THE OTHER PINK MEAT While you're out hunting for "Pigs On Parade," don't overlook the 15 temporary public artworks created by local artists for "Salmon in the City" to foster awareness of the recent listing of the Chinook salmon as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Salmon-based programming, performance, film, and discussions take place all summer, including an artful salmon performance piece during the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade on Fri., June 15. Call 615-1877 or visit www.cityofseattle.net for more info.
ESTHER CLAYPOOL GALLERY The gallery presents local artist-activist Deborah F. Lawrence's new body of intricately collaged works, loaded with wry political and social commentary. Her work's on view alongside the archival ink-jet prints of Kevin Wildermuth. 617 Western, 264-1586. Thurs., June 7-Sat., June 30.
MARTIN-ZAMBITO FINE ART Summer's the season to bare it all and hit the beach. But in a region where sun comes only in dribs and drabs, we take any opportunity to heat things up. The seductive works of important, openly gay photographer George Platt Lynes (1907-1955) do just that. He took pictures of the male nude when such works were still sequestered to a discerning underground scene. 721 E. Pike, 726-9509. Thurs., June 7-Tues., July 3.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM SAM celebrates "The Year of China" with the first comprehensive U.S. exhibition of artifacts from the recently discovered Bronze Age civilization at Saxingdui and other ancient cultures in Sichuan, China. "Treasures from a Lost Civilization: Ancient Chinese Art from Sichuan" is on view through Sun., August 12. Workshops, lectures, and activities in conjunction with this exhibition continue all summer. 100 University, 625-8900.
THE HENRY ART GALLERY The exhibition "VOLUME: Bed of Sound" is an audio odyssey. Visitors are invited to recline on a gigantic futon bed, put on one of over 50 sets of headphones, and immerse themselves in sound art that runs the gamut from historical works to contemporary cutting-edge and avant-garde work by Laurie Anderson, Sonic Youth, Cibo Matto, and many others. The exhibition opens with a summer party (6 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri., July 13) and runs through Sun., September 30. UW campus, 543-2280. Thurs. evening is "pay-what-you-wish" admission. Hours: 5-8 p.m.
BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM FAIR The 55th annual fair is slated for Fri., July 27-Sun., July 29. Situated in the parking structure of Bellevue Square Shopping Center and at the new art museum across the street, the event includes the work of 325 artists selected for inclusion by a jury. Lots of children's art-making activities and demonstrations will occur, and admission to the museum is free for the entire weekend. Bellevue Art Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., 425-519-1799. Fair hours: 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sun.
JAMES HARRIS GALLERY presents the sculpture and works on paper of Patrick Holderfield. Whether in beautifully rendered drawings or amorphous melted plastic shapes, Holderfield's sculpture and works on paper investigate the dichotomies of organic/man-made and structure/chaos. 309A Third S., 903-6220. Thurs., July 26-Thurs., August 30.
WILLIAM TRAVER GALLERY In "Thee, Etc.," Friese Undine's delicate works in acrylic and ink on canvas combine explicitly narrative and pictorial imagery rendered to its simplest line and form, with abstract grounds and insertions of cryptic texts. 110 Union, second floor, 587-6501. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. August 3. Exhibit: Fri., August 3-Sun. September 2.