Get in the Halloween mood with “Twisted Impressions” at Davidson Galleries; remember John Sisko at his gallery’s final show.

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In October, some Seattle museums and galleries pay tribute to final chapters in our art scene, including the closing of Sisko Gallery and the wrap-up of Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker’s directorship at the Frye Art Museum. There’s also some Halloween fun in store at Davidson Galleries, and a not-to-be-missed evocation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at Woodside/Braseth Gallery.

“John Sisko: 1958-2016”: Sculptor and gallerist John Sisko, a fondly regarded figure around town, died earlier this year — and with his loss comes the end of his gallery, a key showcase for local sculptors (Philip McCracken, Everett DuPen) and painters (Guy Anderson, Jay Steensma, Thomas Wood). The gallery opened in 2007 with a show of Sisko’s own work; it closes this week with a three-day look at his art. Energetic, enthusiastic and particular in his tastes, writer-curator Sisko will be sorely missed.

Details: Opening reception 6 p.m. Sept. 29. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Sisko Gallery, 3126 Elliott Ave., Seattle (206-719-6141 or

“To: Seattle | Subject: Personal”: This group show at the Frye Art Museum highlights works acquired by the museum’s board of trustees during the directorship of Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, who concludes her seven-year tenure there this week.

Under her leadership, the museum’s doors opened up to the wilder side of Seattle’s visual-arts and performance scene. The show includes pieces by Cris Bruch, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Isaac Layman, Buster Simpson and Rodrigo Valenzuela.

Details: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 1-Jan. 8. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle. Free (206-622-9250 or Opening reception honoring Birnie Danzker at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 30.

William Morris: William Morris, for many glass-art aficionados, is the real wizard of the medium in the Pacific Northwest. His work thrives on paradox, using cutting-edge technique to tap into the ancient-seeming realms. At first glance, you may think you’re looking at miraculously preserved archaeological finds — bone, wood, shell, ceramics — rather than contemporary glass art. Morris retired from glassmaking in 2007 but has a large archive of work he kept to himself. This is the second batch to go on sale at Abmeyer & Wood Fine Art.

Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 26. Abmeyer & Wood Fine Art, 1210 Second Ave., Seattle; free (206-628-9501 or

“Twisted Impressions”: Davidson Galleries will get you into a Halloween mood with this group show of color and monochrome prints depicting fantastical creatures and scenarios. Artists range from locals Daniel Carillo and Trevor Foster to Tokyo-based Toshihiko Ikeda. I had a chance to see some of Ikeda’s etchings at the gallery. They’re deliciously macabre — and it looks like they’ll be in good company.

Details: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Oct. 6-29. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-624-7684 or


“Prospero’s Library”: Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” — with a bit of input from filmmaker Peter Greenaway’s “Prospero’s Books” — this collaboration by a Seattle-based husband-and-wife team is a cerebral-cosmic knockout of a show.

Nancy Mee and Dennis Evans have astonishing command over the materials they use — glass, ceramics, metals, encaustics — and they parlay it into a rarefied world.

Rippling glass-paged books are displayed in specimen cases. Towering shelves are filled with weighty lead tomes and delicate navigational instruments. The titles alone — “A Large Station for Constellations,” “An Atlas of Ciphers,” “Arcanum Mundi” — evoke the show’s heady flavor. The pieces’ rich, lustrous finish don’t entirely come across in photograph. Be sure to see them in person.

Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 6. Woodside/Braseth Gallery, 1201 Western Ave., Seattle, free (206-622-7243 or