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Lectures and Events
Blank Canvas Throwdown Six-person teams of Seattle architects and interior designers create spontaneous art. The public is invited to watch. The Throwdown is followed by a cocktail party and charity auction, with proceeds benefiting Art With Heart. $10 minimum donation. Throwdown: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Party/Auction: 7-10 p.m. Sat. May 6. Space, 1907 Second Ave., 206-443-7743, www.spaceseattle.com.
Bugs, Beer and Art Entomologist Don Ehlen displays a 3,000-insect collection amid performance and visual art. $5 donation (for beer). 5-10 p.m. Thurs. May 4. Vandenbrink Community Room, Tashiro-Kaplan building, 115 Prefontaine Place S., www.tklofts.com.
Irene Bierman She’ll discuss Cairo’s past and present in “Seeing the Medieval in the Modern: Cairo the City Victorious.” 6:30 p.m. Thurs. May 4. Free. Burke Museum, Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast, 206-543-7907, www.burkemuseum.org.
Frye Artist Talk Artists Leo Saul Berk, Claire Cowie, Scott Fife, Victoria Haven, Patrick Holderfield, Steven Miller, Jeffry Mitchell, Mark Mumford, and Alice Wheeler discuss their works in “Swallow Harder: Selections from the Ben and Aileen Krohn Collection.” 6 p.m. Fri. May 5. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave. S., 206-622-9250, www.fryemuseum.org.
Vashon Art Tour Enjoy a self-guided tour of 21 Vashon Island art studios and group shows, with everything from paintings, printmaking, and sculpture to garden art, jewelry, glass, weaving, pottery, and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun., May 6-7 & 13-14. Visit www.vashonislandartstudiotour.com for more information.
Japanese Art Two lectures: “Unwrapping Japanese Tea Bowls: On Handmade Culture and the Dilemma of Modern Connoisseurship” and “Four Generations of Bamboo Artistry—Tradition and Individuality.” 3-5 p.m. Sun. May 7. 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/visitSAAM.asp.
Fremont First Friday Over 16 galleries and shops participate in this monthly art walk. Guide maps are available at various locations. 6-9 p.m. Fri. April 7.
Art Patch “Wanderings” is the fourth show in the Sweatshop Inc. series. Sweatshop Inc. member Adam Wallace explores himself and his surroundings through photographs. Reception: 5-9 p.m. 306 S. Washington St., Ste. 102, 206-388-2373. Hours by phone appointment only. Ends May 25.
Catherine Person Gallery Artist Linda Davison conveys her process of perception through oil paintings and graphite drawings. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 319 Third Ave. S., www.catherinepersongallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends May 27.
Corridor Gallery Garek J. Druss’ “Things I Don’t Want To Do” takes interesting objects and skews them into intentionally “absurd” perspectives. Reception: 5-9 p.m. Tashiro-Kaplan building, 306 S. Washington, 206-856-7037. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends May 27.
Davidson Galleries “Contemporary Finnish Woodcuts” features an array of traditional and modern styles. Also, Jay Steensma’s oil paintings and drawings on everything from canvas to paper bags, inspired by religion, mysticism, nature, and the Northwest School. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-1324, www.davidsongalleries.com. 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends May 27.
Foster/White “Synergy” features glass works by Merrilee Moore. 220 Third Ave. S., 206-622-2833, www.fosterwhite.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends May 27.
G. Gibson Gallery Classic-style paintings by New Yorker Marc Dennis in “Allegories” and large-scale photos by St. Paul artist JoAnn Verburg in “Poet Under Water.” Reception: 6-8 p.m. 300 S. Washington St., 206-587-4033, www.gibsongallery.com. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends May 27.
Gallery 110 Christopher Buening disguises airplane barf bags with intricate drawings. Also, Linda Horsley’s colorful surrealism. Reception: 6-8 p.m. (Opening: 6-8 p.m. Wed., May 3). 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336, www.gallery110.com. Ends May 27.
Gallery 4 Culture A satirical examination of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries by Dawn Cerny, loosely based on Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 101 Prefontaine Pl. S., 206-296-7580, www.4culture.org. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends May 26.
Grover/Thurston Gallery Bay Area artist Inez Storer’s collage, paint, and found-object works reflect identity, history, and gender, including her own European-Catholic upbringing. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 309 Occidental Ave. S., 206-223-0816, www.groverthurston.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends May 27.
Lisa Harris “10 Years of Paper” is Seattle-based artist Richard Hutter’s retrospective collection of prints, collages, and paintings. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 1922 Pike Place, 206-443-3315, www.lisaharrisgallery.com. 10:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
SAM “A Northwest Summer: Six Exhibitions—One Celebration” includes studio glass art from the Jon and Mary Shirley collection; art deco sculpture from the museum’s early days; contemporary art; “Night Sounds,” or 14 significant interconnected works by Mark Tobey and Morris Graves; “Picnics, Rhythms and Vacations” by Trimpin; and “Elegant Earth” photographs by Johsel Namkung. SAM is temporarily relocated to the Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. Ends Oct. 15.
Shift Collaborative Studio Elise Richman’s oil paintings reflect the ordered chaos of the wilderness. Reception: 5-8 p.m. Tashiro-Kaplan Arts Complex #105, 306 S. Washington, 206-547-1215. www.shiftstudio.org. Noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends May 27.
Soil “Nooksandcrannies” by Julie Custer, Marc Dombrosky, and Etsuko Ichikawa is a site-specific installation interpreting the space. Also, “Substrata: New Photographs” by Thom Heileson. Reception: 6-9 p.m. 112 Third Ave. S., 206-264-8061, www.soilart.org. noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Ends May 28.
Stonington “Borne of Myth & Fire” celebrates glass art of the Northwest coast. Reception: 6-8 p.m. 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 May 29.
Underground Gallery Color and black-and-white photos of Machu Picchu by Malcolm L. Edwards. Reception: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Studio B-12, 214 First Ave. S., 206-340-9395, www.undergroundgalleryseattle.com. 1-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends May 31.
William Traver Exquisite blown glass by artist Lino Tagliapietra. Reception: 5-8 p.m. 110 Union St. #200, 206-587-6501, www.travergallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Ends July 2.
Art/Not Terminal The featured artist for May, Sam Caldwell, works with everything from paint and paper to wax and coffee in “Experimentation.” Also, Tarot readers will be in the Subterranean Room daily for “Art of the Tarot Oracle.” Reception for “Experimentation”: 7-10 p.m. Sat. May 6. 2045 Westlake Ave., 206-233-0680, www.antgallery.org. Tarot Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-6 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Gallery Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends June 1.
Baas Judy Talley explores the range of perception and association that people place on dolls in “Memory and Symbol.” Reception: 5-8 p.m. Wed. May 3. 2703 E. Madison, 206-324-4742, www.baasartgallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends May 31.
Francine Seders Gallery Robert McNown’s ink on paper series resembles a tapestry of intricate designs. Bradd Skubinna creates mosaiclike collages from found paper and plastic. Also, Jeffrey Burgert’s “monochroform,” oils on canvas in the upstairs gallery. Reception: 2-4 p.m. Sun. May 7. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355, www.sedersgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. and Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tues., 1-5 p.m. Sun. Ends June 4.
Fountainhead “Innervision” features landscape paintings by 11 area artists. Reception: 5-7 p.m. Sat. May 6. 625 W. McGraw St., 206-285-4467, www.fountainheadgallery.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun., and by appointment. Ends May 28.
Gallery 1216 The Camera Club, also members of REACH, share photographs taken with disposable cameras in “Off the Pavement.” Co-presented by Artpatch. Reception: 3-6 p.m. Wed. May 3. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480, www.benhamgallery.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 6-8 p.m. Thurs. Ends May 4.
Howard/Mandville “The Love of the Land” features landscape art by various artists. Reception: 5:30-8 p.m. Fri. May 5. 120 Park Lane, Suite D, Kirkland, 425-889-8212, www.howardmandville.com. Ends May 31.
NW Craft Center Gallery Ed Cox’s Temple Garden exhibit features oil paintings, carpets, ceramic sculptures, wood carvings, and mosaic. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Fri. May 5. 305 Harrison St., 206-728-1555. www.eddcox.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (closed May 8, 15, 22). Ends June 25.
Art/Not Terminal Kites, a teeter-totter, and a gorilla mask can be found at the “17th Annual Functional Art Show.” Also: the “Seattle Erotic Art Festival Invitational Gallery Show” in the gallery’s Subterranean Room. 2045 Westlake Ave., 206-233-0680, www.antgallery.org. “Functional” hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. noon-5 p.m. Sun. “Erotic” hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-6 p.m. Sat., 1:30-5 p.m. Sun. Ends May 4.
Ballard/Fetherston Ohio transplant Jane Richlovsky finds seductive juxtapositions in her observations of vintage Americana in “Domestic Bliss and Other Temptations,” new narrative paintings on found textiles. 818 E. Pike St., 206-322-9440, www.ballardfetherstongallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends May 6.
CoCA “Under the Alley, Over the Clouds: Exploration on Walls” invites you to watch artists Parskid and Lars Bergquist create art for CoCA, at CoCA. Closing Reception: 8 p.m.-midnight Sat. May 6. CoCA, 410 Dexter Ave. N., 206-728-1980, www.cocaseattle.org. Noon-5 p.m., Wed.-Sun. Ends May 7.
James Harris Unfurnished rooms and still-life leftovers are the subjects of Laura Letinsky’s crisp and painterly color photographs in “Somewhere, Somewhere.” 309A Third Ave. S., 206-903-6220, www.jamesharrisgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends May 6.
Henry Art Gallery “Roy Lichtenstein: Prints 1956-97” includes 77 prints, lithographs, etchings, sculptures, and woodblocks by the Benday-pointillist Pop Artist. Also: Video artist Kelly Mark’s amusing footage of conversations with statues and other engagingly off-kilter situations in “Thanks for Everything.” Both end May 7. Maya Lin plays with blocks, shadows, wire, and perspective in “Systematic Landscapes,” the visionary artist/architect’s first museum show in eight years. It’s an expansive collection of gallery-filling sculptures, smaller works, and her models for the ongoing Confluence Project, seven sites along the Columbia River commemorating the journey of Lewis and Clark. Highlights include Water Line, a wire topography that webs across the East Gallery, and 2×4 Landscape, a wavy hill made of 65,000 blocks of hemlock. Wire Landscape, a smaller piece, entangles wire with its own shadow. 15th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 41st St., 206-543-2280, www.henryart.org. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. Ends Sept. 3.
Kirkland Arts Center “Altared” presents visions of altars and other sacred spaces by 21 Northwest artists. 620 Market St., Kirkland, 425-822-7161, www.kirklandartscenter.org. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Ends May 3.
Platform Gallery Irreverent scribbling, art critic rants, hit lists, and other works on paper and paintings by Brooklyn bad boy William Powhida promise to provoke in “Paper Beings.” 114 Third Ave. S., 206-323-2808, www.platformgallery.com. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends May 6.
Roq la Rue Latin-American folklore inspires the colorful hallucinogenic paintings and prints by Catalina Estrada in “Once Upon a Time.” Also: “Ever After”—new paintings by L.A. artists Moira Hahn and Amy Crehore, and Eugene, Ore., artist Gretchen Ryan. 2312 Second Ave., 206-374-8977, www.roqlarue.com. 2-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Ends May 6.
Space Urban and Pop art, abstract paintings, microphotography, and clay sculpture by Stashu Smaku, Scott Morgan, Nubby Twiglet, Gregory Fields, Derek Voss, Jose Torres Jr., Roland Rodriguez, Brian White, Jess Edwards, and gallery owner Guy Warren. 1907 Second Ave., 206-443-7743. Noon-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri. Ends May 4.
Benham Gallery R. Mac Holbert presents a solo show of his photos, while “Side by Side” pairs and compares his work with that of fellow photographer Graham Nash. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480, www.benhamgallery.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Ends May 27.
Crawl Space The connecting thread of “Personally Public,” a group show of Fluxus-style concepts by 11 local artists and artistic teams, is the absurdist’s glee in creating incongruities for public reaction. 504 E. Denny Way #1, 206-322-5752, www.crawlspacegallery.com. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends May 14.
Experience Music Project “DoubleTake: From Monet to Lichtenstein” pairs 28 modern and classic paintings from the private collection of Paul Allen in unexpected ways. Many paintings have not been seen by the public in over 50 years. Some sample matches: Van Gogh and Ernst, Monet and DeKooning, Signac and Rothko. Curated by art historian and Impressionism expert Paul Hayes Tucker. EMP, 325 Fifth Ave. N. (Seattle Center), 206-770-2702, www.doubletakeexhibit.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $7-$8. Ends October.
Gallery63Eleven New work by local artist Alix Lorance in “Women.” 6311 24th Ave. N.W., 206-478-2238, www.gallery63eleven.com. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends May 10.
Greg Kucera “Splinter. Return.” The abstract and figurative canvases and sculptures of Cuban-born painter, poet, and writer Enrique Martinez Celaya are darkly fascinating, as one might expect from an artist whose materials include charcoal, tar, and blood. Also: The intricate “visual algorithms” of the prints of New York artist James Siena. 212 Third Ave. S., 206-624-0770, www.gregkucera.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends May 13.
Howard House 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399, www.howardhouse.net. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends May 13.
Jeffrey Moose Photographs and handmade textures infused with Native American themes in “Collages/Composites” by Alyssa Hinton, and stone and earthenware sculpture by Hannah Alex-Glasser. Rainier Square, 1333 Fifth Ave., 206-467-6951, www.jeffreymoosegallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends May 27.
Joe Bar Scrappy little sock animals and playground scenarios make up “Friends of Little Roy,” the current collection of black and white images by local photographer Erin L. Shafkind that explore themes of childhood and loyalty. Opens May 1. 810 E. Roy St., 206-324-0407, www.joebar.org. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends May 31.
Kimzey Miller After 30 years, this downtown gallery is closing its doors for good at the end of May. Until then, there will be rotating exhibits of its artists. 1225 Second Ave., 206-682-2339. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Closes May 26.
Kirsten Gallery “Around the World in Forty Paintings” features Leon White’s works inspired by 30 years of travel. 5320 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-522-2011, www.kirstengallery.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Ends May 16.
Linda Hodges Gallery New paintings by established artist Gaylen Hansen. 316 First Ave. S., 206-624-3034, www.lindahodgesgallery.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends May 27.
MusaDesign “Counter Points: Metaphors of Expression” features work by contemporary New York artist Seth Ely. Also: a collection of African sculpture. 2617 Fifth Ave., 425-246-8464, www.musadesign.net. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Fri. Ends June 2.
Nordic Heritage Museum Bodies intertwine in “Swift and Slow,” drawings by Norwegian-born (now Brooklyn-based) artist Sol Kjøk. 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707, www.nordicmuseum.org. Free with museum admission ($4-$6). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun. Ends June 11.
Photographic Center Northwest Moved by her grandmother’s Alzheimer’s-induced memory loss, Jessica Todd Harper’s “Portraits from Private Spaces” place family and friends in classic portraiture settings in an effort to recapture memories. 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 May 15.
Richard Hugo House Gallery “Memory: Capturing Our Fleeting Existence” is a collection of “introversion (or shadow) boxes” by Lisa Mei Ling Fong. 1634 11th Ave., 206-322-7030, www.hugohouse.org. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends May 28.
Sam Day Gallery Local outdoor adventure photographer Carl Skoog died while climbing in the Andes last October at age 46. “Backcountry Visionary” is the first posthumous exhibit of his work and includes his personal favorites. 79 S. Main St., 206-382-7413. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends May 30.
Solomon Fine Art Oil paintings by Fred Holcomb in “Panorama.” Also: work by Tom Gormally, Isabel Manalo, and Susan Schwalb. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400, www.solomonfineartinc.com. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends May 19.
Suyama Space German-born local composer and inventor Trimpin presents a new site-specific installation, SHHH. A large metal sphere rhythmically orbits on a circular rail, its movement and sound responding to the proximity of the viewer. Reception: 5-7 p.m. Fri. April 28. 2324 Second Ave., 206-256-0809, www.suyamapetersondeguchi.com/art. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends July 28.
20Twenty Hand-silkscreened posters by young poster artist and musician Nat Damm in “A Far Out Trip Through a Hard Rock Tunnel.” 5208 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-706-0969, www.twentytwentyballard.com. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wed.-Thurs. Ends May 10.
Two Bells Bar & Grill Photography by local designer Darrell Davis. 2313 Fourth Ave., 206-441-3050. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Ends May 31.
Wall Space Mark Vercammen’s sensual monochromatic photos of the naked male body in “Structure” have the textured feel of etchings. 600 First Ave. #322, 206-749-9133, www.wallspaceseattle.com. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri. Ends May 12.
Western Bridge Inspired by Kirsten Stoltmann’s video about adolescent skateboarders, “Boys and Flowers” features an eclectic array of commissioned and award-winning local and international work. Highlights include a magnificent botanical mural by British artist Paul Morrison; The Four Seasons of Veronica Read by Turkish-British video artist Kutlug Ataman, which pays homage to ordinary obsessions (here, gardening); an ornate Japanese screen and saucy paean to a doomed bathhouse by local suggestive ceramicist Jeffry Mitchell; and a project to rebuild Denny Hill by the architects of Universal Nonlinear Design. 3412 Fourth Ave. S., 206-838-7444, www.westernbridge.org. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends August 12.
Winston Wächter Vast white skies fill the oil and linen canvases of Vashon Island painter Victoria Adams in “Weather Shift: New Landscapes.” Also: “Group Photography” features the work of Tom Baril, Rena Bass Forman, and Kris Cox. 203 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, www.winstonwachter.com. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends May 31.
Bellevue Arts Museum “Rozome Masters of Japan” showcases the unique Japanese art of batik with work by 15 artists. Also: Asian textiles inform the work of two American artists in “Wrapped in Color: Kimonos by Tim Harding, Jackets by Jon Eric Riis.” Also: New Orleans artist Thomas Mann collects and frames fragments he found in the streets of his lost city in “Storm Cycle, An Artist Responds to Hurricane Katrina,” while collage artist Maureen McCabe draws upon superstition, Catholicism, and wit in her odd assortments, collectively titled “Shadow Boxes, Assembled Tales of Fate, Magic, and Wit.” 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue, 425-519-0770, www.bellevuearts.org. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (until 9 p.m. Thurs.), 11 a.m-5:30 p.m. Sun. “Storm Cycle” and “Shadow Boxes” end May 21, “Rozome” and “Kimonos” end June 18.
Frye Art Museum “Swallow Harder: Selections from the Ben and Aileen Krohn Collection” is the provocative first museum show of this local multimedia contemporary collection. Also Robyn O’Neil’s epic drawings, exploring death and man’s relationship to nature, and Amy Helfand’s “Modern Nature” collages and tapestries. 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250, www.fryemuseum.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Sun. “Swallow” ends May 14. O’Neil and “Modern Nature” end July 30.
Museum of Glass “Czech Glass, 1945-1980: Design in an Age of Adversity” presents glasswork from a difficult era in Czech postwar history. Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma, 253-284-4750, www.museumofglass.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. (until 8 p.m. every third Thurs.), noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends June 18.
Seattle Art Museum Closed for expansion until spring of 2007; see Web site for details. 100 University St., 206-654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org.
Seattle Asian Art Museum In “Discovering Buddhist Art—Seeking the Sublime,” nearly 100 works represent the influence of Buddhism on Asian art and culture. The wonderful array of antique snuff bottles is a highlight. Also: Tooba, a powerful, haunting allegorical video by Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat about a woman who merges with a tree (it makes sense when you see it). Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs. “Tooba” ends Oct. 15, “Buddha” is ongoing.