James C. Bassett

January - February 2020
Bee Mine Photo Exhibition

My wife Jeanne Sampier (a pollinator expert) and I are exhibiting photos bees from County Galway and the US Pacific Northwest at Renzo Gallery Cafe on Eyre Street, Galway, from 22 January through 24 February. Check them out enjoy some excellent food and coffee while you're there.

January - February 2016
2016 Annual Washington State Juried Art Competition

Once again I have been selected to participate in "The CVG Show," an annual exhibition of art from all across the state of Washington. The show is held at Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton, a beautiful one-hour ferry ride from Seattle, and runs from January 23 through February 27, including during Bremerton's First Friday Art Walk on February 5. The month-long extravaganza includes a gala opening reception on January 23. Full information including a schedule of events is available at the Collective Visions website.

December 2015 - February 2016
Ghost Gallery

I have a number of small works avaiable at Ghost Gallery's Annual Holiday Miniature Extravaganza, which this year features work by more than 60 Artists from around the world -- just in time for all of your holiday shopping needs! The show runs from December 10 through February 7 at Ghost Gallery, 504 E Denny Way, on Seattle's Capitol Hill.

October 2014
"Slate as Muse" Interview

I have been interviewed in conjunction with the Slate as Muse exhibition. You can read all about the history, motivation, and process behind my Solace sculptures here.

June - November 2014
Slate Valley Museum

Not only are two of my Solace sculptures featured in this exhibition, but I am honored that "Solace in Black and White" has been selected as the official image for all promotion and advertising representing the exhibition. The Slate Valley Museum is at 17 Water Street, Granville, NY. The opening reception will be held Friday, March 28, from 6 - 10 p.m., and there will be a closing reception from 7 - 9 p.m. on Friday, November 7.

March - April 2014

I have several pieces in the MASS 4 group show sponsored by MASS Visual Arts from March 28 through April 6 at The Wooly, 20 N Main St, Gainesville, FL. The opening reception will be held Friday, March 28, from 6 - 10 p.m.

September - October 2013
Northwest Woodworkers' Gallery

My Solace sculptures will be on display at Seattle's famous Northwest Woodworkers' Gallery until October 10. Northwest Woodworkers' Gallery is at 2111 1st Ave in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood, just north of Pike Place Market.

August - September 2013
CLOUD Gallery

I am taking part in "Complexion," a group show of architectural and structural simplicity along with Lydia Ashman, Rune Stone, and Isabella Leary. I have several new stone sculptures in the show, beautifully complemented by the understated and minimalist works of the other artists. The opening reception is from 5 - 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 8 as part of the Capitol Hill Art Walk; the show runs through September 11. CLOUD Gallery is upstairs in Frame Central, 901 E Pike, Seattle, Washington 98122

July - September 2013
Riverfront Art Gallery Juried Painting Show

My painting Mirage is included in the Annual Summer Juried Painting Show at Riverfront Art Gallery in Petaluma, CA. Riverfront has been voted Best Art Gallery in Sonoma County for 6 years in a row, so I am very excited! The show runs from July 10 - September 8, with an opening reception from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. on July 13 for Petaluma's 2nd Saturday Art Walk. If you're in the Bay Area, I hope you will check it out!

June 2013
Clockwork Fairy Tales

Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables, is, as the subtitle suggests, an anthology of classic fairy tales retold in steampunk settings. I edited the book along with Stephen L. Antczak, and it includes stories by K. W. Jeter, Nancy Collins, Paul Di Filippo, Jay Lake, and several more great writers. Details are on my Writing page.

April - June 2013
Gresham Art Committee's 2013 Juried Art Show

I am showing several sculptures at the Gresham Art Committee's 2013 Juried Art Show in Gresham, OR from April 9 - June 16. Everyone is welcome to attend the Artists Reception from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. The show is open daily during normal business hours in the Visual Arts Gallery in Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, OR 97030

October 2012
Nautilus Workshop

Just in time for Halloween, the Games of Pain and Sorrow will be on display for one night only at the Nautilus Workshop in Suite 101 of the Old Rainier Brewery Building from 6 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, as part of Georgetown Art Attack. Drop by for some spooky fun!

New story available

And speaking of spooky, my short story "Croatoan" is now availble at Interstaller Fiction website. Check it out if your'e in the mood for more creeepy entertainment.

September 2012
Fonda La Catrina

My show "Autumn's Grey Solace," featuring several new Solace sculptures, is hanging at Fonda La Catrina (5905 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108) from September 4 - October 8. The opening reception is during Georgetown Art Attack on Saturday, September 8, from 6 - 9 p.m.

August 2012
Blindfold Gallery

Several of my new wood sculptures are featured in a dual show with photographer George Ciardi at Blindfold Gallery, 1718 E. Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102. The opening reception is Thursday, August 9 from 6 - 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Capitol Hill BLITZ! Art Walk.

July 2012
Georgetown Garden Walk

I will be giving a live stone-carving demo during this year's Georgetown Garden Walk on Sunday, July 8. There will be art and music throughout the neighborhood as you stroll through some of the city's most enchanting gardens. Come out and enjoy the Seattle summer sunshine!

May 2012
San Juan Vineyards

I am very excited that my solo show "A Summer's Solace" will be hanging in the tasting room of San Juan Vineyards on gorgeous San Juan Island. Opening reception is Friday, May 18; the show will run through July 9, so if you have the good fortune to make a summer trip to the Islands, stop in for some really fantastic wine and enjoy some art while you're sipping. The San Juan Vineyards tasting room is at 55 Spring Street in downtown Friday Harbor, WA 98250, mere steps from the ferry terminal and marina.

April 2012
Calamity Jane's

I am showing several Solace sculptures at Calamity Jane's (5701 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108) from April 10 - May 8. Come out for Georgetown Art Attack on Saturday, April 14 and enjoy some very tasty food and drink along with your art!

March 2012
American Pie

I have a couple of fine furniture pieces in a music-related group show, "Instrumental," at American Pie from March 7 - April 11. The show is in conjunction with Georgetown Art Attack (March 10) and this year's Georgetown Music Festival on March 24. American Pie Bakery & Cafe is located at 5633 Airport Way South, Seattle, WA 98108

Awards and Accolades!

I was awarded a small honorarium as a finalist for the 2012 annual grant for artists from Seattle design agency The Medium! Congratulations to Gregory Nicoll, whose story "But None Shall Sing For Me" from Zombiesque (a horror anthology I co-edited) has been selected for inclusion in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #23, edited by Stephen Jones!

February 2012
Dubsea Coffee

My Solace series of wall sculpture will be on display at Dubsea Coffee from February 15 - March 14. I will be hosting a reception during the White Center Arts Walk from 6 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 18. Dubsea Coffee is located at 9910 8th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106.


Last minute surprise booking! The Games of Pain and Sorrow and some of my paintings (yes, I also paint!) will be on display at the Utilikilts Flagship Retail Store (620 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104) throughout the month. From noon to 10 p.m. on February 2 I will be in the store taking part in the First Thursday Pioneer Square Art Walk. If you're Art Walking, stop in and say hi!


My solo show "A Winter's Solace" at Burk Gallery last month is reviewed at SeattleArtBloc. Check it out for some great pictures of the show!

January 2012
Wine Reviews: Cascadia Blends

A new batch of my wine reviews is available at the Random Oenophile. This time around I compare Cascadia blends from 2008 and 2009. Which wines stand out? Click the link to find out!

Burk Gallery

My solo show "A Winter's Solace" will be at Burk Gallery this month. The exhibit will include the Solace series and many of my individual sculptures. The opening reception will from 5 - 8 p.m. on Friday, January 6, with another reception from 5 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 12 in conjunction with the Blitz Capitol Hill Arts Walk. There also will be a closing reception from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 28. Burk Gallery is located at 340 15th Avenue East, Suite 350, Seattle, WA 98112.

December 2011

I am one of the featured artists this month at SeattleArtBloc, which has a rather arcane analysis of the Games of Pain and Sorrow along with the work of two other local artists, Margot Bird and Marie Gagnon.

Art/Not Terminal

I have been invited to take part in "Rock the Terminal" at Art/Not Terminal. This is a HUGE show, featuring the work of almost 60 of Seattle's best artists, and includes painting, sculpture, prints, photography, assemblage -- truly something for everyone. The show opens Saturday, December 3, from 6 - 10 p.m., and there also will be a special Artist's Reception coinciding with the Belltown Art Walk on Thursday, December 15, from 7 - 10 p.m. The reception will feature music by The Glass Notes, Tim Bertsch, and Angelo Delsenno, plus performance by Acep the Magician. And it's just in time for the holidays. Fancy that. . . .

Art/Not Terminal is at 2045 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, two blocks south of the Whole Foods at Westlake and Denny. The show runs from December 3 through January 5, 2012. Don't miss it!

October 2011
Nautilus Studio

The Games of Pain and Sorrow will be on display at Nautilus Studio (5913-B Airport Way S.) during October -- just in time for Halloween! The opening reception is on October 8, in conjunction with the Georgetown Art Attack. Nautilus is one of the coolest, quirkiest, most nautical spaces in Seattle (check out the slideshow on their website!), and Spyder and Yvette who captain the vessel are some of the nicest folks you will ever meet, so come out for some creepy good times!

September 2011
2011 Madison Park Art Walk

I will be participating in this year's Madison Park Art Walk in Seattle's fashionable Madison Park neighborhood on the shores of Lake Washington. Several of my sculptures will be featured at Tully's Coffee (4036 E. Madison St.) from September 9 - 30, and I will also have a piece on display next door at Starbucks (4000 E. Madison St.) where there will be a gala opening reception from 6 - 9 p.m. on Friday, September 9. Come out and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, sweet treats, and wine and see some great art! Full details can be found at the Madison Park Art Walk website.

August 2011
New story available

My science fiction adventure short story "Breakers" has just been published in the anthology Therefore I Am from Digital Science Fiction, available in both print and Kindle formats. Details available on the Writing page.

February 2011
2011 Annual Washington State Juried Art Competition

For the second year in a row I have been selected to participate in "The CVG Show," an annual exhibition of art from all across the state of Washington. The show is held at Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton and runs throughout February, including during Bremerton's First Friday Art Walk. The month-long extravaganza includes lectures, a panel discussion, and a concert. Bremerton is a scenic one-hour ferry ride from Seattle, so get over there if you can! Full information including a schedule of events is available at the Collective Visions website.

Zombiesque released

Zombiesque, an anthology of horror stories I co-edited Steve Antczak and Martin H. Greenberg, is now available from DAW Books. Details here.

November 2010

Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 20th Anniversary Exhibition

The co-op studio/gallery I was part of in Columbia is celebrating its 20th anniversary in November with a special exhibition of new works by most past and present members, including myself. The Exhibition will be an official part of the citys annual Vista Lights art celebration.

Vista Studios opened in August 1990 as an early project in revitalization efforts of the Congaree Vista. Vista Studios began as a joint venture of the Columbia Development Corporation and the South Carolina Arts Commission. It has matured along with the Vista into one of Columbia's (and South Carolina's) premier visual arts studios.

Here is a short history of Vista Studios/Gallery 80808. Pictures of the event are here, including a couple of close-ups of my piece.