It’s been one year since IDEA Odyssey Gallery opened its doors with our inaugural exhibition “A Sense of Place.” At the end of this month, we’ll be closing the gallery at 666 S. Jackson to see what place is next in our journey.
It had been our hope to stay in the Storefronts Seattle space awarded to us last year, but we were not able to negotiate an agreement with our landlord. We are extremely grateful to Storefronts Seattle and the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) for allowing us to stay in the space well beyond our original temporary residency award.
We are also grateful for the many supporters, volunteers, donors and funders who helped us keep the doors open and accomplish so much in such a short time. Since last July, IDEA Odyssey Gallery opened eight shows, and featured 30 local and national artists whose work centers around identity, diversity, and culture – including at least four artists who had not previously exhibited. This little collective gallery that could, did and we, the members, are glad to have contributed to Seattle’s arts community and to the International District.
All this work took a lot of energy and devotion, and we view this space development as an opportunity not a challenge. Our plans right now are simple: to rest (and make art!) for at least six months.
We hope that the time off over the fall and winter will reinvigorate us, create new connections to artists and partners, and tug at our hearts and minds to reimagine our future as a collective. Until then, please stay in touch with us on Facebook and through our website’s blog.
Please drop in and visit our excellent current exhibit, “One,” featuring painter Victor Fuentes, photographer Wanda Benvenutti, and multimedia artist Jacque Larrainzar. The exhibit, along with the gallery in its current iteration, closes on August 24th. Our gallery hours are Thursday, 3-7 p.m., Friday, 2-6 p.m., and Saturday 11-3 p.m.
Again, thanks for embracing IDEA Odyssey Gallery’s mission and the visions of all the artists whose work graced our humble walls.
Co-founder Carina del Rosario
Co-founder SuJ’n Chon
Co-founder Minh Carrico
Artist Member Darius Morrison
Artist Member Victor Fuentes