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. Stonington has become an invaluable resource for collectors worldwide, showcasing the best artists of Northwest Coast and Alaskan art. We also show works by artists inspired by the land, ecology and environment of the Northwest — works that could not be made anywhere but this incredible place. 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. For over 25 years the gallery’s lecture series has been one of the most important venues for educating and celebrating Northwest Coast art in the region.
The gallery staff acknowledges that the gallery and larger city of Seattle occupies unceded Duwamish lands.
What We Exhibit:
Our artists work in many media, styles and traditions, and are at the forefront of Pacific Northwest culture and art. We offer works at all price points and in all media.
A special emphasis is placed on works in glass by contemporary indigenous artists, such as Raven Skyriver, Preston Singletary, Dan Friday, Marvin Oliver and others. We place the spotlight on work by the Salish artists of our area, and were the first institution in Seattle to highlight the work of Salish cultures in a solo exhibition. Our collection of masks, totems, panels, boxes and other sculpture in cedar and alder is unparalleled, featuring carvers including Joe David, Hib Sabin, Scott Jensen, Shaun Peterson – Qwalsius, Phil Gray, Duane Pasco, Larry Ahvakana, the Hunt family, the Marston family, and many more.
Prints and paintings from small to large allow visitors to find a piece in their price range. Printers and painters include Robert Davidson, Susan Point, Rick Bartow, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Nikki McClure, Mary Randlett, Alano Edzerza, Bill Reid, and many others. Weavers–who are the heart of a living culture–are well represented by Isabel Rorick, Susan Pavel, Danielle Morsette, Paul LaPier, and more. And art jewelry spans from the traditional–such as silver engraved cuffs and argillite–to the unexpected and lyrical: Joan Tenenbaum, Courtney Lipson, Nicholas Galanin, Jay Simeon, Chloe French, Christian White, Gwaai Edenshaw, Walter Davidson, Lois Chichinoff Thadei, Bill Bedard and others round out our collection.
Where We Are:
Located in historic Pioneer Square at 125 South Jackson Street, the gallery is part of Seattle’s traditional arts district. The gallery resides on the corner of Occidental Ave. S and Jackson St., in the heart of Seattle’s oldest neighborhood. This dynamic area is full of galleries, boutiques, excellent dining and drinks, picturesque alleys and brick squares, and the stadiums where the Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners play. The gallery was formerly two doors up the street at 119 S Jackson, and before that was on Lenora and 1st. The gallery was founded by watercolorist Nancy Taylor Stonington, who owned it for many years before retiring in the early 2000s. There were formerly three other Stonington Galleries aside from the Seattle location–two in Alaska and one in Idaho.
When to Visit:
Our current hours are: Wednesday – Saturday, 11am-3pm. And by appointment.
(Please note that due to COVID-19 all First Thursday Art Walks are cancelled until further notice.)
It is always free to visit our gallery. We are proud participants of the First Thursday Art Walk, a monthly evening event when many galleries in downtown Seattle stay open late each first Thursday of the month to open exhibitions and celebrate with the public. The Art Walk is a free event, and a wonderful opportunity to meet artists at their exhibit receptions. Stonington Gallery is open 10am-8pm each First Thursday. Thanks to the Alliance for Pioneer Square there is free parking in select garages during the Art Walk.
Making a Purchase:
The gallery’s website does not offer e-commerce, but we are open seven days a week and ready to assist you with your purchase. Please call the gallery at 206 405 4040 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about a piece, or finalize an acquisition. You may also use the form on our contact page to get in touch. We accept checks and all major credit cards. Breaking payments into layaway is an option — just inquire with a staff member.
The gallery offers full framing services, and our framer is on site Tuesday – Saturday each week. All of our framing is 100% lignin free, and we use conservation grade materials. We are able to frame work you purchase with us, or pieces you bring in from elsewhere. To schedule a framing consultation, we would appreciate an email or call before you stop in.
The gallery ships artwork nationally and internationally. Small to medium works are packaged in-house and sent by UPS or USPS, and larger or more complex works are often sent via art handlers or professional craters. All work ships insured. In the unfortunate event of a package being damaged or lost, please contact us immediately. We are sorry, but due to international laws, absolutely no whalebone or ivory can be shipped outside of the United States.
The gallery directors and staff are not licensed appraisers, and will not be able to appraise most work or collections. If you are seeking an appraisal for insurance values or resale value of your Northwest Coast artwork, we confidently recommend Erin Fossum at McAllister/Fossum. We do not provide appraisals or insurance values on prints or paintings by Nancy Taylor Stonington, and advise collectors to contact Nancy at her artist website.
Stonington Gallery facilitates many commissions between artists and collectors each year! We have worked on projects are large as whole totem pole parks to as small as a single ring. We pride ourselves on connecting clients to artwork they will love for the rest of their lives. Please contact the gallery with inquiries about commissioning works for your collection.
Artists Seeking Representation:
Thank you for your interest in representation with the gallery. Our focus is on work from and about the Northwest Coast, and its Indigenous peoples. Native American work from other regions–while beautiful–is not shown at the gallery. Our gallery has been in operation for over 40 years, and maintained strong partnerships with its artists, and therefore our show calendar–and our storage–is often full. We take new artists in very rarely, and only after careful consideration.
If you wish to submit art for consideration, please email us a link to your website, or email a few representative images of your work, along with a statement about what you do and why you feel we would be a good fit for our gallery. Please do not bring work to the gallery without a prior appointment. Due to the volume of submissions we do view all emails, but cannot respond to every one. We appreciate your understanding.
Collectors Seeking Consignment (Secondary Market):
The gallery occasionally consigns work for resale–also known as the secondary market–but only if it is in excellent condition and/or of outstanding quality. Works by artists we currently represent or have represented in the past are candidates for resale; works by artists we have never represented or are too far outside the scope of Northwest Coast art are not. If you wish to submit art for secondary market consignment, please email us clear photos of the piece(s), from many angles, and preferably a detailed image of an artist signature. We are not currently seeking prints or paintings by Nancy Taylor Stonington. Please do not bring work to the gallery without a prior appointment. Due to the volume of submissions we do view all emails, but cannot respond to every one. We appreciate your understanding.