October is the start of the gallery season and you can count on seeing the latest by some of the Northwest’s favorite artists: Ed Kamuda at Lisa Harris, James Lavadour in a group show at Grover/Thurston. Here are a few highlights of the months’ offerings for First Thursday and beyond.
Fay Jones: Etchings
Oct 2–March 2013, Sorrento Hotel
What better place to contemplate the mind-bending realities of Fay Jones imagery than nestled in the comfort of the Sorrento Hotel lounge, wine glass in hand? This would be a good place to finish up a First Thursday gallery walk or plan a special outing. The exhibit, a selection of Jones’s etchings from 1994–2000, is an appetizer-sized introduction to her layered, metaphorical imagery. Part of the Sorrento’s biannual art installation series, the show opens October 2 at 6:30—with a fireside art chat with Jones and Roy McMakin—and runs through March.
Mary Ann Peters: from a history of ruin
Oct 4–27, James Harris Gallery
Peters’ new paintings, drawings, and prints unearth strata of memory and emotion as the artist delves into personal history. With her idiosyncratic line and turbulent compositions, Peters doesn’t so much build images as create a provocative atmosphere for our imaginations to dwell. Also showing: recent sculpture and works on paper by Canadian artist Tania Kitchell. The opening reception is October 4, 6–8, with an artist talk to follow on October 6 at 11am.
Tony Angell, Celebrating Form: an artist’s response to his life amid nature
Oct 4–27 at Foster/White Gallery
Angell’s latest book with coauthor John Marzluff — Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans — takes us deeper into the irresistible lifestyles of our shrewd, raucous, often adorable fellow urbanites. This exhibition will spotlight illustrations from the book as well as Angell’s other wildlife lithographs. The artist will also be at the gallery for a book signing and talk October 20, 2–4pm.