Lectures and Events
ARTIST LECTURE Sculptor Gerard Tsutakawa (the second generation of Tsutakawas to take up the art) talks about his abstract creations in bronze. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Wed. Oct. 8, Pratt Fine Art Center, 1902 South Main St., free, 206-328-2200.
CURATOR & ARTIST DISCUSSION Some of those involved in SAM's "Baja to Vancouver" show give brief talks with the theme: "We're All in this Together." 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Sat. Oct. 11. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., 206-654-3100.
ART MARKET Native American artists sell prints, baskets, weavings, photography, carvings, and more at this monthly market in Discovery Park. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sat. Oct. 11. Daybreak Star Arts Center, Discovery Park, 40th Ave. W, free, 206-285-4425.
ART DETOUR 2003 This week's edition of CoCA's monthlong event opens artists' studios downtown and in Pioneer Square, Belltown, and SODO on Saturday. On Sunday, see artists at work in lovely Ballard. Noon-6 p.m. Fri. Oct. 11 and Sat. Oct. 12, tickets available through CoCA, 1420 11th Ave., $5-$20, 206-709-4573.
LECTURE: BEYOND ABORIGINALITY Australian aboriginal "dot paintings" in acrylicwhich map out the myths and dreamtime of the outbackhave now become prized international art pieces. New York University professor Fred Myers describes the genre's rise to prominence. 3 p.m. Sat. Oct. 11, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect Ave., free with admission, 206-625-8900.
LECTURE: CATHERINE THE GREAT University of Washington professor Daniel Waugh talks about the flowering of art and culture in Russia during the reign of Catherine the Great. 2 p.m. Sun. Oct. 12, Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., free, 206-622-9250.
PRAXIS In the opening lecture of the University of Washington College of Architecture's annual "Praxis" series, professor Jeffrey Ochsner discusses Seattle architecture in relation to the Fire of 1889. 6:30 p.m. Tues. Oct. 14. UW Campus, Architecture Hall (south of Meany Center) Room 147, free, 206-543-4180.
FACERÉ In "Charmed Lives: Jewelry as Memento," Philadelphia curator Gail Brown brings together 57 jewelry artists who play with variations on the themes of charm bracelets and memory. Curator lecture : 4 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 9 (reservations required). Reception : 5 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 9. 1420 5th Ave. (US Bank/City Centre), Suite 108, 206-624-6768.
GULASSA & CO. Leiv Fagereng's huge pop-art canvases in "Get It On While You Can" are loaded with vices, temptations, and big hair. Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri. Oct. 10. 10 Dravus St. (near SPU), 206-283-1810. Noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER Deborah Paine (former administrator of Microsoft's art collection) and Melinda Moshuk (curator at The Little Theater) have a shoe fetish of sorts and have enlisted 37 artists to create works on the topic. The result is "Well Heeled," a meditation on "shoes as muse." Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 9. 620 Market, Kirkland, 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; by appt. Sat.
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MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST ART If you missed the exhibit "Never Late for Heaven: The Art of Gwen Knight" at the Tacoma Art Museum, here's another chance to see this showcase of work by the 90-year-old Northwest artist whose figurative paintings have ranged in style from folk-art-inspired simplicity to vigorous portraiture. On opening night, Seattle writer and artist Barbara Earl Thomas will interview Knight on her art and life. Reception and interview: 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat. Oct. 11. 121 South First St. (La Conner), 360-466-4446. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily..
SECLUDED ALLEY WORKS D.K. Pan's installation, "there is no there there here where you left her bare," is the second of four weekend shows at SAW exploring the intersection of humans, large objects and open spaces. This installment will consist of "salt, Q-tips, garlic peels, and a human body." Sounds kinda like my kitchen floor. Secluded Alley Works, 113 12th Ave. (at Yesler), 206-839-0880. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
ACE STUDIOS Seattle artist Su Job's "Soft Porn" transposes ubiquitous Internet porn images into carefully stitched wool needlepoint, drawing attention to issues of sex work and disposable images. 619 Western Ave., 206-623-1288, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
ARTEMIS Two dual shows by Kevin Wildermuth: "Scientific Method" features mixed media prints that incorporate found images into what look like scientific diagrams; "Artifacts" contains juxtaposed photographs of mundane, unnoticed everyday objects. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
ATELIER 31 Rebecca Raven's paintings on aluminum and copper include "transfigurations"little portraits that can be rotated within their shadow boxes to reveal a hidden side to each subject. Also on display is Judith Kindler's "Defining Truth"paintings investigating girlhood and identity. 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.
BALLARD/FETHERSTON Seattle painter Michael Schulteis first trained as a mathematician and his new solo show of abstract paintings, "Correlations," is all about patterns, space, and music. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
BENHAM "Dreamscapes" serves up sensual photography from the dark night of consciousness by John Casado, Frank Dituri, Karin Rosenthal, and Bulgarian photographer Tseno. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.
BLUEBOTTLE Seattle schoolteacher and artist Erin Shafkind's "Falling Like Forever" includes whimsy-filled etchings and paintings. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
BROADWAY GRILL Mary Larson's paintings of patients at Harborview's Pioneer Square Clinic are vibrant and possessed with a sincere optimism. On top of that , Larson has agreed to "sell" the paintings in return for donations of needed clothing and supplies (500 pairs of socks, for instance) to this clinic serving a largely homeless population. 314 Broadway E., 206-328-7000.
BRYAN OHNO New acrylics on canvas by Whidbey Island painter Mary Henry, who in her mid-80s is still valiantly striving to create the perfect geometric abstract painting. 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
CDA GALLERY In Helen Curtis's "Caught," net-like structures, glass balls, and metal casts of bones. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-528-6878. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.
CITY SPACE Drawing upon the city's Portable Works collection, "Telling Stories: Narrative Photographs" presents images thick with stories open to multiple interpretation. 701 Fifth Ave. (Bank of America Tower), 3rd floor, 206-749-9525, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
DAVIDSON John Grade's "Route" includes sculptures that allude to microscopic structures in the natural worldone pays tribute to coccolithophore, a tiny organism that the white cliffs of Dover are composed of. Also on display: British artist Norman Ackroyd's moody etchings of misty hillsides and crumbling abbeys. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
ERAC GALLERIA "Disposable" presents the work of Peter Eebsirf, who, according to the gallery, takes random architectural shots with a Kodak disposable camera, details his subjects on canvas in ink, then applies heavy strokes of house paint. 2119 Second Ave., 206-461-6923.
FRANCINE SEDERS Juliana Heyne's "Road Trips" promises landscapes inspired by the vast open country of Eastern Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
G. GIBSON New-York born Colombian photographer Hector Acebe's black and white photographs, taken on expeditions to Africa in the late 1940s and early '50s, capture the traditional dress and ornamentation of African culture at the cusp of independence while lending a dignity to his subjects, whether they're prostitutes in Mali or tribesmen from Guinea. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
GALLERY 110 Seattle artist Selma Waldman's "Naked/Aggression" series seeks to redefine obscenity with images of male sexuality rife with violence. There are as many erections here as AK-47s. The show seems to raise the question: which is more obscene, a boner or a summary execution? 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
GARDE RAIL Self-taught artist John Taylor creates detailed and accurate vintage ships using found objects. 4860 Rainier Ave. (Columbia City), 206-721-0107. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
GREG KUCERA In Sherry Markovitz's dazzlingly colorful and intricately beaded sculptures, Buddha heads morph into vaguely animal creatures, upended dolls become emblems of childhood struggle, and fashion becomes a kind of spiritual armor. Beads, sequins, feathers, and a host of other materials give these pieces a showy, birdlike quality. But rather than simple trophies, Markovitz's show is about improving upon nature: a papier mache llama head festooned with a mantle of fur and beads becomes something rich and strange. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
HOWARD HOUSE Seattle artist Dan Webb's carved wooden sculptures, plus several mixed-media, Rube Goldberg-like contraptions in which steel and glass balls navigate wooden tracks to approximate states of insomnia and daydreaming. 2017 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
JEFFREY MOOSE Vaguely erotic paintings by Colombian-born artist Gloria Ruiz, plus décor-friendly abstract canvases by Manya Drobnak.1333 Fifth Ave., Rainier Square, second level, 206-467-6951.
KURT LIDTKE Stone sculpture by longtime Seattle artist James Washington, Jr. 408 Occidental Ave. S. 206-623-5082. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
LINDA HODGES Born in Michoacan, Mexico, and based in Seattle since 1959, artist Alfredo Arreguin's new collection of spiritual paintings possess a kaleidoscopic array of colors and forms. Native American motifs, Atzec symbols, and shimmers of color give some of this recent work the intensity of a peyote trip. 316 First Ave., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
LISA HARRIS "Subtle Substance" features new, exuberant abstract canvases by Seattle painter Victoria Johnson. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
LITTLE THEATRE Iggy Green's sculpted creatures resemble 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. 608 19th Ave. E. (at Mercer), 206-675-2005. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
NICO Urban visions by Seattle painter John Ohannesian and landscapes by Georgetown artist Sam Watts. 619 Western, Suite 22, 206-229-4593, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.
PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER NORTHWEST Lovely, colorful decay is abundant in Seth Thompson's photographs of bedrooms and other interiors in Mexico and Cuba. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
PITCAIRN SCOTT Allison Crane Trundle's big-motioned abstract canvases, plus Bruce Pitcairn's strange, haphazard paintings and sketches of flora and fauna. 2207 Second Ave., 206-448-5380. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
POST ALLEY SCULPTURE GARDEN Bent squiggles in steel by Randy Bolander. 413 and 1417 Post Alley (just below Pike Place Market), free, anytime.
PRICELESS WORKS Chloe Rizzo's oddly dainty "reanimator" sculptures are full of detached fingers and other body partsall the doilies and lace make them look like demented See's Candies. 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon-7 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
SOIL "The Farm Where My Mother Lives," documents four years on an overgrown sheep farm by Seattle photographer Kelly Kempe. 1317 E. Pine St., 206-264-8061. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
SUYAMA SPACE In "Degrees of Appearance" Katy Stone creates another of her lush, site-specific installations using layer after layer of cascading painted acetate sheets. 2324 Second, 206-256-0809.
VIVEZA Variations on the theme of Dia de los Muertos (Mexico's Day of the Dead) in painting, sculpture, mixed media and video by 18 regional artists. 2604 Western Ave., 206-355-0070. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
WILLIAM TRAVER Polish-born artist and Seattle resident Anna Skibska's "In the Neighborhood" collects new work in keeping with her trademark métier: large, elemental shapes constructed from fine filaments of melted and stretched glass.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.
WINSTON WÄCHTER 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.
ZEITGEIST Zany, totemic iron sculpture by Joeseph Keppler. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
BURKE MUSEUM "Reverent Remembrance," is the Burke's exploration of how five cultures deal with Mister Death: from an Egyptian mummy to the Celtic roots of Halloween. UW campus, N. E. 45th St. and 17th Ave. N.E., 206-543-5590. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thurs.).
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. Some of these painters were active members of Catherine the Great's court, other works were acquired during Catherine's reign. 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 James Turrell's otherworldly chambers of light throw wide the doors of perception. His new permanent pavilion, the Skyspace, magically re-frames the sky as a field of flat color (catch it near dusk if you have the chance). Then there's the traveling show "Crosscurrents: Contemporary Art from the Neuberger Berman Collection," an electric jolt of candy-colored fabulousness. Nothing wispy or subtle herejust oversized, high impact pieces like Gregory Crewdson's inexplicably hilarious chromogenic print of a mountain of junk in a suburban back yard and Don Brown's shiny all-pink cast resin sculpture of himself. Also on view is "On Wanting to Grow Horns: The Little Theatre of Tom Knechtel," surreal, decadent, vaguely allegorical paintings that draw on zoology and Freud; Aubrey Beardsley meets James Audubon. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
MUSEUM OF GLASS Possessing the same spare gestures of Zen brush and ink painters, Michael Kenna's black and white landscape photographs in the Museum of Glass show "Japan" evoke a simple, alternate dreamworld. "Glass of the Avant Garde" offers 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.
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. Pollock, Frank Stella, and Arhile Gorky are well represented, as well as lesser-known artists, including one-time Western Washington University student and mystical minimalist Agnes Martin. Part I offers work by heavy hitters Joseph Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Marcel Duchamp. I "The View From Here: The Pacific Northwest 1800-1930" offers up a predicable potpourri of paintings, photographs, and Native American art from the region's first boomtime: an Albert Bierstadt painting, an Imogen Cunningham photograph, etc. 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, " recycles Buddhist pieces from the museum's permanent collection to highlight 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. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
WING LUKE ASIAN MUSEUM "It's Like That: APAs and the Seattle Hip-Hop Scene," explores the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans to the music, graffiti art, and dance of Seattle's hip-hop scene. 407 Seventh S., 206-623-5124. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.