Wanting Is Easier than Having
What: Artist Debra Baxter examines the strange comfort that comes with longing through striking, mineral-based sculptures.
Why: An oversize quartz bracelet and a ceramic barf bag spilling crystals onto a mirror (pictured).
When: Thru Aug. 6. Opens tonight, 6-8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: Platform Gallery, 114 Third Ave. S. (206-323-2808). Admission is free.
17 Swedish Designers
What: A superstar lineup of female industrial and interior designers.
Why: Ditch that big-box store in favor of high-design ceramics, glass, furniture, and textile work by lesser-known Swedes.
When: Thru Aug. 21. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Where: Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St. (206-789-5707). Admission is $4-$6.
West Seattle Summer Fest
What: The annual street fair gets musical with local acts Head like a Kite and The Fastbacks.
Why: Sidewalk sales, street food, gardening classes, and bicycle upcycling demos.
When: Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Check out the full festival map.
Vintage Japantown: Through the Lens of the Takano Studio
What: Photographs from a Japanese American photo studio founded in 1910 tell the stories of Seattle’s Japantown (Nihonmachi) residents during the ’30s and ’40s.
Why: Have your portrait taken in a re-created vintage studio on opening night.
When: Thru Feb. 12, 2012. Opens tonight, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Wing Luke Museum, 719 S. King St. (206-623-5124). Admission is free (reg. $13) on opening night.
Photo: Courtesy of Platform Gallery