Frying eggs on the sidewalk is no longer an option, and the dreadful (yes, you read that right, dreadful) humidity has drifted away, looking for another city to bother. Seems a good time to go seeking artiness — you won’t have to wander far.
1 Art Outside, on the Eastside
“NW Landscapes Grand & Intimate” Exhibition, July 18-Aug. 28 (opening receptions July 18 and 19), Blakely Hall and artEAST Art Center; Art Outside Plein Air Festival, 3-7 p.m. July 20, Village Green; all in Issaquah. (arteast.org/2014/06/art-outside-art-festival/)
This trio of art exhibits celebrates the landscapes of the Northwest — both sweeping vistas, in the “Grand Exhibit” (coast, sky, fields) and smaller details in the “Intimate Exhibit” (flowers, barns). Painters who have just finished three days of working in the great outdoors get their day in the sun at the Art Outside Highlands Day Festival. Music, art-making, food and more is happening, too; visit the website for all the info.
2 'Ink This!'
Through Nov. 9, Tacoma Art Museum
Prints of all kinds of things, made all manner of ways, adorn the walls in this splendid exhibit of an art form that seems to have put down deep roots in our region. Reviewer Gayle Clemans describes it as capturing “the unique characteristics and quixotic variations of printmaking. There are linocuts, letterpress prints, accordion books, posters, collages and installations. There’s even a zoetrope by Susan Lowdermilk that you can spin, sending her prints of rocking horses into motion.”
3 'AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair'
Through Sept. 8, Northwest African-American Museum, Seattle, www.naamnw.org
This traveling exhibition comprises striking photographs of Afro-adorned subjects by Brooklyn-based photographer Michael July. Reviewer Katharine Schwab wrote, “The photographs represent artists, publicists, designers, students and activists from New York to Los Angeles to Japan. Some ’fros have picks; others are adorned with bows. All have an energy that transcends the frame of the photograph.”
4 “Trimpin: YOU ARE HEAR”
Through Oct. 30, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, www.seattleartmuseum.org
Trust the German-born Trimpin to create something for the waterfront park that requires the visitor to face away from Puget Sound. His giant orange headphones invite you to sit and bathe in noises you might not have been aware of before. As Trimpin told writer Michael Upchurch, “It will be a learning process for the audience to notice what is actually going on — when they’re patient enough.”
5 'Danish Modern: Design for Living'
Through Aug. 31, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, www.nordicmuseum.org
Danish: It’s not just for breakfast anymore. Any time of day is right for appreciating the clean lines and timeless appeal, the excellent craftsmanship and comfort of Danish Modern furnishings from the ’50s and ’60s. This gem of a show rightly focuses on chairs, wrote reviewer Gayle Clemans — “a great decision not only because we respond to chairs in an intimate, one-to-one way, but because there were so many iconic chairs designed in Denmark during this time.” Think the “Egg” and the “Y” chairs — those are there, too.