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The Top Design Happenings in the Pacific Northwest, February 26–March 5

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.



“Women’s Work” at Columbia City Gallery Columbia City Gallery, 4864 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle

In “Women’s Work,” 10 artists, including New York-based sculptor Maureen McCourt, Brooklyn painter Lesley Wamsley, and Tacoma-based artist Asia Tail, explore the connection between women’s craft and domestic labor through works that challenge the patriarchal viewpoint of both. (Through March 31, times vary)

Ann Morris and Kathleen Faulkner’s Sea-Inspired Works Smith/Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave., Edison, Wash.

Artists Ann Morris and Kathleen Faulkner combine their love for the Salish Sea in their upcoming exhibit at the Smith/Vallee Gallery. Expect works from Morris’ ongoing “Crossings” series, which includes vessels crafted from seaweed, twigs, and other natural materials harvested near the artist’s seaside home, as well as Faulkner’s oil pastels, inspired by Northwest waterways. On Saturday, March 2, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., there will be an artist talk followed by an opening reception to fête the exhibit. (March 1–31, times vary)

Seattle’s Greatest Hits Walking Architecture Tour Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle

This guided, two-hour tour takes a look at some of Seattle’s show-stopping buildings, including the Rem Koolhaas-designed Central Library, the Rainier Club, high-rise condo building Fifth & Madison and its neighboring 901 Fifth Avenue Plaza, and Seattle City Hall. (March 2, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., prices vary)

Architect Susan Jones Talks Disruptive Design The West End Ballroom, 1220 SW Taylor St., Portland

Susan Jones, of Seattle-based firm Atelierjones, headlines the latest Portland Design Events Lecture Series with a discussion on disruptive design strategies. The talk, titled “Disruptive Ecologies,” will unpack six projects, where Jones will trace their origins and show how to create new experiences by embracing ecological parameters as agents of design.(February 28, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., prices vary)

Spectrum Eutectic Gallery,1930 NE Oregon St., Portland

Pennsylvania-based ceramicist Brian Giniewski, known for his brightly colored works with a dripping effect, and Virginia-based potter and sculptor Blair Clemo will showcase their radiant creations in Spectrum, a month-long exhibit at Portland’s premier contemporary ceramics space. (March 1–April 6, times vary)



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