26 August 2015
Sometimes if you just let things sit long enough, good things will happen. Such is the case with one of the big, concrete information kiosks that were installed in the downtown area four decades ago.
Under the aegis of the City’s Spaceworks program, the kiosk at South 13th and Market Streets has acquired a dazzling…
29 July 2015
Dale Chihuly is a Tacoma boy, born and bred. He went on to become a leading figure in the studio art glass movement. Chihuly’s role in founding the Pilchuck School made the Pacific Northwest into a major center of art glass. The generative power of Pilchuck spawned dozens of major artists working in glass whose wares are…
22 July 2015
It was not that long ago that abstract art was the dominant trend in painting. Devotees of the so-called New York school taught the tenants of abstraction from positions in the art departments of the universities and a generation of painters was suckled on the milk of abstraction. The arc art of history was seen as the story…
15 July 2015
Tacoma Art Museum recently opened a show of work by the Seattle-born artist Roger Shimomura: “Roger Shimomura – An American Knockoff.”
Shimomura’s prints and acrylic paintings are so big, colorful, lively and seemingly playful that the show gives the impression of stepping inside of a comic book.
1 July 2015
The Gallery at Tacoma Community College does not shut down for the summer. The gallery just opened a new show of work by members of the Washington Overseas Chinese Artists Association. The WOCAA Exhibition consists mostly of paintings made with sumi ink and watercolor, but there are a few departures from the norm.
24 June 2015
Bill Colby has the spark. For more than 60 years, he has been hard at his work of painting, printmaking and collage. For 33 of those years, he taught art at the University of Puget Sound. He has had more than 40 solo shows. His work is found in the collections of art museums, corporations, universities and public schools.…
17 June 2015
A new crop of “Artscapes,” temporary installations by local artists, has appeared in the windows of the old Woolworth building at S. 11th Street and Broadway downtown. The installations are by Sarah Casto and Nathan Orosco. There is also a series of photographic portraits presented by the Gender Alliance of the South…
11 June 2015
It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. This is a tale of two cities and of the space in between them. In 2001, artist Lynn Di Nino made the move from Seattle to Tacoma and promptly became a vitalizing force in the Tacoma arts world. She was the instigator of projects and shenanigans like the “100th Monkey Parties,”…
28 May 2015
Moss + Mineral, Tacoma’s most charming design boutique/art gallery, is exhibiting works by two of the Puget Sound area’s more important ceramic artists. Yuki Nakamura and Nicholas Nyland are both Artist Trust fellowship recipients and have already won acclaim.
Nakamura is perhaps best known for her porcelain soccer…
20 May 2015
During the month of May, local colleges end the academic year with exhibits of work made by their art students. UPS and PLU are showing exhibits by graduating art seniors. Last week, the Gallery at Tacoma Community College joined the fray with an exhibit of work by its own art students.
TCC offers instruction in graphic…
6 May 2015
The 2015 Senor Exhibition is underway at Pacific Lutheran University’s art gallery (which is housed inside Ingram Hall, PLU’s art building). For the university’s graduating art students, this show is a last hurrah before they venture out into the wild and wooly world beyond the walls of the academy. The show is the…
29 April 2015
It is an annual rite of passage. The graduating senior students of the University of Puget Sound art department get a last show in the school’s Kittredge Gallery before they move on to the next stage of life as artists or whatever else art majors morph into during the twists and turns that the future holds.
22 April 2015
Tacoma is a maritime city. We are accustomed to the sight of all manner of aquatic vessels out on Commencement Bay or in the Tacoma Narrows. Sail boats and other pleasure craft mingle with fishing boats. The great container ships and grain ships engage with their mysterious, slow motion dance with tugboats and launches. Salish…
15 April 2015
Do you feel it? Do you have goose flesh on your arms?
The 9th annual Wayzgoose is coming our way, so get to King’s Books April 25 and 26 and have a gander.
Wayzgoose is a celebration of letterpress, book arts and printing that has become a yearly tradition in Tacoma. Heretofore, the event has been a one-day…
8 April 2015
Tacoma Community College opened its doors in 1965. This year thus marks 50 years that this wonderful school has been at the heart of our civic life. In celebration, the Gallery at TCC is hosting a show called the “50th Anniversary Exhibition.” The title is somewhat perplexing since the show consists almost entirely of…
25 March 2015
The Cartoonist’s League of Absurd Washingtonians (a.k.a. the C.L.A.W.) is Tacoma’s own, homegrown, fez-wearing illustration group. Amongst the group’s many endeavors is the “Thrift Shop Painting Project” in which old, decorative, landscape paintings are repurposed by having monsters (both strange and familiar) added…
18 March 2015
If art is a manifestation of creative imagination and craft is skill at working materials by hand, then the work of ceramicist Deborah Schwartzkopf is a perfect balance of the two. Artistry and craftsmanship are present at a refined level in Schwartzkopf’s functional pottery, a display of which is currently set forth at…
11 March 2015
Two new exhibits have come to the walls of University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery. The main gallery space is devoted to “Process Drawings: Recent Works by Makoto Fujimura.” This show consists of large, thick sheets of paper that are bolted to the walls. Fujimura, an artist, writer and orator with an international…
11 March 2015
Georgia O’Keeffe is a bright star in the constellation of American painters. During her lifetime she managed to fashion herself as the wise woman of the desert – wandering about the New Mexican landscape in her black, Navajo-style dresses collecting bleached bones, ruddy stones and hunks of weathered wood to take back…