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Artist Conversation: William Cumming KUOW-FM reporter Marcie Sillman talks with longtime Seattle painter William Cumming about his varied career, from his days as a rabble- rousing WPA painter during the Depression to his recent colorful, figurative works. 2 p.m. Sun. Oct. 9. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., free (tickets available one hour prior), 206-622-9250.
Foto Revu Give your photos the critical treatment at this annual event, where a panel of professional photographers, curators, artists, and critics will be on hand at Photographic Center Northwest to give you helpful pointers on your technique. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Oct. 9. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave., $150 for half-day, $200 for full-day session, 206-720-7222, www.pcnw.org.
Sand Point Antique & Design Market Vendors will peddle decor, antiques, crafts, and so on dating way, way back to the last century. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Oct. 9. 7400 Sand Point Way, $10 early buyers (8-10 a.m.), $6 general, 360-978-4154.
Ace Studios Upset that none of the art displayed on First Thursday depicts you? Well, now it will, as the folks at Ace Studios and Studio o2 team up to help art scenesters create their own Polaroid portraits on watercolor paper, at 20 bucks a pop. Also on display: photographs of New Orleans by Cindy Apple, images of Chile by Darcia Davis, Holga camera images by Wanda Holt, and works by Amrita Huja. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to hurricane relief. Reception: 6:30-8:30 p.m. 619 Western Ave., 206-623-1288. 1-5 p.m. Sat. or by appointment.
Art Patch "Room Four" is the outgrowth of Chad Downard's recent participation in the "Touching Art" project at UW's Jacob Lawrence Gallery. Here he's created an installation that lets those without sight experience art through touch, smell, hearing, and taste. Reception: 5-9 p.m. 306 S. Washington St. #102, www.artpatch.org. One night only.
Carolyn Staley Selections of intricate cut-paper Japanese stencils from the late Edo, Meiji (1868–1912), and Taisho (1912–1926) periods. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 314 Occidental Ave., 206-621-1888. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 19.
Catherine Person Abstract-symbolic collages by local artist Laura Castellanos. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 319 Third Ave. S., 206-726-1836. 11 a.m-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 12.
Cornish College Gallery This year's Cornish College faculty group show features work by instructors Gretchen Bennett, Su Job, Ron Lambert, David Nechak, and others. Reception: 5-8 p.m. First Floor, 100 Lenora St., 206-726-5011. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Oct. 31.
Davidson Contemporary Davidson Galleries celebrates the move of its contemporary painting and sculpture department to the Tashiro-Kaplan complex—its print gallery will remain at Occidental—with a solo show by Washington painter Susan Bennerstrom. "Within," the result of Bennerstrom's recent residency in Ireland, features spare, realist interiors of empty rooms. Reception: 5-7 p.m. 310 S. Washington St., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 29
Davidson Galleries A selection of woodblock prints from Japan's Sosaku Hanga movement of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, plus nature-inspired woodcuts by Nebraska artist Karen Kunc. Reception: 5-7 p.m. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 29.
Foster/White Nearly abstract paintings of rural Eastern Washington landscapes by Allison Collins. 123 S. Jackson St., 206-622-2833. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Oct. 29.
Gallery 4 Culture Inaugurating the King County art gallery's move to a more prominent home in the Tashiro-Kaplan building is this solo show of Seattle artist Linda Davidson's hundreds of small paintings collectively depicting a cloudy sky. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 101 Prefontaine Pl. S., 206-296-8674. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Gallery 110 "What the Water Told Me" offers linoleum block prints of bathers and flowing colors by Betsy Best-Spadaro, plus satirical paintings on glass by Jessica Dodge. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Meet the artists: 1-3 p.m. Sat. Oct. 15. Ends Oct. 29.
Garde Rail New mud-based works by Alabama outsider artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth, who's still painting, whooping, hollering, and joking at the ripe age of 95. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 110 Third Ave. S., 206-621-1055. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Nov. 12.
Greg Kucera Jeffrey Simmons' new series of abstract paintings glow like LEDs or flashing text on an antiquated computer screen. Also on display: minimal, weirdly comic vignettes of symbolic slapstick by L.A. artist Joe Biel. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 12.
Grover/Thurston Sure, it's been done before, but I have a soft spot for Kenna Moser's romantic little collages combining botanical flower paintings, layers of beeswax, and antique letters. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 309 Occidental St., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Howard House Mark Takamichi Miller's large-scale paintings based on found snapshots and local artist Yuki Nakamura's tribute to her late brother, a series of 36 porcelain soccer balls. (See spotlight, this page.) Reception: 6-8 p.m. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 12.
James Harris Richard Rezac's second solo show at the gallery, composed of five minimalist sculptures using highly finished aluminum, cast polyurethane, and other materials, plus a series of sketches. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Nov. 12.
Jeffrey Moose This gallery's fourth showing of spiritual dot-style paintings from the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association in Australia's Central Desert. Reception: 5:30-7:30 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. Ends Nov. 5.
Linda Hodges Realist paintings by California artist Chester Arnold and new paintings incorporating woodworking inlay by Pullman-based artist Robert Helm. Reception: 6-8:30 p.m. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 29.
Lisa Harris Symbolic/spiritual landscapes in the tradition of Guy Anderson and other Northwest masters by Ed Kamuda. Also: sculpture by Jerry Wingren incorporating Northwest materials like stone and red cedar. Reception: 6-8 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. Ends Oct. 29.
New Orleans Restaurant A benefit sale of photographs by local artists Libby Leyrer, Kathleen Brown, and Karl Wolfgang, with all proceeds donated to Red Cross hurricane relief. Reception: 6-9 p.m. 114 First Ave. S., 206-622-2563. One night only.
Shift Studio Print-based work by Joni Papp. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 306 S. Washington #105, 360-527-1114. One night only.
Two Bells Tavern New paintings by longtime art-scene figure Rolon Bert Garner, a visual-arts curator in the early days of Bumbershoot. Reception: 6 p.m. 2313 Fourth Ave., 206-441-3050. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Ends Dec. 6.
Woodside/Braseth A collection of works by that pugnacious and durable Northwest painter William Cumming, who got his start in the WPA years of the Depression and continues to create colorful, figurative works. Reception: 5:30-8:30 p.m. 2101 Ninth Ave., 206-622-7243. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 29.
Zeitgeist "A Soldier's View: A Pictorial Reflection of the War in Iraq" offers an unvarnished photographic look at the war through the eyes of a young soldier from Olympia named Jeff de la Cruz. A portion of the proceeds from this show will raise money for the family of a murdered Iraqi interpreter. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Art/Not Terminal New, huge, and very trippy photo collages of cars, skyscrapers, and seascapes by local artist John Schuh. Reception: 7-10 p.m. Sat. Oct. 8. 2045 Westlake Ave., 206-233-0680. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 3.
Baas Art Hand-printed collages based on cross-country road trips by local artist Wendy McMillan. Reception: 5-8 pm. Wed. Oct. 5. 2703 E. Madison St., 206-324-4742. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Oct. 29.
Bluebottle Hipster cartoons and illustrations by Studio Rama, a collaboration among artists Jen Rarey, Jon K. Green, and Hella Song. Reception: 7-10 p.m. Sat. Oct. 8. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Oct. 30.
Crawl Space I try to have an open mind, but I think I'll pass on Toi Sennhauser's "interactive performance" called "Oktoberfest." But hey—if you feel up to sitting around and drinking from a keg of beer brewed with a trace of Sennhauser's vaginal yeast, well, you're a braver soul than I. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Sat. Oct. 8. 504 E. Denny Way #1, 206-240-6015. One night only.
Floating Leaves Tea Paintings inspired by Chinese calligraphy and oracle bone inscriptions by Meredith McPherson. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Sat. Oct. 8. 2213 N.W. Market St. (#100), 206-529-4268. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-8 p.m. Sun. (closed Tues.).
Frame Up Studios New paintings in encaustic by Nan Wonderly. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Fri. Oct. 7. 3515 Fremont Ave. N., 206-547-4657. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily. Ends Nov. 1.
Francine Seders "Maintenance" is a debut solo show by Diann Knezovich, who has performed a series of digital variations on a single image of a tightly pruned shrub. Also on display: sleek, stark ceramic vessels by local sculptor Anne Hirondelle. Reception: 2-4 p.m. Sun. Oct. 9. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat.; 1-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Oct. 30.
MPSR A mix of abstraction and realist stuff from Gorilla Art Coalition members vblast, Deane Benninghoven, Nathan Dean, and Kent Holloway 7-10 p.m. Sat. Oct. 8. 3202 15th Ave. W., 206-283-9003. One night only.
Seattle Academy of Fine Art A selection of relatively forgotten Northwest painters of the early 20th century, including John Davidson Butler, Roi Partridge, Louise Crow, and Lance Wood Hart. Opens Fri. Oct. 21. 1501 10th Ave. E. (Steele Gallery, Third Floor), 206-526-2787. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Lecture by curator David Martin: 7-8 p.m. Fri. Oct. 21. Ends Nov. 23.
Seattle Aquarium "Water's Edge" showcases aquatic-themed quilts by 20 artists from the Contemporary Quilt Arts Association. Opens Sat. Oct. 8. 1483 Alaskan Way (Pier 59), 206-386-4320. Ends Jan. 31.
Seattle LGBT Community Center Innovative and unusual men's fashion designs by Michael Cepress. Runway show begins at 8 p.m. Reception: 7 p.m. 1115 E. Pike St., 206-323-5428. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. Oct. 31.
Tacoma Art Museum "The Romantic Visions of Michael Brophy" offers 25 paintings of quintessentially Northwest images executed over the past 10 years by the Portland-based artist. Opens Sat. Oct. 8. 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. 1.
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.
Kirkland Arts Center Kathryn Leighton's sneakers are inlaid with scenes from Greek mythology; Yvonne Lung's ceramic heads explore issues of racial stereotypes. 620 Market St., Kirkland, 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. Ends Oct. 8.
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.
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.
Columbia City Gallery Guatemalan painter Abraham Batzin Navichoc's folk-style paintings of festivals and markets in his home country, all from a bird's-eye perspective; plus a group show by local artists William A. Herberholz, Karin Jaques, Shari Kaufman, and Lisa Lamoreaux. 4864 Rainier Ave. S., 206-760-9843. Noon-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Nov. 13.
Consolidated Works Continuing a 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 mechanically controlled suspended buckets. 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.
G. Gibson Beverly Rayner's fetishlike constructions cobbled together from household tools and tiny photos honor the sacrifices of bored housewives 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.
InfoHazard Magical-realist paintings by Seva Rzhondkovsky and disturbing photo-collages by Michael Colello. 1716 E. Olive Way, 206-324-6630. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Nov. 1.
Kent Arts Commission Painted and retouched aerial photos of human-modified landscapes by local artist Heather Joy. 220 Fourth Ave. S., Kent, 253-856-5050. 8 a.m-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Patricia Cameron Fine Art New abstract paintings and drawings by Cheryl Hahn incorporating natural materials such as tree bark and wasp nest fragments. 234 Dexter Ave. N., 206-343-9647. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Oct. 29.
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.
Roq La Rue In his second solo show at the Roq, Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh creates "Beautiful Mutants," photographs digitally mirrored to create genetic freaks, or what the 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, as well as 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. Ends Oct. 28.
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, and Rick Mahaffey. 6501 S. 19th St., Tacoma, 253-460-4306. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Nov. 1.
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
Winston Wächter Pigment-tinted glass, steel, and concrete by Ann Gardner. 203 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Oct. 29.
Bellevue Arts Museum "Two Hands, Twenty Years, and a Billions Beads" is a survey of David Chatt's intricately beaded sculpture and assorted jewelry, by turns humorous, goofy, and satirical. 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, 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. Ends Jan. 1.
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.UW campus, 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 female photographers explore complex notions of sexuality and identity. Also:"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 "150 Works of Art" is the intentionally generic title of this project undertaken by chief curator Elizabeth Brown and Lead Pencil Studios architects Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo. Showcasing an eclectic selection from the gallery's permanent collection, the show allows viewers to establish their own connections between a variety of photographs, paintings, and video pieces from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Lead Pencil Studio is also behind "Minus Space," an installation that attempts to re-create the hillside lost in the 1997 expansion of the Henry, using a fine 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. "150 Works" ends Feb. 26; "Minus Space" 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 University 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, 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.