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18th Annual Benefit Auction for Artist Trust Work by over 200 Northwest artists will be sold to benefit this statewide nonprofit that gives grants to artists. Opening party: 7-10 p.m. Fri. Feb. 10. Admission: $15 ($10 members). Open gallery: noon-6 p.m. Sat. Feb. 11. Free. Champagne brunch and auction: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Feb. 12. Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave. N., 206-467-8734, ext. 16, Tickets: $120 (at

Romantic Rococo: The Art of Love in Eighteenth Century France Art historian Rebecca Albiani recounts the gilded era d'amour when King Louis XV's mistress, Madame De Pompadour, influenced taste (for better or for worse). 7 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 9 and 11 a.m. Fri. Feb. 10. $10 ($5 members; $4 students/ seniors/artists). Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250, ext. 264,

SAFA Art Walkabout Twice a year, the Seattle Academy of Fine Art in Capitol Hill opens its student and faculty studios to the public. Also features live music and art demonstrations. 6-8 p.m. Fri. Feb. 10. Free. Seattle Academy of Fine Art, 1501 10th Ave. E. (#101), 206-526-2787,


Capitol Hill Arts Center "Still Beaming," illuminated mixed-media work by emerging artists presented by the Twilight Artist Collective. 1621 12th Ave., 206-388-0500, Reception: 6-10 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Ends March 27.

CoCA "Shard," curated by Seattle poet David Francis, explores the intersection of visual and textual art, featuring over 60 poetry-inspired works by 30 artists from the U.S. and Europe. Opening reading by poet Heather McHugh: 8:15 p.m. Sat. Feb. 11. $5. 410 Dexter Ave. N., 206-728-1980, Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Ends March 12.

Roq la Rue Gallery "Sweetest Taboo" promises to be "a group show of random naughtiness" by pop surrealist and urban contemporary artists. How can you resist? Reception: 6-10 p.m. Fri. Feb. 10. 2312 Second Ave., 206-374-8977, 2-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-4 p.m. Sun. Ends March 4.

Space This new downtown gallery launches with paintings, photography, and sculpture by Derrick Voss, Jose Torres Jr., Roland Rodriguez, Brian White, Shannon Welles, and gallery owner Guy Warren. Reception: 5-9 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 9. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri. 1907 Second Ave., 206-443-7743. Ends March 1.

Viveza "Double-Click" is figurative painter Doug Smithenry's collection of distorted and sometimes pixilated images he's found randomly on the Internet. Reception: 6-10 p.m. Fri. Feb. 10. 2604 Western Ave., 206-956-3584, Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Ends Mar. 19.

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ArtsWest "Extravagant Icons" features acrylics by Layne Cook, oils by Louise Britton, found-object assemblages by Douglas Remy, and Julie Lindell's ceramics. 4711 California Ave. S.W. (West Seattle), 206-938-0963, 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Feb. 11.

Crawl Space "Illusion, Disillusion" reconfigures the gallery with inflating rooms and transforming sculpture by Shawn Patrick Landis. 504 E. Denny Way (#1), 206-322-5752, Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Feb. 12.

Frye Art Museum Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore were pioneering gender-benders in the freewheeling art world of 1920s Paris. Images from the two female photographers explore complex notions of sexuality and identity. Also: Candida Höfer's fascination with empty public spaces is on display in "Architecture of Absence," the first North American retrospective of this German photographer's work. 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. Cahun and Moore ends Feb. 12; Höfer ends April 16.

Gallery63Eleven Local artist and writer Molly Norris Curtis displays her whimsically offbeat watercolors and sculptures in "Something Borrowed." 6311 24th Ave. N.W., 206-478-2238, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Feb. 8.

Greg Kucera Tim Roda's large black-and-white photographs on fiber paper depict slightly dark, ambiguous scenes starring the artist and his family. Also: Peter Millett's "Drawings from Oysterville," sumi ink on paper, and selected sculptural works. 212 Third Ave. S., 206-624-0770, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Feb. 11.

Howard House In his latest acrylic paintings, local artist Mark Danielson continues to explore postwar American architecture in a minimalist, graphic-art style. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends. Feb. 11.

James Harris In her gauzy abstractions, "Works on Paper," artist Mary Ann Peters draws on both Western and Arabic influences using graphite and gouache on polypropylene paper. 309A Third Ave. S., 206-903-6220, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Feb. 11.

Platform Gallery "Build" explores conceptual architectural space with the work of Lucas Kelly, Sebastian Lemm, and Will Yackulik. 114 Third Ave. S., 206-323-2808, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Feb. 11.

South Seattle Community College Art Gallery Work by Alfredo Arreguin, known for his detailed and richly colored paintings, and Gordon H. Wood, who creates slightly surreal organic abstractions in acrylic. 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5337, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Feb. 8.


Art/Not Terminal Paintings by Shirley Travis in "Tangled Exposure." Also: "Thinking of Australia: Landscapes, Images and Abstraction" features work by Australian painters Bronwyn Bancroft and Judy Hawking-Burnett, mixed-media artist Esha Xavier Quinn, and photographer Jason Kimberley. 2045 Westlake Ave., 206-233-0680, "Australia": 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 1-6 p.m. Sat.; 1:30-5 p.m. Sun. "Tangled": 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends March 2.

Artists' Gallery of Seattle Kenneth Lee Johnson presents acrylic paintings and illustrations. 902 First Ave. S., 206-340-0830, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Feb. 28.

Ballard/Fetherston In "The Calendar Project," Port Townsend artist Kim Kopp creates a small painting for each day of the year using collage, a recurring boat shape, and a nuanced palette, grouping each panel by month. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Feb. 18.

Catherine Person In "Hortus Ortus: Davis Freeman and Kensuke Yamada," the local photographer and the young Japanese sculptor both find inspiration in the garden. Artists' talk: noon Sat. Feb. 18. 319 Third Ave. S., 206-763-5565, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Feb. 25.

Cornish College Gallery Cornish alum Heather Hart highlights the absurdities of identity politics with crocheted objects introduced into stereotypically male contexts, like her "Uzi Coozie" gun cozies. Also: student work exploring the theme of "HomeLand." 1000 Lenora St., 206-726-5011, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Feb. 17.

Corridor Painter Marie C. Green renders her "Dichotomy of the Nude" with acrylic geometry. 306 S. Washington St., 206-856-7037. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Feb. 25.

D'Adamo/Woltz The "Emerging Student Show" presents juried art from Cornish, Pratt, Northwest, and UW. 307 Occidental Ave. S., 206-652-4414, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Feb. 28.

Davidson Contemporary The quiet terrain east of the Washington Cascades inspires Leslie Williams Cain's landscapes in "Recent Pastels." 310 S. Washington St., 206-624-7684, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Feb. 25.

Davidson Galleries In "The Mezzotint," two New York artists revive the laborious 400-year-old engraving process to differing effect. Carol Wax re-creates antique typewriters, fans, and clocks, while Fred Merhsimer interprets contemporary cityscapes from his Brooklyn neighborhood. Also: "English Landscape Scenery," artful mezzotint engravings by David Lucas of paintings by John Constable dating back to 1829. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Feb. 25.

Foster/White Bratsa Bonifacho responds to the symbols and sounds of classical musical scales and chords in his vivid new abstract canvases, "Moderato Cantabile." Also: "Studio Paintings," abstract canvases by T. L. Lange—the artist's first solo show since his 2002 death. 123 S. Jackson St., 206-622-2833, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Feb. 25.

Fountainhead Saigon-born painter Thu Nguyen depicts landscapes, figurative portraits, and trains with a romanticized realism. "Waterbeings" collects her newest oils. 625 W. McGraw St., 206-285-4467, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Feb. 26.

Francine Seders Barbados-born artist and UW art professor Denzil Hurley presents his abstract tonal oils under the rubric "Variant/Glyphic/Negation/Redact." 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 1-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Feb. 26.

Friesen Gallery Evocative impressions of wintry trees and kinetic zoetrope sculpture by Andie DeRoux (see spotlight, p. 68.) in "Running Through the Forest," and encaustic paintings by Catherine Eaton Skinner. Also: work by Steve Jensen, Reilly Jensen, and Doris Chase. 1200 Second Ave., 206-628-9501, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat. Ends Feb. 28.

G. Gibson Gallery Young Seattle artist Maija Fiebig presents her latest oil-on-board paintings in "Moss," and graphic designer Doug Keyes shows his large-scale, multiple-exposure color photos in "Becoming Language." 300 S. Washington St., 206-587-4033, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Feb. 25.

Gallery4Culture In a commentary on consumerism, Julia Haack uses recycled materials with architectural references in "Salvage/Selvage." 101 Prefontaine Pl. S., 206-296-7580, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Feb. 24.

Gallery 110 "Restating Empire" takes a wide-ranging, critical look at images of American hegemony. This juried exhibit features work by 21 artists from across the country, curated by Deborah Paine. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336, Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Feb. 25.

Globe Gallery Photos of Myanmar (formerly Burma) by Julie McMackin will support the efforts of the Free Burma Coalition. 105 S. Main St. (#100), 206-612-7655. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Feb. 28.

Grover/Thurston Intriguing mixed-media imaginings by Berlin-born local painter Anne Siems. 309 Occidental Ave. S., 206-223-0816, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Feb. 25.

Infohazard Sculptures by Jason Soles are "Beyond the Pale," and fetish photography by Artana DeCarlo asks: "What Is Your Sin?" 1716 E. Olive Way, 206-324-6630. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Ends Feb. 28.

Jack Straw "Trimpin: Archival Investigations" celebrates composer and sound artist Trimpin's 25 years in Seattle. The show, which focuses on the artist's first few years in town at the onset of the digital revolution, is part of a yearlong, multivenue tribute. 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Feb. 24.

Joe Bar Painter Cait Willis captures the people who haunt this Capitol Hill hangout in "Visage: New Portraits of Joe Bar Friends." 810 E. Roy St., 206-324-0407, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Feb. 28.

Linda Hodges Gallery Jack Chevalier plays with symbols of contemporary Americana in his new paintings. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Feb. 25.

Lisa Harris In "Gouache," local artist Richard Morhous presents bright paintings inspired by his favorite cities. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315, www.lisaharrisgallery. com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Feb. 26.

Local Color An array of mixed-media art, beaded jewelry, and photography from six artists at this coffeeshop/arthouse. 1606 Pike Pl., 206-728-1717, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.-Thurs.; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Through Feb. 28.

Ming's Asian Gallery "Erotica—The Art of Love" presents an array of woodblock prints, doctor's dolls, snuff bottles, ivory wedding-night pictorials, and other adult enticements. 519 Sixth Ave. S., 206-748-7889, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Feb. 26.

MusaDesign The sleek gallery space in this Belltown interior-design studio hosts "Persistence of Vision," silverbots and a zoetropic installation by metalsmith/artist Cathy McClure. 2617 Fifth Ave., 425-246-8464, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri. Ends Feb. 24.

Odegaard Library "The Smallest Witnesses: The Conflict in Darfur Through Children's Eyes," presents 27 disturbing drawings by children who escaped Darfur physically but not psychologically. Odegaard Library, UW campus, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 206-543-2990. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.; 1-10 p.m. Sun. Ends Feb. 22.

OK Hotel Gallery "When Words Fail: A Retrospective of the Unredundant Art of Kenneth A. Marulis" features oil and pigment paintings by the artist. 212 Alaskan Way S., Ends Feb. 28.

Patricia Cameron In "{Cafe}LIFE," Argentine-born photographer Armando Lindner exposes intimate moments in cafes. 234 Dexter Ave. N., 206-343-9647, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Feb. 28.

Photographic Center Northwest San Francisco–based artist Todd Hido uses natural light and long exposures to create moody images, often taken through the windshield of his car, in his "Unfinished Narratives." 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. Ends Feb. 27.

Richard Hugo House Gallery "The Eight Essential Ingredients" unites art and poetry by eight artists, including poet Marvin Bell, in a collaborative installation organized by Born magazine. 1634 11th Ave., 206-322-7030, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Mar. 31.

Sam Day Gallery In "Stephanie Shachat/Floral Savant" the photographer/poet displays flower pix. 79 S. Main St., 206-382-7413. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends April 3.

SAM Rental/Sales Gallery Nine artists from the south-of-downtown scene are showcased in "Studios: Part 3—SODO." Seattle Tower, 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Feb 25.

Shift Michelle Forsyth's intricate works on paper make up "Loops & Dashes." Tashiro Kaplan Building (Ste. 105), 306 S. Washington, 206-547-1215, Noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends Feb. 25.

SOIL Three new members of this gallery co-op showcase their work. Multimedia artist Satomi Jin explores botanical repetition, Isaac Layman's color photos find beauty in common items, and Chauney Peck builds a small replica of a mountain in the French Alps in a commentary about global warming and human-and-nature reversals. Also: Nicholas Nyland creates an optical-illusion abstract mural for "Mirage." 112 Third Ave. S., 206-264-8061, Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends Feb. 26.

Suyama Space In his large but opaque site-specific installation "Dis-place in Time," Los Angeles artist John O'Brien creates a membranous wall to depict how memory is evoked. 2324 Second Ave., 206-256-0809, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends April 7.

Two Bells Bar & Grill New oil paintings by local artist Brian Strobel. 2313 Fourth Ave., 206-441-3050. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Ends April 5.

Wall Space Seattle photographer Douglas Ethridge explores a world of shadowy people, places, and mannequins in "Convergence," uniting four of his series. Reception: 5-8 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 16. 600 First Ave. (#322), 206-749-9133, 10:30 a.m.-5: 30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends March 11.

Western Bridge "Crash. Pause. Rewind." powerfully explores disaster imagery generated by pop culture and the media. Includes works by Richard Barnes, E.V. Day, Tacita Dean, Christoph Draeger, John Haddock, Timothy Hutchings, Chris Larson, Euan Macdonald, and Robert Lazzarini. Two video works by Josh Azzarella, chronicling the attacks of 9/11 and the Kennedy assassination, are added for the new year. 3412 Fourth Ave. S., 206-838-7444, Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends March 4.

William Traver Lyrical abstract blown-glass and aluminum sculptures by Tom Farbanish in "Bunt," and rondel-decorated modern three-panel "Leaded Glass Screens" by Dick Weiss. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 110 Union St. (Ste. 200), 206-587-6501, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; noon- 5 p.m. Sun. Ends Feb. 26.

Winston Wächter Susan Dory investigates color and repetition in her repetitive abstract paintings; Brian Murphy paints fleshy watercolors of himself. 203 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Feb. 24.


Bellevue Arts Museum "Two Hands, Twenty Years, and a Billion Beads" is a survey of renowned Northwest artist David Chatt's intricately beaded sculpture and assorted jewelry, by turns goofy and satirical. Also: The Northwest Designer Craftsmen retrospective show "Looking Forward, Glancing Back: Northwest Designer Craftsmen at 50" displays over 100 contemporary and historic works by NWDC artist members. 510 Bellevue Way N.E. (Bellevue), 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. Chatt ends Feb. 19; "Looking Forward" ends Feb. 26.

Henry Art Gallery "150 Works of Art," a compelling exhibit designed by architects Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo, allows viewers to establish their own connections between a variety of photographs, paintings, and video pieces from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Also: Argentinean-born artist Santiago Cucullu fills the East Gallery with an expansive and somewhat befuddling new contact-paper mural and minimalist sculpture installation, "The Fates Await: (Serious Delirium, or You Will Die Tomorrow)," inspired by the German Expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. 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. "150 Works" ends Feb. 26; Cucullu ends March 12.

Museum of Glass "Czech Glass, 1945-1980: Design in an Age of Adversity" presents glasswork from a difficult era in Czech postwar history. Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St. (Tacoma), 253-284-4750, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. (until 8 p.m. every third Thurs. of the month); noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends June 18.

Museum of Flight WWI airplanes fill the skies of the "Heritage of the Air Collection," 43 realistic paintings from 1959 to 1970, primarily by representational artist Merv Corning. This exhibit unites, for the first time, collections from aerospace defense company the Esterline Corporation, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Air Force, and private collectors. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700, Free with museum admission ($14; $13 seniors, $7.50 youth 5 to 17). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Ends April 9.

Seattle Art Museum (Closed for expansion until spring of 2007; see Web site for details.) 100 University St., 206-654-3100,

Seattle Asian Art Museum SAAM reopens with four new shows. "Discovering Buddhist Art—Seeking the Sublime" delves into the museum's permanent collection of Asian Buddhist art; nearly 100 works represent the influence of Buddhism on the art and culture of China, Korea, India, Japan, Thailand, and Tibet. Also: Tooba, a powerfully haunting allegorical video by Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat about a woman who merges with a tree (it makes sense when you see it); "The Orchid Pavilion Gathering: Chinese Painting from the University of Michigan Museum of Art"; and "Fragrance of the Past: Chinese Calligraphy and Painting by Ch'ung-ho Chang Frankel and Friends." The wonderful array of antique snuff bottles is a highlight. Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. "Orchid" and "Fragrance" end April 2; "Tooba" ends Oct. 15; "Buddha" is ongoing.

Tacoma Art Museum "The Great American Thing: Modern Art and National Identity, 1915-1935" promises 120 seminal works of American and European art from the titular era, including Marcel Duchamp, Georgia O'Keeffe, May Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and Max Weber. Also: In "Contemporary Photography and the Garden—Deceits and Fantasies," 15 American and European photographers interpret the symbolism and structure of gardens. 1701 Pacific Ave. (Tacoma), 253-272-4258, Every third Thurs. free and open until 8 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. "Garden" ends April 30; "Great American" ends May 21.

Wing Luke Asian Museum "Home Grown: Asian Pacific American New Years" focuses on New Year's celebration traditions that have been brought to the Pacific Northwest by Asian-American immigrants. It features photography, multimedia presentations, and entertaining material for kids. Also: "Sikh Community: Over 100 Years in the Pacific Northwest" aims to illuminate the history and heritage of this long-standing yet misunderstood local community through various media. 407 Seventh Ave. S., 206-623-5124, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. "Home Grown" ends April 2; "Sikh Community" ends April 16.

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