Trip – Washington, November & December

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Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue

Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington, has built a reputation for curating exceptionally thought-provoking exhibits that focus on a specific aspect of culture or history. Their fall-winter exhibit is no exception; it features interweaving of craftsmanship, painting, and high fashion.

The show, “A World of Paper, A World of Fashion: Isabelle de Borchgrave meets Mariano Fortuny,” displays the artistic conversation between contemporary Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave and early 20th century fashion designer Mariano Fortuny. This exhibit marks the first time all of Borchrave’s Fortuny recreations have been displayed on the west coast.

Mariano Fortuny defied current fashion philosophy, blending several different national clothing styles into single creations. Isabelle de Borchgrave recreates the work of Fortuny through papercraft. Borchgrave irons the paper to severe thinness. She then paints and assembles the outfits, including papercraft shoes and gems. Her collection also features murals of her workshop and of her conversation partner: Fortuny.

Perhaps the most elaborate piece is the recreation of the tent Fortuny placed in his Villa in Venice. The entire tent hangs from the ceiling as an enormous paper chandelier. Two dimensional mannequins line the tent curtains, suggesting a crowd just outside the walls.

The exhibition begins November 21st and runs until February 16. For more information,  visit bellevuearts.org. For information about visiting Bellevue, Washington, go to visitbellevuewashington.com.

The-Davenport-lobbyThe Davenport Hotel, Spokane

Some hotels stand as a testament to time. Spokane’s invincible Davenport Hotel (now part of The Davenport Hotel Collection) first opened in 1914. It was the Northwest’s ultimate Belle Epoque-era hotel: elegant, ornate, even fanciful, a perfect setting for the civic and social events that would unfold there over the next several decades. It quickly became the hub of polite (and at times impolite) society. Decades later it fell into a sad state of neglect.

Its later renovation, carried out with painstaking commitment to authenticity down to every detail, is a flagship model of historic preservation. The Davenport once was and is again one of the most architecturally fascinating buildings in the west. One sweep through the lobby allows an appreciation of the hotel’s grand style, but that appreciation deepens on a tour through the mezzanine ballrooms, each fashioned on a different historical motif, faithful to the original plans. The historic photo collection of early Davenport events is an entertaining gallery-quality walk through time.

The Davenport Hotel comes with the amenities you’d expect in a hotel of its caliber: a world-class spa, concierge, great dining options and much more. The hotel does harbor one surprise, however. The well-appointed guest rooms are surprisingly affordable.

For more information about The Davenport Collection, go to davenporthotelcollection.com. For information about visiting Spokane, go to visitspokane.com.

Pybus-MarketPybus Market, Wenatchee

This year, the attraction-rich agriculture and recreation hub that is Wenatchee became even richer. It’s now home to Pybus Market, Washington’s largest public market east of the Cascade Mountains.

The new Pybus Market is a destination for the region’s artisan community, featuring a permanent home for the Wenatchee Farmers Market as well as 19 retail spaces with tenants ranging from restaurants to wine tasting rooms to specialty food purveyors.

The historic structure that once housed the Pybus steel warehouse was perfectly suited for this project. The Pybus Market building is a world-class example of repurposing a vacant industrial building for public use.

Located at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers and enveloped by the foothills and towering peaks of North Central Washington’s Cascade Mountains, the Wenatchee Valley has developed a burgeoning food and wine scene, a fitting place for Washington’s second largest public market (only Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market is larger). Year-round, the new

Pybus Market provides an opportunity to sample the produce, wine, food and culture of the region.

Pybus Market is located at 3 N. Worthen, Wenatchee. For a complete list of vendors, hours and events at Pybus Market, visit pybuspublicmarket.org. For information about visiting the Wenatchee Valley, go to wenatcheevalley.org.

Vanishing Ice, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham

The Whatcom Museum is offering an unprecedented exhibition, “Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775-2012.” It marks the first time an art exhibition of this scope and level of scholarship has occurred on the topic of our changing climate.

The show, which takes place in the museum’s extraordinary Lightcatcher Building, spans more than 200 years with 75 works of art representing 12 nations, offering a look at the rich artistic legacy of the planet’s frozen frontiers now threatened by a changing climate—including the Northwest. The exhibition will run from November 1, 2013 through March 2, 2014.

“The unique combination of art and natural science has resonated deeply with our community,” said Executive Director Patricia Leach.

One aim of the exhibition is to help visitors appreciate the importance of alpine and polar landscapes in shaping Western consciousness about nature. “Vanishing Ice encourages audiences to value and help preserve these regions for the well being of both nature and culture,” says curator of art Barbara Matilsky. “It hopes to inspire activism towards bringing Earth back into balance.”

For more information about “Vanishing Ice,” visit whatcommuseum.org. For information about visiting Bellingham, go to bellingham.org.

Hotel-Murano-lobby-artHotel Murano, Tacoma

Tacoma, Washington, proudly displays glass art throughout the city, most notably on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. Featuring more than 2,000 works of glass, this footbridge spans I-705, connecting the Museum of Glass to the rest of downtown.

You can find more works of glass at the Hotel Murano. Each of its 26 floors acts a gallery, highlighting an artist and displaying their works. The aesthetic on each floor creates the feeling of a night at the museum.

The hotel offers a special package to those wishing to further explore glass artistry. The “Hot Piece of Glass” package gives visitors access to the Museum of Glass, a night at the luxurious Murano and an opportunity to dabble in creating glass art themselves.

Besides rotating glass art exhibits, the Museum of Glass lets you watch professional artists create glass art in front of you with live narration in its Hot Shop (with theater seating). Then, to try your own hand at glass blowing, you’ll head over to the Tacoma Glassblowing Studio. The package comes with a day lesson with a glass artist.

Book the “Hot Piece of Glass” package through Hotel Murano at hotelmuranotacoma.com. For more information about Tacoma’s glass, visit museumofglass.org, tacomaglassblowing.com. For information about visiting Tacoma, go to traveltacoma.com.