Amazing slices of meteorite are brought to you by Dr. Tony Irving and Neil Buckland in Cosmic Microscapes: An Exhibition of Unearthly Beauty. Courtesy of Frederick Holmes and Company

On the first Thursday of every month, Seattleites flock to the streets of Pioneer Square for the city's central and oldest art walk, which offers opportunities to stroll, sip on wine, and attend as many gallery openings as possible. But, in most cases, the shows are up for longer than just one night, and the historic neighborhood is a great place to check out art any day of the year. So, below, we've compiled the most promising exhibits that are having opening receptions on April 4—complete with a Google map at the bottom. You can also find more options on our First Thursday calendar, including one-night affairs like Alexis L. Silva's Much of Nothing. For art in other neighborhoods, check out our complete visual art calendar.

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Amber Chiozza: Crevice & Comb
Don't undervalue insects! There are 91,000 species in the US alone, says artist Amber Chiozza, and their diversity benefits nature. Many species, like wasps and ants, achieve awe-inspiring feats of architecture. Chiozza's prints, books, and drawings elaborate on these stunning structures and their makers.
Core Gallery

Cosmic Microscapes: An Exhibition of Unearthly Beauty
These gorgeous iridescent abstracts, resembling unearthly landscapes, are actually extreme macroscopic panoramic photographs of 30-microns-thick slices of meteorites. That's right, rocks from space! They're the result of a collaboration between UW geochemist and meteoricist Dr. Tony Irving and nerdy photographer Neil Buckland. Don't miss your chance to gaze on these miniature natural masterpieces.
Frederick Holmes Gallery

Darren Waterston: Vista
Waterston has had exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer/Sackler Galleries, the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford, and the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu. His mixed-media paintings are "elemental" in the sense that they abstractly evoke spirits and natural forces.
Greg Kucera Gallery

Donald Cole and Caryn Friedlander: Silk & Stone
Friedlander crafts natural-dyed silk wall hangings on which she stitches designs that somehow seem purposeful, elaborate, and childlike all at the same time. These are shown alongside mixed media works and Donald Cole's tiny mountains, painted with sumi ink on matchboxes.
ArtXChange

Drew Michael: Solo Exhibition
“Tranquility” was the first word to pop into my head when looking at mixed-media sculptor Drew Michael’s mask forms. Their streamlined shape, mix of both Western and indigenous iconography, and smoothness immediately bring a sense of calm to the viewer. In his fourth solo exhibition, the Inupiaq/Yup’ik artist draws on a variety of sources to explore, even more deeply than he has in the past, concepts of shadow selves, spirals, and journeys through mazes to reach understanding. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Stonington Gallery

Gaylen Hansen
Now 97 years old, Hansen has been making deceptively naive, neo-expressionist art for decades. At first glance, they may seem crudely childlike, yet they play with unstable compositions, complex lines, and deliciously earthy colors. Keep an eye out for his longtime alter ego, Kernal Bentleg.
Linda Hodges Gallery

Ginny Ruffner: Flauna and Fora
As the title might suggest, these sculptures by Ruffner (whom former Stranger art critic Jen Graves called "the most irrepressible spirit in Seattle art") combine animal and plant forms.
Traver Gallery

James Castle: Drawings
Castle was born deaf in 1899 and was not truly recognized for his talents until the 1950s. As a young artist, he worked with soot, spit, and homemade implements.
Greg Kucera Gallery

Leah Gerrard: Sentiment
Leah Gerrard’s wiry creations speak to the delicacy—and rigidity—of the material. Gerrard incorporates the natural (rocks, wood, organic forms) into the metallic sinew of the wire, which is often suspended from rusty iron chains. For her exhibition at 4Culture, the Washington-based artist’s sculptures will be “inspired by memories of full moons, walks through forests, and playgrounds.” JASMYNE KEIMIG
Gallery 4Culture

Light Ways
First, a gripe: Seattle's art-speak is an epidemic. The copy that galleries give to grab an audience is often dripping in nonsensical academic gobbledygook. Take, for instance, the promo for Light Ways: “This exhibition explores light as a force unto itself, that transforms and activates objects and serves as a beacon of physicality.” LIGHT AS A BEACON OF PHYSICALITY!? WHAT? Zzzzzz. BUT! DON'T BE FOOLED! THIS SHOW LOOKS AMAZING! It features artists Emily Counts, Marisa Manso, Stephen Nachtigall, and Jessie Rose Vala, who all create trippy and bold pieces that encourage viewers to dream of other dimensions. Overcome the art-speak and let the pieces excite you. CHASE BURNS
SOIL

Motherland: 2019 CoCA Members Show
Artist and former City Arts section editor Amanda Manitach curates this "salon-style" exhibition by CoCA members, which continues the gallery's focus on women artists and women's issues.
CoCA

Preston Singletary: The Illuminated Forest
Tlingit artist Preston Singletary does things with glass that I didn’t know were even possible. I think I’m hung up on the colors, or maybe the way light moves through his pieces, which are conversely vibrant and opaque. Singletary’s work brings European glassblowing traditions to a new level, combining those techniques with Northwest Native art. His pieces explore themes of transformation, animal spirits, and shamanism in glass forms and sand-carved Tlingit designs. The Illuminated Forest features entirely new blown-glass sculptures by the prolific and internationally recognized artist. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Traver Gallery

Semi-occasional Secondary Market Exhibition of Excellent Pictures
See selections by celebrated Northwest artists like Guy Anderson, Whiting Tennis, Jacob Lawrence, Michael Dailey, and others.
Greg Kucera Gallery

Swoon: Every Portrait Is a Vessel
“Every portrait is a vessel” is an interesting proposition. My brain begins to fill in the rest of the sentence. Every portrait is a vessel of love. A vessel of self. A vessel of truth. Every Portrait Is a Vessel is the first solo exhibition by Swoon (aka Caledonia Curry) in the Pacific Northwest. Swoon is a legendary street artist, most famous for her portraiture-based artwork and large-scale installations. At Treason, she’ll be showing a mix of new and old pieces in a range of formats, from music boxes to mixed-media pieces. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Treason Gallery

Threading the Needle
This group show explores the tactility of the artistic process, featuring fabric-based works by Mary Ann Peters, quilted paper works by Claire Cowie, deconstructed linen objects by Brad Winchester, and a photograph by Vik Muniz. James Harris Gallery adds, "The act of threading a needle is mundane and requires great concentration and effort. It is also a small step in starting a larger project, which will eventually end in unity of one or more pieces. In their creation, these works transform the ordinary into beautiful, informative, and poignant objects that comment on social, political and conceptual issues."
James Harris Gallery

Wendy Orville: Above & Below
Orville makes exquisitely detailed, photo-like monotypes of Pacific Northwest landscapes, with wide skies, windblown trees, and morphing masses of clouds. They convey a sense of space, movement, and the interplay of ephemeral moments and geological time.
Davidson Galleries

Women.Weed.WiFi Present: Sanctuary of the Modern Divine Feminine
The stoner WOC collective Women.Weed.WiFi will design a “Sanctuary of the Modern Divine Feminine,” a bedroom full of art and artifacts of their work concerning "cannabis, music, publishing, holistic healing, and social justice."
Mount Analogue

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