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There are lots of artistic things to do in Seattle and the Puget Sound area.

Tour art museums, perhaps on a First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square, or take classes in media such as glass-blowing classes at the Seattle Glassblowing Studio or classes in various media (including glass) from Pratt Fine Arts Center.

The Kirkland Gallery Association features special artist receptions and rotating shows the second Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 9:00pm.

Arts festivals Edit

There are several arts festivals held in the Seattle area, primarily in the summer months.

Downtown Edmonds comes alive in June for the annual Edmonds Arts Festival at Anderson Cultural Center on Main Street. In 2005, the festival is June 17-19.

The 15th annual Shoreline Arts Festival runs June 25-26, 2005 and includes arts and crafts, music, dance, and food and drink on the grounds of the Shoreline Center.

The NWSource.com Summer Brewfest at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore on Father's Day weekend (in 2005, June 17-19) includes some arts and crafts booths, as well as musical and other live performances.

There are allot of art walks in the area.

Fremont First Friday Art Walk is held the first Friday of every month from 6-9pm with most of the participants providing food or music or an event of some kind. While the better showings tend to be at the galleries, some of the other places can pull in very talented artists. Lots of diversity (some abstract, some realistic, some paintings, some sculpture), lots of interesting art, many quality shows, maps available at most places, most places put out a sign so they're easy to find. The Edge of Glass gallery does sculpting demonstrations and you can sign up to receive one for free, the only catch is you have to stay and watch the artist (James Curtis) make it for you. More info at [1]

Edmonds Third Thursday art walk is also 6-9pm. Many of the galleries provide food or music. Very pedestrian friendly neighborhood, flowers everywhere, galleries close together and well marked, maps available most places. Semantics, the Francis Anderson Center in particular worthwhile stops. More info at [2]

Ballard Second Saturday is worthwhile but has a more commercial feel and most places don't have maps. Some shops stay open later, but it is officially 6-9. Still definitely worth going, fun neighborhood. More info at [3]

Pioneer Square has First Thursday. More info at www.pioneersquare.org/first_thursday

Issaquah has a quarterly art walk. Pretty neighborhood, more of a craft focus to the art. Make sure you have the current schedule before making a trip.

External links Edit

  • Art Events at ArtGuide
  • Fine Art Tours Public & Private tours of Seattle's galleries with a focus on contemporary art history

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