August has become the biggest month of the year for the visual arts in Seattle. The Seattle Art Fair (August 3-6) has helped create a critical mass of parties and satellite exhibitions that keep growing each year. These four parties get you up close with a slew of unique art experiences outside the fair.
Thursday, August 3
Out of Sight Opening Night at The Schoenfeld Building
The grand opening celebration of the biggest and wildest satellite exhibition is Thursday night, from 6pm to midnight. This year’s Out of Sight is in a new location, The Schoenfeld Building (115 and 199 S Jackson St). Over a hundred visual artists and dozens of performances will activate the historic Pioneer Square throughout August. Opening night will be packed with music and performances from Alice Gosti, the Ride and Glide BMX Professional Stunt Team, Roxanna Walitzki, DJ Absolute Madman and many more. Tickets are $50. Get tickets online. Ages 21+.
If you can’t make it to the opening party, general admission is just $10 on Friday through Sunday of opening weekend. I recommend coming for the DJed happy hour at the cash bar from 4pm to 8pm on Friday and Saturday. If you are an early riser, pop in for a Swedish Pancake Brunch on Sunday, August 6, from 10am to noon.
After this weekend, you still have all month to see the visual art (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays), and each Friday there will be more happy hours and performances between 4pm and 8pm. Just a suggested donation of $10 at the door. See more info about the artists and the space on the official site.
Borderlands Opening Night at King Street Station
Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture presents a new show in its new home…which was formerly the home of Out of Sight. Borderlands will fill the exhibition space on the third floor of King Street Station with work from artists exploring ideas of belonging and resistance. There will be immersive installations and live performances, including dance by Au Collective and music from DJ Sassy Black. Admission is free during the opening and all gallery hours, and on Saturdays there will be activities, lectures and performances through the run of the show, ending October 29.
The opening party is 6:30 to 10pm. Check out the official website for more gallery hours and a schedule of weekend events.
Friday, August 4
Cut & Paste at Piranha Shop
The hardworking art hooligans at TREASON Gallery have a packed schedule these days. They just remodeled their Pioneer Square space in advance of a solo show of works by Shepard Fairey on Thursday, August 3. The next night, Friday, August 4 from 6pm to midnight, they are co-presenting a wild one-night party with POSSI Cultural Studio and Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Cut & Paste at Piranha Shop (1022 1st Ave S) is the debut of an interactive visual installation by artist Cheyenne Randall. The party will bleed into the installation, which blends video and his iconic wheat pastes of meticulously altered celebrity photos, an ongoing body of work called HOLLYWOODNT.
Admission is just $10 at the door, $5 with an RSVP. (RSVPs are thus recommended, but late arrivals are not guaranteed admission, as the event will likely hit capacity.) Register for free on Eventbrite.
Saturday, August 5
COLLECT: Seattle Art Fair Satellite Edition
Seattle’s best (and probably only) art party bus is back. COLLECT gathers art lovers in a party bus and buzzes them between art venues while guests enjoy free-flowing sparkling wine and catered food by Chef Tarik Abdullah. This tour hits satellite exhibitions of Seattle Art Fair, including two mentioned above. The list of venues in order are:
- Beginning at Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar on Capitol Hill, showing work by Sarah Teasdale, Technaissance.
- Core Gallery, featuring artists Chris Sheridan and Aaliyah Gupta
- Borderlands at King Street Station
- Out of Sight 2017 at The Schoenfeld Building
- Finally, an exclusive studio visit with neon artist Dylan Neuwirth
The bus will return to Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar. Food beverage and admission to events are included in the ticket price of $50. Get tickets online. Ages 21+.
Featured image: A sneaky peek through the doors at Out of Sight where a massive sculpture by Electric Coffin guards the installation process.