A Day for the Art Lover

By: Sam Brandvein

For any art lover Seattle is great place to get your fix. Seattle is host to some great local and international artists. From fine art, abstract, modern, 3-dimensional and my favorite street art/ graffiti Seattle has you covered. 

If flying in to SeaTac Airport take the light rail into the city. When arriving you'll be privi to huge Murals by Drew Merritt, Joram Roukes

And Circle along the SODO Track. This is a project that will eventually spread two miles incorporating 50 artists over the next couple of summers. 

Exit the rail at the Pioneer Square station grab some coffee and check out the Pioneer square galleries. Some of my personal favorites include Treason, Foster White, SOIL and ArtXChange. These galleries hours are always subject to change so be aware of that. If you happen to be there on the first Thursday of the month during the Art Walk it is definitely an event worth attending. 

Just a short walk up 1st Ave you will find yourself at The Seattle Art Museum. The SAM has rotating exhibits and a few staple interactive ones. The architecture inside is breathtaking and photo worthy. It's a little pricey for a day pass at $24 but definitely worth it for the true appreciator. Plan to spend a couple hours here if you choose to do so.

Next walk a block up the famous Pike Place Market. Grab a snack and enjoy the liveliness of the farmers market, buskers playing everything from blue grass to Elton John covers scattered throughout. The shops inside have a myriad of art, jewelry, comic books, and great screen print t-shirts from local artists and worldwide. Definitely check out the new Jesse Link Gallery and Ugly Baby. 

Before leaving The Market make sure to walk through Post Alley and The Gum wall, not only a Seattle Land mark but also a free exhibit of street art posters from artists all over The Pacific Northwest! 

If you take a walk 10 blocks up Pike Street you will gladly find yourself in Capitol Hill. Murals are a plenty on The Hill by artists such as Ten Hun and They Drift. It's pretty amazing when spotted out of the corner of your eye like an art treasure hunt! Be sure to check out TRUE LOVE Gallery and GHOST Gallery for some local flavor of fine art and low brow. I would end the night at The HIDEOUT. A speakeasy-ish bar with amazing cocktails and wall-to-wall art. They also have sketchbooks free to use if you feel inspired. 

This is obviously just a snapshot of artsy things to do in a very artsy city in one day. Every neighborhood in Seattle has galleries and artists coops/ collectives that offer something unique.