704 Terry Ave, 622-9250.
SCOTT FRASER: STILL LIFES WITH MAGIC AND MYSTERY
An artist challenging the conventions of the still life. Opens May 7. Artist lecture Thurs May 6, 7 pm. Through Aug 8.
HERE I AM! PASSAGES IN PORTRAITURE
Portraits selected from the museum's permanent collection. Through June 27.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE and NE 41st St, 543-2280.
* TRISHA BROWN
"Dancer and choreographer Brown has made exhibiting
her dances easier by collaborating with visual artists, and collecting compelling artifacts... the idea of collaboration--not just between people, but between art forms and between the past and the present--may very well be this exhibition's true subject." (Emily Hall) Through July 18.
* ROY McMAKIN
Final Week. I'm still not convinced that everything McMakin does is art, but the wall of refrigerators is worth the price of admission. Through May 10.
NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM
3014 NW 67th St, 789-5707.
Digital montage prints. Through June 11.
The Norwegian landscape, rendered in watercolors. Through June 11.
An exhibition, in collaboration with the Lisa Harris Gallery, of the artist's Ibsen-inspired paintings. Through June 11.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100.
ONLY SKIN DEEP
The entwined issues of race and photography, as they explore each other, in a show organized by the International Center of Photography. Through June 13.
RENAISSANCE ART IN FOCUS: NERI di BICCI AND DEVOTIONAL PAINTING IN ITALY
A Neri di Bicci altarpiece fresh from SAM's conservators is the center of this exhibition on devotional art. Through June 13.
YOUTH IN FOCUS STUDENTS RESPOND TO ONLY SKIN DEEP
The broadly didactic exhibition interpreted by students--perhaps its best use. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 5:30-7:30 pm. Through May 31.
SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
Volunteer Park, 654-3100.
KOREAN SENSIBILITIES: THE EVOLUTION OF FORM
Objects in diverse media from the museum's collection. Ongoing.
LARGER THAN LIFE HEROES
The heroes are sumo wrestlers, and the exhibition is of prints from the Draeger collection. Through Aug 29.
WING LUKE ASIAN MUSEUM
407 Seventh Ave S, 623-5124.
BEYOND TALK: REDRAWING RACE
Goodness, another exhibition about art and race (see also SAM). Through Dec 12.
THE WRIGHT EXHIBITION SPACE
407 Dexter Ave N, 264-8200.
THE FIGURE IN CONTEMPORARY ART
Thirty works from the Wrights' collection, including one of those newish Eric Fischls everyone's talking about. Through June 18.
ART OF MARITIME MODELING
Scale models of ships, and artistic interpretations thereof. Opens Thurs May 6. Gallery 4Culture, 506 Second Ave, Suite 200, 296-7580. Through May 28.
Eighteen artists from Seattle and Canada make art based on those "Can you draw a chipmunk? You can be an artist!" tests. Opening reception Fri May 7, 6-9 pm. Kuhlman, 2419 First Ave, 441-1999. Through July 31.
SUSAN BENNERSTROM, ROBERT CONNELL
Bennerstrom was inspired by Suzanne Paola for a series of pastels called Bed (sheets, blankets, light); River is paintings of objects clarifled and distorted by water. Connell uses a calligraphic ink style to make surprisingly vivid landscapes. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 6-8 pm. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through May 29.
BETSY BEST-SPADARO, CHRIS BUENING
Best-Spadaro's collages of old works (her own) have a quilted quality; Buening is a kind of surreal doodler. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 6-8 pm. Gallery 110, 110 S Washington St, 624-9336. Through May 29.
EVAN BLACKWELL AND MARC LAWRENCE
Discarded objects transformed into minimalist sculpture. Lawrence is best known for interesting and design-y light sculptures--this could be good. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 8-10 pm. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, 388-0501. Through May 29.
Paintings of Northwest coastal light over fields and water. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 6-8 pm. Foster/White Gallery in Pioneer Square, 123 S Jackson St, 622-2833. Through May 25.
Three ceramic sculptures and companion photographs. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 6-9 pm. Caffe Bella, 2621 Fifth Ave, 441-4351. Through May 31.
Abstract works--taking as their subject the 25-hour day and inspired by an image delivered by the Mars Orbital Camera. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 6-9 pm. ACE Studios, 619 Western Ave, 623-1288. Through May 31.
DAVID CHICK, AMY BATES, PATRICK GIRGEN
Three experimental photographers, in Pinholes and Plastics. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 6-9 pm. Forgotten Works Gallery, 619 Western Ave, 343-7212. Through June 1.
New work in The Human Factor. Opening reception Fri May 7, 6-9 pm. Priceless Works Gallery, 619 N 35th St, #100, 547-5656. Through May 31.
Narrative figure-full paintings, "the result of the artist's intense struggle to embrace personal life changes." Opening reception Fri May 7, 6-8 pm. Fountainhead Gallery, 625 W McGraw St, 285-4467. Through May 29.
Photographs of the West Coast's coastal areas. Opening receptions Thurs May 6, 5-9 pm, Sat May 8, noon-7 pm. Steven Fey Fine Art Photography, 2615 Fifth Ave, 443-6003. Through June 15.
KATJA FRITZSCHE, RICHARD ROYAL
Fritzsche's animal heads with furniture-ish bodies; Royal's hot-sculpted glass pieces. Artist reception Thurs May 6, 5-8 pm. William Traver Gallery, 220 Union St, second floor, 587-6501. Through May 27.
THE GARDEN: NATURE'S EDGE
Opening reception Fri May 7, 6-9 pm. Phinney Center Gallery, 6532 Phinney Ave N, 783-2244. Through May 28.
New work in Swans, Ponds, and Pools. Opening reception Fri May 7, 6-8 pm. Fancy, 1932 Second Ave, 443-4621. Through June 3.
DIONNE HAROUTUNIAN, JAY LAZERWITZ
A series of two- and three-dimensional works by Haroutunian, based on an ongoing relationship with a model named Tito; Lazerwitz's encaustic paintings explore connections between people and places and other people. Opening reception Sat May 8, 6-9 pm. Gallery 63 Eleven, 6311 24th Ave NW, 478-2238. Through June 9.
On her trip to West Africa last year, Holler felt the heaviness of time, and photographed its manifestation everywhere she could. Opening reception Tues May 11, 8 pm. The Alibi Room, 85 Pike St, 623-3180. Through May 31.
SHAWN MARIE JOHNSON
New works in Waterborne. Opening reception Sat May 8, 2-5 pm. LGBT Community Center Art Gallery, 1115 E Pike St, 323-5428. Through May 31.
New monoprints in Before and After and (In-Between). Also showing: work by Tara Morgan and Shaun Surething. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 6-9 pm. VAIN, 2018 First Ave, 441-3441. Through May 29.
KOREAN GLASS EXHIBITION
A group show. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 5-8 pm. Global Art Venue, 314 First Ave S, 264-8755. Through May 31.
Mixed-media collages. Opening reception Fri May 7, 6-9 pm. Frame Up Studios, 3515 Fremont Ave N, 547-4657. Through June 1.
The convergence of water and industry, in photographs taken under bridges and piers. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 6-8 pm. Globe Gallery, 105 S Main St #100, 612-7655. Through June 1.
With work by Nolan Lee Hendrickson, Bree Nichols, Michael Getz, and Linda Nichols. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 8 pm. Clientele, 1930 Second Ave, 850-2001. Through June 30.
Nisbet has shifted his focus from chairs to the whole realm of domestic objects, here used as elements of pattern and a kind of gentle abstraction. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 6-8 pm. Grover/Thurston Gallery, 309 Occidental Ave S, 223-0816. Through May 29.
* NOW WE ARE SIX
See Stranger Suggests. Opening reception Fri May 7, 6-10 pm. Roq la Rue, 2316 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through June 5.
Sculpture and drawings. Opening reception Sat May 8, 7-10 pm. Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680. Through June 3.
Recent paintings of New York City. Opens Thurs May 6. Martin-Zambito Fine Art, 721 E Pike St, 726-9509. Through June 2.
For her images--unstaged snapshots of everyday life--the artist uses a Lomo, a Russian camera with strangely fanatical fans. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 6-8 pm. Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson St, 583-0497. Through June 2.
SARA PORTER, DENNIS LOEB
New work by both. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 6-8 pm. The Last Supper Club, 124 S Washington St, 748-9975. Through May 31.
RIGHT BRAIN AT WORK
With art by Vlada Breiburg, Curtis Christman, Jan Nelson, and the Portraits Project. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 8-10 pm. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave, 388-0500. Through May 29.
Monotypes in a series called Anima: Breath, Soul, Spirit. Opening reception Sat May 8, 6-9 pm. Sev Shoon Arts Center, 2862 NW Market St, 782-2415. Through May 31.
SEMIANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE GODDESS
If likening women to fruit (ripe and full of seed) isn't your style, stay away from this show. Opening reception Fri May 7, 6-8:30 pm. Jeffrey Moose Gallery, 1333 Fifth Ave, Suite 511, 467-6951. Through June 12.
Scenes of life and jazz. Opening reception Thurs May 6. Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, 443-3315. Through May 29.
New work in Layered Spaces. Opening reception Fri May 7, 6-10 pm. Pitcairn Scott Gallery, 2207 Second Ave, 448-5380. Through May 31.
* TARA THOMAS
See Stranger Suggests. Opening reception Wed May 12, 10 pm, Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 233-9873.
HEINRICH TOH, MARILYN JONES
Toh's show has the best title of any show so far this year--More Fish Balls for Dinner--and it's a series of objects based on objects found in the Singaporean kitchen. Jones' paintings are abstracted childhood memories. Opening reception Fri May 7, 6-10 pm. Viveza Gallery, 2604 Western Ave, 956-3584. Through May 29.
Flowers as a vehicle for tranquility and humility. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 6-8 pm. Foster/White Gallery in Rainier Square, 1331 Fifth Ave, 583-0100. Through May 25.
Baskets woven around stones. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 6-8 pm. Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Ave, 624-3034. Through May 29.
Landscape and wildlife oil paintings. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 5-7 pm. Doc Maynard's, 610 First Ave, 682-3705. Through May 31.
"Yarn" can refer to both tale and thread; here is a group show incorporating both. Opening reception Thurs May 6, 5-8 pm. Solomon Fine Art, 1215 First Ave, 297-1400. Through June 11.
AFTERMATH TO ZEITGEIST
A little exchange program for emerging artists: Seattle artists are showing at the Portland gallery Zeitgeist, and 16 emerging Portland artists are showing here. Neat! Aftermath, 928 12th Ave, 709-9797. Through May 15.
New paintings about the life cycle of the jellyfish. Bluebottle Art Gallery, 415 E Pine St, 325-1592. Through May 29.
ART & DESIGN BFA EXHIBITION
Final Week. Work by Cornish graduate students in art and design. There's always something that makes you glad you went. Trick and Murray Building, 306 Westlake Ave, 726-5011. Through May 7.
Final Week. Photographs from France and Italy. Torrefazione Italia, 320 Occidental Ave S, 624-5847. Through May 6.
Painted Birds, on wooden panels. Caffe Zingaro, 127 Mercer St, 352-2861. Through June 30.
CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS 2004 MEMBERS' SHOW
New work by members of the Eastside Association of Fine Arts. Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St, 425-556-2300. Through May 29.
MICHAEL EASTMAN, ADELE SYPESTEYN
Eastman focuses on Europe's architecture in large-scale C-prints (the Tickle Me Elmo of the art world these days); Sypesteyn's collage-paintings also have an architectural feel. Atelier 31 Gallery, 2500 First Ave, 448-5250. Through May 30.
FRANCISCO S. GUERRERO
Final week. New works in Test Site. Reception Thurs May 6, 4-8 pm. Kinsey Gallery, Seattle University, 296-6000. Through May 7.
FRED JAMES HOUSEL, STEVEN MYERS, KEN SMITH
Final Week. Floral photographs of the artists' backyards, in Close to Home. Benham Gallery, 1216 First Ave S, 622-2480. Through May 8.
Final Week. This guy finds himself an exhibition venue like every month. This is called "sticktoittiveness." Shakti Vinyasa Yoga, 2238 Market St, 297-YOGA. Through May 7.
BRIAN LANE, JAMES HATFIELD, JEREMIAH SKENDER
New photography. The Blue Door Gallery, 759 N 80th St, 783-2583. Through May 23.
Work from the artist's Sexy Promise series. Glo's Diner, 1621 E Olive Way, 324-2577. Through May 30.
An installation with a philosophical edge, proposing that all moments of one's life exist concurrently in the present. Jack Straw New Media Gallery, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919. Through May 28.
NORTHWEST WATERCOLOR SOCIETY
Final Week. Their 64th annual open exhibition. Opening reception later this month. Art Institute of Seattle, 2523 Elliott Ave, 800-275-2471. Through May 12.
PATTERN VS. HAPPENSTANCE
This is the last show by the group known as Sublevelthree--from now on, apparently, they will focus on publishing editions of artwork rather than gallery shows. As a swan song, SL3 has organized a show about patterns and repetition. Black Lab Gallery, 4216 Sixth Ave, 778-6528. Through May 24.
Nine Canadian artists, doing what Canadian artists do. SOIL Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through May 30.
A lot of really good artists, many of them represented by other galleries around town, making work under pseudonyms. I'd tell you who they are, but it's more fun not to. 1506 Projects, 1506 E Olive Way, 329-5400. Through May 30.
* GLENN RUDOLPH
Final Week. Photographs documenting the vanishing Western frontier. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through May 8.
Featuring Trish Grantham, Amy Ruppel, Bill Brown, Maija Fiebig, and more. Velocity Art and Design, 2118 Second Ave, 781-9494. Through May 31.
BARBARA EARL THOMAS
New work. Shoreline Community College Gallery, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, 546-4101 ext 4433. Through May 15.
Statuettes formed from found debris. Garde Rail Gallery, 4860 Rainier Ave S, 721-0107. Through May 29.
New oil paintings of the American landscape. Kimzey Miller Gallery, 1225 Second Ave, 682-2339. Through May 27.
* JOHN WATERS, ENRIQUE MARTêNEZ CELAYA
Final Week. New photos from the Baltimore master of schlock, plus new works on paper from the enigmatic Mart,nez Celaya. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through May 8.
COLUMBIA CITY BEATWALK
Music and some art. Fri May 7, 7-11 pm. www.columbia-citybeatwalk.org, $5.
DIY BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP
How to make hardback covers for your zines and journals, taught by Austin Plann Curley. He knows what's what--trust me. Mon May 10 at 7 pm at ZAPP, behind Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. $5 donation.
FRYE APARTMENT ARTS & CRAFTS SALE
Art by low-income and homeless artists. Fri May 7, 3-7 pm at the Frye Apartments, Third Ave and Yesler Way. For information call 940-4515.
The artist, who came to North America in 1989, reflects on China's cultural revolution. Lecture, art walk, and reception Sat May 8, beginning at 2 pm. Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S Alaska St, 760-4285, $6.
Self-taught artist Nelsen transforms logs into shell-like masks. Lecture Fri May 7, 6-8 pm. Microsoft Campus, Building 33, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, 425-703-1800, free.
NINTH ANNUAL GREENWOOD-PHINNEY ARTWALK
More than 50 artists! Fri May 7, 6-9 pm, Sat May 8, noon-5 pm. Sponsored by the Greenwood Arts Council, 8515 Greenwood Ave N, 789-1148.
VASHON ISLAND ART STUDIO TOUR
Vashon: so close, and yet a world away. See what artists over there do. Sat-Sun May 8-9, 10 am-5 pm. Information available at Silverwood Gallery (23927 Vashon Hwy SW, 463-1722) or at www.vashonalliedarts.org/studio_tour.html. Free.