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April 3- 26, 2014


In Steel


"Rose Window" in Corten Steel 



Opening Reception,

First Thursday, April 3rd, 6-8pm


April means spring fever, and the desire to get outdoors. Why not bring your fine art with you? The steel sculptures of Barry Herem (Non-Indigenous) can take it! Free-standing, hung on a wall, or mounted as gates, Herem's corten steel works can stand up to tough winters and dry summers, all while continuing to develop rich patinas. Herem creates steel sculptures that are inspired by the formline design of the Northwest Coast cultures, and by his extensive canoe travels around the Northwest. Using traditional shapes in innovative ways, his sculpture captures the tension and motion inherent in the best formline design.     

A digital catalog will accompany this exhibition.




April 13, 2014




Barry Herem:

The Old, the Odd, the Unexpected

Sunday, April 13th, 2pm - FREE


Join us to see a slideshow lecture by artist Barry Herem (Non-Indigenous) on his current works, inspirations and recent travels around the Northwest Coast.





May 1 - 31, 2014


On Paper


"Sea & Sky" Limited Edition Serigraph.



Opening Reception,

First Thursday, May 1st, 6-8pm


We are honored to present an exhibition of prints by renowned Quinault/Isleta Pueblo artist and educator Marvin Oliver. Marvin Oliver has built a remarkable career in the Northwest and Alaska over the past 40 years. A working artist, Oliver is also a professor at the University of Washington and University of Alaska Ketchikan, and adjunct curator of contemporary art at the Burke Museum of Natural History at the UW.



Oliver has produced some of the most iconic prints in the Pacific Northwest Coast vernacular. His prints, often created to gift to each year's graduating seniors in the UW's American Indian Studies Department, have established Oliver as one of the region's foremost printmakers.

Using techniques such as embossing and foiling, his prints have a movement, dynamism and range of media that make them instant classics. They grace the collections of many museums, and are on view onboard many of Washington's ferries.

Oliver, who is Quinault and Isleta Pueblo, attended high school in San Franciso in the 1960s. His art is a magnificent blend of Pacific Northwest Coast mythology and themes, Southwestern Pueblo pottery, and a Haight Ashbury zeal for color.

The exhibition will feature a rare, hard-to-find serigraphs from the artist's personal archive available to purchase, as well as brand new works from 2013 and 2014.

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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