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Art Walk Through Pioneer Square

We will stroll through Pioneer Square and visit some of the interesting art galleries located there. The three following galleries are on our list, and there might be some more.

Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Avenue South

"Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff: Paintings"

from the Seattle Times:

"Roger Shimomura’s acrylic paintings skewering Asian racial stereotypes have always been lively.But in his new show at Greg Kucera Gallery, he’s outdone himself with the crazed kinetic energy he brings to the canvas.

"Almost all the works in “An American Knockoff” are action-packed self-portraits, pitting Shimomura against Disney characters, traditional Japanese warriors or Chinese Red Army heroes (to name just a few). They’re some of the funniest things he’s done — and the most biting."

Seattle Times - Kucera Gallery

Kucera Gallery - exhibition description

Bryan Ohno Gallery, 521 South Main Street

"Get Naked: Making the Sexualized Woman Less Controversial"

from the Seattle Times:

"Pardon my boldness, but are you going to Get Naked? I did, and it was exhilarating ... and a little uncomfortable. “Get Naked” is the provocative title of the new exhibition at the recently (re)opened Bryan Ohno Gallery. The exhibition features eight artists — all women — who explore the sexual, female body.

"The nude female form has been an aesthetic and symbolic presence in art since, well, the beginning of art. During the feminist movement of the 1970s, artists critiqued the aesthetic objectification of women, questioning the pervasive representation of women as icons of beauty and sexuality.

"Some female artists chose to take control of the way the female body is portrayed, making it the focus of their work.

"The artists in this exhibition continue that line of inquiry, frankly depicting their own and others’ bodies in ways that are honest, graphic, elusive, erotic. The gallery’s website carries an “Adults Only” warning label because there are some pretty explicit images in this show. And the explicitness is important."

Seattle Times article - Bryan Ohno Gallery

Bryan Ohno Gallery - exhibition description

Glasshouse Studio, 311 Occidental Avenue South

from their web site:

"The Pacific Northwest has gained international recognition as the leading center for the design and creation of hand crafted glass. The rise of the Studio Glass Movement in America is represented here by a large community of artists working individually or in the hundreds of studios found in the region. The artists at Glasshouse Studio invite you to observe and reflect upon their work, and consider adding it to your personal art collection.

"Founded in 1972 at the beginning of the Northwest Glass Movement, Glasshouse Studio is the oldest glassblowing studio in the Northwest. A combined team of highly skilled artists, they bring a wide variety of backgrounds and philosophies to their work. Coupled with the commitment to their craft and each other."

Glasshouse Studio web page

There will be an optional beverage stop at the conclusion of this art walk where we can discuss what we have seen and any other topic under the sun.

This is a free meetup event and is limited to 25 participants. Persons with RSVPs: meet me in front of the Greg Kucera Gallery at 12:00 noon. I am an Asian American male who wears glasses and who will be wearing a hat of some type (beret, black rain hat, brimless African cap). A head shot of me appears in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. My cell phone,[masked], will be on until 12:00 noon. Please note that I use a "dumbphone" (voice only, no data, but it does meet Mil Standard 810G, eg can operate in a sandstorm) so do not text me or post a comment on this web site - I will not be able to read the messages. Phone me if you need to contact me.

George Liu


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  • George L.

    Very interesting galleries that we attended. In same places we were provided with detailed explanations by the gallery owner. Unfortunately I don't have $25K to spend on a painting; otherwise I would have purchased one by Roger Shimomura - these were great depictions of Asian American stereotypes. The sexually explicit drawing in Japanese style cost only $300 but it had been sold. One gallery displayed sophisticated vase sized glass with facets; these were about $10K. Great conversation afterwards at Hotel Panama.

    September 28, 2013

  • mary s.

    It was so yukky out I just couldn't rally but I hope you do it again soon. Saturday is usually a good day for me.

    September 28, 2013

  • George L.

    Hi all: I will be wearing a Russian camo uniform. It is the most waterproof piece of outerwear that I have.

    September 28, 2013

    • Norm G.

      I tried. Misadventure. Took bus down but missed exit and went to West Seattle-came back walked down from Seneca in downpour and didn't see gallery so got bus to Seattle Center. My fault. Hope there was a good turnout.

      September 28, 2013

  • Maura S.

    I am interested in joining the group. Let me know if there is room.

    September 27, 2013

    • George L.

      You are welcome to attend.

      September 28, 2013

  • mary

    I am a fair weather art walker, so my rsvp depends on rain, cold, wind, etc

    September 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Are we allowed to photograph in the galleries?

      September 23, 2013

    • George L.

      This is depend upon the policy of each gallery though my guess is that photography will not be allowed. It might be considered to be the theft of intellectual property.

      September 27, 2013

  • George L.

    Hi all: Unless the weather is really really bad (you be the judge) I will plan to hold this meetup because exhibitions at the Kucera and Ohno galleries will end tomorrow. If you are not sure before making a decision please all me (number shown above) after 9:30 am Saturday for the latest news.

    If the weather is so bad that most of you cancel or do not show up I will schedule another gallery hike when several of them have interesting exhibits.

    September 27, 2013

  • Nancy C.

    And for those of you who are artists (or know one), Gallery 110 in Pioneer Square at 110 Third Street, one block north of Kucera, just announced its Fourth Annual Juried Competition. This will be juried by a curator of Seattle Art Museum's contemporary art, giving artists a chance to be noticed by SAM, participate in a gallery exhibition and win a cash prize. What's not to like? Go to and click on the tab Call For Entries. Don't miss the deadline of Oct. 23!

    September 27, 2013

  • mary

    sorry, turns out I have a conflict that day, but enjoy!

    September 21, 2013

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