Duane Pasco: Life as Art: Occidental Park totem artist Pasco showcases seven decades of work. Free.
Hib Sabin: Totems: Traditional wood carvings that depict birds, humans, and other totemic subjects. There's a form with a human body and a bird's head, gondoliering a canoe with a large, dead bird in it. Sabin is a shaman practitioner. Free.
Holiday Show: Gems and stones on rings and earrings. Also, there are Lego earrings. Free.
Lyle Carbajal: Romancing Banality: Mixed-media, painting, and video installation. "Urban" and "primitive" are the two concepts the artist cites as influences. Carbajal will speak in the gallery Sat Dec 7 at 6 pm. Free.
Our Lives... Fleeting Timelines: A curated show of the past works of PCNW students.
Pam Galvani, Lee Withington: Withington exhibits new paintings and 3D abstract works. Galvani, a printmaker and lettering artist, focuses on the way meaning is created in unusual contexts. Free.
Preparing Icarus: Works by Christopher Martinez-Luna, including a chubby child illustrated in pencil with an actual feathered wing extending out of the frame. Free.
Small Paintings: Paintings from Matt Phillips that don't take up much space. Free.
Transportation and Transfixion: A group show, featuring Richard Heisler, Eric Swangstu, Rachid Bouhamidi, and several others. Free.
Chandler Woodfin: Dirty River: The artist uses bleeding watercolors to convey a sense of sickness and disharmony in his depictions of natural flora and waterways. Free.
Helga Winter: So imagine you tore all the pages out of a book, rolled each one into a tube, and stacked all the tubes on their sides so they looked like a pile of hollow logs. And then you painted them pretty colors! Winter did this in many, many different designs. Free.
Issei Artists: Three first-generation female Japanese artists show paintings. Free.
Chamber of Wonders: A group show that takes its inspiration from the 18th-century "wonder cabinet" phenomenon. Think, perhaps, of a ye older version of Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. Collections, relics, doo-dads, all packed tightly and lined up nicely. Free.
A Sense of Place II: Following up on the group show at IDEA Odyssey in the International District, here's the next iteration exploring ideas of home, belonging, cultural identity, and regionalism, curated by Juan Alonso. Free.
Cristin Ford: Planar Visions: Folded-paper sculptures that evoke topography using a gradient of tones and the geometry of interlocking creases. Free.
Krysta Sa: Cancer Mouth: A jumbo-sized photo essay capturing travels from Ohio to Yakima, focusing on the wild and wacky people met by the artist along the way. Not so much rolling landscapes as pictures of drunk people making out. Free.
Sam Birchman: Large-scale oil paintings. Don't miss the one with a fat man, sitting on a telephone pole with what appears to be a baguette thrust into, and drawing blood from, the heaping fat rolls of his bare back. Free.
Femke Hiemstra: "Darkly fantastical" illustrations from the artist's book The Timid Cabbage. Free.
John Brophy: Breaking the Spell: Proof that creating contemporary icons based in the symbols of "15th-century Flemish primitive art" can result in paintings of faces surrounded by butterflies. Free.
Possible Places: New works from Sam King, Leanne Grimes, and Chris Roberts in varying degrees of abstraction. For instance, in a landscape by Roberts, the sky degrades pleasantly into ever-widening pixelated color swatches. King will speak at the gallery Sat Dec 14 at 3 pm. Free.
Regeneration: A four-person show featuring mixed-media works, painting, and drawing. Nia Michaels's collages radiate out from old photographs like shrines. With Scott Mayberry, Elizabeth Reed Smith, and Laura Ahola-Young.
Suburbia: Dream or Nightmare is a group show for the cul-de-sac set—a report back from the suburbs. Free.
Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan, 1880–1930: This small exhibition includes a shelf of incredible, teeny, handcolored glass-lantern slides taken between 1880 and 1930 in Japan. They glow bright. $10 suggested.
Cooper: Artifacts, FBI files, a mock-up of a 727, and other stuff concerning the Northwest’s most enigmatic hijacker, D.B. Cooper, who overtook a plane in 1971, got the ransom money, then parachuted out and was never seen again. It's the only unsolved hijacking in American history. $9.50.
David Hartt: Stray Light: The photographer David Hartt got inside the iconic 1971 headquarters of Johnson Publishing in Chicago—the launching pad for Jet and Ebony magazines—right before the building was sold. The photographs, pictures, and sculptures he created are deadpan memorial documents of a specific time of pride and purpose. $10 suggested.