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Charles and Emma Frye arrived in Seattle in 1888. Throughout a 25-year period, they amassed an unrivaled collection (eventually more than 230 pieces) of fine art painted by both American and European artists, mostly from the 19th and 20th Centuries. A trust in Charles Frye's will made provisions for a free public art museum, and today anyone can view the collection at no charge. Located on First Hill, the Frye Art Museum also includes the Gallery Cafe. Free parking is also available across from the main entrance.
Vetri International Glass is a renowned studio glass center in Seattle. The gallery promotes artists who work with glass all throughout the city. Some of the artists represented at Vetri International Glass are Robert Dane, Gabe Feenan, Julia Gombert, Takuya Tokizawa, Cesare Toffolo, Jamie Harris. This beautiful art gallery has an enticing collection of innovative glass pieces in a wide array of shapes and sizes. Select from fragile Christmas decorations, colorful and delicate vases and bowls for your home. Gift a loved one with an item from the 'sea life' collection or wine goblets and perfume bottles which are so reminiscent of Europe. Head here for a rare find as each creation is unique.
Seattle's premier venue for trade shows and conventions serves as a hub of Northwest and Pacific Rim business activity. Almost any day of any week, you'll find a hive of information booths, product demonstrations, and services from the industry of the moment. The center features 236,700 square feet of exhibit space that are equipped with advanced support for the technology. For Seattle and Puget Sound-area information, stop by the visitor info booth.
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.
This comedy theater is so called because of its location under Swannie's Sports Bar & Grill. The comedians here will keep you on the edge of your seats throughout the evening with the awesome comic. The Comedy Underground, is one of the best venues in the city where many comedians, now well-known, have performed and continue to perform. Once a week there's an Open Mic Night when amateur artists present their talent. Be sure to secure tickets beforehand, as this is a fun place visited by many.
With the prow-like marquee, The Showbox looks like a standard concert venue planted in the grit of First Avenue. A closer look will reveal much depth as you'll find that the popular music venue has been enthralling music lovers since 1939. And indeed, the musicians who perform here are well-known, like P.J. Harvey, Zap Mama and Les Nubians to name a few. Small raised platforms offer seating around the dance floor, and there are two separate bars. The attached Green Room bar offers cocktails and a varied bar menu.