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JUN 16, 2011


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'Bear Season'

Why: There is no big, deep reason why Seattle artist Scott Fife's new show is full of bears: painted bears, sculpted bears, sketched bears, streaky bears, sad bears, brown bears, panda bears, bear heads, bear bodies, bears in the middle of the room and along the walls, small bears and grizzly-sized bears, hungry bears. The "artist statement" is a poem by Jim Harrison called "My Friend the Bear," who keeps an orphaned bear captive "down in the bone myth of the cellar" for three years. It need only be said that when Fife declares Bear Season, you should go out looking. (Platform Gallery, 114 Third Ave S, 323-2808, 11 am–5:30 pm, free)

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