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by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

So, you're on break from work, school, or just toolin' around town with nothing to do now that Pride's over. What's a culture geek to do with his/her time in this gorgeous weather we're having, now that the climate seems to have made up its mind for the present moment?

Okay, one thing you can do besides lay in the sunshine and get a sunburn or a headache is to check out some local art and one place you have to go, whether you're a tourist from Japan or Germany (seems to be a lot of those downtown of late), is Art/Not Terminal Gallery, 2045 Westlake Ave., that ever-eclectic emporium of the unusual and occasionally downright strange art.

On display in the upstairs main gallery is work by local artist Don Farrell (who I had the most interesting conversation with the day I dropped by A/NT, about everything from politics in Seattle to the national scene and how art's dying out in Seattle these days), who credits his influences to Aubrey Beadsley, M.C. Escher and Hieronymous Bosch, to name a few.

Some of his work looks like it would the perfect jumping-off point for a new Tarot deck (and I said as much to Mr. Farrell, who agreed, but also noted it would take his entire lifetime to attempt such a feat, as his work often takes him months and sometimes years to finish).

Colorful, esoteric and outright sensual, the pieces demand a long look and maybe even a return to look at them again. They are on display with the other works, including a show downstairs by Anna MacCrae and Dottie Angel, until August 6.

A/NT is open seven days a week and is located just north of Westlake Mall, at Westlake and Lenora.

Other shows not to miss include the new one at Vermillion Gallery/Lounge (located in the same block as Purr) and a new one at Grey Gallery/Lounge. Both shows are up through the end of this month, into the beginning of August and are definitely worth a look-see, if past shows are any indication. And for the truly brave of soul and spirit, do take a serious wander through The Lusty Lady (located on 1st Avenue, just south of Pike's Place Market), as there are often new art shows, sometimes by one of the dancers, that prove even naked ladies have other talents besides, well, the obvious ones.

Also, if you're in Pioneer Square, don't forget to check out the art on the underground level around First and Yesler, as there are often treasures to be found beneath the city streets that most folks wouldn't know about and the artists are often in their studios and up for a bit of chatting about their work.

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