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 February 7—complete with a Google map at the bottom. You can also find more options on our First Thursday calendar, like the one-day Viaduct Art Show. For art in other neighborhoods, check out our complete visual art calendar.
Anna Mlasowsky: Noon
At the beginning of January, glass artist Anna Mlasowsky began her residency-style solo exhibition that involves making crystals and inviting the public to help her in creating her beautiful glass objects. And in February, the German artist will be installing the fruits of her labor in the gallery. Taking the title of the show, Noon (the middle ground between night and day), as a jumping-off point, and also using natural materials like glass, water, and salt, Mlasowsky “probes into the opposites in hope to discover balance.” She is the first artist in the gallery’s women-focused 2019 season. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Dori Hana Scherer: Never Eat Shredded Wheat
Seattle-based artist Dori Hana Scherer’s artistic range is broad, with her work encompassing things from nostalgic signage to bright objects made of thermoformed plastic. At this solo Glassbox Gallery show, Scherer will be debuting text-based works that draw inspiration from the aesthetics of early conceptual art, 1980s feminist art, and Ludwig Wittgenstein's philosophy of language. JASMYNE KEIMIG
James Martin: Riding the Moon Train
Circus denizens, anthropomorphic animals, and mythical beings populate James Martin's art. Martin was born in 1928 in Everett and has been creating these whimsical scenes for decades. This exhibition will include selections from his lengthy career.
Jane Richlovsky: Travel Brochures for a Past Future
Richlovsky's paintings remix images from old magazines—"feral children who are up to no good, beatific high-heeled homemakers, cigarette-smoking proto-hipsters, futuristic dream houses, gizmos tucked into tiny spot ads in the back pages"—to satirize capitalism, nostalgia, and the desire for upward mobility.
Jite Agbro: /ˈskāpˌɡōt/
Jite Agbro is concerned with what you’re wearing. Well, okay, maybe not exactly with what you’re wearing right now, but more with how what we wear and how we wear it is an expression of our “projected narratives and our authentic selves.” Pretty heady stuff, huh? In /ˈskāpˌɡōt/, the Seattle-based Nigerian American artist will be presenting her latest series of large-scale mixed-media works that investigate class distinctions and markers of status, drawing inspiration from the human body and what that body can wear. Show up in your Sunday best. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Kenneth Moore: Conversations in Black Surreality
Kenneth Moore, who was born in 1949, is a black Los Angeles-based surrealist artist who has never before had a solo exhibition in Seattle. He's also the founder of the jazz club Howling Monk, and jazz sensibilities permeate his visual style. The gallery is exhibiting more than 25 paintings from 1973 to 2018.
Frederick Holmes Gallery
Miguel Rivera: New Works
Widely exhibited artist Miguel Rivera creates abstract works full of intersecting planes, detailed textures, and multidimensional appearances. He's an associate professor and chair of the University of Guanajato' s art department, where he teaches printmaking and use of computers in art.
Na Kim: Set v. 15
Na Kim's pieces have been shown at Victoria and Albert, MoMA, Milan Triennale, and more. At this visually appealing exhibition, she melds fine art and graphic design to separate out geometrical forms. This is a continuation of a series she began in New York in 2015, in which the same elements are reordered in succeeding shows. Enjoy beer from Fort George at the opening.
Nikita Ares: Sugar Babies Only
Ares, a Seattle resident who was born in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, paints intimate abstracts in a jumble of saturated, fruity colors. These works on paper are described as an "energetic system of dreamscapes, which oscillate between the act of mark making and the creation of vivid worlds."
The SOIL/Jake Partnership
In collaboration with the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, the Pioneer Square art space displays work by Danny Giles, this year's Jacob Lawrence Legacy Residency Artist. Here's Jasmyne Keimig: "Chicago-based artist Danny Giles is interested in a lot of things—namely, how to address 'the dilemmas of representing and performing identity and interrogate histories of oppression and creative resistance.' Using sculpture, video, and live performance, Giles’s work doesn’t necessarily give answers but pushes us to ask questions about police surveillance, understandings of race and identity, and the relationship between state power and anti-black violence."
Théo Tobiasse: Selected Lithographs
See the figurative lithographs of Lithuanian Israeli artist Théo Tobiasse, a fascinating figure who survived the Holocaust in Paris by hiding for two years in a tiny apartment with his family. Later, he became an advertising artist before turning to a career in fine art. According to a description from Elliott Gallery, Tobiasse always inserts a "secret message" into his works, a phrase in Yiddish that he then permanently hides with other elements.
Two Ravens: Alison Marks & Crystal Worl
In their joint show, Alison Marks, a Tlingit language advocate and mixed-media artist, and Crystal Worl, a Tlingit and Athabascan printmaker, metalworker, and performer, explore the myth and meaning behind their shared clan marker, the Raven. Presenting works they made collaboratively and individually, both Alaskan artists seek to explore their shared heritage and add their own perspectives to it as well. Keep an eye out for Marks’s humorous and thought-provoking indigenous interventions on Western art, and Worl’s celebratory use of color and form in her creations. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Ultra Light Beams
Not only is Anthony White a super talented artist, but he also has a sharp curatorial eye. The Seattle-based White is the second curator-in-residence in Mount Analogue’s Space Residency program, bringing his While Supplies Last reoccurring group art show to the Pioneer Square gallery. Ultra Light Beams (a Kanye reference for those of you who completely blocked 2016 from your memory) will feature pieces by 12 artists from around the globe, “highlighting their vibrant palettes and digital gestures made by hand that mimic technological and algorithmic systems.” It’ll be post-analog as fuck. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Zac Boetes is a depictor of eerie, silly, grotesque beasts (and humans) painted on repurposed metal signs. The designs declare the influence of tattoos, cartoons, and psychedelic grooviness.
Pioneer Square Saloon