Sketched Feb. 27, 2020

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to visit the Frye Art Museum.

Unlike big art museums, where it’s easy to be overwhelmed by so much eye candy, the Frye’s intimate galleries hold just the right amount of art that one can fully savor in one visit. I enjoyed taking my time to appreciate a couple of the exhibits currently showing: “Unsettling Femininity,” which explores the role of women as subjects of art in 19th-century paintings, and “Natural Horror,” a display of striking felted wool fabrics by Canadian artist Rebecca Brewer.

I also appreciated the building’s architectural features. Its original 1950s modernist style — by renowned local architect Paul Thiry — was later updated to include a concrete arcade, a domed rotunda and a sculpture garden that can be admired (and sketched!) while sitting at the cafe.

Located at Cherry Street and Terry Avenue in the heart of First Hill, the Frye is within walking distance of downtown — a steep walking distance, true, but surely worth the little urban hike. And thanks to the late Charles and Emma Frye, the original museum benefactors who bequeathed their art collection to the city, admission is always free.


Frye Art Museum: 704 Terry Ave., Seattle; 206-622-9250; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays; closed Mondays;