New Gallery Artists: Work from Linda Davidson, Blake Haygood, Samantha Scherer, and Mary Iverson (whose piece Mirror Lake with Containers was on the cover of last winter's A&P). Free.
Tectonic Dynamics: A group show of painting, photography, and sculpture, featuring the work of Evan Nesbit, Gibran Mevlana, and others. Free.
Gallery artist Lysak gives a demo on the subject of "Watercolor Monotypes." Free.
Elizabeth Lopez: New paintings from the Seattle artist who's shown at Martyr Sauce as well as in Austin and Brooklyn. "Three of the pieces in this show, Participant (P), Observer (O), and Victim (V), are an invitation to form your response to this new body of work." Free.
The theme is "who are you" and the application is open to all current members of CoCA (you can become a member on their website) who are contemporary artists. All mediums are eligible, but note that some of the more elaborate stuff will have a some limiting space factors to contend with. $10.
International female artists show up at the Museum of Glass for a five week residency. The lineup of visiting artists includes Indian artist Anjali Srinivasan, focusing on glass bangles, and Heike Brachlow, whose research into the medium led to her "producing her own glass colors by adding metal oxides to the glass batch during the melting process." Free with admission.
Tiny Tales and Small Stories: A bunch of tiny creations, curated by Seattle Handmade. Free.
A performance by the duo Masashi Hamauzu, video-game-soundtrack composer, and Mina, traditional Hokkaido vocalist and instrumentalist. Free.
Inside: Art by Architects: The pieces in this group show by Seattle architects all "draw inspiration from containers, vessels, and inner workings of all kinds." Free.
James Lee Hansen: Bronze Continuem: Bronze is not third place in art and history. It's been used to create cannonballs, spears, and here, sculpture. Hansen is a contemporary of the Northwest School—Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, George Tsutakawa, Helmi Juvonen. Free.
Vorfreude: Yes, it's one of those German words that translates to an entire sentence in English. This one is: "joyful anticipation of future pleasures," and the show it refers to here includes works by two artists. Katie Miller invites "visitors to participate in creating a series of origami boats" while De Pirro uses reclaimed materials as a way of examining the concept of renewal. Free.
In Situ: A 1,800 square foot sculptural installation by Karl Burkheimer is the next installation in the All Rise series of art pieces that will be inhabiting the Cascade lot destined to become a Seattle City Light substation. 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.
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.
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.
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. Also in the gallery will be Ross Palmer Beecher's quilts, which are made out of materials like spray cans, aluminum, and foil eyeballs. Free.