With so much great art on view at Seattle’s museums and various art walks, it can be hard deciding which shows to prioritize. The Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show has long been a celebrated cultural event in Seattle for its carefully curated booths of more than 100 of the area’s best artists and artisans, but there are many other things that also make the annual show stand out.
- The show is organized by the Northwest Art Alliance, a nonprofit organization that has supported Seattle artists since 1989.
Originally founded by a group of artists to produce a holiday art show, the NWAA has since become an important resource for artists. Exposure, education and essential tools to foster the growth of emerging artists is their primary function, along with providing the public access to the artwork of Seattle’s greatest artists that are not necessarily featured in local museums.
- The booths are intimate spaces to view art.
While the exhibitions on view in each booth are conceptually rigorous and thematically expansive, the scale and installation of the booths invites close and thoughtful viewing. The intimate setting also provides a special opportunity to talk with the artist about their work and their passion for their medium.
- The show is held in a historic building: Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park.
The property is historically significant based on the role it played in the U.S. Navy’s expansion and development in the Puget Sound region, and on the architecture of many of its buildings. Hangar 30 has the distinctive Art Deco architectural style characterized by streamlined, rhythmic machine forms, exotic imagery, and the use of materials to give a feeling of motion.
- Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park is adjacent to the NOAA Western Regional Center.
Created in the early 1980’s The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Art Walk includes six outdoor artworks by nationally recognized artists. The most recognized sculpture is “A Sound Garden“. This piece is located at the eastern end of the NOAA campus and features organ-like pipes that make sounds depending upon wind direction and speed.
- The Popular Art-4-Kids Table
Kids 12 and under can enter the show for free and have a great time trying out numerous art techniques.