Frye Museum

While Mark Ryden’s bizarre candy freak show Wondertoonel has unfortunately closed, there are still reasons to visit First Hill’s Frye Art Museum. The first being free admission every day the museum is open (Tuesday – Sunday). The second reason is a beautifully designed space, both inside and out, plopped strangely amongst hospitals, apartment buildings, and O’Dea high school. Outdoor fountains, a lovely cafe (closed at 4, so we didn’t partake, but stood at the windows like poor orphans, staring at steaming coffee cups and gleaming wooden tables). Lush red velvet circular seats in many of the rooms to rest your weary feet and gaze up at artistic wonder, whether that art makes you feel joyful or just slightly sick to your stomach….

Oh yes, the art. Alan Magee’s Paintings, Sculpture, Graphics is up until April 3rd, and features both calming and quizzically frightening mixed media realism studies. Also joining the Frye’s permanent collection is Philip Pearlstein Drawings (until May 1st). Though a friend noted that many of the nudes looked very similar to the drawings in her boyfriend’s 1975 copy of The Joy Of Sex (and indeed these drawings are mainly circa 1960 – 1979), those interested in the “meticulously recording images from careful observation of life” will find inspiration in this collection.

The Frye Museum is open Tues – Sat 10 AM – 5PM, Sunday noon – 5 PM, and Thursday 10 AM – 8 PM.

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