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Chihuly in Tacoma The Museum of Glass and the William Traver Gallery in Tacoma celebrate their native son in a citywide week of artist demos, lectures, and receptions. Dale Chihuly book signing: 1:30-2 p.m. Aug. 8-11 and 13. Museum Store, MOG, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma, 253-284-4750, For more info, call: 253-383-3685 (William Traver) or the museum.

The Vital 5 Cookbook Release Party Greg Lundgren of the Vital 5 art ensemble hosts the release of his inspiring new book, described as "a collection of instructional art recipes for the contemporary artist, curator, and troublemaker" at this fave hip artists' hangout. The Hideout, 1005 Boren Ave., 206-240-6365, 7-9 p.m. Wed. Aug. 2. Free.

Rebecca Albiani In "Soup Cans and Pink Refrigerators: Pop Art in the Kitchen," this art historian discusses the popularity of domestic objects in Pop Art by male artists, and how female artists responded. Frye Art Gallery, 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250, 7 p.m. Thurs. Aug. 3, 11 a.m. Fri. Aug. 4. $4-$10.

Fremont First Friday Over 16 local galleries and shops participate in this monthly art walk. Guide maps are available at various locations. 6-9 p.m. Fri. Aug. 3. Free.

First Thursday

Art Patch Gallery Photos by Elysha Rose Diaz in "Lines." Reception: 5-9 p.m. 306 S. Washington St., Suite 102, 206-388-2373, By appointment only, Sun. Ends Aug. 24.

D'Adamo/Woltz Vibrant symbolism imbues the oil canvases of Croatian artist Zivana Gojanovic. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 307 Occidental Ave. S., 206-652-4414, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 5.

Davidson Contemporary Dan Gualdoni's "aer Eire Series" are dreamy mixed-media landscapes inspired by a visit to Ireland, while "Works on Paper" offers an imaginative array of drawings, text, and collages by Dawn Cerny, Tim Cross, and others. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 310 S. Washington St., 206-624-7684, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. "Works" ends Aug. 26. "Eire" ends Sept. 2.

Davidson Galleries "New Work by Gallery Artists" includes local and international work, while "The Published State: Part 2" in the Antique Prints Dept. features commissions for French publications, from Chagall, Kandinsky, and others. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-1324, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Both end Sept. 2.

Foster/White A Dale Chihuly solo show in F/W's big new space, featuring, of course, glass (including new work, Black Cylinders) and paintings. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 220 Third Ave. S., 206-622-2833, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 2.

Gallery 110 Liz Trans' whimsical mixed media paintings of boats in "High Seas" and Lois Pierris' color pix of local burlesque performances in "Colorized" make for a colorful combination at the gallery this month. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336, www. Ends Aug. 26.

Gallery4Culture Household ornamentation takes on a menacing life of its own in Tory Franklin's moving paper drawings in "Facade." Reception: 6-8 p.m. 101 Prefontaine Place S., 206-296-7580, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Sept. 1.

Grover/Thurston Gallery The gallery presents a group show of its own artists. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 309 Occidental Ave. S., 206-223-0816, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Aug. 26.

James Harris "Junctions" juxtaposes drawings by both contemporary artists (such as Roy McMakin and Claire Cowie) and masters (Paul Klee, Pierre Bonnard, and others). Reception: 6-8 p.m. 309A Third Ave. S., 206-903-6220, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends July 29.

Linda Hodges Gallery Inoffensive oil paintings by Brad Rude. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 2.

Lisa Harris Dramatic heavily inked figurative monotypes by John Lysak in "Myths and Melodramas." Reception: 6-8 p.m. 1922 Pike Place, 206-443-3315, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 2.

Punch Gallery Joanna Thomas amusingly embellishes 19th-century French engravings by the likes of Delacroix, Poussin, and Watteau in "Lion Devouring a Rabbit & Other Collages." Reception: 5-8 p.m. 119 Prefontaine Place S., 206-621-1945, Noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Ends Sept. 3.

Soil "Exploded View" features sculpture, drawing, and painting by five artists. Also: Chauney Peck explores nonscience in "How Does Grass Grow?" in the gallery's back space. Reception: 6-9 p.m. 112 Third Ave. S., 206-264-8061, Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends Sept. 3.

Vetri Richly textured graal-painted eggs and bowls by New York artist Bridget Boss in "The Elephant in the Room." Reception: 5-8 p.m. 1404 First Ave., 206-667-9608, www.vetriglasscom. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Aug. 27.

William Traver Sean Albert's rectangular glass forms, Jonathan Mossop's sand-carved glass work, and Ethan Stern's bulbous and patterned blown vessels share the space in Seattle, while Dale Chihuly and his own lead gaffers are featured in Tacoma. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 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. Tacoma: 1821 E. Dock. St., #100, Tacoma, 253-383-3685, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Seattle shows end Aug. 28; Tacoma shows end Sept. 10.

Winston Wächter Minimalist mixed-media abstractions on wood by Colorado artist Kris Cox. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 203 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, www.winston 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 29.


Art Institute of Seattle Classroom work in a variety of media, from fashion to animation, in the "Annual Student Show." Opens Thurs. Aug. 3. 2323 Elliott Ave., 206-448-0900, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Ends Sept. 30.

Bluebottle "Robots & Cupcakes" are deftly whimsical new pen and watercolor pictures by local artist Jessixa. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Sat. Aug. 5. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri. Ends Aug. 27.

Fountainhead The influences of Persian motifs, Modigliani, and Klimt seep into the ornate stylings of the paintings by Toronto-born Karen Rieger in "Viennese Afternoon," while Northwest artist Michael Ferguson channels a simpler William Cumming in his cheery acrylic scenes. Reception: 5-7 p.m. Sat. Aug. 5. 625 W. McGraw St., 206-285-4467, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Aug. 27.

Francine Seders Gallery Michael Howard's vast and vivid geometric mixed-media canvases evoke dissected kites. Opens Fri. Aug. 4. 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 Sept. 3.

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Lummi Island bronze sculptor Ann Morris explores the eerie elegance of nature in "Bone Journey." Reception: 2-4 p.m. Sun. Aug. 6. 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, 360-457-3532, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends Oct. 29.

SAM Gallery: Art Sales and Rental "Summer Introductions 2006," work by eight artists new to the gallery. Opens Thurs. July 3. Seattle Tower, 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Sept. 2.

Seattle Asian Art Museum German-born sound artist and sculptor Trimpin unveils his latest work, "Picnics, Rhythms and Vacations," which involves hundreds of random slides found at flea markets projected on the gallery walls accompanied by a percussive composition. Reception: 6:30-9 p.m. Sat. Aug. 4. Also: "Elegant Earth," photographs by Johsel Namkung. Ends Aug. 6. Also: 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; and "Night Sounds," 14 significant interconnected works by Mark Tobey and Morris Graves. Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. "Tooba," "Picnics" and "Northwest Summer" end Oct. 15, "Buddha" is ongoing.

Viveza SEE BOX, THIS PAGE. "A Turn of the Crank: Sink into Script" by Casey Curran. Also: "Soft Focus," studies in textured abstract landscapes by Mattie Iverson. Reception: 6-10 p.m. Fri. Aug. 4. 2604 Western Ave., 206-956-3584, Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Ends Sept. 3.

Last Chance

Art & Soul Old and new paintings by Donna Stewart. 2860 N.W. Market St., 206-297-1223, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Aug. 4.

Art/Not Terminal Romantic paintings by Romanian artist Tudor Gradinaru in "Rivers of Light." 2045 Westlake Ave., 206-233-0680, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.- Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Aug. 3.

Bellevue Arts Museum "Expressions: Art with Heart" is 25 uninhibited self-portraits by kids affected by cancer or other illness. Ends Aug. 6. Also: 52 wry and funky chairs by Garry Knox Bennett in "Call Me Chairmaker." 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. "Mapping" ends Sept. 3. "Wrapped" ends Sept. 24. "Studio Glass" ends Oct. 1. "Chairmaker" ends Nov. 26.

Lawrimore Project In "If These Walls . . .". Cornish grads John Sutton, Ben Beres, and Zac Culler were "sealed" into a 32' x 32' x 12' box on June 22 to create an exhibit, revealed July 15: a Chinese restaurant. Other provocations by the trio include their portable living room and park bench trailer projects and a mantel full of amusingly demented Sears portraits. Lawrimore Project, 831 Airport Way S., 206-501-1231, www.lawrimore 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Aug. 3.


Arthead New still life and figurative oil paintings by Seattle artist Orion Misciagna. 5411 Meridian Ave. N., 206-633-5544. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Aug. 19.

ArtsWest "In the Garden and Elsewhere" presents elegant mixed-media monotypes and quilts by April Richardson, Marjorie Rubin, Li Turner, and Gale Whitney. 4711 California Ave. S.W., 206-938-0963, Noon-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Aug. 19.

Baas Anita White drew inspiration from her time in the Persian Gulf for her watercolor and ink "Arabian Reflections." 2703 E. Madison St., 206-324-4742, www.baas 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Aug. 18.

Ballard Fetherston "Summer Roadtrip 2006" features work by emerging artists Emily Leonard, Chris McMullen, Vanessa Briggs, and Francois Aleta. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Aug. 12.

Catherine Person Gallery The gallery presents all its artists in its second annual group show, "At Once." 319 Third Ave. S.,, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Aug. 25.

Columbia City Five artists interpret the human figure in "Human Animal." Also: Carletta Carrington Wilson's mixed-media collages in "Constellation of Shadows & Leaves." 4864 Rainier Ave. S., 206-760-9843, Noon-8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 10.

Crawl Space The drawings collected in "Piss President" are the result of artist Brad Biancardi's examination of the goings-on in this nation's capital. 504 E. Denny Way #1, 206-322-5752, Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Aug. 31.

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. EMP, 325 Fifth Ave. N. (Seattle Center), 206-770-2702, www.double 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $7-$8. Ends Sept. 24.

Friesen Gallery "About Glass" presents optical cut crystal, sculpture, and blown glass by the gallery's roster of established and emerging artists, including William Morris, Kreg Kallenberger, Flo Perkins, and the debut of New Zealand artist Philip Aikten. 1200 Second Ave., 206-628-9501, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat. Ends Aug. 26.

G. Gibson Gallery Photographer Iain Stewart's chromogenic prints explore the delineation of natural horizons in "58 degrees North," while Alicia Berger debuts with encaustic canvases and an installation made of 1,200 cast-rubber pieces in "Chevaleresses." 300 S. Washington St., 206-587-4033, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Both end Aug. 26.

Gallery63Eleven Charles Peterson displays photographs from a decade of travel in "Wanderings." 6311 24th Ave. N.W., 206-478-2238, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Aug. 9.

Garde Rail A show of vintage work by folk artists Howard Finster (1916-2001) and Mose Tolliver. Tashiro-Kaplan Building, 110 Third Ave. S., 206-621-1055, www.garde, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Aug. 31.

Greg Kucera The jazzy patterns and fine stitch work of rural Alabama's acclaimed "Gee's Bend Quilt Makers" inaugurate the gallery's first quilt exhibit. Also: "Patchwork: Affinities & Influences in Contemporary Art" follows the thread of the main exhibit through the multimedia work of various other artists. 212 Third Ave. S., 206-624-0770, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sept. 2.

Howard House Their "New Sculpture Survey" presents an array of approaches to sculpture and expression, including Michael O'Malley's organic chandelier and clambering corner oddity, Jason Wood's self-portraits in pencils and Pick-Up Stix, and Diem Chau's finely whittled Crayola crayons. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Aug. 26.

Joe Bar New cloud-inspired oil paintings by Aaron Bagley in "Scapes II." 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 Aug. 31.

Northwest Craft Center Gallery "Surface, Form & Color" presents ceramic vessels and sculpture by Loren Lukens, Ginny Conrow, Cindy Jenkins, and Paddy McNeely. 305 Harrison St. (Seattle Center), 206-728-1555. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Ends Sept. 4.

Patricia Cameron Cylindrical oil paintings of urban scapes and dwellers by Amanda Coleman in "Look Both Ways." 234 Dexter Ave. N., 206-343-9647, www. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Aug. 26.

Patricia Rovzar Gallery Rovzar inaugurates the Seattle branch of her Kirkland gallery—in the former Kimzey-Miller space across the street from the old SAM—with a sampling from her roster of artists. Official opening bash in the fall. 1225 Second Ave., 206-223-0273,

Photographic Center Northwest "Resonance, the 11th Annual Photographic Competition Exhibition" showcases work by a variety of photographers. 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 Aug. 30.

SAM Day In "Women by Women," five women capture their own in watercolor, oil, bronze, and stone. 79 S. Main St., 206-382-7413. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Aug. 29.

Wall Space Photographer John Anderson's Northwest landscapes in black and white in "The Genius of Place." 600 First Ave. #322, 206-749-9133, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Aug. 26.

Western Bridge Highlights of "Boys and Flowers" 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); 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 Aug. 12.

Wright Exhibition Space Poetry is presented as visual art in work by "five contemporary visual poets." 407 Dexter Ave. N. 206-264-8200,, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. Ends Nov. 15.


Burke Museum The 22nd annual "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" exhibit presents 90 pictures by photographers from around the world. UW campus, N.E. 45th Street and 17th Avenue N.E., 206-543-5590, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thurs.). Ends Sept. 4.

Frye Art Museum "Klompen" is the latest kinetic sculptural installation from sound artist Trimpin featuring 120 suspended wooden clogs connected to a computer. Also: Local artist Robert Yoder has created an abstract seascape rug out of hand-tufted wool in "Sluice Gate," and in "Ginnungagap," Sigrid Sandström explores the land between ice and fire in Norse mythology in dramatic abstract paintings and video. 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. "Ginnungagap" and "Sluice" end Sept. 10. "Klompen" ends Jan. 21, 2007.

Henry Art Gallery In "Threshold: Byron Kim 1990-2004," the Asian-American artist makes both striking and subtle observations about racial identification and the suppleness of memory in his misleadingly simple monochromatic panels. Highlights include the 275-paneled Synecdoche, which got Kim noticed at the 1993 Whitney Biennial, and Emmett at Twelve Months, an abstract yet sweet depiction of his young son in 25 colored squares. Also: Akio Takamori's "The Laughing Monks" combines the UW art professor's own ceramic work with pieces from the Henry's collection. Also: "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. 15th Avenue N.E. and N.E. 41st Street, 206-543-2280, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. "Deer" ends Aug. 20. "Systematic" ends Sept. 3. "Current" and "Threshold" end Sept. 17. "Monks" ends Oct. 22.

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.

Seattle Art Museum Closed for expansion until spring 2007; the waterfront sculpture park opens fall 2006. See Web site for details. 100 University St., 206-654-3100,

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 works. Also: "Between Clouds of Memory: The Ceramic Art of Akio Takamori." Also: "Roy Lichtenstein: American Indian Encounters." 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258, $6.50-$7.50. 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.

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