7 Reasons You Should Go to the 2017 Seattle Art Fair

April 19, 2017
On Wednesday, the Seattle Art Fair announced its 2017 exhibitor list and the fair promises to be another fantastic event. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or just love attending local events, here’s why you need to make sure the fair is part of your summer plans.

1 | The Artists

Takashi Murakami at the 2016 Seattle Art Fair

It doesn’t matter if you’re a burgeoning artist or a world-renowned one like Takashi Murakami, the Seattle Art Fair has become a place for inspiration. With art from Roy Lichtenstein, Alice Wheeler, Donald Judd and Joan Mitchell (among many others) debuted in years past, it’s not hard to understand why.

2 | The Galleries

Seattle gallery owner, Greg Kucera (seen here in plaid jacket), entertains guests within his booth at the 2016 Seattle Art Fair.

Since the fair’s first year in 2015, collectors and art appreciators have had the opportunity to view and purchase work from the Pacific Northwest alongside art from around the globe. Prestigious galleries like Gagosian, David Zwirner, KOKI Arts, Rossi & Rossi and Pace all reserve the first week of August for a visit to Seattle.

3 | Interactive Art

Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei views "Blue Mirror" by Random International within Pace Gallery's booth at the 2016 Seattle Art Fair.

From the portable paint tubes that fueled the impressionism movement to the invention of photography and the airbrush, art continues to be redefined by technology. Each year, the Seattle Art Fair has given its guests a taste of what the future of art might look like.

4 | Art for Art

A woman takes in the Jacob Lawrence's "Migration Series" at the Seattle Art Museum.

Not only is the fair giving attendees access to some of the best art and artists in the world, it’s also giving back. Partnering with local organizations Coyote Central and Arts Corps, this year’s fair aims to address the racial and economic disparities in arts education. Last year, the Seattle Art Fair helped bring the special exhibition of Jacob Lawrence’s ‘The Migration Series’ to the Seattle Art Museum and in 2015, the fair’s partnership with Artist Trust helped reinvest in 60 artists statewide.

5 | Summer in Seattle

Sunset over Seattle with a view of Mount Rainier

While locals won’t advertise this, we’re more than happy to share with you a few facts about Seattle in the summer — it’s glorious. Average temps are in the mid 70’s, there’s very little rain and long days end with gorgeous sunsets. When you come, don’t forget to look up from the art to take in Mt. Rainier looming over the city.

6 | The Fashion

When people think Seattle fashion their first thoughts inevitably drift to the flannel shirts and ripped jeans reminiscent of Seattle’s grunge movement. During the Seattle Art Fair, the plaid recedes and silk, seersucker, hats, linen and pocket squares emerge.

7 | Unique Programming

Actors Kyle MacLachlan and Carrie Brownstein speaking at the 2016 Seattle Art Fair

The Seattle Art Fair is much more than just a commercial fair, but rather a festival thanks to the series of special activities, performances and installations the fair’s Artistic Director Laura Fried brings. In her first year, Fried offered fairgoers a menu of options spanning from a futuristic walking tour in Martian English, a dance performance in Seattle’s historic Union Station and a panel featuring Pacific Northwesterns Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) and Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) speaking to what makes the region such a creative place. So what’s on tap for the 2017 fair? That’s coming soon.

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