Before it went "on hiatus" a few months ago, the Bellevue Art Museum curated an intriguing series called NEST, where local artists created installations on themes of domestic living space. Two weeks into Phil Roach's turn, BAM's doors slammed shut. Now to the rescue comes SOIL, allowing Roach to re-stage his installation, in which a living room is furnished with a twist: The couches and walls contain tiny lenses that, in combination with LCD screens and miniatures, embed the rooms with small narratives. It's as if those paranoid little peepholes in our front doors were reversed, letting those on the outside become the voyeurs (the image above captures one such view). Reception: 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. Dec. 5. SOIL, 1317 E. Pine St., 206-264-8061. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends Sun. Dec. 28. ANDREW ENGELSON
Billy Howard asked fourteen of the established artists in his fold, including Robert Yoder, Leo Saul Berk, and Susan Dory, to give props to a few of Seattle's newer, emerging talents. Thirty-two YSA's (Young Seattle Artists) were chosen, including Kim Musser, whose untitled oil on canvas is above. The exhibit will also present four artists who've made breakthrough impressions in the last couple years and are slated for solo Howard House shows next year: Jenny Heishman, Yuki Nakamura, Alex Schweder and Juniper Shuey. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sat. Dec. 6. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. MARK D. FEFER
Best known as the drummer for the Young Fresh Fellows (and, lately, as one half of Chris and Tad, with Chris Ballew), he's also a longtime painter and illustrator whose witty pop style is refreshingly free of the Northwest cynicism that infects so many of his peers. Tad's latest cheery series goes up at a new home furnishings store during the inaugural Fremont Art Walk. Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri. Dec. 5. Port Co. 34, 626 N. 34th St., 206-545-9444. M.D.F.