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

7 January 2015

Arts & Entertainment: Found photos Featured in art at TCC

A recent trend in the serious art world has been an appreciation of the photographic output of ordinary people. Ever since the advent of the Kodak Brownie in the early 1900s the personal camera has been a prominent feature of American life. For a century now, the culture has been accumulating these images shot by regular…

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7 January 2015

Tacomans welcome 2015 with 4th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

Commencing in 2012, Point Defiance Marina has hosted a Polar Bear Plunge each New Year’s Day and ever since then Tacomans have enjoyed this crazy and chilly way of celebrating the beginning of a new year. The City of Destiny has thus joined the ranks of localities in which citizens are able to make a splash or take a flying…

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17 December 2014

Arts & Entertainment: ‘Water Forest’ artist shows new work at MOG

It seems like the Museum of Glass’s new show “Lightness of Being – New Sculpture – Howard Ben Tré” just opened and now it is about to leave. In fact, the show opened last September. It closes, however, Jan. 4 so there is not much time to get in to see this one man exhibit by the artist who created the iconic “Water…

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3 December 2014

Arts & Entertainment: Marvelous oeuvre of Marvin Oliver

Tacoma’s Handforth Gallery is nestled within the main branch of the public library along Tacoma Avenue The gallery hosts many interesting and important shows, but the gallery is located in the thoroughfare to the public restrooms and next to the library’s security station. The chewing gum snapping of the security guards…

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25 November 2014

Arts & Entertainment: Two artists work at synthesis between art of Japan and America

The Gallery at Tacoma Community College is currently hosting a two-person show in which a cultural fusion is evident. Works by Sumi painter and watercolorist Fumiko Kimura hangs on the walls while ceramic vessels by Rob Fornell occupy the middle space. Kimura and Fornell are both bicultural from an artistic standpoint. Their…

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12 November 2014

Arts & Entertainment: Fairy tales and forests: Woolworth Windows installations capture autumnal mood

A new group of art installations has appeared in downtown Tacoma’s Woolworth Windows, part of the long-running Artscapes program. Four artists contributed work to the open-air arts venue.

Sarah Beth Smith’s “Ghosts/Dreams” features two of the artist’s large photographs of figures cast in mysterious and haunting…

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5 November 2014

Arts & Entertainment: Students of Simon Kogan exhibit lush figure paintings at PLU

The art world these days is a giant free-for-all. Anyone with a wisp of inspiration can run down to Fred Meyer, buy a couple of brushes and a set of acrylics and commence to crank out paintings. There is no culturally agreed standard for what is or is not acceptable and so everyone is welcome into the fray. Gone are the days…

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29 October 2014

Arts & Entertainment: Two UPS art professors dazzle the eye with 2D works at Kittredge

University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery is currently showing work by two of its associate professors of art: Janet Marcavage and Elise Richman. Entitled “Ripple and Unfold: Recent Work by Janet Marcavage and Elise Richman,” the show consists of the work of both artists (paintings, drawings, prints and photos)…

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22 October 2014

Barnes storms Pierce College with dynamic paintings

Nathan Barnes is a remarkably talented local artist (he now resides in Olympia) relatively new to the party (he just earned his master of fine art degree from Idaho State University in 2012). Look for him to make an impact in the future. The Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Fine Arts Gallery (on the second floor of the Olympic…

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8 October 2014

Tacoma Arts Month

It all began back in 2002. The members of the ever-dynamic Tacoma Arts Commission hit upon the idea of setting aside a full month each year to celebrate the arts in Tacoma. So was born “Art at Work Month,” which occurred every November until this year. In response to feedback, it was decided to move the event forward…

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1 October 2014

Arts & Entertainment: TCC hosts annual show of local artists

The Gallery at Tacoma Community College is currently hosting its “Juried Local Art Exhibition,” a perennial favorite of Tacoma’s art landscape. This it the 12th year that the local, juried exhibit has taken place: an annual showcase of work by some of the best local artists.

Group shows are always a scattershot…

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17 September 2014

Arts & Entertainment: Chandler O’Leary’s travel sketches illuminate Handforth Gallery

Tacoma artist Chandler O’Leary is a woman on the move. She has made an indelible mark upon our City of Destiny. She did the oval, illustrated “droplets” on the new Waterwalk at the northern end of Ruston Way. She is the force behind the Tacoma Playing Cards. She is a fixture at the annual Wayzgoose festival; a maker…

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10 September 2014

Arts & Entertainment: Local artists display work in Wright Park conservatory

Wright Park’s W.W. Seymour Conservatory is currently the venue for a show of works by a mix of local and nationally known artists entitled “Ethnobotany.” The show was curated by the dynamic Lisa Kinoshita, proprietor of Moss + Mineral design studio, renowned jewelry designer and artist and a recipient of the prestigious…

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27 August 2014

Arts & Entertainment: ‘Over the Salish Sea’

Shaun Peterson is one of Tacoma’s finest artists. An enrolled member of the Puyallup Tribe (his native name is Qwalsius), Peterson combines traditional Salish themes and styles with modern media: carved wood, cut and etched metal, sandblasted glass, silk screen printing, giclée prints, paints, engraved silver and 3-D digital…

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6 August 2014

Arts & Entertainment: Abstract Expressionism at B2 Fine Art Gallery

The recently opened exhibit at B2 Fine Art Gallery, “Evolution of Line and Form,” is a sumptuous collection of works by local artists who are working in the tradition of the New York school of abstract expressionism that exploded into the art world in the post war era. Abstract expressionism and its offshoots dominated…

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23 July 2014

Arts & Entertainment: Holly Senn stumps the chumps with Tollbooth video installation

For over a decade now, Tollbooth Gallery has stood as a bulwark and a beacon of art in the midst of Tacoma’s downtown core. Established in 2003 and billed as “the world’s smallest art gallery,” Tollbooth is a street kiosk turned gallery with a rotating show of paper art and video installations that show on a continuous…

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16 July 2014

Arts & Entertainment: Kerry Cole brings visions to Handforth

Tacoma artist Kerry Cole is a self-professed “seer.”

“I talk to ghosts and furniture,” says her artist’s statement. “I think bugs have feelings and I paint what I feel coming from others, whether they be actual people, people I see in my dreams or sense around me coming through other dimensions.” The…

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9 July 2014

Arts & Entertainment: Octogenarian artist Bill Colby still going strong

Bill Colby is one of the senior statesmen of the Tacoma art world. For some six decades now he has been producing a profusion of prints and paintings at a steady, workman-like rate. From 1956 through 1989 he was an art professor at University of Puget Sound, teaching printmaking, design, watercolor and art history.


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1 July 2014

Arts & Entertainment: ‘In the Spirit’

For the past nine years, Washington State History Museum has hosted an annual exhibit of contemporary Native American art called “In the Spirit.” This year’s “Spirit” show consists of 27 works of art by members of a diversity of Native American communities. There are paintings, sculptures, weavings, prints and fabric…

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25 June 2014

Arts & Entertainment: The ‘Sun King’ returns

What is old is new again. Thomas Morandi’s monumental, abstract, bronze sculpture entitled “Sun King” has been returned to the light of day after some six years spent in a limbo of storage while the powers that be could decide its fate. Originally located in Broadway Plaza in 1977 – outside what was then the Sheraton…

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