Monday, July 1, 2013

JULY Art Fix: Upcoming Events

If you need your art fix for the month of July (and I know I do!), here are some shows that you won't want to miss! Independence Day is coming up, so celebrate with some colourful incendiaries and kick it out to support your local art scene!


John Osgood & Joey Veltkamp @ The BalMar

"Improvisations" @ The BalMar, a show by John Osgood and Joey Veltkamp. The show is up through 7 July

John Brophy, "Forever Yours 2" @ Roq la Rue

 "Otherworld" at Roq la Rue, a unique collection of work by 17 artists including Casey Curran, Martin Wittfooth, John Brophy, Sam Wolfe Connelly and more! The show is up until 27 July!


"Independence Day Community Picnic" on Capitol Hill at Cal Anderson Park, Thursday, 4 July from noon-5pm. Family-friendly celebration with live music, kids activities, root beer garden and more! Free beef hot dogs and Field Roast veggie franks from noon-2pm or until they run out!  And yummy pizza for sale from 2-5pm. 

"Bloom" @ Gallery IMA

The 1st Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square is switching it up this month! So as to not compete with 4th of July celebrations, the Art Walk is migrating this month to Thursday, 11 July from 5-8pm. Roq la Rue is featuring an encore opening of "Otherworld," a unique collection of work by 17 artists! Also see "Sensing Color" at ArtXchange, "Stretchable Moment" at Gallery 110, "Bloom" at Gallery IMA, and new work at 4Culture, Core Gallery, Delicatus, Heart, Foster White Gallery, Inscape Arts, OK Gallery, Linda Hodges Gallery, Nord Alley,  Punch, Shift, SOIL, Trabant 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!

Nicolas Gonzales @ Pel'Meni

The 1st Friday Art Walk in Fremont, Friday, 5 July from 6-9pm. Atlas Clothing has the work of Michael Heck and Erin Fox. Frame Up Studios is featuring one-of-a-kind frames by Amber Rothrock. Fremont Jewelry Design is showing the fantasy paintings of Bonnie Chance. Hub and Bespoke (one of the most unique bicycle shops in Seattle) has photography on brushed aluminum by Shelley Engels. Makerhaus is is featuring "Design is in the Details". Pel'Meni Dumpling Tzar is featuring the comic inspired drawings of Nicolas Gonzales. (Mention the phrase 'make art, not war', and they'll give you $1 a dumpling!) Portgage Bay Goods has the illustrations of Jill Labieniec. Saturn is featuring four artists this month: Bill Matthews, Lenard Yen, Noel Poage, and Sean McFadyen; and Space has Brendan McGarry Molly Donovan, and the NW Art Connection this month. 

The 1st Friday Art Walk in Bainbridge Island, Friday, 5 July 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!

The 1st Saturday Art Walk in Port Townsend, Saturday, 6 July from 5.30-8.30pm. Red Raven Gallery is premiering it's brand new underground location! Come see the "Grand Re-Opening" featuring art by Amy Minchew, Lea Barozzi, Laurie McClave, Jackie Chisisk, Braden Duncan, Redd Walitzki, Jel Ena, Jason Squire, and more! 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, Simon Mace 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 delicious brainchild of local food afficionados Dominic Svornich and Stephanie Hoch).

"The Sunset Red XIII" in Ballard at the Sunset Tavern, Saturday, 6 July from 9pm-late. Featuring brand new work from Casey Brookbush!

The 2nd Wednesday Art Walk in Wallingford, Wednesday, 10 July from 6-9pm. Check out new work at the Assistance League Thrift Shop, Blue Star Cafe, Cafe Appasionato, Chocolati, Cutz Meridian, Fuel Coffee, Kerf Gallery, Lucky 7 Salon, Seamonster Lounge, Seattle Mosaic Arts and more!

The 2nd Thursday Art Walk in Capitol Hill, Thursday, 11 July from 5-9pm. Apocalypse Tattoo is hosting their "2nd Annual Bear Coaster Show", a fundraiser for Precious Life Animal Sanctuary in Sequim! Featuring coasters priced at $25 each from over 75 local artists! Cafe PettiRosso is featuring "Alary Type" an exhibit of wing-inspired art with work from Braden Duncan (me), Elizabeth Sheets, Inga Scheibel, and Kat Houseman! Don't miss a group show featuring Samuel araya, Mark Walker, Keegan O'Rourke, and Ian Douglass Ferger at Cloud Gallery in Frame Central; "The Royal Treatment" at Cupcake Royale; "Beyond the Homestead: International Assemblages and Regional Photography" at Ghost Gallery; "Color Bomb" at True Love Gallery; and new work at Blindfold Gallery, Boom Noodle, High 5 Pie, Joe Bar, Laughing Buddha, Online Cafe, Retrofit Home, and more!

"Specimens" @ CPH Art Group

"Specimens" by the CPH Art Group on Capitol Hill, Friday, 11 July from 5-8pm! From Egyptian beetle mythology to the delicate intricacy of wings, insects showcase the minute beauties in this world-- and the place of our own fleeting lives in it. Featuring work by local artists: Hillary Brown, Jenn Cavanaugh, Heidi Estey, Trisha Gilmore, Joanna Moss, Carrie Redway, Sarah Stawniczy and Cathy Stevens.

"Transmission" at the Mercury, Thursday, 11 July from 9.30pm til late. Featuring sounds from Jetman Jet Team, bellydance by Dahlia Ste Cyr, and the art of Megan Bishop. 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, $5 for non-members. 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.

Stasia Burrington @ Twilight Artist Collective

The 2nd Thursday Art Walk in West Seattle, Thursday, 11 July from 6-9pm. Check out "Bitter, Sweet, and Slightly Dirty" at the Twilight Artist Collective featuring the visual love poems of Stasia Burrington. Also see new work at The Heartland Cafe, Hotwire Coffee, Shoofly Pie, Windermere, and more!

John Osgood @ Bherd Studios

The 2nd Friday Art Walk in the Greenwood-Phinney neighbourhood, Friday, 12 July from 6-9pm. Bherd Studios presents "WIP," in-process works by John Osgood, Bherd operator/curator. "Canvases in progress will be hung from the walls throughout July as Osgood goes from start to finish as the month progresses. During the art opening the artist is encouraging audience participation by suggestions of color, composition and subject matter." (from

Tasty is featuring an encore opening of "Hot Rods & Honey's" with classic car and pin-up inspired art by a dozen artists! Also check out the encore of "The Little Lebowski Urban Achievers" show at Urban Light Studios, "Sketch" at EchoEcho, in addition to new and exciting work at Chocolatti, Full Circle, Gainsbourg, Home Suite Home, Naked City Brewery, Two Bird Tattoo and more! 
Christian Bazant-Hegemark @ Form/Space Atelier

The 2nd Friday Art Walk in Belltown, Friday, 12 July from 6-9pm. Form/Space Atelier is featuring "Prism", an exhibition of paintings completed during the Wolfram Residency by visiting Austrian artist Christian Bazant-Hegemark. Also check out brand new work at Art/Not Terminal Gallery.

"Wedgewood Art Festival"

"8th Annual Wedgewood Art Festival" at Hunter Farms Tree Lot in North Seattle, Saturday 13 July & Sunday 14 July from 10am-5pm. Featuring local art, music, puppets, food, and fun! Featured art includes painting, drawing, jewellery, ceramics, fibre arts, photography, glass, metal, and woodwork from over 50 local artists and artisans!

"Ballard Seafood Fest," in Ballard, Saturday 13 July & Sunday 14 July! Enjoyed by thousands of folks across the Puget Sound area and beyond, this free event celebrates Ballard and its heritage, as well as the unique community mix. First and foremost, the festival is all about fun: great music, local brews, kids activities and quality arts and crafts. And don’t forget pounds and pounds of delicious seafood! Stop by and see jewellery and miniature wire animal sculptures by artist vendor Corey Skillman in front of Dakota Art Store!

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Ballard, Saturday, 13 July from 6-9pm. Don't miss new work at Annie's Art &Frame, Art & Soul, The BalMar, 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, Saturday, 13 July from 6-9pm. Check out 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 Attack in Georgetown, Saturday 13 July from 6-9pm. Krab Jab Studios is featuring "Masters of Sculpture" with local, national and internationally known and loved sculptors of the surreal and fantasy world! Including Gabe Marquez, Katrina Wolfe, Matthew Hinshaw, Nathan Cartwright, Patricia Hedegaard, Tim Bruckner, Virginie Ropars, Wendy Froud, and Yvette Endrijautzki! Also check out new work at American Pie, 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!

Shaun Kardinal, "Inertia #6" @ LxWxH

"Inertia," hosted by LxWxH Gallery, also part of the Georgetown Art Attack, features a solo show by Shaun Kardinal, a Seattle-based artist and designer whose work focuses on pattern, repetition, and symmetry. His beautifully layered collages follow a quiet meditative theme, reminiscent of mandalas with the crisp edge of a laser. In this solo exhibition, Kardinal continues to push his aesthetics to new places, experimenting with site-specific installation and larger more elaborately embroidered collage. (from

"Starving Artists on Parade" at the Noc Noc, Monday, 15 July from 9pm-midnight. From Edward Scissorhands to Frankenweenie, come celebrate one of our favorite film makers in this night of delights! Featuring burlesque, bellydance, live music, and some extra extraordinary acts all inspired by the Bone-Daddy of gothic culture, Tim Burton! Hosted by the gothic beauty Morgue Anne, join us on this journey through Halloweentown straight into the Underworld on the back of a Giant Peach as we pay tribute to the man who taught us never to say Beetlejuice too many times! Costume Contest! Come dressed as your favorite Burton character for a chance to win a Tim Burton gift basket! $5 cover, 21+ event. "Starving Artists on Parade" events happen every 3rd Monday at the Noc Noc in Downtown Seattle.

Paul Laffoley @ Henry Art Gallery

"Mysticism as Information Design" at the Henry Art Gallery, Wednesday 17 July from noon-noon30. Drawing from sources in alchemy, Theosophy and contemporary art, Joe Milutis, Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Bothell will guide visitors through "Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque." He will situate Laffoley’s work in the context of the long tradition of the mystic diagram, a visual trope that may tell us as much, if not more, about the history of design than the imponderabilia it attempts to grasp.

"CoCA Collision" @ CoCA

"CoCA Collision: Past, Present & Future" at CoCA, Thursday, 18 July from 5-9pm. It's a massive explosion of contemporary art presenting the artwork of over 150 artists from across the country, and Switzerland. Curated by: Past — Shawn Ferris, CoCA Board President 2000-2002. Present — Joseph Roberts, CoCA Curator 2007-current. Future — Chris Crites, CoCA Member Liaison 2013 & beyond...

"My Favourite Things: Highly Opinionated Public Tours" features Paul Kuniholm Pauper this week at SAM, Thursday, 18 July from 6-7pm. A Seattle-based fiber artist, Pauper will model his own wearable art designs following a fashion critique on the wearable artworks of Issey Miyake and Atsuko Tanaka. Free with museum admission.

The 3rd Thursday Art Walk in Edmonds, Thursday, 18 July from 5-8pm. It's Otherworlds is hosting the encore celebration of "Steampunk Anniversaire," curated by Braden Duncan (me), and featuring the work of Corey Urlacher, Gabino Mabalay, Hanna Myers, Larkin Cypher, and Redd Walitzki! 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!

"Saturday Morning" at Ltd Gallery. Opening reception is Friday, 19 July from 7-11pm. Featuring 50 artists who reflect on a time when all they needed was a bowl of cereal, their pyjamas, and the TV. The show runs through 24 August.

Braden Duncan, "Maleficent's Familiar" @ Gargoyles
The 3rd Friday Art Walk in the University District, Friday, 19 July from 6-9pm. Check out "Goddesses Creating Goddesses" at Gargoyles Statuary, featuring imagery of the divine feminine in her light to dark aspects with work by Braden Duncan (me), Dominique Cilento, Gabriela Sugier, Heidi Estey, Lis Wright Ivec, Rebecca Tracy, Ronny Beeman, and Valerie Herron! Also see new work at BC Surf & Sport, Cafe Allegro, Cafe Solstice, 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!

"Capitol Hill Block Party (Launch Party)" at Chihuly Garden & Glass, Tuesday, 23 July from 7-10pm. All proceeds from drink sales will go directly to the 12th Ave Arts Program. In addition, CHBP has agreed to match all donations up to 5K, through drink sales, and online CHBP ticket donations. This event is invite only. If you are interested in attending, email and we will let you know if there is any available space.

"Capitol Hill Block Party" on Capitol Hill, Friday-Sunday, 26-28 July. Presented by Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP), Ghost Gallery, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Chihuly Studios, and The Space Needle, the "All-Brow Visual Arts Programme" showcases a talented group of locally and internationally recognized artists. With a collaboration between three local muralists, the North wall of the Neumos building will be transformed into a collage of large format murals that will remain long after the 2013 festival comes to a close.  Additionally, the art program will feature a series of video projected murals to run throughout the duration of the weekend in the Havana parking lot, large scale street chalk art by Urban Artworks and goCstudio, and several vinyl and scrim banner installations.Includes work from Allyce Wood, Amanda Manitach, Benjamin Van Citters, Cait Willis, Crystal Barbre, DK Pan, Joe Vollan, John Gentry, Kathleen Warren, Kristien Ziska, Mark Tweed, Michael Alm, Natalia, Czajkiewicz, Ouchey, and Patrick Richardson Wright.


The SAM is featuring "Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion." The exhibition opens 27 June and runs through 8 September. The tremendous innovation of Japanese fashion designers who have revolutionized the way we think of fashion today will be shown for the first time in Seattle at SAM. The leading Japanese designers who initially gained recognition in the West were Kenzo Takada and Issey Miyake in the 1970s, but it is in the 1980s that Japanese designers emerged with an entirely new aesthetic. In the summer of 1983, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto launched a stark new aesthetic at the Paris runway shows. Based on monochrome black and white, they presented asymmetric and at times artfully perforated designs, which loosely skimmed the female silhouette. Recognized as a radical counterproposal to Western notions of the fitted gown, their designs gained instant notoriety. This was the beginning of what is now three decades of innovative design that has in turn influenced and reshaped our Western aesthetics of dress. Curated by Akiko Fukai, director of the Kyoto Costume Institute, the exhibition showcases the early emphasis on light and shadow, and the increasingly diverse ultramodern designs that range from the deconstruction and reinvention of Western couture models to wildly revolutionary designs that draw from contemporary street fashion. (from

The Henry Art Gallery is currently hosting "Down Time", an 8-week video presentation exploring 'free-choice learning' and the pursuit of entertainment in our 'down time'. The show runs through 25 August. Also see "Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque," 'Laffoley’s work uniquely combines imagery, colors, diagrams, symbols, and texts to create densely layered paintings that take anywhere from one to three years to paint and code. His earliest works referenced eastern mandalas in form and also borrow from that model of contemplation and spiritual examination. His sustained and intense focus on both image and content has given way to a unique and complex body of work that combines theory and encrypted knowledge with visionary representation.' The show runs through 15 September. (from And, last but not least, "The Ghost of Architecture: Recent and Promised Gifts," focuses on contemporary works that invoke architecture without citing it directly.
The Frye Art Museum presents "BUSTER SIMPSON // SURVEYOR", the first retrospective survey of work by Seattle artist Buster Simpson, a pioneer in the field of urban environmentalism and art in public spaces. The show opens 15 June and runs through 13 October. 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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