Sam Wolf Connelly has enjoyed some nice success as an illustrator - and rightly so - but his fine art is what's really knocking my socks off right now. His show, Nocturne, just opened at Seattle's consistently wonderful Roq La Rue gallery, and the work therein is as dark and starry as one would hope. I'm particularly impressed with the variety of subjects and styles here. The pieces include portraits of haunted-looking ladies, nighttime pastorals, photographic scenes of ghostly domesticity, and a still-life of a truly sinister looking slice of cake that would send Thiebaud spinning in his coffin. Despite this, it all somehow feels cohesive, thanks to their sharing of a lovely and shadowy thread.