Strait Art: An Anthology of Exhibitions from the Upper Left-Hand Corner, a collection of essays written by Jake Seniuk, was gathered by him from the more than 150 exhibitions he curated during his twenty-three-year tenure as director of the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.
From little-known to well-known artists, in solo, duo, and group exhibitions, Seniuk made visual, thematic, and personal connections with Northwest artists, and his writings gave unique and poetic voice to his curation that honored and augmented the art on view.
The book has a page count of just under 300, with more than 300 images. Strait Art is being published by Marrowstone Press in association with the Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA), the institution that is acting as the fiscal agent for this book project.
Book parties will be planned in 2020 for museums, art centers, and other spaces in the Northwest region where Strait Art will be celebrated and will be available for purchase; plans are also underway for the book to be stocked in regional art spaces, with more info to come.
* book cover photograph by Rebecca Cummins, Simply Smashing, 2009, 196 wine glasses, water
from Marrowstone Press, Winter, 2020
Strait Art Update
Strait Art will launch at Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA) in La Conner on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at 1pm with the first book reading of this long-awaited collection of essays written and compiled by Jake Seniuk (1949-2016), director-curator of Port Angeles Fine Arts Center (PAFAC) from 1989-2012. In forty-six essays, at nearly 300 pages, with more than 300 illustrations, Strait Art thematically collects Jake’s essays (first published in On Center issues) for exhibitions he curated of Northwest artists.
Donna James and Kathleen Moles (editors of the book) will read from Strait Art and show images of the art in the book. Readings at each venue of the book tour throughout the spring will focus on artists local to that site to keep each event unique, and those artists will also be invited to read from the book during the programs. At MoNA, readings will include essays that feature the work of Philip McCracken, Allen Moe, Lanny Bergner, Sheila Klein & Ries Niemi, James Lapp, and C.C. Elian. Readings in Port Townsend, Port Angeles, Seattle, and Bainbridge Island are in the planning stages.
For more information about Strait Art, contact JakeSeniukBookProject@gmail.com