Lectures and Events
LECTURE: ELIZABETH SANDVIG The Seattle painter talks about her approach to art. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed. Nov. 12. Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S. Main St., free, 206-328-2200.
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SAM UNVEILING The Seattle Art Museum presents the blueprints for its upcoming downtown expansion. Brad Cloepfil, principal with Allied Works Architecture of Portland will walk the audience through his design. Noon, Thurs. Nov. 13. Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. (at Seneca), free but reservations are required, 206-654-3226.
LECTURE: ROBERT GAMBLIN The founder of Gamblin Artist's Colors talks about oil paint techniquesincluding working with radiants, grounds, varnishes and palettes. 7:30 p.m., Fri. Nov. 14. Seattle Academy of Fine Art, 5031 University Way NE, free, 206-526-2787.
NATIVE AMERICAN ARTS CELEBRATION Coast Salish weaving demonstrations, Makah carving, and traditional song performances. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. Nov. 15 and Sun. Nov. 16. Burke Museum, UW campus, N. E. 45th St. and 17th Ave. N.E., free with admission, 206-543-5590.
LECTURE: THE HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL In the early to mid-19th century, artists Thomas Cole, Frederic Church and Albert Bierstadt adapted the European tradition of landscape painting to the vast spaces of America. The result was an exuberant, if not completely accurate, portrayal of the continent. (Bierstadt's rendition of Puget Sound currently on exhibit at SAM, for instance, is a fantasy of exaggerated peaks and high surf.) Alan Wallach, professor at the College of William and Mary, discusses the origins of this landscape tradition. 3 p.m. Sat. Nov. 15. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., free with admission, 206-654-3100.
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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. Ends Fri. Nov. 15.
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 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's 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. Ends Wed. Nov. 19.
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. Ends Sat. Nov. 16.
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. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
ATELIER 31 Straight out of Walla Walla, sculptor and painter Brad Rude's goofy bronzes pose farm animals in precarious situations. Meanwhile, Rich Lehl's surreal paintings try to evoke the weirdness of quickie marts and other urban spaces at night. 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.
BLACK LAB These ain't no Barbies...Sara Lanzillotta and Jessica Geigers "Devil Dolls" on exhibit at Black Lab portray women and girls "on the margins:" big-busted demons, cigarette-smoking hipsters, and such. 4216 Sixth Ave NW, 206-781-2392. Noon- 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
BLUE DOOR Abstract paintings by local artist Rian Berry, on display at a new gallery in Greenwood. 7919 Linen Ave. N., 206-783-2583. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
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 Boston-based 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. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-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. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.
CRAIG-APODACA GALLERY Artist Shango Los has his first solo show of paintings entitled "Sexy Promise" at this new gallery recently opened by photographer Paige Craig-Apodaca. 111 So. Lander, Suite 301. Open by appointment.
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. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
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.
FORGOTTEN WORKS "Growing Pains," explores the angst and acne of youth, in works by Allison Agostinelli, Chrissa Arazny, and Susan Tillitt. 619 Western Ave., 206-343-7212. Noon-3 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
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" is his solo show, "Verso:" drawings, photographs, and sculptures that incorporate twigs and other natural materials. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
G. GIBSON "Factories and Toys" includes British photographer Michael Kenna's spare, empty landscapes, plus work by Heidi Kirkpatrick and Beverly Rayner. 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 BergLundh'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. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
GARDE RAIL Self-taught artist John Taylor creates detailed and historically accurate vintage ships using found objects. 4860 Rainier Ave. (Columbia City), 206-721-0107. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
GREG KUCERA Anne Appleby is known for creating abstract color fields based on what she's observed in nature. In a new show at Kucera, Appleby applies this same method to in 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. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 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.
JACK STRAW NEW MEDIA GALLERY Ever since Seattle artist and UW 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.
KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER Curators Deborah Paine (former administrator of Microsoft's art collection) and Melinda Moshuk (curator at The Little Theater) 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.
KOBO Ceramics with sublte narrative motifs by Secluded Alley Works founder Tim Foss. 814 E. Roy, 206-726-0704.
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.
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. 316 First Ave. S., 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. 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. 3134 Elliott Ave., Suite 227, 206-604-0685. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER NORTHWEST In "Seen and Not Seen," Tucson-based photographer Ken Rosenthal toys with issues of memory, nostalgia, dreams, and the tendency of the mind to half create and half perceive (to mangle an observation of Wordsworth's).Drawing upon his own photographs and an archive of family snapshots, Rosenthal sets out to crop and blur the photos into a sort of liquid haze. That's simple enough these days to do with PhotoShop software, but Rosenthal instead does it the old-fashioned, analog way: in the darkroom using selective toning and bleach. The resulting images are strangely silent, but still potent with storiessome no doubt real, and others imagined. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
PRICELESS WORKS Three shows are on offer 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." 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 of old West and roots music motifs. Also showing are Seonna Hong's painting, which are unfathomably popular. They're in that "cute" category that refers back to 1960s images of wide-eyed children without the irony or creepiness. 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun.
SEATTLE INDEPENDENT MEDIA CENTER Works in acrylic on canvas by Mark Bradford and Michael Slaughter, two inmates on death row at California's San Quentin prison. 1415 Third Ave., 206-498-3937. Noon-7 p.m. Mon., 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Tues. & Thurs., Noon-3 p.m. Wed. & Thurs.
SOLOMON FINE ART John Powers' "House," employs thousands of Froebel blocks (plain wooden 1 inch by 2 inch by 3 inch children's blocks favored by Frank Lloyd Wright) to create vast geometric studies of order and chaos. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
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. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
VIVEZA Denise Whitlow's "Awoken: Archetypes and Ancestors" is a mixed-media show of installations and three dimensional 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). 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. 800 Convention Pl., 206-694-5000. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
WILLIAM TRAVER TACOMA New work by glass artist Sonja Blomdahl, paintings on steel by Merrill Wagner, and Seattle artist Jaq Chartier's DNA-test inspired abstractions at William Traver's new spin-off gallery in downtown Tacoma. 1821 E. Dock St., #100, Tacoma, 253-383-3685. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.
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.
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.).
EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT Annie Leibovitz is certainly the most famous photographer in America, and has earned that title for her smartly-composed and sly portraits of the famous and not-so-famous. You probably won't find better portraits of folks like Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, Eminem, and various Mississippi bluesmen. But like a meal of junk food, it will probably leave you feeling both full and a little empty. 325 Fifth Ave. N., 206-367-5483. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-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 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 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 things to take in at the Henry. James Turrell's "Knowing Light" has been extended to January, and 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, while 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 of note 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 rolling video of film clips ably demonstrates, it's all perfectly in tune with the dirty old man's cinematic sensibilities. 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. Also on display: "Glass of the Avant Garde," selections from the Torsten Brohan collection of middle European twentieth-century art glass. 1801 East 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.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM SAM's ambitious "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-World War II abstract expressionist and minimalist movements. Part I offers work by heavy hitters Joseph Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and many others. "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 boomtime: 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 A retrospective of 40 years of landscapes and portraits from Bay Area painter Nathan Oliveira. 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. Tues.-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, 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 Seventh S., 206-623-5124. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.