SAM extends hours for Spanish exhibition

The Seattle Art Museum has extended its hours Sunday through Jan. 2 to give the public an opportunity to see “Spain in the Age of Exploration 1492-1819,” a major exhibit of important art works from Spain.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The museum will close at 3 p.m. today.

The exhibit is loaded with treasures from Spain’s golden age. Among the more than 100 works on display are masterwork paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and tapestries by artists such as Bosch, Titian, Rubens, Velazquez, Bernini and Goya.

Royal armor of extraordinary beauty created for men and their horses can be seen along with rare maps, manuscripts, books and letters, such as a letter from Queen Isabella to Christopher Columbus written in 1493.

The display also includes navigational instruments used by Spanish explorers to reach far-flung lands, including the Pacific Northwest. Spanish explorers were here beginning in the 1770s, three decades before Lewis and Clark, exploring the coast as far north as Alaska.

Rare Northwest Coast objects that Spanish explorers brought back from their journeys are also on view.

The Seattle Art Museum is at 100 University St., Seattle. Advance tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster, 206-292-ARTS. Information, 206-654-3100,

Pastels, glass and ceramics: Soft pastels, the gleam of glass and the soft patina of pottery go together at the Holiday Art Show that continues through Thursday at the Arts Council of Snohomish County gallery, at the Monte Cristo Hotel, 1507 Wall St., Everett.

The annual show is the setting for the Northwest Pastel Society’s Open Exhibit, an showcase of pastel works by some of the top artists working the medium. The arts council scored a coup in bringing the show to Everett this year. Pastel art is prized for its luminous color. Pastel artists achieve deep, rich colors that range from the soft and subtle to strong and brilliant by layering pigment.

About 70 works were juried into the Everett show.

There’s also a large selection of glass art by Northwest artists plus ceramics and pottery, both functional and whimsical.

For information call 425-257-8380.

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