Spotlight On: The Giant Pacific Octopus

05/23/2018 - 06/24/2018

Online Exhibition

The octopus also has a rich history of being rendered as a character and spirit helper among the indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest. In this online-only exhibit we’re highlighting some of the creative ways in which our contemporary artists honor this intelligent, fascinating creature.

“The Octopus is a remarkable, unique, eight armed sea creature. The final spirit helper –  its transformative nature is represented by its natural ability to incorporate its body into its surroundings and its means of capturing and devouring its prey. It has the ability to change colour, shape and even texture, as well as to eject dark ink in self-defense. It constructs its dwelling place by moving rocks and pebbles, it examines its environment, collects food and defends itself by raising its arms and seems to use its large eyes for intelligent observation. The natural behavior suggests both supernatural and human connections. Octopus is common in shamanic art, undoubtedly because of its amazing transformational abilities.”

-Excerpt from Understanding Northwest Coast Native Art by Cheryl Shearar

May

04/29/2018 - 05/31/2018

Reflections of Our Ancestors: Dan Friday & Lillian Pitt Collaborative Exhibition

Artists Lillian Pitt (Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama) and Dan Friday (Lummi) debut works in glass which were made collaboratively at a multi-day blow earlier in 2018. These are primarily basket or vessel forms that were blown and fused by Dan Friday under the direction of honored elder artist Lillian Pitt. Dan brought over twenty years of glassblowing experience, and Lillian brought the aluminum stencils based on Columbia River and Plateau designs that would be incorporated into each piece. The imagery on this new series of blown and fused glass baskets was directly inspired from two sources: twined imagery on traditional Wasco Sally bags, and the ancient pictographs and petroglyphs carved on rock walls in the Columbia River Gorge. By the end of the process the two had fused their concepts and vision together into a brand new series of rich, vibrantly colored vessel that reflect time-honored images from the artists’ ancestors.

November

11/01/2018 - 11/30/2018

Raven Skyriver: CONFLUENCE

We are proud to present a new solo exhibition by Washington-based glassblower Raven Skyriver (Tlingit), which will include collaborations with his partner Kelly O’Dell (Non-Indigenous). Raven is creating works that will explore the ecosystems and wildlife of places of confluence, where salt water meets fresh and streams of life converge. Confluence also refers to the idea of the coming together of crux points: the tipping points between losing species and saving them; the time ebbing away to head off or reverse climate change; the simultaneity of learning more about our planet and its wildlife at the same time it is becoming less habitable for them. Raven is deeply concerned with the state of our environment and the significant challenges faced by marine life of the Salish Sea and wider Pacific Ocean. He is a board-member of SR3, a sea mammal rescue, rehabilitation and education non-profit.

October

10/04/2018 - 10/28/2018

Preston Singletary: Solo Exhibition

Stonington Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by contemporary Tlingit glassblower Preston Singletary this autumn. The gallery will show the wide breadth of Singletary’s work, which includes blown glass, cast bronzes, limited edition glass jewelry, and limited edition prints. This exhibition is a celebration both of the wide scope of interest and media that Singletary brings to his work, and also of the opening of his major Museum of Glass exhibition in Tacoma, WA. More information as the year continues.

September

09/06/2018 - 09/30/2018

Dan Friday

Lummi glass artist Dan Friday returns to the gallery with blown and hotsculpted works honoring and exploring the animal and plantlife of the Northwest, as well as the art-forms of his Native heritage. 

July

07/05/2018 - 07/29/2018

Hib Sabin: The Other Side of Silence, The Far Side of Time

Hib Sabin (Non-Indigenous) returns for a new solo exhibition featuring his sculptures in juniper and bronze, inspired by global mythology, philosophy and the liminal times of dreaming and sleep.

Ongoing

06/14/2018 - 05/01/2019

SeaTac Airport Rotating Exhibition

Stonington Gallery is bringing the finest contemporary Northwest Coast art to visitors from around the world at SeaTac airport! This ongoing exhibition in partnership with the Port of Seattle is a rotating spotlight on the diverse art styles, media and viewpoints of contemporary artists of the Coast. We are honored to share works with locals and visitors by regional luminaries including Preston Singletary (Tlingit), Dan Friday (Lummi), Raven Skyriver (Tlingit), Robert Davidson (Haida), Thomas Stream (Sun’aq Aleut), Lillian Pitt (Wasco/Warm Springs/Yakama), Shaun Peterson-Qwalsius (Puyallup) and more.

All works in the exhibition are for sale through Stonington Gallery. Please call 206.405.4040 or email art@stoningtongallery.com with inquiries.

The exhibit is located at the Gina Marie Lindsay Arrivals Hall at the South end of the Main Terminal, on the baggage claim level. In layman’s terms, it is the large atrium with the suspended airplanes in the waiting area of the Arrivals section.

June

06/07/2018 - 06/30/2018

Masters of Disguise IV: Group Mask Exhibition

In what has become a hotly anticipated annual tradition, we present “Masters of Disguise IV” a group exhibition of masks by artists around the Northwest. In the past we have seen masks that run the gamut from highly traditional to completely experimental, and everything in between. This will be an invitational exhibition featuring both emerging and established artists from the Northwest Coast, and we can’t wait to share their visions with you this June.