Local Art Resources
Bellevue Art and Frame
13131 NE 20th St
Bellevue, WA 98005
3300 1st Ave South, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98134
The Hangup Frame Shoppe and Gallery: They have no website, but they're a great local resource for framing, located just next to the QFC in Factoria.
3540 Factoria Blvd. Suite C
Bellevue, WA 98006
Art Supply Stores
There are a number of major commercial art stores in the Seattle area for artist supplies, such as oil paints, pastels, paper, etc. Here are the ones we know and use the most.
Daniel Smith (has stores in both Seattle and the East Side in Bellevue, as well as an online store)
Ultrech Art Supply (Capitol Hill Area)
1124 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: (206) 382-9696
Fax: (206) 382-9797
If you're like us, discovering and staying on top of local resources for selling, displaying and promoting your work is difficult. You will find below a list of local resources, including some opportunities for displaying work, local art groups, upcoming shows, and places to find art related services.
Art Access: Art Access presents original art, poetry, reviews and literature, as well as provides monthly listings for the visual arts, dance, music and theater. By presenting a timely, inclusive and comprehensive guide to local art events, reproducing artworks by regional and national artists, and highlighting local business through their advertisements, Art Access promote both the arts and its community.
Art Guide Northwest: is both an online and print publication. It features information on local gallery showings and galleries throughout the Puget Sound. It's a good resource particularly for Seattle galleries and downtown Seattle art showings in the major galleries as well as local events and art walks.
Festivals Directory Northwest: is a guide to festivals, fairs, bazaars and gift shows in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. If you are an artist and are considering displaying your work in an art booth at local fairs and events, this is a very handy publication and will keep you informed of upcoming local shows and submission deadlines.
Artist Trust: Supporting art at its source. Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines. Founded in 1987 by a group of arts patrons and artists who were concerned about the lack of support for individual artists, Artist Trust is guided by the leadership of a Board of Trustees and a professional staff.
The Northwest Watercolor Society: was founded in Seattle, Washington, in 1939 to promote an interest in and an appreciation for watercolor as an artistic medium. The society expanded in 1992 to include members across the United States and Canada. Since then NWWS has grown steadily in membership numbers and status, earning a position as one of the ten most prominent regional societies in North America as rated by "The Artist's Magazine".
Arts West: is located in the heart of the West Seattle Junction at 4711 California Ave SW, and has a gallery and Theatre. Arts West is very active in promoting arts in the Seattle area, providing vibrant Theatre and a constant flow of visual arts from Seattle artists, established, midstream and emerging.
PleinAir Washington: is a group of Artists in Washington dedicated to the fine art of painting on location in natural light. Check out their site for membership details and a schedule of events.
East Side Association of Fine Arts: The East Side Association of Fine Arts helps artists display their works in public places. Group shows are placed in areas like the Redmond City Hall, the Bellevue Regional Library, The Gardens at Town Square, and Daniel Smith in Bellevue. This is a non-profit organization and shows are generally in public places with art being displayed publicly in group shows and displayed artwork is not for sale. If you're looking to network with some other local artists and display your artwork before the public without an intimidating jury process, this group might be of interest to you.
Art Dish: This is a Northwest Art Blog and discussion site.
Venues for Exhibiting your work
Mercer Island Art Gallery: at the North end of Mercer Island in the Community Center has a constant rotation of art shows in its facility. Artists are encouraged to submit an application. Work displayed must be for sale. Interested artists should contact Eileen Hemmis Trifts for an application (206-275-7874). There is about a two year waiting list, so if you're serious about displaying your work there, put in an application now.
See also the "Call to Artists" page
Arts 4 Culture: provides grants to individual artists and artist groups. Funds come from the use of Lodging Tax Revenues for cultural programs will end in 2012. Beginning in 2013, all of the lodging tax revenue has been diverted to finance the Seahawk Stadium, and 4Culture is working to find new funding beyond 2013. Until then there are grants available. Check out the site for more details.
www.ArtistTrust.org/grants: GAPs provide support for artist-generated projects, which can include (but are not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new work. GAP awards are open to artists of all disciplines and offer a maximum of $1,500 for projects. A panel comprised of artists and arts professionals selected from around Washington State select GAP recipients. GAP applications will be available in May 2010.
Deadline: June 25, 2010.
Fellowships award $7,500 to practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability. The Fellowship is a merit based, not a project based award. Fellowships are awarded in two-year cycles. Emerging Fields & Cross-Disciplinary Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Traditional & Folk Arts are awarded in even-numbered years (2010). Music Arts, Media Arts, Literary Arts and Craft Arts are awarded in odd-numbered years (2011). A selection panel of three artists and arts professionals in each discipline select the Fellowship recipients. Deadline: TBD Fall 2010
And more. Go to Artisttrust.org and read their grants page...
Photographers and Photo Studios
Michele M Waite Wedding Photography: http://photography.michelemwaite.com/
Urban Light Studios
Glazers Camera Supply and Rental
430 8th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Do you do your own printing? Are you looking for a local dealer who can supply large format giclée papers and ink for large format printers? Look no further than JVH. This friendly, family owned business will take care of all your printing supply needs.
4334 130th Place SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
JVH Technical is an authorized value-added ProFocus reseller for Epson, and is also authorized for HP, Canon, Imacon, ColorByte, Colorburst, Onyx, Seal, Hahnem&uulm;hle, and Moab. JVH offers service beyond what most faceless Internet box-movers provide. Virtually all our business is done by reputation and by reference. Click on why buy to see what else sets us apart from all those other guys.
For the very discerning artist and photographer. High end giclée print books, hand letterpressed and hand bound.
Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress
1420 North State Street
Bellingham, WA 98225