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5 Seattle favorites: Where to see Northwest art

Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch picks top museums around the region.


Seattle Times arts writer

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When I visit a city, I like to see art that’s from that city — not minor works by internationally renowned artists that you can see almost anywhere. So here’s a pick of venues where you’ll get the full flavor of the Pacific Northwest:

Seattle Art Museum: SAM will be offering an overview of the region’s art history with “Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and The Mystical” (June 19-Sept. 7). Mark Tobey, Morris Graves and Leo Kenney are among the big names here. (1300 First Ave., Seattle; seattleartmuseum.org )

Bellevue Arts Museum: BAM has given gifted locals the royal treatment, sometimes in the form of their first solo museum exhibit. Case in point: “Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb,” in which the Seattle artist’s wizardly way with woodcarving makes for a knockout show (through June 15). (510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; bellevuearts.org ).

Frye Art Museum: Until May 25, two shows illuminate connections between 1930s Chinese and American artists (including Tobey). Coming June 14: “Curtis R. Barnes: The Unicorn Incorporated,” a survey of the African-American local’s murals, sculpture and satirical drawings. (704 Terry Ave., Seattle; fryemuseum.org)

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art: Going to BIMA involves a ferry ride across Puget Sound — always a plus. The focus is solely on Pacific Northwest artists. “David Eisenhour: Dialogue with Nature” (through June 1) features work blending bronze and stone. Four other locals have shows June 28-Sept. 24. (550 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island; biartmuseum.org)

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian-Pacific American Experience: History is made palpable at the Wing Luke’s perfectly preserved Chinese grocery store and hotel (take an informative hourlong tour). Until July 20, Seattle’s Lead Pencil Studio supplies an artistic angle with a three-room installation created from items in the museum’s collection. (719 S. King St., Seattle; wingluke.org)

Michael Upchurch: mupchurch@seattletimes.com



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