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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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Empathetic Viewing: Rineke Dijkstra at the Henry

There are so many visual arts goings-on this week in Seattle, what with the annual Neddy at Cornish exhibition opening yesterday, a host of openings at Pioneer Square galleries on […]

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Curate the Frye’s Founding Collection

There’s just one day left – today, until 11:59 pm! – to vote for the paintings you’d like to see at the Frye Art Museum this fall. The Frye has […]

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Memory Sieves at Blindfold Gallery

Seattle-based painter Sue Danielson has a new show at Blindfold Gallery, and she’ll be in conversation there tonight at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7) with fellow painter, Neddy Finalist, […]

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Follow the North Star

The outdoor sculpture collection of Western Washington University rivals that of Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Should you find yourself up north in Bellingham, may I recommend in particular Nancy Holt’s […]


Dear Diary: Claire Johnson

In Claire Johnson‘s newest solo show a•nas•to•mo•sis, which opens this Saturday at LxWxH Gallery, one will see a new collection of ariel views over mountainous terrain rendered in oils on rather large […]



That’s right folks, it’s FREE First Friday over in Bellevue and that means you should drop whatever you are doing, be it work or play, and head to the Bellevue […]


Oscar Tuazon in Seattle

Seattle learned last week that along with Ann Hamilton, Buster Simpson, Norie Sato, and Stephen Vitiello, artist Oscar Tuazon will create work for Seattle’s redesigned waterfront. The James Corner Field […]


Color Field; Salt Horse Live at the Film Forum

Inspired by the paintings of Helen Frankenthaler and provided with the commission to create a new work in collaboration with the Northwest Film Forum, the dance company Salt Horse will be debuting a […]


The Return of #GOERS

It’s been a minute since I sat down and wrote out EVERYTHING that is going on in arts for the upcoming week, but if any week warranted it, then this […]


April in Seattle: Mel Chin

I was first introduced to the artist Mel Chin through his piece Revival Field. The place it occupies – the intersection of land art, subtractive sculpture, and environmental reclamation – […]


Open Houses

Clear your schedule because this weekend 2 large buildings filled with artist studios will be propping their doors open and inviting you in.  It seems strange that both the Bemis […]


Build A Collection; Vignettes on indiegogo

Vignettes has been described as a vital part of the Seattle arts community by numerous people over the last week as  the gallery’s newest crowd sourcing campaign was shared and […]


Dear Diary: Laura Hamje

As co-owner of Blindfold Gallery on Capitol Hill, Laura Hamje has been curating shows that feature some of Seattle’s most exciting artists for nearly 2 years.  This month the gallery […]


Agnes Martin Outside the Lines

Before arriving in the early 1960s at her signature style of subtly rendered lines and stripes, American artist Agnes Martin experimented. She seems, in particular, to have spent a lot […]


Dear Diary: Rafael Soldi

Artist Rafael Soldi makes photographs of quiet intimacy. When figures don’t appear in them, objects often seem to stand in for absent protagonists. In an image from 2011, Will You […]