Washington State is known for its natural beauty, from its towering mountains to its lush green wilderness to its vast coastline. This great abundance of beauty inspires Washingtonians to create and collect works of art that you can appreciate at the state’s many fine galleries.
Found in the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Artwood displays the creations of nearly 100 artists, including the eight active woodworkers that make up its cooperative. Members of Artwood’s co-op include Jim Hume, who specializes in fine rocking chairs and unique foot stools; Michael Flaherty, whose focus is custom heirloom-quality ukuleles; and Karen Healy, whose work ranges from looms and furniture to wood-framed stained-glass windows. Artwood accepts local woodwork on a consignment basis once it passes their jury process.
Located on the scenic south score of Orcas Island, Kagedo specializes in transitional Japanese art and the modernist style of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Works collected by owners Jeffrey Cline and William Knospe range from baskets and textile art to lacquers and metalwork. Their finds have made their way into the permanent collections of museums like the Seattle Art Museum and Morikami Museum of Japanese Culture as well as individual owners. Visits to Kagedo are available by appointment only.
Krab Jab Studio
Krab Jab Studio in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle has been one of the city’s foremost galleries, studios and gathering places for a decade. Not only does it display the exciting art of founders Julie Baroh and Kyle Abernathy, but it offers painting classes which takes place on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. One of the studio’s hallmark features is its Artcade, which includes unique offerings like a wooden barrel filled with fortune-telling puffer fish; “Adelpha and Her Sister,” a life-like sculpture of conjoined twins; and Kamila Mlynarczyk’s “Hairy Girls and Ghostly Pals” gumball machine, which dispenses miniature drawings that can be displayed in miniature frames.
Throwing Mud Gallery
Specializing in pottery, the Throwing Mud Gallery in Tacoma is the premier place for perusing the work of artists and creating works all your own. Throwing Mud Gallery offers pottery classes for artists of all skill levels. Or try their “Paint Your Own Pottery” studio – no reservations needed for groups smaller than three people. Children with adult supervision welcome. Its gallery features the creations of more than 100 artists from around the region, including not just pottery, but wood, glass, metal and jewelry.
Whether you appreciate art as a viewer or collector or want to become more active in your own creative pursuits, these galleries provide the inspiration that you need to see the world from a different perspective. With art created by Washington’s brightest imaginations and gathered from around the world, you will find a sense of enrichment comparable to the natural wonders that the state has to offer.
This article is presented by Bill Korum's Puyallup Nissan in Puyallup, Washington.