Amy Archer
Using over 700 color photographs as her starting point, Amy Archer whittled the batch down to 200 shots of life's minutiae, which she then organized by color. Augen Gallery, 817 SW 2nd, 224-8182, Through Nov 26

Artists Drawings
Two painters and one sculptor exhibit rarely seen drawings: Michael Brophy recently embarked on a series of lush ink washes of the Pacific Northwest; abstractionist Lucinda Parker was just commissioned to create a suite of uncharacteristically figurative drawings for Chamber Music Northwest; and Mel Katz exhibits his final renderings of designs for his 3D works. Laura Russo Gallery, 805 NW 21st, 226-2754, Through Nov 26

If photography was originally intended as a replication of human vision, and our eyes operate on circular optical principles (as do nearly every sort of lens through history), why do we take for granted that photographs result in rectangular or square images? TJ Norris asks this question—and many more—in Nucleo, an installation of abstract circular photographs and aural goodness. Chambers, 207 SW Pine #102, Through Nov 26

What It All Meant
If we were in the business of predicting which young local artists are destined for bigger, brighter things, our bets would be firmly set on PNCA grad Ty Ennis. His pathologically dark and humorous works on paper reveal both personal explorations as well as a working knowledge of contemporary art practices. This is smart, humane, dark stuff. New American Art Union, 922 SE Ankeny, 231-8294, Through Nov 27