Seattle Art Museum hosts a Celebrate Diwali event

For many years, the Seattle Art Museum has been hosting a Celebrate Diwali event at the Asian Art Museum in Seattle’s Volunteer Park. Visitors can enjoy a dance performance, make their own votive candle holder, see a fashion show, and listen to all sorts of traditional Indian music. The event, that took place for the first time from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 5, 2015, is free, but the museum wants people to make reservations nonetheless.

This celebration of the arts and cultures of Asia takes place on the first Saturday of most months. Celebrate Diwali is organized to honor special Indian traditions, so everyone is welcome to enjoy fashion shows, traditional music, and dance performances at this annual Free First Saturday India celebration.

In 2015, on Sunday, November 6, the Seattle Art Museum also organized the “Festival of Lights” at the Seattle Center. The festival kicked off at noon in the Armory Main Floor (305 Harrison Street), and highlighted the culture and arts of India. The “Festival of Lights” was entirely indoors, suitable for all ages, and free for the public. The festival featured several internationally highly reputed artists, a henna booth, Indian dance lessons, face painting, a puppet show, Indian chai, and all sorts of food from many parts of India.

Seattle Art Museum Review

When the Seattle Art Museum turned 80 years old in 2013, it had become clear that it was not only the most prominent museum of general art in America’s Pacific Northwest. The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) had become one of the most important museums across the nation.

The museum features an expanded building, more than double the exhibition space compared to the former situation, an enlarged and massively improved collection. The whole operation was an ambitious effort to turn the museum’s intentions into reality. The regional rank of the Seattle Art Museum has never really been challenged, but this was more by default as the competition is slim.

The museum features a modest European collection that’s mediocre overall, and not comprehensive at all. The museum boasts a great porcelain collection, but if you want to find a painting by Picasso, you’re in the wrong spot. There are quite a few educational programs and exhibits, many of which are geared towards educating underprivileged youth who need some extra support to get ahead in life.

The Seattle Art Museum can play an important role in helping teens develop self-confidence. In BestGEDClasses online prep, for example, young learners are recommended to visit the Seattle Art Museum. They recognize that the Museum’s programs may help students discover undeveloped talents and skills, which can give them a very important boost in confidence.

So beware, if you believe that a first-class general art museum should be stuffed with sculptures that date back from ancient Rome and Greece to rambunctious 20th-century launches or classic European paintings, the Seattle Art Museum is not your cup of tea. Two of the museum’s long-standing traditions and strengths are actually African art and Pacific Northwest Native American art. The museum features a very small European collection that’s mediocre overall, and not comprehensive at all. The museum boasts a great porcelain collection, but if you want to find a painting by Picasso, you’re in the wrong spot.

Lights, Camera, Action!

High-tech efficiencies make this home entertaining — and easy

Taking your work home might not be so bad if you’re Mike Toutonghi, the engineer who started Microsoft’s effort to develop home-entertainment and automation systems of the future.

The son of a Seattle school teacher, Toutonghi used to be a jewelry designer. While attending community college he worked on the campus network and taught himself programming. That eventually led him to Microsoft, where he became one of the company’s “distinguished engineers.”

So it’s not surprising that his nearly new Craftsman-style home tucked away on a Bellevue cul-de-sac is comfortably packed with the latest technology. The house is also a sort of laboratory where he tinkers with the latest gizmos for controlling various household systems with a personal computer.

The technology is mostly invisible. All a visitor sees are fancy control pads the size of light-switch plates on the walls and a whiz-bang remote control in the family room. Like a family dog, the house comes to life when people approach, lighting up when sensors on the perimeter are triggered. Inside the foyer, a panel allows you to adjust the lights, turn on music and control the security system.

America The Beautiful

AMERICA the beautiful
In home design, we celebrate the spirit of our independence

Whether it’s a humble habitat in the city or an extravagant mansion in suburbia, the recurring theme in the dwellings that dot America’s landscape is the desire to have a home of our own.

Author Gerald Foster identifies this unique characteristic in the introduction to his new book, “American Houses, A Field Guide to the Architecture of the Home” (Houghton Mifflin, $20): “The single-family home has traditionally assumed an unusual importance in the United States, compared with other Western societies. Buying a home is an American rite of passage, and the house has been a symbol of independence and security, as well as social and economic status.”

Spreading the Love

At AW, they’ve got a head for pots

REMEMBER WHEN terra cotta and maybe a high-fired glaze or two were about the only kinds of pots around? Now it’s impossible to get safely past the dazzling array that local nurseries and garden centers stock. And perhaps nowhere else in the country are so many of these pots being cleverly used. The colors now run the gamut from turquoise to oxblood, and the textures are so palpable you can’t help but stroke the pots as much as the plants.