18 June 2014
“Ink This,” the latest offering from the Tacoma Art Museum, is a lavish, wonderful show that explores the wide and diverse world of print arts in the Northwest. Comprising more than 80 individual works of art, “Ink This” features examples of just about every kind of print making technique imaginable. There are linocuts,…
17 June 2014
Moss + Mineral (M+M), a bold endeavor by Tacoma visionary and jewelry maker Lisa Kinoshita, is a brave little beacon of art and design nestled in Tacoma’s downtown core (across 9th Street from the Rialto Theatre).
The small space is visually busy; yet there is room to maneuver. Aditionally, the greenery of strange…
4 June 2014
At their best, artists are alchemists. They can transform their materials into objects charged with the power to evoke an emotional or intellectual effect in those who encounter those objects. Erin Dengerink is good at this alchemy. Her latest work, “The hole in your heart is a portal to another dimension,” is a diorama…
28 May 2014
A hundred years ago, the Seattle photographer and self-styled anthropologist Edward Curtis was in the midst of his project of shooting photographic portraits of Native Americans. At the time, American Indian tribes had been placed on reservations. Then commenced government policies – such as use of boarding schools –…
21 May 2014
A new crop of installations has made its appearance in Woolworth Windows, Tacoma’s 24-hour, open-air art gallery situated at Broadway and South 11th Street. The summer exhibits will run through Aug. 21.
Furthest north are two installations by Ellen Hochberg, a prolific Seattle-based artist who does fantastic drawings…
14 May 2014
For the third week in a row, we are examining art done by students of the local colleges. Work by seniors of the four-year schools, Pacific Lutheran University and University of Puget Sound, has been reviewed. This week we visit the Gallery at Tacoma Community College, which is running its 2014 Student Art Exhibition.
7 May 2014
Spring quarter is here. For seniors at the local universities, it is the home stretch. In June, they will receive their degrees and be ushered along to the next phase of life. For the art students, the senior art show functions as a major milestone in this journey; the chance to show something that is presumably the culmination…
30 April 2014
It is that time of year when local universities are about to throw open their doors to unleash their graduating art students into the world. The senior art show is a rite of passage. The students get a chance to sum up their university art career before leaving the academic nest. Some will thrive as artists finding fortune…
23 April 2014
The democratization of media is one of the wonders of this modern age in which we live. Anyone with a computer can produce arrangements of the written word. All manner of fanciful fonts are readily available. With the click of a mouse these digital productions can be jetted onto crisp, clean sheets of paper. Wonderful though…
16 April 2014
The art of drawing is something of a high wire act. Every mark on the paper is going to show. It takes a deft hand to record a form with just a few strokes. It takes a cultivated sensibility to impart expressive power to the form conveyed.
Tacoma artist Michael Kaniecki has mastered the art of drawing and many of his…
9 April 2014
The Gallery at Tacoma Community College is hosting a show of work by members of the TCC Art Faculty. The show contains fine examples of work in ceramics, paint, drawing, printmaking and sculpture.
The two ceramic instructors, Reid Ozaki and Rick Mahaffey, strut their stuff with a display of their wares. Ozaki presents…
2 April 2014
Anyone who has been to the Puyallup Fair or the Spring Fair has no doubt encountered the “Junk Chime,” a collection of miscellaneous metallic junk arranged on a steel framework. It is there to be banged, beaten, bonged and batted with the readily available drumsticks (chopsticks wrapped in duct tape). People of all ages,…
26 March 2014
This year marks the centenary of the beginning of the conflagration of World War I. In observation of this fact, Handforth Gallery – housed inside the main branch of the Tacoma Public Library – is currently exhibiting the library’s collection of WWI propaganda posters.
Entitled “Defending America’s Freedom:…
19 March 2014
As a blue-collar town, Tacoma has had its share of kitschy icons. Some have fared better than others. The Java Jive, though it has its issues, has been granted the status of Historic Landmark. The Tacoma totem pole, though plagued with rot, is due to be repaired so that it will have a new lease on life. The once fabulously…
12 March 2014
In the minds of many Americans, the Qur’an (the holy book of Islam) is a thing exotic, mysterious and possibly sinister. It is thought to be the guidebook of bombers and beheaders and extremists against whom U.S. armed forces are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A prolonged period of war, terrorist threats and hyper…
5 March 2014
B2 Fine Art Gallery’s “1001 Faces Exhibition” celebrates masks from around the world. There are masks from Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Best represented are those of Africa. The gallery has a collection of “archival” masks from African cultures such as the Songye, the Benin of Nigeria, the Bobo of Burkina…
26 February 2014
This month saw the opening of two new exhibits at the Museum of Glass. Anna Skibska’s understated show, “Coastal Alchemy” is juxtaposed against the over-the-top extravaganza “Look! See?” by Jen Elek and Jeremy Bert.
“Coastal Alchemy” is a collection of visual vignettes by Polish-born artist Skibska. Painter…
19 February 2014
Northwest painter Camille Patha is featured in a small retrospective in a recently opened show at the Tacoma Art Museum. Called “A Punch of Color: Fifty Years of Painting by Camille Patha,” the show relates a tale of how Patha exercised her passion for bright color despite initial resistance from her professors at UW.…
12 February 2014
Chad Gunderson is the newest member of the University of Puget Sound’s art faculty. Brought on board to teach ceramics, Gunderson is currently the featured artist in a one-man show at the school’s Kittredge Gallery.
Entitled “I Like Rocks!” the show consists of a prolific assortment of colorful, abstract objects…
15 January 2014
The clock is ticking. Time is running out for Tacoma art viewers (you know who you are) to make their way to the Tacoma Art Museum to have a look at Jennifer Steinkamp’s enthralling digital exhibit called “Shimmering Tree.” The entire space of the Annette B. Weyerhaeuser gallery (the museum’s “big room”) is empty…