Proceed With Caution: A show from Christa Assad which adopts the vocabulary of modern terror and warfare: "gas masks, drones, rocket-propelled grenades," to make a humanitarian appeal. Free.
Issei Artists: Three first-generation female Japanese artists show paintings. Free.
Holiday Miniature Art Extravaganza: Small, affordable, gift-sized things created by local artists. Free.
Brigid Blume: Oil paintings of mopeds. Free.
Color the Winter: Colorful works, in most senses of the word. Including a "spraypaint abstract" work from Andrew Parry that looks like an extreme closeup of a tiger, "female fauvist acrylics" from Stephen Leddy (nude, green women), and mixed-media figures from Aubry Andersen (somewhat-clothed blue women). Free.
Board of Directors Show: Works of all types, sizes, and media from past and present members of the board. Free.
Eros as a Life Force: A juried show dedicated to Western art's favorite little cherub. And a party on Valentine's Day, from 7-10 pm. Free.
Seattle's oldest non-profit gallery is always recruiting. Artists who pay the monthly hanging fee may display their work in this non-juried, all-volunteer space.
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.
Dee Dee Redux: Artworks by Deborah Faye Lawrence: A retrospective for an artist who has been working in Seattle for two decades. Her varnished collages buzz with color, pattern, text, and politics. Sometimes they're a pure flurry of visual and textual data. Sometimes they get her in trouble. Free.
Three Gentlemen of Northwest Art: Phillip Levine, Norman Lundin, and Gerard Tsutakawa: Levine makes figurative bronze sculptures. Lundin, a representational painter, is also showing work this season at Francine Seders Gallery. Gerard Tsutakawa is best known for the large bronze mitt he created for Safeco Field. A mitt with a hole in it is a pretty... more » Free.
Caroline Cooley Browne: Tactile Tactics and Beautiful Bowls: Woven works in reeled silk. Free.
A group show, featuring works in various mediums from artists between the ages of 6 and 81. Live music, raffling, and auctioning to also occur. Free.
Telling Tales: Narrative Works by Nate Steigenga, Cappy Thompson, and Anna Torma: Steigenga uses bedsheets and pillow covers as a medium for conveying charmed scenes of myth and fantasy; Thompson’s blown-glass urns depict Hindu gods with vibrant energy; and Torma’s work is a collage of textiles, patchwork, and doodling embroidery. $10.
Rick Araluce: The Minutes, the Hours, the Days: Araluce constructs teeny, tiny, immaculately detailed spaces that look to have been abandoned five minutes ago or five years ago. In either case, there will be feelings of invasion and loneliness. $10.
A World of Paper, A World of Fashion: Life-sized paper outfits, costumes, and accessories from Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave. $10.
Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking the Contemporary Craft Field: Sixty examples of ceramics, wood, fiber. A little scary sheep; a weird woven thing that definitely isn't a basket but isn't quite anything else; a cactus that may have been made out of old shirts; a human-shaped, human-sized thing that may have been made out of blue stripy socks. You kn... more » $10.
Interstitial Theatre's Juried Show: The three hardworking curators of this cavernous building temporarily devoted to new media have chosen a group of space-based pieces (read: not just videos on monitors) for a big group exhibition. Free.
Spectral Menagerie: Joe Vollan and Megan Shore: Paintings of the afterworld of the animal kingdom. Like the kind of afterworld where cats wearing tweed outfits dance around burning pentagrams. 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.
Poets and Painters: A show that was inspired by a Rothko excerpt. An excerpt from the excerpt: "it is the poet who provides the community of objectives in which the artist participates." Participating artists include Kimberly Trowbridge and Anne Petty. Free.
Magic: The Photographic Art of Paul Dahlquist and Almendra Sandoval: Two dozen black-and-white photographs of the nude form, presented as a dialogue between mentor (Dahlquist, who has been making photographs, especially portraits, in the Northwest for decades) and mentee. Free.
Paintings by Brooke Westlund. 425-681-6037.
Holiday Group Show: Twinkle lights, pumpkin-spice lattes, cozy scarves, gallery group shows. Artists often exhibit in groups during the holidays, most likely to stay warm. Free.
Amanda Manitach: New Works brings the Seattle artist and writer into the gallery for a full solo show, after she's been display in dribs and drabs seemingly everywhere in the last few years. She deserves the room, whether she'll fill it with drawings at the intersection of sex and death or videos at the intersection of performance and abstract scul... more » Free.