Visual Arts Calendar

Lectures and Events

HOT SHOP RESIDENCE Sonja Blomdahl, best known for her intricate incalmo vessels, will be designing a limited edition commemorative piece. Wed. Dec. 3-Sun. Dec. 7. Museum of Glass, 1801 East Dock St., Tacoma, 253-396-1768.

ENTROPY The artists' studios and empty spaces of 1020 First Ave. S. will be thrown open for a weekend-long frenzy of performance art, music, installations, poetry, and interactive visual art. Some of the many, many participating artists include JAG (John A. Gascon), fashion designer Chrissy Wai-Ching, poet Jelly Stanchina, and the design consortium Fold. Music will be provided by the Elizabeth Carpenter Trio, Kelly Hanson of Tregenza, and sundry other DJs and performers. Donations of non-perishable food for Northwest Harvest will be accepted at the door. 6 p.m-11 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 4, 6 p.m.-4 a.m. Fri. Dec. 5. Studio sale: noon-6 p.m. Sat. Dec. 6. 1020 First Ave. S., free ($5 cover after 11 p.m. Fri.), 206-293-7132.

LECTURE: TENDING THE RUINS In tandem with the museum's "Reverent Remembrance" exhibit, Burke archeology curator Peter Lape digs into the world of Indonesian ruins (both ancient and recent) and examines their symbolic importance. 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 4. Burke Museum, UW campus, N. E. 45th St. and 17th Ave. N.E., free, 206-543-5590.

SAFA DRAWING JAM Seattle Academy of Fine Art offers a sneak preview of its new home on Capitol Hill during its annual Drawing Jam. Twelve hours of events for the artist hidden within you: Take advantage of all sorts of art supplies, sketch costumed and unclothed figure models, learn collage technique in the kids' art room, and take in live music and performance art. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat. Dec. 6. Seattle Academy of Fine Art, 1501 Tenth Ave. E., $10 suggested donation, 206-526-2787.

ART AUCTION Raising money for SOIL's move to its new downtown digs, this annual gala will include work from more than 100 artists, including Jack Daws, Charles Krafft, Fay Jones and Akio Takamori. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Sat. Dec. 6. Future site of SOIL Gallery, 101 Prefontaine (Yesler & Third Ave.), 206-264-8061.

LECTURE & SLIDESHOW Think of an image from the Northwest music scene, and there's a good chance Alice Wheeler has taken it. In a slideshow and lecture, Photographic Center Northwest's artist-in-residence talks about the intersection of music and photography. (Some of Wheeler's photos are part of an excellent EMP exhibit on poet-performer Jesse Bernstein.) 6:30 p.m. Sun. Dec. 9. Experience Music Project, 325 Fifth Ave. N., $6-$8, 206-367-5483.

First Thursday

AIA "Flat Building," is exactly what it says: photographs of buildings tha appear, through the lens of photographer Brian Allen. to be two-dimensional facades. Reception: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. 911 First Ave., 206-448-4938. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

ATELIER 31 Etruscan-inspired sculpture that verges on pastiche by Seattle artist Karen Kargianis, alongside jazz-inspired portraits by Carole d'Inverno. Reception: 5 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.

BENHAM "Interpretations of Light:" flashy photographs by University of Washington alumni Michael Gesinger and longtime photographer Bruce Barnbaum. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.

CAFE PALOMA Photographer Betty Udesen captures the daily life of Colombian campesinos in Finca el Paraiso ("Paradise Farm").Reception: 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. 93 Yesler Way, 206-405-1920.

CDA GALLERY The county's always-excellent venue for unrepresented artists turns inward to examine its own home: the Smith Tower. Ellen Sollod has brought together three other artists (Don Fels, Jack Mackie and Buster Simpson) to create "Thinking in Public." At its center will be a multi-sensory investigation of industrial magnate L.C. Smiththe tower's original developer, made rich by selling typewriters and guns. The building's pyramidal top will be evoked with piles of old typewriters, video, and sounds from the skyscraper's inner workings. 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.

D'ADAMO/WOLTZ SEE SW THIS WEEK, P. 35.

DAVIDSON "Strata" is a slightly precious idea, but one that just might work: variations on the theme of stripe painting. The paradigm here is mid-twentieth century painter Gene Davis, whose shtick was abstract paintings composed of vertical stripes. Davis apparently never tired of improvising and experimenting within this self-imposed form, and scores of artists now try their hand at it: parallel squiggles from Miki Lee, Markus Linnenbrink's poured enamel streaks, and Jil Weinstock's rubber-encased striped polo shirts are just a few examples. Also in the gallery, a solo show by pseudo-Renaissance painter Adrienne Sherman. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

FOSTER/WHITE RAINIER SQUARE Delicate, ice-like glass installations by Carmen Lozar and oil paintings by Cornish alumnus Sarah Bergmann. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 1331 Fifth Ave., 206-583-0100. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

GALLERY 110 Rajaa Gharbi's wispy, symbolic paintings influenced by Arabic calligraphy, alongside Deborah Walker's somewhat didactic paintings alluding to the extinction of species. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.

GREG KUCERA "Images from the Inside," a retrospective of Bruce Davidson, demonstrates why this photographer is acclaimed as one of the most influential of the past century. There's a little bit of everything from Davidson's four-decade career: searing accounts of the Civil Right movement, scenes from his legendary series documenting urban poverty, including "Brooklyn Gang, 1959," and recent images of two very different urban locales: Central Park and Las Vegas. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

LAST SUPPER CLUB Graffiti-influenced paintings by Johnson Good. The artist will be on hand to paint/perform for the first Thursday hordes. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 124 S. Washington St., 206-748-9975.

LINDA HODGES Solo exhibitions by two Seattle artists: Gillian Theobald, whose new series of spiritual paintings pay tribute to earth, air, fire, and water; and Jack Chevalier, a Vashon Island artist whose large wooden surfaces are bursting with paint, geometric figures, and elements that extend beyond two dimensions. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

LISA HARRIS Working with a palette knife rather than brushes, Northwest painter Ed Kamuda achieves a rough-hewn, childlike style of spiritual landscapes with echoes of Paul Klee and Kamuda's mentor, Guy Anderson. Added sensory bonus: The paintings supposedly smell of woodsmoke from the artist's rustic dwelling in the Skagit Valley. 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.

NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION Oh-so-lovely watercolors of the state's national parks by a group of local artists who haven't quit their day jobs. Reception: 5 p.m-9 p.m. 313-A First Ave., 206-903-1444, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

SOLOMON FINE ART In "Reserved," eight local artists eschew bombast for understatement and subtlety in both subject matter and execution. Featured artists include Mark Dombrowsky and Chris St. Clair. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

VELOCITY ART AND DESIGN Launching this retail space's new Belltown digs is Mariko Marr's "The Space In Between." Born in Japan, Marrs now lives in the Northwest and professes to paint "the wind and the sound of the ocean." I have no idea how she accomplishes this. Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 2118 2nd Ave., 206-781-9494. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

WILLIAM TRAVER Gi-normous glass-and-steel chandeliers and other glass objects by James Mongrain. Reception: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 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.

ZEITGEIST Sunlit realist paintings of interior spaces by Donna Romero, who has an almost Vermeer-like approach to her renderings of empty apartments and roadside diners. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Other Openings

ART INSTITUTE OF SEATTLE"Necessary Compulsions" is a fun-sounding faculty show of work from all disciplines. Reception: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Wed. Dec. 3. 2323 Elliott Ave., 206-448-0900, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.

SCCC HUNTER ART GALLERY "Youth in Focus" showcases work by local teens apprenticing with professional photographers and photojournalists. Reception: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Wed. Dec. 3. 801 E. Pine, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Tues & Thurs. 206-344-4379

CONSOLIDATED WORKS Launching the ConWorks' new artist-in-residence program, a trio of Cornish alumni (John Sutton, Ben Beres and Zac Culler) will hire day laborers to create artist-designed pieces for an installation. Their efforts are generously funded by your friends at Lucky Strike cigarettes. Reception ($5 suggested donation): 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri. Dec. 5. 500 Boren Ave. N., 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 206-860-5245.

GARDE RAIL After thirty years breaking rock in the coal mines of Pennsylvania and earning a case of black lung for his troubles, Jack Savitsky decided to start painting and selling his simple works for five bucks a pop at local craft fairs. Now he's recognized as one of the pioneers of twentieth century "folk art." Ever since his death in 1991, his wide-eyed paintings of miners and religious scenes have sold for much more than in the craft fair days. From what I've seen, they look like what you'd find on the walls of Ms. Crabapple's third grade class, but that's part of the charm, I guess. Reception: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. Dec. 5. 4860 Rainier Ave. (Columbia City), 206-721-0107. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.

PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER NORTHWEST The second of two exhibits highlighting Bruce Davidson's four decades of photography (the other is at Greg Kucera), "East 100th Street," is a masterful collection of images. For two years between 1966 and 1968, Davidson lived and photographed one notorious block in East Harlem. Finding beauty in squalor and dignity in poverty, Davidson set a new standard for documentary photography with this historic series. Also on display: images by PCNW students on assignment in Paris. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Fri. Dec. 5. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun.

PITCAIRN SCOTT Jessalyn Haggenjos' still lifes of fruit, old bottles, and garbage. Reception: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. Dec. 5. 2207 Second Ave., 206-448-5380. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

PRICELESS WORKS Hoping to get yet another gallery walk started in a Seattle neighborhood, this gallery in Fremont is open the first Friday evening of the month. On display are Eric Olson's dizzying dot paintings. Olson generates randomly distributed patterns of dots in various colors via computer, then hand-paints the resulting matrix of chaos and order, aiming for a long, rational derangement of the visual. Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri. Dec. 5. 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon-7 p.m. Fri.-Sun.

ROQ LA RUE Do we really need to hear more from Shag, the master marketer of retro tiki cocktail Beat clichés? Apparently yes, since all the paintings in this latest, "Greetings from the Soul Patch," have been pre-sold; Roq's Kirsten Anderson isn't even taking names for the great man's waiting list. Reception: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. Dec. 5. 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun.

SECLUDED ALLEY WORKS In the "The Great Cloud," Seattle artist Helen Lessick captures the traces of thirteen human torsos using metal plumbers' tape. Reception: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. Dec. 5. 113 12th Ave. (at Yesler), 206-839-0880. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

PORT CO. 34 SEE BOX, NEXT PAGE.

VIVEZA What looks to be a mess of jumbled, incoherent paintings of "urbanity" by Roderick Rojo, who can't decide if he's going to steal from Georges Braque or J.M.W. Turner. Reception: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. Dec. 5. 2604 Western Ave., 206-355-0070. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

SOIL SEE BOX, PREVIOUS PAGE.

ARTEMIS Julie Alexander's large (4'x4') abstract matrices of paint are reminiscent of weaving. Also, encaustic paintings on birch by Amy Ruppel, and Lars Husby's wood sculptures. Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sat. Dec. 6. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

HOWARD HOUSE SEE BOX, THIS PAGE.

LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER Greg Rachko's paintings of the human figure are supposed to evoke the "pervasive liveliness of everyday existence." Reception: 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Sat. Dec. 6. 1115 E. Pike St. 206-323-5428. Noon- 9 p.m.

FRANCINE SEDERS Seattle native Elizabeth Sandvig has been exhibiting paintings in the area since 1960, which is probably enough to confer upon her the title of Northwest "master." In a new solo show, "The Peaceable Kingdom," Sandvig's intentionally naïve, color-saturated fauvist paintings and monoprints depict all manner of wild creatures lying down together in peace. Reception: 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Dec. 7. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

Galleries

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.

BRYAN OHNO Seattle artist Lisa Buchanan's elegant abstract paintings percolate, bubble, and grid in pleasing compositions, while Junko IIjima, in "Hybrids," takes shapes that look vaguely like consumer products and places them in "high art" settings: on pedestals or a Zen sand garden. 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

CAROLYN STALEY Recent acquisitions of ukiyo-e and modern Japanese prints on display include kacho-ga (bird and flower subjects) by Ohara Koson and Jun'ichiro Sekino's Suizokukan (Aquarium), a rare commodity since it was achieved with a cumbersome 30-step process that destroys the printing block after only one print is made. 314 Occidental Ave., 206-621-1888. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat.

CITY SPACE "Sustainable Connections" showcases environmentally friendly artwork, architecture, and product designs by locals, including Rik Nelson's "Clear Cut," a quilt of plastic containers culled from landfills. 701 Fifth Ave. (Bank of America Tower), 3rd floor, 206-749-9525, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

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.

JAMES HARRIS In Ramona Trent's first solo show in Seattle, the photographer poses women in contemplative settings, with a nod to Cindy Sherman's ironic glamour self-portraits of the 1980s. The result is a series of strangely melancholy vignettes. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

MARTIN-ZAMBITO Rare early-career works by twentieth century Northwest artists, including a nude study of artist Guy Anderson in the 1930s by Morris Graves. 721 E. Pike St., 206-726-9509. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.

SUYAMA SPACE In "Degrees of Appearance" Katy Stone creates another of her lush, site-specific installations with layer after layer of cascading painted acetate sheets. 2324 Second, 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION & TRADE CENTER Works by 50 Cornish College alumni, including Jennifer McNeely, Rich Lehl, and Dan Webb (the 2003 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.

Museums

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 Chinese expat Zhi Lin's "Five Capital Executions in China" brings a theatrical realism to the topic of man's inhumanity to men and women. In "Starvation," a crowd of revelers feasts ravenously, oblivious to the torture in their midst. It's like Auden once said: Suffering always takes place "while some one else is eating or opening a window or just dully walking along." Also: "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. Also: Lee Bul's karaoke pods. 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. Among the highlights: 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; Seattle photographer Glen Rudolph's photos 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" the second installment in SAM's "International Abstraction: Making Painting Real:" superb examples of the post-World War II abstract expressionist and minimalist movements. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.

TACOMA ART MUSEUM "Building Tradition" showcases such Northwest artists as Fay Jones, Mark Takamichi Miller, and Mary Randlett. And yes, Dale Chihuly's glass installation, "Mille Fiori," has been extended. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

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