Childhood can be a goldmine for the visual artist—the psychological tension, potent imagery, drama—but it takes a steely-eyed artist to pierce the sentimental trappings. Seattle artist Pat de Caro, in a new solo show called "Incognito," appears to be up to the task. In dripping, blurred, black oils on fragile, transparent glassine paper, children (many of them in masks) enact minor tragedies and are confronted with lurking fears, coiled snakes, rumpled teddy bears. Some of the glassine sheets overlap in ghostly layers, creating a veil through which these childhood vignettes are seen darkly. It's a messy business being a kid, a fact these paintings attest to. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Exhibit runs through Sun. Mar. 28. ANDREW ENGELSON

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