David Ishii has called it quits and it signals the end of an era. One of the longest operating independent booksellers in Seattle and long a mainstay of Pioneer Square, Ishii closed David Ishii Bookseller with a thank you closing sale of 50 percent off all books that went on through the end of December. I just want to join all the others in saying goodbye to a Seattle icon. Thanks for the memories, David! Enjoy your retirement, you’ve more than earned it.

Visual Arts
The prints of Bay Area print artist Seiko Tachibana are on view Jan. 6 – 28. Opening reception on Jan. 5 from 6 – 8 p.m. Davidson Galleries Contemporary Prints. 313 Occidental Ave. S. (206) 624-1324.

For those interested in the genre of prints, check out the Sixth Annual Seattle Print Fair with almost 20 print galleries from across the country represented. You can see Japanese prints at the booths for Egenolf Gallery and our own Carolyn Staley Fine Japanese Prints and work by Yasuo Kuniyoshi at Abigail Furey Fine Prints & Drawings. Free admission. Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Jan. 15 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Seattle Center Pavilion at Seattle Center southeast of Key Arena. (206) 624-6938.

An exhibit of the work of Watanabe Sadao (1913-1996) is on view through Jan. 6. Watanabe was a Japanese printmaker and part of the folk art movement in Japan. UW East Asia Library on the 3rd floor at 322 Gowen Hall. UW campus.

“Jewelry, Glass & Small Works” includes work by Linda Hoshide, Shizu Kirk, Yoko Nomura and others. Columbia City Gallery. 4864 Rainier Ave. S. Through Jan. 15. (206) 760-9843.

Annie Han & Daniel Mihalyo are the team/couple known as Lead Pencil Studio. “150 Works Of Art” lets the Lead Pencil Studio fashion a show out of the museum’s collection. On view through Feb. 26. Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington on 15th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 41st.

The functional beauty of Boyd Sugiki’s glassware is on view through Jan. 8. Inspired by the minarets of Istanbul. William Traver Gallery at 1821 East Dock St. #100 in Tacoma. (253) 383-3685.

Bellevue Art Museum has “Looking Forward Glancing Back: Northwest Designer Craftsmen at 50” which features the work of Seattle jewelry artist, Ron Ho, through Feb. 26 and “Fiberart International 2004” through Jan. 22. 510 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue. www.bellevuearts.org.

“The Beauty & The Actor” highlights two popular themes in Japanese woodblock prints: beautiful women and Kabuki actors. Prints range from the late 1800s to the 1950s. Through Jan. 31. Carolyn Staley Fine Japanese Prints. 314 Occidental Ave. S. (206) 621-6493. www.carolynstaleyprints.com.

“Sikh Community: Over 100 Years in the Pacific Northwest” is one of the first looks at this community through photos, oral history collections and historic & educational materials. Through April 16. Also opening Jan. 6 is the museum’s annual show on new years traditions entitled “Home Grown: Asian Pacific American New Years” on view till April 2. Wing Luke Asian Museum is at 407 – 7th Ave. S. (206) 623-5124.

The Seattle Asian Art Museum, presently closed for roof repairs, will re-open on Jan. 14 with a pair of shows specializing in Chinese painting and calligraphy. 1400 E. Prospect in Volunteer Park. (206) 654-3100.

The work of Paul Horiuchi is included in the show, “A Sense of Place” through Jan. 15. Tacoma Art Museum. 1701 Pacific Ave. (206) 272-4258.

“Frank Okada: The Shape Of Elegance” is a long over-due retrospective of this late N.W. abstractionist whose paintings shimmer and resonate with the pure beauty of color. Co-curated by Kazuko Nakane who wrote the catalog essay as well. Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner (about 60 miles north of Seattle). Last chance to catch this show before it comes down Jan. 8. 121 South 1st. (360) 466-4446.

“Hardline Organics – Part One” is a group show with work by Etsuko Ichikawa, Saya Moriyasu, Yuki Nakamura, Jenny Heishman, Mark Johnson and Craig Miller. The group will work on a series of collaborative sculpture pieces and individual drawings. Opening reception on Jan. 5 from 6 – 9 p.m. On view till Jan. 29. SOIL Backspace at 112 Third Ave. S. (206) 264-8061. www.soilart.org.

Performing Arts
Anjuman, a local music group that blends north Indian classical music and Afro-Cuban drumming will perform their music at Mr. Spot’s Chai House on Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. 5463 Leary Ave. N.W. Free. Log on to www.kaliproductions.org.

Written Arts
Kiana Davenport (“Shark Dialogues”) returns with her third novel, “House of Many Gods” (Ballantine). This story of a family in conflict provides the lens through which we see the beauty and contradiction of native Hawai’ian culture. Jan. 29 at 4:30 p.m. Elliott Bay Book Company. 101 South Main. (206) 624-6600.

Local award-winning author Nu Quang leads two writing workshops on how to write about personal experiences for teens and adults at Bitterlake Community Center. Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. Call (206) 684-7524.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs announces artwork opportunities for two artists. Each will create and install a site-specific artwork at one of two different locations at the new Fire Station 10 in the I.D. Deadline is Jan. 13. (206) 684-7372. www.seattle.gov/arts/fundingapplications.

Seal Press is soliciting essays for an anthology entitled “Homelands: Women’s Journey Toward Meanings of Home.” Deadline is April 1. [email protected] is the email for details.

Seattle visual artists, writers and media/filmmakers are encouraged to apply for “2006 Project Funding.” “CityArtist Projects” is an annual funding program that supports the creation and presentation of work by individual Seattle artists. Deadline is Feb. 21. To find out more, email of call Irene Gomez at [email protected] or (206) 684-7310.

Bay Area writer Jeffrey Paul Chan received the Josephine Miles Award for his novel, “Eat Everything Before You Die: A Chinaman in the Counterculture“ (UW Press).

The Before Columbus Foundation announced the American Book Award Winners for 2005. They include Jeff Chang for “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation” (St. Martin’s Press) and Bay area poet and writer Hiroshi Kashiwagi for “Swimming in the American: A Memoir and Selected Writings” (Asian American Curriculum Project – AACP).


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