Spring may be here, but winter is coming …

With more than a month left until the Season 4 premiere, Game of Thrones fans (and our Charlotte marketing agency) are hungry for any tidbits they can get about the show. This year, though, that wait has a silver lining, at least in the Seattle area: Fans can get early access to Westeros with an official gallery show based on A Song of Ice and Fire.

“Winter Is Coming” opened this weekend at Seattle’s LTD. Art Gallery and runs through March 23; on display is a wide swath of interpretations of the book series and show, ranging from contemporary pop art to Vallejo-esque fantasy..

The latter is a departure for the gallery, but when the saga’s creator George R.R. Martin likes it, you go with it. “It’s something George really gravitates towards,” says James Monosmith, the gallery’s owner. “So I wanted to created that juxtaposition between these high-fantasy stylized pieces and a more modern approach.”

Monosmith planned the show with Martin’s input, ultimately ending up with an eclectic collection that ranges from a vintage travel-style poster for Dragonstone to a portrait of Daenerys Targaryen that echoes the cover for Duran Duran’s album Rio.

In all, more than 70 artists contributed to the show, thanks to a combination of personal recommendations from Martin—including talent that worked on various Song of Ice and Fire games, art books, and calendars—and Monosmith’s eye for the offbeat.

As a fan himself (he’s read the books multiple times over the past decade), Monosmith didn’t have much of a decision to pursue the show. “This was kind of a no-brainer for us,” he said.

Though “Winter Is Coming” is only LTD.’s second time producing a show based on literary source material, the gallery is no stranger to pop-culture influence. Since its opening in 2011, it has shown homages to Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Family Guy, and Bungie’s upcoming videogame Destiny.



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