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Lectures and Events
Architect Lecture/Book Signing: David Miller The Seattle architect, founding partner of Miller/Hull, will talk about his new book, "Toward a New Regionalism," highlighting his firm's innovative home designs—a blend of simple materials, stylish design, and eco-friendly innovations. 5-8 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 29. Seattle Architectural Foundation, 1333 Fifth Ave. (Rainier Square), free, RSVP required, 206-667-9184, www.seattlearchitecture.org.
Bras for the Cause The Hotel Monaco displays 40 assorted variations on the brassiere created by students and faculty at the Art Institute of Seattle—all to raise money for breast cancer treatment and research. 5-7 p.m. Fri. Sept. 30. Hotel Monaco, 1101 Fourth Ave. (at Spring St.), free, 206-621-1770.
Haitian Art Benefit An auction of work by contemporary Haitian artists, to raise money for medical supplies to Haiti. 4-7 p.m. Sun. Oct. 2. Seattle University LeRoux Conference Center, free, 206-409-8105, www.healingartmissions.org.
SOIL 10th Anniversary Art Auction and Book Release For 10 years, SOIL art collective has been a welcome presence in the Seattle art scene, offering a venue where young artists have been willing to take chances. Sometimes those experiments have fallen short, but often this has been a place where talented local artists make the jump from art school to the larger gallery world. This celebratory auction will mark the publication of a retrospective book documenting SOIL's greatest hits. Artists whose work will be for sale in the fund-raising auction include Gretchen Bennett, Clair Cowie, Leo Berk, Marc Dombrosky, Thom Heileson, Margie Livingston, Saya Moriyasu, Yuki Nakamura, Joseph Park, Susan Robb, Claude Zervas, and many others.7 p.m.- midnight, Fri. Sept. 30 Western Bridge, 3412 Fourth Ave. S., $12-$20, 206-264-8061, www.soilart.org.
Avalon Glassworks Avalon's annual Art Glass Pumpkin Patch features a variety of glass pumpkins by local artists—with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Northwest Harvest. Opens Sat. Oct. 1. 2914 S.W. Avalon Way (next to Luna Park Cafe in West Seattle), 206-937-6369. Ends Oct. 31.
Consolidated Works Continuing the yearlong celebration of works by local kinetic artist Trimpin, ConWorks opens an installation of the German-born artist's piece Sheng High, a musical creation employing 25 flutes played by a series of suspended buckets of water mechanically moved up and down. Reception: 8 p.m. Fri. Sept. 30. 500 Boren Ave. N., 206-860-5245, www.conworks.org. 4-8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 1-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Nov. 27.
Henry Art Gallery "150 Works of Art" is the intentionally generic title of this project undertaken by Henry chief curator Elizabeth Brown and Lead Pencil Studios architects Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo. Showcasing an eclectic selection from the museum's permanent collection, the deliberately unchronological approach allows viewers to establish their own connections and observations with a variety of pieces from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Opens Sat. Oct. 1. U.W. campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. Ends Feb. 26.
Patricia Cameron Fine Art New abstract paintings and drawings incorporating natural materials such as tree bark and wasp nest fragments, by Cheryl Hahn. Reception: 5-8 p.m. Wed. Sept. 28. 234 Dexter Ave. N., 206-343-9647. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Oct. 29.
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. 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. Teapot ends Oct. 2.
Bluebottle "Smell You Later," new, cartoony paintings of bugs, critters, and monsters by local art guy Jilf. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Sept. 30.
Catherine Person This new gallery's debut show is "Introductions," including 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. Ends Sept. 30.
Christoff Gallery Hand-colored photographs by local artist Andrew Miller. 6004 12th Ave. S. #17 (Georgetown), 206-767-0280, www.christoffgallery.com. 6-10 p.m. Tues. and Thurs.; 6 p.m.-midnight Fri.; noon-5 p.m. and 8 p.m.-midnight Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Sept. 30.
Crawl Space Recycled and modified electronic toys by SID, Inc. (local artists Cathy McClure and Seth Sexton). 504 E. Denny Way #1 (near Olive), 206-240-6015. Noon- 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Oct. 2.
Francine Seders Seattle painter Robert C. Jones produces some of the finest abstract expressionist paintings in the Northwest. 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. Ends Oct. 2.
Gallery 110 Colorful figurative acrylics on canvas by Nancy Kiefer, plus Natalie Niblack's drawings, paintings, and ceramic sculptures that reach deep into the childhood psyche. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon- 5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Oct. 1.
Greg Kucera A somewhat lackluster show of new work by Seattle sculptor Ed Wicklander features mildly comical sculptures of things like deflated inner tubes executed in welded steel and similar flights of whimsy. The most effective pieces are a series of untitled, very creepy glass ampules filled with antifreeze and rawhide masks. Also on display: a new set of color lithographs on the World War II internment of Japanese Americans, by local artist Roger Shimomura. One item of note: Kucera Gallery will be donating all gallery commissions from this month's show to the Red Cross' hurricane relief efforts. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 1.
Grover/Thurston Pendleton, Oregon– 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. 309 Occidental St., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 1.
Henry Art Gallery Trimpin's wonderfully titled Phfftt involves some 200 electronically controlled woodwind instruments that visitors can play with a series of two dials. Or they can simply listen to one of 12 manic, lighthearted, or 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. Also, "Seeing the Unseen," is a fascinating collection of X-rays, microscopic images, time-lapse photos, 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. Ends Oct. 2.
Howard House In "New Worlds" Seattle artist Leo Saul Berk converts two-dimensional images—Edward Weston photos, pictures of clouds—into enchantingly beautiful topographic, three-dimensional models in Masonite by means of 3-D, computer-controlled cutting tools. Meanwhile, Ken Fandells' "The Planets" offers a series of mesmerizing videos that transform banal everyday scenes by setting them to the music of Gustav Holst's classical music composition of the same name. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 1.
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. Ends Sept. 30.
James Harris In Stephanie Syjuco's well-executed show "Black Market," her Filipino heritage becomes a starting point for investigations into commodities, global culture, and the power of absence. The show has three components: the first is a series of large photographs of markets in the Philippines (downloaded from the Internet) and modified to black out all the products on sale. The resulting empty space is mirrored in a series of black podular sculptures—all created by sealing consumer products in layers of papier mache. The third element is a video taken from the film Platoon (which was filmed on location in the Philippines)—Syjuco has cropped the scenes so that only the native flora remains. In all these works, with selective editing, the ignored background (whether literal or symbolic) is made present and central. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Oct. 1.
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. Ends Sept. 30.
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. Ends Oct. 1.
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. Ends Sept. 30.
Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery SAM Rental/Sales' latest "guest" gallery is the cutting-edge artist-owned Platform Gallery, and on display are works from Platform regulars Carol Bolt, Jaq Chartier, James Gudat, Blake Haygood, Stephen Lyons, Saya Moriyasu, Susan Robb, and Keith Yurdana. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Oct. 1.
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. Ends Oct. 2.
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. Ends Sept. 30.
Vain Graffiti-inspired paintings by artist and designer Christophe Roberts. 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. Ends Oct. 4.
William Traver Cleverly designed sculptures and assemblages in painted wood by Cordy Ryman. 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. Ends Oct. 2.
Ballard/Fetherston New work from New York painter Kathy Moss and Portland sculptor (and recent Neddy Award nominee) Lita Batho, who creates intricate works from welded steel wire. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 29.
CoCA In conjunction with curator Fionn Meade's multi-venue exploration of sound art at 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. Ends Oct. 9.
G. Gibson Three artists with very different visions of womanhood: Beverly Rayner's fetishlike constructions cobbled together from household tools and tiny photos, honoring the sacrifices of bored housewifes of decades past (if only they'd had access to Rayner's Crap Eradicator, perhaps they would have had time for more intellectual pursuits). Also on display: Susan Seubert's fetishes of a different sort: tintype photograms of antique dresses, plus a collection of signed 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. Ends Oct. 15.
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. 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. Ends Oct. 7.
Photographic Center Northwest Seattle photographer Chris Jordan's "Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption." turns dizzying quantities of garbage and e-waste spotted 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. Ends Oct. 15.
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. Ends Oct. 8.
Roq La Rue In his second solo show at the Roq, former Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh creates "Beautiful Mutants"—photographs digitally mirrored to create genetic freaks, or what Mothersbaugh calls "sickeningly beautiful beings." 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Oct. 10.
Solomon Fine Art In Claire Lieberman's "Naturally Artificial," the artist creates paintings inspired by camouflage designs, and executed in fluorescent colors, and surprising juxtapositions of materials in sculpture (including alabaster and red Jell-O). 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Suyama Space Christine Waller builds 3-D abstract planes of light and form out of thousands of fine-gauge wires. 2324 Second Ave., 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends. Dec. 9.
Tacoma Community College "America, The Colors of the Continent: Arte Latino from the Pacific Northwest" features work by locals Juan Alonso, Alfredo Arreguin, John-Paul Avila, Juan La Torre, Rick Mahaffey, and many others. 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma, 253-460-4306. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Nov. 1.
Tollbooth Portland-based artist Lauren Steinhardt's video and participatory color-by-numbers pictures examine issues of public space and art—in Tacoma's tiny Toolbooth video art kiosk. 11th and Broadway, Tacoma, open 24 hours. Ends Oct. 22.
Wall Space "Timeless Kyoto," Ron Reeder's palladium prints of a recent sojourn to Kyoto, Japan. 600 First Ave., Suite 322, 206-330-9137. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 15.
WET Gallery (Little Theatre) New, enigmatic photographs of uninhabited landscapes by Thom Heileson. 608 19th Ave. E., 206-325-5105. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Oct. 10
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. Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast, 206-543-5590. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thurs.). Ends Dec. 31.
Frye Art Museum Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore were pioneering gender-benders in the freewheeling art world of 1920s Paris. These photographs from the two women photographers explore complex notions of sexuality and identity."William Cumming: The Image of Consequence" offers an authoritative retrospective of the 88-year-old Northwest painter's long career. Curated by local art critic Matthew Kangas, the show follows the evolution of Cumming's work from reform-minded realism to a more formal fusion of representation and abstraction. 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. William Cumming ends Jan. 1; Cahun & Moore ends Feb. 12.
Henry Art Gallery Lead Pencil Studio, the local architecture/art installation team of Daniel Mihalyo and Annie Han, installs "Minus Space," which recreates the hillside lost in the 1997 expansion of the Henry, using a scrim of assorted materials. 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. Ends Oct. 20.
Seattle Art Museum "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 Universty St., 206-654-3100. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. Ends Dec. 11.
Tacoma Art Museum "Margaret Bourke-White: The Photography of Design" displays the 20th- century photojournalist's early work, focusing on formalist studies of industrial sites and machinery. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253-272- 4258. Every third Thursday free and open until 8 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Jan. 15.