Where to Go This First Thursday: May 2014
Museums are free, galleries stay open late. So many choices...
Randy Beckelheimer: Northwest Passage
Abmeyer + Wood
It may be a touched self-absorbed, but its difficult to not have a soft spot for art that plays up Seattle aesthetic beauty. San Francisco painter Randy Beckelheimer took a shine to our city, and now he's showing off his collection of Seattle-inspired works at Abmeyer + Wood. From sun-drenched views of the Seattle Great Wheel to depictions of Capitol Hill construction, Beckelheimer depicts the local scenes with softness and warmth. Opening reception at 5.
Eric Zener: The Great Escape
Eric Zener has a fascination with bodies in water and a knack for capturing the photosurreal aspects of the submerged human form. His technique uses underwater photography applied with resin and paint to distort reality while maintaining the spontaneity of a snapshot. The images make the perfect May daydream fodder to get your mind primed for a summer in the sun. Opening reception at 6.
William Powhida: Unretrospective
Calling William Powhida’s works meta is an oversimplification. The artist rips into the pretensions and preciousness of the art world establishment with reckless bravado and dry wit, but does so with an insider’s insight. His wordy and detailed drawings lampoon the flaws in the system while simultaneously showing the heights that art can reach. Artist reception May 3 at 11am.
Gregory Grenon, Mary Josephson, Ethan Stern
Traver Gallery's latest group exhibit focuses on atypical artistic uses of glass. Gregory Grenon employs glass as his canvas, painting skillfully smudgy portraits on the smooth surface. Mary Josephson takes shards of glass tiles and arranges them into colorful mosaics for her portraiture work. Ethan Stone blows and carves each of his glass sculptures into unique asymmetrical shapes with sharp dividing lines that emphasize the contrast between color and translucence. Opening reception at 5.