Congratulations to Artdish – Seattle’s only full and comprehensive site dedicated to the visual arts; they have been awarded a nod for being one of Puget Sounds most influential people (by Seattle Magazine).

Here is what it says:

For those who whine about the lack of arts coverage in the city, there’s Artdish. In fact, the Web mag recently ran a blog-stirring essay A Stranger No More: The Rise of Emily Hall and Decline of Seattle Weekly’s Arts Coverage on the very subject. Publisher, editor and all-hours writer Jim Demetre and Web developer Eric Gould took over the six-year-old site from founder Victoria Josslin this spring. They have plans to launch a print version one day but meanwhile have added a smart blog to the lineup of art news and essays.

It’s true, and I say this in a week when Seattle’s Visual arts coverage seems particularly lackluster, I am thankful for the continuation of Artdish’s presence, and a veritable history of what I missed in the previous 6 years of Seattle’s art world can be found in their archives.

The biggest hand clap for the visual arts went to Seattle art collectors Bill and Ruth True, who recently opened Western Bridge Gallery and I have already gone on and on about.

Actually, I give an inch about the lackluster comment, the Seattle Times has just filed a review of Brian Murphy, whose shows I’ve yet to visit. Still, it has been a slow news week.

Keeping up with Vroom Journal too, our other faithful Seattle Visual Arts chronicler, files a report on the announcement of Artist Trust Fellowship Awards – and a review of the Spain show at Seattle Art Museum that almost makes me want to see it. I say that because their last idea of a blockbuster didn’t sit well with myself after paying $15.00 to be claustrophobic, but then again sad to say it isn’t often we have a Goya come to town.