Monday, September 1, 2014

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! For those of you who are sports fans, it's the start of football season! So you can look forward to many months yet of tailgating and team spirit; who knows, Super Bowl 2015...? For those of you non-sports fans, you can look forward to crazy traffic, super fans, and no parking on game days during art walks. So it's a balance, really. If the long weekend on Labour Day wasn't quite enough for you, there's still Cheese Pizza Day (5th), International Literacy Day (8th), No News is Good News Day (11th), National Play Doh Day (16th), International Talk Like a Pirate Day (19th), Elephant Appreciation Day (22nd), National Comic Book Day (25th), and Ask a Stupid Question Day (28th)! Summer is over, but the art is still hot! Get out, and get your art on!


"Lampoons & Word Balloons" by Marty Gordon at Georgetown Liquor Company. Collage works depicting the whimsical, the retro, the potentially apocalyptic, and more! Show runs thru 7 September!

Olivia Knapp, drawings + custom gallery mural at Ghost Gallery. Exquisite ink drawings exploring the unique relationship between the brain, the heart, and the tools of an artist. Show runs thru 7 September!

"Batman!" A group show at BC Surf + Sport. A spectacular mix of Batman themed art from an eclectic group of local artists. Show runs thru 14 September!


"Weave Release Party & Art Fest Kick-Off" at Vermillion, Thursday, 4 September from 5pm-late! Celebrate the release of the 2nd edition of WEAVE magazine and the kick-off to WEAVE Arts Fest. Mix and mingle with the featured artists and venues and pick up your copy of the publication fresh off the press. Articles written by Sarra Scherb and feature Electric Coffin Studio (Duffy, Justin Kane Elder & Stephan Hoffman), Wolfram Productions (Siolo Thompson) and Artist Residency interview with Chris Sheridan, Bombsheller (Pablos Holman) and art reviews of Eva Funderburgh & Ryan Molenkamp's recent exhibits.

The Burien (B-Town Beat) ~ Thursday, 4 Septmber from 6-9pm. Selected shows:Check out new work at Burien Arts Gallery, Burien Books, Burien Press, Elliott Bay Brewery, Glass Expressions, Maven Mercantile, Page 2 Books, Phoenix Tea, Skinperfect Aesthetics, Vino Bello, and more!   
Reilly Jensen @ Abmeyer + Wood
David Ivan Clark @ Gallery IMA
Daniel Joseph Martinez @ James Harris Gallery

The Pioneer Square Art Walk ~ Friday, 5 September from 5-8pm. ***Due to football season kick off, the 1st Thursday art walk has been rescheduled for FRIDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER.*** Selected shows:
57 Biscayne - "Fall Open Studios" featuring "100 Under 100" art in the hallway. Paintings, prints, letterpress, photographs, jewelry, books, tintypes, and more!
Abmeyer + Wood - "Salvage" by Reilly Jensen. Artist REILLY JENSEN’s fascination with machine parts might well be the basis for her habitual acquiescence to the “call of the junkyard”. In this place, the multitudes of ruined and discarded parts are artifacts of our disposable culture, of our unquenchable persistence for the new. Reilly is intrigued by the obsolete stuff and inspired by their burial grounds. Here lies the mechanical detritus reflecting the former “lives” of automobiles whose owner’s egos came also to rest, metaphorically, in oily ignoble graveyards.
Flatcolor Gallery - "The World is Flat: Group Photography Exhibition" From vagabond explorers to urban party freaks Flatcolor's group exhibition “The World is Flat” will focus on how contemporary photographers are documenting their lives, travels and adventures; while sharing with us the discovery of their world through the camera’s lens. “The World is Flat” will feature candid lifestyle photography, street photography, and adventure photography inspired by DIY, zine culture and life lived to the fullest.
Gallery IMA - David Ivan Clark, oil on stainless steel
Greg Kucera Gallery - "I Knew It Was Wrong, But I Did It Anyway" by SuttonBeresCuller and "Recent Etchings" by Martin Puryear
Hall Spassov Gallery - "Face to Face" by Rein de Lege. Few painters live for their art in the manner that Rein de Lege does. The Dutch born painter has lived and worked in Barcelona, Spain for nearly thirty years. Best known for his large and small expressionist faces, the artist has a natural curiosity about his pursuit that drives him to enlist several mediums including experimenting with digital platforms. 
James Harris Gallery - "Reflections from a Damaged Life" by Daniel Joseph Martinez
Roq la Rue - "Warten am Waldrand" by Femke Heimstra & "Novel Relic" by Casey Weldon (encore)
Trabant Coffee - "Fat Birds" curated by Braden Duncan. Featuring art by Braden Duncan, Hanna Myers, Fatima Al Khuzaei, John Osgood, Julia Carpenter, Shanna Duncan, Shawn Wood, Travis Talburt, and more! Trabant has been overrun with BIRDS! Tiny birds, enormous birds, realistic, surrealistic, stylistic birds, in monochrome and technicolour! They have one thing in common: they're all adorably, deliciously fat!
Also check out new work at 4Culture, Angle Gallery, Art Xchange, AXIS Pioneer Square, The Belfry Oddities Core Gallery, Davidson Galleries, Delicatus, Foster/White Gallery, Gallery 110goCstudio, Heart, Linda Hodges Gallery, Method Gallery, Nord Alley & the Alley Network Project, Occidental Square Park, OK Gallery, Pioneer Square Saloon, The Piranha Shop, 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!

"Bill Murray" @ Tiny Ninja Cafe

The Fremont Art Walk ~ Friday, 5 September 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 - "Faith Walk" by Chanda Castillo. This collection of vibrant acrylic paintings & collages by local artist Chanda Castillo explores her personal journey of faith. Please come join us for the September 5th First Friday in Fremont Art Walk from 6-9pm to enjoy these rare & beautiful treasures!
Tiny Ninja Cafe - "Bill Murray: First Annual Art Show" (encore), Over a dozen artists with work inspired by Bill Murray.
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, Pel'Meni Dumpling Tzar, Portgage Bay Goods, Sanachi Massage, Saturn, Space, Starbucks Coffee, The Sweet Spot, and more! 

Gretchen Hancock @ BAC
Jenny Anderson @ BI Museum
Max Grover @ BI Museum
The Bainbridge Island Art Walk ~ Friday, 5 September from 6-8pm. Selected shows:
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts - "New Work" by Gretchen Hancock. Working in oil and acrylic, Gretchen creates landscapes, seascapes, forests, buildings, and roads with an indelible sense of place.
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art - "Offerings" by Jenny Anderson, and "Hunter, Gatherer, Artist" by Max Grover
Roby King Gallery - "Fall Revue" all gallery artists group show
See new and exciting work at Blackbird Bakery, the BPA, Danger, Eleven Winery, Fork & Spoon, Ginger, Harbour Public House, Island Gallery, Pegasus Coffee, Pauli Dennis Gallery, PrettyStick, Sally Robinson Gallery, and more!

Northwest Visions Studio
"End of Summer Open Studio Party" at Northwest Visions Studio, Friday, 5 September from 8-11pm. Come join me and fellow artists at the Gasworks Gallery Building on the first Friday of September! Festivities start at 8 p.m., but folks can come earlier for a sneak peak. I will have new things to show and tell, a big sale on prints and originals, and there will be free wine and munchies available! Folks who mention this invite will get 40% discount on prints, and 30% off originals!

The Port Orchard Art Walk (April-November) ~ Saturday, 6 September from 2-5pm. September is Seahawks in Port Orchard! Art, Food, Music and Fun in downtown Port Orchard for the whole family. Make a Seahawks tile at the library.

The Port Townsend Art Walk ~ Saturday, 6 September from 5-8pm. Selected shows: 
Red Raven Gallery - "What the Moon Brings" a Red Siren Collective group show. A group of international artists in all disciplines interpreting the short horror story of the same name by H. P. Lovecraft. Curated by Jessica Ward and Laurie McClave.
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). 

"Inscape September Open Studios" at Inscape Arts, Sunday, 7 Sepember from 1-6pm. More than fifty artists and artisans will be showcasing work in a wide range of media that includes painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, glass, jewelry, textiles, fashion, metalwork, bike building and more. Join us at Inscape Arts for a fun afternoon filled with art, live demos, music, food and drink. This event is also family friendly when kids are kept in view. Come see the latest work from five floors of creative professionals, including:
• KRISTIN SCHIMIK and FRED LISAIUS, whose sculptures “Spiral Set” and “Slow Dance” can be seen in the CoCA-curated exhibition Heaven and Earth VI: As Above, So Below at Carkeek Park through 10/20.
• JULIA HAACK and ANASTASIA ZIELINSKI, whose installations “Arboreal Amulets” and “It Begins” in South Lake Union are part of the latest Storefronts Seattle program that runs through 10/15.
• SARA COLE, who recently finished a painting commission that will be installed at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta.
• CHRIS SHERIDAN, who will travel to Austria for the month of October to create new drawings and paintings for Wolfram Productions’ Seattle Vienna Artist Exchange

The Wallingford Art Walk (July-September) ~ Wednesday, 10 September 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...

"Made in the Northwest" @ SAM Gallery
"Made in the Northwest" at SAM Gallery, Thursday, 11 September from 6-8pm. SAM Gallery presents three Northwest artists who have been thinking about the influence of our natural surroundings and infusing their work with what they see: Linda Davidson, Nichole Dement, and Ryan Molenkamp. From the blurred landscapes of Davidson, to the sometimes exploding natural surroundings in Ryan Mokenkamp's paintings, these artists give you a new way of seeing what is all around us. Bringing us closer in, Dement often infuses her mixed media work with a close-up view of nature's details that we often miss. Show runs thru October 23.

True Love Gallery
The Capitol Hill Art Walk ~ Thursday, 11 September from 5-9pm. Selected shows:
Ghost Gallery - "Our Kingdom" by Michelle Smith-Lewis & Sarah B Smith. We are pleased to present a beautiful photography exhibit welcoming the Autumn season, featuring Michelle Smith-Lewis and Sarah B. Smith. This exhibit will consist of Michelle's tintypes & ambrotypes along with macro photography work by Sarah, coming together to portray meaningful moments of the artists' surroundings.
In-Arts Collective - "Comedy & Art! Real Art See" There will be comedy acts, live music, and an art show with a mural installation. We are featuring paintings by Ruth Arterburn, and beaded creatures by Travis Arney. Get your art and comedy on!
Ltd Gallery - "Press Start III: Turbo Edition" Our Annual Video Game show is in it's third year! As the PAX Prime convention descends upon the city of Seattle yet again, we have put together another amazing art show celebrating the modern era of VIDEO GAMES!
True Love Gallery - David Robertson, Kate Perry & Richard Rogers. For September we will be featuring abstract and non-representational oil and encaustic paintings by Kate Petty, linear abstract paintings by Richard Rogers, and textural, topographic pieces by David Robertson.
Also check out new work at Americana, Apocalypse Tattoo, Blindfold Gallery, Caffe Vita, Capitol Cider, Cloud Gallery, Cupcake Royale, Front Seat Gallery, High 5 Pie, Joe Bar Laughing Buddha, Online Cafe, Paris Eastside, PCNW, PettiRosso, Poco Wine + Spirits, Retrofit Home, SAAM, Saints Gallery, STart Wall Project, SugarPill, Vermillion, and more!

"Transmission" at the Mercury, Thursday, 11 September from 9.30pm til late. Featured artist: Dave Carmocan! Featured vendor: Gothic Pride Seattle! Featured bellydance: Bella Luna! 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.

Joseph Brooks @ Twilight Gallery
The West Seattle Art Walk ~ Thursday, 11 September from 6-9pm. Selected shows: 
Twilight Gallery - "This is Not Abstract" by Joseph Brooks. Line has always been important to me as an artist. A line can produce beauty and decay, express the past and move the mind forward to the future. Line is ultimately the underpinning of my work. Whether I am drawing characters or doing non-representational work, the line is my constant. My non-representational work is an exercise in color, composition, and form. It shows how there can be beauty without being a defined object. What is a sunset if not color and composition? I do not refer to this work as abstract because it is not an abstraction of any form. I strip objects of their familiarity and allow the viewer to make their own connections to the work.
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!

EGO & Jenny Dayton @ Bherd Studios

The Art Up Phinneywood Art Walk ~ Friday, 12 September from 6-10pm. Selected shows:
Bherd Studios - EGO & Jenny Dayton. Ego’s work has a flair for slightly dark, whimsical creepiness, influenced by the macabre sides of tattoo culture, street art, and underground fine art. Dayton creates both paintings and 3-d miniature scenes for this exhibition. Her work is message intense, compassion and respect for animals is the gospel she preaches but she does it quietly. The message is always there, but you have to unfold the layers of the work to see it clearly. Jenny uses images, Cyrillic text and other graphic elements to guide the invested viewer toward an important truth.
Urban Light Studios - "Sci-Fi Collaborative" featuring Casey Brookbush & Derek Ross. This is something special here... A BIG set of SCI-FI themed large scale, dimensional, contour cut, animated RGB LED backlit (via remote control) programable & absolutely EPIC paintings of Star Trek & Star Wars' most classic cruisers; The USS Enterprise, The Millennium Falcon, X-Wing Fighter, an Imperial Walker with frosty backlighting in a frozen glacial landscape on Hoth (!!!) a Klingon Bird of Prey, Vader's Tie-Fighter & much more... Derek & Casey have combined their painting skills into an incredibly unique collaborative collection of electronic SCI-FI theme Industrial art pieces.
Warlock Labs - "Stephen Crowe's Dubliners" To celebrate the hundredth year of Dubliners, James Joyce's classic short story collection, de Selby Press commissioned artist Stephen Crowe to illustrate the stories for a new centennial edition. Crowe's series takes an uniquely modern, graphic, and conceptual approach, inspired by both the avant-garde and commercial design and illustration of the Edwardian period.
Also check out new and exciting work at Avanti Art & Design, Chocolatti, Echo Echo, Gainsbourg, Home Suite Home, Naked City Brewery, Push/Pull, Quadrapus, School of Rock, The Space is Ours, Two Bird Tattoo, and more!

The Belltown Art Walk ~ Friday, 12 September from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
A/NT Gallery - "Home" Curated by Jessica Byrd. In the Sub-T room, we'll have "Home", an invitational exhibit of artwork around the theme of "home", where artists draw inspiration from whatever “home” means to them, and perhaps even what it means to be without a home. The shelter, security, peace, and dignity that a home brings is something that every human being deserves. A percentage of the proceeds of this exhibition will go directly to the Community Dinners toward the goal of funding their first affordable housing unit. 
Also check out brand new work at Bikes + Art, City Hostel Seattle, Crocodile Cafe, Form/Space Atelier, Patricia Cameron Gallery, Pintxo & The Upstairs, Rudy's Barber Shop, Sassafras, Seattle Ink & Oil, Stylus Salon, and more!

"Street Heart"
"Street Heart Project" Hosted by Homeless in Seattle at The Collaboratory, Friday, 12 September from 6-9pm. A collaboration of (24) local artists using their mind, heart and talents to create works of art that bring awareness and compassion for the issue of homelessness and benefits the local non profit Facing Homelessness.

The Ballard Art Walk ~ Saturday, 13 September from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Habitude - "Key Holes & Clockwork" by Braden Duncan
Monster Art & Clothing - Eli Wolf & J Von Stratton. Don't miss our last full-on art walk extravaganza featuring the original art of Eli Wolff and aerial performance by the amazing Jamie Von Stratton! Eli's clever cartoon inspired art work features many pop-culture icons that are dear to our hearts and are sure to make you smile. Meet him in person! Jamie Von Stratton will wow you on her aerial sling, while DJ Jessie Beans provides the soundtrack. Join us for a night of family friendly fun, and visit the rest of the destinations on the Ballard Art Walk map. This will be our LAST art walk with an aerial performance and live DJ - don't miss out on seeing Jamie fly from our ceiling!
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, Herb's House, Kiss Cafe, Liberte Skin Wellness, Miro Tea, Nightingale Gallery, Savour, Spark Studio, the Sunset Tavern, Venue and more!

The Central District Art Walk ~ Saturday, 13 September from noon-5pm. Check out new happenings at the Neptune Gallery Sculpture Garden, Atelier Autumnthing, Hi-Spot Cafe, Pratt Fine Art Centre, Twilight Exit and more!

The Georgetown Art Attack ~ Saturday 13 September from 6-9pm. Selected shows: 
Eight and Sand - "The Collagemonauts" Catapulted into world fame by deeds of indescribable daring, three men have sworn to tread the path which all people fear, the dangerous road beyond the things we know! They call themselves the Collagemonauts! Marty Gordon, Tim Manthey and Craig van den Bosch began their collaborative work in 2011 with journals modeled after the Exquisite Corpse technique invented by the Surrealists in the early twentieth century. Upon finishing the journals, they began working on larger collage pieces and a collage based graphic novel.
Georgetown Liquor Company - "Pangea" by Shanna Duncan. Artist. Illustrator. Designer. Shanna Duncan wields oil, acrylic, watercolour, ink, charcoal, mixed media, and digital media like a boss. Her style combines a "gritty symbolism with a macabre sense of humor infused with a whimsical air" (SD), and you might recognise her designs from clients such as Fender Guitars, Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast, Skullcandy, National Geographic, and more!
Krab Jab Studios - "Pain: An Artistic Experience" (encore c/o A/NT Gallery). Pain is a shared by all humanity, but everyone experiences pain very differently. For some, their daily lives involve the management of chronic pain. For others, their pain is emotional: anxiety, depression, and addiction. Pain is subjective, so we've invited professional artists to create works about the subject of pain, as they've experienced it. This will be a very personal and enlightening show, featuring the works of over 50 local and international artists. Curated by Aubry Andersen of A/NT Gallery, Braden Duncan of the Seattle Arts Coalition, Julie Baroh of Krab Jab Studio, and Tracy Cilona of Twilight Gallery. Free and open to the public!
LxWxH Gallery - Max Kraushaar (encore) - A study of ladders collapsing and being forcefully deconstructed through animated gifs. A collection of gifs made over a long period of time, OHP:T is a physical display of a large body of work that has so far only been available online. The pieces will be displayed on small cellphone-sized screens throughout the gallery, to be viewed intimately. Introducing the first installment in a series that has stretched three years, Kraushaar invites you to confront your daily boredom and routine with self-education and physical exploration.
LxWxH Subscription Project - a special guest curated box by Sierra Stinson of Vignettes
Also check out new work at 9lb Hammer, Artcore Tattoo, Belle & Whissel, Fantagraphics Bookstore, Georgetown Arts & Cultural Centre, Georgetown Atelier Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, Smarty Pants, Totally Blown Glassworks, Two Tartes Cafe, Wax Expressions, and more!

The Queen Anne Uptown Art Walk ~ Wednesday, 17 September 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!

Travis Talburt @ Otherworlds
The Edmonds Art Walk ~ Thursday, 18 September from 5-8pm. Selected shows:
Otherworlds - "Windcutter" by Travis Talburt. The great king of heaven pulled from his breast a Bone. The great king gifted this bone to his smith who fashioned it into a hammer. With that hammer the smith was able to temper magic. With great elation the smith set to forging the most perfect thing, in honor of his king. As a gift for him he made this sword, a sword he named... The Windcutter. 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!

"Who Are You?" hosted by CoCA at Seattle Design Center Open Galleries, Thursday, 18 September from 5-9pm. Our artist member response to the theme, “Who Are You?,” go so much deeper than the ubiquitous selfie. From conceptual investigations about the body to explorations of space and alternate universes, Who Are You? offers a broad range of artistic voices through diverse mediums including video and sketchbook, up-cycled and re-cycled, paint and even chocolate. Exhibition highlights include a painting that encases actual fruit flies, a concrete rubble duck infused with gold, dental x-ray viewers, and twisted tire tread re-shaped into an elegant abstraction. 3D glasses are encouraged.

The University District Art Walk ~ Friday, 19 September from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
BC Surf + Sport - "Batman!" A group show
Gargoyles Statuary - Mike Bell. The Art of Mike Bell will be gracing our walls for this month's Art Walk!!! All the way from New Jersey comes legendary classic horror icons and dark pop culture culprits~in his beautifully, sexy, retro style ~ we cannot wait! We will have framed art, prints, fabulous bottle openers and more... Unfortunately Mike won't be in attendance but we will be celebrating the opening night with a live monster sculpting demo by local artist Ken Hinch. There will be T-shirt giveaways and serving up treats, wine, and cheese!
Trabant Coffee & Chai - "Nicolas Cage & Gnomes!" 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 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! 

"Face Off: The Reckoning" at Naked City Brewery, Wednesday, 24 September from 7-9.30pm presented by Bherd Studios Gallery! ONE NIGHT ONLY! Artists will have 15 minutes to create work in each battle. Aaron Jasinski vs Larkin. Michelle Anderst vs Adam Valmassoi. John Osgood vs CASH. And for the Main Event, Joseph Brooks vs. Braden Duncan. Winner of each match will be determined by who generated the most for their piece in the live auction which happens after each match. All proceeds go directly to the artist. Be sure to come out to root for and to bid on your favorite artist and your favorite pieces! (Bidders should bring cash, no credit card machine available for this event.)

"YEAREIGHT: Artifakt Anniversary" at The Monkey Loft, Friday, 26 September from 10pm-late! A lot has changed over the past 8 years and we are celebrating another year of fusing art and music together to create a truly unique experience. We will also be featuring art from Seattle's local underground art scene. We are also pleased to announce that we will have Garry Todd from Sydney, Australia headlining along side with local DJ juggernaut Sean Majors with support from Artifakt resident DJs. Get ready to dance the night away! We start at 10pm and go till 4am so... Come for the art, Stay for the show!

"Steamposium" at the Bell Harbour International Conference Centre, Friday-Sunday, 26-28 September. Seattle's brand new Steampunk convention featuring artists, vendors, performers, celebrities, costumes, cabaret, and more! With special guests Sean Maher and Jewel Staite (of Firefly & Serenity fame), Kato with the ladies of Steamgirl, Steam Powered Giraffe, Shake That Brass Burlesque, and a host of other gorgeous mechanical creatures! Steamcon has been indefinitely cancelled, so if you're looking for your Steampunk fix this year, check out Steamposium!


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

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.
"City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India" Bollywood movie culture, venerated politicians, religious traditions, and art historical icons all contribute to the myriad of influences in contemporary urban Indian culture. The artists in this exhibition pay tribute to this multitude even as they introduce elements of irony, introspection, and critique. Through their photography and sculpture, the artists negotiate diverse ideas and influences on contemporary Indian society—Hindu mythology, Bollywood movies, Indian and western art, and icons of everyday life in a global market economy. Many of the works are influenced as much by popular movie culture and the use of digital technology as by the conventions of religious ritual and street processions, traditional theater, and dance. Come see the colorful, contradictory, and complex India of today through the works of some of the country’s leading artists. Show runs thru 15 February 2015.

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

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  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

1 comment:

  1. Braden- you are wonderful. It's so nice to be able to go this blog to see what's happening all around town. Thank you!!