BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM
425-519-0770 “Push Play: The NCECA Invitational” now-June 17: Thirty five works from established and emerging ceramic artists that explore the balance of play between learning and entertainment. “Knitted, Knotted, Twisted & Twined: The Jewelry of Mary Lee Hu” now-June 17: Using wire the way weavers use thread, Mary Lee Hu has created distinctive jewelry over the past 40 years; the exhibition features more than 90 of her works.
LA CONNER QUILT & TEXTILE MUSEUM
360-466-4288 “Ten Years of Beaded Quilts: Thom Atkins” now-March 25: The embellished quilts of Thom Atkins. “Contemporary Art Quilts: Working in a Series” March 28-June 24: Work by Carol Taylor.
HENRY ART GALLERY
206-543-2280 “ “Soheap Pich: Compound” now-April 1: A sculptural installation by the Cambodian-born artist, reflecting the cycle of creation and destruction as Cambodia seeks to modernize.
NORTHWEST ART ALLIANCE
206-525-5926 Best of the Northwest March 30-April 1: Hangar 30 of Magnuson Park will host the 24th annual art and fine craft show with more than 100 artists.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
206-654-3100 “Picturing the Artist” now-July 1: Photo portraits of some of the 20th Century’s most important artists. “Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise” now-April 29: About 60 works by Gauguin, including paintings, sculpture and works on paper. “Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats” March 15-Aug. 5: Exhibition recreates the sense of walking into a crowd of cosmopolitan people who wore robes of distinctive cloth.
TRAVER ART GALLERY
206-587-6501 “University of Washington 3D4M Faculty Exhibition” now-April1: Ceramic, glass and mixed-media sculpture by Doug Jeck, Amie Laird McNeel, Akio Takamori, Jamie Walker and Mark Zirpel.
TACOMA ART MUSEUM
253-272-4258 “Beauty Beyond Nature: The Art Glass of Paul Stankard” now-June 17: More than 70 of Paul Stankard’s intricately flame-worked still-life sculptures encased in crystal that span more than 40 year’s of his career. (Stankard and his work are subjects of a new book, a catalogue of the show, by the same title; see Arts Reader in this edition of the magazine.) “SCAPES: Laura de Santillana and Allessandro Diaz de Santillana” April 7-March 2013: A new body of work collaborated on by the brother-and-sister team with long-standing family ties to the Italian glassmaking tradition, the exhibition has four installations that correspond to Hindu cosmology. The work was produced entirely in the Hot Shop of the museum.