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

31 March 2016

Painter Sperry pays homage to Tacoma

Tacoma’s own homegrown artist Gerry Sperry is currently showing more than two dozen of his paintings at the Handforth Gallery, which is housed in the main branch of the Tacoma Public Library. The show, entitled “A Glancing Light,” will be on view through April 23.
Sperry depicts landscapes, cityscapes and figures,…

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24 March 2016

TSO’s ‘Water Passion’ popular at packed house performance

On March 20, the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra brought its Pantages Theater audience to its feet for a prolonged, standing ovation after a mystical, magical performance of composer Tan Dun’s “Water Passion.”
The Passion of Christ refers to the short, final period of Jesus’ life: His betrayal, arrest, scourging,…

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17 March 2016

Two Kittredge artists work to reveal unforeseen content

The University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery – understated as it is – almost always puts on great art shows that are more interesting that any other shows in town, including the Tacoma Art Museum. The Kittredge’s current display is a case in point. James Allen’s “Anesidora, in the main space and Deborah Kahn’s…

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3 March 2016

TAM exhibits retrospective of artist-explorer John Mix Stanley

Tacoma Art Museum is currently hosting “Painted Journeys – The Art of John Mix Stanley,” which features works by the artist-explorer that documented the peoples and landscapes of the American West in the pre-civil war era. Despite setbacks that would have driven most people into despair, Stanley (1814-1872) kept on…

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25 February 2016

‘The Love Smack’

A festive atmosphere reigned as the Women’s Flat Track Derby Associated Dockyard Derby Dames (Tacoma’s roller derby league) came together for “The Love Smack” on Feb. 20. Featuring four teams contesting in two bouts, “The Love Smack” marked a milestone as the DYDD’s 10th season rolls toward its zenith, the May…

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11 February 2016

Celebrate the rhino at Mad Hat Tea Company

On Feb. 13, The Mad Hat Tea Company, Tacoma’s urban teahouse, opens an art exhibit called “The Black Rhino Show.” This is Mad Hat’s first art show in more than a year. In the past there have been memorable shows like the “Crow Show” and the delightful “Dodo Show.”
The Black Rhino show features work by…

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11 February 2016

Melissa Balch shows unique ceramic forms at Moss + Mineral Gallery

The Moss + Mineral Gallery is hosting a show by ceramics artist Melissa Balch. Called “Last Dance.” The show features Balch’s fantastical and unique ceramic works that were done during the course of a career in clay that lasted only five or so years before the artist set the potters’ tools aside and immerse herself…

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11 February 2016

Make a Scene: TMP brings comic relief to romance in time for Valentine’s Day

Tacoma Musical Playhouse has unveiled its latest mainstage show. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day. It is a delightful romp through all the twists, turns, triumphs and travails involved in the perpetual romantic entanglements between the sexes. Written by Joe DiPietro…

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4 February 2016

Puffy machines and sumptuous silk screens on view at Kittredge

University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery is back from winter break with a great new show. Aaron Badham’s mechanistic, pop-influenced sculptures are in the main gallery while Rita Robillard’s pictures, done using a mix of screen print and paint, are on the walls of the small gallery.
Called “Inflated Fabrications,”…

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28 January 2016

Teddy Haggarty art show on display at Delia’s Oakland Lounge

Many of you out there are no doubt familiar with Tacoma artist Teddy Haggarty. The quintessential eccentric painter, Haggarty was once upon a time encountered frequently at his favorite watering holes (Bob’s Java Jive, Dawson’s Tavern, the now defunct Tempest Lounge to name a few). He was always there with his sketchpad…

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28 January 2016

Organic forms characterize B2’s Winter Exhibition

Beginning its sixth year in existence, B2 (“bee-squared”) Fine Art Gallery is still going strong, putting together great shows by some of the region’s best artists. The gallery is currently running its “Winter Pop Up Exhibition,” featuring three-dimensional works by Ric Hall, Shannon Weber, Steve Sauer, Sharon Feeney,…

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21 January 2016

Manitou Arts Center to close down after 20 years of service

It looks like the end of the line for the Manitou Community Center and its arts programs, daycare and martial arts school that it has housed for the last 20 years. Originally built as Manitou Elementary School in 1911 (with additions in 1924, 1957 and 1967), the building and grounds were taken over by Metro Parks Tacoma in…

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14 January 2016

Make a Scene: Lakewood Playhouse makes ‘Arcadia’ a lush place to be

In the 1630s, Nicolas Poussin created a neoclassical painting called “Et in Arcadia ego” or "Even in Arcadia, there am I." The sentence is spoken by Death, who is depicted in the painting as a beautiful woman. Even in an idyllic place – Arcadia – death, decay, and dissolution are part of the scheme.

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