SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
• 1300 First Ave, 654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org, open Tues–Sun
Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art (through Sept 2) is a buzzing, glorious world full of dazzling visions that date back to the 1960s—but extend from the oldest known tradition of artmaking on the planet. The exhibition's 120 paintings, sculptures, and a funerary installation are laid out geographically as the sun rises and sets: you begin with aboriginal artists from the east of what is now called Australia and move west. There are desert rooms and water rooms. Many of the art works are meditative, a few record historical horrors, and all express identities based in the land itself, where the ancestors remain.
After the Martini Shot by Mika Tajima (through July 17) includes valuable paintings borrowed from SAM's permanent collection and stashed into storage racks like so much surplus inventory. The show was inspired by two events: the invention of the cubicle and the collapse of Washington Mutual, the bank that once lived right upstairs from SAM, sharing the same skyscraping tower.
The permanent collection. In October, a large exhibition of female modern and contemporary artists comes to SAM from the Centre Pompidou in Paris. At some point before then—the museum has not announced when just yet—all the works by men in the permanent collections from those periods will be put in storage, replaced by an all-female lineup. Look for the changeover.
HENRY ART GALLERY
• 4100 15th Ave NE, 543-2280, www.henryart.org, open Wed–Sun
The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl (July 14-Oct 7) is a traveling exhibition—in Boston, a lukewarm reviewer called it "the story of vinyl and the people who love it"—of more than 99 works of sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, sound work, video, and performance by insider and outsider artists from Dario Robleto and Ed Ruscha to Mingering Mike. Put the needle on the record, see what happens. In the Henry's "Test Site" room near the entrance is The B-Side, with access to locally produced records, "oddities and ephemera," and performances and live record cuttings.
Gary Hill: glossodelic attractors (through Sept 16) is the broadest survey of Hill's work in more than a decade. Hill has been proving he was crazy since age 14—when he began keeping his own psych file to eventually avoid becoming drafted into the Vietnam War—but he's also a world-famous artist, a Stranger Genius, and a MacArthur Genius. He makes films that are sculptures. This exhibition—with a changeover of a few pieces at some point in July—includes two large-scale installations and the premiere of a piece called Cutting Corners Creates More Sides.
Morning Serial: Webcomics Come to the Table (through June 30)... UW MFA Thesis Exhibition (through June 17)... The Brink Award: Andrew Dadson (through July 22)... In Ruin: Architectural Photographs from the Permanent Collection (June 16-Sept 30).
FRYE ART MUSEUM
• 704 Terry Ave, 622-9250, www.frye museum.org, open Tues–Sun
Liu Ding's Store: Take Home and Make Real the Priceless in Your Heart (July 14-Sept 23) features a whole slew of paintings made by workers in a Beijing art-reproduction factory, commissioned by the Beijing artist Liu Ding. It's his first American solo show. Or, as he might prefer, "his" first American solo show.
Ties That Bind: American Artists in Europe (July 14-Sept 23) is American artists from the collection who lived and worked in Europe, from Sargent to Bierstadt. It's concurrent with another collection show, The Perfection of Good-Nature, tracking for the first time the history of art purchases by museum founders Charles and Emma Frye.
OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK
• 2901 Western Ave, 654-3100, www.seattle artmuseum.org, park open daily, pavilion open Tues–Sun
Sandra Cinto's Encontro das Águas (Encounter with Waters) (through April 14, 2013) is inside the pavilion at the top of the park. The Brazilian artist's installation is a storm of fingery waves rolling crashing across every wall surface, made with blue paint and silver pen. Drown.
The regular sculptures and a new installation outside (through September 13). Summer is the time to walk the Z-paths, peer down on the train tracks, and wait to see the alternating penises in Louise Bourgeois's fountain sculpture. This year it's also the time to check out an instructional garden from Stranger Genius Award finalist Sarah Bergmann's urban restoration installation The Pollinator Pathway. Oh, and there's free outdoor yoga (and zumba, if you must know).
BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM
• 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770, www.bellevuearts.org, open Tues–Sun
Bold Expressions: African American Quilts from the Collection of Corrine Riley (June 14-Oct 7) showcases more than 50 quilts made in the American South between 1910 and the 1970s, using whatever was at hand, from flour sacks to old work clothes. An American folk art form unleashed.
Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection (July 11-Oct 28) is the most comprehensive collection of Shaker materials ever assembled. Here are more than 200 gift drawings, textiles, baskets, and furniture.
Knitted, Knotted, Twisted, and Twined, a retrospective of the jewelry of Mary Lee Hu (through June 17)... Push Play, a survey of three dozen ceramic artists (through June 17).
• 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St, UW Campus, 543-5590, www.burkemuseum.org, open Mon–Sun
International Conservation Photography Awards (June 30–Nov 25) is a group show.
Chihuly Garden and Glass
• 305 Harrison St, 753-4940, www.chihulygardenandglass.com, open Mon-Sun
A promenade of rooms, an outdoor garden, and a cafe chronicling Dale Chihuly's series and packages over the years. It's not the definitive Chihuly experience, despite the sales pitch, but there are highlights, like the cafe, where the artist reveals himself as a master hoarder, and the Macchia Forest.
LEMAY - AMERICA'S CAR MUSEUM
• 2702 E "D" St, Tacoma, 253-779-8490, www.lemaymuseum.org, open Mon–Sun
The newest museum in the Northwest is a nine-acre campus with a four-story facility housing gleaming displays of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, from a red-and-cream 1906 Cadillac Model M buggy to the leafy, no-door custom sedan used in the 1994 movie The Flintstones.
MUSEUM OF GLASS
• 1801 Dock St, Tacoma, 253-284-4718, www.museumofglass.org, open Wed–Sun
Origins: Early Works by Dale Chihuly (through Oct 21)... Classic Heat (through Jan 1), John Miller's big glass hood ornaments (through Jan 1) inspired by classic designs from American automakers... Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana: Scapes (through Jan 5).
NORTHWEST AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
• 2300 S Massachusetts St, 518-6000, www.naamnw.org, open Wed–Sun
The Test: The Tuskegee Project (through Sept 30) is the (George Lucas-less) story of the first African American aviation units to serve in US military combat.
NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM
• 3014 NW 67th St, 789-5707, www.nordicmuseum.org, open Tues–Sun
Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation (through Aug 19) is dedicated to the Finnish American modernist architect (1910-1961) known for his curves, like the St. Louis Arch and the TWA terminal at JFK Airport.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
• 1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, 654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org, open Wed–Sun
Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats (through Aug 12) is a cross between the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition that swept the Metropolitan Museum last year and the Indian painting show that mesmerized thousands at SAAM in 2009. Ikats are vivid dyed and woven fabrics from Central Asia. The 19th-century robes in this exhibition are a riot of mixed influences from India, China, Russia, the Arabic world, and Europe. The fabric is electric. Treat yourself before they go back to the Textile Museum in DC, where they live.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM
•1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org, open Wed–Sun
The Marioni Family: Radical Experimentation in Glass and Jewelry (through Sept 23)... Best of the Northwest: Selected Paintings from the Collection (June 23-March 2013)... Marie Watt: Lodge, by the Portland artist whose medium is blankets (June 30-Oct 7)... Chihuly: Gifts from the Artist (ongoing).
WING LUKE MUSEUM
• 719 S King St, 623-5124, www.wingluke.org, open Tues–Sun
Asian American Arcade (through June 17) is a great little exhibition about video gaming and identity... From Fields to Family: Asian Pacific Americans and Food (through July 15)... Vintage Japantown: Through the Lens of the Takano Studio (July 8-Sept 16) is vintage photographs of Japantown from the 1930s and '40s, "set in an intimate living room scene."
Art/Not Terminal Gallery
• 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680, www.antgallery.com, open Mon–Sun
23rd Annual Photography Show & Competition (through July 5) is a group show... Larry Corbett: Dimensions, Linda Wilcox: Sole Search, Bush School art show (through July 5)... Mertiss Thompson: Art of Golf Paintings, Tyee Photography Alliance (July 7-Aug 2)... Brett Porter: You Imagine Differences, plus Landscapes Unlimited, a group show (Aug 4-30).
Art on the Ridge
• 8005 Greenwood Ave N, 510-3421, www.artontheridge.com, open Mon–Thurs and Sat
Movement Through Air, Water & Land, a group show (through June 30)... Nicole Monahan: This Garden We Call Life (July 1-31)... Small works group show (Aug 1-31).
• 512 First Ave S, 839-0377, www.artxchange.org, open Tues–Sat
Skin (through June 16) is encaustic sculptures by Deborah Kapoor.
Digital Superstitions (Aug 21-Sept 29) is new work from the always-interesting Jonathan Wakuda Fischer, who mixes street art, high-tech, and 19th-century Japanese styles.
• 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0339, www.artswest.org, open Mon-Sat
Tableaux Vivants (through July 7) features five artists.
• 8537 Greenwood Ave N, #1, 234-8348, www.bherdstudios.com, open Wed–Fri
Few and Far (through July 13) is an all-female graffiti collective with artists from around the world, curated by two local members, 179 and Ksera... Little Big Deal (Aug 10-Sept 7) features posable puppets and a stop-animation short by the narrative painter Jeremy Gregory.
• 1718 E Olive Way, Ste A, 328-5100, www.blindfoldgallery.com, open Wed–Sat
Amateur Landscapes (June 14-July 8) is paintings by Chris Roberts... Journey to Radiant Earth (July 12-Aug 5) features Leann Grimes's painting and photography juxtapositions... Artificial Daylight (Aug 9-Sept 9) is George Ciardi's photographs of industrial and urban settings at night, using only existing lighting.
• Carkeek Park, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd, 684-0877, www.coca seattle.org, open Mon–Sun
Heaven & Earth IV: Rootbound (June 23-Oct 31) is a group exhibition of outdoor sculpture.
• 5701 Sixth Ave S, 728-1980, www.cocaseattle.org, open Mon–Fri
Carrie Bodle: Wavelines (through July 13), a video and sound installation.
Columbia City Gallery
• 4864 Rainier Ave S, 760-9843, www.columbiacitygallery.com, open Wed–Fri
Connections and Represent 98118 (May 2–July 17)... Crossing the Line and Through Our Eyes: Filipino American Artists (June 20–Aug 5)... Threshold and Latino/Latina Emerging Artists (Aug 8-Sept 23)... Art in the Alley, an outdoor arts festival (Aug 18).
• 117 Prefontaine Place S, 467-4444, www.coregallery.org, open Wed–Sat
William Rogen: New Botanicals (through June 30)... Kellie Talbot and Lark Preyapongpisan (July 5-31)... Weston Jandacka and James Caudle (Aug 2-31).
• 1000 Lenora St, 726-5011, www.cornish.edu/exhibitions, open Mon–Fri
The Neddy Awards (June 6–July 18), a group show.
• 603 S Main St, 919-8278, www.cullomgallery.com, open Tues–Thurs, Sat
Eva Pietzcker: Washington Project, Part 1 (through July 14).
• 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684, www.davidsongalleries.com, open Tues–Sat
Alexander Petrov's new surrealist paintings (through June 30) with recent prints by Seiko Tachibana.
• 1201 S Vale St, 658-0110, www.fantagraphics.com, open Mon–Sun
Tribute to Dale Yarger (opening July 1, 4–8 pm, through July 10)
• 818 E Pike St, 322-9440, fetherstongallery.com, open Wed–Sat
Elizabeth Jameson and Junko Yamamoto (through July 14).
• 210 S Washington St, 522-0210, www.fictilis.com, open Tues–Fri
While I was asleep (through June 30): Multimedia diorama/spectacle by Rani Ban.
• 5813 Airport Way S, 696-4710, www.thefirmgeorgetown.com, open by appt only
Better Living Through Stereo: David Mazak (through July 7)... Connected: New Work by Wynne Pei and Laura Wright (July 14-Sept 1).
• 2407 First Ave, 349-2509, www.formspaceatelier.com, open Wed–Sat
Jennifer Emily Dwyer: No Man's Land (through Aug 4) is an installation of taxidermy heads made of ceramic and glaze... Of Recollection and Collection (Aug 10-Oct 6) is a site-specific installation referencing domestic interiors and photography, focused on the gallery's central stairwell.
Foster White Gallery
• 220 Third Ave S, 622-2833, www.fosterwhite.com, open Tues–Sat
New work from James Waterman and Mark Rediske (through June 23)... Sculpted books by Guy Laramée and Cara Barer (July 5-28).
Friesen Abmeyer Gallery
• 1210 Second Ave S, 628-9501, www.friesenabmeyer.com, open Mon–Sat
Paintings by Meg Holgate and Alexandra Becker-Black (through June 30).
Francine Seders Gallery
• 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355, www.sedersgallery.com, open Tues–Sun
Sculptures made of found materials by Mar Goman and Marita Dingus, monotypes by Elizabeth Sandvig of Birds I Have Known From Interlaken Park to Boston (through July 8)... Sumi and mixed-media paintings by Alan Lau (July 13-Aug 12)... Group show of paintings and works on paper including Eric Elliott, Kimberly Trowbridge, and Michael Howard (Aug 17-Sept 9).
• 1308 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Tacoma, 253-250-0520, www.fulcrumtacoma.com, open Fri-Sat
Nightwatchman (through July 14) is a photo installation of dimly lit interiors and exteriors by urban landscape photographer Sharon Styer... Visions from the Other Side: Surrealistic Portraits (through July 14) is a group show.
G. Gibson Gallery
• 300 S Washington St, 587-4033, www.ggibsongallery.com, open Wed–Sat
PUSH (through July 7), a group show of artists who teach and work in photography, including Paul Berger, Ellen Garvens, Eirik Johnson, and Rebecca Cummins... PULL (July 12-Aug 17), a group show with works by Cris Crites, Laurie Danial, Harold Hollingsworth, and Zack Bent.
• 110 Third Ave S, 624-9336, www.gallery110.com, open Wed–Sat
Acrylic paintings by Susan Walker, oil paintings by Jim Pirie (through June 30).
• 123 S Jackson St, 625-0055, www.galleryima.com, open Tue–Sat
Fashions, Fables, and Proverbs (through June 30), embroideries, paintings, and ceramics by Koren Christofides.
• 101 Prefontaine Pl S, 296-7580, galleries.4culture.org, open Mon–Fri
Glenn Tramantano (through June 29) makes bright, sometimes glittery drawings, and this series, Surrender Dorothy, is about a little-known episode in gay history involving a band of clueless Naval Investigative Service agents on the hunt to out gay men in the 1980s.
Attempts at Bedrock is a survey of Brian Schoneman, a sculptor/performance artist whose work "revolves around his creative interaction with soil" (July 5-27)... New works based on the metaphor of flight (from hard times) from Nicki Sucec (May 3–June 1).
• 504 E Denny Way, 832-6063, www.ghost-gallery.com, open Mon and Wed–Sat
Multimedia work by Stranger Genius Award finalist Amanda Manitach and Jonas Bjerre (June 14–July 9). Read more about Manitach in her Genius finalist profile on page 11.
Greg Kucera Gallery
• 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770, www.gregkucera.com, open Tues–Sat
Dan Webb (Aug 23-Sept 29): To create his newest work, for an exhibition he calls Destroyer, the Seattle artist is carving the largest pieces of wood he's ever tackled. Read more about him in his Genius finalist profile on page 11.
Quilts by Loretta Bennett and prints by Helen Frankenthaler (through June 30)... Cradle, the gallery's first one-person exhibition by Portland artist Marie Watt, inspired by wool blankets and the ideas of six degrees of separation and seven generations (the latter an Iroquois notion that our actions are shaped by the last seven generations, and shape the next seven) (July 5-Aug 18)... Ambrotypes by Daniel Carillo (Aug 23-Sept 29).
• 319 Third Ave S, 223-0816, www.groverthurston.com, open Tues–Sat
New works by John Randall Nelson (through June 30)... Encaustic paintings by Alicia Tormey (July 5-Aug 18).
• Lee Center for the Arts at Seattle University, 901 12th Ave, 296-2244, www.hedreengallery.us, open Wed–Sat)
The Material Calls: Artists-in-Residence at the James and Janie Washington Cultural Center (June 20-Sept 29) is a tribute to a remarkable, often overlooked, part of the current life and history of Seattle art. It includes works by the late James Washington Jr. as well as by the 21 artists who have participated in residencies at the Washington Foundation in the Central District over the last five years, including Charles Parrish, Garric Simonson, and Meghan Trainor. Events include artist talks (June 20), a lecture on the history of the Central District (at the Northwest African American Museum July 28), and poetry and music (at the Hedreen Aug 11).
• 666 S Jackson St, 462-1359, www.ideaodysseygallery.com, open Thurs–Sat
ID X ID: New Identities (through June 30) is a selection, by various artists, of tiny paintings based on iPhone photographs taken on mass transit, a series of sculptural canes by an artist who's a disabled athlete, portrait photographs of what looks like freedom from gender, and videos of the earliest gay clubs.
Jack Straw New Media Gallery
• 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919, www.jackstraw.org, open Mon–Fri
Outside In/Inside Out: The Inner Life of Jack (June 22-Aug 17): On the 50th anniversary of the Jack Straw Foundation, Seattle artist Ellen Sollod transforms the gallery into a camera obscura, "bringing the outside world passing by in real time on to the gallery's walls, only upside down and backwards." With an accompanying sound score by Johanna Melamed.
Jack Straw's 50th Anniversary Event (June 15-16) is 25 straight hours of music (by everyone from Stranger Genius Award finalist Lori Goldston, whose profile is on page 13, to the Seattle Baroque Soloists), literary readings (by everyone from Doug Nufer to The Stranger's David Schmader and Riz Rollins), and other kinds of performance—all free and open to the public at all hours.
James Harris Gallery
• 312 Second Ave S, 903-6220, www.jamesharrisgallery.com, open Thurs–Sat)
New paintings by Squeak Carnwath (through July 7)... New paintings by Noah Davis (July 12 to Aug 24).
Kirkland Arts Center
• 620 Market St, Kirkland, 425-822-7161, www.kirklandartscenter.org, open Mon–Sat)
Portland-based artist Geraldine Ondrizek (May 26–27) makes art out of science, weaving in silk or drawing or painting or filming, say, the RNA of a pregnant woman, or metastasized cancer cells. This show is new pieces made from working with UW researchers.
Krab Jab Studio
• 5628 Airport Way S, Suite 246, 715-8593, www.krabjabstudio.com, open every second Saturday
Romantics, nostalgic, lush paintings by Javier Ortega (through July 5)... Resident Firesale! with work by resident artists Julie Baroh, Mark Tedin, and Milo Duke (July 14-Aug 2)... The Art of Role Playing Games is a group show of RPG art from games including Dungeons & Dragons and Dragon Age (Aug 11-Sept 6).
• 117 S Main St, Suite 101, 501-1231, www.lawrimoreproject.com, open Tues–Sat)
It's time for another changeup at Lawrimore Project, but at press time, Scott Lawrimore would only say that the current exhibition, Can't Get There From Here (through June 30) will be the final show in the gallery's current space in Occidental Square—and that an announcement about the future will come out in mid-July. "I wish I could tell you more," he said. "Because it's really awesome." We shall look into the level of awesomeness as soon as we are able. Until then don't miss Can't Get There From Here, a group show set in the tall, glowing white gallery that seems like a chamber of heaven. The artists probe what you want from art: transcendence? Transport? Three large photographs are anchors: A sublime sky over Nevada by Richard Misrach, displayed high like an altarpiece; a portrait of prehistoric underwater life taken at a natural history museum and printed in romanticizing black and white by Hiroshi Sugimoto; and what looks like a field of fog but is glass with potato-chip oil smeared on it by Isaac Layman. Enter the women: Britta Johnson's wax tomb videos, Amanda Manitach's ecstatic folds and deferred orgasms, and Serrah Russell's National Geographic pictures laid on real landscapes.
Linda Hodges Gallery
• 316 First Ave S, 624-3034, www.lindahodgesgallery.com, open Tues–Sat)
The untimely death, in March, of young plein air painter Christopher Martin Hoff, has left a sorry emptiness in the city of Seattle. Everyone knew him, and everyone who knew him, loved him. He seemed to have so many years ahead of painting the streets, the grids, the precise forms of this place, just as they were. This is a memorial exhibition (Aug 2-Sept 1), something like a museum event, with some paintings still available but some borrowed from their grateful owners.
New paintings by Robert McCauley (through June 30)... New paintings by Gaylen Hansen (July 5-28).
Lisa Harris Gallery
• 1922 Pike Place, 443-3315, www.lisaharrisgallery.com, open Mon–Sun
Plein-air invitational (June 16-July 30) is a group show.
LTD. Art Gallery
• 307 E Pike St, 457-2970, www.ltdartgallery.com, open Tues–Sun
Rayguns and Robots (through July 22) is a science-fiction-inspired art show.
• 1203A Second Ave, 467-4927, www.m-i-a-gallery.com, open Tues–Sat
All of Soly Cissé's juicy, confident, expressionistic paintings (through June 30) begin with a black background. Growing up in Dakar, Senegal, his father was an X-ray doctor, and the young artist made his first paintings by attempting to "fix" the broken bones he saw in the dark X-ray films. Later, his teachers told him the rules—including that certain colors were not African, particularly pink. Pink, you'll notice, is a dominant color in his work. Lost Worlds, his first exhibition in the United States, is an arresting array of humans intermingling with other animals against backgrounds of hectic color, graffiti-like text, and esoteric numerical codes.
Occupy M.I.A (Aug 2-Sept 2) is a group show co-curated with Seattle history remixer/filmmaker Shaun Scott (a finalist for this year's Stranger Genius Award; read his profile on page 19). The exhibition will feature local photographers on the theme of social activism.
The OK Hotel Gallery
• 212 Alaskan Way S, www.theokhotel.blogspot.com, open Mon–Fri, Sat–Sun by appt
Neo-Aesthetic is a group show of paintings and drawings by Juliette Aristides and her Gage Academy Classical Atelier students (through June 30).
• 1400 Second Ave, 682-3820, www.paper-hammer.com, open Mon–Sat
Tellings is paintings by Johanna Nitzke Marquis (through June 30)... Bouquet: Found or Forgotten is new bodies of work by Hannah Russell, Yael Nov, and Serrah Russell, who have each invited along another artist whose work speaks to them (Aug 2-31).
Patricia Cameron Gallery
• 234 Dexter Ave N, 909-9096, www.patriciacamerongallery.com, open Mon–Fri
Photographic Center Northwest
• 900 12th Ave, 720-7222, www.pcnw.org, open Mon–Sun
Mary Callahan, Ray Deardorf, and Kaitlin Roos (through July 15) show their graduating work from the Photo Center's certificate program in fine art photography... Equivalents: 17th Annual Photo Competition Exhibition (Aug 3-Sept 18).
• 114 Third Ave S, 323-2808, www.platformgallery.com, open Wed–Sat
The wink/nod/clue to Robert Yoder's show (through June 16) is its title: DILF! Under every painted surface, there's a porn shot. You can't see the dicks anymore, but they're there, collaged on first, before anything else.
Paintings by Marie Koetje and Mark Schoening are titled Louder than bombs (June 21-July 28).... New work by Eric Eley (opening Sept 6).
Pratt Gallery at Tashiro Kaplan Studios
• 312 S Washington St, Studio A1, 328-2200, www.pratt.org, open Wed–Sat
Bronze Age: group exhibition (through June 30)... Kiki MacInnis: Surface Plane (July 5-July 28) is work in ink and paper on wood.
• 3419 E Denny Way, 322-3851, www.prographicadrawings.com, open Wed–Sat
The Back View (through July 14): A group show with a simple, perfect conceit: "work that looks at the world from the backside," from photographs of people turned away to paintings revealing hidden structures.
Commentaries: Artists' Responses to the Land (July 21-Sept 1) is a group show of "landscape from different and unique places."
• 119 Prefontaine Pl S, 621-1945, www.punchgallery.org, open Thurs–Sat
Natalie Schmidt Dotzauer (through June 30).
Roq La Rue
• 2312 Second Ave, 374-8977, www.roqlarue.com, open Wed–Sat
Death and the Maiden (through July 7) is a group show.
• 1222 NE Ravenna Blvd, 679-0706, season.cz, open by appointment only
Happiness Rides Wide (July 15-Sept 30) is a series of sculptures and drawings by Seattle artist Mike Simi, who graduated from the UW MFA program a few years ago, and whose work in various mediums is always marked by rude but liberating misbehavior. He "believes that conflict can be a place of beauty."
Squeeze Hard (Hold That Thought) (through June 30) is Allison Manch's hand-embroidery and Sharon Butler's loose paintings on raw canvas.
Shift Collaborative Studio
• 306 S Washington St, #105, www.shiftstudio.org, open Fri–Sat and First Thursdays
Kerstin Graudins and Ellen Hochberg show new work (through June 30).
• 112 Third Ave S, 264-8061, www.soilart.org, open Wed–Sat
New members show plus The Pugilist by Margaret Meehan, photographs, sculpture, and drawings combining a Victorian aesthetic with medical anomalies (through June 30)... Sticks and Stones, an immersive installation by Emily Nachison, Anthony Sonnenberg, and Carolyn Hopkins, plus a solo exhibition by Saya Moriyasu (July 5-28)... Same Same But Different (Aug 1-Sept 1) a show of works by Jay Gaskill, Fabian G. Tabibian, and Amanda Valdez that may look similar but diverge, plus a solo exhibition by the Seattle maker of strange-luscious ceramics and paintings by Nicholas Nyland... Beyond the Western Lands (Sept 5-29) is a sly reimagining of the myths of the American West by Brian Britigan, Adrain Chesser, Steven Miller, and Jeffry Mitchell... New work by the painter Susanna Bluhm (Sept 5-29).
Steinbrueck Native Gallery
• 2030 Western Ave, 441-3821, www.steinbruecknativegallery.com, open Mon–Sun
Priscilla Nieto and Harvey Abeyta: Jewelry Traditions of Santo Domingo Pueblo (June 30-July 15).
• 119 S Jackson St, 405-4040, www.stoningtongallery.com, open Mon–Sun
Steel the Sun, Feel the Heat is a group show (through June 30)... Barry Herem: Beyond Beyond (through July 29) is sculpture in the formline tradition made of metal, glass, and wood... Journeys: Travels in the Natural and Spirit Worlds is a group show (Aug 2-31).
• 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809, www.suyamapeterson deguchi.com/art, open Mon–Fri
AT OWNERS RISK (through Aug 10) is New Delhi-born, Portland-based Avantika Bawa's first show in Seattle. She created a formal, minimalist installation that nevertheless refers to auto-body shops and ramps, and smells faintly (if you really lean into it) of oil. It's meant to bring attention to Suyama Space's history as a home to mechanics, and as part of Denny Regrade, which is easily forgotten but right there in the different levels of floors between the entrance and the gallery. Despite the good, sleuthy intentions, the show's elements do not quite coalesce.
• 7513 Greenwood Ave N, 706-3020, www.shoptastyart.com, open Tues–Sun
Mad Women (through July 12) is paintings by David VonDerLinn and photography by Paula Tade, inspired by Mad Men culture... Creatures Featured (July 13-Aug 31) is a group show for which a third of the sales will go to AmeriCorps efforts to rebuild Joplin, Missouri, after last summer's tornado... Summer Street Fair with an art component by Tasty on Greenwood & Phinney (Aug 10).
• 110 Union St, #200, 587-6501, www.travergallery.com, open Tues–Sun
Recycle: Flowers and Fields is new paintings on steel and linen by Merrill Wagner (through June 24).
True Love Art Gallery
• 1525 Summit Ave, 227-3572, www.trueloveart.com, open Tues–Sat
If you haven't been into True Love Art Gallery yet, it's way past time. The place is adorable—part tattoo studio, part gallery, all friendliness and beary-ness—and has a new show of local artists (especially young artists—this month includes a high-schooler named Scarlet Willow Luartes) every month. Unknowns mix with those who have been collected by museums (like the upcoming exhibition featuring Adrain Chesser). Make sure this joint is on your itinerary for Capitol Hill's Blitz! art walk every second Thursday of the month.
Mixed-media illustrations by Aaron Winnenberg, John Irwin, and Scarlet Willow Luartes (through July 9)... Wunderkammer, a group show curated by Siolo Thompson including illustrations (by artists including Redd Walitzki, Yvette Endrijautzi, Laura Hines, and Thompson) in the tradition of 19th-century cabinets of curiosities (July 12-Aug 8)... Photography by Steven Miller and Adrain Chesser (Aug 9-Sept 5)... Acrylic paintings by H. Lee Porter and Jim Olson, and dolls made of plastic bottles by LONGER (Sept 13-Oct 11).
• 1508 11th Ave, 709-9797, www.vermillionseattle.com, open Tues–Sun
Ambiguous(through July 7): Photorealistic paintings and spray-painted murals by Jeff "Weirdo" Jacobson.
Flash Arcade: Video Game Design (July 12–Aug 4)
Tattoo Art (Aug 9–Sept 1): In conjunction with the Seattle Tattoo Expo Aug 10–12.
• 1404 First Ave, 667-9608, www.vetriglass.com, open Mon–Sun
Jason Christian: Subdued Elegance (through June 30) is the artist's take on Fabergé.
• El Capitan Apartments, 1617 Yale Ave, vignettes.us, each show is one night only
Klara Glosova: How to Hide an Elephant (a cover) (June 14) is a solo exhibition of recent ceramic creations by the playful, collaborative-minded Seattle artist (and NEPO House owner)... Lindsey Apodaca: American Spirit (July 12), recent multimedia and sculptural works involving, among other subjects, "memory, metaphor, icon, longing, too much therapy, issues, sex (lack of), masturbation, treasure" and, among other things, "lunch in middle school"... Live Through This: A Retrospective (Aug 9) is a retrospective of Riot Grrrl-influenced work, including handmade zines, mix tapes, and photographs, created between 1995 and 2000 by "Queer Catholic School Survivor" Leigh Riibe.
• 3412 Fourth Ave S, 838-7444, www.westernbridge.org, open Thurs–Sat
New work by Roy McMakin (through June 30), the artist-architect who also designed Western Bridge. The show is called I Continue to Believe in the Potential to Express Hope and Sorrow Through Furniture.
Winston Wächter Gallery
• 203 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855, www.winstonwachter.com, open Mon–Sat
Sculpture by Julie Speidel and painting by Chris Cox (through June 30)... Painting by Stephen O'Donnell and a group show by G8 Glass (through Aug 31).
Woodside Braseth Gallery
• 2101 Ninth Ave, 622-7243, www.woodsidebraseth gallery.com, open Tues–Sat
Nathan DiPietro (Sept 1-Oct 6), influenced by the regionalist painting of the 20th century, makes homey, reassuring portraits of dystopian landscapes—real ones, like the Issaquah Highlands, a cookie-cutter subdivision that has taken over the land near where DiPietro grew up. This show is all new works.
Sky Journal is sweeping new landscapes by Northwest artist Victoria Adams (through July 7)... Summer group show highlighting new works by gallery artists including Ken Kelly, Michael Stasinos, and Katherine Ace (July 10-Aug 25).
Other Exhibitions & Events
Seattle Erotic Art Festival
They say it will be the biggest ever. (Size queens.) The Seattle Erotic Art Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary by expanding from a one-weekend show into a 10-day-long exhibition of art, performances, short films, spoken word, interactive installations, lectures, burlesque, after-parties, and many other, um, events. The first weekend, SEAF will be a central part of the Fremont Fair, which is when everyone already takes off their clothes and rides around on bikes, and the second weekend of SEAF coincides with Seattle Pride. DAMN! The 2012 visual art jurors are Dan Savage, Ellen Forney, Daniel McGlothlen, Jim Duvall, and Mistress Matisse.
• 155 N 35th St, schedule at www.seattleerotic.org, 18+
June 27 and July 11, 7-9 pm
Speed Dating at the Project Room
As part of "Solutions," The Project Room's big summer topic (the venue tackles a topic a season, rather than limiting itself to an artist or a type of art), Susie Lee has devised this "speed dating event" for artists and technology workers, "to investigate the nature of problem solving across different fields." On the first date in June, they'll sit across a table from one another and try to figure out where the hell the other person is coming from. On the second date in July, the whole group will identify problems that need attention and energy, and reflect on solutions. That night is called "Dinner and a Movie?" There will be chaperones, who will will be eavesdropping and live-Tweeting.
• 1315 E Pine St, www.project roomseattle.org)
July 14, Aug 11, Sept 8, 6-9 pm
Draw Attack! at Georgetown Atelier
Tenaya Sims studied at Gage Academy in Juliette Aristides's Classical Atelier, and now he's opened a classical school of his own to the south. The school hosts a drop-in live drawing session with a costumed model every month during Georgetown Art Attack.
• 5628 Airport Ave S, Ste 330, www.georgetownatelier.com)
The Long Walk
For the third year in a row, artist Susan Robb will lead 50 walkers more than 40 miles over four days, from the city of Seattle (this time, starting at Golden Gardens Park) out to the falls of Snoqualmie. Along the way, they'll see new sides to King County, camp in parks, celebrate with a formal dinner, and experience interactive artworks. Then, they'll jump in a car and it will take 40 minutes to get home. The experience of the Long Walk is an experience in stretching time into space. Very recommended (and prepare for blisters). If you don't want to walk but want to witness the spectacle, The Mid-Point Mash-Up celebration will be held at McCormick Park in Duvall on July 27.
• All details at www.thelong walkseattle.com)
Bellevue Arts Museum ARTSfair
A giant arts fair and festival, with hundreds of booths of painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, performance, artist demos, and food and live music.
• Bellevue Square and Bellevue Arts Museum, Fri–Sat 9:30 am-9:30 pm; Sun 9:30 am–6 pm, www.bellevueartsfair.org)
Monthly Art Walks
Wallingford, first Wednesday, 6–9 pm; Pioneer Square, first Thursday, 5–8 pm; Fremont, first Friday, 6–9 pm; Capitol Hill, second Thursday, 5–8 pm; West Seattle, second Thursday, 6–9 pm; PhinneyWood, second Friday, 6–9 pm; Central District, second Saturday, 1–5 pm; Georgetown, second Saturday, 6–9 pm; Ballard, second Saturday, 6–9 pm; Belltown, second Friday, 6–9 pm; Pike Hike, third Thursday, 5–8 pm; Columbia City, third Friday, 4–9 pm; U-District, third Friday, 6–9 pm; International District, third Saturday, 6:30–9:30 pm (May–Aug). Go to www.seattle artwalks.org for more info.