THE ART LOVER’S GUIDE TO COLLECTING FINE ART IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
The Art Lover’s Guide to Collecting Fine Art in the
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.