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First Annual Northwest Tile Festival Hundreds of handmade clay, glass, and concrete tiles by over 25 local artists will be for sale at this one-day event, with a drawing for commemorative tiles designed by artist John Taylor. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. June 24. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 360-331-1295, Free.

Hiroshi Yamano A lecture and slide presentation by this visiting Japanese glass artist. 2-3 p.m. Sun. June 25. Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma, 253-284-4750, Free with museum admission ($10 adults, $8 seniors/students).

Kurt Kiefer on Maya Lin UW's campus art coordinator elucidates how Lin's large-scale work has influenced our perception of memorials and public art. 7 p.m. Thurs. June 22. Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 41st St., 206-543-2280, Free.

Starving Artist's Feast & Art Sale Gage Academy of Art hosts a banquet and the sale of 100 pieces of work by student and emerging artists. Proceeds benefit the artists and Gage's educational programs. Price categories: $100, $250, $375, $500. 7-10 p.m. Sat. June 24. Skinner Auditorium, St. Nicholas Bldg. (next to the Gage Academy of Art, 1501 10th Ave. E.), 206-323-4243, ext. 17, $30 general; $75 sneak preview buying.

"XY: a Rare Collection of Male Photographs" The sale of 90-plus photos of (many nude) fellows by such luminaries as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon (Nureyev sans tights, 1961), Margaret Bourke-White, Herb Ritts, and Irving Penn (Patissiers, Paris, 1950) will benefit the Gay City Health Project. Prices range from $400 to $57,000 for the rare Penn print. (Complete catalog at: Reception and sale: 7-9 p.m. Fri. June 23. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. S., $25 advance (206-388-1708,, $30 at door.


James Harris Local artist Todd Simeone plays with perceptions in his digital manipulations of ordinary objects (FedEx boxes, dice) in "A Difference of Outlines and Outcomes." Reception: 6-8 p.m. Thurs. June 22. 309A Third Ave. S., 206-903-6220, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends July 29.

Lawrimore Project The much-anticipated new art space by former Kucera Gallery manager Scott Lawrimore finally opens with a mysterious performance installation by the local idiosyncratic art team of SuttonBeresCuller. In "If These Walls . . . " SBC will disappear into a 32-foot by 32-foot by 12-foot box at 7 p.m. on June 22 and secretly create an exhibit, emerging July 15 with God knows what. Not sure what there will be to see or hear in the meantime—the sounds of tapping and sawing and No Exit–style exhortations? Let's hope all three members reappear in the end. . . . There is historical artistic precedent for this sort of site-specific collaborative experiment, by Marcel Duchamp, Robert Morris, and others. And there will be other sideshows by the team on view elsewhere in the gallery. Definitely worth investigating. Sealing ceremony (and farewell?): 6-10 p.m. Thurs. June 22. Lawrimore Project, 831 Airport Way S., 206-501-1231, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends July 29.

911 Media Arts Center Images of five years of sculptural installation work by innovative local art team SuttonBeresCuller will be projected onto the four walls of the gallery in "Documentation Cube." Curated by local art blogger Steven Michael Vroom. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Wed. June 21. 911 Media Arts Center, 402 Ninth Ave. N., 206-682-6552, Noon- 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends July 7.

Last Chance

Art & Soul Matt Calcavecchia presents his latest array of irreverent ape paintings. 2860 N.W. Market St., 206-297-1223. Through June.

Davidson Contemporary John Grade's Cleave transforms the gallery into a viscerally evocative environment, constructed of clay, goat fur, and resin, that intends to replicate the landscape—think the canyons of Escalante in Utah or the glaciers of Mount Rainier, although spook house is the first experience that comes to mind as you enter the darkened gallery. 310 S. Washington St., 206-624-7684, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends June 24.

Foster/White "Chokoku," which means "sculpture" in Japanese, is also the title of Gerard Tsutakawa's new exhibit of wood, wire, and bronze sculptures. 220 Third Ave. S., 206-622-2833, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends June 24.

Fountainhead "Dogs in Art and One Cat" are 20 whimsical animal portraits in acrylic by Nancy Schutt. Also: "Architectural Art," a group exhibit by Jennifer Frohwerk, Andrew Hare, Thu Nguyen, and Susie Wind. 625 W. McGraw St., 206-285-4467, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun., and by appointment. Both end June 25.

Jack Straw New Media Korean artist Kichul Kim's Rapport is a sound installation exploring the connection between seeing sound and reaching Nirvana, an idea he has explored for over 10 years. 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends June 23.

Sam Day Gallery "Carl Skoog: Backcountry Visionary." The lasting vision of the late photographer who died last October in a ski mountaineering fall in Argentina will inspire more than a few trips to the pristine regions he captured in his vivid images for outdoor adventure magazines. 79 S. Main St., 206-382-7413. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. Extended to June 27.

Woodside/Braseth A major exhibit of paintings and rare prints by the late Northwest master Kenneth Callahan (1905-1986) from his estate, many not previously viewed by the public. 2101 Ninth Ave., 206-622-7243, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends June 24.


Art/Not Terminal "Scapes," oil paintings by Mark Eaton, and "Souls," erotic photography by John Tozzi. 2045 Westlake Ave., 206-233-0680, "Souls" hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-6 p.m. Sat., 1:30-5 p.m. Sun. "Scapes" hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Both end July 6.

Baas Colorful new abstractions by painter Julia Ricketts in "Reveal." 2703 E. Madison St., 206-324-4742, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends June 30.

Ballard Fetherston Brooklyn artist David Konigsberg's new paintings present richly imagined vessels and creatures in flight. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends July 21.

Bluebottle Densely detailed visions in ink and watercolor from Luke Ramsey, and whimsically off-kilter gouache characters by Justin B. Williams in "A Great Big Stillness." 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri. Ends June 29.

BLVD Gallery "Return to Sender" features new abstract and contemporary paintings by New York artist Jill Simonsen and Chicago painter Ray Noland at this new gallery. 2312 Second Ave., 1-6 p.m. Wed., Thurs., and Sat., 1-7 p.m. Fri. Ends July 1.

Catherine Person Gallery Deborah F. Lawrence serves up satirical yet beautifully composed mixed media visions of "Utopia" on wooden trays and panels, inspired by the 100-plus responses she got to her post-2004 presidential election mass e-mail asking: "What does Utopia look like to you?" Hula hoops and picnics are some of the more innocuous images that inspired bliss, but there are darker imaginings as well. 319 Third Ave. S.,, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends June 30.

Columbia City This first annual regional juried exhibition examines our "plugged and caffeinated" culture via work by 17 local artists. 4864 Rainier Ave. S., 206-760-9843, Noon-8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Ends July 9.

Corridor Gallery Eric Nez's mixed-media paintings explore surreal scenarios in "Transfiguration." Tashiro-Kaplan building, 306 S. Washington St., 206-856-7037, Noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends July 1.

Crawl Space Motocross and learning how to climb a tree are two of the behaviors explored in the seven videos of "Grown Accustomed," by Cat Clifford, Scott Kildall, Anne Mathern, Rachel Rampleman, UW Self-Organizing Systems Lab, and Tony Weathers. 504 E. Denny Way #1, 206-322-5752, Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends July 9.

D'Adamo/Woltz Parvin creates vibrant and abstract Northwest scenes in her "Symphony of Landscape." 307 Occidental Ave. S., 206-652-4414, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends July 3.

Davidson Galleries Northwest painter Rob Connell captures industrial and natural angles in sumi and gouache. Also: Wood engravings by master illustrator Winslow Homer (1836-1910) in the Antique Prints Department. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-1324, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends July 1.

Experience Music Project "DoubleTake: From Monet to Lichtenstein" pairs in unexpected ways 28 modern and classic paintings from Paul Allen's private collection, many not seen by the public in over 50 years. Some sample matches: Van Gogh and Ernst, Monet and DeKooning, Signac and Rothko. Curated by art historian and Impressionism expert Paul Hayes Tucker. EMP, 325 Fifth Ave. N. (Seattle Center), 206-770-2702, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $7-$8. Ends October.

Floating Leaves Tea Understated images by Japanese-born photographer Kiyoshi Toda. 2213 N.W. Market St. #100, 206-529-4268, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (closed Tues.), noon-8 p.m. Sun. Through July.

Francine Seders Gallery Juliana Heyne's oil stick on paper landscapes in "Variable Terrain" and Michelle Bolinger's "Color Construction," abstracts in pen and oil. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. and Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tues., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Ends July 9.

G. Gibson Gallery A demented family tree and a bird person in a bowler hat are some of the whimsical images that populate "Rabbit Starvation," new encaustic paintings and sculpture by Issaquah artist Larry Calkins. 300 S. Washington St., 206-587-4033, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends July 8.

Gallery IMA "Fractal Utopia & The Yellow Sanctuary Room" features recent paintings and installation art by Cerj Lalonde. 123 S. Jackson St., 206-625-0055, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., by appointment Mon. Ends June 29.

Gallery 110 Andree B. Carter and Carole d'Inverno present their latest paintings. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336, Ends July 1.

Gallery 1216 "Off the Wall" is the latest work by local sculptor Evan Blackwell at Benham Gallery's newly renovated rental space. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends July 22.

Gallery 4 Culture Painter Dianna Molzan melds abstract textures and references in the obscurely titled "The Future Is Our Only Goat." 101 Prefontaine Place S., 206-296-7580, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends June 30.

Gallery63Eleven Painter Kellie Talbot pays homage to industry and Walt Whitman in "A Song for Occupations." 6311 24th Ave. N.W., 206-478-2238, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends July 5.

Global Art Venue Oil paintings by Carrie Goller. 314 First Ave. S., 206-264-8755, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Through June.

Greg Kucera "Paintings and Watercolors," the bold and mesmerizingly geometric patterns of Everett-born (Portland-based) painter Michael Knutson, may inspire you to wear your 3-D glasses for full effect, or trigger acid flashbacks. Also: The impishly wicked humor of young Canadian artist Marcel Dzama is on display in his latest works on paper, rendered in watercolor, ink, and root beer. 212 Third Ave. S., 206-624-0770, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends July 1.

Grover/Thurston Gallery Julie Paschkis' colorful animal-inspired paintings and paper cutouts include her illustrations from Yellow Elephant, a book of poetry by Julie Larios. 309 Occidental Ave. S., 206-223-0816, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends July 1.

Howard House From Cat Clifford to Andy Warhol, "Paper Trails" presents an interesting array of contemporary work by eight artists. Also: "Three Painters" includes work by Kim Dorland, Alexander Kantarovsky, and Chiara Minchio. Both shows are curated by Gary Owen. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends July 1.

Jeffrey Moose Bone and leaf forms inspire the haunting and beautiful figurative bronze sculptures of Lummi Island artist Ann Morris, while stenciled found images find their way into Suquamish artist Gerry Lonning's abstract paintings. Rainier Square, 1333 Fifth Ave., 206-467-6951, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends July 29.

Joe Bar Through a unique medium, vivid acrylic mug-shot portraits painted on brown paper bags, local artist Chris Crites honors civil rights heroes from the 1956 Montgomery bus boycott arrests in "I Was Proud of My Crime." The title echoes the words of one of the more famous arrestees, Martin Luther King Jr. (mug #7089). Another was Rosa Parks (#7053). 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 June 30.

Kirkland Arts Center SEE BOX, PAGE 77.

La Familia "Contained" is the first solo show for mixed-media artist (and former model) Aimee Mori, who works with old photos, paint, and vessels made of resin. 117 Prefontaine Place S., 206-291-4608. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues., Thurs., and Sat. Ends July 1.

Linda Hodges Gallery Encaustic diptychs and charcoal drawings by local artist Gillian Theobald. Also: The pastures of North Carolina inform the latest paintings by Paul Harcharik. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Both end July 1.

Lisa Harris Fragmented patterns distinguish Thomas Workman's encaustic paintings. 1922 Pike Place, 206-443-3315, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Ends July 1.

Local Color Five artists, Carrie Narducci, Rebecca DeVere, Karen Dedrickson, Bryan Briscoe, and Daniel Fleming, display acrylic, watercolor, pastels, and photography in this art and coffee house. 1606 Pike Place, 206-728-1717, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Through June.

NW Craft Center Gallery Edd Cox's "Temple Garden" presents oil paintings, carpets, ceramic sculptures, wood carvings, and mosaic. 305 Harrison St., 206-728-1555. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Ends July 14.

Patricia Cameron "Long After the Silence," Linda Kane's serene and otherworldly charcoal drawings and installations inspired by her native Hawaii. 234 Dexter Ave. N., 206-343-9647, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends July 15.

Photographic Center Northwest This thesis exhibition features diverse work by three graduating students: Jo Johnson, Maylee Noah, and Loewyn Young. 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. Ends July 11.

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center "Disaster!" is defined by 31 primarily Northwest artists, some with an eye for wry commentary, such as Bryn Barnard's Venice on the Potomac 2040, a finely realist oil portrait of the Capitol Building of the future surrounded by water. The result of global warming, another Hurricane Katrina, or simply a metaphor for recent disastrous politics? All of the above, most likely. This timely show explores political, personal, and natural disasters, says curator Jake Seniuk. 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, 360-457-3532, 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends July 30.

Punch Gallery Intriguing new graphite, pastel, and resin canvases by Lucas Martin in "Between Payback and the Pirate Ship." 119 Prefontaine Place S., 509-964-2443, Noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Ends July 2.

Roq la Rue "Fresh Meat" is a large group show of lowbrow/pop surrealist art. 2312 Second Ave., 206-374-8977, 2-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Ends July 1.

SAM Rental/Sales Gallery "Referencing Nature" presents the work of nine artists: Bobbi Ambrosini, Michael Brophy, Lanny DeVuono, Victoria Haven, Fred Holcomb, Maya Kabat, David Kroll, Steven Miller, and Jason Wood. Seattle Tower, 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends July 8.

Soil "Hardline Organics Part Two—a Tale of Absurd Optimism" is an interactive installation embodying the gallery's commitment to challenging art, featuring the work of Jenny Heishman, Etsuko Ichikawa, Craig Miller, Saya Moriyasu, and Yuki Nakamura. 112 Third Ave. S., 206-264-8061, Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends July 1.

Solomon Fine Art Paul Shakespear continues to explore abstract symbolism in "Fathom," his latest paintings. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends June 30.

Space Large LEGO nudes by David Winkler, drawings by Samantha Wall, metal sculpture by Nick Rhinehart, and paintings by Guy Warren, Brian White, and Jose Torres Jr. 1907 Second Ave., 206-443-7743. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri. Through June.

Stonington Micro-mosaic jewelry by Courtney Lipson. 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. Ends June 30.

Suyama Space German-born local composer and inventor Trimpin presents a new site-specific installation, SHHH. A large metal sphere rhythmically orbits on a circular rail, its movement and sound responding to the proximity of the viewer. 2324 Second Ave., 206-256-0809, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends July 28.

Viveza Grief, hope, and renewal are the subjects of "Codex Specilias," heavily layered palimpsest resin paintings by Rebecca Woodhouse. 2604 Western Ave., 206-956-3584, Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Ends July 16.

Wall Space New architectural images by Northwest commercial photographer Randall J. Corcoran in "Elements." 600 First Ave. #322, 206-749-9133, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends July 22.

Western Bridge "Boys and Flowers" features an eclectic array of commissioned and award-winning local and international work. Highlights include a magnificent botanical mural by British artist Paul Morrison; The Four Seasons of Veronica Read by Turkish-British video artist Kutlug Ataman, which pays homage to ordinary obsessions (here, gardening); an ornate Japanese screen and saucy paean to a doomed bathhouse by local suggestive ceramicist Jeffry Mitchell; and a project to rebuild Denny Hill by the architects of Universal Nonlinear Design. 3412 Fourth Ave. S., 206-838-7444, Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends August 12.

William Traver Exquisite blown glass by master artist Lino Tagliapietra. 110 Union St. #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 July 2.

Winston Wächter Eerily accurate architectonic portraits of empty rooms and places by Northeast artist Peter Waite. 203 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends July 28.

Zeitgeist Local artist Keven Furiya captures Seattle cityscapes in oil on canvas. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Ends July 5.


Bellevue Arts Museum "Expressions: Art with Heart" is 25 uninhibited self-portraits by kids affected by cancer or other illness, on display in the Espresso Americano Cafe. Also: Four fiber artists create maps of fabric and thread in "On Mapping: New Perspectives With a Common Thread." Also: Asian textiles inform the work of two American artists in "Wrapped in Color: Kimonos by Tim Harding, Jackets by Jon Eric Riis." Also: Work from 14 studios in "Studio Glass: Decorative and Functional Objects." 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. "Expressions" ends Aug. 6. "Mapping" ends Sept. 3. "Wrapped" ends Sept. 24. "Studio Glass" ends Oct. 1.

Frye Art Museum Robyn O'Neil's epic, often ominous, drawings explore death and man's relationship to nature. This is the first major museum presentation of this Houston-based artist's work. Also: Local artist Robert Yoder has created an abstract seascape out of hand-tufted wool in "Sluice Gate." In "Ginnungagap," Sigrid Sandström explores the land between ice and fire in Norse mythology in dramatic abstract paintings and video. Also: the colorful botanical collages and tapestries of Amy Helfand's "Modern Nature." 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Sun. O'Neil and Helfand end July 30. "Ginnungagap" and "Sluice" end Sept. 10.

Henry Art Gallery On display in the elevator, "And Deer and Trees and Things" are three videos by Cat Clifford exploring Western landscapes, and "Current: River Photography from the Monsen Collection" features the work of four photographers. Also: Maya Lin plays with blocks, shadows, wire, and perspective in "Systematic Landscapes," the visionary artist/architect's first museum show in eight years. It's an expansive collection of gallery-filling sculptures, smaller works, and her models for the ongoing Confluence Project, seven sites along the Columbia River commemorating the journey of Lewis and Clark. Highlights include Water Line, a wire topography that webs across the East Gallery, and 2x4 Landscape, a wavy hill made of 65,000 blocks of hemlock. 15th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 41st St., 206-543-2280, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. "Deer" ends August 20. "Systematic" ends Sept. 3. "Current" ends Sept. 17.

Museum of Glass In "Absence Adorned," Karen LaMonte presents slightly creepy life-size glass casts of empty dresses. Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma, 253-284-4750, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (until 8 p.m. every third Thurs.), noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 4.

Nordic Heritage Museum "Dream Time" are photo collages of fairies by Birgitte Fleuron and Henning Sjøstrøm. Also: Illustrations by 91-year-old Ballard artist Clarence E. "Pete" Pedersen. 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707, $4-$6. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Both shows end July 30.

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

Seattle Asian Art Museum In "Discovering Buddhist Art—Seeking the Sublime," nearly 100 works represent the influence of Buddhism on Asian art and culture. The wonderful array of antique snuff bottles is a highlight. Also: Tooba, a powerful, haunting allegorical video by Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat about a woman who merges with a tree. Also: "A Northwest Summer: Six Exhibitions—One Celebration" includes studio glass art from the Jon and Mary Shirley collection; art deco sculpture from SAM's early days; "Made in Seattle," contemporary art from their permanent collection; "Night Sounds," 14 significant interconnected works by Mark Tobey and Morris Graves; and "Elegant Earth," photographs by Johsel Namkung. Trimpin's "Picnics, Rhythms and Vacations" joins the lineup in August. Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. "Seattle" ends July 23, "Elegant" ends August 6, "Tooba" and "Northwest Summer" end Oct. 15, "Buddha" is ongoing.

Tacoma Art Museum "The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas" offers Daumier's wry caricatures, Ingres' delicate pencil portraits, and Degas' pastel dancers, among other 19th-century French drawings and watercolors from the vast collections of the Baltimore and Walters art museums. This is the only West Coast stop. Also: "Between Clouds of Memory: The Ceramic Art of Akio Takamori." Also: "Roy Lichtenstein: American Indian Encounters." 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258, Every third Thursday free and open until 8 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. "Lichtenstein" ends Sept. 4. "Essence" ends Sept. 17. "Between Clouds" ends Oct. 8. $6.50-$7.50.

Wing Luke "These Walls Can Speak: Untold Stories From Three Historic Buildings" celebrates the Kong Yick Buildings, Higo, and the Eastern Hotel through history, testimony, and artifacts. 407 Seventh Ave. S., 206-623-5124, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Dec. 10.

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