BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770.
IN RESPONSE TO PLACE
Twelve big-name photographers get all Ansel on our ass in this exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Nature Conservancy. Featuring new works by the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Sally Mann, William Wegman, Mary Ellen Mark, and Lee Friedlander, among others. Through Sept 1.
* CARLOS MOLLURA: INFLATED INTERVENTIONS
Mollura's enormous inflated vinyl shapes have the power to change a space entirely. Here, see what Mollura crossed with Holl has produced. Through Aug 18.
CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY ART (CoCA)
1420 11th Ave, 728-1980.
2002 NORTHWEST ANNUAL
Curated by Linda Farris, with work by lots of talented people you've heard of, and haven't. Through July 13.
EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT
325 Fifth Ave N, 770-2700.
(UN)COMMON OBJECTS: POP MUSIC'S SACRED STUFF
Madonna's bustier, Gene Simmons' dragon boots, and something skimpy once worn by Britney. This is why we have yard sales. Through Oct 20.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE and NE 41st St, 543-2280.
* GENE(SIS): CONTEMPORARY ART EXPLORES HUMAN GENOMICS
Art and science and truth and not. Including work by Eduardo Kac, Critical Art Ensemble, Catherine Chalmers, Dario Robleto, Daniel Lee, and local artists Susan Robb and Jaq Chartier. Through Aug 25.
NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM
3014 NW 67th St, 789-5707.
NORN: IN AND OUT OF TIME
Ancient Scandinavian myth seen through the long lens of three young artists: Astrid Larsen (with fire), Steffan Herrick (with prints and sculpture), and Erik Reime (with tattoos). Through July 14.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100.
COROT TO PICASSO: EUROPEAN MASTER WORKS FROM THE SMITH COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART
It's summer--time to haul out the Impressionists. Here, the horizon is opened a bit, with the inclusion of something modern, something pre-. Through Sept 15.
GLORIA BORNSTEIN: STILL LIFE
Two installations that look into the idea of roots, in both Bornstein's Polish family and her husband's Japanese heritage--specifically, Nagasaki, Japan. Through Oct 20.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM
1123 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253-272-4258.
THE IBIS PROJECT: EARLY COMPUTER-ASSISTED ART IN THE NORTHWEST
A mini history lesson in digital art, this exhibit collects works made in the mid-'80s with the aid of the IBIS system, an early color graphics program initially designed for commercial mapping. Featuring Karen Guzak, Lorna Jordan, and Carolyn Law, among others. Through Sept 8.
* BILL VIOLA: SOMETHING ABOVE, BEYOND, BELOW, BENEATH
Three works by the master of altering perception through video. Viola can slow time like no other artist I know. Through Sept 15.
WING LUKE ASIAN MUSEUM
407 Seventh Ave S, 623-5124.
ASSEMBLAGE UNRAVELING: CONSTRUCTS OF A FILIPINO AMERICAN AESTHETIC
Work by the isangmahal arts kollective that searches for a new Filipino visual vernacular. Through Aug 18.
WRIGHT EXHIBITION SPACE
407 Dexter Ave N, 264-8200.
Local collectors Bill and Ruth True have a generous definition of a self-portrait; in a way, it's anything looked at by the artist. There's some great and seminal work here that you won't find at any local institution--Nicholas Nixon's The Brown Sisters series, a Jim Campbell LED sculpture, a Gary Hill installation with a strobe light and a lot of grunting. We love the Trues. Open-ended run.
AMBASSADORS OF COLOR
The first annual show spotlighting members of the ArtsWest Artists Association. Opening reception Sun July 7, 3-5 pm. Runnings Family Gallery, ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0963 x107. Through July 27.
The press release promises that this homoerotic showcase will target the issue that's been plaguing us all--just what can we do to make Capitol Hill "more gay"? Opening reception Thurs June 27, 6-10 pm. Butler's Furnace, 1510 12th Ave, 726-3748. Through July 7.
New paintings. Opening reception Wed July 3, 6-8 pm. Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson, 583-0497. Through Aug 7.
* CLAIRE COWIE
Everybody had better show up for Cowie's first solo show in a big old grown-up gallery. Stagings examines a house of miniatures, subjects transformed into ambiguous forms by way of wall-size watercolors, photogravures, and sculptures. Opening reception Wed July 3, 5:30-7:30 pm. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Aug 3.
DAVID de VILLIER
Tranquil Sounds and Silent Drifts combines de Villier's theatrical works with acrylics, ceramics, and bronze sculpture. Opening reception July 3, 6-8 pm. Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Ave S, 624-3034. Through July 27.
GRAHAM FRACHA, BRAD CAPLIS
Fracha sketches images of interior design elements with oil on wood and canvas. Caplis works with acrylics to create impressions of images through large dots. Opening reception Sat July 6, 6-9 pm. Artemis Gallery, 3107 S Day St, 323-0562. Through July 31.
JOHN L. HARTER, MEERAN
Harter's cartoon-influenced acrylics, Meeran's emotional charcoals and pastels. Opening reception Wed July 3, 6-8 pm. Gallery 110, 110 S Washington, 624-9336. Through July 27.
CAROLYN KRIEG, LAUREN GROSSMAN
Krieg's work combines found photographs, hand and digital manipulation, and darkroom trickery to produce strikingly rich chromogenic images. Grossman's sculptures contrast mechanics and religious metaphor. Opening reception Wed July 3, 6-8 pm. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through July 27.
SHAWN NORDFORS, JAMES MATTEI
Two Cornish grads show off their wares--Nordfors' dioramas built inside of wooden heads, and Mattei's grafitti art for the gallery set. Opening reception Wed July 3, 5:30-8 pm. Foster/White Gallery, 123 S Jackson St, 622-2833. Through July 28.
The flowery works of Cornucopia comprise cast glass and ceramic sculptures. Opening reception Wed July 3, 11:30 am-2 pm. Bryan Ohno Gallery, 155 S Main St, 667-9572. Through Aug 3.
Two major collections of Tobey's work are represented in this "important exhibition." Woodside/Braseth Gallery, 1533 Ninth Ave, 622-7243. Through August 1.
* ALICE WHEELER
Hooray, the people are back in Wheeler's photographs. In All About Evil, she focuses on Seattle's underground cultures and personal image alteration in its various forms. Opening reception Wed July 3, 6-9pm. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through July 27.
LESLIE WILLIAMS CAIN, MARLENE BAUER, ROBERT CONNELL
Works inspired by various features of the Northwest landscape, in chalk pastels, acrylic paintings, and ink, respectively. Opening reception Wed July 3, 6-8 pm. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through July 27.
* JIM WOODRING
In Drawings Pleasant & Unpleasant, Woodring takes a break from the outlandish color of his brilliant comic work with collection of complex charcoal drawings. Opening reception Wed July 3, 6-9 pm. Elliott Bay Café, 101 S Main St, 682-6664. Through Aug 31.
Sculptural work inspired by mid-century design. Velocity Art and Design, 2206 Queen Anne Ave N, #201, 781-9494. Through Aug 15.
Three Tons refers quite literally to the amount of material shaped by the artist into large, prickly sculptural landscapes. In this case, it's three tons of nails. Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 256-0809. Through Aug 16.
CHADO/IKEBANA: A CONTEMPORARY SURVEY
Traditional Japanese ceremonies influence these ceramic works from across the country. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St, Kirkland, 425-822-7161. Through July 3.
*CRITICS (*MEANS WE RECOMMEND IT)
An exhibition of portraits of Seattle's extremely brilliant, creative, and charismatic art critics. (Very clever, Mr. Lundgren! Did you think that including a star in the show's name meant an automatic star in the calendar?) Vital 5 Productions, 2200 Westlake Ave, 254-0475. Through July 1.
Illustrations by the independent comic artist. Glo's, 1621 East Olive Way, 529-2735. Through July 6.
TONY de los REYES
In his paintings, de los Reyes focuses on details from Baroque and Rococo decorative art; blown up and rendered in lavishly applied paint, they become abstract signifiers of desire. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through July 20.
SETH DICKERMAN, STEVEN MEYERS, PEGGY WASHBURN
Landscapes. Flowers. Kids. Photography's only worthy subjects. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Through July 27.
Design-influenced art by Shawn Wolfe, Evan Sult, Peter Lucas, and Daniel Kohn. Little Theatre Gallery, 608 19th Ave E, 675-2055. Through July 10.
* KATHRYN GLOWEN
A scaled-down version of Glowen's excellent Petland: the investigation of a life through possessions. Phinney Center Gallery, 6532 Phinney Ave, 783-2244. Through July 13.
The first of a series in which artists will be challenged to create art in response to a single word. With work by Kipling West, Laurel Anderson, Elizabeth Jameson, Robert Rini, Neil Bashor, Jan Haag, and Arleann Lourdes. Otis Café, 1005 Boren Ave, 342-9866. Through July 28.
Works on paper, including graphite and Wite-Out drawings. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through June 30.
An outdoor sculpture called Farmaceutical. Opening reception Thurs June 20, 6-9 pm. Post Alley Sculpture Garden, 1417 Post Alley. Through Aug 10.
Photographs of flower-patterned textiles, re-patterned with drawing and painting. The Rose Club, 3601 S McClellan St, 725-3654. Through June 30.
IN THE GARDEN
It's a good month for flower art. Here's more. Winston Wächter Fine Art, 403 Dexter Ave N, 652-5855. Through Aug 16.
"IT'S A... ?"
The very first exhibition at this brand spankin' new gallery featuring works by Miles Conrad, Cory Peeke, Manuel Tapia, and Brian Watson. Seattle LGBT Community Center Art Gallery, 1115 E Pike St, 323-5428. Through July 31.
RYAN IVERSON, ALAN HURLEY, KEVIN WILLIS
Work by both Iverson and Willis has graced The Stranger's covers in the past; no doubt Hurley isn't far behind. Alibi Room, 85 Pike St, 623-3180. Through June 30.
Japan features new photographic work from, well, Japan. G. Gibson Gallery, 122 S Jackson #200, 587-4033. Through Aug 17.
* KUSTOM SHOE
Reviewed this issue. Kuhlman, 2419 First Ave, 441-1999. Through Aug 31.
MARC LAWRENCE, KEITH TABELLIONE
Two artists look at the signs, symbols, and clutter that surround us. Li'l Red Shack Gallery, 1028 First Ave S, 621-7807. Through June 30.
DANIEL LEON, JESSE BROWN
A new gallery, featuring the work of teenagers. With the usual talk about youth outreach through art; here, though, they're showing it as art, not as therapy. Emergence Gallery, 1914 Fourth Ave, 292-4142. Through Aug 4.
New work, pastiche of pastiche. Nation Gallery, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-9492. Through July 9.
JOHN McQUEEN, RICHARD MARQUIS
Basket-woven sculptures by McQueen, and new glass objects--both crazy and everyday--by the wry and prolific Marquis. Elliott Brown Gallery, 215 Westlake Ave N, 340-8000. Through July 20.
Standing Ground is a series of color photographs for all you wandering minds. Two words: tree crotches. What are you waiting for? Two Bells, 2313 Fourth Ave, 441-3050. Through Aug 31.
Aesthetics and genetics. Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919. Through Aug 23.
Art inspired by music. SAM Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3240. Through July 13.
PETER ROUX, JANE BURNS
New work featuring dreamy landscapes and odd characters. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through July 17.
Artistic and literary mediation on "seed." As in, "I went to that gallery, I done seed the art." SOIL Artist Cooperative, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through June 30.
Reviewed this issue. Area 51, 401 E Pine St, 568-4782. Through July 31.
Subtle botanical abstractions. Still Life in Fremont Coffeehouse, 709 N 35th St, 547-9850. Through Aug 4.
An instillation featuring "accumulations"--large works composed of acrylics, inks, and crayons on acetate and translucent paper, based Stone's own free-form sketches. Commencement Art Gallery, 902 Commerce St, Tacoma, 253-591-5341. Through July 11.
A lot of glass artists try to imitate Tagliapietra's sexy, singing, curvaceous work. Few succeed. William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, #200, 587-6501. Through June 30.
* JOHN TAYLOR
Taylor's ships are phenomenal things: meticulously made from driftwood, bits of old machinery, and tiny obsessive touches such as rulers, lights, and stamps. Garde Rail Gallery, 4860 Rainier Ave S, 721-0107. Through July 27.
Twenty Years of Making is a survey of Tremblay's career in mixed-media and installation. Sacred Circle Gallery of American Indian Art, Daybreak Star, Discovery Park, 285-4425. Through July 28.
* BLAIR WILSON
Wilson's new works, still obsessively intricate and compulsively dotted, move off into a more abstract land. Roq la Rue, 2224 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through July 5.
A window installation about regenerative female energy. Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3240. Through July 29.
SOUND ART SHOW
Excursions into the elusive world of audio art. Wed July 3, 6-9:30 pm, Thurs July 4, 12 noon-9 pm, Thurs July 13, 9-11 pm, Gallery Freshgoods, 211 1/2 First Ave S, 340-6041.