Friday, May 1, 2015

MAY Art Fix: Upcoming Events

If you need your art fix for the month of May (and I know I do!), here are some shows that you won't want to miss! Celebrate May Day by helping support working artists, and if the mood strikes you, grab an artsy ribbon, and frolic around a May pole! Convention season is also kicking off with aplomb, so if you like My Little Pony, Steampunk, sci-fi, horror, and all other things pop culture, May is your month!


"1900: Adornment for the Home & Body" & "Pan: A Graphic Arts Time Capsule of Europe 1895-1900" at the Frye Art Museum. Showing through 3 May!

"Principia Alchemica" at True Love Gallery. Group show, curated by Siolo Thompson. Showing through 10 May!

"Indigenous Beauty" at SAM. Showing through 17 May!


Cha Davis @ BAC
The Bainbridge Island Art Walk ~ Friday, 1 May from 6-8pm. Selected shows:
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts - "Big Bad Birds" group show & Annual Middle & High School Student Shows
See new and exciting work at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Blackbird Bakery, the BPADangerEleven WineryFork & Spoon, Ginger, Harbour Public HouseIsland GalleryPegasus Coffee, Pauli Dennis Gallery, PrettyStickRoby King GallerySally Robinson Gallery, and more!

Siamés Escalante @ Tiny Dodo

The Fremont Art Walk ~ Friday, 1 May from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Frame Up Studios - Roy Powell, print & paintings
Fremont Jewelry Design - Vikram Madan, painting, & Gina Pankowski of Lattis Design, trunk show
Tiny Dodo Gallery -  "Mystic Graphite" group show curated by Rhodora Jacob, featuring Siamés Escalante, illustrator & kitty lover from Mexico City. There will be a group show of 15 artists creating graphite art that will be accompanying the event as well! I hope all of you can make it! Also on 20 May, ONE NIGHT ONLY! #Birdaday Show, featuring Kelsey Gallo, 7.30-9.30pm

The Port Orchard Art Walk ~ Saturday, 2 May from 2-5pm (April-November). May Art on the Street features chalk art!

Jesse Link @ Red Raven
The Port Townsend Art Walk ~ Saturday, 2 May from 5-8pm. Selected shows: 
Red Raven Gallery - Jesse Link, paintings & gicleé prints
Simon Mace Gallery - "Go Figure" group show. May brings figures of all kinds to Simon Mace Gallery.  Men, women, children and, of course, animal figures will invite you consider their stories.  Paintings and sculpture in classical, surreal and whimsical styles blend into a very pleasing May show.
Also check out new work at Earthenworks GalleryForest Gems GalleryGallery 9Max Grover GalleryNorthwind ArtsAlliancePort Townsend GalleryWilliams Gallery, and more! If you get hungry along the way, stop into Elevated Ice CreamNifty Fifty'sDinerWater Street Creperie, or Cellar Door (the delicious brainchild of local food afficionados Dominic Svornich and Stephanie Hoch).

"6th Annual Isis Women Arts Festival" at the Hillman City Collaboratory, Saturday, 2 May from 7-9.30pm. The Isis Collective is pleased to invite you to our 6th annual festival showcasing woman-identified artists from the Greater Seattle area! This year's festival includes musicians, dancers, poets, visual artists and more! Isis Women Arts is a collective of woman-identified individuals present to empower, foster, and promote creative and artistic expression. We value creativity, diversity, community, openness, and awareness. $10 suggested donation.

"Artsquatch in STIFF" at Lucid Lounge, Tuesday, 5 May from 10pm-1am. The film fest premiere of Ryan Henry Ward's latest & biggest film, ARTSQUATCH! Come get an inside look at Seattle's underground art scene in one of the University District's hippest joints. It's free, so grab a cocktail before the show starts!

"Full Swing" @ Artifact
"Sur/Real" @ AXIS
"Journey into the Other" @ Flatcolor
"Pagans" @ Mariane Ibrahim
Roq la Rue

The Pioneer Square Art Walk ~ Thursday, 7 May from 5-9pm. Selected shows: 
Artifact Gallery - "Full Swing" by Graham Vittum & Joseph BrooksSpring is in "Full Swing" as they say, the arrival of warmer weather welcomes the start of baseball season, spring sports, and beckons the renewed exploration of the great outdoors. So oil up your bike chain, put new laces on your hiking boots and come enjoy and support local artists for an evening...and be inspired to head back out into the urban wilderness of the Pacific Northwest!
AXIS Pioneer Square - "Sur | Real" by Jeff Mihalyo & Kellie Talbot. Surrealist Jeff Mihalyo and photorealist Kellie Talbot are here to mess with your reality. One plumbs the depths of his imagination, dredging up dreamscapes and exotic scenes where every floating fish is a symbol, and every color is a crescendo. The other sticks strictly to reality, where she plunks us down onto the tarmac of some quiet American highway in paintings that make us focus on the tools, signs, buildings and materials that are wrought and forgot. And Bherd Studios has brought these two classical painters together—in the same room—this May at AXIS Gallery. (Your head may never be the same.)
Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery (Seattle Municipal Tower #3F) - "Woven Woods" by Naoko MorisawaHer artworks are hand-made of hundreds of very small slices of natural/oil-dyed woodchips on board. This mosaic wood art-form innovation comes from a traditional Japanese style of art, though there; she has improvised the shaped cuts, both lined and curved into a woven arrangement and have added more color elements. This exhibition also celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2015.
Flatcolor Gallery - "Journey into the Other" group show. Featuring experimental landscapes, surreal environments and abstract compositions, "Journey into the Other" transports the viewer to unique worlds created by the artists and challenges the viewer to explore new ways of perceiving the world around them - stepping away from one reality into the "Other". Flatcolor welcomes eleven artists from around the country to exhibit their work in “Journey into the Other”. Each of the artists work in “Journey into the Other” culminates in a meeting of imagination, emotion and perception - creating new realities and interpretations of worlds real and imaginary.
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery - "Pagans" by Jim Chuchu, Kenyan photographer & videographer. ‘Pagans’ will feature a series of photographs and video installations which envisions a reconstruction of future-past anonymous African Deities and attempts to reconstruct pre-colonial religious practices in Africa. The series retrace various movements.
Roq la Rue - Main Gallery: "Archive of Lost Species" by Travis Louie & "American Wilderness" by Lauren MarxLoft Gallery: Group print show from the archives.
SOIL - "Everything Your Heart Desires" curated by C Davida Ingram, featuring Canh Nguyen, Kat Larson, Megumi Shauna Arai, Rodrigo Valenzuela, and Zorn B. Taylor. Also opening: "160 Hours" by Joana Stillwell.
Trabant Coffee - "The Art of Alicia Hatfield" woodblock prints & more!
Also check out new work at 4Culture57 Biscayne, Abmeyer + WoodThe AKArchy, Angle Gallery, Art XchangeThe Belfry OdditiesBonfire GalleryCore GalleryDavidson Galleries, DelicatusFoster/White GalleryGallery 110, 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 SaloonThe Piranha Shop, Platform Gallery, Punch Room 104 GallerySAM, SAM GallerySeattle Artsource, Shift, Stonington GalleryTK Artist Loftsand more! Pioneer Square is the oldest art walk in the United States, and features over 50 galleries, studios, and other art spaces!

The Burien (B-Town Beat) ~ Thursday, 7 May from 6-9pm. This time around we're partnering with Highline Public Schools and Burien Parks and Recreation to bring you visual and performing arts from some of the amazing students in the Highline area. We'll see you there! Selected shows: 
Check out new work at Burien Arts Gallery, Burien Books, Burien Press, Elliott Bay BreweryGlass ExpressionsMaven Mercantile, Page 2 Books, Phoenix Tea, Skinperfect Aesthetics, Vino Bello, and more! 

"EXPO 15: Cornish Art & Design BFA Show" at Cornish College of the Arts, Friday, 8 May from 5-8pm. EXPO 15 celebrates the culmination of Cornish’s centennial year with an expansive exhibition of work from the College’s graduating Art & Design seniors. The annual Art and Design BFA Exhibition is a celebration of student achievement across the new Art, Design, Film, and Media program at Cornish College of the Arts. EXPO 15 features exhibitions and screenings that demonstrate the depth and range of our students’ creative inquiry and expression. Cornish is proud of their determination, hard work, and appetite for experimentation, as these 98 individuals turn their ambitions from school towards society. Congratulations to the class of 2015.

Urban Light Studios
The Art Up Phinneywood Art Walk ~ Friday, 8 May from 6-10pm. May is the BIG One in Greenwood! A 2-day art & entertainment extravaganza street faire! Selected shows:
Echo Echo Gallery - "Re-Use, Re-Purpose, Re-Imagine" group show. The Echo Echo crew is hosting a group show featuring re-purposed art! Re-purposed could be anything from found object assemblage to embellishing thrift store canvases to re-appropriating imagery to... well, pretty much anything!
HappyTime Apocalypse - The HappyTime collective with guest artist Joel Romeo
Push/Pull - "Feast for the Eyes" group show featuring Rich M Stevens. "My most recent work is an exploration of the nexus of religious icon art, fast food advertising, psychedelia, and modern myth creation. The hand-built shadow-box frames contain layers of plexiglass embroidered with crochet thread in dynamic patterns that separate watercolor paintings, photo-collage, and cut paper from painted aluminum foil backgrounds coated in epoxy resin. Through extensive use of process, my work seeks to create depth not easily conveyed in digital or two-dimensional media." - RMS
The Space is Ours - "Yo, Yo, Yo, Yo, Yo!" Come check out TSIO artists Starheadboy, Narboo, Joseph Brooks, Andrew Miller, and Tinglr. There will be lots of new work and beer provided by Beholder Brewing.
Urban Light Studios - Amelia Sherritt, solo. Amelia Sherritt has been rooted in the Seattle area for her entire life. She finds inspiration in her city, as well as the surrounding beauty of Washington State. Amelia began working with recycled art in 2007, her palette solely comprised of foils from emptied wine bottles. Each piece of art contains hundreds if not thousands of recycled wine foils. Closing reception: Alex Achaval.
Warlock Labs - "Kissing the Canvas: Wrestling & Art" Warlock Labs will be showing works inspired by wrestlers - from the superstars of the 80s, to luchadores, to backyard, MMA, and Japanese garbage wrestlers - no holds barred, oh yeah!
Also check out new and exciting work at Avanti Art & DesignChocolattiGainsbourgHome Suite Home, Naked City Brewery, Paper Diamonds Clothing, Quadrapus, School of RockTwo Bird Tattooand more!

The Belltown Art Walk ~ Friday, 8 May from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Also check out brand new work at A/NT Gallery, Bikes + Art, City Hostel SeattleCrocodile CafeEssentia, Form/Space Atelier, Michelle Dirkse Interior Design, Patricia Cameron Gallery, Pintxo & The Upstairs, Rocco's, Rudy's Barber ShopSassafras, Seattle Ink & OilStylus Salonand more!

Karla Tull-Esterbrook @ Ghost Gallery
"Revising the Chair" by Karla Tull-Esterbrook at Ghost Gallery. 3 days only! Friday-Sunday, 8-10 May. Artist reception: Friday, 8 May from 5-8pm. Continuing her exploration of relationships through sculpture, using chairs as her medium, Seattle-based artist Karla Tull-Esterbrook presents several new sculptures. Each piece represents a different mode of entanglement. Karla is a NW native and a practicing product designer and artist, ever-inspired by the natural beauty of this region. Her work often explores playful themes, and she strives to work in the intersection of art and design, combining the conceptual with pragmatism. 

Rhodora Jacobs @ Monster
The Ballard Art Walk ~ Saturday, 9 May from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Monster Art & Clothing - Rhodora Jacob, painting. Put on your best spring outfit and join us at Monster for a Tea Party during the May Ballard Art Walk. Featuring the colorful art of Rhodora Jacob! From 6-9pm, we are serving an array of lovely cookies, cake and iced tea for the occasion! Enjoy Tea Party themed music, in your fancy attire.
Check out new work at Annie's Art &FrameArt & SoulBallard Metal ArtsBallard WorksThe BalMarBlowing Sands Glass StudioBuilding C StudiosCupcake RoyalFilthy RichFull TiltHabitude, Herb's House, Kiss Cafe, Liberte Skin WellnessMiro Tea, Nightingale Gallery, Savour, Spark Studiothe Sunset TavernVenue and more!

The Alice
Cullom Gallery
Krab Jab Studio
The Georgetown Art Attack ~ Saturday, 9 May from 6-9pm. Selected shows: 
The Alice - "Made Personal" group show. Made Personal will feature new work by Serrah Russell, Joe Rudko, and Colleen RJC Bratton, drawn together by their formal composition, minimalist aesthetic, and shared interest in working with found materials that reference a past history.
Cullom Gallery c/o Studio E Gallery - "Die Kopie" by Robert Hardgrave. In partnership with Seattle’s studio e gallery, Cullom Gallery is proud to present DIE KOPIE, a solo exhibit of large scale collaged and photocopy transfer works by Seattle artist Robert Hardgrave. Always one to cannibalize the work of others and himself in search of new frontiers, Robert has recently voyaged deep into possibilities of xerox transfer printing, notions of flatness, layering and the limitless potential of copying. 
Eight and Sand - "I Want to Believe" group show. This group show is all things on the fringe of reality. Cryptozoology, aliens, metaphysical beings, lizard politicians wearing human suits from another dimension, secret societies. You name it that's what its all about.
Georgetown Liquor Company - The Georgetown Liquor Co & the Seattle Arts Coalition are excited to host the Art of NiNABRi©! NiNABRi© is a visiting artist from Slovenia, so let's give her a kick-ass Seattle welcome! The most colorful creatures far and wide! Also, closing reception for "The Prophesy of the Goldfinch" by Evan Amarante Soares.
Krab Jab Studio - "Lennon" group show. Krab Jab Studio was given the rare opportunity to exhibit eight fantastic artists – Tim Bruckner, Alfred Paredes, Michael Defeo, James Shoop, Colin Pool, Kristine Pool, Conny Valentina, Dan Chudzinski – along with the photography of May Pang in a show dedicated to the music of Beatles icon John Lennon. Nearly all of the artists work in the toy and entertainment industry, creating model kits or doing concept work for companies like Disney Studios or DC Comics, and all of them are great fans of John’s work, each setting out to express their love of the music, be it wistfully nostalgic or cheekily humorous. Added to this mix is photographer May Pang, best known for being John’s partner during his “Lost Weekend” period of the 1970s. During that time period May took photos of life with John, many of which were published in her book “Instamatic Karma!”. Nine of these wonderful images are included in this show. Our Artist Talk will commence at 7:30 pm, with Tim Bruckner and May Pang in attendance.
Also check out new work at 9lb Hammer, Artcore TattooBelle & Whissel, Fantagraphics Bookstore, Georgetown AtelierGeorgetown Arts & Cultural Centre, Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, Interstitial, Smarty Pants, Totally Blown GlassworksTwo Tartes CafeWax Expressions, and more!

The Queen Anne Uptown Art Walk ~ Wednesday, 13 May from 5-7.30pm. Selected shows:
Check out new work at Bombsheller Art LabsCaffe LadroLiberty Tattoo ParlourMercer Street BooksMud BayPeridot BoutiqueTeatro ZinzanniTin Lizzie LoungeToulouse PetitThe Vera Project, and more!

Ryan Molenkamp @ SAM Gallery
"Ryan Molenkamp at Taste" at the SAM Gallery, Thursday, 14 May from 6-7.30pm. The opening event will feature sips and snacks, including a signature cocktail created specifically for the artist that will be featured on Taste's menu through the run of the show. This well-known Seattle-based artist continues his exploration of both the natural and built environments. Showing through 7 June.

The Capitol Hill Art Walk ~ Thursday, 14 May from 5-9pm. Selected shows:
Cafe Pettirosso - Anand Alder Galloway-Davis, illustration. Anand Alder is a Seattle based graphic artist, formally trained in graphic design. He focuses mainly on portraiture and draws inspiration heavily from hip-hop influences. He is also inspired by his favorite films, athletes and fashion icons. As of now, his subjects are predominantly, though not exclusively depicting African-American males. Anand's main medium is vector based illustrations.
Calypte Gallery - Fiona McGuigan, painting. Repetition, paradoxically, is always new.
Cloud Gallery - Brett Douglas Davis, painting. Artist talk Wednesday, 6 May at 7.30pm
The Factory - "The Joke's On Us" by tnglr, Peter Benjamin Bigelow and Donald Walingford. Based upon their street art installation of faux Proposed Land Use Signs in front of Seattle Landmarks on April Fool's Day 2015. The installation is intended to fuel and raise the profile of the debate over the rapid growth of the City of Seattle, building development, gentrification and their effects upon the infrastructure, power structure, artists, lifetime natives, poor and disenfranchised, personality, appearance and soul of the City of Seattle. Who is benefiting and who is being squeezed...The Joke's On Us. 
Ghost Gallery - "Nice & Good" by Joana Stillwell. Nice & Good is a solo exhibition of new and recent video work by Joana Stillwell. She uses humor, absurdity, or mystery as a way to balance and overcome the vulnerability and anxiety she experiences in downtime by
using found and everyday materials such as balloons and gum. She performs meditative examinations through exploring the physicality of these playful materials as they resist, surprise, and provoke her. While she approaches her subject matter autobiographically, she aims to address a breadth of personhood highlighting elements of growth, healing, and fulfillment. She invites the viewer to partake in similar meditations and will have a series of "kits" available for purchase.  

Mercury - "Transmission" Featured artist: Mercury staff interpretations of the Venus de Milo! Featured vendor: Celine Chapus of Purple Top Hat! Featured bellydance: Raqs Nocturna! 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! 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. 
True Love Gallery - "Imminent Mode" The goal of Imminent Mode is to provide a place for designers to play with juxtaposition in creative expression. In this first installment, the show marries fashion designers and fine artists to collaborate and create original works of wearable art.
Also check out new work at AmericanaApocalypse TattooBauhaus, Caffe Vita, Capitol CiderCupcake RoyaleFront Seat Gallery, High 5 Pie, In-Arts Collective, Joe Bar, Kismet Salon, Laughing Buddha, Online CafeParis EastsidePCNWPoco Wine + Spirits, Retrofit Home, SAAM, Saint John's Bar, Saints Gallery, STart Wall ProjectSugarPillVermillionand more!

The West Seattle Art Walk ~ Thursday, 14 May 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 FitsThe Heartland CafeHotwire CoffeeShadowlandSkylark Cafe, Shoofly PieWest 5, Wild Rose's, Windermere, and more!

The University District Art Walk ~ Friday, 15 May from 6-9pm. The U District Street Faire is the 15th & 16th this month! Selected shows:
Gargoyles Statuary - "Featherless Flight" by the Science Illustration Collective. Please join us for a most fascinating show this month! The Science Illustration Collective consists of Seattle artists Angela Boyle, Shannon Hennessey, Hatty, Koerner, Kami Koyamatsu, Jody Marx, Alyssa Suzmebachi, and Alexandria Grace Vickery. The Collective translates the natural world with scientific detail and gives the viewer a different perspective into a new world that highlights both the actual and imaginative! In this show they will feature a selection of featherless animals capable of flight~ originals and prints will be available!
Trabant Coffee & Chai - "The Art of Yvette Endrijautzki" Trabant Coffee & the Seattle Arts Coalition present the intricate assemblage collages of Yvette Endrijautzki!

Also see new work at 7 Market & CafeBC Surf + Sport, Cafe Allegro, Cafe SolsticeChaco Canyon Cafe, Daisy Sky Studio, Herkimer Coffee, Lucid GalleryMokshaUniversity Business Center, Zoka Coffee, and more! 

"Copy Cat Violence Art Collective Art Auction" ONLINE ONLY! Starting Friday, 15 May. Copycat Violence: An Artist Collective's 2nd all original art auction, live on our page beginning May 15th at 6pm CST. Join the event for special alerts and giveaways!

"Golden" at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, opening reception Saturday, 16 May from 6-9pm. If you find yourself in San Francisco this month, check out "Golden" at Modern Eden! Seattle artist Redd Walitzki is one of the featured artists along with other amazing artists! An art show inspired by gold and featuring works that go beyond the mere material application to embody the cultural and historical implications of what is ‘golden’. Throughout history—from the gilded palaces and monuments of the ancient world to the golden Baroque-style halls of Versailles—gold has been used to symbolize power, wealth, and prosperity. The lust for gold has inspired centuries of westward migration in search of lost cities of gold, roads paved with gold, and river valleys full of gold. Artists and craftsmen have used gold for thousands of years to engender status and to decorate gods and noblemen alike. Today in popular culture, gold is still a symbol used to represent the fabulous and fancy. Featuring: Jana Brike, C3, Lacey Bryant, Wesley T. Wright, Mary Syring, Ron Norman, Archer Dougherty, Caitlin Hackett, Jacques Bartels, Megan Buccere, Elrod, Zoe Keller, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Amandalynn, Melanie Alves, Matthew Robertson, Erica Calardo, Jel Ena, Carly Janine Mazur, Sheri DeBow, Erich J. Moffitt, Lara Dann, Marie-Eve Proteau, Simona Candini, Jaclyn Alderete, Ania Tomicka, Allen Williams, Redd Walitzki, Hana Mulyati, and Rebecca Rose. Showing through 6 June.

 46th Annual University District Street Fair! Saturday, 16 May from 10am-7pm & Sunday, 17 May from 10am-6pm. Celebrate the 46th Anniversary of the longest running street fair in the US.  We will be bringing together the best in local arts & crafts, music, and food. So get ready for an amazing weekend at the U District Street Fair! A neighbourhood tradition celebrating peace, culture & community and featuring hundreds of unique artisan vendors!

The Edmonds Art Walk ~ Thursday, 21 May from 5-8pm. Selected shows:
Otherworlds - "Feathers & Bones" by Shanna Duncan Join us for the vivid, the intricate, the dynamic, and the whimsically macabre! 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, Funko Toys, Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast, Skullcandy, National Geographic, and more!
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 VieThe PaperyRed Petal CakesStunningly 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: "The Dark Crystal"

Kristin Cammermeyer at Hedreen Gallery, Thursday, 21 May from 6-8pm. LA-based artist Kristin Cammermeyer arrives to occupy Hedreen Gallery for six weeks, from May 13-June 24, 2015. While here, she will be present and working at the gallery during regular open hours (Weds-Sat, 1:30-6 pm), building a continually-shifting, site-specific sculpture in response to the gallery’s unique environment. Cammermeyer’s process involves collecting found materials from on site or nearby and subsequent documentation of the construction and deconstruction process that follows. Recorded from a stationary position, the resulting video captures Cammermeyer’s uncanny, spontaneous, colorful transformation of the space and her thoughtful treatment of under appreciated details in our surroundings. Showing through 24 June.

"2015 University of WA MFA & MDes Thesis Exhibit" at the Henry Art Gallery, Friday, 22 May from 7-9pm. Each year, the Henry presents the University of Washington's School of Art + Art History + Design's Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design thesis exhibition. Join us for the public opening reception to celebrate the work of the class of 2015! Throughout their program, students consult with academic advisers and working artists to develop advanced techniques, expand concepts, and discuss critical issues. They emerge with a vision and direction for their own work, which is embodied in the pieces they have chosen to present. Admission is free for Henry members; UW students, faculty and staff; students, and children. General admission is $10 and $6 for seniors (62+).

"Crypticon" Friday-Sunday, 22-24 May at the SeaTac Hilton Hotel. Crypticon Seattle is the convention celebrating the Pacific Northwest’s Darker Side. Three days of your favorite actors, authors, and artists, along with tons of new people and things you never knew existed. But we are so much more than a tidal wave of blood, guts, and scares.
What started as a modest convention for hardcore horror fans has turned into a huge event of the creepy and supernatural, held in an impressive venue. One of Crypticon Seattle’s biggest reasons for existing is to help support the arts. We have opportunities for local, and not-so-local, talent in all fields, be that movies, television, radio, music, art, literature, or creators and purveyors of household products and games—all dark-themed to tickle the terrifying fancies of our lurid Seattle horde.
Some of our most popular yearly events include the film festival and contest, the makeup contest, and the writing contest, and the art and costume contests—each with an awards ceremony and incredible prizes. We also have the ever-popular Biohazard parties, question and answer panels with top names in the business, and opportunities to meet actors, authors, artists, directors, paranormal experts—just to name a few. Between the scheduled activities, you can browse the wares in the vendor room and meet other like-minded ghouls in a weekend bathed in the fascinating and gruesome.
Crypticon welcomes and supports all types of dark art and encourages people from all walks of life to come and enjoy the show. Love zombies? We got ya! Vampires? Yes! Goth, fetish, dark fantasy or sci-fi? Yeah, we’ve got that, too! And it’s not just once a year that we flaunt our freakish best—we sponsor, support, and run many dark-themed events throughout the year, all over western Washington.

"Northwest Folklife Festival" at the Seattle Center, Friday-Monday, 22-25 MayNorthwest Folklife creates opportunities for all to celebrate, share, and participate in the evolving cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest. The festival features performance, music, dance, art, food, and more! Free and open to the public, donations welcome!

"Sasquatch" at the Gorge, Friday-Monday, 22-25 May. A 4-day outdoor music & art festival featuring lots & lots of bands and live art making by Ryan 'Henry' Ward, the HappyTime Apocalypse, Jonathan Wakuda Fischer, Joseph Brooks, Eli Wolff, and more! :D

"Brass Screw Confederacy" Friday-Sunday, 29-31 May in Port Townsend, WA. The Brass Screw ain't no Con. We're our own wonderful thing - one of just three Victorian seaports in the US transformed into our unique vision of what a Steampunk Extravaganza should be: vintage aesthetics comingled with edgy century art, music, and tech - all strapped together with brass.
     We aim to rock you back on your boot heels and steam up your goggles. We're turning it up with our Hottest Hootenanny ever, Tactical Croquet, Airship Apprentice (our own collectible card game), Hugo award-winning Phil & Kaja Foglio's Girl Genius, Rise of Aester's annual assembly, the stupendous Bazaar of the Bizarre, Brass Screw Chautauqua, bands, magic, and mayhem galore!
     So while we aren't the biggest, fanciest, first, and we certainly hope we aren't the last steampunk something-or-other on Earth - we've got something to steam up ingenues and aficionados alike. You won't be disappointed.

"Everfree NW" Friday-Sunday, 29-31 May at the SeaTac Hilton Hotel & Conference Center. Returning in 2015 for its fourth year, Everfree Northwest is an annual, all-ages convention for fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Starting from a sold-out weekend in 2012, Everfree Northwest has grown into the west coast's biggest Friendship is Magic fan convention, attracting attendees from across the USA, Europe, Australia, Japan, and more. Everfree Northwest features an abundance of activity for our attendees. In the past our 3-day convention has included:
Over 50 hours of panel programming!
Over 10 hours of musical contents featuring musicians from the fan community!
Over 70 vendors selling artwork, handmade crafts, and more!
24-hour dedicated rooms for arts and crafts, table-top gaming, and electronic-gaming!
Dozens of special guests, such as writers and voice actors who help to bring Friendship is Magic to life!

"Northwest Fan Fest" in New Westminster, BC, Canada. Friday-Sunday, 29-31 May at the Anvil Centre. Northwest Fan Fest is a 3-day celebration of fandom and popular culture featuring an artist alley (after dark as well!), special guests, vendors, costume contest, a nerd flea market, and more!

"Lilac City Comicon" Saturday, 30 May from 10am-5pm in Spokane, WA at the Spokane Convention Center. The goal of Lilac City Comicon (formerly known as Spokane Comicon) is to help promote awareness of local artists & businesses from around the Inland Northwest via a traditional comic book convention for all ages in the community to enjoy! It is also Lilac City Comicon's intention to help those in need with donations to the Community College of Spokane Food bank, Union Gospel Mission of Spokane & The Catholic Charities of Spokane.


Chiho Aoshima @ SAAM

The SAAM is currently featuring:
"Rebirth of the World" by Chiho Aoshima. (2 May - 4 October) Welcome to the fantastic world of Chiho Aoshima. This might just be our future. Who’s to say that as technology advances, as natural disasters rise, as the organic world blends with the manmade, that smartphones will not become smart buildings? That skyscrapers will not stand up and walk among mountains? That ghosts and spirits don’t already float through our world? Aoshima’s work has undeniably dark images but a positive attitude. There’s no evidence of fear in her art. Her murals, digital prints, and drawings don’t want to escape from society or from the future. Instead, she seems to embrace all possibilities, including a world where the skeletons and ghosts reside alongside the rest of us. Her work may look like a surreal fantasy. But ask Aoshima, and she’ll tell you she’s showing us the reality that our beautifully chaotic world may be hurtling toward.
"Conceal/Reveal: Making Meaning in Chinese Art" (20 December 2014 - 21 June 2015) This exhibition shows that Chinese artists traditionally employ different approaches to construct layered meanings in an indirect but intriguing way: using one motif to represent another, either through their literary associations or shared pronunciations (homophones); playing with mediums such as using contemporary ceramics to imitate ancient lacquerware; or the pretext of metaphors to make social or political commentaries. This purposeful layering by the artist invites the viewer to mentally peel the layers and reveal the embedded meanings.

The SAM is currently featuring:
"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.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is currently 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
Gage Academy of Art is currently 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:  
"2015 University of WA MFA & MDes Thesis Exhibit" - Opening reception Monday, 22 May from 7-9pm (see above for more info)
"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.

The Frye Art Museum is currently featuring:  
"Structure & Ornament" by Leo Saul Berk, an exhibition which comprises sculptural and video work by Seattle artist Leo Saul Berk, as well as two new site-specific works commissioned by the Museum.
"Andy Warhol: Little Red Book #178" Little Red Book #178 comprises nineteen Polaroids of friends and celebrities, many of whom were involved in the production of Warhol's film L'Amour (1973), which was filmed in Paris in September 1970. L'Amour was written and directed by Warhol and Paul Morrissey. The film starred Warhol superstars Jane Forth and Donna Jordan, French actor Max Delys, and American actor Michael Sklar; the cast also included Peter Greenlaw and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.
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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