Openings & Events
Nanz Aalund The local jewelry artist presents a new collection of intricate pill boxes. First Thursday opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Core Gallery, 117 Prefontaine Place S. (Tashiro Kaplan Building), 467-4444, coregallery.org, Weds.-Sat., 12-6 p.m. Through Nov. 25.
Affordable Art Fair This collector’s wet dream gathers thousands of pieces in the same place, all priced from $100-$10,000. See affordableartfair.com/seattle for full schedule and details. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 684-7200, seattlecenter.com, Free, Nov. 7-10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Homecoming presents her eerie staged scenes. Also note lecture by the visiting Portland photographer (6 p.m. Friday, $8-$10). Photo Center NW, 900 12th Ave., 720-7222, pcnw.org, Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 12-8 p.m. Through Dec. 15.
Belltown Art Walk Neighborhood galleries (including Northwest Woodworkers Gallery, Form/Space Atelier, A/NT Terminal Gallery, and others) and non-galleries (Cyclops, Black Bottle, Bedlam Coffee, etc.) extend their hours so you can check out work by local artists. See belltownartwalk.com for details. Second Friday of every month, 6 p.m.
Best of the Northwest This is the 25th annual arts and crafts fair run by Northwest Art Alliance. Over 100 local art-makers will be featured with their jewelry, clothing, paintings, and more. Music and food are part of the fun. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., nwartalliance.com. $5-$8, Nov. 8-10.
Central District Art Walk Local artists with studios along E. Cherry St. (between 23rd and 24th Aves.) invite you to come in and see what’s brewing. Venues include Autumn Thing, Doubt Us Artwork, Miss Cline Press, Outside In Studio, and Coyote Central. Info: centraldistrictartwalk.com. Second Saturday of every month, 1-5 p.m.
Thinking Abstract takes the Haida artist’s traditional Native artwork and pushes it in new experimental directions. (Note that he also has a career retrospective opening at SAM on November 16.) First Thursday opening, 6-8 p.m. Stonington Gallery, 125 S. Jackson St., 405-4040, stoningtongallery.com, Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Nov. 26.
Isabelle duToit The globe-trotting painter’s new series Fragile depicts solitary animals with stark, empty backgrounds, at times both comical and a poignant commentary on habitat loss. First Thursday opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Patricia Rovzar Gallery, 1225 Second Ave., 223-0273, rovzargallery.com, Open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Nov. 30.
Charles Emerson In his Poetic Entanglements, the painter creates unique color fields that appear like surreal technicolor clouds and light rays. First Thursday opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Sisko Gallery, 3126 Elliott Ave., 283-2998, siskogallery.com, Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Dec. 31.
Georgetown Art Attack This month’s shindig features Aaron Murphy’s surreal futuristic robot landscapes, a small-press art show curated by Larry Reid at Fantagraphics, a collection of role-playing game art, and more. As always, artist studios are open at Equinox and Nautilus, and the evening continues at 8 Pound Hammer and other local bars. Info: georgetownartattack.com. Second Saturday of every month, 6-9 p.m.
Group Show Recent work from Jacqueline Barnett, Marita Dingus, Elizabeth Sandvig, and Laura Thorne, including gestural paintings and beaded sculpture. Opening reception 2 p.m. Sunday. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 782-0355, sedersgallery.com, Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Nov. 30.
Heroes Return & Resonance In Heroes Return, Sean Fansler paints the salmon of the Northwest returning home to die at the end of their life cycle. Nancy Coleman and Monka Dalkin’s Resonance explores the many dimensions of wax as a medium. First Thursday opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Gallery 110, 110 Third Ave. S. (Tashiro Kaplan Building), 624-9336, gallery110.com, Weds.-Sat., 12-5 p.m. Through Nov. 30.
David Hytone & Michael Weinstein Hytone’s pieces are thick and cakey exercises in textural painting. Weinstein’s scultpure combines wood with bright metal to create abstract forms. First Thursday opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Gallery I|M|A, 123 S. Jackson St., 625-0055, galleryima.com, Tues.-Sun., 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Through Nov. 30.
Mary Iverson At first, Mary Iverson just thought the color of the cranes at the Port of Seattle looked nice against the sky. Then she got a permit form Stevedore Services of America to do plein air painting out on the terminals, hanging out for a year and getting to know shipyard workers as she rendered the boats and cargo coming in. Eventually, she started reading up on the industry. She found out how quickly things were growing—more and more cargo was being shipped in, bigger boats and cranes had to be built, terminals had to be widened. “It just kept going and going,” says Iverson. “It seemed like this growth would never stop.” As an environmentalist and someone who volunteers for the Sierra Club, her admiration for progress clashed inside with her concern for the health of the planet. In Sunk, her paintings are a manifestation of this inner turmoil—natural landscapes with shipping containers, boats, and stark geometric lines superimposed on them. These surreal visions are both apocalyptic and beautiful, poignant reminders of an imperiled planet. “It’s this luminous West,” says Iverson, clashing with our need for growth. These paintings are my only way of dealing with this.” (First Thursday opening reception, 4:30-7 p.m.) KELTON SEARS Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave. S., 624-1324, davidsongalleries.com, Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Through Nov. 30.
Stills collects Jones’ whimsical still-life paintings full of strange characters and muted primary colors inspired by the sets of Jean Renoir’s films. First Thursday opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Grover/Thurston Gallery, 319 Third Ave. S., 223-0816, groverthurston.com, Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Dec. 21.
Sofie Knijff The Belgian photographer visits with Translations, a series of child portraits taken around the world. Opening reception: 6 p.m. Friday. M.I.A. Gallery, 1203 Second Ave., 467-4927, m-i-a-gallery.com, Sat., 12-6 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Dec. 14.
Naturama features his new paintings. Also on view, works by Lindsey Carr, called Le Petite Singerie. First Thursday opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Roq La Rue, 532 1st Avenue S., 374-8977, roqlarue.com, Weds.-Sat., 12-5 p.m. Through Nov. 30.
Richard Morhous His thick lines and bold-color style in Making Marks render childlike scenes of cities, parks, and landscapes. First Thursday opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, 443-3315, lisaharrisgallery.com, Mon.-Sun., 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Through Dec. 2.
Andre Petterson & Guy Laramee
Impressions of Africa takes Petterson’s photos from a trip to Africa and layers painting on top to enliven the image. Islands finds Laramee scultpting literal island landscapes out of the pages and bindings of old hardback books. First Thursday opening reception, 6 p.m. Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Ave. S., 622-2833, fosterwhite.com, Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Nov. 30.
Punch Invitational The 15 current gallery members each choose one work from one artist for this invitational exhibit showcasing artists from the Northwest and as far away as Florida. First Thursday opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Punch Gallery, 119 Prefontaine Place S. (Tashiro Kaplan Building), 621-1945, punchgallery.org, Thurs.-Sat., 12-5 p.m. Through Nov. 16.
A Sense of Place II This group show, curated by Juan Alonso, collects work by 10 Seattle that explores how our environment shapes us. First Thursday opening reception in the City Hall lobby and Anne Focke Gallery below, 4-6 p.m. City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., 684-8888, seattle.gov, Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Jan. 3.
Art of Living gathers her textile works for a special holiday exhibition. First Thursday opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Hanson Scott Gallery, 121 Prefontaine Place S., 361-5385, hansonscottgallery.com. Weds.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Dec. 21.
Suitcase In Suitcase, Swiss artists Peter Aerschmann, Leyla Goormaghtigh, and Sophie Schmidt create site-specific multimedia work. Good Manners and Great Understandings presents local artist Julia Freeman’s similarly mutlimedia work. First Thursday opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Soil Gallery, 112 Third Ave. S. (Tashiro Kaplan Building), 264-8061, soilart.org, Weds.-Sat., 12-5 p.m. Through Nov. 30.
The Idea of Color presents jewelry based on the artist’s years in Alaska. First Thursday opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Stonington Gallery, 125 S. Jackson St., 405-4040, stoningtongallery.com, Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Dec. 2.
Wallingford Art Walk Participating venues and galleries include Stu Stu Studios, Fuel Coffee, Julia’s Restaurant, and Oasis Art Gallery. See wallingfordartwalk.org for full roster of attractions. First Wednesday of every month, 6-9 p.m.