This December, Seattle’s art scene is offering a number of ways to get inside while celebrating the works of artists who have made Washington their home. Across the city, galleries are showcasing works from a range of artists, from longtime veterans of the local art scene to community exhibitions aimed at prompting discussion around creating art with recycled materials. These exhibitions invite attendees in, encouraging them to bring their own imagination. Perhaps you’ll step inside a gallery to see a city take shape from a distance or you’ll duck down and physically immerse yourself in a wash of pink light.
As you venture out this holiday season, check out these six Seattle galleries to see works from 19 Washington-based artists.
“36 Paintings for 36 Years”
Located in the Pike Place Market district, the Harris Harvey Gallery (formerly the Lisa Harris Gallery) will celebrate its long-term partnership with Seattle painter Lois Silver in this new exhibition in which she shares new oil paintings that nod to her 36 years with the gallery. Silver’s narrative paintings often depict social encounters between characters or scenes focused on lone figures in personal moments of triumph, thought or isolation. Her paintings allow viewers to bring their personal experiences to her visual narratives, allowing the characters to reanimate through the viewer’s imagination.
Dec. 1-Jan. 14, 2023; Harris Harvey Gallery, 1915 First Ave., Seattle; harrisharveygallery.com
“Home and Away”
Seattle artist Kate Protage will present her first solo exhibition in more than six years when she opens “Home and Away” at J. Rinehart Gallery in Pioneer Square. Protage is known for her work with shapes and brush strokes as she captures what she called in a statement a “love/hate relationship with the cities in which I’ve lived.” The work in this exhibition lies between representation and abstraction, with individual shapes and brush strokes seeming almost incidental as they combine to create streets, buildings, cars and skies. With Protage’s work, the art becomes clearer the farther away from it you step.
Dec. 1-23; J. Rinehart Gallery, 319 Third Ave. S., Seattle; jrinehartgallery.com
Over at METHOD Gallery, located in the Tashiro Kaplan All-Arts Building in Pioneer Square, you can catch this collaboration between three Seattle artists that opened in late October. Lalitha Bandaru, Lindsey Champlin and Henry Cowdery transformed the gallery into a multilayered immersive structure that allows visitors and viewers to explore the intricacies of a liminal, whimsical space. Inside the gallery is a structure that spans the entire length and width of the gallery. From the outside, you will see an undulating surface of pink, interrupted only by a single hole where occasionally you may see an attendee’s head emerge as they explore the immersive exhibition. Inside, the shifting sunlight reflects off the structure, which is supported by steel pillars and contains some areas where viewers must crouch to reach.
Through Dec. 17; METHOD Gallery, 106 Third Ave. S., Seattle; methodgallery.com
“Seattle Recycled Arts”
The Columbia City Gallery is hosting an exhibition that invites local artists to put their creativity to work on transforming damaged textiles into art. The goal of the exhibition is to educate and get viewers excited about eco-friendly living, while inspiring more artists to use a reclaiming philosophy in the creation of their work. Artists featured in this community exhibition, which opened in early November, include Moniece Charlton, Rosalie Frankel, Anne Marie Grgich, Sarah Hopkins, Clarissa Kelveno, Karin Mueller, Alexis Ortiz, Nicole Turner and Brandy Wolff.
Through Dec. 31; Columbia City Gallery, 4864 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; columbiacitygallery.com
Wa Na Wari exhibition
Alongside the works of Detroit-based photographer and videographer Darryl DeAngelo Terrell and New Orleans-based sculptor Rontherin Ratliff, Central District arts space Wa Na Wari is currently showing works from Seattle-based artists Rik’isha Taylor and Kiki Elice Turner. Both Taylor and Turner’s works, in their own ways, explore the identity and bodies of Black women. Taylor sources imagery from places like music videos, fashion trends, performers, articles, album covers, historical context and Taylor’s own experience, while Turner uses herself as a reference, creating paintings that become an extension of herself.
Through Jan. 8, 2023; Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave., Seattle; wanawari.org
In South Lake Union, Winston Wächter Fine Art Seattle recently opened its fall group exhibition featuring works from Seattle-based artists Joe Rudko and Brian Sanchez as well as Orcas Island resident Kandis Susol. Rudko’s work features cut and assembled found photograph collages, taking feelings of half-forgotten memories to create fractured networks. Susol explores fragility and resilience through handcrafted and wax-coated paper sculptures. And Sanchez paints vibrant, contrasting hues and sharp lines as a recontextualization of basic forms and colors. Each artist utilizes abstraction as they explore the journeys we take through our lifetimes.
Through Jan. 11, 2023; Winston Wächter Fine Art Seattle, 203 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; seattle.winstonwachter.com