If you’re like us, discovering and staying on top of art resources for selling, displaying and promoting your work is difficult. You will find below a list of art resources, including some opportunities for displaying work, local art groups in Seattle, 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 art walks 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.
There are a number of major commercial art stores in the Seattle area for artist supplies, such as oil paints, pastels, paper, silk screen supplies, paint brushes etc. Here are the ones we know and use the most.
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
Artist & Craftsman
A large art supply store located near the University of Washington, which has a huge in-store selection of materials and paints.
4350 8th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
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
For high-end custom framing: Plasteel Frames
3300 1st Ave South, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98134
There are a couple of very good online publications to keep you informed of art events and upcoming art walks.
First Thursday Seattle
Seattle’s Pioneer Square is an official art district, full of galleries and art related events every first Thursday. It claims to be the longest running art walk in the nation.
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.
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
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.
The DRAWNK: is an informal art group founded by Casey Weldon that offers a friendly environment for artists to get together weekly (Wednesdays) and drink and draw. You don’t really have to do either. Nobody will tell you what to do. The group also has numerous group shows at different galleries and bars in Seattle, offering an opportunity for local artists to get to know other local artists and also present their work in group shows.
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.
Arts 4 Culture: provides grants to individual artists and artist groups. Funds come from the use of Lodging Tax Revenues.
Glazers Camera Supply and Rental
430 8th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Glazer’s rental offers a wide array of equipment if you’re doing a special photo shoot and are missing some essential equipment. Their staff is super friendly and their prices are very reasonable. On weekends they always have deals to only pay for one day if you bring back the equipment early Monday morning. This is a great local resource for photographers!
There are many online options for displaying and showcasing your artwork. It’s always good to have a website where you can display your most recent work, and examples of your artwork that are typical of your style. Your website is your online art portfolio. But that’s not enough, you also need to share your artwork on social media so that you can drive traffic to your art website and gain attention, gallery opportunities, and gain a reputation for your art. In that sense your artist website is an island unto itself, and social media is the means to drive traffic to your island.
Don’t simply rely on social media! Social media sites come and go, so it’s important not to rely solely on social media websites. Don’t become beholden to a large company for your online presence. Make sure that as online tides shift, you have a web presence that’s stable regardless of shifts in people’s viewing habits. And if you do figurative, nude or controversial art, it’s especially important to have a home for your artwork that is not at the whims of online censorship.
The following are some social media sites and web hosting sites to consider:
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