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Lectures and Events
Conversation: John Miller Glass artist John Miller discusses his work: whimsical re-creations of consumer goods and fast food in the tradition Claes Oldenburg. 2 p.m. Sun. Aug. 1. Museum of Glass, 1801 East Dock St. (Tacoma), free with admission, 253-396-1768.
Lecture: Ament on McCracken Local arts writer Delores Tarzan Ament gives a lecture on Northwest sculptor Phillip McCracken, drawing from her newly published retrospective of McCracken's career, 600 Moons. 7:30 p.m. Sat. July 31. Museum of Northwest Art, 121 South First St. (La Conner), $2-$5, 360-466-4446.
Lecture: Santiago Calatrava NBBJ senior architect Grant Gustafson and architectural photographer John Stamets give a talk on Santiago Calatrava, Spain's answer to Frank Gehry. 7 p.m. Thurs. July 29. Henry Art Gallery, UW campus, free with admission, 206-543-2280.
Workshop: How to Draw Boats Ever wanted to draw all manner of ferryboats, cruise ships, sailing vessels, and the like? Here's your chance to learn how in a one-day seminar with local artist Caroline Buchanan at the helm. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sat. July 31. Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, 151 Winslow Way E. (Bainbridge Island), $150, 206-842-3132
1506 Projects "Sea Legs" features new work by Ben Beres (tiny-text prints), David Herbert (low-tech sculpture and video), Jamison Ogg (supermarket-quality prints), Matt Sellars (minimal wood sculptures), and Daniel Smith (collage on cedar shingles). Reception: 6-9 p.m. Sat. July 31. 1506 E. Olive, 206-329-5400. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery Get acquainted with six artists new to SAM's Rental/Sales gallery in "Summer Introductions": Benton Peugh, Robert Drucker, Barbara Sternberger, Shea Bajaj, Amanda Knowles, and Patricia Hagen. Opens Tues. Aug. 3. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Atelier 31 Amarillo-based artist Scott Frish creates big, mixed-media compositions from antique photographs, while recent Cornish grad Alison Katica's "Outerwear Series" examines issues of the body as commodity. 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. Aug. 1.
Bluebottle Cornish alum and SubLevel3 contributor Tory Franklin's "Sketches for the Fleet of the S.S. Marie Antoinette" includes cut relief, intaglio, silkscreen, letterpress printing, and hand drawings. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Thurs. July 29.
Bryan Ohno San Francisco sculptor Bella Feldman's "War Toy Redux" offers a panoply of streamlined, dangerous-looking sculptures that explore the age-old question: why is weaponry so darned cool? 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. July 31.
Cafe Solstice Cool, spooky microscope photography by photographer and UW Medical School research scientist Mark Moody. 4116 University Way, 206-675-0850. Ends Sat. July 31.
CoCA "Domicile," a mixed but clever group show investigating issue of home, includes Margarita Cabrera's vinyl household appliances, John Jenkins IV's minimalist photographs, Kyeung Jeong's disturbing childhood scenes on rice paper, and videos by Nicole Cohen and gallery owner/artist Greg Kucera. 410 Dexter Avenue N., 206-728-1980. 2-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Ends Wed. July 28.
D'Adamo/Woltz Abstract paintings layered with calligraphy and Tibetan motifs by Chinese artist Huang Gang. 303/307 Occidental S., 206-652-4414. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Tues. Aug. 2.
Francine Seders The group show "Big and Small" displays one large painting and several small ones from artists Alfonse Borysewicz, Lauri Chambers, Denzil Hurley, Robert C. Jones, and Julie Shapiro. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat, 1-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Aug. 1.
Gallery 4 Culture Perla Sitcov's macro photographs of thumbtacks, plastic flowers, and other cast-aside stuff create little landscapes populated by pirouetting puffballs and candy-coated flowers: an honestly phony place that feels both cozy and vaguely threatening in its Prozac cheeriness. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Gallery 110 In Natalie Niblack's paintings you'll find an assortment of saints real and fictional; Christopher Vacano's "Page Rate: The Cost of Advertising" is a series of Adbusters-esque faux advertisements. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Sat. July 31.
Greg Kucera Large, kinetic sculptures in wood and other smaller pieces by John Buck, whose work manages to be both whimsical and philosophical. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. July 31.
Hugo House In "Twentieth Century Follies: A Fabrication," Tacoma-based artist Peter Temple-Thurston creates a series of prints on the horrors of the 20th century. 1634 11th Ave., 206-322-7030. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri, noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Sat. July 31.
Kuhlman Tom Bagley, Ellen Forney, Joe Newton, and Erin Norlin create their own twisted versions of 1970s ads from the Art Instruction Institute. 2419 First Ave. (Belltown), 206-441-1999. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon- 5 p.m. Sat. Ends Sat. July 31.
Linda Hodges New paintings by Gaylen Hansen, many of which are populated by a menagerie of animals, and all executed with vigorous brushstrokes and an informally playful style. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. July 31.
Museum of Glass Taking the medieval stained-glass panel as her launching pad, Judith Schaechter creates violent and just plain weird vignettes of early-21st-century life. 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. Ends Sun. Aug. 1.
Photographic Center Northwest "Visual Proof" is PCNW's annual competition, this year juried by Roy Flukinger, senior curator at Harry Ransom Research Center of the University of Texas. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
Roq La Rue Thirty gritty, super- high-contrast photos of Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, and other characters inside Andy Warhol's Factory by Manhattan scene documenter Billy Name. 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. July 31.
Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery Work by artists represented by SAM Rental/Sales partner Solomon Fine Art, including Tom Gormally, Fred Holcomb, and Ilse Kluge. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Sat. July 31.
Vain "Bits, Clouds and Arrows" offers the graffiti- and hip-hop-inspired art of David Linder, Iosefatu Sua, George Estrada, Jennifer Singer, and others. 2018 First Ave., 206-441-3441. Noon-7 p.m. Sun.-Tues.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wed.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Sun. Aug. 1.
William Traver Deirdre Daw's new show of mixed-media ceramic sculptures, "Nest Heads," is an interesting mix of organic and slightly tribal elements, full of entwining tendrils, bulbous roots, and organic mandalas. 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. Aug. 1.
Woodside/Braseth "Summer Salon" includes the old standbys of Northwest art (Guy Anderson, Paul Horiuchi, Mark Tobey, etc.) alongside more contemporary fare (Gary Faigin, Paul Havas, Ginny Ruffner, etc.). 1533 Ninth Ave., 206-622-7243. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. July 31.
Zeitgeist In Chad States' large C-Print photos of staged tableaux, glum-looking hipsters ponder their miserable existence. 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. Aug. 4.
Artemis Laura Amussen's big, abstract, and intriguing installations make use of bamboo and other natural materials to create some rather Freudian-looking holes and other patterns that aim to "initiate a dialog between emptiness and desire." 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Baas Gallery Paintings dense with a layered, collagelike mosaic of wild animals and childhood toys by Minnesota artist Mary Ann Papanek-Miller. 2703 E. Madison, 206-324-4742. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Ballard/Fetherston "Blue Waters," a group show featuring debuts by artists Melissa Furness, Ann Johns, Babs Kletter, and Chris Metze. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Davidson Three sculptors arrive at Davidson: Carla Grahn makes use of everyday industrial metals—nails, nuts, bolts, and bike chains—but arranges them in soft, floral forms; Juan Alfaro's sculptural installations use video documentation to capture objects in surprising motion; while Kate Hunt's stark minimalist pieces employ burnt paper and steel. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Gallery 63 Eleven "At Sea," a series of painted adventures between a cat and polar bear by Kelly Staton, and Mona J. Lang's campy struggles for survival called "Wintertime." Reception: 6-10 p.m. Sat. July 10. 6311 N.W. 24th (Ballard), 206-478-2238. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Howard House In Patti Warashina's "Real Politique," a show of ceramic work by the UW professor emeritus, figures that appear playful or informal on the surface harbor deeper, serious concerns. Each of the 10 slightly surreal pieces expresses some aspect of Warashina's history, whether personal or political—"Tule Lake Retreat" alludes to the guard towers of an internment camp, while in "Sitting Ducks," a woman meets the world with open arms, oblivious to whatever malicious forces might have her in their sights. Also on display is a collection of Warashina's newer, small-scale works. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Jack Straw New Media Gallery Seattle's Iole Alessandrini installs interactive lasers and other optical gizmos in this multimedia experience intended to explore, the artist says, "the distributed body, multiple-self, and transmigration of presence." 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
James Harris Seattle artist Mark Mumford turns the old Marshal McLuhan adage inside out, making the message the medium in these almost ludicrously simple photographs—placards emblazoned with text sit perched on office chairs, taking seemingly banal slogans that simultaneously yell at you (like advertising) yet also hold a kind of quiet calm. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Lisa Harris The 20th anniversary of this dependable—if a bit conservative—gallery above Pike Place Market promises a selection of greatest hits from the Lisa Harris playlist, featuring works by 27 artists including Peter de Lory, Ed Kamuda, Richard Morhous, Royal Nebeker, and Emily Wood. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
Square Room In "Thunderstorm," Brian McGuffy's semiabstract paintings capture tornados, oil derricks, and other icons of global warming, while Leif Holland's wall sculptures evoke twisted natural forms. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Sat. July 24. 1316 E. Pike, 206-267-7120, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Suyama Space Jyung Mee Park's "Loss and Gain" arranges river-worn stones to address big-scale expanses of time. 2324 Second, 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Western Bridge This fabulous new SODO art space designed by Roy McMakin showcases William and Ruth True's vast collection of contemporary art, and kicks off with "Possessed," a group show about "the things we own and the things that own us," featuring work by Adam Fuss, Zoe Leonard, Shirin Neshat, Tony Oursler, Paul Pfeiffer, Aïda Ruilova, and Cindy Sherman. 3412 Fourth Avenue S. 206-838-7444. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
Frye Art Museum "Eloquent Vistas" collects American landscape photography from the second half of the 19th century by Eadweard Muybridge, William Henry Jackson, and many others. And for those who don't know a watercolor from a mezzotint, the Frye's new selection of works on paper offers a tutorial in techniques such as lithography, drawing, and engraving. 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 "Santiago Calatrava: The Architect's Studio" showcases the work of the ultramodern Spanish architect with a fondness for organic swoops and seemingly impossible curves. Meanwhile, a show by British multimedia artist Alex Morrison explores youth subcultures and their co-opting by the marketplace. "Selections from the Collection of William and Ruth True" offers a sampling from the collection of these two keen-eyed art collectors and longtime patrons of the Henry, including a typically intense video by Trisha Donnelly, a portrait in paint samples by Vik Muniz, and a soothingly mindless video of skateboarders by Kristen Stoltmann. 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 stained-glass panel as her launching pad, Judith Schaechter creates violent and just plain weird vignettes of early-21st-century life. Her recurrent themes are road kill, bathrooms, naughty women, children, and other tragedies. And it's all executed in absolutely gorgeous swirling, fractured bits of color. Also on display: dolls, fabric creations, and glass faces all exploring ethnic and personal identity by local artist Marita Dingus, and a so-so retrospective of work by Italo Scanga, a buddy of Chihuly's and a frequent guest artist at the Pilchuck School until his death in 2001. 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.
Royal B.C. Museum A huge touring exhibit of ancient Egyptian artifacts from the British Museum will make its only stop in the Pacific Northwest at Victoria's Royal B.C. Museum. Expect to see heaps of gorgeous treasures looted by those darn Brit imperialists, including intricate golden death masks, a multiton granite lion, scraps of Egyptian scrolls, and yes, real, dead mummies. 675 Belleville Street (Victoria, B.C.) 888-447-7977. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Seattle Art Museum "Van Gogh to Mondrian: Modern Art from the Kröller-Müller Museum" offers a rare opportunity to get up close and personal (oh, just elbow your way through the crowds) with some truly great examples of Van Gogh's work. Also on offer in this traveling exhibit from the Netherlands are other exemplars of the modernist movement, including some early Picassos, cubist work by Juan Gris, freaky mythological scenes by Odilon Redon, and pictures by Leger and Seurat. Other displays: the video "Shadow Procession," a recent SAM acquisition by South African artist William Kentridge, is a low-tech shadow parable; "The View From Here" offers selections of Pacific Northwest art from 1870 to 1940; while "Modern in America" explores the interaction between photography and the paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe, Jasper Johns, and other 20th-century artists. 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. 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 TAM's Northwest Annual, this year with the moniker "Buildingwise," is a grab bag of local art, some quite good and some just OK. Standouts in this juried show include a painting and time-lapse video of its creation by Patte Loper, realist paintings thick with queasy pinks and greens by Robert Jones, a couple of clever video installations by Juniper Shuey and Iole Alessandrini, large-scale abstractions by Margie Livingston, and Rachel Brumer's quilts-as-stained-glass. Also on display: "Andy Goldsworthy: Mountain and Coast, Autumn Into Winter" presents photographs from the nature artist's 1987 residency in Japan, plus four sculptures of burnt wood and other natural materials. 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.; noon-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.