Visual Arts

Northern's First Ever Silent Benefit Art Auction opens Artswalk Weekend!

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 5:00pm - Thu, 11/01/2012 - 8:00pm

Northern is pleased to announce our first ever Silent Benefit Art Auction! All artwork included in the auction will be featured in our gallery for the entire month of October. The opening reception will be held during the annual fall Artswalk, Friday, October 5, 5-10pm, and Saturday, October 6, 12-5pm. With over 50 artists participating, there are original artworks available for every budget! Donated work includes paintings, mixed media works, drawings, prints, watercolors, photographs, wearable crafts, sculptures, ceramics and even a professionally engineered remix for an original song! All proceeds of the silent auction will directly contribute to Northern’s operational expenses and support our continued commitment to Olympia’s musical and artistic community.

UPDATE: This week, Northern was robbed. All of our audio equipment used to put on shows was stolen. Now, more than ever, we need your support. Northern: The Olympia All Ages Project is a non-profit, 100% run volunteer organization. Every dime the venue generates goes into paying the rent, buying supplies, paying utility bills and repairing equipment. Northern is truly a labor of love. Love for our community, our creative friends, and the scene we want to inspire, strengthen and grow.

Please stop by to bid on items during the opening and throughout the month! The gallery will be hosting weekend afternoon hours throughout October to facilitate bidding.

Olympia's First Arab Festival

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Arab Fest features day-long events on Saturday October 6. Arab-Americans from our local region bring you diverse representations of different countries of the Arab world. Performances include Batiste Dabke Dance Team from Seattle and the critically acclaimed House of Tarab Arabic Music Ensemble. Panelists will discuss topics such as Arab Women Shattering Stereotypes and Arab Contributions to Science. Don't miss our live Arab Falconry educational table! Bring your whole family for scavenger hunts, children's games, storytelling and a fashion show!   

We invite our community to celebrate and experience the food, culture, traditions, lifestyles and peoples of the Arab world in a joyous and authentic manner. This event focuses on the diversity and complexity of the Arab peoples by challenging stereotypes, showcasing Arab arts and performance, and celebrating diversity within our community. As stated by Farihan Bushnaq, a local Arab-American community member, "The Arabs are known for their love of poetry, their generosity and for welcoming the foreign visitor. The best way to dispel the negative image of the Arabs is to pay them a visit." Make Arab Fest one of your Arts Walk stops!


For more information visit:

The Cosmos Unveiled: How to Explore & Interpret the Night Sky

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Join us for an evening of storytelling and Astronomy Education, with Dave Powell, as he shares, "The Cosmos Unveiled: How to Explore and Interpret the Night Sky,” at 7:00 pm, in Seminar 2 C 1105 at The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia.

At dusk, Dave will engage us in a star hunt for an evening of stories and adventure. Dave Powell is a dedicated amateur astronomer and storyteller extraordinaire. He is known for his entertaining and informative, hands on lectures, stories, and star hunts, and is in demand throughout the Western United States for his theatrical star hunts, presentations on Messier, and other topics. He lives in Ashland, Oregon and volunteers at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Dave is active in Astronomy outreach, has given many public presentations in the Pacific Northwest, and has earned the Astronomical Leagues Master Outreach Award. After being involved with, the Oregon Star Party for nine years, Dave is the current director.

The Oregon Star Party is an annual gathering of six to seven hundred amateur astronomers, held in August, under the very dark skies of central Oregon. Sponsored by Evergreen Summer Program, and "Astronomy and Cosmology, Stars and Stories." For more information contact Rebecca Chamberlain,

Chicken Art Contest

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 11:00am - 2:00pm

From today's inbox:

The Tumwater Farmers Market is having an event on August 15 focussed on chickens, the Fowl Follies, which will include a chicken art display and contest. Categories are simply senior (over 60), adult (over 18), youth (13-18), and child (under 13). All media is acceptable but must be approved in advance or on-site by the market manager. We reserve the right to turn any art away that is deemed offensive or inappropriate.

Art entered in the contest can be sold with a 10% commission, or sold at an artisan booth (see below)

Please notify us in advance if you would like to participate. We will have canopies for the art display and a few tables but you will need to bring easels to display (standing or tabletop). Prizes may just be ribbons but we are hoping for sponsors.

Artisans who would like to sell chicken related art and crafts can apply for one of our artisan booth spaces which are $15 (no commission).

Please contact us for more information and to register. We are open from 11 am to 2 pm and are visited each week by many of the thousands of state employees within walking distance of the market at Israel Road & Capitol Boulevard.

Connie Allison, Market Manager
Tumwater Farmers Market (360) 464-5879

Make Olympia Street Market

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Conversations With Painters

Tue, 07/31/2012 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

Conversations with Painters offers a close look into five painters' approach and unique process with painting.
Four talented Seattle painters along with Jordan Wolfson, from Colorado, will be in Olympia to talk about their work.
Enjoy three evenings of stimulating discussion and slides with the following artists:
July 31, Tuesday: Eric Elliott and Anne Petty
August 1, Wednesday: Ann Gale and Jordan Wolfson
August 2, Thursday: Helen O’Toole
Evening talks: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: 114 N Capitol, between 4th and State, yellow trim
Tickets: $10 per evening or $25 for all three
Tickets available at the door.  Seating is limited.

Longhouse Education & Cultural Center- Washington State History Museum Partnership Brings Showcase of Native American Arts to Tacoma

Thu, 06/21/2012 (All day) - Sun, 08/26/2012 (All day)

Washington State History Museum Unveils 2012 In the Spirit Exhibit, One of the Largest Native American Arts Showcases in the Northwest

Opening June 21, the annual art exhibit displays a rich blend of cultural heritage and contemporary expression


The seventh annual In the Spirit: Contemporary Northwest Native Arts exhibit debuts Thursday, June 21, with a free opening reception for the artists and guests at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. The exhibit displays artwork from more than two dozen Native American tribes and runs through August 26, 2012, culminating with the In the Spirit: Northwest Native Arts Market & Festival on Saturday, August 11, 2012. The two-month exhibit is curated and juried through a partnership with The Evergreen State College Longhouse Education & Cultural Center, and  celebrates the cultural traditions and modern expression of Native artists throughout the Pacific Northwest.


“This annual exhibit has become a rich cultural tradition for our region and, with 14 new exhibitors this year alone, it continues to grow year after year to impact new audiences,” said Jennifer Kilmer, Executive Director of the Washington State Historical Society. “It’s a privilege to be able to recognize the work of so many talented artists in a way that honors their distinctive histories and culture.”


South Sound Spectacular Spring Show

Sat, 05/26/2012 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

South Sound Spectacular Spring Show

Sponsored by the Olympia Etsy Team

Saturday, May 26th 11a-5p

FREE make and take kids crafts, FREE face painting and live music all day.

26 craft vendors selling soaps, candles, art, home decor, photography prints, jewelry, clothing, quilts, accessories, original art, cards, knitted accessories, bird houses and so much MORE!

Olympia Ballroom (in the same building as the Urban Onion restaurant)
116 Legion Way SW
Across from Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia

A portion of the proceeds of this event will be donated to GRUB, and we will also have a bin at the door for Food Bank donations

Bring the whole family for some good times!

Evergreen Spring Arts and Crafts Fair

Wed, 05/23/2012 - 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Upcoming! Evergreen Arts & Crafts Fair

Evergreen is full to the brim with creativity! To celebrate and support these talents is the  Evergreen Spring Arts & Crafts Fair, May 23rd in the College Activities Building on the Evergreen State College Campus, noon to 8pm.

Come support local art from current Greener students as well as alumni, faculty and staff at this wonderful craft fair.

There will be:
• Live music and performances featuring Evergreen students and alumni
• Free workshops on a variety of art or craft activities
• An ongoing, participatory community mural
• And over 60 vendors

(Parking is $2)
Hope to see you there!!!

Molly Landreth talks at Evergreen

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

From today's inbox:

Molly Landreth
Wednesday, May 2, 11:30-1:00
Lecture Hall 1 - The Evergreen State College

Molly Landreth is a Seattle based artist who explores concepts of identity and community through intimate large-format film photography and multi-media collaboration. She is most well known for her series, “Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America” which she continues to exhibit and speak about frequently. She has been featured in, and photographed for, publications including the The New York Times, Time magazine, The Guardian, The Advocate, OUT, Marie Claire and The New Yorker.  She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

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