Frye Art Museum
Connoisseurs are well rewarded by visiting the Frye Art Museum (704 Terry Ave., 206/622-9250, www.fryeart.org, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tues.–Wed. and Fri.–Sat., 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thurs., noon–5 p.m. Sun., closed Mon., free admission), which features significant 19th-century German artists from the Munich School.
Interestingly, the emphasis on these works came by happenstance—the founding collection and museum itself was endowed by Charles and Emma Frye, who made some of their millions selling lard to the Germans after World War I and taking oil paintings as partial payment. Today, this collection of melodramatic oils in gilded frames may well be a relief to traditionalists weary of the contemporary conceptual art scene.
Among the museum’s well-regarded collection is Alexander Max Koester’s Ducks. Other galleries at the recently expanded Frye Art Museum contain changing exhibits, and a café offers light meals.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition