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New Art Gallery Opens in Unlikely Seattle Neighborhood

Have you heard about the new gallery in town?

Where is it located? In Pioneer Square? No. What about Capitol Hill’s budding art corridor? Nope. Ballard then; it must be Ballard, right? Not at all. Georgetown? Not even close.

How about Ravenna? Would you believe that?

Because that is exactly where you will find Season, the new gallery opened by local artist Robert Yoder.

Say you are out for lovely fall stroll on Ravenna Avenue, walking amongst beautiful foliage with the stroller crowd, you might pass right by Season and not even know it. Why? Because it looks like a house. Because it is a house. In fact, if the blinds are drawn, you would never know that so many stellar artists are showcased inside.

It takes moxie to turn your house into a gallery and invite the public inside.

It also takes strong art to be taken seriously in such a context. Luckily, Yoder has chosen his inaugural exhibition well. The irresistibly titled Party and Party and Party and Party and Fuck and Party features watercolors and drawings by Natalie Hausler and sculptures by Jessie Sugarmann

There's even a catalog that includes an essay by Sara Krajewski, associate curator of Henry Art Gallery.

Sugarmann’s highly polished sculptures use car windows and colored lights to create modern musings on industrial design.

I saw some of his work and that of the art collective, Ditch Projects, of which he is a member, last spring in Portland. Looking at these objects in a living room, otherwise known as Season, amounts to a completely different experience.

The house's southern picture window let in so much beautiful fall light it bathed those sculptures in warmth and reflective splendor.

Natalie Hausler’s works on paper fared less well in the living room. Season lacks the benefits of rows upon rows of track lighting, which we grow used to in galleries. I found myself wishing for better light as I looked over her work.

However, in the master bedroom, nestled amongst a Sugarmann blanket and CVs for both artists was a large portfolio of Hausler’s works, which was a delight to look through. Her quiet drawings of geometric designs washed out by large inky sections draw you in with intimate detail.

Yoder’s Season is named as such because he’ll be showing four "exhibitions" a year. “Party….” is the inaugural installment and will be open through the fall.

Contact Yoder via the Season Web site at season.cz for more information and to make an appointment to view the show. If he invites you over in the evening, it won’t hurt to bring a bottle of wine. After all, you're a guest in his home.

 


Ryan Molenkamp is a painter living in Seattle. He writes regularly for CAB on music, visual art and other cultural happenings.