Once a month, Seattleites flock to the streets in Pioneer Square for a chance to stroll, sip on booze, and attend as many art openings as possible at First Thursday. It's the city's central and oldest art walk, and takes place in a historic neighborhood known for its abundance of galleries. Wine and hobnobbing will steal the scene for some, but at its core, it's an impressive communal unveiling of new artwork.
Make sure to check out our complete list of April events with unmissable shows including three centuries of printmaking by American immigrant artists at Davidson Galleries, Ayana V. Jackson's stunningly dramatic portraits at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, works by Daniel Carrillo (Seattle's best-known practitioner of wet-plate collodion portraiture) and Joe Rudko's creatively manipulated photographs at Greg Kucera Gallery, sumi ink paintings of fruits and vegetables by Alan Lau at ArtXchange, Charles Emerson's colorful, abstract paintings at Harris Harvey Gallery, political poster-design inspiration at Civilization, a group show of photography and video that explores sci-fi fantasies at Glassbox Gallery, Robert Pruitt's new portraits on paper at Prographica/KDR, storytelling inspired by Jacob Lawrence's 60-panel masterpiece at Seattle Art Museum, new artwork inspired by Kirby's Dream Land by CM Ruiz at Brainfreeze, and Sangjun Yoo's interactive installation at METHOD.
As always, see below for our interactive, mobile-friendly First Thursday map. (Click on the square in the upper righthand corner to open it in the Google Maps app.) And check out a new addition to the First Thursday listings: above, a slideshow featuring works from all our recommended events this month (web version only; click "Next" underneath the photo to start it).
Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington