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Artist Lecture: Akio Takamori A central personality in the University of Washington's groundbreaking ceramics movement of the past three decades, Takamori is a figurative artist whose highly original work is simultaneously playful and serious. He'll lead a slide show and lecture on his artistic development over his 30-year career. 6:30 p.m. Fri. Sept. 16. Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., free with admission or membership, 425-519-0770, www.bellevueart.org.
Latino Art Exhibition 2005 As part of the Fiestas Patrias celebration going on at Seattle Center this weekend, 12 local artists born in Central or South America show their work. Noon-6 p.m. Sat. Sept. 17-Sun. Sept. 18. Seattle Center House, Seattle Center, free, for info call curator Blanca Santander at 206-790-2339.
Ballard/Fetherston New work from New York painter Kathy Moss and Portland sculptor (and recent Neddy Award nominee) Lita Batho, who creates intricate works from welded steel wire. Reception: 5-7 p.m. Fri. Sept. 16. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Columbia City Gallery Guatemalan painter Abraham Batzin Navichoc's folk-style paintings of festivals and markets in his home country, all from a bird's-eye perspective; plus a group show by local artists William A. Herberholz, Karin Jaques, Shari Kaufman, and Lisa Lamoreaux. Reception: 5-8 p.m. Sat. Sept. 17. 4864 Rainier Ave. S., 206-760-9843. Noon-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
Peanut Gallery Well, this is sad news. Peanut Gallery will be closing after a final show, of drawings of body parts and robots by an artist known simply as Jade. Frustrated gallery founder Segue (apparently, the U District art scene has a chronic shortage of last names) writes: "I'd have an easier time selling television sets. Art is no way to make a living in these hard times." News flash: Art is no way to make a living, even in the best of times. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Fri. Sept. 16. 5270A University Way N.E., 206-250-6382.
Photographic Center Northwest Seattle photographer Chris Jordan's "Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption" turns dizzying quantities of garbage and e-waste sighted in landfills into huge, nearly abstract studies in color and repetition. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Fri. Sept. 16. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Tacoma Community College "America, the Colors of the Continent: Arte Latino From the Pacific Northwest" features work by locals Juan Alonso, Alfredo Arreguin, John-Paul Avila, Juan La Torre, Rick Mahaffey, and many others. Reception: 4-7 p.m. Fri. Sept. 16, free (RSVP requested). 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma, 253-460-4306. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Artemis Sun-drenched realist paintings of Seattle locales and other stuff by Anne Duffy. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Sept. 17.
Frye Art Museum "Taking and Making" features recent work by Oliver Herring, the German-born artist whose experiments in photography, video, and sculpture take novel turns, including a life-size self-portrait sculpture made from snapshots. 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. Sept. 18
OKOK "Ha Get'em," offers faux brand-name T-shirts and intentionally useless consumer products by local designer and illustrator Shawn Wolfe. 709 Broadway Ave. E., 206-322-7523. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-7 p.m. Sun. Ends Thurs. Sept. 15.
Solomon Fine Art "Natural Selection" offers nature-inspired art by Denver's Trine Bumiller and Washington, D.C.–based painter Isabel Manolo. Manolo's work, a series of remembered landscapes executed in near-abstract acrylics, looks the most promising. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Fri. Sept. 16.
Viveza This Belltown gallery celebrates its two-year anniversary with a group show of gallery regulars, including Melinda Hannigan and Doug Smithenry. 2604 Western Ave., 206-956-3584. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Ends. Sun. Sept. 18.
Wright Exhibition Space "Aboriginal Vision" offers selections of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art from the expansive collection of UW international studies professor Margaret Levi and her husband, Robert Kaplan. 407 Dexter Ave. N., 206-264-8200. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. Ends Fri. Sept. 16.
All City Coffee "Boilers and Bridges" features new realist paintings by Keven Furiya. 125 Prefontaine Pl. S., 206-652-8331. 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 7 a.m.- 11 p.m. Sat.; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.
Baas Art Painter Lee Mohr crafts misty images of the Mercer Slough, Camano Island, Padilla Bay, and other familiar landscapes. 2703 E. Madison St., 206-324-4742. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Benham "Beyond the Landscape" features nearly abstract photographs of the outdoors by resident artists Bruce Barnbaum and Phyllis Uitti-Maslin. 216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Catherine Person A noted freelance art consultant opens a new Pioneer Square gallery down the street from James Harris. The first show is "Introductions," works by 10 gallery artists, including Linda Davidson, Drake Deknatel, and Rachel Illingworth. 319 Third Ave. S., 206-763-5565. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
CoCA In conjunction with co-curator Fionn Meade's multivenue exploration of sound art at Bumbershoot, Steve Peters and Christine Wallers' installation "Alchemy" uses brass bowls and hidden speakers to express wishes for a better world from more than 300 people. 410 Dexter Ave. N., 206-728-1980. 2-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
Davidson New hyperrealist allegorical paintings by Stephanie Frostad, plus work by Adrienne Sherman, whose nature-inspired paintings employ techniques of the Old Masters. In the print gallery, new work by Canadian artists Sean Caufield and Akiko Taniguchi. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Eclectic Gallerie of Fine Art Abstract watercolors and oils by Patricia Seggebruch, plus figurative paintings by Jason Waskey. 307 N. 73rd St., 206-789-4500. 1-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
Foster/White Cheerful, candy-colored abstraction from local painter Manfred Lindenberger, who has a thing for sorting and filling the canvas with a crowd of interrelated forms. 123 S. Jackson St., 206-622-2833. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Francine Seders Seattle painter Robert C. Jones has been producing some of the finest abstract expressionist paintings in the region for several decades running. This show of new work, his first at the gallery since 2002, offers a variety of canvases meticulously painted, scraped, and repainted. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues.- Sat.; 1-5 p.m. Sun.
G. Gibson Photo-based constructions from Beverly Rayner, plus Susan Seubert's antique-looking tintype photographs of wispy dresses, and a collection of prints celebrating the 100th birthday of photographer Ruth Bernhard. 300 S. Washington St., 206- 587-4033. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat.
Gallery 110 Colorful figurative acrylics on canvas by Nancy Kiefer, plus Natalie Niblack's drawings, paintings, and ceramic sculpture that reach deep into the childhood psyche. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Greg Kucera New work by Seattle's Ed Wicklander, whose whimsical sculptures employ an array of materials in surprising ways. Two examples: leaking inner tubes made of welded steel and a bust of Jerry Garcia in wood, containing a hidden tab of LSD for the lucky buyer. Also on display: a new set of color lithographs on the World War II internment of Japanese Americans, by local artist Roger Shimomura. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Grover/Thurston Pendleton, Oregon–based artist James Lavadour's mysterious, near-abstract landscapes burn with a slow passion, and this new collection of work blazes with striated geology, lava bursts of color, and smoldering half-light. 309 Occidental St., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Howard House "New Worlds" by Seattle artist Leo Saul Berk, and Ken Fandell's "The Planets." (See spotlight, p. 115) 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Jack Straw New Media Gallery Rene Yung's installation "Four Dignities" uses fabric screens and quiet audio to encourage viewers to experience the Buddhist concept of mindfulness in four states: sitting, walking, standing, and lying down. 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
James Harris In Stephanie Syjuco's well-executed show "Black Market," her Philippine heritage becomes a starting point for investigations into commodities, global culture, and the power of absence. The show has three components: the first is a series of large photographs of markets in the Philippines, downloaded from the Internet and modified to black out all the products on sale. The resulting empty space is mirrored in a series of black podular sculptures, all created by sealing consumer products in layers of papier mache. The third element is a video taken from the film Platoon, which was filmed on location in the Philippines; Syjuco has cropped the scenes so that only the native flora remains. In all of these works, selective editing makes the ignored background, whether literal or symbolic, both present and central. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Kirkland Arts Center Kathryn Leighton's sneakers are inlaid with scenes from Greek mythology; Yvonne Lung's ceramic heads explore issues of racial stereotypes. 620 Market St., 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Every third Thurs. open until 8 p.m.
Kuhlman Chris Crites paints criminal mug shots on paper bags. That should be enough description to get you to this show, but in case you need more incentive: His past stuff has been great. 2419 First Ave., 206-441-1999. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sat.
LGBT Community Center "Between Dreams (Entre Sueños)" features erotic drawings of men in various states of arousal by James Vitale. 1115 E. Pike St., 206-323-5428. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sun.
Linda Hodges Nature-inspired abstract sculpture combining cut stone and rattan weaving by Deloss Webber. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Lisa Harris Mystical, Georgia O'Keeffe-y paintings and prints of Northwest landscapes by Bellingham's Thomas Wood. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
Museum of the Mysteries Graphic tallies of the war dead in Iraq by artist-activist Thomas A. D. Hays. 623 Broadway Ave. E., 206-328-6499. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
New York Fashion Academy One person's trash is another's wall hanging. This show will make you think twice before throwing out your leftover soda cans, candy wrappers, grocery bags, kitchen scraps, and more. Among the participating artists: Lynn DiNino, Ellen Ziegler, Ross Palmer Beecher, and Marita Dingus. 5201 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-786-8616. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.
Northwest Craft Center In "Materials of Nature," ceramic artists Hunter McGee, Scott Minugh, Lynn DiNino, Steve Sauer, and John Arnold Taylor explore the physical and metaphysical properties of natural materials. 305 Harrison St. (Seattle Center), 206-728-1555. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
Platform "Recording Field Level Five" includes new video, installation, and sound samples from Seattle artist Susan Robb, whose eclectic work ranges from contemplative to zany. 114 Third Ave. S., 206-323-2808. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
Roq La Rue In his second solo show at the Roq, Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh creates "Beautiful Mutants": photographs digitally altered to create genetic freaks, or what Mothersbaugh calls "sickeningly beautiful beings." 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2- 6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-4 p.m. Sun.
Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery SAM Rental/Sales' latest "guest" gallery is the cutting-edge, artist-owned Platform Gallery; on display are works from Platform regulars Carol Bolt, Jaq Chartier, James Gudat, Blake Haygood, Stephen Lyons, Saya Moriyasu, Susan Robb, and Keith Yurdana. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
SOIL "Nocturnes" offers experimental art incorporating animation, including Seattle's Cat Clifford and Mary Simpson and New York–based artists Laleh Khorramian and Lucy Raven. 112 Third Ave. S., 206-264-8061. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
Stonington Gallery "Awakenings: A Gathering of Contemporary Coast Salish Artists" showcases the work of 20 Native American artists from the Pacific Northwest, including cedar sculpture, glass, basketry, and metalwork by Shaun Peterson, Susan A. Point, Marvin Oliver, and others. 119 S. Jackson St., 206-405-4040. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Suyama Space Christine Waller builds floating planes out of thousands of fine-gauge wires and light. 2324 Second Ave., 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Western Bridge German artist Daniel Roth's strange and subtle installation River Styx presents "evidence"—in drawings, sculpture, and photography—of an underground river running west from Seattle, below the Olympic Peninsula, and out to a burial island off the coast. Also on display is Rodney Graham's clever second look at an old oak tree, Roni Horn's obsessive 100-photo installation You Are the Weather, and a justly famous series of portraits of four sisters taken over a span of 30 years by Nicholas Nixon. And speaking of the River Styx, you'll feel like you've been to hell and back after experiencing Gary Hill's numbing video Wall Piece, a study in frustration, artistic struggle, and the failure of language. 3412 Fourth Ave. S., 206-838-7444. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
William Traver Cleverly designed sculptures and assemblages in painted wood by Cordy Ryman. 110 Union St., second floor, 206-587-6501. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; noon- 5 p.m. Sun.
Winston Wächter Pigment-tinted glass, steel, and concrete by Ann Gardner. 203 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Bellevue Arts Museum BAM is back with a retooled mission as an accessible (read: noncontroversial) place for art, craft, and design. Executive Director Michael Monroe launches the resurrection with "The Artful Teapot," an impressive but safe collection of 250 teapots as sculpture. Albert Paley's new–Art Nouveau iron work is nice and intricate, kind of like a Chihuly is nice and intricate. (Fans of the Tacoma glassmeister can see one of his newly commissioned works in BAM's lobby.) And for those who just can't get enough glass, there's an exhibit of art and posters from the early days of the Pilchuck Glass School. 510 Bellevue Way N.E., 425-519-0770. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (until 9 p.m. Thurs.); 11 a.m-5:30 p.m. Sun.
Burke Museum Subhankar Banerjee's magnificent photos of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are the result of a two-year expedition among caribou and tundra. Savor these images, before ExxonMobil and BP bring their "low impact" drilling apparatus to ANWR. Also on display: traditional and contemporary Native American art depicting arctic animals. UW campus, Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast, 206-543-5590. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thurs.).
Frye Art Museum "William Cumming: The Image of Consequence" offers an authoritative retrospective of the 88-year-old Northwest painter's long career. Curated by local art critic Matthew Kangas, the show follows the evolution of Cumming's work from reform-minded realism to a more formal fusion of representation and abstraction. 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 Lead Pencil Studio, the local architecture/art installation team of Daniel Mihalyo and Annie Han, installs "Minus Space," which re-creates the hillside lost in the 1997 expansion of the Henry, using a fine scrim of assorted materials. Also: German-born Seattle artist Trimpin does amazing things combining technological gizmos with more analog stuff like typewriters, player pianos, and other musical instruments. (His best-known work is the immense Roots and Branches sculpture of robotically controlled guitars at EMP.) His wonderfully titled Phfftt involves some 200 electronically controlled woodwind instruments—visitors can play them or listen to one of 12 manic, lighthearted, or sinister works by the composer. And do not miss the magnificent Francis Bacon painting Study for a Pope IV; Seattle is lucky to have this work, on loan from an anonymous West Coast patron. The 1961 painting is a late piece in Bacon's startling series of popes; this one conveys a haunting combination of authority and impotence. The skull-like head seems to shift and shimmer before your eyes, and the feeble hands make the pontiff seem very fallible indeed. UW campus, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
Nordic Heritage Museum An installation of photography and photographic lenses by Western Washington University associate professor Garth Amundson. 104 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-4 p.m. Sun.
Seattle Art Museum "Africa in America" is a varied and complex exploration of slavery, displacement, and ethnic culture as portrayed in African-American art of the late 20th century, including work by James W. Washington Jr., Kara Walker, Ellen Gallagher, Oliver Jackson, and Marita Dingus. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.