Dave R. Davison

Originally from the tiny town of Clovis on the high plains of Eastern New Mexico, Dave R. Davison grew up in an Air Force family. A graduate of Clover Park High School, Dave worked for a time in warehouses, industrial facilities and art galleries. He returned to his studies at University of Washington where he earned degrees in International Studies, Comparative Religion and Art History. In addition to writing in several genres, Dave is a painter, sculptor, ceramicist and graphic designer. He is often seen walking his dog on Tacoma streets, especially on wet evenings.

Email: dave@tacomaweekly.com

13 April 2017

TCC exhibits work by arts faculty

The Art Gallery at Tacoma Community College just unveiled a new exhibit highlighting work by members of TCC’s arts faculty. It is a tour de force of work by a talented group of practitioners of all the artistic media.
Well represented is work by the dynamic duo that runs the school’s well-regarded ceramics program:…

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5 April 2017

Spaceworks exhibit examines Cambodian genocide and refugee experience

April 17 marks the anniversary of the 1975 Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia. The regime ushered in an apocalyptic nightmare of executions, torture, mass labor camps, starvation and disease that claimed the lives of one of every four Cambodians. Those lucky enough to escape the country swelled the size of massive refugee camps.…

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30 March 2017

Olds installation examines populations in flux

Around these parts, Tacoma artist Matthew Olds has been making a name for himself by creating meditatively poetic installations that bring together his penetrating insight, his excellence as a painter and his highly skilled craftsmanship. His recent “Shipwreck” installation at the Foss Waterway Seaport was centered around…

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23 March 2017

TMP’s ‘Spamalot’ hits the spot

And now for something completely different…
Tacoma Musical Playhouse, now deep into its current season of main stage shows, has raised the bar for itself with a dazzling, comedic romp: “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Written by Eric Idle (one of the original Pythons) with music by Idle and John Du Prez, “Spamalot”…

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16 March 2017

PLU puts on rousing rendition of ‘Godspell’

Last weekend, Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Arts and Communication opened a production of “Godspell,” a combination of music, dance and performance art based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The show has been a staple of musical theater since its 1971 Off-Broadway beginnings. It has experienced a number…

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9 March 2017

UPS’s Kittredge displays video work by Berlin artist

As part of an educational institution, and thus not subject to the fickle whims of the marketplace, the University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery has long filled a vital niche in the artistic landscape of Tacoma. For a number of decades, the Kittredge has been bringing world-class art to Tacoma. It does so without pretension,…

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23 February 2017

No doubt about it: Lakewood Playhouse’s “Doubt” is a winner

Lakewood Playhouse, that wonderful and venerable ark of culture that sits adrift amid the flotsam of chain stores and franchise restaurants of the Lakewood Towne Center, continues its 78th season with an engaging production of John Patrick Shanley's “Doubt, A Parable.” Set in a Roman Catholic school in the Bronx…

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15 February 2017

PLU’s University Gallery exhibits printmaker Cornwall retrospective

Pacific Lutheran University's Gallery (housed in Ingram Hall – the school's art building) just opened “Impressions,” a retrospective show of work by printmaker Craig Cornwall, a recently retired professor of art. The show covers a multiplicity of printmaking techniques: lithography, screen printing, woodcut – even…

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9 February 2017

The life and times of rock legend Buddy Holly brought to life at TMP

Tacoma Musical Playhouse's latest main stage production, “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” performs a dual function. Not only is it sheer entertainment, it is also a font of information about the pioneering rock n' roll star Buddy Holly, a skinny, nerdy-looking kid from the Texas panhandle.
For those like me who are…

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2 February 2017

Highs and lows of current Woolworth windows installations

December saw the opening of the latest batch of “Artscapes,” artist installations in the windows of the Woolworth Building at South 11th and Broadway, downtown. (There is another installation in the old courthouse on A Street, which is not covered in this review.) The current group of installations will remain on…

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26 January 2017

Kittredge gallery provides glimpse into careers of its former art students

The University of Puget Sound's Kittredge gallery is hosting a fresh exhibit called “What Happened Here: Puget Sound Studio Alumni.” The show is the sequel to last fall's “Past and Present Faculty” exhibition, and now these faculty members were asked to nominate some of their former studio art students from amongst…

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26 January 2017

Tacoma Little Theatre stages timely production of Steinbeck classic

It is an interesting coincidence that Jan. 20, the inauguration day of the 45th U.S. President, was also the opening date for Tacoma Little Theatre's production of the John Steinbeck classic “Of Mice and Men,” a tale of desperate people caught in desperate times. Set during the Great Depression, the drama depicts the…

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19 January 2017

Spaceworks gallery displays work by Native American artists

Spaceworks Gallery, a relatively new enterprise, is showing an exhibit of work by local Native American artists representing a diversity of tribal affiliations. Entitled “Protect the Sacred: Artists for Standing Rock,” all of the work is in one way or another addressing the attempt to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)…

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