12204 NE 124th Street
Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: (425) 821-8300
Fax: (425) 823-1218
Arts & Museums
Artworks displayed here at Kirkland Arts Center are usually for sale, but you may have trouble finding anyone to sell them to you. As a priority, sales come after display and art community development. Art class tuition, memberships and fund raising events pay most of the bills. As a result, the center provides a low-key place to view contemporary art. Classes range from the original ceramics courses to bead making and even writing. Call for start dates and tuition rates. Also call to get on the mailing list for information on upcoming classes, events and installations.
Dan and Pat Howard opened their Seattle frame shop in 1972 and have steadily increased their involvement in the Northwest art scene since, opening this 4,000-square-foot gallery in 1990. The open space behind the vast windows holds mostly representational paintings, sculpture and limited edition prints by regionally and nationally known artists. Call or check the Web site for current information on artists and shows. The gallery still offers high-quality framing services.
Judith Kindler's airy gallery tends to show thickly textured paintings and sculpture, with stylistic leanings towards the primitive and the surreal. Many of the oils are by Kindler herself, and they usually have feminist messages underneath the fantastical imagery. Treat yourself to a good place for people who like their art to loom large, in thought and space. The gallery is located near other Kirkland art spaces, so it's easy to make a day out of gallery hopping.
The artists who show here tend to produce works that seem innocuous, assemblages of paper flowers, nudes in chicken wire. But take a closer look. Those paper flowers? They are only acrylic paintings, with nothing three-dimensional about them. Those wire bodies? Look at the shadows on the walls behind them to see how the crosshatched wire casts what look like softly brushed pencil drawings. This place is a treat for the mind, as well as the eye.
Located in the heart of upscale, trendy Kirkland, this craft cooperative seems out of place amid the chic galleries and boutiques. Formed in 1989, the small cooperative concentrates on the cute and comfortable. You won't find anything avant-garde here, but if you're looking for something for your mother, a child or a pet, this is a good stop. The craftswomen here keep their art current and in tune with the trends.
Nestled in Maple Leaf, one of Seattle's northern neighborhoods, this center showcases local and international puppeteers. Owners Chris and Stephen Carter have studied with master puppeteers from around the world and have given shows in five different languages. The center opened in 1986 and in 1993, a church was renovated to create an imaginative venue, which hosts more than 250 performances per year. The center mixes magic and fantasy for entertaining and educational family programs.
Snow Goose Associates feature artwork, handicrafts and artifacts of native cultures from the far north, on the Northwest coast and in Alaska. Exhibits showcase soapstone sculptures, wood carvings, native dolls, baskets and masks. In addition, there is a wide selection of limited edition prints. You may want to combine your visit to this gallery with excursions to two other worthy art-viewing destinations in the neighborhood-the Burke Museum and the Henry Art Gallery.
This art museum specializes in the work of Northwest artists but also explores national and international influences on local art. The museum's facility, designed by architect Stephen Holl, has 5800 square feet of gallery space on three floors, plus an art school, studio space for visiting artists and the interactive Explore Gallery. The museum offers lectures and classes regularly.
A combination art gallery and antique furniture shop, this is a unique gem hidden on the Eastside. Representing 5,000 years of history and tradition, journey through the Imperial Dynasties of Japan, China, Korea, Myanmar, Cambodia, Tibet, Thailand and Nepal. From historical treasures to accents, Ming's offers a collection of unique antiques, fine furniture, mineral carvings, porcelains, snuff bottles, paintings, textiles, Peking glass, jade and so much more. Appraisals and design services are offered. Cultural exhibitions, lectures and symposiums are presented throughout the calendar year.
Located right on the University of Washington campus, Burke Museum is the Northwest's only major museum of natural history. Exhibits are separated into three main divisions of anthropology, geology and zoology, and focus on the natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest. View totem poles, fossils, including the Northwest's only dinosaur skeleton, and many wonders of taxidermy. View displays of Native American art, gems and minerals native to the area.
Since 2009, Cafe Racer takes pride in its space dedicated to art, called Seattle's Official Bad Art Museum of Art. The name, which can be abbreviated into 'Obama', aptly reflects the kind of works displayed here. The paintings adorning the wall are a humorous take on popular artworks. Sometimes, they may not even make sense. Moreover, musicians, performers and comedians regularly entertain the audience. Visit Cafe Racer for a delicious meal and follow it up with a funny art tour at Seattle's Official Bad Art Museum of Art.
Kirsten Gallery, now in its 34th year in the University District, features world-class marine art and meditation art, plus sculpture and glass ware. Featured artists include Mark Myers, Terry Bailey, Steve Mayo, Merwin Pearson, Richard Kirsten-Daiensai, Bryon Birdsall, Nathan Arnold, Marjett Schille and many others. A visit to the gallery is not complete without a walk through the adjoining Zen Garden, free and open during regular gallery hours.