Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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! This month, the USA (and subsequently Seattle) is celebrating independence! If 4th of July just isn't enough time to celebrate with colourful sparkles, fire, and food, try one of these: World UFO Day (2nd), Build a Scarecrow Day (5th), Teddy Bear Picnic Day (10th), Bastille Day (14th), Cow Appreciation Day (15th), National Ice Cream Day (20th), National Lasagna Day (29th), and more! This is also a fantastic month to appreciate your local artists and craftsfolk who help make Seattle such a unique and independednt community. Summer art walks are some of the best!


"Crow/Raven: Magic & Mystery" at ArtEast. “To know the crow is to know ourselves,” writes John Marzluff, award-winning author of In the Company of Crows and Ravens. The strange familiarity of crows and ravens has intrigued humans for centuries, inspiring mythic interpretation, artistic expression, and scientific inquiry.   “Crow/Raven: Magic and Mystery” brings together these human responses to crows through two art exhibitions, artist talks, and public lectures. The series runs through July 12 at the artEAST Art Center and Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands.

"Deep Pulls: A Screen printing Art Show" at Ltd GalleryA look into the childhood of some of the Northwest's top Screen Printers. Growing up, those obscure references of pop culture become as important to us as the mainstream icons we all know so well. We revel in their uniqueness that solidifies their presence in our memories, and we truly feel connected to them as they are special…to just us. Show runs thru 13 July!


Ford Crull @ Abmeyer + Wood
Vic20 @ Flatcolor
John Buck @ Greg Kucera Gallery
Ryan Molenkamp @ Linda Hodges Gallery
Casey Curran & Chie Yoshii @ Roq la Rue

The Pioneer Square Art Walk ~ Thursday, 3 July from 5-8pm. Selected shows:
Abmeyer + Wood - "In the Realm of the Fantastic" by Ford Crull. The artist is fascinated by the power of symbols. Hearts, wings, crosses and abstract geometric forms fill his paintings, all part of a unique visual vocabulary consistent across the artist’s body of work.
AXIS Pioneer Square - "In Danger" (encore) by Justin Kane Elder. This series of work is intended to give voice to the disturbing amount of endangered species across the planet. In our short life span we have witnessed multiple species being eradicated from the planet at an alarming rate. Every subject presented in this body of work is vanishing. Soon there will only be photographic evidence left of their existence. 
Flatcolor Gallery - "Hooked on a Feeling" by Vic20. Flatcolor Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition from bay area graffiti icon Vic20!
Greg Kucera Gallery - "Kinetic Sculptures" by John Buck
Linda Hodges Gallery - "Fear of Volcanoes" by Ryan Molenkamp. Solo exhibition of a new series of paintings on panel and paper.
Roq la Rue - "Indeterminate Apoteosis" by Casey Curran & "In the Darkness of Mere Being" by Chie Yoshii
Trabant Coffee - "Israel" by Alyson Jay. Giclee photo prints on metal, taken during Alyson's stay in Israel. Her series explores objects of historic, religious, and cultural significance as well as local colour.
Also check out new work at 4Culture, 57 Biscayne, Angle Gallery, Art Xchange, The Belfry Oddities, Core Gallery, Davidson Galleries, Delicatus, Foster/White Gallery, Gallery 110goCstudio, Heart, Gallery IMA, Method Gallery, Nord Alley & the Alley Network Project, Occidental Square Park, OK Gallery, Pioneer Square Saloon, Platform Gallery, Punch Room 104 Gallery, SAM, SAM Gallery, Shift, SOIL, 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!

Vikram Madan @ Page 2 Books
The Burien (B-Town Beat) ~ Thursday, 3 July from 6-9pm. Each business participating with visual art will host an artist that incorporates craft in their artwork. This could include needlework, quilting, mixed media, ceramics, glass, weaving, knitting, crochet, macrame, and much more! Selected shows:
Page 2 Books - "Happy Coffee" by Vikram Madan
Check out new work at Burien Arts Gallery, Burien Books, Burien Press, Elliott Bay Brewery, Glass Expressions, Maven Mercantile, Phoenix Tea, Skinperfect Aesthetics, Vino Bello, and more! 

The Fremont Art Walk ~ Friday, 4 July from 6-9pm. This month the Fremont art walk falls on 4th of July, so most businesses in the neighbourhood will be closed on Friday. There will be art available all month long, though! Selected shows:
Fremont Jewelry Design - Art by proprietor Lisa Magettari
Pel'Meni Dumpling Tzar - The HappyTime Apocalypse art collective takes over Pel'Meni!
Tiny Ninja Cafe - A Bill Murray themed group show
Also check out new work at ArtFX Gallery, Asgard Tavern, Atlas Clothing, Bellefleur Lingerie, evo Timesinfinity Gallery, Frame Up Studios, Fremont Health Club, Gasworks Gallery, GiGi Retro Inspired Clothing, Hub and Bespoke, Johnson Architects, Makerhaus, Northwest Vision Studio, Portgage Bay Goods, Sanachi Massage, Saturn, Space, Starbucks Coffee, The Sweet Spot, and more! 

The Madison Park Art Walk ~ Friday, 4 July 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!

The Bainbridge Island Art Walk ~ Friday, 4 July from 6-8pm. Selected shows:
Roby King Gallery - Parvin, paintings
See new and exciting work at Bainbridge Arts &Crafts, Blackbird Bakery, the BPA, Danger, Fork & Spoon, Ginger, Harbour Public House, IslandGallery, Pegasus Coffee, Pauli Dennis Gallery, PrettyStick, Sally Robinson Gallery, and more!

The Port Orchard Art Walk (April-November) ~ Saturday, 5 July from 2-5pm. Over 30 artists set up their work inside and outside of businesses along Bay Street, up Sidney Avenue and down Harrison Streets.  Some artists will actually be demonstrating their art. Many businesses serve food and beverages.

The Port Townsend Art Walk ~ Saturday, 5 July from 5-8pm. Selected shows: 
Red Raven Gallery - "Decomposition of the Heart" (encore) by Scott Kirschner
Also check out new work at Earthenworks Gallery, Forest Gems Gallery, Gallery 9, Max Grover Gallery, 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 Wallingford Art Walk (July-September) ~ Wednesday, 9 July from 4-7pm.Selected shows:
Check out new 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...

Braden Duncan @ Ghost Gallery
Gina Tolentino @ Pettirosso

The Capitol Hill Art Walk ~ Thursday, 10 July from 5-9pm. Selected shows:
Cloud Gallery - "Narratives & Dialogs" by Jeff Mihalyo. The artist discusses world and philosophical issues through a multifaceted system of symbolic and narrative compositions. Each painting emphasizes a need for balance in order to explore the complexity of the theme. He conveys the need for balance through a poetic arrangement of his subjects and by presenting multiple viewpoints of an issue within the painting’s narrative. This multi-dimensional approach to the portrayal of a “vision” allows each image to behave as an open-ended statement. The setting and characters of each picture can appeal to the viewer’s psychology, inviting one to develop questions about what is depicted and ultimately draw one’s own conclusions about the meaning of the work. The suggested narrative and viewer interpretation is key to the interplay between the artist and his audience.
Ghost Gallery - "Chromatic: A Watercolour Exhibition" featuring Seattle artists Braden Duncan, Chandler Woodfin, Levi Hastings, Rich M Stevens and Siolo Thompson. Catering and Cocktails by Wonder Lust Catering, the creative culinary effort of Chef Mike Stamey.
Joe Bar - "We are Witness" by Lindsey Rae Gjording. A collection of multimedia art and photography that has varying shades of meaning and is only now making sense as it forms itself into the whole. Sight and sightlessness. Women as worship. Blind by gold leaf. The acknowledgement that sometimes by seeing you are not just a viewer but a witness.
Ltd Gallery - "Deep Pulls" (encore)
PettiRosso - Gina Tolentino, paintings inspired by the flora and fauna of the oceans, as well as vintage burlesque costumes, circus life, and high fashion.
True Love Gallery - "Art Fusion" featuring old and new works from Starheadboy, Joseph Brooks, Claudio Duran, Narboo and Aaron Winnenberg. Opening night party will include a live, collaborative piece by all the artists.
Also check out new work at Americana, Apocalypse Tattoo, Blindfold Gallery, Caffe Vita, Capitol Cider, Cupcake Royale, Front Seat Gallery, High 5 Pie, In-Arts Collective, Laughing Buddha, Online Cafe, Paris Eastside, PCNW, Poco Wine + Spirits, Retrofit Home, SAAM, Saints Gallery, STart Wall Project, SugarPill, Vermillion, and more!

"Transmission" at the Mercury, Thursday, 10 July from 9.30pm til late. Featuring Seattle artist Braden Duncan, vendors Second Law Fabrications, burlesque by Raqs Nocturna, and Tarot Readings by Kari Champoux! Every month we bring you the best in Shoegaze, post-punk, post-rock and psych music with your hosts DJs ECHO and Kantrip with guest DJ, Brenan from Jetman Jet Team. 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 Gallery
The West Seattle Art Walk ~ Thursday, 10 July from 6-9pm. Selected shows: 
Twilight Gallery - "Stellar: Evidence of an Alternate Space Program" by Stasia Burrington.
“What I’m after – childish wonder, stark beauty, vast loneliness + absurd simplicity. Exploration, finding comfort in the unknown + active curiosity. This will be sort of a silly show. I’m not a scientist, or an astronaut, this is just a portrait of what I thought being a space explorer was like, when I was 10. I have this desire to touch emptiness, embrace the nonsensical, and lose a sense of proportion. Gadgets, physics and magic create a portrait of an innocent motivation to seek comfort and wonder in the unknown.” ~ Stasia
Also check out new work at Arts West, Click! Design That Fits, The Heartland Cafe, Hotwire Coffee, Shadowland, Skylark Cafe, Shoofly Pie, West 5, Wild Rose's, Windermere, and more!
Chris Sheridan @ Bherd Studios

Collagemonauts @ Two Bird Tattoo

The Art Up Phinneywood Art Walk ~ Friday, 11 July from 6-10pm. Selected shows:
Avanti Art & Design - "6th Annual 30x30 Challenge" Join us for The 6th Annual 30/30 challenge presenting works by 30+ Artists, creating 30 pieces in the 30 days of June, featuring over 1000 pieces; paintings & mixed media on canvas & paper, photography, 3D sculpture & more!
Bherd Studios - "Inner Beauty" by Chris Sheridan & Aaron Jasinski. Chris Sheridan and Aaron Jasinski explore the idea of inner beauty from dramatically different angles while carrying the same message: true beauty consists of more than just the typical trappings of our society.
Echo Echo - "(We're All Stars Now) In the Gnome Show" It's a gnome themed show! Haven't you always wanted to be completely surrounded by gnomes? We have! Garden gnomes, sculpted gnomes, painted gnomes, pictures of gnomes, anything and all things GNOME! Join the Echo crew and a host of guest artists for this extremely gnomey event!
Quadrapus - "The Tom Robbins Series" by Erin Sayer. Minneapolis artist Erin Sayer showcases her large scale oil paintings based on the novels of Seattle's own guru and fellow freak, Tom Robbins.
Two Bird Tattoo - "Collagemonauts in Action" Join us at Two Birds Tattoo during the monthly Greenwood/Phinney Artwalk for a night of chaos and creativity with the Collagemonauts. The 'Nauts will have their art on display but they also invite you to sit down with them and make art. Bring your own supplies or just wing it. We'll have some extras to share.
Urban Light Studios - "Wake in Progress" by Stephen Crowe, an ongoing visual adaptation of James Joyce’s "Finnegans Wake", perhaps the most difficult work of modernist fiction, composed in the fluid, shifting language of dreams. Wake in Progress translates the unique text into a fusion of styles and imagery from the history of visual art, from cave paintings to comic books, in a joyfully anarchic collision of high and popular culture. The resulting collection straddles the line between a series of independent images and a sequential narrative, in which recurring motifs and developing styles translate the most complex novel of the 20th Century into an evolving story in pictures.
Also check out new and exciting work at Chocolatti, Gainsbourg, Home Suite Home, Naked City Brewery, Push/Pull, School of Rock, The Space is Ours, Warlock Labs, and more!

"Mixed (e)Motions" @ A/NT Gallery

The Belltown Art Walk ~ Friday, 11 July from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
A/NT Gallery - "Mixed (e)Motions" (encore) + Kung Fu demo! We'll have an encore reception for the July show during the Belltown Art Walk. Wine, refreshments, and a free martial arts demonstration from Vinh Xuan. Check out the art and learn a bit of Wing Chun Kung Fu! Demo starts at 8pm.
Form/Space Atelier - "Cellular Calligraphy" by Kelly Fleek, hand knitted wearable sculptures & painted works
Also check out brand new work at Bikes + Art, City Hostel Seattle, Crocodile Cafe,  Patricia Cameron Gallery, Pintxo & The Upstairs, Rudy's Barber Shop, Sassafras, Seattle Ink & Oil, Stylus Salon, and more!

"Waxed Worlds Exhibition" at Water Works Gallery in Friday Harbour. Opening reception Saturday, 12 July from 4-7pm. Featuring Seattle artist Nichole DeMent's newest photographic based encaustic work!

CoCA @ Carkeek Park
"Heaven and Earth VI: As Above So Below" at Carkeek Park, hosted by CoCA, Saturday, 12 July from 2-5pm. In collaboration with Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Carkeek Park Advisory Council, the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) presents an exhibition of temporary artwork in the forest of Carkeek Park. Sixteen intrepid artists were asked to create site-specific art within the urban forest of Carkeek Park. Come join us in celebrating this unique exhibition! At the opening, the artists will be there for a meet and greet, and you will have a chance to be some of the first to witness the unveiling of this year's art. The exhibition runs until October 20th, so please come back anytime until then to enjoy this amazing exhibit. Come, interact, and be a part of the art.

Wedgewood Art Festival
"The 9th Annual Wedgewood Art Festival" at Our Lady of the Lake Parish & School, Saturday & Sunday, 12-13 July. Featuring over 60 local artists and craftsmen as well as music, food, face painting, and more!

The Ballard Art Walk ~ Saturday, 12 July from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
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, Full Tilt, Habitude, Kiss Cafe, Liberte Skin Wellness, Miro Tea, Monster Art & Clothing, Nightingale Gallery, Savour, Spark Studio, the Sunset Tavern, Venue and more!

The Central District Art Walk ~ Saturday, 12 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 Dark Woods" @ Krab Jab Studio
Ellen Ziegler @ LxWxH
The Georgetown Art Attack ~ Saturday 12 July from 6-9pm. This month is the Georgetown Carnival from noon-10pm, to coincide with the art walk! Selected shows: 
Eight and Sand - "Icons of Horror" by Reed Carpenter. There are certain objects that if viewed by themselves appear innocuous, perhaps almost comical...but to those who have been raised watching horror films, to those who delight in the tingles of the spine, a simple hockey mask can immediately bring up memories of a film half-seen through the fingers, popcorn spilling from the lap as the bodycount rises. This show explores the idea of horror movie icons, items that even seen in the light of day can pull you right back to that feeling you got seeing Jason lumber out of the darkness for the first time, seeing the Cenobites half-shrouded in darkness promising secrets no mortal should know. Through a variety of mediums, a handful of these objects are presented here...what memories do these bring back for you? 
Georgetown Liquor Company - "Chapter 19: Heart Wire" by Rustic Visions (O'Shea Kinsey). New mixed media assemblage collage!

Krab Jab Studios - "The Dark Woods: Roots of the Fairy Tale." Stepping off the Path…
Before asphalt, glass and electric light, there was the Forest.
Featuring Alice Dufeu, Allen Williams, Amy Brown, Carly Mazur, David Thierree, Drew Tucker, Forest Rogers, Heather Hudson, Jason Engle, Jeremy Hush, Julia Jeffrey, Masha Sardari, Melissa Benson, Olivier Villoingt, Sandra Buskirk, Siolo Thompson, Stefanie Vega, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Thomas Dodd, Tory Taber, Travis Lewis, Yoann Lossel, Yuko Ishii, and Yvette Endrijautzki.

LxWxH Gallery - "Cullom Gallery featuring Ellen Ziegler". Cullom Gallery, formerly in the International District neighborhood of Seattle, has forged new ground via online and pop-up events, specializing in mobile happenings and new ways of regarding the space of a gallery. This month, Cullom Gallery will present Seattle artist Ellen Ziegler. Ellen Ziegler's solo exhibition, Vermilion, features a new series of large and small-scale drawings rendered with red transfer paper, an electrically-charged stylus, and gouache applied through punctured stencils. The series is an exploration of unrestrained, intuitive mark making, as well as a visceral embrace of the color vermilion’s rich visual power and its many-fold associations to geology, culture, biology, and art history. Ziegler’s drawings read as a micro/macro rush across the page, offering fleeting associations to ancient human imagery, microscopic forms, synaptic maps, and celestial space.
LxWxH Subscription Project - "Wavelength." June's box set from LWH is a music box!! Featuring a 7" lathe cut square record by Emily Pothast and David Golightly of Hair and Space Museum. This record comes bound in a paperboard/fabric case that folds up into a 3D pyramid with printed surfaces. Also featured is musician Garek Jon Druss, who has made a series of wave form diagrams in watercolor using a Monophonic synthesizer, subtractive synthesis, and a twin oscillator wave form as a signal source and conceptual foundation. The result is a visually compelling drawing and painting of the aesthetics of sound. Your art comes in a beautifully hand-crafted box made by Steve Leroux! Only 2 boxes were still available the last time I checked!
Also check out new work at 9lb Hammer, Artcore Tattoo, Belle & Whissel, Fantagraphics Bookstore, Georgetown Arts & Cultural Centre, Georgetown Atelier Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, Nautilus Studios, Smarty Pants, Totally Blown Glassworks, Two Tartes Cafe, Wax Expressions, and more!

The Queen Anne Uptown Art Walk ~ Wednesday, 16 July from 5-7.30pm. Selected shows:
Check out new work at Bombsheller Art Labs, Caffe Ladro, Liberty Tattoo Parlour, Mercer Street Books, Mud Bay, Peridot Boutique, Teatro Zinzanni, Tin Lizzie Lounge, Toulouse Petit, The Vera Project, and more!

"En Plein Air: A Summer Festival" at Seattle Design Center, hosted by Kate Alkarni Gallery, Thursday, 17 July from 5-10pm. This is our first annual Indoor/Outdoor Art Festival! There will be 10 open galleries including CoCA (Center on Contemporary Art), Kate Alkarni Gallery, Bilinear Art Consulting, Community Arts Project, Krogstad Photography, Evergreen Association of Fine Arts (EAFA), Jacob Foran Gallery, Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters (PSGNWP), Seward Park Clay Studio &Vernissage Gallery! Musical Guests: Mark Pickerel, Talkative, Bailey Skye & Lindsey Kaghan! Also, food truck and live painting!
3 Howls Distillery is sponsoring Kate Alkarni Gallery's 1-year anniversary party! Please bring all your friends and family to help us make this an amazing event!

Braden Duncan @ Otherworlds
The Edmonds Art Walk ~ Thursday, 17 July from 5-8pm. Selected shows:
Otherworlds - "Clockwork Coterie" by Braden Duncan. Bees, bees, and more bees! In addition to the monthly 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!

"Fantasy in the City: A Magical Art Show." at Ltd Gallery, Friday, 18 July from 7-11pm. Over 30 Artists blend the worlds of Science Fiction and Fantasy, with that of Modern City life. Featuring: Braden Duncan, Brian Miller, Chase Kunz, Chet Phillips, Daisy Church, Dennis Salvatier, Doaly, Emiliz Tolibas, Geoffrey Blasiman, Hana Mulyati, Jessica Roux, June Leeloo, Kevin Jay Stanton, Klint Flentge, Leslie Gauthier, Marjon Aucoin, Mark Sarmel, Meghan Stratman, Melissa Monosmith, MIKEATRON!, Mike Bell, Mike Oncley, Nan Lawson, Phresha, Primary Hughes, Rachael Tree Talker, Rhodora Jacob, Rich Werne, Rolando Avila, Steve Thomas, Super Ugly, Suzanne Kaufman, Vic Deleon, and Vikram Mada.
"The FIne Art of Nicolas Cage" @ Trabant Coffee
The University District Art Walk ~ Friday, 18 July from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Gargoyles Statuary - "Spleandours of the Woodlands" a woodland-themed group show featuring Braden Duncan, Corey Skillman, Heidi Estey, and more! 
Trabant Coffee & Chai - "The Fine Art of Nicolas Cage" Do you like Nicolas Cage? Do you like art? Have you always, secretly, in the deepest darkest part of your subconscious heart of hearts really wanted to see an artistic tribute to one of the coolest actors around? We thought so! That's why you're invited to witness this spectacular event! If you missed the exhibit in Georgetown last month, never fear! The entire show is coming to the U District for the next 3 months!
Also see new work at BC Surf + Sport, Boulevard Grocery, Cafe Allegro, Cafe Solstice, Chaco Canyon Cafe, Daisy Sky Studio, Herkimer Coffee, Lucid Gallery, Moksha, University Business Center, Zoka Coffee, and more! Don't forget to stop by Boulevard Grocery for a bag of fresh-roasted coffee hand-painted by a local Seattle artist!

"POTW! A Poster of the Week Exhibit" at St John's Bar & Eatery, hosted by Ghost Gallery, Saturday, 19 July from 8-11pm. The Art of Music Series is curated by Aaron Huffman (Art Director at The Stranger) and Laurie Kearney (Owner, Ghost Gallery). The first show in this series features 27 local and regional artists that have had their gig poster designs listed in The Stranger's Poster of the Week (POTW) column. Each artist will exhibit their chosen poster design along with a recent work of art. Originals and edition prints for most of the work will be available for sale throughout the duration of the exhibit.

"The Sunset Red XIV: The Art of Casey Brookbush" at the Sunset Tavern, Saturday, 19 July from 9pm-late. Summer has arrived, and the 6th Annual Casey Brookbush Rock Art Display is just around the corner! All persons everywhere are invited to join us for the next chapter in Casey's ongoing celebration of rock n' roll artistry for the eyes & ears. Auditory entertainment features local bands covering some of rock's most epic albums: Pink Floyd's "Animals," Led Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy," and brand new from C-Leb & The Kettle Black, "Flat Black"! Visual entertainment features Casey's newest rock-inspired paintings!


The SAAM is featuring "Deco Japan: Shaping Art & Culture 1920-1945" Jazz. Gin. Short hair and short skirts. The modern girl. The rise of film, and the advent of skyscrapers and air travel. After World War I, the world was changing rapidly. With the machine age came an increased emphasis on speed. The art world answered with Art Deco, which had a driving energy that found expression in its use of themes from cultures all over the world, wild appropriation of other art forms, and graphic designs with fast lines that could be adapted and used on everything from housewares to posters, and for everything from politics to advertising. By World War II, Art Deco had left its mark on almost every medium of visual art.Through 19 October. (from www.seattleartmuseum.org)

Mark Tobey @ SAM
The SAM is currently featuring a multitude of exhibits! Check out:
"Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical." Meet the mystics—the four artists who, in the late 1930s and ‘40s, became known as the Northwest School of modern art. Fed by one another’s passions and talents, Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, and Guy Anderson sought to create art that consciously responded to the world events around them. All saw art as a form of spiritual quest. All were influenced by the Northwest’s swirling mix of Native American and Asian traditions. Soon, they were known in New York and across the country—regional artists whose visions, for a time, were universal. Show runs thru 7 September.

Ken Price @ the Henry
The Henry Art Gallery is currently hosting "Inside/Outside" by Ken Price in the North Galleries. The Henry is pleased to present a focused exhibition of works by Ken Price (U.S., 1935 – 2012) dating from the late 1970s to the mid 1990s from the Henry’s permanent collection. Central to the exhibition is Heat Wave, a portfolio of prints developed in conjunction with Black Sparrow Graphic Arts that illustrates a compilation of poems by prolific poet and fiction writer Charles Bukowski (U.S., born Germany 1920 – 1994). The portfolio was produced in 1995, a year after Bukowski’s death and is comprised of 15 prints on paper in an edition of 170. Widely considered a cult hero, in his writing Charles Bukowski depicted the depravity of American urban life, leading Time magazine to call him “the laureate of American lowlife” in the late 1980s. The other works included in the exhibition highlight aspects of Ken Price’s figurative production, as well as his long-standing investment in ceramics, drawing, and print-making. The pieces are tightly framed, everyday representations of urban and rural scenes, rendered in a playful and colorful manner. They recall cartoons or graphic novels, appearing familiar at first, but uncanny upon closer inspection. A Los Angeles-based artist, Ken Price is known primarily as a sculptor and a printmaker. He is also widely recognized for his abstract large-scale ceramic sculptures. (from henryart.org)

The Frye Art Museum is featuring Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930. This exhibition brings together for the first time the work of two of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904-1988) and Qi Baishi (Chinese, 1864-1957). Comprising drawings, ink paintings, calligraphic works, and sculptures from the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, and private and public collections, it presents forty-three works by Noguchi and twenty-three by Qi Baishi. The exhibition and its accompanying publication document the period of six months that Noguchi spent in Beijing and shed new light on the little-known relationship between the two artists. (from fryemuseum.org)  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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