Visual Arts Calendar

Lectures and Events

Artist Lecture: Joseph Rossano His work incorporates media ranging from Douglas fir to sculpted glass, and he'll talk about how rural traditions have influenced his career. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Mar. 18. Museum of Northwest Art, 121 South First St. (La Conner), $4, 360-466-4446.

Artist Lecture: WILLIAM TURNER A slide presentation, refreshments, and a chance to hear from the veteran Seattle-trained painter, who's represented by Foster/White. 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Mar. 18. Pratt Fine Arts Center, Jackson St. and 20th Ave., free, 206-328-2200

Artist Lecture: Dan Webb The Seattle sculptor, a wizard with woods and this year's recipient of Seattle Art Museum's Betty Bowen award, discusses his work. 6 p.m. Mon. Mar. 22. Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S. Main St., free, 206-328-2200.

Birdhouse Auction In a benefit for arts education at Stevens Elementary School, well-known local artists have transformed plain cedar birdhouses into a surprisingly cool collection of stuff. Included are works by Patrick Holderfield, Eva Isaksen, Roy McMakin, Elisabeth Sandvig, Michael Spafford and 30 others. Sure beats a bake sale. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Sat. Mar. 20. St. Demetrios Church, St. Demetrios Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E, free, 206-329-4590.

Country Crafts Home and Gift Show The Eastside's largest spring craft show and folk art festival. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. Mar. 18-Fri. Mar. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. Mar. 20. Vasa Park Resort, 3549 W. Lk. Sammamish Pkwy. SE, Bellevue, free, 425-888-1798.

Primal Urges Fashion Zoo Models will sport fashion designs created by 40 students from the Art Institute of Seattle in this sure-to-be fabulous event. Proceeds support Art Institute scholarships. 8 p.m. Fri. Mar. 19. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., $10, 206-448-0900.

Openings

Museum of Glass A survey of Italo Scanga, who began experimenting with glass as part of his mixed-media sculptures in the late 1970s. A good friend of, and major influence on, Dale Chihuly, Scanga was a frequent guest artist at the Pilchuck School until his death in 2001. An extremely uneven career ranged from gaudy cubist knock-offs to occasionally clever sculptural works. 1801 East Dock St. Tacoma, 253-396-1768. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. (third Thurs. of the month until 8 p.m.), noon-5 p.m. Sun.

Last Chance

Frye Art Museum What would Velazquez paint if he were a twenty-first century American born in Georgia? Bo Bartlett seems to think he has the answer. A student of Andrew Wyeth, Bartlett's images are realistic, tightly structured and loaded with theatrics. There's a palpable sense of mystery and foreboding in such paintings as "Homecoming" and just enough weirdness to make them compelling. 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. Ends Sun. Mar. 21.

Solomon Fine Art "Obscured Elements" offers meditations on human physiology by two artists: Gerri Ondrizek's ink-on-fabric tapestries based on her family's chromosome patterns, and Ellen Garvens' odd photographs of artificial limbs and prosthetic devices. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Fri. Mar. 19.

Galleries

Art Institute of Seattle Gallery "Wee Works" refers not to bodily fluids, but the minuscule scale of some 200 works of art by college art students from the U.S. and Scotland. 2323 Elliott Ave., 206-448-0900. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.

Artemis This often-overlooked but dependable little gallery in the Mount Baker neighborhood is now under new ownership and relaunches with a show of work from three locals: Jamie Gray's abstract canvases, Todd Karam's mixed-media paintings of bikes and furniture, and James Drury's brilliantly acerbic line drawings. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Atelier 31 New work by Seattle's Adde Russell, whose paintings of birds, insects, and other animals find these creatures tangled in confining ribbons of paint. Also on display, figure studies of humans and apes by dancer/painter Brian Chapman. 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 "Parades and Other Disturbances," features new work by local photographer Keith Johnson. 4216 Sixth Ave NW, 206-781-2392. Noon- 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Bluebottle Seattle's Blaine Fontana is much sought-after in the contemporary design scene, and his debut show of paintings entitled "The Manifest Soup Transcripts, Chapter 1-9" offers a narrative of personal experiences from the late 1990s. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Capitol Hill Arts Center "Numerosity," is an installation focusing on the "practicality and accessibility of fine art" by Corrie Greenberg. 1621 12th Ave., 6 p.m.-2 a.m. (age 21 and over only).

CDA Gallery In a series of boldly patterned paintings entitled "This Day," Catherine Cook uses recurrent abstract forms to create well-balanced but improvisational compositions. Each is named either for the date it was completed or a newspaper headline from that same day. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.

Consolidated Works "Suspension" is an extensive selection of audio-and video-based work by Perri Lynch, Derrek Hoffend, Stephen Vitiello, and others. Christian Marcalay's "Guitar Drag," offers the sonic/video spectacle of an amplified guitar being dragged by a truck. 500 Boren Ave. N., 206-860-5245, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Cornish College Gallery Cornish's annual faculty show collects works by Mark Takamichi Miller, David Nechak, Rebecca Allan, and oodles of others. 1000 Lenora St., 206-622-1951, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Davidson Atmospheric paintings of Eastern Washington landscapes by Leslie Williams Cain. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Gallery 110 Unlike most Seattleites, Midge Williams is captivated by the Alaskan Way viaduct. In a series of monochrome chalk and charcoal works, she evokes the gritty, 800-pound gorilla of the waterfront. Meanwhile, Julie Lingdell's "A Show of Hands" offers variations on the theme of crossed fingers in ceramics. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.

Grover/Thurston SEE REVIEW, PAGE 74.

Gulassa & Co. "Images of Hope," is a benefit exhibition organized to help African children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. Features photos by Gulassa & Co. employee Marin Kaetzel and art donated by Jennifer Beedon-Snow, Nikki McClure and Faryn Davis. 10 Dravus St., 206-283-181. Noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Joe Bar "Felt: Exhibiting Texture" offers explorations of the tactile sense by Robert Rini, audio artist D.W. Burnam, felt maker Jean Hicks, photographer Frank Huster, quilt maker Gale Whitney, collagist Katelan Foisy and others. 810 E. Roy St., 206-324-0407. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Kirkland Arts Center "Gigantic Ceramic Figurines" from Brian Baker, Daniela Rumpf, Michaelene Walsh, and others. 620 Market St. 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Linda Hodges The formidably talented Tom Fawkes, who resides in Portland, specializes in photorealism. A solo show of new work explores the light and landscape of the Italian countryside, and these canvases are brilliantly executed. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Lisa Harris Eastsider Christopher Harris creates amazing, near-abstract photographic prints using cameras affixed with pinhole lenses, and his latest series, "Port Susan" captures subtle shifts of light from one vantage point at a cove near Camano Island. The resulting prints resemble Rothko paintings in their muted, rich colors. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.

Priceless Works Mixed media work by locals Drew Demeter and Sarah Kavage as well as a decorative wall installation by New York artist Libby Pace. 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon-6 p.m. Fri.-Sun.

Roq La Rue "Pop Rocks" features super-bad-ass paintings of Twiggy, Redd Foxx and other '70s icons in bold acrylics by cartoonist/artist Jim Blanchard, plus wildly colored paintings in a similarly hip vein (check out all that glitter!) by Rene Garcia Jr. 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun.

Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery A sampler of works by artists new to SAM/RSG, including Perri Lynch and Michael Dikter, plus works from SAM/RSG's partner gallery Grover/Thurston, including pieces by Joe Max Emminger, Fay Jones, and Gary Nisbet. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

Suyama Space Lead Pencil Studio's site-specific installation made from hundreds of fine monofilaments. 2324 Second Ave., 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Washington State Convention & Trade Center "Seattle Perspective," a grab bag of work from the city's municipal art collection. 800 Convention Pl., 206-694-5000. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

Museums

Frye Art Museum "Another Look: Frye Viewpoints" serves up a sampler of contemporary representational art. 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 "A Door Meant as Adornment" offers a twenty-year retrospective of Seattle furniture designer, architect, and artist Roy McMakin. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.

Museum of History and Industry For anyone who's ever dreamed of inventing something, MOHAI's touring Smithsonian Exhibit "Doodles, Drafts, and Designs" should offer inspiration if not comic relief. Seventy-four original sketches (sorry, none on cocktail napkins) capture the origins of all sorts of patented inventions. Some were successful (the Crayola crayon, for instance) while others were inspired failures (a man-sized hunting blind shaped like a large goose). 2700 24th Ave. E. (Montlake), 206-324-1126. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Seattle Art Museum Swiss-born artist and musical wunderkind Christian Marclay's exhibit at SAM is fun, but not particularly deep. Impossible instruments (a twenty-foot drum kit, a tuba grafted onto a trumpet) are set alongside clever collages made from album covers The most compelling work in the whole music-as-art shtick is the 13-minute, four-screen film Video Quartet, a John Cage-like cacophony of musical samples from Hollywood movies. 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 "Larger than Life Heroes" presents Ukiyo-e and woodblock prints on the subject of sumo wrestling. Yup, big sweaty fat guys grappling with each other in loincloths. Also on display, two contemporary scrolls by Chinese ink painter Li Jin, including one 59-foot behemoth that pokes fun at the excesses of Chinese 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 In "Lewis and Clark Territory," contemporary artists Ann Appleby, Michael Brophy and others investigate themes of race and place in the West 200 years after the Corps of Discovery set out. Also on display, "A Transatlantic Avant-Garde: American Artists in Paris, 1918 – 1939" documents the American artistic exodus to Paris in the twenties and thirties. More than a hundred artworks, including samplings from Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, and Man Ray run the gamut from abstraction to Dada. 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.

 
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