Lectures and Events

NO-TELL MOTEL Vibrating beds. Secret liaisons. Bad coffee. And sex behind flimsy walls. Seattle artist Claire Cowie juries a tribute to the

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Lectures and Events

NO-TELL MOTEL Vibrating beds. Secret liaisons. Bad coffee. And sex behind flimsy walls. Seattle artist Claire Cowie juries a tribute to the cheap motel. I have no idea which artists or what will be on display during this one-week exhibit, since the folks at StrangeCo.a group formed to generate connections between U.W. art students and the Seattle art communityaren't making selections until the week before the show. But it could be fun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed. Nov. 5-Mon. Nov. 10. CMA Gallery, 4205 Mary Gates Memorial Drive, U.W. Campus, free, 206-543-0178.

ARTIST LECTURE: QUILTING Local artist Erika Carter talks about incorporating African-American story quilts and other forms. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Wed. Nov. 5. Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S. Main St., free, 206-328-2200.

PILCHUCK BENEFIT AUCTION The glass school celebrates 25 years with a gala auction. 5:30-8 p.m., Thurs. Nov. 6. Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Ave., free, 206-621-8422.

LECTURE: COMING TO LIGHT David F. Martin, co-owner of Martin-Zambito Fine Art, gives an overview of Pacific Northwest artists working in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Japanese American artists such as Kamekichi Tokita. 11 a.m. Fri. Nov. 7. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., free with admission, 206-654-3100.

DESIGN DOUBLEHEADER Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos in Mexico City and Brigitte Shim from Toronto's Shim-Sutcliffe Architects talk about design without boundaries. 6:30 p.m., Fri. Nov. 7. UW, Kane Hall, Room 130, $10-$15, tickets through Peter Miller Books, 206-441-4114.

HOW THE WEST IS ONE Comedian-NPR guy Bill Radke's humor always seems a little forced to me, but if that's your thing, he's poking fun at West Coast culture as part of SAM's B2V exhibit. 7:30 p.m., Fri. Nov. 7. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., $5-$7, 206-654-3100.

HMONG NEW YEAR Art, music, food, dance, and textile displays are all part of Seattle's annual celebration of Hmong culture from Laos, Burma, Vietnam, and Thailand. 9 a.m-1 a.m., Sat. Nov. 8. Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St., free, 206-684-7200.

LECTURE: FOLLOWING THEIR MUSES Eighteenth century painters Angelica Kauffman and Elizabeth Vigée-Lebrun managed to forge careers during the reign of Catherine the Great. U.W. art history professor Susan Casteras investigates what they accomplished. 2 p.m. Sat. Nov. 8. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., free, 206-622-9250.

NATIVE AMERICAN ART AUCTION The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe hosts a fundraiser for its Longhouse, Elders Center, library, etc. There will be traditional Native American foods, the David Boxley Dancers, and auction of items such as cedar baskets, carved masks, jewelry, etc. 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 8. Burke Museum, UW campus, 360-297-2646.

LECTURE: LIQUID LANDSCAPE Scholar Miya Mizuta Lippit discusses motifs of light and water in modern Japanese prints and paintings. 3 p.m. Sun. Nov. 9. Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., free with admission, 206-625-8900.

BOOK SIGNING Four artiststhe Clayton Brothers, Joe Sorren and Eric Whitesign books at the Roq. 5-8 p.m., Sun. Nov. 9. Roq la Rue, 2316 Second Ave., free, 206-374-8977.

LIFE AS ART FUNDRAISER Jewelry and wearable art for sale to benefit Seattle Rep. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. Nov. 10. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St., $10-$25, reservations required, 206-443-2202.

First Thursday

ATELIER 31 Straight out of Walla Walla, sculptor and painter Brad Rude's goofy bronzes pose farm animals in precarious situations. Rich Lehl's surreal paintings try to evoke the weirdness of quickie marts and other nighttime urban spaces. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 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.

CDA GALLERY Organically-shaped ceramics and an installation by Seattle artist Mi Wu take advantage of the random effects precipitated by adding natural materials such as salts, leaves, and seaweed during the firing process. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.

DAVIDSON New paintings by Brian Novotny, who in the past has created a kind of cut-and-past patchwork of the everyday, turning the ordinary into formalist studies of pattern and form. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

562 Graphic artist PARS KID will show his latest during First Thursday hours, then, at 11 p.m., he'll be creating a 8 x 12 canvas piece live during the set by PLAN B. Other DJ's and Bboys will entertain. 562 First Ave. So. (across from the Triangle Tavern).

FORGOTTEN WORKS "Growing Pains" explores the angst and acne of youth; works by Allison Agostinelli, Chrissa Arazny, and Susan Tillitt. Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 619 Western Ave., 206-343-7212. Noon-3 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

G. GIBSON "Factories and Toys" includes British photographer Michael Kenna's spare, empty landscapes, plus work by Heidi Kirkpatrick and Beverly Rayner. Reception: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.

GALLERY 110 How do we look within the confines of our homes? Pam Berg Lundh's paintings and woodblock prints find both comfort and discomfort in domestic space. Also on display, Sharon Strauss' abstract paintings consist of multiple canvases slightly jumbled and linked together. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 10 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.

GREG KUCERA Anne Appleby is known for creating abstract color fields based on what she's observed in nature. Here she applies this same method to a series of aquatints based on the poplars in the Veneto district of Italy. Also on display are six experiments in lithography by acclaimed artist Susan Rothenberg. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

KURT LIDTKE Newly acquired work by those ol' standbys of Northwest art: Guy Anderson, Morris Graves, William Ivey, George Tsutakawa and others. 408 Occidental Ave. S. 206-623-5082. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat.

LINDA HODGES Vancouver, B.C. artist Margaretha Bootsma's mixed-media art combines photography, paint, natural earth, and tightly structured compositions to explore the intersection of human and natural environments. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 316 First Ave. So., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

LISA HARRIS A painter of boldly colorful acrylic landscapes (he switched from oils because of allergies), Richard Morhous' new work, "A Divergence of Interest" features small-scale symbolic vignettes on cigar boxes and paper. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.

NORTHWEST WORK LOFTS Artist Linda Davidson's intriguing-sounding project is a 550-panel installation of small paintings collectively titled "Blink of an Eye" that will be on display in the artist's open studio. The small canvaseseach of which captures a fleeting corner of the sky, is supposed to remind us that there's no such thing as an ordinary moment. Reception: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 3134 Elliott Ave., Suite 227, 206-604-0685. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Other Openings

EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT Annie Leibovitz needs no help from me to promote her collection of photographs of musicians. You probably won't find better portraits of people like Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, various Mississippi bluesmen, and Eminem. But like a meal of Halloween candy, it may leave you feeling full, but empty. Exhibit opens Sat. Nov. 8. 325 Fifth Ave. N., 206-367-5483. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

FRANCINE SEDERS Cornish instructor Jon Gierlich sets out to explore the moment when the two-dimensional work of art begins to "lift off the page" in his solo show, "Verso," which contains drawings, photographs, and sculptures that incorporate twigs and other natural materials. Reception: 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Nov. 9. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

PRICELESS WORKS Three shows are on view at this Fremont gallery: "52 Weeks," a collection of Joseph Cornell-esque shadow boxes by Christopher Dyer and Jason McHenry; Joe Plotts and Dan Weiser's photos and audio of HIV/AIDS survivors; and Bennett McKnight's "Chalkboard Poetry." Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri. Nov. 7. 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon-7 p.m. Fri.-Sun.

ROQ LA RUE Musician and artist Jon Langford (of the Mekons and others) shows faded-looking paintings with old West and roots music motifs. Also showing are Seonna Hong's unaccountably popular paintings-cute 1960s images of wide-eyed children, free of the usual irony or creepiness. Reception: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. Nov. 7. 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun.

SECLUDED ALLEY WORKS Having daylight-savings time withdrawal? Rather than turning to Paxil or sunlamps, perhaps you need a dose of "Titties and Boo-Boos," the latest show at SAW. The first half of the title refers to large paintings of naked ladies by cartoonist Ellen Forney. "Boo-Boos" refers to syrupy sweet paintings of nurses and customized "first aid kits" created by artist Kinokos (otherwise known as Kristine Evans). Reception: 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri. Nov. 7. 113 12th Ave. (at Yesler), 206-839-0880. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

VIVEZA Denise Whitlow's "Awoken: Archetypes and Ancestors" is a mixed-media show of installations and 3D work that aims to address "biology, archeology, philosophy, art, and myth" with a little bit of hybridity studies thrown in. Have to say, I'm wary of any art show that has a bibliography at the end of the press release (in this case, a list ranging from Joseph Campbell to Luce Irigaray). Reception: 6-10 p.m. Fri. Nov. 7. 2604 Western Ave., 206-355-0070. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION & TRADE CENTER Works by 50 Cornish College alumni, including Jennifer McNeely, Rich Lehl, and Dan Webbrecent winner of Seattle Art Museum's annual Betty Bowen award. Reception: 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Fri. Nov. 7. Galleria Level 2, 800 Convention Pl., 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

Last Chance

CITY SPACE Drawing upon the city's Portable Works collection, "Telling Stories: Narrative Photographs" presents images thick with stories open to multiple interpretations. 701 Fifth Ave. (Bank of America Tower), 3rd floor, 206-749-9525, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Fri. Nov. 7.

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. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Sat. Nov. 8.

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. Ends Sun. Nov. 9.

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 First Ave., 206-903-1444, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Nov. 8.

POST ALLEY SCULPTURE GARDEN Bent squiggles in steel by Randy Bolander. 413 and 1417 Post Alley (just below Pike Place Market), free. Ends Fri. Nov. 7.

PRICELESS WORKS Chloe Rizzo's oddly dainty "reanimator" sculptures are full of detached fingers and other body parts. 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon-7 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Ends Sun. Nov. 9.

Galleries

COCA Much of this year's Northwest Annual (juried by Esther Luitikhuizen, formerly co-owner of Seattle's 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 recreate 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's accomplished views of public baths in Hungary. 1420 11th Ave., 206-728-1980. 2-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-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. 2524 16th Ave. S., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wed., 206-329-9442.

GALLERY 63 ELEVEN Jeff Mihalyo's "New and Forgotten Works" includes surreal paintings, drawings, and photographs that take cues from the natural world. 6311 N.W. 24th (Ballard), 206-478-2238. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-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 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

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.

KOBO GALLERY Ceramics with subtle narrative motifs by Secluded Alley Works founder Tim Foss. 814 E. Roy St., 206-726-0704.

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 Ave., 206-256-0809.

WINSTON WÄCHTER High-modernist abstract canvases and works on paper by New York-born artist Caio Fonseca. 403 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Museums

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 (open late until 8 p.m. Thurs.).

FRYE ART MUSEUM "Watermarks" features depictions of the world's waters by naturalist, traveler, and painter Tony Foster. Also on display: "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. 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 In addition to Lee Bul's "Live Forever" pods that turn the once-social karaoke phenomenon into a private, hermetically sealed experience, there's a heap of other good things to take in. James Turrell's "Knowing Light" has been extended to January; if you haven't treated yourself to these magnificent rooms of pure color and light, you need to stop making excuses and go. "Architecture and Light" showcases some rather sterile but technically interesting photographs from the Henry Monsen collection. Victoria Haven's "Supermodel City" is a filigree of red tape pinned to one of the gallery's walls. Pae White's "Grotto"a dense mobile made from thousands of colorful cell-like dots suspended from the ceilingcreates a fluid, three-dimensional stream of color. Polly Apfelbaum's accompanying work, "Flying Hearts," doesn't quite compete, covering the floor of the gallery with intricate strips of dyed velvet. In "Flirting With Rodchenko," a dozen or so artists attempt monochromatic paintingsworthy among them is Anne Appleby's "Summer in Aspen," a kind of variation on abstraction inspired by the natural world. And if that isn't enough for you, sneak off to the back gallery where sketches by director Federico Fellini lurk like the hidden shrine to Priapus at Pompeii. There's nothing here but hilariously adolescent cartoons of huge tits and even bigger asses. As the accompanying video loop of his film clips ably demonstrates, it's all perfectly in tune with the dirty old man's cinematic sensibilities. 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. 1801 E. Dock St. Tacoma, 253-396-1768. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM "Baja to Vancouver" collects representational art in various media by young artists along the Pacific Coast. It's a big coast, so highlights have to be minimal: B.C. artist Brian Jungen's spiritual totems made from athletic shoes; Kota Ezawa's animation based on the reading of the O.J. Simpson verdict (did you see the brief smile?); Seattle photographer Glen Rudolph's photographs of people on the margins; Tijuana photographer Yvonne Venegas' scenes of upper-class Mexican life; Shannon Oksanen and Scott Livingstone's hypnotic, grainy Zapruder-like film of a beached surfboard; and Matt McCormick and Miranda July's brilliant little deadpan documentary "The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal." Also on display is the second installment in SAM's "International Abstraction: Making Painting Real:" superb examples of the post-WWII abstract-expressionist and minimalist movements. Part I offers work by heavy hitters Joseph Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and many others. Part II, "The View From Here: The Pacific Northwest 1800-1930," offers up a potpourri of paintings, photographs, and Native American art from the region's first boom: paintings by Albert Bierstad and Paul Kane, photos by Imogen Cunningham, 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. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.

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