1420 11th Ave, 728-1980.
2003 NORTHWEST ANNUAL
It's worth remembering that this year's juror--Esther Luttikhuizen--represented two out of the three Seattle artists in Baja to Vancouver in her own gallery, which closed for lack of sales. What I'm trying to say is that this lady has some taste. Through Nov 19.
FRYE ART MUSEUM
704 Terry Ave, 622-9250.
A student of Russian American Sergei Bongart, regional artist Gish complements the current Imperial Collection show with a solo exhibition of his portfolio. Through Nov 23.
AN IMPERIAL COLLECTION: WOMEN ARTISTS FROM THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM
That crazy Russian aristocracy waves its lofty hands over a few centuries of art (16th-19th, to be specific), and for the first time, selections from the collection make their way to the States. Through Nov 30.
HENRY ART GALLERY
15th Ave NE & NE 41st St, 543-2280.
* LEE BUL: LIVE FOREVER
All the glorious, sincere, heart-singing fun of karaoke, but in a series of self-contained pods (each with music related to a different theme), so that no one can hear you. Through Jan 11.
* HOVER: POLLY APFELBAUM AND PAE WHITE
An intricate, designy installation of fabric meticulously arranged on the floor (Apfelbaum) and paper hanging from the ceiling (White). Snazzy and heartbreaking. Through Dec 28.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
100 University St, 654-3100.
* BAJA TO VANCOUVER: THE WEST COAST AND CONTEMPORARY ART
"The feeling you get from B2V is that of a defining claim that does not exclude--West Coast artists looking at West Coast issues and West Coast themes, but not limited by them. It's a complex show, full of both icons and iconoclasm, and the slightly coy feeling that the curatoriat has asked a question and then denied asking it. But art, thank goodness, thrives on paradox, and much (but not all) of B2V's art rises to the occasion. " (Emily Hall) Through Jan 4.
* TONY DE LOS REYES, KEN FANDELL
See Stranger Suggests. Opening reception Sat Oct 25, 6-8 pm. Howard House, 2017 Second Ave, 256-6399. Through Nov 29.
In an installation called Urban Excavations, Falchuk imagines what lies beneath our sidewalks. Opening reception Fri Oct 24, 7-11 pm. Secluded Alley Works, 113 12th Ave, 839-0880. Through Oct 26.
Paintings about the panties worn at the crucial moment of nine women's lives. Opening reception Fri Oct 24, 6-9 pm. Craig-Apodaca Gallery, 111 S Lander, Suite 301, 595-9006. Through Oct 26.
Opening reception Fri Oct 24, 5-7 pm. The best of the Northwest Watercolor Society. Artists' Gallery of Seattle, 902 First Ave S, 340-0830. Through Nov 30.
WORKS BY CORNISH COLLEGE ALUMNI
Like the title says--and you'd be pleasantly surprised how many of our most talented come from the halls of Cornish. With work by, among many others, Dan Webb, Helen Gamble, Rich Lehl, Jennifer McNeely, and the extremely young and weird Sutton/Beres/Culler trio. Opening reception next month. Washington State Convention and Trade Center, 800 Convention Place, Galleria Level 2. Through Jan 5.
2003 NORTHWEST FINE ARTS COMPETITION
Final Week. Juried by Francine Seders. Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, 783-2244. Through Oct 25.
Final Week. New paintings. Gordon Woodside/John Braseth Gallery, 1533 Ninth Ave, 622-7243. Through Oct 25.
Final Week. Fractured visions of Mexico, Arreguin's ancestral home. Linda Hodges Gallery, 316 First Ave S, 624-3034. Through Oct 25.
Final Week. The PeeChee, an oft-ignored canvas of creative genius, finally gets its dues in Detention, curated by Nin Truong (Push). Goods, 1112 Pike St, 622-0459. Through Oct 24.
* LEIV FAGERENG
Bright new paintings of the disturbingly accessorized real world. Gulassa & Co, 10 Dravus St, 283-1810. Through Nov 3.
* JOHN GRADE
Sculpture that is at once biological, landscape, monumental, and creepy/fuzzy. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave S, 624-7684. Through Nov 1.
Funny paintings with charming little Japanese-style characters: toast, bunnies, pandas... excellent! Fancy, 1932 Second Ave, 443-4621. Through Oct 31.
New abstractions from one of the region's longtime practitioners. Bryan Ohno, 155 S Main St, 667-9572. Through Nov 1.
* KELLY KEMPE
Final Week. Kempe's large-scale photographs investigate locations--in this case, a 40-acre sheep farm--in unexpectedly intimate ways. There's more than one way to know a place. SOIL Art Gallery, 1317 E Pine St, 264-8061. Through Oct 26.
Visual and audio field recordings from Seattle's survey stations. Jack Straw New Media Gallery, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, 634-0919. Through Nov 26.
* ROY McMAKIN
McMakin's work involves everyday domestic stuff--drawers, bookcases, refrigerators--and is sometimes altered and unusable, and sometimes more subtly provisional. Some people love this; others are driven crazy by it. James Harris Gallery, 309A Third Ave S, 903-6220. Through Nov 15.
Final Week. Paintings informed by kitsch from the '50s through the '70s. You may remember Nakell, who used to be Lorna McLawrence, and all her funny food paintings. Victrola, 411 15th Ave E, 282-0563. Through Oct 26.
JOSE ORANTES, CHERI O'BRIEN
Ferries (Orantes) and spoofs of the classics (O'Brien). Fountainhead Gallery, 625 W McGraw St, 285-4467. Through Nov 1.
CHLOE RIZZO, CHAUNEY PECK
Rizzo's crocheted-together body parts combine the homey and the repellent. With Peck's paintings of animals and fish. Priceless Works Gallery, 619 N 35th St, Suite 100, 349-9943. Through Nov 2.
An installation about negative space. William Traver Gallery, 110 Union St, second floor, 587-6501. Through Oct 31.
Dangerous cover girls, in Siren. Lipstick Traces, 500 E Pine St, 329-2813. Through Nov 1.
* KATY STONE
In Degrees of Appearance, Stone creates a shifting, ephemeral-seeming space with layers of painted acetate. Suyama Space, 2324 Second Ave, 684-7312. Through Jan 9.
New work on genocide and social justice. Gallery 110, 110 S Washington St, 624-9336. Through Nov 1.
Art about shoes. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St, Kirkland, 425-822-7161. Through Nov 14.
This week only. A show and performance by a group that calls itself RICERCAR, and aims to challenge all our petty little preconceived notions about what art is, says, and does. There may or may not be beer involved. Oct 24 from 8-11 pm, Oct 25 from 5-8:30 pm, and Oct 26 from 12-3:30 pm. Artists' Gallery of Seattle, 902 First Ave S, 340-0830.
INTERLOCKING ARTS: FIBER IN MIXED MEDIA ARTS
One day only. Even if you think perhaps that fiber arts are not your cup of tea... here's a lecture from three rather good artists (Jean Hicks, Su Job, Marita Dingus) who just happen to use fibers in their arts. Wed Oct 29, 6:30-9 pm. Pratt Annex 3, 1924 S Jackson St, 328-2200, free.
SEATTLE WEAVERS GUILD ANNUAL SALE
This week only. Work for sale by nearly 100 weavers. If it's woven, it's here. Oct 23 from 5:30-8 pm and Oct 24-25 from 10 am-7 pm. Bloedel Hall at St Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, 678-0712.