Ethan Stern: Crosscut
While the art of cutting glass has added lavish ornamentation to functional pieces like drinkware for centuries, it's no longer the prevalent medium it once was. Seattle's Ethan Stern keeps the tradition alive—while also rejecting the notion of functionality—with Crosscut. His cut glass sculptures emphasize bright color and the properties of light, but it's the exacting line form he employs that really make his creations must-see marvels. Opening reception from 5–8.
Sergio Lucena: ÆNIGMA
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
Brazilian painter Sergio Lucena gets his first solo exhibition in the United States as Mariane Ibrahim Gallery hosts ÆNIGMA. Lucena's works mix color and geometric form while carrying an inescapable underlying darkness that pushes against the "civilized barbarism" he feels pervades modern life. A sense of vivid terror weighs heavy despite being expressed so simply. Reception from 6–8.
Meghan Shimek: Rove
Glass Box Gallery
After Meghan Shimek lost her father and saw her marriage fall apart, she was left looking any threads she could still hold onto to maintain an earthly connection. Rove finds Shimek exploring patterns and interconnectedness through large scale fiber sculptures, like a plush human-sized cocoon and other weaved works. For the full Rove experience, head to LoveCityLove to see artist Babette DeLafayette's accompanying kinetic art performance that involves moving more fiber sculptures. Opening reception from 6–10.
On the Road
Linda Hodges Gallery
Take a summer road trip without leaving Pioneer Square as Linda Hodges Gallery presents On the Road. The group show features local painters, photographers, and sculptors exploring the themes that the road evokes: well-worn routine, escapism, and freedom. Get a little extra bang for your non-existent dollar (galleries are free, after all) as the First Thursday reception features a live jazz performance. Opening reception from 6–8.