Wednesday, April 1, 2015

APRIL Art Fix: Upcoming Events

If you need your art fix for the month of April (and I know I do!), here are some shows that you won't want to miss! Instead of hunting Easter eggs this month, try art! It's hiding everywhere, sometimes in plain sight, sometimes in the last place you'd think to look. This month, I challenge you to explore your community and find a piece of prettiness that inspires you. Happy hunting!


"Live On: Mr's Japanese Neo-Pop" at the SAAM. The devastating disaster of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and the nuclear accident afterwards were both a shock and inspiration for Japanese Neo-Pop artist Mr. In response, he composed a massive installation made of hundreds of everyday objects from Japanese life. It’s the central work in this exhibition, presented here with a series of new paintings and other work. A reminder of the debris that blanketed the Tohoku area in the aftermath of 3.11 tsunami and earthquake, the installation embodies the post-disaster fear and frustration of the Japanese people since the catastrophic events. Show closes 5 April!

"See Me" at the SAM. The portrait artists in this show are Lynn Brofsky, Nichole DeMent, Troy Gua, and Curt Labitzke. Throughout history portraits have told stories about the artists as well as their sitters. The artists in this show are Lynn Brofsky, Nichole DeMent, Troy Gua and Curt Labitzke. Come see for yourself what these four Northwest artists might be suggesting in their contemporary portraits. Show closes 23 April!


KOA Atelier @ AXIS
Ryan Henry Ward @ Artifact

Roq la Rue
Art Beasies @ SOIL
The Pioneer Square Art Walk ~ Thursday, 2 April from 5-8pm. Selected shows: 
Abmeyer + Wood - "Art in True Fashion" curated by Emily Catherine. Over the past six months, I have been researching both artists and fashion designers who exhibit a unique and exciting interpretation of style in their work. The final selection includes a diverse group of both locally and nationally recognized artists working with mediums that range from oil paints to organza. From costume to couture, these painters and sculptors demonstrate the common threads between fashion and art through the exploration of technique, medium, style and form. The cross-pollination continues as fashion designer Alex Aesthetic will unveil a garment inspired by the work of A+W artist Kymia Nawabi, who is also participating in the exhibition! 
Artifact Gallery - "I Still Myth You" by Ryan Henry Ward
AXIS Pioneer Square - "KOH Atelier"  The work in the KOH Atelier exhibition represents recent work by the members of of the Kang-O'Higgins Atelier at Gage Academy of Art. The KOH atelier is an open aesthetic body and members pursue concepts and themes that are of interest to them. As such the artists work in a variety of media and styles according to their tastes and interests. 
Flatcolor Gallery - "FLATLINERS: Illustration, comix and characters." Features artists and illustrators who span the gamut from flat colorful compositions to bold high contrast line work. 
Gallery 110 - "Exileration: 14 Days of Isolation" The Piranha Shop - "New Beginnings" by Jesse Link and Justin HillgroveA collection of new, original works by well-known Seattle-based Artists Justin Hillgrove and Jesse Link. Come experience “New Beginnings” in person during First Thursday Art Walk at The Piranha Shop, located in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood. The first 50 attendees will receive a signed Limited Edition sketch by our two featured artists!
Roq la Rue - Main Gallery: "Prime Meridian" by Peter Ferguson & "Uchronia: Mini Group Show" featuring Femke Hiemstra, Lindsey Carr, Scott Musgrove, Jessica McCourt, Derek Nobbs, Syd Bee, and Olivia Knapp. Loft Gallery: "Whiskey Helps" by Amanda Manitach
SOIL ART BEASTIES is a Japanese artist collective based in New York City. Time Difference is our first collaboration between the members exploring time, locations, and surroundings from various perspectives. We live in different time zones, countries and cities; we communicate online and some of us never met in person. Starting off from experiencing somewhat counter-intuitive and awkward moments created through Skype communication between three time zones, we explore the gap in our perception of time in the different time zones. The Art Beasties members investigate new discoveries and possibilities that real-time, time lag, digital glitch and cultural and linguistic context would create the process. The projects include live music performance, photography, installation, video, and painting. A concurrent pop-up show will be held at Prole Drift Gallery from April 2–4, 2015. A special reception will be held on Saturday April 4, 2015, 6–9pm.
Trabant Coffee - "Menagerie" (encore) by Shanna Duncan. Come see this colorful collection of curious beasties, guaranteed to delight and amaze! Also, "A Collection in Clockwork" by Braden Duncan, 12th-30th April.
Also check out new work at 4Culture, 57 Biscayne, The AKArchy, Angle Gallery, Art Xchange, The Belfry OdditiesBonfire GalleryCore Gallery, Davidson Galleries, Delicatus, Foster/White Gallery, Gallery IMA, goCstudio, Greg Kucera Gallery, Hall Spassov Gallery, James Harris Gallery, Linda Hodges Gallery, Method Gallery, Nord Alley & the Alley Network Project, Occidental Square Park, OK Gallery, Pioneer Square Saloon, Platform Gallery, Punch Room 104 GallerySAM, SAM GallerySeattle Artsource, Shift, 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!

Julia Oliver-Clifner @ Burien Press
The Burien (B-Town Beat) ~ Thursday, 2 April from 6-9pm. Selected shows: 
Burien Books - Troy Williams, photography
Burien Library - Poetry booth for National Poetry Month
Burien Press - Julia Oliver-Clifner & Lory Newsom
Page 2 Books - Laura Scheuffle
Phoenix Tea - PoetsWest poetry readings
Check out new work at Burien Arts Gallery, Elliott Bay Brewery, Glass Expressions, Maven Mercantile, Skinperfect Aesthetics, Vino Bello, and more! 

Don Glaister @ BAC
The Bainbridge Island Art Walk ~ Friday, 3 April from 6-8pm. Selected shows:
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts"Carpe Librum: The Art of the Book" Art meets letters meets technical expertise in this extraordinary exhibition of artist books curated by Cynthia Sears and Hidde Van Duym.
See new and exciting work at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Blackbird Bakery, the BPA, Danger, Eleven Winery, Fork & Spoon, Ginger, Harbour Public House, Island Gallery, Pegasus Coffee, Pauli Dennis Gallery, PrettyStick, Roby King Gallery, Sally Robinson Gallery, and more!

"Norweson 38: Distant Horizons, Epic Adventures" at the SeaTac Double Tree, Thursday-Sunday, 2-5 AprilPlease join us for another excellent year of science fiction and fantasy fun at Norwescon 38! Our Guests of Honor this year include George R. R. Martin (Author), Julie Dillon (Artist), Amy Mainz (Science), and Random House (Spotlight Publisher) represented by Bantam Spectra Senior Editor Anne Groell and Del Rey Editorial Director Tricia Narwani. Check out the vendor hall and the art show featuring a dazzling array of one-of-a-kind creations!

Pamela Wishbow @ Tiny Dodo
The Fremont Art Walk ~ Friday, 6 March from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Fremont Jewelry Design - "From Where I See It" by Doug TostensonWhether his subject is a coastal landscape or a cityscape, printed in a traditional dark room or digitally composed or a combination of both, Tostenson's images bear his signature high-contrast, painterly, otherworldly style.
Tiny Dodo Gallery - "Creepy Crawly" (encore) - Bugs, bugs, bugs! Curated by Rhodora Jacob and featuring art by Pamela Wishbow and over 20 other local artists!
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! 


Jeff Weekley @ Simon Mace
The Port Townsend Art Walk ~ Saturday, 4 April from 5-8pm. Selected shows: 
Red Raven Gallery - "Feathers & Honey" by Braden Duncan
Simon Mace Gallery - "Dealers Choice Remix" featuring Frank Renlie, Jeff Weekley, Kathy Van Kleeck, Louise Warner, Richard Jesse Watson, Suzanne DeCuir, and more! Continuing on the theme of Simon Mace Gallery’s February/March show “Dealer’s Choice,” April is a similar concept in that it will be a large number of artists and a mix of new artwork and artwork we've shown before. 
Also check out new work at Earthenworks Gallery, Forest Gems Gallery, Gallery 9, Max Grover Gallery, Northwind ArtsAlliance, Port Townsend Gallery, Williams Gallery, and more! If you get hungry along the way, stop into Elevated Ice Cream, Nifty Fifty'sDiner, Water Street Creperie, or Cellar Door (the delicious brainchild of local food afficionados Dominic Svornich and Stephanie Hoch).

Erin Kendig @ Ghost Gallery
Britta Johnson @ Joe Bar

The Capitol Hill Art Walk ~ Thursday, 9 April from 5-9pm. Selected shows:
"Capitol Hill Art Invasion" 1-night exhibit featuring 30 local artists. Our mission is this: 
To remind the new Capitol Hill residents that art is an essential part of the landscape. We will foster this conversation and remain visible. We invite you to find us and put yourself at the intersection of progress and possibility. Ghost Gallery - "Things on Things" by Erin KendigGhost Gallery presents a series of new, original paintings by Seattle artist Erin Kendig, inspired by the Olympic Peninsula's overwhelming biomass along with other Northwest surroundings. Erin primarily works with watercolor, occasionally bringing in acrylic, ink and collage. The perfected shading technique in her landscapes combine well with her fine, detailed line work and choice of warm, rich hues. 
In-Arts Collective - Join us for "Queer Planet", a multimedia experience with live music, theater, make up lessons, drag, video installations, and so much art that you may not know where you are anymore! Maybe in outer space? Aside from being in space, you would also be at the In Arts NW for this event. Where a community of thirty artists living collectively want to share their art, music, and theatrical performances with you.
Joe Bar - "Rolling In" by Britta JohnsonProjections of etching loops and experiments in chaos with a slight chance of arm wrestling.
Mercury - "Transmission" Featured artist: Jewels Foster. Featured vendor: Robert Tritthardt of Writhe and Shine and Overcast with a Chance of Doom! Featured bellydance: Raqs Nocturna & Betty Fish! Every month we bring you the best in Shoegaze, post-punk, post-rock and psych music with your hosts DJ Echo & DJ Kalhoun! 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.
Merrill Gardens - "April Pop-Up" 1-night only! Free and open to the public! Featuring Jess Rainbolt (air plants), Matt Dinniman (Collage-o-Rama), Rhodora Jacob (painting & print) & Twyla Dill (handmade wood burned & lace jewellery). Co-curated by Laurie Kearney of Ghost Gallery and Braden Duncan (your humble narrator). Come for art, stay for refreshments and live music! Laurie & I are happy to  wonderful way to bring a taste of Seattle's thriving art culture to viewers with limited mobility. 
Saint John's Bar - "Then Disaster" by Marc Tweed. Curated by Ghost Gallery. "Then Disaster" explores the electric, split second moments right before a disaster occurs. Creepy. Tension-filled. Open to interpretation.
True Love Gallery - "Principia Alchemica" curated by Siolo Thompson. At the early crossroads of science and mysticism, the alchemist stood. A cryptic figure seeking the transmutation of worldly materials into divine matter, the alchemist investigated the natural world and sought the transmogrification of both earthly substances and spiritual self. Alchemy: part science, part philosophy, part dark art, and arguably the early foundation of scientific discovery. An exhibition of artwork that pays homage to the wonders of the natural world, the early scientist and his cabinet of curiosity - but also takes us further back, to the cauldron of the alchemist and his quest for transformation. 
Also check out new work at Americana, Apocalypse Tattoo, Bauhaus, Cafe Pettirosso, Caffe VitaCalypte Gallery, Capitol Cider, Cloud Gallery, Cupcake Royale, Front Seat Gallery, High 5 Pie, Kismet Salon, Laughing Buddha, Online Cafe, Paris Eastside, PCNWPoco Wine + Spirits, Retrofit Home, SAAM, Saints Gallery, STart Wall Project, SugarPill, Vermillion, and more!

"Spring Art Walk Awards" at Sole Repair Shop, Thursday, 9 April from 7-11pm. Each quarter three guest judges explore neighborhood artwalks throughout the city to select nine exhibited artworks as finalists. The Art Walk Awards celebrate the finalists, and the attendees will vote for the winners. The top three artworks will receive cash prizes and the first-place artwork will be featured in City Arts Magazine. 21+ RSVP is REQUIRED: 

The West Seattle Art Walk ~ Thursday, 9 April from 6-9pm. Selected shows: 
Twilight Gallery - "The Spinster & the Carpenter" by Rebecca RoseEarly on Rebecca Rose saw similarities between Sculpture Foundry and Metalsmithing Jewelry, and in both cases transformed an idea from concept to reality out of carved wax and burnable objects. Rose plaster coats the original, kiln fires it, melts metal, and pours it into the negative space. Discovering that jewelry and sculpture could be the same, interchangeable, and all that was missing was a way to bridge the two until she then came up with the current body of work: wearable art + small sculpture = Sculpturings. Artist talk: Saturday, 11 April from 6-8pm.
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!

"Skull Candy State of the Art" at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival, 10-19 April in Whistler, BC, Canada. If you find yourself in Whistler this weekend, check out Seattle artist Shanna Duncan's art at the festival! World Ski and Snowboard Festival is all about the riding, the free concerts, the nightlife and for the discerning palate, the art. At State of the ART, all pillars of the WSSF come together to provide a platform for mountain town inspiration.
     There are no rules and this is not a paint-inside-the-lines event. Sub-cultures and anti-movements are celebrated and portrayed in gritty and thought-provoking mediums. Invited artists come from far and wide to create a community of urban street and snow ingenuity, and push the boundaries of the State of the ART. There's no entry fee, and you can stroll around the Grand Foyer of the Whistler Conference Centre, immerse yourself in artistic talent, rub shoulders with the who's who of the creative world and even pick up a one-of-a-kind piece for yourself.

Warlock Labs
The Art Up Phinneywood Art Walk ~ Friday, 10 April from 6-10pm. Selected shows:
Echo Echo Gallery - New and exciting work from the Echo Echo crew!
HappyTime Apocalypse - Guest artist Fenix Caya
Naked City Brewery - Casey Brookbush, paintings
Push/Pull - "Literate: Art Inspired by the Written Word" A group art show featuring works inspired by literature. Whether an author portrait, interpretation of a favorite character or a scene from a novel - all the works are inspired by books. 
The Space is Ours - "The Joke's on Us: A Preview" Exhibition preview of recreations of tnglr's guerrilla installation of faux PROPOSED LAND USE ACTION signs.
Urban Light Studios - "Blank Stare" by Alex Achaval. Alex Achaval's work touches on overlapping themes by incorporating abstraction and surrealism into large painted collages that combine disjointed elements. He works in developing forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels which incite the viewer to draw their own conclusions. Closing reception: Jeremy Kronbach.
Warlock Labs - "The Gripping Return of GOT HAM?" At this month's Greenwood Art Walk, we're showcasing the colorful and hammy characters from Batman's comics, movies, and TV shows. Put on your best henchman's outfit and come on down to the Lab.
Also check out new and exciting work at Avanti Art & Design, Chocolatti, Gainsbourg, Home Suite Home, Paper Diamonds Clothing, Quadrapus, School of Rock, Two Bird Tattooand more!

Claire Mack @ Rocco's
The Belltown Art Walk ~ Friday, 10 April from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Rocco's - Claire Mack, mixed media. Curated by Ghost Gallery
Also check out brand new work at A/NT Gallery, Bikes + Art, City Hostel Seattle, Crocodile Cafe, Essentia, Form/Space Atelier, Michelle Dirkse Interior Design, Patricia Cameron Gallery, Pintxo & The Upstairs, Rudy's Barber Shop, Sassafras, Seattle Ink & OilStylus Salonand more!

"5 Ghost Years in Capitol Hill" at Ghost Gallery, Saturday, 11 April from noon-6pm. Ghost Gallery's brick & mortar, hybrid art space opened in April 2010 - It's been 5 Years! Join us for an all-day celebration in house and online from 12-6pm, then continue the party with us at Saint John's Bar & Eatery from 7pm on! 
     I really can't THANK YOU enough (family, friends, artists, vendors and supporters), 5 Years!!! It's flown by, full of SO MANY good connections, experimentations, trials & errors, new friends, new neighbors...and I really look forward to keeping it going strong. 
     We will have champagne & beer out for guests all day Saturday April 11th - Thanks to Fremont Brewery for the daytime beers to enjoy:)
A HUGE amount of inventory will be pulled from storage, with wonderfully accessible prices on Mini Art, Jewelry, Prints and Vintage items. ONLINE FLASH SALE will also include mini art, jewelry and prints! Promo code will be posted on Friday. 

Monster Art
 The Ballard Art Walk ~ Saturday, 11 April from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Monster Art & Clothing - Andrew Miller (Mantis Art). A colorful showing of hand painted photographs by Andrew Miller, featuring the beauty that is Seattle scenery along with pop culture icons. 
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, Herb's House, Kiss Cafe, Liberte Skin Wellness, Miro Tea, Nightingale Gallery, Savour, Spark Studio, the Sunset Tavern, Venue and more!

Krab Jab Studio
The Georgetown Art Attack ~ Saturday 11 April from 6-9pm. Selected shows: 
Eight and Sand - "Transverto" by Krissy Downing & Rhodora JacobThis month features two of Seattles hardest working women artists. Rhodora Jacob creates organic illustrations using different mediums including ink, arcylic and gouache. Krissy Downing works in Oil and acrylic to bring her stream of consciousness, surreal paintings to life. There will be new works from both artists.
Interstitial - "Wish You Were Her" by Hannah PattersonExhibiting new .gif, video and print work, "Wish You Were Her" is Patterson's second solo exhibitions with Interstitial. Referencing clichés of the feminine aesthetic, Patterson's glitter covered body parts, candy colored palettes and magical desert landscapes express a fascination with 90s pop and sparkle commercialism.
Georgetown Liquor Company - "Prophesy of the Goldfinch" by Evan Amarante Soares. His latest poster series, Prophecy of the Goldfinch, is an experiment in illustrative storytelling that draws subject matter from an imagined mythology of his own creation and the incomplete odyssey of an unnamed goldfinch-like creature.
Krab Jab Studio"Marriage is a Work of Art" Ever wondered how two married artists function blissfully together? Wonder no more! We have invited seven couples and gave them seven walls and as much freedom as they wanted to show us how they keep the bliss alive in "Marriage is a Work of Art". Whether newlyweds or multi-decaders, each couple has a unique way of supporting each other and their artistic vision. Featuring Mark and Sara Winters, Justin Gerard and Annie Stegg Gerard, Greg Spalenka and Roxana Villa, Omar and Sheila Rayyan, Norman and Tory Taber, Emily Fiegenschuh and Vinod Rams, and Brian and Wendy Froud. Artist Talk at 7:30 pm. Attending artist couples: Omar and Sheila Rayyan, Mark and Sara Winters, Vinod Rams and Emily Fiegenschuh.
Also check out new work at 9lb Hammer, Artcore Tattoo, Belle & Whissel, Fantagraphics Bookstore, Georgetown Atelier, Georgetown Arts & Cultural Centre, Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, Smarty PantsThe Alice, Totally Blown Glassworks, Two Tartes Cafe, Wax Expressions, and more!

The Queen Anne Uptown Art Walk ~ Wednesday, 15 April 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!

Shanna Duncan @ Otherworlds
The Edmonds Art Walk ~ Thursday, 16 April from 5-8pm. Selected shows:
Otherworlds - "Menagerie" by Shanna Duncan
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 Edmonds Thearte presents Free Movie Night! Every 3rd Thursday following the Art Walk! This Month: "MST3K"

The University District Art Walk ~ Friday, 17 April from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Gargoyles Statuary - TBA
Also see new work at 7 Market & Cafe, BC Surf + Sport, Cafe Allegro, Cafe Solstice, Chaco Canyon Cafe, Daisy Sky Studio, Herkimer Coffee, Lucid Gallery, Moksha, Trabant Coffee & Chai, University Business Center, Zoka Coffee, and more! 

"Shifting Baselines" at Confluence Gallery in Twisp, WA. Opening reception: Saturday, 18 April from 4-8pm. Our world is under constant change. One human tendency, however, is a short sightedness of the severity of this change. Both environmentally and socially, we see the world through the eyes of a single generation. While we reminisce of the “good old days”, pass down family knowledge and tradition, the majority of us only really see what’s right in front of us. Our baseline for “normal” has shifted to our current viewpoint. 
Artists have been asked to submit work about the world, then and now, wildlife, plants and our human population that reflects on personal, cultural and/or environmental change – what was, what is, and what could be. Curators: Dan Brown, Jennifer Molesworth & Michael Azzano

Seattle Erotic Arts Festival at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Thursday-Saturday, 23-25 April. Join us for three days of celebration of the world's finest erotic Visual, Installation, Short film, Performance, and Literary Art. We feature hundreds of artists in our exhibition and museum-quality Festival Store. Enjoy the gallery atmosphere, interactive installations, short films, live music, and literary readings during the day and return for more plus the party and performances in the evening. Each day is scheduled with distinct performances and elements, so come all three nights!
     Opening Gala and Artist's Reception on Thursday April 23, featuring "Face Off", a live painting competition with an auction of the newly created works of art! Experience the myriad facets and interactive components of the Festival with a Festival Pass for access to all three days!


This month the SAAM is featuring:

This month the SAM is featuring:
"See Me" (14 March - 23 April). The portrait artists in this show are Lynn Brofsky, Nichole DeMent, Troy Gua, and Curt Labitzke. Throughout history portraits have told stories about the artists as well as their sitters. The artists in this show are Lynn Brofsky, Nichole DeMent, Troy Gua and Curt Labitzke. Come see for yourself what these four Northwest artists might be suggesting in their contemporary portraits.
"Indigenous Beauty" (12 February - 17 May). The immense variety of Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection reflects the diversity of Native cultures. This superb exhibition offers more than great works of art and cultural artifacts—it is an invitation to explore other worlds. Deeply engaged with cultural traditions and the land, indigenous artists over the centuries have used art to represent and preserve their ways of life. Even during the 19th and 20th centuries, when drastic changes were brought by colonization, artists brilliantly adapted their talents and used the new materials available to them to marvelous effect. 
"Serious Games" by Harun Farocki (19 March - 12 July). German filmmaker Harun Farocki’s four-part video installation Serious Games examines the way we use technology and simulation to prepare American soldiers for missions in the Middle East and Afghanistan and to debrief them after returning from active duty. Filmed at different army training centers in the U.S., the work presents us with four scenarios where the line between reality and fiction becomes disconcertingly blurred. By charting the seamless integration of computer-simulated environments into training programs—and the substitution of a virtual environment for the real and the real for the virtual—Farocki forcefully impresses on the viewer our emotional and psychological investment in the make-believe scenario.

This month, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is featuring:
The Mesa Gallery presents "Cut & Bent" a group exhibition of art in tin, curated by Bill Bran-Mickle. Tin as an artistic medium is fairly unusual even though it has surrounded us for many decades.  With the surge in interest in environmental conservation, it is no wonder artists have found their way to contribute by recycling tins into artistic expression. Featuring work by Deborah Paul, Jenny Fillius, Kathy Ross, Loran Scruggs, Nan Wonderly, Nia Michaels & Ross Palmer Beecher.
The Sherry Grover Gallery presents "Artists' Books: Chapter Four" & "Miniature Books: Collection of Margot E Amestoy"

Wayne Bund @ Gage
This month Gage Academy of Art is featuring:
"Drink & Draw" every 1st Friday from 7-9pm. Each session is based on a theme – a costumed model, still life arrangements, music, videos and more. We’ll provide the drawing materials for free – or just have a cocktail or glass of wine and watch the artists work! No formal instruction is provided, no host bar. Ages 21+ only, please. $10 at the door.
The Steel Gallery presents "Idle & Blessed" by Wayne Bund (6 March - 8 May). Join Portland-based interdisciplinary artist Wayne Bund for a showing of his work in Seattle as a three-part extravaganza. In the Steele Gallery, he shows a continuation of the body of work, Idle and Blessed, a grouping of photographs and video depicting a tribe of men finding home in the play and games of childhood and mythology. During the run of the exhibition, Bund performs the choreographed dance-drag-theater piece Sass Manifesto as a full-length work. Quickly changing hats as an educator, Bund then teaches a one-day movement-based workshop around queer identity, entitled Queering Fantasy.

"The Common Sense" @ Henry
"Sanctum" @ Henry
The Henry Art Gallery is currently featuring:  
"The Common Sense" by Ann Hamilton (11 October 2014 - 26 April 2015). Images of animals specimens; bestiaries and children’s ABC primers; fur, feather, and gut garments are stitched together with sound, voice, printed texts, and the movement of air in a building newly opened to light. Time is also a material of the exhibition. Over the six-month duration of the common S E N S E, the project will shift with some elements depleting and others accumulating. Periodically, the galleries will be animated by reading and singing.
"Sanctum" by Juan Pampin & James Coupe (4 May 2013 - 23 August 2015). An interactive art installation, Sanctum employs surveillance systems to generate cinematic narratives with social media content that matches the demographic profile of passers-by. Sanctum seeks to investigate the narrative potential of social media while raising important and provocative questions about the conflicting imperatives emerging in our culture as we promote and embrace ever-more-intrusive electronic media, while still cherishing traditional notions of privacy.

This month the Frye Art Museum is featuring:  
"1900: Adornment for the Home & Body" (21 February - 3 May). Drawing on the collection of Seattle residents Wayne Dodge and Lawrence Kreisman, the Frye Art Museum is pleased to present 1900, a celebration of adornment for the home and body. With over 200 objects by artists, artisans, and architects of the fin de siècle, the exhibition presents a microcosm of the extraordinary richness of artistic production in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 
"Pan: A Graphic Arts Time Capsule of Europe 1895-1900" (21 February - 3 May). This exhibition presents graphic works by renowned artists of the fin de siècle that were published in Pan, the journal of an eponymous Berlin-based cooperative of artists, poets, and critics. Published from 1895 to 1900, Pan served as an important document of the transformation of taste and ideas during this period. It recorded the transition from modern forms of representation in the nineteenth century to the emergence of abstraction and expressionism in the twentieth. 
"Future Ruins" by Rodrigo Valenzuela (31 January - 26 April). The Frye Art Museum is pleased to present the first solo museum exhibition of multi-award-winning Seattle artist Rodrigo Valenzuela, who has created a significant body of work since his first exhibition in the United States a mere four years ago; his video productions and photographic works have attracted increasing national attention.
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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