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APR 6, 2011


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'The Strong, Star-Bright Companions'

Why: Ellen Lesperance—the artist Seattle Art Museum chose as its 2010 Betty Bowen Award winner—is originally from a hippieish family in Seattle's University District and lives in the latter-day utopic city of Portland. Needless to say, she's familiar with the excitement and disappointments of collective idealism. Her art is sweaters (for now, that is—she's worked in various mediums). She finds these sweaters by combing through historical photographs of women around the world protesting all manner of abuse; based on the images, she draws their intricate patterns and knits them. It's an exercise in resurrection, like remaking a costume and waiting to see whether it will make the superheroine materialize. (Ambach & Rice, 5107 Ballard Ave NW, 789-6242, noon–6 pm, free)

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