"First Thursday Gallery Walk in Pioneer Square" Pioneer Square Tip by goshawk301

Pioneer Square, Seattle: 62 reviews and 94 photos

If you are in Seattle on the first Thursday of the month, head for the Pioneer Square area in the early evening. Many art galleries open a new show on that day and have extended hours (until 8 p.m. or later). Some of them serve wine and cheese, free! Everyone is welcome and you will meet a lot of art lovers exploring one gallery after another. It's a really fun, relaxed art scene.

The center of action is the pedestrian stretch of Occidental Avenue between Main and Jackson, two blocks south of Pioneer Square. Some of my favorite galleries are Gallery 110 (110 S. Washington; emerging Northwest artists), Bryan Ohno (155 S. Main; often emphasis on Japanese and Japanese-American Artists), Davidson (313 Occidental S.; a fine print gallery), and Carolyn Staley (314 Occidental S.; vintage Japanese prints).

You can see works by legendary Northwest artists like Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan and Dale Chihuly in Foster-White (123 S. Jackson) and Kurt Lidtke (408 Occidental S.); native American artists in Stonington (113 S. Jackson); and contemporary woodworkers in Fine N.W. Woodworking (First and Jackson).

In the nearby Occidental Park is an artists bazaar. You will see a lot of fun, wacky, sometimes mind-boggling creations spread out on a table or on a ground by their makers, and sometimes street performance and theater. It's a real Bohemian, fun bazaar.

Directions: General area south of Pioneer Square.
Phone: +1 206-667-0687
Website: http://www.pioneersquare.org

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 15, 2004
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