Art Walk

Where to Go This First Thursday: May 2014

Museums are free, galleries stay open late. So many choices...

By Seth Sommerfeld April 30, 2014

Randy Beckelheimer, Ferris Wheel, 2014, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in.

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, Levitate, mixed media, 28 x 20.5 in.

Image: Eric Zener

Eric Zener: The Great Escape
Foster/White Gallery

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, Some Cynical Advice to Artists,

2014, oil on canvas.

William Powhida: Unretrospective
Platform Gallery

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.



Ethan Stern, In-Lichen Urbanism,2012,

blown and engraved glass, 14 x 16 x 3 in.

Gregory Grenon, Mary Josephson, Ethan Stern
Traver Gallery

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.

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