The Frye is one of my favourite Seattle spots. They have a good rotation of captivating exhibitions, and some mainstays as well. Admission is always free, so my boyfriend and I pop in from time to time, just to see what’s new. The museum itself is super aesthetically pleasing. The all-white walls concede to eye-catching art of all sorts: sculpture, film, painting – you name it. It’s not unlike a maze, where you pass from room to room and feel like the place will go on forever, until you suddenly realize you’re back where you started with no warning at all.
There is one room – maybe my favourite – that remains covered wall-to-wall (I mean, *covered*) with antiquated paintings set in ornate frames. A close second in the race for my affection is a large white box of a room, which always features a film, projected on a large scale on the back wall. Sometimes silent, sometimes accompanied by music.
One of my favourite visits was a couple of months ago, when they were featuring short films by Khalil Joseph. (Did I mention that they have an auditorium that doubles as a theatre?) The films lasted about two hours, and sparked great conversation for my boyfriend and I. We’re both pretty – what’s the technical term? – umm… artsy. So this kind of thing is a great experience for us, both as a bonding thing and for personal inspiration. The museum is in a quiet-ish sector of Capitol Hill, so it was easy for us to wander into one of the local bars for a tasty beverage to enjoy during our lively discussion.
PS: there’s also a gift shop in the museum, which features small-to-moderately-sized, BEAUTIFUL hand crafted goods from local artisans. I want it all.
The Frye offers free, 30-minute Mindfulness Meditation sessions every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. (No reservation required.) I have yet to try it, but it’s on my to-do list! They also offer a plethora of other events, including lectures and talks by local art community members.