Sunday, September 1, 2013

SEPTEMBER Art Fix: Upcoming Events

If you need your art fix for the month of September (and I know I do!), here are some shows that you won't want to miss! September is national 'Square Dance' month, and if that doesn't make you want to break out your dancin' shoes, try a 4-day Labour Day weekend, Read a Book Day (6th), Chocolate Milkshake Day (12th), National Play Doh Day (16th), International Talk Like  Pirate Day (19th), and Oktoberfest (begins the 21st)! Summer is drawing to a close, but the weather is still (mostly) holding, so get out and get your art on!


"PAX Prime" at The WA State Convention Center, Friday-Monday, 30 August-2 September. In 2004, the folks at Penny Arcade decided they wanted a show exclusively for gaming. Sure, comics, anime, and other nerd hobbies were cool, and those activities all had their own shows… so what about games? From that idea spawned a small 4,500 person event in Bellevue, Washington, focused on the culture and community that is gaming. Since then, the show hasn’t looked back. Doubling in size each year until venue capacities were reached, in 2010 the show expanded into Boston for PAX East, drawing tens of thousands of attendees in the inaugural year. The shows in Seattle and Boston represent the two largest gaming events in North America! (from PAX features brand new games for consoles and computers as well as exhibits, panels, board games, live music, and more! Tickets are completely SOLD OUT for 2013, so get them early next year if you can! 

"Enigma Machine" @ Bumbershoot

"Bumbershoot" @ The Seattle Center, Friday-Monday, 30 August-2 September. It's definitely about the music, but don't forget to check out the visual art as well! This year, Bumbershoot has: 
"Detritus We Value" - kinetic sculptures by Jonathan Schipper. 
"Enigma Engine," nine artists address human-machine interactions, curated by Shelly Leavens of Gage Academy and Jana Brevick
"Fashiony" - emerging trends in African and Asian style, curated by Erika Dalya Massaquoi
"Found and Unbound" - ten artists explore the relationship of mass-produced objects to the natural world, curated by Shane Montgomery
And more!

The SAM is featuring "Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion." The exhibition 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


"W3AVE Launch Party" at AXIS Pioneer Square, Thursday, 5 September from 6-9.30pm.
Night 1 of a 2-part art event kicks off with live painting for the Launch Party for WEAVE: Seattle urban and new contemporary art fest! The reception and exhibition for the finished collaborative pieces will take place on Friday, 13 September from 6-9:30pm at Bherd Studios in Greenwood. Both events are free and open to the public.
     The artist line-up includes nine teams of three: Ego, Megon Shore & Amy Huddleston; Aaron Jasinski, Augie Pagan & Redd Walitzki; Chris Sheridan, Kathy Liao & Carl Faulkner; Solace, Joe Vollan & Weirdo; Levi Hastings, dear earthling & Cash; Carlos Aguilar, KSera & 179; Siolo Thompson, Braden Duncan & Vedada Sirovica; Zach Bohnenkamp, Sensei23 & John Osgood; and the Collagemonauts: Marty Gordon, Craig van den Bosch and Tim Manthey. Each artist will show up to the live event with a canvas that they have already started to work on. During the live event, they will swap their canvas with each of their team members and contribute to their canvases while the audience watches. By the end of the live event, each team will have three completed collaborative pieces for the exhibition on September 13th.
     Plus exhibiting in the AXIS Gallery are Seattle artists: Greg Boudreau, Troy Gua, Daniel Voelker & John Osgood. 

Judith Kindler, "Evidence" at Hall/Spassov Gallery in Bellevue. Opening reception: Thursday, 5 September from 5-8pm. Join us as we present Evidence, the recent offerings from perhaps the most well collected female artist in the Northwest. Kindler’s paintings include objects and iconography of days past and introduces them as evidence of their existence. To suggest an item exists while holding it in view would seem redundant and to this end the artist eludes less to the actual objects, but rather uses them to substantiate our feelings and emotions as we consider our own pasts. The artist’s efforts in this case are proof of the durability of a thought or feeling surrounding an object as much as the durability of the object itself. In so many ways this extraordinary body of work is evidence of our fortitude; evidence of our humanity. (from

Lynn Schirmer @ Angle Gallery

"The Baxter Collection" @ Roq la Rue
Maria Walker, "Blue Bird" @ SOIL

The 1st Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square, Thursday, 5 September from 5-8pm. Selected shows:
Angle Gallery - Lynn Schirmer, "Alternate Dualities." Lynn Schirmer presents a new series of paired, tiny drawings on white and black paper. The works on white paper were created spontaneously in public spaces, while those on black paper were drawn some time later in direct response to the former. Each pairing provides a psychological snapshot of a state of being together with a symbolic, and/or narrative representation of its likely source. Schirmer will also present a selection of new large scale work on black paper.
Art Xchange - Ullie do Oso & William Song, "Harmonics" 
AXIS Pioneer Square - "W3EAVE," Live Art Collaboration, based on the idea of the Three Man Weave in basketball. Much as the basketball is touched by all 3 players, the finished pieces have all been worked on by all 3 artists on each team.
Foster/White Gallery - Will Robinson, "Collaborations of Man & Nature"
Gallery 110 - Aaron Brady, "City Transformations" (drawing) and Ryan Doran, "Urban Osteology" (mixed media graffiti)
Greg Kucera Gallery - Lynne Woods Turner, "Paintings". Artist talk: Saturday, 7 September @ noon 
SAM - "Future Beauty" is FREE for Art Walk!
Shift - In the Gallery: "Palimpsets I" featuring 17 artists exhibiting layers of textural mark-making, process, and materiality; in the Studio: "Electrocuting Babel" by Tom Heibert 
SOIL - "The Edge and a Little Beyond," featuring the art of Jamie Powell, Julie Torres, Lorri Ott, Maria Walker, Susan Scott, and Valerie Brennan. Curated by Julie Alexander, this show brings together six abstract artists whose work pushes out the edge of the painting, playing with the basic structure of wood supports and stretched canvas. Also, "Heady" by Nola Avienne, a mixed media installation with a mind of its own.
Roq la Rue - "The Baxter Collection: Gems from a Decade of Collecting." A prominent collector couple in the Pop Surrealism/New Contemporary scene are selling a part of their collection to facilitate an overseas move. We were struck by the beauty and quality of the work chosen to be culled and decided rather than have the collector sell the works haphazardly on the secondary market (which has become flooded with over-ambitiously priced works) we would instead present them publicly in the respectful setting they command, and also give the general public a chance to enjoy getting a look at these show stopping works as well. The festive opening reception will feature music by DJ Vodka Twist as well as a special performance of German art songs by the gorgeous and talented Roxanna Walizki! (from
Also check out new work at 4Culture, Core Gallery, Delicatus,
Flatcolor Gallery, Gallery IMA, goCstudio, Heart, Linda Hodges Gallery, Nord Alley, Occidental Square Park, OK Galley, Punch, Room 104 Gallery, Stonington Gallery, The Belfry Oddities, 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!

Charles Spitzack @ West of Lenin

The 1st Friday Art Walk in Fremont, Friday, 6 September from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Pel'MeniDumpling Tzar - Erica Jone Zingler, book release & art show, original pin-up watercolours, ($1 off dumplings when you mention the phrase "Make art, not war")
Portgage Bay Goods - Breia Mallett (of the Brush & Mallett), painting & print
Saturn - Amy McCaleb, illustration; Angie Hinh, photography; Brook Westlund, painting; Tracy Paulk, mixed media; Twozdai Hulse, painting; & Yuko Tanaka, jewellery
Space - Charity Jones, drawing; Daniel Wend, photography; & Linda McClamrock, collage
West of Lenin - Charles Spitzack, prints
Also check out new work at ArtFX Gallery, Asgard Tavern, Atlas Clothing, Bellefleur Lingerie, evo Timesinfinity Gallery, Frame Up Studios, Fremont Health Club, GiGi Retro Inspired Clothing, Hub and Bespoke, Johnson Architects, Makerhaus, Sanachi Massage, Starbucks Coffee, The Sweet Spot, and more! 

The 1st Friday Art Walk in Madison Park, Friday, 6 September from 6-9pm. Featuring art from over 30 local artists!

Belinda Payne, "Tall Vase with Circles and Squares" @ Bainbridge Arts & Crafts
The 1st Friday Art Walk in Bainbridge Island, Friday, 6 September from 6-8pm. Selected shows:
Bainbridge Arts &Crafts - "Artists on the Road," travel themed postcards and "Circles and Squares," a juried group exhibition of adult student work from the Park District's visual art classes.
Roby KingGallery - "Fall Revue," all gallery artists 
Also see new and exciting work at Blackbird Bakery, the BPA, Danger, Fork & Spoon, Ginger, Harbour Public House, IslandGallery, Pegasus Coffee, PrettyStick, and more!

The 1st Friday Art Walk in Bremerton, Friday, 6 September from 5-9pm. The Kitsap Historical Society & Museum are open and FREE to the public the first Friday of every month!

The 1st Friday Art Walk in Port Orchard, Friday 6 September from 5-8pm. On the First Friday each month meet artists, see art demos, tour shops, listen to live music and more! The Sidney Art Gallery will have artists and treats! Also see work at the Log Cabin Museum, the Sidney Museum, and more!
Braden Duncan, "Wind-Up Mini CXI" @ Cellar Door
Jacqueline Chisick @ Red Raven Gallery
Alison O'Donoghue, "Washing Walls" @ Simon Mace Gallery

The 1st Saturday Art Walk in Port Townsend, Saturday, 7 September from 5.30-8.30pm. Selected shows: 
Cellar Door - Braden Duncan, wind-up miniature watercolour birds
Red Raven Gallery - Jacqueline Chisick, "Between the Ancient Forest and the Edge of the Sea," pastel on paper. This month marks Red Raven's 2-year anniversary! Stop in and say hi!
Simon Mace Gallery - "Carnival" featuring work by Alison O'Donoghue, Frank Renlie, and Sara Swink. 
Also check out new work at Earthenworks Gallery, Forest Gems Gallery, Gallery 9, Northwind ArtsAlliance, Port Townsend Gallery, Williams Gallery, and more! If you get hungry along the way, stop into Elevated Ice Cream, Nifty Fifty'sDiner, Water Street Creperie, or Cellar Door (the delicious brainchild of local food afficionados Dominic Svornich and Stephanie Hoch).

The 2nd Wednesday Art Walk in Wallingford, Wednesday, 11 September from 6-9pm. Check out new work at the Assistance League Thrift Shop, Blue Star Cafe, Cafe Appasionato, Chocolati, Cutz Meridian, Frame Central, Fuel Coffee, Kerf Gallery, Lucky 7 Salon, Seamonster Lounge, Seattle Mosaic Arts and more! Don't forget to stop into Archie McPhee's as well! It doesn't exactly showcase 'art,' but you won't be disappointed...

Maureen Mitchell @ Women Painters of WA Gallery

"Finale!" at Women Painters of Washington Gallery. Closing reception: Thursday, 12 September from 11.30am-2pm. The 2013 Annual Fall Exhibition in downtown Seattle showcases the diverse talents of 62 member artists who reside in 20 cities in the greater Puget Sound region. The artists, who work in a variety of media including watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media, collage, colored pencil, and pastel, continue the 80-year legacy of excellence begun by the organization’s founders in October,1930. Show Chairman is Kristi Galindo Dyson, and Co-Chairman is Ilse Remnitz. Juror for the FINALE! show is Lisa Harris of Lisa Harris Gallery. The show runs from 3 September - 29 November.

The 2nd Thursday Art Walk in Capitol Hill, Thursday, 12 September from 5-9pm. Selected shows:
Cloud Gallery in Frame Central - "The Forgotten," an exhibit reflecting old memories, bygone worlds, remembrances and mental scapes that have become steange and foreign. Featuring work by Brian White, Larkin Cypher, Megan Reisinger, Nathan Cartwright, Oliver Doriss, and Sonya Stockton. Curated by Yvette Endrijautzki.
Ghost Gallery - Cait Willis, "Glitch/White Noise"
Ltd Gallery - "PRESS START... to Continue." This time around, We have over 30 industry artists who have created a unique collection of mash-up art mixing classic and modern games, together with a selection of artwork inspired by the modern era of gaming. What would it be like if Link teamed up with the Scythian from Sword & Sorcery? How would Ms. Pac-man handle the world of Uncharted? Could Earthworm Jim team up with the Spartans and take on the galaxy? This collection of artists have a chance to really geek out and explore their love of the characters and worlds of classic and modern video games to create truly original artwork. This will be an art event you can't miss!

True Love Gallery - "It Figures", featuring art by 13fngrs, Allison Boyd, Carlos Aguilar & Ksera, Carolyn Hitt, Clark Masterson, Crystal Morey, Curtis Ashby, Davora Linder, George Long, Jacklyn Rose, Joe Vollan, Joseph Brooks, Kevin Gosselin, Killer Bootlegs, Luke Yates, Mat Savage, Mechavirus, Narboo, Nicky Davis, Solace Wonder, Starheadboy, Stephanie Battershell,  and . Sponsored by the best designer toy blog ever!, this unique show will feature a wide variety of Character-based work including: Designer Toys, Bootlegs, Plush, and Sculptural work.
Also check out new work a Apocalypse Tattoo, Blindfold Gallery, Boom Noodle, Cafe PettiRosso, Cupcake Royale, High 5 Pie, Joe Bar, Laughing Buddha, Online Cafe, Retrofit Home, Vermilion, and more!

"Transmission" at the Mercury, Thursday, 12 September from 9.30pm til late. Featuring sounds from DJ Echo and Kantrip and DJ Ea$y Iri$, bellydance by Morgue Anne, and the art of DireWolf Omega. 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.

Kristina Cyr @ Twilight

The 2nd Thursday Art Walk in West Seattle, Thursday, 12 September from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Twilight Artist Collective - Kristina Cyr, "Iconic Women Series." This illustrative portrait series celebrates 12 Iconic Women and their diversity, who are on the cutting edge of what exists, pushing boundaries to further expand what is possible; while encouraging other women to do the same! This series is about putting creativity in the lead and trusting the unknown. Celebrating and bringing to awareness that we live in a time where women artists, musicians, entrepreneurs are no longer invisible. This series exists to inspire women to become whoever they imagine themselves to be. This art then becomes a powerful means of personal healing, emancipation and empowerment. (from
Also check out new work at The Heartland Cafe, Hotwire Coffee, Shoofly Pie, Windermere, and more!

The 2nd Friday Art Walk in the Greenwood-Phinney neighbourhood, Friday, 13 September from 6-9pm. Selected shows: 

Bherd Studios - "W3AVE Exhibition," presenting the completed works of the 27 Seattle urban and contemporary artists who collaborated at a live event the previous week at AXIS Pioneer Square!
EchoEcho - "Between Two Worlds, Fire Walk with Me," a Twin Peaks themed art show featuring the artists of Echo Echo Gallery as well as 40 more local artists!
Tasty - "Mix & Make Art Showcase," a collage and 3D show featuring work by 13 Northwest artists: Craig van den Bosch, Deviant D├ęcor, Elise Koncsek, Eric Edwards, Frances Herring, Gretchen Fuller, Heather Scholl, Jere Smith, Kate Eggelston-Wirtz, Lampcycle, Lisa Mendoza, Manya Vee, Marty Gordon, Olvera Designs, and RedHardwick.
Also check out new and exciting work at Chocolatti, Full Circle, Gainsbourg, Home Suite Home, Naked City Brewery, Two Bird Tattoo, Urban Light Studios and more! 

Carol Adelman @ Form/Space Atelier

The 2nd Friday Art Walk in Belltown, Friday, 13 September from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Form/Space Atelier - Carol Adelman, "Anticipated." Mysterious renderings of the figure, once-removed using dolls as artists models, or fast-forwarded to intense scrutiny through self portraiture, Adelman layers impasto and light deftly, breathlessly, honestly. 
Patricia Cameron Gallery - Karin Schminke, "Natural Interludes"
Pintxo & The Upstairs - "Pirates! A Group Show"
Also check out brand new work at A/NT Gallery, Bikes + Art, City Hostel Seattle, Crocodile Cafe, Rudy's Barber Shop, Seattle Ink & Oil, Stylus Salon, and more! 

"Fall Open House" at InscapeArts, Saturday, 14 September from noon-6pm. Inscape Arts is pleased to be celebrating its Fall Open House. More than fifty artists and artisans will be opening their doors, showcasing work in a wide range of media that includes painting, drawing, photography, video, glass jewelry, textiles, metalwork, bike building and more. In addition to providing spaces for exhibiting artists like sculptor Jen Mills, multimedia artist Claire Brandt, painter Chris Sheridan, rope jewelry artist Seth Damm and encaustic artist Patti Bowman, Inscape Arts welcomes three talented new tenants to the building: Britt Rynearson, Andy Peterson and Anastasia Zielinski. Come see what five floors of creative professionals have been producing. Join hundreds of fellow artists, gallery owners, collectors and art lovers and experience a fun afternoon filled with art, live demos, music, food and drink. This event is also family friendly when kids are kept in view. (from

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Ballard, Saturday, 14 September from 6-9pm. Check out 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,
14 September 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!

Yoann Lossel, "Eros et Thanatos" @ Krab Jab Studios
Jennifer McNeely, "Untitled #1" @LxWxH
"Anima" box set @ LxWxH Subscription Project

The 2nd Saturday Art Attack in Georgetown, Saturday 14 September from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Fantagraphics Bookstore - "Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball"
Krab Jab Studios - "Building on a Golden Age: Contemporary Works" featuring Donato Giancola, Echo Chernik, Gary Lippincott, Michael Hague, Socar Myles, Terese Nielsen, Tom Kidd, Tony DiTerlizzi, and Yoann Lossel. Guest curated by Jeff Menges.
LxWxH Gallery - Jennifer Mcneely, "Into the Deep." Jennifer McNeely's solo show of biomorphic soft sculpture comes from her recent experience with illness and recovery, embodying her personal journey into the cracks between spirit and science, and the personal language of symbols.
LxWxH Subscription Project - This box set features original work by Crystal Barbre, Michael Alm, and a small book by Kirsten Anderson. Titled "Anima", this box set is about the nature of man and animal; the true unconscious inner self of an individual as opposed to the outer self; and the dissection of things to further understand them. This collection of art comes in a beautifully hand-crafted box made by Steve Leroux! Only $225 for a unique box set with work from  4 local artists!
Also check out new work at American Pie, Artcore Tattoo, Belle & Whissel, Georgetown Arts & Cultural Centre, Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, Nautilus Studios, The Roving Gallery, Smarty Pants, Totally Blown Glassworks, Two Tartes Cafe, Wax Expressions, and more!

Braden Duncan, "Chuck" @ Center Valley Animal Rescue

"Boogie for the Beasts" at Center Valley Animal Rescue in Quilcene, 15 September from 4-8pm. Center Valley Animal Rescue of Quilcene hosts its fun annual event at the Linger Longer Outdoor Theater! Featuring animal portraits by Braden Duncan, games for kids, henna, chair massage, CVAR items for sale! Musical guests include local favorites “Rhythm Ride”, Jeff Wittekind and Friends, and stories and songs with Mitch Luckett BBQ, beer and wine garden (21 and over with ID), and complete hot dog dinner for $5! Meadow seating, bring a camp chair or blanket. Entrance donation: $12 adults; $10 students and seniors; age 10 and under free. No pets at this event, just humans please.   

"Cornish at the Hutch" at Fred Hutch Cancer Research Centre, Thursday, 19 September from 4.30-6.30pm. Featuring the best of the best from Cornish College of the Arts graduating seniors including Chloe Allred, Hanna Myers, Karina Nyquist, Rylee Stearnes, Miles Tolland, Syd Bee, and more!

"Curator's Panel" at Vermilion, Thursday, 19 September from 6-8pm. John Osgood, Bherd Studios gallery owner, moderates a panel discussion with Seattle curators, Todd Jannausch, Siolo Thompson & Vedada Sirovica. Jannaush has produced and curated installation projects such as Gallery 40, Gallery (206) and most recently his traveling exhibit, Small Voids. Thompson has guest curated in Seattle galleries, created fundraising and promotional events, as well as co-created The Better Bombshell project. Sirovica is a new up & coming curator who has experience curating for Home Suite Home which was in the Greenwood Collective and is also a curator for the new venue Axis|Pioneer Square. In addition to a moderated discussion, we will end with a Q&A session. The panel discussion will include artistic vision, concept development, artist selection, building relationships in the art community and more. Be sure to bring your questions (and artists bring your bisiness cards!).


"Love at Home" c/o Kate Alkarni Gallery at the Seattle Design Center, Thursday, 19 September from 6-9pm. Featuring 33 artists! Are you sick of the mundane world of cubicles, staplers and "TPS reports"? Let's spice up our daily surroundings and turn everyday objects into works of beauty! Our theme will be all things office supplies... let the creations begin! We will provide all the materials needed, but if you have a particular favourite don't hesitate to bring it with you and incorporate it into your creation! At 8:30 PRIZES will be given for the top three winners of the office supply extravaganza! As always FREE FOOD AND DRINK will be provided.

Yvette Endrijautzki @ Otherworlds

The 3rd Thursday Art Walk in Edmonds, Thursday, 19 September from 5-8pm. Selected shows:
Otherworlds - Yvette Endrijautzk, assemblage collages. 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!

The 3rd Thursday Art Walk in Columbia City, Thursday, 19 September from 6-9pm. This is Columbia City's last "Bohemian Backstreets" event of the year, so come out and enjoy the visual art, performance art, live music, spoken word, dance, and food that makes this art walk so unique! You're also invited to check out the after party from 9.30pm-midnight30 at the Ark Lodge Cinemas, featuring interactive art projects, live mural painting, a special performance by Latin funk band The New Triumph, beer, and more food! $7 cover for the after party (Art Walk is FREE). The Columbia City Art Walk happens every 3rd Thursday from May-September.  

Xavier Lopez Jr & Ryan 'Henry' Ward @ SAM
"Live Painting" at SAM starring Xavier Lopez Jr and Ryan 'Henry' Ward, Friday, 20 September from 10am-3pm. Pop-artist, muralist and writer Xavier Lopez Jr. and local muralist, Ryan 'Henry' Ward will be live painting for and with the Seattle Art Museum for the city's annual "Parking Day" Event. As you may recall, last month, the artist known as 'Henry' and Xavier Lopez painted for and with the Seattle Art Museum in front of the big orange Alexander Calder Sculpture in the Olympic Sculpture Park, and they are proud to have again been asked to work with the Seattle Art Museum for this awesome and educational event. Please come by and join us for this one-time, one-of-a-kind event. Outside of the Seattle Art Museum, lots of art and fun for the whole family!

Lis Wright Ivec, "Gabriel Archangel" @ Gargoyles
Corey Skillman @ Starbucks Coffee

The 3rd Friday Art Walk in the University District, Friday, 20 September from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Gargoyles Statuary - Lis Wright Ivec, "Saints & Sinners." Lis is going back to her roots with her unique style of traditional icon paintings using egg tempera and gold leaf on wood panel. She'll be showing new archangels and saints as well as re-workings of her past sacred images. She will have the originals, prints, and votive candles available. She will also be doing a gold leaf demonstration at 7pm!
Starbucks Coffee - Corey Skillman will be unveiling a new body of paintings at the University District Starbucks on Friday, August 16th. Corey is best known for her dynamic wire animal sculptures and intaglio prints. This time however, she has turned her hand to painting these fuzzy friends instead. Their angry little faces set against bright and colorful backgrounds makes for a humorous juxtaposition and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Also see new work at BC Surf & Sport, Cafe Allegro, Cafe Solstice, Lucid GalleryTrabant 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!

"Oddmall" at the Lynnwood Convention Centre, Sunday, 22 September from 10am-6pm. Featuring over 100 artists and vendors including Braden Duncan (me), Crypticon, Deviant Decor, Krab Jab Studios, Mourning Market, and many more! Performers include Deep Roots Dance, Twisted Trystan, the Wreckless Freeks, and more! Oddmall is more than just an ordinary craft show. It’s a celebration of uniqueness, creativity, imagination, and wonder where artists, crafters, and like-minded sorts gather to offer their unusual creations for public consumption. It’s a forum for creative expression, a classroom for esoteric wisdom, a soapbox for wild ideas, a miraculous marketplace of the unconventional, a metaphorical Serengetian watering hole where the zebras and wildebeests of inspiration and artistry congregate amidst the snapping crocodiles and scorching sunbeams of originality and ingenuity… umm yeah. Anyway, it’ll be fun. Trust me. 

"INCITE·INSIGHT" at the HenryArt Gallery, Friday, 27 September at 7pm. Cornish College of the Arts and Henry Art Gallery have formed a new partnership to present INCITE·INSIGHT, a series of public lectures and performances that promote engagement with contemporary art practice. Invited artists, curators, writers and other critical thinkers will visit Seattle for short residencies during which they will interact with students through group conversation and studio visits. The series aims to emphasize and advance the long-standing and recognized commitment that Cornish and the Henry have to supporting significant dialogues around the social and cultural impact of art and the ideas of our time. Our first speaker is visual artist Harry Dodge, who lives and works in Los Angeles. Dodge's solo work -- which includes video, sculpture and drawing -- as well as his collaborative video work have been exhibited widely. His collaborative video work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Dodge is one of the founders of the now-legendary San Francisco community-based performance space, The Bearded Lady, which served as a gathering point for a pioneering polysexual and queer literary/arts scene.


The SAAM is featuring "A Fuller View of China, Japan & Korea." The exhibition runs through 13 April 2014. Dr. Richard Fuller’s 40 years as the museum’s founding director are the bedrock of its history, and his passion for art resonates with collectors of his time and beyond. In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, this installation shows how Dr. Fuller, his family and friends, and several more recent Seattle collectors, built SAM’s celebrated Asian art collections. Featuring some of SAM’s best-loved works such as the Poem Scroll with Deer, the installation showcases the incredible quality and diversity that make SAM’s Asian art collection one of the finest in the country. The selected Chinese paintings and calligraphy also celebrate the launch of an innovative online scholarly catalogue, a multi-year project sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Foundation. (from

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

Paul Laffoley @ The Henry

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.

Buster Simpson @ The Frye
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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