BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM, 301 Bellevue Square, 425-454-3322
Gloria Bornstein--A 30-year survey, curated by Vicki Halper, of an important Northwest artist. In the 1970s Bornstein began as a groundbreaking performance artist, then evolved into one of the region's most visible sculptors and creators of public works. The exhibition incorporates emotionally charged installation pieces with sculpture, paintings, and prints. Through June 21.
Dona Ann McAdams--A photographic project focusing on a small farming community in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia consumed McAdams, and the result is a dignified view of the dwindling population of a rural community. Through June 21.
CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY ART, 65 Cedar St, 728-1980.
Catherine Chalmers--Food Chain: Encounters Between Mates, Predators, and Prey is the first substantial survey of the photographs by this New York artist. Playing with scale and heightened drama, Chalmers has photographed various insects she's raised up close and personal during a complex dance through the food chain. The insects are behaving naturally, but the range of seeming emotion is startling. Through Sat May 22.
FRYE ART MUSEUM, 704 Terry Ave, 622-9250
Celebrating Women in the Arts--A selection of works by women artists past and present from the Frye permanent collection, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., and private collections. Through June 6.
Carlo Maria Mariani--An exhibition of paintings using neo-classical images to tackle contemporary dilemmas, entitled The Mysterious Enchantment of Beauty. Through June 27.
The Hermitage Group--Eight Russian contemporary artists who work and study at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Through June 6.
HENRY ART GALLERY, 15th Ave NE at NE 41st St, 543-2280
Coming to Life--The Henry has featured a series of exhibitions focusing on the figure in art since the mid-century. This, the final installment, concentrates on the figure in American art with works by Diane Arbus, Willem DeKooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Philip Guston, Lucas Samaras, and more. Through June 13.
*Josiah McElheny--Renowned conceptual artist and glassblower McElheny was commissioned by the Henry to create a new installation. The result is An Historical Anecdote About Fashion, which includes dresses and textiles from the Henry collection alongside the artist's glass sculpture. One is wrapped in a web of deceit upon entry into an exhibition of the fictitious possessions of Italy's Paolo Venini and his couture-clad wife. Through May 30.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM, 1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, 654-3100
Flights of Fancy--Screens, scrolls, and lacquers pulled from the museum's collection in this exhibition about natural and supernatural imagery in Japanese art. Heads up for the flamesames of hell, dragons, cranes, horse-headed demons, and other fantastical visions, both evil and sublime. Through July 25.
Worlds of Fantasy: Chinese Shadow Puppets--Volunteer Park hosts more than 70 puppets from the 19th century. The majority of the exhibited works come from the collection of Theodore Bodde, who purchased the extraordinary objects while in Beijing in the 1930s. Chinese textiles with related themes will accompany. Ongoing.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM, 1123 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253-627-1898.
The Art Guys Again and Again--Art hijinks at their best. The Art Guys, Jack Massing and Michael Galbreth from Houston, take everyday objects and make hysterical sculptures, installations, and often performance-based pieces. TAM has pieces made of American cheese, 99 bottles of beer, and 1950s suitcases. Don't be surprised if you see the pair sporting their Todd Oldham suits with embroidered advertising plugs for companies like Absolut vodka. Through July 25.
Sue Coe--A retrospective of prints featuring works from 1979 to the present. Coe is renowned for her hard-hitting, propaganda-filled prints dealing with subjects of controversy and high emotion. The violence of war and rape, the vulnerability of children, animal cruelty, and racial and social injustice are themes she tackles in a somewhat shocking but always informative way. Through July 18.
PHIL BORGES--The Enduring Spirit is a collaborative project between Amnesty International and celebrated photographer Borges featuring over 50 captivating images of people from indigenous cultures. This is not simple travel photography, but rather haunting, emotional portraits that are highly respectful of his stunning subjects. Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave E, 324-1126. Sat May 22 through Aug 29.
CORNISH BFA EXHIBIT--1999 Art Department BFA candidates exhibit work in all media in their studios on Westlake. A great chance to score some deals! Cornish College of the Arts--BFA Studios, 306 Westlake Ave N, 622-1951. Sat May 22 through June 26.
BEVERLY RAYNER/BILL JACOBSON--Two photographic exhibits--Observations & Experiments by Rayner and Interim Portraits and Thought Series by Jacobson. G. Gibson Gallery, 122 S Jackson St, Suite 200, 587-4033. Fri May 21 through June 26
ALFREDO ARREGUIN--A Northwest treasure, Arreguin has spent a long career painting large-scale, densely textured works that ring of a Latin American vision of nature and its relationship with humanity. TULE Gallery, 316 First Ave S, 748-9904. Through June 3.
*CARAPACE--A show dealing with the theme of "self-created armor," with works in various media by Siobhan Arnold, Leslie Clague, Elizabeth Jameson, Jennifer McNeely, Chanda Martin, and Sue Anne Rische. Project 416, 416 Occidental Ave S, 749-9220. Through June 30.
*CYNTHIA CONNOLLY--A retrospective of photographic work by a D.C.-based artist who, along with creating her own work, has had photos published in magazines such as Paper, Index Speed Kills, and Punk Planet, and regular works for the inflamesuential record label Dischord. Milky World, 111 Battery, 374-0933. Through June 9.
DANGEROUS DOLLS--Curated by Lisa Petrucci, an exhibit featuring 13 West Coast women artists who deal with the issue of femininity in contemporary society through erotically charged pop-ish artworks. Roq La Rue, 2224 Second Ave, 399-6952. Through June 1.
*BETSY EBY--We are engulfed in a sea of wax here as every Northwest painter covers their work with beeswax, or begins to explore encaustics. It's a tired regional phase. Eby is one of the few who's not making a mess, but instead creating rich, luminous works. The abstracted boat forms dividing the compositions provide a conceptual vessel for interior and exterior exploration. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through June 5.
LIAM EVERETT--Francine has a young painter. His name is Liam Everett, and he is outstanding. The paintings are mixed media on paper, and create a narrative incorporating figurative and abstract elements. They're honest works by an artist to watch out for. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through May 30.
EXPOSURE--An exhibition celebrating the study of the human form in photography. Basically--nudes, nudes, nudes. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Through June 12.
RICHARD GILKEY--Paintings from the 1950s by this veteran Northwest artist. Works by Mark Tobey accompany. Kurt Litke Gallery, 318 Second Ave S, 623-5082. Through Sat May 22.
*JON HADDOCK--Works from two captivating and distinctively different bodies. There are 20 digital c-prints from the series Internet Sex Photos in which the artist has downloaded images from amateur Internet porn and removed the sex act, pixel by pixel, leaving average, if not depressing, interiors. Accompanying is a group of sociopolitical "toys" from his American Fine Art Products International series. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through May 31.
WAYNE HARJULA/MIYUKI SHINKAI--A team of Vancouver, B.C. artists who have collaborated to create 3D multi-media wall pieces with glass and kinetic components. LEAD Gallery, 1022 First Ave S, 623-6240. Through May 29.
BOOTSY HOLLER/JIMMY MALECKI--Holler combines revealing self-portraits with poetry in mixed media works. Malecki presents black-and-white photos of local women in A Girlie Fashion Show. Proceeds benefit the Nonviolent Action Community of Cascadia. Healey Gallery, 7209 Greenwood Ave N, 789-8984. Through May 31.
RAYMOND KEMPE--Mixed-media totems, animals, and sculptural objects. Zeitgeist, 161 S Jackson Ave. Through June 2.
SALLY KIRK--Sculpture and paintings with fragile, angelic, figurative elements, and strong earthbound components like graffiti and wire cages. Robbie Mildred Gallery, 307 E Pike St, 903-1246. Through June 10.
RICHARD LEWIS--Lewis places his naked figures in the misty Northwest woods alongside clothed onlookers in mural-sized photographs. FotoCircle Gallery, 163 S Jackson, Second Floor, 624-2645. Through May 29.
*PATRICK LOCICERO--Illusion of Memory aptly suits a series of oil and collage works by an artist new to the Northwest. Look carefully. The elements you suppose are collaged are actually skillfully rendered, and it is the chaotic background that contains the mixed-media components. Crisp and clear, hats and sweet little bikes flamesoat on jumbled fields, much like the emergence of our favorite objects from jumbled memories. Grover Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816. Through May 29.
DANTE MARIONI--More tall, graceful, and very slick glass vessels. William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, 587-6501. Through May 30.
BRAD MILLER--A site-specific installation made for the ongoing series of window installations at 911 Media Center. The Bible Cycle addresses how the media champions and as a result sanctifies certain issues. 911 Media Center, 117 Yale Ave N, 682-7422. Through June 6.
JEFF MITCHELL--Where have you been, Jeff? New work by an artist who wraps social and sexual commentary up in the cuddliest bunnies and flamesowers you've ever seen. Hilariously naughty and deadly serious. Domestic Furniture, 1422 34th Ave, 323-0198. Through May 28.
JEFFERSON PINDER--Likening himself to musicians that sample sounds, Pinder pulls images from print media, and fashions startling photomontage works that attempt to define the image of the "New Negro." In surreal contemporary settings, these complex compositions feature central characters who confront and question the viewing audience. Oculus Gallery, 163 S Jackson, Second Floor, 366-2108. Through May 29.
PRINTS AND MULTIPLES--Prints by Jennifer Bartlett, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Ann Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Kerry James Marshall, Henri Matisse, Robert Motherwell, Sean Scully, Kiki Smith, and others. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through May 29.
RUTH SORENSEN--This little frame shop in Madison Valley has had a great run of shows this year, and this one is no exception. Sorensen proves she is an exceptional painter with a series of glowing oils, featuring displaced figures in surreal landscapes. Baas Gallery, 2703 E Madison, 324-4742. Through June 12.
STEPHEN TALASNIK--An artist from New York who takes drawing seriously. Biomorphic and vaguely architectural, his objects are woven together, or bound and contained by other objects, making an incredibly complex composition filled with a satisfying amount of surface distressing. Davidson Gallery, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through May 29.
BETHANY TAYLOR--The Usual Accessories includes conceptual pieces that deal with false identity and paintings inspired by a general search on the Internet using the word "carrier." SOIL, 310 First Ave S, 264-8016. Through May 30.
TRES FLORES--Prints, drawings, and paintings by three of Mexico's leading female contemporary artists. Tule Gallery, 316 First Ave S, 748-9904. Through May 31.
WITHIN--The first exhibition curated by new executive director Christian French. He's lined up six installation artists, all of whom have presented site-specific works in Seattle in the last two years, to create new site-related pieces. Participating artists are Leslie Clague, Michelle Levesque, Yuki Nakamura, Erin Palmer, Anat Pollack, and Bridget Young. ArtSpace, 216 Alaskan Way S, 442-9365. Through May 30.
*PATRICK ZENTZ--This nationally renowned sculptor has installed three environmentally controlled sound sculptures at a Belltown alternative art space. Three instruments (timpani, a stringed instrument, and a flamesute) are connected with receptors installed on the gallery roof that respond to the velocity, flamesuctuations, and direction of wind activity. Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809. Through July 2.
Artist Garden Tour--Seattle Art Museum's Pacific Northwest Arts Council hosts its annual self-guided tour of artists' gardens. This wildly successful event allows the public into some of the most creative gardens in the Northwest. Participating artists this year include Gary Nisbet, Barbara Noah, Laurie Chambers, Catherine Cook and Louise Hoeschen-Goldberg, Sherry Shadt and Joan Stuart Ross. For reservations and information call 654-3121. Sun May 23, 11-4.
Jim Hodges--The Washington State Arts Commission and the UW Public Art Commission invites the public to a free lecture and discussion with Hodges, a candidate for a new public art project at the University of Washington. Hodges is renowned for his labor-intensive constructions made with ordinary and ephemeral materials. Henry Art Gallery, UW Campus, Fri May 21, 4-6 pm.
PHRESH--The Pacific Northwest Arts Council of the Seattle Art Museum announces the first biennial juried exhibition on the grounds of Bumbershoot, titled PHRESH. The focus is on fresh talent, featuring the region's best up-and-coming artists. Trevor Fairbrother, Deputy Director of Art, is the juror. Call 654-3119 for a prospectus. Deadline for submission is June 7.
Washington State Lawyers for the Arts--Every second and fourth Monday from 6:30-8:30 pm, volunteer lawyers specializing in arts and entertainment law are available to answer questions. Artists may receive a private session for a suggested $15 donation. First-come, first-served; arrive early. For information, call the Arts Legal Clinic at 328-7053.