Lectures and Events
ARTIST LECTURE: DAN WEBB The Seattle artist talks about his current installation and exhibit, "Insomnia Machine." 6 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 25, Howard House, 2017 Second Ave., free, 206-256-6399
LECTURE: KNOWING LIGHT UW architecture professor Galen Minah explores the interaction between light and architecture in the context of James Turrell's "Knowing Light" and the Henry's current exhibit of architecture photos from the Monsen Collection. 7 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 25, Henry Art Gallery, UW campus, free with admission, 206-543-2280.
PAINTING MARATHON AND AUCTION The 11th annual fundraiser for CoCA, "They Shoot Painters Don't They?" has a couple dozen painters (including Randy McCoy, Kinga Czerska, and Tim Marsden) doing their damndest on canvas for 24 hours, with the results auctioned off the next night. Painting marathon: 10 a.m. Fri. Sept. 26 until 10 a.m. Sat. Sept. 27. $5. Auction: 6 p.m. Sat. Sept. 27. $10-$50. 401 E. Pine St. (above Area 51, enter on Crawford), 206-728-1980.
TRAMPOLINE HOUSE LAUNCH PARTY Seattle artists and their friends launch a highly complicated website (trampolinehouse.com)devoted to art, literature and sound. We have no idea what it'll be like, we're totally stoked about it. 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26, 3516 Fremont Place, 206-324-4454.
BUNGALOW & CRAFTSMAN HOME FAIR Lectures, antique sales, and information booths on all manner of furnishings in the Arts & Crafts style of the early 20th century. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Sept 27 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Sept. 28, $5-$15, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-622-6952.
WHIDBEY ISLAND STUDIO TOUR More than 50 artists will take part. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Sept 27 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Sept. 28, $10, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley, 360-321-8414.
LIGHT AND THE COSMOS As part of the Henry's "Seeing Light" series of lectures in conjunction with James Turrell's Skyspace, the public will get a rare glimpse inside UW's Planetarium in a lecture and demonstration by professor Nicholas Holtz. 3 p.m. Sat. Sept 27, Physics and Astronomy Building Planetarium, UW campus, $6-$8, 206-543-2280.
ARTIST LECTURE: JUAN ALONSO The Cuban-born painter discusses his craft. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mon. Sept. 29, Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S. Main St., 206-328-2200.
BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM "Clay Body" presents new figurative sculptures from three of the Northwest's most accomplished ceramic artists: Claudia Fitch, Akio Takamori, and Patti Warashina. Opens Sat. Sept. 27. 510 Bellevue Way N.E., 425-519-0770. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (until 8 p.m. Thurs), noon-5 p.m. Sun.
CITY SPACE Drawing upon the city's Portable Works collection, "Telling Stories: Narrative Photographs" presents images thick with stories open to multiple interpretations. Reception: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tues. Sept. 30. 701 Fifth Ave. (Bank of America Tower), 3rd floor, 206-749-9525, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
HENRY ART GALLERY A small selection of photos, Indian textiles and Japanese ceramics from Bainbridge Island collector Elizabeth Bayley Willis, who died this summer at age 101, will be displayed in the mezzanine. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
LITTLE THEATRE Iggy Green's menagerie of sculpted creatures look like post-apocalyptic Muppets: Green uses fur, glass taxidermy eyes, and a mishmash of materials to create "Crossbreeds," little mutant figures that are part animal, part human. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon. Sept 29. 608 19th Ave. E. (at Mercer), 206-675-2005. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
AIA Terrell Lozada's mixed media paintings and bronze sculptures are all about boxes, grids, rooms and other methods of enclosure. 1911 First Ave., 206-448-4938. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Tues. Sept. 30.
ARTEMIS "Couture," Ann Fernald Borwick's canvases stitched with layers of dyed and painted cloth. Also, Shannon Bowley's botanically inspired acrylic paintings. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Sept. 27.
ATELIER 31 In "Urban," Luis Sanchez's mixed-media paintings re-create snippets of banal but beautiful spaces within urban industrial landscapes: rusted doors, decaying walls, hastily sprayed graffiti. In a similar vein, Gary Berg's concrete sculptures are also about decay: his headstone-like monuments are often capped with bits of burned wood or charred books, creating Spartan meditations on themes of creation and destruction. 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. Ends Sat. Sept. 28.
ALLARD/FETHERSTON Clothing-inspired sculpture by Lisa Batho, and carefully cropped pseudo-mystic landscapes by painter Peter Roux. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Tues. Sept. 30.
BENHAM Now in its tenth year, the Youth in Focus program puts cameras in the hands of the city's teenagers and then gives them a gallery venue to show off their work. This retrospective looks at what the kids have produced in the project's decade-long history. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Sept. 27.
BLUEBOTTLE Who knows what possessed Graham Fracha to paint pictures of furniturelounge chairs, mod sixties designs, and such. But why not? Call them still lifes for our sedentary lifestyle. And they're quite skilled: Fracha's use of light in several of the paintings is intriguing. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Tues. Sept. 30.
BRYAN OHNO Flowery sculpture by Italo Scanga, who doesn't leap to mind as the "quintessential twentieth century artist" despite the gallery's grand claims. Also, lackluster ceramics by Reid Ozaki. 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Sept. 27.
CAROLYN STALEY This second in a two-part exhibit of animals portrayed in 19th and 20th-century Japanese prints includes a sumi scroll of a boy and bull by Shibata Zeshin, Utagawa Yoshitoyo's picture of a trapped leopard, and Ohara Koson's kacho (bird and flower studies). 314 Occidental Ave., 206-621-1888. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Ends Tues. Sept. 30.
CDA GALLERY Christine Burgoyne's altered black and white photographs in "Masks and Alterations" call attention to contemporary body modifications, from liposuction to plastic surgery. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-528-6878. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. Ends Fri. Sept. 26.
D'ADAMO/WOLTZ Pretty, abstract collages of paper and shimmering oils by Gregory Deane.303/307 Occidental S., 206-652-4414. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Tues. Sept. 30.
DAVIDSON Seattle Academy of Fine Arts instructor Francesca Sundsten's new paintings try hard to evoke the mysterious, but her hybrid animal-human portraits seem a bit forced and literal. But I have to say that Sundsten's pregnant Medusa is one tough badass. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Sept. 27.
ERAC GALLERIA "Memories of Filipino Village Life" features abstract and figurative paintings that recall Filipino life in the early 1960s by Lucio Iferon, Kerwin Zelev and Marc Ess at this gallery connected with the transitional housing center El Rey. 2119 Second Ave., 206-461-6923. Ends Tues. Sept. 30.
FOSTER/WHITE Nature-inspired abstraction on paper by Eva Isaksen. 123 S. Jackson, 206-622-2833. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Sept. 28.
FOSTER/WHITE RAINIER SQUARE Happy, colorful semi-abstract paintings by Manfred Lindenberger, longtime painter influenced by the Big Guys of Northwest art: Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, etc. 1331 Fifth Ave., 206-583-0100. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Sat. Sept. 28.
FRANCINE SEDERS In "Passed and Pending" Maysey Craddock's paintings of books, cribs, chairs, and other household objects attempt to transform the domestic into the mysterious. Also, in Fred Birchman's "Sorties," airplane-like mobiles are cobbled together from wood, tin and found objects.6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Sept. 28.
FRIEDERICH Oil paintings by two contemporary Polish painters at this dentist's office: primitivist Henryk Musialowicz and figure painter Janusz Przybylski. 14 Boston St., 206-619-2063. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. Ends Tues. Sept. 30.
GALLERY 110 Cindy Small's new oil paintings, "Reincarnated Daydreams," seem to issue from children's storybooks; but on closer inspection they reveal troubling crises: sinking homes, cracking earth, vague figures in mourning. And plenty of monkeys, too: a sure sign that trouble is right around the corner. Also on display, David Traylor's thorny, sadistic-looking ceramic vessels. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Sat. Sept. 27.
GARDE RAIL The second installment in Garde Rail's "Open House" features funky outsider/folk art found on a recent trip to the Southeast: the collection includes scenes of urban life by Miami's Purvis Young, paintings by 93-year-old Alabaman Jimmy Lee Sudduth (whose preferred medium is mud), and Georgia artist Harry Teague, who paints despite suffering a stroke in the 1990s. 4860 Rainier Ave. (Columbia City), 206-721-0107. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Sept. 27.
GREG KUCERA Mark Calderon's diverse array of new sculptures and works on paper evoke the spiritual through oblique references to natural forms, Buddhist statuary, Mexican folk art, and manuscript illustrations. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Sept. 27.
PLITTLE THEATRE Jeff Fisher's "Gizmos, Gadgets and Playthings" feature a menagerie of mutant wind-up toys: turtle-headed pistons, a little man on a giant shoe skate hammered by an incessant mallet. 608 19th Ave. E. (at Mercer), 206-675-2005. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
LINDA HODGES "Animality:" critters of all sorts in paintings and sculpture by Gaylen Hansen, Robert McCauley, Robert Helm, Deborah Barrett, and others. 316 First Ave., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Sept. 27.
LISA HARRIS Road trip Americana photographic triptychs in black and white by Peter de Lory. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION Local nature photography maven Art Wolfe's exhibit finds patriotism in the protection of the nation's wilderness, displaying 27 images from national parks in the Northwest. 313-A First Ave., 206-903-1444, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Tues. Sept. 30.
PITCAIRN SCOTT "I Don't Believe You," features work from Seattle painter Sam Jackson III, whose billowy, abstract canvases are created with a limited palate of primary and secondary colors. 2207 Second Ave., 206-448-5380. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Tues. Sept. 30.
POST ALLEY SCULPTURE GARDEN "Flowing Metals, Flowing Waters" is Ulrich Pakker's collection of arcing fountains in steel and bronze. 1413 and 1417 Post Alley (just below Pike Place Market), free, anytime. Ends Tues. Sept. 30.
PRICELESS WORKS Jason Wang's paintings on wood panel, which incorporate paper money and antique medical prescriptions; and New York artist Megan McClarney's "single-channel composites of Silverthorn, Colorado." 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon-7 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Ends Sun. Sept. 28.
SEV SHOON ARTS CENTER Judith Pauly's monochromatic paintings and drawings "inspired by the quiet self-confidence of Vienna's crows." Apparently Seattle's crows are a bit too obstreperous. 5206 Ballard N.W., 206-782-2415. Ends Tues. Sept. 30.
SOLOMON FINE ART Paul Klee-esque cheerful, playful paintings on wood by Alex Mitchell. Gallery owners take heed: the Zoloft-inspired exhibit title is nearly enough to scare anyone away: "Dream... Believe In the Treasure...Find It." Yuk. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Fri. Sept. 26.
WILLIAM TRAVER Situated in darkened gallery at Traver, Doug Jeck's spooky mixed media installation "Bodyguard" offers a lifesize rendering of his young son (complete with meaty glass hands) as a sort of talisman to protect him from the dangers of Catholic school. 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. Ends Sun. Sept. 28.
KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER "Transcode," a collection of representational paintings thick with symbolism, from three Seattle artists: Kevin Wilson's deadpan dump trucks and other childhood objects, Laurie LeClair's tornados and other disasters, and Jessica Dodge's pop icons transformed into emblems of everyday struggle: you've gotta love a painting that morphs Lucile Ball with Edvard Munch's "Scream." 620 Market St. 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
ROQ LA RUE Painter Marion Peck, who resides part-time in Seattle, is the epitome of the kitsch-surreal art that Roq La Rue has made its truck and trade. Little dolls, lush scenery, and random floating heads abound in these paintings. Also on display, L.A. artist Camile Rose Garcia creates dreamscapes, but of the toxic nightmare variety. The paintings are a magnificent mess: paint drips everywhere and little punk cartoon figures and Bambi-like deer all corrode under the assault of what looks like acid rain. 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun.
TOM LANDOWSKI With the seemingly critic-proof title "If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say, Then Come and Sit By Me," Jennifer Hellman's bed filled with 85 pillows with designs inspired by literature, and has the advantage of being comfy if you find it boring. 403 Cedar St., 206-380-2172. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.Tues.-Fri, 11. a.m.-8 p.m. Sat.
WINSTON WăHTER William Wegman's wistful Weimaraners at Winston Wachter: new Wegman photos of the world's most famous (and patient) dogs of art. 403 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
WRIGHT EXHIBITION SPACE In "3 Degrees of Cool," longtime Seattle curator Chris Bruce extracts work from five local collections (including, of course, the Wrights') that reflects the notion of cool. Work by Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, Damien Hirst, Jim Dine, and many others. It's our own taste of MOMA. 40 Dexter Ave. N., 206-467-6951, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays.
BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM BAM's "Free for All Saturday" is a chance to check out four new exhibits on the cheap: "Clay Body" (see Openings); Phil Roach's NEST projectpart of a year-long series of site-specific installations on living space in which the Seattle-area artist creates furniture that houses concealed miniature worlds; the Lucy Orta exhibit (see box); and a Juniper Shuey video. 510 Bellevue Way N.E., 425-519-0770. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (until 8 p.m. Thurs), noon-5 p.m. Sun.
FRYE ART MUSEUM "An Imperial Collection: Women Artists from the State Hermitage Museum," consists of 45 accomplished, but somewhat ho-hum royal family portraits, history paintings, and self-portraits culled from the walls of the Hermitage. 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.
MUSEUM OF GLASS "Glass of the Avant Garde," selections from the Torsten Brohan collection of middle European twentieth-century art glass. Plus: a new triptych installation by Seattle artist Cappy Thompson that lays out, in mythic form, the evolution of glass art. 1801 East Dock St. Tacoma, 253-396-1768. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.
NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM A gallery show of "Scandinavian Masters" features paintings, etchings, and drawings by Bruno Liljefors, Carl Bille, Gustav Rydberg, and others. All work is for sale and benefits NHM. 104 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-4 p.m. Sun.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM SAM opens the second installment of its "International Abstraction: Making Painting Real" by digging into its collection and coming up with fine examples of the post-World War II abstract expressionist and minimalist movements. 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 "Discovering Buddhist Art: Seeking the Sublime, " highlights the diversity of Buddhist sacred art, from simple, quiet Bodhisattva sculptures to colorful Tibetan thanka paintings. Also on display, luminous Japanese prints from the 19th century onward, including atmospheric, nocturnal scenes by Kawase Hasui. "A Feast" two contemporary scrolls by Chinese ink painter Li Jin, includes one 59-foot behemoth that pokes fun at the excesses of Chinese celebrations and cuisine. 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 A retrospective of 40 years of landscapes and portraits from Bay Area painter Nathan Oliveira. Plus Dale Chihuly's "Mille Fiori" (a thousand flowers to you and me). 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258. Every third Thursday free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.