The fine arts are alive in Seattle , as will be immediately obvious even to those who visit briefly. For the latest fine arts exhibitions throughout Puget Sound, pick up a copy of Art Access (www.artaccess.com ) from a local gallery.
Downtown, Phoenix Rising Gallery (2030 Western Ave., 206/728-2332, www.phoenixrisinggallery.com ) is packed with glass pieces, jewelry, gifts, and other artwork. Other downtown galleries worth seeing include Lisa Harris Gallery (1922 Pike Pl., 206/443-3315, www.lisaharrisgallery.com ) and William Traver Gallery (110 Union St., 206/587-6501, www.travergallery.com ).
Several galleries fill a pedestrian-only stretch of Occidental Street just north of the sports stadiums, and along 1st Avenue S. Particularly notable ones include:
Join the Pioneer Square  throngs on the first Thursday of each month, when the galleries all stage opening receptions. It has become a big event and is a good opportunity to mingle with artists and art connoisseurs; bargain hunters appreciate the free munchies and drinks.
In Fremont , try Frank & Dunya (3418 Fremont Ave. N, 206/547-6760), a fun gallery of "functional art" by Washington artists, or Edge of Glass Gallery (513 N. 36th St., 206/632-7807, www.edgeofglass.com , 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Wed.–Sun.) where you can watch students and teachers blowing glass. Also worth seeing is Elliott Brown Gallery (215 Westlake Ave. N, 206/340-8000, www.elliottbrowngallery.com ).
A monthly First Saturday Art Walk showcases artists at work and is one of Fremont’s many attractions for art lovers.