A wealth of amazing art is waiting to be explored in the vibrant Seattle neighbourhood of Capitol Hill. In addition to the monthly art walk, in which a variety of businesses participate, there are also multiple galleries, hybrid galleries, educational institutions, and museums showcasing a diverse collection of contemporary art. We take a look at some of the best galleries in which to experience the Seattle art scene.
Nestled inside the courtyard of an apartment complex in Capitol Hill, Ghost Gallery is a unique space featuring art alongside vintage items and handcrafted jewellery. Starting out as a ‘roving exhibition project’ in 2006, owner Laurie Kearney, an independent curator, opened a permanent location in 2010; however, she continues to do off-site exhibitions as well. Featuring a wide range of artists from locals to international, Kearney puts together several shows each year within her gallery and other spaces showcasing artists, such as local artist Uyen Tran-Gjerde who paints fictional portraits and New York-based painter Cory Benhatzel who creates ghost-like animals.
Established in the early 1980s, the Photo Center NW provides educational opportunities for budding photographers alongside those of a more advanced level, allowing them to grow and hone their skills. Having been in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood since 1997, this education centre also hosts many exhibitions throughout the year, showcasing internationally renowned artists – such as Graciela Iturbide, Elinor Carucci and Todd Hido – and often complement other shows taking place at Seattle museums. Past shows at PCNW included PCNW Presents, which highlighted 10 artists from emerging craftsmen to master painters. The show allowed these artists to showcase their work and offer it for sale, both in the gallery and online.
Photo Center NW, 900 12th Ave., Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 720 7222