The second deck of Tacoma Playing Cards is nearly complete, and Tacoma is getting ready to celebrate their arrival.
On Friday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Old Post Office, 1102 A St., there will be an exhibit of the original artwork and a release party for this custom deck of Tacoma Playing Cards. Participating artists will be in attendance, appetizers, beer and wine, and of course playing cards and great artwork!
What started as a simple idea has evolved into a classic Tacoma collector’s item – Tacoma Playing Cards. The cards feature fourteen well known local artists illustrating Tacoma’s loved local landmarks and icons. Each card is its own work of art, and the entire collection fits in your pocket. The original artwork is an instant collector’s item.
An inaugural blue deck was created last year and has been incredibly popular, and the second deck with all new artwork and locations is nearly complete. Those who have pre-purchased the deck will receive them in the mail as soon as they are delivered from the US Playing Card Company, then they will available at the release party on Friday, Oct. 4, and then following the release party the decks will be available for purchase through the local retail stores that carry the cards and online through the Tacoma Makes website.
Sneak peeks of the new artwork has been shared through Tacoma Makes website, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and all the framed original artwork will be displayed and for sale in person at the opening party, and available online following the opening. Participating artists include: Chandler O’Leary, Chuck Knigge, David Boe, Betty Sapp Ragan, Jeremy Mangan, Karen Doten, Maria Jost, Marit Berg, Mary Mann, Michaela Eaves, Noah Struthers, Ric Matthies, Sean Alexander and Stan Shaw.
Currently on view is a of selection of original art from blue deck of Tacoma Playing Cards is on display at the Metro Parks STAR Center Lobby through Oct. 26, with an artist’s reception on Thursday, Sept. 26.