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By Allyn Cantor

LEO ADAMS: EASTERN LIGHT Whatcom Museum, Bellingham Nov 2-Feb 22 Leo Adams is highly regarded as an artist and a designer. A member of the Yakama Nation, he has cast a unique creative vision in the Pacific Northwest for nearly 50 years. His paintings are characterized by abstracted natural forms and textural surfaces in an earthy palette of browns, greys, blacks and whites that reflect the eastern Washington atmosphere of dry hills, sagebrush and big skies. The show includes several paintings made exclusively for this exhibit.

DESCRIPTION: A STARTING PIONT Prographica, Seattle Oct 18-Nov 29 This two-person exhibit showcases paintings by Brian Blackham and Jordan Wolfson, who share a common interest in still-life subjects and the textural application of paint. Blackham employs seemingly simple objects and a limited palette in straightforward compositions as a means to subtly describe the surrounding spaces, while Wolfson’s expressive paintings denote the elusive realm between representation and abstraction.

HEIDI KIRKPATRICK: LOST AND FOUND G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle Oct 24-Nov 29 Portland photographer Heidi Kirkpatrick combines found objects and imagery in compelling pieces that touch on personal and nostalgic themes. Throughout her career, Kirkpatrick has developed loose narratives that incorporate the female figure and suggest feminine objectification. Using history-laden objects such as tin boxes, books, mah-jong tiles and vintage watches as grounds for her film positives, she creates amalgams of image and material in intimate pieces that show the thread between individual memories, histories, emotions, and the power and fragility of the female body.

CHRISTOPHER HARRIS: 20 YEARS WORTH Lisa Harris Gallery, Seattle Nov 6-29 This survey looks at two decades of work by Seattle photographer Christopher Harris. Best known for his soft, light-suffused pinhole photography of regional landscapes, Harris captures the brilliance of light on colour through long exposures. Included here are black-and-white portraits from his early 1990s Homeless series and his Kitchen Floor series. For his later 2006 Scratch series, Harris used modified consumer film cartridges in his work, and has most recently employed high-resolution scans of discarded cigarette packs.

RACHEL FEFERMAN RETROSPECTIVE: A HOLE IN THE HEART Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Oct 11-Feb 15 This exhibit is featured in the largest gallery at BIMA, which is named in this late artist’s honour. Rachel Feferman (who passed away in 2010 of breast cancer) worked in various figurative and narrative themes throughout her life, drawing influence from Chagall, Matisse, Dürer, Kahlo and others. Paintings, textiles, prints, ceramics and puppets are included in the retrospective, along with 20 large-scale drawings from her 2009 book Golden Hands.

Leo Adams
Leo Adams

Brian Blackham
Brian Blackham

Heidi Kirkpatrick
Heidi Kirkpatrick

Christopher Harris
Christopher Harris

Rachel Feferman
Rachel Feferman

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