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LECTURE: ART AND PHYSICS Art is from the left brain, science is from the right brain, and never the twain shall meet. Not so, says author Leonard Shlain, who argues in his 1992 book Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light that both fields have seen similar paradigm shifts during medieval, Renaissance, and modern times. 11 a.m. Fri. Jan. 9. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., free with admission, 206-654-3100.

WANTED MAN: JOHNNY CASH ART TRIBUTE The late great Man in Black will be the subject of a tribute art show by Bremerton artists. Opening night festivities will include performances of Cash’s songs by musicians Bobby Taylor and Pat Haggerty. 6 p.m.-midnight Fri. Jan 9. Westside Burrito Connection, 208 First St., Bremerton (across the street from ferry terminal), free, 360-792-5288.

SEATTLE PRINT FAIR The fourth annual edition of this print show features woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, and serigraphs from national and local galleries (including Kucera, Carolyn Staley, and Davidson). 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. Jan. 10 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Jan 11. Snoqualmie Room, Seattle Center, free, 206-621-1888.

LECTURE: SCANDINAVIAN-AMERICAN PAINTING Scholar Brian Magnusson examines the early trends. 7 p.m. Sat. Jan. 10. Art/Not Terminal, 2045 Westlake Ave., free, 206-233-0680.

First Thursday

BENHAM In “Coming of Age,” three photographers look at the transition from childhood to adulthood: South African-born Michelle Sank documents young minds in maturing bodies, Gabriella Csoszo takes portraits of adolescents from the war-torn Balkans, and Robert Lewis Smith stages his childrens’ toys in disturbing vignettes. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 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 Tokyo-born artist Marc Katano alongside organic-inspired ceramic wall sculpture by Juan Granados. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

CAPITOL HILL ARTS CENTER Liz Randall’s “Vibrations” is a techno-art installation that makes use of video equipment triggered by “sound vibrations in space.” Opening night entertainment provided by Junk City Zero. Reception: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. (music until 2 a.m.), 1621 12th Ave.,

CDA GALLERY The art of the quilt is having something of a resurgence locally, and King county’s CDA gallery has been at the forefrontlast year showcasing Paul Margolis’ three dimensional quilt creations and now this month unveiling new work by quilt artist Rahcel Brumer. “Slumber, The Nights” returns quilts to their original function: on the bed. Reception : 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 506 2nd Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.

CONSOLIDATED WORKS Now in its sixth year, the touring Altoids Curiously Strong Art program designed to promote up-and-coming artists lands at ConWorks. Reception: 6 p.m.-2 a.m. ($5 suggested donation) 500 Boren Ave. N., 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 206-860-5245.

FOSTER/WHITE RAINIER SQUARE “Northwest Masters” offers 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.


GREG KUCERA New York artist Jane Hammond’s “Star Maps, Scrapbooks, and Matchbooks” contains a collection of recent mixed-media paintings and assemblages. Hammond’s art transforms commonplace items such as scrapbooks and bar matchbooks into investigations of the arbitrary nature of signs. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

JAMES HARRIS Seattle artist Patrick Holderfield engages in a series of formal studies based on Gericault’s “Raft of the Medusa.” Two sculptures will be interspersed among various abstract drawings: The first is a raft of timbers painted white and the second, according to the gallery advance press, a “spherical shape [evoking] a satellite floating the black abyss.” 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

KATHLEEN MORRIS OPEN STUDIO A recent transplant from Santa Fe, painter Kathleen Morris favors mammoth canvases. Her most compelling work comprises individual portraits riven with decay; other, more vaguely spiritual paintings aren’t as effective. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. 122 S. Jackson 206-818-2516.

LISA HARRIS Portland artist Thomas Workman’s abstract encaustic paintings hearken back to the medium’s origins in ancient Greece, recalling black-figure pottery in 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. Exhibit opens Thurs. Jan 8. 721 E. Pike St., 206-726-9509. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.

WILLIAM TRAVER Loads of candy-confection glass by Venetian glass artist Massimo Micheluzzi, and uninspired abstract steel paintings by Kevin Quinn. Reception: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 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.

Other Openings


JOE BAR Okay, admit it: you’ve already broken those New Year’s resolutions to stay away from Top Pot doughnuts and exercise at least once a week. Well, you’re in good company. A handful of local artists muse on the practice and general failure of resolutions in “Hi, Resolution: The Art of Broken Promises.” 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Wed. Jan. 7. 810 E. Roy, 206-324-0407. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

HENRY ART GALLERY New York artist Ellen Gallagher addresses racial and gender stereotypes in her satiric works. Opens Fri. Jan. 9. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.

GALLERY OF THE SENSES Roark Congdon displays “200 clay skulls and one bronze one” at this gallery that has quietly existed on Capitol Hill for six years. Reception: 6 p.m-midnight, Fri. Jan. 9. 1402 E. Pike, 206-568-0291. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

GULASSA & CO. “New Work” features bold-brushstroke abstract paintings by Maryetta Jacques. Reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri. Jan 9. 10 Dravus St., 206-283-181. Noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER NORTHWEST This year’s annual exhibition of work by PCNW members is juried by Tacoma Art Museum’s chief curator Patricia McDonnell. On display are images by Charles Peterson, Kathleen Chambers, Julia Kuskin, Joel Sanders, and plenty of others. Award reception: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri. Jan. 9. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun.

MUSEUM OF NORTHWEST ART Simon Schama once observed that landscapes are always culture before they are nature. “The Grand View,” a new exhibit at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner confirms this view. Ranging from the soaring visions of Albert Bierstadt to a quirky investigation of people and location by contemporary painter Michael Brophy, this exhibit explores the importance of place in the region’s art and the cultural biases we bring to picturing landscape. Reception: 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Jan. 10. 121 South First St. (La Conner), 360-466-4446. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

ARTSWEST Three local artists 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 of seeing to his photographs of rock formations. Reception: 3 p.m-5 p.m. Sat. Jan. 11. 4711 California Ave. S.W. (West Seattle), 206-938-0963. Noon-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

GALLERY 63 ELEVEN A solo show of folksie-art paintings by local artist C.L. Utley. Reception: 6 p.m-10 p.m. Sat. Jan. 10. 6311 N.W. 24th (Ballard), 206-478-2238. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-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. This grab bag will feature photographs, drawings, sculpture, and an interactive video piece. Reception: 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Sat. Jan. 10. 1317 E. Pine St., 206-264-8061. Noon-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.

FRANCINE SEDERS Seattle artist Marc Aaron Wenet’s assemblages are definitely sustainable art: In “Sight Patterns,” Wenet uses old building materials, discarded metal, and other detritus to create formally balanced and playful compositions. Reception: 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Jan. 11. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

EDMONDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE ART GALLERY A retrospective of war photographs and photo collages by photojournalist Dan Eldon, who was killed on assignment in Somalia in 1993 at the age of 22. Opens Mon. Jan. 12. Lynnwood Hall, third floor, 20000 68th Ave. W, 425-640-1313. 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

WINSTON WÄCHTER “Four from the Northwest” offers a sampling of new work by artists Julie Speidel, Catherine Eaton Skinner, Betsy Eby, and Victoria Adams. Adams is the one to watch: Her deadpan landscapes seem straight out of the seventeenth century, yet there’s something intriguing about her obsessive quest to create intentionally unreal images of nature. Reception: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Mon. Jan. 12. 403 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Last Chance

HENRY ART GALLERY “Architecture and Light” showcases some rather sterile but technically interesting photographs from the Henry Monsen collection, while Victoria Haven’s “Supermodel City” is a filigree of red tape pinned to the walls. UW campus, 206-543-2280. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs. Ends Sun. Jan. 11.

SUYAMA SPACE Katy Stone’s lush, site-specific installations. 2324 Second, 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Ends Fri. Jan. 9.

WINSTON WÄCHTER High-modernist abstract canvases and works on paper by New York-born artist Caio Fonseca. 403 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Thurs. Jan. 8.

ZEITGEIST Sunlit realist paintings of interior spaces by Donna Romero. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Ends Thurs. Jan. 8.


DAVIDSON “Strata,” variations on the theme of stripe painting by Miki Lee, Markus Linnenbrink, and Jil Weinstock. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

GARDE RAIL Ex-coal miner Jack Savitsky, now recognized as one of the pioneers of twentieth century “folk art.” 4860 Rainier Ave. (Columbia City), 206-721-0107. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.

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. Titles such as “Killer,” and “Where is Your Gun?” offer just the right touch of cheery sunshine. 2207 Second Ave., 206-448-5380. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

SECLUDED ALLEY WORKS “Contra Natura,” curated by Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley and Mandy Greer. 113 12th Ave. (at Yesler), 206-839-0880. Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.