ADRIFT. Olympia artist Mimi Williams pays homage to her city and to far-distant cultural traditions in her lino-cut print, "Floating Lanterns." "In the Japanese floating lantern festival," said Williams, "lanterns are released to commemorate loved one who have passed away. (Photo Courtesy Of Artist)
Neeka (Lloyd) Cook, an artist of Tlingit heritage, created his "Crab" ink drawing in the traditional "form-line design" style of his tribe. Cook lives in Puyallup and his work is represented by the Stonington Gallery. (Photo Courtesy Of Artist)
"Alpenglow" by master print maker Chandler O'Leary is part of a series of 15 letterpress prints featuring Mount Rainier as depicted from various location around Tacoma and the Puget Sound region. The series was created from sketches and data collected "on-site, from life, over the course of two years," says O'Leary. (Photo Courtesy Of Artist)
The City of Tacoma has announced the purchase of portable artworks by 15 regional artists: Victoria Bjorklund, MalPina Chan, Neeka Cook, Jennifer Frohwerk, Michael Jardeen, Eunice Kim, Bret Lyon, Yuki Nakamura, Chandler O’Leary, Marvin Oliver, Mary Randlett, Peter Serko, Thomas Stream, Eva Skold Westerlind and Mimi Williams. Submissions came from Pierce, King, Kitsap, and Thurston Counties. The selected artworks will join others in the Municipal Art Collection, and be installed in public spaces throughout City of Tacoma buildings. Funding for this portable works purchase comes from one percent for art funds. The City of Tacoma maintains over 200 diverse pieces of public art, which can be found in virtually every neighborhood in Tacoma. Congratulations, artists! This is the first of a series of articles showcasing the winning artists.