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First Thursday: Strolling for Art

Saturday, March 6, 2010by  WALLY Team

Nothing gets those creative juices flowing like a little exercise and hundreds of free showings by renowned artists right here in the Seattle area. Yesterday, Peter and I were inspired to join fellow Art Gallery Crawlers for the First Thursday art walk in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. Powered up on cheese plates and hors d'oeuvres, we pounded the pavement exploring every booth and gallery this thirty-year fixture in Seattle's art community has to offer.

We loved exploring the intimate workspaces of the 619 Yesler Art Building and hearing firsthand the inspirations and insights of the artists. Painting and sculpture weren't the only examples of stunning local talent on display. During our stroll we were treated to elegant tango demonstrations near Occidental Park and live performances at a former grunge hotspot, O.K. Hotel. Along the way we met Rachel, a Seattle Art Institute student and academic Art Gallery Crawler. 'This is actually homework for me, but it's great getting to explore Seattle's rich art scene with my friends at the same time.' We can see why they're so eager to come along, Rachel!

Here are a few of our favorite shots from the art walk:

enjoying an evening of art: nadira, rachel, danielle 

    Nadira, Rachel and Danielle enjoy the evening of art

kid plays life sized chess 

Little Ian finds out art can be interactive!

octofly art 

One of our favorite pieces of the night titled 'Octofly'

mark berry painter sculpter artwork 

Painter/Sculptor Mark Berry from Ellensburg poses next to some of his work

Art not your forte? Then be sure to check us out at the Sounders Community Shield match next Thursday at Qwest Field. See you there!

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