Wednesday, January 1, 2014

JANUARY Art Fix: Upcoming Events

If you need your art fix for the month of January (and I know I do!), here are some shows that you won't want to miss! Celebrate New Years Day in style (and art!) as well as National Bird Day (6th), International Skeptics Day (13th), Dress Up your Pet Day (14th), Penguin Awareness Day (20th), and National Kazoo Day (28th)! It's a brand new year, and with new comes change. One of Seattle's most loved art spaces, TASTY, will be closing its doors at the end of January, so stop by, say hi, and purchase a one-of-a-kind delectable collectible while you still can! The proprietors are moving on to new and exciting venturtes, and we at Art Scene Seattle wish them well!


John Brophy @ Roq la Rue

"Breaking the Spell" by John Brophy & "The Timid Cabbage" by Femke Hiemstra at Roq la Rue. Roq La Rue is pleased to welcome new consumer/cultural paintings by John Brophy and Femke Hiemstra's miniature fairy tale paintings and official book release! Show runs through 4 January!

"Holiday Mini Art Extravaganza!" It's your last chance to pick up holiday miniature art at Ghost Gallery on Capitol Hill, Twilight Gallery in West Seattle, and All City Art in Georgetown! Shows run through 4 January.

"Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon" at SAM. Discover the mysteries of Machu Picchu, treasures from royal tombs and archeological wonders from one of the cradles of civilization in Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon. More than 3,000 years of artistic history reveal a land of rich complexity and startling beauty. This unusually wide-ranging exhibition covers archeology, ancient rituals, royal ceremonies, conquest and colonization, the formation of the republic and the emergence of a new national identity. Experience the unfolding of culture through the creative achievements of Peru, from gold funerary masks to modern folk art. The Seattle Art Museum is proud to be the only U.S. venue presenting this spectacular exhibition of more than 300 works, including national treasures never before seen outside of Peru. (from Show runs through 5 January!

"Star Wars the Art Show: Episode III" at Ltd Gallery. Ltd brings some Holiday Cheer to a galaxy far far away with our third annual Star Wars Art Show. A collection of original and limited edition artwork inspired by the greatest saga ever told. Show runs through 31 January!


Alan Abdulkader @ AXIS
Tony Angell @ Foster/White Gallery

The 1st Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square, Thursday, 2 January from 5-8pm. Selected shows:
AXIS Pioneer Square - Alan Abdulkader, multi-media (encore). Show runs until 2 February.
Foster/White Gallery - "Spirit Companions" by Tony Angell and "Everbody with Violins on the Roof" by James Martin
Greg Kucera Gallery - "Quasicrystals" by Claude Zervas
Shift - In the Studio: "Here & There", a group show. In the WA State Convention Centre Gallery: "Palimpsets I" featuring 17 artists exhibiting layers of textural mark-making, process, and materiality.
SOIL - "A Place for Memories & Secrets" featuring paintings by Susanna Bluhm and mixed media by Christopher Buening
Roq la Rue - "Unpredictable Gravity," a group show featuring 30 artists with part of the proceeds donated to cancer research
Trabant Coffee - "Nightmare After Christmas" curated by Braden Duncan. What's this? What's this? There's Burton everywhere! Trabant features Nightmare Before Christmas and other Tim Burton themed art work by over a dozen local artists!
 Also check out new work at 4Culture, 57 Biscayne, Angle Gallery, Art Xchange, The Belfry Oddities, Core Gallery, Delicatus, Flatcolor Gallery, Gallery 110, Gallery IMA, goCstudio, Heart, Linda Hodges Gallery, Method Gallery, Nord Alley & the Alley Network Project, Occidental Square Park, OK Galley, Pioneer Square Saloon, Punch, Room 104 Gallery, SAM, SAM Gallery, Stonington Gallery, TK Artist Lofts, and more! Pioneer Square is the oldest art walk in the United States, and features over 50 galleries, studios, and other art spaces!

Roger Bellm @ Atlas

The 1st Friday Art Walk in Fremont, Friday, 3 January from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Atlas Clothing - Curtis Ashby, Roger Bellm & William Christ
Also check out new work at ArtFX Gallery, Asgard Tavern, Bellefleur Lingerie, evo Timesinfinity Gallery, Frame Up Studios, Fremont Health Club, GiGi Retro Inspired Clothing, Hub and Bespoke, Johnson Architects, Makerhaus, Pel'MeniDumpling Tzar, Portgage Bay Goods, Sanachi Massage, Saturn, Space, Starbucks Coffee, The Sweet Spot, and more! 

The 1st Friday Art Walk in Madison Park, Friday, 3 January from 6-9pm. Featuring art from over 30 local artists! Check out new work at Cactus, Madison Kitchen, Madison Park Bakery, Park Bench Gifts, Red Wagon Toys, Starbucks,and more!

Phillip Levine @ BAC
The 1st Friday Art Walk in Bainbridge Island, Friday, 3 January from 6-8pm. Selected shows:
Bainbridge Arts &Crafts - "The Gentlemen of Northwest Art" featuring Gerard Tsutakawa, Norman Lundin & Phillip Levine
Also see new and exciting work at Blackbird Bakery, the BPA, Danger, Fork & Spoon, Ginger, Harbour Public House, IslandGallery, Pegasus Coffee, Pauli Dennis Gallery, PrettyStick, Roby King Gallery, Sally Robinson Gallery, and more!

Adrian Wyard @ A/NT Gallery

"Board of Directors Show" at A/NT Gallery, Saturday, 4 January from 6-9pm. Featuring work by past and present directors, including Adrian Wyard, Aubrey Anderson, Geoff, Vlcek, and more! 

The 1st Saturday Art Walk in Port Townsend, Saturday, 4 January from 5.30-8.30pm. Selected shows: 
Cellar Door - Braden Duncan, "Mechanical Aviary", wind-up miniature watercolour birds
Max Grover Gallery - "Any Polished Surface..." featuring photographers Jason Squire, Nyk Fury, Piper Corbett & Ruby Fitch. 
Red Raven Gallery - Laurie McClave, "Benefit for Timber." All proceeds from art purchased by Laurie McClave this month will be donated to help out with veterinary bills for her pup Timber. Please purchase some of her beautiful surreal portraiture for a very good cause!
Also check out new work at Earthenworks Gallery, Forest Gems Gallery, Gallery 9, Northwind ArtsAlliance, Port Townsend Gallery, Simon Mace 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 takes place May-September from 6-9pm.
Until then, you can always find art 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 it's fantastic and ridiculous, and you won't be disappointed...

"Art Walk Awards" by Blue Moon and CityArts at Sole Repair Shop, Thursday, 9 January from 7-11pm. Come vote for your favourite artists in the Winter Art Walk Awards! Finalists: Chris Shaw, Jennifer Beedon Snow, Kathy Liao, Mary Iverson, Peggy Washburn, Sail, Steven Miller, Tariqa Waters, and Todd Jannausch!

Jeremy Rendina @ Ghost Gallery
Dylan Neuwirth @ Vermillion

The 2nd Thursday Art Walk in Capitol Hill, Thursday, 9 January from 5-9pm. Selected shows:
Cloud Gallery at Frame Central - "Wood Horse" in celebration of the Chinese New Year (Year of the Horse), Cloud Gallery is featuring 5 artists and art based in Chinese Ney Year traditions.
Ghost Gallery - "Don't Forget to Write: A Group Show" featuring original designs used for handmade greeting cards and calendars, celebrating the personal art of letter writing and what it means to take the time to correspond meaningfully with one another. Work by 14 local and national artists.
Ltd Gallery - "Star Wars the Art Show: Episode III" at Ltd Gallery. Ltd brings some holiday cheer to a galaxy far far away with our third annual Star Wars Art Show. A collection of original and limited edition artwork inspired by the greatest saga ever told.
Poco Wine + Spirits - "Duality" by John Osgood, aerosol & acrylic abstraction
True Love Gallery - "Illustrated Man: Art Inspired by Ray Bradbury" featuring 13 local and national artists. Written in 1951, "The Illustrated Man", is a book of eighteen science fiction short stories, told through a vagrant with a tattooed body whom the unnamed narrator meets. The man's tattoos, allegedly created by a time-traveling woman, are animated and each tell a different tale.
Vermilion - "MMXIV" a neon installation by Dylan Neuwirth
Also check out new work a Apocalypse Tattoo, Blindfold Gallery, Boom Noodle, Cafe PettiRosso, Cupcake Royale, High 5 Pie, IN Arts Collective, Joe Bar, Laughing Buddha, Online Cafe, Retrofit Home, and more!

"Transmission" at the Mercury, Thursday, 9 January 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, $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.

"Residual Tear" @ Twilight Gallery

The 2nd Thursday Art Walk in West Seattle, Thursday, 9 January from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Twilight Gallery - "Residual Tear" with Rachel Smith, Raina Koller, and Stephanie Smith. Artist talk Saturday, 11 January from 6-9pm
Also check out new work at Arts West, Click! Design That Fits, The Heartland Cafe, Hotwire Coffee, Shadowland, Shoofly Pie, Skylark Cafe, West 5, Wild Rose's, Windermere, and more!

The Space is Ours

The 2nd Friday Art Walk in the Greenwood-Phinney neighbourhood, Friday, 10 January from 6-9pm. Selected shows: 
Bherd Studios - "Streetlights & Torches, Priuses & Centaurs: Exploring the Role of Myth & History in Our Everyday Lives" featuring Kate Protage & Crystal Barbre
Echo Echo - "Regeneration" Echo Echo Gallery welcomes three new members, Braden Duncan, Chani Murat, and Agent Zero! 
Tasty - "Final Holiday Art Showcase! (encore)" After four years of awesome, Tasty will be closing its doors officially on 31January 2014. Their lease is up, and the owners have some exciting new adventures planned for the near future! Celebrate Tasty's last holiday show with affordably priced work by Braden Duncan, Corey Skillman, Court Hoffman, Jesse Redstone, Krista Jefferson, Michele Lynch, Phresha Le Vandalé, Sarah Chambers, Siolo Thompson, Elizabeth Desiree and Jesse Link!
Push/Pull - New work by Maxx Follis & Seth Goddkind!
The Space is Ours - "It's the New year, Bitches!" with TNGLR, Mantisart, Andrew Miller, narboo, Joseph Brooks, and Starheadboy. 
Urban Light Studios - "A Child's Heart: A Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki" featuring work from over 40 local artists, as well as vendors and musicians!
Also check out new and exciting work at Chocolatti, Gainsbourg, Home Suite Home, Naked City Brewery, Two Bird Tattoo and more! 

Sam Birchman @ Form/Space Atelier
Salyna Gracie @ Stylus Salon

The 2nd Friday Art Walk in Belltown, Friday, 10 January from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Form/Space Atelier - "The Other Three Points" by Sam Birchman
Patricia Cameron Gallery - "The Garden of Joys" by Tatiana Garmendia
Stylus Salon - "Signs & Omens" by Salyna Gracie. Show runs through 8 March.
Also check out brand new work at A/NT Gallery, Bikes + Art, City Hostel Seattle, Pintxo & The Upstairs, Rudy's Barber Shop, Sassafras, Seattle Ink & Oil, and more! 

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Ballard, Saturday, 11 January from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Full Tilt - David Ryan, stencils on vinyl and Carlos Valdez, collage
Check out new work at Annie's Art &Frame, Art & Soul, Ballard Metal Arts, Ballard Works, The BalMar, Blowing Sands Glass Studio, Building C Studios, Cupcake Royal, Filthy Rich, Habitude, Kiss Cafe, Liberte, Miro Tea, Monster Art & Clothing, Nightingale Gallery, Savour, Spark Studio, the Sunset Tavern, Venue, and more!

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk in the Central District, Saturday,
11 January 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 @ Krab Jab Studio
Graham Downing @ LxWxH

The 2nd Saturday Art Attack in Georgetown, Saturday 11 January from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
American Pie - "Nebulae" by Corey Skillman
Eight and Sand - "Skullery" by Maxx Follis 
Krab Jab Studios - "Quoth the Raven" a group exhibit featuring local, national and international artists! Krab Jab celebrates its grand opening in its brand new space with a black bird themed art show! A portion of all proceeds will go to support corvid research and conservation.
LxWxH Gallery - "KEN" by Graham Downing. Graham Downing has installed a series of secret paintings in office environments and documented them, also in secret. What follows is an exhibition of that documentation in large-format photography.
LxWxH Subscription Project - "Every Day." This individual artist set features original work by Rumi Koshino and a chapbook by Jennifer Borges Foster. Titled LxWxH (xED) -"EveryDay", this issue of LxWxH is a languid study of fleeting moments in daily life both beautiful and tragic, and sometimes quiet. $150 for the set.
Also check out new work at 9lb Hammer, Artcore Tattoo, Belle & Whissel, Fantagraphics Bookstore, 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!

"Nightmare Inductions" @ CoCA

"Nightmare Inductions" at CoCA, Thursday, 16 January from 5-9pm. CoCA is pleased to present Nightmare Inductions, a series of interactive installations by the arts collective Noxious Sector. With the aid of brain wave entraining sound and video, participants are guided through a shared trance induction experience. Each experience focuses on a common nightmare theme. Three separate themes are offered in three induction areas: Dreams of Falling; Dreams of Teeth; and Noxious Sector's most recent creation, Forgetting.

The 3rd Thursday Art Walk in Edmonds, Thursday, 16 January from 5-8pm. Selected shows:
Otherworlds - "Monsters!" featuring a dozen local artists and monster themed art! 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 Friday Art Walk in the University District, Friday, 17 January from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Gargoyles Statuary - "Corvids & Kittens" by Braden Duncan featuring her "Mechanical Aviary" and dapper black kitten watercolours.
Also see new work at BC Surf & Sport, Boulevard Grocery, Cafe Allegro, Cafe Solstice, Lucid Gallery, Starbucks Coffee, 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!


Thuy-Van Vu @ Gage

Steele Gallery opening presents: "// SIGHTLINES" at Gage Academy of Art. Inspired by the "BUSTER SIMPSON // SURVEYOR" retrospective exhibition at the Frye Art Museum, // SIGHTLINES presents the perspectives of five Seattle artists on the build-up of the detritus of a life lived and our choices about what to save (or document) and what to toss. With reference to Simpson’s self-documented performances, environmental activism, and the fleeting utility of objects and structures in the landscape, artists include Thuy-Van Vu, Iole Alessandrini, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Whiting Tennis and Allyce Wood.

Chandler Woodfin @ Gage

"Dirty River" by Chandler Woodfin at Gage Academy of Art. Chandler uses watercolor to explore the interference of humans into the landscape. These places are beautiful and bright, but also sick. They bloom and flourish with overabundance, but the soil and water are frail. These environments are vulnerable and fevered.

Deborah Faye Lawrence @ Hedreen Gallery

"Discordia" at the Hedreen Gallery. Herdeen presents work by two masters of collage, Deborah Faye Lawrence and Monica René Rochester. Drawing on one of the original forms of media remix and mashup culture, both artists use different approaches to paratactic image-making while demonstrating the esoteric and political elasticity of the medium. Artist talk & closing reception: Sunday, 12 January 2014 from 6-7.30pm.

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 currently featuring a multitude of exhibits! Check out:
"In a Silent Way," photographic reflections on African American identities and histories. Show runs through 1 December.
"William Cordova: Machu Picchu After Dark," installation sculpture. Show runs through 19 January 2014.
"From Abstract Expressionism to Coloured Planes." Early in the 1940s, artists in New York began to develop an expressive, abstract style of painting that was a stark departure from previous ideas, both artistically and historically. Up until World War II, the center of artistic production in the West had been Paris, and artists from around Europe, the United States and South America had flocked there to study and to work. This changed profoundly in the 1940s. Featuring Arshile Gorky, Hans Hoffman, Jackson Pollack, and Lee Krasner.

David Hartt @ Henry Art Gallery

The Henry Art Gallery is currently hosting "Stray Light" in the North Galleries, photographic work by David Hartt. Also in the North Galleries are "The Photographs of Ray K. Metzger" and "Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan 1880-1930." All shows run through 5 January 2014. 

Franz von Stuck @ The Frye

The Frye Art Museum is currently featuring "Franz von Stuck." Franz von Stuck (1863–1928) was a renowned Symbolist painter, architect, designer, and cofounder of the Munich Secession. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth and the 120th anniversary of his American debut, Franz von Stuck is celebrated in the first monographic exhibition in the United States dedicated to his accomplishments. The exhibition showcases his graphic and architectural design and his photography, as well as spectacular canvases that generated both praise and controversy among American critics of his day for their “cachet of strangeness, which comes from a modern treatment of legendary, biblical, mystic or symbolic subjects.” (from  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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