Seattle Art Resources

If you’re like us, discovering and staying on top of local art resources for selling, displaying and promoting your work is difficult. You will find below a list of Seattle art resources, including some opportunities for displaying work, local art groups, upcoming shows, and places to find art related services. These are some of the most common art resources we are asked for. The Pacific NW has many useful resources for artists, from art supplies to vibrant artwalks and arts organizations. Often the best way to grow as an artist is to be involved in your local community! This may help you get started.

Art Supply Stores

There are a number of major commercial art stores in the Seattle area for artist supplies, such as oil paints, pastels, paper, etc. Here are the ones we know and use the most.

Dakota Art
Dakota Art
A regional chain of art supply stores, with locations in Seattle, Bellingham and Mount Vernon. The Seattle store (located in Ballard) is also a drop-off spot for scanning with us.
2000 Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206.523.4830


Artist & Craftsman
A large art supply store located near the University of Washington, which a huge in-store selection of materials and paints.
4350 8th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206-545-0091

Dick Blick
A huge online retailer, now has a presence in Seattle in the Capital Hill District.
1600 Broadway Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: (206) 324-0750

Frame Stores

Plasteel Frames
3300 1st Ave South, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98134

Aaron Brothers

Aaron Brothers Framing

Art Poster Restoration

If you have posters or prints that are fading and the paper is yellowing due to acidity, there is a way to have them restored and mounted so that they will stop aging. There’s really only one place to go, and that’s Poster Mountain. Follow that link and check them out.

Monthly Art Events


Art Walks

There are a couple of very good online publications to keep you informed of art events and upcoming art walks.



the stranger






First Thursday Seattle


The original First Thursday Artwalk is still going strong! First Thursday takes place each month in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, from noon to 8PM, when leading art galleries throw open their doors to introduce their new exhibitions and artists. The Art Walk in Pioneer Square is enhanced by the dozens of public art installations that can be found when walking between galleries. Many local shops and restaurants in the area are looking for new work to show each month, so this can be a great venue for showing your artwork.
Some of our favorite First Thursday Galleries to visit are:

Phinneywood – Second Friday
A monthly artwalk that promotes over 40 participating venues in the Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood of N. Seattle. Artwalk occurs the 2nd Friday of each month with a “Big One” (2-day event) that occurs each year in May. Some of our favorite venues are

Blitz Capitol Hill – Second Thursday
Blitz Capitol Hill Arts Walk is a community event put on each 2nd Thursday of the month by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce (CHCC). Various galleries and shops around Capitol Hill participate every month. The spots we like to check out are:

Georgetown Art Attack – Second Saturday
The Georgetown Art Attack, held on the second Saturday each month, represents an ongoing effort by area artists to celebrate the creative diversity of Georgetown and generate public sentiment favoring preservation of this wonderful civic asset. More than 30 Georgetown enterprises participate, featuring a lively array of visual, performing, and applied arts. Our favorites include:

Art Walk Consortium
There are many other monthly artwalks that happen in various Seattle neighborhoods. Many of these events are a great way to begin showing your artwork. Attend some different ones, and talk to restaurants, coffee shops and retail stores about showcasing your artwork. For a complete list, check out the Art Walks Map!

Venues for Exhibiting your work

Mercer Island Art Gallery: at the North end of Mercer Island in the Community Center has a constant rotation of art shows in its facility. Artists are encouraged to submit an application. Work displayed must be for sale. Interested artists should contact Eileen Hemmis Trifts for an application (206-275-7874). There is about a two year waiting list, so if you’re serious about displaying your work there, put in an application now.

See also the “Call to Artists” page

Local Publications

4 Culture Calls for Artists: 4 Culture has an RSS feed here to keep you appraised of upcoming opportunities for artists in the Seattle area.

Art Access: Art Access presents original art, poetry, reviews and literature, as well as provides monthly listings for the visual arts, dance, music and theater. By presenting a timely, inclusive and comprehensive guide to local art events, reproducing artworks by regional and national artists, and highlighting local business through their advertisements, Art Access promote both the arts and its community.

Festivals Directory Northwest: is a guide to festivals, fairs, bazaars and gift shows in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. If you are an artist and are considering displaying your work in an art booth at local fairs and events, this is a very handy publication and will keep you informed of upcoming local shows and submission deadlines.

Arts Organizations

Artist Trust: Supporting art at its source.Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines. Founded in 1987 by a group of arts patrons and artists who were concerned about the lack of support for individual artists, Artist Trust is guided by the leadership of a Board of Trustees and a professional staff.

The Northwest Watercolor Society: was founded in Seattle, Washington, in 1939 to promote an interest in and an appreciation for watercolor as an artistic medium. The society expanded in 1992 to include members across the United States and Canada. Since then NWWS has grown steadily in membership numbers and status, earning a position as one of the ten most prominent regional societies in North America as rated by “The Artist’s Magazine”.

Arts West: is located in the heart of the West Seattle Junction at 4711 California Ave SW, and has a gallery and Theatre. Arts West is very active in promoting arts in the Seattle area, providing vibrant Theatre and a constant flow of visual arts from Seattle artists, established, midstream and emerging.

PleinAir Washington: is a group of Artists in Washington dedicated to the fine art of painting on location in natural light. Check out their site for membership details and a schedule of events.

Local Art Blogs

  • Art Scene Seattle: A frequently updated Seattle Art Blog with a great roundup of local art events.


  • Art Dish: This is a Northwest Art Blog and discussion site.


Artist Grants

Arts 4 Culture: provides grants to individual artists and artist groups. Funds come from the use of Lodging Tax Revenues for cultural programs will end in 2012. Beginning in 2013, all of the lodging tax revenue has been diverted to finance the Seahawk Stadium, and 4Culture is working to find new funding beyond 2013. Until then there are grants available. Check out the site for more details. GAPs provide support for artist-generated projects, which can include (but are not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new work. GAP awards are open to artists of all disciplines and offer a maximum of $1,500 for projects. A panel comprised of artists and arts professionals selected from around Washington State select GAP recipients. GAP applications will be available in May 2010.
Deadline: June 25, 2010.

Fellowships award $7,500 to practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability. The Fellowship is a merit based, not a project based award. Fellowships are awarded in two-year cycles. Emerging Fields & Cross-Disciplinary Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Traditional & Folk Arts are awarded in even-numbered years (2010). Music Arts, Media Arts, Literary Arts and Craft Arts are awarded in odd-numbered years (2011). A selection panel of three artists and arts professionals in each discipline select the Fellowship recipients.
Deadline: TBD Fall 2010

And more. Go to and read their grants page…

Photographers and Photo Studios

Michele M Waite Wedding Photography:

Urban Light Studios
tel: 206-913-2834

Photography Supplies

Glazers Camera Supply and Rental
430 8th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Printing Supplies

Do you do your own printing? Are you looking for a local dealer who can supply large format giclée papers and ink for large format printers? Look no further than JVH. This friendly, family owned business will take care of all your printing supply needs.

JVH Technical
Phone: 425.643.7323
Fax: 425.643.3525

4334 130th Place SE
Bellevue, WA 98006

JVH Technical is an authorized value-added ProFocus reseller for Epson, and is also authorized for HP, Canon, Imacon, ColorByte, Colorburst, Onyx, Seal, Hahnem&uulm;hle, and Moab. JVH offers service beyond what most faceless Internet box-movers provide. Virtually all our business is done by reputation and by reference. Click on why buy to see what else sets us apart from all those other guys.

Book Binding

For the very discerning artist and photographer. High end giclée print books, hand letterpressed and hand bound.

Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress
1420 North State Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
ph/fax 360.734.0481

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