Lectures and Events
HEALING LANDSCAPE In the lecture "Community Garden and the New Bosnia," Davorine Stovornac describes rebuilding war-torn communities with the help of public gardens. 6:30 p.m., Wed. Nov. 19, University of Washington Architecture Hall, Room 147, free, 206-543-4180.
LECTURE: GLOBAL TEXTILES & ORNAMENT Seattle clothing designer Randi Hilleso discusses the art, symbolism, and history of global textiles and their application in contemporary fashion. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Wed. Nov. 19, Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S. Main St., free, 206-328-2200.
DESIGN UPDATE SAM brings you up to date on its plans for the Olympic Sculpture Park with curator Lisa Corrin as well as various architects. Noon, Thurs. Nov. 20. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., free but reservations required at 206-654-3226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUSTAINABLE CONNECTIONS An exhibit of art, architecture and product design showcasing the work of Northwest artists and the environmentally-friendly strategies employed in recent city of Seattle buildings. Artist Reception: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Thurs. Nov 20. City Space, 701 Fifth Ave. (Bank of America Tower), third floor, 206-749-9525. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
ARTIST LECTURE Chinese artist Li Jin, a professor at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, talks about the evolution of his painting style, from his experiments in ink-painting to exposure to Tibetan folk art. 7 p.m. Thurs. Nov 20. Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect Ave., free with admission, 206-625-8900.
COSTUME WARS Teams of artists will compete to create costumes under the pressure of a ticking clock during this performance art/competition/extravaganza in Tacoma's burgeoning old town. 8 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 20. Lynn di Nino Studio, 2313 N. 29th St., Tacoma, $2 donation, 253-396-0774.
BEST OF THE NORTHWEST FINE ARTS & CRAFTS Northwest Craft Alliance's big annual sale kicks off with a benefit for Children's Hospital with musical entertainment by Pearl Django. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri. Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat. Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 23. Sandpoint/Magnuson Park 7400 Sandpoint Way NE, $6-10, 425-868-5019.
TEEN WORKSHOP: ART PORTFOLIOS Benham Gallery founder Marita Holdaway gives a free seminar to help young art students organize and create effective art portfolios (ages 16 and up). 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Nov. 22, Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., $15, 206-622-9250.
GEORGETOWN ART WALK AND HOLIDAY SALE Thirty-plus Georgetown artists and businesses welcome you with textiles, tiles, candles, blown glass, and metal work. Plus food and drink. Maps available the day of the event at Rainier Cold Center, 5628 Airport Way So. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Nov. 22 and Sun. Nov. 23.
FAUNA: FALL FASHION SHOW Fashion designs amid a "fall forest" theme. 8 p.m Sat. Nov. 22, $5, Aftermath Gallery, 928 12th Ave. (at Spring), 206-709-9797.
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. Ends Mon. Nov. 24.
FORGOTTEN WORKS "Growing Pains," explores the angst of youth in works by Allison Agostinelli, Chrissa Arazny, and Susan Tillitt. 619 Western Ave., 206-343-7212. Noon-3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sat. Nov. 22.
JACK STRAW NEW MEDIA GALLERY Tracking down the more than 500 survey stations and benchmarks throughout King County, Perri Lynch has created a multimedia landscape based on them. 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. Ends Wed. Nov. 26.
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. Ends Fri. Nov. 21.
NORTHWEST WORK LOFTS Artist Linda Davidson's compelling project is a 550-panel installation of small paintings collectively titled "Blink of an Eye" on display in the artist's open studio. The small canvaseseach of which captures a fleeting corner of the sky, collectively evoke the vastness of space and remind that there's no such thing as an ordinary moment. 3134 Elliott Ave., Suite 227, 206-604-0685. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. Nov. 22.
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.
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.
DAVIDSON New paintings by Brian Novotny, whose paintings of people in banal situations (taking off a shirt, putting on a shoe) transform those moments into classical, formalist studies of figure and pattern. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-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" 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ZEITGEIST This arthouse-coffeehouse's annual Shrinky Dink benefit show raised money for Richard Hugo House and includes work by Claire Cowie, Su Job, Ellen Forney, Susan Dory and Jack Daws. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT Annie Leibovitz's "American Music," photographs taken during a recent four-year project. 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 may leave you feeling full, but 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. 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 "Knowing Light" has been extended into February, 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 "Moving Through Nature:" variations on landscape and nature through installations by sculptors Mayme Kratz and Stacey Neff as well as Michael Kenna's dreamy, Zen-inspired black and white photographs of Japan. Also on display: "Glass of the Avant Garde," selections from the Torsten Brohan collection of middle European twentieth-century art glass. Exhibit opens Sat. Oct. 4. 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'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.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM In a touring retrospective of Bay Area painter Nathan Oliveira's career, the lessons of abstract expressionism inform more than 60 figurative works. Meanwhile, "Building Tradition" showcases such Northwest artists as Fay Jones, Mark Takamichi Miller, and Mary Randlett. And yes, Dale Chihuly's "Mille Fiori" offers still more flowery glass to the masses. 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.