Lectures and Events
LECTURE: FIBER ARTS Local artists Su Job, Marita Dingus, and Jean Hicks discuss the applications of fiber in mixed-media art. 6:30-9 p.m. Wed. Oct. 29. Pratt Fine Arts Center Annex 3, 1924 S. Jackson St., free, 206-328-2200.
BAUHAUS LEGACY German writer and historian Ulf Meyer deflates the myth of Mies van der Rohe and the Bauhaus in this lecture sponsored by the U.W. College of Architecture and Urban Planning. 6:30 p.m., Wed. Oct. 29. U.W. Architecture Hall, Room 147, free, 206-543-4180.
COLLECTING CONTEMPORARY ART A bunch of art collectors talk about what they look for when stocking up on West Coast art.7 p.m. Thurs. Oct 30. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., free with admission, 206-654-3100.
LECTURE: JANET KOPLOS The art critic and senior editor at Art in America magazine discusses contemporary sculpture, ceramics, and art. 7 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 30. U.W. Kane Hall, Room 220, free, 206-543-0970.
VEIL This evening of "fashion, politics, art, and sister power," on the Philippine Women's Day of Protest is sponsored by Gabriella Network, an organization dedicated to highlighting issues facing Filipina-Americans. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Thurs. Oct. 30. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave., 206-762-5093.
HIMALAYAN VISIONS AND TIBETAN VOICES Canadian photographer Brian Harris' multimedia slideshow of images from Tibet and the Himalayas benefits Seva Canada, an NGO that provides ophthalmic surgery to developing countries. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 30. Cinerama, 2100 4th Ave., $10, 206-441-3080.
UNION ART CO-OP ANNIVERSARY This Cap Hill warehouse-turned-artist-studio center celebrates its tenth anniversary by opening its doors to the public. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Fri. Oct. 31. Union Art Co-op, 1100 E. Union St. 206-860-7023.
HALLOWEEN NIGHT BLOW Learn to blow glass during these special Halloween-night festivities. Prizes will be awarded for best costume (no word if scariest Chihuly costumes get special preference). 7-11 p.m. Fri. Oct. 31. Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma, $25-$30, 253-396-1768.
SAM'S HALLOWEEN MASQUERADE BALL It's the biggest, frou-frou formal event of the season, including: a costume contest; luxury raffle of masks created by local artists; and music spun by various DJs. Proceeds support SAM and Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. 9 p.m.-midnight, Fri. Oct. 31. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., $75-$350, 206-654-3100.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS Here's your chance to remember the dearly departed, at La Casa de Artes' Day of the Dead celebration. Elaborate altars, traditional tapete sand paintings, and more are featured. Noon-8 p.m. Sat. Nov. 1. Center House and Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, free, 206-684-7200.
MUMMIES Mummy expert Paul LeRoy, professor emeritus at C.W.U., gives a talk and slideshow. 2 p.m. Sat. Nov. 1. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., free with admission, 206-654-3100.
LECTURE: FRAMES Hey, if you don't like the art on the walls, you can always check out the frames. In conjunction with the Frye's odd but intriguing-sounding exhibit on frames, master framer Richard Boerth talks about this overlooked craft. 3 p.m. Sat. Nov. 1. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., free, 206-622-9250.
BUDDHIST MASTERPIECES OF JAPAN Keith Takechi, museum educator at SAM, discusses the "Discovering Buddhist Art" exhibit. 3 p.m. Sun. Nov. 2. Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., free with admission, 206-625-8900.
ARTEMIS A debut solo show for artist John Schuh, whose photo collages are so intricate, the artist has been known to take several years to complete a piece. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Sat. Nov. 1. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
BLUEBOTTLE Ted Riederer watched way too much TV as a kid. Ample evidence is found in the "SacredProfane" series of faux religious icons by this bike messenger and artist. Replacing St. Sebastian and St. Francis are the true saints: Don Knotts, Captain Kirk, and that holiest of holies, the Fonz. Reception: 7-11 p.m. Sat. Nov. 1. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
EL CENTRO DE LA RAZA In honor of Dia de los Muertos, this exhibit curated by Chicago's Arturo Avendaño features ofrendas (altars to dead relatives) and other variations on the Day of the Dead theme by artists Cecilia Alvarez, Alfredo Arreguín, Mauricio Robalino, and others. Reception: 2-7 p.m. Sun. Nov. 2. 2524 16th Ave. S., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wed., 206-329-9442.
FRYE ART MUSEUM "Watermarks" features depictions of the world's waters by naturalist, traveler, and painter Tony Foster. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 30; Artist Lecture: 1 p.m. Sat. Nov. 1. 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.
ACE STUDIOS Seattle artist Su Job's "Soft Porn" transforms ubiquitous Internet porn images into carefully stitched, almost abstract wool needlepoint, drawing attention to issues of sex work and disposable images. 619 Western Ave., 206-623-1288, 1-5 p.m. Sat., or by appointment. Ends Fri. Oct. 31.
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 unnoticed everyday objects. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Thurs. Oct. 30.
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. Ends Sun. Nov. 2.
BALLARD/FETHERSTON Seattle painter Michael Schulteis first trained as a mathematician; 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. Ends Fri. Oct. 31.
BLUEBOTTLE Seattle schoolteacher and artist Erin Shafkind's "Falling Like Forever" includes whimsy-filled etchings and paintings. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Thurs. Oct. 30.
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. Ends Sat. Nov. 1.
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. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Nov. 1.
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. Ends Sun. Nov. 2.
GALLERY 110 Possessing the shock value of Goya's "Disasters of War," Seattle artist Selma Waldman's "Naked/Aggression" series seeks to redefine obscenity. Just as Goya's etchings documented battlefield atrocities, Waldman's work is rife with violence. But integral to that violence are potent images of male sexuality: there are as many penises here as AK-47s. The show seems to raise the question: which is more obscene, a boner or a summary execution? The troubling implication of Waldman's work (and I'm not sure I agree with this) is that male sexuality is at the root of our troubles, from ethnic cleansing to regime change. Are we doomed by testosterone to endless cycles of violence? Discuss. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Fri. Oct. 31.
G. GIBSON New-York born Colombian photographer Hector Acebe's black-and-white photographs, taken on expeditions to Africa in the late '40s 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. Ends Sat. Nov. 1.
GREG KUCERA Sherry Markovitz's dazzlingly colorful and intricately beaded sculptures have more than skin-deep beautyher work is often about transformation. Buddha heads morph into vaguely animal creatures; upended dolls become emblems of childhood struggle; and "Hunting Dress" transforms fashion into a kind of spiritual armor. Beads, sequins, feathers, and a host of other materials give these pieces a showy, birdlike qualityone can't help thinking of taxidermy. But rather than simple trophies, the creatures in Markovitz's show at Kucera are about improving upon nature: a papier mache llama head festooned with a mantle of fur and beads becomes rich and strange. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Nov. 1.
GULASSA & CO. Leiv Fagereng's huge pop-art canvases in "Get It on While You Can" are loaded with vices, temptations, and big hair. 10 Dravus St. (near SPU), 206-283-1810. Noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Mon. Nov. 3.
KURT LIDTKE Stone sculpture by Seattle artist James Washington Jr. 408 Occidental Ave. S. 206-623-5082. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Ends Fri. Oct. 31.
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. Ends Thurs. Oct. 30.
PITCAIRN SCOTT Allison Crane Trundle's big-motioned abstract canvases, plus Bruce Pitcairn's strange, haphazard paintings and sketches of flora and fauna. 2207 2nd Ave., 206-448-5380. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Nov. 1.
ROQ LA RUE "Grave Matters" brings together unapologetically morbid paintings and sculpture. Halloween hype aside, the art's still worth seeing. Topping the list of artists has to be Charles Krafft, whose "Ring of Spone" and other memento mori turn cremated last remains into to ceramic reliquaries. Also on tap: Kenny Montana, who's created his own casket stocked for the afterlife; Kris Kuski's Dürer-like etchings; and Wayne Martin Belger's pinhole cameras. 2316 2nd Ave., 206-374-8977. 2-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Fri. Oct. 31.
VIVEZA Variations on the theme of Dia de los Muertos (Mexico's Day of the Dead) in painting, sculpture, mixed media, and video. 2604 Western Ave., 206-355-0070. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Nov. 1.
WILLIAM TRAVER Polish-born artist and Seattle resident Anna Skibska's "In the Neighborhood" collects new work in keeping with her 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. Ends Fri. Oct. 31.
WINSTON WÄCHTER William Wegman's wistful Weimaraners are featured. 403 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Thurs. Oct. 30.
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. Ends Wed. Nov. 5.
BENHAM "Dreamscapes" serves up sensual photography from the dark night of consciousness by John Casado, Frank Dituri, Karin Rosenthal, and Bulgarian photographer Tseno. Also showing: "Beauty and Strength." 1216 1st Ave., 206-622-2480. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.
BLACK LAB These ain't no Barbies. Sara Lanzillotta and Jessica Geigers' "Devil Dolls" portray women and girls "on the margins:" big-busted demons, cigarette-smoking hipsters, and such. 4216 6th Ave. N.W., 206-781-2392. Noon- 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
BON-MACY'S Photographs of children by Jennifer Loomis, in a gallery showing to raise money and awareness of UNICEF. 1601 3rd Ave., 6th Floor, 206-506-6000. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 pm. Sun.
CDA GALLERY In Helen Curtis' "Caught," net-like structures enclose resin casts of bones and other detritusthought they didn't capture me. 506 2nd 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 5th Ave. (Bank of America Tower), 3rd floor, 206-749-9525, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
COCA Much of this year's Northwest Annual (juried by Esther Luitikhuizen, formerly co-owner of Esther Claypool Gallery) is about layers of kitsch: Brian Goeltzenleuchter's painting of a cheap candle reproduction of Rodin's "The Kiss;" Junko Ijima's "Object Study" (felt and ceramic variations on Mickey Mouse ears); and Peter Mundwiler's borderline-compulsive quest to re-create cheap Christmas displays in "Eighty Tiny Reindeer." Also notable: Greg Lukens' strange "The Challenge of Accepting Poetry," an indecipherable allegory about sexuality and the American heartland; and Melissa Furness' accomplished views of public baths in Hungary. 1420 11th Ave., 206-728-1980. 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
GALLERY 63 ELEVEN Jeff Mihalyo's "New and Forgotten Works" exhibit includes surreal paintings, drawings, and photographs that take their cues from the natural world. 6311 N.W. 24th (Ballard), 206-478-2238. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
GARDE RAIL Self-taught artist John Taylor creates detailed and historically accurate vintage ships using found objects. 4860 Rainier Ave. S. (Columbia City), 206-721-0107. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
HOWARD HOUSE L.A. artist Tony de los Reyes continues his series of blue-and-white faux-rococo paintings that resemble Delft porcelainthis time turning his attention from figures to imaginary landscapes and fanciful architecture. Also on display will be Ken Fandell's show "3 Skies." After taking a series of photographs of the sky from the same location, Fandell arranges the resulting photos in abstract montages. 2017 2nd Ave., 206-256-6399. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
JACK STRAW NEW MEDIA GALLERY Ever since Seattle artist and U.W. instructor Perri Lynch happened upon a metal disk with the word "Harry" stamped on it while on a walk in Discovery Park, she's become fascinated with benchmarksthose small bronze disks salted throughout America that once marked off boundaries, helped surveyors plot lines of property, and transformed the space of the frontier into rural, urban and industrial space. Tracking down the more than 500 survey stations and benchmarks throughout King County, Lynch has created a multimedia landscape based on these forgotten little landmarks. Both video and audio from taken each of these locations is joined with aerial photographs to create a digital pseudo-space that reminds us: You are here. 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
JEFFREY MOOSE Vaguely erotic paintings by Colombian-born artist Gloria Ruiz, plus décor-friendly abstract canvases by Manya Drobnak. 1333 5th Ave. (Rainier Square, second level), 206-467-6951. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sun.
KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER Curators Deborah Paine (former administrator of Microsoft's art collection) and Melinda Moshuk (curator at the Little Theatre) have a shoe fetish of sorts. They've somehow found 37 artists who've created works on the topic of shoes, and the result is "Well Heeled," a meditation on "shoes as muse." 620 Market, Kirkland, 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; by appt. Sat.
KUHLMAN "Heaven and Hell," is a mixed show on devilish and angelic themes with work by Kipling West, Ellen Forney, Kamala Dolphin Kingsley, Jessica Dodge, Erin Norlin, and other locals. 2419 First, 206-441-1999. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-6 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.
NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION "Carbon River" collects photographs and paintings from the Carbon River Valley of Mount Rainier National Park in an effort to speed up conservation efforts in that region. 313-A 1st Ave., 206-903-1444, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
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.
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. U.W. 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, including Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Marie-Anne Collot, and Christina Robertson. Other works were acquired during Catherine's reign, including a painting by Sofonisba Anguissola, a Renaissance-era painter whose work was often attributed to Titian in order to make it more saleable. 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 Among other ongoing exhibits are the opening of "Architecture and Light," photographs from the Henry' Monsen collection; sketches by director Federico Fellini; monochromatic paintings in homage to Alexander Rodchenko; and a joint textile/paper mobile installation by Polly Apfelbaum and Pae White. U.W. 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 his show "Japan" evoke a simple, alternate dreamworld. Also, "Glass of the Avant-Garde," selections from the Torsten Brohan collection of middle European 20th-century art glass. Exhibit opens Sat. Oct. 4. 1801 E. Dock St. Tacoma, 253-396-1768. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (third Thurs. of the month until 8 p.m.), noon-5 p.m. Sun.
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. 121 S. First St. (La Conner), 360-466-4446. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM The ambitious "Baja to Vancouver" exhibit collects representational art in various media by young artists all along the Pacific Coast. It affords an excellent opportunity to see work by contemporary Mexican artists: Tijuana-born Marcos Ramirez, who creates installations that critique national myths and borders; Yvonne Venegas, who photographs Tijuana's upper middle class; and ToroLab, an multi-discipline artists' consortium founded by architect Raúl Cárdenas Osuna. The second installment in "International Abstraction: Making Painting Real" digs into SAM's permanent collection and comes up with fine examples of the post-WWII abstract expressionist and minimalist movements. Pollock, Frank Stella, and Arshile Gorky are well represented, but the surprises will come in work by lesser-known artists, including one-time W.W.U. student and mystical minimalist Agnes Martin. Part I offers work by heavy hitters Joseph Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Marcel Duchamp. Part II, "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 boom: 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 Dale Chihuly's "Mille Fiori" (a thousand flowers to you and me) continues. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258. Every third Thursday free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.; noon-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 music, graffiti art, dance, and other modes of expression in the city's burgeoning hip-hop community. Exhibits feature DJ Nasty Nes (aka Nestor Rodriguez), the Seattle-based clothing line Mecca, and MC Karim Panni. 407 7th S., 206-623-5124. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.