Arts & Entertainment: Watch for new acquisitions in Municipal Art Collection

New portable artworks purchased by the City of Tacoma will begin to be exhibited in public spaces in the City’s municipal buildings. These works will join more than 200 others in the Municipal Art Collection. This is the second in a series of articles highlighting the 15 artists whose work was recently chosen for the city’s collection. (The first article appeared in the Jan. 11 edition of Tacoma Weekly.)

“Dream” by Yuki Nakamura is an eight-inch diameter soccer ball made of pure white porcelain. “The ‘Dream’ project is a deeply personal work and acknowledges the premature death of my brother at the age of 36. He was a soccer coach and lived his life in Shikoku Island, Japan. For many boys from my hometown, dreaming to become a professional soccer player is a way that they can escape small-town life.”

A traditional story is told in “Sea Bear,” a serigraph by Marvin Oliver. This artist expresses his dual artistic heritage by combining the form-line design and characters of the Northwest Quinault with the often-bright palette of the Southwest Isleta Pueblo. In “Sea Bear,” an orca whale has transformed into a sea bear entwined with a pale, elaborately embossed messenger.

Walking empty, pre-dawn streets has its rewards for photographer Peter Serko. His photo “I Heard the Snow Falling” … “was taken at 6 a.m. during a January 2012 snowfall. I walked all over the downtown area starting around 5:30 a.m. It was magic!”

An iconic wild space is captured in “Deception Pass, 1972,” a silver gelatin print by Mary Randlett. Born in 1924, Randlett has been photographing the Pacific Northwest for more than 55 years, and is considered a major figure in Northwest art. Her works are held in permanent collections including the Smithsonian Institution and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Reprinted with permission of Tacoma Arts.

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