Thursday, January 3, 2013

First Thursdays of 2013


We are often asked whether there will be an art walk on a particular First Thursday - understandable since some First Thursdays fall on or a near a holiday. But here's a little secret: the First Thursday art walk always happens on First Thursdays unless all the art venues decide not to. (Check the list of dates below!)

Most folks may not realize that the First Thursday art walk in Pioneer Square started out as, and continues to be, a very grassroots operation. There is no central organization that controls when, where, or how First Thursday will happen. It just kind of...happens. Galleries and artist studios in Pioneer Square plan events for First Thursdays just as they've been doing since the '60s. That's why the art walk always happens on First Thursdays no matter what - all the independent artists and galleries just do it whether or not someone says to do it. The only way the First Thursday art walk won't happen is if these galleries and artists decided they didn't want to participate anymore. In that case the art walk would just die out, and we would all be very sad Keanu Reeves indeed.

Ok, so the Alliance for Pioneer Square is the organization that does promotions for the event (hence this website, and the free parking and whatnot). But the Alliance does not actively organize the event itself. It's simply running on its own magic.

***UPDATE*** The galleries have spoken. It looks like there will be no First Thursday art walk on July 4th. According to one Facebook commenter: "The majority of art galleries in the Pioneer Square district, including the Tashiro Kaplan building and the SADA dealers, will host the July art walk on the SECOND Thursday of the month, July 11th." Check your favorite galleries for alternative opening reception dates.

  1. January 3, 2013
  2. February 7, 2013
  3. March 7, 2013
  4. April 4, 2013
  5. May 2, 2013
  6. June 6, 2013
  7. July 4, 2013* Cancelled! Many venues are opening for art walk on July 11. Check individual gallery schedules.
  8. August 1, 2013
  9. September 5, 2013
  10. October 3, 2013
  11. November 7, 2013
  12. December 5, 2013



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