Seattle’s oldest neighborhood is home to dozens of art galleries, and has been for years. The First Thursday art walk in Pioneer Square began in the early 1960s and is still going strong today.
On First Thursday, patrons are encouraged to stroll through the streets. Galleries often showcase new exhibits from 6 to 8 p.m.
Here are a few shows you may want to check out on Sept. 6.
“Fall Visions” at Path With Art
Path With Art (PWA) is holding its quarterly exhibition of work from its students. “Fall Visions” will include numerous works across several media, including glass mosaic, photography, printmaking and self-portraiture. PWA brings access to visual art, music and dance to people who are recovering from homelessness, addiction and other trauma. The mission of PWA is to reduce homeless recidivism, eliminate barriers to art access and raise awareness of people in recovery from various issues. Students affiliated with partner organizations such as Cannon House, Mary’s Place and Providence Elderplace can attend an eight-week class that meets once a week at no cost.
This show is worth checking out for the art itself, but also to see what people can create when given access to tools for artistic self-expression.
WHAT: “Fall Visions”
WHEN: First Thursday; Sept. 6, 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE: Path With Art, 312 Second Ave. S., Seattle
“Janna Watson: Moody As Light” at Foster White gallery
“Moody As Light” is a show comprised of a series of abstract compositions from the Toronto-based artist Janna Watson. Watson is widely acclaimed; her work is included in several significant collections and she’s exhibited internationally.
From the gallery: “Whether it is a reflection glinting in a random stranger’s eye or the dullest light in a dark room, Janna Watson takes her inspiration from the immense impact of subtly and nuance. As she collects these experiences, she exposes the spaces deep within the self and unflinchingly explores the creative disclosure of the spirit from the inside out. Her work is alchemical; a visual expression of emotion externalized through paint. The experience of the artist’s body is evident in her gestural mark-making and generosity of paint application. With a rare talent for color and texture, she strikes a balance between chaos and harmony, laying bare the act of creation with her stirring, abstract compositions.”
WHAT: “Janna Watson: Moody As Light”
WHEN: Opens First Thursday, Sept. 6, from 6 – 8 p.m., runs until Sept. 22
WHERE: Foster/White gallery, 220 Third Ave. S., Seattle
“I Saw the Face of Hecate” at Bonfire Gallery
In “I Saw the Face of Hecate,” pop surrealist Juli Adams has created a world where you want to know more about the subjects she’s depicted. The exhibition includes paintings, soft sculpture and mobiles. Much of her work incorporates skulls but she’s not using them in a macabre way. Skulls are beautiful to her because, she told Real Change last month, they signify the structure beneath all of us.
Adams’ work is not only technically sound, it’s also enticing.
From the artist: “’I Saw the Face of Hecate’ is about facing my deeply feminine journey into darkness where I found the treasures of the underworld. If you knew that the most powerful guide is already in you, would you go into your underworld to find her? Would you be willing to meet Hecate?”
Before you go to see the show, head over to our website, realchangenews.org and search for “Depicting Dimensions: How Juli Adams explores darkness” to read our full profile of Adams’ show.
WHAT: “I Saw the Face of Hecate”
WHEN: Runs until Sept. 29
WHERE: Bonfire Gallery, 605 S. Main St., 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. Follow Lisa on Twitter @NewsfromtheEdge
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