This blog post is a two-fer: It consists of things to see AND do. Yeah, it’s hot, yeah, we know. ArtsPage HQ’s motto is (one of our many mottoes) that it’s never “too” anything to get out and look at great art.
1 Heaven & Earth at Carkeek
Through Oct. 20, Carkeek Park, Carkeek Park Road, Seattle, www.heavenandearthexhibition.org
The sixth annual edition of this outdoor art installation kicks off with a meet-the-artists reception, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center. Sixteen artists are taking part this year, adorning the park with works such as 15-foot-tall knitted flowers and a skull made from a 3-D printer.
2 John Buck
At Greg Kucera Gallery through Aug. 30, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays- Saturdays, 212 Third Ave. S., Seattle, www.gregkucera.com
Prolific sculptor and printmaker John Buck is having his sixth solo show at the gallery and this time it includes not only carved-wood panels and woodblock prints, but a 24-foot-long kinetic sculpture, whose figures literally rock and roll. Also on show: Ross Palmer Beecher’s “Quilts,” a collection of pieces made from tin cans, license plates and other metal detritus that imbue the textile art form with a crunchy feel.
3 'Fear of Volcanoes'
Works by Ryan Molenkamp, through Aug. 2, at Linda Hodges Gallery, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 316 First Ave. S., Seattle, www.lindahodgesgallery.com
Painter Ryan Molenkamp went to college pledged to geology, but flirted with art, and we all know what happens then. His bold, vibrant style meshes well with regional subjects like big old trees and water; this time, he explores volcanoes (some near, some far) in a majestic fashion that makes them not only scary but admirable at the same time.
4 Arty Milk Cartons
Seafair Milk Carton Derby, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 12, Green Lake Park, Seattle, www.seafair.com
If you’ve been to the annual Milk Carton Derby, you know that many of the entries are works of art in their own right. Cars! Spaceships! All kinds of things. This year, ArtsFund is upping the ante, awarding a prize in the “new showboat category – the ArtsFund Celebrates Creativity Award – and will be giving out prizes of ticket packages from 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Earshot Jazz, Seattle Shakespeare Company and the Seattle Art Museum.” ArtsFund is the local arts-advocacy group that advocates and funds art-making in our region.
5 Art Walks Galore
You know the Art Walk drill: Stroll local galleries, meet the owners and some of the artists, run into people you know, take something home for that blank wall in the dining room. You don’t even need to add water for an instant art experience. Although given the forecast for Saturday, you should have lots of water with you!