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125 South Jackson Street
Seattle, Washington 98104

Telephone: 206.405.4040
Toll Free: 866.405.4485



Monday - Friday: 10am-6pm

Saturday: 10am-5:30pm

Sunday: 12pm-5pm

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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





Stonington Has Moved --

But Not Far!


Stonington has moved two doors down the block: from 119 S Jackson to 125 S Jackson. The view and the venue has changed, but the vibe has not: we recommit ourselves to honoring and exhibiting the highest quality works from around the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.


125 South Jackson Street

Seattle, WA 98104

(Corner of Occidental and Jackson)

Tel: 206.405.4040


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M - F: 10-6

Sat: 10-5:30

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