Thursday, August 1, 2013

AUGUST Art Fix: Upcoming Events

If you need your art fix for the month of August (and I know I do!), here are some shows that you won't want to miss! August is national 'Admit You're Happy' month, and if happiness isn't enough to celebrate, try Friendship Day (4th), Wiggle Your Toes Day (6th), Relaxation Day (15th), Vesuvius Day (24th), and Frankenstein Day (30th)! It's also the last official month of summer, so go out and get your art on before it's back-to-school time!

LAST CHANCE:


"Masters of Sculpture" at Krab Jab Studios, featuring 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! Closing reception 3 August!

 
"Alary Type" at Cafe PettiRosso, an exhibit of wing-inspired art with work from Braden Duncan (me), Elizabeth Sheets, Inga Scheibel, and Kat Houseman! Only until 4 August!


Braden Duncan, "Maleficent's Familiar" @ Gargoyles
"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! Only until 11 August!


"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.
 

COMING UP: 


"The Art of Brom" book signing at The University Bookstore, Thursday, 1 August, 7pm. The artist Brom has spent 30 years bringing to life the dark fantasy worlds of novelists and game makers. This new book collects some of his best work, and includes some autobiographical insights from the man himself.

"Annual Art Book Sale" c/o Artist TrustThursday, 1 August from 5.30-8.30pm. Art lovers across Seattle have donated a fantastic collection of art books to benefit Artist Trust. Browse our massive array of books in every price range – starting at FREE! We’ll be located on the sidewalk near the Greg Kucera Gallery during the 1st Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square. Stop by and buy a book to support Artist Trust!

Monika Dalkin @ Gallery 110

The 1st Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square, Thursday, 1 August from 5-8pm. Selected shows:
ArtXchange - Ullie do Oso & William Song, "Harmonics" 
AXIS Pioneer Square - "Grand Opening!" The masterminds behind Urban Light Studios in Greenwood have taken over the old Elliot Bay Book Co. space and converted the building into an axis point for history, art, culture, photography, and events!
The Belfry Oddities - Ryan Jacob Smith, "Anatomy of Ornament"
Foster/White Gallery - Luce Pelletier & Will Robinson, sculpture
Gallery 110 - Monika Dalkin, "Paper Trails"
Gallery IMA - "Boys of Summer," featuring Alan Corkery Hahn, Corey Peeke, CR Utley, James Brown, Jason Huff & Paul Metivier.
Greg Cucera Gallery - SuttonBeresCuller, "Three Way"
OK Gallery - 13fngrs, Joseph Brooks, Narboo, & Starhead Boy
Punch - #ShitJustGotReal
SAM - "Future Beauty" is FREE for Art Walk!
Shift - Ruthie V., "Domestic." Shift is moving to a new space! Now: 312 S Washington in the TK Building!
Roq la Rue - Jason Wheatley, "Osmosis" & Tran Nguyen, "A Place Procured from Our Yesteryears"
Also check out new work at 4Culture, Core Gallery, Delicatus, Flatcolor Gallery, goCstudio, Heart, Inscape Arts, Linda Hodges Gallery, Nord Alley, Occidental Square Park, Room 104 Gallery, SOIL, Stonington Gallery, 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!
"Seattle Erotic Arts Festival" at the Shobox SoDo, Friday-Sunday, 2-4 August. Seattle Erotic Art Festival is known worldwide for a comprehensive collection of international fine art celebrating the diversity of human sexual expression. The incredible creativity with which artists approach the subject of erotica is captured in all manner of visual media: painting, photography, sculpture, assemblage, prints, mixed media, and more. We are proud to present world-class visual art that is rarely seen in mainstream galleries and redefines boundaries in exciting new ways.
"BLACKgreyWHITE" @ Gage
"BLACKgreyWHITE" at Gage Academy of Art, Friday, 2 August from 6-8pm. Guest curated by artist Julia Hensley, BLACKgreyWHITE is about communication. The black and white works are linked by the grey works in a flowing installation that includes Hensley’s own work, as well as the work of Sharon Arnold, Anne Blackburn, Cable Griffith, Troy Gua, Robert Hardgrave, Counsel Langley and Amy-Ellen Flatchestedmama Trefsger.

Kelice Penney @ Portage Bay

The 1st Friday Art Walk in Fremont, Friday, 2 August from 6-9pm. Fremont is hosting a Chalk-a-thon from noon-9pm in addition to the regularly scheduled Art Walk! Selected shows:
Atlas Clothing - Arica Schuett, drawing
Fremont Jewelry Design - Jennifer Cepeda, watercolour & Rocks & Foundry trunk show
Pel'Meni Dumpling Tzar - Kyle Wilson, painting & illustration
($1 off dumplings when you mention the phrase "Make art, not war")
Portgage Bay Goods - Kelice Penney, plushies
Saturn - Amy McCaleb, illustration; Angie Hinh, photography; Brook Westlund, painting; Lenard Yen, painting; Twozdai Hulse, painting; & Yuko Tanaka, jewellery
Space - Brendan McGary, photography; Linda McClamrock, collage; & Molly Donovan, painting
Also check out new work at ArtFX Gallery, 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 Bainbridge Island, Friday, 2 August 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!

"Summer at SAM" at the Olympic Sculpture Park, Saturday, 3 August from 1-3pm. Summer at the Seattle Art Museum continues at the Olympic Sculpture Park! Enjoy live painting and instruction from muralists Xavier Lopez Jr. and Ryan “Henry” Ward on the grassy lawn near Alexander Calder’s The Eagle. Free and open to the public.

Braden Duncan, "Wind-Up Mini CXI" @ Cellar Door

The 1st Saturday Art Walk in Port Townsend, Saturday, 3 August from 5.30-8.30pm. Selected shows: 
Cellar Door - Braden Duncan, wind-up miniature watercolour birds
Red Raven Gallery - "Hot(ish) August Nights" featuring Lisa Benshoof, jewellery. Lisa is a Port Townsend local and she is a wide ranging artist, specializing in fantastical creations in jewellery and sculpture along with fashionable accessories with a bohemian steampunk flair!
Simon Mace Gallery - David Eisenhour, "Dissolution-Disillusion." Eisenhour’s elegant sculptures emerge into bronze, elevating the microscopic pteropod, while echoing the universal spiral. Each pteropod in the series exhibits progressive signs of degradation. An evolutionary tale is spun, an omen of portent for Planet Earth.
Also 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 delicious brainchild of local food afficionados Dominic Svornich and Stephanie Hoch).



The 2nd Wednesday Art Walk in Wallingford, Wednesday, 7 August 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!

Etsuko Ichkawa, "Glass Pyrograph"

"Glass Pyrograph on Beach" c/o CoCA at Shilshole Bay Beach Club, Thursday, 8 August from 5-8.30pm. Featuring Etsuko Ichikawa's 33-foot long glass pyrograph on paper during the performance and a short film "Echo at Satsop."


The 2nd Thursday Art Walk in Capitol Hill, Thursday, 8 August from 5-9pm. Selected shows:
Cafe PettiRosso - Yvette Endrijautzki, "A Retrospective of Past & Present"
Cloud Gallery in Frame Central - "Complexion: A Group Show of Architectural and Structural Simplicity," featuring Isabella Leary, James C. Bennett, Lydia Ashman, & Rune Stone.
Ghost Gallery - Jennifer Zwick, "Symmetry: An Ongoing Obsession"
True Love Gallery - "Lady Parts", featuring more than 20 artists! True Love Art Gallery will be taking a wild and raucous romp into Ladyland. We will be featuring a salon style exhibition of work that celebrates the beauty, mystery, and allure of the female form. Expect to see master paintings, erotic illustrations, sculpture, photography and performances!
Also check out new work a Apocalypse Tattoo, Blindfold Gallery, Boom Noodle, Cupcake Royale, High 5 Pie, Joe Bar, Laughing Buddha, Online Cafe, Retrofit Home, Vermilion, and more!




"Transmission" at the Mercury, Thursday, 8 August 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.

Ed Roth @ Twilight

The 2nd Thursday Art Walk in West Seattle, Thursday, 8 August from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Twilight Artist Collective - Ed Roth, "Dolly was Cloned from a Mammary Gland (I Will Always Love You)." Roth’s current work explores themes of cloning, duality, cognitive thought, and alteration. Long fascinated and horrified with the story of “Dolly” the first cloned sheep, Ed Roth’s work represents this idea of a “new” creation copied from the original. Cloning, copying, duplicating, reusing and mimicking, recycling and appropriating. From the use of old vintage tarps and left over paint, from icon to icon, old materials and new, long outdated rules of conformity and well worn clich├ęs, to yet another set of blindly followed societal rules. This work uses images of the cloned sheep to mirror the ways in which we follow. (from www.twilightart.net)
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, 9 August from 6-9pm. It's also Greenwood's 4th Annual Summer Street Fair! The City of Seattle and the DOT will be closing down Greenwood Ave. between 67th & 87th so that attendees can play in the streets! Many local businesses will be featuring pop-up booths and performances in addition to the regularly scheduled Art Walk events! Selected shows: 

Bherd Studios - "Seattle Erotic Arts Festival," featuring Carl Faulkner, Chris Sheridan, Janet Galore, John Osgood, Kate Protage, Redd Walitzki, and Siolo Thompson! Bherd Studios has been invited to curate a section at this year's festival! This work will be featured at the Showbox SoDo, 2-4 August!
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 - "Flotsam Jetsam: Art from the Sea," featuring paintings from Sleandor Device, a female art collective based in California.
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, 9 August 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 - Greg Boudreau, painting
The Upstairs - Javier S. Ortega, painting
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!

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Ballard, Saturday, 10 August 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,
10 August 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!

"Zwicsherliecht" @ LxWxH
Emily Fiegenschuh @ Krab Jab Studios


The 2nd Saturday Art Attack in Georgetown, Saturday 10 August from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Krab Jab Studios - Emily Fiegenschuh, "Fabled Earth." Emily Fiegenschuh (pronounced "fee-gun-shoo") is a Pacific Northwest fantasy illustrator who has worked in the publication industry for quite some time, particularly in the game industry.
LxWxH Gallery - "Zwicsherliecht," featuring Cable Griffith, Eric Elliott, Shaw Osha, Susanna Bluhm, Timothy Cross & Whiting Tennis. This exhibition asks artists to consider the witching hour, twilight, and the line between night and day; the half-light. Traditionally mystical, how does this not-day and not-night hour manifest through artists from the Pacific Northwest, or tap into the region's inherently sublime nature? These six artists will examine the quality of the light, whether it is restricted only to earthly light, and the philosophy of its nature.
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!


The 3rd Thursday Art Walk in Edmonds, Thursday, 15 August from 5-8pm. Selected shows:

Otherworlds - "Firefly!" 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!

"Art at SDC" c/o CoCA at the Seattle Design Center, Thursday, 15 August from 5-9pm. 14 galleries, 3 fountains, 1 unique building. Seattle's largest indoor (air conditioned!) art walk. Free parking and admission!

"Fountain of Light" at the Seattle Center, Friday, 16 August from 9pm-late. It’s a summer celebration at the International Fountain with our Fountain of Light series. As dusk descends, we project film and video onto the fountain water, featuring original short films and video mash-ups, add in music and you have the most fun a hot August weekend night in Seattle can offer! FREE admission.


Ronny Vardy @ Gargoyles
Corey Skillman @ Starbucks Coffee


The 3rd Friday Art Walk in the University District, Friday, 16 August from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Gargoyles Statuary - Ronny Vardy, "Girls of Colours." Known for her dark and sexy fairies, Ronny has moved in a new direction with her most recent collection of works, depicting a closer look into the fairies and women of her past work, making them seem more tangible and real. This show will feature both her portraits in oil and her better know watercolor faeries. She will offer cards and prints as well as original paintings.
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!


"Starving Artists on Parade: Out with a BANG!" at the Noc Noc, Monday, 18 August from 9pm-midnight. The Noc Noc is closing down, but not without one last hurrah from the Starving Artists on Parade! Join us for an evening of mischief and talented mayhem as we say farewell to our spectacular venue that has hosted us once a month for over two years. Stay tuned for performer announcements, but as always we will have the best in burlesque, Bellydance, live music, sideshow, and more! $5 cover, 21+ event.


"CityArts Summer Art Walk Awards" at 1927 Events in Belltown, Thursday, 22 August. Art Walk Awards awards three prizes every quarter: first place $1,250, second place $500 and third place $250. The first place winner also has his or her artwork featured in City Arts magazine. All 10 finalists will display their competing artwork at at the Art Walk Awards event and everyone who attends the event gets to vote for the winner. Learn more about the nomination process here or register to attend here. The finalists: Dorothy McGuinness, Emma Levitt, Jesse Link, Josh Manderville, Kathy Liao, Marcio Diaz, Paul Kuniholm Pauper, Shaun Cardinal, Tyna Ontko, and a 10th 'People's Choice' finalist to be announced.


"Artifakt Multi-Genre Art Show" at Neumos, Saturday, 24 August from 7pm-2am. Artifakt is a Seattle-based arts group that promotes up-and-coming artists and musicians in many styles. Artifakt's multi-genre art shows fuse art and music to create a positive environment that fosters artistic expression and mutual respect and appreciation. We throw art show in and around Seattle where our goal is to fuse artwork and music together. This is not your typical art show! Come for the art, Stay for the show!

"Lo-Fi Arts Festival" at Smoke Farm in Arlington, Saturday, 24 August at 10am. Featuring over 60 artists and artist groups including Seattle's own Allyce Wood! There will be site-specific work in all visual and performance media located in and engaged with the Smoke Farm landscape. Plan your visit as many of the works are illuminated or light-based, and evening entertainment abounds. Families welcome. Adults $30 admission. Children under 12 get in free and must be supervised at all times. Sorry, no dogs allowed.





"Paint it Black" at The Piranha Shop c/o Apocalypse or Glory, Thursday, 29 August from 5-9pm. ONE NIGHT ONLY! Limited run black t-shirts by local artists & designers. Pop-up shop.


"PRESS START... to Continue" at Ltd Gallery, Friday, 30 August from 7-11pm. As PAX Prime once again descends upon the city of Seattle, we have put together an amazing sequel to our extremely popular PRESS START art show, celebrating the modern era of VIDEO GAMES. Enjoy complimentary beverages, sponsored by Jones Soda and Jameson Whiskey! T2 Pinball Machine loaded with free credits! XBOX 360 with KINECT set up on the TV! A Live set from DJ HOJO! 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! Show runs through 28 September.


"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 prime.paxsite.com) 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!
 

ONGOING:  
 

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 www.seattleartmuseum.org)


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 henryart.org) 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