As an independent artist in Seattle, I love going to art shows. I am guaranteed to like only about 10 percent of the art, but it’s also a great social occasion. This weekend in Pioneer Square, you can experience two sprawling artistic events: The international Seattle Art Fair at the CenturyLink Field Event Center and the independently curated (all local) art show Out of Sight at King Street Train Station.
Here are a couple tips to maximize your enjoyment. And my picks for what should not be missed when you head downtown.
FASHION: First of all, get dressed up. At an art show, you can be anyone you want to be. Make up a fake background and history for yourself and make sure your friends know the deal and can back you up. You could be a rich collector from the Yukon, flying in on a private jet just for the weekend, looking to enhance the art collection at your ski lodge. Get eccentric. No one will know the truth.
STATE OF MIND: Secondly, being in an altered state of mind when experiencing art is preferable, particularly when you are in a giant stadium (or the upstairs floor of a train station) that’s full of swarming people.
TOP FIVE MUST-SEES | Seattle Art Fair, July 31 to Aug. 2 at CenturyLink Field Event Center ($20-$35)
(Note: There are plenty of free tickets to this floating around town. Ask a gallery near you or get one here).
Federico Uribe (Adelson Galleries, Booth 301)
Beautiful shiny animals built from bullet casings and 3D images of human faces made entirely from colored pencils, stacked and arranged and swirled.