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Lectures and Events
Artisans of Harbor Steps A street fair of arts and crafts on Seattle's Harbor Steps, sponsored by the Northwest Crafts Alliance and Seattle Art Museum. Noon- 8 p.m. Thurs. July 1; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. July 2-Sun. July 4. Harbor Steps (between Western and First Ave. on University St.), free, 206-525-5926.
Call for Submissions Seattle Art Museum is accepting submissions for the prestigious 2004 Betty Bowen Memorial Award, which is open to artists working in two- or three-dimensional media who live in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho. Submission instructions at www.seattle artmuseum.org/bettybowen/ or call 206-654-3131.
Museum of Glass Two-Year Anniversary In celebration of two years of blowing and displaying melted sand, the Museum of Glass offers $2 admission, Hot Shop Cone hats, and cake. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. July 3. Museum of Glass, 1801 East Dock St. Tacoma, 253-396-1768.
Capitol Hill Arts Center In conjunction with the eighth annual Mae West Fest of women's theater (which opens later in July), Jess Van Nostrand curates a show of mixed-media art that celebrates women performers. Featured artists include Ellen Forney, Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley, Kipling West, and Diem Chau. Musical interlude provided by DJ Lady Kerrin B. Reception: 8 p.m.-10 p.m. 1621 12th Ave., 206-388-0600.
D'Adamo/Woltz Abstract paintings layered with calligraphy and Tibetan motifs by Chinese artist Huang Gang. Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 303/307 Occidental S., 206-652-4414. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Gallery 4Culture Perla Sitkov's close-up photographs of thumbtacks, plastic flowers, and other cast-aside stuff are meant to evoke colorful little landscapes. 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.
Gallery 110 Natalie Niblack's paintings depict saints real and fictional; to make them less personal and more mythic, she's modeled them after childhood dolls. Also on display is Christopher Vacano's "Page Rate: The Cost of Advertising," a series of Adbuster-esque faux ads critiquing global capitalism. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Global Art Venue "Australian & New Zealand Glass: The Next Generation" shows off glass doodads created by 17 artists from down under. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 314 First S., 206-264-8755. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Grover/Thurston New, happy-naive paintings by Bay Area artist Inez Storer. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 309 Occidental St., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Lisa Harris The 20th anniversary of this dependable, if a bit conservative, gallery above the Market promises a selection of the greatest hits from the Lisa Harris playlist, featuring works by 27 artists including Peter de Lory, Ed Kamuda, Richard Morhous, and Emily Wood. Reception: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 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.
Pottery School Gallery Wall sculptures created from a jumble of ceramic cylinders, nonfunctional teapots, and other common objects by A. Ryan Astheimer. Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 214 First Ave. S. (basement of Grand Central Building), 206-343-9879. Noon-6 p.m. Daily.
Priceless Works "Urban Dwellers (Part II)" continues an occasional series of group shows on the life and habits of city folk. Included will be the usual suspects associated with Priceless Works, plus a few newcomers. Performance artist Flatchestedmama and Her Girls will provide diversions, and on the walls will be art by Kynan Antos, Francesca Berrini, Dylan Nuewirth, and others. Reception: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri. July 2. 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
Seattle Art Museum William Kentridge, perhaps South Africa's best-known artist, works in a variety of media, including charcoal drawings, paint, and animation. The latter, influenced by his work in theater and collaborations with the Handspring Puppet Company, has resulted in low-tech shadow parables, including the video Shadow Procession, a recent SAM acquisition that goes on display this week. Also opening is "The View From Here," selections of Pacific Northwest art from 1870 to 1940, and "Modern in America," which explores the interaction between photography and the paintings of Georgia O'Keefe, Jasper Johns, and others. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
Vain "Bits, Clouds and Arrows" offers the graffiti- and hip-hop-inspired art of David Linder, Iosefatu Sua, George Estrada, Jennifer Singer, and others. A graffiti mural on the Vain building will be unveiled during a reception with DJs and refreshments. Reception : 6 p.m.-10 p.m. 2018 First Ave., 206-441-3441. Noon-7 p.m. Sun.-Tues.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wed.-Thurs. ; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Virginia Inn Ethereal photographs by former Jim Carroll band member Stephen Linsley. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 1937 First, 728-1937. Noon-midnight. Daily.
William Traver Deirdre Daw's new show of mixed-media ceramic sculptures, "Nest Heads," looks to be an interesting mix of organic forms and slightly tribal elements. Also, unexciting glass fish by Hiroshi Yamano and candy glass by Jay MacDonnell. 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.
Atelier 31 Amarillo-based artist Scott Frish creates big, mixed-media compositions from antique photographs and layer upon layer of color screens; often his subject is water and the lack of it in the American West. Also on display, manipulated nude photographs from recent Cornish grad Alison Katica, whose "Outerwear Series" examines issues of the body as commodity and the shallow nature of fashion. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Wed. June 30. 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 Cornish alum and SubLevel3 contributor Tory Franklin's "Sketches for Fleet of the S.S. Marie Antoinette" is part of a larger project to create a sculptural book—these 3-D "sketches" will include cut relief, intaglio, silkscreen, letterpress printing, and hand drawings. Reception: 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Sat. July 3. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
ToST Realist paintings of John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Thelonius Monk, and other jazz legends playing in smoky nightclubs. Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri. July 2. 513 N. 36th St., 206-547-0240. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Tues.-Sat., 5 p.m.-midnight Sun.-Mon.
Francine Seders The group show "Big and Small" takes the Tom and Jerry approach to curating by displaying one large painting and several small ones from artists Alfonse Borysewicz, Lauri Chambers, Denzil Hurley, Robert C. Jones, and Julie Shapiro. Show opens Fri. July 2. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
Kurt Lidtke Newly acquired works by Northwest "master" Guy Anderson. Show opens Thurs. July 1. 408 Occidental Ave. S. 206-623-5082. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Pitcairn Scott Belltown artist Marcus Johnson's paintings and assemblages by R'ykandar Korra'ti. Reception: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. July 2. 2207 Second Ave., 206-448-5380. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Viveza Merima Adee's "Syntax.Error" is a series of sorta mysterious paintings with cropped and reshuffled subject matter, while Julia Haack's paintings, "Contingent Continents," conjure up surreal maps. Reception: 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. Fri. July 2. 2604 Western Ave., 206-355-0070. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
William Traver Tacoma Enamel on glass and other mixed media by the collaborative art duo WD40+ (Walt Lieberman and Dick Weiss). 1821 E. Dock St., #100, Tacoma, 253-383-3685. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. July 3.
Ballard/Fetherston Geoff Garza's decorative paintings recall, according to the artist, the interior details of his grandmother's south Texas home. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Bryan Ohno San Francisco sculptor and Pilchuck Glass alum Bella Feldman's "War Toy Redux" offers a panoply of streamlined, dangerous-looking mobile sculptures that explore the age-old question: Why is weaponry so darned cool? Opens Wed. June 23. 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
CoCA "Domicile" features works on the theme of home by Maysey Craddock, Marc Dombrosky, Robert Yoder, and others. 410 Dexter Avenue N., 206-728-1980. 2 p.m.- 8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
Davidson Seattle debuts by two New York artists: Lordan Bunch, who paints portraits from anonymous photo-booth portraits of the 1920s and '30s, and Miki Lee, a specialist in playfully abstract stripe paintings. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
G. Gibson "Birds of Mississippi": oil paint on photographs by Randy Hayes. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
Goods In "Signs of Life," Seattle's Shawn Wolfe builds oversized signs that turn personal sentiments into corporate logos. 1112 Pike St., 206-622-0459, 11 a.m.-7 p.m Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Greg Kucera Large, kinetic sculptures in wood and other smaller pieces by John Buck, whose work manages to be both whimsical and philosophical. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Illuminator2 "Dialectric and Deconstruction" features Laura MacCary's fully interactive "techno-weavings," including a variation on that most bizarre of musical instruments, the theremin—an electronic, no-hands gizmo invented in 1919. Pike Place Market, stall #321, 3rd level, Down Under, 206-382-5520. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Jack Straw New Media Gallery Seattle's Iole Alessandrini installs interactive lasers and other optical gizmos in this multimedia experience intended to explore, the artist says, "the distributed body, multiple-self and transmigration of presence." 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
James Harris Brazilian artist Efrain Almeida's cedar sculpture draws inspiration from the folk art of Northeastern Brazil and each piece morphs organic, human, and domestic elements. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Kirkland Arts Center In "Fancy Cakes and Shore Lines," Sonja Peterson's ceramic sculptures and paintings refer to traditional Japanese figurines known as jizo, while Kiki MacInnis's phallic drawings of peach pits and root clumps verge on the abstract. 620 Market St., Kirkland, 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Kuhlman Tom Bagley, Ellen Forney, Joe Newton, and Erin Norlin create twisted versions of '70s ads from the Art Instruction Institute. 2419 First Ave., 206-441-1999. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sat.
Linda Hodges New paintings by Gaylen Hansen, many populated with a menagerie of animals and all executed with the vigorous brush strokes and playful style Hansen's cultivated over the years. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Photographic Center Northwest A thesis exhibition of work by students graduating from PCNW's photography certificate program. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
Roq La Rue Gritty, high-contrast photos of Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, and others at Warhol's Factory by N.Y.C. scene documenter Billy Name. 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 Paintings and drawings by Seattle Academy of Fine Art instructors, including Suzanne Brooker and Gary Faigin. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Solomon Fine Art Abstract collages made from paint on mylar by Fred Holcomb, aluminum sculpture by Josh Garber, and drawings by Chris St. Pierre. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Suyama Space Jyung Mee Park's "Loss and Gain" arranges river-worn stones to address big-scale expanses of time. 2324 Second, 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Tollbooth Tacoma takes the lead in cool public-art ideas: Tollbooth, a small kiosk, displays video and paper-based art. This month it screens Rising Up by Oregon indy filmmaker Vanessa Renwick and paper works by the Celebrate People's History Project. 11th and Broadway, Tacoma, open 24 hours.
Western Bridge This fabulous new SoDo art space designed by Roy McMakin showcases William and Ruth True's contemporary art collection. It kicks off with "Possessed," a group show about "the things we own and the things that own us," featuring work by Adam Fuss, Zoe Leonard, Tony Oursler, Cindy Sherman, and others. 3412 Fourth Avenue S. 206-838-7444. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
Winston Wächter Jan Aronson's big, bold paintings of tree leaves are studies in near-abstract juxtapositions of form and color. 403 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Frye Art Museum For those who don't know a watercolor from a mezzotint, the Frye's new selection of works on paper offers a tutorial in techniques such as lithography, drawing, and engraving. 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 "Selections from the Collection of William and Ruth True" offers a sampling from the collection of these keen-eyed art collectors, who have just inaugurated the Western Bridge gallery and are longtime patrons of the Henry. Included is a typically intense video by Trisha Donnelly and a soothingly mindless video of skateboarders by Kristen Stoltmann. "Dance and Art in Dialogue, 1961-2001" chronicles Trisha Brown's collaborations with visual artists, displaying pieces of sets, costumes, and artworks that emerged from or inspired her work. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
Museum of Glass Taking the medieval stained- glass panel as her launching pad, Judith Schaechter creates violent and just plain weird vignettes of early-21st-century life. Her recurrent themes are road kill, bathrooms, naughty women, children, and other tragedies, all executed in gorgeous swirling, fractured bits of color. Also on display: dolls, fabric creations, and glass faces exploring ethnic and personal identity by local artist Marita Dingus, and a so-so retrospective of work by Italo Scanga, a Chihuly buddy and frequent guest artist at the Pilchuck School until his death in 2001. 1801 E. 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.
Seattle Art Museum "Van Gogh to Mondrian: Modern Art from the Kroller-Muller Museum" offers a rare opportunity to get up close and personal (oh, just elbow your way through the crowds) with some truly great examples of Van Gogh's work. Also on offer in this traveling exhibit from the Netherlands are other exemplars of the modernist movement, including some early Picassos, cubist work by Juan Gris, freaky mythological scenes by Odilon Redon, and pictures by Leger and Seurat. 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. Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-625-8900. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
Tacoma Art Museum TAM's Northwest Annual, this year with the moniker "Buildingwise," is a grab-bag of local art, some quite good and some just OK. Standouts in this juried show include a painting and time-lapse video of its creation by Patte Loper, realist paintings thick with queasy pinks and greens by Robert Jones, a couple of clever video installations by Juniper Shuey and Iole Alessandrini, large-scale abstractions by Margie Livingston, and Rachel Brumer's quilts-as-stained-glass. Also on display: "Andy Goldsworthy: Mountain and Coast, Autumn Into Winter," photographs from the nature artist's 1987 residency in Japan plus four sculptures of burnt wood and other natural materials. 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 The juried exhibit "Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race" attempts to break open the lockbox of dialogue on race with Ronald Hall's rage-filled paintings and MalPina Chan's monoprints of the immigrant experience, among others. 407 Seventh S., 206-623-5124. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.