In the city of Seattle, art is found in just about every facet of daily life. Its structural buildings are essentially works of art, designed by architectural engineers, while many local businesses and storefronts boast local artist’s work to add to the already artistic vibe of the city. Some of the works of Seattle’s best local artists can be seen in local galleries and museums, while others are highlighted and on display in their own garden of sculptures at the Seattle Center.
Chihuly Garden And Glass
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Located next to the Space Needle at Seattle Center, the exhibition known as Chihuly Garden and Glass, is the creation of Tacoma-born artist, Dale Chihuly. His glass school in Washington State was developed and co-founded in 1971 and since, Chihuly has shown the world the fine art of glass blowing. Chihuly’s works have been displayed all over the world in more than 200 museum collections, but his most breathtaking accomplishment draws crowds daily at the Chihuly Garden and Glass, right in the heart of Seattle.
Seattle, WA 98036
From a distance, Naoko Morisawa’s works of art look like beautiful paintings. Once you get a closer look, you will find each work of art created by her is made of hundreds of small sliced pieces of oil-dyed wood chips. The patterns and wood grains are never the same in any of Naoko’s pieces of art, giving each of them their own impressions and shadows. Naoko Morisawa showcases her artwork in a variety of galleries and museums in the Pacific Northwest, including the Seattle Art Museum, the Kirkland Art Center, the Frederick Holmes and Company: Gallery of Modern & Contemporary Art in Pioneer Square, the Anacortes Arts Festival and the Art Port Townsend 18th Annual Juried Art Show.
5019 Colorado Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
Since 2006, local artist Cheryl Zahniser has focused on achieving her artistic abilities and creativity. She has studied with several well-known artists and has made her primary artwork focus in oil paintings on canvas. Cheryl focuses mainly on portraits and figures in her charcoal drawings and oil paintings, and has even begun working with the process of reverse painting and the firing of enamels on glass. Cheryl’s paintings have been showcased at Seattle’s Alki Arts gallery, the Mayor’s Gallery solo show at Seattle’s City Hall and Capers Artwalk in West Seattle.
6716 Eastside Drive N.E., Suite 1-546
Tacoma, WA 98422
Amy Brown of Tacoma, Washington, began painting faeries in the early 1990s. At that time, she was a young would-be artist, working in a local art gallery. Her boss asked if she would paint something to fill one of the gallery’s empty frames. So Amy went to work on her first real piece, which was of course, of her beloved faeries. That first piece sold in just three days. So Amy began painting faeries in her off time and years later, she is still just as passionate about painting them. Anyone can see by her artwork that Amy Brown is a gifted artist and her beautiful faeries have enriched the lives of many. Amy makes in-person appearances every so often, but the majority of her artwork can be found via her website and Etsy store.
5707 29th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
While well-known artist Dan Corson isn’t a Seattle native, he has lived in the area since the late 1980s when he became a student at the University of Washington. Corson’s artwork is created on a large scale, and is currently displayed in many locations in the United States. During his career, Corson has created public art that is concept-driven for art galleries, railway stations, parks and much more. One of his current works is on display at the Seattle Center’s Pacific Science Center, and is titled Sonic Bloom. It features giant flowers made of metal and solar panels that light up at night. When you approach the flowers they will also make a humming sound.
Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.