BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM
510 Bellevue Way NE, 425-519-0770

CLAY BODY

New commissioned work by three pretty amazing local artists: Patti Warashina, Claudia Fitch, and Akio Takamori. Through Jan 4.

LUCY ORTA

Fashion/sculpture on the subject of shelter--not your average lifestyle stuff. Through Jan 18.

HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, 543-2280.

* CLAIRE COWIE

Final week. Every surface is a stage for Cowie's engaging mutant sculptures--they seem so cute and approachable, but they'll wrench you right down to their level. With photogravures featuring the knickknacks cavorting weirdly in a multilevel dreamhouse. Through Sept 28.

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100.

INTERNATIONAL ABSTRACTION PARTS 1 AND 2: MAKING PAINTING REAL

SAM explores the initial abstract explosion that took place after World War I, and then from the 1940s through the present. Through Feb 2004.

OPENINGS

DREAMSCAPES

The strange nether world between being awake and being asleep, with work by John Casado, Frank Dituri, Karin Rosenthal, and Tseno. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave, 622-2480. Through Nov 15.

IGGI GREEN

Weird hybrid creatures, in time for Halloween. Opening reception Mon Sept 29, 6-8 pm. Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 329-2629. Through Nov 9.

VALERIE McEVOY

X-rays and medical objects adorn McEvoy's work in Evidence of Things Unseen. Opening reception Wed Oct 1, 5-8 pm. Baas Gallery, 2703 E Madison St, 324-4742. Through Oct 31.

TELLING STORIES

Photographs, drawn from the city's portable collection, that suggest narrative in one way or another. Opening reception Tues Sept 30, 5-7 pm. City Space, Bank of America Tower, 701 Fifth Ave, third floor, 749-9525. Through Nov 7.

GAIL TREMBLAY

The relationship between forests, humans, and salmon, as demonstrated in The Empty Fishtrap. Opening reception Wed Oct 1, 5-7 pm. M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery, 1701 Broadway, 344-4379. Through Oct 22.

FINAL WEEK

14.15 ART

A show dedicated to the wide amalgam of local artists of 14.15 Art. Washington State Convention & Trade Center West Galleria, 800 Convention Pl, 694-5000. Through Sept 28.

ANIMALITY

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.

CHRISTINE BURGOYNE

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.

MARK CALDERON

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.

MAYSEY CRADDOCK, FRED BIRCHMAN

Craddock's paintings of everyday objects have a creepy animated quality; Birchman makes airplanes out of every possible thing. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through Sept 28.

CULTIVATED

Art for the garden. Phinney Center Art Gallery, 6532 Phinney Ave N, 783-2244. Through Sept 27.

PETER DE LORY

Triptychs and single photographs on the subject of Americans and their cars. Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Pl, 443-3315. Through Sept 27.

GRAHAM FRACHA

Paintings of chairs. Hooray for chairs! Bluebottle Art Gallery, 415 E Pine St, 325-1592. Through Sept 30.

* 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.

KATIE KADWELL

Embroidered tales of children. I mean, done in embroidery, not necessarily hyperbolic. Hopvine Pub, 507 15th Ave E, 328-3120. Through Sept 30.

* 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.

PAUL McCALL

Two exhibits: Nishikigoi and Unspoken Realities. Upstairs Gallery, 1822 Broadway Ave, 322-4455. Through Sept 29.

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.

ALEX MITCHELL

Wonder Boxes filled with handmade objects. Solomon Fine Art, 1215 First Ave, 297-1400. Through Sept 26.

* OPEN HOUSE PART TWO

New acquisitions, including work by the amazing Jimmy Lee Sudduth, as well as Purvis Young, Harry Teague, and Ms. Annie Grgich. Garde Rail Gallery, 4860 Rainier Ave S, 721-0107. Through Sept 27.

ULRICH PAKKER

Steel sculptures. Post Alley Sculpture Garden, 1413 Post Alley, and Post Alley Indoor Art Space, 1411 First Ave. Through Sept 30.

CHRISTINE RUTKOWSKI, JENNIFER ZWICK

Zwick's obsessive sculptures of bugs and Rutkowski's gum clumps populate The Art of Control. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave, 322-7030. Through Sept 30.

STEPHEN SCHILDBACH

Schildbach opens up his diary on the canvas for a series of autobiographical abstractions. Victrola Coffee & Art, 411 15th Ave E, 325-6520. Through Sept 30.

SUSTAINING VISION

Juried by Anne Wilkes Tucker, the culmination of PCNW's eighth annual photographic competition features 80 images of visual sustenance. Photographic Center North- west, 900 12th Ave, 720-7222. Through Sept 28.

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.

EVENTS

THEY SHOOT PAINTERS, DON'T THEY?

CoCA's annual benefit for itself involves a particularly masochistic rite: 24 artists painting for 24 hours straight. Painting marathon is Fri-Sat Sept 26-27 (admission $5); auction is Sat at 6 pm (admission $10 general, $50 VIP). 401 E Pine St (above Area 51); for information and tickets call 728-1980.

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