On the first Thursday of every month, Seattleites flock to the streets of Pioneer Square for the city's central and oldest art walk, which offers opportunities to stroll, sip on wine, and attend as many gallery openings as possible. But, in most cases, the shows are up for longer than just one night, and the historic neighborhood is a great place to check out art any day of the year. So, below, we've compiled the most promising exhibits that are having opening receptions on December 6—complete with a Google map at the bottom. You can also find more options on our First Thursday calendar, including the Chief Seattle Club's art market, Party Hat's Gift Hole, and 8X8: The Drawnk Show. For art in other neighborhoods, check out our complete visual art calendar.
Arthur Luiz Piza
Sao Paulo-born, Paris-educated Arthur Luiz Piza is known for his unusual style of gouging designs in ultra-thick copper plates with hammers and chisels. His designs are unsteadily balanced, thick abstracts that give an impression of weight and power.
Artifacts from the Multiverse
Filmed partly in the Hoh Rain Forest and partly in Seattle, sci-fi flick Prospect transformed the luscious Pacific Northwest into an alien landscape. Following a father and daughter hunting for valuable gems on a distant moon, the duo encounter danger and the threat of total isolation as they scavenge for these precious objects. Glassbox Gallery will be exhibiting props, costumes, and “alternate realities” from the award-winning film. Let your imagination run wild and picture yourself walking through Cal Anderson Park in a futuristic space suit, digging under the plastic turf looking for gems that will fetch a high price at any intergalactic market of your fancy in some reality parallel to this one. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Fast Forward: Skateboards and Paddles
At first glance, skateboards and paddles seem worlds apart. The former is a symbol of teenage rebellion, while the latter, one of the most ancient human tools. One travels over asphalt, the other water. But upon closer inspection, these two modes of transportation share a lot of similarities. Not only do they take us where we need to be, fast, but they can also act as a canvas for personal expression. In this giant group show, Stonington Gallery brings together more than 35 artists to decorate longboards, traditional skateboards, and paddles in whatever way they see fit. The results are sure to be intriguing—and pretty sick! JASMYNE KEIMIG
Laura Castellanos: Bodega (Love Materials)
There’s a sort of spiritual and spooky element to Laura Castellanos’s work—it’s as if her paintbrush is divining some message from a god(dess) who is at once benevolent and strange, gaudy and all-seeing, lover of both bright green and blood sacrifice. Castellanos is turning ArtXchange into a giant interactive “bodega,” partially recreating her truly legendary studio space inside the gallery. The exhibition will include everything from paintings to hand puppets, fine art to toenail clippings (just kidding on that last one). I’ve heard that there will be some budget friendly pieces, so save up and bring a sturdy bag! JASMYNE KEIMIG
Laura Hamje: 53 Views of the Alaskan Way Viaduct
When the Alaskan Way Viaduct closes next year, the city’s most accessible elevated westward view goes with it. I’ve been practicing nostalgia for that loss over the past couple of years, not minding when traffic slows and I’m stuck staring at Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains in the distance. Seattle artist Laura Hamje’s paintings in various mediums—from oil on linen to gouache on paper—are snapshots of all the different swoops, curves, and pillars of the 65-year-old roadway. Based in part on Japanese artist Hiroshige Ando’s early-19th-century woodblock series 53 Stations of the Tokaido, the series captures the structure in its many moods—from the darkened and rainy, to the bright flashes of light puncturing shadows. All of the views are from the perspective of how we will remember the viaduct the most: through a windshield. KATIE KURTZ
Bryan Ohno Gallery
Margie Livingston: Extreme Landscape Painting
This isn’t your grandma’s landscape painting—there’s not a sun setting over an empty field or a river snaking toward the horizon in sight. Rather, the title of this exhibition refers to Margie Livingston’s practice of harnessing a canvas to her body and then dragging it behind her. Sometimes the canvas will be painted in different layers of colors before being dragged, resulting in a heavily textured painting with various colors exposed and interacting with one another. The Seattle-based artist’s work is interesting, telling a story of the city and acting as an artifact of her performance. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Greg Kucera Gallery
Sara Long: Building a Body of Light
Local painter Sara Long, who's shown light-bathed nudes and lush portraits of people and animals, has a new exhibition exulting in nature, sunlight, and sensuality.
Sarah McRae Morton
The shadows of ancestors loom in Morton's art in this exhibition with themes of spirit and lineages. Her latest painters are blurred with motion, hinting at fabulist characters and tempestuous weather.
Sofia Arnold: Fever Dreams
The gallery says that this exhibition is drawn from the artist's "early life as the daughter of 1970s era 'back to the landers' in the unglaciated hills of Southwestern Wisconsin." Arnold's work does indeed have a lush, primeval quality with surrealistic tendencies.