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Secret Societies Walking Tour, Tom Dixon Takes on North America, Opening Reception for New Abstract

The Design Datebook is GRAY’s weekly list of must-attend design and cultural events in Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver. For additional events, visit our calendar.

“Solids and Voids” Opening Reception Studio E, 609 S. Brandon St., Seattle

“Solids and Voids, an exploration of boundaries” is a new collection of two- and three-dimensional abstractions from fruitsuper’s Sallyann Corn and Joe Kent—as well as contributions from Seattle graphic designer Gabriel Stromberg—that explores what results from unabashed creative freedom. Kick off the exhibit with an opening reception on February 21 then take in the works through March 30. (Thursday, February 21, 5p.m. to 8 p.m., free)

Tom Dixon’s Fat America Tour Inform Contract, 365 Railway St., Vancouver

The venerable British designer Tom Dixon makes a pit stop in Vancouver for his Fat America Tour before heading east and culminating in New York at the end of the month. Both design professionals and enthusiasts are invited to join in this preview of his 2019 collection, which includes the FAT furniture line and OPAL lighting fixtures. (Thursday, February 21, 6p.m. to 8 p.m., free)

Secret Societies Walking Tour Miller Gallery, Mark Building, 1119 SW Park Ave., Portland

This narrated on-foot tour offers a closer look at the architectural significance of Portland’s historic fraternal lodges (a.k.a. secret societies). Your less-than-a-mile-long jaunt begins at the Mark Building, an annex to the Portland Art Museum and former Masonic Temple built in 1927, then winds its way toward the Odd Fellows Building (now Chaucer Court Apartments), an Elks Temple (now the Sentinel Hotel), and eventually culminates at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center on 15th Avenue.    (Friday, February 22, 1p.m. to 4 p.m., $15)

Heather Watkins Discusses “Drawing Room” Front Of House Gallery,112 SW 1st Ave., Portland

Portland mixed media artist Heather Watkins will lead a conversation about her latest work “Drawing Room,” a mind-bending, abstract installation on view now through March 15 at interior designer Jessica Helgerson’s Front Of House Gallery. (Saturday, February 23, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., free)


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