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  • Apples and Poetry: Shin Yu Pai’s HEIRLOOM

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    Their names, mouthfuls of consonants and vowels, summon colors, the elevated stations of royalty, animals, and distant places: Arctic, Astrakhan, Belmont, Bietigheimer, Dolgo Crabapple, Dutch Mignonne, Dutchess of Oldenberg, Early Harvest, Esopus Spitzenberg, Golden Russett, Gravenstein, Hawkeye, King, Lubsk Queen, Northern Spy, Rhode Island Greening, Roxbury Russett, Swaar, Tolman […]

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  • Brenna Murphy

    Media and the Fair

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    The much-anticipated, wildly hyped Seattle Art Fair blasted by like a comet. Pro tip: the next time you find yourself at an art fair, wear tennis shoes, or at least […]

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  • Bainbridge Island En Plein Air

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    Tucked discretely away on Bainbridge Island’s west side near the Agate Passage crossing, the Bloedel Reserve is a paradise of lush meticulously groomed gardens and swaths of forested land that […]

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  • Among the Clouds at Goldfinch Tavern

    Friday, July 10, 2015

    For any art lover in Seattle the Four Seasons has long been a hidden gem. It’s renowned for its art-filled lobby where the Northwest School is on constant display thanks to […]

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  • Dear Diary: Ashley Armitage

    Monday, July 6, 2015

    Looking at Ashley Armitage’s photographs feels like stepping into a secret world — a dreamy world of pinks and blues, of makeup and nail polish and hair, of ritualized routines in the […]

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  • Seeing Serial: David Beckley at Gallery 110

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    I loved artist David Beckley’s Drone from the first moment I saw it on my computer screen several weeks ago. Its crisp contrast, its serialization and symmetry that transformed before my eyes […]

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  • A New Art Installation Docks Along the Duwamish

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    Briar Bates is a landscape designer and artist who creates installations from organic materials. Tomorrow, she’ll be working on a new piece, Growing to Sea, at Terminal 107 Park (4700 W. Marginal Way […]

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  • On Light: Megumi Shauna Arai on Violet Strays

    Friday, March 20, 2015

    If you’ve never taken a look at the online exhibition site Violet Strays, curated by Serrah Russell and Alyssa Volpigno, now is the time. Through this Thursday, March 26, Violet Strays is […]

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  • Beach House, After Winter

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    An addendum to an Art Nerd post from last year on an installation by David W. Simpson: Simpson’s Beach House didn’t come down in September after all. Instead, it moved north from downtown to […]

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  • Dear Diary: Rebecca Chernow

    Monday, March 9, 2015

    Seattle artist Rebecca Chernow earned her BFA in glass and neon sculpture in western New York, and it was glass that brought her out to the Pacific Northwest where she worked […]

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  • Dear Diary: Gala Bent

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    Seattle artist Gala Bent has a painter’s hand and a poet’s heart. Her works on paper often read like otherworldly landscapes, with areas of geometric abstraction and dense gestural marks. […]

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  • Keyes on Keyes

    Sunday, February 22, 2015

    When I sat down to write First Thursday art walk recommendations in early February I quickly passed over Doug Keyes’ work without giving it a second thought. It wasn’t until […]

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  • Dear Diary: Matthew Offenbacher

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    Seattle artist Matthew Offenbacher is a collaborator through and through. He’s also an enthusiastic looker and thinker. From 2008 until 2013, he produced La Norda Specialo, a free zine featuring writing by […]

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  • Hedonic Reversal #3

    Reality Check: Rodrigo Valenzuela and Ghosts, Monuments, Labor & Time

    Sunday, February 15, 2015

    I’m walking through an unnamed zone between Belltown and South Lake Union, a tabula rasa. Somewhere skirting the edge of Denny Way, the sidewalk’s closed ahead, so I’m standing in […]

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  • Nursing, Grieving, Memorializing, Decaying: The Many Theres of the Photo Center NW’s Terminal

    Friday, February 6, 2015

    “Permanence,” Susan Sontag writes in her essay  “An Argument about Beauty,” “…is not one of beauty’s more obvious attributes; and the contemplation of beauty, when it is expert, may be […]

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Measurable Woman

Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, c. 1490, stands facing forward. In one position, his extended fingers and feet touch points along the circumference of a circle. In the second position, his […]

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Mad Campus: An Outdoor Installation Adventure

Need your art fix but don’t want to confine yourself to the dimly lit halls of a museum on this beautiful fall day? Is merely looking at art not enough […]

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Beach House, for the End of Summer

Beach House, artist David W. Simpson’s current installation at 1900 Westlake Avenue between 5th and 6th Avenues and Virginia and Stewart Streets, is a house you can’t step into. You […]

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Pirating the High Seas of Culture Consumption

Next up in the NW Film Forum’s Live at the Film Forum series is something called Pirate Cinema.  The show is a live performance event adapted from an installation by French […]


Bombsheller Lets You Wear More Art

Patterns are in right now, but then again, they’re always in when it comes to being bold. Here’s a story about personal style and identity.  Oh, and art. It all […]


Tonight! Art + Technology: Cultural Disruption and Innovation PechaKucha

PechaKucha is Japanese for chit chat, and the fast-paced presentation format that takes its name has become a hit all over the world. Tonight, the talk will be all about […]


In a Haze: Jason Hirata and Amir Zaki at James Harris Gallery

A lingering fog stretches across the top of Amir Zaki’s large black-and-white photographs of southern California cliffsides, now up at the James Harris Gallery through Saturday. The gray hazes appear […]


Dear Diary: Barbara Knuth

Originally from Wisconsin, Barbara Knuth arrived in Seattle via an MFA program in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from San Diego State University.  What drew this artist to Seattle?  Well perhaps it […]


Thursday Only! Strange Coupling at FRED Wildlife Refuge

Come out tomorrow evening for the annual Strange Coupling event, now in its eleventh year. The exhibition at FRED Wildlife Refuge will feature work made by eight couples, each comprising […]


In Pursuit of Doris Chase

The prospect from Queen Anne’s Kerry Park is probably the city’s most famous. Deservedly so. You can see so much from up here. The nearby Space Needle looms large, dwarfing […]


Dear Diary: Maria Coryell-Martin

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate, we bring you a day in the life of Maria Coryell-Martin, an expeditionary artist whose practice brings her to the far reaches of the world […]


The Thomas Crown Affair’s Stylish Savoir-Faire

Tonight! Head on over to the Northwest Film Forum to join Chiyo Ishikawa, SAM’s Deputy Director and Curator of European Painting and Sculpture, and designer Mark Mitchell, who fashioned the […]


Dear Diary: Megumi Shauna Arai

It is evident these days that an artistic renaissance is well underway in Seattle.  The ingredients necessary for a renaissance are just a handful of extremely creative people willing to […]


Dear Diary: Anthony Sonnenberg

Seattle artist Anthony Sonnenberg has had quite a year. He was a finalist for SAM’s 2013 Betty Bowen Award, will be showing work presented by Pulliam Fine Arts in next […]


A Fervent Presence: Sandra Jackson-Dumont

Since 2006, when she joined the Seattle Art Museum as Education Director and adjunct curator, Sandra Jackson-Dumont has been a force on the Seattle arts scene. She pioneered Remix, SAM’s […]