HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, 543-2280.
* SHORT STORIES
In splendorform, Seattle artist Elizabeth Jameson contrasts exaggerative fashion elements of the past (corsets, bustle cages, etc.) with her own absurdist works. The Photographic Impulse uses works from the collection of Joseph and Elaine Monsen to categorize some of the driving forces that have motivated photographers since the birth of the medium. Meditation on a Painting by Diebenkorn contrasts the 1958 painting Untitled (View of the Ocean with Palm Tree) with contemporary works by five other artists. Through Nov 10.
NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM
3014 NW 67th St, 789-5707.
Means "tough ladies" in Norwegian. Works by Sonja Blomdahl in glass, Grete Bodøgaard in tapestry, and Eva Isaksen in collage. Through Sept 8.
KATHERYN DARNER-BOOZE, WILLIAM F. BOOZE, CAROL BERGER HERSHMAN
New jewelry work. Opening reception Sat July 20, 5-9 pm. Columbia City Gallery, 4916 Rainier Ave S, 760-9843. Through Sept 20.
* ELIZABETH JAMESON
The attire in Jameson's drawings is laced, bound, padded, and insulated enough to protect the most fashionable member of the bomb squad. Opening reception Fri July 19, 5-8 pm. Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through Aug 31.
TIM SULLIVAN & LAUREN STEINHARDT
Collaborative installation exploring, among other things, repressed human nature. Opening reception Thurs July 18, 5-9 pm. Commencement Art Gallery, 902 Commerce St, Tacoma, 253-591-5341.
The pharmaceutically inclined among us should check out David George's Pills, a collection of photograms using discarded blister packs as subjects. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through July 21.
Featuring "twisted" paintings. Note to self: The terms "twisted" and "tasteful" are never, ever synonymous. Aftermath Gallery, 928 12th Ave, 709-9797. Through Aug 12.
AMBASSADORS OF COLOR
The first annual show spotlighting members of the ArtsWest Artists Association. Runnings Family Gallery, ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0963 ext 107. Through July 27.
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.
MARTIN BLANK, AXEL RUSSMEYER, HIROSHI YAMANO
Three visions of glass--classical nudes, complex beads, and fish. William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, second floor, 587-6501. Through July 28.
New paintings. 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. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Aug 3.
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.
DAVID de VILLIER
Tranquil Sounds and Silent Drifts combines de Villier's theatrical works with acrylics, ceramics, and bronze sculpture. Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Ave S, 624-3034. Through July 27.
SETH DICKERMAN, STEVEN MEYERS, PEGGY WASHBURN
Landscapes. Flowers. Kids. Photography's only worthy subjects. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. 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. Artemis Gallery, 3107 S Day St, 323-0562. Through July 31.
An outdoor sculpture called Farmaceutical. Post Alley Sculpture Garden, 1417 Post Alley. Through Aug 10.
JOHN L. HARTER, MEERAN
Harter's cartoon-influenced acrylics, Meeran's emotional charcoals and pastels. Gallery 110, 110 S Washington, 624-9336. Through July 27.
A show about nothing? Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680. Through Aug 8.
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 JUST LIKE THE MOVIES": THE SEQUEL
Independence Day brings another look at the direct artistic response to 9/11. Artists on exhibit include Gary Berg, Erica Enders, Keith Tabellione, and Alan Rushing, and others. Li'l Red Shack Gallery, 1028 First Ave S, 856-6555. Through Aug 11.
Poured paintings. King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Suite 200, 296-7580. Through July 28.
Japan features new photographic work from, well, Japan. G. Gibson Gallery, 122 S Jackson, #200, 587-4033. Through Aug 17.
* KREEPY KRAFTS
Dry macaroni, Elmer's glue, and the occult. Works by the Iron Maiden fan in you Arts and Crafts class. Also featuring new paintings by Sean Miller. Roq la Rue, 2224 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Aug 2.
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. Artists talk Thurs July 18 at 7 pm. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through July 27.
YUKI KUNIYUKI JR. AND I. H. KUNIYUKI
Photographic grab bag acting as a dialogue between two long-lost relatives. M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery, Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway, 344-4379. Through Aug 16.
* KUSTOM SHOE
The Kustom Purse concept is back in this snappy clothing store; this installment features a more time-honored fetish object. Kuhlman, 2419 First Ave, 441-1999. Through Aug 31.
Two words: tree crotches. What are you waiting for? Two Bells, 2313 Fourth Ave, 441-3050. Through Aug 31.
Playful wood constructions. Solomon Fine Art, 1215 First Ave, 297-1400. Through July 26.
SHAWN NORDFORS, JAMES MATTEI
Two Cornish grads show off their wares with Nordfors' dioramas built inside of wooden heads, and Mattei's graffiti art for the gallery set. Foster/White Gallery, 123 S Jackson St, 622-2833. Through July 28.
Precise papercut portraits. Nation Gallery, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-9492. Through Aug 11.
Juried by Michael Kenna. Opening reception Fri July 12, 7:30-9:30 pm. Photographic Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through Aug 30.
Aesthetics and genetics. Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919. Through Aug 23.
Paintings exposing the criminally overlooked charm of Paris. Pitcairn Scott Gallery, 2207 Second Ave, 448-5380. Through July 30.
SOIL asks the question you thought you knew the answer to: "What does 'round' mean?" Featuring the work of Jana Brevick, Stefan Knorr, Mark Lawrence, Evan Blackwell, and Jack Daws. SOIL Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through July 31.
Inexpensive graphic-designy art. Check out the innocent/generic orifice by Dan Paulus. Area 51, 401 E Pine St, 568-4782. Through July 31.
* KELLY STATON
A series of paintings, entitled The Secret Life of Nancy Drew. Maybe we'll finally get the real dirt on what was going on with Ned Nickerson when Nancy wasn't getting her lame ass caught in all those hidden staircases. Little Theatre Gallery, 609 19th Ave E, 343-9653. Through Aug 24.
Cast glass and ceramic sculptures comprise the flowery works of Cornucopia. Bryan Ohno Gallery, 155 S Main St, 667-9572. Through Aug 3.
* JOHN TAYLOR
Reviewed this issue. 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.
New paintings and sculptures. Grover/Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816. Through Aug 16.
* 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 their various forms. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through July 27.
SOIL member exhibits recent romps in illustration, painting, and comics. Victrola Coffee, 411 15th Ave E, 325-6520. Through July 31.
In Drawings Pleasant & Unpleasant, Woodring takes a break from the outlandish color of his brilliant comics work with a collection of complex charcoal drawings. Elliott Bay Café, 101 S Main St, 682-6664. Through Aug 31.
* LISA CORRIN
SAM's deputy director of art presents a discussion regarding the use of museum as medium. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St, 654-3100. Thurs July 8 at 7 pm.