There is lots to see and do for Capitol Hill Art Walk this month. Dozens of venues are participating, and we encourage you to see the full map on the official site. Here are some things we think should be on your list to see this month, ordered in a broad circle.
1. Something a little thoughtful at PCNW
PCNW’s ongoing solo exhibit of work by photographer Eugene Richards, Enduring Freedom, opened in September to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11. It features two distinct bodies of work, both focused on “the personal within incomprehensible situations of violence.” Stepping Through the Ashes was made in the weeks following the September 11 attacks, while War is Personal chronicles the human impact of U.S. military involvement in Iraq. Enduring Freedom is on view through November 13 at Photo Center Northwest. (900 12th Ave)
2. Something a little sweet at Amandine
Bakery Amandine begins a series of one-night-only exhibits for Capitol Hill Art Walk this month. The works will be curated by studio e, one of our favorite Georgetown galleries. This month, the works will be site specific sculptures by Brian Beck. There will be a live DJ set by BeanOne. Stop in for a delicious macaroon and some bite-sized art as well. (1424 11th Ave)
3. Something a little wild at Standard Goods
Capitol Hill boutique Standard Goods features eight Seattle artists that incorporate wild and imaginary creatures into their work. The group show Into the Wild includes Baso Fibonacci, Kathreen Absuelo and Sharon Susie, among others. There are a lot of different styles, from the cutesy to the abstract. (701 E Pike St)
4. Something a little dark at True Love Art Gallery
It’s the opening reception for None More Dark, a new group show at True Love Art Gallery. Participating artists include Brad Wooten, Jp Farquar, Alexander Riding and Larkin. The works promise to tread on the dark side, making it a perfect show for October. The reception is from 6pm to 10pm, with music by Maxx Destrukt. None More Dark is on view through November 6. (1525 Summit Ave E)
5. Something a little spacey at Creative Blueprint
You can pop in and see work from Soyoung Kim and Noah Neighbor in the Creative Blueprint gallery space during weekdays from 9am to 6pm, but this special reception from 5-9pm during Capitol Hill Art Walk will also include a performance. Details are unclear, but the announcement says it will be “celebrating the first satellite in outer space and the treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. There will be live music, some dancers…projections and potentially some activities in collaboration with the other two artists.” Consider us intrigued. (1617 Boylston Ave)
6. Something a little classical at Calypte Gallery
If you haven’t been to Calypte Gallery yet, now is a good time. It’s always just a one-night affair in the home of the organizers, Andrew Whitver and Kevin Brannaman. The artists featured include established local and national talents. This month, the show In Focus features still life, landscape and figure paintings and drawings by Erin Schulz and Bev Byrnes. See it from 5:30–8:30pm. (1107 E Denny Way #A2)
7. Something a little urban at Michelle Dirkse Interior Design
Come check out chic, urban artworks from some very talented locals. To name a few: intricate paper cut wall sculptures by Joey Bates; sophisticated minimalism by Mya Kerner; slick, multilayered stencil paintings by Greg Boudreau; and lord knows what from post-pop art provocateur Troy Gua. See it from 5–8pm at Michelle Dirkse Interior Design. (1321 E Pine Street)
8. Something a little cinematic at the Polish Home
Thursday is also the kick-off party for the Seattle Polish Film Festival. The Polish Home is hosting the opening party, “Vodka and a Drop of Art,” and it may be off the beaten path, but it’s gonna be a fun party. Classic Polish poster art is fantastic, and there are over 30 original pieces on display. To keep things festive, there will be music, food, red carpet photos and vodka tasting. And it’s all free, from 6pm to 9pm. (1714 18th Avenue)
9. Something a little celebratory at V2
Double back and hit the festivities at V2. Local arts nonprofit Artist Trust turns 30 this year. To mark the occasion, they’re presenting a group show of artworks by past and present awardees of their grants. To name a few: sculptor Humaira Abid, ceramicist Andrew Hoeppner (whose work is the featured image above); and multimedia artist Jenny Hyde. The exhibit runs through October 31 and this special reception runs on Thursday, from 5pm to 8pm. (1525 11th Ave)
Heads up: This is just a taste of the big party to come. On October 22, come for the official birthday party featuring even more art, live music, special performances and installation, including a site-specific work by art star Gary Hill. Read more and get tickets online.
10. A party to end it all at Sole Repair
End your Capitol Hill Art Walk with another big arty party: The City Arts Fall Art Walk Awards. Nine artworks that were displayed during one of the city’s art walks over the summer have been selected. The crowd on Thursday night will vote for their favorite. The top three artworks receive cash prizes and the first-place artwork is featured in City Arts Magazine. Guests dance to DJed music and imbibe free Blue Moon beer (and cocktails purchased at the full bar). This event is 21+ and requires an RSVP. RSVP online.
To REALLY bring it full circle, we’re happy to say that one of our favorite pieces from studio e’s September show Glue is a finalist. Curtis Steiner’s “Wheel of Fortune” is definitely eye-catching, but will it bring him good fortune at the party? Attend and find out for yourself. Happy Art Walking!
Featured image: “Monkeys” by Andrew Hoeppner