CURRENT EXHIBITS

April

04/04/2019 - 04/28/2019

Drew Michael: Moonscapes

Contemporary mixed media sculptor Drew Michael (Inupiaq / Yup’ik Nations) returns to the gallery for his fourth solo exhibition this spring. The young sculptor has been delving deeply into the concepts including shadow selves, spirals, and journeys through mazes to reach understanding. Michael utilizes traditional Yup’ik and Inupiaq mask forms as a launch-pad from which to then explore his contemporary life, adding non-traditional materials and found objects that imbue his masks and mask-forms with resonance. Michael’s works often exhibit a mixture of influences, from Alaska Native to Byzantine icon, 1900s fashion and history to contemporary design, and beyond. Michael is making artwork that draws from his complex and overlapping identities, which include being Alaska Native, Polish, adopted, queer and two-spirit, and peripatetic in his practice. 

This new body of work goes in new directions and breaks fertile ground. For the first time in many years, Michael returns to strictly mask forms with this show, moving away from the draped figures that have recently dominated his aesthetic. These mask forms are the outcome of tapping deep into his emotional and intellectual landscape and emerging with tangible symbols representative of what he finds therein. Using a mixture of carved and found objects, Michael creates assemblages that represent places, people, experiences and moods that have inspired or influenced him, and each exhibition can be read almost as a moment-to-moment diary.

April 2019

04/04/2019 - 04/28/2019

Rick Bartow: From the Archive

Special Event: Charles Froelick Speaks About the Life, Works and Legacy of Rick Bartow – Wednesday, April 10th, 6:30pm.

This April we are proud to feature works on paper by late artist Rick Bartow (Wiyot). Some of these original paintings and monotypes are emerging from the artist’s archive and have not been readily available since his passing. All bear the signature hallmarks of Bartow’s oeuvre: energetic, organic marks from his hands and fingers; enigmatic words and numbers emerging from the subconscious; and a tight connection to the natural and spirit worlds. Bartow’s artistry taps into the vitality of a parallel world where mythic characters clash and clamor with tangible force. His work invites us to enter this reality, and guides us through its rhythms and rituals. In his hands, the realm of the spirit is not a quiet abstraction, but a place that can bite, bleed and sing.

Ongoing

04/01/2019 - 06/01/2019

Spotlight On: Masters of Vancouver Island & Beyond - The Todd Collection

We are honored to present works from the Todd Collection, a spectacular array of works collected over a 25 year period. In 2018 we presented the first segment of the Todd Collection, selling many exquisite works immediately. Now, we are excited to re-feature this collection of master-quality works with new pricing. This array includes some of the most important names in contemporary Northwest Coast art, and pieces made at the height of these artists’ powers. The collection has a special focus on masks by Vancouver Island artists in Kwakwaka’wakw, Kwagiulth and Nuu-chah-nulth traditions. This exhibition brings together masks, bowls, chests, panels and objects from some of the Northwest Coast’s most revered artists, and represents a dazzling survey of some of the most important carvers working on and around Vancouver Island from the mid-to-late 20th century.

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.



NEWS AND EVENTS

  • Special Gallery Talk: Charles Froelick on Rick Bartow

    SPECIAL EVENT 04/10/2019, 6:30pm at Stonington Gallery Art Talk: Charles Froelick on the Life and Legacy of Rick Bartow Free to attend. First come first seated. Stonington Gallery proudly welcomes Charles Froelick to give a presentation on the life, legacy and works of renowned artist Rick Bartow (Wiyot) during the run of Bartow’s exhibition at […]

  • Evelyn Vanderhoop’s Ravenstail Robe Enters the Collection of the MFA Boston

    Evelyn Vanderhoop (Haida) weaving a contemporary masterwork for the MFA Boston Collection, 2019. Photo by Bernadette Jarrard. A Contemporary Ravenstail Robe Enters the Collection of the MFA Boston Two years ago we embarked on an exciting project with curators at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Evelyn Vanderhoop (Haida): the weaving of a contemporary Ravenstail robe […]

Welcome to Stonington Gallery

HomeStonington Gallery exhibits an exciting collection of contemporary masterworks from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Serving Seattle since 1979, the gallery is respected for the depth and quality of its collection, exceptional service and knowledgeable staff. For visitors wishing to understand the character of Seattle and the wider Northwest Coast, our gallery is a rich cultural introduction, and proof of the vibrant, living indigenous cultures of our region. Our mission is to provide the ideal environment for the presentation, enjoyment and understanding of premier contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest Coast and Alaska, and to foster greater appreciation for these artforms. Our commitment to educating the public and advancing the appreciation of Northwest Coast art has led us to exhibit at museums, convention centers, government buildings, SeaTac airport, the Seattle Aquarium, art fairs, and as far away as Nantes, France.

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