A thing or three…reviews and must-do’s NOW – Short Forays…

These are attractions leaving soon or coming soon so make haste to go and/or get your tickets!

One thing: Asian Art Museum at Volunteer Park show Mood Indigo: Textiles from Around the World runs through October 9th. I have never been a fan of this sister museum of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM)…except for sitting on the camels outside (which I did many times when my mother took me there as a kid with my siblings…and, those antique snuff bottles always caught my eye and my fancy…snuff what a bazaar idea)! Good news on all fronts, the camels and snuff bottles are still there and this exhibit is wonderful!

Based on the culture of the indigo plant and the dyes it produces in many eras and ways it is used in textiles is fascinating…beginning with America’s fascination with blue jeans and working your way back to other centuries and cultures…the Japanese kimono for one.

A touch of indigo blue dye in each.

The exhibit is multi-sensory, mixes literature, and sound with visual art and is thought provoking in so many ways down to the indigo walls and shirts the museum security folks wear!

There is much more, Awakened One: Buddha’s of Asia is lovely to look at, a weird little film called Terratopia caught my eye, and a modern and simple art installation Colored Vases by Ai Wee Wee will mess with your mind in interesting ways regarding art, perception and point of view. Divine Images of sandstone sculptures is beautiful. The gift shop is neat. I simply loved it all! And, where did they get the name for the exhibit? Have a listen. A quote by Duke Ellington on the color is on the wall.

Added Bonus: your ticket to SAM downtown gets you in here free for up to a week after the purchase date…thanks to my friend Helen who had 2 tickets we used! The Olympic Sculpture Park makes up the trinity of museums under the SAM brand. And, it is free.

The Volunteer Park Conservatory has been redone…and, at $4 we were willing to pay (the tradition of the free visit is over…sadly, big city Seattle here we come!); but, it closed at 4:30 that day and we did not see it. You should. There is a dahlia flower garden on the grounds as well and great picnic spots.

Indian summer makes these good to go for visits through the month. The Asian Art Museum will be undergoing renovation after this exhibit and there will be an information meeting October 12, 1-2:30pm at the museum.

Number Two: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, (BIMA) yes, again! You have heard it from me before –

the Bainbridge Island Museum is one of the best little museums around the US. This 3rd anniversary exhibit running through October 2nd will convince you of that for sure!

For their 3rd birthday bash they have the best of the best of their permanent collection (all donated art!) and all great to look at and explore.


Alfredo Arreguin Shilshole oil on canvas triptych, 1986
Photo Courtesy of BIMA.

The handmade book room is in its eighth iteration: Chapter 8 “Everything Including the Kitchen Sink…” in the Sherry Glover Gallery. It is (once again) artistically mind blowing! You will spend an hour oohing and ahhhing…I promise! This exhibit closes September 25th. A new one will be mounted. There are free book tours, too! BIMA founder and book arts curator Cynthia Sears leads several of these

Then, check out the roof garden and resist the upstairs exhibit! Trust me on this and go to the theater and get introduced to Barbara Earl Thomas. Get a bite to eat in their reputedly wonderful Bistro cafe; and, then visit the Barbara Earl Thomas “Heaven on Fire” exhibit. This local artist is such a wonder – writer and multi-medium visual artist, her paper cutting leaves you staring and unable to speak (Illuminate, her words give you so much to ponder, her linoleum block and egg tempera and glass (done in collaboration with Pilchuck School of glass) and…all of it… a must see!

Fire Breather, Story Vessel II by Thomas. Photo Courtesy of BIMA.

This exhibit curated for the 3rd birthday brings so much to the party! Go celebrate and spend the day! Free. You’d be missing the long summer ferry lines as well! And, you can walk on – the Museum is only a block away on the other side!

And: This just came across my desk – the talented Matt Loucks is known for his wonderful musical concerts! He is the music director at Blessed Sacrament Parrish. This will be a great one and ticket prices are a bargain -$15 advance sales, October 1, 7:30pm.

Listen – click the video screen at the event ticket site…amazing!

“Join us for a Myriad of Multifarious and Magnanimous “Magnificats” Modulated by the Men’s Schola, Schola Cantorum and Baroque Orchestra Manifested on 18th Century Instruments!

J.S. Bach: Magnificat in D

A. Vivaldi: Magnificat in G

D. Buxtehude: Magnificat in D

In addition…experience Biber’s “Rosary Sonatas” for solo violin and continuo.

Arrive early; avoid the “rush”; find parking; enjoy a glass of “Magnificat” wine (from the Franciscan Oakville Estate), a cup of coffee AND some BACON!”

Bacon? Well, it is an automatic draw…but, go for the music and get the bacon!!!

The Parish Hall will open at 6:30PM prior to the concert. Doors to the church will open at 7:00PM. Order tickets here.

Coming soon:  Review of the ACT Theater’s The Royale – get tickets, I saw it last night! Two days away Olympia. WA., October – Mark Your Calendar and a rant on buying airline tickets online!

2 thoughts on “A thing or three…reviews and must-do’s NOW – Short Forays…

  1. Thanks for this good info Monica! The play sounds excellent and I’m now also very tempted to amble up to the Asian Art Museum before October 9th. I would have missed knowing of both of these had it not been for post.

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