Monday, June 1, 2015

JUNE Art Fix: Upcoming Events

If you need your art fix for the month of June (and I know I do!), here are some shows that you won't want to miss! June is Pride month, so whatever your colour, flavour, gender, orientation, denomination, genetic modification, physical alteration, societal affectation, cultural appropriation, and/or economic subjugation... be proud to be you, and support the awesomeness of your fellow humans! The weather will be nice(er), and Seattle has no shortage of beautiful places to find and make some art!


Ryan Molenkamp @ SAM Gallery
"Ryan Molenkamp at Taste" at the SAM Gallery. 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.

Kristin Cammermeyer at Hedreen GalleryLA-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.


"Pridefest 2015" The largest free Pride festival in America! Celebrate diversity all month long with Pridefest! Culminating in the parade on Sunday, 28 June 2015 at the Seattle Center. And returning Saturday, 27 June is PrideFest Capitol Hill & Family Day. We hope you'll join us for those and the half dozen other events we're a part of including Clean Sweep on the 7th, Queer Art Walk on the 11th, Pridefest Film Fest the 23-27th, Trans Pride the 26th, and more! 


Roq la Rue
The Pioneer Square Art Walk ~ Thursday, 4 June from 5-9pm. Selected shows: 
57 Biscayne - "100 Under 100" group show. One hundred works of art for under $100 a pop. Snatch up art by resident '57 Biscayne artists and lots of fabulous guests – drawings, cute tiny paintings, tintypes, photo and mixed media constructions, tin collages, fiber, and more – and take it home that very night! Thursday, June 4, 6-10 PM and then by appointment for as long as it lasts.
Artifact Gallery - Tracy Boyd, paintings. Tracy’s background in design shows itself through strong graphical influence and an ability to create visual impact through calculated chance. She purposely composes and orchestrates paintings directly on the canvas with no advance preparation or sketching in an effort to authentically and organically interpret her subjects. The subjects in this collection feel battle tested. They have shown up, stood strong, and remain to live another day.
AXIS Pioneer Square - "NineTEEN85" by Justin Kane ElderThis exhibit is Justin Kane Elder’s interpretation of his eccentric upbringing nurtured in a neo-hippie-survivalist-kung-fu-wolf-pack setting. Witness what happens when a seven year old has full access to automatic weapons and wild animals for siblings. Elder’s exhibition is a series of multi-media works that explore icons and heroes from his childhood. Visual elements such as abstraction, repetition, and scavenging are used to capture the essence of his savage youth.
Flatcolor Gallery - "Looking at You - Looking at Me" by Mark Warren Jacques. 
The Piranha Shop - "Symbols of the Sacred" by Daniel Michael Viox and Amanda Ichihashi Jagerman. Opening Ceremony by Paul "Che Oke Ten" Wagner. Live Music by Amos Miller presenting "SuperSquare" Silent Auction art benefit fundraiser for Nepal!
Roq La Rue - Main Gallery: "Archive of Lost Species" by Travis Louie & "American Wilderness" by Lauren MarxLoft Gallery: Group print show from the archives.
SAM - "Rebirth of the World" by Chiho Aoshima (more info on SAM exhibits below)
Trabant Coffee - "Post-Industrial Nostalgia" by Amelia Marsh ArtsWhen I was a kid and my parents wouldn’t buy me a teddy bear, I cried. Not because I didn’t get what I wanted, but because I had told the teddy he had a home with me and that I would keep him safe, and I had let him down. Even now, when I don’t want to give it credence, I feel a twinge: this object has a soul. A character. A vacuum tube that passed inspection in 1936. A stranger’s perfect handwriting. Lost glasses, smashed headphones, half of a lawn ornament. Keys, oh so many keys to doors I will never find. They are tiny mysteries and tiny kindnesses: finding homes for abandoned objects. I pick them up.
Also check out new work at 4Culture, 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 GalleryMariane Ibrahim Gallery, Method Gallery, Nord Alley & the Alley Network Project, Occidental Square Park, OK Gallery, Pioneer Square SaloonPlatform Gallery, Punch Room 104 GallerySAM 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, 4 June from 6-9pm. Selected shows: 
Burien Press - Diana Jean Oliphant, One Vibe Africa school & music by the Molner Bannd
Check out new work at Burien Arts GalleryBurien BooksElliott Bay BreweryGlass ExpressionsMaven MercantilePage 2 Books, Phoenix TeaSkinperfect Aesthetics, Vino Bello, and more! 

Dave Ulrich @ BAC
The Bainbridge Island Art Walk ~ Friday, 5 June from 6-8pm. Selected shows:
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts - "Our Town" group exhibit. What do you love about Bainbridge Island? Chances are this exhibition captures it, with work in all mediums exploring the historic and present-day places and experiences that make the island what it is.
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!

Fremont Jewelry

The Fremont Art Walk ~ Friday, 5 June from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Fremont Jewelry Design - Jeanie Louise. Her work is colorful, surreal and often dreamlike ; with motifs influenced by antique jewelry, textiles, myths and strange creatures. We will provide delicious hors d'oeuvres and wine for those in attendance! So come and say hello, enjoy some art, sip some wine and maybe find a new treasure!
Northwest Vision Studio - Summer Open Studio Party! It's that time again for an open studio party! The whole building will be opened up, music, wine and munchies will be provided. And of course, lots of art! Here's your chance to take a sneak peak inside a working artist's studio. Check out works in progress, as well as browse original art and prints for sale!
Tiny Dodo Gallery - "Private Screening" featuring Chris Rollins & Paul McKercher, co-founders of the X Print Exchange. Want to join the Print Exchange? Please come June 5th and meet Paul and Chris! They will be discussing their art as well as the X Print Exchange and how to join!
Also check out new work at ArtFX GalleryAsgard TavernAtlas Clothing, Bellefleur Lingerieevo Timesinfinity GalleryFrame Up Studios, Fremont Health Club, Gasworks Gallery, GiGi Retro Inspired ClothingHub and BespokeJohnson ArchitectsMakerhaus, Pel'Meni Dumpling TzarPortgage Bay Goods, Sanachi MassageSaturnSpace, Starbucks CoffeeThe Sweet Spotand more! 

"Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird" at the Holiday Inn in Everett, Saturday & Sunday, 6-7 June. Over 100 Artists, Crafters, and Entertainers invite you to experience the Emporium of the Weird this June 6 & 7. Oddmall is more than just a art & craft fair, It is an amazing life changing experience! Fun for people of all ages, this FREE family event is not to be missed!

The Port Orchard Art Walk ~ Saturday, 6 June from 2-5pm (April-November). May Art on the Street features photography!

The Port Townsend Art Walk ~ Saturday, 6 June from 5-8pm. Selected shows: 
Red Raven Gallery - "Eterna: Stories from the Cosmic Garden" by Kim Gordon. A series of works centered around the mysticism of nature and the cosmos. The subjects exist in a world where the fauna and flora intertwine with their physical forms, inspiring us to find a deeper meaning of our universe and ourselves.
Also check out new work at Earthenworks GalleryForest Gems GalleryGallery 9Max Grover GalleryNorthwind ArtsAlliancePort Townsend GallerySimon Mace Gallery, Williams 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).

Casey Weldon @ Spoke Art
"Tropefiend" by Casey Weldon at Spoke Art in San Francisco. Opening reception: Saturday, 6 June from 6-10pm. If you're in the San Franciso area, check out Seattle artist Casey Weldon's solo show! Returning for his third solo at the gallery, “Tropefiend” is an extensive exploration into Weldon’s stylized world, resulting in a surreal display of subtle wit and strange beauty. Consisting of new paintings, Weldon’s latest body of work delves into contemporary themes such as metaphysical existence and our unnatural connection to and modern relationship with nature. Utilizing elements of glowing and bioluminescent subjects, Weldon explains that his work has developed to understand a larger concept of longevity, marked by this kind of illuminated aesthetic. “I think on one hand, the color palette I work with has been gradually getting darker, and I was getting really into recreating the glowing and reflecting colors of bright lights. The subject matter has been more about dying man made media, like television, radio, and print, and having them lost in the overgrowth of the constant of nature. It's more natural than magical. Maybe supernatural” explains the artist. Showing through 27 June. 

Ames Lake Art Escape. NEW! Custom-tailored art classes! Every Tuesday night from 7-10pm, beginning Tuesday, 9 June. $50/session or $160 for 4-weeks. Ames Lake Art Escape is your place to get away from the city, relax with a glass of wine, and focus on developing your art skills. We offer a custom-tailored experience adjusted to your speed, interest, and ability - the perfect way to develop your art skills in a low-stress, supportive environment. Whether you are experienced and looking to find community while expanding your skills, or brand new and excited to discover the world of art, Ames Lake Art Escape can be a wonderful place to practice techniques, seek guidance, and explore new materials in a casual setting, customized for your needs. Classes are organized and hosted by two local artists, Maj Askew & Carl Falkner, and run out of a spacious personal studio outside of Redmond. 
Ghost Gallery
St Johns Bar
True Love Gallery
The Capitol Hill Art Walk ~ Thursday, 11 June from 5-9pm. Selected shows:
Calypte Gallery - Jeffry Mitchell, sculpture
The Factory - "Queer Feelings" by David Strand & Aaron Klouzal. “Queer Feelings” is the debut exhibition by Aaron Klouzal and David Strand. Presenting new paintings bound and draped on various frames, “Queer Feelings” is the culmination of Klouzal and Strand’s four years of study at Seattle University. The exhibition will be on view for one night only at The Factory before moving to the Kinsey Gallery on Seattle University’s campus.
Ghost Gallery - "Three-Fold" by Elizabeth Arzani, Carmen Neely & Krisna Schumann. “Three-Fold” aims to create interpretive dialogue between pairings of artworks. While all three artists have a similar background rooted in painting, each artist manipulates and combines different media with a distinctly different intent and purpose. The works chosen utilize painting, collage and assemblage to demonstrate dynamic sexual, poetic and nostalgic comparisons. Each work of art simultaneously stands by itself, and becomes an essential element to the pair. The result is an electric, unexpected collection of work.
In-Arts Collective - "Pre-Historic Fun-Gi" group show. Mushroom-scape art installations, Paintings, Puppets, Performance art, Fiber arts, Culinary arts, Music & Fun! 8pm - Take an educational trip with Peter McCoy on Radical Mycology and the history of how mushrooms and lichen have shaped the earth! 
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.
Retrofit Home - Braden Duncan & Jeff Farnam. Braden draws her inspiration from the peculiar minutiae of the human form, symbolism and mythology. And, in Jeff MF'S latest fit of silliness ewoks in reeboks, beards made of Skittles, and shaggy-haired sheepdogs adorn wood and other found objects.
Saint John's Bar - "Prophesy of the Goldfinch" by Evan Amarante Soares. His latest silkscreen 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. Featuring music by DJ Pavone! Poster editions will be available for sale through Ghost Gallery for the duration of the exhibit. Showing through early August 2015.
True Love Gallery - "CRUX" group show. Curated by Robert Burch and Jazz Mom. For the month of June, we’re featuring a diverse blend of local glass artists, whose innovative work builds upon the traditions of glass making. The result is a pivotal, new dynamic. CRUX features work from: Robert Burch, Jesse England, Minhi Winkempleck, Megg White, Kate Testa, Inna Peck, Jazz Mom
Also check out new work at AmericanaApocalypse TattooBauhausCaffe VitaCafe Pettirosso, Capitol CiderCloud Gallery, Cupcake RoyaleFront Seat Gallery, High 5 Pie, Joe BarKismet Salon, Laughing Buddha, Online CafeParis EastsidePCNWPoco Wine + Spirits, SAAMSaints Gallery, STart Wall ProjectSugarPillVermillionand more!

Katrina del Mar @ Twilight
The West Seattle Art Walk ~ Thursday, 11 June from 6-9pm. Selected shows: 
Twilight Gallery - "Feral Women" by Katrina del Mar. Artist reception: Tuesday, 9 June from 6-9pm. Katrina del Mar continues to explore the theme of wild women who break with convention, an obsession she’s had since childhood. The wildness in women, sometimes overt, sometimes subtle is, for del Mar, a manifestation of innate inestimable power and therefore a source of the divine. Large scale, hi octane, full color, super-saturated photographs could be scenes from forgotten, fantastic films. The high hard femme, the bad girl, the rocker, the biker, the surfer-selkie, are icons of a new feminist pantheon.
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!

"Plus One" at Roq La Rue, Friday, 12 June from 6-9pm. Roq La Rue artists and the artists who inspire them! Stacey Rozich | Matt Craven, John Brophy | Deanna Adona, Peter Ferguson | Olivier Bonnard, Travis Louie | Dorian Vallejo, Jeff Jacobson | Erik Jones, Redd Walitzki | Meghan Howland, Amanda Manitach | Adam Mars

HappyTime Apocalypse

Urban Light Studios
The Art Up Phinneywood Art Walk ~ Friday, 12 June from 6-10pm. Selected shows:
Echo Echo Gallery - "This is the New $#!+" group show. A awesome night of art featuring the Echo Echo crew: Agent 0, Braden Duncan, Brandy Tomlin, Rhodora Jacob, Ronnie Taylor, Shanna Duncan & Xavier Lopez Jr. And we welcome our brand new members: Andrew Schons, Claudio Duran & Jeff Farnam!
HappyTime Apocalypse - Rick Zar, guest artist. In addition to the familiar faces of the regular Happy Time crew, we will be hosting guest artist Rick Zar for his first Seattle show! Rick has a very unique art style, using hand crafted spinning neon sculptures, as well as traditional neon signs. Rick photographs his spinning sculptures and captures some incredible images! He will have prints available, framed and unframed, and have 2 of his traditional neons on display! He did the neon for Pee Wee's Playhouse back in the day, And has also done collaborations with many artists, including his brother, the amazing Chet Zar!
Naked City Brewery - Casey Brookbush, Craig Brookbush & Derek RossCraig, Derek & Casey celebrate the automobile in June with a special collection of car themed paintings, illustrations & prints. Beer. Cars. Art. Awesome. Epic car art by Father & Son Brookbush & the Boss Derek Ross. Celebrating old man Brookbush, the crafty veteran's 70th Birthday in a big way!
Push/Pull - "Nightmare of Ages" group show. A group show featuring art inspired by tales of ancient monsters. Including the work of over 20 artists from Seattle and beyond!
Urban Light Studios "The Gallery of Regrettable Super Heroes" book release party! From Quirk Books and written by Seattle-area cartoonist and author Jon Morris, The League of Regrettable Superheroes affectionately celebrates the lesser-known costumed crimefighters spanning seventy-five years of comic book history. Featuring 100 of the strangest superheroes ever to see print—from Captain Tootsie to Thunderbunny—The League of Regrettable Superheroes comes complete with backstories, vintage art, and colorful commentary. Closing reception: Amelia Sherritt
Also check out new and exciting work at Avanti Art & DesignChocolattiGainsbourgHome Suite HomePaper Diamonds Clothing, Quadrapus, School of RockThe Space is Ours, Two Bird TattooWarlock Labs, and more!

The Belltown Art Walk ~ Friday, 12 June 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 UpstairsRocco's, Rudy's Barber ShopSassafras, Seattle Ink & OilStylus Salonand more!

Carl Faulkner @ Modern Eden Gallery
"Superhero: 4th Annual Portrait Invitational" at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco. Opening reception: Saturday, 13 June from 6-9pm. If you're in the San Francisco area, check out the Superhero show at Modern Eden Gallery featuring Seattle artist Carl Falkner, and many more! Modern Eden Gallery is excited to present ‘Superhero’, an art exhibition paying homage to the champions and defenders of the world, born from the exemplary imaginations of renowned illustrators, writers, publishers, and filmmakers. Exhibition curator, Bradley Platz continues the annual exhibition tradition by inviting the leading contemporary artists to create a unique interpretation in the style of classical portraiture painting. Showing through 3 July.

"Pop Rock Flea Market" ~ Saturday, 13 June from 2-8pm at 7th & Cherry on First Hill. A spin off from our beloved PRFM, this smaller and rougher market takes place on June 13 at 7th and Cherry on First Hill. 30 hand picked vendors selling a mix of crafts and vintage wares, plus food, drinks and hand-spun music.
Monster Art
The Ballard Art Walk ~ Saturday, 13 June from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Monster Art & Clothing - Xavier Lopez JrCome to our June art walk to see the surreal art of Xavier Lopez! We will have a yummy assortment of snacks and Xavier will be live-painting outside!
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!

"Georgetown Carnival" ~ Saturday, 13 June from noon-10pm. Beer gardens, interactive art, stilt walkers, marching band, Oddmall, carnival games, food trucks, and more! Free, and all ages!

The Georgetown Art Attack ~ Saturday, 13 June from 6-9pm. June is the Georgetown Carnival, so feel free to come early for fun! Most art venues will be open as early as noon. Selected shows: 
Georgetown Liquor Company - "The Art of Jacob Wayne" social pop-surrealism in acrylic
Krab Jab Studio - "Immortal Ephemera" by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. "Beauty in minutia, immortality in the ephemeral. From the healing honey-elixir of bees, to the dual nature of abundance and destruction encapsulated by the humble body of a locust; from the eternal Soul embodied by a moth, to the glory of rebirth in a scarab: insects bear our mythology and lore. Living ephemera, they are imbued with divinity so that their fleeting existence encompasses something far beyond what their physical size and mortal span might suggest. Immortal Ephemera examines the fugitive and diminutive, and follows where their imprints leads." Illustrator and watercolorist Stephanie Pui-Mun Law joins us with her brand new series of watercolors, inviting viewers into her microcosm of flowers, insects and the spirit of nature. Stephanie will be in attendance and speaking at our 7:30 pm Artist Talk.
Also check out new work at 9lb Hammer, Artcore TattooBelle & WhisselEight and Sand, Fantagraphics Bookstore, Georgetown AtelierGeorgetown Arts & Cultural Centre, Georgetown Trailer Park MallInterstitial, Smarty PantsThe Alice, Totally Blown GlassworksTwo Tartes CafeWax Expressions, and more!

"2nd Saturdays at TK Hall Collective" ~ The 2nd Saturday of every month from noon-5pm at the TK Artist Loft building in Pioneer Square. With the revitalised success of the Pioneer Square 1st Thursday Art Walk, several of the working studios at the Tashiro/Kaplan Building have collectively decided to add a new tradition by also opening our doors to the public on the second Saturday of every month from noon to 5 pm. Participating studios:
306 S Washington St. (#101 - Ellen Hoch Berg, #102 - Joseph Steininger, #103 - Studio 103, #104 - Juan Alonso, #105 - Joanna Morgan Designs)
312 S Washington St. (#2B - Barbara Noonin, #C - Jody Joldersma)

"Inscape Open Studios" at Inscape Arts, Sunday, 14 June from 1-6pm. If you haven't been to Inscape Arts yet, this Sunday would be the perfect time to check it out! Across the street from Uwajimaya in the former INS Building, Inscape is a collaboration of over 150 artists, artisans, and professionals with the intention of engaging the community, respecting culture, preserving history, and celebrating the arts. Inscape hosts four large seasonal events each year.

"ArtAche Market" at the Hard Rock Cafe, Sunday, 14 June from 1-6pm. Artache Market is a showcase featuring Seattle's most motivated musicians, artists, crafters and creators. Featuring Newaxeys, DJ Whatever, and art by Stasia Burrington, Rhodora Jacob, Open the Cellar Door, Cult Gnar, and many more! 

Jan Smith @ Facere
"Marked, Stitched & Mended" at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery featuring Jan Smith, a Canadian enamelist/metalsmith. A new body of work showing in June and July.This new work evolves from a relationship with place and investigation into the simple marks of stitching and mending and the patterns in the snow from animals. Facere Jewelry Art Gallery represents 45+ artists from the USA, Canada,Europe, and South American. 18 of those metalsmiths live and work in the Puget Sound region. The gallery has 6 major shows each year and several Featured Artist shows.

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

The Edmonds Art Walk ~ Friday, 18 June from 5-8pm. Selected shows:
Otherworlds - "Please Let Me Keep You" by Alicia Hatfield, woodblock prints & 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: TBA


The University District Art Walk ~ Friday, 19 June from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Gargoyles Statuary - "Goddess: The Divine Feminine" group show. We are excited to welcome the Summer Solstice with an amazing group of northwest Artists celebrating the Goddess in Her myriad forms! Featured artists: Valerie Herron, Heidi Estey, Laura Tempest Zakroff, Lisa Noble, Lis Wright Ivec, Braden Duncan, Dani Bissontte, Rebecca Sargent, and Roger Wheeler will present paintings, sculpture, prints, and more! Please join us at 7:00 pm for a special "invocation" by author and artist Rebecca Sargent from her Book of Goddesses!
Trabant Coffee & Chai - "Tiny Adventures" by Corey Skillman. Help Corey fund her European adventure in August! This month Trabant hosts her small angry animals, mystical starscapes, and pop culture vignettes.
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! 

"Night of Disguise" at the SAM. Friday, 19 June from 7-11pm. Perform, create, dance & meet the artists behind SAM's newest exhibit! Enter a new mask—one for the 21st century: it’s startling and joyful but also serious and menacing. When our experiences become difficult or curious, how do we confront what can’t be explained? One option is to shake it out by adopting disguises and staging a masquerade. Contemporary artists from Africa and of African descent explore this impulse by filling the galleries with inventive avatars and provocative new myths, taking us on mysterious journeys through city streets and futuristic landscapes.

"Fremont Solstice Fair" Friday-Sunday, 19-21 June. The Fremont Fair is a free community celebration that draws over 100,000 guests to experience the quirky character of Seattle’s eclectic and artistic Fremont neighborhood. Coinciding with Fremont Arts Council’s Solstice Parade, the Fremont Fair includes performances by local bands, arts and crafts shopping, food and drink, artistic expression, and fun for young and old! Don't miss the I Heart Rummage sale in the underground garage featuring over 2 dozen Seattle artists & crafters!


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:
"Place" by John Armstrong, Mel Curtis & Jennifer Stanton. Where we live, where we've come from, and where we choose to be all help inform our daily experiences and our sense of place in the world. John Armstrong says that his photos "show some of the irony, humor and weirdness of what it's like living in America today." Mel Curtis travels the world – at times with University of Washington student groups – and will have new images based on those travels. Jennifer Stanton's new work "is a series of Acacia trees, which easily lead the mind to the continent of Africa."

"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 Common Sense" @ Henry
"Sanctum" @ Henry
The Henry Art Gallery is currently featuring:  
"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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