Best Abstract Art Exhibits In Seattle

August 17, 2015 5:00 AM

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Name just about any form of artwork and you are bound to find it in Seattle. However, some types of art are more difficult to find than others. Abstract art can be one of those types. You are bound to find a little abstract art in just about any gallery you find in the city, but here are five options that have dedicated themselves to the cause. Here are five locations in the greater Seattle area that just might have what you are looking for:
Museum Of Glass
1801 Dock St.
Tacoma, WA 98402
(800) 421-5179
www.museumofglass.net

Now until Oct. 11, 2015, The Museum of Glass has welcomed artist Shrily Klinghoffer and her display, “CRT Revisited.” This unique exhibit was inspired by Conformal Radiation Therapy, of all things. The exhibit features 18 glass sculptures and uses the technique of slumping. This has become a very personal project for Klinghoffer, who originally created the pieces in the 1990s but had to deal with her own breast cancer treatment in 2006. In addition to this great show, the museum offers many other wonders in glass form. The museum is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (62+), Students (13+) and military with ID, and $5 for children.

Asian Art Museum
Volunteer Park
1400 E. Prospect St.
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 654-3100
www.seatteartmuseum.org

Though you will see representation of calligraphy from as early as the 11th century all the way up to today at the “Calligraphic Abstraction” exhibit, the focus here is to bring appreciation that calligraphy can be used as abstract art — and many viewers are unable to read the East Asia language anyway. But one can certainly appreciate its beauty. The exhibit, which continues through Oct. 4, features works by Mark Tobey, a Pacific Northwest artist who tends to work with a calligraphy-inspired art form. The Asian Art Museum (Part of Seattle Art Museum) is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday thru Sunday and stays open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for seniors (62+) and military, and $5 for students and teens. Those under the age of 12 get in for free.

Rhonda Hill Gallery
168 Lake St. S.
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425)298-0022
www.rhondahillgallery.com

Raised on the island of Hawaii, Rhonda Hill is a self-taught artist who moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1997, bringing with her a wealth of culturally different art forms. Though her heart still lives in Maui, she enjoys sharing her heritage with others. She describes her art as “contemporary and primitive in style” using a mix of both acrylic paint and a collage of mixed media. She claims that her works have up to 30 layers of paint on them, which provides a variety of textures. Her works look similar, but no two are alike. Her gallery is located on historic Lake Street in Kirkland. Her hours vary, so be sure to call ahead of time.

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Brooke Westlund Studio And Gallery
Pike Place Market
1516 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(425) 681-6037
www.brookewestlund.com

There might not be a better place to show off Brooke Westlund’s abstract paintings than Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. Her mixed media works vary in color and textures, just like the market, and she says that her paintings are her “way of sharing her love of life with the world” and many are happy that she did. Her works include a variety of paints, the use of photographs, dry pigment powders and other unique items like postage stamps, ribbons or things that she has found in an old encyclopedia. Anything that could help her describe what she was feeling at the time. Though her gallery is open frequently, she does suggest that you set up an appointment ahead of time to make sure that you are not disappointed.

Chihuly Garden And Glass
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 753-4940
www.chihulygardenandglass.com

Northwest artist Dale Chihuly was born and raised in Tacoma and stumbled upon the art of glass while he was studying interior design. He then became part of the very first program of glass art in the country, which was being held at the University of Wisconsin and then the Rhode Island School of Design. Fortunately for Seattlites, Chihuly came back home to share what he learned. The beautiful Chihuly Garden and Glass museum, located at the Seattle Center, is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience with abstract art displayed inside and outside of the building. Chihuly Garden and Glass is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission is $23  for adults, $18 for Seniors (65+), $14 for children and kids under three get in free.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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