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ART/NOT TERMINAL I don’t think you can get any more specialized than “The Finns as Cartoon Subjects in the American Press.” Improbable as it might seem, that’s the subject of a talk by Mika Rantanan. 7 p.m. Sat. Jan 24. 2045 Westlake Ave., free, 206-233-0680.
ARTIST LECTURE: KEN KELLY The Seattle artist discusses his approach to abstract painting. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mon. Jan. 26. Pratt Fine Art Center, 1902 S. Main St., free, 206-328-2200.
BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM COMMUNITY FORUMS With a tentative goal of reopening by July, BAM’s Board of Trustees holds a series of public forums to discuss the museum’s proposed vision/mission. 7-8:30 p.m. Thurs. Jan. 22, Crossroads Shopping Center Community Room, 156th Ave. and N.E. 8th St., (Bellevue), 425-644-1111. 7-8:30 p.m. Mon. Jan. 26. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. (Kirkland), 425-893-9900.
BURKE CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION It’s the Year of the Monkey! Celebrate with food, music, dance performances, and personalized New Year’s messages written by a Chinese calligrapher. 1-3 p.m. Sat. Jan. 24. Burke Museum, UW campus, N.E. 45th St. and 17th Ave. N.E., free with admission, 206-543-5590.
THE GRAND VIEW In what could be a stimulating dialogue on the Northwest perception of landscape over the past 150 years, New York Times correspondent Tim Egan, painter Victoria Adams, and eco-artist Buster Simpson engage in a panel discussion entitled “The Grand View: Changing Perceptions of the Land.” 7:30 p.m., Thurs. Jan. 22, Lincoln Theater, 712 S. 1st St. (Mount Vernon), $2-$5, 360-336-2858.
911 MEDIA ARTS On display in 911’s windows is David Nechak’s “Puzzlement,” a series of five large monochrome abstract paintings cut into classic puzzle shapes and jumbled amongst one another. 117 Yale Ave. N., 206-682-6552. 24 hours. Continues through Feb. 22.
SCCC M. ROSETTA HUNTER ART GALLERY A group show coordinated by La Casa de Artes showcases local and international Latino artists, including prints from the mid-20th-century Mexican design collective Taller de Grafica Popular. Reception: 5-7 p.m. Wed. Jan. 21. 801 E. Pine St., 206-344-4379. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 5-7 p.m. Tues & Thurs.
FOSTER/WHITE RAINIER SQUARE “Northwest Masters” serves up work by the dependable standbys of Northwest art: Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Richard Gilkey, Morris Graves, and Mark Tobey. 1331 Fifth Ave., 206-583-0100. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
SOIL “Recent Acquisitions” displays work by six new members of the SOIL collective: Debra Baxter, Buddy Bunting, Dan Dean, Thom Heileson, Bret Marion, and Jennifer Zwick. 1317 E. Pine St., 206-264-8061. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.
AIA “Flat Building” is exactly what it says it is: photographs of buildings that, for one reason or another, appear to be two-dimensional facades as seen through the lens of Brian Allen. 911 First Ave., 206-448-4938. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
ART/NOT TERMINAL Abstract collage diptychs from artist Phil Fagerholm will be rearranged daily so the exhibit will be a DIFFERENT SHOW EVERY DAY. Hmmm. Seeing it once is probably more than enough. 2045 Westlake Ave., 206-233-0680, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
ARTEMIS Julie Alexander’s large abstract matrices of paint are reminiscent of weaving. Also, encaustic paintings on birch by Amy Ruppel, and Lars Husby’s wood sculptures. 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
ARTSWEST Three locals engage in some introspective navel-gazing in “Inner Expressions.” Martha Carey paints abstract mindscapes; Amy Garcia creates constructions in wire, fabric and acrylics; and Vadim Kin applies the “Virgin Mary-in-a-tortilla-chip” way seeing to his photographs of rock formations, finding all sorts of faces in stone. 4711 California Ave. S.W. (West Seattle), 206-938-0963. Noon-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
BENHAM In “Coming of Age,” three photographers look at the transition from childhood to adulthood. 1216 First Ave., 206-622-2480. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.
BRYAN OHNO Abstract studies in pattern and intricacy by Marc Katano alongside organic-inspired ceramic wall sculpture by Juan Granados. 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
CDA GALLERY The art of the quilt is having something of a resurgence locally thanks to CDA, which now unveils new work by Rahcel Brumer. “Slumber, The Nights” returns quilts to their original function: on the bed. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.
CONSOLIDATED WORKS The touring Altoids Curiously Strong Art program is designed to promote up-and-coming artists. No word on who’s featured. 500 Boren Ave. N., 206-860-5245. 4-8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 1-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
DAVIDSON “Strata” is slightly precious idea, but one that just might work: variations on the theme of stripe painting. The paradigm here is mid-twentieth century painter Gene Davis, whose shtick was abstract paintings composed of vertical stripes. Davis apparently never tired of improvising and experimenting within this self-imposed form. Scores of artists now try their hand at the form: parallel squiggles from Miki Lee; Markus Linnenbrink’s poured enamel streaks; and Jil Weinstock’s rubber-encased zippers. There’s also a solo show by pseudo-Renaissance painter Adrienne Sherman. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
FRANCINE SEDERS Marc Aaron Wenet’s assemblages are definitely sustainable art: in “Sight Patterns,” he uses old building materials, discarded metal, and other detritus to create formally balanced and playful compositions. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1-5 p.m. Sun.
G. GIBSON Beverly Rayner’s new work, “Specimens,” continues her mixed-media work that began with “Genetic Decoder and other Pseudoscientific Explorations.” Incorporating photographs, found objects, wax, wood, and plaster, she transforms generic images into catalogs for the DNA age. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
GALLERY 63 ELEVEN A solo show of folksie-art paintings by local artist C.L. Utley. 6311 N.W. 24th St. (Ballard), 206-478-2238. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
GALLERY 110 In the second of its semiannual juried shows, this artist-owned collective gallery continues to serve up a potent cocktail of politically-engaged art. This month’s theme is “Body Politics.” On display are 38 works by Jessica Dodge, Karen Kosoglad, Katie Miller, Blair Wilson, and first prize-winner James Cicatko, whose “Little Monsters” paintings feature nude men and women pummeling each other senseless. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
GALLERY OF THE SENSES Seattle sculptor and WSU alum Roark Congdon displays “200 clay skulls and one bronze one” at this gallery that has quietly existed on Capitol Hill for six years. 1402 E. Pike, 206-568-0291. 6-10 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
GARDE RAIL After 30 years breaking rock in the coal mines of Pennsylvania and earning a case of black lung for his troubles, Jack Savitsky decided to start painting and selling his simple works for five bucks a pop at local craft fairs before he died in 1991. Now he’s recognized as one of the pioneers of 20th-century folk art, with considerably higher prices on his wide-eyed paintings of miners and religious scenes. They look like what you’d find on the walls of Ms. Crabapple’s third-grade class, but that’s part of the charm, I guess. 4860 Rainier Ave. (Columbia City), 206-721-0107. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
GREG KUCERA New York artist Jane Hammond’s “Star Maps, Scrapbooks, and Matchbooks” contains a collection of recent mixed-media paintings and assemblages. Working in an idiosyncratic language of visual symbols, Hammond’s art transforms everyday detritus into investigations of the arbitrary nature of signs. (A nearly six-foot circular zodiac painting, for instance, replaces the usual fishes, scorpions, and lions with wishbones, geishas, and elves). 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
JOE BAR A handful of local artists muse on the practice and general failure of resolutions in “Hi, Resolution: The Art of Broken Promises.” Ellen Forney, Alice Tippit, Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley, Derek Knobbs, Denise Giago, Nancy Chang, and Susan Tillitt contribute. 810 E. Roy St., 206-324-0407. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
LISA HARRIS From Portland, Thomas Workman’s abstract encaustic paintings recall the medium’s origins in ancient Greeceblack-figure pottery with its sharp, bladelike forms. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.
MARTIN-ZAMBITO Prints by an assortment of 20th-century artists, including Niels Andersen, Dorothy Dolph Jensen, Fay Chong, and abstract modernist painter Werner Drewes. 721 E. Pike St., 206-726-9509. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER NORTHWEST This year’s annual exhibition of work by PCNW members includes images by Charles Peterson, Kathleen Chambers, Julia Kuskin, Joel Sanders, and plenty of others. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
PITCAIRN SCOTT French artist Nathalie Harvey’s powerful, sanguinary figures seem to be the work of a protracted, bloody struggle upon the canvaseach of these large canvases (some of which are diptychs and triptychs) roughly portrays human figures in various states of violence or dislocation.2207 Second Ave., 206-448-5380. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
SOLOMON FINE ART “Six in the City” offers three-dimensional works by Pratt Fine Arts Center instructors: metalwork by Mark Brinton and Catherine Grisez; cast glass by Chad Holliday, Theresa Batty and Katrina Hude; and a clay-and-paper accordion book entitled “Tracing the Wounds” by Kamla Kakaria. 215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
WILLIAM TRAVER Loads of candy-confection glass by Venetian glass artist Massimo Micheluzzi; plus uninspired abstract steel paintings by Kevin Quinn. 110 Union St. (second floor), 206-587-6501. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
WINSTON WÄCHTER “Four from the Northwest” excerpts new work by Julie Speidel, Catherine Eaton Skinner, Betsy Eby, and Victoria Adams. Adams is the one to watch: Her deadpan landscapes seem straight out of the 17th century, yet there’s something intriguing about her obsessive quest to create intentionally unreal images of nature. 403 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
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