Dec. 21-27, 2005

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Lectures and Events

Ida Kay Greathouse Centenary The influential former director of the Frye Art Museum (1966–1994) celebrates her 100th birthday with a public party at her retirement home. Greathouse is credited with enriching the museum's collection of American art from the 19th and 20th centuries and contemporary Northwest paintings. Horizon House, 900 University St., 206-622-9250, www.fryemuseum.org. 2-4 p.m. Mon. Dec. 26.

Last Chance

Catherine Person Seattle artist Lynne Saad creates richly textured and textual paintings on panel and stitched-together oversized playing cards. Also: Rachel Illingworth's glistening multilayered monoprints of plant patterns, and a flowing bridal dress made of old underwear by Nole Giulini. 319 Third Ave. S., 206-763-5565, www.catherinepersongallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Dec. 23.

Cornish College Gallery Cornish alumna Dawn Cerny's "Storm and Stress" illustrations play with co-opted symbols from past centuries. Also: "Copy," student self-portraits examined under the influences of popular culture. 1000 Lenora St., 206-726-5011, www.cornish.edu. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Dec. 23.

Davidson Contemporary Painter Lisa Buchanan explores abstract imaginings with lines, patterns, and color in "Escape." 310 S. Washington St., 206-624-7684, www.davidsongalleries.com. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Dec. 23.

Davidson Galleries "Stilleben" features fantastic-realist work by German master painter and etcher Friedrich Meckseper. Also: the gallery's annual exhibit of original antique maps. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684, www.davidsongalleries.com. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Dec. 23.

Foster/White "Small Works" unites a high-caliber array of small-scale paintings, sculpture, and glass work by various artists. 123 S. Jackson St., 206-622-2833, www.fosterwhite.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Dec. 23.

Fountainhead Gallery Fabulous art can be found in children's books, as this show by four Washington artists reveals. Featuring the work of Max Grover, Pierr Morgan, Jesse Joshua Watson, and Richard Jesse Watson. 625 W. McGraw St., 206-285-4467, www.fountainheadgallery.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Dec. 23.

Grover/Thurston Well-regarded local artist Fay Jones combines sumi ink, acrylic, and collage in her vast, offbeat figurative paintings inspired by personal loss. 309 Occidental Ave. S., 206-223-0816, www.groverthurston.com. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Dec. 21.

James Harris Jeffry Miller's "Ceramic Sculpture" is folk art–-inspired terra cotta earthenware. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220, www.jamesharrisgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends Dec. 23.

Richard Hugo House Gallery Symbols and thought fragments make up "Whispers & Cries," emotional X-rays and notebook sketches in pencil and charcoal by Betty Bastai. 1634 11th Ave., 206-322-7030, www.hugohouse.org. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Dec. 23.

Openings

Solomon Fine Art Nik Tongas uses steel, lead, resin, and cast plaster to create his dramatic, somber wall-mounted sculptures in "Obscure Domain." Also: paintings, charcoal drawings, and paper sculptures by Russ Havard, Kazuo Kadonaga, Paul Shakespear, and Chris St. Pierre. Reception: 5-8 p.m. Thurs Jan. 5. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400, www.solomonfineartinc. com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Jan. 27.

Galleries

Art and Soul Celebrity photographer Nikolas Muray was both lover and friend to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and his portraits of Kahlo have been reprinted by Art and Soul using a rare color carbon printing process. 2860 N.W. Market St., 206-297-1223. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Dec. 30.

Art Institute of Seattle The 23rd Annual Faculty Show features design, media art, fashion, photography, installations, and other work. 2323 Elliott Ave., 206-233-0680, www.ais.edu. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Ends Jan. 31.

Art/Not Terminal Mixed-media abstract figures inhabit paintings by Venezuelan "New Age" artist Leopolld J. Cardozo in "Heretic: Retrospective of a Choice." Also: "Winter Sparkle," dream-inspired paintings by Haitian artist Yanick Moravia, and handmade books, illustrations, and a paper corset by Elizabeth Beronich Sheets. (Show also includes holiday gifts for sale.) 2045 Westlake Ave., 206-233-0680, www.antgallery.org. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. "Winter" ends Jan. 4; "Heretic" ends Jan. 5.

Arthead Gallery "Arthead Alumni" showcases a wide range of small-scale work by over 20 established and upcoming regional artists who've been a part of this gallery's 30-year history. 5411 Meridian Ave. N., 206-633-5544, www.bromwikstrom.com/arthead.html. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Jan. 14.

ArtsWest "Personal Voices and Visions" features mixed-media pictures by Arden Charles, paper kimonos using traditional Japanese paper and techniques by Karen O'Hanlon, and Asian-influenced encaustic paintings by Genie Rognier. 4711 California Ave. S.W., 206-938-0963, www.artswest.org. Noon-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Dec. 31.

Baas Art Gallery "Shared Vision, A Celebration of the Spiritual in Life and Art" features paintings by Robert Drucker, Nobuhiro Kagami, and Fulgencio Lazo. 2703 E. Madison St., 206-324-4742, www.baasartgallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Jan. 14.

Ballard/Fetherston Intriguing new paintings by Michael Schultheis, whose past passions for math and economics slip into his acrylic paintings as seemingly random numbers and subconscious calculations. If synapses were paintable, they might look like this. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440, www.ballardfetherstongallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Jan. 7.

Bluebottle Matthew Porter's bright paintings of "Birds and Blossoms" take their inspiration from vintage Japanese and Chinese woodblock prints. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592, www.bluebottleart.com. 1-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Dec. 31.

Capitol Hill Arts Center "Pane in the Glass" should draw people in for its brilliant title and premise alone: Nine local artists have transformed nine recycled windows into illuminated art in four weeks. Presented by the Twilight Artist Collective. 1621 12th Ave., 206-388-0500, www.capitolhillarts.com. 6-10 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Ends Jan. 31.

Francine Seders Marita Dingus fashions elaborate sculptures and wall hangings from fabric, leather, glass, odd hardware, and other recycled curiosities in "We Don't Come Back Brand New." 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355, www.sedersgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 1-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Jan. 15.

Gallery 4 Culture "In Good Company" presents emotional moments captured in color photographs and video by Seattle artist Anne Mathern. 101 Prefontaine Pl. S., 206-296-7580, www.4culture.org. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Dec. 30.

Gallery 110 Kate Sweeney fills the walls with subatomic geometric studies made from wood, decals, and polka dots, using a Spirograph, while Northwest mystic and painter Albert Fisher explores light and energy with clouds and prisms of color. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336, www.gallery110.com. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Dec. 31.

Gallery63Eleven Local filmmaker Karl Krogstad displays colorful new paintings reminiscent of Raoul Dufy. 6311 24th Ave. N.W., 206-478-2238, www.gallery63eleven.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Jan. 11.

Garde Rail James "Buddy" Snipes presents his colorful Southern bricolage folk art made from tin, wood, and other scraps. His "Tree of Life" tin sculpture, filled with smiling people suspended from branches, is particularly interesting in its happy depiction of a potentially negative image. Tashiro-Kaplan Building, 110 Third Ave. S., 206-621-1055, www.garde-rail.com. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Dec. 31.

Greg Kucera Oil and wax minimalist block paintings by Anne Appleby, and seemingly simple drawings of structures by Philippe Weisbecker. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770, www.gregkucera.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Dec. 31.

Howard House "The Sea is the Ghost of the World" is a series of new abstract and figurative paintings by Los Angeles artist Tony de los Reyes. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399, www.howardhouse.net. 10:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Dec. 30.

Jack Straw New Media Gallery Tania Kupczak's "sonic neighborhood" piques curiosity about our impulse to preserve what we don't understand. 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919, www.jackstraw.org. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Dec. 30.

Jeffrey Moose Multitalented Chinese artist Long Gao displays scrolls, stone-cut prints, and surrealist oils. 1333 Fifth Ave., Rainier Square, 206-467-6951, www.jeffreymoosegallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Jan. 31.

Linda Hodges Gallery Moody landscape oils by Bainbridge Island painter Gayle Bard. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034, www.lindahodgesgallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Dec. 31.

Lisa Harris Gallery Northwest painter and master printmaker Kent Lovelace re-creates his recent travels in oil on copper plate, an uncommon technique, for "Landscape Journal: Ireland and France." 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315, www.lisaharrisgallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Ends Dec. 30.

No Space Gallery "Diamonds and Pearls" is a purposely eclectic assortment of new work: paintings by local artist Ryan Iverson, a line of clothing by designer Kristopher Whitman, and sculpture by Nic Barbeln and Hiro Nakanishi. 534 Summit Ave. E., 206-354-9424. 2-6 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Ends Feb. 1.

Patricia Cameron With pen, ink, and charcoal, New York artist Bo Culpepper captures strange angst and angles in his adept drawings of New York rooftops and whimsical interpretations of toy cars in "Murmurings." (See spotlight, p. 89.) 234 Dexter Ave. N., 206-343-9647, www.pcameronfineart.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Jan. 14.

Photographic Center Northwest The center's annual Members' Exhibition presents a juried selection of photographs from nearly 40 artists. Benham Gallery owner Marita Holdaway is this year's juror. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222, www.pcnw.org. 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 Jan. 15.

Platform "Dark States" is a collection of ominous photographs by Jesse Burke, Bill Finger, and Stephen Hilyard. 114 Third Ave. S., 206-323-2808, www.platformgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Dec. 31.

Richard Hugo House Gallery at Belltown In "The de Chirico Overlap," five poems by Hugo House co- founder Frances McCue are paired with five paintings by her friend, artist Mohammed Daoudi, behind windows in what could be the smallest gallery in town. 2721 First Ave. (actual space is on Clay Street), 206-322-7030, www.hugohouse.org. Viewable 24 hours daily. Ends Dec. 31.

Seattle Aquarium "Water's Edge" showcases an array of beautiful aquatic-themed quilts by 21 artists from the Contemporary Quilt Arts Association. All display an amazing use of color, texture, and deft handwork. Particularly striking are "Kelpbed II" by Janet Kurjan, "Turtle Totem" by Patty Hieb, and Donna DeShazo's "Flowers of Coral," while Audree DeAngeles incorporates white organza and long strands of twisting yarn to create 3-D jellyfish in "Jelly Float." 1483 Alaskan Way (Pier 59), 206-386-4320, www.contemporaryquiltart.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free with aquarium admission. Ends Jan. 31.

SOIL "Catalog" collates rather curious work by 12 artists from Seattle to Beijing who like to list, categorize, and enumerate in a variety of media such as photography, embroidery, and video. Allison Manch details the lyrics to Dolly Parton's song "Jolene" in orange thread, while Diane Jacobs fashions pieces out of human hair, and Rutherford Chang uses clips from the NBC Nightly News in her video. 112 Third Ave. S., 206-264-8061, www.soilart.org. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends Dec. 31.

Stonington Gallery Ceremonial hats, a wolf mask, and Tlingit-style paintings make up "The Winter Solstice," a collection of work by 29 Northwest Coast artists celebrating this important season for local Native Americans. 119 S. Jackson St., 206-405-4040, www.stoningtongallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends Dec. 31.

The Legacy Ltd. "From the House of the Thunderbird" celebrates Northwest Coast wood sculpture, including masks by Namgis artists Don Svanvik, Johnathan Henderson, and Sean Whonnock. 1003 First Ave., 206-624-6350, www.thelegacyltd.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Dec. 31.

Viveza "Travelers" features 10 ghostly oil paintings by Seattle artist Carole d'Inverno. 2604 Western Ave., 206-956-3584, www.viveza.com. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Ends Dec. 31.

Wall Space In "Gathering Calm," Elizabeth Carmel retouches her crisp Hasselblad photographs of land- and waterscapes in the Western states to create sometimes stylized studies of the healing qualities of nature. 600 First Ave. (#322), 206-330-9137, www.wallspaceseattle.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Jan. 1.

Western Bridge "Crash. Pause. Rewind." powerfully explores disaster imagery generated by pop culture and the media. Includes works by Richard Barnes, E.V. Day, Tacita Dean, Christoph Draeger, John Haddock, Timothy Hutchings, Chris Larson, Euan Macdonald, and Robert Lazzarini. 3412 Fourth Ave. S., 206-838-7444, www.westernbridge.org. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends March 4.

William Traver Gallery Life-size terra cotta sculptures by Kathy Venter make up "Immersion," while "Pilchuk 2005" is comprised of new work by teachers and artists at the esteemed glass school. 110 Union St. (#200), 206-587-6501, www.travergallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. Ends Jan. 1.

Winston Wächter Oneiric beeswax and oil paintings by Hiro Yokose and dramatic sepia-toned photos of Iceland, Patagonia, and Niagara Falls by Rena Bass Forman. 203 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, www.winstonwachter.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Jan. 6.

Woodside/Braseth "Small and Significant" is the gallery's 44th annual holiday exhibition featuring Northwest artists, including William Cumming, Paul Horiuchi, Ginny Ruffner, and many others. 2101 Ninth Ave., 206-622-7243, www.woodsidebrasethgallery.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Dec. 31.

Museums

Bellevue Arts Museum The Northwest Designer Craftsmen retrospective show, "Looking Forward, Glancing Back: Northwest Designer Craftsmen at 50," displays over 100 contemporary and historic works by NWDC artist members. Also: "Two Hands, Twenty Years, and a Billion Beads" is a survey of David Chatt's intricately beaded sculpture and assorted jewelry, by turns goofy and satirical. 510 Bellevue Way N.E. (Bellevue), 425-519-0770, www.bellevueart.org. 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, www.washington.edu/burkemuseum. 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, www.fryeart.org. 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 Argentinean-born muralist and sculptor, Santiago Cucullu, fills the East Gallery of the Henry with an expansive new mural and minimalist sculpture installation, "The Fates Await: (Serious Delirium or You Will Die Tomorrow)," inspired by the German Expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Also: "150 Works of Art," a compelling exhibit designed by architects Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo that allows viewers to establish their own connections between a variety of photographs, paintings, and video pieces from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Also: "Hershmanlandia: The Art and Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson" presents the first comprehensive look at this innovative multimedia artist's provocative work, and an exploration of our culture's symbolic communication, "Sign Language," features the photography of John Gutmann, Walker Evans, Aaron Siskind, and Weegee, among others. UW campus, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 206-543-2280, www.henryart.org. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. "Sign Language" ends Jan. 29; "Hershmanlandia" and "150 Works" end Feb. 26. Cucullu ends March 12.

Museum of Flight "Suitcase Sightings," curated by longtime Seattle (now Tacoma) artist Lynn DiNino, features a creative array of suitcases re-imagined by local artists, most remarkably as a giraffe named Tallulah. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., 206-764-5700, www.museumofflight.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free with museum admission. Ends Feb. 2.

Nordic Heritage Museum "Parallel Paths—Two Generations in Art" features contemporary embroidery and fiber art by Finnish mother and daughter Riita-Liisa Haavisto and Anne-Ritta Haavisto. Also: "Boundary Crossings—Temperal Dialogues in Finnish Landscape Photography," with work by Johannes Grano, Jorma Puranen, Pentti Sammallahti, and Taneli Eskola. 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707, www.nordicmuseum.org. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; Noon-4 p.m. Sun. Free with museum admission. Ends Feb. 5.

Seattle Art Museum "Louis Comfort Tiffany: Artist for the Ages" shows that the craftsman/entrepreneur, with his exquisitely detailed lamps and windows and luxurious sensibility, was actually an artist of his times (late 19th-early 20th century). This is a well-assembled and beautifully lit show, but a bit cautious for the museum's swan song before it closes in January for renovation. 100 University St., 206-654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. Ends Jan. 4.

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. Also: "The Romantic Visions of Michael Brophy" offers 25 paintings of quintessentially Northwest images executed over the past 10 years by the Portland-based artist. 1701 Pacific Ave. (Tacoma), 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org. Every third Thursday free and open until 8 p.m. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Brophy ends Jan. 1; Bourke-White ends Jan. 15.

 
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