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Address: 125 South Jackson Street | Seattle, WA | 98104

Telephone: 206.405.4040 | Toll Free: 866.405.4485

Email: art@stoningtongallery.com

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Business Hours (PST): Weekdays 10am-6pm | Saturday 10am-5:30pm | Sunday 12pm-5pm

Since 1979, Stonington Gallery has represented the finest contemporary Northwest Coast art. Our artists work in many media, styles and traditions, and are at the forefront of Pacific Northwest culture and art. The gallery offers full framing services and outstanding customer service. Visit us for exhibitions and events, and keep abreast of news here at our website or on Facebook.

Stonington Gallery facilitates many commissions between artists and collectors each year. Please contact the gallery with inquiries about commissioning works for your collection.

        

 

March 2-31, 2017

Drew Michael

 

 

S o l o   E x h i b i t

 

Opening Reception: First Thursday, March 2nd

6-8pm

 

Last year Stonington Gallery presented our debut exhibition by ambitious young Inupiaq/Yup'ik artist Drew Michael. The exhibit was a runaway success, with collectors and institutions acquiring works from all over the country. Now, it is with great pride that we welcome Michael back for a second solo exhibition, as he continues to evolve his deeply personal mask-forms based on his own life and on the culture and mythologies of the Yup'ik and Inupiaq peoples.

Drew Michael is making artwork that draws on his heritage, his queer identity, his interests in chakra and indigenous healing, and his religious upbringing. These stunning sculptures can be seen as stand-ins for his emotions, and their solidity, serenity and spirituality are evidence of a young man yearning for a place, for security, and for love.


In 2016 Michael was featured in the exhibition Alaska Passe/Present at the Musee Boulougne sur Mer in France, which has become the first museum in Europe to acquire contemporary Alaskan art for their permanent collection. He took the opportunity to study historic Alaskan masks in the Musee's collection, and to travel around France. In late 2016 he worked with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, and carried back the inspiration from their collections to his studio. Some of the works in March's exhibit were produced directly after the contact with NMAI.

 

March 2-31, 2017

Larry Ahvakana

S p o t l i g h t

Opening Reception: First Thursday, March 2nd

6-8pm

We are proud to present a tightly-focused exhibition of work in stone and wood by master sculptor Larry Ahvakana (Inupiaq). This spotlight exhibition is a peek into what the multimedia sculptor is focusing on in his studio, and at the many facets of his practice.

Ahvakana was born in Fairbanks and raised in Point Barrow, AK. Barrow--recently renamed Utqiaġvik in 2016, its indigenous name--is the northernmost city in the United States, deep within the Arctic circle. At age seven, his family moved to Anchorage, leaving family ties and his indigenous language behind.

While attending the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, he found his Native identity reawakened and respected. By participating in the local tribal culture there, he recalled significant memories of his traditional upbringing and re-dedicated himself to Inupiat culture.

One of Ahvakana's mentors while at IAIA was Allan Houser, the legendary Apache sculptor. He credits Houser with being a strong influence as he learned to carve. In addition to studies at IAIA, he also attended New York's Cooper Union School of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design. Ahvakana is recognized as an artist, educator, and cultural elder.

"I was taught stone carving by an Apache master stone carver – Allan Houser. He taught me the ins and outs of understanding sculpture and understanding your own direction and your own people," Ahvakana said. "That was the basis for doing my work. To look into my own Inupiaq culture — through my parents and experiences with the village life when I was young in Barrow."   -Larry Ahvakana

April 6-30, 2017

Salal:

A Tradition of Berry Baskets

Opening Reception: First Thursday, April 6th

6-8pm

The Northwest boasts over thirty edible berries in its ecosystem, so it follows that indigenous peoples have made berry-picking a central seasonal activity for millennia. April is the first blush and bud of the salmonberries and Indian plum, and marks the time when the tribes make preparations for gathering.

Berry baskets are small baskets woven from spruce root or cedar bark, often with a loose or open weave. Their technique and materials differ from area to area, but are ubiquitous along the entire Northwest Coast and Alaska. We are pleased to present an exhibition of berry baskets in glass by Preston Singletary (Tlingit), and traditional woven berry baskets by artists including Isabel Rorick (Haida), Lisa Telford (Haida), and Deborah Head (Tlingit).

 

April 6-30, 2017

Barry Herem

 

 

Solo Exhibit

 

Opening Reception: First Thursday, April 6th

6-8pm

 

In April we present a solo exhibition for Pacific Northwest Coast designer and artist Barry Herem (Non-Indigenous) of corten steel sculptures inspired by the environment, mythology and animal life of the region. Herem renders the perfect curl of a fiddlehead fern, the palms of a welcome figure, or the snarl of a wolf in his elegant water-jet-cut steel panels, and shows us his mastery of formline design in a selection of prints and cast paper panels from decades of serigraphy.

 

May 4-28, 2017

Salish Sound Waves

 

 

Companion Group Exhibit to the Upstream Music Festival

 

Opening Reception: First Thursday, May 4th

6-8pm

 

Stonington Gallery will be in the epicenter of the inaugural Upstream Music Festival this May, taking place in Pioneer Square May 11-13. In the spirit of the festival, we present artists who use motion, energy, vibrant color and an edgy design sensibility in their work to convey the cultures, environment and contemporary spirit of the Northwest.

These are artists at the forefront of formline expression: the ultra-colorful digital designs of Alano Edzerza (Tahltan); Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ (Haida) blend of genres known as ‘Haida Manga’; Marika Swan’s (Nuu-chah-nulth) fiercely feminist and environmentally conscious woodblock prints; Sheldon Skillie’s (Haida/Lakota) street-art style on upcycled wood; and Jeffrey Veregge’s (Port Gamble S’Klallam/ Duwamish/Suquamish) superhero-inspired formline paintings and prints. Artists with works in the exhibit will also include Qwalsius Shaun Peterson (Puyallup/Tulalip), lessLIE Sam (Coast Salish), Maynard Johnny Jr. (Penelakut/Kwaguilth), Drew Michael (Yup’ik/Inupiaq) and others.

We thank lessLIE Sam for the use of the title of his print, “Salish Sound Waves”, for this exhibition.

 

June 1-30, 2017

Masters of Disguise III:

 

 

A Group Mask Exhibition

 

Opening Reception: First Thursday, June 1st

6-8pm

 

This June we continue to explore the tradition and innovation of mask-making on the Northwest Coast. Contemporary sculptors, painters and jewelers will bring their perspectives to bear on the act of hiding, disguising, transforming and storytelling, resulting in a collection of masks that tell us about our history, our present, and our future. As with the first two iterations of this group exhibit, expect works that range from traditional to groundbreaking, and that encompass media as disparate as glass, wood, stone, hide, fiber, metal and ceramic.

List of artists forthcoming.

 

July 6-30, 2017

Hib Sabin

 

 

Age, Aging, Agelessness

 

Opening Reception: First Thursday, April 6th

6-8pm

 

Hib Sabin (Non-Indigenous) returns with a body of work that considers ideas about age in a world where youth is lauded, applauded, and sought after with almost religious fervor. Now in his 80s, Sabin turns his critical eye and dextrous carving hand upon himself, with work that reflects upon the process of aging, the need for nostalgia and review of the past, and the fearlessness of the future. What are the opportunities that close to us when we make decisions, and what happens the "Road Not Taken" is passed by? Where are the crux points in our lives, and are they the ones we think they are when faced with them? What is the job of an artist in his older years, and how does he both reflect the world and his own truths? The works in this exhibition discuss these themes using the characters Sabin has become famous for: Owl, Raven, Raptor, Human, Bear, and more.

 

August 3-31, 2017

Dan Friday

 

 

Solo Exhibit

 

Opening Reception: First Thursday, August 3rd

6-8pm

 

In August we welcome Lummi glassblower Dan Friday back to Stonington for his second solo show. Friday utilizes the medium of blown and hotsculpted glass to show reverence for his Lummi Nation heritage, and to honor specific Lummi artists who paved the way.

Friday grew up with revered Lummi weaver Fran James (1924-2013) as one of his Aunties, and he honors the Salish craft of cedar bark weaving with his series of blown mosaic baskets. He silvers the glass to give it a nacreous luminescence, changing the color of the glass as it is seen in different light and against different colors. Mimicking the wide, open weaving style of Coast Salish cedar bark baskets, Friday translates his Auntie's legacy to a new medium and a new audience.

Dan Friday's great-grandfather was Joseph R. Hillaire (Kwul-kwul't), a famed Lummi totem pole carver. Among Hillaire's most renowned commissions were two totem poles carved for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. One pole traveled around the USA to publicize the upcoming Fair; and one was created for Seattle's sister-city of Kobe, Japan. Hillaire's totem poles were a magnificent expression of the Lummi people's relationship to the natural world and its inhabitants. Friday pays tribute to his great-grandfather's carvings with his glass totems.

 

September 7-30, 2017

Raven Skyriver

 

Solo Exhibit

 

Opening Reception: First Thursday, September 7th

6-8pm

 

Young glass maestro Raven Skyriver (Tlingit) returns for an exhibition of sea-life from oceans and river systems that are threatened by pollution, ocean acidification, and over-fishing. Skyriver was born in the San Juan Islands in Northwest Washington, raised with a constant connection to nature. In his life he has seen that the Puget Sound and wider Salish Sea are the foundation of life in this region. The health of the Sound is the health of our rivers; its health is the health of our watershed. All water systems are connected, and if one is threatened and compromised, so are they all.

While the ecological status of our world seas and rivers leaves Skyriver heartbroken, he also believes that one of the ways we can bring back their health is through education. Skyriver creates these sculptures in order to bring us face to face--eye to eye--with the majesty and intelligence of species we rarely see. When we form personal relationships to wildlife we empathise more deeply, we keep them in mind, and we care about their health, their safety and their future.

Skyriver captures the sleek engineering of sea creatures, their sense of coiled and waiting motion. Denizens of the deep are extraordinary biological propulsion machines. In the hands of a technically astounding glass blower, glass is a medium that allows us to relate to these animals and wonder at their forms.

 

September 7-30, 2017

Thomas Stream

 

 

Solo Exhibit

 

Opening Reception: First Thursday, September 7th

6-8pm

 

Thomas Stream (Sun'aq Aleut) renders the world around him in brilliant color, using the difficult medium of gouache paint. An artist who carefully studies the forms, body language and behavior of birds, his portraits of animal life will be intimately familiar to anyone who spends time in nature or even just looking out the window into a tree. We look forward to seeing what wildlife emerges from his brush this autumn.

 

October 5-29, 2017

Lillian Pitt

 

 

Jewelry Exhibit

 

Opening Reception: First Thursday, October 5th

6-8pm

 

October brings a show of Lillian Pitt's silver jewelry, inspired by her Wasco/Yakama/Warm Springs heritage. Many of these works are based on the rock petroglyphs and pictographs from the Columbia River Gorge, and honor the mythological stories and characters drawn by her distant ancestors there.
November 2-30, 2017

Scott Jensen & Courtney Lipson

 

 

Collaborative Exhibit

 

Opening Reception: First Thursday, November 2nd

6-8pm

 

In November we are proud to present a collaborative show between husband and wife Scott Jensen and Courtney Lipson (Non Indigenous/Adopted Tlingit). Those who have followed the gallery over the last few years cannot have missed their wondrous collaborative beaded masks, a form they have pioneered. The two have taken all of 2017 to create the body of work for this exhibition, and we are amazed at their skill, technique, creativity and fortitude. Join us in celebrating this milestone of contemporary Northwest Coast art this November!

 

December 7-31, 2017

The Sky World

 

Winter Invitational Exhibit

 

Opening Reception: First Thursday, December 7th

6-8pm

 

This invitational group exhibit continues our three-year exploration of the spectacular Pacific Northwest Coast environment. Beginning with 2015's "Resurgence: Rivers of the Pacific Northwest" and then 2016's "Into the Woods: Forests of the Pacific Northwest", we now look up to sky and space above for our muse and to complete our cycle of Water, Land and Sky.

The Sky World theme offers a rich number of possibilities. Since the dawn of civilization mankind has looked to the skies and tried to make sense of our place in the immense, extraordinary and magnificent universe. Draw your eyes up to the heavens and contemplate all the ideas the sky, the atmosphere, the weather, the planets and stars present.

Some of the Coast's most important mythological characters are denizens of the sky, such as Raven and Thunderbird. These myths gave explanation and meaning to the celestial bodies and events. The sky has layers: lower down it brings us weather, wind, fog, rain, rainbows, lightning, snow, thunder. Higher, we encounter the aurora borealis and the many-named clouds. Highest of all we pass into realm of comets, the moon, the sun and planets, distant stars, space and time itself. What lies above has always stirred our imaginations and souls in a profound way. Each generation is stirred and moved by the beauty and fragility of our skies.

 

 

 

 

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