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Architecture Tour: Free to Be Fremont Some would say Fremont has been destroyed by the intrusion of the massive Adobe corporate complex and other structures that produce living-wage jobs rather than rainbow-colored bongs and macramé. But change is inexorable, and this architecture tour of the Republic of Fremont will no doubt discover the contradictions in this neighborhood that put the “irk” in quirky. 9 a.m.-noon Sat. July 10. Seattle Architectural Foundation (meeting place announced upon registration), $20 (advance registration required), 206-667-9184.

Artist Talk: Kathy Glowen The creator of Dress of Years in the exhibit “Building Tradition” talks about the passing of time and its effect on objects of affection. 6 p.m. Thurs. July 8. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave. (Tacoma), $5, 253-272-4258.

Kirkland Arts Center Summerfest A two-day festival of artist demonstration booths, children’s activities, food, and music by Pearl Django, Cambalache Salsa, and others. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat. July 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. July 11. Marina Park, Lake St. & Kirkland Ave. (Kirkland), free, 425-822-7161.

Lecture: Van Gogh in Provence What do Peter Mayle and Vincent Van Gogh have in common other than a weakness for absinthe? That’s right, they were both gaga for the south of France, and this lecture by Boston Museum of Fine Arts curator George Shackelford highlights the influence of Provence on the Dutchman’s art, and in particular, works in the current “Van Gogh to Mondrian” show. 7 p.m. Mon. July 12. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., $6-$8, 206-654-3100.

Lewis and Clark Painting Premiere The public gets its first look at a “historically accurate” mural by Chris Hopkins depicting the Corps of Discovery’s encounter with the Chinook village of Cathlepotle (on the Washington side of the Columbia River) in March 1806. 2-4 p.m. Sat. July 10. Burke Museum, UW campus, N.E. 45th St. and 17th Ave. N.E., free with admission, 206-543-5590.


Artemis Laura Amussen’s big, abstract, and intriguing installations make use of bamboo and other natural materials to create some rather Freudian-looking holes and other patterns that aim to “initiate a dialog between emptiness and desire.” (But what would they have in common to talk about?) 3107 S. Day St., 206-323-0562. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Cafe Solstice Cool, weirdly abstract microscope photography, plus assorted collages and other stuff by photographer and UW research scientist Mark Moody. Opening night is accompanied by “Live Ambient Sounds produced by belaqua.” Reception: 6:30 p.m. Sat. July 10. 4116 University Way, 206-675-0850.

Columbia City Gallery The reopening of the Columbia City Gallery (in conjunction with SEED, SouthEast Effective Development) is especially timely, since Columbia City’s other major gallery, Garde Rail, is packing up for Pioneer Square this August. Opening will be art by local Mary Coss, performance by Seattle Miyagi Kai, and appearances by local dignitaries including King County Exec Ron Sims. Reception: 5-9 p.m Thurs. July 8. 4864 Rainier Ave. S., 206-760-4285. Noon-7 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

Fountainhead Two artists work in basketry made from unusual materials: Olympia-based artist June Kerseg- Hinson’s intricate pieces use copper wire, waxed cotton, and spun paper, while Jo Stealey’s vessels are made from clay and textiles. Reception: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sat. July 10. 625 W. McGraw St., 206-285-4467. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.

Frye Art Museum “Eloquent Vistas” collects American landscape photography from the second half of the 19th century by Eadweard Muybridge, William Henry Jackson, and many others. Opening day includes a lecture, “Photographing the West,” by Chicago curator Rod Slemmons. Opens Sat. July 10. Lecture: 2 p.m. 704 Terry Ave., 206-622-9250. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon- 5 p.m. Sun.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.

Gallery 63 Eleven The Ballard artwalk (the second Saturday of the month) features “At Sea,” a series of painted adventures between a cat and polar bear by Kelly Staton, and Mona J. Lang’s campy struggles for survival called “Wintertime.” Reception: 6-10 p.m. Sat. July 10. 6311 N.W. 24th (Ballard), 206-478-2238. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Royal BC Museum A huge touring exhibit of ancient Egyptian artifacts from the British Museum will make its only stop in the Pacific Northwest at Victoria’s Royal B.C. Museum. Expect to see heaps of gorgeous treasures looted by those darn Brit imperialists, including intricate golden death masks, a multi-ton granite lion, scraps of Egyptian scrolls, and yes, real, dead mummies. 675 Belleville Street (Victoria, B.C.) 888-447-7977. 9 a.m.-5 p.m daily.

SCCC M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery “Translación de la Palabra/Transition of the Word” features mixed-media works on immigration and assimilation by Isaac Hernandez. Reception: 6-8 p.m. Thurs. July 8. 801 E. Pine (inside SCCC Atrium Cafeteria), 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 5-7 p.m. Tues & Thurs. 206-344-4379.

Sev Shoon Arts Center Loosely based on the Asian zodiac, Dominic Gomez’s “El Tiempo del Cerdo” features vigorously executed monoprints. Reception: 6-9 p.m. Sat. July 10. 2862 N.W. Market St., 206-782-2415. Open by appointment only.

Last Chance

Davidson Seattle debuts by two New York artists: Lordan Bunch, who paints portraits from anonymous photo- booth portraits of the 1920s and ’30s, and Miki Lee, a specialist in playfully abstract stripe paintings. 313 Occidental Ave. S., 206-624-7684. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Ends Sat. July 10.

Photographic Center Northwest A thesis exhibition of work by students graduating from PCNW’s photography certificate program. 900 12th Ave., 206-720-7222. Noon-9:30 p.m. Mon.; 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun. Ends Tues. July 12.


Atelier 31 Amarillo-based artist Scott Frish creates big, mixed-media compositions from antique photographs and layer upon layer of color screens—often his subject is water and the lack of it in the American West. Also on display, manipulated nude photographs from recent Cornish grad Alison Katica, whose “Outerwear Series” examines issues of the body as commodity. 2500 First Ave., 206-448-5250. 10:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.-Tues.; 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.

Bluebottle Cornish alum and SubLevel3 contributor Tory Franklin’s “Sketches for Fleet of the S.S. Marie Antoinette” is part of a larger project to create a sculptural book—these 3-D “sketches” include cut relief, intaglio, silkscreen, letterpress printing, and hand drawings. 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. 1-7 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Bryan Ohno San Francisco sculptor Bella Feldman’s “War Toy Redux” offers a panoply of streamlined, dangerous-looking mobile sculptures that explore the age-old question: why is weaponry so darned cool? 155 S. Main St., 206-667-9572. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Capitol Hill Arts Center In conjunction with the eighth annual Mae West Fest of women’s theater, Jess Van Nostrand curates a show of mixed-media art celebrating women performers. Featured artists include Ellen Forney, Erin Norlin, Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley, Kipling West, and Diem Chau. 1621 12th Ave., 206-388-0600.

CoCA “Domicile” features works on the theme of home by Maysey Craddock, Marc Dombrosky, Robert Yoder, and others. 410 Dexter Avenue N., 206-728-1980. 2-8 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., noon-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.

D’Adamo/Woltz Abstract paintings layered with calligraphy and Tibetan motifs by Chinese artist Huang Gang. 303/307 Occidental S., 206-652-4414. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.

Francine Seders The group show “Big and Small” displays one large painting and several small ones from artists Alfonse Borysewicz, Lauri Chambers, Denzil Hurley, Robert C. Jones, and Julie Shapiro. 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-782-0355. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.- Sat, 1-5 p.m. Sun.

G. Gibson “Birds of Mississippi”: oil paint on photographs by Randy Hayes. 514 E. Pike St., 206-587-4033. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.

Gallery 4Culture Perla Sitkov’s close-up photographs of thumbtacks, plastic flowers, and other cast-aside stuff are meant to evoke colorful little landscapes. 506 Second Ave., Suite 200 (Smith Tower), 206-296-7580. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri.

Gallery 110 In Natalie Niblack’s paintings you’ll find an assortment of saints real and fictional—and in order to make them less personal and more mythic, she’s modeled them after childhood dolls. Also on display is Christopher Vacano’s “Page Rate: The Cost of Advertising,” a series of Adbusters-esque faux advertisements slamming global capitalism. 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.

Global Art Venue “Australian & New Zealand Glass: The Next Generation” shows off a whole bunch of glass doodads created by 17 artists from down under. 314 First S., 206-264-8755. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.

Goods In “Signs of Life,” Seattle’s Shawn Wolfe builds oversized signs that turn personal sentiments into corporate logos. 1112 Pike St., 206-622-0459, 11 a.m.-7 p.m Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.

Greg Kucera Large, kinetic sculptures in wood and other smaller pieces by John Buck, whose work manages to be both whimsical and philosophical. 212 Third Ave., 206-624-0770. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Grover/Thurston New, happy-naive paintings by Bay Area artist Inez Storer. 309 Occidental St., 206-223-0816. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Howard House In Patti Warashina’s “Real Politique,” a show of new ceramic work by the UW professor emeritus, figures that appear playful or informal on the surface harbor deeper, serious concerns. Each of the 10 slightly surreal pieces expresses some aspect of Warashina’s history, whether personal or political—”Tule Lake Retreat” alludes to the guard towers of an internment camp, while in “Sitting Ducks” a woman meets the world with open arms, oblivious to whatever malicious forces might have her in their sights. 604 Second Ave., 206-256-6399. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Jack Straw New Media Gallery Seattle’s Iole Alessandrini installs interactive lasers and other optical gizmos in this multimedia experience intended to explore, the artist says, “the distributed body, multiple-self and transmigration of presence.” 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-634-0919. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

James Harris Brazilian artist Efrain Almeida’s cedar sculpture draws inspiration from the folk art of Northeastern Brazil and each piece morphs organic, human and domestic elements. 309A Third Ave., 206-903-6220. 10:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Kirkland Arts Center In “Fancy Cakes and Shore Lines,” Sonja Peterson’s ceramic sculptures and paintings refer to traditional Japanese figurines known as jizo, while Kiki MacInnis’s phallic drawings of peach pits and root clumps verge on the abstract. 620 Market St. 425-822-7161. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Kuhlman Tom Bagley, Ellen Forney, Joe Newton, and Erin Norlin create their own twisted versions of 1970s ads from the Art Instruction Institute. 2419 First Ave. (Belltown), 206-441-1999. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sat.

Lisa Harris The 20th anniversary of this dependable—if a bit conservative—gallery above Pike Place Market promises a selection greatest hits from the Lisa Harris playlist, featuring works by 27 artists including Peter de Lory, Ed Kamuda, Richard Morhous, Royal Nebeker, and Emily Wood. 1922 Pike Pl., 206-443-3315. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun.

Pitcairn Scott Belltown artist Marcus Johnson’s paintings and assemblages by R’ykandar Korra’ti. 2207 Second Ave., 206-448-5380. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Priceless Works “Urban Dwellers (Part II)” continues an occasional series of group shows on the life and habits of cityfolk. Included will be the usual suspects associated with Priceless Works, including Kynan Antos, Francesca Berrini, Drew Demeter, Dylan Nuewirth, and others. 619 N. 35th St., Suite 100, 206-349-9943. Noon- 6 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.

Roq La Rue Thirty gritty, super high-contrast photos of Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, and other characters inside Andy Warhol’s Factory by Manhattan scene documenter Billy Name. 2316 Second Ave., 206-374-8977. 2-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun.

Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery A collection of paintings and drawings by Seattle Academy of Fine Art instructors, including Suzanne Brooker, Gary Faigin, and Margie Livingston. 1220 Third Ave., 206-343-1101. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

Solomon Fine Art Abstract collages made from paint on mylar by Fred Holcomb, aluminum sculpture by Josh Garber, and drawings by Chris St. Pierre. 1215 First Ave., 206-297-1400. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

Suyama Space Jyung Mee Park’s “Loss and Gain” arranges river-worn stones to address big-scale expanses of time. 2324 Second, 206-256-0809. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Tollbooth Tacoma takes the lead in cool public art ideas: Tollbooth, a small rain-sheltered kiosk that displays video and paper-based art 24/7. This month, Tollbooth screens “Rising Up” by Oregon indy filmmaker Vanessa Renwick. 11th and Broadway, Tacoma, open 24 hours.

Vain “Bits, Clouds and Arrows” offers the graffiti- and hip-hop-inspired art of David Linder, Iosefatu Sua, George Estrada, Jennifer Singer, and others. 2018 First Ave., 206-441-3441. Noon-7 p.m. Sun.-Tues.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wed.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

Western Bridge This fabulous new SoDo art space designed by Roy McMakin showcases William and Ruth True’s vast collection of contemporary art, and kicks off with “Possessed,” a group show about “the things we own and the things that own us,” featuring work by Adam Fuss, Zoe Leonard, Shirin Neshat, Tony Oursler, Paul Pfeiffer, Aïda Ruilova, and Cindy Sherman. 3412 Fourth Avenue S. 206-838-7444. Noon-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.

William Traver Deirdre Daw’s new show of mixed-media ceramic sculptures, “Nest Heads,” looks to be an interesting mix of organic forms and slightly tribal elements. Also, unexciting glass fish by Hiroshi Yamano and syrupy glass by Jay MacDonnell. 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 Jan Aronson’s big, bold paintings of tree leaves are studies in near-abstract juxtapositions of form and color. 403 Dexter Ave. N., 206-652-5855, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Woodside/Braseth “Summer Salon” includes the old standbys of Northwest art (Guy Anderson, Paul Horiuchi, Mark Tobey, etc.) alongside more contemporary fare (Gary Faigin, Paul Havas, Ginny Ruffner, etc.). 1533 Ninth Ave., 206-622-7243. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.

Zeitgeist Large C-Print photos of slightly bizarre tableaux by Chad States. 171 S. Jackson St., 206-583-0497. 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun.