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Art Wolfe Garage Sale The ubiquitous Seattle nature photographer offers a whole heap of stuff for sale, including framed and unframed prints, (some formerly on display at the Seattle REI) books, and even some used camera equipment. Jeez, maybe you'll find some 25-cent T-Rex albums and a lovely v elvet kitten painting, too—who knows? 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Thurs. Mar. 25-Fri. Mar. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Mar. 27. Art Wolfe Studios, 1944 First Ave. S., free, 206-332-0991.
Artist Lecture: Eva Isaksen Seattle artist Isaksen discusses techniques in collage and printmaking. 6 p.m. Mon. Mar. 29. Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S. Main St., free, 206-328-2200.
DOCUMENTARY FILM: JOE COLEMAN Filmmaker Robert-Adrian Pejo paints a portrait of freaky fringe artist Joe Coleman, who's become a hipster/celebrity favorite with his intricate, "apocalyptic" work. Coleman will be on hand. Presented by Warren Etheredge and Roq la Rue. 7 p.m. Sat. Mar. 2. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., for tix go to thewarrenreport.com.
Indian Realism An uneven show of contemporary realist paintings from India will include works by Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Laxma Goud, and Paresh Maity. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. W ed. Mar. 24. Exhibit runs 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thurs. Mar. 25-Sun. Mar. 28. James Crespinel Studios, 2312 Second Ave., free, 206-728-6276.
STUDIO VISIT: ROY MCMAKIN Get a look at the furniture maker's working methods with a visit to his studio, in conjunction with his exhibit at the Henry. Noon-4 p.m. Sat. Mar. 27, 700 S. Orchard St., free, 206-616-9624.
Watercolors! Ten Capitol Hill artists who think watercolors are more than just a hobby for retirement home residents try to stretch the limits of the form, creating everything from sculpture installations to comic book illustrations. One night only. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri. Mar. 26. Secluded Alley Works, 113 12th Ave. (at Yesler), free, 206-839-0880.
Museum of flight In "Banned Booty Paintings," Californian Steve Maloney has created twelve sculptural, mixed-media works using the "dangerous" implements seized at airport security checkpoints since 9/11: pliers, scissors, and the like. A cute idea, though the art looks awful. Opens Sat. Mar. 27. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5720. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Seattle Art Museum SEE SW THIS WEEK, PAGE 43. Also: Recently restored by the conservators at SAM, Renaissance painter Neri di Bicci's Virgin and Child With Six Saints (which normally hangs at the altar of St. James Cathedral) will be on display with a dozen other early Renaissance pictures from SAM's collection. Opens Thurs. Mar. 25. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
Art Institute of Seattle "Wee Works" refers not to bodily fluids, but to the miniscule scale of some 200 works of art by college art students from the U.S. and Scotland. 2323 Elliott Ave., 206-448-0900. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Ends Thurs. Mar. 25.
Artemis This often-overlooked but dependable little gallery in the Mount Baker neighborhood is now under new ownership and relaunches with a show of work from three locals: Jamie Gray's abstract canvases, Todd Karam's mixed-media paintings of bikes and furniture, and James Drury's brilliantly acerbic line drawings. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Wed. Mar. 31.
Atelier 31 New work by Seattle Adde Russell, whose paintings of birds, insects, and other animals find these creatures tangled in confining ribbons of paint. Also on display, figure studies of humans and apes by dancer/painter Brian Chapman. 2500 First Ave., 206-448-5250. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Tues.; 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Mar. 28.
Black Lab "Parades and Other Disturbances," features new photos by Keith Johnson. 4216 Sixth Ave NW, 206-781-2392. Noon- 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Wed. Mar. 31.
Bluebottle Seattle's Blaine Fontana is much-sought-after in the contemporary design scene, and his debut show of paintings entitled "The Manifest Soup Transcripts, Chapter 1-9" offers a narrative of personal experiences from the late 1990s. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Tues. Mar. 30.
CDA Gallery In a series of boldly patterned abstract paintings entitled "This Day," Catherine Cook uses recurrent abstract forms to create well-balanced but improvisational compositions. Each painting is named either for the date it was completed or a newspaper headline from that same day. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. Ends Fri. Mar. 26.
CoCA Inaugurating CoCA's new space, "Neoqueer" is a nationally-touring exhibit of 43 prominent and emerging gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender artists. 410 Dexter Avenue N., 206-728-1980. 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Ends Wed. Mar. 31.
Davidson Atmospheric paintings of Eastern Washington landscapes by Leslie Williams Cain. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Mar. 27.
Francine Seders Seattle artist Pat de Caro, in new solo show called "Incognito," explores the potent imagery of childhood. In dripping, blurred paint, children (many of them in masks) enact minor tragedies and are confronted with lurking fears: coiled snakes, rumpled teddy bears. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Mar. 28.
Gallery 110 Midge Williams, unlike most Seattleites, is captivated by the Alaskan Way viaduct. In a series of monochrome chalk and charcoal works, Williams evokes the gritty, 800-pound gorilla of the waterfront. Meanwhile, Julie Lingdell's "A Show of Hands" offers variations on the theme of crossed fingers in ceramics. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Sat. Mar. 27.
Goods Paintings of suburban wastelands by Portland artist and former skateboard designer Robert Mars. 1112 Pike St., 206-622-0459, 11 a.m.-7 p.m Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Wed. Mar. 31.
Greg Kucera Roger Shimomura's "Stereotypes and Admonitions" documents numerous instances of racism (particularly against Asian-Americans), drawn from his own life and accounts in popular media. Shimomura's comic-book style of painting, paired with straightforward captions, bludgeons the viewer with overtly 1940s racist imagery to bring to the forefront the more subtle (but not by much) racism in contemporary America. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Mar. 27.
James Harris In "Land Escapes" Claire Cowie recycles old prints and drawings and refashions them into a series of collages meant to evoke Seattle's Duwamish River. Instead of gritty industry, the cut paper menagerie of birds and happy animals offers a pretty (and somewhat fussy) imaginary space. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Mar. 27.
Jeffrey Moose For a third year running, Moose displays Australian Aboriginal "dot" paintings (abstract dream maps of sacred places) from artists in the Warlukurlangu Cooperative. 1333 Fifth Ave., Rainier Square, second level, 206-467-6951. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Wed. Mar. 31.
Kurt Lidtke Paintings and collage by mid-twentieth century Northwest artist Paul Horiuchi. 408 Occidental Ave. S. 206-623-5082. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Ends Sat. Mar. 27.
Linda Hodges Tom Fawkes, who resides in Portland, specializes in photorealism. A solo show of new work explores the light and landscape of the Italian countryside, and these canvases are brilliantly executed. Still, there's something a little sterile about these virtuoso performances for my taste. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Mar. 27.
Lisa Harris Christopher Harris creates amazing, near-abstract photographic prints using cameras affixed with pinhole lenses, and his latest series, "Port Susan" captures subtle shifts of light from one vantage point at a cove near Camano Island. The resulting prints resemble Rothko paintings in their muted, rich colors. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Mar. 27.
LGBT Community Center Gallery Creepy nudes and other sexually provocative paintings by Billy Miller. 1115 E. Pike St. 206-323-5428. Noon- 9 p.m. Ends Wed. Mar. 31.
National Parks Conservation "Politics of Parks and Photography"—landscape photos of Yellowstone etc. by Seattle photographer Bruce Moore. 313-A First Ave., 206-903-1444, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Wed. Mar. 31.
Patricia Cameron Fine Art Intensely spiritual mixed-media drawings of women and birds by UW MFA alum Helene Wilder. 105 S. Main St. # 204 (second floor), 206-343-9647. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri. Ends Mon. Mar. 29.
Priceless Works A mediocre group show of paintings and mixed media by locals Drew Demeter and Sarah Kavage as well as a decorative wall installation by New York artist Libby Pace. 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon-6 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Ends Mon. Mar. 29.
Tacoma Art Museum "A Transatlantic Avant-Garde: American Artists in Paris, 1918 – 1939" documents the American artistic exodus to Paris in the twenties and thirties. More than a hundred artworks, including samplings from Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, and Man Ray run the gamut from abstraction to Dada. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Mar. 28.
Washington State Convention & Trade Center "Seattle Perspective," a grab bag of art from the city's municipal art collection, includes work by Juan Alonso, Joe Max Emminger, John Feodorov, Claudia Fitch, Fay Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Sandvig, and Barbara Thomas. 800 Convention Pl., 206-694-5000. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Ends Wed. Mar. 31.
William Traver A show of uninspired geometric, computer-based art by Yauger Williams entitled "One Pixel." 110 Union St., second floor, 206-587-6501. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Mar. 28.
Winston Wächter Works by Georgia's Bo Bartlett, whose realist paintings are a weird amalgam of Norman Rockwell Americana, Andrew Wyeth's rural spookiness, and renaissance formalism. 403 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Tues. Mar. 30.
Zeitgeist Tom DeGroot's abstract paintings look like weathered home exteriors in need of a paint job—and no wonder, since they're painted on Tyvek, a construction material used in the framing of houses. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Wed. Mar. 31.
911 Media Arts 911's window display (on view from dusk until 2 a.m. daily) holds Marianna Haniger's video installation "Assisted Nature:" images of migrating salmon projected on an array of 400 glass discs. 117 Yale Ave. N., 206-682-6552.
Capitol Hill Arts Center "Numerosity," is an installation focusing on the "practicality and accessibility of fine art" by Corrie Greenberg. 1621 12th Ave., 6 p.m.-2 a.m. (age 21 and over only).
Consolidated Works "Suspension" is an extensive selection of audio-based and video-based art by Perri Lynch, Derrek Hoffend, Stephen Vitiello, and others. Meanwhile, Christian Marcalay's "Guitar Drag," offers the sonic/video spectacle of an amplified guitar being dragged by a truck. 500 Boren Ave. N., 206-860-5245, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Cornish College Gallery Cornish's annual faculty show collects works by Mark Takamichi Miller, David Nechak, Rebecca Allan, and oodles of others. 1000 Lenora, 206-622-1951, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Crawl Space For a second year, ten University of Washington art students have teamed with Seattle artists, in a month-long collaboration resulting in "Coupling 2" which will hopefully be more successful than the TV series. 504 E. Denny Way (near Olive), 206-240-6015. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
D'Adamo/Woltz In a new experiment designed to showcase emerging artists, D'Adamo/Woltz exhibits work by students from Cornish College, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and the University of Washington. Standouts include several spiny, dangerous-looking wall sculptures by Dana Morgan and a video piece by UW art student Sarah Murat. 303/307 Occidental S., 206-652-4414. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
Foster/White Rainier Square "Light, Color, Motion" is a group show of new work by Alden Mason (who revisits his "Burpee Garden" series of the 1970s) as well as James Mattei and Manfred Lindenberger. 1331 Fifth Ave., 206-583-0100. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
G. Gibson Portland artist Susan Seubert's miniscule "tintype" photographs (a 19th century process that prints an image on iron sheets) catalogue dresses and other inanimate objects as if they were dead specimens in formaldehyde. Also on offer is Laurie Le Clair's "Benediction," ho-hum mixed-media paintings of impending doom in the heartland. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
Grover/Thurston In a solo show of new paintings and mixed media works by Seattle artist Fay Jones, domestic dramas, random symbolic scenes, and vignettes of childhood memory unfold in an intentionally naïve flat space. Sometimes these paintings resort to a bit too much on-canvas psychoanalysis, but in general this a strong show of work that has the flow and mystery of poetry. 309 Occidental St., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Gulassa & Co. "Images of Hope," is a benefit exhibition organized to help African children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. Features photos by Gulassa & Co. employee Marin Kaetzel and art donated by Jennifer Beedon-Snow, Nikki McClure and Faryn Davis. 10 Dravus St., 206-283-181. Noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Jack Straw New Media Randy Moss's interactive video and sound installation, "dislocator," promises to connect viewers "with the moment of their own conception." Yuck! 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Kirkland Arts Center "Gigantic Ceramic Figurines" from Brian Baker, Daniela Rumpf, Michaelene Walsh, and others. 620 Market St. 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Martin-Zambito "Art of World War II" collects rare Northwest prints and paintings that run the gamut from propaganda to anti-war. Includes work by Seattle artist Seattle artist Jess Cauthorn and a "Ratmen" series on Nazi atrocities by New York/Seattle painter Abe Blashko. 721 E. Pike St., 206-726-9509. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Roq La Rue "Pop Rocks:" super bad-ass paintings of Twiggy, Redd Foxx and other '70s icons in bold acrylics by cartoonist/artist Jim Blanchard, plus wildly colored paintings in a similarly hip vein (check out all that glitter!) by Rene Garcia Jr. 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun.
Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery A sampler of works by artists new to SAM/RSG, including Perri Lynch and Michael Dikter, plus works from SAM/RSG's partner gallery Grover/Thurston, including pieces by Joe Max Emminger, Fay Jones, and Gary Nisbet. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Shoreline Community College "The Distance of Clutter" comprises large canvases of fractured domestic spaces by Matt Everett. Building 1000, 16101 Greenwood N., 206-546-4634. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Suyama Space Lead Pencil Studio, the experimental architecture team of Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo examines this gallery's inherent structure with "Linear Plenum," a site-specific installation made from hundreds of fine monofilaments. 2324 Second Ave., 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Frye Art Museum "Another Look: Frye Viewpoints" serves up a sampler of contemporary representational art: a mixed bag, but Tim Lowly's Temma on Earth is a fascinating study of the artist's daughter in uneasy repose amid a gray landscape, while Odd Nerdrum's Man Bitten By Snake is truly bizarre. 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
Henry Art Gallery "A Door Meant as Adornment" offers a twenty-year retrospective of Seattle furniture designer, architect, and artist Roy McMakin. Whether he's using furniture as a way to recall memories of childhood, or to playfully overturn our perception of the banal details of life, McMakin transforms the ordinary dresser into a totemic sculpture. "Ellen Gallagher: Preserve/Murmur" collects mixed-media collages, cut-paper paintings, and 16 mm films by the 36-year-old New York artist. In a somewhat underwhelming show, some of the pieces co-opt stereotypical images of race, while "Watery Ecstatic" uses paper slashed by a blade to meditate on life in the deepest corners of the sea. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
Museum of Northwest Art Simon Schama once observed that landscapes are always culture before they're nature. "The Grand View," a new exhibit at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner confirms this. Ranging from the soaring visions of Albert Bierstadt to quirky investigations by contemporary painter Michael Brophy, this exhibit explores the importance of place in the region's art. 121 South First St. (La Conner), 360-466-4446. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Museum of Glass Italo Scanga, a buddy of Chihuly's, began experimenting with glass as part of his mixed-media sculptures in the late 1970s and was a frequent guest artist at the Pilchuck School until his death in 2001. He didn't limit himself to glass—his extremely uneven career ranged from gaudy cubist knock-offs to occasionally clever sculptural works. I haven't seen what will be on offer in this survey, so it's hard to say how much of it will be good, bad or ugly. "Breathing Glass" and "Raining Popcorn" are two huge installations by artist Sandy Skoglund: the former employs massive quantities of miniature marshmallows and thousands of glass dragonflies, while the second fills a room with drifts of knee-deep popcorn. How the hell do they keep the ants out, I wonder? 1801 East Dock St. Tacoma, 253-396-1768. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. (third Thurs. of the month until 8 p.m.), noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Seattle Art Museum Swiss-born artist and musical wunderkind Christian Marclay's exhibit at SAM is fun, but not particularly deep. Impossible instruments (a twenty-foot drum kit, a tuba grafted onto a trumpet) are set alongside clever collages made from album covers The most compelling work in the whole music-as-art shtick is the 13-minute, four-screen film Video Quartet, a John Cage-like cacophony of musical samples from Hollywood movies. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
Seattle Asian Art Museum "Larger than Life Heroes" presents Ukiyo-e and woodblock prints on the subject of sumo wrestling. Yup, big sweaty fat guys grappling with each other in loincloths. Also on display, two contemporary scrolls by Chinese ink painter Li Jin, including one 59-foot behemoth that pokes fun at the excesses of Chinese cuisine. Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect Ave., 206-625-8900. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
Tacoma Art Museum In "Lewis and Clark Territory," contemporary artists Ann Appleby, Michael Brophy and others investigate themes of race and place in the West 200 years after the Corps of Discovery set out. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
Wing Luke Asian Museum "Through My Father's Eyes" contains some 50 images of daily Filipino immigrant life in the 1940s and '50s by photographer Ricardo Alvarado.407 Seventh S., 206-623-5124. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.