Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show

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.

 

Seattle Waterfront Fun

The Seattle waterfront has always been a favorite destination for locals and tourists. Food, art, shopping, and history – the Seattle Waterfront has it all. There is a lot of fun to be had on the waterfront, regardless of the construction so don’t let that stop you this summer! The Downtown Seattle Association is now offering free valet parking for up to three hours.

ACTIVITIES

Seattle Great Wheel was built in less than a year, but its story goes back much further than that. Seattle businessman Hal Griffith had envisioned a Ferris wheel in the city for nearly 30 years, but it wasn’t until he realized he could build one on his own pier that his dream became a reality. The Seattle Great Wheel opened to the public on June 29, 2012. Since then, it has become an icon of the city and a destination for tourists and locals alike.

The Seattle Aquarium gives you the opportunity to see all kinds of creatures from all kinds of points of view. Species that live in the Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean are the focus. There are a number of cool exhibits, from the furry funny otters to the silvery school of salmon. Tide pools provide the chance to touch sea stars and anemones. In addition to sea flora and fauna, you can also spend time at interactive exhibits exploring such topics as orcas and ocean science, and check out the cafe and gift shop.

SCENIC CRUISES AND BOAT TOURS

Along with the sailboats and ferries crossing the waters of Elliott Bay, you’ll see the various vessels used for scenic cruises, whale watching, and scenic Puget Sound tours. Scheduled day tours, dinner cruises, and private charters are among your many choices. Here are some of the more popular scenic cruises and boat tour companies operating out of the downtown Seattle waterfront.

Argosy Cruises

Emerald City Charters

Victoria Clipper

PARKS

Olympic Sculpture Park

One of Seattle’s newer attractions, the Olympic Sculpture Park is exactly that – a park filled with large sculptures and art installations of all kinds, provided and managed by Seattle Art Museum. Many are quite fun and funky, making this free park a wonderful way to introduce children to fine art. As you wander the zigzag paths through the park you’ll enjoy fabulous views, east to the Space Needle and west to the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.

Myrtle Edwards Park

Located at the north edge of Seattle’s downtown waterfront district, Myrtle Edwards Park is a good old-fashioned city park that happens to enjoy fabulous water and mountain views. There’s a bike and walking trail, benches and picnic tables, verdant lawns and sandy beaches.

SHOPPING

Seattle’s waterfront shops carry everything from high-quality, locally-made gift items to the tackiest of tourist trinkets. Most of these shops are located at the south end of the waterfront on Piers 56 and 57. Seattle’s best souvenir items include Northwest Coast Art, fine art photographs, sports team merchandise, and glass art. Food and drink items always make for thoughtful souvenirs or gifts, including Washington wines, smoked salmon, huckleberry jam, and locally-roasted coffee.

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, part museum and part novelty shop, is a must stop. This place is a fascinating piece of Seattle history, first opened on the waterfront in 1899. The walls and ceiling of Ye Olde Curiosity Shop are covered with “curiosities” of all kinds, including a mummy, taxidermy Siamese-twin calves, and a grain of rice engraved with the Lord’s Prayer. The shop sells items from the Northwest and around the world.

Windermere Agents Party in the Park for a Good Cause

On Friday, June 24, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) hosted its annual fundraiser, Party in the Park, at the Olympic Sculpture Park. This much-anticipated dining event is a chance to take part in one of their largest fundraisers to benefit exhibitions and public programs. Windermere Real Estate was proud to sponsor an Artist’s Table at this year’s event. Our agents in attendance were treated to a table that was decorated by renowned jewelry artist Rachel Ravitch, as well as a delicious meal prepared by Daisley Gordon, Owner and Executive Chef of Café’ Campagne.

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Barbara Cahill, Jan Selvar and Ty Evans

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