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Georgetown Artwalk Home to a number of artists because of low rents (and because we all know that artists love low-flying aircraft), Georgetown now hosts its first artwalk. Down where artists live and work, you can see stuff on display at All City Coffee, ArtCore (an art/tattoo emporium), and several other venues. Noon-6 p.m. Sat. July 9. Free. Artcore Studios, 5501-A Airport Way S., 206-767-2673. All City Coffee, 1205 S. Vale St., 206-767-7146.
Kirkland Arts Center Summerfest A weekend of arts and crafts booths, wine tasting, and a cutthroat "Iron Potter" competition. 4-9 p.m. Fri. July 8; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat. July 9; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. July 10. Marina Park, Kirkland, free, 425-822-7161.
West Edge Sculptural Invitational Seattle's Harbor Steps get a dose of public sculpture for the second summer in a row, with works by locals Ann Morris, Gerard Tsutakawa, Claudia Fitch, and Ross Palmer Beecher, whose American flag made from Bus(c)h beer cans was a big crowd pleaser last year. Opens Thurs. July 7. Harbor Steps to Benaroya Hall, between Third and Western avenues at University Street, free, 206-334-5040.
Alibi Room "Smoke and Mirrors" features erotic self-portrait photographs by Erin Frost. Opening night music provided by Blackhorse. Reception: 7-10 p.m. 85 Pike, 206-623-3180.
All City Coffee "Red Grass and Other Distortions of Nature" is a collection of digitally altered photos of the natural world by local shooter Malcolm Smith. Reception: 6-10 p.m. 125 Prefontaine Pl. S., 206-652-8331. 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat.; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.
Artists' Gallery of Seattle The first annual Northwest African American Fine Art Show features work by Conswella, Robert L. Horton, Robin Jordan, Roosevelt Lewis, and others. Reception: 6-10 p.m. 902 First Ave., 206-340-0830. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Consolidated Works "Commissions: The Artist-Client Process," showcases commissioned textiles that were designed by UW art students, then woven by Nepali artisans according to fair-trade practices. Reception: 5:30-midnight. 800 Boren Ave. N., 4-8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; 1-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 206- 860-5245.
Davidson Ghostly female figures emerging from marble by Oregon artist M.J. Anderson. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Foster/White Bulbous, globular glass sculptures by David Schwarz. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 123 S. Jackson St., 206-622-2833. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
G. Gibson Eight artists peeking at nature are part of "You Can't See the Forest," a group show of photographs, collage, and mixed-media constructions. Includes new work by Seattle photographer Paul Berger and long- exposure shots by Scotland's Iain Stewart. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 300 S. Washington St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
Gallery 4 Culture A sampling of paintings from King County's public art collection that reaches back to the '80s with stuff by Alden Mason, and a grab bag of more contemporary work by Susan Dory and Patricia Hagen. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.
Gallery 110 Two artists, each with a compelling, disturbing vision: James Cicatko paints monstrous child-beasts in a putrid pink-and-blue palette, while Carl Jackson creates gothic, near-abstract surrealism. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Garde Rail "Four X Northwest" brings together four self-taught, outsider artists from these parts: Anne Grgich's richly painted panels, Ree Brown's watercolors of birds and people ("no one in particular," he admits), Tim Fowler's cartoony figures in wood, and Gregory Blackstock's meticulous and addictive "list" paintings. 110 Third Ave. S., 206-621-1055. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
Greg Kucera New work by Montana artist Deborah Butterfield, who does clever, life-sized sculptures of horses from bronze, wood, and scrap metal. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Grover/Thurston Vashon Island–based artist Joanne Hammer's new paintings are intentionally naive and folksy and offer a menagerie of vaguely spiritual animals and human figures. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 309 Occidental St., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
James Harris Claude Zervas' new work "The Country" obliquely approaches the nature and landscape of the Northwest via technologically sophisticated sculpture. Rivers, forests, and the environment are alluded to through fluorescent lights, cascading wire, LEDs, and video projection. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Jeffrey Moose "Yilpinji, Love Magic and Ceremony," collects dot-painting prints by top Australian Aboriginal artists. Opening night includes the screening of an artists' video and live didgeridoo music. Reception: 5-7:30 p.m. 1333 Fifth Ave., Rainier Square, second level, 206-467-6951. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat.
Linda Hodges "Patterns of the Celestial Gallery," new paintings of a "spiritual" nature by Alfredo Arreguin. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Lisa Harris Realist, O'Keefe-like landscapes of the arid Inland Northwest by local painter 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.
The Lusty Lady "Traces of Him," fragmented photographic images of the male body, by recent UW art grad Riain Callahan. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 1315 First Ave., 206-622-2120. Open 24 hours.
Patricia Cameron Fine Art "Figurines" features paintings, drawings, and sculpture of female figures by UW MFA alum Helene Wilder. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 234 Dexter Ave. N., 206-343-9647. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat.
Shift Photographs, collages, small paintings, and prints, all priced around $100 or less, by members of this collective artists' studio. Reception 5-8 p.m. 306 S. Washington St. (#105), 360-650-3436. Noon– 5 p.m. Sat. and by appointment.
SOIL "History and Prophecy: A Bestiary for the 21st Century" is a group show of off-kilter drawings and sculpture inspired by the odd creatures of the earth. Includes work by Jessica Balsam, Howard Barlow, Shannon Eakins, and Justin Gibbens. Also on display: modified Polaroids of typewriters and antiquated technology by Robin Dupuy. Reception: 6-9:30 p.m. 112 Third Ave. S., 206-264-8061. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
Solomon Fine Art Jeffrey Sarmiento's "In a Matter of Speaking" offers glass art that's a refreshing antidote to the decorative banalities of Seattle's glut of glass. In his first solo show, the work ranges from small to over 5 feet high and incorporates a dense network of halftone screens and text. It's a cultural mélange, including text in Danish, which Sarmiento attempted to master during a recent Fulbright residency in Denmark, and images and text alluding to the artist's Filipino-American heritage. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Vain "Soles in the Mist," new paintings on screen prints by local artist Iosufatu Sua. Sua's bold, ironic graphic designs draw on influences as disparate as Polynesian iconography, Japanese woodcuts, and urban street art. Reception: 5-11 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.
Art/Not Terminal Contemporary variations on traditional Japanese paper kites by local artist Gregory Kono. 7-9 p.m. Sat. July 9. 2045 Westlake Ave., 206-233-0680. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon- 5 p.m. Sun.
Fountainhead "An Uncommon Stillness" presents still-life paintings by 17 artists. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Sat. July 9. 625 W. McGraw St., 206-285-4467. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Schmancy New, small paintings of sassy girls and such from local Jenna Colby. Opens Fri. July 8. 1930 Second Ave., 206-728-8008. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Seattle LGBT Community Center "Nudes in Red Rooms" is the self-explanatory title of this collection of new paintings by artist, cartoonist, and punk rocker Ted Axe, lead singer of the glam-punk band the Bratz. 7-9 p.m. Sat. July 9. 1115 E. Pike St., 206-323-5428. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.
Sev Shoon Arts Center "Creative Release" presents art by prisoners and local and national artists to raise money for the Books to Prisoners program. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Sat. July 9 (Ballard Art Walk). 5206 Ballard N.W., 206-782-2415. Noon- 4 p.m. Sat.
Viveza "Assemblages" is a collection of 2-D collage/wall sculptures made from found objects and other mixed media by Doughlas Remy. 6-8 p.m. Fri. July 8. 2604 Western Ave., 206-956-3584. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.
Crawl Space In "Common," six local artists aim to raise the banal—whether Laundromats, muscle cars, or picnic dinnerware—to the level of high art. 504 E. Denny Way #1, 206-240-6015. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sun. July 10.
Francine Seders Painter Alan Lau's day job as a produce stocker at Uwajimaya figures in his new abstract works, executed in sumi ink, oil pastel, and China markers. Also on display: sculptures in wood, plastic, and bronze by longtime local artist Dan Carmichael. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat.; 1-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. July 10.
Henry Art Gallery Doug Aitken's three-screen video Interiors is a majestic meditation on the search for meaning amid the stress and alienation of 21st-century urban life. Also on display: "Playtime" collects whimsical art made from or inspired by toys, including Peter Fischli and David Wells' amazing 30-minute video of pyrotechnic mayhem. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. Ends Sun. July 10.
Photographic Center Northwest Thesis portfolios by PCNW graduates, including Ken Claflin's illuminated urban cityscapes. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. July 10.
Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery SAM/Rental samples work from artists with studios in Ballard, including Deborah Bell, Dionne Haroutunian, and Michael Schultheis. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Sat. July 9.
Baas Art Ellen Rutledge's hand-colored prints stocked with an array of childhood symbols, from cupcakes to toys. 2703 E. Madison St., 206-324-4742. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon-Sat.
Bluebottle "Letting Go of Holding On," new paintings examining love, conflict, and relationships by self-taught SoCal artist Tim McCormick. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Carolyn Staley Eleven prints depicting nude, frolicking, self-confident Buddhist goddesses, all by late-20th century Japanese artist Mayumi Oda. 314 Occidental Ave., 206-621-1888. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
CoCA Tokyo-based architect and artist Yumi Kori's two-part installation "Infinitation" attempts to suggest the infinite through the manipulation of sound and light. 410 Dexter Ave. N., 206-728-1980. 2-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
Frame Up Studios Painter Dolphin Kingsley's peaceable kingdom of animals, Spanish princesses, and bullfrogs. 3515 Fremont Ave. N., 206-547-4657. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily.
Howard House Fourteen artists explore the shifting terrain of landscape painting in the early 21st century. No gorgeous vistas or Ansel Adams glamorous nature shots here—instead, New York's Cameron Martin portrays Mount St. Helens in superflat studies of gray, while Seattle painters Victoria Haven and Robert Yoder create near-abstract compositions suggestive of mountains and aerial views. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
InfoHazard Brian Seldt's subversively erotic variations on Scherenschnitte, the German art of cut-paper silhouettes. 1716 E. Olive Way, 206-324-6630. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Joe Bar "Images of the Floating World" features Maija Fiejbig's peacefully trippy paintings inspired by Japanese decorative art. 810 E. Roy, 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 Iowa-based artist Tim Dooley's car-crash of graphic design, cartoon- influenced prints, fake campfire, and appropriated media images. 620 Market St., 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Every third Thurs. open until 8 p.m.
Platform New paintings by five artists: Jaq Chartier (Seattle), James Gudat (Portland), Patte Loper (New York), Daniel Rushton (New York), and Kim Squaglia (Sacramento). 114 Third Ave. S., 206-323-2808. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery This month's featured local gallery is Greg Kucera. On the walls you'll see gallery favorites Mark Calderon, Jack Daws, Claudia Fitch, Sherry Markovitz, Tim Roda, Katy Stone, and others. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Suyama Space In Utah-based artist Paul Stout's oddly compelling installation "Second Nature," huge blades of "grass" grow up from assorted Victorian coffee tables. Don't miss Stout's virtuoso mechanical bugs under glass in the adjacent space. 2324 Second Ave., 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Western Bridge German artist Daniel Roth's strange and subtle installation River Styx presents "evidence," in drawings, sculpture, and photography, of an underground river running west from Seattle, below the Olympic Peninsula, and out to a burial island off the coast. Also on display is Rodney Graham's clever second look at an old oak tree, Roni Horn's obsessive 100-photo installation You Are the Weather, and a justly famous series of portraits of four sisters taken over a span of 30 years by Nicholas Nixon. And speaking of the River Styx, you'll feel like you've been to hell and back after experiencing Gary Hill's numbing video Wall Piece, a study in frustration, artistic struggle, and the failure of language. 3412 Fourth Ave. S., 206-838-7444. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
Bellevue Arts Museum BAM is back with a retooled mission as an accessible (read: noncontroversial) place for art, craft, and design. Executive Director Michael Monroe launches the resurrection with "The Artful Teapot," an impressive but safe collection of 250 teapots-as- sculpture. Albert Paley's new–Art Nouveau iron work is nice and intricate, kind of like a Chihuly is nice and intricate. (Fans of the Tacoma glassmeister can see one of his newly commissioned works in BAM's lobby.) And for those who just can't get enough glass, there's an exhibit of art and posters from the early days of the Pilchuck Glass School. 510 Bellevue Way N.E., 425-519-0770. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (until 9 p.m. Thurs.); 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sun.
Burke Museum Subhankar Banerjee's magnificent photos of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are the result of a two-year expedition among caribou and tundra. Savor these images, before ExxonMobil and BP bring their "low-impact" drilling apparatus to ANWR. Also on display: traditional and contemporary Native American art depicting arctic animals. UW campus, Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast, 206-543-5590. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thurs.).
Frye Art Museum "The Retrofuturistic World of NSK" collects 20 years' worth of painting, prints, and other media by Slovenia's Neue Slowenische Kunst art movement. Challenging the whole idea of authorship, nationality, and avant-garde, the artists in NSK create theater, music, and visual art that appropriates Communist and capitalist kitsch in an effort to subvert authority. "Taking and Making" features recent work by Oliver Herring, the German-born artist whose experiments in photography, video, and sculpture take novel turns, including a life-sized self-portrait sculpture made from snapshots. 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 Trimpin, born in German and working in Seattle since 1980, does amazing things combining technological gizmos with more analog stuff like typewriters, player pianos, and other musical instruments. (His best-known work is the immense Roots and Branches sculpture of robotically controlled guitars at EMP.) The next year or so is going to be something of a Trimpin celebration, with local galleries and museums showcasing the artist's various kinetic sculptures. At the Henry, the wonderfully titled installation Phfftt will involve some 200 woodwind instruments controlled by interactive motion sensors. Also on display: "Seeing the Unseen," rare prints of X-ray, time-lapse, and other 19th-century photographic novelties. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.
Seattle Art Museum "Isamu Noguchi—Sculptural Design" is an unorthodox and splashy exploration of the eclectic 20th-century sculptor-designer. The exhibit is a visual and sonic extravaganza designed by theater experimentalist Robert Wilson. Various rooms evoke different themes in Noguchi's career: His work in the theater with the likes of Martha Graham takes the shape of a brooding theatrical space; intensely material sculptural works are set in a Zen rock garden complete with several tons of raked gravel. Other rooms suggest Noguchi's mission to popularize art through mass-produced design. There are moments when the whole project goes over the top; the canned thunder and lightning accompanying a model of a monument to Benjamin Franklin, complete with kite and key, is a bit much. Still, this is a fascinating look at an artist who managed to span divides between cultures and artistic disciplines. Also: "Africa in America" is a complex exploration of slavery, displacement, and ethnic culture as portrayed in African-American art of the late 20th century, including work by James W. Washington, Jr., Kara Walker, and Ellen Gallagher. 100 University St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.