Art Walk

Where to Go This First Thursday: October 2014

This First Thursday downtown galleries have all the artistic bases covered.

By Jeremy Buben October 1, 2014

Russel Johnson, Killer Whale Treasure, 2014, blown and sand-carved glass, 12 x 16 x 11 in.

Preston Singletary: He Who Spins Illusions
Traver Gallery

When Traver Gallery shows glass artist Preston Singletary it's always a big hit (expect to see more than a few of those red dots that indicate an artwork has been purchased). On display will be many of Singletary's signature Tlingit inspired forms; shaman rattles, bentwood boxes, and spruce hats all rendered in blown glass etched deeply to reveal layers of color. This show will even have a few works that possibly hint at new directions, including an interesting collaboration that mixes fellow glass artist Ross Richmond's sculptural aspects (such as a bald eagle's head) with Singletary's symbolic Tlingit patterned eagle body. Opening reception at 5.

Ross Richmond,Tender, 2014, blown and hot sculpted glass, 17 x 6 x 6 in.

Ross Richmond: Muse
Abmeyer and Wood Fine Art

Not only does Ross Richmond have collaborative works with Preston Singletary over at Traver, but he also has his own solo show at nearby Abmeyer and Wood. After working alongside legendary glass artist William Morris early in his career, Richmond continues to innovate in the medium of glass with sculptures clothed in luminescent robes all rendered in vividly patterned glass. With pensive expressions and an almost mystical internal glow, the gallery takes on a spiritual mood with these sculptural muses. Opening reception at 5.

Andrea Joyce Heimer, "As Teenagers We Wore Our Own Kind of Camouflage", 2014, acrylic/pencil on wood, 16" x 16"

Andrea Joyce Heimer
Linda Hodges Gallery

Heimer won over the Neddy judges last year when her quirky highly patterned paintings were given one of the coveted award nominations. Now she is back with a new batch of works that feature exceedingly long titles and humorous yet disturbing references to her childhood growing up in Montana. Paintings on view cover everything from home redecoration to post hunting orgies. These paintings make life look exciting in Montana. Opening reception at 6.

Tyna Ontko, installation view

Tyna Ontko: Cut From the Same Cloth
Davidson Galleries

Davidson Galleries is widely known as the gallery for multiples in Seattle, meaning they specialize in prints. This month the gallery stretches the idea of multiples in print with three site-specific installations from Tyna Ontko. Ontko's newest works are made through cuttings of numerous prints created using stone lithography; she then turns them into expansive sculptural forms that splash across the gallery walls with depictions of flower bouquets, ripened fruits, flocks of birds, tangled snakes, and packs of rodents. The installations question the nature of multiplicity in the medium of print and create beauty where there is overwhelming chaos. Opening reception at 6.

George Rodriguez, Calavera, ceramic with glaze, 18.5 x 15 x 13 in.

George Rodriguez: Here After
Foster/White Gallery

George Rodriguez's favorite subject certainly could be himself, as his clay sculptures have shown throughout his many shows. This time around, his works suit the Halloween season with larger than life sugar skulls and portrait busts of the reaper (using his own likeness as the starting point, of course). Opening reception at 6.

Megumi Shauna Arai, Terra Incognita I, 2014, Photograph.

Megumi Shauna Arai: Terra Incognita Glass Box Gallery

Photographer Megumi Shauna Arai, who shoots fashion photos professionally, turns her camera lens to capture fear, failure, and the unknown in a new series of work that is a bit more interdisciplinary. Works on display incorporate video and performance but are squarely rooted in photography using subtle techniques to trick the eye into questioning the subject matter. Performance-based work will happen throughout the evening at this new gallery next to the Inscape Arts building. The gallery stays open until 10, so it is the perfect way to end the evening. Opening reception at 7.

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