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Lectures and Events
Anacortes Arts Festival A potpourri of artisan booths plus a juried realist art show with work by Ramona Hammerly, Gary Faigin, David Kroll, and many others. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri. Aug. 6 and Sat. Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Aug. 8. Commercial Ave. between 4th and 10th St. (Anacortes), free, 360-293-6211.
Architecture Tour: Cascade Neighborhood Take an architecture tour of this neighborhood south of Lake Union that's a collision of residential, industrial, hi-tech, and retail interests. 9 a.m.-noon Sat. Aug. 7. Seattle Architectural Foundation, 1333 Fifth Ave., Suite 300, $20 (advance reservation required), 206-667-9184.
Artist Lecture: Martha Mayer Erlebacher The allegorical-realist painter gives a talk on the power of contemporary figurative painting to express emotion. 7 p.m. Thurs. Aug. 5. Seattle Academy of Fine Art, 1501 10th Ave. E. (second floor), free, 206-526-2787.
Artist Talk: Laurie Toby Edison The author of Familiar Men and Women En Large gives a slide show and talk on her photography of nude bodies in all shapes and sizes. 4 p.m. Sat. Aug. 7. Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S. Main St., free, 206-624-6600.
Evening Under the Stars Volunteer Park Conservatory's second annual fund-raiser features a "virtual garden tour" by local garden photographer David McDonald plus a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception with music provided by Pearl Django. 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Aug. 5. Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect Ave., $25-$30, 206-322-4112.
Family Art Activity Seattle painter Aaliyah Gupta instructs families in the traditional Bengali artform known as alpana, which makes use of flour paste and flower petals. 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Sat. Aug. 7. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., free with admission, 206-654-3100.
On the Edge Sculpture Invitational Scores of sculptures will inhabit the Harbor Steps during the month of August, including work by Randy Bolander, Mark Calderon, Gerry Tsutakawa, Debbie Young, and others. Opens Thurs. Aug. 5. Harbor Steps (University St. between First and Western), free, 206-334-5040.
Ace Studios In "Plastic Fantastic," Matthew Porter paints cute portraits of Japanese toy characters. 6-9 p.m. 619 Western Ave., 206-623-1288, 1-5 p.m. Sat., or by appointment.
Bryan Ohno A group show of gallery artists including Ben Darby, Dean Eliasen, and Rae Mahaffey. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Capitol Hill Arts Center "Furnish" is a group show on the existential questions of domestic space by artists including Erk Run, Anne Mathern, and Megan Szczecko. Reception: 8-10 p.m. 1621 12th Ave.
Carolyn Staley "Modern Women" features a series of Japanese prints depicting strong, lovely, and sensible women from the 19th and 20th centuries. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 314 Occidental Ave., 206-621-1888. 10:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Consciousness in Action An evening of live painting, performance, and assorted hipster antics. Featured will be art by Michele Barkley and performances by Felicia Loud and the Soul, Dread I, Goodybag, and DJ Sean Malik. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Bohemian Backstage, 107 Occidental, $10 (Art Walk artists $5), 206-447-1514.
D'Adamo/Woltz In "Untold Story," Iranian-born artist Parvin paints figurative canvases that beat you over the head with their clumsy symbolism: a war widow cradling the skull of her beloved, for instance. Reception: 5-8:30 p.m. 303/307 Occidental S., 206-652-4414. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
Gallery 4 Culture Sculpture inspired by Neal Bashor's day job as a construction worker. Reception: 6-9 p.m. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Gallery 110 Hallucinatory oil paintings of life run amok comprise Linda Horsley's "Party Time," while in John Martinotti's "Relics of the Past," luminous black-and-white photos document a dreamlike world of rural decay. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Greg Kucera For better or worse, Spider-Man creator Stan Lee and stacks of D.C. Comics have done more to define American manhood than any group of drum-beating, chest-thumping "masculinity" writers. In "Superhero Pantheon," Arizona-based artist Mark Newport creates warm and fuzzy knit superhero costumes in an attempt to deconstruct the myths of manhood locked within Batman, the Fantastic Four, and other manly comics. Also on display, photographs by Tim Roda. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Artist talk: noon, Sat. Aug. 7. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Foster/White A gerund-free zone, please! Titles like "The Leaving" and "The Changing" are like pins under the fingernails to me, and from what I've seen of Sandra Zeiset Richardson's sentimental sculptures, this show is apt to give me "The Heaving." 123 S. Jackson, 206-622-2833. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Foster/White Rainier Square Oy, again with "Mille Fiori." The Dale Chihuly flower exhibit that flummoxed millions at the Tacoma Art Museum goes up for sale in Seattle. "Imaginations will be filled with wonderment and surprise," the gallery promises. I wonder, When will it ever end? 1331 Fifth Ave., 206-583-0100. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Mnemonic Forgotten Works no longer, the rechristened gallery (surely, you can remember this name) offers up a group show, "Tyrannical Norm," on misfits and conformity with art by Allison Agostinelli, Kelly Spivey, and others. Reception: 6-9 p.m. 619 Western Ave., 206-343-7212. noon-3 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Nico Paintings by Ron Richardson. Reception: 6-9 p.m. 619 Western, Suite 22, 206-229-4593, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. and by appointment.
Retail Therapy Gallery Hans Proppe's photocollages randomly shot from video have a kind of noir mystery to them—each of the layered images (of political figures, movie scenes, etc.) is imprinted with subtitles that turn the images into little existential dramas. Reception: 8 p.m. 905 E. Pike St., 206-324-4092. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sun.
Solomon Fine Art Tom Gormally's encaustic paintings recall vaguely cellular forms. Also on display will be abstracted landscapes by Fred Holcomb, the "Wonder" and "Dream" series by Alex Mitchell, and kaleidoscopic chaos by Page Davis. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Vain "Hot Boys and Pouty Lips" offers paintings of a voyeuristic nature by Karl Fjelstrom. Reception: 6- 9 p.m. 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.
William Traver In "Patterns Unrandomized," Sean Albert creates Mondrian-like pattern studies using colored glass tumblers and wooden shelves. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 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.
Zeitgeist New paintings incorporating appropriated imagery by local artist Sarah Kavage. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Atelier 31 Etchings and aquatints by two important contemporary American artists: Julian Schnabel and sculptor George Segal. Also on display, simple sculptures in wood by Seattle artist Gary Berg. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Wed. Aug. 4. 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.
Francine Seders Twelve freestanding and wall- mounted sculptures in wood, steel, fabric, and beads by Romanian-born artist Dina Barzel. Reception: 2-4 p.m. Sun. Aug. 8. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun.
Fountainhead Realist landscapes by Thu Nguyen and Vasily Reschuk. Reception: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sat. Aug. 7. 625 W. McGraw St., 206-285-4467. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
Jeffrey Moose Colorfully kitschy scenes of everyday life by Jan Erion and Cheri O'Brien. Reception: 6-8:30 p.m. Fri. Aug. 6. 1333 Fifth Ave., Rainier Square, second level, 206-467-6951. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat.
JEM Studios Digitally altered photographic prints on paper, wood, and other materials by Cornish alum Caroline Kapp. 6-9 p.m. Wed. Aug. 5. 6012 12th Ave. S. (Georgetown), 206-427-6748. Noon-6 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
LGBT Community Center "Reflections of a Self- Absorbed Woman" is composed of fractured photographs on the topic of—you guessed it—self and identity by Seattle's Linda Young. Reception: 7-9 p.m. Sat. Aug. 7. 1115 E. Pike St. 206-323-5428. Noon- 9 p.m.
Martin-Zambito Rare figure drawings by Japanese- American modernist Kiyoshi Shimizu and Depression-era paintings by WPA artist Louis Wolchonok. Opens Thurs. Aug 5. 721 E. Pike St., 206-726-9509. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
Metropolis: The Gallery Northwest illustrator Pat Moriarity's first solo show is a collection of album covers, posters, cartoons, paintings, and prints in the freak-show tradition of Crumb and Pekar. Reception: 5-9 p.m. 318 Callow Ave. (Bremerton), 360-373-4709.
Museum of Glass Australian artist Warren Langley installs "Breath" in the museum's reflecting pool: 100 illuminated polycarbonate tubes that will twist and bend in the wind. Artist lecture: 2 p.m. Sat. Aug. 7. 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.
Priceless Works Two new solo shows: one from Terri Gibbs, a series of line drawings on vellum that embraces the gallery, and one from Kim Mahar, who practices postmodern, 3-D stained glass. 7-10 p.m. Fri. Aug. 6. 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon-6 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
Roq La Rue "Installation" is a touring group show of hip-hop and street art by Eric Haze, Kenny Scharf, Kenton Parker, Michael Delahaute, and others. 6-10 p.m. Fri. Aug. 6. 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun.
Seattle Art Museum "Song, Story and Speech" is a multimedia installation exploring how oral tradition is a crucial part of Native Coast Salish culture. Exhibit includes a video on carver Bruce Subiyay Miller, a children's interactive story station, and a collection of Salish artifacts. Opens Wed. Aug. 4. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
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. Ends Sat. Aug. 7.
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). 1506 E. Olive, 206-329-5400. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
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.
Benham Italian photographer Federico Busonero and American Stephen Johnson shoot images of national parks in their respective countries, while William Henry captures manmade castaway objects in a natural environment. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.
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." 6311 N.W. 24th (Ballard), 206-478-2238. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
G. Gibson "What I Did on My Summer Vacation:" a group show of photographs by Richard Misrach, John Jenkins III, Mark Mann, Carol Sawyer, Lori Nix, and others. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 are 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.
Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery Get acquainted with six new artists to SAM's Rental/Sales gallery in "Summer Introductions": Benton Peugh, Robert Drucker, Barbara Sternberger, Shea Bajaj, Amanda Knowles, and Patricia Hagen. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
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. 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. 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. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
Museum of Glass Dolls, fabric creations, and glass faces exploring issues of identity by local artist Marita Dingus, plus a mediocre retrospective of work by 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.
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. 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 with some truly great examples of Van Gogh's work, along with some early Picassos, cubist work by Juan Gris, freaky mythological scenes by Odilon Redon, and pictures by Leger and Seurat. Also on display: 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. 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. 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 dialog on race. 407 Seventh S., 206-623-5124. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.