Dale Chihuly As A Master Collector

America’s Automotive Trust (AAT) will confer the title of Master Collector to Dale Chihuly, an avid car enthusiast and world-renowned blown glass artist, during the Wheels & Heels Annual Gala at America’s Car Museum (ACM) on September 8.

Dale Chihuly as a Master Collector

Dale Chihuly

AAT’s Master Collectors are auto enthusiasts whose passion for cars lead them to preserve and protect automotive heritage through the restoration and maintenance of historic automobiles. Chihuly, a Tacoma native and one of the world’s leading glass sculptors, is being recognized for his a commitment to automotive heritage and collection of many iconic vehicles.

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Meydenbauer Center 's 25 Years Celebration

Meydenbauer Center, a full-service convention center and theatre located in the heart of the greater Seattle tech scene in Bellevue, Washington, is celebrating its 25th anniversary by looking back at what has changed since its beginnings in 1993.

Meydenbauer Center ‘s 25 Years CelebrationMeydenbauer

The highlights of Meydenbauer’s contributions to the city of Bellevue—in response to the growing need to have a central meeting place for business and social activities year-round—are plentiful. For example, since 1993:
· Bellevue’s population grew 59%, from 89,710 to 142,000, while the economic impact of the convention center grew by 365%, to $58 million annually.
· Bellevue’s downtown employment more than doubled, to over 50,000, as new office towers opened and many companies opened offices in the downtown core, utilizing the convention center for meeting space.
· The convention center provided a venue for fundraising organizations to grow. Funds raised at Meydenbauer Center have increased from $2.4 million in 1998 to over $9.1 million today, a 379% increase.
· The makeup of the city moved from majority white to majority minority, and the convention center kept pace, with a mosaic of cultural offerings, a diverse workforce and increasingly sophisticated food.
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Art Exhibition of three Artist’s Closes Soon

The Seattle Art Museum’s summer exhibition, Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, Will Wilson, closes Sunday, September 9. Featuring iconic photographs by Edward S. Curtis (1868–1952) alongside contemporary works—including photography, video, and installations—by Indigenous artists Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, and Will Wilson, the exhibition offers powerful portrayals of Native identity.

Art Exhibition of three Artist’s Closes Soon

Art Exhibition

For the final weeks, visitors can attend My Favorite Things tours on Fridays and Saturdays at noon; in these 30-minute tours, Indigenous community members, artists, and educators share their perspectives on the works on view. Also, visitors can attend free Drop-In Studios held on Sundays at 11 am; these hands-on workshops feature Indigenous artists leading art-making activities.

Finally, the exhibition’s education gallery features the Post Human Archive, an interactive installation by artist RYAN! Feddersen (Okanogan /Arrow Lakes) that explores conflicts in Curtis’s work by inviting visitors to put themselves in a similar position of being documented and defined by an outside force.

EXHIBITION ORGANIZATION AND SUPPORT

Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, Will Wilson is organized by the Seattle Art Museum in partnership with the New York Public Library.

Special exhibitions at SAM are made possible by donors to the
Jeffrey & Susan Brotman Fund for Special Exhibitions

Major Sponsor
Ellen Ferguson &
The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation

Supporting Sponsors
4Culture
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Port Madison Enterprises

Additional Support
Contributors to the SAM Fund

Photo credits: Installation view of Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, Will Wilson at the Seattle Art Museum. © Seattle Art Museum, Photo: Natali Wiseman.

BETTY BOWEN AWARD ‘S FINALISTS

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Betty Bowen Committee, chaired by Gary Glant, announced today the five artists selected as finalists for this year’s Betty Bowen Award: Natalie Ball, Amy Bernstein, Bruce Burris, Deborah Lawrence, and George Rodriguez. The juried award honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional, and compelling work. The award was founded in 1977 to honor the legacy of Betty Bowen (1918–1977), who was an avid champion of artists in the Pacific Northwest. Founded by Bowen’s friends, the award is administered by SAM.

The Betty Bowen Committee—comprising Northwest curators, collectors, and artists—reviewed 461 applications from visual artists residing in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. One of this year’s finalists will receive an unrestricted cash award in the amount of $15,000 and will have their work displayed at the Seattle Art Museum. At the discretion of the committee, up to two Special Recognition Awards of $2,500 may be granted.

Last year’s winner was Jono Vaughan, whose work memorializes transgender individuals whose lives were cut short by violence. Her solo exhibition (April 21–August 5, 2018) featured her ongoing series Project 42, in which she creates handmade garments that are then worn in collaborative public performances.

The winner of the 40th Annual Betty Bowen Award will be announced in September 2018. The award will be formally presented in a free and open to the public celebration at the Seattle Art Museum on November 8, 2018. The winner’s solo exhibition will be on view at SAM in spring 2019.

FINALISTS

Natalie Ball – Chiloquin, OR

BETTY BOWEN AWARD

Natalie Ball was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, but has since relocated to her ancestral homelands of Chiloquin. As a multidisciplinary artist, Ball positions her work as a reorientation of conversations that shape Native American identities. Through figurative sculpture and assemblage, Ball makes installations that deconstruct dominant narratives to create new texts, new histories, and new manifestations that add to the discussion of a complex racial narrative.

Amy Bernstein – Portland, OR

BETTY BOWEN AWARD

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Amy Bernstein is an artist and writer living and working in Portland, Oregon. Bernstein’s abstract paintings encourage the viewer to reposition themselves in relation to who they are, what they see, and where the body exists in time and space. The works vacillate between the histories of philosophies, art, and design, searching for the space in which we will discover new vision and thus new thinking.

Bruce Burris – Corvallis, OR

Bruce Burris has worked at the intersection of art and cultural equity for marginalized groups for over 35 years. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Burris has served as founder, director, or owner of a number of agencies and programs in Kentucky and Oregon noted for creating innovative supports that enable people to assume roles of significance in their communities. Burris’ current work of collage and found objects stems from observations of class and philosophical divides between those who are proponents of dying industries, including coal and logging, and those who are adamant that these industries must adapt.

Deborah Lawrence – Seattle, WA

BETTY BOWEN AWARD

Deborah Faye Lawrence uses the medium of collage to analyze, categorize, and make meaning. She boldly reports and comments on social, historical, and current events through the process of cutting, manipulating, and composing found information. Her appropriation and re-contextualization of found images, including maps and flags, points to a tradition of politically engaged collage, while satirically and incisively addressing contemporary concerns.

George Rodriguez – Seattle, WA

BETTY BOWEN AWARD

George Rodriguez was born in El Paso, Texas and currently lives and works in Seattle. As a sculptor, his large-scale ceramics are a celebration of the individual against the backdrop of community and the modern world against the backdrop of the ancient. Through the creation of guardian figures, tomb sculptures, and shrines, Rodriguez depicts his community current and forthcoming. His most recent works explore themes of protection, inclusion, and sanctity using the Chinese Zodiac as framework.

2018 BETTY BOWEN COMMITTEE
Gary Glant (Chair), Mark Calderon, Mike Hess, Denzil Hurley, Sonal Khullar, Isaac Layman, Mark Levine, Catharina Manchanda, Llewelyn Pritchard, Greg Robinson, Norie Sato, Bill True, Maggie Walker, Dan Webb, and Merrill Wright.

Seattle Art Museum Presents Peacock In The Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India

Seattle Art Museum (SAM) presents Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India (October 18, 2018–January 21, 2019), showcasing five centuries of artistic creation from the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in partnership with the Mehrangarh Museum Trust of Jodhpur, the exhibition features 250 objects from the 16th to the mid-20th century including intricate paintings, decorative arts, elaborate tents, canopies, textiles, jewelry, and weapons, presented with photos and videos that evoke the impressive setting of the Mehrangarh Museum.

Seattle Art MuseumSeattle Art Museum Presents Peacock In The Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India

Peacock in the Desert presents a vision of a cosmopolitan court culture that relies on art as an essential aspect of its rule. Established in the 15th century, the city of Jodhpur was ruled by the Rathores for over seven centuries. The objects on view, many of which have not been seen beyond palace walls or traveled to the United States, tell the story of this vast desert kingdom.
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34th Anniversary for Bellevue Festival of the Arts is July 27-29 2018

Bellevue Festival of the Arts Excited to Be Back for 34th Year

Bellevue Festival of the Arts 2018As a local arts festival that’s uniquely by artists, for artists, the 2018 Bellevue Festival of the Arts returns for its 34th year from July 27-29, 2018 in downtown Bellevue, Washington. Presented by the Craft Cooperative of the Northwest, the BFoA curates an award-winning show of rich and diverse multiple mediums, featuring artists hailing from the Pacific Northwest, from across the United States, and the world beyond, as one of the three popular fairs that make up Bellevue Arts Fair Weekend each Summer.

And 2018 promises to be one of its best yet!

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Call to Artists for 2018 Bellevue Festival of the Arts

2018 Bellevue Festival of the Arts2018 Bellevue Festival of the Arts announces March 1st as application deadline, inviting fine artists and craftspeople to apply at Bellevuefest.org
 It’s been one of the Eastside’s most heralded events for 34 years, and now The 2018 Bellevue Festival of the Arts returns once more on July 27-29, 2018 in downtown Bellevue during its acclaimed Arts Fair weekend. Presented by the Craft Cooperative of the Northwest, The 2018 Bellevue Festival of the Arts brings forth the best of the best, and has now announced its latest annual Call for Artists, with applications for both juried and legacy entries due by the artist submission deadline of March 1, 2018. Continue reading “Call to Artists for 2018 Bellevue Festival of the Arts”

KBCS, Northwest Folklife Partner for Acoustic Showcase

Lindi OrtegaBellevue College’s public radio station 91.3 KBCS is partnering with Northwest Folklife to provide live musical performances for Folklife’s acoustic showcase. The station will bring three artists to the Fisher Green stage on Sunday, May 28 at 1 p.m.
“The 91.3 KBCS acoustic showcase is one of the must-see features of Northwest Folklife,” said Patrick Whalen, KBCS Program Director. “This year we are lucky to be able to bring Toronto singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega, along with Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, and local legend LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends.”

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Local Artists Taking Part in 2016 Bellevue Festival of the Arts July 29-31!

Bellevue Festival of the Arts 2016Bellevue Festival of the Arts Promotes its Artists

This year’s Bellevue Festival of the Arts artist participants include acclaimed local names from across the Pacific Northwest, many of whom are also acclaimed artists on the national scale
Bellevue, WA. As part of Bellevue’s annual, much-anticipated “Arts Fair Weekend” at the last full weekend every July, The Bellevue Festival of the Arts takes place July 29-31, 2016. This year, the BFoA features 49 talented top local Northwest artists among its 160-plus participants from across the country!
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Rotella Gallery to Open First Location in the Pacific NW at Bellevue

Rotella Gallery logoFine art and photography gallery of New York’s SoHo famed Rotella Gallery will open its first to market gallery in Bellevue Square April 18, 2016.  Founded by Robert P. Rotella, the first Rotella Gallery opened at the Palazzo in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2012 and was soon followed in 2013 with another gallery in Soho, New York. 

A photographer since youth, Mr. Rotella cultivated a passion for photography over a lifetime and wished to see it respected among the fine art community. He began with a clear mission for the Gallery, envisioning an art space strictly dedicated to the craft and a creative environment for photographers to sell their work.  Continue reading “Rotella Gallery to Open First Location in the Pacific NW at Bellevue”