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Best Galleries in Seattle

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SOIL Art Gallery

Another feather in the hat for the artsy neighborhood of Pioneer Square, just South of downtown, this gallery explores the culminating local art culture. Showcasing contemporary works in form of paintings, drawings, sculptures, light based works, wax art, chocolate art, interactive media and sound installations, this gallery has already created a name for itself locally and nationally. And the fact that this non-profit organization is owned and operated by a group of local artists (members) shows how progressive the burgeoning art is today.

Seattle, WA, United States
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William Traver Gallery

A stone's throw from the Seattle Art Museum, this bright gallery displays a little bit of everything in its theatrical space, vivid paintings, sculptures, photographs, pottery and mixed-media works. Opened in 1977, William Traver Gallery has good collections of glass from the Pilchuck School, the glassmaking institution made famous by the colorful swirls of Dale Chihuly. Solo shows, such as Ann Gardiner's scintillating mosaic exhibition, are certain to impress viewers.

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G. Gibson Gallery

A big, gorgeous space flooded with natural light, Gail Gibson's Gallery on the second-floor emphasizes photography and sculpture, often in combination. Themes vary at the whim of the artist and the gallery owner. You might see a retrospective on the history of baseball or a series of "shadow" photographs in which the images look like faint scraps of ghosts. The creaky floorboards add a nice bit of atmosphere to such mysterious shows.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Greg Kucera Gallery

This chic gallery in the Pioneer Square was established in 1983 and is renowned for its contemporary artistic displays of national and local artists such as Susan Skilling, Jeffrey Simmons, Kerry James Marshall and Louise Bourgeois. A highly sought after venue by top artists as well as new ones, their thematic group shows are one of the best and well presented shows. Do check out the sculpture deck which is on the second level displayed outdoor. This is a must visit gallery if you can only fit in one gallery visit in your schedule.

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Foster/White Gallery

Since its conception in 1968 by Richard White, this acclaimed contemporary art gallery has changed hands as well as locations quite a few times. Currently located in the historic Pioneer Square and under the direction of Phen Huang from the Huang family of the Canadian Bau Xi Gallery, Foster/White is nestled in a century old building. The gallery has large ceilings, authentic wood beams and a huge space for exhibition. Foster/White Gallery is a member of the Seattle Art Dealers Association (SADA). Featuring over 40 local artists such as Will Robinson, Dale Chihuly, Eva Isaksen, Bobbie Burgers, Benjamin Moore, and Alden Mason who are known for their glass, sculpture and painting works. The gallery's austere white walls makes sure that your eyes will be drawn to the artworks and nowhere else.

Seattle, WA, United States
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The Underground Gallery (Malcolm Edwards)

The Underground Gallery by Malcolm Edwards is in the basement of the Grand Central Arcade Building in the iconic Pioneer Square. Having worked as a lawyer, Malcolm turned to professional fine art photography which was his true calling. The gallery though focuses in photography does have other artworks occasionally. You will find black and white and color photos which includes nudes, scenic Spain, rural eastern Washington and more. The gallery serves as a way of expressing his views through photography, which has turned into quite extraordinary art. Call ahead to confirm gallery times.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Davidson Galleries

Devout art-lovers participating in the First Thursday Art Walk must stop by this gallery to witness some of the most remarkable contemporary artworks. The gallery is committed to bringing forth the the local artist community while also being involved with nationally renowned artists. The focus is mainly on three faculties- painting and sculpture, contemporary print and drawing, and antique prints. The gallery adheres to high ethical standards when it comes to original print dealings. For information about current and upcoming exhibitions check out the website.

Seattle, WA, United States
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Glasshouse Studio

Ever wondered how a piece of glass work is made so beautifully? Conceptualized in 1972, this studio offers you an insight and a firsthand look into how it is so wonderfully created. Located in the historic Pioneer Square, Glasshouse Studio was one of the first glass-blowing studios of the Northwest. Customers can watch the artistic procedure from the inception to the completion during the week where you will find artists lost in their work and displaying amazing skills. It is no mean forte. The studio also has one of the biggest selections of handmade glass in America and you can find many beautiful vases and bowls amongst others on exhibition. Group tours are allowed but you will have to reserve an appointment by calling them. Not only adults but kids too will get enchanted by this ancient art form.

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Gallery Mack

For more than 20 years this gallery, a vital part of Seattle's art community, has focused on contemporary art in a variety of mediums including paint, glass art, jewelry, stone and bronze sculpture. The gallery, located on the edge of Pike Place Market, draws from a pool of local, national and international artists for its wide array of bold pieces. You'll find dazzling variety, from twisting bronze and granite sculptures to delicate glass vases to bright watercolors.

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Henry Art Gallery

Henry Art Gallery is located on the University of Washington campus.This museum stands as one of the Northwest's leading centers of modern and contemporary art. Its location makes it convenient to a nice mix of cultural and educational facilities in the University District. Along with its collection and exhibits, the museum also hosts frequent lectures, readings and other events.

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Equinox Studios

This is a place that is very difficult to define and categorize. Artists, who have different areas of specialization, all come together here and share their creativity. Housed in an industrial building dating back to the World War II era, this is a place where visitors can freely interact with the artists, who range from blacksmiths to photographers. This is more of an artistic community than a studio, one which encourages people to come and experience art first-hand. Do make an appointment with either the founder, Samuel Farrazaino, or with the specific artist you wish to meet, before dropping by.

Seattle, WA, United States
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