First Thursday Art Walk @ Traver Gallery

Pioneering glass art ⚗️

📸: Adam Kubota

📅 First Thursdays
📍 Traver Gallery: 110 Union St #200, Seattle
📞 (206) 587-6501
🎟 Free

There are art walks up and down the region, from Burien to Edmonds, but the biggest one is in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. It’s hailed as the longest-running art walk in the nation, and it goes down during the early evenings of every first Thursday of the month. The walks include everything from blue-chip art galleries like Greg Kucera Gallery to artist-run cooperatives like Soil. Bouncers won’t quiz you on postmodern sculpture at the door; someone will probably wear Tevas with socks. It’s Seattle. You can be casual.

While tEcHnIcALLy Traver Gallery is not located in Pioneer Square, the gallery is located just steps away from Pike Place Market. It’s very much part of the grand tradition of First Thursday Art Walks. Opened by William Traver in 1977 and currently run by his daughter Sarah, Traver Gallery is internationally known as one of the best places to see glass art worldwide. It has deep ties to the Pilchuck Glass School and connections to Italian glass masters like Lino Tagliapietra. If you pop by Traver during Art Walk, you’ll likely see the elegant, fine-lined glass forms of Dante Marioni or Preston Singletary’s Tlingit designs on monumental glass works. The gallery also shows superb non-glass art, like Marita Dingus’ mixed media sculptures made of salvaged material and the expressive, whimsical ceramic works of Patti Warashina. Traver Gallery makes an excellent first or last stop on your tour!

A Dog’s Life by Jane Rosen
Language = Symbols, Symbols = Language by Ginny Ruffner

Blind Birds, Winged Dreams by Gilchun Koh and Chris Maynard @ ArtX Contemporary
The Unbearable Terror of Take by Teresa Grassechi @ fruitsuper
Through the Eye by Antonio Lopez Garcia @ Figure | Ground Art Gallery
The Impossibility of Knowing by JW Harrington @ Gallery 110
Paper Sympthony by Sherry Ying Ruden @ Gray Sky Gallery
Something Old, Somehthing New: 40th Anniversary Exhibition @ Greg Kucera Gallery
A Highway of Esculents by Mimi Sturman @ Lynn Hanson Gallery
Laura Luna Castillo (as a part of SPAM New Media Festival) @ Method Gallery
Rituals by Robin Arnitz @ Shift Gallery
All That Glitters by Philip Hua @ SlipStitch Studio
The Balance by Jon Feinstein @ Solas Gallery

The Balance by Jon Feinstein @ Solas Gallery
@theticketsea 🫶 CUTE OR CREEPY? 🫶 Seattle’s Traver Gallery hosts artist Cathy McClure and her metal Mickeys until the end of September. Stop by the internationally recognized downtown gallery to see McClure’s unconventional metal designs—and pick up a few dance moves from the robot on the last clip 🤖 🕺🏻 📍 Traver Gallery: 110 Union St, Seattle ⏰ Open Tues – Fri @ 10 am – 6 pm, Sat @ 10 am – 5 pm 📅 “Cathy McClure: Unearth” ~ On now thru September 30th #seattleart #robotart #travergallery #cathymcclure #thingstodoinseattle #seattleevents #theticketseattle ♬ original sound – TheTicketSeattle


An author pic of Jas Keimig. They have blue braids.

Jas Keimig

Jas Keimig is an arts and culture writer in Seattle. Their work has previously appeared in The Stranger, i-D, Netflix, and Feast Portland. They won a game show once and have a thing for stickers.