Editor's Explorations - SAM

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton

After having lived in a rural area for so long, I have now found that I love the allure of the city.  The people, the noise, the buildings, and the culture are all things I had missed for so long.  With that in mind, my daughter and I went downtown on her recent visit to the Seattle Art Museum (also known as one of the entities of SAM). 
There is something for everyone here.  In numerous light-filled galleries, there are collections from around the world including Asian, African, American, Ancient Mediterranean, Islamic, European, Oceanic, Australian Aboriginal, modern and contemporary art, and decorative arts.

The collections now on view at the art museum:

  • John Grade: Middle Fork, ongoing
  • Big Picture: Art After 1945, ongoing
  • Denzil Hurley, May 20–November 5, 2017
  • Sam Gilliam, May 6–November 26, 2017
  • Pure Amusements: Chinese Scholar Culture and Emulators, ongoing
  • Views From Venice, ongoing

**This was one of my  favorites as my daughter studied in Venice last spring.
Close Ups, ongoing
Emblems of Encounter: Europe and Africa Over 500 Years, ongoing
Art and Life Along The Northwest Coast, ongoing
Paintings and Drawings of the European Avant-Garde: The Rubinstein Bequest, ongoing
France: Inside and Out, ongoing
*I especially like this as I have a visit planned to France in the spring.
Pacific Currents & Billabong Dreams, ongoing
Porcelain Room, ongoing
*Simply amazing display.
Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, October 19, 2017–January 15, 2018
**This new exhibit is absolutely wonderful!

Admission varies depending on special exhibits and for students, seniors, etc.  Check out the website for details.

In putting together this week’s column, I ran across a really cool event at the Seattle Art Museum upcoming on November 2.  The member musicians of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle (LMC) will be performing a FREE concert  “Art of the Piano: Darkness and Light” at 12 noon. This sixth annual piano showcase at the Seattle Art Museum complements   the   museum’s gallery exhibit “Darks and Lights.” Four pianists, Geisa Dutra, Karin McCullough, Valentina Rodov and Lucy Wenger will demonstrate their amazing talent with music by Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Dohnányi, Granados and more. 

The Seattle Art Museum is located at 1300 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98101.  For more information on the Seattle Art Museum visit
For more information on LMC and activities, visit

Post tour, we went to my daughter’s favorite Seattle lunch spot, Sweetgrass Food Company.  She continually tries to get me to eat healthier, and I am all for it as long as the food tastes good!  Sweetgrass makes everything in house, and they strive to work with local producers and suppliers to serve local, sustainable and mostly organic foods. 

I can’t remember what my daughter ordered, but I got the White Balsamic Hearty Barley salad with an egg added. It was delicious.

Check out the full scoop at and be sure to stop in the next time you are downtown.  They are located at 1923 7th Ave (corner of 7th Ave. and Virginia St.).  If there is a line – I’d wait – it’s worth it!

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