Artful Evening is July 17, 2021

Artful Evening 2021 

Saturday, July 17, 2021, 4:30 – 6pm PDT

Honoring Northwest Designer Craftsmen 


Artful Evening, Bellevue Arts Museum’s annual auction and gala was held Saturday, July 17, 2021. This virtual fundraiser provides important support for the Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs throughout the year.

This year, cohosts Angela Poe Russell from King 5 and longtime BAM supporter John Levesque helped us celebrate the artists and organizations that help make the Pacific Northwest one of the best places to live. The virtual auction featured art from Northwest artists, local craft spirits, and unique experiences; we recognized Northwest Designer Craftsmen’s longstanding service to artists and craftspeople in our region; and showed our support for local organizations Big Table and Centro Cultural Mexicano.


Watch the live event 



About the honoree 


Northwest Designer Craftsmen

For over 65 years, Northwest Designer Craftsmen has promoted excellence of design and craftsmanship among Northwest artists and stimulated public interest in and appreciation of fine craft. Their membership includes artists working in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska, as well as arts educators, managers, and collectors. 

Learn more about Northwest Designer Craftsmen »

Meet our Community Partners

Giving together is better. That’s why we’re pleased to announce that, when you purchase a virtual cocktail during Artful Evening 2021, proceeds will benefit BAM, as well as our community partners Big Table and Centro Cultural Mexicano. 

Buy a Virtual Cocktail


About Big Table

Big Table provides critical social support for workers in the restaurant and hospitality industry by creating community and caring for those in crisis, transition, or falling through the cracks. 

Learn more about Big Table »

About Centro Cultural Mexicano


Centro Cultural Mexicano strives to inspire inclusive participation by the community in all aspects of education, culture, and society by providing opportunities to create a positive future through bilingual social services and advocacy at all levels. 

Learn more about Centro Cultural Mexicano »



Provide vital support for BAM programs

Bellevue Arts Museum is devoted to active engagement with art and culture—both through the ever-changing artwork on display in the Museum and through programs that reach throughout our community.

Support BAM's programs by clicking donate below.


Craft Kits

Cover the materials costs for 200 of the craft kits we’ll be giving away during this year’s Kids Fair To Go!

Donate $100

Summer camp scholarship

Support the creativity and talent of the littlest artists in our community by sending them to a BAM Summer Camp.

Donate $365

Free admission day

Make BAM accessible to everyone in our community by covering the costs of one free admission day.

Donate $500

Artist spotlight videos

Cover the production costs for two of BAM’s upcoming virtual Arts Fair artist spotlight videos.

Donate $1,000

15 school tours

Did someone say field trip? Support arts education in our community by funding school tours at BAM.

Donate $2,500

New works in the Forum

$5,000 helps bring new works to the Museum's free Forum space.

Donate $5,000

TAC for a year

Inspire the next generation of arts leaders! $10K funds one year of our Teen Arts Council program.

Donate $10,000

Exhibition install

Help make BAM’s exhibitions possible by covering part of the installation costs for one show.

Donate $25,000


This year's auction features over 30 works from local artists, as well as fun Pacific Northwest experiences. Proceeds benefit Bellevue Arts Museum's exhibitions and programs, as well as the artists.

Bidding will open at 12pm PDT on July 14 and close at 6pm PDT on July 17. Wine and spirits items will be open for bidding exclusively during the live event on July 17.


View the auction

Watch the curator tour

Hear a curator's perspective on some of the works in this year's virtual auction! In this video, BAM Associate Curator Lane Eagles walks us through a few of her item highlights.



Auction highlights

Emily Counts, Sunrise Cups

This fun pair of stoneware drinking glasses recalls the retro colors and shapes of the '60s hippie era, yet would be right at home in any modern kitchen or bar. The coloration is playful and capricious; mauve, marigold, and burgundy dance across the surfaces. As the cups turn, the decoration shifts—here a flower, there a vermillion stripe, here a cloudlike shape, there an eye.


Naoko Morisawa, The Eight

This abstract oil-stained and acrylic paper mosaic was hand-crafted with stunning intricacy. From afar, vertical stripes of bold and subtle colors contrast against one another, while curving arcs in darker hues dominate the work and fix the eye. Up close, the tiny paper fibers provide light-catching visual and physical texture, as well as a mesmerizing labyrinth of lines to follow as they sway and connect horizontally across the work’s surface.




Portland Getaway

Enjoy a weekend in Portland and explore the best of the city with our Portland Getaway package. Includes a private tour of Powell’s Rare Book Room, a Powell’s gift card, and tours of Bullseye Glass Co.’s art glass factory and studio. Plus, an overnight stay in the suite of your choice at the Inn at Northrup Station.




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