This month's Moment of Inspiration comes from the Seattle Art Fair which the SZ team makes a point to attend every year. Seattle Art Fair is a four day show that exhibits contemporary & regional art, including local, national and international galleries & museums.
Founded by Paul Allen in 2015, the Seattle Art Fair is meant to showcase the best in modern and contemporary art and represent the arts community of the Pacific Northwest. It aims to bring together collectors, galleries, and various local arts groups to one place. Allen’s goal was seemingly to get Seattle on the art world map - may he rest in peace.
Seattle Art Fair brings artists and beautiful artwork together in one (albeit enormous) space. Many artists and gallery represented see an uptick in sales and exposure. In this way, the Art Fair does help Seattle make a name for itself in the art world. With the influx of out-of-towners into Seattle, there is also the need to appeal to a non-local audience, making it justifiable to have national and international galleries represented.
This year the Seattle Art fair will take place from August 1-4 and organized around the theme of "curiosity and wonder," the fair will host daily talks, special projects, performances, and nearly 100 exhibitors from around the globe. As a Design/Build/Art Team, SZ is excited to spend the day at the Seattle Art Fair, this Friday. Hope to see you there!
Reflecting on Seattle Art Fair 2018:
The SZ team took a trip to the Seattle Art Fair last year to support the art scene of the Pacific Northwest, and we took some photos of our favorite pieces. We had the pleasure of exploring the arts created by the ingenious artists. There were inspiring paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more artfully exhibited. The Seattle Art Fair 2018 saw record-breaking growth, showcasing 106 local, national, and international exhibitors and attracting over 22,500 attendees throughout the weekend.
“ Bhutan G5 “ , 2015 by Ricardo Mazal. Oil on Linen. 66 x 78 inches
“ Milky Way I ” by Nabil El Makhloufi. Oil on canvas. 170 × 130 × 5 cm
“ Orlane Gradient ” by Peter Gronquist was one of our favorite scenes at the 2018 SAF. This handpainted roses are placed against an infinity mirror.
“ Long Barrow “, 2009 by Alan Magee. Acrylic on canvas 53 × 80 1/8 in. In his precise oil and acrylic painting of stones, Alan Magee espouses both modern and anti-modern sensibilities.
“ View of The Water “ by Kentaro Sato
14-Foot Puppets of Seattle Pioneer Women Mary Ann and Louisa Boren by Wayne White. These extraordinary, larger-than-life sculptures have been donated by the artist and Joshua Liner Gallery to the Montlake Elementary School in Seattle, where they will be on view to students and visitors indefinitely.
Paul G. Allen (01.21.53 - 10.15.18)
“Seattle has a long tradition of celebrating local and non-local art — from the Burke and Seattle Art Museums to the Asian Art Museum. As other Art Fairs have grown and blossomed around the country and the world, it made me wonder what we could do to bring an art fair to Seattle. In our community there are an increasing number of people who enjoy living with and collecting art, so this also gives them a chance to see pieces they may not have been aware of. Throughout the city there will be a number of special displays and events that will give everyone the chance to be exposed to new works and new artists. It’s really amazing to stand in front of a work you haven’t seen before and be almost overwhelmed by its beauty and the vision and execution of the artist. My hope is that these four days are the beginning of a long-lasting northwest Arts tradition.” said Seattle Art Fair founder Paul G. Allen.