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Artist Lecture: Claudia Fitch The Seattle artist talks about her unusual cast polyester sculptures, which can be found at the football stadium, among other places. 6 p.m. Mon. Apr. 12. Pratt Fine Arts Center, Annex 3, 1902 S. Main St., free, 206-328-2200.

Art Out Loud Columbia City's monthly artwalk features a lecture by Brazilian musician and composer Jovino Santos Neto. Lecture: 2 p.m., Artwalk: 3 p.m. Sat. Apr. 10. Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska, $6, 206-760-4285.

Lecture: Roy McMakin UW art instructor Jim Nicholls talks about the furniture artist whose work is on view at the Henry. Lecture: 7 p.m., Thurs. Apr. 8. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.

Last Chance

Museum of History and Industry For anyone who's ever dreamed of inventing something, MOHAI's touring Smithsonian Exhibit "Doodles, Drafts, and Designs" should offer inspiration if not comic relief. Seventy-four original sketches (sorry, none on cocktail napkins) capture the origins of all sorts of patented inventions. Some were successful (the Crayola crayon, for instance) while others were inspired failures (a man-sized hunting blind shaped like a large goose). 2700 24th Ave. E. (Montlake), 206-324-1126. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Exhibit ends Sun. Apr. 11.

Wing Luke Asian Museum "Through My Father's Eyes" presents 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. Exhibit ends Sun. Apr. 11.


Artemis Jessalyn Haggenjos's "Misshapen Life" includes still life paintings of garbage. Also on display, abstract canvases by painter and floral designer Nisha Kelen. Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat. Apr. 10. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

CoCA Yes, the "Seattle Art Pack" exhibit is the notorious show sponsored by Lucky Strike—the idea is for artists to create a work that fits inside a cigarette pack. Well, artists have always sought the patronage of corporations, tyrants, and despots (remember the Medicis?). So I suppose it's all good. Perhaps we can look forward to art that can fill an empty Exxon tanker or cute "Pigs on Parade"-style variations on Boeing cruise missiles. Reception: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri. Apr. 9. 410 Dexter Avenue N., 206-728-1980. 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.

Frye Art Museum "Here I am! Passages in Portraiture" offers a selection of portraits from the Frye's permanent collection. Opens Sat. Apr. 10. 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.

Joe Bar "Turnabout" features historical paintings with a satirical twist by Seattle's Alice Tippet and Vancouver artist Bonni Reid. Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Wed. Apr. 7. 810 E. Roy, 206-324-0407. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Kirkland Arts Center KAC's biennial Faculty Exhibit displays works by more than 40 Arts Center instructors, including ceramics by Carol Gouthro and paintings by Michael Otterson. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. Apr. 8. 620 Market St. 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Nordic Heritage Museum In "Tvert Imot" ("Just the Opposite") Scandinavian-American painter Royal Nebeker's employs themes from the works of playwright Henrik Ibsen. (Also showing at the Lisa Harris Gallery.) 104 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-4 p.m. Sun.

M. Rosetta Hunter "Random 2004" investigates chance and chaos in the works of 7 artists, including Alan Lau and Jill Beppu. Reception: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Wed. Apr. 7. 1701 Broadway Ave. (in Seattle Central Community College, next to the cafeteria on the ground floor), 206-344-4379. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon-Fri., 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Wed.

Martin-Zambito Experimental and conventional images from 20th century Northwest photographer Virna Haffer. 721 E. Pike St., 206-726-9509. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.


Art/Not Terminal Art may be totally useless, but this month the Annual Functional Art Show and Contest showcases work that supposedly has a real purpose. 2045 Westlake Ave., 206-233-0680, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

Atelier 31 Dutch painter Rineke Engwerda's pop-photorealist paintings usually have a Magritte-like twist—the intrusion of a flat, cartoon scene or dark obscuring shadows, while Margaret Quan Knight's photographs depict the human body in dislocating fragmentation. Whether Knight is using cast resin body parts to accompany nude dancers or creating bread dough that transforms into a human belly, she treats flesh as a malleable artist's material. 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.

Benham Just in time for spring, a group show of unusual flower photography by Omak's Ken Smith, San Juans resident Fred James Housel, and Seattle's Steven Meyers, who specializes in x-ray prints. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.

Bluebottle "13 Lucid Eggs" is an offbeat group show on birth and fertility featuring work by Francesca Berrini, Erin Norlin, Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley, Sam Trout and others. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Bryan Ohno Rae Mahaffey's candy-colored abstractions on wood panel and staged allegorical photographs by Anna Daedalus. 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Foster/White A twenty-year retrospective of vibrant abstraction thick with color by longtime Northwest painter Lois Graham. 123 S. Jackson, 206-622-2833. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-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.

Francine Seders Juan Alonso's "Weathered" acrylics on canvas transform Havana's architectural details into stylized, symmetrical talismans reminiscent of William Morris wallpaper designs. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

G. Gibson 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.

Gallery 4 Culture Kristin Cross's installation "Collective Memory" consists of door fragments and other domestic artifacts compulsively organized and displayed. Cross takes the found-object approach to an almost absurd extreme, turning contemporary salvage into an act of archeology. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.

Gallery 110 Pamela Mills's still life and flower paintings are rich in color and have a subdued optimism, even though they're intended as virtual altarpieces, while "Transcendence," is a collection of semi-figurative pastels by MiRan. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.

Garde Rail Folsky figurative sculptures in found scraps of wood and tin by Ohio artist Kevin Titzer. 4860 Rainier Ave. (Columbia City), 206-721-0107. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.

Greg Kucera In "Last Call—New Photographs" director John Waters brings the slapstick gruesomeness of his films to this second show of photographs and sculpture. Also: introspective mixed media works by Enrique Martinez Celaya. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-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.

James Harris Seattle photographer Glenn Rudolph has a knack for finding weirdness on the margins: mysterious narratives set in trailer parks, flea markets, and other rural backwaters throughout the Northwest. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Jeffrey Moose For a third year running, Moose displays Australian Aboriginal "dot" paintings (abstract dream maps of sacred places) from 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.

Linda Hodges Central Washington painter Cynthia Krieble's landscapes of the arid Columbia Plateau and mountains of eastern China are composed with a Zen-like flurry of tiny, seemingly random series of brushstrokes. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Photographic Center Northwest Twenty-six prints by one of Mexico's most talented photographers, Graciela Iturbide. Her images, whether of transvestites in rural Mexico, or of religious pilgrims in India, have an otherworldly spirituality that's firmly planted in the dust and grime of the real. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun.

Priceless Works I love maps, so I have a natural weakness Francesca Berrini's collages, which turn found bits of National Geographic maps into phantasmagoric destinations. In addition, accomplished textile artist Mandy Greer creates an installation, "The Wolf Prince and the Parrot Princess," which delivers "puffball chandeliers, 13-foot, hand-braided rugs and a trophy head of the wolf prince." 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.

Solomon Fine Art What appear at first to be minimalist abstract canvases in Paul Shakespear's "Dwell" are actually the result of meticulous applications of paints and glosses. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

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.

Viveza Etsuko Ichikawa's "Funiki: Floating Feelings" is a collection of endearingly weird, wispy mixed-media constructions of paper, cotton, and doilies all shielded from the cruelties of the art world by glass bells. 2604 Western Ave., 206-355-0070. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

William Traver Ceramic sculpture (including some very big heads) by Jun Kaneko plus Alan Fulle's shimmering, liquid "Light Dot" paintings. 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.

Winston Wächter The idealized landscapes of Vashon Island painter Victoria Adams seem to emerge directly from 17th century Holland—but more than simple pastiche, the paintings evoke a kind of imaginary space where the world and nature are benign. 403 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Zeitgeist Labyrinthine abstract paintings by NKO. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.


Experience Music Project "Springsteen—Troubadour of the Highway" offers over sixty photos of the Boss from Annie Leibovitz and others, along with videos, records and other memorabilia. "Beatlemania! America Meets the Beatles" shows rare memorabilia, plus film footage of the fab four's appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. Seattle Center, 325 Fifth Ave. N., 206-EMP-LIVE. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.

Henry Art Gallery "Dance and Art in Dialogue, 1961-2001" chronicles Trisha Brown's collaborations with visual artists, displaying pieces of sets, costumes, and artworks that emerged from or inspired her work. "A Door Meant as Adornment" offers a twenty-year retrospective of Seattle furniture designer, architect, and artist Roy McMakin. "Ellen Gallagher: Preserve/Murmur" collects mixed-media collages, cut-paper paintings, and 16 mm films by the 36-year-old New York artist. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.

Museum of Glass Taking the medieval narrative panel as her launching pad, Judith Schaechter creates sappy, violent, and just plain weird vignettes of early 21st century life. Also: the work of Italo Scanga. 1801 East Dock St. Tacoma, 253-396-1768. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.

Seattle Art Museum "Only Skin Deep," an exhibit from New York's International Center of Photography, is a rich and fascinating exhibit of photos and other found historical images that explore attitudes towards race. Also on display, Swiss-born artist and musical wunderkind Christian Marclay's exhibit at SAM is fun, if not particularly deep. 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 The third installment of "Building Tradition" includes work by contemporary Northwest artists Jaq Chartier, Patrick Holderfield, and Rachel Brumer. 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. 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.

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