BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM

510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770.


IN RESPONSE TO PLACE

Twelve big-name photographers get all Ansel on our ass in this exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Nature Conservancy. Featuring new works by the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Sally Mann, William Wegman, Mary Ellen Mark, and Lee Friedlander, among others. Through Sept 1.


CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY ART (CoCA)

1420 11th Ave, 728-1980.


* BLURRED

Architects, game designers, graphic designers, and other nontraditional practitioners in a series of site-specific installations. Featuring ABBP, Iole Alessandrini, Michelle Arab, Make Barrette, Michael Culpepper, Marc Dombrosky, James Harris, John Jenkins III, Mark Johnson, lead pencil studio, r-b-f architecture, Alex Schweder, SHED, Philip Thiel. Through Sept 13.


FRYE ART MUSEUM

704 Terry Ave, 622-9250.


WILLIAM BECKMAN

Gutted of sentimentality, Beckman's personal portraits seek to reflect a stark inspection of their subjects, in both presence and tone. Through Oct 27.


GABRIELLE BAKKER, GLORIA DeARCANGELIS

Artifice and Representation combines modern mythology with classical constructs to create warm, saturated portraits. Through Sept 8.


THE PERCEPTION OF APPEARANCE

A whole mess of figure drawings composed in the America of the 1990s. Warning: Brief Nudity. Featuring the work of Steven Assael, William Beckman, Jane Fisher, Kent Bellows, Sydney Goodman, and more. Through Sept 22.


HENRY ART GALLERY

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


* SHORT STORIES

In splendorform, Seattle artist Elizabeth Jameson contrasts exaggerative fashion elements of the past (corsets, bustle cages, etc.) with her own absurdist works. The Photographic Impulse utilizes works from the collection of Joseph and Elaine Monsen to categorize some of the driving forces that have motivated photographers since the birth of the medium. Meditation on a Painting by Diebenkorn contrasts the 1958 painting Untitled (View of the Ocean with Palm Tree) with contemporary works by five other artists. Through Nov 10.


SEATTLE ART MUSEUM

100 University St, 654-3100.


GLORIA BORNSTEIN: STILL LIFE

Two installations that look into the idea of roots, in both Bornstein's Polish family and her husband's Japanese heritage--specifically, Nagasaki, Japan. Through Oct 20.


COROT TO PICASSO: EUROPEAN MASTER WORKS FROM THE SMITH COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART

It's summer--time to haul out the Impressionists. Here, the horizon is opened a bit, with the inclusion of something modern, something pre-. Through Sept 15.


* DO-HO SUH

Korean artist Suh understands the power of "a lot," understands how repetition gives a kind of dignity to modest things. He imbues his projects--a suit of armor made from thousands of dog tags, a floor held up by thousands of tiny figures, wallpaper made of thousands of faces cut out from his high-school yearbook--with political feeling as well. (Emily Hall) Split between the Seattle Asian Art Museum (Volunteer Park) and Seattle Art Museum, the first American survey of Suh's work arrives in our city. Through Dec 1.


FOLK ARTS OF MEXICO

Do you really need me to walk you through this one? Through April 27, 2003.


TACOMA ART MUSEUM

1123 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, 253-272-4258.


THE IBIS PROJECT: EARLY COMPUTER-ASSISTED ART IN THE NORTHWEST

A mini history lesson in digital art, this exhibit collects works made in the mid-'80s with the aid of the IBIS system, an early color graphics program initially designed for commercial mapping. Featuring Karen Guzak, Lorna Jordan, and Carolyn Law, among others. Through Sept 8.


* BILL VIOLA: SOMETHING ABOVE, BEYOND, BELOW, BENEATH

Three works by the master of altering perception through video. Viola can slow time like no other artist I know. Through Sept 15.


OPENING EXHIBITIONS


* THE NEW POVERTY

See Stranger Suggests. Opening reception Fri Aug 23 at 7 pm. The Pound Gallery, 1216 10th Ave, 323-0557. Through Sept 1.


NANCY PEACOCK

Jazz-inspired acrylics displayed in concurrence with September's West Seattle Jazz Festival. Runnings Family Gallery, ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0963 ext. 107. Through Sept 15


MARINA E. WIESENBACH

Wiesenbach documents in a series of colorful photographs a reflection of fashion and image in the gay community, recorded predominately in the context of Gay Pride celebrations. Opening reception Mon Aug 26, 6-9 pm. Lesbian Resource Center, 2214 S Jackson, 322-3953. Through Sept 30.


CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS


* ARTHUR S. AUBRY

Aubry's photographs of industrial sites and debris have an eerie stillness that takes them somewhere beyond documentation. Also featuring Saya Moriyasu's Service, a series of clayworks about the service industry. Esther Claypool Gallery, 617 Western Ave, 264-1586. Through Aug 24.


* LEO SAUL BERK, DONNABELLE CASIS

Surveying explores Berk's fascination with the timber industry in the form of his 100-foot veneer ribbon sculpture, which promises to literally envelop its viewers. Vague, flirtatious oil forms compose Casis' hanker. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Sept 7.


* JIM BLANCHARD

Roq la Rue welcomes its second showcase of Blanchard's elegant, subtle, and widely successful sticker paintings of huge pop icons. Roq la Rue Gallery, 2224 Second Ave, 374-8977. Through Aug 23.


JOY BROOM, BRENNA HELM

With Renaissance reproductions and antiquated Italian field maps as points of inspiration, Joy Broom fabricates imaginary artifacts, coated in beeswax, in her Italian Sketchbook Series. Also featuring Helm's oils on panel. Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Ave S, 624-3034. Through Aug 31.


CHRISTOPHER BUENING, KATHY ROSS

Personifications, personal and perverse. Gallery 110, 110 S Washington, 624-9336. Through Aug 24.


DALE CHIHULY

It's Seafair month, and that can only mean one thing: Seattle's favorite pirate son (and only artist that truly matters) returns. Foster/White Gallery, 123 S Jackson St, 622-2833. Through Sept 1.


KATHERINE CLARK, DIANA FAIRBANKS, BONNIE WILKINS

Works in oil and mixed media compose Past, Present & Future. ArtsWest Gallery, 4711 California Ave SW, 938-0963. Through Aug 31.


TOM DEWAR

Hand-screened concert posters designed for the likes of Mudhoney, Unwound, and Dick Dale. Area 51, 401 E Pine St, 568-4782. Through Aug 29.


KRISTINE EVANS, CARLOS WALKER

Happiness combines Evans' Japanese-informed acrylics on Masonite with Walker's graffiti mixed-media pieces. LGBT Community Center, 1115 E Pike St, 323-2227. Through Sept 16.


FICTIONS

Contextual snapshots inspired by narrative whimsy, featuring a mix of media by the likes of Gloria Gonzales Garcia, Tyson Grumm, and Rob Jones, among others. SAM Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, 654-3240. Through Sept 21.


* CLAUDIA FITCH, KATY STONE

Fitch's Attic Moderne comments on the commercialization of precious artistic icons, recasting them in the image of plastics and imitation wares. Coupled with Stone's Mylar-and-paint botanicals. Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave S, 624-0770. Through Aug 31.


ALAN FULLE, MASAMI KODA, ERIC NELSEN, RICK ARALUCE

Works in anagama-fired clay, mixed-media paint and sculpture, and beautifully intricate miniature mixed-media diorama. William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, second floor, 587-6501. Through Aug 31.


PETER GROSS

Gross surveys prevailing visions of nautical landforms in Modern Seascapes. Zeitgeist, 171 S Jackson, 583-0497. Through Sept 4.


JAMES LEE HANSEN

The 77-year-old Tacoma-born sculptor exhibits his "potential archeological objects." Bryan Ohno Gallery, 155 S Main St, 667-9572. Through Aug 31.


* ELIZABETH JAMESON

The pieces of attire in Jameson's works are laced, bound, padded, and insulated enough to protect the most fashionable member of the bomb squad. The work asks a question about where necessity ends and frivolousness begins, but refuses to answer it; the answer is too easy, and not quite truthful, anyway. Like Nicola Vruwink, another local lady-artist, Jameson transforms the political problem partly by identifying with it, partly by wresting the terms of the argument away from cliché. (Emily Hall) Ballard Fetherston Gallery, 818 E Pike St, 322-9440. Through Aug 31.


DON JONES

Surrealism in oils. Ace Studio Gallery, 619 Western, third floor, 623-1288. Through Aug 31.


HENRY KINER

Photographic documents of the beauty inherent in waste products populate Consumed. King County Art Gallery, 506 Second Ave, Suite 200, 296-7580. Through Aug 30.


PAUL MARGOLIS

I've heard rumors about a built-to-scale car in the gallery. Come see what else. CMA Gallery, University of Washington, 4205 Mary Gates Dr, 543-0178. Through Aug 26.


RACHEL MAXI, NINO YUNIARDI

Ordinary and mundane facets of the urban landscape are uncovered with subtle grace in Maxi's The Green Show, exhibited along with Yuniardi's peaceful Rush series. Artemis Gallery, 3107 S Day St, 323-0562. Through Aug 30.


* CHRIS McMULLEN

Composed of over 2,500 cubic feet of steel and stone, Process Physics expands McMullen's absurdist mechanical obsessions into yet another "interactive kinetic installation." Vital 5 Productions, 2200 Westlake Ave, 254-0475. Through Sept 2.


MAGGIE MELVIN

Two words: tree crotches. What are you waiting for? Two Bells, 2313 Fourth Ave, 441-3050. Through Aug 31.


* SARAH MORRIS

The goals of commerce, as illustrated through an accumulation of shopping bags. Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First Ave, Suite 140, 654-3240. Through Sept 29.


MUSTANG SUMMER

Reviewed this issue. SOIL Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through Sept 1.


NEW... IDEA, MATERIAL, PROCESS

Artists exploring avenues in their work that are, um, new. Featuring Gail Grinnell, Elaine Housman, Pat De Caro, Philip Govedare, and Lynda K. Rockwood. Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave N, 782-0355. Through Sept 1.


NORTHWEST MASTERS

Culled from the City of Seattle's portable arts collection, this mixed medley of works combines the good, the bad, and the eye-patched of Seattle's "illustrious" arts history. Includes efforts by Chuck Close, John Cage, Lee Friedlander, Dale Chihuly, Sonja Blomdahl, and many, many more. Bank of America Gallery, 701 Fifth Ave, 749-9525. Through Sept 20.


* ANTJUAN ODEN

Oden's coffee drawings--coffee-powder paste applied with twisted tissue paper--were done during a 28-day stay in solitary confinement. They are something. With acrylic color paintings. Garde Rail Gallery, 4860 Rainier Ave S, 721-0107. Through Sept 28.


NIKI POLYOCAN

Enter the insular universe of Bakuza, a young girl from Oaxaca, Mexico, in this series of black-and-white photographic stills. The Rose Club, 3601 McClellan St, 725-3654. Through Aug 31.


PRINTWORKS 2002

Works by 26 national printmakers, including Weldon Butler, Squeak Carnwarth, Kara Walker, and Darren Waterston. Key Tower Gallery, 700 Fifth Ave, third floor, 684-7312. Through Oct 25.


* PROJECT 18

New sculpture built in and around Sand Point's Building 18 by Romson Bustillo, Eddie Hill, Angelena McQuarter, Hahn Rossman, and Katy Stone. Stone's impromptu riffs on signs, windows, and gaps in the brick building are especially winning. Sand Point Magnuson Park, Building 18, 522-9529. Through Sept 28.


REGROUP/REVIEW

It's August, and that means one-stop shopping at all the adventurous local galleries. The upstairs gallery is given over to Chris St. Pierre's emotional and fractured drawings and Demi Raven's perplexing modern-world paintings. Solomon Fine Art, 1215 First Ave, 297-1400. Through Aug 30.


CHRISTOPHE ROBERTS, BEN HANAWALT

Recent urban paintings. Nation Gallery, 1921 Fifth Ave, 374-9492. Through Sept 8.


SAMUELLA SAMANIEGO

New landscape and architectural works in photography. Sacred Circle Gallery of American Indian Art, Daybreak Star, Discovery Park, 285-4425. Through Sept 29.


* SICK SHOW

What looks to be a truly charming collection of works by the likes of Amanda Kindregan, Sam Trout, Betsy Deboer, and Isaac Novak--all tracing the many familiar facets (pharmacy, healthcare professionals, digestive and respiratory systems) of being under the weather. Black Lab Gallery, 5208 Ballard Ave, 706-7017. Through Aug 31.


* KELLY STATON

The Secret Life of Nancy Drew--a series of paintings. Rather than fucking with some supposed hidden meaning in the text, or deconstructing it, or turning it into some grotesque feminist platitude, Staton's paintings bring Nancy Drew to life by sticking to the text: The conservatively dressed young detective appears in a series of stills from make-believe mystery stories. What Staton does differently is subtly add a dash of human angst to the mix, so that the mystery is no longer an external one, but rather reflected back onto Nancy herself. (Josh Feit) Little Theatre Gallery, 609 19th Ave E, 343-9653. Through Aug 24.


R. J. STOCKWELL

"Freedom is a salute to America for the wonderful freedom we have. R. J.'s Oils are filled with imagery that symbolize those great national gifts and help us to appreciate those liberties." Artists' Gallery of Seattle, 902 First Ave S, 340-0830. Through Sept 30.


CONSTANCE TROWBRIDGE

A mixed-media reflection on her recent trip to Palestine. Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave, 233-0680. Through Sept 5.


* JENNIFER WEST

We are losing Jennifer West to Los Angeles at the end of this month--a huge loss, since she's one of the best video artists around. Her installations explore how video projections shape emotion and dimensionality, in this case with water towers and industrial silos collapsing in reverse, exploding the act of witnessing and the very contemporary addiction to documentation. Bye-bye Jennifer. (Emily Hall) James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Aug 31.


JIM WOODRING

In Drawings Pleasant & Unpleasant, Woodring takes a break from the outlandish color of his brilliant comics work with a collection of complex charcoal drawings. Elliott Bay Café, 101 S Main St, 682-6664. Through Aug 31.


EVENTS


* BUMBERSHOOT VISUAL ART GALA

With Living, a Martha Stewart-inspired installation by Nicola Vruwink; Multiplex, excellent work by excellent artists curated by the excellent Michael Van Horn; and other end-of-summer treats. For god's sake, it's all the art Bumbershoot offers; show up. Opening reception Tues Aug 27, 6-8 pm. Northwest Courtrooms, Seattle Center. Through Sept 2, free admission Tues-Thurs Aug 27-29, with Bumbershoot ticket required from Aug 30.


NIGHT BLOW

The press release stresses repeatedly its insistence that this affair is "adults-only," and with a heading like "Feel the Heat Under the Stars," I can only anticipate a dirty, dirty evening of expert blowing in Tacoma. Sat Aug 24, 7 pm. Museum of Glass, 1801 E Dock St, Tacoma, 253-396-1768.