Join Seattle’s First Thursday art walk in Pioneer Square - the largest concentration of art galleries in the city which includes Artspace buildings Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts/ Tashiro Arts Building and Artspace Hiawatha Lofts. The art walk is free & self-guided, every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
See below for this month’s art walk shows. Missed the art walk? No worries! Most galleries are open for free public viewings all month! Check individual galleries for hours, and links to Artspace properties below. The Tashiro Arts Building alone houses 28 commercial arts-related entities, including 4Culture, a public development authority of Seattle; individual artist working studios; artist exhibit co-ops and some of the most prestigious commercial galleries in Seattle. The Artspace Hiawatha Lofts hosts more than 60 artists and the Pratt Fine Arts Center, home to glass-blowers, sculptors, jewelers and printmakers.
About the First Thursday Art Walk
Since the early 1960s, Pioneer Square’s Victorian storefronts and dusty upper floors have provided a haven for gallery owners and artists alike. Today this artistic community is the center of Seattle’s art scene.
First Thursday in Pioneer Square is the first Art Walk in the USA. In 1981 a group of Pioneer Square art dealers printed handout maps, did small-scale promotions, and on the first Thursday of the month painted footprints on the sidewalk outside their galleries. First Thursday soon evolved into a beloved fixture on the local arts calendar.
Today, First Thursday takes place each month in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood 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. From the historic Native American Totem Poles in Occidental and Pioneer Square parks to the bright red “Sentinels” on guard outside the new Fire Station 10. A complete list can be found at www.seattle.gov.
Free Parking on the First Thursday Art Walk! Click the Event Information link below for a map.