On the first Thursday of every month, hundreds head to Pioneer Square to check out the latest art shows. Seattle’s oldest neighborhood is home to dozens of galleries and the First Thursday Art Walk is when they often showcase new exhibits from 6 to 8 p.m.
First Thursday parking is free from 5 – 10 p.m. at Frye Garage (117 Third Ave. S.) and Butler Garage (114 James St.). To redeem, pick up a voucher at participating Pioneer Square stores, restaurants or galleries.
Here are a few shows you may want to check out Dec. 7.
“Casey McGlynn: Look Through My Things, Figure Me Out”
The title of Casey McGlynn’s show at Foster/White gallery is inspired by Kurt Cobain’s diaries. McGlynn’s new work draws from personal scenes from his own autobiography. His work is a glimpse into how he sees the world and incorporates a childlike perspective.
From the gallery: “In McGlynn’s world, rockets fly past covered wagons, horses graze on rooftops, and dinosaurs share space with jazz guitarists. Nothing is impossible.”
McGlynn grew up in Ontario and had a love for drawing at a young age. He used to spend countless hours drawing on scrap paper. He’s exhibited in Canada, Europe and the United States.
WHAT: “Casey McGlynn: Look Through My Things, Figure Me Out”
WHEN: Runs until Dec. 23; First Thursday Nov. 7, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Avenue South, Seattle
“Tech Support” is a group show at SOIL gallery curated by Colleen RJC Batton. The artists in the show are presenting art objects responding to tech objects.
From the gallery: “Functioning as a quasi-store, the experimental exhibition will test whether commerce would improve with artworks marketed toward the wealthy tech community in the city. Furthermore, the show will open up a dialogue between the two spheres on ways to support one another through its online platform and community discussion.”
Tech Support will feature works by Alex Boeschenstein, Cecilia Salama, Christian Schmit, Dakota Gearhart, Dori Scherer, Ellen Jing Xu, Francisco Guerrero, Forrest Perrine, Hongzhe Liang, Jason Hirata, Julia Heineccius, Katie Holden, Leah Guadagnoli, Luke Armitstead, Max Cleary, Paul Komada, Sol Hashemi and Tyna Ontko.
WHAT: “Tech Support”
WHEN: Runs until Dec. 30; First Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: SOIL gallery, 112 Third Ave. South
“International Wood Engraving Invitational”
Work from more than 40 contemporary and historical wood engravers from around the world are featured in this exhibition at Davidson Galleries.
From the gallery: “Wood engraving is a unique form of woodcut, which first came into practice at the end of the 18th century. Originally a technique used in book illustrations, the narrative and detailed style continues through to today as contemporary wood engravers create meticulously rendered rich images.”
WHAT: “International Wood Engraving Invitational”
WHEN: Runs until Dec. 23; First Thursday, Nov. 2, 6 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle
First Thursday at Union Gospel Mission
Every First Thursday Union Gospel Mission opens its doors to art lovers to see the work produced by homeless men and women who have participated in art and photography programs. Through the programs Monday Art Therapy and Seattle Street Lens, participants are encouraged to express themselves through painting, sculpture and photography. Sessions are led by volunteer professionals in a given field.
WHAT: First Thursday at Union Gospel Mission
WHEN: Dec. 7, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Union Gospel Mission, 318 Second Ave. Extension South, Seattle
Lisa Edge is a Staff Reporter covering arts, culture and equity. Have a story idea? She can be reached at lisae (at) realchangenews (dot) org. Twitter @NewsfromtheEdge
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