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Benefit Auction: Contemporary Northwest Coast Art In a fundraiser for the Burke's new Bill Holm Center for the study of Northwest native art, 70 artists including Susan Point, Preston Singletary, and Bill Holm, donate works for auction. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Sun. May 23. Burke Museum, UW campus, N. E. 45th St. and 17th Ave. N.E., $100, 206-543-5590.
Driftwood Sculpture Show Now for something completely different: Feast your eyes on nature's woodworking at the 41st annual (!) showcase of driftwood that's tastefully collected, finished, and mounted using the patented LuRon® method. The show will be juried and yes, folks, you can bring your cameras. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. May 22 & 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. May 23. Country Village Courtyard Hall, 23714 Bothell-Everett Hwy., free.
panel discussion: art in the new library Three artists whose work is featured in the new Koolhaas showcase downtown will speak: Ohio's Ann Hamilton, whose hardwood floor design incorporates raised letters; Seattle's Gary Hill, who did a video installation; and Tony Oursler of New York, who created three video sculptures. SAM's Lisa Corrin will moderate. 5:30 p.m. Sun. May 23. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., free but tickets required, 206-654-3121.
Workshop: Stop-Motion Animation Acclaimed animators Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh share techniques for building 3-D animated figures the old-fashioned way: with clay and large reserves of patience. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat. May 22. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., $40, 206-654-3100.
SCCC M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery "Windows on the Old Country" displays work by two Ukrainian artists: Oleksiy Kovalenko's paintings of Kiev and Oleksandra Pryveda's finely-wrought twists on traditional Ukrainian crafts using batik and other materials. Reception: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Wed. May 19. 801 E. Pine, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tues. & Thurs. 206-344-4379
William Traver Tacoma "Effigy" brings us yet more of Preston Singletary's Northwest Coast Indian forms rendered in blown and sand-carved glass. Reception: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Sat. May 22. 1821 E. Dock St., #100, Tacoma, 253-383-3685. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Frye Art Museum Political cartoons by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Horsey. 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. Ends Sun. May 23.
1506 Projects Play the guessing game at "Pseudononymous," a show of completely anonymous work at this new alternative space created by artists Sarah Bergmann, Dianna Molzan and Neal Bashor. 1506 E. Olive, 206-329-5400. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat-Sun.
Atelier 31 Elegant photos of European cityscapes sans people by Michael Eastman, as well as Adele Sypesteyn' s mixed-media geometric abstractions incorporating handmade papers. 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 "The True Nature of Light" presents photographs by nudist specialist Jock Sturges and chronicler of the garden Tod Gangler. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.
Black Lab "Pattern and Happenstance" is art collective Sublevel 3's final show: a multimedia exploration of randomness, rhythm, order, language and chaos. Includes work by Eroyn Franklin, David Herbert, Jason Smith, Super Jew and Alice Tippit. 4216 6th Ave., 206-778-6528. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. –Mon.
Bluebottle Big, superflat paintings of all creatures fast and slow by Seattle artist and frequent Rivet magazine contributor Kynan Antos. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Bryan Ohno In her show of photographs, "60-Watt Fairy Tales," Anna Daedelus masterfully intertwines the realms of childhood and adulthood using light and shadow and a number of stuffed-animal costumes. 155 So. Main St., 206-667-9572, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends. Sat. May 15.
City Space "Seattle Collects" showcases 2003 City of Seattle purchases of art by Claudia Fitch, Patrick Holderfield, Akio Takamori and others. 701 Fifth Ave. (Bank of America Tower), 3rd floor, 206-749-9525, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Fri. Sept 20.
Davidson Seattle artist Susan Bennerstrom's oil pastels of interior and outdoor spaces have evolved into such refined studies of pattern, form and color that it's a stretch to call them realist. Like the 1930s precisionist paintings of Charles Sheeler and Georgia O'Keefe, Bennerstrom's art is clean and formalist, but never cold. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Forgotten Works Three photographers try their hand at primitive or pinhole cameras for unusual effects: Amy Bates uses a cheap Chinese camera called the Holga, Patrick Gergen shoots flowers as they combust, and David Chick builds and snaps shots with giant pinhole cameras, including one fashioned from a thrift shop suitcase. He calls it the "pinhole-aroid." I love saying that. 619 Western Ave., 206-343-7212. noon-3 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Francine Seders Seattle artist Lynda Rockwood's abstract elliptical wall sculptures and other free-standing works utilize a variety of materials including cast bronze, sheet lead, marine fossils, and gypsum cement. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
Gallery 4 Culture "The Art of Maritime Modeling" aims to remind us of the city's disappearing boat history. A flotilla of ship models invades the gallery; some are the work of trained artists, while others were fashioned by hobbyists and the self-taught. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.
G. Gibson Lori Nix's wonderfully twisted staged tableaux photographs depict understated tragedies (car crashes and such) using cheap model railroad scenery and dramatic lighting. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 "The BIG Print Show" offers large-scale prints from BIG names like Chuck Close, Ed Ruscha and Helen Frankenthaler. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Grover/Thurston Seattleite Gary Nisbet's collage/paintings draw upon symbols from everyday life: birds, flowers, etc. 309 Occidental St., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Jeffrey Moose Good goddess, a bunch art on the feminine within by UW textile professor Lou Cabeen, Lummi Island sculptor Ann Morris and others. 1333 Fifth Ave., Rainier Square, second level, 206-467-6951. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat.
Key Tower This city gallery space reopens with portraits of "Northwest Masters" (Guy Anderson, Morris Graves, Jacob Lawrence, Wesley Wehr, et al.) by the grand dame of Northwest photography, Mary Randlett. 701 Fifth Ave., third floor, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Kirkland Arts Center KAC's resident ceramic artists show their stuff. 620 Market St. 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Linda Hodges In "Accepting Nature," Seattle sculptor Deloss Webber encases found stones in rattan basketry influenced by traditional Native American and Japanese designs. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Martin-Zambito Recent work by Danny Pierce, who's been painting realist, vigorous everyday scenes of New York City since he was an instructor at Hunter College in the 1950s. 721 E. Pike St., 206-726-9509. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Pitcairn Scott Dari Stolzoff's abstract paintings combine foggy, atmospheric effects and hard-edged fields of color. 2207 Second Ave., 206-448-5380. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Priceless Works "The Human Factor," a multi-media solo show by Jennifer Elek that attempts to skewer conspicuous consumption through painting, glass, neon, and ceramics. 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
Roq La Rue "Now We are Six" celebrates six years of wonderfully lowbrow, creepy, and oddball art at the Roq. Curator/owner Kirsten Anderson has invited Roq's motley corps of artists to pick one of their favorite pieces. 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 In the second of a series of cooperative exhibitions with local galleries, SAM Rental/Sales gives some wall time to Lisa Harris Gallery artists, including Richard Hutter, Victoria Johnson and Richard Morhous. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
SOIL "Please Everyone" showcases a variety of emerging artists who live north of the 49th parallel (in that utopia known as Canada). On offer: large canvases of interiors by Mark Neufeld, polystyrene objects by Kyle Beal, and sculpture by Megan Anderson. 1317 E. Pine St., 206-264-8061. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
Solomon Fine Art The group show "Yarns" plays on both senses of the word: The works here incorporate some sort of tales or threads. Included will be work by eight artists, including Jenny Hellmann's embroidery and Dave Hughes' Gothic text in Plexiglass. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
State Convention & Trade Center The Seattle-based non-profit Blue Earth Alliance stages its Spring Photography Exhibition, meant to draws attention to endangered environments and cultures. Included are Anna Mia Davidson' images of contemporary Cuba, Rebecca Norris Webb's unblinking shots of urban zoos, and Subhankar Banerjee's famous photos of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.800 Convention Pl., 206-694-5000. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
William Traver Katja Fritzsche's glass-and metal sculptures evoke stylized deer and other ungulates, while Richard Royal's glass sculptures twist and seethe like crystal flames. 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.
Frye Art Museum "Here I Am! Passages in Portraiture" taps into the Frye's collection of paintings by John Singleton Copley, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, and others. 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 "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. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
Museum of Flight Artist Steve Maloney somehow acquired heaps box cutters, pocketknives, and other dangerous objects confiscated at airport security checkpoints and has incorporated them into installations, including a one large bulletproof plexiglass box affixed with a rusty chain and padlock. Also on display, John Dibbs' aeronautical photography. 9404 East Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Museum of Glass Taking the medieval stained glass panel as her launching pad, Judith Schaechter creates sappy, violent, and just plain weird vignettes of early 21st century life in absolutely gorgeous swirling, fractured bits of color. Also on display, 60 glass faces created by Marita Dingus during a recent 5-day residency at the Museum and a retrospective of Italo Scanga. 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.
Nordic Heritage Museum In "Tvert Imot" ("Just the Opposite") Scandinavian-American painter Royal Nebeker's figurative paintings spin off themes from the works of playwright Henrik Ibsen. 104 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-4 p.m. Sun.
Seattle Art Museum "Only Skin Deep," an exhibit from New York's International Center of Photography explores the art world's own complicity in perpetuating, even creating, racial stereotypes over the last 150 years or so. More than 300 images have been placed into five thematic groupings that address issues of identity, hierarchy, assimilation, fetishization, and more. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
Tacoma Art Museum The theme of TAM's latest Northwest Biennial is "Buildingwise" and presents 100 works by artists from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. 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. Every third Thursday free. 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 The juried exhibit "Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race" attempts to break open the lockbox of dialogue on race with Ronald Hall's rage-filled paintings, Wes Kim's short films, and MalPina Chan's monoprints of the immigrant experience, among others. 407 Seventh S., 206-623-5124. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.