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May 1 - 31, 2014


On Paper


                             "Blue Reflections" 1987 by Marvin Oliver.
                             Limited Edition Embossed Serigraph



Opening Reception,

First Thursday, May 1st, 6-8pm



Stonington Gallery is proud to present a collection of rare and new hand-pulled serigraphs by master contemporary artist Marvin Oliver (Quinault/Isleta Pueblo Tribes). A long-time educator at the University of Washington, curator at the Burke Museum, and full-time artist, Oliver is known for his innovative experiments in glass, print-making and large scale public art.

Professor of Art and American Indian Studies at the University of Washington since the 1970s, Oliver has created a new print each year to bestow on graduates of the program. A wide range of these historic prints--many that are long since sold out--are for sale and on display from the artist's archive in this exhibition. Also on display are select works in glass.



Incorporating the bold, bright colors of his Southwestern heritage into painstakingly silkscreened prints--often made with ten colors or more--he mixes that inspiration with the formal designs of the Coast Salish peoples of the Northwest, resulting in iconic, energetic works. Techniques such as embossing or foiling appear in many print series, bringing the sculptural traditions of his Northwest Coast heritage to bear in 2-D works.

Marvin is the son of Emmett Oliver (Quinault), creator of the massive "Paddle to Seattle" in 1989 that brought tribal members together to recreate epic canoe journeys down the Northwest Coast. The event has become an annual "Paddle" that lands in a different place each summer since. A participant since the early days of the journey, Marvin is able to tie his experiments in glass and modern media to his strong, solid roots in traditional culture.

May 14, 2014


Artist Lecture & Demonstration



                  L: Marvin Oliver signing "Mystical Journey", Limited Edition Embossed Serigraph.

               Image from a Seattle Times article on the artist. Click to read the article.



May 14th, 7pm at Stonington Gallery

Free to Attend.


In conjunction with his solo exhibition of rare and new works on paper, Marvin Oliver will speak at the gallery about the process of hand-pulling his serigraphs. On hand will be some of his tools of the trade, to illustrate this painstaking process.

Oliver, a long-time professor at the University of Washington, is an energetic and engaging speaker; don't miss this opportunity to meet him and learn from a modern master!



June 5 - 28, 2014


Owls, Ravens and Other Birds


                                               "Kindred Spirits" by Hib Sabin & Peter Wright.


Opening Reception,

First Thursday, June 5th, 6-8pm

Hib Sabin (Non-Indigenous) returns to the gallery with a body of sculpture honoring the mystery and grace of owls, ravens and other birds.

Working in juniper wood and pigments from his studio in Santa Fe, he incorporates world mythology and a deep reverence for shamanic practices into his own visual vocabulary. His recurring themes revolve around change, self and journeys: boats filled with figures who venture to the horizon; characters with smaller versions of themselves tucked carefully into exposed chest cavities; and figures caught mid-transformation, liminal and uncertain.




July 3 - 31, 2014


A Solo Exhibition


                                           "Plunge" by Raven Skyriver.


Opening Reception,

First Thursday, July 3rd, 6-8pm


We welcome Raven Skyriver (Tlingit) back to the gallery for a solo show of his blown glass creatures.  Please inquire with the gallery if you are interested in commissioning a work with Raven. Traveling through SeaTac airport? Don't miss Raven's workds on display at the North Satellite gates.    

How are these glass sculptures made? Click on the picture below to see a video of Raven Skyriver blowing glass at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA!

(Video by the Museum of Glass.)

Click here to see a video on Raven Skyriver - YouTube








September 4 - 27, 2014

LOOK CLOSELY:   Courtney Lipson

                                 Nikki McClure

                                 Thomas Stream



Opening Reception,

First Thursday, September 4,


This September we urge you to focus your eyes and to look closely at the work of three artists who create in the minute, the detailed and the delicate. Nikki McClure (Non-Indigenous), Thomas Stream (Sun'aq Aleut) and Courtney Lipson (Non-Indigenous) each build up a large image from the smallest details, utilizing their very different media to create wholes from disparate parts.

These three artists are also all inspired by the landscape, wildlife and natural rhythms that surround us here in the Pacific Northwest. Though they use varying media and focus on different aspects of nature, each is clearly deeply connected to this Northwest place.



These works are made by cutting a single sheet of black paper with an X-Acto blade and laying the fragile paper-cut atop a white backing. It is in some ways a paradox that the strength in of these familial bonds is presented by the medium of knife and paper, by tearing, excising and cutting away. A science of subtraction, this method allows McClure to focus on negative space, while improvising as she goes. 

Nikki McClure is well known around the Northwest for her paper-cuts, and she was most recently seen in a major solo exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum in 2012. This is McClure's first large exhibition with Stonington Gallery.





Courtney Lipson (Non-Indigenous) creates fine art jewelry using tiny glass seed beads set into grout, creating "micro-mosaic" art that can be admired on the move. Inspired by patterns and coloration found in nature, Lipson has created series portraying feathers, wings, stones, striations, leaves, and more.





Thomas Stream (Sun'aq Aleut) paints the denizens of the air with brilliant gouache and in incredible detail. As a contemporary Aleut artist, Stream combines the iconography of his heritage with modern painting.

Stream is inspired by the bentwood hunting hats of his Aleut ancestors, especially the spiral and dot patterns painted along their length. Paying tribute to his heritage, he places a visor on each animal he paints, and incorporates the traditional patterns into the bodies of his creatures.

This exhibition will debut a new body of gouache paintings on paper, adding to his long and beloved Aleutian Paintings series.

October 2 - 31, 2014


The Awakening


                                                      "Raven Timelines Basket" by Isabel Rorick. 


Opening Reception,

First Thursday, October 2nd, 6-8pm


Like her great grandmother, Isabella Edenshaw, Haida weaver Isabel Rorick has set the standard for spruce root weaving for the next generation. Her work will be studied and analysed for its fineness, difficulty and spiritual quality. Weaving of this sort is a rarity and we are fortunate to be living in the time of Isabel Rorick.

In Isabel's upcoming exhibition with us she will focus on women's regalia, inspired by what she perceives as a time of change and awakening.      

Isabel writes:

It is with great conviction that this show comes because we are amidst great changes here in time. The world as we know it is going through massive changes. Things are changing every day. The weather, the way we grow food, the way we package and process food, the way we communicate.  It is a world that is spread very thin and there are a lot of things that are not following the sacred way things were meant to be.

There has to be a lot of the old ways restored to honour our mother with the prayers, the songs, the dances, and all the practices that the Native people practiced in endless time. The salmon Songs and dances, the rattling songs for healing with the chants and the songs  from the soul, the songs , the dances to honour the art, the songs and rituals that honour every  aspect of life from Birth to Death. We are all hungry for our way home our home is in all aspects of our life.


November 6 - 29, 2014





Opening Reception,

First Thursday, Nov 6, 6-8pm

Scott Jensen (Non-Indigenous) returns to the gallery this fall with a new body of work in sumptuous alder and cedar. This exhibition will have a special focus on masks, a medium that allows for Jensen's serene faces, smooth knife-finishing and subtle hand with pigments to shine through.



Right:   Detail from a private commission by Scott Jensen.












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