1400 E Prospect St, Volunteer Park, 654-3100.
Mountain Dreams: Contemporary Ceramics includes 30 objects drawn from the artist's collection. Opens Nov 13. Through Jan 19.
RASHIDA ALIBAI, LUCY PIZZUTO-PHILLIPS, AND ROBIN LEAVITT-SMALL
Watercolors and mixed media works by three artists. Opens Tues Nov 16. Artist reception Wed Nov 17, 5-8 pm. BAAS Gallery and Framing, 2703 E Madison St, 324-4742. Through Dec 31.
* WYNNE GREENWOOD
Maps to Radical Imaginings is the title of the exhibition at the postage stamp-sized Tollbooth Gallery and it no doubt will live up to its title. If Greenwood's name doesn't ring an immediate bell that may be because she is better known under her nom de performance Tracy and the Plastics, a one-woman band that uses video to create the illusion of alter selves. Performance Fri Nov 12, 8 pm. Tollbooth Gallery, 1118 Commerce St, Tacoma, 253-572-0995. Through Dec 11.
KIM HOOD, RUSTY KNORR, WILL LAFEVER, LEE MILLER, BOO SCOTT
Photography by five Seattle artists. Opening reception Sat Nov 13, 7-11 pm. Black Lab Gallery, 4216 Sixth Ave NW, 706-7017.
Whimsical paintings by the Chicago-based artist. Opening reception Fri Nov 12, 6-9 pm. Schmancy, 1930 Second Ave, 728-8008. Through Dec 4.
* THE PIN UP SHOW
In conjunction with the release of Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art Roq la Rue, Seattle's jewel of alternative art, is opening a new show that perfectly demonstrates the aesthetic in play. With a more straightforward, though no less curvaceous femininity, than Lisa Yuskevage's critically hosannaed figurative paintings, this exhibition features bodacious and challenging looks at women. It includes work by Kirsten Easthope, Lisa Petrucci, Miles Thompson, Lynne Naylor, The Pop Tarts, Michiko, Joshua Petker, Joe Chiodo, and Erin Norlin, and musical entertainment by the Fraus. Opening reception Sat Nov 13, 6-10 pm. Roq la Rue, 2316 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Dec 4.
SEATTLE LGBT ARTS COUNCIL
An exhibition featuring work by Cody Blomberg, Drew Lienau, Chris Connors, Ivan Wright, and Bill Hacker. Artist Reception Fri Nov 12, 7-9 pm. Seattle LGBT Community Center, 1115 E Pike St, 323-5428. Through Nov 31.
A group show that focuses on retro elegance with work by Robert Rini, Chris Crites, and many more. Opening reception Fri Nov 12, 6-9 pm. Kuhlman, 2419 First Ave, 441-1999. Through Dec 31.
* CHRIS ENGMAN, NICHOLAS NYLAND
As two of the newest members of the artist-run Soil collective, Engman and Nyland deliver a show appropriately entitled Induction. After viewing Engman's smart conceptual photography and Nyland's paintings rife with culicues, feathery designs, and organic yet celestial-looking clusters you may find that the title Convert applies. Soil, 112 Third Ave S, 264-8061. Through Nov 27.
* CHAD STATES
States latest series of carefully staged saturated color photographs, entitled The Autonomous Connection, explores the psychological effects of childhood on adult relationships. Gallery 4Culture, 506 Second Ave, Suite 200, 296-7580. Through Nov 26.
* 1426 STUDIOS 10TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN STUDIOS
Founded a decade ago by Jaq Chartier, 1426 has gained a reputation as a home for excellent painters. It is also the home of 1426 DKRM, a membership dark room for fine art photographers that is managed by artist and Platform gallerist Dirk Park. The celebration will feature the work of 25 artists and a book release party in Chartier's studio for her beautiful new monograph, Testing, published by Marquand Books. Opening reception Sun Nov 14, noon- 5 pm. 1426 Studios, 1426 S Jackson St, 323-2808.
GAREK J. DRUSS
Small mixed medium paintings. Closing party Sat Nov 13, 8 pm. Hipposchemes, 1510 12th Ave, 234-2342.
MEET THE ARTISTS: JACK STRAW RESIDENCY PROJECTS
Tamara Friedman, Bob Rees, Ellen Sollod, and Curtis Taylor share recent works created during their residencies. Tues Nov 16, 7 pm. Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919.
* RESTORE: CONTRUCTED MOMENTS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Chris Engman, Perla Sitkov, and curator and photographer Michael Van Horne discuss the role instinct plays in constructed images, landscapes, and tableaux as well as the influence of such contemporary artists as Jeff Wall, and Cindy Sherman as part of the ConWorks lecture series. Wed Nov 17, 7 pm. Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave N, 381-3218.
* W.O.W. (THE WORK OF THE WORK) LECTURES
Chief curator Elizabeth Brown organized the spectacular new exhibition, which features the work of Kimsooja, Steve McQueen, Catherine Yass, James Turrell, Hannah Villiger, and Gary Hill. She will talk about it at both locations. The connective tissue between all the disparate strands of the exhibit is the viewer's response and Brown's unerring eye for the way art works us. Sat Nov 13, 2pm. Western Bridge, 3412 Fourth Avenue South. 838-7444. Free. Sun Nov 14, 2pm. Henry Art Gallery,15th Ave NE and NE 41st St, 543-2280.