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February 2-25, 2017

Dealers' Choice













A Staff Picks Exhibition


Opening Reception: First Thursday, February 2nd




The Stonington staff has selected works from the gallery's collection to exhibit during the month of March, drawing focus to works that resonate on a personal and aesthetic level. We are privileged to work among these objects on a daily basis, and it is our great pleasure to present the works that delight, challenge, surprise and engage us day after day. Whether it is a monumental work that needs greater attention to its intricacies, or a piece that is small enough to be passed by, we shed light on art that captures us.

The works will be displayed with accompanying commentary by a Stonington staff member, illuminating our perception of the piece and why it provokes such a distinct reaction in us.


Pictured: Sitka Rose Cuff by Nicholas Galanin, Sterling Silver.


January 20 - February 28, 2017

Annual Framing & Framed Art Sale


The Stonington Gallery employs a full-time framer, the wonderful Terry Upshall, who frames 99% of the flat work you see in the gallery. But did you know that we will also frame works you bring in to us? Terry uses conservation-grade materials and is available five days a week for consultations.

During the month of February, take 20% off all new framing projects, regardless if they are work purchased in or out of the gallery.

You can also take 20% off the framing cost of all framed works* in the gallery. We pre-frame many prints, paintings and flat media, and this is your opportunity to knock down the framing price and take home a piece ready for hanging.

Click the link above to see many of the pre-framed works currently available in the gallery.

*sale extends only to works that have been framed by the gallery. A vast majority of our work is gallery-framed.


December 1 - January 2017

Into the Woods




Forests of the Northwest Coast


Opening Reception: First Thursday, December 1st



Last year's Resurgence: Rivers of the Northwest Coast exhibition was a landmark exhibition that brought together some fo the finest and most thoughtful works we have ever seen at our gallery. Our artists were inspired by their personal connections with rivers as far north as Alaska and as far south as Oregon, and showed their care, concern and love for these mighty water systems with artwork that was varied and wonderfully diverse. This year, we continue to explore what makes the Northwest such a vibrant, unique environment with Into the Woods: Forests of the Northwest Coast.

Forests have many faces: they are backdrops for epic journeys, where people become lost or found; places of transformation where what goes in is not the same as what comes out; places where our imaginations run wild and we face our own darkness, myths and secrets. Great mythological beings that inhabit these forests are as complex and fascinating as the web of life they live within. In much of Northwest Coast mythology they are places where animals and human-kind meet, clash, transform, and where the prey/predator divide is stark. 

The forest is a mighty meeting place: rivers and streams meet the roots of tremendous trees, salmon meet bears, nutrients are sucked up into the trees, and cycles continue. Forests drape the feet of mountains like skirts, connecting lowlands and alpine pinnacles, creating liminal spaces between the two where species and ecosystems change with every foot of altitude. At times, the woods are calming and peaceful, where we find communion with nature, animals, solitude; or they can be frightening, bewildering, without friend or end. 

In the hands of skilled artisans, one single giant western red cedar tree can provide wood for a canoe, house, bowl, mask, cape, hat, rattles and mats. To know a tree so well as to perfectly craft every part of it into something as beautiful as it was functional is a remarkable skill. 

November 3 - 26

Isabel Rorick

& Robin Rorick



Roots That Connect Us All:
A Mother & Son Collaboration


Opening Reception: First Thursday, November 3rd


This exhibition has a digital catalogue, free to read in its entirety online. Click on the cover above to be taken to it.


"We are all a part of a giant complex weaving of life that requires respect and love to further interconnection. The trees are nourished by earth's elements and by the life cycle of the plants, insects, fish and all the other animals. In return the trees provide gifts of life for all those who are living. It is the same for the roots that connect us to our ancestors.

Weaving, painting and carving are a part of this sacred cycle and the energies that we portray are stories that come through us when we allow it and when we take the time to listen and feel. This is the way of our ancestors."

-Isabel & Robin Rorick


Stonington Gallery is very proud to present an exhibition of the art of renowned Haida weaver Isabel Rorick and her son, carver and painter Robin Rorick.

The Roricks come from a line of important artists, as Isabel's great grandparents were Isabella and Charles Edenshaw, her grandmother was Florence Edenshaw Davidson, and her mother is weaver Primrose Adams. Other contemporary artists in this mighty lineage are Robert Davidson and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas.

Isabel is widely considered the finest living spruce root weaver on the Coast, continuing the tradition of weaving exquisitely fine hats and baskets. Her paternal grandmother, Selina Peratrovich, taught her to weave spruce root baskets from materials they had gathered at Masset. Isabel deeply respects the fact that 'Auntie' Dolores Churchill has been her mentor, and is feels proud and fortunate to have learned from 'Nonny' Selina, who was so important to her. It was only after Selina passed that Isabel realized Selina had been the last active spruce root weaver of her generation.

Robin Rorick was raised on Haida Gwaii and on Hornby Island, BC, and has taken up the mantle of his heritage. A carver of great elegance and refinement, his work has the tension, flow and dynamism of the Haida masters. He has recently been mentored by Robert Davidson in the method of painting on woven spruce root. For this exhibition Robin will be painting weavings by his mother, much as Charles Edenshaw did on Isabella's weavings. He will also debut carved sculpture, including an exquisite Eagle Panel in cedar.



November 3 - 26

Joan Tenenbaum


Memory and Light


Opening Reception: First Thursday, November 3rd





This exhibition has a digital catalogue, free to read in its entirety online. Click on the cover above to be taken to it.

We are proud to present an exhibition of Joan Tenenbaum's fine art jewelry in beautiful silver, gold, cloisonne enamel and gems.

"When I was in the first grade our teacher would put Johann Strauss’s “Tales from the Vienna Woods” on the record player in our classroom and have us finger-paint to the music. I can still remember her gesturing arms in the front of the room, just as a conductor would do. My finger-paintings were so unique and expressive that I was chosen to be in a government-produced documentary being filmed at our school. Even today, that music brings me back to that classroom.

Certain experiences in our lives: kicking crispy leaves while walking to school, moonlight shimmering on water, yellow cottonwoods beside a river running through an ancient pueblo, an evocative sunset sky…these moments are etched in our memories by the quality of the colors, the sounds, the light.

Here is a collection of stories about those memories and the colors that surround them."

-Joan Tenenbaum, Artist Statement, 2016


October 6 - 30

20 Years of Weaving by Dr. Susan Pavel


With Select Works from Her Exhibition at the Suquamish Museum


Opening Reception: First Thursday, October 6



In October we present an exhibition of new Coast Salish-style weavings by one of the contemporary masters of the art, Dr. Susan Pavel (sa'hLamitSa). Coast Salish weaving is a specific genre and technique unto itself. The art was retained by a few master weavers, including the latesubiyay Bruce Miller, a Skokomish spiritual leader, who chose Pavel as an apprentice in the mid-1990s. Pavel, who is not Native, was chosen to carry on the technique by Miller, and has herself now taught over 500 students. 

Pavel says, "We started as just two. Now, there are hundreds. My students have taught other students. Now I know that this will not die with me when I go. The journey has been and continues to be remarkable. The essence of weaving is fulfilled because ... I am obedient to the call."

In summer 2016 she will have a major retrospective exhibition at the Suquamish Museum of her weavings--both new and from her archive. The new works will be available in her exhibition at Stonington Gallery in October.

One of Pavel's greatest achievements was the task of making the first new mountain goat hair blanket that has been woven in 100 years.  

“One of the great acts of survival is to adapt Salish weaving that had waned for quite a period of time,” said Michael Pavel, Pavel's husband and subiyay Bruce Miller’s nephew.  Michael spent 12 years gathering the wool for the blanket, tuft by tuft. It took Pavel about six months to weave it. The blanket entered the Seattle Art Museum's permanent collection in 2007. There was much fanfare, including the presentation of the blanket to Lummi elder and weaver Fran James (shown above).

"The blanket is a triumph of an ongoing quiet renaissance in Coast Salish weaving carried on by Indian and non-Indian weavers from Vancouver Island to Puget Sound and the Washington coast," wrote the Seattle Times in 2007.

Traditionally, Salish blankets/clothing are woven using a variety of animal and plant fibers including mountain goat wool, canine hair, hemp, fireweed, milkweed, cattail, cotton grass, and yellow and red cedar bark. Various plants were used to create the colors used in dying the wool. Bark from Oregon grape, stinging nettles, various lichens, and alder bark were some of these plants.

There are three types of techniques used in Coast Salish weaving: twill, twining, and plain. The diagonals are created by the twill weave, where the weft travels under and over the warp. Twining uses two weft yarns twisting around the warp. The plain weave is a simple over and under warp and weft.
Amongst Coast Salish people, blankets made from mountain goat wool are a symbol of wealth and status. During ceremonial occasions objects of wealth are given as gifts, thus leaving the donor in a place of honor and prestige. Woven blankets are distributed during weddings, memorials, naming ceremonies, and as payment to shamans for their services.



October 6 - 30

Allie High


New Works


Opening Reception: First Thursday, Oct 6th



In October we invite Alaska-based contemporary artist Allie High (Aleut/Haida/Ts'msyen) to debut new prints and painted drums at the gallery, as well as possible works in silver and glass. High's print series are well-loved by collectors, who fall for her prints of animals rendered in flowing formline, and her boldly painted drums. In the past, she has contributed works in ceramic, wood and hand-carved sterling silver to our exhibitions, and we eagerly look forward to seeing what emerges from her studio for this show. 

Allie High was born in Ketchikan, Alaska. She  is Aleut and a Ts'msyen Raven Killerwhale crest Haida from Massett, B.C. Her great grandparents were among the first to follow Father Duncan to establish New Metlakatla in the Alaska territory. She has a Master's degree in interdisciplinary studies (art, theater, and sociology) from the University of Texas in Tyler, Texas. She also has a bachelor's degree in art education from the University of Oregon. She has taught art in public schools in Alaska and Texas as well as University courses in Alaska and Louisiana. Ms. High has been an artist in residence and lecturer in museums and other cultural venues.


September 1 - 30, 2016


Thomas Stream


Dan Friday


Opening Reception: First Thursday, September 1st



In September we present works by painter Thomas Stream (Sun'aq Aleut) and glassblower Dan Friday (Lummi), both contemporary artists who utilize bold, brilliant color to show their respect and love for their heritage and the environment around them.


We are proud to present a new exhibition by contemporary Aleut painter Thomas Stream, whom we have had the pleasure of representing for decades. Stream is renowned for his dazzlingly detailed gouache paintings of wildlife that combine pointillism, Audubon, and traditional Aleutian spiral-and-dot patterns. Inspired by the traditional hunting visors of his Aleutian ancestors, Stream uses those bright colors and swirling patterns on the ancient hats to render the wildlife of the Northwest and beyond.

Stream began the Aleutian Painting series in 1996, an exploration of natural forms, vivid colors and delicate patterns. This series is encapsulated by the phrase, “We are still here,” a simple—yet poignant and powerful—statement that sums up Stream’s outlook on his heritage and his artwork. The paintings in this show are continuations of this series. Using negative space, unexpected shapes, and his hair-thin brushes, Stream invites us into a world of vibrant color untouched by human presence.


Dan Friday (Lummi) makes his official Stonington Gallery debut with this exhibition, though he is no stranger to the Seattle glass scene. He has been a gaffer with the Dale Chihuly team for over 15 yeas, as well as working with Paul Marioni, Preston Singletary, and James Mongrain, and has worked in the hotshops of Pilchuck Glass School and the Museum of Glass. He has been blowing glass in and around Washington for almost twenty years, and continues to hone his techniques and gather inspiration.

Friday grew up with revered Lummi weaver Fran James (1924-2013) as one of his Aunties, and he honors the Coast Salish craft of cedar bark weaving with his series of fused and blown mosaic baskets. Inspired by Coast Salish cedar bark baskets, Friday translates his Auntie's legacy to a new medium and a new audience.

"Creativity was fostered in me by my family from an early age. Living without TV and knowing our rich cultural heritage of the Lummi Nation, meant that making things with our hands was a regular activity.

When I saw glass blowing for the first time, it felt as though I grew an inch! That is to say, a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders. I had finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up. This was no small feat for someone who, as a youth, was rebellious and misguided. Glass altered my life. In spite of my colorful past, and by the grace of a loving community, I found my passion in glass."

-Dan Friday



August 4 - 28, 2016

Raven Skyriver


Opening Reception: First Thursday, August 4th



Raven Skyriver returns to Stonington Gallery after a whirlwind year of blowing, teaching and exhibiting in places as diverse as Japan, Turkey and Norway. He continues to add to his arsenal of techniques and expertise, using some of the most complex and difficult procedures to create marine creatures that are astoundingly lifelike. The exhibition this year will bring an incredible Mahi Mahi (shown above) blown this past spring at Pilchuck Glass School, and many more works of dazzling coloration, gravity and audacity.


July 7 - 31

Hib Sabin


Solo Exhibit


Opening Reception: First Thursday, July 7



We are proud to present a solo exhibition of new work by sculptor Hib Sabin (Non-Indigenous) in July, featured works in juniper, bronze and glass. Sabin continues his exploration of human nature by way of animal forms, embodying our best and worst qualities in cackling ravens, haughty owls, and dignified bears. Complex tableaus with multiple creatures interacting--such as "Ship of Fools"--show us the folly of letting the blind and proud navigate treacherous waters. Sabin also debuts new collaborative pieces made with glass-blower Peter Wright.


June 2 - July 3, 2016

Masters of Disguise II:

A Group Mask Exhibition

Opening Reception: First Thursday, June 2nd



Last year's Masters of Disguise mask group exhibition was a runaway success. And that should be no surprise: few traditional objects are as iconic to the Pacific Northwest Coast as masks, which offer such a rich platform from which to explore the cultural and art history and contemporary issues of our region. While many objects on the Coast combine functions of magnificent utility and aesthetic, the mask holds a place of prominence because of its use in ceremony, theater, healing, and family wealth.

Many masks depict specific characters from mythology. These character masks are each part of a lineage reaching back centuries. These ancient myth beings are defined and recognized by their physical attributes and features which reveal aspects of their personalities, environment, and history. A great Bukwus Mask is instantly recognizable as Bukwus by its classic features: hollow cheeks, high cheekbones, hooked nose. But for a mask to be a true masterwork, those features must congeal into a personality that conveys the wildness, pathos, and isolation that defines the life of the Bukwus. There is the art.

A great mask leaves an impression of having met someone or something. A great mask exudes an energy beyond its material manifestation to convey a life force, humanity, and persona that is palatable to both the viewer and the wearer. In Masters of Disguise I to walk through the room was to start a dozen conversations with a dozen different spirits, animals, creatures, and people, each  with a sense of connection to different cultures, places, and times. From traditional characters, to hybrids, to completely new forays, our artists brought us villains and terrors, ethereal spirits, denizens of deep forest, modern musings on myth, and friendly faces. We look forward to another round of conversations we could have nowhere else this coming June.

May 5 - 29, 2016

Courtney Lipson

Tidepools: Life on a Rocky Shore

Opening Reception: First Thursday, May 5th


May brings fresh, fine new jewelry by micro-mosaicist and metal-smith Courtney Lipson (Non-Indigenous/Adopted Tlingit). Tidepools, denizens of the shore, and the little jeweled creatures that live in those safe cracks in the rocks are the artist's inspiration for this year's exhibit, and she's rendering nudibranchs, sea stars, octopuses, and urchins in her signature micro-mosaic. Long-time collectors will remember the past series that Lipson has done with tidepools and sea creatures, but she revisiting the theme with new eyes and a more abstracted feel.

Nudibranchs are the focus of the collection, allowing us a glimpse into the unbelievable variety, colors and kinds that this species has to offer. Nudibranchs are soft-bodied molluscs, and they live at almost any depth of the water column, but the most eye-popping coloration occurs in warm, shallow reefs and tide-lines. Lipson's creations are a mix of her own imagination, and those from reference photos. The wilder the colors, the more genuine it's likely to be. Lipson has gone one step further, interviewing each little nudibranch as it takes form in her studio, and finding out their names and personalities.

May 5 - 29, 2016

Denise Wallace

Northern Light

Opening Reception: First Thursday, May 5th


We are thrilled to unveil the first collection of jewelry at Stonington Gallery from legendary jeweler Denise Wallace (Chugach Aleut). Wallace is widely known for her sumptuous silver, gold and fossilized ivory jewelry that combines contemporary elegance and traditional themes. Wallace's unique creations have made her the best-known Alaska Native jeweler of our time. The themes of her pieces are rooted in the rich stories and customs of arctic peoples of Alaska, stories that deal with ideas of healing, growth, nature and transformation. Wallace's work will be highlighted in the main gallery in the month of May, and throughout the spring and summer.  The majority of the works in this collection center around masks, faces and transformation. Those familiar with Yup'ik style masks will recognize those forms in her sterling silver, gold and fossilized ivory creations.

April 7 - 30, 2016

Splendor in Spring

Opening Reception: First Thursday, April 7


In April we present works that have flown beneath the radar, and give them their due time in the spotlight. These include new blown glass by Preston Singletary (Tlingit), a body of collaborative work by friends George David (Nuu-chah-nulth) and Spencer McCarty (Makah) who have been working out Neah Bay way, an astonishing panel by the multi-talented Shawn Hunt (Heiltsuk), a jaw-droppping panel by Jay Haavik (Non-Indigenous), a silken cedar panel and a painting by Carl Stromquist (Interior Salish), a new hand-colored woodblock print version of Marika Swan's "The Sacred Heart Waters" (Nuu-chah-nulth), Allie High's glasswork (Aleut/Haida/Tsimshian), and more.

March 3-April 3, 2016

Rick Bartow


Opening Reception: First Thursday, March 3rd


“Work. That’s the only thing. That’s the only way. Work. Work,” Bartow explains. “Do what you can, as long as you can, because I don’t see anything else."

-“Teeth & Bones” Eugene Weekly, April 2015

In March we will show select works by venerated printmaker, painter and sculptor Rick Bartow (Wiyot), from 2015 and previous years. Though the work will be on multiple topics, one primary theme will be the human face: how we mask, hide, transform and reveal. Identity is constantly on the shift  in Bartow's works, as animals and humans meld into a liminal, uncertain now, heedless of what they were before or might be in a moment. Bartow transfers the moment of creation into each work, with an improvist's energy and visionary skill. The artist often creates multiple works on the same panel or paper, working one image to completion before he paints or draws directly over it and obliterating it completely.

Passion, fury, grief, and humor all translate from Bartow’s fingers through pastel, graphite and paint, and sometimes in the form of fingerprints, smudges, holes and symbols.
Many of the works bear Bartow’s hallmark scrawl: words, letters, symbols and numbers. The frequency of these has increased after Bartow’s two recent strokes, the legacy of his struggle to regain memory and speech during each long recovery period. Though some of the meanings of these symbols remain opaque, their lingering presence reminds us that some communication happens on levels we cannot articulate.

As his enormous retrospective exhibit Things You Know But Cannot Explain continues to tour museums across the country, we focus the spotlight on smaller paintings on panel, and works on paper. Bartow’s works are held in over 50 museums across the world, and his monumental sculptures can be seen outside the entrance to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.


March 3-April 3, 2016

Drew Michael

Heart of Our Understanding

Opening Reception: First Thursday, March 3rd



Stonington Gallery is proud to present the debut exhibition by ambitious young Inupiaq/Yup'ik artist Drew Michael. A sculptor of great sensitivity, grace and elegance, Michael is inspired by the traditional forms of Inupiaq and Yup'ik masks, but morphs them into what has become his own deep iconography of characters and images.

The works in Heart of Our Understanding were produced during his 2015-2016 residency at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, and reflect the deep thinking and feeling that Michael underwent in his time there. In many ways, Michael is a nomadic spirit: he and his twin brother entered the foster care system in Alaska as infants, and were in and out of foster homes in their youth. Today, Michael works and travels between many studios and cities, finding inspiration and connection in a peripatetic lifestyle. This yearning for relationships, trust, and a sense of home radiates through his work: there is a serenity, a solid certainty in his hooded feminine figures.

The symbolism in his current works revolve around the heart: as engine, as empty or full vessel, as exposed and vulnerable, or within a fortress of bone. Latticework cut-outs around the heart expose the fragile hollows beneath in "My River Runs Through", and hands pull open a space in "7 Hands". These works also debut Michael's experiments with steambent wood, in the form of delicate, complex haloes around "Ray Echoes", and the curved aura around the head of "Lady of the North". Through all of the work, concepts of healing, connection, love, understanding, and spiritual knowledge emanate, making this a deeply powerful body of work, and a perfect introduction to the work of a strong emerging voice in the contemporary indigenous field.







Images by Loren Holmes - ADN

February 4 - 27, 2016

A Vision of Northwest Excellence:

Works from the Rose Collection

Opening Reception: First Thursday, February 4th


We are honored to present select works from the Rose Collection, a private estate of Northwest Coast art by some of its finest practitioners. Collected with a keen eye for excellence and elegance, this top-level collection includes early and mid-career works by Northern and Southern artists. For collectors of grandmaster Bill Reid, this is exhibit is an opportunity to find an original stone lithograph and etching, as well as a complete folio of his Haida Myths series. Early works by Christian White, Don Yeomans and John Livingston allow insight into the evolution of their techniques. And exquisite recent works by Susan Point and Napachie Sharky are gems in this treasure trove.


February 4 - 27, 2016

Print Matters:

Printmakers on the Northwest Coast

Opening Reception: First Thursday, February 4th


Lithographs, serigraphs, giclees, woodblocks, monoprints, and embossing; the print-makers of the Northwest Coast employ many terms and tricks to get the job done. Formline design is particularly conducive to printing, as the 3-D curves and excisions of sculpture are reduced to elegant, flowing lines and negative/positive space.

Print-making amongst indigenous artists in the Northwest took off in the 1960s, with early pioneers --such as Henry Speck, Tony Hunt, Roy Vickers, and Doug Cranmer--kicking off a trend that would blossom through the next decades. In 1971 in Seattle--directly across the street from where Stonington Gallery now stands--
Joe David, Barry Herem and Duane Pasco stood around a press on the third floor of Dick White's gallery, pulling their first serigraphs. 

Giclée printing is one of the most recent printmaking techniques to emerge in the last century. Using advances in digital scanning and extremely high-end ink-jet printers, it allows artists to scan original artworks and print with almost perfect color accuracy. Giclées can be made on a range of substrates, including photography paper, canvas, and watercolor paper. Examples of artists using giclée are Marika Swan and Thomas Stream, who both use it to re-create original works in a faithful and quality way that would otherwise be impossible with serigraphy. And Qwalsius Shaun Peterson and Alano Edzerza, who pair digital design with the printing to transfer their ideas from pixel to pigment.

While fewer artists spend the time and energy hand-pulling serigraphs, those who persevere--such as Marvin Oliver--reap the benefits of deep, original color and high paper quality. Oliver also remains on the forefront of printing innovation, incorporating embossed dies into his work, and dichroic foils.

The late Roger Purdue also hand-pulled his own serigraphs, often switching colors on the fly as he worked through an edition, leaving us many options and colors to choose from. One of his particular skills was creating a sunset-like gradient background paper, or pulling one section of a design with a gradient. Such handiwork technique is not often seen in today's serigraphs.

Join us for a celebration of printers and print-making on the Coast in February. Along with our usual print bins, we will be hanging a salon-style show in the side and back galleries to highlight the wide range of styles and motifs that make up printing in the Northwest.


December 3 - January 2016















Detail of "Early Snow" by Thomas Stream. Original Gouache on Paper. (c) 2015.


Rivers of the Pacific Northwest

A Group Exhibit


Opening Reception: First Thursday, December 3rd




To close out the year we are honored to present a group exhibit featuring some of the finest artwork and most significant Pacific Northwest Coast artists working today.

Every river generates a unique ecosystem and culture to go with it. Just as rivers carry fish, feed forests and carve through rock in individual ways, they also influence the peoples who live on their banks and use them for transportation. From raging rivers to placid waters, revitalized watersheds to endangered places, we ask our artists reflect on rivers that have meaning in their lives and bring us to sacred places with their art. Please join us as we bring together the region's finest artists to give proper due to our Rivers, their people, and the surrounding environments. We honor the resilience of watersheds, and also their fragility; their remarkable ability to connect peoples; to feed and carry us; to sustain those who rely on them.     

We are excited to curate an exhibit we hope will make an important contribution to a greater and deeper understanding and celebration of our rivers such as the Chefornak, Copper, Cowlitz, Columbia, Deschutes, Duwamish, Elwha, Fraser, Nass, Nisqually, Nooksack, Puyallup, Sauk,Skagit, Skeena, Skokomish, Stikine, and Stillaguamish. 

Artists including Susan Point (Musqueam), Thomas Stream (Sun'aq Aleut), Andrea Sigo (Squaxin Island), Preston Singletary (Tlingit), Phil Gray (Ts'msyen), Robin Rorick (Haida), Isabel Rorick (Haida), Robert Davis Hoffman (Tlingit), Clarissa Rizal (Tlingit), Scott Jensen and Courtney Lipson (Adopted Tlingit), Marika Swan (Nuu-chah-nulth), Bruce Cook (Haida), Xwalactun - Rick Harry (Squamish), Lillian Pitt (Wasco/Warm Springs/Yakama), Adam McIsaac (Non-Indigenous), Drew Michael (Inupiaq/Yup'ik), Larry Ahvakana (Inupiaq), Robert Barratt (Non-Indigenous), Pat Courtney Gold (Wasco), Allie High (Ts'msyen/Aleut/Haida), Chloe French (Tlingit), Hib Sabin (Non-Indigenous), Maynard Johnny, Jr. (Penelakut/Kwaguilth), and more will contribute new works.

November 5-28





Alano Edzerza



Opening Reception: First Thursday, November 5



A wizard of many media, the young Tahltan artist Alano Edzerza returns to the gallery with an army of cutting edge formline inspired equally by his heritage and his metropolitan life. Edzerza is known for working across media, but always retaining his ineffable sense of cool. Glass, wood and metal, serigraphs and paintings, even fashion and jewelry: he can do it all.

This landmark exhibit will feature Edzerza's prints, etched glass, wood sculpture, jewelry and giclees on canvas. This is the first solo exhibit for this young, forward-thinking artist at Stonington Gallery in many years, and we cannot wait to see what he has up his sleeve. Included in this email are works in progress at his studio, which have us salivating for more.

October 1-31

Solo Exhibitions:

Courtney Lipson

& Preston Singletary

Opening Reception: First Thursday, October 1



Courtney Lipson: New Works


  Courtney Lipson has honed her ability to portray textiles, flowers, feathers, rock striations and more in intricate detail using micro-mosaics. Combining ancient metalsmithing techniques with color and texture, the work in this exhibit explores further some of her favorite subjects. Monarch butterflies, ravens, eagles and weaving patterns return, as well as unique pieces inspired by some of Lipson's favorite books and poems. Not limiting herself to jewelry, Lipson includes a few other mediums in this exhibit with prints and weavings.




Preston Singletary: New Works in Glass, Bronze and Paper

We are proud to present new works in glass, bronze and print by internationally acclaimed artist Preston Singletary (Tlingit). Primarily known for sculpture in glass, Singletary has begun to expand his forms of expression to richly patinated bronze, and to two-dimensional drawings on paper.  

Singletary has long been inspired by the myth of Raven stealing the sun, moon and stars from the bentwood box where it was hidden by a chieftain. It is a legend he returns to in glass, prints, and bronzes, and from many angles. The most recent imagining of this myth is in the model pole "Raven and the Box of Daylight", a new limited edition bronze. He also presents his Tlingit Glass Basket series, honoring the weaving traditions of the Tlingit and other northern nations.




On Collaboration:

Preston Singletary has worked collaboratively with artists from all around the world, creating artworks that are often unique hybrids of disparate cultures. He has combined Northwest Coast formline and traditional Venetian reticello with Dante Marioni; added the mythology and jade carvings of Maori people to Tlingit myths with Lewis Tamihana Gardiner; and invited famed Nuu-chah-nulth artist Joe David to design amulets and sculptures in a Northwest Coast fusion.

“I see myself as the designer, the conceptual engine,’ says Singletary. “Glass is always a collaborative process: it cannot be done solo and achieve what I want to achieve—and I wouldn’t want to do it alone. Culture isn’t made by one person alone. The spirit of collaboration teaches me how other indigenous people interpret their cultures. Indigenous artists have been kept inside this cultural corral for such a long time. Now is the time that we can be the arbiters of who we are, what we make, how we work. No one else gets to decide for us any longer.”

“Bronze, prints, glass: they are transformative media. I adopt new technology and processes to keep the symbols and stories of my culture alive. A person who seeks to preserve the culture should be able to conceptualize it in a new light. That’s how it stays healthy; how it continues to thrive.”

On the new limited edition Bronze Poles series:

David Svenson, a renowned carver who has been adopted into the Shangukeidi clan (Tlingit nation), encouraged Preston on his path to learn and to contribute to the Tlingit art tradition.

“I met Dave Svenson many years ago when we were both working at the the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA.  I was studying Bill Holm’s book Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form when Dave  introduced himself and explained that  he worked with a group of carvers from Haines, Alaska. He offered to share what he knew of Northwest Coast art with me.  I am grateful for his early mentoring .”

Svenson was very involved with the creation of the Totem Pole that was raised at Pilchuck honoring Pilchuck co-founders John and Anne Hauberg and Dale Chihuly. Preston counts his involvement with this same totem project as one of the defining experiences of his life.

“It taught me so much about my Tlingit culture, as well as the profound joy and satisfaction in the collaborative process.” 

Svenson carved the original “Family Story” and “Killerwhale Totem Pole” wood poles that were later cast in bronze at Bronzesmith foundry. Singletary was attracted to Bronzesmith and Ed Riley because of his work with patinas. Patinas extend the life of the piece.

“The Killerwhale Pole pays tribute to our friendship and to both of our cultures,’ says Singletary.

“I am not a carver, so when I want to design a totem pole I develop the design and the concept and then I partner with a carver to bring forth my ideas. The Killerwhale is my family’s main crest symbol, and I am of the eagle moiety—hence those two figures on top. David was adopted by the Shangukeidi clan, and his clan crest is the thunderbird. Along the bottom is a wolf, and on each side of the bottom is a soul catcher with a spirit face in the center.”

Singletary also works with Northwest-style carver David Franklin, a protégé of one of the Coast’s most highly respected artists, Duane Pasco. Franklin has helped realize some of Singletary’s newest forms, such as the “Raven and the Box of Daylight” bronze pole, and figures in the Walter Soboleff Center Clan House installation in Juneau, AK.

September 3 - 26





Nikki McClure, Thomas Stream

& Joan Tenenbaum


Opening Reception: First Thursday Sept 3


Exhibit Runs Sept 3 - 26



We are proud to present a three person exhibit featuring paper artist Nikki McClure (Non-Indigenous), painter Thomas Stream (Sun'aq Aleut) and jeweler Joan Tenenbaum (Non-Indigenous). These three Washington artists are deeply inspired by the landscapes and wildlife of the Northwest, and each renders their vision of this place in exquisite detail and skill.





We welcome Olympia-based cut paper artist Nikki McClure back to the gallery for her second show with us. Last year, she presented extraordinary two-tone and monochrome scenes made with paper and an exacto blade from her forthcoming 2015 calendar. We can't wait to see what scenes she has in store for us this year!




Stream (Sun'aq Aleut) has long been inspired by the tragic story of young Aleut women who were taken from their homes by armed Russian traders in the 1700s and were ultimately killed in cold blood on the trip back to Siberia. In this exhibit, he honors their memory in one of the most moving and beautiful series of paintings he has ever produced. Select works from Stream's archive will also be included in the exhibit, as well as small new works.



Tenenbaum will present a new body of wearable art by combining her cloisonne glass work with her intricate silversmithing. Using nature photography as a reference, Tenenbaum crafts a bird out of glass and gold wires, and then surrounds the cloisonne with a setting silver that reflects its natural environment.

August 6 - 29


Spotlight On:

Hib Sabin

Opening Reception: First Thursday Aug 6


Exhibit Runs Aug 6 - 29


Hib Sabin makes a triumphant return to Stonington Gallery with a solo exhibit, States of Awareness. Featuring a handful of exquisite new carvings in juniper, the exhibit also debuts a new bronze and several beloved bronzes that have not been seen at the gallery for years.

Sabin uses bird forms to represent human souls or spirits. Whether asleep or aware, bound or free, traveling or stationary, they are each rendered with captivating detail and skill.

This tight, focused show presents new works in carved juniper and limited edition bronzes.

As Sabin enters his 80th year, he proves his mastery of expression in wood, with delicate humanoid figures and expressive birds. Over the years, he has shifted from the abstract to a more realistic style, where every feather and talon is rendered with purpose and detail.

July 2 - 31

Raven Skyriver:



Opening Reception: First Thursday July 2


Exhibit Runs July 2- 31



We are proud to present the newest solo exhibit by glass artist Raven Skyriver (Tlingit). The majority of works in this exhibition were blown over the last few months at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, as well as in local studios around Seattle. Skyriver was the recipient of a prestigious "Fuel their Fire" residency at the museum, and many of the works in this show are the result of that program.

Skyriver also visited Hawaii for the first time this year, and was deeply inspired by the sea life he was able to watch in that ecosystem. An astonishing Sea Turtle sculpture makes its debut in this exhibit, the product of that Hawaii trip. The sea turtle is one of the most technically complex pieces Raven and his crew have tackled, with forty hours into the pre-production alone.

June 4-28

Masters of Disguise:


On Masks and Faces


Opening Reception: First Thursday June 4


Exhibit Runs June 4 - 28



Each year Stonington Gallery presents one or two large themed group exhibits that showcase the astonishing variety of styles, skills, and imaginations of artists living between Northern California all the way up to the northernmost tip of Alaska.

This year, we are proud to present an exhibit that focuses on the myriad ways in which we represent the human face, in Masters of Disguise: On Masks & Faces.  Traditions of masking are found all up and down the Northwest Coast, from the subtle and realistic portrait masks of the Tlingit people, to the fantastic and famed transforming masks of the Kwakwaka'wakw. But masks are not all about tradition: we use the art of masking when we face the outside world, we show different faces to different people, and we find ourselves transforming throughout the course of our lives.

Join us as we explore the moods of masks in this exhibit of the very best contemporary artists on the Northwest Coast. Works by Phil Gray (Tsimshian/Cree), Perry Eaton (Alutiiq), Thomas Stream (Sun'aq Aleut), Scott Jensen (Non-Indigenous), Larry Ahvakana (Inupiaq), David R. Boxley (Tsimshian), Preston Singletary (Tlingit), Joe David (Nuu-chah-nulth), Loren White (Non-Indigenous), Tom Patterson (Nuu-chah-nulth), Courtney Lipson (Non-Indigenous), Robert Barratt (Non-Indigenous), Drew Michael (Yup'ik / Inupiaq), Art Thompson (Nuu-chah-nulth), and others will be included.

May 7 - 29



New Works for Spring


Opening Reception: First Thursday May 7


Exhibit Runs May 7 - May 29

In May we present an exhibit of works ranging from traditional sculpture to blown glass, works on paper to sumptuous jewelry, fresh for the spring season! The days are getting longer, and the sun is out--in Seattle, at least--so it's the perfect time to dust those cobwebs and spruce up your living space with new artwork that will make you happy, energized and inspired.

We are proud to present brand new works from artists such as Susan Point, carver Scott Jensen, glassblower Preston Singletary, jeweler Courtney Lipson, painter/carver Neeka Cook, and others.

April 2 - May 3



Opening Reception,

First Thursday, April 2nd, 6-8pm

We are proud to present the first American gallery exhibit of contemporary Vancouver artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Haida tribe). His dynamic work has been seen in museums and galleries across Canada, Asia and Europe, but he makes his Seattle debut with Stonington Gallery and the Seattle Art Museum.

Yahgulanaas is known for his hyper-kinetic drawings that combine the bold lines of traditional Haida formline, and the narrative form of Japanese comics. He dubs the style "Haida Manga", an unexpected and successful genre pairing that he has explored in varied media.

He makes use of the buoyant and exaggerated caricatures seen in cartoons and comics, and uses the elegant lines of Northwest Coast design to both border the action and direct the flow. The result are narrative paintings that burst with motion, exuberance, humor and arresting characters, while tying together the graphic traditions of two disparate Pacific Rim island-dwelling cultures.

Yahgulanaas' crowning achievement in the style is RED (right), a huge narrative painting that will be shown at the Seattle Art Museum from February-May 2015.

Our exhibition will feature works on paper, limited edition prints, and works on metal. Of particular note are Yahgulanaas' two sculptural series Coppers From the Hood and Flappes, which are made from actual car parts. 

CLICK HERE to watch a short video on Yahgulanaas' masterpiece, RED, now on view at the Seattle Art Museum.     





July 2014 - May 2015

Raven Skyriver & Thomas Stream

at the Seattle Aquarium



Image of "Harbor" by Raven Skyriver installed at the Seattle Aquarium.



We are proud to present a select grouping of Raven Skyriver's blown glass marine life and Thomas Stream's limited edition prints at the Seattle Aquarium! This ongoing exhibit highlights the commitment to art, culture and learning at the Seattle Aquarium, and shows the artwork of two extraordinary artists who are inspired by the environment.

Skyriver grew up on Lopez Island, WA and is passionate about the wildlife and ecosystems surrounding us.

Thomas Stream is also a keen observer of natural life, depicting birds, fish and aquatic mammals of the region. His prints are emblematic of the interconnectivity between different habitats and environments.

All works in the exhibit are for sale.

Venue Information:

Seattle Aquarium

1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101-2015

(206) 386-4300


9:30am to 5pm daily
Last entry at 5pm,
exhibits close at 6pm

Exhibit is in the tidepool room, two rooms past the entrance.

Admission to the mini exhibition is included with Aquarium tickets.

March 5 - 28, 2015



Opening Reception: March 5th, 6-8pm

Spotlight On: Barry Herem

One of the best things about Barry Herem's work in corten steel is that it can be made again and again. That means that if you missed out on a piece the first time you saw it, you haven't lost your opportunity! Corten steel works can be made in custom sizes and with many different colors and patinas. Come and see new works and some old favorites in March, as we turn the spotlight on Barry Herem (Non-Indigenous) and his elegant, vibrant sculptures.

Also available in this exhibit will be select prints from the artist's long history of print-making, and select paper casts. These are works you may have never seen before, or missed the chance to collect the first time around!

To see a wide selection of designs in corten steel, click on the catalogue above. The catalogue includes designs and pricing current as of 2014, and pricing is subject to change. Please call with questions.

Feb 5 - 28, 2015




An Introduction, A Retrospection


Opening Reception,

First Thursday, Feb 5, 6-8pm




It is rare in this age to discover an untouched body of work by a skilled artist who worked in relative isolation, and without bowing to the dictates of the art market. Yet, Roger Purdue was just one of these cases. Purdue created stunning serigraphs primarily for his and his community’s enjoyment, and his work has never been seen outside of Whidbey Island and Orcas Island, WA.

The artist was inspired by his great grandmother, who was Tsimshian, as well as many summers spent sailing the coast of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska.

Roger Purdue passed away in January 2014 from complications with Parkinson's Disease. Sadly, we were never able to meet the artist, but we are fortunate to know him through the artwork he has left behind. His artistic legacy is a portfolio of meticulously pulled prints in dazzling colors, and made with a keen eye for quality and harmony. Purdue’s gradation of colors and clean lines are so precise that they almost appear digitally designed, or ink-jet printed, but each was hand-pulled.

His fluid formline designs are breathtaking in their sophistication, elegance and complexity. Salmon twist and dart with muscular movements through many works, and eagles spread wide wings that seem to have thousands of feathers. The natural world is illustrated in exuberant color and dynamic lines, heedless of the small human figures that occasionally wander into view. People are uniformly rendered as small silhouettes, or anonymous figures who are simply rowing by, whereas each animal subject is given a wild, unique personality.

We are proud to work with Purdue’s estate in showing a wide array of his works to a brand new audience, and to help put his name on the map of Northwest Coast art

December 4, 2014 - January 2015


An Invitational Exhibit



Opening Reception,

First Thursday, Dec 4, 6-8pm


For over three decades Stonington Gallery has shown sculpture, photography, paintings and prints by artists who are inspired by the Northwest Coast: its Native traditions, its environment, and its translation into new materials. Stonington culminates its 35th year in Seattle with an invitational group exhibit that illustrates the broad range of traditional and cutting edge work made by our represented artists. 

Stonington Gallery at 35 Years is a snapshot of who we are right now, after three decades, hundreds of exhibits, dozens of events, and thousands of art objects.



Right: Detail of "Water: The Essence of Life" by Susan Point (Musqueam).
Old Growth Western Red Cedar

December 4 - 27, 2014





Opening Reception,

First Thursday, Dec 4, 6-8pm

We welcome Santa Fe artist Hib Sabin back to the gallery to exhibit a new body of his carved and painted juniper sculptures. In this exhibit the artist delves deeply into the idea of "silence" and brings us works of great meaning and emotion.


November 6 - 30, 2014


FACING THE COAST - An Exhibit of Masks



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.

From Jensen's artist statement:

"Living close to the land has always been the most important connection in maintaining the inspiration that keeps me focused and moving in the direction I am interested in pursuing. If one takes the time to sit quietly and observe the natural world, putting aside the artificial environment of the modern world, the mind opens to search places one would otherwise never go. To create the pieces I want, I need to try to go to a place and a time that does not exist any more, with the exception of the natural world and the culture as it exists today. I need to understand the animals and their habits that I am representing in my carving, and I need to stay in touch with the spirit of the land in the Pacific Northwest. With this set of masks I wish to illustrate the remarkable ability to capture realism within the abstract with this refined and expressive art form created by the Native people of the Northwest Coast."



Read the exhibition catalogue online by clicking on the cover below. To order the print catalogue, please email or call the gallery.




November 6 - 30, 2014


Fifty Playful Things



Opening Reception,

First Thursday, Nov 6, 6-8pm


Fifty Playful Things debuts necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that have been a year in the making, and are a testament to the many techniques and materials that Tenenbaum utilizes. In the work are themes of geology and the Earth itself: folding, striating, creasing, sliding, crystallizing, and hints of hidden veins of precious metals.

From her artist statement:

"My work is a journey. Early this year I realized that I had not allowed myself to play in my studio for quite some time. I had been wanting to experiment with several new techniques and revisit some that I had explored in the 1980’s.

I have been entranced in recent years by the technique of Fold Forming, which is the technique of creating three-dimensional shapes by the simple process of folding, hardening, and unfolding sheets of metal. I have played with the various types of Fold Forming but this year I wanted to create an entire line of jewelry pieces utilizing this technique and see where it took me. I envisioned a textured surface broken into numerous parts by folds in the metal, and then embellishing the resulting surfaces with Keum Boo, the Korean name for the process of fusing thin sheets of pure gold onto silver alloys."

-Joan Tenenbaum




October 2 - 31, 2014


Preview of A House, The Moon, and the Salish Sea



Whales in Northwest Coast Art


Opening Reception,

First Thursday, October 2nd, 6-8pm


We welcome Qwalsius Shaun Peterson (Puyallup) back to Stonington Gallery to give us a sneak peek of his major 2015 exhibit, A House, the Moon and the Salish Sea. The 2015 exhibit will feature new works in a variety of media, inspired by the lunar eclipses and "blood moons" of the past year. Many key myths among the Coast Salish tribes revolve around the moon and sky, and Shaun incorporates and retells these stories in his work. This October preview will include new prints, a giclee on canvas, and a new series of gray whale fins rendered in steel and cedar (right).

Peterson's work has a strong focus on whales, and since whales are not solitary creatures, his work will be joined by other whale-themed art to create a pod of their own. Works on paper, in glass, bronze, jewelry, and on canvas by a multitude of artists will show the wide range of ways of depicting the strength, fortitude and family bonds of whales.



October 2 - 31, 2014


The Awakening










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.

The Awakening is an exhibit featuring Haida weaver Isabel Rorick's famed spruce root weavings. In her artist's statement, Rorick speaks of the need for an awakening of how we treat our world:

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. 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. The land is not honored in the sacred way it was intended for use. Our water deserves tender care and protection.

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: we are all hungry for our way home, our home is in all aspects of our life.








September 5 - 27, 2014

LOOK CLOSELY: Courtney Lipson | Nikki McClure | Thomas Stream



Opening Reception,

First Friday, September 5th, 6-8pm

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.

Each artist's work has its own exhibit page -- be sure to visit all three!




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 or colored 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 calendars, books and paper goods. The works in this exhibit

will be original cut-paper. McClure was most recently seen in a solo exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum in 2012.

This is McClure's first major exhibition with Stonington Gallery.

Read McClure's exhibit catalogue by clicking on the cover image below.





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. In this exhibit she shows her widening

array of silversmithing techniques, and works based around the natural beauty of precious stones. Debuting in this show

are reversible pendants with a stone on one side and micro-mosaic patterns on the other, and other works inspired by

gems and precious stones.

Read Lipson's exhibit catalogue by clicking on the cover image below.





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.

For Look Closely Stream shucks the mold by filling in the backgrounds on behind his subjects, placing them in an

environment every bit as realized as the animals themselves. Stream is able to use contrasting, knock-out color to

dazzle the eye and draw the viewer ever closer in.




August 7 - 30, 2014




                                              Works in progress for the August exhibition.


Opening Reception,

First Thursday, August 7th, 6-8pm

Master carver Robert Barratt (Non-Indigenous) will debut a new body of masks, frontlets, bowls, combs, rattles and more in a tightly-focused exhibition this August. From his studio west of Vancouver this respected artist renders serene, dazzlingly detailed Northwest Coast-inspired sculpture in creamy alder wood and inlaid abalone shell.


Read our digital exhibition catalog for free and learn more about the works and artist. Click the image above to open the catalog.




August 7 - 30, 2014




                                              Detail of "Crow Chant" by Rick Bartow . Mixed media on paper. 2013.



Throughout the month of August we will highlight works on paper and in wood by legendary contemporary Wiyot artist Rick Bartow. We'll shine a spotlight on his pastels and mixed media works on paper that capture a maelstrom of emotion, often mixing fury and tenderness, ecstasy and quietude all in one.

Other works will not be on display, but available to see by request.




July 3 - 31, 2014




"Descent" (Blue Whale) by Raven Skyriver. Blown & Off-Hand Sculpted Glass, Metal Stand.


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 marine creatures. His expertly blown glass sculptures capture the elegance and mystery of the wildlife of the Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean, and are evidence of Raven's mastery in sculpting glass. Sea lions, salmon, seals, otters and other marine life make appearances in this exhibition.

 Learn more about the artist and the process behind blowing these fluid, organic glass sculptures in our digital exhibition catalogue. Free to read: click the image below to access!




July 16th, 2014


Art & Science Lecture

by Raven Skyriver & Seattle Aquarium Veterinarian Dr. Lesanna Lahner


Little London Plane, Pioneer Square

Photo by Dylan+Jeni


Light Dinner and Lecture at Little London Plane

July 16th - 6:30pm


Tickets include light dinner & lecture at Matt Dillon & Katherine Anderson's elegant Little London Plane in Pioneer Square. Dessert reception at Stonington to follow.



June 5 - 28, 2014


Owls, Ravens and Other Birds


                                               "Portrait of an Owl" by Hib Sabin

                                         Juniper, Pigments


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.



Read the digital exhibition catalog by clicking on the image above!



May 1 - 31, 2014


Rare Works On Paper


         "Raven's Delight" - 1993 Limited Edition Embossed Serigraph.



Opening Reception,

First Thursday, May 1st, 6-8pm

Artist Lecture & Demonstration:

May 14th, 7pm at Stonington Gallery

Free to Attend

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 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.

April 3- 26, 2014


In Steel












Read the exhibition catalog for this show, free and online!

Click this link, or the image above, to browse the catalog.

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.     



"New Totem" in Corten Steel

"Improv" in Powder Coated Steel

March 6- 28, 2014


Contemporary Alaskan Sculpture



Opening Reception,

First Thursday, March 6th, 6-8pm





A new body of whalebone, stone and ivory sculpture will debut this March, bringing the salty tang of the Bering Sea down to Seattle. Using whalebone, ivory and baleen as sculptural media remains an art form unique to Alaskan Natives, and the practice is widespread across coastal and island villages in the northwest of the state.

Most of the artists in this exhibit are from the Inupiaq or Siberian Yup'ik tribes. Many hail from Shishmaref, an Inupiaq village on a tiny, eroding barrier reef.  The villagers remain because of the strategic access to sea and land hunting.  In winter men go inland to hunt for moose and caribou, while in summer families fish, pick berries, and scavenge whalebone and mammoth ivory on the beach. Artists utilize the natural size and texture of the local materials to create works which reflect their activities and their connection to the animals on land and sea. Only old bones are used for carving, and whales are not killed for this purpose.

ALSO ON DISPLAY: Fred Machetanz

Fred Machetanz (1908 –2002, Non-Indigenous) was widely celebrated through his life as one of the foremost painters of Arctic cultures and landscapes. Machetanz based his imagery on his mid-century travels through rural Alaska, and the frontier around his home in Palmer, AK. Using traditional oils on masonite, he layered an ultramarine blue beneath his other colors to bring out the icy feel of the Arctic.  

Stonington Gallery presents a wide range of this master painter's limited edition prints in this exhibit.




March 12, 2014




Larry Ahvakana

Wednesday, March 12th, 7pm





Lecture and slideshow by Larry Ahvakana, contemporary Inupiaq artist. FREE

February 6 - 28, 2014


Thinking of Raven



Opening Reception,

First Thursday, February 6th, 6-8pm





Stonington Gallery kicks off the 2014 exhibition season with Thinking of Raven, a thoughtful and creative exploration about the mythic character of Raven.

 Works in media as varied as glass, prints, jewelry, wood and metal sculpture will explore lesser-known sides of this character who is central in so many myths from far and wide along the Pacific Northwest Coast. Artists will consider questions such as: who is Raven in our modern world, and where do we see him (or her?) in popular culture? Is Raven—a trickster figure—a villain, a hero or somewhere in between?  Raven stories are so central, so known, and so widespread in mythic tradition; what makes this character so popular and lasting?





December 5th, 2013-January 31st, 2014

Hib Sabin:



Totems, A Solo Exhibition



Known for his contemplative sculptures of wise owls and clever ravens in juniper, Hib Sabin incorporates mythology from across the world in his new exhibition. Exploring the idea of the totemic figure as it pertains to a variety of indigenous cultures—including Northwest and Southwest America, and Australia—Sabin considers what totems mean to their makers and their owners.

December 7, 2013 - January 31st, 2014

Duane Pasco:

Life As Art, A Solo Exhibition



Special Exhibit Opening Reception

and Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 7th, 2-5pm




Click here to read a Seattle Times article on

Duane's amazing book Life As Art.

Stonington Gallery is honored to present Duane Pasco- Life As Art; A Solo Exhibition by master carver Duane Pasco in connection with the release of his autobiographical art book, Life As Art (University of Washington Press). A master scholar of the Native cultures, art and languages of the Pacific Northwest Coast, Pasco has been a central contributor to the renaissance of formline artwork over the past fifty years.

Pasco, who is not Native, is perhaps best known in Seattle as the sculptor behind the four totemic sculptures standing in Occidental Mall in Pioneer Square: a house post, totem pole, Bear figure and woman figure.

One of the most accomplished carvers of masks, totem poles and canoes in the Northwest working today, Pasco celebrates five decades of artwork with this exhibition of both new and older pieces. This will be a rare opportunity to see a wide collection of works by one of the most renowned artists working in the formline tradition today.


November 7 - 26, 2013

Robert Davidson :

Thinking Abstract, A Solo Exhibition



  Fast Bird, Limited Edition Serigraph, 40"h x 30"w

Exhibit Opening:

First Thursday, November 7th, 6-8pm

(Artist not in attendance First Thursday)




Special Artist's Reception,

Thursday, November 14th, 6pm


Robert Davidson will be in attendance.

Open to the Public, FREE


Click Here to View the Robert Davidson Thinking Abstract Digital Exhibit Catalog






Click here to read the Seattle Times

Pacific NW Magazine

article on Robert Davidson

Stonington Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of work by renowned contemporary Haida artist Robert Davidson, in conjunction with his solo exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum—“The Abstract Impulse”.

The exhibit at the SAM will be Davidson’s first major United States museum exhibition, but his history with Stonington Gallery goes back over twenty years. Acknowledged as one of Canada’s premiere artists, Davidson uses the ancient formline design of the Haida people to create utterly contemporary abstract works. This exhibition focuses on works on paper, where Davidson’s mastery of elegant, sweeping lines and bold color is most evident.

November 7- December 2 , 2013

Joan Tenenbaum :



The Idea of Color, A Solo Exhibition


Click Here to Visit the Digital Exhibit Catalog

Joan Tenenbaum presents art-jewelry based on her years as an anthropologist in Alaska. Included in this body of work are works in colorful cloisonné, a brand new technique that Tenenbaum has been refining throughout the year. Landscapes, animal life and myths are rendered in her exquisite style in a variety of precious metals, gems and glass.

Hear what Joan Tenenbaum has to say about The Idea of Color exhibit:

"It was only in August of last year that I began to learn cloisonné enameling, but already designing in color has captured my heart and my imagination!  I have become entranced with the depth and shading possibilities of transparent enamels.

This year’s solo exhibition will touch on all my favorite themes deriving from my years spent in remote Alaska with native peoples: water, mountains, sunsets, birds, flowers, trees, ravens, all in enameling and all with my signature metalwork style.

Planning the work for this year’s exhibit has been rather like doing a series of translations of my favorite stories yet again—visual translations into the luminous realm of color!!!  Ever the linguist, I approach this year’s body of work with the same meticulous methodology as when I documented the Dena’ina language and traditional stories.

Come join me in delighting in the world of color, and please do not fail to bring your reading glasses this time!!!"


October 3 - 31, 2013

David Franklin:

New Works, A Solo Exhibition


Exhibit Opening:

First Thursday, October 3rd, 6-8pm









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Digital Exhibit Catalog




One of two exhibits in October, Stonington features new works by carver David Franklin, who has produced a host of exquisite and inspired new wood and ceramic sculptures.
Many works in this show were produced during the artist’s 2012 John Michael Kohler Artist Residency at the Kohler Factory in Wisconsin. This residency allowed Franklin to translate his unique style of carving into slip-cast vitreous china.

Though the Kohler factory is in the middle of the country, Franklin brought a little of the Northwest with him, creating an extensive series inspired by the sinuous tentacles of the Pacific Giant Octopus. Simultaneously friendly, alien and elegant, they are a unique exploration of a universal theme in Northwest Coast artwork.

Skull imagery is also prevalent in Franklin's new body of work, but it is far from somber or sad. Intricate formline designs and elegant voids transform these memento mori into celebrations of life, culture and individualism. The human skull is the ultimate blank canvas: we are all made of the same stuff, and we are connected by ties deeper than geography, culture or language.

David Franklin has worked for and with some of the Northwest's best contemporary artists, including Duane Pasco, Marvin Oliver, Preston Singletary, Shaun Peterson and Joe David. His works can be seen in public places including libraries, playgrounds and community centers around Washington.

October 3 - 31, 2013

Preston Singletary:

Bronze, Glass & Paper, A Solo Exhibition



Exhibit Opening:

First Thursday, October 3rd, 6-8pm



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Digital Exhibit Catalog

Stonington Gallery is proud to announce its first exhibition by renowned Tlingit artist Preston Singletary. New limited edition bronzes designed by Singletary make their debut, alongside an exquisite selection of patterned glass baskets and limited edition prints.

For many years Singletary has been captivated by an old family story: when his great-grandmother was a child she raised a bear cub as a pet, and kept it for some time in her home. Inspired by the tale, Singletary designed a magnificent seven foot tall totem pole—including the prominent characters of the bear cub and his great-grandmother—and had it cast in bronze. With its rich patina and soulful details, this monumental bronze Family Story Totem is a testament to Singletary’s visionary design, and his continuing commitment to working with a variety of media.

Joining the Family Story Totem are smaller bronzes designed by Singletary, with characters leaping straight from myth into materiality. A Raven in gold and red bronze catches the disk of the moon —in frosted glass—in its beak, the sinuous formline design appearing to shift and move all along the sculpture.

The exhibit will also showcase a comprehensive selection of Singletary's limited edition serigraph prints, as well as his Tlingit Glass Basket series, based on the woven bark and root baskets that have been made by Tlingit women for millennia.



September 5th - 28th, 2013

New & Noteworthy:



Curated Group Exhibition



Curated by Stonington Staff, September's group exhibition puts new and noteworthy works into the spotlight by artists such as Susan Point, Scott Jensen, Larry Ahvakana, Preston Singletary, Hib Sabin, Peter Wright and others. These are works that are brand new for the fall, or that have flown under the radar and now find their chance to shine as we end our summer season.


August 1st - 31st, 2013

Courtney Lipson:



To Life


Artist Lecture:

Sunday, August 18th, FREE

Fresh off of two ambitious private commissions, Courtney Lipson returns to the gallery with a new body of wearable art. Lipson continues to experiment with patterns in her pioneering micro-mosaic technique and exploring new directions in shaping silver.



August 1st - 31st, 2013

Thomas Stream:


Worlds in a Wing


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 Thomas Stream celebrates summertime with a new collection of original gouache paintings featuring the bird-life of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Stream’s paintings portray wildlife as we’ve never seen it: stylized creatures in brilliant flat-color hues, set against a white backdrop that illuminates their elegant curves and lines. Working with the tiniest of brushes to achieve the minute dots, spirals and hair-thin lines, Stream creates worlds within a single wing.

July *5th - 27th, 2013

Barry Herem :



A Solo Exhibition

*Note: In July, Opening Reception will be second Thursday, July 11th. Artist will be in attendance. See you there!



Barry Herem (Non-Indigenous) returns with a new body of work inspired by formline design and the environment of the Pacific Northwest. Herem’s formidable sense of design and passion for experimentation shine in media as varied as Corten steel, glass, wood and limited edition prints.

Drawing upon a rich lifetime of experience and knowledge, Herem’s artwork is surprising, challenging and respectful of its roots. Select pieces in this exhibition will trace the evolution of Herem’s work, a small retrospective look at his long career.

June 6th - 29th, 2013

Rick Bartow: Origin of Song






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Personal experiences, cultural engagement and transformation stories animate Rick Bartow's wood sculpture, monotypes and paintings. Bartow’s work swings effortlessly from humorous and surprising to dark and challenging—and are often both simultaneously. Pulling from his tempestuous life experiences and the mythology of his Native heritage, Bartow’s work has one foot in our reality and the other in the swirling cauldron of the spirit world. He pours pure, instinctual gesture into each work, leaving fingerprints, smudges, strings of epoxy and cryptic words in his final works—evidence of his passage and process.

Mr. Bartow recently completed We Were Always Here, a large-scale sculpture commissioned by The Smithsonian/National Museum of the American Indian. Solo exhibitions include Dog's Journey: A 20 Year Survey, at The A.D. Gallery, University of North Carolina, Pembroke, and Missoula Art Museum, (2011-2012); a mid-career exhibit My Eye, at the Hallie Ford Museum (2002-04).

June 19th, 2013

Duane Pasco: Life As Art



Book Release Party & Artist Talk

A small body of new work will be available to purchase, a sneak peek of his solo exhibition in September!



6pm - Reception & Light Refreshments

7pm - Lecture & Book Signing


Stonington Gallery hosts the book release and signing party for Duane Pasco’s autobiographical art book, Life As Art, published by University of Washington Press.

 A master carver and scholar of the Native art and languages of the Pacific Northwest Coast, Duane Pasco has been a central contributor to the renaissance of formline artwork over the past fifty years.

Life As Art is a full-color, hard-cover book that celebrates seven decades of artwork and stories. This is an opportunity to meet one of the most influential artists on the NWC in the last half century. Few people encapsulate all that is remarkable about the Northwest Coast, but Pasco’s life embodies this region perhaps more than any other Stonington Gallery artist. Pasco’s gift for the great anecdote will make this an evening of rare insight, education and entertainment.

Pasco, who is not Native, is perhaps best known in Seattle as the sculptor behind the four totemic sculptures standing in Occidental Mall in Pioneer Square: a house post, totem pole, Bear figure and woman figure. He is one of the foremost carvers working today, and continues to create exquisitely detailed masks, totem poles, canoes and rattles.  

A new body of Pasco’s work will debut in a solo exhibition at Stonington in September, 2013.


May 2nd - 31st, 2013

Raven Skyriver: Oceanic



A Solo Exhibition



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Raven Skyriver: Oceanic Exhibit Catalog

Raven Skyriver (Tlingit/Makah) returns to Stonington for a third solo exhibition with a new, audacious body of glass artwork. Skyriver’s realistic glass sculptures will focus o the aquatic life of the Puget Sound area, highlighting creatures such as salmon, whales, octopuses and seals. Using foil to connote the iridescent scales on a salmon’s skin, or coaxing the shape of a fin out of molten glass, Skyriver’s technique continues to develop and astound.

This ambitious young glass maestro won the coveted Artist’s Choice Award and Audience Choice Awards at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA during 2012, further cementing his place in the highest echelon of glass art. Skyriver has worked with William Morris, Lino Tagliapietra, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Martin Janecky, and currently collaborates on projects with artists such as Marvin Oliver and Kelly O’Dell.

To learn more about Raven, follow the links below!


Follow this link to a short video produced by the Museum of Glass:

See Raven in action! Watch a brief time-lapse video from his 2013 residency at the Museum of Glass here:

April 4th - 26th , 2013


Inaugurating Our New

Gallery Space with

Two Exhibitions in April!


First Thursday

April 4th, 5-8pm

Hib Sabin: Small Pieces


    Facing Forward: A Group Mask Exhibition




Small Pieces

Hib Sabin’s large sculptures of wise ravens and soulful owls have long been collector favorites. In Small Pieces Sabin is inspired by Southwest rock fetishes and shamanic tools, presenting an accessible collection of miniature works, including animal sculptures, masks, talking sticks, amulets and fetishes.

Fetishes are small sculptures—often in the form of animals—that hold personal and spiritual value. Often the size of a palm or fist, they are meant to be handled—smoothed with the fingers—and carried close. The more they are handled the more beautiful they become, and Sabin’s fetish-inspired pieces have a hand-worked patina to reflect this. These sculptures are less formal and more personal, bringing peace, calm and connection to their owners.


A Group Mask Exhibition

Through the first months of 2013 the Stonington Gallery will pack up and move two doors down the block: from 119 S Jackson St to 125 S Jackson St. As our first exhibition in our new space, Facing Forward brings the focus on the human face. Masks change our features, hide our identities, protect our skin and transform ourselves. Helmets, hats and jewelry will also make appearances in this exhibition, as they are other ways of embellishing and adorning our faces. Our carvers, painters, weavers and jewelers will consider the idea of the human face and the way in which we adorn it, while celebrating the new face of Stonington.



March 4th - 29th, 2013

Stonington Gallery is Moving:

Enjoy Our Moving SALE!


March 16th, 2013

Watch Raven Skyriver

Live in the Hotshop!

PRATT Fine Arts Center


Photo Courtesy of MoG


Saturday, March 16th

6pm - 9pm, FREE

Raven Skyriver will blow glass in the Pratt hotshop this Saturday evening, free to all comers. If you’ve missed Skyriver in action at the Museum of Glass, this is your opportunity to feel the heat!  This three-hour residency is part of Pratt's Spring Open House.

Located at 1902 S Main St  Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 328-2200

March 3rd - , 2013

Courtney Lipson:

Century Project

Lecture: Sunday, March 3rd at 2pm

Century Project was commissioned through Stonington Gallery in Seattle, and is a multi-media work that records the life patterns of one man; key events and their surrounding energy, lessons and skills learned. Beginning ten years before his birth, the timeline illustrates life events and personal journeys until age 90....hence the name: Century Project. Because the subject is in his fifties, the latter portion of his life is forecast, illustrating natural events like deaths and births, and unknown possibilities including intent and wishes. It is a meditation on the past, present, and future.

The micro-mosaic portion of Century Project measures 2 inches high and 100 inches long--an inch represents one year. It is comprised entirely of glass seed beads and gemstones, over which colored grouts were applied to seal the micro-mosaic and manipulate the colors and textures, giving depth. An estimate counts the number of beads at approximately 75,000.

This multi-media project is a collaboration of forces; micro-mosaic by Courtney Lipson, framed in walnut by Alan Rosen, mounted in front of a backlit transparency of images from the universe created by Curtis Wong, and music accompanies this timeline--the overall vision of the client.

The Century Project will be on display in Seattle, WA at Stonington Gallery starting March 3rd, 2013.


January 30th - February 3rd & February 13th - 17th, 2013

Raven Skyriver:


Live in the Museum of Glass Hotshop


As the winner of the People’s Choice and Artists’ Choice Awards at the 2012 Museum of Glass Auction, Raven Skyriver has been awarded two glassblowing sessions at the Museum hotshop this winter. Skyriver is quickly becoming one of the most respected names in Northwest glass, and the chance to watch him work live is not to be missed! We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to see a rising maestro in action.

Select works blown during these sessions will be available in his Stonington solo exhibition--Oceanic--in May 2013. Please contact the gallery with questions regarding special commissions or purchases of work.

Hotshop admission is included with Museum of Glass ticket price. Skyriver and his team will work through the day, with a break for lunch.  

For more information, visit the Museum of Glass website:

December 6th, 2012 - January 31st, 2013

Treasures of the Northwest:

A Group Exhibition


Haida master artist Bill Reid spoke of the “well-made object,” a term for the masterpieces created by the region’s artists for admiration, adornment and ritual use.  The natural materials of the Northwest help make these objects possible: from old growth trees to soft goat furs, bone and horn to copper and grasses. The quality of these materials has inspired artists to craft objects of beauty throughout the centuries.

The term treasure speaks to a thing of rare occurrence; the execution of an idea, the combination of beauty and profundity behind an object. In this place where sea meets forest meets mountains, treasures are discovered in each cove and cranny. The joy of finding these treasures—whether it is a totem pole returning to the earth in the forest, or being surprised by a favorite artist—is part of the aura that surrounds the well-made object.

The artists in Treasures of the Northwest Coast are individuals of rare talent and vision, and collectively honor Reid’s concept with their beautifully-wrought objects.

November 1st-29th, 2012

Hib Sabin :

The Journey


Transformation, vengeance, yearning, the search for safety and self, and the journey home: these are the themes that imbue Homer’s Odyssey. In his 2012 solo exhibition renowned carver Hib Sabin is inspired by this ancient epic and bases his newest body of work on its eternal lines. Carving in juniper wood, Sabin has skillfully captured the spirits of owls, birds of prey, transformed creatures and humans for decades. He now focuses on the Odyssey to bring a new layer of myth to life.

November 1st-29th, 2012

Joan Tenenbaum:

Moons, Mountains & Mystery


In her 2012 solo exhibition Joan Tenenbaum takes another look at some of her favorite themes. From her years spent with Eskimo and Athabaskan peoples in remote Alaska and during her visits to places of natural beauty Tenenbaum brings to her jewelry the spare essence of what she observes. With her poetic vision she juxtaposes these elements into poignant vignettes telling miniature stories, all the while doubling as meticulously crafted wearable art.


October 4 th - 27th, 2012

A Generation Rises:

A Group Exhibition


A generation is rising—can you hear it? It’s the sound of brushes and adzes scraping cedar, and the hum of computers and clicking of mice. A group of young artists are coming into their own—can you see it? It’s metal and glass, wood and hide, paint and pixel and pencil.

Young Native artists are claiming their artistic birthright, and finding inspiration in the art forms of their ancestors. Born in the 1970s and 1980s, they are the vanguard of formline design, learning from their elders and family members, and confidently striding in new directions. As the first generation to grow up with computers at their fingertips, many of these artists are making use of digital design, printing and fabrication.

Stonington Gallery has been honored to watch the work of this burgeoning generation evolve. Helping to guide and support the careers of these artists continues to be a duty that we happily take on, and includes many surprises along the way.


September 6th - 28th, 2012

Thomas Stream:

A Solo Exhibition


Thomas Stream (Aleut) has painted a new collection of gouache paintings inspired by the natural rhythms and habitats of the Northwest and Alaska. Influenced by the connections between shore and sea, land and air, tree-top and forest floor, Stream's settings have grown ever more intricate. His environments often break through the panels drawn to contain them, spilling exuberantly out onto the white page beyond. Migratory birds and sea-dwellers inhabit Stream’s detailed tableaux, each rendered in his signature pointillist detail and bearing the traditional wood hunting hats of the Aleut people.



September 6th - 28th, 2012


Far and Away, Up Close


Stonington proudly presents new art from across Alaska in our annual focus on the region. Featured are works by Larry Ahvakana (Inupiaq), Kathleen Carlo (Athabascan), Perry Eaton (Alutiiq), Allie High (Tsimshian/Haida/Aleut), John Hoover (Aleut), Anna Hoover (Aleut), Susie Silook (Siberian Yupik, Inupiaq), Preston Singletary (Tlingit), Dawn Wallace (Aleut) and whalebone and ivory carvers from the Bering Sea coastal villages and islands. Included for the first time are works by Siberian artists whose homeland and culture are separated from Alaska by a narrow stretch of water.

August 2nd - 31st, 2012

Journeys: Travels in the Natural and Spirit Worlds

A Group Exhibition


Summer is a time for journeys. Animals are on the move across the land and water, and humans pile into cars and canoes seeking adventure. Whether we trek miles from home or travel from our armchairs, our spirits are refreshed by weather and wandering. This group show honors travels in the natural and spirit worlds with a selection of works from varied media and perspectives.

July 5th-29th, 2012

Beyond Beyond :

Barry Herem Solo Exhibition


Veteran artist Barry Herem returns with a new body of work in metal, glass and wood. His formline experiments in mixed media continue to evolve in dramatic new directions. Herem’s vibrant, elegant work is made possible by fifty years of artistic experience.


July 8th, 2012

Stonington Lecture

Received Boundaries:

Stasis & Change: An illustrated talk by Barry Herem

July 8th, 6pm

For most people the zeitgeist of world-wide iconoclasm and boundary breaking, i.e. liberation, is old hat, almost old school, except that it's still going on in many areas. Looking back on nearly 50 years in the modern "renaissance" of Northwest Coast Indian style art - which lies below the beat of both modernism and post modernism in North American art generally - we can see where it had to go, and has. I want to show you something of how, what, when, where and right now. Also something about my work.


June 7th - June 29th, 2012

Steal the Sun, Feel the Heat:

A Group Exhibition in Glass


Legend says that Raven brought light and warmth into our world. He found the Sun where it was hidden and stole it away in his beak. Even as it scorched and burned him, Raven held on until he could hang it in the sky.

Today, Native artists are using his fiery gift to create exquisite work in glass. By shaping molten globs from the furnace and blasting complex patterns onto surfaces, these artists are giving myth new form in glass.

 Featuring work by Joe David, Marvin Oliver, Preston Singletary, Raven Skyriver, Joe Fedderson, Larry Ahvakana, Andrea Wilbur Sigo, Susan Point, Courtney Lipson, Hib Sabin/Peter Wright, Janet Walker and Alano Edzerza.


Monday, June 18th, 6:30pm

Stonington Lecture: Raven Skyriver


MONDAY, June 18th 6:30pm


Glass artist Raven Skyriver (Tlingit/Makah) will present his first lecture at the gallery, touching on his artistic influences, technical process and deep love for the Puget Sound ecosystem. Skyriver's fascinating background includes working and teaching with the Pilchuck Glass School, and blowing for William Morris, Lino Tagliapietra and Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen. His solo work focuses on realistic, soulful representations of the animal life of the Northwest, connecting Skyriver to his hometown of Lopez Island and his native heritage. FREE

Light refreshments, free parking after 6pm & no ball games scheduled in the area!


May 3rd - May 31st, 2012

Spirits in Wood & Glass:

Hib Sabin & Peter Wright


Hib Sabin is well-known to Stonington’s clientele for his expressive juniper carvings inspired by shamanistic beliefs. Sabin’s limited edition bronzes have been lovingly crafted by fellow artist Peter Wright since 2000, but recently the two have embarked on a creative collaboration of their own. Combining Wright’s love of glassblowing with Sabin’s exquisite carvings, they have created the Animal Spirit Jar series. Both men have long been fascinated by indigenous art forms, and these vessels harmoniously combine flavors from mythic traditions across the world. Each of Wright’s glass vessels gracefully echo the forms of Sabin’s fetish figures, and the craquelure patterning on the glass creates a strong counterpoint to the textured wood carvings.


April 5-29, 2012

Red & Black:

A Group Exhibition on the

Power of Color


The deep power of black and the cleansing peace of red are dominant colors in Northwest Coast artwork. Red and black are utilized by tribal artists up and down the Northwest Coast, both in secret ceremony and in the most modern of designs. Black pigment—the background to most formline painting—was traditionally derived from grinding black iron oxide, or from charring animal bones. Red pigment—used for the inner details of figures—came from hematite, vermillion or red lead. These pigments were then mixed with salmon egg oil to produce a durable paint that found its way onto wood, stone and metal objects.  

Stonington presents a selection of works by artists who pay homage to these graphic, bold colors and the power they invoke.


March 1-31 , 2012


Contemporary Northwest Coast Weavers



Weaving is a way to communicate stories -- a language unto itself spoken only by weavers. The Pacific Northwest Coast has been home to a variety of ancient and distinct weaving traditions unique to each of the region's Native cultures. Contemporary weavers are engaged in continuing and developing this ancient art form in traditional and new media. This exhibit celebrates the vitality, creativity and commitment of the weaving community and its success.

Participating artists will include Merle Anderson (Haida), Joe Feddersen (Colville), Chloe French (Tlingit), Chepximiya Siyma' Chief Janice George and Skwetsimeltxw Buddy Joseph (Squamish), Deborah Head (Tlingit), Chief Tsi'li'xw BIll James and Che top ie Fran James (Lummi), Courtney Lipson and Scott Jensen (Non-Indigenous), Marvin Oliver (Quinault, Isleta Pueblo), Kay Field Parker (Non-Indigenous), Susan Pavel (Non-Indigenous), Karen Reed (Chinook, Skokomish, Puyallup), Betty Pasco (Suquamish), Isabel Rorick (Haida), Kathy Rousso (Non-Indigenous), Preston Singletary (Tlingit), Mary Lou Slaughter (Duwamish), Mary Snowden (Non-Indigenous), Gail Tremblay (Onondaga, Micmac) and Diane Douglas-Willard (Haida).


February 2-26, 2012

Raven Skyriver:




Raven Skyriver, a member of the Tlingit tribe, returns for his second solo exhibition with a new collection of his signature blown glass creatures. The result of years working under glass maestros William Morris and Lino Tagliapietra, Skyriver’s intense coloration and graceful lines prove his hot-sculpting aptitude and passion for the Northwest’s environment.


January 5-28, 2012

Nathan Gilles:

Nobility of the Salish Sea House Post



The new year begins with the arrival of the monumental Nobility of the Salish Sea House Post by Nathan Gilles. This 12-foot sculpture honors the Native peoples and ecosystem of the Salish Sea area.

The human figure on this post represents the great leaders of the Coast, both past and present. In his hands he holds an adolescent wolf; below him are two Elwha River Chinook Salmon; an eagle perches above, an intrinsic part of the natural cycle of death and rebirth.

When creating the eagle on the house post, Gilles was reflecting upon habitat conservation, environmental stewardship and restoration.

Gilles, who is non-indigenous, was a carver for the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe for six years, collaborating with lead carver Dale Faulstich. He has lived on Native reservations around Washington and studied Halkomelem and Lushootseed—two distinct languages of the Coast Salish.


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Stonington Artist Talk:

Nathan Gilles




Please join us on Saturday, January 28th, 1pm for Nathan Gilles’ Artist Talk and the Blessing of the House post. Gilles’ talk will include a slide presentation of historic photographs honored in the design of the House post. FREE.
December 1, 2011-January 28, 2012

Solstice Masquerade:

A Group Exhibit



With the Winter Solstice looming, the time for ceremony and gathering begins on the Pacific Northwest Coast. Masks danced by firelight illuminate the darkness and engage our imagination with stories, myths and magic. Stonington's incomparable artists close 2011 with a deep bow to the poignancy of winter and the ceremonial traditions which make it such a powerful and beautiful season. Please join us on Saturday, January 28th, 1pm for Nathan Gilles’ Artist Talk and the Blessing of the House post. Gilles’ talk will include a slide presentation of historic photographs honored in the design of the House post. FREE.


December 1, 2011-January 28, 2012

Hib Sabin:

The Stuff Dreams are Made of



Hib Sabin's characters are at once the mythic guardians and protagonists of our dreams. Sabin’s spirit animals embody the essence of winter, and his new works bring the year to a close entrenched in spirit and vitality.


December 3rd, 2011

Artist Lecture: Hib Sabin

Exhibit Talk


Hib Sabin will discuss the concept for his December exhibition, and how each individual piece illuminates the theme of “Dreaming.” Free.
November 3-26, 2011

Scott Jensen:

Speaking Cedar



Master carver Scott Jensen reveals a new body of carvings in November: pieces that will once again prove why his works are some of the most sought-after in the Northwest art world. Jensen carves at the highest technical level; captured in his masks, boxes, bowls and poles is the unmistakable quality of the pieces carved by the old masters.

November 3-26, 2011

Joan Tenenbaum:

A Sense of Place, The Ways We Connect to Our Earth



In her 2011 solo exhibition, Joan Tenenbaum will explore the ways in which traditional peoples have rooted themselves within their landscape in order to embrace life.  Her work this year will again derive from her ever-deepening understanding of the Alaska Native communities where she lived and continues to visit. 

With her usual meticulous craftsmanship and attention to fine detail, Tenenbaum has created exquisite wearable jewelry expressing such themes as the seasonal subsistence cycle in her Alaskan family’s community, and how tradition and beliefs tie the community to their landscape. She explores how traditional travel narratives embody a mental topographic map and recount each stopping place along a well-traveled route. And she honors the salmon, who give their life to everything in their landscape.

November 13th, 2011

Scott Jensen:

Exhibit Talk

2 pm

Scott will discuss the work in his exhibit.
November 6th, 2011

Joan Tenenbaum: Artist Lecture

A Sense of Place, The Evolution of an Idea

2 pm

Joan will talk about the stories behind the work, the poetry and the inspiration for this year’s show. Free.
October 6-29, 2011

Rick Bartow:

Retrospective and New Works



Stonington Gallery is thrilled to be featuring in October a solo retrospective exhibition including new works by Wiyot artist Rick Bartow. Bartow draws deeply from both Native American mythological archetypes and a deeply personal symbolic catalogue, encapsulating his characters in a maelstrom of colors and pulsating lines. He is able to transfer the moment of emotion straight into his work, whether in paint, pastel, ink or wood. Bartow’s twenty-year retrospective, Dog’s Journey, is currently traveling the country through January 2012, and can be seen first at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke followed by the Missoula Museum of Art. 


October 15, 2011

Rick Bartow:

Exhibit Talk

12 pm

The artist will speak at Stonington Saturday, October 15, 12pm. The lecture titled  One Dog Man will explore this body of work, and reveal more about his artistic process and background. Free and open to the public.

September 1-30, 2011

Contemporary Tlingit Art:

A Group Exhibit



Living on the west coast of British Columbia and southeast Alaska for millennia, Tlingit society has produced generations of noted artisans. Patterned basketry, Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving, and soulful totemic figures from the past now inspire a new generation to continue these rich traditions today.

September 1-30, 2011

Clarissa Rizal:

A Language of Tlingit Robes



Clarissa Rizal debuts paintings and collages in her first solo exhibit at Stonington. An accomplished Tlingit weaver and painter, Rizal incorporates the ancient formline designs of her culture into her fully contemporary art. The paintings and collage in “A Language of Tlingit Robes” explore the theme of Tlingit robes in vibrant cubist style.

August 4-27, 2011

Thomas Stream:

In Flight



Graceful birds take flight at Stonington in Thomas Stream’s 2011 solo exhibit. Stream conjures a new body of exquisitely detailed gouache paintings that draw their inspiration from the iconic Aleut hunting headgear and the natural environment of his Aleutian ancestral homelands.

August 4-27, 2011


A Group Exhibit



The Alutiiq, Aleut, Tlingit, Athabaskan, Inupiaq and Yupik tribes of Alaska offer some of the most profound contemporary art in the nation. Some native artists draw inspiration from connections with their ancestors, while others cultivate a new style all their own. Stonington continues its focus on the Alaska arts scene by presenting new works in wide-ranging media from all over Alaska’s wild artistic frontier.

June 2-30, 2011

The Gifts of Trees




As the sap begins to run we pay tribute to the indigenous trees of the Northwest and the myriad objects into which they are transformed. The iconic bentwood boxes, delicate halibut hooks, towering totem poles, ocean going canoes, and graceful woven basketry of the Northwest Coast peoples could never have been without the presence of these majestic trees. This group show presents works that honor the versatile uses of indigenous trees, as well as the traditional tools used for centuries to carve wood into enduring objects of beauty and power.

June 2-30, 2011

Courtney Lipson:




The ability to see, to feel and dream, to think, to project—all may be described by a single word in the English language: vision. Lipson’s June exhibit of micro-mosaic beadwork jewelry stems from a creative maelstrom of ongoing projects—beading a mural, learning Chilkat weaving, designing Tlingit beadwork—and reflects her many-faceted ideas, skills and vision.

June 26th, 2011

Duane Pasco: Lecture

Canoes and the Canoe Journey

2 pm


Duane Pasco, master carver of the Northwest Coast, believes that everything one could learn about Pacific Northwest Coast art and culture is contained within the canoe.

May 5-28 , 2011

Hib Sabin:

New Bronzes



Stonington Gallery is honored to present in May a small selection of new Hib Sabin limited edition cast bronze sculptures. These sculptures, cast from Sabin’s original juniper carvings, are admired for capturing the spiritual essence and rich painted quality of his originals. Singing ravens, dreaming owls and spirit masks will all be present.

May 5-28 , 2011

Barry Herem:

A Passion for the Coast



Barry Herem’s prolific forty year career has been spurred by inspiration derived from the fundamental Northwest Coast forms and his years of canoe adventures in the fjords and inlets of the Inside Passage. In his third one-man show in as many years, Herem creates another inventive body of work in a wide variety of media that will include soulful new sculptures in wood.

April 7-30, 2011

Drums and Rattles:

Sounding the Northwest's Ancient Tradition



Imagine a time on the Pacific Northwest Coast preceding all man-made sounds—the thrush at dawn, robins at dusk, Pacific winds blowing through the giant fir and cedar trees, rain. Then add some of the earliest man-made sounds—the boom of drums, the shiver of rattles, the resonant sound of voices in song. Whether they are sounded loudly through the night or admired for their artistry, each instrument adds another wonderful sound to the continuously evolving soundtrack of the Pacific Northwest. It is a rich and magnificent history and will be honored by a host of Stonington’s finest artists.

April 7-30, 2011

Janet & Owen Walker:

Trade Beads



Strands of dentalium shell, strings of glass beads and pendants of fossil ivory artifacts embellish the glittering jewelry made by Janet and Owen Walker. Known for their exquisite metalsmith work, the Walkers turn to the antique trade beads of the Northwest, utilizing their bold colors and unique shapes to create exquisite adornment.

April 10th, 2011

Janet & Owen Walker: Lecture

Beads of the Fur Trade: Before and Beyond



Artists and trade bead collectors, Janet & Owen Walker, will discuss the history of trade beads; their identity, origin, manufacture, use, and how they got to the Pacific Northwest.

March 3-27, 2011

Staff Picks




Selecting from the choicest of the choice, the Stonington Staff has picked twelve works from the Gallery’s renowned collection to exhibit during the month of March. Each staff member has chosen two pieces with which we sense a deep connection that is felt when we encounter these works. From jewelry to carvings, textiles to prints, many of these pieces are the most striking from an artist’s greater body of work, while others carry an intangible resonance almost impossible to describe. These pinnacle works will be displayed with accompanying commentary by a Stonington staff-member, illuminating our perception of the piece and why it provokes such a distinct reaction in us. The process of selecting these pieces has been a wonderful experience for Stonington’s staff, and has reacquainted us with some of our favorite artists and works!

February 3-27, 2011

Raven Skyriver :

On the Brink


Raven Skyriver’s masterful use of glass to capture the strange and beautiful essence of Puget Sound sea-life confirms that his artistic star is swiftly on the rise.

Skyriver grew up on the shores of Puget Sound and has cultivated a lifelong obsession with the aquatic life forms of the Northwest Coast.  In “On the Brink,” he expands his repertoire to include land animals, such as Frog and Raven, creatures deeply iconic to the Tlingit and all tribes around the Northwest.

Through his vividly rendered glass creations Skyriver reminds us that we are tied to the ecosystems around us, and the panoply of life which they nurture. Not all of the animals represented in his work are endangered, but all are deeply impacted by the presence of the human population. The detailed perfection of his animals brings home the urgency of his message: we must be aware of our impact, lest we tip the balance and lose these incredible creatures forever.

“On the Brink” also indicates Skyriver’s unique perspective in the world of contemporary glass and Native art: at just 28 years old, this innovator has a finger on the pulse of two traditions, and stands in a liminal place of exciting change and interaction. Drawing upon the education he received through working with glass maestri William Morris, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Lino Tagliapietra, these experiences allow him to realize his works with remarkable technical complexity and heart.

December 2-31, 2010


An Exploration of Totemic Imagery


We will conclude 2010 with Stonington’s annual winter theme exhibition. This year we decided to go for the gusto. Among the Stonington Gallery artists are the finest carvers on the coast. And great carvers love the challenge of a totem pole, welcome pole or house post and so we will devote December to the great tradition of the pole on the Northwest Coast.

December 2-31, 2010

Hib Sabin:

The Storyteller


Hib Sabin- “The Storyteller”. Hib Sabin’s signature piece for this exhibition will be a tribute to storytellers from all cultures whose signature role in culture will be honored in a carving depicting a Man/Raven transformation; titled “Storyteller.” The exhibit will also include a series of “Spirit Jars”; collaborations in glass with artist Peter Wright.

December 4th, 2010

Hib Sabin:

Exhibit Talk

Saturday, 2 pm

Hib Sabin's December exhibition, The Storyteller, will be a tribute to the rich history of storytelling among all peoples, primarily of the Pacific Northwest Coast cultures. Sabin will discuss the significance of storytelling and share his favorite tales in his animated and eloquent way.

November 4-28, 2010

Marvin Oliver:

Solo Exhibition


Marvin Oliver is the personification of the Northwest Coast art renaissance. As artist, curator and teacher he has shaped and influenced contemporary regional art from every direction. His large public art sculptures contribute to Seattle's dynamic cultural experience, while his experimental nature and vast cultural knowledge are a catalyst for a body of work that literally breaks the mold. Blown glass Shaman Spirit Boards, a blown and fused glass Tlingit Style Warrior Helmet, Quinault Clam Gathering Baskets woven from molten strips of glass, and an 8 foot bronze Orca dorsal fin are each included in the body of work Oliver has created for his November Solo Exhibition at the Stonington Gallery. Oliver has led the way towards integrating new media with the protocols of the ancient arts of the Northwest Coast, and has done so with a master's eye for authenticity, beauty and spirit. We look forward to sharing this exhibition with you. Exhibit tours with gallery staff may be arranged with one day's notice.  

December 9th, 2010

Robert Davidson Lecture

The Massett Pole Raising

Thursday, December 9th, 7 pm

Stonington Gallery is honored to present a lecture by renowned artist Robert Davidson who will share the experience from the historic day in August 1969 when his totem pole was the first to be raised on Massett, Haida Gwaii in living memory. Please call ahead to reserve a signed copy of his recently released book Four Decades: An Innocent Gesture that commemorates that day forty years ago.

To reserve a seat, please RSVP.

206. 405.4040.

Tickets $5.

November 4-28, 2010


A Group Exhibit


Stonington Gallery is recognized for representing the finest, innovative jewelers who continue the rich cultural tradition of body adornment among the cultures of the Pacific Northwest Coast. For thousands of years the people of the Coast have worn beautiful jewelry reflecting their appreciation for fine craft, elegant design, and cultural tradition. Stonington's jewelry artists honor this legacy and help to ensure it deepens and strengthens.

November 14th, 2010

Snail's Trail Basket

Marvin Oliver: Exhibit Talk

2 pm

Marvin Oliver, whose lectures are always a memorable experience, will speak on the development of his work, including the art featured in his November exhibition at Stonington.
November 17th, 2010

Gene Tagaban Lecture


Storytelling and Songs

7 pm - Gene Tagaban, noted Northwest Coast storyteller and musician, will share his love for stories and song. Tagaban recently opened The Urban Longhouse in Bellingham, WA and will also discuss his dreams for this space.

October 7-31, 2010

Shaun Peterson and Phil Gray:


Southern and Northern Traditions


In October, Stonington Gallery is proud to showcase an exhibit of works by two equally gifted artists—Philip Gray (Tsimshian) and Shaun Peterson (Puyallup)—thus juxtaposing the Pacific Northwest Coast Northern style with that of the Southern. The art of each of these men conveys the essence of his culture’s historical roots, communicated in his own personal contemporary voice. Peterson draws upon the rich storytelling traditions of the Coast Salish speaking peoples of the southern coast. Gray’s classic northern style design, carving and painting are reminiscent of and equal to the works of the old masters.


October 7-31, 2010

Joe David:

Found Objects


Nuu-chah-nulth artist, Joe David, reminds us of an amazing aspect of Northwest Coast art and culture: its on-going ability to adapt to change and to incorporate the modern with the ancient— one of the most telling signs of a resilient, ever-evolving, living culture. In his current exhibit, Found Objects, Joe David transforms the discarded and forgotten into art; a solution that resonates deeply with his ancestral and personal narrative. David’s pieces honor his people’s history, while uniquely synthesizing his own artistic self-expression.


October 7-31, 2010

Joan Tenenbaum:

The Evolving Ring


In her 2010 Solo Exhibit, Joan Tenenbaum continues her passion for making small objects, focusing specifically on rings. From the bold and striking to the delicate and intimate, there will be big rings, small rings, curious rings, surprising rings, classic rings, adventurous rings and special ones from the heart.

October 24th, 2010

Shaun Peterson: Lecture


Shaun Peterson (Puyallup) will share an artists perspective on the change in attitudes on why Coast Salish art has come to the forefront in recent years. This lecture will include historical images and follow through to contemporary works including his own as well as select contemporaries. It will also include insight to process with use of digital design and new methods of creating and how that ties into the design tradition.
October 10th, 2010

Joan Tenenbaum:  Lecture and Slide Show


“Pivotal Moments: Change as Inspiration.” Joan will recount the events that triggered major course changes in her life path and show how her life and work evolved as a result.  The presentation will be accompanied by hundreds of visual images of the places she has lived and her jewelry work as it developed over the span of fifty years.

September 2-30, 2010

Thomas Stream:

Aleut Paintings


Thomas Stream’s paintings are a tribute to his Aleut ancestors and the striking beauty of natural wildlife. His bold use of color and his eye for intricately detailed pattern have evolved over the course of the past two decades. His newest body of work continues an ongoing exploration of these themes.

September 2-30, 2010

Perry Eaton:

Sugpiaq/Alutiiq Masks


Perry Eaton carves traditionally based Sugpiaq/Alutiiq masks deeply rooted in the rich culture of Kodiak, Alaska. Eaton’s emotive masks are patterned after the ancient forms of the Alutiiq, who believed that each mask possessed its own spirit.

August 29, 2010

Katie Bunn-Marcuse: Northwest Coast Silver Bracelets, Reflections of Culture


August 5-29, 2010

Alano Edzerza:

New Works


Tahltan artist Alano Edzerza broke onto the Northwest Coast art scene in a whirlwind of energetic, modern design. Each new body of work from this dynamic young artist is a deeply
personal exploration of the mythic structure that permeates Tahltan culture. Utilizing such modern materials as glass, steel and giclée prints, and using digital design to aid his vision,
Edzerza has brought an electrifying contemporary sensibility to the ancient art forms of his people.

August 5-29, 2010


A Beautiful Legacy


No other piece of jewelry is as culturally significant to the Pacific Northwest coastal communities as the bracelet. Bracelet cuffs are a medium on which well-known mythic narratives can be re-told in a continuous visual loop, where iconic characters tangle sinuously and familiar faces pop up in surprising ways. Their circular forms reach back to embrace ancient visual and oral traditions, while simultaneously stretching forward to usher them proudly into the future. Their flat shapes provide the ideal surface for engraving crests, patterns, floral designs and figures. This bracelet tradition has continued and flourished in the hands of today’s superb metal smiths. We have invited a select group of jewelers to each create a unique bracelet that pays tribute to this beautiful custom and represents their singular place in the Northwest Coast art world.

July 1-31, 2010

The Head Adorned:

Helmets, Hats, Frontlets, Masks & Jewelry


Stonington Gallery presents The Head Adorned, a group exhibit that honors the rich heritage of headgear among tribes of the Pacific Northwest Coast. The sheer variety of headgear found in this region eloquently symbolizes the importance placed on these extraordinary objects. During ritual native dance and ceremony, the endless expressiveness of the human face is changed through adornment: the dancer is made huge and terrifying; rendered subtle and sleek; warped into otherness or Morphed into the features of any familiar mythic character.

Included in this exhibit will be hats, helmets, headdresses, masks, and ceremonial jewelry by the incredible artists at Stonington Gallery including Rick Bartow, Joe David, Chloe French, Fred Fulmer, Phil Gray, Scott Jensen, Betty and Duane Pasco, Isabel Rorick, Hib Sabin, Cheryl Samuel, Thomas Stream, Joan Tenenbaum and many more.

Join us at the exhibit opening when Fred Fulmer and his dance group, Lingit Kusti, will perform and Isabel Rorick will speak about her baskets.

Don’t miss the unique opportunity when Bill Holm will lecture and present slides on the vast and fascinating history of headgear on the Northwest Coast. Wednesday, July 28th, 7 pm.

July 1-31, 2010

Remembering the Sacredness of the Four Seasons:


The Haida Weavings of Isabel Rorick


Stonington welcomes the traditional Haida basketry of Isabel Rorick with her solo show: Remembering the Sacredness of the Four Seasons. Rorick gathers natural materials on Haida Gwaii in the traditional method and painstakingly weaves them into gathering baskets. This show highlights four particular baskets, each of which honors the spirit of a season. These subtly patterned pieces remind us to reflect on and celebrate the natural bounty surrounding and providing
for us.

July 28th, 2010

Bill Holm Exhibit Lecture


7pm—“Headgear” by Bill Holm,

July 7-11, 2010


Marvin Oliver a Visiting Artist at the Tacoma Museum of Glass Hot Shop


Marvin Oliver is one of the most influential artists in contemporary Northwest Coast art. Over the course of his career, he has led the development of this exhilarating art form through innovative modern media, including bronze and steel. He has also chosen to express his Quinault heritage through glass, which he finds to be an extremely thrilling medium.

Visit the Tacoma Museum of Glass through July 11th where he and Richard Royal are visiting artists in the Museum Hot Shop. Pieces from this new body of work will be included in a Marvin Oliver exhibit at Stonington Gallery this November.

If you are interested in experiencing this incredible creation process, visit the Tacoma Museum of Glass website at for more information.

June 27, 2010

Barry Herem: Exhibit Talk

JUNE 27th, 2 pm

June 3-27, 2010

Barry Herem:

New Forms for (and from) the Northwest Coast


On June 3rd, Stonington Gallery opens an exhibition that will demonstrate how Barry Herem continues to assimilate his masterful understanding of the traditional coastal motifs with his own bold, contemporary aesthetic; thus, expanding and developing the art form in authentic and disciplined new ways using modern materials.

Herem’s artistic voice is inherently elegant, fluid and suitable to the most modern settings and sensibilities. This exhibition will highlight Herem’s imaginative new works consisting of nearly twenty pieces in steel, stainless steel and refined and pigmented concrete works, all suited for permanent installation in gardens, developing structures and public or private interiors. Herem’s monumental new steel “Raptor Gates,” half-inch steel pedestal steles, and concrete sculptures are ideal as architectural details for the Northwest vernacular. Each cast concrete piece is the stunning result of the collaboration between Barry Herem and Mike Olsen.

June 3-27, 2010

Erik Sandgren :

Landscape & Seascape Paintings


For the first time Stonington Gallery will be featuring paintings by Erik Sandgren as a complement to Barry Herem’s sculptures. Sandgren is a watercolor artist who portrays Northwest landscapes and seascapes.

May 6-31, 2010

Scott Jensen:

New Carvings


Stonington Gallery is eager to host in May an exhibit that will feature new works by both Scott Jensen and Courtney Lipson during this special year when these two artists are to be married. Among the new works will be his recognizably Scott Jensen Tlingit inspired carvings including new masks, a bowl and a rattle. Also for the first time, the gallery will be exhibiting Jensen’s Plains and Plateau style bead work. Jensen’s attention to detail and rich, subtle carving style transcends our modern world and connects with a time that was pristine and inspired by the natural world and the beauty, power and magic it engendered.

May 6-31, 2010

Courtney Lipson:

Micro-Mosaic Jewelry


Courtney Lipson's jewelry gets more exciting with every new exhibit. In this new collection, Lipson continues her process of replicating the unique patterns found in nature. A focus of this new body of work will be rings in celebration of Jensen's and Lipson's August wedding. These new pieces will be in Lipson’s signature micro-mosaic glass seed bead and grout designs; expect new earrings, necklaces and her intricate and beautiful cuffs as well.

April 1-30, 2010

Rick Bartow

Paintings, Monotypes, Drypoints, & Sculpture


In April, Stonington Gallery is pleased to present two solo exhibitions: Rick Bartow (Wiyot) and John Wilson (Haisla). These two artists offer interesting contrasts in the arena of contemporary Native art.

Rick Bartow's art is cathartic for both artist and viewer. His bold, spontaneous and expressionistic approach allows the viewer to access and experience the process where art is made, both psychically and physically. The energy and dissonance exerted on the canvas and paper is frenzied, even manic, mirroring life's challenges and chaos. And then it is worked through; Bartow has immersed himself in the deep and calming waters of his native mythology, its connectedness to the natural world, and the mythic characters who inhabit it.

Balance is found and restored as revealed in the clarity and focus in the eyes of Bartow's characters. They often gaze beyond the present; their sights resting peacefully on something just out of view: a future that appears to hold the possibility for solidity and peace.

April 1-30, 2010

John Wilson:

Haisla Masks


John Wilson's art is a studied contrast to the bold expressionism of Bartow. Wilson, a Haisla artist is currently studying with Dempsey Bob, Stan Bevan, and Ken McNeil at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art in British Columbia, is finding his connection to culture and community through elarning and mastering traditional Haisla art. Wilson is most inclined to carve masks and has the rare ability to bring forth soul and personality in his carvings. Technically the work is accomplished, however what elevates traditional Northwest Coast masks to art is the artist's ability to imbue a life-like essence in them. A mask is a subsitute or stand-in for a mythic or real person and should evoke a sense of life and spirit even when not being worn or danced. Wilson's traditionally executed art resonates with life and the human spirit.

March 4-28, 2010

Haida Masters


The Stonington Gallery will feature contemporary Haida art in March, including a rare opportunity to view and collect a limited edition Bill Reid 22kt cast gold "Grizzly Bear Medallion and Chain," 1972. The Haida are from British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Islands and are respected for their refined and elegant art traditions. The late Bill Reid is considered by many Canadians to be their country's foremost artist and, as such, is featured on their twenty dollar bank note. Few of Bill Reid's works are available for viewing outside of museum collections, most notable collections at the UBC Museum of Anthropology, the Provincial Museum (Victoria) and the new Bill Reid Art Gallery (Vancouver).

Stonington Gallery will aslo feature in March works by other leading Haida masters including a new sculpture, "T'samuss," by Robert Davidson; spruce root weavings by Isabel Rorick; and argillite carvings by other well-known Haida artists.

February 4-28, 2010

Eyes on the Northwest Coast


The Stonington Gallery will be featuring small collections of work by Gallery artists during the month of February. This exhibit will allow the gallery to showcase the finest art being created along the Pacific Northwest Coast. Featured artists will include Rick Bartow, Robert Davidson, Alano Edzerza, Dale Faulstich, David Franklin, Jason Gobin, Barry Herem, Scott Jensen, Courtney Lipson, Adam McIsaac, Duane Pasco, Shaun Peterson, Susan Point, Hib Sabin, Raven Skyriver, Joan Tenenbaum, and Andrea Wilbur-Sigo.

Of special note is a new work in glass by Raven Skyriver. This latest hand blown and sculpted glass masterpiece, "Devilfish," explores Skyriver's twin passions: the sea life of Puget Sound and glass blowing. "Devilfish" is a glorious sculpture by one of the region's most visionary and technically brilliant glass artists.

December 3-31, 2009

Raven and Eagle:

Love of the Northwest Coast


We conclude 2009 with a group exhibit that speaks to our love of the Northwest Coast. The Stonington Gallery artists have spent their lives immersed in the mythology of the Northwest Coast. They are the finest artists of our time and their singular effort to honor the Raven stories and other myths will bring a brilliant and stunning finale to the year!

November 5-29, 2009

Joan Tenenbaum:

50 Years of Jewelry Making; The Depth and Breadth of a Fifty Year Passion


Come Celebrate in September with Stonington Gallery as we mark Joan Tenenbaum's 50th anniversary of making jewelry.  Joan will present a new body of work reprising all the themes that are dear to her heart. Her humble beginning work from 1959 and the early 1960's will be juxtaposed with stunning new creations. From the debut of new wedding ring designs to abstract landscapes and cuff bracelets, from spiritual figurines to elegant necklaces and bold one-of-a-kind rings, those who have followed Joan's work for the past several decades will find familiar themes treated in an entirely new manner.

November 5-29, 2009

Hib Sabin:

Life Cycles


Hib Sabin imbues each of his carvings with a spirit power that can be strongly felt. Sabin's characters play a role in allowing him to express and explore the beauty and acceptance he feels with life's cycles of birth, death, and the journey in between and beyond. His cast of figues moves in and out of an ancient and timeless spirit world. In this exhibit, Hib will continue this exploration of animal spirit and the journey of life through his sculpture.

November 14, 2009

Joan Tenenbaum: Gallery Talk

Joan Tenenbaum will talk informally about her jewelry work and how it has developed over the years. She will talk about her creative process, how she develops her ideas, how she selects gemstones and materials for her designs, will answer questions, and she will share tales of some of the experiences, teachers and other jewelry artists who have influenced her.

October 1-31, 2009

Weaving Wisdom and Warmth: Contemporary Master Weavers of the Northwest Coast



This highly anticipated group exhibition will showcase Stonington Gallery's extraordinary weavers including Nancy Burgess, Chloe French, Clarissa Hudson, Bill and Fran James, June Parker, Betty Pasco, Susan Pavel, Ruth Peterson, Karen Reed, Isabel Rorick, Mary Lou Slaughter, Malynn Wilbur Foster, and Jane Wiseman. Artwork inspired by weaving will also be included such as weaving and textile design micro-mosaic beadwork jewelry by Courtney Lipson, glass Salish baskets by Marvin Olver, etc. Weaving is a seminal art form within all the communities up and down this coastal region and this exhibition will honor this tradition with a breathtaking collection of the finest weaving from every corner of the Northwest Coast.

October 11, 2009

Weaving Demonstration

Many of the artists participating in the October Weaving Exhibition will demonstrate the traditional processes of basket weaving, blanket weaving, and spinning wool.

October 14, 2009

Scott Jensen: Aleut Hat Bending Demonstration

7 pm

Scott Jensen has a passion for Aleut hats and will be steam bending a hat live at the gallery! Of all the traditional steam bent objects on the northwest coast, none are more challenging than the famed Aleut hat. Scott's Aleut hats are legendary, the finest being made today. Please join us for this special evening with Scott Jensen and gain a wonderful insight into one of the coast’s most exquisite and rare objects.

September 3-27, 2009

Thomas Stream

Striving for Balance


Aleut artist Thomas Stream explores what it is to be an Aleut man and artist in modern times. The Aleut culture was devastated by the relentless hunting of Sea Otter in the 19th century. The tragic result of this obsession was the near collapse of Aleut culture. More than a century later, Thomas Stream's paintings are a splendid and unique portrayal of Aleut culture and its respectful relationship with nature. Thomas Stream is collected internationally and is a vital link to one of North America's least known and most magnificent cultures.

September 3-27, 2009

Raven Skyriver

New Works in Glass


The Stonington Gallery is pleased to present works by glass artist Raven Skyriver. Skyriver spent his childhood on the Olympic Peninsula and has chosen to use his spectacular finesse in glass to honor the sea creatures that inhabit the waters of the great Pacific Northwest Coast.

Skyriver joined the William Morris Glass Team in 2003 and has also worked with Lino Tagliapietra’s team at The Glass Factory in Ca’dora, Brazil.

September 20, 2009


Paul Owen Lewis: Gallery Talk

Acclaimed award winning author and illustrator, Paul Owen Lewis, will share how he came to create Storm Boy and Frog Girl, two popular Northwest Coast themed children’s books, and will discuss the imporant influence his friend and mentor Bill Holm has had on his work.

August 6-29, 2009

Robert Barratt: An Eye for Beauty


Robert Barratt, in collaboration with fellow carver Todd Wells, has created an exhibit that explores the architectural and decorative elements of Northwest Coast art. The collection includes carved doors, feast dishes, rattles, and masks.

August 6-29, 2009

Courtney Lipson:

A Closer Look II


This year’s exhibition is inspired by a collection of precious stones that Courtney has acquired through the years. This body of work shows the breathtaking evolution of this remarkable young artist’s work.

August 6-29, 2009


Celebrating the Art of the Bering Sea Coastal Region


Featuring Alutiiq Artists Perry Eaton and Lena Amason.

July 2-31, 2009

Barry Herem

New Works in Wood and Steel


The contributions by Barry Herem to contemporary Northwest Coast art are numerous and important. Herem first fell in love with Northwest Coast art as a young man doing surveying work in S.E. Alaska. Always fascinated by the Northwest Coast art and culture, Herem's true love for the art form was cemented when he saw the famed carvings of the 19th century Tlingit master artist, Kadjis du axtc, in the Whale house in Klukwan, Alaska. From that time on, Herem devoted his life to Northwest Coast art. He is a leading scholar, writer, lecturer, and artist on the subject. His fluency in the language of formline is juxtaposed with his love and of and openness towards modern materials, establishing new possibilities for interpreting and expressing Northwest coast art. This show will include a selection of work in corten steel, carvings in cedar, acrylic paintings and serigraphs.

July 12, 2009

Barry Herem:  Gallery Talk

What is a Masterpiece? The Great Art of the Northwest Coast

June 4-28, 2009

Small Treasures of the Northwest Coast


In June, Stonington Gallery will feature a group exhibition focusing on small scale sculpture, paintings, prints, and jewelry. The exquisite detail of well-crafted Northwest Coast art is often highlighted best in the smaller pieces you can hold and experience intimately. This exhibit will be full of work that has been carved on laps, held in pockets, painted with small brushes and created with the knowledge that art is well appreciated when viewed up close.

June 28, 2009

Snail's Trail Basket

Nancy Burgess: Weaving Demonstration

June 14, 2009

Shaun Peterson: Gallery Talk

May 7-31, 2009

Young Artists:

The Next Great Generation I


This group exhibition will be an introduction to a larger exhibit scheduled at Stonington Gallery in 2010 that will focus on the younger artists whose energies have been fueled by the past 60 years of cultural renaissance. The dedication, talent and passion of these young artists have propelled them into the ranks of the next generation of great artists. Among artists included will be Alano Edzerza, David Franklin, Phil Gray, Adam McIsaac, Shaun Peterson, Andrea Wilbur-Sigo and John Wilson.

May 31, 2009

Andy Peterson: Carving Demonstration

May 17, 2009

David Franklin: Carving Demonstration

May 3, 2009

Lecture with Duane and Betty Pasco

April 2-30, 2009

Featured Artist:
Adam McIsaac

New Dimensions:  Collage & Silhouette


April 26, 2009

Jay Haavik:
Carving Demonstration

April 19, 2009

Adam McIsaac :
Carving Demonstration

March 5-31, 2009

Featured Artists:
Andy and Ruth Peterson


Andy and Ruth Peterson are featured in a two person exhibition of carved sculpture and hand blown, slumped and etched glass. Andy Peterson is considered one of the leaders of the Coast Salish renaissance. Andy's design and carving are emblematic of a mature artist at the height of his career. Ruth's glass sculpture is remarkable for its originality and grace.

March 29, 2009


Owen and Janet Walker:
Wax Carving and Casting Discussion and Engraving Demonstration

to see photos of the Demonstration

March 22, 2009


Scott Jensen: Steam Bending a Box
Courtney Lipson: Jewelry Making Demonstration

to see photos of the Demonstration

March 8, 2008

Henry Van Calcar: Carving Demonstration

February 5-28, 2009

Featured Artist: Maynard Johnny Jr.


We have had the pleasure of working with Maynard for over seven years.  Our favorite memory of Maynard, and one we will treasure always, was from the day the Stonington Gallery opened our Awakenings exhibition, August 16th, 2005. We had spent nearly two years planning the exhibition. During that time we had made many trips to British Columbia and spent many evenings writing the exhibition catalogue Contemporary Coast Salish Art. We were immersed in all things Coast Salish for two years. It was wonderful. However, the full impact of the cultural importance of the exhibit really did not hit home until Maynard Johnny, Jr. got up and spoke at the Opening Reception. We had an open mic available for anyone who wanted to share thoughts about the exhibit. There were so many wonderful, interesting things said that day. But what will always come to mind are the comments Maynard made and how heartfelt they were and how difficult it was for him to speak to a crowd. Maynard expressed how much the show meant to him as a Coast Salish man and artist. He spoke of the sense of great personal relief and joy that his cultural heritage was finally being celebrated and how satisfying it felt that people wanted to learn and understand the cultures that were here long before the west was settled. It felt like so much bottled sadness had been released, and in its place a sense of hope. Maynard is an extremely sensitive, reflective man and in that moment of listening to him and watching him I was more grateful for having the great fortune to be a witness to the cultural resurgence or "awakening" that is coursing through so many of these tribal lands. The paintings and prints Maynard created for that show remain some of our personal favorites. Maynard Johnny, Jr.'s art has been featured in several museum exhibitions including the Seattle Art Museum's S'ababeb-The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists in which his work also graces the cover of the exhibition catalogue. Maynard is a painter; his painting has clarity, confidence and grace. The ultimate success and transcendence of both northern and southern coastal art depends on the artist's intellectual and intuitive sense of line. Like writing, music, poetry, Pacific Coastal art has stylistic conventions that must be honored; and then within those constructs the artist has the freedom to express himself. A tight, awkward composition is readily evident and comes from the artist being uncomfortable with the language of the lines of this art style. One must draw and paint for years before the natural grace of a line is second nature. Johnny's art is fluid, taut, undulating and brilliant, as exemplified in his "Killer Whale" painting. His love of the art and a dedication to his culture has made it a joy to represent Maynard Johnny, Jr. and a pleasure to know him.  

February 28 and March 1, 2009

Scott Jensen Studio Tour

December 4-31, 2008

Transformation and Change on the Pacific Northwest Coast


2008 culminates with our annual theme exhibition. This year we explore the mystery and magic of transformation and change. In Northwest Coast myths and legends, humans, animals, and supernatural characters tranform interchangeably. Living is a process of change and transformation - physically and spiritually. We look forward to exploring these ideas in their many manifestations

December 4-31, 2008

Hib Sabin and Phil Charette:


Masks and Other Transformations


November 6-30, 2008

David Franklin

A Solo Exhibition


November 6-30, 2008

Courtney Lipson

A Closer Look


November 19 , 2008

Mary Randlett - Slide Show and Lecture


Renowned landscape photographer Mary Randlett, will discuss how her northwest painter friends have been an important inspiration behind her photography. Please RSVP by October 9th.

October 2 - November 30, 2008

This Coast Salish Place


This will be our third exhibition to focus exclusively on the profoundly gratifying cultural renaissance taking place within our regional Coast Salish tribal communities. The passion, time, commitment, and education that has propelled this renaissance will be exemplified in This Coast Salish Place.

August 7 - September 27, 2008

ALASKA -- Thomas Stream

Wildlife Portraits, An Aleut's Perspective


We are proud to present another incredible selection of new original gouache paintings by Aleut artist Thomas Stream. New characters emerge in his painted menagerie developed over the decades: the pesky raccoon, busy beaver, and regal elk are among his most recent subjects. These characters are all depicted in Thomas's signature style, wearing the iconic Aleut hunting hats and set in the landscapes of our world that the artist respects and holds dear.

August 7 - September 27, 2008

ALASKA -- Joan Tenenbaum

Connecting Culture with Landscape


Joan Tenenbaum explores traditional Yup'ik and Inupiaq style Ulu Knife Jewelry through her as always impeccably created jewelry. Brooches, pendants, earrings and an incredible cuff bracelet convey Joan's close associations with and understanding of the Alaskan landscapes and Eskimo cultures.

August 7 - September 27, 2008

ALASKA -- Life of the Arctic Tundra

Alaskan Sculpture and Basket Weaving


With Stonington Gallery's annual foray into ALASKA, we are delighted to introduce a body of exquisite finely coiled grass baskets by Central Yup'ik weaver, Jane Wiseman. Jane gathers a variety of grasses along the banks of the rivers near her village in Chefornak, Alaska. She hand treats and dyes the grasses and dedicates hours to weaving beautiful lidded and open baskets, bowls, and trays.

The exhibit will also feature a breathtaking collection of new whalebone and ivory carvings from the Bearing Sea Inupiaq and Siberian Yupik carvers. Masterfully carved walrus ivory tusk and whalebone totems by Siberian Yupik artist Edwin Noongwook of Savoonga, St. Lawrence Island, whalebone dancers and hunters by Shishmaref Inupiaq artist Bill Jones; large whale scapula carvings by Inupiaq artists Edwin Weyiouanna and Richard Olanna; as well as a variety of other whalebone and ivory carvings from other Eskimo artists reflecting their lives and their culture.

August 7 - September 27, 2008

ALASKA -- Courtney Lipson

Ravenstail Jewelry


Courtney Lipson expands her body of micro-mosaic glass seed bead jewelry to include the traditional Northwest Coast geometric Ravenstail band and diamond weaving patterns, using black, white and gold beads.

August 7 - September 27, 2008

ALASKA -- Hana Von Krenner

Athabaskan Beadwork


Hana Von Krenner continues to exhibit a masterful skill in traditional Northwest Coast and Athabaskan bead work styles and techniques.

June 5-30, 2008

Scott Jensen

A Solo Exhibition


The long awaited second Scott Jensen solo exhibition will be sure to astound. Like his previous collection of work, these carvings are without compare. Jensen's style is imbued with a love and respect for the early Tlingit masters who created some of civilization's greatest masterpieces. With every carved ovoid and painted u-form, Jensen pays homage to the elegant and complicated relationship between form and line; the multi-layered tension between positive and negative space; this formline language has adorned art for the Pacific Northwest Coast native tribes for millenia. Scott will give a guided tour of the exhibit Saturday, June 7th at 2 pm.

June 8, 2008

Annual Duwamish Tribe Gala Dinner and Art Auction

Honoring Seattle's First People

You are warmly invited to join a celebraion of Duwamish culture and Northwest art hosted by the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). Enoy a vibrant live show by Gene Tagaban, a cocktail reception and silent art auction, performance by TIlibshudub ("Singing Feet"), and a traditional live auction of valuable art from Northwest artists such as Preston Singletary and Marvin Oliver.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit Duwamish Tribal Services (DTS), a nonprofit organization that provides critical support to nearly 600 tribal members.

When: Sunday, June 08, 2008
4:00 pm doors open
4:30-7:00 pm live show, reception and silent art auction
7:00-8:30 pm traditional feast and live art auction

Where: Museum of History & Industry
2700 24th Ave. E, Seattle| (map it!)

Festive cocktail attire. Free parking available onsite.

April 3 - 27, 2008

Masks & Panels



This group exhibit will illustrate the sculptural and dramatic three dimensional aspects of masks, as well as the elegance and grace of two dimensional low relief carvings and paintings. Both are emblematic of Northwest Coast traditions. It will also be a wonderful way to share the importance of the mythological characters and legends of the coast.

March 6 - 31, 2008

Currently at Stonington


With the coming of Spring, new work is flowing into Stonington! Rain or shine it's always interesting and run to drop into the Gallery to check out what's new in Pacific Northwest Coast and Alaskan art.  In March, 2008, Stonington Gallery will feature a variety of works including a phenomenal argillite Wasco Bowl (Wolf/Killerwhale transformation) with removable dorsal fin by Christian White, the foremost Haida carver of this material found in the Queen Charlotte Islands. Known for his lovely flowing lines, intricate inlays and interesting and sometimes whimsical subject matter, Christian's Wolf Bowl is a jewel. The Gallery is proud to be able to make this piece available to  its collectors.

Also featured will be hats and baskets by Isabel Rorick and Nancy Burgess;a unique colorful Small Glass Kachina and other glass works and prints by Marvin Oliver; glass panels, paintings and prints by Alano Edzerza; and a large selection of new ivory and whalebone carvings from the Inupiaq Eskimos living in the Bering Sea coastal region of Alaska.   

February 7 - 29, 2008

Inspired by Love


Stonington Gallery Jewelers


With Valentine's Day around the corner, Stonington's jewelers have created an exquisite body of work in celebration of the month of love.

December 6-31, 2007



Stonington Gallery and its staff are as confident as ever that we live in the most spectacular place on earth – the rich, verdant and beautiful Pacific Northwest.  We also acknowledge that without the very thing that many dread come the fall and winter months every year -- that is RAIN -- our region simply would not be as lush and wonderful as it is.  From the Cascades on the mainland to the rain forests on the Olympic Peninsula, and from the Canadian Cascades out to the Pacific coast -- our region nestled in the midst of this vibrant valley witnesses a weather system that has fed and nurtured the development of rich cultures along our coastline for centuries. Provided with an abundance of food from the land and sea as well as materials for sea canoes, shelter, tools and clothing made from old growth forests, Native cultures in our region were able to take the time to develop a complicated and intricate art form that has lasted through the millennia.  Therefore, we, along with our Gallery artists from our jewelers to our painters to our carvers, pay tribute to Rain – for without it, all of the beauty that surrounds us now may never have come to be just quite the way that it did. 

December 6-31, 2007



Opening simultaneously with a December group exhibit celebrating “Rain,” Stonington Gallery is proud to present a special body of work featuring small animal spirit carvings by the popular artist Hib Sabin: “Fits in Your Pocket.”  Not unlike prior works by Sabin, these explore themes of shamanism and the nature of animal spirits as manifested through spirit helper masks, spirit canoes, and spirit sticks; however, this exhibit focuses on these themes through similar items but all on a miniature scale -- amulets, maskettes, mini canoes, and a lovely miniature Lyre boat.

November 1 - 30, 2007

Alano Edzerza:
Northwest Coast Formline Art in
Glass, Pencil, and Acrylic


For the first time, Stonington Gallery is proud to host a solo exhibition of new two- and three-dimensional works by young up-and-coming artist Alano Edzerza. Edzerza belongs to the Raven clan of the Tahltan Nation located in northwest British Columbia east of the Tlingit and north of the Tsimshian.  Edzerza’s glass sculpture and two-dimensional works have widespread appeal for their modern interpretations of the traditional principles of Northwest Coast formline art. Edzerza clearly understands and internalizes the traditional and formal aspects of Northwest Coast art, while successfully marrying them with modern aesthetics, as exemplified in his etched glass boxes and panels. The formline designs that traditionally graced the iconic steam bent boxes or wooden wall panels are now etched into glass, while the lids and bases remain old growth cedar.  The outcome is exciting contemporary work merged with the foundations set by the great art of the old masters. His works can be found as the centerpiece of either the most chic, modern home or one with the most traditional of Northwest Coast art collections.

November 1 - 30, 2007

Angela Swedberg:
The Art of Medicine


Angela Swedberg's blown glass and beaded sculpture draws inspiration from the objects common to the tribes of the Plains and Plateau: gourd rattles, sacred necklaces, and ladles. Swedberg, world renown for her tradtional quill and bead work, and particularly for her show work for Appaloosa's, is taking the traditional bead work and incorporating it with hand blown glass. This body of work was created while Swedberg was dealing with a serious illness. The creation of the pieces was healing and inspired her to develop work that addressed the importance of ritual objects in the healing arts of all native tribes, though these items are representations, not actual items used for ritual.

Swedberg States: "The Native American concept of 'medicine' is much different from the modern world's concept of it. Their healing process concerns not only the physical, but the mental and spiritual worlds as well. One is not whole when the others are out of balance. Power and healing come from many different sources: animal, plant, and the forces of the earth. This exploration in glass is inspired by the people around me that are currently dealing with medical uissues, as well as other problems that life throws at you. It may be that I'm getting older, or it may be a sign of the times, but in my world, there are more friends that have been battling cancer and other life threatening health problems. I want to help them all, but for the most part all I can do is pray for them and send positive thoughts. This got me thinking about what traditional healers did, as well as what they used for healing people. I decided to show the beauty of certain items used to heal. I am making each item as a prayer for better health and recovery to those around me."

Swedberg's good friend, Joe David, whose work is simultaneously being featured in November at Stonington Gallery in the "Engraved in Tradition" jewelry exhibit, also explores the healing powers of amulets and jewelry. Both artists are renowned for their wealth of knowledge of tribal cultures as well as their refined craftsmanship. The opportunity to see a body of work honiring sacred healing objects by both of these artists is a rare and wonderful opportunity.

October 6-31, 2005

Engraved in Tradition-
A Jewelry Exhibit


Jewelry making is an acient tradition of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Tribes from the Columbia River north to Alaska engraved and carved elaborate jewelry. Most well known are the engraved silver braceletes of the Haida and Tlingit tribes. The Stonington Gallery has strived to nurture this tradition by focusing on contemporary jewelers whose work contributes to this rich and long tradition. This November's group show, "Engraved in Tradition", will feature the Stonington's jewelry artists and highlight work by Joe David, a Nuu-chah-nulth artist renowned for his carving, painting, and jewelry.  David's jewelry will allude to the important use of small amulets or jewelry as powerful and important tools to aid tribal Shamans in their healing work.

Other participating artists include: Steve Brown (Curator Emeritus, Seattle Art Museum's Northwest Coast Native Art), Joan Tenenbaum, Jay Simeon (Haida), Jerry Hill, George Estrella, Lois Bertolino, Bill Bedard (Haida), Courtney Lipson, Owen and Janet Walker, and Jean Regal Westgate.

November 7, 2007

Lecture Series

Wednesday, 7pm  $5 admission


Please join us for an evening with Scott Jensen, November 7, 2007 when he will discuss the body of art that will be created for his SOLO EXHIBIT as well as the old works that have inspired his career. Please call to reserve tickets. Admission $5.

October 17, 2007

Lecture Series

Wednesday, 7pm  $5 admission


Please join us on Wednesday, October 17th at 7pm for an evening with artist and scholar, Barry Herem, for his lecture on KADJIS DU AXTC, A TLINGIT MICHELANGELO.  The style of Kadjis du axtc (circa 1750-1850) is recognized in several known works, the most famous of which are the houseposts of the Whale House in Southeast Alaska.  Images of reproductions of this man's work by Steve Brown and others in the 1980's will be included.  Please call to reserve tickets.

September 12, 2007

Lecture Series

Wednesday, 7pm  $5 admission


Please join us for a special lecture with Joan Tenenbaum, THE ARTIST LINGUIST, TRANSLATING FIELD RESEARCH INTO WEARABLE ART, on Wednesday September 12 at 7pm.  Joan will share her experiences from her years spent living with the Athabaskans and Eskimos in Alaska.  It is a story made all the more remarkable after learning how her memories are translated into her exquisite jewelry. Joan will also be available to sign copies of her re-released book, DENA'INA SUKDU'A: TRADITIONAL STORIES OF THE TANAINA ATHABASKANS. Please phone or email for tickets. 

September 6 - October 25, 2007

Joan Tenenbaum, The Artist Linguist

Translating Field Research into Wearable Art


September will witness Joan Tenenbaum's newest body of work, in which she returns to her early years as a young anthropologist who traveled to Alaska to document a little known Athabaskan language in a small rural Alaskan village. 

In previous work Joan has shown us her ability to translate the Alaskan landscape, animals, people, customs and artifacts into exquisite, wearable pieces of art.  Now, for the first time, she demonstrates her remarkable talents in jewelry-making by telling the story of the language itself, the experience of being a field linguist, and the traditional stories she recorded and wrote down for the first time ever in the native Athabaskan language.  Tenenbaum draws on her extensive vocabulary as a goldsmith to weave her own tale related to the documentation of one of the world's most complex languages.

Joan Tenenbaum will share her experiences from her years spent living with the Athabaskans and Eskimos in Alaska and be available to autograph books at 7pm on Wednesday, September 12.  Please call to reserve tickets.  Admission $5.

September 6 - October 25, 2007

Thomas Stream

An Aleutian Presence


Aleut painter Thomas Stream’s newest paintings will be featured, including much-larger-than-life portraits of Alaskan wildlife cultural icons Raven and Stellar’s Jay each painted in a 5’ x 7’ format.

September 6 - October 25, 2007

Art of Alaska:

An Artistic Frontier


The diversity of Alaska's landscape is mirrored by the extraordinary range of cultures that have adapted to and thrived over the centuries.  From the Northwest Coast Native cultures of Southeast Alaska, to the Aleut of the Aleutian Islands, the Yup'ik and Inupiat Eskimos of the North Pacific and Bering Sea to the Athabaskan of Central Alaska, this exhibit will honor these ancient and still vital cultures and their art traditions.

August 2-31, 2007

Courtney Lipson



Inspired by the traditions of European mosaics and Native American beadwork, PATTERNS will showcase Courtney Lipson's micro-mosaic jewelry, exquisitely composed from glass seed beads set into hand crafted silver and gold backings.  Lipson's new jewelry collection will focus on the rhythm of patterns found in nature as well as hand crafted objects such as baskets and blankets.  In conjunction with Joe Feddersen's new print series, PATTERNS will be both an intense and delicately woven experience

August 2-31, 2007

Joe Feddersen

New Dimensions:  Collage & Silhouette


PATTERNS will also showcase the distinguished printmaking of Joe Feddersen.  Feddersen's prints, much like his blown glass, utilize patterns to examine the changing cultural landscape.  Traditional Plateau designs combine with the pattern of modern items such as tire treads.  Feddersen currently has a large installation piece at the Smithsonian, National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.  In conjunction with Courtney Lipson's exquisite jewelry, PATTERNS will be both an intense and delicately woven experience.

June 2 - July 29, 2007

Celebrate Puget Sound

A Group Exhibition in Conjunction with
Puget Soundscape


CELEBRATE PUGET SOUND is intended to honor and celebrate the history, cultures and ecology of Puget Sound and its watershed.  With this exhibit, the Gallery hopes to provide a better understanding of what was here before, determine where we are now, and contemplate what the future holds for Puget Sound. 

To this end, Stonington Gallery has spearheaded a two month community-wide event to coincide with its exhibit.  PUGET SOUNDSCAPE: A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION OF PUGET SOUND THROUGH ART, ECOLOGY AND CULTURE will illuminate the issues facing the Sound and open a dialogue among the community to examine the complexities of these issues.  Stonington Gallery is excited to be joined by a number of the area's finest cultural organizations and other local businesses who all will be offering compelling and diverse programming and experiences that will enlighten, entertain and hopefully solidify our support for saving the Puget Sound ecosystem, and, in turn, boost awareness to a larger audience including both local residents and tourists alike.  With this summer celebration we hope to set a precedent for the future by encouraging people to come together and utilize the resources and knowledge available through a wide variety of institutions whose mission it is to preserve the history, culture and ecological state of one of the nation's most spectacular natural settings, our very own Puget Sound.

Visit WWW.PUGETSOUNDSCAPE.COM for additional information about the community wide celebration.

April 5-30, 2007

Joe David

Personal Moments


Joe David's PERSONAL MOMENTS is a reflection on the people and experiences that have influenced him personally and artistically.  He's been so inspired behind this exhibit, he's "barely taken time to eat or sleep."  A fascinating side of Joe David and his vision of humanity is revealed through these human faces.

April 5-30, 2007

Rick Bartow

The Origin of Song


Rick bartow continues to work in a turbulent and expressionistic style that explodes onto the surface of the paper.  Provocative and exciting, Bartow's work in THE ORIGIN OF SONG resounds with ongoing themes of animal/human transformation, focusing closely on the spiritual importance of birds in his Wiyot culture.

December 7-31, 2006

Winter Celebration

A Group Exhibition


WINTER CELEBRATION is a group exhibition celebrating the rituals and traditions surrounding the solstice season.  Participating artists include: Yukie Adams, Robert Barratt, Rick Bartow, Steve Brown, Joe David, Robert Davidson, Dave Franklin, Barry Herem, Scott Jensen, Courtney Lipson, Marvin Oliver, Duane Pasco, Shaun Peterson, Isabel Rorick, Joan Tenenbaum, Loren White and more. 

November 2-30, 2006

Myths' Immortal Characters

Hib Sabin: A Solo Exhibition


    MYTHS' IMMORTAL CHARACTERS is a solo exhibition featuring new juniper and bronze works by Hib Sabin.  Hib creates a cast of figures that move in and out of the spiritual world and represent a certain ancient timelessness. 

Stonington Gallery proudly presents MYTHS' IMMORTAL CHARACTERS, a full color 24 page catalogue highlighting Sabin's work and experiences, available for $10 at the gallery.  Please contact Stonington at or (866) 405-4485 to place an order.

October 5-31, 2006

Jean Ferrier

A Solo Exhibition


JEAN FERRIER'S exhibition features handmade books and mixed media paintings on paper and wood.   Ferrier's handmade books are exquisitely detailed with hand painted illustrations and text in calligraphy.  Her books honor the important tradition of storytelling among the northwest coast tribes and provide an excellent format for her nuanced figurative paintings. 

October 5-31, 2006

Loren White

A Solo Exhibition


LOREN WHITE'S work includes carvings in cedar and bronze as well as glass sculpture created during his recent residency at the Pilchuck Glass School.  White's cedar and glass sculptures are another contribution to the expanding body of work which marries the traditions of Northwest Coast art and studio glass.

September 7-31, 2006

Classically Northern

Celebrating Northern Formline


CLASSICALLY NORTHERN celebrates the complex design system coined "formline" by noted artist and scholar Bill Holm.  Participating artists include Robert Davidson, Phil Gray, Allie High, Scott Jensen, Mark Preston, Wayne Price, Isabel Rorick, Tim Runyan, Jay Simeon and April White.

September 7-31, 2006

Thomas Stream

A Retrospective


THOMAS STREAM: A RETROSPECTIVE highlights the 30+ year career of this talented Aleutian artist.  The expressive and finely detailed gouache paintings feature local flora and fauna adorned with traditional Aleut hunting visors.

September 7-31, 2006

Bering Spirit

Works from the Alaskan & Siberian Yup'ik and Interior Arctic Corridor


BERING SPIRIT features ivory and whalebone carvings, Yupik masks, bentwood visors and cedar sculptures from the Alaskan and Siberian Yup'ik and Interior Arctic Corridor.  Participating artists include Philip Charette, John Hoover, Scott Jensen, Peter Lind, Edwin Noongwook, Richard Olanna, John & Mark Tetpon and others.  

June 1-30, 2006

...To See a World in a Grain of Sand...

Micro-Mosaic Jewelry by Courtney Lipson: A Solo Exhibition


...TO SEE A WORLD IN A GRAIN OF SAND...takes a close look at the world, recreating details such as butterfly wings, flowers, and feathers in Courtney Lipson's unique mosaic style. 

May 4-29 , 2006

Borne of Myth & Fire

Celebrating Northwest Coast Art in Glass


BORNE OF MYTH & FIRE presents an elegant collection of northwest art fusing traditional themes with new media. Participating artists include Jewels Durham, Joe Fedderson, Phil Gray, Barry Herem, Scott Jensen, Ed Archie NoiseCat, Marvin Oliver, Andy Peterson, Ruth Peterson, Shaun Peterson, Lillian Pitt, Susan Point and Preston Singletary.

April 6-30, 2006


Exploring Scale through Monumental Sculpture and Intricate Jewelry


DIMENSIONS presents the contrasts between two equally significant Pacific Northwest Coast art traditions: monumental sculpture and jewelry.  Exhibiting the grand with the diminutive demonstrates and celebrates the pervasive role of art in Northwest Coast cultures.  Participating artists include Steve Brown, John Goodwin, Jerry Hill, Courtney Lipson, Wayne Price, Jay Simeon, Joan Tenenbaum, Janet & Owen Walker, Connie Watts and Jean Regal Westgate.

December 1-31, 2005

Winter Solstice Exhibition

A Celebration of the Season


WINTER SOLSTICE EXHIBITION pays tribute to the season of tradition, honoring community spirit and celebration.  Participating artists include Yukie Adams, Robert Barratt, Joe David, David Franklin, Barry Herem, Scott Jensen, Maynard Johnny Jr., Duane Pasco, Shaun Peterson, Wayne PRice, Thomas Stream, Isabel Rorick, Hib Sabin, Jay Simeon, Loren White and others.

November 3-28, 2005

Through the Eyes of the Northwest Coast Woman


THROUGH THE EYES OF THE NORTHWEST COAST WOMAN is an exhibit celebrating the vision of the women artists at Stonington Gallery.  This show features the work of 23 female artists spanning a wide variety of media and cultural references.  Featured artists include April White, Susan Point, Debie Knight-Kennedy, Ruth Wilbur-Peterson and Nancy Taylor Stonington.

August 16 - September 30, 2005


A Gathering of Contemporary Coast Salish Artists


Three years in the making, the AWAKENINGS exhibition and its accompanying book, Contemporary Coast Salish Art, present the work of 20 artists whose art ranges from traditional expressions in basketry and weaving to innovations in glass and metal.

June 2-30, 2005

Jean Ferrier

Paintings on Wood and Paper


Jean Ferrier's exhibition of mixed media painting on cedar panels celebrating characters and mythology from Pacific Northwest Coast culture demonstrates the innovation that she brings to the tradition.  Jean has developed into one of the most accomplished painters in the region.

June 2-30, 2005

Courtney Lipson

Micro-Mosaic Jewelry


Courtney Lipson's glass beaded jewelry honors the tradition of mosaics on a micro scale.

May 5-31, 2005

Hib Sabin

Journey to the Interior


Hib Sabin's sculptures focus on themes of looking inward, figures within figures, and travel through time and space, from birth to death.  Hib has studied the mythology of the Northwest Coast native cultures and interprets them in his Juniper carvings.

November 4 - December 31, 2004


Icon of the Pacific Northwest


Today's contemporary totem poles serve as a tribute and remembrance to the native cultures and their artists who conceived of and so skillfully executed these monuments.  With old growth cedar fast becoming a memory of the past this will be a rare opportunity of a lifetime to see so many contemporary masterpieces in one exhibition.


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