510 Bellevue Way NE, 425-519-0770
* NEST: PHIL ROACH
Roach is best known for his miniature worlds crammed diorama-style behind a fisheye lens. Here, he brings his slightly claustrophobic worldview to BAM's Nest series.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, 543-2280.
CROSSCURRENTS AT CENTURY'S END
Final week. Premiering its national tour in our little corner of America, the Crosscurrents exhibition milks the Neuberger Berman collection for a look at emerging and contemporary figures in photography and painting, including James Casebere, Vic Muniz, Mary Heilman, and Ingrid Calame. Through Sept 21.
Final week. The claustrophobic works of Los Angeles' Knechtel, in a career retrospective titled On Wanting to Grow Horns. Through Sept 21.
MUSEUM OF GLASS
1801 E Dock St, Tacoma, 253-284-4750.
MY REALITY: CONTEMPORARY ART AND THE CULTURE OF JAPANESE ANIMATION
Final week. Anime-influenced art--the trend du jour from two years ago--continues to tour. With work by Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Mariko Mori, and many more. Through Sept 21.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
Volunteer Park, 654-3100.
LI JIN: A FEAST
Two modern scrolls by a Chinese master. Through April 11.
WING LUKE ASIAN MUSEUM
407 Seventh Ave S, 623-5124.
IT'S LIKE THAT: APAS AND THE SEATTLE HIP-HOP SCENE
An exhibition dedicated to Seattle's Asian Pacific American (APA) hiphop community. Through Nov 30.
Documentary photographs of Africa, taken between 1948 and 1953. Opening reception Thurs Sept 18, 5:30-8 pm. G. Gibson Gallery, 514 E Pike St, 587-4033. Through Nov 1.
MICHELE BARKLEY, BENOTE HILL
Color, explored. Opening reception Fri Sept 19, 6:30-9:30 pm. Otis Cafe, 1005 Boren Ave N, 342-9866. Through Oct 2.
MANYA DROBNACK, GLORIA RUIZ
A pair of abstractionists. Opening reception Fri Sept 19, 5:30-8:30 pm. Jeffrey Moose Gallery, 1333 Fifth Ave, Suite 511, 467-6951. Through Nov 8.
* BILL AKERS
Final week. All right, vessels usually bore me to tears. But Akers' martini glasses and other cocktail paraphernalia are snakily beautiful and often funny as all get-out. Vetri, 1404 First Ave, 667-9608. Through Sept 24.
Les animaux se trouvent dans l'art. Avec la participation de Gaylen Hansen, Deborah Barrett, Roy de Forest, Robert Helm, et des autres. Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Ave S, 624-3034. Through Sept 27.
LITA BATHO, PETER ROUX
Batho's sculpture surprises with unexpected contrasts; with atmospheric painting by Roux. Ballard/Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through Sept 30.
GARY BERG, LUIS SANCHEZ
Berg contrasts cast concrete with burnt books; Sanchez explores urban signifiers, both deliberate and accidental. Atelier 31, 2500 First Ave, 448-5250. Through Sept 28.
ANN FERNALD BORWICK, SHANNON BOWLEY
Borwick's work combines dyed cheesecloth and lots of sewing; with new botanicals by Bowley. Artemis Gallery, 3107 S Day St, 323-0562. Through Sept 27.
Body image explored through black-and-white photography; Burgoyne riffs on the usual consequences of such an inquiry by pairing the body with everyday items. CDA Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Suite 200, 296-8674. Through Sept 26.
Sculpture in a strange contrast of form and material (a handkerchief in cast concrete), and drawings in ash and clay. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Sept 27.
New paintings, in Cotton Mouth. VAIN, 2018 First Ave, 441-3441. Through Oct 31.
Art for the garden. Phinney Center Art Gallery, 6532 Phinney Ave N, 783-2244. Through Sept 27.
Paintings of chairs. Hooray for chairs! Bluebottle Art Gallery, 415 E Pine St, 325-1592. Through Sept 30.
Serene, spare Linescapes. Palm Room, 5336 Ballard Ave NW, 782-7256. Through Nov 6.
* DOUG JECK, ALAN FULLE
Jeck's ceramic people have a truly, utterly eerie life--here, a kind of guard keeps tense watch over an empty gallery. With stripy paintings from Fulle. William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, second floor, 587-6501. Through Sept 28.
* JAMES LAVADOUR
Really just the most gorgeous painting around. Lavadour takes everything I don't like--expressive landscape painting--and turns it into something I love. Grover/Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816. Through Sept 27.
Visual and audio field recordings from Seattle's survey stations. Jack Straw New Media Gallery, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919. Through Nov 26.
PAUL McKEE, MELANIE REED
New gallery! McKee's cityscapes reflected in skyscrapers, and Reed's surreal-style collages. Blue Door Gallery, 759 N 80th St, 783-2583. Through Oct 19.
MEGAN McLARNEY, JASON WANG
McLarney's single-channel composite video of a highway overpass is suburban dread embodied. With paintings by Wang. Priceless Works Gallery, 619 N 35th St, Suite 100, 349-9943. Through Sept 28.
Min shrouds actual life in neat, broad stripes; her show is called, appropriately enough, Events in Dense Fog. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Oct 4.
New sculpture and drawings. Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680. Through Oct 2.
* MARION PECK, CAMILLE ROSE GARCIA
Strange worlds of paint and peculiarity. Local artist Peck skips her work toward reportedly more playful territory, while Garcia illustrates the surreal world through layered assemblages. Roq la Rue Gallery, 2316 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Oct 5.
They just looooooove photography. Cafe Venus, 609 Eastlake Ave E, 624-4516. Through Oct 4.
RECYCLED ART SHOW
Final week. Your trash: made beautiful! Finally, an art show composed of recycled wares. RE Store, 1440 NW 52nd St, 297-9119. Through Sept 21.
New work in Action Figures II. ToST, 513 N 36th St, 547-0240. Through Oct 31.
TALES FROM THE WATER HEATER
Art based on the magnetic poetry that evolved on ACE's water heater. Curated by Kipling West, an artist and curator who seems to pull artists out of nowhere for solid, interesting shows. ACE Gallery, 619 Western Ave, third floor, 623-1288. Through Sept 27.
* WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
Optimistic? Or oblivious? Eleven SOIL artists duke it out. With work by good, good artists who have left, or left and come back, or are leaving, or have been here all along, including Chris Grant, Jeff DeGolier, John Seal, and Perla Sitcov. SOIL Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through Sept 28.
* KATHRYN RATHKE SCULPTURE UNVEILING
Thanks to the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Georgetown now has a permanent neon sign designed by Her Excellentness. Come celebrate--there will be food and drink. The Horton Building, S Vale St and 12th Ave S. Sat Sept 20, 7-10 pm.
* MARTIN KERSELS LECTURE/PERFORMANCE
The Contemporary Arts Council, as usual quietly going about its business, is bringing Los Angeles-based Kersels to "sing, speak, and perform his way through an episode of his own personal artistic history." Given Kersels' penchant for the kinetic, it should be very good. Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park. Sat Sept 20, 3 pm, $7.