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FenomenA Cultural Salon Grand Opening Arty meets party at a new gallery/wine bar in Lower Queen Anne. Israeli sculptor Nimrod Reuveni will be on hand to inaugurate the space, which owner Ksenya Harmelin says will host regular exhibits, lectures, receptions and music events. 6-11 p.m. Sat. Sept. 10. 200 Roy St., Suite 104, free, 206-213-0080, www.fenomena.us.
Habolution A fashion show featuring clothing made from recycled materials marks the end of Ballard ArtFisk 2005. For more ecologically correct fun in Ballard, see the Recycled Art shows under Openings, below. 7-9 p.m. Sat. Sept. 10. Habitude Salon & Spa, 2801 N.W. Market St., free, 206-782-2898, www.habitude.com.
Issaquah Art Collective Fund-raiser An inaugural event, with a silent auction (featuring works by local and regional artists), hors d'oeuvres, wine, and music. 7 p.m. Sat. Sept. 10. Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, Issaquah, $35, 425-369-9140 for info and reservations.
Susan Robb The UW visiting professor specializing in multimedia installations holds forth on a different campus: Microsoft's. Reception before and during program. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 8. Microsoft Redmond Campus, Building 33 Conference Center, free, 425-706-0033 for driving directions, or 425-722-6591 for other inquiries.
Arthead Artists Phillip Levine, Lyle Silver, and others confront the human figure. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Sat. Sept. 10. 5411 Meridian Ave. N., 206-633-5544. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Baas Art Painter Lee Mohr crafts misty images of the Mercer Slough, Camano Island, Padilla Bay, and other familiar landscapes. Reception: 5-8 p.m. Wed. Sept. 7. 2703 E. Madison St., 206-324-4742. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Eclectic Gallerie of Fine Art Abstract watercolors and oils by Patricia Seggebruch, plus figurative paintings by Jason Waskey. 307 N. 73rd St., 206-789-4500. 1-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
InfoHazard Dana Day uses one of the oldest photographic techniques in the book—pinhole photography—to create images at once quaint and startling. She makes her Seattle debut alongside painter Alexandria Martinez. Reception: 6-9:30 p.m. Sat. Sept. 10. 1716 E. Olive Way, 206-324-6630. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wed.-Sun.
Kirkland Arts Center Kathryn Leighton's sneakers are inlaid with scenes from Greek mythology; Yvonne Lung's installation of ceramic heads explores issues of racial stereotypes. Opens Fri. Sept. 9. 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.
Kuhlman Chris Crites paints criminal mug shots on paper bags. That should be enough description to get you to this show, but in case you need more incentive: His past stuff has been great. Reception: 7-9 p.m. Fri. Sept. 9. 2419 First Ave., 206-441-1999. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sat.
New York Fashion Academy One person's trash is another's wall hanging. This show will make you think twice before throwing out your leftover soda cans, candy wrappers, grocery bags, kitchen scraps, and more. A worthy array of artists participates, including Lynn DiNino, Ellen Ziegler, Ross Palmer Beecher, and Marita Dingus. See also RE Store, below. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Sat. Sept. 10. 5201 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-786-8616. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat.
RE Store More scrounged art (see New York Fashion Academy, above). The kickoff party promises dancing, a beer garden, and Tamara the Trapeze Lady. Reception: 7 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 8. 1440 N.W. 52nd St., 206-297-9119. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sun. Sept. 11.
Suyama Space Christine Waller builds floating planes out of thousands of fine-gauge wires and light. Artist lecture: noon Sat. Sept. 10. Opens Sept. 12. 2324 Second Ave., 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Vera Project Didn't get enough sound art at Bumbershoot? Check out David Knott's stringboards. Reception: 7-9 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 8. 1916 Fourth Ave., 206-525-8585. 2-6 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; 2-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
Winston Wächter Pigment-tinted glass, steel, and concrete by Ann Gardner. Reception: 6- 8 p.m. Fri. Sept. 9. 203 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Artcore Tattoo-influenced paintings of big-eyed ladies, most with a hefty dose of blue eye shadow, by Costa Rican artist Alex Nuñez. 5501-A Airport Way S., 206-767-2673. Noon- 10 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Noon-7 p.m. Sun. Ends Sat. Sept. 10.
Gulassa & Co. "Orb" features mod, polka-dotted, and pastel ceramics by local artist Timothy Foss. 10 Dravus St., 206-283-1810. Noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Mon. Sept. 12.
Schmancy Oddball toys are the new hip art medium, peddled by stores like Schmancy in Belltown and OKOK on Capitol Hill. "Plush You!" features a motley assortment of stuffed animals from Stuart Bloomfield, Beck Wheeler, Heidi Kenney, and David Huyck. These one-of-a-kind critters are reasonably priced, weird, and the kids love 'em. 1930 Second Ave., 206-728-8008. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Fri. Sept. 9.
West Edge Sculptural Invitational Seattle's Harbor Steps get a dose of mediocre sculpture for the second summer in a row, including works by locals Ann Morris, Gerard Tsutakawa, Claudia Fitch, and Ross Palmer Beecher. Harbor Steps to Benaroya Hall, between Third and Western avenues at University Street, 206-334-5040. Ends Sun. Sept. 11.
All City Coffee "Boilers and Bridges," a new series of realist paintings by Keven Furiya. 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.
Artemis Sun-drenched realist paintings of Seattle locales and other stuff by Anne Duffy. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Benham "Beyond the Landscape" features nearly abstract photographs of the outdoors by resident artists Bruce Barnbaum and Phyllis Uitti-Maslin. 216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Catherine Person A noted freelance art consultant opens a new Pioneer Square gallery down the street from James Harris. The first show is "Introductions," works by 10 gallery artists, including Linda Davidson, Drake Deknatel, and Rachel Illingworth. 319 Third Ave. S., 206-763-5565. 11 a.m-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
CoCA In conjunction with co-curator Fionn Meade's multivenue exploration of sound art at this year's Bumbershoot, Steve Peters and Christine Wallers' installation Alchemy uses brass bowls and hidden speakers to express wishes for a better world from more than 300 people. 410 Dexter Ave. N., 206-728-1980. 2-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
Davidson New hyperrealist allegorical paintings by Stephanie Frostad, plus work by Adrienne Sherman, whose nature-inspired paintings employ techniques of the Old Masters. In the print gallery, new work by Canadian artists Sean Caufield and Akiko Taniguchi. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Foster/White Cheerful, candy-colored abstraction from local painter Manfred Lindenberger, who has a thing for sorting and filling the canvas with a crowd of interrelated forms. 123 S. Jackson, 206-622-2833. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Francine Seders Seattle painter Robert C. Jones has been producing some of the finest abstract expressionist paintings in the region for several decades. This show of new work, his first at the gallery since 2002, offers a variety of canvases meticulously painted, scraped, and repainted. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat.; 1-5 p.m. Sun.
G. Gibson Photo-based constructions from Beverly Rayner, plus Susan Seubert's antique-looking tintype photographs of wispy dresses and a collection of prints celebrating the 100th birthday of photographer Ruth Bernhard. 300 S. Washington St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
Gallery 110 Colorful figurative acrylics on canvas by Nancy Kiefer, plus Natalie Niblack's drawings, paintings, and ceramic sculpture that reach deep into the childhood psyche. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Greg Kucera New work by Seattle sculptor Ed Wicklander, whose whimsical creations employ an array of materials in surprising ways. Two examples: leaking inner tubes made of welded steel and a bust of Jerry Garcia in wood, containing a hidden tab of LSD for the lucky buyer. Also on display: a new set of color lithographs on the World War II internment of Japanese Americans by local artist Roger Shimomura. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Grover/Thurston Pendelton, Ore.–based artist James Lavadour's mysterious, near-abstract landscapes burn with a slow passion, and this new collection of work blazes with striated geology, lava bursts of color, and smoldering half-light. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 309 Occidental St., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Howard House In "New Worlds" Seattle artist Leo Saul Berk converts two-dimensional images—Edward Weston photos, pictures of clouds—into topographic, three- dimensional models in Masonite by means of a 3-D drafting program and computer-controlled cutting tools. Meanwhile, Ken Fandells's "The Planets" offers a single photograph and a series of videos inspired by Gustav Holst's bombastic classical composition, preferred by nine out of 10 movie- preview directors worldwide. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Jack Straw New Media Gallery Rene Yung's installation "Four Dignities" uses fabric screens and quiet audio to encourage viewers to experience the Buddhist concept of mindfulness in four states: sitting, walking, standing, and lying down. 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
LGBT Community Center "Between Dreams (Entre Sueños)" features erotic drawings of men in various states of arousal by James Vitale. 1115 E. Pike St., 206-323-5428. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.
Linda Hodges Nature-inspired abstract sculpture combining cut stone and rattan weaving by Deloss Webber. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Lisa Harris Mystical, Georgia O'Keeffe-y paintings and prints of Northwest landscapes by Bellingham's Thomas Wood. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sun.
Museum of the Mysteries Graphic tallies of the war dead in Iraq by artist-activist Thomas A. D. Hays. 623 Broadway Ave. E., 206-328-6499. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Nordic Heritage Museum "Articulations" features new photography by Bellingham artist Garth Amundson. 104 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-4 p.m. Sun.
Northwest Craft Center In "Materials of Nature," ceramic artists Hunter McGee, Scott Minugh, Lynn Di Nino, Steve Sauer, and John Arnold Taylor explore the physical and metaphysical properties of natural materials. Wed. Aug. 31. 305 Harrison St. (Seattle Center), 206-728-1555. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
OKOK "Ha Get'em," offers faux brand-name T-shirts and intentionally useless consumer products by local designer and illustrator Shawn Wolfe. 709 Broadway Ave. E., 206-322-7523. 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-7 p.m. Sun.
Photographic Center Northwest Seattle photographer Chris Jordan's "Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption." turns dizzying quantities of garbage and e-waste sighted in landfills into huge, nearly abstract studies in color and repetition. 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.
Platform "Recording Field Level Five" includes new video, installation, and sound samples from Seattle artist Susan Robb, whose eclectic work ranges from contemplative to zany. 114 Third Ave. S., 206-323-2808. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
Shift Studio Carolyn Zick's "Distil [Bill]" features drawings, sculpture, and paintings all having to do with some inside joke about a professor's vest and artists' hangovers. 306 S. Washington St. (#105), 360-650-3436. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. and by appointment.
SOIL "Nocturnes" offers experimental art incorporating animation, including Seattle's Cat Clifford and Mary Simpson and New York–based artists Laleh Khorramian and Lucy Raven. 112 Third Ave. S., 206-264-8061. Noon- 5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
Solomon Fine Art "Natural Selection" offers nature-inspired art by Denver's Trine Bumiller and Washington, D.C.–based painter Isabel Manolo. Manolo's work, a series of remembered landscapes executed in near-abstract acrylics, looks the most promising. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Square Room Paintings of crows and such by Brian McGuffey and wall sculpture incorporating branches and natural material by Leif Holland. 1316 E. Pike St., 206-267-7120. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sun.
Stonington Gallery "Awakenings: A Gathering of Contemporary Coast Salish Artists" showcases the work of 20 Native American artists from the Pacific Northwest, including cedar sculpture, glass, basketry, and metalwork by Shaun Peterson, Susan A. Point, Marvin Oliver, and others. 119 S. Jackson St., 206-405-4040. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat.; noon- 5 p.m. Sun.
Viveza This Belltown gallery celebrates its two-year anniversary with a group show of gallery regulars, including Melinda Hannigan and Doug Smithenry. 2604 Western Ave., 206-956-3584. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun.
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.
William Traver Cleverly designed sculptures and assemblages in painted wood by Cordy Ryman. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 110 Union St., second floor, 206-587-6501. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Wright Exhibition Space "Aboriginal Vision" offers selections of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art from the expansive collection of UW international studies professor Margaret Levi and her husband Robert Kaplan. 407 Dexter Ave. N., 206-264-8200. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.
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 "William Cumming: The Image of Consequence" offers an authoritative retrospective of the 88-year-old Northwest painter's career. Curated by local art critic Matthew Kangas, the show follows the evolution of Cumming's work from reform-minded realism to a fusion of representation and abstraction. Also: "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-size self-portrait sculpture made from snapshots. And "Spectatorship and Desire: Lust" rehangs some of the Frye's permanent collection in a salon-style jumble. 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 Lead Pencil Studio, the local architecture/art installation team of Daniel Mihalyo and Annie Han, installs "Minus Space," which re-creates the hillside lost in the 1997 expansion of the Henry, using a fine scrim of assorted materials. Also: German-born Seattle artist Trimpin 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 involves some 200 electronically controlled woodwind instruments. You can play them with a series of two dials, or you can listen to one of the 12 manic, lighthearted, and sinister works by the composer. And do not miss the magnificent Francis Bacon painting Study for a Pope IV, on display in its own room. Seattle is lucky to have this work, on loan from an anonymous West Coast patron. The 1961 painting is a late piece in Bacon's startling series of popes; this one conveys a haunting combination of authority and impotence. The skull-like head seems to shift and shimmer before your eyes, and the feeble hands make the pontiff seem very fallible indeed. Also, "Seeing the Unseen," a fascinating collection prints of X-ray, microscopic, time-lapse, and other 19th- and 20th-century photographic novelties. UW campus, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 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, a visual and sonic extravaganza designed by theater experimentalist Robert Wilson. Various rooms evoke different themes in Noguchi's long 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 just a bit much. Still, this is a fascinating look at an artist who managed to span divides between cultures and artistic disciplines. Also on display: "Africa in America" is a varied and 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, Ellen Gallagher, Oliver Jackson, and Marita Dingus. 100 University St., 206- 654-3100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Thurs.
Tacoma Art Museum Jewelry doesn't have to make the diamond barons at DeBeers rich. Case in point: "Zero Karat," a touring collection of jewelry made from such non-precious materials as aluminum and Chinese newspapers. (Ends Sunday, Sept. 11.) Also: "Carving a Legacy," contemporary interpretations of traditional Native American art by Shaun Peterson, Greg Colfax, Karen Reed, and others. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272-4258. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. (Every third Thursday free and open until 8 p.m.)