The Saaski Gallery provides the Pacific Northwest region of the United States with an eclectic mix of paintings and sculpture, originating from a wide range of Pacific Rim cultures. The gallery occupies about 2,000 square feet of space in the Research International building in Monroe, Washington, about 25 miles northeast of Seattle.
The gallery owners are Elric and Leonie Saaski. Elric is an energetic entrepreneur and inventor who has founded several successful high-tech companies over the past 30 years. He presently owns Research International, a research and development firm formed in 1990. Leonie, originally from Australia, brings to the business a professional background that ranges from teaching business technology at the college level to money market fund management.
The idea for the gallery emerged from a fortunate combination of circumstances. Elric and Leonie have always been avid art collectors with interests in a broad range of styles and mediums. Because the nature of their technology business necessitates travel to the far east several times a year, they have frequent opportunities add to their Asian art collection. In 2001, when they relocated their business to a large building in Monroe, they realized it had ample excess space to accommodate not just their own growing private collection, but an entire gallery large enough to represent artists from all over the Seattle area. Thus The Saaski Gallery was created.
Today Leonie and Elric are actively involved in the Monroe Arts Council. Each February they make the Gallery available for a community juried art show, which is part of a community event known as "ARTi Gras." This event is jointly produced by the Monroe Arts Council, the Gallery, and the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, with proceeds benefiting a variety of art programs in Monroe.
17161 Beaton Road SE*
Monroe, WA 98072-1034
Map & Directions
*In the Research International building
Monday - Friday
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
And by appointment