Amy Swanson
Swanson, a recent Minnesota transplant, makes incredible ceramic vessels topped with human and bird heads that she fires in an angama, or Japanese wood-firing kiln. Stark St. Studios, 2809 SE Stark, (503)238-0973, Through Nov. 19

* Dancing on the Walls
Talk about an impressive roster of participating artists. This show about dancing features work by some of Portland's best artists (James Boulton, Storm Tharp, Malia Jensen), as well as big name international artists (Masao Yamamoto, Rebecca Horn, Sol LeWitt). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Oregon Ballet Theater. Pulliam Deffenbaugh, 522 NW 12th Ave, 228-6665, Through Nov. 2

* Japanese Photography 1970's - 1980's
In these two decades, Japan developed their own brand of postmodernism, which often blended erotic leanings, like the infamous Nopbuyoshi Araki, and meditative conceptual ruminations, as with Hiroshi Sugimoto. The recent explosion of interest in Japanese photography is not a fluke issue--this is a chance to see some truly amazing art. SK Josefsberg, 403 NW 11 Ave, 241-9112, Through Nov. 29

Michael de Forest and Marvella McPartland
Oil paintings and painted sculpture in a surrealist vein are the order of the day at Talisman. De Forest works in sculpture and bowls, while McPartland, a musician and actress, makes her visual art debut with realist paintings. Talisman, 1476 NE Alberta, 284-8800, Through Nov. 23

* Yuken Teruya
Yuken Teruya creates enchanting dioramas within take-out bags from fast food restaurants and retail stores. Carving detailed, miniature trees in each, Teruya makes fragile, magical sculptures about nature, craft, and consumerism. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 207 SW Pine St, 224-0521, Through Nov 1