Stonington 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.
Salish Brilliance: Dan Friday & Maynard Johnny, Jr.
In September we welcome two Coast Salish artists to the gallery who honor their roots with vibrant, brilliant color and vivacity.
Dan Friday (Lummi Nation) has been working in glass for decades, and makes sculpture informed by the anthropological and historic objects made and used by his ancestors. His “woven” mosaic glass baskets are tributes to the weavers of the Lummi, while his small glass totemic sculptures are a testament to the Lummi totem carvers, including his great-grandfather, Joseph Hillaire. Friday recently won the Audience Choice award at the Bellevue Arts Museum for his mixed-media installation of glass salmon swimming across the walls and up into a woven cedarbark reef net, surrounded by sxwole (reefnet anchors) in blown glass.
Maynard Johnny, Jr. (Penelakut/Kwakwaka’wakw) uses bright color and bold design to interpret his dual Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw heritage through his prints, paddles and paintings. He is first and foremost a painter; his designs exhibit clarity, confidence, motion and grace. The ultimate success and transcendence of both Northern and Salish art hinges on an understanding and clarity of line, and this is something he has proven time and time again.
The gallery will be closed on September 2 in observance of Labor Day. Normal hours resume on Tuesday at 10am, when we will begin to install our September exhibition, “Salish Brilliance: Dan Friday & Maynard Johnny, Jr.” Below: “Blueberry Hill” by Allie High (Aleut/Haida/Ts’msyen)
We are pleased to welcome Canadian artist Maynard Johnny, Jr. (Penelakut/Kwakwaka’wakw) to the gallery for a live painting demo on Saturday, August 17. He will be working on pieces that will make their debut in his exhibition in September, and this is a fantastic opportunity to watch the artist at work and to preview next […]