Joe Max Emminger and Julie Paschkis, Bowls of Fruit, 2012, ink and gouache, 30 x 22 inches

Joe Max Emminger and Julie Paschkis: Feast
Sept 6–29, Grover/Thurston Gallery

“…to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.”
—Li-Young Lee

What’s more universal than the pleasure of eating? Artists Emminger and Paschkis collaborate on the exhibition “Feast,” a series of ink and gouache fantasies of food. The work is pared down to the barest suggestion of form, with splashes of color that is what it is: lemon yellow, cherry red, lettuce green. The artist blog about the series and their inspiration at http://afeast.wordpress.com, where you can read the rest of Lee’s poem “From Blossoms in Rose.”


        

Hector Acebes, Unidentified Boy and Hector Acebes, West Africa, 1953, gelatin silver print, edition of 35.

Hector Acebes: Africa 1948–1953
Sept 6–29, G. Gibson Gallery 

In the late 1940s, when Hector Acebes arrived in Africa, he said to himself, “This is it.” As a photographer, he’d found the place of his dreams: the diverse cultures, the light, the amazing landscapes and architecture. Over the course of several trips, including a camel trek to Timbuktu, he explored the continent and, most of all, the people. Acebes, born in 1921, lives in Bogata, Columbia. His photographs are published in a 2004 book from University of Washington Press.

 

Inner Fabric: An Exhibition of Artists Working with Fiber and Fabric
Sept 5–30, Friesen Abmeyer Fine Art

Since history began, people have been using fiber from plants and animals to felt, knit and weave. Combine those old methods with paint, recycled clothing, ceramic, prayer cloths and glass, and you’ll enter the contemporary world of Inner Fabric. Featuring eight artists whose work is bound only by some incorporation of fiber, the show runs the gamut from small felted creatures to wrapped trees and mixed media paintings. The artists are Colleen Hayward, Susan Hall, Reilly Jensen, Catherine Eaton Skinner, Jeff Ballard, Trina Perry Carlson, Tricia A. Stackle, and Suzanne Tidwell.    

Tricia Stackle, Felted Cat, 2009.