The Art Lover’s Guide to Col­lect­ing Fine Art in the

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With moun­tains, lakes and oceans nes­tled against bustling city cen­ters, the Pa­cific North­west re­gion lures vis­i­tors with its scenic views and cul­tural flair.

Wash­ing­ton is home to sev­eral ma­jor art mu­se­ums boast­ing must-at­tend ex­hi­bi­tions. On view at the Ta­coma Art Mu­seum are the works of renowned glass sculp­ture artist and Ta­coma na­tive Dale Chi­huly. The Cas­ca­dia Art Mu­seum in Ed­monds high­lights re­gional artists with the ex­hi­bi­tion Trav­el­ogue: Views Be­yond the North­west, on view through Jan­uary 6, 2019. On­go­ing at the Seat­tle Art Mu­seum is Big Pic­ture: Art Af­ter 1945.

Through­out the city of Seat­tle, dozens of art walks are held each month, al­low­ing vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy ex­hi­bi­tions, spe­cial gallery events and more af­ter nor­mal op­er­at­ing hours. In the his­tor­i­cally di­verse neigh­bor­hood of Capi­tol Hill, the Capi­tol Hill Art­walk is hosted the sec­ond Thurs­day of ev­ery month, with nearly 50 par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses such as Capi­tol Hill Frame Cen­tral. The Pi­o­neer Square First Thurs­day event was one of the first of its kind in the na­tion when it be­gan in 1981, and takes place from around 6 to 8 p.m. On the first Fri­day of the month, the Fre­mont Art Walk is held from 6 to 9 p.m.

Seat­tle is also host of the an­nual Seat­tle Art Fair. In Au­gust, over 100 gal­leries gather at the Cen­tu­ryLink Field Event Cen­ter for a one-of-a-kind mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art show­case.

Nearby towns are also home to art events. In Ed­monds, Art Walk Ed­monds takes place the third Thurs­day of each month from 5 to 8 p.m., with gal­leries, restau­rants and mer­chants com­ing to­gether to cel­e­brate the lo­cal arts scene. Olympia hosts a semi­an­nual com­mu­nity Arts Walk. Up­com­ing, the fall edi­tion takes place Oc­to­ber 5 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Oc­to­ber 6 from noon to 5 p.m.

Drive south on In­ter­state 5 to Port­land and vis­i­tors will find an­other vi­brant arts scene. Cel­e­brat­ing its 20th year is the Port­land Open Stu­dios tour, which takes place Oc­to­ber 13 and 14 and Oc­to­ber 20 and 21. Over 100 artists through­out the city will open their stu­dios for demon­stra­tions and hands-on ex­pe­ri­ences. In the his­toric Pearl Dis­trict, Nob Hill and down­town a First Thurs­day art walk takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. The first week­end in March is Port­land’s SE Area ART­Walk, when artists ex­hibit in their stu­dios, homes, work­place and gal­leries for vis­i­tors tak­ing part in a free, self-guided walk­ing tour.

In the pages of spe­cial des­ti­na­tion guide, read­ers will find in­sights about gal­leries like Park­lane Gallery as well as the artists that make the re­gion their home, in­clud­ing Gene Costanza, Heidi Bar­nett, Joan Met­calf, Jolyn Wells-Moran, Neal Philpott and Pere­grine O’Gorm­ley.

Seat­tle's Pike Place Mar­ket and El­liott Bay. Cour­tesy Visit Seat­tle.

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