First Thursday Art Walk

August 5, 2021


This will be our first Art Walk in SIXTEEN months! We are so excited to show artist Shelli Markee Opening Reception August 5th. Open until 9pm.

Artist Statement

Growing up, there was a simple line drawing by my uncle in my parent’s house that I’ve always been fascinated by. It’s hanging in my living room now, and it still stirs a lot of emotion in me. From the first time I worked with wire—with a found spool of wire to make a birthday crown for a friend—I was reminded of that drawing, and how much the bent wire evoked the simple, clean lines of pen on paper.
The difference was that working with wire offered more freedom to manipulate, shape and reshape my work. Even better, “drawing with wire” in three dimensions opened up all kinds of interesting interplay between light, shadow and perspective.
“Since that first attempt, my relationship with wire continues to be about about exploration. Each day as I pick up a pair of pliers and a spool of wire, I surrender control and let the wire inform the decisions I make. It makes me feel open, exploratory and in my zone. The medium keeps showing me more—nearly 30 year later I feel I’ve only scratched the surface of possibility. And it’s an honor to be able to share my work with you.


Since the early 1960s, Pioneer Square has provided a haven for Seattle's artistic community, housing esteemed galleries, innovative exhibition spaces, and working artist studios alike. Today, Pioneer Square is the center of Seattle’s art scene, exhibiting the depth and range of the vibrant Pacific Northwest arts community, all within one square mile.

Did you know First Thursday in Pioneer Square was the very first Art Walk in the USA? In 1981, a group of visionary Pioneer Square art dealers printed the first walking maps and painted footprints on the sidewalks outside leading to their galleries. On the first Thursday of the month, they collectively encouraged arts patrons to come and tour each of the Pioneer Square galleries in the spirit of having a community event. First Thursday soon evolved into the popular gathering that it is today, becoming the preeminent night to debut, celebrate, and share art with the greater public. Every first Thursday of the month, Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood welcomes you to join us to continue this venerated tradition with exceptional artists, innovative works, and creative kinship.