Seattle Art Fair in Seattle, WA

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.

Diana Copperwhite
Persona (top image), Coda (bottom left image), Cloud (bottom right image)
Carborundum (top image)
Carborundum and intaglio (bottom two images)
Stoney Road Press
Dublin, Ireland

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.

Stoney Road Press
Dublin, Ireland

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.

Patti Warashina, Ties That Bind, 2018
Ceramic
16” x 17” x 12 in
John Natsoulas Gallery
Davis, CA
Patti Warashina, Finger Food, 1979
Ceramic
18” x 24” x 22 in
John Natsoulas Gallery
Davis, CA

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.

Shalene Valenzuela, Telephone: Tangled Green, 2019
Slipcast earthenware, underglaze illustration
5.5” x 9” x 9 in
John Natsoulas Gallery
Davis, CA
David Gilhooly, Frog Burger
Ceramic
8” x 6” x 5 in
John Natsoulas Gallery
Davis, CA

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.

Mimi Sturman, The Tsar’s Wife on Horseback
Felting on supports
Lynn Hanson Gallery
Seattle, WA
Georgina Reskala, Red Rising, 2022
Inkjet print, conte crayon
8 1/2” x 6 1/2 in
PDX Contemporary Art
Portland, OR
Matt Gagnon
Light Stack sculptures
Oak, pine, concrete, brass, polished aluminum and painted MDF
Winston Wachter Fine Art
Seattle, WA
Julie Speidel, Errill, 2022
Hand rubbed oil on Japanese paper
61.75” x 36” x 2 in (framed)
Winston Wachter Fine Arts
Seattle, WA
Whiting Tennis, Studio Wall, 2021
Acrylic and collage on canvas
54” x 69 in
Greg Kucera Gallery
Seattle, WA
Margie Livingston, No Time for Detours, 2019-2021
Acrylic on canvas
50.25” x 92” x 1.5 in
Greg Kucera Gallery
Seattle, WA
Richard Notkin, Profilo Continuo del Trumpolini, 2019
Ceramic, glaze, gold leaf
8”x 8” x 8 in
Russo Lee Gallery
Portland, OR
Ivan Carmona, San Juan en Rojo Caliente, 2022
Flashe paint on ceramic
PDX Contemporary Art
Portland, OR
Humaira Abid, Folded Stories: Second Series V, 2021
Carved pine wood
15.5” x 11. 5” x 1 in
Greg Kucera Gallery
Seattle, WA

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.

Kim Simonsson, Shaman Moss Girl with Tool, 2017
Stoneware, nylon fiber, metal, computer screen and rope

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.

4 thoughts on “Seattle Art Fair in Seattle, WA

  1. Terrific post. A great look at a variety of mediums and artists. I enjoy your take on the artists and art.
    Thanks!

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