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Lectures and Events
Art Benefit: Artists for Animals This fund-raiser for Northwest Animal Rights Network includes animal-related works by a variety of local artists and musical performances by bands including Nu SolTribe. 7 p.m. Fri. July 17. Capitol Hill Arts Center, $10, 1621 12th Ave.
Lecture: Hatch Show Print The famed Hatch Show Print company, which has been producing woodblock print posters in Nashville for over 100 years, has advertised everything from state fairs to Pearl Jam. Hatch manager and lead designer Jim Sherraden discusses the distinctive Hatch style in a lecture and book signing, with music provided by singer-songwriter Rosie Thomas. 6 p.m. Thurs. July 15. Showbox Theater, 1426 First Ave., $15, 206-628-3151.
Open House: Pilchuck Glass School Normally closed to the public, once a year the Pilchuck Glass School (founded by some guy named Dale Chihuly) opens its 54-acre campus to all visitors for artists talks, glassblowing demonstrations, and guided tours. Noon-5 p.m. Sun. July 18. Pilchuck Glass School, 1201 316th St. N.W. (Stanwood) $20 (reservations required), 206-621-8422, extension 44 or e-mail email@example.com.
Van Gogh Family Festival A day of kid-friendly events—music, dance, art projects, and more—to get the little ones interested in SAM's exhibit "Van Gogh to Mondrian." 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. July 17. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., free with admission, 206-654-3100.
Davidson Three sculptors arrive at Davidson: Carla Grahn makes use of everyday industrial metals—nails, nuts, bolts, and bike chains—but arranges them in soft, floral forms. Juan Alfaro's sculptural installations use video documentation to capture objects in surprising motion, while Kate Hunt's stark minimalist pieces employ burnt paper and steel. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Thurs. July 15. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Henry Art Gallery "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. Ends Sun. July 18.
James Harris Brazilian artist Efrain Almeida's wall sculptures in cedar and umburana wood draw inspiration from the folk art of Northeastern Brazil: A series of hummingbird pictures uses inlaid wood to create little shimmering portraits, while a row of birdhouses weep bulbous tears of lust. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Fri. July 17.
Artemis Laura Amussen's big, abstract, and intriguing installations make use of bamboo and other natural materials to create some rather Freudian-looking holes and other patterns that aim to "initiate a dialog between emptiness and desire." 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Atelier 31 Amarillo-based artist Scott Frish creates big, mixed-media compositions from antique photographs and layer upon layer of color screens. Also on display, manipulated nude photographs from recent Cornish grad Alison Katica, whose "Outerwear Series" examines issues of the body as commodity. 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" include cut relief, intaglio, silkscreen, letterpress printing, and hand drawings. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Bryan Ohno San Francisco sculptor 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? 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Cafe Solstice Cool, weirdly abstract microscope photography, plus assorted collages and other stuff by photographer and UW research scientist Mark Moody. 4116 University Way, 206-675-0850.
D'Adamo/Woltz Abstract paintings layered with calligraphy and Tibetan motifs by Chinese artist Huang Gang. 303/307 Occidental S., 206-652-4414. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Francine Seders The group show "Big and Small" displays one large painting and several small ones from artists Alfonse Borysewicz, Lauri Chambers, Denzil Hurley, Robert C. Jones, and Julie Shapiro.6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1-5 p.m. Sun.
G. Gibson Randy Hayes' well-executed "Birds of Mississippi" uses collages of photographs and over-painted images to capture the poverty and distinctive character of rural Mississippi. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
Gallery 4Culture Perla Sitcov's close-up macro photographs of thumbtacks, plastic flowers, and other cast-aside stuff evoke colorful little landscapes and fictional flora. Sitcov's imagined world is a place populated by pirouetting puffballs and candy-coated flowers: an honestly phony place that feels both cozy and vaguely threatening in its Prozac cheeriness. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.
Gallery 63 Eleven "At Sea," a series of painted adventures between a cat and a polar bear by Kelly Staton, and Mona J. Lang's campy struggles for survival called "Wintertime." Reception: 6-10 p.m. Sat. July 10. 6311 N.W. 24th (Ballard), 206-478-2238. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Gallery 110 In Natalie Niblack's paintings you'll find an assortment of saints real and fictional—and in order to make them less personal and more mythic, she's modeled them after childhood dolls. Also, Christopher Vacano's "Page Rate: The Cost of Advertising." (See story this page.) 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Goods In "Signs of Life" Seattle's Shawn Wolfe builds oversized signs that turn banal sentiments into corporate-looking 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.
Grover/Thurston New, happy-naive paintings by Bay Area artist Inez Storer. 309 Occidental St., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Howard House In Patti Warashina's "Real Politique," a show of new ceramic work by the UW professor emeritus, figures that appear playful or informal on the surface harbor deeper, serious concerns. Each of the 10 slightly surreal pieces expresses some aspect of Warashina's history, whether personal or political—"Tule Lake Retreat" alludes to the guard towers of an internment camp, while in "Sitting Ducks" a woman meets the world with open arms, oblivious to whatever malicious forces might have her in their sights. Also on display is a collection of Warashina's newer, small-scale works. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Hugo House In "Twentieth Century Follies: a Fabrication," Tacoma-based artist Peter Temple-Thurston creates a series of formidable monochrome prints on the horrors of the 20th century reinterpreted through the lens of Lewis Carroll's Alice books. 1634 11th Ave., 206-322-7030. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri, noon-5 p.m. Sat.
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.
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' phallic drawings of peach pits and root clumps verge on the abstract. 620 Market St. 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Kuhlman Tom Bagley, Ellen Forney, Joe Newton, and Erin Norlin create their own twisted versions of 1970s ads from the Art Instruction Institute. 2419 First Ave. (Belltown), 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 brushstrokes and informally playful style Hansen has cultivated over the years. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Lisa Harris The 20th anniversary of this dependable— if a bit conservative—gallery above Pike Place Market promises a selection of greatest hits from the Lisa Harris playlist, featuring works by 27 artists including Peter de Lory, Ed Kamuda, Richard Morhous, Royal Nebeker, and Emily Wood. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
Pitcairn Scott Belltown artist Marcus Johnson's paintings and assemblages by R'ykandar Korra'ti. 2207 Second Ave., 206-448-5380. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Priceless Works "Urban Dwellers" continues an occasional series of group shows on the life and habits of cityfolk. Included will be the usual suspects associated with Priceless Works, including Kynan Antos, Francesca Berrini, Drew Demeter, Dylan Nuewirth, and others. 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
Roq La Rue Thirty gritty, super-high-contrast photos of Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, and other characters inside Andy Warhol's Factory by Manhattan scene documenter Billy Name. 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun.
SCCC M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery "Translación de la Palabra/Transition of the Word," features mixed-media works on immigration and assimilation by Isaac Hernandez. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Thurs. July 8. 801 E. Pine (inside SCCC Atrium Cafeteria), 206-344-4379. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 5-7 p.m. Tues and Thurs.
Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery Works by artists represented by SAM Rental/Sales partner Solomon Fine Art, including Tom Gormally, Fred Holcomb, and Ilse Kluge. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 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 Ave., 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Tollbooth Tacoma takes the lead in cool public art ideas: Tollbooth, a small rain-sheltered kiosk that displays video and paper-based art 24/7. This month, Tollbooth screens "Rising Up" by Oregon indy filmmaker Vanessa Renwick. 11th and Broadway, Tacoma, open 24 hours.
Vain "Bits, Clouds and Arrows" offers the graffiti- and hip-hop-inspired art of David Linder, Iosefatu Sua, George Estrada, Jennifer Singer, and others. 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.
Western Bridge This fabulous new SODO art space designed by Roy McMakin showcases William and Ruth True's vast collection of contemporary art, and 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, Shirin Neshat, Tony Oursler, Paul Pfeiffer, Aïda Ruilova, and Cindy Sherman. 3412 Fourth Ave. S. 206-838-7444. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
William Traver Deirdre Daw's new show of mixed-media ceramic sculptures, "Nest Heads," is an interesting mix of organic and slightly tribal elements, full of entwining tendrils, bulbous roots, and organic mandalas. Also on display: unexciting glass fish by Hiroshi Yamano and syrupy glass by Jay MacDonnell. 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.
Winston Wächter Jan Aronson's big, bold paintings of tree leaves become studies in near-abstract juxtapositions of form and color. 403 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Woodside/Braseth "Summer Salon" includes the old standbys of Northwest art (Guy Anderson, Paul Horiuchi, Mark Tobey, etc.) alongside more contemporary fare (Gary Faigin, Paul Havas, Ginny Ruffner, etc.). 1533 Ninth Ave., 206-622-7243. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Zeitgeist In Chad States's large C-print photos of campy staged tableaux, glum-looking hipsters confront each other and ponder their miserable existence. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.