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Originally published Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 7:00 PM

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Seattle Art Walk highlights: 'Thunderbitch,' Molly Epstein and Casey McGlynn

Highlights of August's First Thursday Art Walk around Pioneer Square include a salute to women in rock design at Tether; Molly Epstein's meditations on healing at Gallery4Culture; Casey McGlynn's fanciful dragon paintings at Foster/White and a summer "Orange Crush" at PUNCH Gallery.

Exhibition preview

First Thursday Art Walk

Noon-8 p.m. Thursday, Pioneer Square (www.firstthursdayseattle.com).

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This month's First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square roars to life with an exhibition/party from 5-8 p.m. at Tether Design Gallery on Occidental Avenue South.

Maintaining that behind many great bands was a designing woman, "Thunderbitch: Women Designers in Northwest Rock" salutes the female artists instrumental in creating a "look" for musicians, from fliers on telephone poles to posters to album covers. Taking its title from a Portland poster artist's pseudonym, the exhibit spans work from 1966 to the present, ranging stylistically across psychedelic rock, punk, new wave, grunge, riot grrrl and today's silk-screens. It includes pieces by cartoonists Lynda Barry and Ellen Forney, musician Neko Case, photographer Alice Wheeler and others.

In keeping with the theme, expect performances by Barbara Ireland + Stone Gossard (6 p.m.) and Visqueen (7 p.m.). The Piston Packin' Mamas, an all-female car and motorcycle club, plans to visit, too. If you're still in the mood to party after 8, Seattle singer/songwriter Damien Jurado will perform a free, all-ages show in the gallery.

The show continues through Aug. 27 at 323 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle (www.tetherdesigngallery.com).

Other Art Walk highlights

"We Walk Wounded: Jewelry & Objects About Healing": Seattle-based metalsmith Molly Epstein has collaborated with doctors to devise medical and surgical implements to help children with cleft palates, among others. Her experiences with healing inform her purely artistic work — a kinetic sculpture, wall-hung pieces and jewelry on view through Aug. 27 at Gallery4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Place S., Seattle; artist reception 6-8 p.m. Thursday (206-296-7580 or www.4culture.org).

"Orange Crush": For this summer show, 21 current and former members of the PUNCH Gallery collective were invited to contribute something orange. Why orange? Organizers can't really say. ("Maybe PUNCH member Justin Gibbens is geeking-out over his new juicer?" they suggest.) But expect a hodgepodge of works, some interesting, some inscrutable, from this ingenious bunch. Through Aug. 28, 119 Prefontaine Place S., Seattle; opening reception 5-8 p.m. Thursday (206-621-1945 or www.punchgallery.org).

Casey McGlynn: Dragons, sailing ships and rockets animate the colorful canvases of this Canadian artist. Also on view, mixed-media works by the late T.L. Lange. Through Aug. 28 at Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Ave. S., Seattle (206-622-2833 or www.fosterwhite.com).

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