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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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What's Up

Jun
30

No Backpacks Allowed. Many Thanks- Suyama Space

I’ve always been perplexed with the number of backpack wearing citizens that Seattle seems to have.  I constantly wonder how these people could possibly need so many things over the […]

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Jun
27

Ai Weiwei’s Case and Vases

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been much in the news in the last several years: for his work with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron on Beijing’s National Stadium […]

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Jun
27

Julie Alpert’s Look-alikes @ SOIL

As an outspoken advocate for patterns, nothing could be more my speed than a Julie Alpert installation.  Currently splashed across the back room walls at SOIL Gallery, or at least […]

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Jan
14

January #artwalking

It’s only 2 weeks into January and already we’ve seen 4 outstanding art walks filled with art that you have to see!  Pioneer Square art walk, or First Thursday as […]

Jan
11

Dear Diary: Ken Kelly

Ken Kelly is a Seattle artist who has long been known for his pattern-based work. Heavy on repetition, informal geometry, and self-leveling fields, they’re a kind of mystical accumulation; a […]

Jan
9

TONIGHT! EXPO 91 at Cairo

EXPO 91, an underground art and music festival, starts with an opening reception tonight! Organized by the geniuses at multipurpose arts space Cairo, EXPO 91 features Seattle artists and PNW […]

Dec
29

Peruvian Doughnuts

I’ve got one word for you Art Nerds.  It’s a Spanish word, so get out your dictionaries.  Alright, the one word that you need to know is Picarones.  PICARONES!! After […]

Dec
19

Ceci N’est Pas Une Pipe

Tucked away in Georgetown’s Seattle Design Center are a handful of galleries with more art than you would expect.  Due to the economic decline of past years, houtie toutie interior […]

Dec
18

Gone to the Dogs

A few days back I was going through the newest edition of The Stranger’s A&P, that’s their quarterly supplement on Seattle Arts and Performances, hence the name A&P.  The A&P […]

Dec
18

Love City Love + The YC

Just another reminder of how great Love City Love is, and also one hell of a catchy video from local choreographer Kate Wallich and her company The YC.  Even though […]

Dec
17

Roy McMakin’s Symmetry and Sky

If you’re like me, you’ve passed below Roy McMakin’s untitled transom piece at the Henry Art Gallery many times without taking notice. The semi-permanent print, located in the museum’s rotunda, […]

Dec
16

Touched at Velocity’s NextFest

I hate to do this to you guys but my editor demanded that I write up an article about Velocity’s recent NextFest Northwest Dance Festival.  I would love to encourage […]

Dec
16

Scout Bandanas

Better late than never, but there is a pop-up shop going down at the base of the Harbor Steps downtown that you should know about.  All month long, as it […]

Dec
14

Art Fair TODAY!

Stop whatever you are doing and head to Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar NOW (well actually between 1 and 4pm)!  Why?  Well you deserve a drink of course.  But also […]

Dec
12

FeastWear

Dorothy Grant‘s First Nations couture clothing line FeastWear has been going strong for 24 years.  Her striking clothing line utilizes themes from her Haida heritage while also integrating modern materials and […]