar has a double feature of Lindsey Anzures and Melissa Croseto. Portage Bay Goods has Cellar Door Mercantile. Saturn is featuring four artists this month: Amy McCaleb, Heidi Randall, Hillary McMullen, and Jaclyn Miller; and Space has Angie Hihn, Bill Matthews, and Joya Marsh this month.

The 1st Friday Art Walk in Bainbridge Island, Friday, 5 April from 6-8pm. See new and exciting work at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, Blackbird Bakery, the BPA, Danger, Fork & Spoon, Ginger, Harbour Public House, Island Gallery, Pegasus Coffee, PrettyStick, Roby King Gallery, and more!

"Cherry Blossoms," the first free Saturday at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, Saturday, 6 April from 11am-2pm. Tour SAAM's renowned Japanese art collection and create your own watercolor painting inspired by artworks that celebrate cherry blossom season!

Julie Luke @ Red Raven Gallery

The 1st Saturday Art Walk in Port Townsend, Saturday, 6 April from 5.30-8pm. Come see "The Re-Calibration of Light and Dark" featuring artists from all over the US including Julie Luke, Jel Ena, and local artists Patricia Ariel and Amy Weber at Red Raven Gallery. The Simon Mace Gallery is hosting "Edge, Gage & More," artists who were recipients of the 2012 Artist Trust grant: Barbara Noonan, Chandler Woodfin, Elizabeth Copland,Flynn Bickley, Julie Devine, Jody Joldersma, Tamara Stephas and Terrell Lozada. Take a walk down Water Street and check out new work at Earthenworks Gallery, Forest Gems Gallery, Gallery 9, Northwind Arts Alliance, Port Townsend Gallery, Williams Gallery, and more! If you get hungry along the way, stop into Elevated Ice Cream, Nifty Fifty's Diner, Water Street Creperie, or Cellar Door (the newly opened brainchild of local food fiends Dominic Svornich and Stephanie Hoch).

"Strange Coupling" at Blindfold Gallery, Tuesday, 6 April from 6-9pm. Blindfold is hosting the 10th anniversary showing of "Strange Coupling," a show of work made by students from the UW School of art in collaboration with local Seattle artists. Artist pairings: Frank Correa and Stephanie Klausing, Shaw Osha and Chao Wang, Joel Ong and Tina Aufiero, Tivon Rice and Hesheng Chen, George Rodriguez and Marisa Bautista, Serrah Russell and Alexandria Kewitt, Jenny Heishman and Eric Seremek, Luke Haynes and Caylin Cordray, Jacob Foran and Monica Pauls, Susanna Bluhm and Max Cleary, Karn Junkinsmith and Brit Ruggirello

The 2nd Thursday Art Walk in Capitol Hill, Thursday, 11 April from 5-9pm. Check out "EIDOLONS," a new collection of 3D mixed media work by Zoe Williams at Ghost Gallery! Don't miss new work at Apocalypse Tattoo, Blindfold Gallery, Boom Noodle, Cupcake Royale, High 5 Pie, Frame Central, Joe Bar, Laughing Buddha, Online Cafe, Retrofit Home, True Love Gallery, and more!

"Transmission" at the Mercury, Thursday, 11 April 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, 11 April from 6-9pm. The Twilight Gallery & Boutique is featuring "Sporozoan Lore" by RobRoy Chalmers. Also check out new work at the The Heartland Cafe, Hotwire Coffee, Shoofly Pie, Windermere, and more!

The 2nd Friday Art Walk in the Greenwood-Phinney neighbourhood, Friday, 12 April from 6-9pm. Bherd Studios presents "Squid Inc." Giant Squid Supply was one of the great companies to arise from the American Industrial Revolution, establishing itself in Ballard, WA in 1839. A squid-producing, transporting, refining and marketing company, their products fed kings, presidents, and the common man. Their miracle cure—Squid Ink—battled ailments from halitosis to boot rot, and could be found across the nation and the world (especially popular in print shops behind the Iron Curtain). A powerful monopoly on the cephalopod trade, the company was broken up by the Supreme Court in 1987, and its history is shrouded in mystery. But the curtain has begun to lift! The collection of artifacts on display at Bherd Gallery was unearthed as recently as 1993, and has been painstakingly restored to the current condition. Four local artisans—Duffy, Justin Kane Elder & Stefan Hoffman of Electric Coffin, and Kellie Talbot—worked with the region’s top scientists, sociologists and philosophers for two decades to piece together facts amidst the mythology behind Giant Squid Supply. Transforming the Bherd Gallery into a cabinet of curiosities from the rise and fall of Squid Inc., these artist-scholars present vintage advertising and artifacts, shedding light on the history of this company that once held the world in their tentacles. Learn the forgotten history of this once-proud company, and find out why Great Grandpop always smelled of brine when he brushed his teeth. (from

Don't miss "Cabaret of the Absurd" at Tasty, opening reception Friday, 12 April from 6-10pm! A unique art exhibition that will surely dazzle the senses with an exciting array of artistic talents from two milliners: Tuzzie Muzzie and Willow Headresses plus artworks from Alea, Ariel, Aubrey, David, Dienzo, Javier, Lacey, Laurie, Lea, Megan, Megz, Natalie, Nina, Stasia, TV Tommy, and Whitney. (from

EchoEcho is hosting a "Star Wars Tribute Art Show" featuring 18 local artists! Don't miss "Spring 13" at Naked City Brewery, a birthday celebration and art show by Casey Brookbush! There's also new and exciting work at Chocolatti, Full Circle, Gainsbourg, Two Bird Tattoo and Urban Light Studios!

"Guerrilla Girls" @ Form/Space Atelier
The 2nd Friday Art Walk in Belltown, Friday, 12 April from 6-9pm. Form/Space Atelier is featuring "The Posers: Gorilla Girls on Tour," an exhibit of feminist-themed posters with vernissage to coincide with International Women's Day March 8. 'In 1985, a group of women artists founded the Guerrilla Girls. They assumed the names of dead women artists and wore gorilla masks in public, concealing their identities and focusing on the issues rather than their personalities. Between 1985 and 2000, close to 100 women, working collectively and anonymously, produced posters, billboards, public actions, books and other projects to make feminism funny and fashionable. At the turn of the millennium, three separate and independent incorporated groups formed to bring fake fur and feminism to new frontiers.' (from 

Also check out "Monsters on Their Day Off," the art of Travis Louie at Roq la Rue, from 6-9pm. This is Roq la Rue's last show in their Belltown location! Next month they're moving to Pioneer Square, so stay tuned for updates! Also, brand new work at Art/Not Terminal Gallery.

"Pancakes & Booze" at El Corazon, Saturday, 13 April from 8pm-2am. Come see the show that's been sweeping the nation! Now with shows in Los Angeles, Austin, Portland, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Dallas, Nashville, Phoenix, Denver, San Francisco, Chicago, and now SEATTLE!!! Live body painting! Live music! Live art battle! All-U-Can-Eat Pancake Bar with all of your favorite toppings! Only $5 at the door, 21+ event!

Redd Walitzki @ The Balmar
The 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Ballard, Saturday, 13 April from 6-9pm. Come see Redd Walitzki's solo show at The BalMar for a selection of her exquisite ethereal mixed media work from the past year! Don't miss new work at Annie's Art &Frame, Art & Soul, Blowing Sands Glass Studio, Cupcake Royal, Filthy Rich, Habitude, Kiss Cafe, Monster Art & Clothing, Nightingale Gallery, Savour, the Sunset Tavern, Venue, and more!

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk in the Central District returns in May! Stay tuned for new happenings at the Neptune Gallery Sculpture Garden, Atelier Autumnthing, Hi-Spot Cafe, Pratt Fine Art Centre, Twilight Exit and more!

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Georgetown, Saturday 13 April from 6-9pm. "Mechanical Aviary" by me (Braden Duncan) has multiplied and is making an encore appearance at American Pie this month! Krab Jab Studios is featuring a retrospective of sci-fi/fantasy artist RK Post 20 years in the making. LxWxH Gallery is hosting "Pieces of a Whole" by Sean M Johnson. Also check out new work at Artcore Tattoo, Belle & Whissel, Fantagraphics Bookstore, Georgetown Arts & Cultural Centre, Nautilus Studios, The Roving Gallery, Smarty Pants, Totally Blown Glassworks, Two Tartes Cafe, Wax Expressions, and more!

"Myths, Fables & Legends" at the Piranha Shop, Friday, 19 April from 6pm-midnight30. The Hive Gallery and Studios from Los Angeles collaborates with the Seattle alternative art scene to bring you a show featuring over 80 artists, live music by Battlecat Mars, and circus performances by the Wreckless Freaks! $5 cover, artists get in free!

The 3rd Friday Art Walk in the University District, Friday, 19 April from 6-9pm. KEXP presents: "Hood to Hood in the U District!" Music and DJ's all over the U District in addition to all of your favourite local art venues! Check out new work at BC Surf & Sport, Cafe Allegro, Cafe Solstice, Gargoyles Statuary, Lucid Gallery, Starbucks, Trabant Coffee & Chai 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: Marvel" at the Aston Manor Social Club. Saturday, 20 April from 7-11pm. Seattle socialite and heir to the Puget Sound's most notorious bootlegging family, Roy Aston developed his father's already profitable business into a veritable empire. RAW Seattle is excited to announce that Aston Manor will now be hosting our monthly shows! As the hottest speakeasy in town, RAW will be showcasing in a venue that is not like anything you've seen before.

 Aston Manor is the place where the liquor runs pure and the entertainment is decidedly not. Featuring 8 local artists, 3 fashion designers, hair & make-up artists, music, and a performance act! 21+ CASH BAR ONLY! $10 in advance, $20 at the door, $15 with college ID.

Brian Hatfield @ Otherworlds

The 3rd Thursday Art Walk in Edmonds, Thursday, 21 March from 5-8pm. Come see the anime-inspired robot paintings of Brian Hatfield at Otherworlds. In addition to the art walk, Otherworlds regularly hosts fun and exciting steampunk/gamer/geek/sci-fi/fantasy/gothic/horror-themed events! Cheesemongers is right next door if you find yourself in need of something delicious, and you can check out new work at ARTspot, Arts Now, C'est La Vie, The Papery, Red Petal Cakes, Stunningly Strange Gallery, and more than 30 other Edmonds art spaces!

"Artist Trust Arts Innovators" at SAM, Friday, 26 April from 7-8pm. Seattle Art Museum and Artist Trust are thrilled to present 2012 Arts Innovator Award recipients Mandy Greer and Dayna Hanson in a multi-disciplinary performance piece that combines the work of pioneering choreographer, filmmaker and multi-disciplinary artist Hanson with that of artist Greer, whose groundbreaking work spans a spectrum of disciplines and consistently defies categorization. Working together for the first time, these two truly innovative artists will blend their unique works into a visually dazzling performance with special guests, Artist Trust grant recipients Peggy Piacenza and Wade Madsen. 30-minute Q&A to follow. Free! $10-$50 suggested donation greatly appreciated! Please donate here. Proceeds support Artist Trust programmes and services.

"Japanese Ghost Stories" at Otherworlds, Saturday 29 April from 6-8pm. Come for tea, traditional treats, ghost stories, and instruction in calligraphy! Stories by Seattle Storyteller's Guild storyteller Nancy Calos-Nakano. ***This event is not directed toward, or intended for children or the faint of heart!*** $15 cover.


The SAM is featuring "Characters of Kenwood House", masterpieces by Gainsborough, Hals, Rembrandt, Reynolds, Romney, Turner, Van Dyck, and more! The show runs through 19 May.

The Henry Art Gallery is currently hosting two shows: "Now Here is Also Nowhere Part II," a series of works that pose questions about mind, body, and soul (through 5 May);  and "The Dowsing," textile objects by Anna Telcs (through 5 May). 

The Frye Art Museum is showcasing two different exhibits this month. "Chamber Music" is a 36-artist response to the poetry of James Joyce. Curated by Scott Lawrimore, it features the work of Bonnie Biggs, Greg Lundgren, Jaq Chartier, Joey Veltkamp, Julie Alexander, Robert Campbell, Serrah Russell, Sharon Arnold, and more! Show runs through 5 May. Also featured are over 50 paintings and drawings by Nicolai Fechin, a Russian-American expressionist painter prolific at the turn of the 20th Century. Show runs through 19 May. The Frye also hosts an art lecture series every Thursday night.

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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