It was really fun to be at an art fair in Seattle last night. Most of us were masked, but you could tell everyone was smiling.
My two favorite booths were Stoney Road Press (Dublin, Ireland) and John Natsoulas Gallery (Davis, California). Perhaps I am partial as I know both of the galleries quite well, but I truly thought they did a great job of showing a large group of artists, their displays were lovely, and I generally like the artists they show. Both galleries have passionate owners, and their excitement over their artist’s work and process is contagious.
It was great seeing Eileen and David of Stoney Road Press. I see them every year at INK, one of my favorite shows during Art Basel in Miami and also at Art on Paper in New York. They are intrepid art fair gallerists, and always have something new and great to see.
Not only does John Natsoulas have a really extensive gallery in Davis, California, but he also has a thriving book publishing business. The art books he publishes are fantastic. I came home with Patti Warashina’s new book, signed by her at the booth, to add to my ever growing collection.
While I could not get enough of Patti Warashina’s legendary Finger Food (above), I also really enjoyed seeing work by some of my other favorite ceramic artists: David Gilhooly, Beth Lo, Shalene Valenzuela, Richard Notkin, Tip Toland and Kevin Snipes. What a treat it was to see these works all together in Seattle.
The Mimi Sturman felted piece below was quite extraordinary in person. The gallerist told me it took two years for the artist to make it, which makes sense. I really hope someone buys it this weekend.
I didn’t pay attention to the gallery who brought the Kim Simonsson piece below, but somehow an art show always feels complete if there is a Simonsson moss person. I never tire of seeing them.
The Seattle Art Fair is open all weekend. If you are in town, put on a mask and head on over. I hope you run into as many friends as I did. It had been far too long.