An art show and release party for the corresponding book, which features the works of Justin Duffus, Frank Correa, Joey Veltkamp, Kelly O, Trevor Brown, Emily Pothast, and about 35 other Seattle artists.
John Buck: Masterful wood carvings, often in the form of life-size human bodies with heads of large, multifaceted, motor-driven kinetic constructions that bring the figures to heights of up to 13 feet. Free.
The man who made the amazing, kinetic wooden sculptures shows up to the gallery to sign some of his coffee table books. Free.
Gustavo Martinez: Agua es Vida: This site-specific installation is an anthropologically informed reflection of historical modes of water transportation. An aqueduct won't fit in an art gallery, so expect something smaller. Free.
Free live musical performances and other varied and artful activities at the fun and happenin' Olympic Sculpture Park, which now calls itself home to a giant sculpture of a head. Free.
19th Annual Photography Exhibition: This year's theme is "Documentary" and the show is juried by New Yorker Director of Photography Whitney C. Johnson. This year's artists include Chris Barrett, Antoine Bruy, and Jesse Burke. Free.
Fire and Ice: Work from Suze Woolf and Anna McKee, thematically connected by a concern with climate change and its effect on the natural world. McKee has accompanied UW glaciologists on expeditions to the North Pole, and her work reflects an interest in that biosphere. Woolf's watercolors depict bark charred by forest fires. Free.
Chris Sheridan, Aaron Jasinski: Sheridan's large-scale oils of the nude form are inspired by The Birth of Venus, whereas Jasinski's pieces are rounder, creepier, and more fantastical works of pop surrealism. The unifying theme is "inner beauty." Free.
Buddy Bunting: Valley Fever: Bunting started out making faint, smallish pencil drawings of prisons, driving from one to the other in the American West. Now he's created a large—like 10-feet-long large—oil painting of a prison. This is an event.
Curtis Erlinger: Sit Calm: A show of conceptually driven pieces, including but not limited to one entitled I Belong to SAM, in which objects "are temporarily removed from the family play area of Seattle Art Museum, reproduced as replicas, and then returned to their original location." Free.
It Is a Door and a Window that Make a Room Useful: Video, sculpture, and performance pieces from five artists that seek to "reframe mundane acts as sacred experience." Venetia Dale, Christalena Hughmanick, Tia Kramer, Jovencio de la Paz, and Barbara Smith. There will be an off-site gathering and performance of Five Silent Structures by Kramer on Aug 23 from 4 to 6 pm at Discovery Park, near the Fort Lawton Buildings. Free.
Things You May Have Missed: A selection of "hidden gems" from the Davidson Galleries' extensive collection of artwork. Featured in the show are pieces from Francisco Goya, Leonard Baskin, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, and Suzanne Valadon. Free.
Tobias Møhl: Egg- and bowl-shaped minimalist Scandinavian designs in glass. Also in the gallery is a summer feature, a small group show of glass work by Mel Douglas, Nancy Callan, and Lino Tagliapietra. Free.
All Members: New work by every artist represented by Gallery 110. Free.
Ann Mallory: Ceramic sculpture. Some of it is accented with copper wire, wrapping around the form to make it look like a package. Other pieces are just glazed ceramic, gray and tall like giant cocoons. Free.
Femke Hiemstra, Casey Weldon: Hiemstra is a Dutch pop surrealist painter who favors wild animals and sometimes presents her pieces in elaborate tri-folding frames. Weldon paints sullen people with slightly larger than normal eyes. And sometimes with two sets each. Free.
First Annual Bill Murray Art Show: It's a bunch of art inspired by the inimitable Bill Murray. Featuring work from Rhodora Jacob, Conor MacBride, Kaylee Jacobson, and many others. Free.
Jane McGehee: Himinn: The title of this exhibit is Icelandic for "sky." The paintings are abstract, almost to the point of being color fields. The venue is a furniture gallery. Free.
Lee Withington, Kevin Piepel: Withington's paintings are color studies; the one called "Blue with a Yellow Line" is exactly what you're thinking. Piepel's encaustic paintings are abstracts "referencing the flocking habits of starlings." Free.
Mystic Modernism of the Pacific Northwest: A companion piece to the large show of Northwest modernism at the SAM, this two-month long exhibit features works from Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, Guy Anderson, Paul Horiuchi, and George Tsutakawa. Free.