Tuesday, December 1, 2015

DECEMBER Art Fix: Upcoming Events

If you need your art fix for the month of December (and I know I do!), here are some shows that you won't want to miss! If you're on the hunt for holiday treasures, art makes a fabulous gift! Let yourself be amazed by artistry, inspired by innovation, and transformed by the talents of the Seattle art scene!


"MLLE X" by Hanna Myers at Twilight Gallery. The MLLE X exhibition arose from the artist's recent personal struggle with coinciding mental and physical illness. Myers was inspired to create work that explored the experience of realizing how little control we as individuals possess over our biology, and how devastating that realization can be. Myers used the the story of Mademoiselle X, an anonymized woman from history who was incapable of reconciling her physical and mental selves into one being, as a filter for better understanding her own internal struggles.


The Pioneer Square Art Walk ~ Thursday, 3 December from 5-9pm. Selected shows: 
57 Biscayne - Annual Holiday Extravaganza'57 Biscayne resident artists open their studios and are joined by fabulous guest vendors. Shop local for handmade arty gifts like jewelry, lamps, reconstructed tin icons, paintings, prints, handprinted posters and cards, olde style tintype photos, cocktail party accessories, handbags and much more. Everything made on site or darn close. BONUS: Celebrate our bright future and permanent home in the Scheuerman Building, newly acquired by Good Arts LLC just in time for the holidays!
Abmeyer + Wood - "Balancing Act" by Erika Sanada
AXIS Pioneer Square - "Transect" by Tamara Stephas. Tamara Stephas explores the relationship between humans and the environment – man-made and natural – by combining landscape painting with architectural elements and text. Her newest work investigates construction in Seattle’s arboretum during SR520 bridge replacement and removal of the giant, never-used “Bridges to Nowhere.”
Flatcolor Gallery - “Winter Circle", group exhibition. Featuring local Seattle artists exhibiting affordable paintings and drawings as well as prints, shirts and other products. Exhibiting Artists will be in attendance and have the opportunity to work on artwork during the Dec 3rd opening exhibiting not only their final work but also their process to gallery visitors during First Thursday Artwalk. All art will be available for take away at time purchase at the opening and until the exhibition ends. The exhibition will run until the 12th of December. Flatcolor will be closed the remainder of Dec. for winter holiday and renovations and reopen in February 2016. All artwork will also be available online at Flatcolor.com for the entire month.
Huntington Media Gallery A clash of generations. This is a free art gallery viewing in historic Pioneer Square's First Thursday Artwalk. There's a limited supply of beer for the lucky early birds! Show is located in the OK Hotel's studio 107a located behind the main gallery. The show will feature never before seen 'mask' paintings by Kenneth Lee Huntington with special guest artists Dr. Johnny Wow & Angelina Heyd.
The Piranha Shop - "Works on Paper: A Print Show by Electric Coffin" We are excited to host this print show from Electric Coffin. It's a great show to grab someone a great gift for the holidays. This collection of new work is comprised of imagery, color palettes, tools and resources we use in the studio daily. It was an exercise in taking what objects and tools surround us and configuring those pieces into collaborative compositions. Each series is a study on utilizing our own detritus and recycling it into something new. As a process driven studio, the narrative defines the work we create as we navigate through multiple disciplines. Applying that process to the concept of a “Print Show” has lead us to producing several series of unique multiples, each series serves more as a family or suggestion and each print within that family retains it’s own identity. The result is a print show with hundreds of originals to choose from. The show opens at 6pm at The Piranha Shop. Prints will be hung throughout the gallery and prints will be removed from the wall upon purchase, so come early! There will be editions of 1 and editions of 20, prices will range between $40-$150.
Roq La Rue - "Charismatic Megafauna", group show. Celebrating the magnificent beauty of some of the world’s largest and most spectacular species. Mankind’s fascination with the surrounding wilderness began over 30,000 years ago, leaving stories painted on rocks and caves throughout the world in Indonesia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and the Americas. The grace, beauty, and mysticism of our earth’s beasts continue to amaze, fascinate, and compel us today. From majestic wolves to powerful tigers and elephants, this year-end show explores the many different and fantastical ways contemporary artists draw inspiration and beauty from the animal kingdom.
TK Artist Lofts - Holiday Celebration & ExhibitionJoin us in for a lively party to kick off the holiday season! Enjoy food, drink, live music, and an exhibition of artworks in a variety of styles and media. Support local artists this season by giving the gift of original art. Loft residents are offering a number of pieces under $100. We also will be welcoming donations to the TKTA, which produces the annual Art of the City Street Fest. Credit cards accepted. This event is free and open to the public.
Also check out new work at 4CultureAngle GalleryArtifact Gallery, Art Xchange, The Belfry OdditiesBonfire GalleryCore GalleryDavidson Galleries, Delicatus, Foster/White GalleryGallery 110, Gallery IMA, goCstudio, Greg Kucera Gallery, Hall Spassov Gallery, James Harris Gallery, Linda Hodges Gallery, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Method Gallery, Nord Alley & the Alley Network Project, Occidental Square Park, OK GalleryPioneer Square Saloon, Platform Gallery, Punch Room 104 GallerySAM GallerySeattle ArtsourceShiftSOILStonington GallerySurface Theory, Treason Galleryand  more! Pioneer Square is the oldest art walk in the United States, and features over 50 galleries, studios, and other art spaces!

The Bainbridge Island Art Walk ~ Friday, 4 December from 6-8pm. Selected shows:
Bainbridge Arts & Crafts - "Red" group show. Celebrate all things red & festive this holiday season and pick up the gift of art!
See new and exciting work at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Blackbird Bakery, the BPADangerEleven Winery, Fork & Spoon, Ginger, Harbour Public HouseIsland GalleryPegasus Coffee, Pauli Dennis Gallery, PrettyStickRoby King GallerySally Robinson Gallery, and more!

 The Fremont Art Walk ~ Friday, 4 December from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Tiny Dodo Gallery - ***Opening & market on 11 December*** "Bill Murray Xmas & Wes Anderson Tribute" group show. This show will be our 2nd Annual Bill Murray Show, but because I love Wes Anderson and also wanted to curate my own Wes Anderson Tribute Art Show, I combined the theme!! They also go extremely well together !! The Bill Murray part of this event will be the ornaments on our Bill Murray Christmas tree! There is no limit to how many will be for sale so buy as many as you want! Art will be smaller pieces and cash and carry. So art will be bought and given off the walls at the event as well as during the month. Perfect for Christmas gifts :)!
Also check out new work at ArtFX GalleryAsgard TavernAtlas Clothing, Bellefleur Lingerieevo Timesinfinity GalleryFrame Up Studios, Fremont Jewelry DesignFremont Health Club, Gasworks Gallery, GiGi Retro Inspired ClothingHub and BespokeJohnson ArchitectsMakerhausNorthwest Vision Studio, Pel'Meni Dumpling TzarPortgage Bay Goods, Sanachi MassageSaturnSpace, Starbucks CoffeeThe Sweet Spotand more!

Urban Craft Uprising at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Saturday & Sunday, 5-6 December. Urban Craft Uprising is Seattle’s largest indie craft show! At UCU, now in its eleventh year, fans can choose from a wide variety of hand-crafted goods, including clothing of all types, jewelry, gifts, bags, wallets, buttons, accessories, aprons, children’s goods, toys, housewares, furniture, paper goods, candles, kits, geekery, art, food, and much, much more.
     Each show is carefully curated and juried to ensure the best mix of crafts and arts, along with quality and originality. This bi-annual show features over 150 vendors excelling in the world of craft, art and design. Over the course of 11 years, UCU has garnered so much attention that over 16,000 fans swarm to the show over the course of the weekend.
     Hundreds of fans are lined up before our doors open to receive our famous swag bags full of goodies from our vendors and lovely sponsors. Not only can you peruse the aisles full of vendors, but there are also hourly crafty book signings and demos to check out. This show is free and fun for the whole family! We look forward to seeing you!

Center Valley Animal Rescue Fundraiser at CVAR, Saturday, 5 December from 11am-4pm. Our special guest is artist Braden Duncan of Clockwork Art. She painted Christmas Kitten who is on our flier. She has donated the original painting which will be a Silent Auction item at the Holiday Open House! 

The Port Townsend Art Walk ~ Saturday, 5 December from 5-8pm. Selected shows: 
Red Raven Gallery - TBA
Also check out new work at Earthenworks GalleryForest Gems GalleryGallery 9, Max Grover GalleryPort Townsend GallerySimon Mace Gallery, Williams Gallery, and more! Don't forget to stop in Cellar Door for a nightcap, local art, & live music!

Mourning Market at El Corazon, Sunday, 6 December from noon-5pm. With the Holiday season approaching fast, we are excited about our upcoming Mourning Market at El Corazon Dec 6th 2015. We will once again be giving away 50 FREE bags filled with goodies from our generous Vendors and Sponsors when we open the doors. Shop DARK, shop MACABRE and keep Seattle wicked. Make a statement this year and support the talented artists and sponsors participating in our show and BUY and SUPPORT HANDMADE this year! Come join us, have a drink and have lots of fun shopping. We can't wait to see you all! 

INScape Open Studios at INScape Arts, Sunday, 6 December from 1-6pm. Come in, and sit for a spell. Take part in a unique photo project I am creating! Enjoy a day of art, food and good ol' chattin'! Or perhaps support your local artists this season by giving art as gifts! Guest artist Tara Mc Dermott will have new encaustic photographic work to share, as well as Oil Practioner Elisa Boots will be able to tell you about the benefits of her amazing oils. Come check out the amazing studios! 5 floors of holiday cheer; art, food and drink to share!

The Capitol Hill Art Walk ~ Thursday, 10 December from 5-9pm. Selected shows:
Chroma Clouds Gallery - "Soul Seekers" by Rhodora Jacob. We are so excited to announce our next art show at Chroma Clouds Gallery featuring Rhodora Jacob! Rhodora is an artist from Seattle Washington and her work features nature, surrealism, and beautiful, colorful characters. Come check out her amazing new collection of art!
Ghost Gallery - "Annual Miniature Art Extravaganza" group show. Ghost Gallery's Annual Miniature Art Extravaganza continues through January! Almost 10 years running, this annual exhibit features hundreds of small works by local, national & global artists. 10" x 10" & smaller, $250 & under, these works of Art are perfect for gifting and are a great way to start your own original Art collection. This city-wide exhibit is being held at Ghost Gallery and Edie's Shoes on Capitol Hill, Stylus Salon in Belltown AND Solo Bar in Lower Queen Anne - Four local venues filled with wonderful Small Art! The show is also online (more pieces being added for the January edition), so those of you outside Seattle can also enjoy + shop miniature art!
Mercury - "Transmission" Featured artist! Featured bellydance! Guest DJ! Every month we bring you the best in Shoegaze, post-punk, post-rock and psych music with your host DJ Echo! 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. 
Pound Arts - Pound Open Studios. It's that time of year when Pound Arts opens their studios to the public, invites other artists to display their goods and invites all to be merry while we eat, drink, play music and see what's new and unique in arts and crafts!! And of course, our annual Silent Auction where 100% of the proceeds go to a new non-profit each year and this year we have chosen Old Dog Haven!
Steve Gilbert Photo Studio - Sean Michael Hurley
Also check out new work at 12th Avenue Arts, AmericanaApocalypse TattooBauhausBroadcast Coffee Roasters, Caffe VitaCafe PettirossoCalypte Gallery, Capitol CiderCloud Gallery, Cupcake RoyaleDendroica GalleryThe Factory, Front Seat Gallery, High 5 PieIn-Arts Collective, Joe Bar, Kismet Salon, Laughing Buddha, Online CafeParis EastsidePCNWPoco Wine + SpiritsRetrofit HomeRubix Apartments, SAAMSaint John's Bar, Saints Gallery, STart Wall ProjectSugarPillThe Pine Box, True Love Gallery, Vermillion, and more!

West Seattle Wine Cellars
The West Seattle Art Walk ~ Thursday, 10 December from 6-9pm. Selected shows: 
Twilight Gallery - "Holiday Small Works Exhibit" group show. Small works under $200 at Twilight Gallery 2015! Giving the gift of art and celebrating independent designers and small business this Holiday season is what makes this exhibit so special to us. Come and join us on Dec. 10th for West Seattle Art Walk 6 to 9pm for this special holiday event. Runs through Jan 31!
West Seattle Wine Cellars - "Arborist" by Rachel Setzer. Everyone can be redeemed. With the right ingredients, some love, compassion, and time anything and anyone can be made beautiful again no matter how far down they have been destroyed. The Arborist series began as an exercise in making something pretty. Soon it began to give me peace and refuge from my other responsibilities, and I took the opportunity to hide in paintings of trees that reminded me of easier times. Then, it took on a brand new life when I combined Arborist with a newly discovered love of making my own paper by hand.
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!

CoCA at Rubix featuring Bo Choi, Thursday, 10 December from 6-9pm.  We are pleased to present installation and fiber artist, Bo Choi, at our gallery space at Rubix from December 3 through January 9, with an opportunity to meet the artist during Capitol Hill art walk on December 10. Bo, who participated in our recent 24 Hour Art Marathon, is an innovative fashion designer and artist. Her fashion line merges with installation art as she explores and transgresses the ways a body interacts with clothing. Bo challenges concepts of freedom and form, and we are amazed at her unconventional use of men’s underwear and plastic bags. Bo has exhibited locally and internationally and completed residencies in Germany and Korea. She currently teaches fashion design at Sanford-Brown College (Seattle) and computer graphic at North Seattle College. Bo is represented by Gallery IMA in Seattle and holds an MFA from the University of Washington.

"Shotgun Lecture Series" at Pivot Art + Culture, Thursday, 10 December at 6.30pm. Pivot Art + Culture welcomes you to our innagural public program, featured in conjunction with The Figure in Process, an exhibition on view through February 28, 2016. For this Shotgun Lecture, a selection of Seattle’s artists, curators, and cultural organizers will each have 10-minutes to reflect on projects that have long-since ended, but continue to resonate. Site-specific installations, community-driven collaborations, and performative happenings are just some of the subjects that will be addressed in this rapid-fire program.
     Pivot Art + Culture is a 3,000-square-foot concept space located on the ground floor of the newly constructed Allen Institute building in the heart of Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. It is an initiative of Vulcan Inc. and Paul G. Allen with a mission to make art accessible to the public. Presenters include:
Eric Fredericksen, manager, City of Seattle Waterfront Program
Klara Glosova, founder/director, NEPO House
Todd Jannausch, founder/director, Gallery 206
LET'S (Andy Arkley, Courtney Barnebey & Peter Lynch), Art Collective
Yoko Ott, founder/director, The New Foundation

The Art Up Phinneywood Art Walk ~ Friday, 11 December from 6-10pm. Selected shows:
Echo Echo Gallery - "Happy Holidays!" Happy Holidays from the Echo Echo crew! Please join us as we bid a fond farewell to Agent 0 and welcome our newest member Ahmed Davis! We'll have mini art, ornaments, inexpensive pieces from past shows, and one-of-a-kind finds as we all unclutter our studios in time for the new year. Come for art, stay for fun!
HappyTime Apocalypse - "Birthday Time Apocalypse" Tonight is the Greenwood Art Walk at the HappyTime Apocalypse gallery, and also my birthday!! Please come on over and see some art and come celebrate my birthday with me!!!!
Urban Light Studios - Opening Reception: "Wanderlust" by Ryan Henry Ward. Seattle-icon Ryan Henry Ward shares an intimate perspective on his time spent living abroad. Showing never-before-seen photographs, his works in the new medium stand powerfully on their own while revealing glimpses into some of the most formative years of Henry's life. The show will also feature paintings, giveaways, and a live performance by singer/songwriter Lana McMullen. Closing Reception: "Bipolar" by Charity Jones.
Check out new work at: Avanti Art & DesignChocolattiGainsbourgHome Suite Home, Kolab Galery, Naked City Brewery, Quadrapus, School of RockThe Space is Ours, Two Bird Tattoo, Warlock Labs, and more!

The Belltown Art Walk ~ Friday, 11 December from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
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!

"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, #103 - Studio 103, #104 - Juan Alonso, #105 - Joanna Morgan Designs)
312 S Washington St. (#2B - Barbara Noonin, #C - Jody Joldersma)

December Edition of COLLECT. Saturday, 12 December from 5-7pm. See + Appreciate = Own. The tour begins at Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, featuring an exhibition by the MO WAVE Queer art festival. Next, COLLECT visits the South Park Arts 11th Annual Art Under $100 event with 70 artists participating. Then, it's on to Equinox Studios for a Very Open House with almost 100 resident artists and artisans, guest artists, music, poetry, dance, demos, and more. The bus will return to Vermillion. As usual there are small bites and free flowing champagne included with your ticket price of $25.

The Ballard Art Walk ~ Saturday, 12 December from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Monster Art & Clothing - HappyTime Apocalypse featuring Sami, Dusty & Jeanne! Come for a Holiday Spectacular artwalk featuring original artwork by three artists from the beloved HappyTime Apocalypse Gallery in Greenwood! There will be snacks! There will be fun! And you can get all your holiday shopping done!
Push/Pull - "Regrets: A Tattoo Themed Art Show"
Substation - "Small Art" group show. 
Check out new work at Annie's Art &Frame, Art & 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 StudioSticks & Stones Gallerythe Sunset TavernVenue and more!

The Georgetown Art Attack ~ Saturday, 12 December from 6-9pm. IMPORTANT NOTE TO THOSE ATTENDING THE OPENING! Parking on site is pay only. Please be sure to either park on the street or in a pay lot on either end of the building. Building management will ticket cars improperly parked. Selected shows: 
Eight and Sand - "78 Tarot Nautical Group Show" This show features several national and international artists who have created art for the 78 Tarot Project. The 78 Tarot Project is a group of artists from all over the world who have come together to create several tarot decks, the 3rd is to be released in 2016. This is the first art show featuring a handful of original works and prints.
Georgetown Liquor Company - "Bits & Birds" by Braden Duncan (Clockwork Art). Watercolours & giclee prints featuring mechanical birds & other clockwork creations!
Krab Jab Studio - "Bird Life: The Art of Socar Miles" In Socar's first US solo show, "Bird Life" explores her relationship with one of her favorite subjects, the birds that live in her neighborhood as well as her imagination. From tiny sparrows to tragic albatross, she weaves humor and sadness together with her trusty pen to create a spectacular collection of tiny treasures. True to form, Socar is unable to travel to appear at her opening; she has officially approved to have singer/actress Jordan Corbin perform as Socar at the opening. Jordan has performed as Socar in the past, reading from Socar's new book "Mr Nobody and the Worms" at the 2015 Mythic World's "Brittany to Cascadia" salon. We are delighted to have her back.
Spectrum House Salon & Photo - Spectrum's closing event! Stop by and say hi for the very last time. Seattle & Georgetown will miss you!
Also check out new work at 9lb Hammer, Artcore TattooBelle & WhisselEquinox Studios, Fantagraphics Bookstore, Georgetown AtelierGeorgetown Arts & Cultural Centre, Georgetown Trailer Park MallInterstitial, Mainframe, Praxis Arts, Smarty PantsThe Alice, Totally Blown GlassworksTwo Tartes CafeWax Expressions, and more!

Holiday Pop-Up at Bar del Corso, Sunday, 13 December from noon-6pm. Bar del Corso Pizzeria is hosting a holiday gift pop-up featuring local artists, illustrators, jewelry and clothing designers, and more. Shop small and local for the holidays! Seattle's newest food truck, Cauldron will be parked outside and have delicious food for sale. The fabulous Anna Wallace will be tending bar and we will have other refreshments available. 

The Queen Anne Uptown Art Walk ~ Thursday, 17 December from 5-7.30pm. Selected shows:
Check out new work at Bombsheller Art LabsCaffe LadroLiberty Tattoo ParlourMercer Street BooksMud BayPeridot BoutiqueSolo Bar, Teatro ZinzanniTin Lizzie Lounge, Toulouse PetitThe Vera Project, and more!.

The Edmonds Art Walk ~ Thursday, 17 December from 5-8pm. Selected shows:
Otherworlds - "Kittens & Clockwork" by Braden Duncan (Clockwork Art). Watercolours & giclee prints featuring dapper black Steampunk & pop culture kittens!
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: Mad Max (original)

The University District Art Walk ~ Friday, 18 December from 6-9pm. Selected shows:
Gargoyles Statuary - "The Darkest Night" group show. We will be celebrating dark & mysterious winter holiday traditions and winter lore from around the world. From Krampus to the Yule Cat~ please join us for an evening of festive merriment with the art of EGO, Heidi Estey, Braden Duncan, Laura Zakroff, Corby Baker, Lis Wright Ivec, Jeff Shaw, Craig Luckenbach, Brian Houghton, Keith Amarak Waters, and Marsha Rollinger...originals, prints, cards and other dark treasures will be available!
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! 

Renegade Craft Fair at Magnuson Park Hangar 30, Saturday-Sunday, 19-20 December. We are thrilled to debut the Holiday Renegade Craft Fair this year in Seattle’s Magnuson Park Hangar 30 on December 19 + 20, 2015! As always, we will be featuring a thoughtfully curated selection of the finest indie-craft goods, perfect for all of your holiday gift-giving needs. Attendees will enjoy a weekend of shopping handmade, participating in DIY workshops, and joining in on the festive holiday vibes.

Seattle Unique Boutique at GymSmithy, Sunday, 20 December from 11am-7pm. Seattle Unique Boutique is excited to present you with a curated selection of vendors to shop for locally sourced fabulousness, and to cover your last-minute holiday gifts. Come to Columbia City and join us! Our goal is to present local, original, unique artists, healers, oddities, metaphysicians, & curious crafts.  

"Jeffrey Mitchell's Turn" 4th Tuesdays at Joe Bar. Tuesday, 22 December at Joe Bar from 6.30-9.30pm. The 7th installment in this inaugural series is coming up. Stay tuned! TURN is a year-long collaborative exhibition platform, where twelve artists take turns transforming a single piece. To start, one artist is selected to create a piece for opening night. Each ensuing artist takes it for one month, shows their progress for one evening, then hands it off. Changes to the piece may be made to any degree, so long as some physical or aesthetic part of what's received remains. During these monthly exhibitions, when the indefinite work comes into focus, the exhibiting artist proposes a title and a conclusion to the finished piece. What do we call it? What do we do with it when we're done? At the end of the final exhibition, a title and a conclusion are chosen. Finishing the process, one last gathering is held to deliver the piece to its chance destination. Created by Shaun Kardinal.


The SAAM is currently featuring:
"Conceal/Reveal: Making Meaning in Chinese Art" (20 December 2014 - 14 February 2016). 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:
"Intimate Impressionism" (1 October 2015 - 10 January 2016). The collection is comprised of extraordinary paintings, considered to be the jewels of one of the finest collections of French Impressionism in the world. This exhibition features 68 intimately scaled paintings by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters, including Edouard Manet, Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Eugène Boudin, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh, among others. These works, which are prominently presented in the East Building of the National Gallery, have long been treasured by the museum’s visitors and prized by art historians.
"Rebel Rebel" (29 August - 29 December). Potent rebuttals against female stereotypes by women artists are front and center in this installation. Starting in the 1960s in the wake of the feminist movement, women artists rebelled against clichés—notably the image of the seductive Eve and the persistent proclamation of male power and genius. Still a pressing issue today, younger artists represent women and their work in visual refutations that range from punchy to lyrical. Male critiques of traditional gender roles are also on view: a version of a gay pioneer couple is included in a set of dinner plates, and a patchwork quilt dedicated to Glacier National Park deflates expectations of the great outdoors as an arena for male machismo.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is currently featuring:
"New Light" by Steven Maslach (10 October 2015 - 7 February 2016). Bainbridge Island Glass artist Steven Maslach is featured in a solo show with a survey of large-scale cast glass, wood and mixed media sculptures. New Light refers to his recent development of a unique means of coloring thick, clear glass. Also featured in the exhibition are examples of his older work which use more conventionally colored glass.
"A Story Place" by Nancy Thorne Chambers (10 October 2015 - 7 February 2016). A Story Place is an enchanting ceramic installation featuring thirty life-size animals and insects sitting intently in a forest, listening to a child reading a story—a story that is curiously about them.  A Story Place is a visual feast that speaks volumes about the simple but very complex idea of "relationship." Creating a sense of "story" within "visual relationships" is what inspires clay artist Nancy Thorne Chambers. Each sculpture is hand-built, fired, glazed, fired again then painted with layers of color to enhance depth to hair and fur. Every gesture, expression, clothing color and finish is carefully chosen both artistically and with relationship to their group setting. Nancy is a former family therapist from Olympia.

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.

"Sanctum" @ Henry
The Henry Art Gallery is currently featuring:  
"Maximum Fun: A New Sincerity Event" Maximum Fun is part picnic, part aerobics class, and part community-building event featuring works by Nat Evans, Mario Lemafa, and Elizabeth Spavento. Join us at the UW's Sylvan Theater to traverse mental obstacle courses, jump over things, and shout in unison. Playing off Jesse Thorn's Manifesto for the New Sincerity, Maximum Fun seeks to probe the relationship between sincerity and irony through a series of interactive activities inspired by the legendary Evel Knievel.

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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