I’ve been meaning to write about Azuma Gallery for a long while. It’s a great commercial gallery in the Pioneer Square area of downtown Seattle, specializing in Japanese art. Besides a variety of prints (woodblocks,lithographs, stencils, mixed media) they show screens, paintings, baskets and ceramics.
What makes it so good?
The artwork is of a very high quality. The gallery represents artists from Japan, as well as American artists working in Japan. Work by Toko Shinoda immediately caught my eye. Her lithographs are very graphic: bold and dramatic.
The gallery has existed for 38 years. The people working there are very knowledgable about the art, and the artists. I learned that Toko Shinoda has worked into her advanced age….and we do mean advanced…..she was born in 1913!
The pricing is more than fair….at least to the buyer. I was surprised at the prices: they are very reasonable, bordering on the inexpensive for original art. (No excuse not to have good artwork hanging in your home.)
If you have the opportunity, visit Azuma Gallery soon. This Thursday, May 5, they have an opening for their Recent Acquisitions Show. If you can’t make it to Seattle in the next little while, make sure to browse their website.
As you may know, the Art Caravan has visited Seattle several times. Only recently have we wandered into Laguna Vintage Pottery. It’s a pity, really, as the shop is a visual feast.
Michael Lindsey, the owner, is an expert on American pottery. He is a curator, lecturer, and resource reference in the field of American vintage pottery. Fortunately for us, he is happy to share his passion with others.
Who knew there was a booming ceramics industry in southern California (largely entered around Los Angeles) in the mid 20th century? Who knew there were so much gorgeous dinnerware produced…..designs that have stood the test of time, and feel strangely contemporary? Take a look at Russell Wright’s American Modern line or the Metlox California Mobile ceramics.
Melton California Mobile
Many of the lines caught my eye, but I was smitten by the work of Eva Zeisel. Her designs are stunning, and her life story is the stuff of books and TED talks.
The shop is a treasure trove, and a museum, all rolled up into one intriguing space. I highly recommend a visit. (And don’t forget your credit card.)
There’s a series of galleries, exhibiting his work in chronological sequence, as well as a glass house/conservatory, and the gardens. When you go, make sure you see the videos, too. The scenes from the river installation are not to be missed.
May is a great time to visit. As they say in the Northwest, “…it’s all about the spring gardens.”