Weekly Round-Up: Fine Arts Exhibits, Ziplining & More in Bellevue

The fine arts community is alive and well in Bellevue, Washington, and spectacular exhibits are on display left and right. Take a look at this week’s Weekly Round-Up for great ideas for things to do in Bellevue inside and outside the fine arts this weekend and into next week.

Friday, April 4

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Gésine Hackenberg, Makkum Plooischotel Necklace 2013 / Photo: Gésine Hackenberg

Bellevue Arts Museum: “At Your Service.” Through Sept. 21, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts the “At Your Service” exhibit, which captures the theme that everyday objects can become intimately important and indispensable to people. “At Your Service” explores one such object: the seemingly ordinary domestic plate.

Curated by Niki Johnson and Amelia Toelke, the exhibition brings together 10 unique artists who share a passion for this widely used, yet rarely examined, household item. Re-imagining our lived realities with the plate, they invite viewers to incorporate their own stories and experiences. As layers of meaning are unraveled, the impact of everyday objects on our lives is brought to light. Featured artists include: Ariel Brice, Gésine Hackenberg, Molly Hatch, Giselle Hicks, Garth Johnson, Niki Johnson, Sue Johnson, Emily Loehle, Caroline Slotte and Amelia Toelke. Click here for more information.

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Marc Ricourt, Lime Wood Sculpture / Photo: Craig Smith

Bellevue Arts Museum: “Crafting a Continuum.” Through April 27, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts “Crafting a Continuum” representing one of the country’s foremost contemporary craft collections. Traveling for the first time, the exhibition highlights the extensive holdings of the Arizona State University Art Museum. The collection includes works in wood, fiber and ceramics. Today the collection is one of the largest surveys of post-World War II craft in the U.S., with pieces by influential artists from the 1950s to the present day such as Peter Voulkos, Ed Moulthrop and Dorothy Gill Barnes. With more than 60 select objects highlighted at BAM, “Crafting a Continuum” provides an opportunity to experience the history, innovative power and future of craft. Click here for more information.

Bellevue Arts Museum: “Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb.” Through June 15, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts the work of Seattle artist Dan Webb, who is returning to BAM with his first museum solo exhibition. Featuring never-before-seen sculptures alongside some of the artist’s most iconic pieces, “Fragile Fortress” provides a survey of 15 years of intense exploration and self-invention. In his mostly figurative work, the self-taught wood carver explores themes such as the fragility of life and human resilience, balancing this heady content with his characteristic, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Skillfully-chiseled carvings play against rough-hewn surfaces, revealing a tension between what was, what is, and what could be. Click here for more information.

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Kathy Venter, Metanarrative Series, Girl with Maquette / Photo: David Borrowman

Bellevue Arts Museum: “Kathy Venter: Life.” Through June 15, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts “Life” featuring the work of internationally acclaimed ceramicist Kathy Venter, including the never-before-seen series MetaNarrative as well as many of the artist’s signature life-sized sculptures.

Celebrating her debut at Bellevue Arts Museum as part of the seminal BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown! exhibition, the Canadian artist continues her exploration of the universal tale of human existence. Her timeless sculptures are formed using the ancient craft of hand-coiling and pinching from the feet up, without molds or internal armature. In her work, Venter engages with her own life experiences alongside a vast array of historical sources, including the Tanagra figures of Ancient Greece which inspire her sculptures’ provocative surface treatment. Click here for more information.

Hall Spassov Gallery: Mars and Pony: “Special Delivery.” From April 2- 30, the Hall Spassov Gallery showcases “Special Delivery” featuring all-new mixed-media works by Northwest artist duo Gretchen Gammell and Amy Spassov. The exhibit is the culmination of four years of intense collaboration, proving art does not have to be a solitary pursuit. Lush stories and abundant depth make this exhibition an adventure to travel through. Click here for more information.

Bobby Lee LiveComedy: Bobby Lee Live. The Parlor Live Comedy Club welcomes comedian Bobby Lee for three nights of comedy (April 3-5). Bobby Lee has been seen in the hilarious hit films Pineapple Express, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle and The Dictator. Most recognize Bobby from his 9-year career as a recurring cast member on the live comedy series MADtv. He is a frequent guest on the hit TV show Chelsea Lately and performs regularly at the legendary Comedy Store in Hollywood. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Belle’s Vue Spring Fashion Frames. Recurring daily from April 1-27, see the season’s top trends on display at Bellevue Square. Handpicked by The Bellevue Collection’s Fashion Blogger, Belle’s Vue, each frame features her picks for the season’s go-to looks! Click here for more information.

Saturday, April 5

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Photo courtesy of Bellevue Parks & Community Services / Colin Walker

Bellevue Zip Tour Grand Opening. On April 5-6, Bellevue Zip Tour will be having its grand opening, welcoming the public to enjoy the experience of soaring through the forest on their seven zip lines and two bridges high above Bellevue. Visitors can zip line with family and friends guided by their skilled staff and view Baker and Glacier Peak from inside the branches of a Big Leaf Maple tree. The Bellevue Zip Tour is in an amazing old maple and Douglas-Fir forest in Bellevue. The zip lines are as long as 600 feet and are as high as 80 feet above the ground. Learn more or schedule a tour here.

Free Bellevue Botanical Garden Tours. Enjoy docent-led tours of the garden on Saturdays and Sundays, recurring weekly. Visitors will meet at Bellevue Botanical Garden Visitor Center. Tours begin at 2 p.m. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is an urban refuge, encompassing 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands. You can get more information here.

Comedy: Bobby Lee Live. The Parlor Live Comedy Club welcomes comedian Bobby Lee for three nights of comedy (April 3-5). Bobby Lee has been seen in the hilarious hit films Pineapple Express, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle and The Dictator. Most recognize Bobby from his 9-year career as a recurring cast member on the live comedy series MADtv. He is a frequent guest on the hit TV show Chelsea Lately and performs regularly at the legendary Comedy Store in Hollywood. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

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Amelia Toelke, Light and Shadow, Part 2 / Photo: Jim Escalante

Bellevue Arts Museum: “At Your Service.” Through Sept. 21, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts the “At Your Service” exhibit, which captures the theme that everyday objects can become intimately important and indispensable to people. “At Your Service” explores one such object: the seemingly ordinary domestic plate.

Curated by Niki Johnson and Amelia Toelke, the exhibition brings together 10 unique artists who share a passion for this widely used, yet rarely examined, household item. Re-imagining our lived realities with the plate, they invite viewers to incorporate their own stories and experiences. As layers of meaning are unraveled, the impact of everyday objects on our lives is brought to light. Featured artists include: Ariel Brice, Gésine Hackenberg, Molly Hatch, Giselle Hicks, Garth Johnson, Niki Johnson, Sue Johnson, Emily Loehle, Caroline Slotte and Amelia Toelke. Click here for more information.

Bellevue Arts Museum: “Crafting a Continuum.” Through April 27, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts “Crafting a Continuum” representing one of the country’s foremost contemporary craft collections. Traveling for the first time, the exhibition highlights the extensive holdings of the Arizona State University Art Museum. The collection includes works in wood, fiber and ceramics. Today the collection is one of the largest surveys of post-World War II craft in the U.S., with pieces by influential artists from the 1950s to the present day such as Peter Voulkos, Ed Moulthrop and Dorothy Gill Barnes. With more than 60 select objects highlighted at BAM, “Crafting a Continuum” provides an opportunity to experience the history, innovative power and future of craft. Click here for more information.

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Dan Webb, Splash, 2006 / Photo: Arthur Aubrey

Bellevue Arts Museum: “Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb.” Through June 15, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts the work of Seattle artist Dan Webb, who is returning to BAM with his first museum solo exhibition. Featuring never-before-seen sculptures alongside some of the artist’s most iconic pieces, “Fragile Fortress” provides a survey of 15 years of intense exploration and self-invention.

In his mostly figurative work, the self-taught wood carver explores themes such as the fragility of life and human resilience, balancing this heady content with his characteristic, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Skillfully-chiseled carvings play against rough-hewn surfaces, revealing a tension between what was, what is, and what could be. Click here for more information.

Bellevue Arts Museum: “Kathy Venter: Life.” Through June 15, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts “Life” featuring the work of internationally acclaimed ceramicist Kathy Venter, including the never-before-seen series MetaNarrative as well as many of the artist’s signature life-sized sculptures. Celebrating her debut at Bellevue Arts Museum as part of the seminal BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown! exhibition, the Canadian artist continues her exploration of the universal tale of human existence. Her timeless sculptures are formed using the ancient craft of hand-coiling and pinching from the feet up, without molds or internal armature. In her work, Venter engages with her own life experiences alongside a vast array of historical sources, including the Tanagra figures of Ancient Greece which inspire her sculptures’ provocative surface treatment. Click here for more information.

Hall Spassov Gallery: Mars and Pony: “Special Delivery.” From April 2- 30, the Hall Spassov Gallery showcases “Special Delivery” featuring all-new mixed-media works by Northwest artist duo Gretchen Gammell and Amy Spassov. The exhibit is the culmination of four years of intense collaboration, proving art does not have to be a solitary pursuit. Lush stories and abundant depth make this exhibition an adventure to travel through. Click here for more information.

Belle’s Vue Spring Fashion Frames. Recurring daily from April 1-27, see the season’s top trends on display at Bellevue Square. Handpicked by The Bellevue Collection’s Fashion Blogger, Belle’s Vue, each frame features her picks for the season’s go-to looks! Click here for more information.

Sunday, April 6

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Photo courtesy of Bellevue Parks & Community Services / Colin Walker

Bellevue Zip Tour Grand Opening. On April 5-6, Bellevue Zip Tour will be having its grand opening, welcoming the public to enjoy the experience of soaring through the forest on their seven zip lines and two bridges high above Bellevue. Visitors can zip line with family and friends guided by their skilled staff and view Baker and Glacier Peak from inside the branches of a Big Leaf Maple tree. The Bellevue Zip Tour is in an amazing old maple and Douglas-Fir forest in Bellevue. The zip lines are as long as 600 feet and are as high as 80 feet above the ground. Learn more or schedule a tour here.

VBW_All In Comedy TourComedy: Bill Burr Presents the All in Comedy Tour. For one night only, the Parlor Live Comedy Club welcomes the All in Comedy Tour, starring Paul Virzi, Jason Lawhead and Joe Bartnick. Two item minimum purchase per guest during the show. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

Free Bellevue Botanical Garden Tours. Enjoy docent-led tours of the garden on Saturdays and Sundays, recurring weekly. Visitors will meet at Bellevue Botanical Garden Visitor Center. Tours begin at 2 p.m. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is an urban refuge, encompassing 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands. You can get more information here.

Milk Frothing Madness Redux. Seattle Coffee Gear in Bellevue is hosting a second free milk frothing workshop featuring Rachel and Dori. If you missed the last workshop, now is your chance to learn how to properly heat, steam and froth not just your milk, but milk substitutes like soy. Each requires a slightly different technique and you’ll get the chance to experiment with it yourself. RSVP to marketing@seattlecoffeegear.com so they’ll know to expect you. Click here for more information.

Bellevue Arts Museum: “At Your Service.” Through Sept. 21, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts the “At Your Service” exhibit, which captures the theme that everyday objects can become intimately important and indispensable to people. “At Your Service” explores one such object: the seemingly ordinary domestic plate. Curated by Niki Johnson and Amelia Toelke, the exhibition brings together 10 unique artists who share a passion for this widely used, yet rarely examined, household item. Re-imagining our lived realities with the plate, they invite viewers to incorporate their own stories and experiences. As layers of meaning are unraveled, the impact of everyday objects on our lives is brought to light. Featured artists include: Ariel Brice, Gésine Hackenberg, Molly Hatch, Giselle Hicks, Garth Johnson, Niki Johnson, Sue Johnson, Emily Loehle, Caroline Slotte and Amelia Toelke. Click here for more information.

Bellevue Arts Museum: “Crafting a Continuum.” Through April 27, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts “Crafting a Continuum” representing one of the country’s foremost contemporary craft collections. Traveling for the first time, the exhibition highlights the extensive holdings of the Arizona State University Art Museum. The collection includes works in wood, fiber and ceramics. Today the collection is one of the largest surveys of post-World War II craft in the U.S., with pieces by influential artists from the 1950s to the present day such as Peter Voulkos, Ed Moulthrop and Dorothy Gill Barnes. With more than 60 select objects highlighted at BAM, “Crafting a Continuum” provides an opportunity to experience the history, innovative power and future of craft. Click here for more information.

Bellevue Arts Museum: “Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb.” Through June 15, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts the work of Seattle artist Dan Webb, who is returning to BAM with his first museum solo exhibition. Featuring never-before-seen sculptures alongside some of the artist’s most iconic pieces, “Fragile Fortress” provides a survey of 15 years of intense exploration and self-invention. In his mostly figurative work, the self-taught wood carver explores themes such as the fragility of life and human resilience, balancing this heady content with his characteristic, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Skillfully-chiseled carvings play against rough-hewn surfaces, revealing a tension between what was, what is, and what could be. Click here for more information.

Bellevue Arts Museum: “Kathy Venter: Life.” Through June 15, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts “Life” featuring the work of internationally acclaimed ceramicist Kathy Venter, including the never-before-seen series MetaNarrative as well as many of the artist’s signature life-sized sculptures. Celebrating her debut at Bellevue Arts Museum as part of the seminal BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown! exhibition, the Canadian artist continues her exploration of the universal tale of human existence. Her timeless sculptures are formed using the ancient craft of hand-coiling and pinching from the feet up, without molds or internal armature. In her work, Venter engages with her own life experiences alongside a vast array of historical sources, including the Tanagra figures of Ancient Greece which inspire her sculptures’ provocative surface treatment. Click here for more information.

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“Colossal,” mixed media on panel 36in x 48in

Hall Spassov Gallery: Mars and Pony: “Special Delivery.” From April 2- 30, the Hall Spassov Gallery showcases “Special Delivery” featuring all-new mixed-media works by Northwest artist duo Gretchen Gammell and Amy Spassov.

The exhibit is the culmination of four years of intense collaboration, proving art does not have to be a solitary pursuit. Lush stories and abundant depth make this exhibition an adventure to travel through. Click here for more information.

Belle’s Vue Spring Fashion Frames. Recurring daily from April 1-27, see the season’s top trends on display at Bellevue Square. Handpicked by The Bellevue Collection’s Fashion Blogger, Belle’s Vue, each frame features her picks for the season’s go-to looks! Click here for more information.

Monday, April 7

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Photo via WNPS.org

Native Plant Stewardship Training. Now through April 14, The Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) is offering free ecological restoration stewardship training at the Mercer Slough Environmental Learning Center recurring weekly on Monday in conjunction with partnering cities. This is for people who would like to become a WNPS Native Plant Steward and help restore King County’s forests. Click here for more information.

Belle’s Vue Spring Fashion Frames. Recurring daily from April 1-27, see the season’s top trends on display at Bellevue Square. Handpicked by The Bellevue Collection’s Fashion Blogger, Belle’s Vue, each frame features her picks for the season’s go-to looks! Click here for more information.

Bellevue Arts Museum: “At Your Service.” Through Sept. 21, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts the “At Your Service” exhibit, which captures the theme that everyday objects can become intimately important and indispensable to people. “At Your Service” explores one such object: the seemingly ordinary domestic plate. Curated by Niki Johnson and Amelia Toelke, the exhibition brings together 10 unique artists who share a passion for this widely used, yet rarely examined, household item. Re-imagining our lived realities with the plate, they invite viewers to incorporate their own stories and experiences. As layers of meaning are unraveled, the impact of everyday objects on our lives is brought to light. Featured artists include: Ariel Brice, Gésine Hackenberg, Molly Hatch, Giselle Hicks, Garth Johnson, Niki Johnson, Sue Johnson, Emily Loehle, Caroline Slotte and Amelia Toelke. Click here for more information.

Bellevue Arts Museum: “Crafting a Continuum.” Through April 27, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts “Crafting a Continuum” representing one of the country’s foremost contemporary craft collections. Traveling for the first time, the exhibition highlights the extensive holdings of the Arizona State University Art Museum. The collection includes works in wood, fiber and ceramics. Today the collection is one of the largest surveys of post-World War II craft in the U.S., with pieces by influential artists from the 1950s to the present day such as Peter Voulkos, Ed Moulthrop and Dorothy Gill Barnes. With more than 60 select objects highlighted at BAM, “Crafting a Continuum” provides an opportunity to experience the history, innovative power and future of craft. Click here for more information.

Bellevue Arts Museum: “Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb.” Through June 15, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts the work of Seattle artist Dan Webb, who is returning to BAM with his first museum solo exhibition. Featuring never-before-seen sculptures alongside some of the artist’s most iconic pieces, “Fragile Fortress” provides a survey of 15 years of intense exploration and self-invention. In his mostly figurative work, the self-taught wood carver explores themes such as the fragility of life and human resilience, balancing this heady content with his characteristic, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Skillfully-chiseled carvings play against rough-hewn surfaces, revealing a tension between what was, what is, and what could be. Click here for more information.

Bellevue Arts Museum: “Kathy Venter: Life.” Through June 15, Bellevue Arts Museum hosts “Life” featuring the work of internationally acclaimed ceramicist Kathy Venter, including the never-before-seen series MetaNarrative as well as many of the artist’s signature life-sized sculptures. Celebrating her debut at Bellevue Arts Museum as part of the seminal BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown! exhibition, the Canadian artist continues her exploration of the universal tale of human existence. Her timeless sculptures are formed using the ancient craft of hand-coiling and pinching from the feet up, without molds or internal armature. In her work, Venter engages with her own life experiences alongside a vast array of historical sources, including the Tanagra figures of Ancient Greece which inspire her sculptures’ provocative surface treatment. Click here for more information.

Hall Spassov Gallery: Mars and Pony: “Special Delivery.” From April 2- 30, the Hall Spassov Gallery showcases “Special Delivery” featuring all-new mixed-media works by Northwest artist duo Gretchen Gammell and Amy Spassov. The exhibit is the culmination of four years of intense collaboration, proving art does not have to be a solitary pursuit. Lush stories and abundant depth make this exhibition an adventure to travel through. Click here for more information.

Thursday, April 10

VBW_DL HughleyComedy: D.L. Hughley at Parlor Live. On April 10-12, The Parlor Live Comedy Club welcomes D.L. Hughley, an actor, political commentator and standup comedian for three nights of comedy.

Hughley is best known as the star of the ABC/UPN sitcom The Hughleys and as one of the four comedians featured in the mega-hit film The Original Kings of Comedy. He hosts the popular DL Hughley Radio Show and has hosted his own late night talk show for Comedy Central, “Weekends at the DL,” as well as HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and CNN’s “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.” You have also seen him on Dancing With The Stars. Click here for more information or purchase tickets here.

TNT: Thursday Night Tasting at Grand Cru Wine Shop. Join other wine aficionados for a mid-week wine tasting at the wine shop from 5-7 p.m.!  Every week is a different theme so keep coming back to experience something new! You can get more information here.

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