Sights and sounds at the Seattle Art Fair’s big comeback

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MVS: As I continue walking through the fair, I don’t see a sea of ​​red dots. At 7:30 p.m., I decide to take a different approach: questions. At the Traver Gallery, an employee told me that a Marita dingus sculpture (priced between $12,000 and $14,000) had been sold to a private collector. Although the deal has been signed, it’s not reddot-official yet.

BD: Dingus isn’t the only Seattle artist selling his work immediately: just before 8 p.m. at PDX Contemporary Art in Portland, I spot red dots on the labels of two recent abstract acrylic-on-canvas paintings by veteran Seattle artist Viktoria Haven. Chekhov moon and Waymarker II (Hozomeen) sold for $5,000 and $2,300 respectively.

MVS: I notice another red dot at the Harris/Harvey Gallery, an oil painting by Bay Area artist Hiroshi Sato titled “Noticed Inside.” Somewhere between an Edward Hopper and a Cubist painting, the scene of a woman resting on a bed was sold to a private local collector, a former gallery client, for $7,800. “We hadn’t seen her in a couple of years,” says gallery director Sarah Harvey. “We met again at the fair.”

BD: Connecting to the people at the art fair is best achieved through a combination of GPS and summoning. About every few booths I see someone standing in the middle of an aisle on the phone saying things like, “No, I’m at B13. I’m not moving Come find me.” My own phone is a series of text messages that say “At D01. Now E09. Oops, now C07.”

I soon experience another familiar feeling from past Seattle Art Fairs – meeting people who say, “You have have to see the play around the corner.” I ask them where exactly, and they crook their arm and point and emphasize, “It is To the right around the corner!” I never find it.

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