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With numerous fun-but-tacky tourist shops and the Alaskan Way Viaduct thundering overhead, the Seattle Waterfront should instead be visited for the spectacular views. Also bringing people here is the Bainbridge Island ferry that leaves from Colman Dock, and the popular Summer Nights at the Pier concerts play at sublime Pier 62/63. The Seattle Aquarium and the Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center are also here. The old streetcar clangs along the length of the waterfront, and the green spaces of Myrtle Edwards Park take over from the concrete mayhem at the northern end.
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.
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.
This 1920s movie palace-turned-concert hall was renovated in 1995 and is now one of Seattle's premier theaters. The ornate interior with its crystal chandeliers is reminiscent of classic European theaters. Thanks to technology (and a former Microsoft employee), the seats retract and a dance floor rolls out, making this a multifunction space. Paramount theater seats more than 3,000 people and the stage is large enough for touring Broadway block-busters like Fame, Riverdance and Miss Saigon, and musical guests the likes of David Bowie, James Brown and the Beastie Boys.