There has, of course, been plenty of art on Capitol Hill for a good long while, but tonight is the 1-year anniversary of the neighborhood’s Second Thursday Artwalk (I don’t use its official name, let’s just say it rhymes with “tits”). First, the Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University is having an opening reception for its inaugural MFA + senior exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m. Curated by second year MFA student Tina Lee, the exhibition focuses on the role of creative communication to inspire sustainable growth. Participating artists are Erin Carlton, Elizabeth Davis, Janet English, Tina Russell, Kaitlin Swezey, Sarah Storey and Jessie Wilson.
Up the street at Grey Gallery and Lounge is an exhibition of paintings by Greg Boudreau, recent works by the always excellent Robert Hardgrave, and small group show of artists (including myself) who have shown at the gallery over the past two years. This opening will be a bittersweet occasion: gallery owner Erik Guttridge announced earlier this month that Grey will be closing in its current location on June 19. Grey has become an important neighborhood fixture over the course of its short life, so here’s hoping they secure a space nearby very soon.